In Senegal’s north, Fulani herders boxed in by virus

In the desert around Dahra (Senegal) (AFP) Scores of white cattle plod into the village for their only drink of water of the day. Herders, wearing brightly-coloured robes, walk in tow. Many Fulani in Louga have turned to the so-called "Dolly Ranch" as a last resort JOHN WESSELS AFP Soon, they will wander miles back … Continue reading In Senegal’s north, Fulani herders boxed in by virus

Ex-Colombia president Uribe faces spying probe: court

Bogota (AFP) Colombia's Supreme Court on Tuesday announced it is opening an investigation into former president Alvaro Uribe in connection with illegal military spying on journalists and politicians. A preliminary investigation has been opened against Uribe "as the possible recipient of information provided by illegal military intelligence surveillance in 2019," the Supreme Court said on … Continue reading Ex-Colombia president Uribe faces spying probe: court

Former Man City defender Onuoha feels unsafe in United States

London (AFP) Real Salt Lake defender Nedum Onuoha says he has a "fear and distrust" of police in the United States as protests against racial injustice sweep across the country following the death of George Floyd. Onuoha moved to Major League Soccer in 2018 after spells at Manchester City, Sunderland and Queens Park Rangers. Nedum … Continue reading Former Man City defender Onuoha feels unsafe in United States

Zuckerberg backs Facebook Trump policy despite anger, dissent: reports

San Francisco (AFP) Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has defended his decision not to interfere with posts by US President Donald Trump, US media reported, after the social media giant's hands-off policy sparked outrage and prompted some employees to quit. Social media platforms have faced calls to moderate the president's comments, most recently because of the … Continue reading Zuckerberg backs Facebook Trump policy despite anger, dissent: reports

No saliva, no sweat, says India pace bowler Shami

New Delhi (AFP) India fast bowler Mohammed Shami says he will be able to reverse-swing the ball even if saliva is banned during the coronavirus pandemic. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to next week order a temporary ban on using saliva, as part of measures to get the sport started again while reducing … Continue reading No saliva, no sweat, says India pace bowler Shami

Asian football getting ‘closer’ to return, official says

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) Asia's Champions League is getting closer to a return but it will have to wait until domestic competitions are back in action, a senior football official told AFP on Wednesday. Football is gradually resuming around the world after closing down because of the coronavirus, although most leagues are still yet to return. … Continue reading Asian football getting ‘closer’ to return, official says

Tropical Storm Amanda death toll rises to 26 in Central America

San Salvador (AFP) The death toll from Tropical Storm Amanda in Central America rose to 26 even as a new storm was forming in the Gulf of Mexico, reports said on Tuesday. El Salvador and neighboring Guatemala and Honduras were lashed by torrential rains and high winds after Amanda swept in from the Pacific on … Continue reading Tropical Storm Amanda death toll rises to 26 in Central America

eSports ‘icon’ Uzi retires with stress, obesity, diabetes, injury

Shanghai (AFP) A top eSports player with a vast following in his native China announced his retirement on Wednesday with a litany of health problems related to professional gaming. The premature end to the career of Jian Zihao, better known by his gaming name "Uzi", shines a harsh spotlight on the lifestyles and training of … Continue reading eSports ‘icon’ Uzi retires with stress, obesity, diabetes, injury

Powerful Cyclone Nisarga makes landfall near Mumbai

Mumbai (AFP) Cyclone Nisarga ripped roofs off homes in a coastal town near Mumbai Wednesday after officials ordered offices and factories to shut and told people to stay home, reversing a move to ease a coronavirus lockdown in the Indian megacity. Mumbai and its surrounds are usually sheltered from cyclones -- the last severe storm … Continue reading Powerful Cyclone Nisarga makes landfall near Mumbai

Schools reopen in North Korea after virus delays

Seoul (AFP) North Korean children returned to their classrooms in face masks on Wednesday as schools reopened after the new term was delayed for months by coronavirus precautions. Pyongyang has not confirmed a single case of the deadly disease that swept the world after first emerging in neighbouring China, but has imposed strict rules, including … Continue reading Schools reopen in North Korea after virus delays