Belgium blames France after finding tonnes of dead fish in river

BRUSSELS/PARIS (REUTERS) - The Belgian region of Wallonia said on Thursday (April 30) that tonnes of fish were killed in a river by pollution that flowed across the border from France and accused the French authorities of being too slow to issue a warning. The Belgian region said the problem was caused by a leak … Continue reading Belgium blames France after finding tonnes of dead fish in river

Military hospital ship leaves New York as virus cases decline

New York (AFP) A US military hospital ship left New York on Thursday after a month in the city as coronavirus cases in America's epicenter continue to decline. The USNS Comfort sailed out of a Manhattan pier shortly after midday (1600 GMT) in a low-key departure that contrasted sharply with the fanfare of its arrival. … Continue reading Military hospital ship leaves New York as virus cases decline

Brazil’s Bolsonaro embattled, but supporters loving it

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Some say Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is having a bad stretch, after ditching his two most popular ministers and going far out on an anti-confinement limb in the middle of the coronavirus crisis. But the far-right president's hard-core supporters are loving his battle against the "establishment." Jair Bolsonaro speaks at a … Continue reading Brazil’s Bolsonaro embattled, but supporters loving it

Beyonce, Megan Thee Stallion drop remix for coronavirus relief

Houston (AFP) Pop royalty Beyonce has teamed up with rap star Megan Thee Stallion to release a remixed version of the latter's hit "Savage," with the proceeds benefiting a disaster relief organization in Houston providing meals during the coronavirus pandemic. The two superstar natives of the Texas metropolis dropped the track to much fanfare on … Continue reading Beyonce, Megan Thee Stallion drop remix for coronavirus relief

US charges former Honduran police chief with drug trafficking

Washington (AFP) Honduras' former police chief was indicted in New York Thursday on drug trafficking charges as part of an investigation that previously implicated President Juan Orlando Hernandez. Juan Bonilla Valladares, 60, is alleged to have used his position to protect cocaine shipments in transit to the United States in return for bribes, and of … Continue reading US charges former Honduran police chief with drug trafficking

Coronavirus: PSG dedicate Ligue 1 title triumph to ‘everyday heroes’ on frontline

Paris Saint-Germain have dedicated their Ligue 1 title triumph to healthcare workers and "everyday heroes" who have made such sacrifices during the coronavirus crisis. PSG were declared champions on Thursday after the Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) confirmed final standings will be decided on a points-per-game basis. The announcement came two days after French prime … Continue reading Coronavirus: PSG dedicate Ligue 1 title triumph to ‘everyday heroes’ on frontline

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos win Nasa contracts for Moon lander

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Nasa on Thursday (April 30) awarded almost US$1 billion (S$1.4 billion) in contracts to three space companies including those owned by Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to develop lunar landers as the United States seeks to return human beings to the Moon. The human landing system contracts were given to Musk's SpaceX, … Continue reading Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos win Nasa contracts for Moon lander

Detention of undocumented immigrants ‘explodes’ under Trump: Report

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The detention of undocumented immigrants has "exploded" since President Donald Trump took office and 40 new holding facilities have opened since 2017, according to a report published on Thursday (April 30). Most of the newly-opened detention centres are run by private companies, according to the report by the American Civil Liberties Union, … Continue reading Detention of undocumented immigrants ‘explodes’ under Trump: Report

France records lowest Covid-19 weekday death toll rise since end-March

The number of people who died of coronavirus infection in France increased by 289 or 1.2 percent to 24,376 on Thursday, the lowest increase on a weekday since end March, government data showed.  On Sunday, only 242 new coronavirus deaths were reported, but on Sundays the data reporting from nursing homes is often delayed, leading to a … Continue reading France records lowest Covid-19 weekday death toll rise since end-March

Kardashian Paris robber released from jail in separate case

Nanterre (France) (AFP) The alleged mastermind behind the group that robbed American reality TV star Kim Kardashian at gunpoint in Paris was released from a jail Thursday, where he was serving time for a separate case. The gem heist in October 2016 saw five masked men walk away from Kardashian's luxurious Paris apartment with $10.6 … Continue reading Kardashian Paris robber released from jail in separate case