Coronavirus: EU urges members to prolong entry ban until May 15

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Commission urged EU member states on Wednesday (April 8) to maintain a ban on non-essential travel into the bloc's passport-free zone until at least May 15 to slow the coronavirus epidemic. "All member states have successfully implemented social distancing measures to limit social interaction and slow down the spread of … Continue reading Coronavirus: EU urges members to prolong entry ban until May 15

US Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of 2020 Democratic campaign

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont dropped out of the Democratic presidential race on Wednesday (April 8), concluding a quest for the White House that began five years ago in relative obscurity but ultimately elevated him as a champion of the working class, a standard-bearer of American liberalism and the leader of a … Continue reading US Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of 2020 Democratic campaign

Coronavirus: With no tourists, Vienna’s horse-drawn carriages deliver lockdown meals

VIENNA (REUTERS) - Under coronavirus lockdown, one aspect of modern Vienna might look familiar to victims of plagues past - horse-drawn carriages delivering meals to those most at risk during the pandemic. So-called "fiaker", derived from the French term "fiacre", have been a feature of Vienna life since it was the capital of a vast … Continue reading Coronavirus: With no tourists, Vienna’s horse-drawn carriages deliver lockdown meals

Roadbridge in north Italy collapses, two suffer minor injuries

MILAN (REUTERS) - A bridge on a normally busy provincial road in northern Italy collapsed on Wednesday (April 8) but with virtually no traffic during the coronavirus lockdown, only two truck drivers suffered minor injuries, the fire brigade said. A spokesman for the fire brigade said the 260m bridge on the SS330 road near the … Continue reading Roadbridge in north Italy collapses, two suffer minor injuries

Coronavirus: Bahrain to pay private sector salaries, Gulf struggles to shield migrants

DUBAI (REUTERS) - Bahrain's government will spend US$570 million (S$831 million) on paying salaries to all 100,000 of its citizens employed in the private sector from April to June to help with the impact of the new coronavirus outbreak, the labour ministry said on Wednesday (April 8). The government of Bahrain, the least wealthy among … Continue reading Coronavirus: Bahrain to pay private sector salaries, Gulf struggles to shield migrants

Northern Irish truck driver pleads guilty over deaths of Vietnamese in shipping container

LONDON (REUTERS) - Northern Irish truck driver Maurice Robinson has pleaded guilty to 39 counts of manslaughter related to the deaths of Vietnamese people found in a shipping container in southeast England last year, British media reported on Wednesday (April 8). The victims, 31 men and boys and eight women whose ages ranged from 15 … Continue reading Northern Irish truck driver pleads guilty over deaths of Vietnamese in shipping container

Global trade will plunge by up to a third in 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic: WTO

GENEVA (AFP) - Global trade growth is expected to plummet by up to a third in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the World Trade Organisation said Wednesday (April 8), warning that the numbers would be "ugly". "World trade is expected to fall by between 13 per cent and 32 per cent in 2020 as the … Continue reading Global trade will plunge by up to a third in 2020 amid coronavirus pandemic: WTO

Syrian air force behind chemical attacks, investigation team finds

THE HAGUE (REUTERS) - Syrian Arab Air Force pilots flying Sukhoi Su-22 military planes and a helicopter dropped bombs containing poisonous chlorine and sarin nerve gas on a village in the country's western Hama region in March 2017, a new team at the global chemical weapons watchdog has concluded in its first report. The special … Continue reading Syrian air force behind chemical attacks, investigation team finds

Russia’s Putin orders bonuses for ‘frontline’ virus medics

Moscow (AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday announced additional payouts to health professionals working on "the frontline" of the country's fight against the coronavirus. Putin listed the bonuses as part of new measures to support Russians during the epidemic after health officials reported over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases. Putin used full protective gear during … Continue reading Russia’s Putin orders bonuses for ‘frontline’ virus medics

Millions in Lebanon risk food insecurity over virus lockdown: HRW

Beirut (AFP) Millions in Lebanon risk food insecurity due to a coronavirus lockdown unless the government provides urgent assistance, Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday. Lebanon in mid-March ordered residents to stay at home and all non-essential businesses to close to halt the spread of COVID-19, which has officially infected 575 people and killed 19 nationwide. … Continue reading Millions in Lebanon risk food insecurity over virus lockdown: HRW

Football: Mourinho admits he was in the wrong over training session

London (AFP) Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has accepted he was in the wrong for holding a one-on-one training session with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele in a public park in London. Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho Ronny Hartmann AFP/File Mourinho was pictured on social media flaunting government rules by meeting up with the midfielder Tuesday, even though they … Continue reading Football: Mourinho admits he was in the wrong over training session

European physics lab developing basic COVID-19 ventilator

Geneva (AFP) Physics experts are working at Europe's CERN lab to create a basic ventilator for mild coronavirus sufferers and recovering patients, the facility said on Wednesday. The Swiss-based lab says a model that could run on batteries should be ready for testing in hospitals within weeks and could eventually free up heavy-duty machines for … Continue reading European physics lab developing basic COVID-19 ventilator