Prominent researcher of jihadi groups shot dead in Baghdad

Hisham al-Hashimi, 47, appeared frequently on local and foreign media outlets as an analyst, especially during Iraq’s battle against ISIS. He was also an expert voice on Iraqi politics and Shiite extremist groups and had served as an adviser to previous Iraqi governments Al-Hashimi died in Ibn Al-Nafees Hospital in Baghdad after he was seriously … Read more

The mask decision that will haunt Trump’s reelection bid

A day later, Trump’s top aide said the White House is never likely to require all Americans to wear masks. “When we look at masks and the wearing of masks, that’s done on a location basis when you can’t have social distancing,” chief of staff Mark Meadows said on Fox News. “Certainly a national mandate … Read more

Johnson criticised over care homes comments

Image copyright PA Media Image caption The coronavirus crisis has placed many care homes under additional stress Boris Johnson has been criticised for saying “too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures” during the coronavirus outbreak. The PM was responding to the head of NHS England’s call for reform in social care within a … Read more

Facebook Temporarily Stops Hong Kong Data Requests

Facebook said on Monday that it would temporarily stop processing Hong Kong government requests for user data as the company reviews a sweeping national security law that has chilled political expression in the city. The social network’s assessment of the law, which has already been used to arrest people who have called for Hong Kong … Read more

Commercial mortgage delinquencies surged at record monthly rate in June

Pedestrians walk past commercial real estate in Manhattan. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Delinquencies in commercial mortgage-backed securities last month had their largest one-month surge since Fitch Ratings began tracking the metric nearly 16 years ago. The delinquency rate hit 3.59% in June, an increase from 1.46% in May. New delinquencies totaled $10.8 … Read more

Here are some of the tech start-ups that took government payroll loans during the coronavirus crisis

People wearing face masks are seen shopping at a supermarket in Foster City, California, on April 22, 2020. Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images A number of venture-backed tech start-ups were among the companies that received loans under a program intended to blunt the economic damage from Covid-19, according to data released Monday by the … Read more