Rockets target US interests despite arrests: Iraq military

Baghdad (AFP) Two rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations overnight, Iraq's security forces said Sunday, a little over a week since unprecedented arrests prevented a similar incident. Since October, US diplomats and troops across Iraq have been targeted by around three dozen missile attacks which Washington has blamed on pro-Iranian armed factions. The … Continue reading Rockets target US interests despite arrests: Iraq military

FIA pledges 1m euros to back diversity, drivers split on taking knee

Spielberg (Austria) (AFP) Formula One’s ruling body, the International Motoring Federation (FIA), on Sunday pledged to give 1 million euros ($1.1m) to the sport's new 'We Race As One' diversity foundation. In a statement issued ahead of the belated season-opening Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring, FIA president Jean Todt said it was … Continue reading FIA pledges 1m euros to back diversity, drivers split on taking knee

Top Egyptian actor Ragaa al-Geddawy dies from COVID-19

Cairo (AFP) Famed Egyptian actor Ragaa al-Geddawy died on Sunday after contracting the COVID-19 disease, the actors union said. She was 81. "Ragaa al-Geddawy passed away this morning due to COVID-19," union head Ashraf Zaki told AFP. A veteran actor, Ragaa al-Geddawy boasted a lengthy and varied career, for which she gained fame across the … Continue reading Top Egyptian actor Ragaa al-Geddawy dies from COVID-19

Green, left-wing Michèle Rubirola becomes Marseille’s first woman mayor

Marseille became the latest French municipality to elect a Green mayor on Saturday, in a wave that has swept the country since local elections at the end of last month. Michèle Rubirola, the first female leader of France’s second city, won the most votes from city councillors, ending almost a week of suspense after the June 28 … Continue reading Green, left-wing Michèle Rubirola becomes Marseille’s first woman mayor

Bayern fighting to keep Alaba, Liverpool-linked Thiago

Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick says he is determined to keep defender David Alaba and midfielder Thiago Alcantara, who has been linked to a move to Liverpool. "I will do everything I can to ensure that we can keep two such quality players," said Flick after the Bundesliga champions completed the double with … Continue reading Bayern fighting to keep Alaba, Liverpool-linked Thiago

Italy could transfer migrants from Ocean Viking rescue ship on Monday

Italy is carrying out tests on 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean with a view to transferring them to a quarantine vessel in Sicily, an interior ministry source said Saturday. The migrants have been on the Ocean Viking ship operated by SOS Mediterranee for over a week, with fights and suicide attempts on board prompting the charity to declare … Continue reading Italy could transfer migrants from Ocean Viking rescue ship on Monday

Dreams of Myanmar’s ‘unwashed’ jade miners buried by disaster

Hpakant (Myanmar) (AFP) Five Yay Ma Hsay -- or 'unwashed' as the jade miners of northern Myanmar are known -- arrived early Thursday at the pit to scrape out a living on a scraggy hillside, lured by the prospect of finding a stone that could transform their lives. But only three would return, the others … Continue reading Dreams of Myanmar’s ‘unwashed’ jade miners buried by disaster

Croatia votes for new government as virus woes loom

Zagreb (AFP) Croatians went to polls Sunday to choose a government to navigate the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in a general election campaign that has been dominated by the health crisis. The pandemic has put the European Union country's tourism-dependent economy on course for a contraction of nearly 10 percent -- its steepest decline in decades. … Continue reading Croatia votes for new government as virus woes loom

US marks polarized July 4 as Trump vows to defeat ‘radical left’ protesters

US President Donald Trump on Saturday vowed to defeat the “radical left” and downplayed Covid-19 risks, in an Independence Day speech at the White House that condemned recent protests against monuments to historical figures as attempts to destroy the United States. Trump watched paratroopers float to the ground in a tribute to America, greeted his audience of … Continue reading US marks polarized July 4 as Trump vows to defeat ‘radical left’ protesters

Columbus statue toppled by race protesters in Baltimore: Media

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Protesters in the US city of Baltimore pulled down a statue of Christopher Columbus on Saturday (July 4), local media reported, the latest monument to be toppled in anti-racism demonstrations. Statues of figures connected to colonialism and slavery have been ripped from their plinths in the United States and around the world since … Continue reading Columbus statue toppled by race protesters in Baltimore: Media

Rapper Kanye West announces US presidential bid on Twitter

WASHINGTON (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) - American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday (July 4) that he would run for president in 2020 in an apparent challenge to Mr Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former vice-president Joe Biden. "We must now realise the promise of America by trusting … Continue reading Rapper Kanye West announces US presidential bid on Twitter

Ghana president self-isolates despite negative virus test

Accra (AFP) Ghana's president has gone into self-isolation for two weeks as a precautionary measure despite testing negative for coronavirus, the government said, after one of his contacts was confirmed to have the illness. President Nana Akufo-Addo began his quarantine on Saturday and will be working from the presidential villa in Accra, capital of the … Continue reading Ghana president self-isolates despite negative virus test