Pompeo says UN vote on race, policing in US is ‘hypocrisy’

Washington (AFP) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Saturday a UN Human Rights Council vote condemning racism amounted to hypocrisy. Pompeo defended the recent discussion on race relations in America as a sign of a healthy democracy, and said the council should focus on what he called systemic racial disparities in member countries such … Continue reading Pompeo says UN vote on race, policing in US is ‘hypocrisy’

Greece extends lockdown at migrant camps on World Refugee Day

Athens (AFP) Greece announced on Saturday another extension of the coronavirus lockdown on its teeming migrant camps, hours after some 2,000 people protested in central Athens to mark World Refugee Day and denounce the government’s treatment of migrants. The migration ministry said confinement for residents of reception and identification centres across the country would be … Continue reading Greece extends lockdown at migrant camps on World Refugee Day

Chile reports more than 7,000 virus deaths under new counting method

Santiago (AFP) Chile nearly doubled its coronavirus death toll Saturday to more than 7,000 under a new tallying method that includes probable fatalities from COVID-19. The toll thus increased by 3,069, Rafael Araos of the heath ministry said as he revealed officially the new government counting methodology. The toll thus increased by 3,069, officials said; … Continue reading Chile reports more than 7,000 virus deaths under new counting method

Five things from the Bundesliga

Berlin (AFP) Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich took their winning run to 15 games as Robert Lewandowski scored twice in Saturday's 3-1 win over Freiburg. AFP Sport looks at five key things from Saturday's action: Robert Lewandowski celebrates setting a new record for the most league goals scored by a foreigner in Saturday's 3-1 home German … Continue reading Five things from the Bundesliga

Prosecutors hid evidence in Italy cop’s murder case: defence

Rome (AFP) Italian prosecutors hid evidence that a key figure in the murder of a Rome cop by two US students was a police informer, a defence lawyer told AFP Saturday. Finnegan Lee Elder and Gabriel Natale-Hjorth are on trial in Rome over the killing of Mario Cerciello Rega, who was in plain clothes when … Continue reading Prosecutors hid evidence in Italy cop’s murder case: defence

Cavani to leave PSG before Champions League last eight

Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain's all-time record scorer Edinson Cavani will leave the club ahead of the return of the Champions League, media reports claimed on Saturday. Earlier this month it was announced Uruguay striker Cavani, 33, who has 200 goals to his name since joining PSG in 2013, will depart the Parc de Princes at … Continue reading Cavani to leave PSG before Champions League last eight

Zimbabwe health minister charged over virus kit scandal

Harare (AFP) Zimbabwe's health minister was Saturday charged with corruption related to the irregular awarding of a big contract to a new Dubai-based company for coronavirus testing and protective kits. Obadiah Moyo, 66, was arrested Friday night following investigations brought by the country's anti-graft commission, which accused him of criminal abuse of office in connection … Continue reading Zimbabwe health minister charged over virus kit scandal

DR Congo presidential aide gets 20 years for graft

Kinshasa (AFP) A top aide to DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi was handed 20 years hard labour for corruption on Saturday in a case that has tested the government's anti-graft credentials. Vital Kamerhe, 61, who served as the president's chief of staff, was convicted of diverting more than $50 million of public funds, the court … Continue reading DR Congo presidential aide gets 20 years for graft

Czech PM slams EU ‘interference’ over subsidy misuse

Prague (AFP) Billionaire Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Saturday accused the European Parliament of "interference" after it pressed for mechanisms to stop the misuse of EU subsidies. Babis is suspected of a clash of interest as the owner of the Agrofert food, chemicals and media holding receiving EU subsidies, and a politician deciding on … Continue reading Czech PM slams EU ‘interference’ over subsidy misuse

Trump hopes to energize re-election campaign with large Oklahoma rally

Pressing ahead in a pandemic, US President Donald Trump looked to reverse a decline in his political fortunes Saturday by returning to the format that has so often energized him and his loyal supporters: a raucous, no-holds-barred rally before tens of thousands of ardent fans, this time in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The rally was shaping up … Continue reading Trump hopes to energize re-election campaign with large Oklahoma rally