Wuhan virus: Two cases confirmed in France, first in Europe

PARIS (REUTERS) - France confirmed on Friday (Jan 24) its first two cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, with one patient being hospitalised in Paris and the other in the southwestern city of Bordeaux. A passenger wearing a protective mask travels for the Chinese New Year holiday in Beijing on Jan 24, 2020.PHOTO: AFP Health Minister … Continue reading Wuhan virus: Two cases confirmed in France, first in Europe

US says 34 troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after Iran strike

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The Pentagon said on Friday (Jan 24) that 34 service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month, a number higher than the military had previously announced. US soldiers clear rubble at Ain al-Asad military airbase in the western … Continue reading US says 34 troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after Iran strike

Billions of locusts swarm through East Africa after year of extreme weather

Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in the region's worse infestation in decades.The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimated one swarm in Kenya at around 2,400 square kilometres (about 930 square miles) – an area almost the size of Moscow – meaning it could contain up to 200 billion locusts, each of which consumes its … Continue reading Billions of locusts swarm through East Africa after year of extreme weather

Pompeo to head to UK ahead of Brexit, then to Ukraine

Washington (AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will head to Britain next week to reaffirm the US "special relationship" with the country ahead of its exit from the European Union, the State Department announced Friday. Pompeo will travel to London on January 29, meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab … Continue reading Pompeo to head to UK ahead of Brexit, then to Ukraine

Struggling Besiktas sack coach Avci

Istanbul (AFP) Istanbul giants Besiktas have parted company with their coach Abdullah Avci after a series of poor results, the club said on Friday. Half-way through Avci's first season at the 'Black Eagles', the 15-time national champions sit seventh in the Super Lig, ten points adrift of leaders Sivasspor. "Our board of directors decided to … Continue reading Struggling Besiktas sack coach Avci

Man Utd can’t use pitch as an excuse in FA Cup tie, says Tranmere boss

London (AFP) Tranmere manager Micky Mellon has told struggling Manchester United they cannot use the poor pitch as an excuse if they come unstuck in their FA Cup fourth-round match at Prenton Park. Third-tier Rovers booked a dream meeting against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side on Sunday by overcoming Premier League side Watford in their rescheduled … Continue reading Man Utd can’t use pitch as an excuse in FA Cup tie, says Tranmere boss

Australia bush fires contribute to big rise in global CO2 levels: UK’s Met Office

LONDON (REUTERS) - Australia's bush fires are contributing to one of the biggest annual increases in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere since record-keeping began more than 60 years ago, according to a forecast published by Britain's Met Office on Friday (Jan 24). Fire creeps through a property in Coolagolite, ten kilometres … Continue reading Australia bush fires contribute to big rise in global CO2 levels: UK’s Met Office

US House prosecutors focus on abuse of power in making case for impeachment against Trump

WASHINGTON - Democrats and Republicans are geared up for a clash over whether President Donald Trump's conduct regarding Ukraine warranted impeachment, as House prosecutors moved into the home stretch of making their case for removing the president from office. A Republican line of argument is that US President Donald Trump cannot be impeached because he … Continue reading US House prosecutors focus on abuse of power in making case for impeachment against Trump

‘This time I’m scared’: experts fear too late for China virus lockdown

Beijing (AFP) China's bid to contain a deadly new virus by placing cities of millions under quarantine is an unprecedented undertaking but it is unlikely to stop the disease spreading, experts warn. The contagious virus has already reached elsewhere in China and abroad, and even an authoritarian government has only a small timeframe in which … Continue reading ‘This time I’m scared’: experts fear too late for China virus lockdown

Solskjaer says ‘no quick fix’ for Man Utd malaise

London (AFP) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains confident that Manchester United see him as the right man to take them forward, reiterating there is no "quick fix" for the stumbling Premier League giants. Back-to-back Premier League defeats to Liverpool and Burnley have been compounded by a toxic atmosphere around the club, with fans voicing their anger … Continue reading Solskjaer says ‘no quick fix’ for Man Utd malaise

Deposed Osaka says she does not have ‘champion mentality’

Melbourne (AFP) Naomi Osaka said she had been overwhelmed by the pressure of defending her Australian Open title and admitted she does not have a "champion mentality" after losing to 15-year-old Coco Gauff on Friday. The 22-year-old Japanese made the startling admission after a surprise 6-3, 6-4 third-round defeat to the unseeded American, a loss … Continue reading Deposed Osaka says she does not have ‘champion mentality’

Germany’s only black MP reveals death threats

Berlin (AFP) Germany's only black MP said this week he had received death threats from right-wing extremists days after finding holes probably made by a pellet gun in his constituency office window. Karamba Diaby, a lawmaker for the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), told German media that he had received the anonymous threat by email, … Continue reading Germany’s only black MP reveals death threats