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World virus cases top 6 million as leaders disagree on pandemic response

May 31, 2020 - 4:28 PM

Latin American countries are bracing for difficult weeks ahead as the disease spreads rapidly across the region

PROTEST. A medical doctor on a bicycle takes part in a protest in demand of biosecurity protection supplies to face the new coronavirus pandemic and a wage increase during the government-imposed lockdown, by the Obelisk in Buenos Aires, on May 30, 2020. Photo by Alejandro Pagni/AFP

Pope calls for end to 'pandemic of poverty' after virus

May 31, 2020 - 11:09 AM

'All the suffering will be of no use if we do not build together a more just, more equitable, more Christian society, not in name but in reality,' says Pope Francis

THE POPE'S MESSAGE. This photo taken and handout on March 26, 2020 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis delivering his homily while celebrating a private morning mass at the Santa Marta chapel in The Vatican. File photo by Handout /Vatican Media/AFP

Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem reopens after 2 months

May 31, 2020 - 11:03 AM

The 3rd holiest site in Islam reopens its doors to worshippers after being closed for over two months due to the coronavirus

WORSHIPPERS. Muslim worshippers enter to pray at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's 3rd holiest site, in Jerusalem's Old City on May 31, 2020 after a two-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by Ahmad Gharabli/AFP

Website launched to track, report COVID-19 related attacks against Asian-Canadians

May 31, 2020 - 10:52 AM

'Hatred, left unchecked, can lead to violence with horrific consequences,' says Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

Fight COVID-19 Racism: Website launched to track, report Covid-19 related attacks against Asian-Canadians

Brazil virus death toll hits 28,834, surpassing hard-hit France

May 31, 2020 - 9:41 AM

Brazil records 498,444 cases of COVID-19, the second highest just behind the United States

COVID-19 DEATHS. A gravedigger wearing personal protective equipment organizes coffins at the Public Cemetery of Duque de Caxias, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on May 27, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

Canada immigration sharply curtailed by coronavirus – study

May 30, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Because of the virus, Canada cannot comply with its plan to accommodate some 370,000 new permanent residents this year

LESS MIGRANTS. File photo of an Ottawa Public Health officer (right) speaking with the next person in line at the COVID-19 testing center taken in March 23, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Japanese 'onsen' bathhouses flooded with post-lockdown customers

May 30, 2020 - 4:50 PM

With the lifting of a nationwide state of emergency, Japan's traditional onsen – large bathhouses where guests bathe naked in warm pools and tubs – are gradually reopening, much to patrons' relief

Fed chair warns of widening inequality as U.S. consumption dives

May 30, 2020 - 7:30 AM

United States consumer spending plunges by a record 13.6% in April 2020

SHOPS CLOSED. The sculpture 'Torso' by Robert Graham stands on iconic and nearly empty Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Bangladesh becomes 60th nation to receive IMF pandemic aid

May 30, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The coronavirus outbreak is severely affecting Bangladesh's exports of ready-made garments and remittances, notes the International Monetary Fund

BACK TO WORK. Laborers work at a garment factory in Ashulia, Bangladesh, on April 26, 2020. Photo by AFP

Canada's economy shrinks 8.2% in Q1 2020

May 30, 2020 - 6:30 AM

The drop in Canada's gross domestic product in the 1st quarter of 2020 is the sharpest since the 1st quarter of 2009

NO CUSTOMERS. The restaurant at the Constantin Gregoire sugar shack is seen empty in Saint-Esprit, Quebec, Canada, on March 31, 2020. Photo by Benedicte Brocard/AFP

India quarterly growth worst in 2 decades as lockdown bites

May 29, 2020 - 11:15 PM

India, Asia's 3rd largest economy, expands by just 3.1% in January-March 2020

DISINFECTION. A health worker sprays disinfectant on a fruit cart as it comes out of a market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on March 27, 2020. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Brazil GDP shrinks 1.5% in Q1 2020 due to pandemic

May 29, 2020 - 11:00 PM

The 1st quarter drop in Brazil's gross domestic product only reflects the early effects of the coronavirus crisis, with 2nd quarter numbers expected to be much worse

SHOPS CLOSED. An empty popular shopping street in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 24, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

British American Tobacco contests South African lockdown ban

May 29, 2020 - 10:15 PM

British American Tobacco South Africa says a continued ban on legal cigarette sales threatens the sector and the livelihoods it supports

TRADITIONAL TOBACCO. A packet of Dunhill cigarettes made by British American Tobacco is photographed in London. File photo by Carl de Souza/AFP

Indian monkeys snatch coronavirus samples, later recovered intact

May 29, 2020 - 10:03 PM

The coronavirus has been detected in animals, though there is no confirmation that the disease can then be passed on to humans

Chile, Peru secure credit lines from IMF amid pandemic

May 29, 2020 - 10:00 PM

(UPDATED) The International Monetary Fund grants Chile a $24-billion credit line and Peru an $11-billion credit line, both for two years

PANDEMIC. Relatives of COVID-19 patients queue to recharge oxygen tanks for their loved ones at the regional hospital in Iquitos, the largest city in the Peruvian Amazon, Peru on May 14, 2020 during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Cesar VonBancels/AFP

Scientists raise concern over hydroxychloroquine study

May 29, 2020 - 9:50 PM

Scientists around the world doubt the data integrity of the study which led to the WHO suspending trials on hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for COVID-19

An employee of a Syrian pharmaceutical factory shows pills of the hydroxychloroquine drug, used in Syria to prevent or cure COVID-19, on April 28,2020 in the government controlled central city of Homs. - There is no proof yet hydroxychloroquine works to prevent or cure COVID-19, but Syrian doctors have been told to join others around the world in prescribing it for the time being. The factory is one of several authorities have authorised to manufacture the drug, in a country with 45 official cases of COVID-19 illness, including three deaths. (Photo by LOUAI BESHARA / AFP)

Israel looks to export its coronavirus coping skills

May 29, 2020 - 9:22 PM

Using distance diagnostics, blood analysis, mobile phone tracking and tracing, and mandatory wearing of face masks are among measures Israel does to curb the spread of the coronavirus

Iran reports most new cases in nearly 2 months

May 29, 2020 - 8:55 PM

The health ministry confirms 2,819 new coronavirus cases across the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall total to 146,668

Shoppers clad in protective gear, including face masks and latex gloves, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, walk through the Tajrish Bazaar in Iran's capital Tehran on April 25, 2020 during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Russia reports record toll of new virus deaths

May 29, 2020 - 8:44 PM

Health officials report a total of 4,374 deaths and 387,623 cases as of May 29, the third-highest number of infections in the world after the United States and Brazil

People wearing face masks ride an escalator at Savyolovskaya metro station on the first day of mandatory use of masks and gloves on Moscow public transport, in Moscow on May 12, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Renault to cut 15,000 jobs in 'vital' cost-cutting plan

May 29, 2020 - 8:30 PM

French carmaker Renault says nearly 4,600 jobs would be cut in France and more than 10,000 in the rest of the world – some 8% of the company's global workforce

RENAULT. This picture taken on May 7, 2020, shows the plant of Renault in Sandouville, France. Photo by Lou Benoist/AFP

South Korea re-imposes some social restrictions to combat new virus cases

May 29, 2020 - 2:46 PM

The new cases – mostly centered in the Seoul metropolitan area where half the South Korean population lives – prompts officials to strengthen social distancing rules that were eased on May 6

NEW INFECTIONS. File photo of people in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they visit Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on February 23, 2020. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Pharma chiefs see coronavirus vaccine by year-end, but challenges 'daunting'

May 29, 2020 - 10:11 AM

One of the biggest obstacles to putting out the amount needed could surprisingly be that there are not enough glass vials to store the doses in

MODEL. In this picture taken on April 29, 2020, an engineer shows a plastic model of the COVID-19 coronavirus at the Quality Control Laboratory at the Sinovac Biotech facilities in Beijing. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

COP26 climate talks pushed back to November 2021

May 29, 2020 - 10:03 AM

The UN's climate science advisory panel makes it clear that time is not on our side

MESSAGE. A participant walks past a wall showing a quote by Mahatma Gandhi at the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, on December 13, 2019. Photo by Cristina Quicler/AFP

Cancer patients twice as likely to die from coronavirus – study

May 29, 2020 - 9:53 AM

However, the receipt of chemotherapy or other anti-cancer therapies within 4 weeks of COVID-19 diagnosis does not affect mortality outcomes

Europe moves ahead with lockdown easing, but caution in Asia

May 29, 2020 - 9:45 AM

In a bit of happier news in Asia, a Bali zoo names a newborn giraffe after the virus

OUT AND ABOUT. In this file photo taken on May 8, 2020 Women ride bicycles past the Colosseum monument in Rome on May 8, 2020. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Fury after Pennsylvania lawmakers concealed coronavirus diagnosis

May 29, 2020 - 9:02 AM

Republicans hid the diagnosis because they feared it would clash with their narrative that 'it was safe to be interacting with other people' and to return to work, says Democratic Representative Brian Sims

LIBERTY. A woman holds an Anonymous mask and a placard stating "Give me LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH" while joining demonstrators at a rally outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building to protest the continued closure of businesses due to the coronavirus pandemic on May 15, 2020 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. stocks sag on China tensions as Europe rises on restarts

May 29, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Stocks pull back in the United States on Thursday, May 28, as tensions rise between the US and China

WALL STREET. A woman walks past the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on March 19, 2020. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

U.S. layoffs exceed 40 million but some returning to work

May 29, 2020 - 7:00 AM

New data also show the United States' gross domestic product fell 5% in the 1st quarter of 2020, slightly worse than the 4.8% drop originally reported

DESERTED. People take a photo in an empty Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on March 15, 2020. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Nigeria central bank cuts key interest rate

May 28, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Nigeria, Africa's largest economy, slashes its key interest rate to 12.5% amid fears of a deep recession

SLUMPING SALES. A lady walks past meat vendors waiting for buyers in a sparsely attended Mile 12 Market in Lagos, Nigeria, on April 6, 2020. Photo by Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP

Brazil loses 5 million jobs as pandemic slams economy

May 28, 2020 - 11:30 PM

The unemployment rate in Brazil, the biggest economy in Latin America, rises to 12.6% in the 1st quarter of 2020

MASKED. People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus are seen in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 16, 2020. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

UK police say PM aide Cummings made minor lockdown breach

May 28, 2020 - 11:26 PM

Downing Street says Prime Minister Boris Johnson is not changing his mind and considers the matter closed

Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings leaves his residence in north London on May 28, 2020. (Photo by Justin TALLIS / AFP)

Kuwait Airways to lay off 1,500 foreign employees

May 28, 2020 - 11:15 PM

Kuwait Airways says the decision to slash jobs is part of a 'comprehensive plan' to deal with the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic

KUWAIT AIRWAYS. A plane of Kuwait Airways landing in Bangkok, Thailand. Photo from Shutterstock

American Airlines to cut 30% of management staff

May 28, 2020 - 10:55 PM

American Airlines currently has a team of 17,000 people in management and support, meaning the actions planned will cut about 5,100 jobs

AMERICAN AIRLINES. The carrier's planes in Chicago. Photo from Shutterstock

Do not cut health spending during downturn, WHO warns

May 28, 2020 - 10:42 PM

'We are concerned that countries will respond to this crisis in the same way they did to the recession 10 years cutting public spending on health,' says Hans Kluge, WHO regional director for Europe

Nissan reports heavy losses, to shut Barcelona plant

May 28, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Nissan logs a net loss of 671.2 billion yen ($6.2 billion) for the fiscal year ending March 2020, and announces it is closing its Barcelona plant that employs 3,000 people

The logo of Nissan is covered by smoke columns as employees burn tyres in front of the Japanese cars manufacturer's plant in Barcelona on May 28, 2020, to they protest against the factory closure. - Japanese carmaker Nissan has decided to shut its factory in Barcelona where 3,000 people are employed, the Spanish government said today. (Photo by LLUIS GENE / AFP)

Geneva Airport schedules tentative takeoff for June 15

May 28, 2020 - 9:15 PM

Flag carrier Swiss Air Lines and British no-frills carrier EasyJet will resume services from Geneva on June 15 – but to a fraction of their former destinations

Russia in talks with world leaders to attend June WWII parade

May 28, 2020 - 9:13 PM

'This will be coordinated with each country individually,' says Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov

VICTORY DAY. In this file photograph taken on May 9, 2019, soldiers march through Red Square during the Victory Day military parade in downtown Moscow, as Russia celebrates the 74th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

German inflation grinds lower in May 2020

May 28, 2020 - 8:40 PM

Germany registers just 0.6% inflation in May 2020, driven by a drop in energy costs

ELDERLY. A woman and a man wearing face masks walk past a shop in Leipzig, Germany, on April 20, 2020. Photo by Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Sri Lanka to reimpose selective lockdown after virus cases spike

May 28, 2020 - 6:50 PM

Authorities will impose lockdowns on days when crowds are likely to form

SELECTIVE LOCKDOWN. Commuters get off a train after arriving at Fort Railway station in Colombo on May 26, 2020 as authorities eased the 24-hour curfew as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus after 67 days. File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Pakistan uses militant-tracking tech to hunt virus

May 28, 2020 - 5:40 PM

Details about the project have not been released, but two officials say intelligence services are using geo-fencing and phone-monitoring systems ordinarily used to hunt high-value targets including homegrown and foreign militants

CORONAVIRUS SCANNING. In this picture taken on May 18, 2020 a shopping mall official (L) uses a thermal scanner to check the temperature of shoppers before they enter at the Centaurus Mall after the government eased a nationwide lockdown imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Islamabad. Photo by Aamir Qureshi/AFP

SAS loss deepens as lockdowns choke air travel

May 28, 2020 - 5:30 PM

Scandinavian airline SAS reports a net loss of 3.47 billion kroner (328 million euros, $362 million) in the 2nd quarter of its financial year

SAS. An aircraft of SAS leaving the Manchester Airport in the United Kingdom. Photo from Shutterstock

Norwegian Air Shuttle enters 'hibernation' to ride out virus crisis

May 28, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Norwegian Air Shuttle posts a loss of 3.28 billion kroner (302 million euros, $333 million) in the 1st quarter of 2020

RESCUE PLAN. A Norwegian Air plane. Photo from Shutterstock

EasyJet axes 30% of staff on virus fallout

May 28, 2020 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) Around 4,500 of EasyJet's 15,000 staff will be laid off

NO MORE FLIGHTS. The EasyJet check-in counters at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands on March 30, 2020. Photo by Evert Elzinga/ANP/AFP

South Korea predicts economy will shrink, cuts interest rate

May 28, 2020 - 4:35 PM

The Bank of Korea sees a 0.2% economic contraction for 2020. It also says 'the employment situation has deteriorated.'

A couple wearing face masks walk past a night club, now closed following a visit by a confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus coronavirus patient, in the popular nightlife district of Itaewon in Seoul on May 10, 2020. South Korea's capital has ordered the closure of all clubs and bars after a burst of new cases sparked fears of a second coronavirus wave as President Moon Jae-in urged the public to remain vigilant. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Brazil tops 25,000 coronavirus deaths

May 28, 2020 - 12:43 PM

The country of 210 million people now has a nationwide death toll to 25,598, the sixth-highest in the world

PUBLIC CEMETERY. A gravedigger wearing personal protective equipment organizes coffins at the Public Cemetery of Duque de Caxias, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on May 27, 2020. Photo by Mauro Pimentel/AFP

South Korea sees largest spike in virus cases in nearly 2 months

May 28, 2020 - 11:44 AM

An outbreak at a warehouse of e-commerce firm Coupang in Bucheon, west of Seoul, has seen 69 cases, says the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

RELAXED. Office workers walk along a street during the lunch period in central Seoul on May 22, 2020. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Sex workers' hands tied under coronavirus lockdowns

May 28, 2020 - 11:36 AM

'If someone gets sick in my dungeon, you know I am not insured for that,' says professional dominatrix Madame Caramel

DUNGEON. A view of one of the rooms at the Hoxton Dungeon suite, a BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadomasochism) apartment in central London on May 23, 2020. Photo by Elizaveta Malykhina/AFP

No screams allowed: Japanese amusement parks prepare for virus era

May 28, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Visitors will be asked to wear masks at all times, refrain from high-fiving park mascots, and avoid screaming on the rollercoaster

WHO launches new foundation for private donations

May 28, 2020 - 10:25 AM

The UN health agency launches the independently-run WHO Foundation, which the organization hopes will give it greater control to direct philanthropic and public donations

KITS. Officials check medical equipment and coronavirus testing kits provided by the World Health Organization at the al-Maktum International airport in Dubai on March 2, 2020. Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

U.S. passes dire milestone of 100,000 coronavirus deaths

May 28, 2020 - 9:37 AM

Meanwhile, the EU unveils a historic, 750-billion-euro ($825-billion) recovery plan to get the continent back on its feet

MASK. In this file photo taken on May 19, 2020 US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue puts on a face mask. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP