• Over 7 million Afghan children risk hunger: Report
    Over 7 million Afghan children risk hunger: Report. (IANS File Photo)     KABUL, MAY 1 (IANS): More than seven million children in Afghanistan were at risk of hunger as food prices have soared in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, a report warned on Friday.   The Save the Children report said that the price of food was rising just at the time when children needed adequate daily nutrition to help strengthen their immune systems, the BBC repor
  • Pak awarded death penalty to 584 people, 17 for blasphemy in 2019
    Flag of Pakistan. (IANS File Photo)   NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD, MAY 1 (IANS): Last year, Pakistan awarded death penalty to at least 584 people, out of which 17 were convicted for "blasphemy", and 15 were executed.   This was revealed by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in its annual report released on Thursday. The report, a copy of which has been accessed by IANS, said, "The state of human rights across the country is indeed dire." According to a report su
  • Imported by the rich, coronavirus now devastating Brazil's poor
    Community leader William de Oliveira livestreams an alert message on social media in Rocinha slum, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on April 29, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO, May 1 (Reuters): Imported by the Brazilian elite vacationing in Europe, the new coronavirus is now ravaging the country's poor, ripping through tightly-packed neighbourhoods where the disease is harder to control.   Public
  • France's Macron says May 11 will not signal return to normal life
    Media mogul and Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai Chee-ying leaves from a police station after being arrested for illegal assembly during the anti-government protests in Hong Kong, China on February 28, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   HONG KONG, May 1 (Reuters): Hong Kong hit back on Friday at Washington and London for condemning the arrests in April of 15 pro-democracy activists, saying that their criticism was "unfounded" and "grossly irresponsible."   Police arre
  • 'Emergency' for millions as coronavirus severs remittance lifeline
    Migrant workers arrive at the Mawa Ferry Ghat as they are heading to Dhaka after government has eased restriction on garment factories and some other sectors amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Munshiganj district, Bangladesh on April 30, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   ROME/AMMAN, May 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): When Fathy called his family back home in Egypt a week ago, they asked him to send money, as he had for the past year. But he had none, having los
  • Under the cover of lockdown, illegal logging surges in Tunisia
    State representatives and forest guards count the rings on tree stumps to ascertain the age of the felled Algerian oak trees in Ain Draham, Tunisia on April 15, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   GABES, Tunisia, May 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): As Tunisia's streets emptied and shops shuttered after the 6pm national curfew to stem the novel coronavirus outbreak, a clandestine group headed to the forest.   Over two nights in early April, a group of people in
  • 'Do the right thing': Pandemic puts workers' rights on ethical investor hitlist
    A woman holds up her fist in a protective glove from a car during a driving caravan demonstration in midtown Manhattan organized by the New York-based 'Workers Justice Project', protesting for rights of essential immigrant workers in the State of New York during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, US on April 21, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, May 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): From paid sick leave to protective gea
  • WHO ministerial to open on May 18; UNICEF seeks flights for vaccines
    A logo is pictured on the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) ahead of a meeting of the Emergency Committee on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland on January 30, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   GENEVA, May 1 (Reuters): The annual meeting of health ministers will take place virtually from May 18, with the focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.   The shortened agenda will includ
  • Britain's daily testing target may have been met - minister
    Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick speaks at the daily COVID-19 news conference at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain on April 18, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   LONDON, May 1 (Reuters): Britain may have hit its daily target of carrying out 100,000 COVID-19 tests a day, or will come close, putting in place the beginnings of a network to test, track and trace people through the pandemic, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Friday.   After weeks of being
  • Japan's Abe says leaning toward extending state of emergency on May 4
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares state of emergency during a meeting of the new coronavirus task force at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan on April 7, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   TOKYO, May 1 (Reuters): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would review the state of emergency over the coronavirus epidemic on May 4, and was leaning towards extending it by roughly a month.   The medical situation remained tough and f
  • U.N. chief laments lack of global leadership in coronavirus fight
    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is seen on a video screen during a virtual climate summit, known as the Petersberg Climate Dialogue, in Berlin on April 28, 2020.     Michael Kappeler/Pool via REUTERS/Files   UNITED NATIONS, May 1 (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday lamented a lack of leadership by world powers and a divided international community in the fight against the coronavirus as he raised concern about
  • Russian PM Mishustin tests positive for Covid-19
    Moscow, May 1 (IANS) Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said on Thursday that he has tested positive for coronavirus. Mishustin was made the Prime Minister in January this year and he has been actively involved in the country's battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. Russian TV showed Mishustin telling President Vladimir Putin of his diagnosis, the BBC reported. In the video call, Mishustin could be heard saying, "I have just learned that the test on the coronavirus I to
  • Coronavirus originated in China but was 'not manmade or genetically modified': U.S. spy agency
    The ultrastructural morphology exhibited by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, is seen in an illustration released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, US on January 29, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   WASHINGTON, April 30 (Reuters): U.S. spy agencies believe the COVID-19 virus originated in China but was not manmade or g
  • U.S. states grapple with reopening as virus forces millions more jobless claims
    The Empire State Building is illuminated in blue to honor first responders and essential workers as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in the Manhattan borough of New York, US on April 29, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, April 30 (Reuters): More than two dozen U.S. states moved ahead with plans to relax restrictions on business and social life, hoping to reverse the economic blows of the coronavirus that led to another 3.89 mi
  • Arab foreign ministers condemns Israeli plan to annex parts of occupied West Bank
    Palestinian demonstrators burn pictures depicting U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and repsentations of U.S and Israeli flags during a protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, in the southern Gaza Strip on January 29, 2020. (REUTERS File Photo)   CAIRO, April 30 (Reuters): Arab countries condemned Israel's plan to de facto annex parts of the occupied West Bank as a "new war crime" against Palesti
  • Afghan Parliament put under lockdown
    Afghan Parliament put under lockdown. (IANS File Photo)   KABUL, APRIL 30 (IANS): The two houses of the Afghan Parliament -- the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) and the Meshrano Jirga (upper house) -- have been put under a lockdown until the end of the nationwide restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   On Wednesday, Parliament speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani said that warnings from the Ministry of Health indicate that Kabul will be facing severe situations
  • 16-day-old baby youngest COVID-19 survivor in Philippines
    IANS File Photo   MANILA, APRIL 30 (IANS): A 16-day-old baby in the Philippines has become the youngest patient to recover from COVID-19 in the country, the Department of Health said on Thursday.   At just five days old, Kobe Manjares was admitted to the National Children's Hospital in Manila, where he tested positive for the novel coronavirus, reports Efe news.   He was treated there for the next 11 days.   "The DOH applauds our valiant
  • China opposes any probe into COVID-19 origin
    Boston EMS medics work to resuscitate a patient on the way to the ambulance amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Boston, Massachusetts, US on April 27, 2020.   (REUTERS Photo)   BEIJING, APRIL 30 (IANS): China opposes any "arbitrary" probe into the origin of coronavirus pandemic that is based on the presumption of its guilt, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng said.   "This is an arbitrary investigation based on the presumption of g
  • Czechs say coronavirus spread contained, to carefully reopen
    Birds fly over the Vltava river bank amid an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Prague, Czech Republic on April 29. (REUTERS Photo)   PRAGUE (Reuters) - The spread of the novel coronavirus has been contained in the Czech Republic and the government will continue to cautiously open up the economy, Health Minister Adam Vojtech said on Thursday.   The country has seen the number of new cases drop below 100 for the past eight consecutive days, and
  • France boosts cycling as lockdown set to ease
    France boosts cycling as lockdown set to ease. (IANS File Photo)     PARIS, APRIL 30 (IANS): The French government was encouraging people to cycle to keep pollution levels low once the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions end, a media report said on Thursday.   Elisabeth Borne, Minister for Ecological Transition, said the move was aimed at reducing driving when commuting or for short journeys to keep air pollution levels down once restrictions are lifted, t