Facebook launches app for livestream gaming

San Francisco (AFP) Facebook on Monday launched a standalone gaming app, allowing users to create and watch livestreams of games in a challenge to the Amazon-owned Twitch platform. The new app was available Monday for Android devices, with a separate version for Apple's iOS in the works. Facebook said it expects many of the users … Continue reading Facebook launches app for livestream gaming

Families mourn as Canadian police seek motive for Nova Scotia gun rampage

MONTREAL (AFP) - Investigators on Monday scoured crime scenes from the worst mass shooting in Canadian history to try to understand why a dental worker with no criminal past killed at least 19 people. The gunman, identified by police as 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, began his rampage late Saturday in the seaside village of Portapique, Nova Scotia, … Continue reading Families mourn as Canadian police seek motive for Nova Scotia gun rampage

As protesters decry US coronavirus lockdown, officials plead for caution

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (REUTERS) - The US debate over when to lift restrictions to curb the coronavirus outbreak intensified on Monday (April 20), with protesters describing mandatory lockdowns as "tyranny" and health workers and officials portraying them as a matter of life and death. Stay-at-home measures, which experts say are essential to slow the spread of the virus, … Continue reading As protesters decry US coronavirus lockdown, officials plead for caution

US pressure on Iran during coronavirus outbreak is ‘inhumane’: Rouhani

TEHERAN (REUTERS) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday (April 20) that American pressure on Iran in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic was "inhumane", according to a statement on the official presidency website. Iran is the Middle Eastern country hardest hit by the virus and Iranian officials say US sanctions have hampered its response. Iran … Continue reading US pressure on Iran during coronavirus outbreak is ‘inhumane’: Rouhani

Europe takes cautious steps to ease coronavirus lockdowns

LEIPZIG, GERMANY (AFP) - Germany and other parts of Europe took tentative steps to ease lockdown measures on Monday (April 20) but officials warned the battle against the coronavirus pandemic was far from over. Some shops reopened in Germany and Denmark and parents dropped their children off at nurseries in Norway as tight restrictions in … Continue reading Europe takes cautious steps to ease coronavirus lockdowns

Man arrested in Ireland in connection with deaths of 39 Vietnamese in truck: UK police

LONDON (REUTERS) - Ronan Hughes, a 40-year-old from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, was arrested in Ireland on Monday (April 20) in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals who were found in a lorry trailer in Essex, south-east England, in October 2019, Essex Police said in a statement. Ronan Hughes has been charged with 39 … Continue reading Man arrested in Ireland in connection with deaths of 39 Vietnamese in truck: UK police

Football: Arsenal players and boss Arteta agree coronavirus pay cut

London (AFP) Arsenal became the first Premier League club to agree a coronavirus pay cut with their players as manager Mikel Arteta and his stars slashed their wages by 12.5 percent on Monday. After Southampton and West Ham announced wage deferral agreements with their players, Arsenal went one step further by securing the pay cut … Continue reading Football: Arsenal players and boss Arteta agree coronavirus pay cut

Nadal frustrated by tennis lockdown

Madrid (AFP) Rafael Nadal has expressed his frustration that tennis players remain unable to practise due to the coronavirus pandemic while other people have been allowed to go back to work. Nadal treated fans to an Instagram live session on Monday, during which he spoke to both Roger Federer and Andy Murray about their experiences … Continue reading Nadal frustrated by tennis lockdown

Mistrust and black market flourish in Nigeria as virus spreads

Lagos (AFP) A black market in coronavirus test kits is flourishing in Nigeria, spurred in part by negligible faith in the country's health system to defeat an emerging threat. Testing is a crucial weapon in combatting COVID-19. It not only identifies where the stealthy virus has invaded -- it also helps to prevent frontline workers, … Continue reading Mistrust and black market flourish in Nigeria as virus spreads

WHO insists it sounded coronavirus alarm from the start

GENEVA (AFP) - The World Health Organisation insisted Monday (April 20) that it sounded the alarm on the novel coronavirus right from the very start and had hidden nothing from Washington about the deadly pandemic. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there were no secrets at the UN agency after facing scathing criticism from Washington, which has … Continue reading WHO insists it sounded coronavirus alarm from the start

Coronavirus: Rift opens over European contact tracing apps

BERLIN (REUTERS) - A rift has opened up over the design of smartphone apps to trace people in Europe at risk of coronavirus infection, potentially hindering efforts to curb the pandemic and ease crippling travel restrictions. Scientists and researchers from more than 25 countries published an open letter on Monday (April 20) urging governments not to … Continue reading Coronavirus: Rift opens over European contact tracing apps

Israeli PM Netanyahu and rival Gantz sign unity government deal

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist election rival Benny Gantz signed an agreement on Monday (April 20) to form an emergency coalition government that would end a year of political deadlock. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White party issued a joint statement saying they had clinched a unity deal, … Continue reading Israeli PM Netanyahu and rival Gantz sign unity government deal