Rules on outdoor mask-wearing go into effect for parts of France hardest hit by Covid-19

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:18:16 GMT

Rules on wearing masks outdoors in the hardest-hit parts of France take effect on Monday, the latest move to tighten coronavirus restrictions after a nationwide decree last month required people to wear masks in all indoor public places. Pressure is growing on the government to mandate the use of masks outdoors nationwide.

Hundreds of militants remain at large after Islamic State group attack on prison

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:46:35 GMT

Afghan security forces battled Islamic State fighters for control of a prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad on Monday, with dozens killed in an overnight assault. At least 300 militants remain at large, according to a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province.

John Hume, who won Nobel Prize for Northern Ireland peace process, dies at 83

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:37:03 GMT

John Hume, the Northern Irish politician who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 for his pivotal role in ending decades of violence in the British province, has died aged 83, his family announced Monday.

Spared from fire, Notre-Dame's organ set for lengthy restoration

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 11:58:12 GMT

Workers started dismantling Notre-Dame's grand organ on Monday in the hopes that experts can restore it in time for the fifth anniversary of the devastating fire that severely damaged the Paris cathedral.

Global coronavirus cases top 18 million as WHO warns of 'response fatigue'

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 06:51:53 GMT

The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide passed the 18-million mark on Monday, with the World Health Organization warning that the effects of the pandemic "will be felt for decades to come".

Drugmaker Sanofi charged with manslaughter over birth defects

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:37:48 GMT

French prosecutors have indicted pharma giant Sanofi for manslaughter over birth defects linked to an epilepsy drug, the company said Monday, in a long-running case that has also seen it charged with fraud.

Italy to inaugurate new Genoa bridge two years after deadly collapse

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:57:12 GMT

Italy inaugurates a sleek new bridge in Genoa on Monday, though relatives of the 43 people killed when the old viaduct collapsed say the pomp and ceremony risk overshadowing the tragedy.

Videos of Nigerian wedding massacre, mass burials go viral amid calls for end to ethnic violence

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 13:44:59 GMT

Violence in the northwest Nigerian state of Kaduna escalated in July as reports of massacres and arson attacks emerged from villages in the region. The attacks, characterised by the government as “politically-motivated banditry”, have increased tensions between the Fulani and Atyap ethnic groups. Photos and videos of mass burials went viral on Nigerian social media networks as people called for an end to the violence in their communities.

Covid-19: US in 'new phase' of 'extraordinarily widespread' outbreak, say White House experts

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 02:08:17 GMT

The United States is in a new phase of the novel coronavirus outbreak with infections "extraordinarily widespread" in rural areas as well as cities, White House coronavirus experts said on Sunday.

City of Melbourne closes non-essential businesses, installs curfew to stem rise in coronavirus cases

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 05:36:43 GMT

Australia's second-largest city Melbourne entered its first full day of tougher restrictions to contain the spread of a resurgent coronavirus on Monday, as residents braced for further announcements on business closures.

Some 8,000 evacuate as California wildfires spread east of Los Angeles

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 09:47:43 GMT

Evacuation orders remained in place early Monday for thousands of people after a wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles exploded in size and forced crews to battle flames in triple-digit heat.

Lebanon's foreign minister steps down amid crippling economic crisis

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:32:41 GMT

Lebanese Foreign Minister Nassif Hitti resigned on Monday, becoming the first cabinet minister to defect from his post amid the severe economic and financial crisis striking the country. 

Microsoft says it is still pursuing TikTok purchase after talks with Trump

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 01:50:41 GMT

Microsoft announced Sunday it would continue talks to acquire the US operations of popular video-sharing app TikTok, after meeting with President Donald Trump, who seemingly backed off his earlier threats to ban the Chinese-owned platform.

Islamic State group claims responsibility for deadly prison attack in Afghanistan

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 20:05:51 GMT

An Islamic State group attack on a prison in eastern Afghanistan holding hundreds of its members raged on Monday after killing at least 21 people in fighting overnight, a local official said.

Soldiers killed in twin attacks in central Mali, political crisis continues

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 00:14:41 GMT

Mali's army suffered new losses in twin attacks Sunday that left at least five soldiers dead as the Sahel country was mired in a political crisis sparking international concern.

SpaceX capsule with two NASA astronauts makes dramatic splashdown in Gulf of Mexico to end test flight

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 19:09:36 GMT

Two NASA astronauts returned to Earth on Sunday in a dramatic, retro-style splashdown, their capsule parachuting into the Gulf of Mexico to close out an unprecedented test flight by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.  

Former pope Benedict XVI 'extremely frail', says German newspaper report

Mon, 03 Aug 2020 03:41:26 GMT

Former pope Benedict XVI became seriously ill himself after visiting his sick brother in Germany in June and is "extremely frail", according to a report in the Monday edition of the German Passauer Neue Presse newspaper.

Tourist sites are empty as Covid-19 travel restrictions limit movement

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 14:04:23 GMT

With no American visitors to show around the D-Day beaches or the Loire Valley’s chateaux, and no work on the immediate horizon, Paris tour guide Linda Zenou frets about how she’ll pay off a loan and continue to care for her ailing mother in the achingly lean months ahead.

Australia targets Big Tech: Could Google and Facebook be made to pay for news?

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 15:51:28 GMT

US tech companies Google and Facebook are in the crosshairs of government regulators in Australia where a new proposal seeks to make them pay for news content. The sweeping changes are a global first in what the government says is an attempt to salvage the future of news by providing a “level playing field” for news businesses.

Bowing out of the family media empire, James Murdoch challenges conservative line

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 13:03:15 GMT

Once seen as a contender for succession at his father Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire, James Murdoch resigned from the board of News Corp on Friday, citing ‘editorial disagreements’. The decision to step down severs his last corporate ties with his family and their companies’ politically conservative outlook.

US considering measures against TikTok and other Chinese apps

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 23:49:35 GMT

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is "looking at" banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, over allegations Beijing is using them to spy on users.