Another cruise crew member in coronavirus limbo dies of apparent suicide

Miami (AFP) A cruise ship crew member died last week of self-inflicted harm, the US Coast Guard said Wednesday as it confirmed the latest in a series of apparent suicides among such workers trapped at sea because of the coronavirus pandemic. A 32-year-old Filipino worker on a ship called Scarlet Lady, the only cruise ship … Continue reading Another cruise crew member in coronavirus limbo dies of apparent suicide

US House backs Bill to pressure China over Uighur rights

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US House of Representatives on Wednesday (May 27) backed legislation calling on President Donald Trump's administration to impose sanctions on those responsible for China's repression of its Uighur Muslim minority. As voting continued, the vote was 323 in favour of the measure, with just one member opposed. A 2019 photo shows … Continue reading US House backs Bill to pressure China over Uighur rights

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou loses key court fight against extradition to US

VANCOUVER/TORONTO (REUTERS) - Huawei Technologies' chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was dealt a setback by a Canadian court on Wednesday (May 27) as she tries to avoid extradition to the United States to face bank fraud charges. Meng, a Chinese citizen, was arrested in December 2018 on a warrant issued by US authorities. Meng Wanzhou … Continue reading Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou loses key court fight against extradition to US

Coronavirus: Disney plans to reopen Walt Disney World starting on July 11

ORLANDO, FLORIDA (REUTERS) - Walt Disney plans to reopen the world's largest theme park, Walt Disney World, in phases beginning on July 11, if the governor of Florida approves. Disney wants to reopen Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom on July 11 and Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15, according to Jim MacPhee, senior vice-president … Continue reading Coronavirus: Disney plans to reopen Walt Disney World starting on July 11

‘They killed him’: Sister of Minneapolis black man who died after arrest calls for justice

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The sister of an African-American man who died shortly after a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him down with a knee to the neck called for justice on Wednesday (May 27), saying the firing of four policemen over the deadly incident was not enough. The four officers were dismissed from the force … Continue reading ‘They killed him’: Sister of Minneapolis black man who died after arrest calls for justice

UN concerned by US claims Russia sent jets to Libya

United Nations (United States) (AFP) The UN said Wednesday it was "following with great concern" claims that Russia recently sent fighter jets to Libya to support Russian mercenaries fighting for strongman Khalifa Haftar in the long-running conflict. On Tuesday, the US military command for Africa (Africom) accused Moscow of deploying several MiG-29 Fulcrum jets and … Continue reading UN concerned by US claims Russia sent jets to Libya

EU must play global role in virus crisis, says Merkel

Berlin (AFP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said the European Union should take more global responsibility in the coronavirus crisis, especially as ties with the United States were currently "difficult". In a speech outlining Germany's priorities when it takes over the EU's rotating presidency in July, Merkel said the economic and social upheaval from … Continue reading EU must play global role in virus crisis, says Merkel

Twenty-six held over migrant lorry tragedy in Britain

Brussels (AFP) Police in Belgium and France have arrested 26 suspected people smugglers over the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a refrigerated truck in Britain last year. The migrants -- 31 men and eight women -- were found dead in the truck in an industrial zone east of London in October, sparking an international … Continue reading Twenty-six held over migrant lorry tragedy in Britain

FIA agree to F1 budget cap of $145m for 2021

Paris (AFP) Spending by Formula One teams will be capped at $145 million in 2021 with a subsequent limit of $135 million by 2023, it was announced Wednesday as the sport's rulers attempted to stem the bleeding from the coronavirus pandemic. The FIA's World Motor Sports Council ratified the amendments to F1's rules in a … Continue reading FIA agree to F1 budget cap of $145m for 2021

Ten-man Leipzig miss out on second after home draw with Hertha

Berlin (AFP) Ten-man RB Leipzig missed the chance to go second in the Bundesliga on Wednesday as Hertha Berlin forward Krzysztof Piatek equalised with a late penalty to seal a 2-2 draw behind closed doors - and save the blushes of goalkeeper Rune Jarstein. Piatek, who joined Hertha in January for around 25 million euros … Continue reading Ten-man Leipzig miss out on second after home draw with Hertha

Moscow to ease lockdown from Monday as pandemic stabilises

Moscow (AFP) Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Wednesday announced an easing of the Russian capital's lockdown starting June 1 after the Kremlin said the coronavirus pandemic had passed its peak in the country. "Today we can already talk about the next steps out of the crisis situation," Sobyanin told President Vladimir Putin during a televised … Continue reading Moscow to ease lockdown from Monday as pandemic stabilises

Algeria court rejects detained journalist’s bail plea

Algiers (AFP) A court in Algeria on Wednesday rejected a bail plea by a prominent journalist detained since late March, a prisoner support group said. Khaled Drareni is the founder of the Casbah Tribune website and a correspondent for French-language channel TV5 Monde and press freedom group Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Algerian protesters carry journalist … Continue reading Algeria court rejects detained journalist’s bail plea