Higuain final Juventus player to return to Italy

Milan (AFP) Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain became the final Juventus player to return to Italy on Friday as Serie A prepares to return to action on June 13. Higuain arrived in Turin by private jet on Friday afternoon after a stopover in Las Palmas and was driven away by a waiting car. Juventus forward Gonzalo … Continue reading Higuain final Juventus player to return to Italy

League-by-league guide to the return of football around Europe

Paris (AFP) As the German Bundesliga this weekend becomes the first major European league to resume following the two-month coronavirus shutdown, AFP Sport casts a glance at the situation in countries across the continent: En route to the Signal Iduna Park: Borussia Dortmund play Schalke this weekend as the German Bundesliga becomes the first major … Continue reading League-by-league guide to the return of football around Europe

Brazil health minister resigns amid coronavirus crisis

Brasília (AFP) Brazilian Health Minister Nelson Teich resigned Friday after less than a month on the job over what an official said was "incompatibility" with President Jair Bolsonaro's approach to fighting the country's spiralling coronavirus crisis. Teich, a 62-year-old oncologist, joined the far-right president's cabinet on April 17, the day after Bolsonaro sacked his predecessor, … Continue reading Brazil health minister resigns amid coronavirus crisis

US seeks to salvage Afghan peace after attacks but leverage wanes

Washington (AFP) The United States is struggling to salvage a peace process in Afghanistan after shocking attacks, with its leverage narrowing as it moves full speed ahead with plans to end its longest war. A February 29 agreement between President Donald Trump's administration and the Taliban laid out a total troop pullout by mid-2021, nearly … Continue reading US seeks to salvage Afghan peace after attacks but leverage wanes

Ireland to ease lockdown, start travel quarantine

Dublin (AFP) Ireland will begin to lift its coronavirus lockdown in the coming days while introducing a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving in the nation, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said Friday. "I can confirm that it is safe to proceed with phase one of our plan to ease the COVID-19 restrictions from Monday," he … Continue reading Ireland to ease lockdown, start travel quarantine

Return of Serie A: The key questions

Rome (AFP) Uncertainty swirls as to whether Serie A can really return to action as Italian football bosses hope on June 13 after a two-month coronavirus suspension. Behind the united front, Italy's 20 top-flight clubs have very different interests while Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora has been blowing hot and cold. Italian football bosses are hoping … Continue reading Return of Serie A: The key questions

China has fifth virus vaccine in human trial: official

Beijing (AFP) China has a fifth potential coronavirus vaccine in a human trial and more are on the way, a health official said Friday, as the world races to find a formula to stop the contagion in its tracks. So far there have been no "major adverse reactions" reported among the 2,575 volunteers participating in … Continue reading China has fifth virus vaccine in human trial: official

In Haiti, football world backs federation boss accused of rape

Port-au-Prince (AFP) At a training facility outside the Haitian capital, where young female football players are living under a coronavirus lockdown, the atmosphere is heavy, following allegations that the head of the sport's national federation raped several teenage girls there. But at the academy -- once a ranch owned by Haiti's former strongman Jean-Claude "Baby … Continue reading In Haiti, football world backs federation boss accused of rape

UK holds firm on Brexit extension

London (AFP) Despite the deadlock in post-Brexit EU trade talks and the disruption of coronavirus, London still refuses to consider delaying a December deadline -- and the outbreak may even have toughened its stance. When Britain left the European Union in January, both sides agreed to a standstill transition until December 31 in which to … Continue reading UK holds firm on Brexit extension

Greece reopens some air and sea links as coronavirus lockdown eases

ATHENS (AFP) - Greece said Friday (May 15) it will reopen some air and sea links from Monday as it begins exiting coronavirus lockdown in the hope the disease is sufficiently under control to allow tourists in. Visitors will be able to visit all of continental Greece as well as take a ferry to Crete … Continue reading Greece reopens some air and sea links as coronavirus lockdown eases