Nissan to shut factory in Barcelona, thousands of workers affected

Japanese carmaker Nissan has decided to shut its factory in Barcelona where 3,000 people are employed after four decades of operations, the Spanish government said on Thursday. The decision came despite government efforts to keep the plant open, Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya told the national radio station. Nissan workers protest the news outside the … Continue reading Nissan to shut factory in Barcelona, thousands of workers affected

How will Europe’s ‘Big Five’ look after the restart?

Paris (AFP) Football fans in England and Italy received the news they had been waiting for on Thursday after the Premier League and Serie A got restart dates for their suspended seasons. England's top flight gave itself a provisional date of June 17 less than an hour before Italy's Sport Minister announced that the country's … Continue reading How will Europe’s ‘Big Five’ look after the restart?

Google cautions EU on AI rule-making

Brussels (AFP) Google warned on Thursday that the EU's definition of artificial intelligence was too broad and that Brussels must refrain from over-regulating a crucial technology. The search and advertising giant made its argument in feedback to the European Commission, the EU's powerful regulator that has reached out to big tech as it draws up … Continue reading Google cautions EU on AI rule-making

Rescheduled Boston Marathon now cancelled – mayor

New York (AFP) The Boston Marathon has been cancelled for the first time in the event's 124-year history because of ongoing coronavirus fears, officials confirmed on Thursday. Boston mayor Marty Walsh said that the race, which had already been postponed to September 14 from its April slot, would not now be held as planned for … Continue reading Rescheduled Boston Marathon now cancelled – mayor

Maltese PM visits Libya for talks on migration

Tripoli (AFP) Maltese Prime Minister Robert Abela visited war-torn Libya Thursday to discuss illegal migration with the head of the country's Government of National Accord, the UN-recognised administration said. Abela signed a memorandum of understanding on the issue with GNA leader Fayez al-Sarraj during his short trip, the Tripoli-based authority said in a statement without … Continue reading Maltese PM visits Libya for talks on migration

Football: Italy’s Serie A to resume on June 20

Rome (AFP) Italy's Serie A can resume on June 20 after a three-month absence in a country hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Thursday. "The Technical and Scientific Committee gave its agreement on the protocol and the federation assured me that it had a Plan B and a Plan … Continue reading Football: Italy’s Serie A to resume on June 20

COP26 climate talks set to be pushed back a year

Paris (AFP) Critical UN climate talks at which nations were expected to ramp up plans to combat global warming are to be pushed back a full year to November 2021, observers to the negotiations have told AFP. Current national pledges submitted in annex to the 2015 Paris Agreement would allow the planet's surface to warm … Continue reading COP26 climate talks set to be pushed back a year

France to reopen cafes, end domestic travel limit

Paris (AFP) France on Thursday announced the long-awaited nationwide reopening of bars, restaurants and cafes from June 2, albeit with restrictions, and lifted limitations on domestic travel in time for the summer holidays. In the capital Paris, where the risk of coronavirus spread remains higher than in the rest of the mainland, only the outside … Continue reading France to reopen cafes, end domestic travel limit

English Premier League football to kick off on June 17 after 100-day shutdown

The Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with new staggered kickoff times to make sure every game can be shown on TV, as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester … Continue reading English Premier League football to kick off on June 17 after 100-day shutdown

Australian jailed for murder in Bulgaria free to go home

Sofia (AFP) An Australian man who was jailed in Bulgaria for a 2007 murder is free to go home after serving 11 years of his sentence, the supreme court ruled Thursday. Jock Palfreeman, now 33, was sentenced in December 2009 to 20 years in jail for stabbing to death a 20-year-old student and wounding another … Continue reading Australian jailed for murder in Bulgaria free to go home

Olympic champion Rudisha out for 16 weeks after ankle fracture

Nairobi (AFP) Two-time Olympic and world 800m record holder David Rudisha will be sidelined for 16 weeks after fracturing his left ankle. The 31-year-old Rudisha twisted his left ankle at his rural home in Kilgoris, western Kenya on May 19, and his doctor said closer examination revealed the fracture. Champion: David Rudisha with his 800m … Continue reading Olympic champion Rudisha out for 16 weeks after ankle fracture

Iconic Paris department store Printemps reopens

Paris (AFP) The famous Parisian department store Printemps selling high-market brands reopened its doors to eagerly awaiting masked clients on Thursday, two months after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Shoppers impatient to indulge in fashion items and beauty and luxury products formed a long queue in front of the Art Nouveau landmark on Boulevard … Continue reading Iconic Paris department store Printemps reopens