As US struggles with virus, Trump heads to Rushmore for fireworks

Washington (AFP) Under fire for his response to America's spiraling coronavirus caseload, President Donald Trump is heading to Mount Rushmore on Friday for a night of holiday fireworks that he hopes will provide a much-needed distraction. On the eve of the country's Independence Day, the Republican leader is to speak in the shadow of four … Continue reading As US struggles with virus, Trump heads to Rushmore for fireworks

Armed men kill 30 villagers in Mali attacks

Bamako (AFP) Armed men have killed at least 30 villagers in Mali in simultaneous attacks on several villages in the conflict-riven centre of the country, local officials said on Friday. The attacks took place on Wednesday in the Bankass region, but were not immediately confirmed because of the difficulty in accessing information from the area. … Continue reading Armed men kill 30 villagers in Mali attacks

France returns skulls of Algerians who fought colonisation

Algiers (AFP) Algeria on Friday received the skulls of 24 resistance fighters decapitated during colonial France's conquest of the North African country that had been lying in storage in a Paris museum. The return of the remains, viewed as war trophies by French colonial officers, comes amid a worldwide reexamination of the legacy of colonialism … Continue reading France returns skulls of Algerians who fought colonisation

Runway revolution: Is this the end of fashion as we know it?

Paris (AFP) Paris fashion week goes online for the first time in its history Monday, with fashion rocked not just by the coronavirus but by a growing revolt from within the industry. The virus has brought designers' long-suppressed frustrations with the system and its unforgiving pace bubbling to the surface. The traditional Paris Fashion Week … Continue reading Runway revolution: Is this the end of fashion as we know it?

UK PM Johnson says teas an issue in upholding cricket virus ban

London (AFP) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson risked angering thousands of club cricketers yet again Friday by saying the recreational game was still not safe to play because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. The England and Wales Cricket Board insisted, however, that the amateur game could restart, with lockdown restrictions on pubs … Continue reading UK PM Johnson says teas an issue in upholding cricket virus ban

New PM Castex: France’s low-profile coronavirus czar

Paris (AFP) The new French prime minister Jean Castex is a low-profile civil servant and local politician from the right, who recently gained prominence for drawing up policy to ease the coronavirus lockdown. For supporters, Castex is a hugely impressive bureaucrat who will rapidly master the brief of prime minister and handling relations with President … Continue reading New PM Castex: France’s low-profile coronavirus czar

Turkey challenges allies and enemies alike in quest for ‘larger role on world stage’

Turkish foreign policy has recently taken a hawkish turn in the Middle East and North Africa.  From a diplomatic row with NATO ally France over a Libyan arms embargo to the deployment of special forces in northern Iraq, Ankara seems newly willing to challenge allies and enemies alike in its pursuit of a larger role … Continue reading Turkey challenges allies and enemies alike in quest for ‘larger role on world stage’

Fired-up Buffon set to overtake Maldini as Juve eye nine in a row

Rome (AFP) Gianluigi Buffon is ready to add another landmark achievement in his incredible career when Juventus face local rivals Torino on Saturday, with the former Italy captain expected to become Serie A's all-time record appearance maker. Italian media report that Buffon will take the field at the Allianz Stadium in place of Wojciech Szczesny … Continue reading Fired-up Buffon set to overtake Maldini as Juve eye nine in a row

Cyprus to reopen to UK tourists on August 1

Nicosia (AFP) Cyprus decided Friday to welcome tourists from Britain, its largest market, from 1 August if that country’s coronavirus outbreak remains on a downward trend. Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said Britain would fall into a higher risk band of countries from which arrivals need to provide a negative COVID-19 test. Mask-clad travellers wait for … Continue reading Cyprus to reopen to UK tourists on August 1

Ex-Liverpool striker Milan Baros set to retire at 38

Prague (AFP) Former Liverpool, Aston Villa and Czech Republic striker Milan Baros said Friday he would call time on his playing career at the end of the season. "My head would like to go on, but the body has said stop," the 38-year-old Baros said on Banik Ostrava's club website. Milan Baros is the Czech … Continue reading Ex-Liverpool striker Milan Baros set to retire at 38

Mourinho questions Tottenham’s mental strength

London (AFP) Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has questioned his team's mental strength after their dismal 3-1 loss at Sheffield United delivered a potentially fatal blow to their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. Harry Kane had an equaliser disallowed by VAR after Lucas Moura was adjudged to have handled the ball in the build-up … Continue reading Mourinho questions Tottenham’s mental strength

Turkey trial begins into Ghosn escape from Japan

Istanbul (AFP) The trial opened in Turkey on Friday of seven suspects over the audacious escape of former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn from Japan to Lebanon via Istanbul in December, local media reported. Ghosn, who faced multiple charges of financial misconduct that he denies, managed to slip out of Japan despite having handed over his … Continue reading Turkey trial begins into Ghosn escape from Japan