170 police officers die of coronavirus in Peru: minister

Lima (AFP) At least 170 police officers in Peru have died after contracting the coronavirus while enforcing the South American nation's pandemic lockdown, the interior minister said Thursday. Almost 10,000 officers have been infected with the disease as they enforced social distancing measures during Peru's 12 weeks of stay-at-home orders. Relatives carry the coffin of … Continue reading 170 police officers die of coronavirus in Peru: minister

FIFA allows transfer windows to open before current season finishes

Paris (AFP) FIFA will allow leagues to open their transfer windows before the current, delayed season has been completed as football recovers from the impact of the lengthy coronavirus shutdown, the game's world governing body announced on Thursday. FIFA has passed a series of temporary amendments to help deal with the havoc to the football … Continue reading FIFA allows transfer windows to open before current season finishes

Brazil to produce Chinese coronavirus vaccine: officials

Sao Paulo (AFP) Brazilian officials on Thursday announced an agreement with China's Sinovac Biotech to produce its coronavirus vaccine in the state of Sao Paulo, where tests involving 9,000 volunteers are to begin next month. Brazil has the world's second-highest coronavirus caseload after the United States, with more than 770,000 confirmed infections and nearly 40,000 … Continue reading Brazil to produce Chinese coronavirus vaccine: officials

Haris withdraws from Pakistan’s tour of England over coronavirus fears

Karachi (AFP) Middle-order batsman Haris Sohail on Thursday became the first player to withdraw from Pakistan's England tour over coronavirus fears, the Pakistan Cricket Board revealed. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir will also not travel although his decision was based on personal reasons as his wife is due to give birth to their second child in … Continue reading Haris withdraws from Pakistan’s tour of England over coronavirus fears

Israel’s Netanyahu welcomes Trump authorising sanctions against ICC officials

Jerusalem (AFP) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday welcomed moves by US President Donald Trump to sanction any International Criminal Court officials who investigate US troops, as the tribunal examines alleged war crimes in Afghanistan. "This court is politicised and obsessed with carrying out a headhunt against Israel and the United States as well … Continue reading Israel’s Netanyahu welcomes Trump authorising sanctions against ICC officials

Afghanistan coach Moles vows to carry on despite amputated leg

London (AFP) Afghanistan director of cricket Andy Moles plans to continue his career despite the "trauma" of having his leg amputated after being told he could otherwise lose his life. Moles was with the Afghanistan team in Abu Dhabi, preparing for September's tour of Bangladesh, when he discovered the skin on the ball of his … Continue reading Afghanistan coach Moles vows to carry on despite amputated leg

Rose grabs lead in PGA virus return as Floyd remembered

Washington (AFP) Britain's Justin Rose fired a seven-under par 63 Thursday to seize the early lead as the US PGA Tour ended a 91-day coronavirus shutdown and paid tribute to George Floyd. Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, birdied seven of his first 12 holes then closed with six pars to grab a one-stroke clubhouse … Continue reading Rose grabs lead in PGA virus return as Floyd remembered

Joshua showdown with Fury unlikely to be in UK says promoter

London (AFP) Anthony Joshua's first blockbuster bout with Tyson Fury is unlikely to take place in Britain, according to promoter Eddie Hearn. Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO world champion, and WBC belt holder Fury have agreed in principle to stage two eagerly-anticipated fights in 2021. Anthony Joshua (white trunks) could be set for an … Continue reading Joshua showdown with Fury unlikely to be in UK says promoter

US President Trump struggles to unite country as he launches reelection campaign

US President Donald Trump will address searing anger over racism and police brutality during a trip to Texas on Thursday, but his main focus is rapidly shifting to a more personal problem - his troubled reelection campaign. The Republican has struggled to find the right tone to address the explosion of protests against years of police … Continue reading US President Trump struggles to unite country as he launches reelection campaign

Israeli scientists produce energy from plants

Jerusalem (AFP) Israeli scientists say they have produced hydrogen from plants in a development that they hope could eventually lead to using vegetation to produce electricity. The discovery was made by using microscopic algae, an aquatic plant, in research carried out at a Tel Aviv University laboratory. Israeli scientists say they have used algae to … Continue reading Israeli scientists produce energy from plants