Coronavirus or not, us Marines need their buzzcuts: top general

Washington (AFP) While coronavirus sequestering has millions sporting longer locks as they go without haircuts, that's not going to happen for one group: the US Marines. From their boot camp buzz cuts to the "high and tight" style standard for the Marine Corps, a spartan trim is inseparable from their war-fighting discipline, Pentagon Joint Chiefs … Continue reading Coronavirus or not, us Marines need their buzzcuts: top general

Football: ‘Corruption is evident’ – Rousaud deepens Barcelona’s civil war

Former Barcelona vice-president Emili Rousaud has doubled down on allegations of corruption against his former employers as the behind-the-scenes crisis engulfing LaLiga's champions shows no sign of abating. Barcelona announced on Monday they would take legal action against Rousaud after his claims "someone had their hand in the till" at the club – allegations that … Continue reading Football: ‘Corruption is evident’ – Rousaud deepens Barcelona’s civil war

Coronavirus: New York City death toll rises to 10,000 as city includes untested fatalities

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - New York City's death toll was revised to over 10,000 on Tuesday (April 14) to include 3,700 deaths that are presumed to be due to the novel coronavirus but never tested, the city health department said. "Behind every death is a friend, a family member, a loved one. We are focused … Continue reading Coronavirus: New York City death toll rises to 10,000 as city includes untested fatalities

Former aide accuses Joe Biden of sexual assault, campaign denies it

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A former aide to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has in several media interviews accused him of sexually assaulting her nearly 30 years ago when he was a US senator, an assertion that Biden's campaign has strongly denied. Tara Reade, who worked briefly as a staff assistant in Biden's Senate office … Continue reading Former aide accuses Joe Biden of sexual assault, campaign denies it

US appeals court says Texas cannot suspend abortions during pandemic

Washington (AFP) Abortion rights advocates on Tuesday withdrew a petition to the US Supreme Court to force Texas to reinstate the right to abortion during the novel coronavirus pandemic, after an appeals court ruled in their favor. A New Orleans federal appeals court ruled Monday evening that authorities of conservative-leaning Texas could not include medical … Continue reading US appeals court says Texas cannot suspend abortions during pandemic

99-year-old WWII vet beats coronavirus in Brazil

Brasília (AFP) A 99-year-old World War II veteran in Brazil was released from hospital with military honors Tuesday after recovering from COVID-19. Second Lieutenant Ermando Piveta, who served in the Brazilian artillery in Africa during World War II, was brought out of the Armed Forces Hospital in Brasilia to a burst of trumpet music and … Continue reading 99-year-old WWII vet beats coronavirus in Brazil

Rio de Janeiro governor has coronavirus

Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Rio de Janeiro Governor Wilson Witzel, a leading opponent of President Jair Bolsonaro's calls to relax COVID-19 containment measures, said Tuesday he had tested positive for the new coronavirus. In a video posted to Twitter, Witzel said he had started feeling unwell Friday, with a fever, sore throat and loss of … Continue reading Rio de Janeiro governor has coronavirus

California governor eyes lockdown end but refuses to set date

Los Angeles (AFP) Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday set out conditions for lifting California's coronavirus lockdown, but warned it would be at least two weeks before any timeline for reopening the state could be announced. Newsom said stay-at-home orders had "bent the curve" in the nation's most populous state, but warned against moving too quickly … Continue reading California governor eyes lockdown end but refuses to set date

South Koreans head to polls despite global pandemic

Seoul (AFP) Temperature checks on voters, separate booths for those with fevers, special polling stations for the quarantined: South Koreans headed to the polls Wednesday with a big turnout expected despite the coronavirus threat. South Korea is the first country with a major virus outbreak to hold a national election since the global pandemic began, … Continue reading South Koreans head to polls despite global pandemic

Spain, Austria ease Covid-19 restrictions, others extend lockdown measures

Spain and Austria allowed partial returns to work on Tuesday but Britain, France and India extended lockdowns to rein in the new coronavirus while the United States, where the death toll exceeded 25,000, debated how to reopen its economy. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that infections had “certainly” not yet peaked. Marco Donoso del … Continue reading Spain, Austria ease Covid-19 restrictions, others extend lockdown measures

Football: Hammers boss Moyes fears injury pile-up if Premier League resumes

Injury concern - West Ham manager David Moyes Ian KINGTON AFP/File London (AFP) West Ham manager David Moyes fears a rash of injuries to players should there be a desperate rush to complete the Premier League season if the coronavirus relents sufficiently to allow the resumption of football. The Premier League has now ditched plans … Continue reading Football: Hammers boss Moyes fears injury pile-up if Premier League resumes

Pentagon downplays N. Korea’s apparent missile launches

Washington (AFP) The US military's top general played down North Korea's fresh batch of suspected missile launches on Tuesday, saying the Pentagon did not see them as threatening. "These were short range. These aren't any particularly big, big missiles," Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark Milley said. A man in a Seoul railway station watches … Continue reading Pentagon downplays N. Korea’s apparent missile launches