‘He’s a total disgrace’: Trump defends firing US intel watchdog Atkinson

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump on Saturday (April 4) defended his decision to fire the top watchdog of the US Intelligence Community, saying Michael Atkinson did "a terrible job" in handling the whistleblower complaint that triggered an impeachment probe of Trump last year. Mr Michael Atkinson handled the whistleblower complaint that led to US … Continue reading ‘He’s a total disgrace’: Trump defends firing US intel watchdog Atkinson

Queen Elizabeth II to praise virus response in rare address

London (AFP) Queen Elizabeth II will urge people to rise to the challenge posed by the coronavirus outbreak, in a rare special address to Britain and Commonwealth nations on Sunday. In extracts released Saturday of what royal officials said was a "deeply personal" speech, the 93-year-old monarch will say she has faith that people will … Continue reading Queen Elizabeth II to praise virus response in rare address

Boxing: Joshua-Pulev heavyweight title fight postponed owing to coronavirus

(REUTERS) - The world heavyweight title fight between Briton Anthony Joshua and the IBF's mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria originally scheduled for June 20 has been postponed, promoters Matchroom Boxing said on Friday (April 3). Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev with promoter Eddie Hearn at the press conference in Cardiff on Sept 11, 2017 ahead of … Continue reading Boxing: Joshua-Pulev heavyweight title fight postponed owing to coronavirus

Nigeria’s Osun state says only one coronavirus patient ‘missing’

The Osun State government in Nigeria has mounted a manhunt for six coronavirus patients who escaped from an isolation facility in the the town of Ejibgo. Authorities say the incident took place on Friday night. The six persons belong to a cluster of COVID-19 cases who returned to their hometown, Ejigbo, from Ivory Coast last week, … Continue reading Nigeria’s Osun state says only one coronavirus patient ‘missing’

Trump says thousands of military personnel to be sent to help US states battle coronavirus

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump said on Saturday (April 4) the US government would be deploying thousands military personnel to states to help them deal with the coronavirus epidemic. US President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference on April 4, 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS "We're going to be adding a tremendous amount of military … Continue reading Trump says thousands of military personnel to be sent to help US states battle coronavirus

Egypt Coptic church suspends Easter Holy Week services over virus

Cairo (AFP) Egypt's Coptic Orthodox church has decided to suspend prayers preceding Easter celebrations later this month as part of efforts to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Pope Tawadros II chaired the meeting in which the Coptic Orthodox church decided to suspend prayers preceding Easter celebrations amid the COVID-19 pandemic Ludovic MARIN AFP/File … Continue reading Egypt Coptic church suspends Easter Holy Week services over virus

Turkey tightens controls in public places over virus threat

Istanbul (AFP) Turkey stepped up controls Saturday on crowded public spaces including markets and ferries in Istanbul, a day after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed the use of face masks to curb the coronavirus outbreak. Although Turkey is not on lockdown, many public spaces are empty Ozan KOSE AFP The death toll in the country … Continue reading Turkey tightens controls in public places over virus threat

Football: Liverpool blasted in virus furlough move, players in £200m wage cut warning

London (AFP) Ex-players blasted Liverpool for their move to furlough non-playing staff during the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday as Premier League stars warned of a £200 million ($245 million) shortfall in government coffers if 30 percent wage cuts were introduced. Liverpool are 25 points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League … Continue reading Football: Liverpool blasted in virus furlough move, players in £200m wage cut warning

France launches terror probe after two killed in stabbing spree

Romans-sur-Isère (France) (AFP) A Sudanese refugee went on a knife rampage in a town in southeastern France on Saturday, killing two people in what is being treated as a terrorist attack. An investigation has been launched by French anti-terrorism prosecutors JEFF PACHOUD AFP The attack in broad daylight, which President Emmanuel Macron called "an odious … Continue reading France launches terror probe after two killed in stabbing spree

Italy cheers first drop in critical virus patients

Rome (AFP) Pandemic-hit Italy cheered Saturday after seeing its number of intensive care cases for the coronavirus that stretched its healthcare system to breaking point drop for the first time. xxx Filippo MONTEFORTE AFP Even some of the most cautious health officials seized on the figures as evidence that the tide might be turning in … Continue reading Italy cheers first drop in critical virus patients

Dubai imposes two-week lockdown as Gulf states step up coronavirus fight

DUBAI/RIYADH (REUTERS) - Dubai imposed a two-week lockdown Saturday night (April 4) and Saudi Arabia sealed off parts of the Red Sea city of Jeddah as Gulf states tightened measures in big cities to contain the spread of the coronavirus. People can only leave their homes except for essential purposes.PHOTO: REUTERS Dubai had been under an overnight … Continue reading Dubai imposes two-week lockdown as Gulf states step up coronavirus fight

New York reels as 630 die in a day, confirmed coronavirus cases in US top 300,000

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Coronavirus-related illnesses killed 630 people in the last day in New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday (April 4), in the bleakest 24 hours yet for the US state hit hardest by the pandemic. Experts say New York might be around a week away from the worst point in the … Continue reading New York reels as 630 die in a day, confirmed coronavirus cases in US top 300,000