Trump says OPEC+ consider cutting global oil output by 20 million barrels a day

Top global oil producers are considering slashing output by 20 million barrels a day under the terms of a deal to boost prices, US President Donald Trump said on Monday. Trump’s remarks came after OPEC producers and their allies agreed on Sunday to cut production by 9.7 million bpd, which some analysts feared would be too little … Continue reading Trump says OPEC+ consider cutting global oil output by 20 million barrels a day

Saudi deportations of Ethiopians could fuel COVID-19 spread: UN

Addis Ababa (AFP) Saudi Arabia has deported nearly 3,000 Ethiopian migrants in recent days, despite concerns that such operations could hasten the spread of the coronavirus, the United Nations says. Since mid-March, the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) has registered 2,870 Ethiopian returnees, all but 100 of whom were sent back from Saudi Arabia, … Continue reading Saudi deportations of Ethiopians could fuel COVID-19 spread: UN

Kiev says huge forest fire ‘no threat’ to Chernobyl nuclear zone

Kiev (AFP) Hundreds of firefighters on Monday battled a forest blaze in Ukraine's Chernobyl exclusion zone while officials insisted there was no risk to the ruined reactor and nearby storage facilities for nuclear waste. "There is no threat to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the storage facilities," Volodymyr Demchuk, a senior official from Ukraine's … Continue reading Kiev says huge forest fire ‘no threat’ to Chernobyl nuclear zone

IMF to provide debt relief for 25 countries to help them address coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The International Monetary Fund on Monday (April 13) said it would provide immediate debt service relief to 25 member countries under its Catastrophe Containment and Relief Trust to allow them to focus their scarce resources on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva in a statement said the Fund's executive board … Continue reading IMF to provide debt relief for 25 countries to help them address coronavirus pandemic

US Congress struggles as partisanship stymies new coronavirus Bill

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Congress struggled to produce a fresh coronavirus relief Bill on Monday (April 13), as a stubborn standoff between Republicans and Democrats complicated the challenge of passing legislation with most lawmakers out of town. Senate Republicans, who are pressing lawmakers to agree to US$250 billion in additional small business aid, chose … Continue reading US Congress struggles as partisanship stymies new coronavirus Bill

Apple responds to US senators questioning privacy of Covid-19 tools

SAN FRANCISCO (BLOOMBERG) - Apple Inc responded to Democratic Senators who sent a letter to Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook with questions related to the privacy of the iPhone maker's Covid-19 screening tools. In a letter dated Friday (April 10), Apple said the tools "were built to protect the privacy and security of users' data." … Continue reading Apple responds to US senators questioning privacy of Covid-19 tools

Raging wildfires close in on Ukraine’s defunct Chernobyl power plant

A huge forest fire in Ukraine that has been raging for more than a week is now just one kilometre from the defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant and poses a radiation risk, Greenpeace Russia warned on Monday, citing satellite images. Ukraine’s Emergency Situations Service said it was still fighting the fires, but that the situation … Continue reading Raging wildfires close in on Ukraine’s defunct Chernobyl power plant

Football: Top Italian doctor against May restart for Serie A

Milan (AFP) A leading Italian doctor specialising in infectious diseases said on Monday he would be against Serie A restarting its season next month. Football across the country, which has recorded more than 20,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, has been postponed since March 9 due to the outbreak. Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus lead Serie A … Continue reading Football: Top Italian doctor against May restart for Serie A

Back to work for some in Spain as death rate eases

Madrid (AFP) Workers in Spain's construction and manufacturing sectors cautiously returned to work Monday as the daily death toll resumed its downward trend and new infections fell to the lowest level in three weeks. One of the worst-hit countries in the world, Spain saw the daily death rate fall for three consecutive days last week, … Continue reading Back to work for some in Spain as death rate eases

Gabon starts virus confinement in capital

Libreville (AFP) Gabon on Monday began confinement measures in the capital and three nearby municipalities in restrictions enforced by security forces to contain the spread of coronavirus. Libreville on Monday was mostly idle, with shops and markets empty and police roadblocks set up at many crossroads as the measures came into force. Police set up … Continue reading Gabon starts virus confinement in capital

Two monks die as virus infects 93 at Kiev monastery

Kiev (AFP) Two monks have died and more than 90 people have been infected in a mass coronavirus outbreak at an Orthodox monastery in Kiev, officials said Monday. A total of 93 cases have been confirmed at the historic Kiev-Pechersk Lavra monastery, 63 of them over the past day, Kiev Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko said. Founded … Continue reading Two monks die as virus infects 93 at Kiev monastery

Fire guts UNESCO-listed church in Haiti

Port-au-Prince (AFP) A fire ripped through one of Haiti's oldest churches overnight, officials said Monday, causing the dome of the UNESCO-listed world heritage site to collapse. It was not immediately clear what caused the blaze at the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception church in Milot, in the north of the country. The 220 year-old … Continue reading Fire guts UNESCO-listed church in Haiti