Florian Schneider, co-founder of Germany’s iconic Kraftwerk, dead at 73

Berlin (AFP) Kraftwerk's Florian Schneider, co-founder of the pioneering electronic music group that re-wired the future of pop, has died, the group's management said Wednesday. He was 73 years old. Schneider died following a short battle with cancer, according to a statement citing his fellow co-founder Ralf Huetter, obtained by AFP from Kraftwerk's publicist in … Continue reading Florian Schneider, co-founder of Germany’s iconic Kraftwerk, dead at 73

Poland postpones May 10 presidential election over Covid-19 fears

Poland's governing parties said on Wednesday they had agreed to postpone the country's May 10 presidential election after a failed attempt to hold it via a postal vote due to the coronavirus pandemic. Poland's governing parties said on Wednesday they had agreed to postpone the country's May 10 presidential election after a failed attempt to … Continue reading Poland postpones May 10 presidential election over Covid-19 fears

US prison COVID-19 infections hit 30,000: university

Washington (AFP) US prisons have reported 30,000 cases of coronavirus among inmates and guards, a US university research group reported Wednesday, as a government study said prison guards could be instrumental in the spread of the disease. Data compiled from official sources by the COVID-19 Behind Bars Project of the UCLA law school showed that … Continue reading US prison COVID-19 infections hit 30,000: university

Dutch to reopen restaurants in June, sex clubs stay shut

The Hague (AFP) Dutch restaurants, cafes and museums can reopen with restrictions from June 1 as anti-coronavirus measures ease, but sex clubs must stay closed until September, Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Tuesday. Masks will be made compulsory on public transport from next month as the number of services increases, Rutte said as he unveiled … Continue reading Dutch to reopen restaurants in June, sex clubs stay shut

Coronavirus: Positive tests for recovered patients are not reinfections, says WHO

GENEVA (AFP) - Coronavirus patients declared recovered who later test positive for the disease are still expelling dead lung cells rather than getting a new infection, the World Health Organisation (WHO) told AFP on Wednesday (May 6). South Korean health officials reported more than 100 such cases in April, raising concerns that patients who had … Continue reading Coronavirus: Positive tests for recovered patients are not reinfections, says WHO

Trump vetoes resolution limiting his war powers in Iran

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday (May 6) vetoed legislation passed by both houses of Congress to limit a president's ability to wage war against Iran, as Trump wages a campaign of maximum pressure against the Islamic Republic. "This was a very insulting resolution, introduced by Democrats as part of a strategy to … Continue reading Trump vetoes resolution limiting his war powers in Iran

American detained in Venezuela says he planned to capture president

CARACAS (REUTERS) - Venezuelan state television broadcast on Wednesday (May 6) a video of captured American Luke Denman, in which he said he was instructed to seize control of Caracas'airport and bring in a plane to fly President Nicolas Maduro to the United States. Venezuelan authorities on Monday arrested Denman, another US citizen Airan Berry, … Continue reading American detained in Venezuela says he planned to capture president

US drafts rule to allow Huawei and US firms to work together on 5G standards: Sources

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Department of Commerce is close to signing off on a new rule that would allow US companies to work with China's Huawei Technologies on setting standards for next generation 5G networks, people familiar with the matter said. Engineers in some US technology companies stopped engaging with Huawei to develop standards … Continue reading US drafts rule to allow Huawei and US firms to work together on 5G standards: Sources

France records 278 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours, hospitalisations continue to fall

France on Wednesday recorded 278 deaths in 24 hours, down from 330 the previous day, taking the total number of deaths due to Covid-19 to 25,809. The total number of Covid-19 cases in ICUs across France reached 3,147 on Wednesday, 283 less than the day before, according to French health officials. Medical personnel at the Lariboisière hospital in Paris, … Continue reading France records 278 Covid-19 deaths in 24 hours, hospitalisations continue to fall

Trump says coronavirus crisis ‘worse than Pearl Harbor’ or 9/11

Washington (AFP) President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that fallout from the novel coronavirus pandemic has hit the United States harder than Pearl Harbor in World War II or the 9/11 attacks. "We went through the worst attack we've ever had on our country. This is really the worst attack we've ever had," he told … Continue reading Trump says coronavirus crisis ‘worse than Pearl Harbor’ or 9/11