• Polish priest puts up giant solar cross in climate fight
    A 12-meter-tall crucifix made from solar panels is seen at a church in Pleszew, Poland on December 20, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)   PLESZEW, Poland, April 20 (Reuters): By night, the 40-foot-tall cross on the Catholic church in central Poland offers a neon light show of blue, red or purple. By day, the cross produces the electricity to power the church's lighting, heating and air conditioning.   The cross, made of 18 solar photovoltaic panels, is th
  • 'We need life again'; Germans rush to reopened shops but Merkel worries
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel briefs the media about measures to avoid further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID -19) after a government meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany on April 20. (REUTERS Photo)   BERLIN/FRANKFURT, April 20 (Reuters): Germans returned to the shops on Monday, craving retail therapy after a month of lockdown, but Chancellor Angela Merkel urged them to remain disciplined to avoid a relapse in the fight against the coronavirus
  • Facebook shares first COVID-19 symptom maps, set to expand globally
    IANS File Photo   SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 20 (IANS): Using aggregated public data from a survey conducted by Carnegie Mellon University, Facebook on Monday released its first county-by-county map of the US showing prevalence of self-reported COVID-19 symptoms, adding that such maps will soon be released for other countries globally to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.   The US map shows an estimated percentage of people with COVID-19 symptoms,
  • 'Schools are survival': U.S. coronavirus closures put homeless students at risk
    A student at the Homeless Youth Connection office in Arizona, USA, looks through hygiene items, school supplies and clothing before the coronavirus pandemic. (Handout photo by Homeless Youth Connection)   WASHINGTON, America, (Thomson Reuters Foundation): For U.S. student Samantha Kinney, high school is about more than education: It has also given her a support network, a sense of accomplishment — and, at times, even access to daily necessities like food and hygiene p
  • Brazil's Bolsonaro says hopes coronavirus quarantine measures end this week
    Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro leaves Alvorada Palace, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil on April 14, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   SAO PAULO, April 20 (Reuters): Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday that he hoped this would be the last week of stay-at-home measures to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, wishing for an end to a policy he has branded an ill-founded jobs killer.   Speaking with supp
  • China calls for stronger testing regime to detect coronavirus
    A worker from the city's center for disease control and prevention draws blood from a man to conduct a test for antibodies against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Suifenhe, a city bordering Russia in China's Heilongjiang province on April 16, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIJING/SHANGHAI, April 20 (Reuters): China's health authority called for a stronger and more rigorous testing regime to ensure that the new coronavirus does not escape detection, whether in trave
  • Home gardening blooms around the world during coronavirus lockdowns
    Customers buy garden supplies at Lowe's store, as many people turned to planting more fruits and vegetables at home during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread, in Round Rock, Texas, US on April 7, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)     CHICAGO, April 20 (Reuters): Jaime Calder all but gave up on gardening after moving from the fertile soils of Illinois to dusty Texas, but the coronavirus changed her mind.   The magazine editor and her family of five pla
  • Coronavirus threatens to trigger new round of global food crisis - China official
    Customs officers inspect a shipment of sorghum from the U.S. on a cargo ship at the port in Nantong, Jiangsu province, China on February 11, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   BEIJING/SHANGHAI, April 20 (Reuters): The global coronavirus pandemic threatens to cause a huge shock to international food trade and trigger a new food crisis, a top agriculture official in China said on Monday.   The comments came as coronavirus outbreaks roiled global agriculture supply ch
  • Pope to politicians: To fight coronavirus, put country before party
    Pope Francis leads Mass and the Regina Coeli prayer in Rome's Santo Spirito in Sassia church without public participation due to an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rome, Italy on April 19, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   VATICAN CITY, April 20 (Reuters): Pope Francis urged politicians on Monday to put aside partisan differences in order to deal with the coronavirus crisis in a united way.   Francis' private morning Mass has been transmitted li
  • COVID-19 recovery a chance to eliminate inequalities: Pope Francis
    Pic Credits IANS   Vatican City, April 20 (IANS) Pope Francis said the process of exiting the coronavirus pandemic was a chance to eliminate inequalities and the "virus" of selfishness.   On Sunday, the Pope held a mass without an audience at the Vatican City on the occasion of Mercy Sunday in the Christian calendar, reports Efe news.   "Now, as we start to think about a slow and arduous recovery from the pandemic, we risk this danger: forgetting what w
  • Japan to boost stimulus to $1.1 trillion due to cash payouts to ease virus pain: draft
     People wear face masks at Shinagawa station during the rush hour after the government expanded a state of emergency to include the entire country following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Tokyo, Japan, April 20, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo   TOKYO, April 20 (Reuters) - Japan’s government is boosting its new economic stimulus package by 8% to $1.1 trillion to fund cash payouts to lessen the pain from the coronavirus outbreak, a draft obtain
  • South Koreans return to work, crowd parks, malls as social distancing rules ease
     A voter gets her temperature taken at a polling station during the parliamentary election, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID19) pandemic, in Seoul, South Korea, April 15, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo   SEOUL, April 20 (Reuters) - South Koreans are returning to work and crowding shopping malls, parks, golf courses and some restaurants as South Korea relaxes social distancing rules amid a continued downward trend in coronavirus cases.   A growing lis
  • 18 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack
    Kabul, April 20 (IANS) Eighteen Afghan soldiers were killed and three others injured in a Taliban attack in Takhar province, an official confirmed on Monday.   The attack started at midnight after dozens of Taliban militants launched an offensive on a district police station and a nearby military camp in Khwaja Ghar district, the provincial police spokesman told Xinhua news agency.   The militants who came from mountains tried to overrun the district police statio
  • Gunman kills at least 16 in Nova Scotia in Canada's worst mass shooting
    RCMP officer Cedric Landry releases a dog to a man at the checkpoint onto Portapique Beach Road after Gabriel Wortman, a suspected shooter, was taken into custody in Portapique, Nova Scotia, Canada April 19, 2020. REUTERS/John Morris   PORTAPIQUE, Nova Scotia, April 20 (Reuters) - A gunman who at one point masqueraded as a policeman killed at least 16 people in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia during a 12-hour rampage, authorities said on Sunday, in what was the country'
  • COVID-19 deaths in US top 40,000: Johns Hopkins University
    New York, April 20 (IANS) The number of COVID-19 deaths in the US topped 40,000 by Sunday noon, reaching 40,585, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.   A total of 742,442 cases have been reported in the country, according to the CSSE, Xinhua news agency reported.   The state of New York suffered the most deaths at 18,921 among 242,570 cases, with 14,451 deaths from New York City.   In other hard
  • New York state to launch large-scale COVID-19 antibody testing
    New York, April 20 (IANS) New York state, the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in the US, will begin a large-scale antibody testing in the following week as an initial step to decide when and how it could reopen its economy amid the health crisis, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.   The antibody testing can help determine who have been infected with COVID-19 and then recovered, which "will be the first true snapshot of what we're really dealing with", Xinhua news agency quote
  • Lifting lockdown restrictions is not end of epidemic: WHO
    Geneva, April 20 (IANS) World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Sunday that lifting lockdown restrictions for COVID-19 is not the end of the epidemic, it's just the beginning of the next phase.   Speaking at the Group of 20 (G20) Health Ministers virtual meeting from Geneva, the WHO chief said it's vital in this next phase that countries educate, engage and empower their people to prevent and respond rapidly to any resurgence, Xinh
  • Italy's death toll continues falling, lockdown to be lifted evenly
    Rome, April 20 (IANS) Italy's overall fight to contain the spread of the coronavirus continued to show results, with the number of deaths, intensive-care cases, and new infections all trending downward, based on information from the Ministry of Health and the country's Civil Protection Department on Sunday.   Italy's daily death toll continued to fall as a further 433 people had died of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the country's death toll to 23,660, official data
  • China's Hubei reports no increase in COVID-19 cases
    Wuhan, April 20 (IANS) No new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were reported in central China's Hubei Province Sunday, the local health authority said on Monday.   On Sunday, the province reported no new deaths from COVID-19, Xinhua reported.   The provincial health commission said four COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospital after recovery on Sunday, all of whom were in the provincial capital of Wuhan.
  • As coronavirus cases rise in U.S. hot spots, governors tell Trump it's too soon to reopen America
    Doug Hassebroek picks up balloons for the birthday celebration of his son Felix during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brooklyn, New York, US on April 18. (REUTERS Photo)   Washington, April 19 (Reuters): Governors in U.S. states hardest hit by the novel coronavirus sparred with President Donald Trump over his claims they have enough tests and should quickly reopen their economies as more protests are planned over the extension of stay-at-home orders.