Frosty start as Serbia-Kosovo talks resume after long pause

Brussels (AFP) Long-stalled face-to-face talks between Belgrade and Pristina got off to a frosty start in Brussels on Thursday as Serbia accused Kosovo of making unrealistic demands. More than two decades after clashing in war, the Balkan neighbours are still haunted by unresolved tensions that threaten instability in their corner of southeastern Europe. Serbia has … Continue reading Frosty start as Serbia-Kosovo talks resume after long pause

Spain to cull nearly 100,000 mink with coronavirus

Madrid (AFP) Spain has ordered the culling of nearly 100,000 mink on a farm in the northeast after confirming many were carrying coronavirus, a regional minister said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters, Joaquin Olona, agriculture minister for the Aragon region, said the cull would involve the slaughter of some 92,700 mink who are prized for … Continue reading Spain to cull nearly 100,000 mink with coronavirus

Leicester boost top-four bid, Villa in trouble

London (AFP) Leicester moved a step closer to Champions League qualification after a 2-0 win against Sheffield United while Aston Villa's survival hopes were seriously damaged as Everton snatched a late draw on Thursday. Brendan Rodgers' side earned their first win in three games thanks to goals from Ayoze Perez and Demarai Gray at the … Continue reading Leicester boost top-four bid, Villa in trouble

Hollywood’s De Niro, Freeman ask Americans to wear face masks

New York (AFP) Robert De Niro wants you to wear a mask. So do Morgan Freeman and Kathryn Bigelow. The Hollywood stars are fronting a campaign calling on Americans to cover their faces to stop the spread of COVID-19. The donning of masks has become politicized in the United States, with many Americans refusing to … Continue reading Hollywood’s De Niro, Freeman ask Americans to wear face masks

Pound: Olympic movement faces biggest threat since boycotts

Washington (AFP) Athletes and the Olympic movement face their greatest crisis since the 1980s Cold War-era boycotts in the COVID-19 pandemic, long-time International Olympic Committee member Richard Pound told AFP on Thursday. The Canadian lawyer, a former IOC vice president and World Anti-Doping Agency president, said the global coronavirus outbreak that postponed the Tokyo Olympics … Continue reading Pound: Olympic movement faces biggest threat since boycotts

US announces borders with Mexico, Canada to stay shut to August 20

Washington (AFP) US Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Thursday that borders with Mexico and Canada would remained shut to most travel to stem to spread of the coronavirus for another month to August 20. Confirming reports days earlier from Canada that Washington had renewed the four-month-old shutdown, Wolf said the decision represented the … Continue reading US announces borders with Mexico, Canada to stay shut to August 20

As virus surges, Trump escalates conflict with Fauci

Washington (AFP) Anthony Fauci, the United States' top infectious disease specialist, likes to focus on science -- but his honest takes on America's failures to get a grip on COVID-19 have brought him into ever greater conflict with President Donald Trump. As director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the physician-scientist has … Continue reading As virus surges, Trump escalates conflict with Fauci

US scientists urge government to renounce nuclear tests

Washington (AFP) Top US scientists called on President Donald Trump- Thursday to not resume nuclear weapons tests, saying such tests would heighten the risk of a nuclear war. In a letter published on the 75th anniversary of the world's first atom bomb test in 1945, about 70 scientists, including a half-dozen Nobel Prize recipients, questioned … Continue reading US scientists urge government to renounce nuclear tests

Bernal among up to 150 Colombian athletes who will fly to Europe

Bogota (AFP) The 2019 Tour de France winner Egan Bernal is among 150 athletes who will leave Colombia on Sunday after lockdown to return to Europe and resume competition, officials said Thursday. The athletes who will take a special flight from Bogota to Madrid on Sunday, the Colombian Sports Ministry and the national airline, Avianca, … Continue reading Bernal among up to 150 Colombian athletes who will fly to Europe

US urges Netanyahu to keep alive chance of Palestinian state

Washington (AFP) The United States has asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to keep alive the prospect of a Palestinian state as he considers West Bank annexation, a senior official said Thursday. Netanyahu's government had set July 1 as the date when it could begin formally taking over Palestinian areas seized in 1967 in line … Continue reading US urges Netanyahu to keep alive chance of Palestinian state

Dortmund’s Meunier slams PSG over Champions League omission

Berlin (AFP) Borussia Dortmund's new signing Thomas Meunier has criticised former club Paris Saint-Germain, who he claims refused to let him play in next month's Champions League 'Final Eight' despite permission from the Bundesliga club. The Belgian right-back signed for Bundesliga runners-up Dortmund on a free transfer in June. Meunier has criticised former club Paris … Continue reading Dortmund’s Meunier slams PSG over Champions League omission

Italian govt aiming for return of fans to stadiums in September

Milan (AFP) Italian Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora on Thursday ruled out a return of football fans to stadiums in Italy before September. Serie A action kicked off after a three-month coronavirus shutdown behind closed doors on June 20 and will finish on August 2. Football resumed in Italy behind closed doors on June 20. MARCO … Continue reading Italian govt aiming for return of fans to stadiums in September