Closing the gap: Brazil announces equal pay for men, women footballers

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday that its men's and women's national soccer teams will receive equal pay and prize money. "There is no more gender difference, the CBF is treating men and women equally," the Brazilian Football Confederation chief Rogerio Caboclo said in statement. Brazil's women's football team at a championship match hosted in Calais, … Continue reading Closing the gap: Brazil announces equal pay for men, women footballers

Man Utd’s Van de Beek honours ex-Ajax teammate Nouri with shirt number

London (AFP) Manchester United's new signing Donny van de Beek has revealed he will wear shirt number 34 in honour of former Ajax team-mate Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered brain damage after an on-pitch heart attack. United on Wednesday announced they had completed a deal for the Netherlands international worth a reported initial 39 million euros … Continue reading Man Utd’s Van de Beek honours ex-Ajax teammate Nouri with shirt number

Foden says Guardiola’s faith is ‘massive’ factor as he eyes England debut

London (AFP) Phil Foden says Pep Guardiola's faith in his ability has been a "massive" factor in his development after the 20-year-old Manchester City playmaker was called up to the England squad for the first time. City boss Guardiola has regularly lavished praise upon Foden, saying he would not sell the young star even for … Continue reading Foden says Guardiola’s faith is ‘massive’ factor as he eyes England debut

Chinese activist loses legal battle over homophobic textbooks

Beijing (AFP) A Chinese LGBT activist has lost her legal bid to get a university textbook corrected for describing gay people as suffering from a "common psychosexual disorder". China stopped classifying homosexuality as a mental illness in 2001, but its mostly closeted LGBT population still encounters discrimination and lacks legal safeguards. LGBT activist Xixi had … Continue reading Chinese activist loses legal battle over homophobic textbooks

Philippines delays release of US marine in transgender killing

Manila (AFP) A US marine convicted of killing a transgender woman will stay in detention in the Philippines while a court reviews its earlier ruling to free him halfway into his 10-year jail term, officials said Thursday. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton has been in prison since the October 2014 killing of Jennifer Laude, whom … Continue reading Philippines delays release of US marine in transgender killing

Record CO2 emissions for Arctic wildfires: EU

Paris (AFP) This year's Arctic Circle wildfires, still ablaze, have already surpassed the record set in 2019 for CO2 emissions, adding to the carbon pollution humanity needs to curtail, the European Union's Earth observation programme said Thursday. Uncontrolled forest fires across one of the planet's coldest regions has sent a quarter of a billion tonnes … Continue reading Record CO2 emissions for Arctic wildfires: EU

Hurricane Nana makes landfall in Belize

Guatemala City (AFP) Central American countries were preparing for the onslaught of Hurricane Nana, which hit the coast of Belize during Thursday's early hours. Nana, recently upgraded from a tropical storm, had made landfall between Dangriga and Placencia, towards the middle of Belize's coastline, about 60 kilometers south of Belize City, the US National Hurricane … Continue reading Hurricane Nana makes landfall in Belize

Hackers test defences of Trump campaign websites ahead of US election, security staff warn

LONDON (REUTERS) - Hackers have stepped up efforts to knock Trump campaign and business websites offline ahead of the US election, in what a security firm working for the campaign said could be preparation for a larger digital assault, according to emails seen by Reuters. The security assessment was prepared by staff at US cybersecurity firm Cloudflare, … Continue reading Hackers test defences of Trump campaign websites ahead of US election, security staff warn

Activists protest Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Berlin visit

BERLIN (AFP) - Exiled Hong Kong activist Nathan Law led a protest by several hundred demonstrators, including members of the Chinese Uighur minority, in Berlin on Tuesday (Aug 1) ahead of a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Speaking outside the Foreign Ministry, Mr Law called for more support from Berlin over a security law … Continue reading Activists protest Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Berlin visit

France’s Charlie Hebdo republishes Mohammed cartoons for trial start

PARIS (AFP) - French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the target of a massacre by Islamist gunmen in 2015, said on Tuesday (Sept 1) it was republishing hugely controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to mark the start of the trial this week of alleged accomplices in the attack. "We will never lie down. We will never give … Continue reading France’s Charlie Hebdo republishes Mohammed cartoons for trial start

Powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8 strikes near coast of northern Chile

SANTIAGO, CHILE (REUTERS) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck near the coast of Northern Chile on Tuesday (Aug 1), the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences said, and some damage and minor landslides were reported in areas near the epicentre, according to local media. A number of people living near the coast were evacuated as … Continue reading Powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.8 strikes near coast of northern Chile

Russia’s coronavirus case tally passes 1 million as schools reopen

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia's coronavirus case tally passed the one million-mark on Tuesday (Aug 1) as schools and educational institutions reopened across the world's largest country with new mandatory safety precautions in place. Russia has the fourth-highest case tally in the world after the United States, Brazil and India, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking … Continue reading Russia’s coronavirus case tally passes 1 million as schools reopen