Coronavirus: Eurostar passengers will have to wear masks

LONDON (AFP) - Eurostar passengers will be required to wear face masks from next week, as part of measures to cut close-contact transmission of the novel coronavirus, the company said on Saturday (May 2). "From May 4, passengers must wear a face mask or face covering at our stations and on board in line with … Continue reading Coronavirus: Eurostar passengers will have to wear masks

Protesters rally in Israel against Netanyahu-Gantz coalition

TEL AVIV (AFP) - Hundreds of Israelis demonstrated on Saturday (May 2) against a coalition government agreed between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former election rival Benny Gantz as the top court was due to examine the deal. The Supreme Court was to meet for two days from Sunday to consider whether to block … Continue reading Protesters rally in Israel against Netanyahu-Gantz coalition

Spainards flock outdoors as European countries ease lockdowns

Madrid (AFP) Spaniards took to the streets to jog, cycle and rollerskate for the first time following 48 days of confinement on Saturday as some European nations cautiously eased coronavirus lockdowns while Russia reported a sudden surge of infections. As governments weigh how to lift restrictions to restart economies against the risk of new outbreaks, … Continue reading Spainards flock outdoors as European countries ease lockdowns

Brighton chief’s ‘integrity’ fears in neutral venues plan

London (AFP) Brighton chief executive Paul Barber fears plans to complete the Premier League season at neutral venues could have a "material effect on the integrity of the competition." As the tournament wrestles with how to finish the campaign which still has 92 games to play, the idea of using up to 10 neutral venues … Continue reading Brighton chief’s ‘integrity’ fears in neutral venues plan

Egypt director of video critical of Sisi dies in jail

Beirut - A young Egyptian filmmaker imprisoned for directing a music video critical of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has died in a Cairo jail, his lawyer said Saturday. Shady Habash, 24, died in Tora prison, said lawyer Ahmed al-Khawaga, who was unable to give a cause of death. People shop on roofed Khayamiya Street in … Continue reading Egypt director of video critical of Sisi dies in jail

Prisoners take guards hostage in Brazil’s coronavirus-hit Manaus city

MANAUS/RIO DE JANEIRO (REUTERS) - Inmates at a prison in Manaus, a Brazilian city deep in the Amazon that has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, briefly took seven prison guards hostage on Saturday (May 2), the local prison authority told Reuters. The inmates had rioted to create a distraction as others built a … Continue reading Prisoners take guards hostage in Brazil’s coronavirus-hit Manaus city

Coronavirus: French death toll hits five-week low

PARIS (AFP) - The number of daily deaths in France from the coronavirus fell to 166, the health ministry said on Saturday (May 2), the lowest number in more than five weeks. The total number of Covid-19 deaths in France since March 1 rose, however, to 24,760 - the fourth highest in Europe. A woman … Continue reading Coronavirus: French death toll hits five-week low

Allegations against Biden never came up during vetting to be Obama’s running mate: Alumni

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - The leader of the team that vetted Joe Biden to be Barack Obama's 2008 running mate said that Tara Reade's allegations of sexual assault by Biden never surfaced during an extensive investigation. Biden, facing the most serious incident of his 2020 presidential campaign, and his allies have begun a vigorous defence … Continue reading Allegations against Biden never came up during vetting to be Obama’s running mate: Alumni

Coronavirus: Three new cases in Yemen bring total confirmed to 10

CAIRO (REUTERS) - Yemen has reported three new coronavirus cases, two in Aden city and one in Taiz province, the national emergency coronavirus committee said on Saturday (May 2), raising the number of diagnosed infections in the war-town country to 10 with two deaths. The United Nations says it fears the coronavirus could be spreading … Continue reading Coronavirus: Three new cases in Yemen bring total confirmed to 10

England’s Roy desperate to return to cricket, even behind closed doors

London (AFP) England opener Jason Roy is desperate to get back to playing cricket, even if matches have to take place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic. Roy, who was part of England's World-Cup winning team last year, had a taste of playing in an empty stadium in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) … Continue reading England’s Roy desperate to return to cricket, even behind closed doors