White House explores Trump acting on his own on virus relief

WASHINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - The White House is exploring whether President Donald Trump can act on his own to extend enhanced unemployment benefits and eviction protection if lawmakers fail to act, people familiar with the matter said. The White House is concerned about the economic impact of the benefits having expired on Friday (July 31), the … Continue reading White House explores Trump acting on his own on virus relief

Israel says it hit bombers on Syrian boundary

JERUSALEM (NYTIMES) - Troops ambushed four militants as they planted bombs along Israel's boundary with Syria around midnight, the Israeli military said early Monday (Aug 3), amid heightened tensions along Israel's frontiers. The militants, whose identity or affiliation were not immediately known, were assumed to have been killed on the spot by a combination of … Continue reading Israel says it hit bombers on Syrian boundary

Eight arrested in Russia’s first surrogacy probe

MOSCOW (AFP) - Eight Russians have been arrested and charged with human trafficking in the country's first surrogacy probe, and a court on Monday (Aug 3) was to consider extending the arrests. Surrogacy is legal in Russia and has been a lucrative business for many years. Surrogacy is legal in Russia and has been a … Continue reading Eight arrested in Russia’s first surrogacy probe

Pharma giant Sanofi charged with manslaughter in birth defects case

PARIS (AFP) - French prosecutors have indicted pharma giant Sanofi for manslaughter over birth defects linked to an epilepsy drug, the company said on Monday (Aug 3), in a long-running case that has also seen it charged with fraud. The charges relate to the drug valproate, marketed as Depakine among other trade names, which studies … Continue reading Pharma giant Sanofi charged with manslaughter in birth defects case

One person is dying of Covid-19 every seven minutes in Iran: Media

TEHERAN (REUTERS) - One person is dying from Covid-19 every seven minutes in Iran, state television said on Monday (Aug 3), as the Health Ministry reported 215 new deaths from the disease and state media warned of a lack of proper social distancing. Health Ministry spokesman Sima Sadat Lari was quoted by the state TV … Continue reading One person is dying of Covid-19 every seven minutes in Iran: Media

Milner urges Liverpool to stay focused after title triumph

London (AFP) Liverpool midfielder James Milner has warned his team-mates it would be "criminal" for them to lose their focus after one Premier League title triumph. Jurgen Klopp's side ended a 30-year wait to be crowned English champions in June. Liverpool's James Milner kisses the Premier League trophy Paul ELLIS POOL/AFP/File Form dipped once the … Continue reading Milner urges Liverpool to stay focused after title triumph

‘Pathetic!’ — Trump lashes out at virus coordinator

Washington (AFP) President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at his coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx after she sounded a grim warning about the pandemic's new surge, calling her remarks "pathetic." Trump, angered by what he sees as overly pessimistic media coverage of his handling of the pandemic, said Birx had given into pressure to … Continue reading ‘Pathetic!’ — Trump lashes out at virus coordinator

Infantino to ‘respect’ any ethics committee decision – FIFA

Lausanne (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino will "respect any decision by the ethics committee", world football's governing body said Monday after Swiss authorities opened criminal proceedings against him last week. A Swiss special prosecutor has launched proceedings against Infantino, as part of an investigation into suspected collusion with the country's attorney general, Michael Lauber. Both … Continue reading Infantino to ‘respect’ any ethics committee decision – FIFA

Virgin seeks to revive supersonic commercial flight — but faster

Washington (AFP) Space tourism company Virgin Galactic on Monday announced a partnership with engine-maker Rolls-Royce to build a supersonic commercial airplane that flies at three times the speed of sound. The aircraft would travel at Mach 3 -- rather than the Mach 2 speed of Concorde, the pioneering jet that operated from 1976 to 2003. … Continue reading Virgin seeks to revive supersonic commercial flight — but faster

Russia aims to produce ‘millions’ of virus doses by 2021

Moscow (AFP) Russia said Monday it aims to launch mass production of a coronavirus vaccine next month and turn out "several million" doses per month by next year. The country is pushing ahead with several vaccine prototypes and one trialled by the Gamaleya institute in Moscow has reached advanced stages of development and is about … Continue reading Russia aims to produce ‘millions’ of virus doses by 2021

WHO warns there may never be a COVID-19 ‘silver bullet’

Geneva (AFP) The World Health Organization warned Monday that there might never be a "silver bullet" for the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines. The WHO urged governments and citizens to focus on doing the known basics, such as testing, contact tracing, maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask in order to … Continue reading WHO warns there may never be a COVID-19 ‘silver bullet’

Israel army says killed 4 planting bombs at Syria border

Jerusalem (AFP) The Israeli army said Monday it had killed four men laying explosives at a security fence along the Israeli-occupied sector of the Golan Heights, adjacent to Syrian-controlled territory. "They were inside Israeli territory but beyond the fence," military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus told journalists in a telephone briefing. An Israeli military vehicle … Continue reading Israel army says killed 4 planting bombs at Syria border