One of the world’s oldest men, Fredie Blom, marks his 116th birthday in South Africa

CAPE TOWN (AFP) - South African Fredie Blom celebrated his 116th birthday on Friday (May 8) unphased by the coronavirus crisis, over 100 years since the Spanish flu pandemic killed his sister. "I have lived this long because of God's grace," said Blom, possibly one of the oldest men in the world. Fredie Blom talks … Continue reading One of the world’s oldest men, Fredie Blom, marks his 116th birthday in South Africa

Endurance cyclist joins mass ‘virtual peloton’ to raise cash for Britain’s NHS

London (AFP) Ultra-endurance cyclist Laura Scott has shrugged off recent injuries to join a huge "virtual peloton" from her living room to raise money for Britain's National Health Service during the coronavirus lockdown. The Around the World in a One Day event held on Thursdays brings together hundreds of cyclists to replicate a day in … Continue reading Endurance cyclist joins mass ‘virtual peloton’ to raise cash for Britain’s NHS

US FDA approves home-collected saliva test for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday (May 8) approved the first diagnostic test for coronavirus using saliva samples collected at home. The test, which was granted an emergency use authorisation by the FDA, was developed by Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory. Healthcare workers take a swab sample from a market … Continue reading US FDA approves home-collected saliva test for coronavirus

Russia’s Vladimir Putin uses World War II anniversary for bridge-building with US, Britain

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin sent telegrams on Friday (May 8) to US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, suggesting the need to rekindle their nations' cooperation during World War II to solve today's problems. Putin's overture was the latest in a series of contacts with Washington, and Moscow is … Continue reading Russia’s Vladimir Putin uses World War II anniversary for bridge-building with US, Britain

Venezuela charges two Americans with ‘terrorism, conspiracy’

CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuela has charged two former US soldiers with "terrorism" and "conspiracy" for allegedly taking part in a failed invasion bid to topple President Nicolas Maduro, the attorney general said on Friday (May 8). Luke Alexander Denman, 34, and Airan Berry, 41, were among 17 people captured by the Venezuelan military who said … Continue reading Venezuela charges two Americans with ‘terrorism, conspiracy’

US accuses China, Russia of coordinating on coronavirus conspiracies

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Friday (May 8) accused China and Russia of stepping up cooperation to spread false narratives over the coronavirus pandemic, saying Beijing was increasingly adopting techniques honed by Moscow. "Even before the Covid-19 crisis we assessed a certain level of coordination between Russia and the PRC in the realm … Continue reading US accuses China, Russia of coordinating on coronavirus conspiracies

Oceans may rise over a metre by 2100, five metres by 2300

PARIS (AFP) - Oceans are likely to rise as much as 1.3 metres by 2100 if Earth's surface warms another 3.5 deg C, scientists warned on Friday (May 8). By 2300, when ice sheets covering West Antarctica and Greenland will have shed trillions of tonnes in mass, sea levels could go up by more than … Continue reading Oceans may rise over a metre by 2100, five metres by 2300

Jihadist groups in Sahel exploiting pandemic to step up attacks: UN chief

United Nations (United States) (AFP) UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres has warned that jihadist groups in the Sahel area of North Africa are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to step up attacks, according to documents seen by AFP. The United Nations chief called for better coordination among the various anti-jihadist forces fighting an array of armed … Continue reading Jihadist groups in Sahel exploiting pandemic to step up attacks: UN chief

Ighalo keen to see out season at Man Utd

London (AFP) Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo said Friday that he hopes his loan deal at Manchester United is extended until the Premier League season is completed following the coronavirus lockdown. The 30-year-old moved to Old Trafford from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January and has a contract until May 31. Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo is … Continue reading Ighalo keen to see out season at Man Utd

Austrian ski haven under fire for early virus outbreak

Vienna (AFP) In early March, throngs of skiers flocked to Austria's famed alpine resorts in Tyrol, completely unaware the new coronavirus was quietly working its way through the region. Thousands would become infected, bringing the virus home in Austria and beyond -- to Germany, the US, Singapore and Hong Kong. Austrian ski resort village Ischgl, … Continue reading Austrian ski haven under fire for early virus outbreak