Serena Wiliams’ coach and Nadal planning matches at academies

Paris (AFP) Both Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou announced plans on Saturday to stage matches at their tennis academies. With top-level professional tennis shut down until at least July 13, both academies said they were examining the possibility of staging and broadcasting matches so fans could watch remotely. The Rafa Nadal Academy … Continue reading Serena Wiliams’ coach and Nadal planning matches at academies

Djokovic says tennis ‘big three’ plan to help lowest-ranked players

Paris (AFP) Novak Djokovic said on Saturday that he, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are organising aid for players struggling with the paralysis of the game due to the coronavirus pandemic. "I spoke to Roger and Rafa a few days ago," Djokovic, the world number one, said in an Instagram chat with friend and rival … Continue reading Djokovic says tennis ‘big three’ plan to help lowest-ranked players

Coronavirus: Trump discusses pandemic with South Korea, Mexico leaders

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump spoke to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday (April 18) and expressed appreciation for his country's help in procuring Covid-19 tests for the United States, the White House said. "Both leaders agreed to continue working together to defeat the pandemic and restore global economic growth. President Trump and … Continue reading Coronavirus: Trump discusses pandemic with South Korea, Mexico leaders

Coronavirus: World primed for all-star virtual show featuring Taylor Swift, Rolling Stones

NEW YORK (AFP) - A world stuck at home was gearing up Saturday (April 18) for a marathon global special event in support of health care workers, featuring dozens of superstars ranging from Taylor Swift to The Rolling Stones. The Lady Gaga-curated virtual show - backed by the international advocacy organisation Global Citizen in collaboration … Continue reading Coronavirus: World primed for all-star virtual show featuring Taylor Swift, Rolling Stones

Coronavirus: Israel to ease some restrictions, PM Benjamin Netanyahu says

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Israel will gradually ease its coronavirus lockdown from Sunday (April 19) by letting some businesses reopen and relaxing curbs on movement after a slowdown in infection rates, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Authorities have steadily tightened a partial lockdown imposed on March 14, shuttering offices, closing schools and ordering people to stay … Continue reading Coronavirus: Israel to ease some restrictions, PM Benjamin Netanyahu says

Pentagon extends travel restrictions through June 30

Washington (AFP) The US Defense Department said Saturday it would extend travel restrictions through June 30 in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but will allow for some redeployments and repatriation of troops serving abroad. The new order will go into effect on Monday, Matthew Donovan, the undersecretary of defense for personnel … Continue reading Pentagon extends travel restrictions through June 30

Italian church-turned-morgue ‘finally empty’ of coffins

Rome (AFP) A church in Bergamo that served as an overspill morgue at the height of Italy's coronavirus epidemic "is finally empty", the mayor said Saturday. Where dozens of coffins once stood, nothing but flowers are left to be seen in a photograph tweeted by mayor Giorgio Gori that symbolises the easing of a crisis … Continue reading Italian church-turned-morgue ‘finally empty’ of coffins

Trudeau says US-Canada border to stay closed another month

Ottawa (AFP) The US-Canadian border will remain closed another month to fight the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday. Both countries agreed on the continued closure, said Trudeau. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a March 19, 2020 image, said the US-Canadian border will remain closed another month to fight the spread … Continue reading Trudeau says US-Canada border to stay closed another month

Coronavirus: Hundreds protest against US rules amid spreading resentment

CONCORD, UNITED STATES (AFP) - Hundreds of people demonstrated on Saturday (April 18) in cities across America against coronavirus-related stay-at-home rules - with the explicit encouragement of President Donald Trump - as resentment against prolonged confinement grew. An estimated 400 people gathered under a cold rain in Concord, New Hampshire - many on foot while … Continue reading Coronavirus: Hundreds protest against US rules amid spreading resentment

US judge blocks Twitter’s bid to reveal government requests for surveillance

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Twitter will not be able to reveal surveillance requests it received from the US government after a federal judge accepted government arguments that this was likely to harm national security after a near six-year long legal battle. The social media company had sued the US Department of Justice in 2014 to … Continue reading US judge blocks Twitter’s bid to reveal government requests for surveillance

Maltese PM Robert Abela says he is ‘under investigation’ for migrant deaths

VALLETTA (AFP) - Malta's Prime Minister Robert Abela says he is under investigation for his role in the death of at least five migrants who tried to sail from Libya to Italy. Monitors of Mediterranean crossings said five people died and seven others went missing while their boat was in distress off Malta's coast this … Continue reading Maltese PM Robert Abela says he is ‘under investigation’ for migrant deaths

Care home charity warns UK coronavirus deaths could be over 7,000

LONDON (AFP) - The number of people killed by the coronavirus in Britain's care homes could be as high as 7,500, the sector's main charity warned. The comments came as the country's overall offfical toll soared by 888 on Saturday (April 18) to 15,464. Staff wearing personal protective equipment are seen working at the Royal … Continue reading Care home charity warns UK coronavirus deaths could be over 7,000