Coronavirus: Pep Guardiola donates €1m to help COVID-19 fight

Pep Guardiola has made a €1million donation to aid in the fight against coronavirus. The Manchester City manager made the sizeable contribution to the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation, which will invest it in medical equipment. Guardiola is at home in Barcelona amid the COVID-19 outbreak and the foundation to which he made the pledge is … Continue reading Coronavirus: Pep Guardiola donates €1m to help COVID-19 fight

New York’s coronavirus cases spike, but Trump favours reopening US economy

New York City reported 14,776 coronavirus cases and 131 deaths, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday as New York state governor, Andrew Cuomo, warned the epidemic could hit harder and faster than previously thought with the World Health Organization warning the US could emerge as the epicenter of the global pandemic. An emergency medical team … Continue reading New York’s coronavirus cases spike, but Trump favours reopening US economy

American playwright Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus complications

New York (AFP) Terrence McNally, a revered American playwright, librettist and screenwriter whose long career earned him four Tony awards and an Emmy, died Tuesday following coronavirus complications. He was 81 years old. McNally's publicist said in a statement sent to AFP that the esteemed artist was a lung cancer survivor who lived with chronic … Continue reading American playwright Terrence McNally dies of coronavirus complications

Jihadist ambush kills at least 70 Nigerian soldiers

Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) At least 70 Nigerian soldiers were killed in an ambush on their convoy by jihadist fighters in the restive northeast, military and security sources said on Tuesday. Insurgents fired rocket-propelled grenades at a lorry carrying troops as it travelled near Gorgi village in Borno state on Monday, two military officers told AFP … Continue reading Jihadist ambush kills at least 70 Nigerian soldiers

New York ‘tough guy’ Cuomo center stage in US coronavirus fight

New York (AFP) America's coronavirus crisis has thrust New York Governor Andrew Cuomo into the national spotlight, his no-nonsense yet empathetic style contrasting with President Donald Trump's and developing him a fan following. The Democrat has been a reassuring presence for many Americans during his televised daily updates on efforts to contain the outbreak that … Continue reading New York ‘tough guy’ Cuomo center stage in US coronavirus fight

Disney launches reduced-bandwidth streaming in 7 European countries

Paris (AFP) The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had rolled out its Disney+ streaming service in seven European countries, but had reduced bandwidth -- and hence output quality -- because of the heavy demand on network infrastructure during the coronavirus crisis. "In light of concerns regarding the current ability of certain broadband infrastructure … Continue reading Disney launches reduced-bandwidth streaming in 7 European countries

Smelling a rat: How rodents sniff out fake beggars

Washington (AFP) Like people, rats cooperate with one another and give food to those in need, but how can they be sure that other rats are being truthful about how hungry they are? The answer may lie in smell-based cues that signal a rat's appetite more reliably than its begging gestures and squeaks, a study … Continue reading Smelling a rat: How rodents sniff out fake beggars

Coronavirus: Mexican ministers stand huddled on cramped stage for social distancing message

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - Mexico's deputy health minister unveiled social distancing on Tuesday (March 24), but several Cabinet members on a cramped stage at the event appeared not to heed his appeal that people fight exposure to the coronavirus by keeping 1.5 metres apart. Lopez Obrador (far left), accompanied by members of his Cabinet, speaks … Continue reading Coronavirus: Mexican ministers stand huddled on cramped stage for social distancing message

Trump calls for quick end to US coronavirus lockdown

Washington (AFP) President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he wants to loosen the coronavirus lockdown in the United States and restart the economy within three weeks, calling social distancing measures too disruptive. "A lot of people agree with me. Our country -- it's not built to shut down," he said on Fox News. "You can destroy … Continue reading Trump calls for quick end to US coronavirus lockdown

Coronavirus: Three sailors on board US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt have bug

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Three US sailors on board the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier in the Pacific tested positive for the coronavirus, US Navy officials said on Tuesday (March 24), the first known cases of the virus on board a US military ship at sea. Acting US Navy Secretary Thomas Modly told a news conference that … Continue reading Coronavirus: Three sailors on board US aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt have bug

EU finance ministers split on coronavirus rescue plan

Brussels (AFP) EU finance ministers argued over crisis measures to help European countries withstand the economic shock of the coronavirus outbreak Tuesday, with powerful Germany cautious about rewriting the rulebook. The COVID-19 outbreak has brought the European economy to it knees and Italy, with the backing of France and Spain, wants a massive response from … Continue reading EU finance ministers split on coronavirus rescue plan

Coronavirus: French lockdown should last ‘at least six weeks’, say government advisers

PARIS (AFP) - The lockdown imposed last week in France to battle the coronavirus should last at least six weeks in total, a committee of scientific experts advising the government on the outbreak said on Tuesday (March 24). French president Emmanuel Macron gestures as he speaks during a coronavirus conference call at the Elysee Palace … Continue reading Coronavirus: French lockdown should last ‘at least six weeks’, say government advisers