Trump fuels, then downplays, tensions with virus expert Fauci

Washington (AFP) President Donald Trump said Monday he has a "very good" working relationship with America's top infectious disease specialist, despite repeatedly undercutting the respected scientist amid the coronavirus pandemic. For several days Trump has hurled criticism at Anthony Fauci, a senior member of the president's coronavirus taskforce who has warned, sometimes in blunt language, … Continue reading Trump fuels, then downplays, tensions with virus expert Fauci

Maxwell ignored FBI orders during arrest: prosecutors

New York (AFP) British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell ignored the orders of FBI agents during her arrest on sex-trafficking charges, prosecutors said Monday as they urged a US judge to deny her bail request. Attorneys for the Southern District of New York said in a court filing that agents had to breach the front door of … Continue reading Maxwell ignored FBI orders during arrest: prosecutors

Mahmoud Dicko, the populist imam challenging Mali’s President Keita

With no end in sight to Mali’s economic and security crises, a prominent conservative cleric has emerged as the most potent challenge to a widely discredited political establishment perceived as having run out of ideas and solutions. Days after orchestrating a protest movement that brought down Mali’s prime minister, in April last year, popular cleric Mahmoud … Continue reading Mahmoud Dicko, the populist imam challenging Mali’s President Keita

7 children, 2 women killed in Yemen air strike: UN

Dubai (AFP) Seven children and two women were killed in an air raid in northwest Yemen, a UN agency said Monday, as Riyadh said it intercepted missiles fired by Yemeni Huthi rebels. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) also said another two women and two children were wounded in Monday's raid … Continue reading 7 children, 2 women killed in Yemen air strike: UN

EU summit may not reach recovery fund deal: Merkel

Berlin (AFP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday it is unclear whether EU leaders will reach agreement on a 750-billion-euro pandemic recovery fund at this week's summit, amid resistance from more frugal member states. "The road that we have to tread is still rocky," said Merkel ahead of Friday's EU special summit. On the same … Continue reading EU summit may not reach recovery fund deal: Merkel

Austrian politicians trade accusations over Wirecard

Vienna (AFP) The dramatic collapse of German payment provider Wirecard fuelled a political row in Austria Monday, with former right-wing coalition partners trading accusations of links to key players in the scandal. Once a darling of the fintech scene, Wirecard filed for insolvency in June after being forced to admit that 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 … Continue reading Austrian politicians trade accusations over Wirecard

Body found in US lake search for actress Naya Rivera

Los Angeles (AFP) Rescuers on Monday found a body at the California lake where "Glee" star Naya Rivera went missing last week. The Ventura County Sheriff's office said "recovery is in progress" of the unidentified body, after a sixth day of searching for the US actress began again at first light. US actress Naya Rivera … Continue reading Body found in US lake search for actress Naya Rivera

In US, political divisions stymie return to lockdowns

Houston (AFP) US mayors of Houston and Atlanta are calling for a return to stay-at-home orders to staunch an alarming spike in coronavirus cases, but are being hindered by state governors who favor less restrictive measures. While new lockdowns have been ordered around the world in cities like Melbourne, Manila and Tangier, such actions are … Continue reading In US, political divisions stymie return to lockdowns

France raises pay for health care workers by more than €8 billion

The French government and unions signed an agreement Monday giving over eight billion euros in pay rises for health workers, with the prime minister admitting the move was overdue in view of the coronavirus pandemic. During the peak of the outbreak in France, people applauded every night health workers who in turn said that such gratitude rang hollow if … Continue reading France raises pay for health care workers by more than €8 billion

UK unveils post-Brexit border plans and ad campaign

London (AFP) Britain on Monday launched another Brexit advertising blitz and unveiled its first detailed proposals for managing the country's borders after cutting ties with the European Union. The campaign, aimed at future travellers to the bloc, businesses that trade with it, and EU citizens living in the UK, features adverts on television, radio and … Continue reading UK unveils post-Brexit border plans and ad campaign

WHO warns pandemic will get ‘worse and worse and worse’ unless countries follow Covid precautions

The new coronavirus pandemic raging around the globe will worsen if countries fail to adhere to strict healthcare precautions, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday. "Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing … Continue reading WHO warns pandemic will get ‘worse and worse and worse’ unless countries follow Covid precautions

Deadly border clashes reignite Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

Yerevan (AFP) Deadly border clashes between arch-foes Armenia and Azerbaijan entered a second day on Monday, as the EU and regional power broker Moscow urged restraint. Three Azerbaijanis were killed on Sunday and one on Monday, oil-rich Baku's defence ministry said, adding that both sides were using artillery, mortars and tanks in the north part … Continue reading Deadly border clashes reignite Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict