Trump says may attend SpaceX manned rocket launch

WASHINGTON (AFP) - President Donald Trump on Thursday (May 21) said he could attend next week's launch of the SpaceX Crew Dragon craft in Florida, the first manned space flight from US soil in nearly a decade. "I'm thinking about going," he told reporters, joking that he'd like them to board the rocket themselves "and … Continue reading Trump says may attend SpaceX manned rocket launch

Nato ambassadors to meet on US pull-out from Open Skies treaty

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Nato ambassadors are to hold an urgent meeting on Friday (May 22) to discuss US President Donald Trump's announcement he was pulling his country out of the Open Skies Treaty with Russia, a diplomat told AFP. Flags of Nato member countries flutter at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels.PHOTO: REUTERS The planned meeting of the … Continue reading Nato ambassadors to meet on US pull-out from Open Skies treaty

‘I had no choice’: Sex for rent rises with coronavirus poverty

LONDON (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) - A growing number of landlords are asking tenants for sex in exchange for housing as coronavirus lockdowns and job cuts have left many struggling to pay their rent, housing experts said. A survey by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) of more than 100 fair housing groups combating discrimination across … Continue reading ‘I had no choice’: Sex for rent rises with coronavirus poverty

Trump warns China of US response to Hong Kong crackdown

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Thursday (May 21) urged China to respect Hong Kong's autonomy, warning that its proposed national security law for the city would be "highly destabilising" and face global opposition. "Any effort to impose national security legislation that does not reflect the will of the people of Hong Kong would … Continue reading Trump warns China of US response to Hong Kong crackdown

France’s daily Covid-19 toll drops below 100 as hospitalisations continue to fall

French health authorities reported 83 new coronavirus deaths on Thursday, an increase of 0.3% over 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities in hospitals and nursing homes to 28,215. Thursday's tally marked a further decrease after the 110 deaths reported a day earlier. A nurse treats a patient at a hospital in Mamoudzou in Mayotte, on … Continue reading France’s daily Covid-19 toll drops below 100 as hospitalisations continue to fall

US hopes for better ties with Burundi after election

Washington (AFP) The United States said Thursday it hoped for better ties with Burundi after its latest election, which it praised as an improvement from its violent 2015 vote. "It's no secret, our relations with Burundi have not been what I would call cordial at all," said Tibor Nagy, the assistant secretary of state for … Continue reading US hopes for better ties with Burundi after election

Covid-19 to weigh on relief efforts as experts predict busy Atlantic hurricane season

US forecasters on Thursday predicted an “above normal” Atlantic hurricane season and emergency officials said they were factoring the coronavirus pandemic into potential relief efforts. Neil Jacobs, acting administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said there was a 60 percent chance the season would be “above normal,” with the possibility of three … Continue reading Covid-19 to weigh on relief efforts as experts predict busy Atlantic hurricane season

G7 summit likely to take place ‘primarily’ at White House – Trump

Washington (AFP) President Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed plans for a possible in-person summit of G7 leaders, saying it would "primarily" take place at the White House. "It looks like the G7 will be on," he told reporters. US President Donald Trump says he will host G7 leaders in person next month, primarily at the … Continue reading G7 summit likely to take place ‘primarily’ at White House – Trump

Football: MLS’s FC Cincinnati name Stam head coach

Los Angeles (AFP) Former Dutch international Jaap Stam will be the new head coach of Major League Soccer's FC Cincinnati, general manager Gerard Nijkamp said Thursday. Stam, 47, takes over the US club following managerial stints at Reading in England and PEC Zwolle and Feyenoord in his native Netherlands. Former Netherlands and Manchester United defender … Continue reading Football: MLS’s FC Cincinnati name Stam head coach

French spy agency seeks ‘geeks not Bond’ to lead cybersecurity battle

The French secret service is looking to recruit geeks rather than budding young James Bonds as it adapts to new demands in the post-coronavirus world, its technical director Patrick Pailloux told AFP. In rare public comments, Pailloux said there is a danger that many young tech-savvy French people simply do not consider themselves suitable for … Continue reading French spy agency seeks ‘geeks not Bond’ to lead cybersecurity battle