Man City face damages claim in High Court over Bennell abuse

London (AFP) Manchester City will face a High Court trial over damages claims from eight men who were sexually abused by paedophile football coach Barry Bennell. Bennell's abuse took place while he is said to have been working for City as a scout and coach of their "feeder teams", which featured players too young to … Continue reading Man City face damages claim in High Court over Bennell abuse

Ramsey first back at Juve training, Ronaldo in quarantine

Milan (AFP) Welsh international Aaron Ramsey was the first Juventus player to return to individual training at the team's sports centre in Turin on Tuesday as Cristiano Ronaldo began two weeks' quarantine after returning to Italy. Ronaldo flew back to northern Italy by private jet on Monday night after almost two months in coronavirus lockdown … Continue reading Ramsey first back at Juve training, Ronaldo in quarantine

Costco limits meat purchases after US plant shutdowns

New York (AFP) Big-box retailer Costco is limiting consumer purchases of meat in the wake of shutdowns of US processing plants due to the coronavirus. Costco, which has about 440 stores in the United States, is limiting purchases to three items among beef, pork and poultry products, the company said on its website. Big-box retailer … Continue reading Costco limits meat purchases after US plant shutdowns

For Rennes coach, Champions League dream is not quite how he imagined it

Rennes (France) (AFP) Long one of the great underachievers in French football, Rennes are now looking forward to the Champions League thanks to the sterling work of young coach Julien Stephan, but the coronavirus crisis could make it harder to compete at Europe's top table. The club from Brittany are owned by luxury goods mogul … Continue reading For Rennes coach, Champions League dream is not quite how he imagined it

Conflict and virus: In anglophone Cameroon, fear runs deep

Yaoundé (AFP) Everyone fears coronavirus, but for Augustine, a villager in Cameroon's Southwest Region, the dread is especially deep. If he were to fall seriously ill from the new virus, he would need to make a five-hour trek by road and canoe from his home in Ekondo to a health centre able to care for … Continue reading Conflict and virus: In anglophone Cameroon, fear runs deep

‘Promising’ virus-fighting antibody found: study

Paris (AFP) An antibody that can stop the new coronavirus infecting cells in laboratory tests has been identified by researchers in the Netherlands, in what scientists say could help the development of therapies for COVID-19. The antibody neutralised the new coronavirus, according to the research published in Nature Communications, and the authors said it "offers … Continue reading ‘Promising’ virus-fighting antibody found: study

April 2020 tied for warmest on record: EU climate service

MADRID (BLOOMBERG) - Temperatures in April were on a par with the previous warmest April on record four years ago, with extremely high temperatures in some parts of Europe, Greenland and Antarctica. Above-average global temperatures meant April was just 0.01 degrees Celsius cooler than April 2016, a difference considered statistically "insignificant" by the Europe's Copernicus … Continue reading April 2020 tied for warmest on record: EU climate service

Pakistan concerned at workers returning coronavirus-positive from UAE

ISLAMABAD/DUBAI (REUTERS) - Pakistan has raised concerns with the United Arab Emirates that workers are returning home from the Gulf nation with high rates of Covid-19 and that crowded living conditions in the UAE may be helping the virus to spread, its foreign ministry said. "It has been taken up officially with UAE authorities,"ministry spokeswoman Aisha Farooqi … Continue reading Pakistan concerned at workers returning coronavirus-positive from UAE

Hong Kong bookseller jailed in China releases smuggled-out poems

STOCKHOLM (REUTERS) - A Swedish publisher on Tuesday (May 5) distributed poems written by a Hong Kong bookseller and smuggled out of the Chinese prison where he is serving a 10-year sentence after being convicted of illegally providing intelligence to foreigners. Chinese-born Swedish citizen Gui Minhai is the highest-profile of five booksellers who disappeared in 2015, all … Continue reading Hong Kong bookseller jailed in China releases smuggled-out poems

Virus-afflicted 2020 looks like 1918 despite science’s march

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a century’s progress in science, 2020 is looking a lot like 1918. In the years between two lethal pandemics, one the misnamed Spanish flu, the other COVID-19, the world learned about viruses, cured various diseases, made effective vaccines, developed instant communications and created elaborate public-health networks. 1 of 5FILE - In this … Continue reading Virus-afflicted 2020 looks like 1918 despite science’s march