Racing hopes to be in a league of its own, thanks partly to Pogba

London (AFP) French football World Cup winner Paul Pogba is the unwitting inspiration for the Racing League, a series hoping to attract a fresh fanbase for horse racing, its founder Jeremy Wray told AFP. Wray was speaking at the launch at the historic Queen's Club -- usually associated with the Wimbledon warm-up tennis tournament. The … Continue reading Racing hopes to be in a league of its own, thanks partly to Pogba

Senator Amy Klobuchar drops presidential bid, plans to endorse Biden

She is flying to Dallas and plans to join Biden at his rally Monday night, according to her campaign. Klobuchar was the third presidential candidate to drop out of the race in less than 49 hours, following Pete Buttigieg’s departure late Sunday and Tom Steyer’s exit late Saturday. Their decisions reflect an urgent push among moderates to consolidate behind … Continue reading Senator Amy Klobuchar drops presidential bid, plans to endorse Biden

Senegal confirms first coronavirus case

Dakar (AFP) Senegal confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on Monday, marking just the second infection in sub-Saharan Africa amid concerns over the continent's vulnerability to outbreaks of contagious diseases. A French man who lives in Senegal visited France in mid-February, contracting the virus before returning to the West African country and being … Continue reading Senegal confirms first coronavirus case

Trump says “very safe” to hold campaign rallies despite virus spread

Washington (AFP) US President Donald Trump insisted Monday that campaign rallies do not put his supporters at risk of catching or spreading the coronavirus, and insisted the country was well prepared for the disease. "I think it's very safe," to continue holding frequent rallies across the country, Trump said when questioned in the Oval Office. … Continue reading Trump says “very safe” to hold campaign rallies despite virus spread

Haiti’s president names new prime minister to tackle crisis

Port-au-Prince (AFP) Haiti's president Jovenel Moise on Monday named a new prime minister to tackle the country's worsening socio-political and security crisis. "Following consultations with different sectors, I have decided on Joute Joseph as new prime minister," Moise said on his official Twitter account. "He is tasked with forming, as soon as possible, a government … Continue reading Haiti’s president names new prime minister to tackle crisis

UN Libya envoy Salame steps down

Tripoli (AFP) The UN's envoy to war-plagued Libya, Ghassan Salame, announced his resignation on Monday citing health reasons, nearly three years after taking up the post. "I tried to unite Libyans and restrain foreign interference... but for health reasons I can no longer continue with this level of stress and therefore I have asked the … Continue reading UN Libya envoy Salame steps down

Coronavirus lockdown extended on French teams at UAE Tour

Paris (AFP) Two French cycling teams described their continued coronavirus quarantine in the United Arab Emirates as confusing on Monday after swathes of other competitors were allowed home. Chris Froome's Team Ineos and a majority of the other riders were given the all-clear to leave quarantine on Sunday. The lockdown started last Thursday when two … Continue reading Coronavirus lockdown extended on French teams at UAE Tour

Venezuela arrests officials for giving US oil data

Caracas (AFP) Venezuela said Monday it had arrested two officials from state oil company PDVSA for providing the US with "strategic and sensitive" details of its sanctions-hit oil operations. Alfredo Chirinos, the company's special operations chief, and Aryenis Torrealba, PDVSA's general manager of crude operations, were arrested on Friday, the commission set up to restructure … Continue reading Venezuela arrests officials for giving US oil data

VW ditches natural gas to focus on e-cars

Frankfurt am Main (AFP) Volkswagen on Monday said it will stop developing natural gas-fuelled cars as the German auto giant bets on electric engines in the battle to woo climate-conscious drivers. The VW group sold just 110,000 cars powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) worldwide last year, not enough to justify further investment, VW's head … Continue reading VW ditches natural gas to focus on e-cars

Football: Bayern visit slumping Schalke in German Cup after banner shame

Berlin (AFP) After comprehensive wins in Europe and the Bundesliga over the past week, Bayern Munich will switch their attention to the German Cup on Tuesday against an out-of-sorts Schalke in the quarter-finals. Bayern marked themselves out as Champions League title contenders with a 3-0 rout of Chelsea in London last week, backing it up … Continue reading Football: Bayern visit slumping Schalke in German Cup after banner shame

25 killed in South African bus accident

Johannesburg (AFP) Twenty-five people died Monday when a bus rolled down a steep embankment in South Africa's coastal Eastern Cape province, the country's transport minister said. "Reports indicate that the driver lost control of the bus, which subsequently rolled down a steep embankment, leaving 25 dead and approximately 62 injured," Fikile Mbalula said in a … Continue reading 25 killed in South African bus accident

Nissan case over Ghosn’s Beirut home to end this month

Beirut (AFP) Nissan's lawsuit in Lebanon against former CEO Carlos Ghosn over his use of a Beirut home will wrap up at the end of March, the carmaker's lawyer told AFP on Monday. The Japanese auto giant filed a case 15 months ago against Ghosn on the grounds he was illegally using a large residence … Continue reading Nissan case over Ghosn’s Beirut home to end this month