UN orders probe of abuses in Libya conflict

Geneva (AFP) The UN's top rights body on Monday ordered a fact-finding mission to Libya to document violations committed since 2016 as International Criminal Court prosecutors said mass graves discovered there may constitute war crimes. Oil-rich Libya has been torn by conflict, drawing in militias, jihadists and mercenaries, since the 2011 toppling and killing of … Continue reading UN orders probe of abuses in Libya conflict

WHO urges dexamethasone boom for worst virus cases

Geneva (AFP) The World Health Organization called on Monday for a rapid increase in production of dexamethasone, a cheap steroid which has been shown to reduce deaths in critically ill coronavirus patients. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said demand had already surged after a British trial of the drug was publicised but he was confident … Continue reading WHO urges dexamethasone boom for worst virus cases

Half of Chinese-Canadians say targets of COVID-19 discrimination: poll

Montreal (AFP) Half of Chinese-Canadians say they have been targets of racial slurs and other discriminatory behavior since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll released Monday. Attacks, threats and graffiti directed at people of Chinese descent since the pandemic was declared amount to a "shadow pandemic," the Angus Reid Institute said … Continue reading Half of Chinese-Canadians say targets of COVID-19 discrimination: poll

Trump looking to reverse fortunes after Tulsa fiasco

Washington (AFP) US President Donald Trump is in desperate need of a political boost after a fiasco of a campaign rally in Tulsa left him looking like a leader detached from the multiple crises gripping the United States. In addition to the poor attendance, Trump's performance at the Oklahoma rally on Saturday had the air … Continue reading Trump looking to reverse fortunes after Tulsa fiasco

Palestinians rally against Trump Mideast plan

Jericho (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) Thousands of Palestinians on Monday demonstrated against US President Donald Trump's plan for the Middle East that includes Israel's annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank. The protest in Jericho, in the south of the Jordan Valley, came in response to a call by Fatah, the party of Palestinian president … Continue reading Palestinians rally against Trump Mideast plan

Former virus hotspot New York reopens as cases spike elsewhere

New York (AFP) New York businesses opened their doors to returning waves of workers Monday as the city that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic marked an important milestone in its return to normalcy, even as other US states were seeing an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. Nationwide, cases have been on the … Continue reading Former virus hotspot New York reopens as cases spike elsewhere

La Liga hopes to welcome fans back to football in Spain under strict guidelines

Madrid (AFP) The return of fans to stadiums in Spain will be subject to strict limitations, with supporters having to register in advance, take turns at attending games and have their temperature taken on arrival, according to guidelines issued to clubs by La Liga. The document, seen by AFP, outlines the need for fans to … Continue reading La Liga hopes to welcome fans back to football in Spain under strict guidelines

Trump campaign dismisses TikTok troll, but who’s having the last laugh?

President Donald Trump's re-election team has dismissed claims that a social media campaign by young Tik-Tok users and K-Pop fans was behind the low turnout for his “comeback” Tulsa rally. But the denial is being taken less seriously than the original prank. The Trump presidency kicked off with a showdown on the crowd size at his January 2017 inauguration, … Continue reading Trump campaign dismisses TikTok troll, but who’s having the last laugh?

BeIN Sports block Serie A broadcasts over Saudi dispute

Paris (AFP) Fans of Serie A around the world were deprived of the chance to watch the league's return from the coronavirus shutdown after BeIN Sports pulled its coverage from the air over a dispute with the league, the broadcaster confirmed on Monday. Subscribers to the Qatar-owned network who tuned in to watch Saturday's comeback … Continue reading BeIN Sports block Serie A broadcasts over Saudi dispute

Need for speed: Japan supercomputer is world’s fastest

Tokyo (AFP) Japan's Fugaku supercomputer, built with government backing and used in the fight against coronavirus, is now ranked as the world's fastest, its developers announced Monday. It snatched the top spot on the Top500, a site that has tracked the evolution of computer processing power for more than two decades, said the Riken scientific … Continue reading Need for speed: Japan supercomputer is world’s fastest

Mourinho insists Kane will thrive on his watch

London (AFP) Jose Mourinho strongly defended his record of getting the best from top strikers on Monday after criticism the Portuguese manager's style could see Harry Kane look for pastures new. Kane played his first game for six months in Tottenham's 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Friday, but failed to get a single touch … Continue reading Mourinho insists Kane will thrive on his watch

TikTok joins EU code of conduct on hate speech

Brussels (AFP) The social media phenomenon TikTok joined the EU's code of conduct on Monday as tech giants seek to persuade Europe to back away from setting laws against hate speech and disinformation. "We're proud to sign up to the (code of conduct) to play our part," said Theo Bertram, TikTok's director of government relations … Continue reading TikTok joins EU code of conduct on hate speech