• 'Work from home': Johnson starts shutting down Britain again as COVID-19 spreads
    LONDON, September 22 (Reuters): British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell people on Tuesday to work from home where possible and will curb timings for bars and restaurants to tackle a fast-spreading second coronavirus wave, but the opposition accused him of losing control. With millions across the United Kingdom already under some form of COVID-19 restriction, Johnson will tighten measures in England while stopping short of another full lockdown like he imposed in March, a
  • Germany tells Britain to "stop the games", time running out for deal
    BRUSSELS, September 22 (Reuters): Germany's Europe Minister Michael Roth urged Britain on Tuesday to drop plans for a bill that would break the country's obligations to the European Union under its withdrawal treaty as time was running out to clinch an EU-Britain trade deal. Speaking to reporters ahead of a meeting of EU ministers in Brussels that is to prepare a summit of EU leaders later this week, Roth said he was "extremely worried" by London's plans t
  • U.S. nears grim milestone of 200,000 COVID-19 deaths
    September 22 (Reuters) - The death toll from the spread of the coronavirus in the United States was approaching over 200,000 on Monday, by the far the highest number of any nation. The United States, on a weekly average, is now losing about 800 lives each day to the virus, according to a Reuters tally. That is down from a peak of 2,806 daily deaths recorded on April 15. During the early months of the pandemic, 200,000 deaths was regarded by many as the maximum number of lives lik
  • Global Covid-19 cases top 31.2mn: Johns Hopkins
    Washington, September 22 (IANS): The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped 31.2 million, while the deaths have increased to more than 963,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Tuesday, total number of cases stood at 31,201,975 and the fatalities rose to 963,068, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update. The US is the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths
  • Dozens killed in bloodiest Afghanistan clashes since peace talks began
    KABUL, September 21 (Reuters): At least 57 members of the Afghan security forces were killed and dozens injured in overnight clashes with Taliban fighters across Afghanistan, security officials said on Monday, in the bloodiest day of fighting since government and insurgent forces began peace talks in Doha over a week ago. Negotiating teams representing the Taliban and the Afghan government have been meeting in the Qatari capital since talks started on Sept. 12. But little headw
  • Military-style Marshall Plan needed to combat climate change, says Prince Charles
    LONDON, September 21 (Reuters): Climate change poses such a severe threat that the world's only option is to adopt a military-style response reminiscent of the U.S. Marshall Plan to rebuild post-war Europe, Prince Charles said on Monday. A long-time advocate for nature, the British royal said climate change was rapidly becoming a "comprehensive catastrophe" that will dwarf the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. "At this late stage I can see no other way f
  • More than 150 nations join WHO-led global plan for COVID vaccines
    GENEVA/LONDON, September 21 (Reuters): A total of 156 countries have joined the global COVAX scheme intended to ensure fair distribution of supplies of future vaccines against COVID-19, an alliance led by the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. The list includes 64 wealthier, self-financing countries, and accounts for about two-thirds of the global population, a statement issued by the WHO and GAVI vaccine alliance said, after a deadline of last Friday to make bindi
  • Trump and Biden hit the campaign trail as Supreme Court battle looms
    WILMINGTON, Del., September 21 (Reuters): Donald Trump and his rival for the U.S. presidency, Joe Biden, will campaign in two election battlegrounds on Monday as they spar over the president's plan to fill a vacant Supreme Court seat with only weeks before voters choose between them. Trump, the Republican seeking re-election on Nov. 3, will hold campaign events in Ohio, a state some Democrats once saw as a lock for Trump, while the Democratic former vice president makes his
  • Study suggests dengue may provide some immunity against COVID-19
    RIO DE JANEIRO, September 21 (Reuters): A new study that analyzed the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil has found a link between the spread of the virus and past outbreaks of dengue fever that suggests exposure to the mosquito-transmitted illness may provide some level of immunity against COVID-19. The not yet published study led by Miguel Nicolelis, a professor at Duke University, and shared exclusively with Reuters, compared the geographic distribution of coronavirus cases with
  • Aoun warns Lebanon going to hell unless government agreed
    BEIRUT, September 21 (Reuters): President Michel Aoun warned on Monday Lebanon was going "to hell" if a new government could not be formed but agreeing one might take a miracle after positions had hardened between rival factions. His comments in a televised address underlined the severe difficulties facing French efforts to lift Lebanon out of economic and financial crisis by getting its fractious politicians to form a new government and carry out reforms. The cris
  • UK faces soaring COVID-19 death rate unless it moves fast, medics warn
    LONDON, September 21 (Reuters): Britain will face an exponentially growing death rate from COVID-19 within weeks unless urgent action is taken to halt a rapidly spreading second wave of the outbreak, the country's senior medics said on Monday. The United Kingdom already has the biggest official COVID-19 death toll in Europe - and the fifth largest in the world - while it is borrowing record amounts in an attempt to pump emergency money through the damaged economy. But ne
  • Trump says he will announce U.S. Supreme Court nominee Friday or Saturday
    WASHINGTON, September 21 (Reuters): President Donald Trump said on Monday he is looking at four or five jurists to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court and he will announce his nominee on Friday or Saturday. Trump pushed ahead with plans for his third U.S. Supreme Court nomination, which would cement a 6-3 conservative majority, as some Republicans wavered on whether to support the move weeks before an election. The Republican president said in an i
  • Madrid asks for help from Spanish army against coronavirus surge
    MADRID, September 21 (Reuters): The regional chief of Madrid requested on Monday help from the army to fight the coronavirus surge in and around the Spanish capital where local authorities have ordered a partial lockdown of some poorer areas, prompting protests during the weekend. "We need help from the army for disinfection ... and to strengthen local police and law enforcement," Isabel Diaz Ayuso told a news briefing after meeting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in an
  • Pakistan opposition groups join to denounce military, oppose Khan
    ISLAMABAD, September 21 (Reuters): Pakistan's opposition parties have launched a new platform to begin protests against Prime Minister Imran Khan's government and make a rare denunciation of the military for meddling. All the main opposition parties signed a statement late on Sunday announcing a single platform, the Pakistan Democratic Movement, to begin nationwide agitations, possibly culminating in a January march on the capital Islamabad. They say the military rig
  • Myanmar rejects calls to postpone election despite virus surge
    YANGON, September 21 (Reuters): Myanmar plans to push ahead with a November general election despite calls from opposition parties to postpone it because of a surge in novel coronavirus cases, officials said. The Southeast Asian country reported 671 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, its highest daily toll since the beginning of its outbreak in March, taking its total to 5,541 infections and 92 deaths. Myanmar had gone weeks without a case of local transmission before a
  • Russia rejects U.S. conditions, sees 'minimal' chance of extend New START nuclear arms deal
    MOSCOW, September 21 (Reuters): Russia sees "minimal" chances of extending the New START treaty with the United States - the last major nuclear arms pact between the two countries - because it does not accept conditions set out by Washington, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Monday. His comments came after Marshall Billingslea, the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Arms Control, told a Russian newspaper that Moscow must accept a jo
  • Nepal's Ang Rita Sherpa, first to climb Mount Everest ten times, dies
    KATHMANDU, September 21 (Reuters): Ang Rita Sherpa, the first man to climb Mount Everest 10 times, died of a lengthy illness on Monday, his family said, an event that fellow sherpas called a major loss to Nepal and the climbing community. All the ascents to the 8,850-m. (29,035-foot) summit of the world's tallest mountain between 1983 and 1996 by Ang Rita, who went by his first name, like many Sherpas, were made without bottled oxygen. The 72-year-old, who had suffered b
  • Botswana says toxins in water cause of mysterious elephant deaths
    GABORONE, September 21 (Reuters): The deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana this year which had baffled and alarmed conservationists were caused by toxins produced by cyanobacteria in water, officials said on Monday. Cyril Taolo, deputy director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, told a news conference that the number of dead elephants had risen to 330, from 281 last reported in July. The department's principal veterinary officer Mmadi Reuben told th
  • Japan's Suga hopes for 'forward-looking' ties in letter to South Korea's Moon
    SEOUL, September 21 (Reuters): Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has expressed hopes for improved relations in a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Moon's office said on Monday, amid strained ties over history and trade. Feuds dating back to Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule of Korea continue to dog bilateral relations, including the issues of Korean labourers forced to work at Japanese firms and women at military brothels during World War II.
  • Around 270 whales stranded on sandbar off Australia's Tasmania
    SYDNEY, September 21 (Reuters): Marine biologists were planning the rescue of around 270 whales stranded on a sandbar off the remote west coast of the Australian island of Tasmania on Monday. Government scientists said it appeared that at least 25 of the animals, believed to be pilot whales, had already died. Pilot whales are a species of oceanic dolphin that grows 7 metres (23 ft) long and can weigh up to 3 tonnes. "While strandings are not uncommon in Tasmania, and wh