Venezuela charges 2 Americans with terrorism, conspiracy

CARACAS: Venezuela has charged two former US soldiers with terrorism and conspiracy for allegedly taking part in a failed bid to topple President Nicolas Maduro, the attorney general said on Friday. Luke Alexander Denman, 34, and Airan Berry, 41, were among 17 people captured by the Venezuelan military, which said it had thwarted an attempted … Continue reading Venezuela charges 2 Americans with terrorism, conspiracy

Putin calls for ‘invincible’ unity as Russians mark Victory Day on lockdown

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin told Russians they are "invincible" when they stand together as the country on Saturday marked the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in lockdown from the coronavirus. With cases surging and authorities urging Russians to stay in their homes, celebrations of this year's Victory Day were muted after … Continue reading Putin calls for ‘invincible’ unity as Russians mark Victory Day on lockdown

Tributes after UK rapper Ty dies from Covid-19

LONDON: British rapper Ty, who was nominated for the prestigious Mercury music prize, has died after contracting Covid-19 coronavirus, according to a fundraising page set up to support him. Stars including Roots Manuva paid tribute to the 47-year-old Londoner, real name Ben Chijioke, who died on Thursday. British rapper Ty, who was nominated for the … Continue reading Tributes after UK rapper Ty dies from Covid-19

15 killed as rockets hit Libya’s capital

TRIPOLI: Rocket and shell fire on Tripoli has killed at least 13 civilians and two policemen in the last two days, Libya's UN-recognised government said on Friday. The Government of National Accord accused forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar of carrying out the attacks, which it said continued overnight on Thursday. Rocket and shell fire … Continue reading 15 killed as rockets hit Libya’s capital

Travellers to Britain to face two-week quarantine

Britain is to introduce a 14-day quarantine period for almost everyone arriving into the country to avoid a second peak of the coronavirus pandemic, The Times newspaper reported on Saturday. It said Prime Minister Boris Johnson will say in an address to the nation on Sunday that passengers arriving at airports and ports, including Britons returning from abroad, will have to self-isolate for a … Continue reading Travellers to Britain to face two-week quarantine

Cycling’s Vuelta a Espana cuts Portugal from itinerary

Madrid (AFP) The Vuelta a Espana organisers said on Saturday that a race already rescheduled and shortened would also now cut its foray into neighbouring Portugal from the 2020 itinerary. Postponed until October 20, the race had already lost three stages in the Netherlands where it had been slated to embark August 14 and reduced … Continue reading Cycling’s Vuelta a Espana cuts Portugal from itinerary

Ligue 2 clubs want to keep promotion but suspend relegation

Paris (AFP) With the French season declared over because of the coronavirus pandemic, Ligue 2 promotion and relegation are at the heart of a debate which is being duplicated in other countries. The second-division clubs facing the drop or just missing out on promotion complain they are being treated unfairly. Lost emotion: last season, Dijon … Continue reading Ligue 2 clubs want to keep promotion but suspend relegation

Lebanon rooftops bustle as virus shifts life upstairs

Beirut (AFP) Usually the kingdom of water tanks and satellite dishes, Lebanon's rooftops have recently been graced by unlikely scenes of locked-down residents fleeing their flats. Deprived of rehearsal rooms or workshops by restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, or just needing some extra breathing space, many people have found solace … Continue reading Lebanon rooftops bustle as virus shifts life upstairs

Belarus holds Victory Day parade despite coronavirus threat

Minsk (AFP) Thousands of troops paraded before crowds of spectators in Minsk Saturday to mark 75 years since the defeat of Nazi Germany as Belarus held a celebration of Victory Day despite the coronavirus pandemic. Neighbouring Russia cancelled its Victory Day parade over the pandemic and Belarus was the only ex-Soviet country with reported cases … Continue reading Belarus holds Victory Day parade despite coronavirus threat

Iran reports more than 1,500 new virus cases

Tehran (AFP) Iran warned Saturday that coronavirus infections were rising in the southwest despite falls in other regions, as it announced more than 1,500 new confirmed cases. "All provinces are showing a gradual drop in new infections... except for Khuzestan, where the situation is still concerning," health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said in televised remarks. … Continue reading Iran reports more than 1,500 new virus cases