• After U.S., Israeli pressure, Germany bans Hezbollah activity, raids mosques
    German special police gather near the El-Irschad (Al-Iraschad e.V.) centre in Berlin, Germany on April 30, after Germany has banned Iran-backed Hezbollah on its soil and designated it a terrorist organisation. (REUTERS Photo)   BERLIN, April 30 (Reuters): Germany banned all Hezbollah activity on its soil on Thursday and designated the Iran-backed group a terrorist organisation, a much-anticipated step long urged by Israel and the United States.   Police
  • Japan preparing to extend coronavirus emergency for about a month: sources
    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan on April 17, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   TOKYO, April 30 (Reuters): Japan is preparing to extend its state of emergency over the novel coronavirus, originally set to end on May 6, for about a month, government sources told Reuters on Thursday, even as some other countries begin to reopen after strict lockdowns.   Ja
  • Exclusive: Trump says China wants him to lose his bid for re-election
    U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions during an interview with Reuters about China, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and other subjects in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S., April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria   WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he believes China's handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing "will do anything they can" to make him lose his re-election bid in November. &n
  • Latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world
    A French doctor wearing a protective suit works in a testing site for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Gouzeaucourt, France, April 28, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo   April 30 (Reuters) - More than 3.13 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 218,169 have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 1400 GMT on Wednesday.   DEATHS AND INFECTIONS   * For an interactive graphic tracking the globa
  • COVID-19 cases reported to WHO exceed 3 million worldwide
    Geneva, April 30 (IANS) The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) has exceeded 3 million worldwide, according to the latest statistics from the WHO on Wednesday. The WHO COVID-19 dashboard updated at 11 p.m. CET showed that globally a total of 3,024,059 confirmed cases, including 208,112 deaths, have been reported to the organization, Xinhua reported. The US has reported 983,457 confirmed cases, with 50,492 deaths to the UN
  • Pompeo says no sight of North Korea's Kim, real risk of famine in country
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Samchon Catfish Farm, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on February 21, 2017. KCNA/Handout via Reuters/File Photo   WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) - The United States has caught no sight of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and is watching reports about his health, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, adding there was a real risk of famine in the country am
  • Spain readies to ease lockdown, warns will need discipline
    A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a real estate agency during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Madrid, Spain, April 24, 2020. Picture taken April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Susana Vera   MADRID, April 30 (Reuters) - Spain's lockdown is making progress against the new coronavirus but a gradual easing from next week will require even more discipline, officials said on Wednesday, after the country recorded 325 deaths from the infection overnight.  
  • France coronavirus death toll above 24,000, number of cases tweaked
    A patient practices re-education exercises with physiotherapist Celine Pytlak at the post COVID-19 unit of the Bligny Hospital Center in Briis-sous-Forges during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France, April 29, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier   PARIS, April 30 (Reuters) - The number of people who have died from the coronavirus infection in France rose by 427 to 24,087 on Wednesday, with the rate of increase slightly speeding up again after slowing on Tues
  • Pompeo pushes China to provide access to Wuhan labs over coronavirus outbreak
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., April 22, 2020.  Nicholas Kamm/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo   WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday again pushed China to provide the world access to its virology labs in Wuhan, saying the world needed to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic originated and Beijing had an obligation to be transparent.   Ties bet
  • COVID-19 deaths in US top 60,000: Johns Hopkins University
    New York, April 30 (IANS) The number of COVID-19 deaths in the US has topped 60,000, reaching 60,207 as of 4 p.m. (Wednesday), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.   A total of 1,030,487 cases have been reported in the country, according to the CSSE, Xinhua reported.   The state of New York suffered the most, with 299,691 cases and 23,384 deaths. Other hardest-hit states included New Jersey with 6,771 deat
  • U.S. will not let Iran buy arms when U.N. embargo ends - Pompeo
    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department, in Washington, US on April 29. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters): The United States will not allow Iran to purchase conventional arms after a U.N. prohibition on this expires in October, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.   "We’re not going to let that happen," Pompeo told reporters at a news briefing. "We will work with the U.N.
  • UK has 2nd-highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe, new figures show
    A man walks past a graffiti in support of the NHS, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Marske-by-the-Sea, Britain on April 29. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, April 29 (Reuters): The United Kingdom now has Europe's second-highest official death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to new figures on Wednesday that cover fatalities in all settings, including in nursing homes.   Some 26,097 people died after testing positi
  • Gilead says experimental drug helps COVID-19 patients, raising hopes in pandemic fight
    A Gilead Sciences, Inc. office is shown in Foster City, California, US on May 1, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   Los Angeles, April 29 (Reuters): Gilead Sciences Inc on Wednesday said its experimental antiviral drug remdesivir helped improve outcomes for patients with COVID-19 in a clinical trial, and provided data suggesting it worked better when given earlier in the course of illness.   The closely watched drug has moved markets in the past few weeks following
  • Yemen records multiple coronavirus cases for the first time; U.N. fears more
    Health workers wearing protective suits pose for a picture before being deployed to disinfect streets amid concerns of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sanaa, Yemen on April 28, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   DUBAI, April 29 (Reuters): Yemeni authorities reported multiple coronavirus infections for the first time on Wednesday, after the United Nations said it feared the disease could be spreading undetected in a country where millions are already facin
  • Not just hospitals: U.N. uncovers surprise tools needed to beat coronavirus
    People reach for a bag of food thrown from a truck at a distribution run by a Haitian government program amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on April 6, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, April 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): How countries cope with the new coronavirus depends on more than hospital beds and income levels, the United Nations said on Wednesday, highlighting forgotten factors like internet access and
  • Russia flies nuclear-capable bombers over Baltic Sea in training exercise
    Russian Tu-160 strategic bomber flies over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea in this screen grab taken from video released on April 29, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   MOSCOW, April 29 (Reuters): Russia has flown two nuclear-capable Tu-160 strategic bombers over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, the Russian Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday, a move that prompted Finland, Denmark, Poland and Sweden to scramble jets to escort them.   The ministry said the f
  • Northern Chinese region including Beijing to ease COVID-19 curbs
    People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk past flower installations set up to mark the upcoming Labour Day holiday, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China on April 29. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIJING, April 29 (Reuters): A populous region in northern China that includes Beijing will ease restrictions imposed to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, as the country gradually transitions to a new state of normal amid dwindling cases of COVI
  • Most people want billionaires to pitch in to aid poverty and inequality
    Philanthropist Bill Gates (L) embraces Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg during an announcement of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to "cure, prevent or manage all disease" by the end of the century during a news conference at UCSF Mission Bay in San Francisco, California, US September 21, 2016. (REUTERS File Photo)   NEW YORK, April 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Eight out of 10 people think billionaires should help end poverty, inequality and a host of global ills, a po
  • Australia says COVID-19 inquiry is 'reasonable', not targeted at any country
     Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press conference held with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia on February 28, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   SYDNEY, April 29 (Reuters): Australia's calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of COVID-19 is "reasonable" and not targeted at any specific country, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday.   Australian-Chinese bilat
  • Pompeo says no sign of North Korea's Kim, real risk of famine in country
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Samchon Catfish Farm, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on February 21, 2017. (Reuters File Photo)   WASHINGTON, April 29 (Reuters): The United States has caught no sight of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and is watching reports about his health closely, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday, adding there is a real risk of famine in the country amid t