Russian small businesses reopen to uncertain future

Moscow (AFP) When Moscow authorities closed non-essential businesses to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Boris Kupriyanov began to personally deliver books to his customers. This, he said, has helped him and his indie bookstore survive over the past two months. Boris Kupriyanov co-founded Falanster, one of Russia's most famous independent bookshops Alexander NEMENOV AFP "In … Continue reading Russian small businesses reopen to uncertain future

US cities order curfews as mass protests continue over death of George Floyd

Civil unrest flared and curfews were imposed in several major U.S. cities on Saturday as demonstrators took to the streets to vent outrage at the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck. From Los Angeles to Miami to Chicago, protests marked by chants of … Continue reading US cities order curfews as mass protests continue over death of George Floyd

Walls close in on Thailand’s poorest as virus shrivels economy

Bangkok (AFP) Shuffling around their tiny slum home which is too small to stand up in, Thanapat Noidee and his wife Papassorn share donated noodles with their sons and worry about bills, as the coronavirus pushes Thailand's poor deeper into penury. The wood and breeze-block hut which is their home stands in the heart of … Continue reading Walls close in on Thailand’s poorest as virus shrivels economy

Billie Eilish slams ‘white privilege’ and ‘All Lives Matter’ on Instagram: ‘I’m going to lose my f***ing mind’

Billie Eilish slammed the concept of “white privilege” in a scathing Instagram post on Saturday. In a profanity-laced message, the “Bad Guy” singer sounded off on “white privilege” and the phrase “All Lives Matter” which many feel is an affront to the Black Lives Matter movement and people who face racial injustice. “I’ve been trying to take this week … Continue reading Billie Eilish slams ‘white privilege’ and ‘All Lives Matter’ on Instagram: ‘I’m going to lose my f***ing mind’

Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Oprah, more celebrities react to the death of George Floyd: ‘We must act’

Celebrities are joining the chorus of thousands of protesters demanding justice for George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in police custody Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. The horrifying bystander video of Floyd's death spread quickly on social media earlier in the day, showing the officer driving his knee into Floyd's neck as the handcuffed man … Continue reading Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Oprah, more celebrities react to the death of George Floyd: ‘We must act’

In world’s happiest nation, teens don’t want to vape anymore

HELSINKI (BLOOMBERG) - In the happiest nation on Earth, vaping has been all but eradicated. Finland's decision to ban flavours such as strawberry cheesecake and peach tea on e-cigarettes a few years ago appears to have worked. Now, the country is on track to reach its goal of becoming smoker free by 2030. Vaping is … Continue reading In world’s happiest nation, teens don’t want to vape anymore

US workers face an unequal future when coronavirus recedes

WASHINGTON (AFP) - As the coronavirus worked its way across the United States, it cleaved the country's workforce in two: those who have the ability to work from home, and those who do not. From baristas to hotel workers to tourism operators, people whose job requires them to show up in person were among the … Continue reading US workers face an unequal future when coronavirus recedes

Iran berates US over police killing, slams racism

DUBAI (REUTERS) - Iran took Washington to task on Saturday (May 30) over the alleged killing of an unarmed black man by a white police officer that sparked protests in the United States over racial injustice. "Some don't think #BlackLivesMatter," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter. "To those of us who do: it is … Continue reading Iran berates US over police killing, slams racism

A novel way to disinfect a car amid coronavirus pandemic: make it an oven

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - Over the past two months, law-enforcement agencies around the United States have increasingly found themselves transporting people infected with the coronavirus, and facing the challenge of how to quickly and effectively sanitise their vehicles. "We've been doing it by hand, wiping down the seats and interior with 70 per cent alcohol and water," … Continue reading A novel way to disinfect a car amid coronavirus pandemic: make it an oven

Trump hopes for his own booster shot from SpaceX rocket launch

CAPE CANAVERAL (NYTIMES) - For US President Donald Trump, the launch of the sleek SpaceX rocket with two Nasa astronauts on Saturday (May 30) not only propelled America back into the heavens but, he hoped, gave a booster shot to his own beleaguered presidency after months of misery afflicting the country. After watching from a rooftop barely … Continue reading Trump hopes for his own booster shot from SpaceX rocket launch