‘King of Bollywood’, Will Smith in star-studded India virus benefit

New Delhi (AFP) India's "King of Bollywood" superstar Shah Rukh Khan told jokes and sang for his adoring fans on Sunday during an almost five-hour online benefit to raise funds for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Tens of thousands of viewers watched more than 70 of the country's biggest celebrities -- including cricket captain … Continue reading ‘King of Bollywood’, Will Smith in star-studded India virus benefit

Netherlands coach Koeman hospitalised with heart problem

The Hague (AFP) Dutch national coach Ronald Koeman required hospital treatment after suffering a heart problem, his wife told De Telegraaf newspaper on Sunday. The 57-year-old underwent a "cardiac catheterisation" procedure at a hospital in Amsterdam after complaining of feeling unwell at his home. In hospital: Dutch head coach Ronald Koeman Sem VAN DER WAL … Continue reading Netherlands coach Koeman hospitalised with heart problem

France says will not quarantine EU, Schengen area citizens

PARIS (AFP) - France said Sunday (May 3) that it would not quarantine anyone arriving from the EU, the Schengen area or Britain due to the coronavirus, as it prepares to start easing confinement measures after two months of lockdown. On Saturday, the government had said it would extend the state of emergency to contain the … Continue reading France says will not quarantine EU, Schengen area citizens

New Yorkers fined for social distancing violations

New York (AFP) Dozens of New Yorkers were fined for violating coronavirus social distancing guidelines as they flocked to the city's beaches and parks to enjoy balmy weekend weather, police said Sunday. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea told reporters that officers had issued 51 summonses on Saturday, mostly for social distance violations, as temperatures in America's … Continue reading New Yorkers fined for social distancing violations

France records lowest Covid-19 daily death toll in six weeks

The number of people who died of coronavirus infection in France increased by 135 to 24,895 on Sunday, the lowest daily increase since March 22, government data showed. Sunday's daily tally of Covid-19 fatalities marked another significant drop after the 166 recorded a day earlier. A statue wearing a protective mask at the Trocadero square near the … Continue reading France records lowest Covid-19 daily death toll in six weeks

Gilead Sciences exporting remdesivir, CEO says

Washington (AFP) The head of the maker of remdesivir, an anti-viral shown to reduce recovery times in COVID-19 patients, said Sunday the company has been exporting the drug and is making it available to patients in the United States through the US government. Gilead Sciences CEO Daniel O'Day said the company is donating its entire … Continue reading Gilead Sciences exporting remdesivir, CEO says

Trump aides say business-loan plan working, ‘pause’ comes next

Washington (AFP) The Trump administration on Sunday termed the second phase of an emergency job-saving program a success, with more than $175 billion in loans already issued to smaller companies and more likely after a "pause." The two phases of the so-called Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) have provided a total of $669 billion, including $320 … Continue reading Trump aides say business-loan plan working, ‘pause’ comes next

Scottish FA vice-president fears ‘total disaster’ of cancelling next season

Glasgow (AFP) Scottish Football Association vice-president Mike Mulraney said on Sunday he fears the governing body might face the "total disaster" scenario of cancelling the next domestic season due to the coronavirus. The Scottish Professional Football League has abandoned the remainder of the current Championship, League One and League Two seasons after a lengthy and … Continue reading Scottish FA vice-president fears ‘total disaster’ of cancelling next season

Indian officials capture rare snow leopard, send it to zoo

Shimla (India) (AFP) A rare snow leopard captured as it savaged livestock in a remote village in the Indian Himalaya will be sent to a zoo instead of being released, officials said Sunday, triggering outrage from activists. The endangered creature was found on Saturday after it became trapped inside a pen containing sheep and goats … Continue reading Indian officials capture rare snow leopard, send it to zoo

Young street doctor defies virus to help Belarus homeless

Minsk (AFP) For the past year-and-a-half medical student Karina Radchenko has provided free health care to the homeless in the Belarussian capital Minsk. Since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak she has seen a spike in the number of people needing her help. Since the onset of the coronavirus a project providing free health care … Continue reading Young street doctor defies virus to help Belarus homeless