US extends Iran nuclear cooperation sanctions waivers

US extends Iran nuclear cooperation sanctions waivers

The United States has allowed companies from Russia, China and Europe to continue their work at Iranian nuclear facilities without being subject to American sanctions, the US State Department announced on Monday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed off on the waiver extensions but couched the decision as one that continues restrictions on Iran's atomic…
Who is Dr Anthony Fauci, the US’s trusted voice on coronavirus?

Who is Dr Anthony Fauci, the US’s trusted voice on coronavirus?

If Dr Anthony Fauci says it, Americans would be smart to listen. As the coronavirus has upended daily life across the globe, Fauci, the US director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become the trusted voice in the United States in separating fact and fiction. The fear and confusion of outbreaks are…
New York governor begs for help as coronavirus death toll climbs

New York governor begs for help as coronavirus death toll climbs

New York's governor put out an urgent plea for medical volunteers, and a Navy hospital ship pulled into port Monday as coronavirus deaths in the city mounted and hospitals buckled in what authorities say could be a preview of what other communities across the United States could soon face. "Please come help us in New…
Wuhan awakens from two months of coronavirus isolation

Wuhan awakens from two months of coronavirus isolation

The city of Wuhan, which was subjected to the most aggressive quarantine in China after the coronavirus first emerged there late last year, is slowly returning to normal with the lockdown imposed at the end of January expected to be completely lifted on April 8.  At its peak, some 56 million people in the city…
Nigeria announces lockdown of major cities to curb coronavirus

Nigeria announces lockdown of major cities to curb coronavirus

Nigeria implemented a sweeping quarantine for three major states that are home to almost 30 million people in a bid to slow the spread of the new coronavirus in Africa's most populous country. The lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun kicks in at 11pm local time (22:00 GMT) on Monday and will stay in place for…
‘We’ll die of hunger first’: Despair as Zimbabwe lockdown begins

‘We’ll die of hunger first’: Despair as Zimbabwe lockdown begins

Harare, Zimbabwe - It was still early on Sunday morning when Stewart Dzivira, his wife and their two-year-old son, jumped on a bus in Glen View, a densely populated suburb of Harare, to head into Zimbabwe's capital. For days now, the 33-year-old has been unsuccessfully trying to get maize meal, or mealie meal, a Zimbabwean staple…
Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed due to virus

Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum closed due to virus

A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus The Singer Laren museum, east of Amsterdam, said the Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring, 1884, was taken in the early hours of Monday. By Monday afternoon,…
Houthis say Saudi-UAE coalition carried out air raids on Sanaa

Houthis say Saudi-UAE coalition carried out air raids on Sanaa

The attacks come two days after Saudi Arabia intercepted two ballistic missiles the Houthis claimed they had launched towards the kingdom [Khaled Abdullah/Reuters] The Saudi-UAE coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen has carried out several air attacks on the capital Sanaa, witnesses and Houthi-run Al Masirah TV said.  According to Al Masirah, the coalition launched 19 air…
Coronavirus lockdown leaves migrant workers stranded in Thailand

Coronavirus lockdown leaves migrant workers stranded in Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand - When Thailand's government started shutting down the country’s capital last week, tens of thousands of migrant labourers, who were suddenly out of work, scrambled to return home to Myanmar. But now that the government has tightened up its borders, some migrants left behind have been forced to accept the consequences of their decision to…
Modi seeks ‘forgiveness’ from India’s poor over COVID-19 lockdown

Modi seeks ‘forgiveness’ from India’s poor over COVID-19 lockdown

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the nation's poor for forgiveness, as the economic and human toll from his 21-day nationwide lockdown deepens and criticism mounts over a lack of adequate planning ahead of the decision. "I apologise for taking these harsh steps that have caused difficulties in your lives, especially the poor people,"…