France reports up to 500 active clusters but says no sign yet of ‘second wave’

French authorities have reported 400 to 500 active coronavirus outbreak clusters but there are no signs of an imminent "second wave," Health Minister Olivier Veran said Monday. Many of the current virus clusters involve abattoirs or other contained professional settings such as old age homes, he said. The Minister for Health Olivier Veran attends a meeting in … Continue reading France reports up to 500 active clusters but says no sign yet of ‘second wave’

Curtains rise in China cinemas as normality slowly returns

Shanghai (AFP) Hundreds of cinemas reopened in scores of Chinese cities Monday after a six-month nationwide shutdown due to the coronavirus, highlighting its success in taming an epidemic still raging in parts of the world. But it will be an altered experience for moviegoers: online-only ticket sales, shuttered snack bars, and social-distancing during screenings as … Continue reading Curtains rise in China cinemas as normality slowly returns

Pearson regrets not being given chance to finish Watford task

London (AFP) Nigel Pearson has expressed his regret at not being able to finish the job he started at Watford after he was sacked by the relegation-threatened Premier League club. The Hornets announced on Sunday that Pearson had left the club with immediate effect with two games of the season remaining and top-flight status not … Continue reading Pearson regrets not being given chance to finish Watford task

China slams Britain’s comments on Uighurs as ‘slander’

Beijing (AFP) China hit back on Monday at comments by Britain's foreign secretary that accused Beijing of "gross" human rights abuses against ethnic and religious minorities in the northwest region of Xinjiang. Rights groups and experts estimate that more than one million ethnic Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities have been rounded up into a … Continue reading China slams Britain’s comments on Uighurs as ‘slander’

Iran executes former translator convicted of spying for CIA, Mossad

Iran on Monday executed a former translator convicted of spying for the US and Israel, including helping to locate a top Iranian general killed later by the Americans, the judiciary said. The killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport in January brought decades-old arch enemies Iran and the United States … Continue reading Iran executes former translator convicted of spying for CIA, Mossad

Pakistan resumes polio campaign after coronavirus pause

Islamabad (AFP) Pakistan resumed its polio vaccination campaign Monday after a four-month pause due to the coronavirus outbreak, which health authorities feared would cause a surge in cases of the crippling disease. The country is one of only two in the world where polio is still a serious problem. A health worker administers polio drops … Continue reading Pakistan resumes polio campaign after coronavirus pause

Five revelations of the Spanish football season

Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid's 34th La Liga title owed much to their old guard but Spanish football has witnessed a number of new players exploding onto the scene. Here, AFP Sport takes a look at five revelations to come out of the season. Real Sociedad's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard ANDER GILLENEA AFP/File 1. Martin Odegaard, … Continue reading Five revelations of the Spanish football season

China blows up dam in eastern province to ease flood risk

Beijing (AFP) Chinese authorities blew up part of a dam in eastern Anhui province to relieve flood pressure, local media reported, as heavy rains continue to swell rivers across parts of the country. Rising waters across central and eastern China have left over 140 people dead or missing, and floods have affected almost 24 million … Continue reading China blows up dam in eastern province to ease flood risk

Masked Ortega marks 41st anniversary of Nicaragua revolution

Managua (AFP) Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega wore a face mask as he presided over muted celebrations Sunday marking the 41st anniversary of the Sandinista revolution, although he has played down the coronavirus pandemic and taken no measures to contain it. For the first time, however, the event at the Plaza de la Revolucion was limited … Continue reading Masked Ortega marks 41st anniversary of Nicaragua revolution

Brazil’s indigenous leader Raoni is in ‘stable’ condition in hospital

Indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire, one of the Amazon rainforest's best-known defenders, is "stable" after receiving a blood transfusion in hospital, his institute said Sunday. Raoni, a chief of the Kayapo people in northern Brazil, has been hospitalized since Thursday for weakness, shortness of breath, poor appetite and diarrhea. Brazil's indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire (C) speaks with … Continue reading Brazil’s indigenous leader Raoni is in ‘stable’ condition in hospital

French prosecutors release man questioned over Nantes cathedral fire

French investigators on Sunday released a man who worked as a volunteer at the gothic cathedral of Nantes which was badly damaged by fire hours after he closed it up for the night. Prosecutors launched an arson investigation after the Saturday morning blaze which they said appeared to have broken out in three different parts of the Cathedral of … Continue reading French prosecutors release man questioned over Nantes cathedral fire

Europe said it was pandemic ready, but pride was its downfall

LONDON (NYTIMES) - Professor Chris Whitty, Britain's chief medical adviser, stood before an auditorium in a London museum two years ago cataloging deadly epidemics. From the Black Death of the 14th century to cholera in war-torn Yemen, it was a baleful history. Western Europe became an epicentre of the pandemic.PHOTO: REUTERS But Prof Whitty, who … Continue reading Europe said it was pandemic ready, but pride was its downfall