Coronavirus gives Trump big stage for pet medical theories

Washington (AFP) America, Dr Trump will see you now. While US President Donald Trump admits he's not actually a doctor, he's long been convinced of his scientific talents -- and the coronavirus pandemic has given him the ultimate stage to test his theories. The Republican leader's announcement Monday that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine for … Continue reading Coronavirus gives Trump big stage for pet medical theories

Coronavirus: Six positive tests for coronavirus at Premier League clubs

London (AFP) Six positive cases for coronavirus have been detected at three Premier League clubs after players and staff were tested ahead of a return to training, England's top flight said Tuesday. "The Premier League can today confirm that, on Sunday 17 May and Monday 18 May, 748 players and club staff were tested for … Continue reading Coronavirus: Six positive tests for coronavirus at Premier League clubs

Ecuador to close embassies, state firms over virus crisis

Quito (AFP) Ecuador said Tuesday it is closing several embassies and state enterprises to save money amid an economic crisis provoked by the coronavirus pandemic. "We will close ... embassies and diplomatic offices," President Lenin Moreno said in a speech on television and radio as he presented a plan to save more than $4 billion. … Continue reading Ecuador to close embassies, state firms over virus crisis

Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga brought before French court

PARIS (REUTERS) - Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga was arraigned before a French public prosecutor on Tuesday (May 19), three days after police swooped on his hideout in a Paris suburb, ending a 26-year manhunt. The 84-year-old is accused of funding and arming militias that massacred about 800,000 people. A wanted poster featuring a photo … Continue reading Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga brought before French court

US risks ‘permanent damage’ from long coronavirus shutdown, says Mnuchin

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US economy risks suffering "permanent damage" the longer the lockdown to contain the Covid-19 pandemic drags on, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Tuesday (May 19). American families and businesses are suffering amid the nationwide shutdowns, Mnuchin told a Senate committee, but reopening the economy will need to be done … Continue reading US risks ‘permanent damage’ from long coronavirus shutdown, says Mnuchin

Daily CO2 emissions plunge during Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, with lessons for future: Study

SINGAPORE - Pandemic lockdowns slashed daily global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by 17 per cent, researchers said on Tuesday (May 19) in a detailed assessment of how the crisis affected the global economy. By April this year, CO2 emissions had plunged to 2006 levels, the authors say, adding that the findings could help shape policies on cutting … Continue reading Daily CO2 emissions plunge during Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, with lessons for future: Study

Britain urges EU to give ground on post-Brexit trade talks

LONDON (AFP) - Britain on Tuesday (May 19) urged the European Union to ditch its "ideological" approach in post-Brexit trade talks but said it remained committed to securing a deal. Senior minister Michael Gove told parliament some progress had been made in the latest round of negotiations, which broke up last week with both sides complaining of deadlock. … Continue reading Britain urges EU to give ground on post-Brexit trade talks

Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber Respond To Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Billboard Claims

It’s been a little over a week since Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber dropped the quarantine bop “Stuck With U.” And, come on? A romantic duet by two of the biggest artists in the world, who each have some of the most devoted fans backing their work? That’s almost guaranteed to be a number 1 — a fact which Billboard … Continue reading Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber Respond To Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Billboard Claims

Football: Five things we learned from the Bundesliga restart

Berlin (AFP) Germany's Bundesliga became the first top European league to restart at the weekend with leaders Bayern Munich staying four points clear following a 2-0 win at Union Berlin behind closed doors. After a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, draconian hygiene measures were enforced at all nine matches. Bayer Leverkusen substitutes wore … Continue reading Football: Five things we learned from the Bundesliga restart

Coronavirus: Indonesia calls for Saudi decision on Mecca pilgrimage

Jakarta (AFP) Indonesia on Tuesday called for Saudi Arabia to decide if it will allow the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, after the coronavirus pandemic plunged the ritual into doubt. Last year around 2.5 million faithful travelled to Saudi Arabia from across the world to take part in the "hajj", which all Muslims must perform … Continue reading Coronavirus: Indonesia calls for Saudi decision on Mecca pilgrimage

Man abducted as child in China reunited with parents after 32 years

Beijing (AFP) A Chinese man kidnapped as a toddler 32 years ago has been reunited with his biological parents, after police used facial recognition technology to help track him down. Mao Yin was just two when he was snatched outside a hotel in Xi'an in central Shaanxi province in 1988 and sold to a childless … Continue reading Man abducted as child in China reunited with parents after 32 years

F1 demands quarantine exemptions for elite sport

London (AFP) A British Grand Prix would be "impossible" this year if elite sport is not exempt from 14-day quarantine restrictions when entering the United Kingdom, Formula One said on Tuesday. Silverstone is planning to host two races behind closed doors this summer, subject to government approval, to make up for some of the lost … Continue reading F1 demands quarantine exemptions for elite sport