Trump warned about virus repeatedly in Jan. and Feb.: report

Washington (AFP) US President Donald Trump was repeatedly warned about the dangers of the novel coronavirus in intelligence briefings in January and February, The Washington Post reported late Monday. The warnings -- more than a dozen included in classified briefings known as the President's Daily Brief -- came during a time the president was mostly … Continue reading Trump warned about virus repeatedly in Jan. and Feb.: report

Pandemic brings life back to Florida drive-in theater

Ocala (United States) (AFP) Since the United States closed its movie theaters in March to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, a small drive-in cinema in Florida has enjoyed a revival that recalls life in the 1950s. “The old cliche that 'the show must go on' is not a cliche. It’s a way of … Continue reading Pandemic brings life back to Florida drive-in theater

Closely watched arthritis drug disappoints in COVID-19 trial

Washington (AFP) An arthritis drug that was being closely watched for its potential use against COVID-19 has delivered disappointing results in clinical trials, its makers said Monday. Kevzara, which is made by Regeneron and Sanofi, does not attack the novel coronavirus but instead inhibits an abnormal immune response called a "cytokine storm" that causes the … Continue reading Closely watched arthritis drug disappoints in COVID-19 trial

Should the Premier League season be cancelled?

London (AFP) Will Liverpool get the chance to end their long wait for the Premier League title or will there forever be an asterisk against a season that remains unfinished due to coronavirus? Premier League stakeholders are meeting on Friday to discuss the way forward, with widespread speculation over a potential June 8 restart. Liverpool … Continue reading Should the Premier League season be cancelled?

Nigeria to ease Covid-19 lockdown for millions in key cities on 4 May

Nigeria will start easing a coronavirus lockdown covering its largest city Lagos and capital Abuja from May 4, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday.  "I have approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures," Buhari said in a televised broadcast. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari addresses the nation over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Abuja, Nigeria April 27, … Continue reading Nigeria to ease Covid-19 lockdown for millions in key cities on 4 May

Smash hit Jordan documentary fills TV void for NBA fans

New York (AFP) A new Michael Jordan television documentary has become a smash hit for NBA fans whose hope of watching the playoffs these days was scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic. "The Last Dance" details the career of the NBA legend who led the Chicago Bulls to six titles in the 1990s, with editions three … Continue reading Smash hit Jordan documentary fills TV void for NBA fans

Argentine football season declared over due to virus

Buenos Aires (AFP) The Argentine football association will put an end to the 2019-20 season which has been interrupted since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, its president Claudio Tapia said on Monday. "We are going to end the tournaments so we can designate the teams qualified for continental competitions next year," Tapia told a … Continue reading Argentine football season declared over due to virus

FIFA’s Infantino suspected of intervening to stop probe: report

Lausanne (AFP) FIFA president Gianni Infantino is suspected of having intervened with Switzerland's attorney general to try to get an investigation dropped, a Swiss newspaper alleged on Monday. The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) launched an investigation in early 2016, shortly after Infantino was elected president of world football's governing body, about his awarding … Continue reading FIFA’s Infantino suspected of intervening to stop probe: report

Canada begins staggered lifting of pandemic lockdown

Ottawa (AFP) Canada began a staggered loosening of pandemic restrictions on Monday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged vigilance and baby steps to avoid a COVID-19 resurgence. The Atlantic coast province of New Brunswick, after seeing no new cases in just over a week, was first to relax social distancing rules, starting with the opening … Continue reading Canada begins staggered lifting of pandemic lockdown

US says would recognise Israel annexation

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States said on Monday (April 27) it was ready to recognise Israel's annexation of much of the West Bank but asked the new unity government also to negotiate with the Palestinians. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has reached a power-sharing deal to remain in office after three inconclusive elections, has … Continue reading US says would recognise Israel annexation

In race for a coronavirus vaccine, an Oxford group leaps ahead

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - In the worldwide race for a vaccine to stop the coronavirus, the laboratory sprinting fastest is at Oxford University. Most other teams have had to start with small clinical trials of a few hundred participants to demonstrate safety. But scientists at the university's Jenner Institute had a head start on a vaccine, … Continue reading In race for a coronavirus vaccine, an Oxford group leaps ahead

Trump says never considered delaying election

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Donald Trump on Monday (April 27) dismissed allegations by his opponent Joe Biden that he would try to delay the November election as the United States struggles to quell the coronavirus outbreak. "I never even thought of changing the date of the election. Why would I do that?" Trump told reporters … Continue reading Trump says never considered delaying election