US, Cuba trade terrorism accusations as Havana blacklisted

Washington (AFP) The United States and Cuba traded accusations of support for terrorism as President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday blacklisted the communist island, saying it had not fully cooperated on counterterrorism. Washington increased the pressure on Havana just one day after Cuba urged a terrorism probe over gunfire that hit its embassy in the … Continue reading US, Cuba trade terrorism accusations as Havana blacklisted

Portugal’s Fatima shrine holds celebration without pilgrims

Fatima (Portugal) (AFP) Without the hundreds of thousands of worshippers it welcomes every May 13, the vast esplanade of Portugal's Catholic Fatima shrine was nearly empty for its annual celebration for the first time in its century-long history. Closed to the public because of the new coronavirus pandemic, only about 30 employees attended the mass … Continue reading Portugal’s Fatima shrine holds celebration without pilgrims

EFL’s economic crisis will not be spared behind closed doors

London (AFP) The English Football League (EFL) warned the economic crisis facing its clubs will not be spared by a resumption of matches behind closed doors as it delayed any return to training until May 25 on Wednesday. Unlike the top-tier Premier League, which is pressing ahead with plans to finish the season in a … Continue reading EFL’s economic crisis will not be spared behind closed doors

Uber to require face masks for drivers, riders

Washington (AFP) Uber said Wednesday it was making face masks mandatory for drivers and passengers, as part of new health and safety protocols aiming to instill confidence in the ride-hailing service as people emerge from coronavirus lockdowns. The new policy to be effective Monday will require drivers in many markets to use selfie pictures to … Continue reading Uber to require face masks for drivers, riders

France’s Covid-19 death toll passes 27,000 but hospitalisations continue to fall

France's death toll from the coronavirus rose by 83 to 27,074 on Wednesday, with the rate of increase slowing again after a two-day upturn. Wednesday’s tally marks a significant decrease from the 348 deaths reported on Tuesday. It is welcome news for the French government, which has begun lifting lockdown measures this week in an effort to revive … Continue reading France’s Covid-19 death toll passes 27,000 but hospitalisations continue to fall

Coronavirus may never go away: WHO

Geneva (AFP) The new coronavirus may never go away and populations around the world will have to learn to live with it, the World Health Organization warned Wednesday. As some countries around the world begin gradually easing lockdown restrictions imposed in a bid to stop the novel coronavirus from spreading, the WHO said it may … Continue reading Coronavirus may never go away: WHO

Moscow says it ascribed over 60 per cent of coronavirus deaths in April to other causes

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - The city of Moscow said on Wednesday (May 13) it had ascribed the deaths of more than 60 per cent of coronavirus patients in April to other causes as it defended what it said was the superior way it and Russia counted the number of people killed by the novel virus. At … Continue reading Moscow says it ascribed over 60 per cent of coronavirus deaths in April to other causes

Amazon calls for US federal law to ban price gouging

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Amazon called on Wednesday (May 13) for a US federal law to prohibit price gouging during a national emergency, saying new standards are needed to prevent profiteering from situations like the Covid-19 pandemic. The e-commerce leader, which has been hit with accusations that it has failed to prevent unfair pricing on its … Continue reading Amazon calls for US federal law to ban price gouging

British teen dies of Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus

LONDON (AFP) - A 14-year-old boy with no underlying health conditions has died from a Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus, a London children's hospital said on Wednesday (May 13). The teenager was part of a cluster of eight cases treated at the Evelina London Children's Hospital over a 10-day period in April, according to a … Continue reading British teen dies of Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus

Washington DC extends coronavirus stay-at-home order through June 8

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The District of Columbia, seat of the US federal government, extended its stay-at-home order through June 8, the mayor said on Wednesday (May 13). The stay-at-home order, intended to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, had been scheduled to end on May 15. Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks during a press conference … Continue reading Washington DC extends coronavirus stay-at-home order through June 8