Blades deal major blow to Spurs’ Euro ambitions

Sheffield (United Kingdom) (AFP) Sheffield United damaged Tottenham's bid to qualify for the Champions League and rekindled their own European ambitions after surviving a VAR controversy in their 3-1 win on Thursday. Chris Wilder's side took the lead through Sander Berge's first half strike at Bramall Lane. Oliver McBurnie (L) and Sander Berge (R) scored … Continue reading Blades deal major blow to Spurs’ Euro ambitions

World Athletics puts Russia’s return on hold

Paris (AFP) World Athletics announced on Thursday the provisional suspension of the process of allowing Russian athletes to return to competition after the country's athletics federation (RusAF) failed to pay a fine for breaking doping rules. RusAF had until July 1 to send the global body a $5 million (4.45 million euro) fine and $1.31 … Continue reading World Athletics puts Russia’s return on hold

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new coronavirus shutdowns underway

The United States reported the unemployment rate fell to around 11%, but this positive figure could easily degrade, as states order new shutdowns to fight a recent surge in coronavirus contaminations. US President Donald Trump tried nevertheless to reassure the population.

Four in Daniel Pearl case to remain jailed in Pakistan for now

Islamabad (AFP) Pakistani authorities renewed the detention orders Thursday for four men whose convictions in the kidnapping and killing of US journalist Daniel Pearl had been overturned, meaning they will remain jailed at least three more months, an official said. A Karachi court sparked outrage in April when it acquitted British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed … Continue reading Four in Daniel Pearl case to remain jailed in Pakistan for now

‘Very little risk’ that pets can infect owners with Covid-19, says WHO

GENEVA (REUTERS) - There is "very little risk" that pets can infect their owners with Covid-19, the chief scientist of the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday (July 2). Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist, told a Geneva news conference that felines, ferrets and "even tigers" have been infected with the disease. A man carrying … Continue reading ‘Very little risk’ that pets can infect owners with Covid-19, says WHO

Magnitude 5.5 quake shakes buildings in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - An earthquake registered by Mexican seismological authorities at 5.5 magnitude shook buildings in central Mexico City on Thursday (July 2) a week after a major temblor hit the south of the country. Staff and patients of a clinic in Mexico City wait outside following an earthquake on June 23, 2020.PHOTO: AFP … Continue reading Magnitude 5.5 quake shakes buildings in Mexico City

US Congress passes Bill targeting banks over China’s Hong Kong security law

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Senate passed legislation on Thursday (July 2) to penalise banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement Beijing's draconian new national security law on Hong Kong, sending it to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature. The Bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent, a day after the House … Continue reading US Congress passes Bill targeting banks over China’s Hong Kong security law

Armed man detained near Canada PM Justin Trudeau’s residence

OTTAWA (AFP) - Canadian police on Thursday (July 2) arrested an armed man who entered the grounds of an Ottawa estate that is home to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the country's governor general. The suspect, who was not identified pending formal charges, managed to gain access to the property at Rideau Hall at about … Continue reading Armed man detained near Canada PM Justin Trudeau’s residence

Meghan left ‘unprotected’ by British royal family, court papers say

LONDON (AFP) - The Duchess of Sussex has claimed she was left "unprotected" by the royal family from "false and damaging" media articles when she was pregnant, according to leaked documents published on Thursday (July 2). The claims were made in submissions as part of her high-profile case against the Mail on Sunday, website Mail … Continue reading Meghan left ‘unprotected’ by British royal family, court papers say

Hundreds arrested after European police hack crime chat network

THE HAGUE (AFP) - Police said on Thursday (July 2) they had arrested more than 800 people across Europe after shutting down an encrypted phone network used by organised crime groups to plot murders and drug deals. French and Dutch police said they hacked into the EncroChat network so they could read millions of messages … Continue reading Hundreds arrested after European police hack crime chat network

‘Zombie Fires’ in the Arctic pump out carbon at record pace

NEW YORK (BLOOMBERG) - Wildfires that have raged in the Arctic Circle since early spring led to a record spike in pollution from the infernos last month. Arctic fires emitted 16.3 tonnes of carbon in June, the highest since at least 2003 and almost nine times more than the same month in 2018, according to data from Europe's … Continue reading ‘Zombie Fires’ in the Arctic pump out carbon at record pace

Myanmar landslide kills over a hundred workers in jade mine collapse

A massive landslide in Northern Myanmar has left more than 120 miners dead, when heavy rainstorm created a mud wave that buried workers in a jade mine. Authorities expect the death toll to be rise as many more victims are recovered.