Brazil, reversing course, says will keep fighting Amazon deforestation

BRASILIA/POCONÉ (REUTERS) - In a dramatic u-turn, Brazil's Environment Ministry said on Friday (Aug 28) it would continue to fight deforestation, reversing its position after saying hours earlier that it could not afford to continue enforcement efforts in the Amazon. The ministry, through its enforcement arm Ibama and its parks service ICMBio, plays a vital … Continue reading Brazil, reversing course, says will keep fighting Amazon deforestation

The return to campus in the US creates coronavirus clusters from coast to coast

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - As college students and professors return to campus in the midst of a pandemic, coronavirus cases are turning up by the thousands. A New York Times survey of more than 1,500 American colleges and universities - including every four-year public institution, every private college that competes in NCAA sports and others … Continue reading The return to campus in the US creates coronavirus clusters from coast to coast

FDA ousts spokesman, PR consultant after blood plasma fiasco

WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - The head of the US Food and Drug Administration ousted its top spokesman from her position Friday (Aug 28) in an urgent bid to restore the tarnished credibility of the agency after he made erroneous claims that overstated the benefits of plasma treatments for Covid-19 at a news conference with President Donald … Continue reading FDA ousts spokesman, PR consultant after blood plasma fiasco

Trump says he pays his highest respect to Japan’s Abe, plans to call him

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (REUTERS) - President Donald Trump said on Friday (Aug 28) he considered Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a great friend and expressed concern over his decision to step down for health reasons. "I want to pay my highest respect to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ... a great friend of mine," Trump … Continue reading Trump says he pays his highest respect to Japan’s Abe, plans to call him

Trump says anti-racism protesters were ‘thugs’

LONDONDERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE (REUTERS) - Fresh from accepting the Republican nomination, US President Donald Trump had harsh words for anti-racism protesters on Friday (Aug 28) during a campaign stop in the politically important state of New Hampshire. Addressing a crowd in an airport hangar, Trump called the demonstrators who sought to disrupt his White House … Continue reading Trump says anti-racism protesters were ‘thugs’

FDA expands emergency use of Gilead’s remdesivir in hospitalised Covid-19 patients

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Gilead Inc said on Friday (Aug 28) the US Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorisation of its experimental antiviral Covid-19 treatment, remdesivir, to allow its use in all hospitalised Covid-19 patients. The drug was authorised in May for use in patients with a severe form of the illness, after trial … Continue reading FDA expands emergency use of Gilead’s remdesivir in hospitalised Covid-19 patients

‘Black Panther’ star Boseman dies after private battle with cancer

Los Angeles (AFP) Chadwick Boseman, star of the ground-breaking superhero movie "Black Panther," has died after a private four-year battle with colon cancer, his publicist told AFP Friday. Boseman, 43, never publicly discussed his condition and continued to work on major Hollywood films during and between "countless" operations and chemotherapy, his family said in a … Continue reading ‘Black Panther’ star Boseman dies after private battle with cancer

Young Belarus blogger with key role in protests

Warsaw (AFP) A fresh-faced 22-year-old blogger is using nothing more than his keyboard to run the main communications hub for protesters in Belarus as they mount an unprecedented challenge to the regime of President Alexander Lukashenko, often dubbed Europe's last dictator. Stepan Svetlov is the founder of NEXTA Live, a Telegram channel with 2.1 million … Continue reading Young Belarus blogger with key role in protests

Riot in southern Sweden after anti-Muslim Danish leader banned

Stockholm (AFP) Protesters threw stones at police and burned tyres in southern Sweden late on Friday, authorities said, hours after an anti-Muslim Danish politician was blocked from attending a Koran-burning rally nearby. About 300 people were on the streets of Malmo with violence escalating as the evening wore on, according to police and local media. … Continue reading Riot in southern Sweden after anti-Muslim Danish leader banned

Transfer News: Saturday, August 29

Lionel Messi’s future continues to dominate the football world - with a move to Manchester City still being touted as the most likely outcome. The Times report that Messi spoke to Pep Guardiola last week, indicating that he wanted to leave Barcelona and would be interested in a switch to City. Whether or not they can sign him for … Continue reading Transfer News: Saturday, August 29

Thiago Silva joins Chelsea following PSG release

Chelsea have completed the signing of defender Thiago Silva on a free transfer following his release by Paris Saint-Germain. The 35-year-old Brazil centre-back has signed a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months in what will be his first experience of playing in the Premier League. Silva is Frank Lampard's fifth signing … Continue reading Thiago Silva joins Chelsea following PSG release

One to Watch: Everything you need to know about Crystal Palace’s new signing Eberechi Eze

Crystal Palace’s purchase of Eberechi Eze from QPR stands out as one of the most exciting deals of the transfer window. The Eagles beat a host of other top-flight clubs to Eze’s signature, with his desire to stay in London leading him to choose Selhurst Park over a switch to West Brom, who also agreed … Continue reading One to Watch: Everything you need to know about Crystal Palace’s new signing Eberechi Eze