France to extend lockdown, coronavirus death toll close to 11 000

8 April 2020, 10:40 PM
France reported some positive coronavirus-linked data on Wednesday, with the increase of hospital death fatalities slowing again, but the presidential palace said nonetheless the national lockdown aimed at containing the disease would be extended.
Theresa May
British lawmakers to debate and vote in May’s agreement 29 March 2019, 12:06 PM

British lawmakers will on Friday debate and vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement to leave the European Union on May 22, a delay she won with the bloc's leaders last week.

UK lawmakers poised for pivotal vote on May’s Brexit deal 29 March 2019, 7:02 AM

MPs are set for a momentous third vote Friday on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, which could end a months-long political crisis or risk Britain crashing out of the EU in two weeks.

UK parliament to debate Brexit on Friday, exact format unclear 28 March 2019, 9:03 PM

Britain’s parliament will discuss a motion relating to Brexit on Friday, the government’s leader in parliament Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday.

Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl
Czech police detain Iraq citizen on suspension of German railway attack 28 March 2019, 4:08 PM

Czech police have detained two people as suspected associates of an Iraqi citizen arrested in Austria on suspicion of carrying out attacks on the German railway, Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said on Thursday.

Anti-abortion protesters.
Legal, but abortion access under threat in Catholic Croatia 28 March 2019, 3:10 PM

On paper, abortion has been legal in Croatia for decades, but in practice, it is becoming less available in the largely Catholic country where religious pressure is pushing doctors increasingly to refuse abortions on moral grounds.

ws Hornbach advert.
‘Racist’ German advertisement infuriates women in S. Korea 28 March 2019, 11:36 AM

A German advertisement showing an Asian woman getting aroused after smelling dirty laundry worn by white men has fuelled anger in Seoul, with many women calling it racist and demanding an apology.

Theresa May
British PM pledges to quit to save Brexit plan 28 March 2019, 7:55 AM

Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday offered to resign in a final bid to get parliament to back her Brexit deal, as MPs failed in their own attempt to break the deadlock that has plunged Britain into crisis.

Prince William set to honour Christchurch victims in NZ visit 28 March 2019, 7:00 AM

Prince William will visit New Zealand in April to honour victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings that claimed 50 lives.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
New Zealand PM says Facebook curbs not enough 28 March 2019, 6:28 AM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday welcomed Facebook's move to curb support for white nationalism on its platforms but said more needed to be done in the wake of the Christchurch mosque attacks.

Theresa May
British PM ‘won’t stand in way’ of new leadership 27 March 2019, 9:03 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May told Conservative MPs on Wednesday that she would not "stand in the way" of being replaced as leader to handle the next stage of Brexit negotiations.

PM May says she will quit if her Brexit deal is passed – lawmaker 27 March 2019, 7:55 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she would quit if her twice-defeated EU divorce deal passes at the third attempt...

Trump tells Russia ‘to get out’ of Venezuela 27 March 2019, 6:39 PM

US President Donald Trump demanded Wednesday that Russia drop support for Venezuela's leader Nicolas Maduro after Moscow deployed troops and equipment to bolster the hard-left government.

Democratic front leaders
Thailand’s opposition parties form alliance, demand junta step aside 27 March 2019, 2:01 PM

Thailand's opposition "democratic front" of seven parties on Wednesday said it had won a majority in the lower house of parliament after a messy election, and had the right to try to form a government after five years of military rule.

China bans second Canadian canola firm in burgeoning row 27 March 2019, 11:26 AM

China has banned imports from a second Canadian canola firm, its customs administration said Tuesday, the latest escalation of a burgeoning row between the two countries.

Yale expels student involved in university admissions scam 27 March 2019, 9:51 AM

The prestigious Yale University has expelled a student whose parents paid more than a million dollars in bribes to get her in, the first such move since a huge admissions scandal erupted earlier this month.

US aviation authorities to defend certification methods for new planes 27 March 2019, 6:00 AM

United States (US) aviation authorities will defend their certification methods for new planes before lawmakers Wednesday, two weeks after grounding the Boeing 737 MAX over two deadly crashes in less than five months.

Prime Minister Theresa May.
British MPs to vote on Brexit options 27 March 2019, 5:25 AM

British MPs will on Wednesday hold votes on various Brexit options even as Prime Minister Theresa May comes under pressure to announce a departure plan to get support for her unpopular divorce deal.

Venezuela plunged into darkness
Venezuelans left in the dark after massive blackout returns 26 March 2019, 9:06 AM

Millions of Venezuelans were hit by a new blackout on Monday, the second to hit the OPEC nation this month, that shuttered businesses, plunged the main airport into darkness and left commuters stranded in the capital.

US border wall.
Pentagon authorizes $1-billion for Trump’s border wall 26 March 2019, 6:52 AM

Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan said ON Monday he had authorized $1-billion to build part of the wall sought by President Donald Trump along the US-Mexico border.

Brazil judge orders release of ex-president Michel Temer 25 March 2019, 9:33 PM

A Brazilian judge on Monday ordered the immediate release of ex-president Michel Temer, days after the former leader was detained on allegations of being the leader of a "criminal organisation."

Donald Trump
White House claims vindication after release of Mueller report 25 March 2019, 6:33 PM

The White House has claimed vindication after Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia.

Theresa May
British PM May battles to keep control of Brexit 25 March 2019, 5:06 PM

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May left Downing Street for parliament on Monday , as her spokesman said the UK government would only hold another so-called meaningful vote on May's Brexit deal if it had a chance of getting the support of parliament on a third attempt.

Xi, Macron hold talks as France seeks EU unity on China 25 March 2019, 2:30 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron were to hold talks in Paris on Monday with the host leader seeking to forge a united European front in the face of Beijing's inroads on the continent.

US air strike in Afghanistan
Ten children killed by US air strike in Afghanistan 25 March 2019, 12:10 PM

Ten children, part of the same extended family, were killed by a US air strike in Afghanistan, along with three adult civilians, the United Nations said on Monday.

A United Airlines Boeing 787 taxis as a United Airlines Boeing 767 lands at San Francisco International Airport.
Boeing 787 diverted to New Caledonia with smoke from cockpit 25 March 2019, 10:19 AM

A United Airlines Boeing 787-900 jet was diverted to the French Pacific territory of New Caledonia after reports of smoke coming from the cockpit.

Destroyed house
Rocket hits house north of Tel Aviv, Netanyahu to return home 25 March 2019, 10:10 AM

A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit a house in a community north of Tel Aviv on Monday, wounding seven Israelis and leading Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a visit to the United States.

Russia probe findings offer re-election weapon for Trump 25 March 2019, 7:23 AM

United States Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusion that Donald Trump did not collude with Russia to win the presidency in 2016 gives the president a powerful weapon to use against his Democratic opponents.

flowers to commemorate victims of the mass shooting
‘Apparent suicide’ of US student days after massacre survivor took her life 25 March 2019, 7:04 AM

A student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has died in "an apparent suicide," police said on Sunday, less than a week after a 19-year-old survivor of the 2018 massacre at the school took her own life.

Ballot paper
Thailand’s pro-army party leads in election; results delayed 25 March 2019, 6:25 AM

A pro-military party was leading in Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup, with the unofficial result delayed until Monday afternoon likely toindicate whether junta chief Prayuth Chan-ocha can gain enough seats to remain prime minister.

UK minister Gove backs PM May 25 March 2019, 5:23 AM

Britain's Environment Secretary Michael Gove said on Sunday Prime Minister Theresa May "absolutely" had his support, adding that it was a time for"cool heads" to focus on getting her twice-rejected Brexit agreement approved by lawmakers.