Coronavirus: Texas governor Greg Abbott orders that masks be used, limits gatherings to 10 people

DALLAS (REUTERS) - Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a statewide order that face masks must be worn in public in counties with more than 20 coronavirus cases, according to a written statement released by the governor's office. Abbott also gave local authorities the power to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people in … Continue reading Coronavirus: Texas governor Greg Abbott orders that masks be used, limits gatherings to 10 people

Herman Cain, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, hospitalised with coronavirus

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Herman Cain, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has been diagnosed with Covid-19 and admitted to an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement on Thursday (July 2) on his Twitter feed. Cain attended last month's Tulsa, Oklahoma, rally for President Donald Trump, supporting his fellow Republican at an event where many attendees crowded … Continue reading Herman Cain, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, hospitalised with coronavirus

Facebook to advise use of masks amid latest virus spike

Washington (AFP) Facebook said Thursday it would offer reminders to its users to wear protective masks, responding to the latest surge in US coronavirus cases, which has sparked renewed fears of containing the pandemic. The social network giant said it would include the alerts at the top of feeds on Facebook and Instagram, starting in … Continue reading Facebook to advise use of masks amid latest virus spike

Ghislaine Maxwell, jet-set socialite facing jail for Epstein sex crimes

New York (AFP) Once a card-carrying member of the jet-set's fashionable elite, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell now faces years in prison if convicted of sex trafficking minors in collaboration with her former partner, the late Jeffrey Epstein. The shadowy 58-year-old daughter of British media mogul Robert Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire Thursday, and arraigned … Continue reading Ghislaine Maxwell, jet-set socialite facing jail for Epstein sex crimes

Atalanta edge towards Champions League with Napoli win

Rome (AFP) Atalanta made another step towards next season's Champions League on Thursday after a 2-0 Serie A win over Napoli that extended the gap between them and the chasing pack. Goals from Mario Pasalic and Robin Gosens early in the second half broke Napoli's resistance at the Gewiss Stadium and put Atalanta on 60 … Continue reading Atalanta edge towards Champions League with Napoli win

Israel’s Netanyahu urges caution as virus cases spike

Jerusalem (AFP) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged Israelis to continue wearing masks and respect social distancing measures, as confirmed novel coronavirus cases spiked following the easing of lockdown measures. Speaking after a cabinet meeting on the virus, he said the past 24 hours had seen nearly 1,000 new infections confirmed. Ultra-Orthodox Jews in protective masks … Continue reading Israel’s Netanyahu urges caution as virus cases spike

Canadian engineer held in Egypt for more than a year returns home

Montreal (AFP) A Canadian engineer who was detained in Egypt in February 2019 at the end of a business trip has been released and is back home in Toronto, his family said Thursday. Yasser Albaz's health had deteriorated while he was in custody, and "our top priority will be his much needed medical treatment," his … Continue reading Canadian engineer held in Egypt for more than a year returns home

Golfer Olesen’s ban lifted after sex assault trial delayed

London (AFP) Ryder Cup winner Thorbjorn Olesen was cleared Thursday to return to playing on the European Tour after his trial on charges including sexual assault was delayed until the end of next year. Olesen, a member of the victorious 2018 European Ryder Cup team, was arrested at London's Heathrow Airport last July upon his … Continue reading Golfer Olesen’s ban lifted after sex assault trial delayed

Spain to hike taxes to offset impact of virus crisis

Madrid (AFP) Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Thursday said fiscal reform was "inevitable" if Spain was to deal with the economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, pointing to tax hikes, notably for larger companies. Sanchez also pledged 9.0 billion euros ($10.1 billion) for Spain's regions to reinforce the public health system, which was stretched … Continue reading Spain to hike taxes to offset impact of virus crisis

Mexico president condemns rehab center attack that left 24 dead

Mexico City (AFP) Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday condemned an attack on a drug rehabilitation center that left 24 people dead. Authorities said gunmen entered the center in the city of Irapuato in the central Guanajuato state on Wednesday, forcing victims "onto the ground and shot them." A woman collapses near the … Continue reading Mexico president condemns rehab center attack that left 24 dead

Venezuela says won’t expel envoy, but demands EU action

Caracas (AFP) Venezuela expects "gestures" from the European Union after reversing its decision to expel the bloc's ambassador, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Thursday. Caracas was making "a gesture" in order "not to hinder the dialogue with the European Union," Arreaza told satellite channel Telesur. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Venezueal expects 'gestures' from the … Continue reading Venezuela says won’t expel envoy, but demands EU action

Former Panama presidents face corruption charges

Panama City (AFP) Panama's last two presidents, Ricardo Martinelli and Juan Carlos Varela, faced questions from prosecutors Thursday, each on charges of corruption and money laundering. Prosecutors have charged Martinelli with corruption over the so-called "New Business" case in which a publishing group was allegedly purchased with public money during his 2009-14 term. Former Panama … Continue reading Former Panama presidents face corruption charges