Scotland proposes repeal to blasphemy law

Edinburgh (AFP) The Scottish government on Friday published a new bill which would decriminalise blasphemy, more than 175 years after the last case was prosecuted. The devolved administration in Edinburgh said the continued criminalisation of blasphemy, which falls under hate crime laws, "no longer reflects the kind of society in which we live". Scottish justice … Continue reading Scotland proposes repeal to blasphemy law

UK health officials issue warning after Trump disinfectant remarks

London (AFP) British health officials on Friday warned the public against using unproven treatments for COVID-19, after US President Donald Trump suggested injecting patients with disinfectant. Trump's remarks on Thursday about whether it would be possible to inject light and disinfectant into the body to cure the disease sparked outrage among experts and medical professionals. … Continue reading UK health officials issue warning after Trump disinfectant remarks

Football: Dutch league becomes first in Europe to end season

The Hague (AFP) The Dutch football federation (KNVB) called an end to the 2019-20 season on Friday, as the Eredivisie became the first top European league called off due to the coronavirus pandemic. No team will be declared champions after Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were left level on points at the top of the table. … Continue reading Football: Dutch league becomes first in Europe to end season

Trump to sell ventilators to developing countries to fight virus

Washington (AFP) President Donald Trump's administration said Friday it would sell ventilators to at least four developing countries to fight the coronavirus, saying US needs were being met. Trump said he spoke by telephone to the presidents of Indonesia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Honduras and promised that the United States would send the vital medical … Continue reading Trump to sell ventilators to developing countries to fight virus

Canada shooter’s rampage began with assault on girlfriend: RCMP

Ottawa (AFP) The worst mass shooting in Canada's history started with the suspect assaulting his girlfriend, and this may have been the "catalyst" for the 22 grisly slayings that followed, police said Friday. Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Superintendant Darren Campbell, at a news conference describing the 13-hour manhunt for the shooter, said his motives … Continue reading Canada shooter’s rampage began with assault on girlfriend: RCMP

WWII veteran fundraiser, 99, tops UK single chart

London (AFP) A World War II veteran who has raised millions of pounds for charity by walking around his garden on Friday became the oldest man to top the UK music charts -- just days from his 100th birthday. Captain Tom Moore had already become a global phenomenon for raising more than £28 million ($35 … Continue reading WWII veteran fundraiser, 99, tops UK single chart

Syrian ‘torturers’ switched sides, German court hears

Koblenz (Germany) (AFP) The main defendant in the first trial on state-sponsored torture in Syria sought police protection in Germany because he felt threatened by Bashar al-Assad's intelligence service after he switched sides, a German court was told on Friday. Anwar Raslan, 57, is in the docks charged with overseeing the murder of 58 people … Continue reading Syrian ‘torturers’ switched sides, German court hears

Isolated by virus, Faroe Islands offer virtual tours

Copenhagen (AFP) The Faroe Islands had planned to close to tourists for a weekend this April to protect its fragile ecosystem. However, isolated due to the pandemic, the Danish archipelago is now offering people a chance to discover the islands with virtual tours online. Isolated due to the pandemic, the Danish Faroe Islands rare now … Continue reading Isolated by virus, Faroe Islands offer virtual tours

US death toll tops 50,000 as some Georgia businesses reopen

Atlanta (AFP) Gyms, hair salons and tattoo parlors had a green light to reopen in the US state of Georgia on Friday as the death toll from the coronavirus pandemic soared past 50,000 in the United States. As the southern state lifted restrictions on some businesses, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to warn that … Continue reading US death toll tops 50,000 as some Georgia businesses reopen

Tanning beds and sex toys: ‘lockdown’ South Dakota style

Rapid City (United States) (AFP) Jessica Wise has never been so busy since she and her sister started their tanning salon in South Dakota, one of the few American states not under pandemic lockdown. In this prairie state of wide-open spaces, many small businesses considered more or less essential -- from tanning salons to sex … Continue reading Tanning beds and sex toys: ‘lockdown’ South Dakota style

UN pushes for virus vaccine as Trump disinfectant theory sparks outrage

Geneva (AFP) The United Nations on Friday launched a global push to speed up production of a vaccine for the new coronavirus as US President Donald Trump came under fire for suggesting injecting patients with disinfectant. The pandemic has upended life around the planet as nations try to stop the spread of the disease that … Continue reading UN pushes for virus vaccine as Trump disinfectant theory sparks outrage

Inject disinfectant? Trump’s medical claims baffle nation, experts

Washington (AFP) Top White House coronavirus advisor Deborah Birx shrank in horror and around the nation comedians sharpened their pens: President Donald Trump had just asked if virus victims couldn't be injected with disinfectant. Even as a new poll shows most Americans wish the former real estate magnate would leave science to the experts, Trump … Continue reading Inject disinfectant? Trump’s medical claims baffle nation, experts