Facebook to help struggling retailers create online stores

San Francisco (AFP) Facebook on Tuesday unveiled free tools for retailers hit by the pandemic to create online storefronts at the social network and Instagram. The initiative by the massive social network aims to assist the retail sector, which has been crushed by the coronavirus lockdowns around the world. Facebook is offering free tools to … Continue reading Facebook to help struggling retailers create online stores

Covid-19 ‘must not distract’ from DR Congo atrocities, says Nobel laureate

Nobel peace laureate Denis Mukwege on Tuesday urged DR Congo to act to end massacres in the country's perennially volatile east and not be derailed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Mukwege, a Congolese gynaecologist hailed for his work with rape victims, was a joint winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for "efforts to end the use of … Continue reading Covid-19 ‘must not distract’ from DR Congo atrocities, says Nobel laureate

Ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn asks appeals court to toss out criminal charges

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn on Tuesday (May 19) asked a US appeals court to force a judge to dismiss the criminal charges against him as requested by the Justice Department. The department's May 7 reversal in a case in which Flynn previously pleaded guilty drew accusations from … Continue reading Ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn asks appeals court to toss out criminal charges

Trump defends his use of unproven treatment for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (May 19) defended his use of a prescription malaria drug to try to ward off the novel coronavirus despite medical warnings, saying it was up to individuals to make their own decisions. Without offering any evidence, Trump told reporters during a visit to the US Capitol … Continue reading Trump defends his use of unproven treatment for coronavirus

Klopp will miss ‘Anfield boost’ if Premier League resumes

London (AFP) Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his runaway leaders will cope without the "best kick in your ass" from their Anfield crowd should the Premier League season resume. English top-flight players are set to be back in training this week after a Premier League meeting on Monday gave the go-ahead to the first stage … Continue reading Klopp will miss ‘Anfield boost’ if Premier League resumes

Chile prosecutor demands stricter controls of murder suspect

Santiago (AFP) Chile's public prosecutor on Tuesday requested tighter supervision of a 29-year-old man set to be extradited to France to face charges of murdering his Japanese ex-girlfriend. Nicolas Zepeda, who is accused of murdering Narumi Kurosaki in Besancon, France in December 2016, is currently barred from leaving Chile and must report to authorities once … Continue reading Chile prosecutor demands stricter controls of murder suspect

Serie A group training gets all clear, season decision May 28

Milan (AFP) Italy's Serie A teams have been given the green light to resume group training but will have to wait until May 28 to know whether the season can resume, Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Tuesday. Spadafora told Italian television that government scientists had accepted the Italian football federation's (FIGC) revised health protocol. … Continue reading Serie A group training gets all clear, season decision May 28

French horseracing events shifted away from COVID-19 hotspots

Paris (AFP) A new French government decree will see racetracks in coronavirus red zones transferred to courses in green zones, organisers revealed on Tuesday. Paris tracks such as Longchamp, those in the east or in the Bourgogne area or any region classified as red, will until further notice be barred from staging racecards despite the … Continue reading French horseracing events shifted away from COVID-19 hotspots

Military helicopter crashes outside Moscow, crew killed

MOSCOW (AFP) - A Russian army Mi-8 helicopter crashed outside Moscow during a training flight on Tuesday (May 19), killing the crew, the defence ministry said. "As a result of a crash landing the crew of the helicopter died of their wounds," the defence ministry said. Russian military Mi-8 and a Mi-26 helicopters fly over … Continue reading Military helicopter crashes outside Moscow, crew killed

Britain, US denounce Russia’s role in Libya conflict

United Nations (United States) (AFP) Britain and the United States on Tuesday urged Russia to stop sending mercenaries to the conflict in Libya, after a recent UN report confirmed the presence of Russian and Syrian fighters in the country. Russia dismissed the demands at a Security Council videoconference, however, denying again that Moscow has any … Continue reading Britain, US denounce Russia’s role in Libya conflict