Turkey plans prisoner release, excluding those jailed on post-coup terrorism charges

ISTANBUL (Reuters) Turkey's parliament discussed a prisoner release law on Tuesday which aims to ease overcrowding in jails and protect detainees from the coronavirus, but which critics slam for excluding people jailed on terrorism charges in a post-coup crackdown. The bill, proposed by President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party, would temporarily free around 45,000 prisoners to … Continue reading Turkey plans prisoner release, excluding those jailed on post-coup terrorism charges

South African union takes government to court over COVID-19 gear shortage

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) South Africa's main health workers' union planned to challenge the government in court on Tuesday over shortages of protective gear for frontline staff as the country braced for a surge in new coronavirus cases. Under a strict 21-day lockdown imposed from March 27 in a bid to contain the outbreak, South Africa has … Continue reading South African union takes government to court over COVID-19 gear shortage

Under coronavirus lockdown, Rwandans remember genocide from home

KIGALI (Reuters) - Valerie Mukabayire lost her husband in Rwanda's genocide. Now she and her family know they need to stay strong to honour his memory as they join the country's fight against the coronavirus. Government orders to stay indoors to curb the spread of the disease have prevented them holding a family gathering to … Continue reading Under coronavirus lockdown, Rwandans remember genocide from home

President Macron to address nation on Thursday on coronavirus crisis – French radio

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation regarding the new coronavirus situation on Thursday evening, French Europe 1 radio reported on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron washes his hands with sanitizer after a visit to the Kolmi-Hopen protective face masks factory, following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), … Continue reading President Macron to address nation on Thursday on coronavirus crisis – French radio

WHO warns of health worker shortage in Eastern Mediterranean

Cairo (AFP) The World Health Organization warned Tuesday of a shortage of health workers in the Eastern Mediterranean region and said underreporting of coronavirus cases remains a challenge. "We need health workers to be mobilised to ensure their availability to meet shortages," Ahmed al-Mandhari, WHO's Eastern Mediterranean director, told an online press conference from Cairo. … Continue reading WHO warns of health worker shortage in Eastern Mediterranean

Football: La Liga eyeing May return, says league boss Tebas

Madrid (AFP) La Liga could return to action as early as next month, its president Javier Tebas said on Tuesday, as the league awaits a chance to restart following the coronavirus shutdown. Tebas also warned Spanish clubs could lose as much as one billion euros ($1.1 billion) if the season is not completed, pushing football … Continue reading Football: La Liga eyeing May return, says league boss Tebas

Russian space agency says Trump paving way to seize other planets

MOSCOW (REUTERS) The Russian space agency, Roscosmos, accused US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (April 7) of creating a basis to take over other planets by signing an executive order outlining US policy on commercial mining in space. The executive order, which Roscosmos said damaged the scope for international cooperation in space, was signed on Monday. … Continue reading Russian space agency says Trump paving way to seize other planets

EU to unveil strategy to exit coronavirus lockdown

BRUSSELS (AFP) The European Commission will on Wednesday (April 8) unveil a plan for the bloc to ease out of a virus lockdown that has dealt a body blow to the economies of European Union members, a spokesman said. The strategy, to be presented by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen after a video conference with relevant … Continue reading EU to unveil strategy to exit coronavirus lockdown

Sweden reports over 100 deaths from coronavirus in a day

STOCKHOLM (AFP) Sweden on Tuesday (April 7) reported another 114 deaths from the new coronavirus, bringing the total to 591 in a country that has adopted a softer approach to containing the spread of the disease. Sweden's Public Health Agency said it had recorded a total of 7,693 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the country … Continue reading Sweden reports over 100 deaths from coronavirus in a day

Lockdowns: Saving lives, but ruining livelihoods in Africa

LAGOS/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) In a dark ground-floor room in Lagos, dressmaker Kemi Adepoju gazes at a pile of dresses she has made but which cannot be collected due to the lockdown in force to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. "This lockdown came upon us suddenly. I used all my money to buy fabric. If … Continue reading Lockdowns: Saving lives, but ruining livelihoods in Africa

Football: EPL stars will ‘play part’, says union chief

London (AFP) The head of the union representing Premier League players says they have "agreed to play their part" during the coronavirus pandemic as pressure mounts to find a collective pay deal. England's top-flight stars have come under fire over their lack of action, which contrasts sharply with significant pay cuts taken by players at … Continue reading Football: EPL stars will ‘play part’, says union chief

Greek health workers demonstrate over coronavirus conditions

Athens (AFP) Hundreds of Greek healthcare workers demonstrated on Tuesday to protest at working conditions and lack of manpower and equipment in public hospitals during the coronavirus pandemic. Health workers in Greece demonstrated on Tuesday calling for more help from the government to fight coronavirus Aris Messinis AFP The demonstrations were staged to coincide with … Continue reading Greek health workers demonstrate over coronavirus conditions