India tells Pakistan to cut embassy staff by half, says will do same

New Delhi (AFP) India told Pakistan Tuesday to slash its embassy staff in New Delhi by half -- saying it would do the same in Islamabad -- as a diplomatic spat continued between the nuclear-armed rivals. The fractious relationship between the neighbours has worsened since New Delhi expelled two Pakistan embassy officials over spying claims … Continue reading India tells Pakistan to cut embassy staff by half, says will do same

French police under new scrutiny after chokehold death

Paris (AFP) France's police forces faced new pressure Tuesday after the family of a delivery man who died shortly after his arrest last January demanded action against excessive force, including a ban on chokeholds. The victim, 42-year-old Cedric Chouviat, had been stopped for a traffic control near the Eiffel Tower in Paris that degenerated into … Continue reading French police under new scrutiny after chokehold death

Israeli police say Palestinian shot dead at checkpoint

Abu Dis (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) A Palestinian man was shot dead Tuesday at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank after driving his car "quickly" towards a border officer, Israeli police said. The Palestinian was "shot and killed" at a checkpoint in Abu Dis, close to Jerusalem, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Israeli security forces … Continue reading Israeli police say Palestinian shot dead at checkpoint

Man City’s Aguero sent to Spain for check on knee injury

London (AFP) Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero will travel to Spain for further tests on a knee injury that threatens to his season. The Argentine aggravated a problem that had bothered him for more than a month during the first half of City's 5-0 win over Burnley on Monday. Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero suffered … Continue reading Man City’s Aguero sent to Spain for check on knee injury

Indian guru warned against marketing $7 herbal virus ‘cure’

New Delhi (AFP) A hugely popular Indian guru touting herbal remedies as a $7 cure for coronavirus was told by the government Tuesday that he needed to prove his claims before further marketing. Baba Ramdev, a supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said the remedy would be available from next week through his lucrative Patanjali … Continue reading Indian guru warned against marketing $7 herbal virus ‘cure’

Burundi picks regime hardliner as prime minister

Bujumbura (Burundi) (AFP) Burundi's national assembly on Tuesday approved the nomination of Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni, a hardliner under US sanctions for his alleged role in political repression, as prime minister. Bunyoni, who will fill the new position of head of government created in the 2018 constitution, was backed by an overwhelming majority in a session boycotted … Continue reading Burundi picks regime hardliner as prime minister

UN retains $6.5 bln peacekeeping budget

United Nations (United States) (AFP) The UN budget for peacekeeping operations will remain at $6.5 billion under an agreement reached overnight among the UN's 193 member states, diplomats said Tuesday. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, which entails increased costs for medical and protective gear but also lower spending on travel and troop rotations, it was … Continue reading UN retains $6.5 bln peacekeeping budget

Schneiderlin joins Nice from Everton

London (AFP) Morgan Schneiderlin has joined Ligue 1 side Nice from Everton for an undisclosed fee, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. The 30-year-old midfielder, capped 15 times by France, scored once in 88 appearances for Everton after his move from Manchester United in 2017. French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is joining Nice from Everton … Continue reading Schneiderlin joins Nice from Everton

Novak Djokovic, Grand Slam superstar but never the people’s champion

Paris (AFP) From growing up with NATO bombs raining down on Serbia to securing his place amongst the Grand Slam greats, Novak Djokovic never fails to both divide and unite. The 33-year-old world number one has seemingly everything he needs. Divides opinions: Novak Djokovic Andrej ISAKOVIC AFP/File Seventeen Grand Slam titles is just three behind … Continue reading Novak Djokovic, Grand Slam superstar but never the people’s champion

Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus, apologises to other players

Belgrade (AFP) World number one Novak Djokovic said Tuesday he had tested positive for coronavirus, the Serb star becoming the fourth player to contract the virus after taking part in his exhibition tennis tournament in the Balkans. Djokovic, who is "not showing any symptoms" according to a statement from his spokesperson, joins Grigor Dimitrov, Borna … Continue reading Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus, apologises to other players

Borussia Dortmund plan virtual tour of Asia in August

Berlin (AFP) Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund announced on Tuesday that they plan to replace their cancelled trip to Asia with a virtual tour of on-line events in August. Dortmund, who have finished second to Bayern Munich in the German league for the last two years, had planned to take their squad to China and Southeast … Continue reading Borussia Dortmund plan virtual tour of Asia in August

S. Africa to start Africa’s first coronavirus vaccine pilot

Johannesburg (AFP) South Africa will roll out the continent's first coronavirus vaccine trial this week, the university leading the pilot said Tuesday, as the country grapples with the highest number of cases in Africa. The vaccine, developed by the Oxford Jenner Institute, is already being evaluated in Britain, where 4,000 participants have signed up for … Continue reading S. Africa to start Africa’s first coronavirus vaccine pilot