‘Violent minority’ in anti-racist protests must be brought to justice, says UK’s Priti Patel

A minority of protesters who were violent during the weekend's "Black Lives Matter" protests in Britain undermined the cause and should face justice, interior minister Priti Patel said on Monday. Patel said she sympathised with peaceful protesters but added that large gatherings were currently unlawful due to the public health risks around the spread of the new coronavirus. … Continue reading ‘Violent minority’ in anti-racist protests must be brought to justice, says UK’s Priti Patel

Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia to resume dam talks Tuesday

Khartoum (AFP) Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia will resume negotiations on Tuesday over the filling of a controversial mega-dam Addis Ababa is building over the Nile, Khartoum said. Irrigation and water ministers from the three Nile basin countries will meet via videoconference, Sudan's irrigation ministry said in a statement. Planned as Africa's largest hydroelectric installation, the … Continue reading Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia to resume dam talks Tuesday

France reports 54 daily Covid deaths, new confirmed cases at one-week low

France's coronavirus deaths were four times higher on Monday than a day earlier but the increase of new confirmed cases of Covid-19 were at a one-week low. In a statement, the health ministry said the country's death toll rose by 54, or 0.2%, to 29,209, the fifth-highest total in the world. On Sunday, 13 Covid-19 deaths were … Continue reading France reports 54 daily Covid deaths, new confirmed cases at one-week low

NATO chief defends US amid Germany troop row

Brussels (AFP) NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg defended America's military commitment to Europe on Monday, following reports President Donald Trump plans to slash troop numbers in Germany. Berlin has voiced concern at the proposal reported by US media to cut the 34,500 American military personnel posted in Germany by nearly a third. There has been no … Continue reading NATO chief defends US amid Germany troop row

Bail set at $1 million for policeman charged with Floyd murder

Minneapolis (AFP) A Minneapolis judge set a $1 million bail for police officer Derek Chauvin Monday as he made his first court appearance charged with the murder of George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American man whose death sparked nationwide protests. Chauvin, who was filmed on May 25 pressing his knee on handcuffed Floyd's neck until he … Continue reading Bail set at $1 million for policeman charged with Floyd murder

Hundreds of Rohingya come ashore in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur (AFP) More than 260 Rohingya arrived by boat in Malaysia on Monday, officials said, despite authorities' efforts to fight the coronavirus by stopping entry of the Muslim minority. Fears have been growing in recent months that large numbers of the migrants from mostly Buddhist Myanmar are trapped at sea as countries that traditionally … Continue reading Hundreds of Rohingya come ashore in Malaysia

Printed masks put smile on Belgian faces as lockdown ends

Brussels (AFP) Belgium was all smiles as lockdown rules were eased on Monday and many cafes and restaurants reopened -- even for some of those wearing masks. Diners and drinkers could return to their favourite tables, as long as they kept their distance, but servers still have to wear protective facemasks. Belgian etrepreneurs are prining … Continue reading Printed masks put smile on Belgian faces as lockdown ends

New York starts reopening as WHO says virus ‘worsening’ worldwide

New York (AFP) New York City -- the epicenter of America's coronavirus outbreak -- began partially reopening its shattered economy Monday following almost three months of lockdown, as the World Health Organization warned the situation was "worsening" worldwide. Some 400,000 New Yorkers were allowed to return to work as retailers began offering limited in-store and … Continue reading New York starts reopening as WHO says virus ‘worsening’ worldwide

Canada border opens to foreign families of Canadians

Ottawa (AFP) Thousands of foreign nationals will be able to reunite with their families in Canada after the government on Monday moved to exempt them from its travel ban. The border was closed to all non-essential travellers in mid-March to try to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says … Continue reading Canada border opens to foreign families of Canadians

Ireland comes back to life as lockdown eased

Dublin (AFP) Ireland's shops and workplaces lurched back to life on Monday, as the nation pressed ahead with its plan to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions ahead of schedule. All shops were permitted to trade and travel limits were massively relaxed in a dramatic acceleration of the government's reopening plans. Ireland brought forward the easing of … Continue reading Ireland comes back to life as lockdown eased

Women’s star Hegerberg signs lucrative, long-term Nike deal

Paris (AFP) Former women's Ballon d'Or winner, the Norwegian striker Ada Hegerberg, has signed a lucrative long-term sponsorship deal with Nike, it was announced on Monday. A source close to the 24-year-old said the contract was worth upwards of one million euros ($1.13m) to the player. Ada Hegerberg after winning last year's Champions League with … Continue reading Women’s star Hegerberg signs lucrative, long-term Nike deal

Trump responds to NFL chief’s protest statement

Washington (AFP) Donald Trump has reiterated his demands for NFL players to stand during the national anthem, saying any player who kneels would be "disrespecting" the United States. On Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted the league had botched its handling of player protests started by former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, indicating the league … Continue reading Trump responds to NFL chief’s protest statement