Temperature checks, empty terraces as Union host Bayern

Berlin (AFP) Union Berlin could normally expect their Alten Foersterei ground to be packed for the visit of defending Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, yet the terraces stood empty on Sunday. The Bundesliga returned this weekend after a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus, but the league's strict hygiene guidelines mean matches played behind locked doors. … Continue reading Temperature checks, empty terraces as Union host Bayern

Assad cousin Makhlouf refuses Syrian government demand to resign from telecoms empire

Top Syria tycoon Rami Makhlouf on Sunday said the regime was piling pressure on him and threatening to arrest him and close his telecommunications empire unless he hands over profits. Makhlouf, a first cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, made the latest accusations against the Damascus government—the third since April—in a 16-minute Facebook video. In a … Continue reading Assad cousin Makhlouf refuses Syrian government demand to resign from telecoms empire

Tibetan exile govt urges China to reveal whereabouts of Panchen Lama

New Delhi (AFP) Tibet's parliament-in-exile on Sunday called for Beijing to confirm the "well-being and whereabouts" of the Panchen Lama, the second-most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism's largest school, a quarter of a century after he disappeared. The whereabouts of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima -- the boy recognised as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama by … Continue reading Tibetan exile govt urges China to reveal whereabouts of Panchen Lama

US Air force successfully launches unmanned reusable drone for space experiments

Washington (AFP) The US Air Force on Sunday successfully launched its high-tech drone X-37B, placing the reusable vehicle into orbit for its sixth secretive mission in space. The drone, which resembles a smaller version of the manned space shuttles retired by the US space program in 2011, was launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, the … Continue reading US Air force successfully launches unmanned reusable drone for space experiments

Churches reopen in Greece with communion

Athens (AFP) Numerous Greek Orthodox worshippers went to mass for the first time in two months on Sunday, some receiving communion, as churches followed Greece's easing of the coronavirus lockdown regulations. As part of the gradual deconfinement started on May 4, churches were permitted to reopen their doors from May 17, so long as they … Continue reading Churches reopen in Greece with communion

Egypt tightens measures during celebrations marking Ramadan’s end

Cairo (AFP) Egypt on Sunday announced a lengthening of its night-time curfew and other measures to prevent large gatherings during Eid al-Fitr holidays marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. "All shops, malls, restaurants, entertainment facilities, beaches and public parks will be closed for six days from May 24-29," said Prime Minister … Continue reading Egypt tightens measures during celebrations marking Ramadan’s end

Suspected militia attack kills at least twenty civilians in northeast DR Congo

Women and children were among at least 20 civilians murdered in northeastern DR Congo's Ituri province overnight Saturday-Sunday, local officials told AFP. “We have 20 people killed for now and 17 wounded, some of them admitted to hospital,” Adel Alingi, a Djugu territory administrator, told AFP, adding that a notorious regional militia was suspected of … Continue reading Suspected militia attack kills at least twenty civilians in northeast DR Congo

Bayern aim to shake off cobwebs with quiet confidence in Berlin

Berlin (AFP) Bayern Munich restart their charge for an eighth straight Bundesliga title at Union Berlin on Sunday amid doubts the Bavarian giants will be able to last the distance after a two-month hiatus. Hansi Flick's side hold a slender one-point lead at the top of the league heading into their trip to the German … Continue reading Bayern aim to shake off cobwebs with quiet confidence in Berlin

Bundesliga should ‘tighten up’ hygiene after hugs, kisses – senior German politician

Berlin (AFP) A senior German politician expects the Bundesliga to "tighten up" instructions on how to celebrate goals after some players hugged - breaching strict hygiene protocol - when the league resumed this weekend. The German season restarted on Saturday after a two-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic with clubs having agreed to draconian … Continue reading Bundesliga should ‘tighten up’ hygiene after hugs, kisses – senior German politician

Madagascar reports its first Covid-19 death

Madagascar on Sunday announced the first death of a patient suffering from the novel coronavirus, nearly two months after it was first detected in the country. The 57-year-old hospital worker died on Saturday and had underlying diabetes and high blood pressure before he was infected, an official from the anti-coronavirus task team said. A woman carries … Continue reading Madagascar reports its first Covid-19 death