Thousands attend state funeral for Burundi’s Nkurunziza

Thousands of Burundians clad in white gathered Friday in the capital Gitega to say a final goodbye to former president Pierre Nkurunziza at a state funeral after his sudden death earlier this month.  The coffin carrying the late president arrived at a stadium in the city, covered in the green, red and white national flag … Continue reading Thousands attend state funeral for Burundi’s Nkurunziza

Brazil’s Bolsonaro appeals court order on wearing mask

Brasília (AFP) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro appealed a court ruling Friday that requires him to wear a face mask in public during the coronavirus pandemic, calling it "unnecessary." The attorney general's office, which represents the government in legal matters, said the ruling was redundant since face masks are already mandatory in Brasilia. Brazil's President Jair … Continue reading Brazil’s Bolsonaro appeals court order on wearing mask

US House approves Washington, DC, statehood in historic vote

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Four decades after launching its drive for US statehood, Washington, DC, was poised to take a step towards becoming the 51st state as the House of Representatives on Friday (June 26) approved its admission. The initiative passed in the Democratic-controlled House by a vote of 232-180, with no Republicans supporting it. US … Continue reading US House approves Washington, DC, statehood in historic vote

Bus driver charged over deadly Warsaw bridge crash

WARSAW (REUTERS) - The driver of a municipal bus that plunged off a motorway bridge in the Polish capital on Thursday (june 25), killing one person, was driving while under the influence of amphetamines, the Warsaw prosecutor's office said. The man, whose full name was not released by Polish authorities, is in hospital and has been charged … Continue reading Bus driver charged over deadly Warsaw bridge crash

US imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong autonomy

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday (June 26) the United States was imposing visa restrictions on Chinese Communist Party officials believed responsible for restricting freedoms in Hong Kong. The move comes ahead of a meeting of China's parliament next week that is expected to enact new national security legislation … Continue reading US imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong autonomy

L’Oreal to drop words such as ‘whitening’ from skin products

LONDON (REUTERS) - L'Oreal, the world's biggest cosmetics company, will remove words referencing "white", "fair" and "light" from its skin-evening products, a spokeswoman said on Friday (June 26), a day after Unilever made a similar announcement in the face of growing social media criticism. Unilever and L'Oreal are two big players in the global market … Continue reading L’Oreal to drop words such as ‘whitening’ from skin products

Bolivia approves schedule for delayed general election

La Paz (AFP) Bolivia's Supreme Court on Friday issued a schedule for the country's delayed general election, including a date for an eventual second-round presidential run-off. Bolivians had been due to head to the polls in May to elect a successor to Evo Morales, the former president who resigned in November and fled the country … Continue reading Bolivia approves schedule for delayed general election

F1 blasts Ecclestone’s ‘black people sometimes more racist than white’ comment

Paris (AFP) Formula 1 chiefs on Friday said Bernie Ecclestone's view that "black people are sometimes more racist than white" has no place in the sport. Ecclestone, the former ringmaster of F1 over four decades, was asked to comment on Lewis Hamilton's recent anti-rascism initiatives. Controversial remarks: Bernie Ecclestone with Lewis Hamilton TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA AFP/File … Continue reading F1 blasts Ecclestone’s ‘black people sometimes more racist than white’ comment

Clermont hero James joins Ospreys coaching staff

London (AFP) Former Clermont playmaker Brock James has been appointed as the new attack coach at the Ospreys on a three-year deal, the Welsh regional side announced Friday. The Australian fly-half who won the European Challenge Cup in 2007 and France's Top 14 in 2010 as a player with Clermont, will take up his position … Continue reading Clermont hero James joins Ospreys coaching staff

Unilever to stop advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in US

The Hague (AFP) Consumer giant Unilever, home to brands including Ben and Jerry's and Marmite, said Friday it will stop advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in the US until the end of 2020 due to the "polarized election period" there. The Anglo-Dutch firm is the largest of a growing list of brands halting ads … Continue reading Unilever to stop advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in US