US lawmakers urge support for Taiwan’s WHO bid


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Famed magician Roy Horn, who was part of the famous entertainment duo Siegfried & Roy, has died from Covid-19 complications, NBC News reported citing his partner Siegfried Fischbacher. He was 75.

“Today, the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend,” Fischbacher said in a statement on Friday. “From the moment we met, I knew Roy and I, together, would change the world. There could be no Siegfried without Roy, and no Roy without Siegfried.”

Horn tested positive for the coronavirus in late April. The pair have entertained in Las Vegas for decades and are best known for their work with lions and tigers. — Joanna Tan

9:17 am: US lawmakers call for Taiwan to be included in WHO

Students wearing face masks as a preventive measure to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus as they collect their lunch at Dajia Elementary School in Taipei on April 29, 2020

Sam Yeh | AFP | Getty Images

U.S. lawmakers are calling for more than 50 countries to support Taiwan’s inclusion in the World Health Organization as they urge nations to place the fight against the pandemic above politics, according to Reuters.

Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, due to China’s objections. As such, Taiwan is not part of the WHO, a UN agency.

“As the world works to combat the spread of the COVID-19, a novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, it has never been more important to ensure all countries prioritize global health and safety over politics,” leaders from the congressional foreign affairs committees said in a letter on Friday, according to Reuters. — Joanna Tan

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