Brawl over mask leaves security guard at US store with broken arm

Los Angeles (AFP) Two brothers in California are facing criminal charges after getting into a brawl with security guards at a store for not wearing masks and leaving one of the guards with a broken arm. Phillip and Paul Hamilton, 31 and 29 respectively, were confronted by the guards at a Target store in Van … Continue reading Brawl over mask leaves security guard at US store with broken arm

Brazil’s iconic chief Raoni to leave hospital Saturday

Brasília (AFP) Brazil's best-known indigenous leader, chief Raoni Metuktire, is set to be released from hospital Saturday after a health scare, officials said. "We can confirm he will be released Saturday," a spokeswoman from the Dois Pinheiros Hospital in the central-western city of Sinop told AFP on Friday. Chief Raoni Metuktire, pictured receiving a visit … Continue reading Brazil’s iconic chief Raoni to leave hospital Saturday

Trump eases controls on armed drone exports

Washington (AFP) The Trump administration moved Friday to ease controls on exports of armed drones, saying that allies need US technology and that other countries outside of a non-proliferation pact were taking over the market. The White House announced that President Donald Trump had approved a move to diverge partly from the 1987 Missile Technology … Continue reading Trump eases controls on armed drone exports

Video of sobbing woman begging Peru president to save husband goes viral

Arequipa (Peru) (AFP) A video of a mother running behind a van carrying Peru's President Martin Vizcarra and begging him to save her husband from COVID-19, has gone viral. "Mr. President, Don't go!" screams a tearful Celia Capira as she begs for a hospital bed for her husband in the video shot on Sunday in … Continue reading Video of sobbing woman begging Peru president to save husband goes viral

Neymar wins French Cup final for PSG but Mbappe suffers ankle injury

Paris (AFP) Neymar scored the winning goal as Paris Saint-Germain defeated 10-man Saint-Etienne 1-0 in the French Cup final on Friday, the first competitive fixture in the country since March 11 following the coronavirus pandemic. However, coach Thomas Tuchel faces an anxious wait over the fitness of Kylian Mbappe ahead of next month's Champions League … Continue reading Neymar wins French Cup final for PSG but Mbappe suffers ankle injury

Formula One scraps US, Brazil, Mexico and Canada races

Paris (AFP) The Grands Prix in the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Canada have been scrapped this year but three races in Europe have been added to the coronavirus-affected season, Formula One said Friday. There will be an F1 debut for Portugal's Portimao track and a return for Germany's Nurburgring and Imola in Italy. Nico … Continue reading Formula One scraps US, Brazil, Mexico and Canada races

Bolsonaro’s poll numbers rise in Brazil despite virus

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Three polls released this week show gains for President Jair Bolsonaro, putting him as favorite to win re-election in 2022 despite his controversial handling of Brazil's raging coronavirus crisis. The far-right leader, who is himself currently infected with the virus, has downplayed the pandemic even as it has exploded in Brazil, … Continue reading Bolsonaro’s poll numbers rise in Brazil despite virus

US records over 1,000 coronavirus deaths for fourth straight day

CHICAGO (REUTERS) - The United States recorded more than 1,000 deaths from Covid-19 for the fourth day in a row on Friday (July 24), according to a Reuters tally, as the Trump administration stressed the need for children to go back into the classroom despite fears about safety. Early June was the last time the United States … Continue reading US records over 1,000 coronavirus deaths for fourth straight day

Facebook, Twitter remove accounts of Bolsonaro supporters following court order

BRASILIA (REUTERS) - Facebook and Twitter took down the accounts of several high-profile supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro following a Supreme Court order, a move that underlines the tricky territory the social media titans are navigating in some of the world's largest jurisdictions. Justice Alexandre de Moraes ordered the removal of 16 Twitter accounts … Continue reading Facebook, Twitter remove accounts of Bolsonaro supporters following court order

Men seen forcing open backdoor of China’s Houston consulate after closure

HOUSTON (REUTERS) - A group of men who appeared to be American officials were seen forcing open a back door of the Chinese consulate in Houston on Friday (July 24), shortly after a US government closure order for the mission took effect at 4pm  Central Time (5am Saturday Singapore time).  The men did not respond when … Continue reading Men seen forcing open backdoor of China’s Houston consulate after closure

Israel strikes Syrian army targets after border unrest

JERUSALEM (AFP) - Israeli army helicopters struck military targets in southern Syrian on Friday (July 24) in retaliation for earlier "munitions" fire towards Israel from inside Syria, escalating tensions between the bitter rivals. Israeli "attack helicopters struck military targets in southern Syria belonging to the Syrian Armed Forces. A number of targets were struck, including … Continue reading Israel strikes Syrian army targets after border unrest

Trump adviser to get US nomination for top OECD post

WASHINGTON (AFP) - White House advisor Chris Liddell will be Washington's nominee to be the next head of the OECD, an administration official said on Friday (July 24), putting a Trump ally in the running to lead the association of advanced economies. Liddell, a dual US-New Zealand national, serves as a deputy chief of staff … Continue reading Trump adviser to get US nomination for top OECD post