SpaceX readies for blast-off with Nasa astronauts aboard

KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE, UNITED STATES (AFP) - Grey skies loomed over Florida's Atlantic coast on Tuesday (May 26), just one day before two astronauts were set to blast off aboard a SpaceX capsule on the most dangerous and prestigious mission Nasa has ever entrusted to a private company. There was a 60 per cent chance … Continue reading SpaceX readies for blast-off with Nasa astronauts aboard

Mike Pence’s press secretary back to work after recovering from Covid-19

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US Vice-President Mike Pence's press secretary Katie Miller said on Tuesday (May 26) she was back at work after recovering from Covid-19, a case that helped encourage White House officials to start wearing masks and take stricter safety precautions around President Donald Trump. Miller, who is married to Trump's hawkish immigration adviser … Continue reading Mike Pence’s press secretary back to work after recovering from Covid-19

Football: Flick’s delight as Bayern take “big step” towards title

Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said they took "a big step" towards an eighth straight Bundesliga title on Tuesday as their 1-0 win at Borussia Dortmund opened a seven-point lead with six games left. Midfielder Joshua Kimmich settled an edgy affair with a deft chip over home goalkeeper Roman Buerki just before half-time … Continue reading Football: Flick’s delight as Bayern take “big step” towards title

Bolsonaro follows Trump on virus, and then some

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is often compared to his US counterpart, Donald Trump, has followed in his footsteps on the coronavirus crisis -- and gone even further. Known for their shared talent for vitriol, social media rants and riling up their conservative bases, Trump and Bolsonaro have followed the same … Continue reading Bolsonaro follows Trump on virus, and then some

Bayern Munich down Dortmund to close on Bundesliga title

Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich took a huge step towards an eighth straight German Bundesliga on Tuesday as a sublime Joshua Kimmich chip gave them a 1-0 win at nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund, moving them seven points clear at the top with just six games left. Kimmich's brilliant goal came just before half-time in this encounter … Continue reading Bayern Munich down Dortmund to close on Bundesliga title

India backs hydroxychloroquine for virus prevention

New Delhi (AFP) India's top biomedical research body on Tuesday backed the use of the anti-malarial hydroxychloroquine as a preventive against coronavirus, after the WHO suspended clinical trials of the drug over safety concerns. The endorsement from the Indian Council of Medical Research came a week after US President Donald Trump said he was taking … Continue reading India backs hydroxychloroquine for virus prevention

Canadian nursing home patients left in dirty diapers, cries for help ignored

TORONTO/OTTAWA (REUTERS) - Canadian soldiers helping manage the coronavirus outbreak in nursing homes saw staff leaving people in soiled diapers, ignoring calls for help and reusing unsterilised equipment, an official report said on Tuesday (May 26). Nursing homes account for around 80 per cent of all deaths attributed to the new coronavirus in Canada. Prime … Continue reading Canadian nursing home patients left in dirty diapers, cries for help ignored

Trump ‘miffed’ with China, trade deal now less important, says adviser Larry Kudlow

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday (May 26) that President Donald Trump is so "miffed" with Beijing over the novel coronavirus and other matters that the US-China trade deal is not as important to him as it once was. Speaking on Fox News Channel, Kudlow also called Beijing's actions … Continue reading Trump ‘miffed’ with China, trade deal now less important, says adviser Larry Kudlow

Hong Kong ‘hard to see’ as finance hub if China takes over, says White House

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Donald Trump is "displeased" with China's proposed crackdown in Hong Kong and has doubts over the territory's future as a global financial center if it goes ahead, the White House said on Tuesday (May 26). It's "hard to see how Hong Kong can remain a financial hub if China takes over," … Continue reading Hong Kong ‘hard to see’ as finance hub if China takes over, says White House

Germany extends social distancing rules until June 29

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Germany's government and its state premiers have agreed to extend social distancing rules until June 29 to contain the coronavirus pandemic, a government spokesman said. Tuesday's deal (May 26), confirmed by the spokesman after being revealed to Reuters by a source, follows a dispute over how quickly to ease lockdown measures that … Continue reading Germany extends social distancing rules until June 29

British PM Boris Johnson faces growing rebellion over aide’s coronavirus lockdown trip

LONDON (AFP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday (May 26) faced a mounting internal rebellion, including a ministerial resignation, over a scandal around his top aide Dominic Cummings taking a cross-country trip during the coronavirus lockdown. Dozens of Conservative lawmakers have now demanded the controversial adviser quit or be sacked while Douglas Ross, a minister for Scotland, … Continue reading British PM Boris Johnson faces growing rebellion over aide’s coronavirus lockdown trip

Anger as white woman reports black birdwatcher in New York’s Central Park to police

NEW YORK (AFP) - A video of a white woman calling the police about a black birdwatcher in New York's Central Park has gone viral, sparking anger about African Americans being falsely reported to cops. The clip, posted on Twitter and viewed almost 26 million times, was filmed by the man, Christian Cooper, who said … Continue reading Anger as white woman reports black birdwatcher in New York’s Central Park to police