Panama ex-president Martinelli facing corruption charges

Panama City (AFP) Panama's former president Ricardo Martinelli must face corruption charges just eight months after he was acquitted of spying on political foes, one of his lawyers said on Wednesday. "They charged him," his lawyer Ronier Ortiz told reporters outside the public prosecutor's office in the capital Panama City. Ricardo Martinelli was cleared of … Continue reading Panama ex-president Martinelli facing corruption charges

Guardiola eyes ‘incredible’ season end despite Premier League failure

London (AFP) Pep Guardiola says Manchester City have "incredible things ahead" as he focuses on a trophy treble despite surrendering their Premier League crown to Liverpool. Guardiola's side will perform a guard of honour to their major rivals of recent seasons on Thursday after Liverpool ended City's two-year reign as English champions last week. Manchester … Continue reading Guardiola eyes ‘incredible’ season end despite Premier League failure

Yarmolenko strikes Hammer blow to Chelsea’s Champions League charge

London (AFP) Chelsea blew the chance to move third in the Premier League as West Ham gave their hopes of survival a huge boost thanks to Andriy Yarmolenko's strike a minute from time in a 3-2 win on Wednesday. The Hammers bounced back from the double disappointment of seeing Tomas Soucek's strike ruled out after … Continue reading Yarmolenko strikes Hammer blow to Chelsea’s Champions League charge

Brazil’s Senate approves controversial bill against disinformation

Brasília (AFP) Brazil's Senate has approved a controversial bill against disinformation opposed by President Jair Bolsonaro as well as social media platforms and freedom of speech advocates. The measure, which has yet to be debated in the Chamber of Deputies, passed the Senate in a 44-32 vote late Tuesday in a virtual session. Brazil's Chamber … Continue reading Brazil’s Senate approves controversial bill against disinformation

US buys up COVID drug, as some countries say well-stocked

Washington (AFP) Britain and Germany said Wednesday they had sufficient stocks of remdesivir, the first drug to be shown to be relatively effective in treating COVID-19, and of which the United States has bought almost all supply. Washington announced this week that it had purchased 92 percent of all remdesivir production by the Gilead laboratory … Continue reading US buys up COVID drug, as some countries say well-stocked

Trump says he’d have ‘no problem’ using mask in ‘tight’ quarters

Washington (AFP) US President Donald Trump, who has yet to be seen in public wearing a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic, said Wednesday he would have "no problem" doing so -- if conditions called for it. "If I were in a tight situation with people, I would absolutely," Trump said in an interview with … Continue reading Trump says he’d have ‘no problem’ using mask in ‘tight’ quarters

Djokovic donates 40,000 euros to Serbian town hit hard by virus

Belgrade (AFP) Tennis world number one Novak Djokovic, who last week tested positive for coronavirus, donated more than 40,000 euros ($45,000) to a Serbian town badly affected by the pandemic, local media reported Wednesday. The 33-year-old Djokovic donated the money to Novi Pazar, in Serbia's southwest, to help it fight a growing outbreak of the … Continue reading Djokovic donates 40,000 euros to Serbian town hit hard by virus

Garcia double edges Athletic to European spots with Valencia win

Madrid (AFP) Veteran midfielder Raul Garcia scored twice to move Athletic Bilbao three points from the Europa League places in a 2-0 win at Valencia on Wednesday. Garcia, 33, took his tally for the season up to 13 with his efforts either side of the break at the Mestalla. Athletic Bilbao's Raul Garcia took his … Continue reading Garcia double edges Athletic to European spots with Valencia win

Inter hammer Brescia to stay in Serie A title hunt

Milan (AFP) Alexis Sanchez scored a penalty and set up two goals as Inter Milan thrashed relegation candidates Brescia 6-0 on Wednesday to keep their slim Serie A title hopes alive. Sanchez teed up Ashley Young to volley Inter ahead at San Siro after just five minutes and the Chile forward dispatched a spot-kick to … Continue reading Inter hammer Brescia to stay in Serie A title hunt

Green light for Amsterdam’s red light district after virus shutdown

Amsterdam (AFP) Amsterdam's famed red light district reopened on Wednesday after a long coronavirus shutdown, with sex workers and clients having to observe new rules to prevent infection. The Netherlands ordered all brothels closed in mid-March and had originally planned to keep them shut until September, but recently brought the date forward as COVID-19 cases … Continue reading Green light for Amsterdam’s red light district after virus shutdown

Leicester collapse continues with defeat at Everton

Liverpool (AFP) Leicester's alarming slump continued with a 2-1 defeat at Everton to give the chasing pack in the hunt for a Champions League place next season another boost. Chelsea will move above Brendan Rodgers's men into third with victory at West Ham later on Wednesday and Manchester United and Wolves are now also just … Continue reading Leicester collapse continues with defeat at Everton

Pakistan blocks online game PUBG over ‘negative’ impact

Islamabad (AFP) Pakistan on Wednesday temporarily blocked the hugely popular online game PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) after receiving complaints it was addictive and following media reports linking the brutal, multiplayer shoot 'em up to suicide. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority said it had received "numerous" complaints from people saying the game has a "serious negative impact on … Continue reading Pakistan blocks online game PUBG over ‘negative’ impact