Danish ice cream maker drops ‘Eskimo’ name

Copenhagen (AFP) A Danish ice cream maker said on Wednesday it would remove the name "Eskimo" from one of its products in case it offended Inuit and other Arctic people. Hansens Is said it had opposed changing the name of its Eskimo ice lolly but after careful consideration had decided to choose a more suitable … Continue reading Danish ice cream maker drops ‘Eskimo’ name

Dortmund cancel contract of World Cup winner Schuerrle

Berlin (AFP) Borussia Dortmund announced Wednesday they had cancelled the contract of Andre Schuerrle by mutal consent a year early after the 2014 World Cup winner failed to make his mark in four years at the Bundesliga runners-up. It was Schuerrle's cross in extra time during the 2014 World Cup final which Mario Goetze volleyed … Continue reading Dortmund cancel contract of World Cup winner Schuerrle

Kane says winning is ‘everything’ to Spurs boss Mourinho

London (AFP) Harry Kane says winning is "everything" to Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho as Spurs scramble to qualify for European football after an inconsistent season. The England captain said it had been a disappointing campaign for a club who reached the Champions League final just 12 months ago. Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho with Harry … Continue reading Kane says winning is ‘everything’ to Spurs boss Mourinho

Zidane urges Madrid to finish the job with title in their grasp

Madrid (AFP) Zinedine Zidane has warned his players not to believe La Liga is already won as Real Madrid chase the last victory they need against Villarreal on Thursday. With a four-point cushion ahead of Barcelona and only two games left to play, Madrid will be uncatchable if they win at the Alfredo di Stefano … Continue reading Zidane urges Madrid to finish the job with title in their grasp

Qatar World Cup to start at Al Bayt Stadium as schedule announced

Doha (AFP) Qatar will kick off the 2022 World Cup at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, organisers announced on Wednesday, as they revealed the schedule for the finals. In a joint statement, FIFA and Qatar's Supreme Committee organisational body said that the gas-rich Gulf nation will start the World Cup at the 60,000-capacity … Continue reading Qatar World Cup to start at Al Bayt Stadium as schedule announced

Vaccination levels falling during pandemic, UN warns

Paris (AFP) The number of children worldwide getting life-saving vaccinations has declined this year largely because of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization and UNICEF warned on Wednesday. The first four months of 2020 saw a "substantial drop" in the completion of the three-dose jab that protects against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough -- … Continue reading Vaccination levels falling during pandemic, UN warns

Fear and anger as India’s Bihar locks down again

Patna (India) (AFP) Thousands of Indians ignored social distancing rules to throng markets in Patna on Wednesday, desperate to stock up on essentials before midnight when Bihar state's 125 million inhabitants go into coronavirus lockdown. With the vast nation's coronavirus caseload fast approaching one million -- and around 500 people dying every day -- many … Continue reading Fear and anger as India’s Bihar locks down again

Thousands of Catalans return to lockdown as Spain fights new Covid-19 clusters

Some 160,000 people in the Spanish region of Catalonia went back into confinement on Wednesday as authorities scrambled to control a fresh surge of coronavirus infections in the area, just weeks after a nationwide lockdown was lifted.  But just as a judge approved the regional government's stay-at-home order for residents of the Lleida area, about 180 km (110 miles) west of Barcelona, … Continue reading Thousands of Catalans return to lockdown as Spain fights new Covid-19 clusters

French PM Castex details Covid-19 crisis response in speech to parliament

France's newly appointed Prime Minister Jean Castex detailed his plans to foster recovery from a bruising recession and revamp a controversial pension reform as he laid out his political roadmap in an address to the National Assembly on Wednesday. Castex’s speech, his first major test since his appointment earlier this month, comes a day after President Emmanuel Macron promised … Continue reading French PM Castex details Covid-19 crisis response in speech to parliament

Rhodes statue beheaded in South Africa’s Cape Town

Cape Town (AFP) A bronze bust in a Cape Town park honouring 19th-century British imperialist Cecil Rhodes has been decapitated, the South African government said Wednesday. A white supremacist, Rhodes made a fortune from mining and colonised swathes of southern African territories in the name of the British crown. Decapitated: The Rhodes bust had already … Continue reading Rhodes statue beheaded in South Africa’s Cape Town

French health workers hailed, but enraged, on Bastille Day unlike any other

France’s unconventional Bastille Day festivities served up two tales of a crisis: at one end, a celebration of the workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic, and at the other, an excoriation of the policies that left the country’s cherished health care system unprepared for its onslaught. As French President Emmanuel Macron rode … Continue reading French health workers hailed, but enraged, on Bastille Day unlike any other

Belarus threatens opposition protesters with criminal charges

Minsk (AFP) Belarus said Wednesday that protesters could face serious criminal charges after dozens were arrested at demonstrations over the removal of opposition candidates from the presidential poll. Protesters took to the streets in the capital Minsk and several other cities on Tuesday after election officials refused to allow rivals to President Alexander Lukashenko to … Continue reading Belarus threatens opposition protesters with criminal charges