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Ex-champ Mayweather to pay for Floyd funeral: report

AFP 06/02/2020

LOS ANGELES, United States — Retired ring great Floyd Mayweather will pay for the funeral services for George Floyd, Mayweather Promotions chief executive Leonard Ellerbe told ESPN on Monday. George Floyd died last week after a Minneapolis…

Disney and other Florida theme parks to re-open in June, July

AFP 05/30/2020

MIAMI — Maintaining social distancing and wearing masks, tourists visiting Florida will be able to take photos with Mickey Mouse again when Disney World reopens on July 11, a month after SeaWorld and Universal Studios are set…

Smartphone tool helps users keep social distance

AFP 05/30/2020

SAN FRANCISCO — Smartphone users have a new way to keep their distance  – a tool that lets them know when people are getting closer than pandemic guidelines recommend. The Google-developed Sodar tool available this week taps into Android smartphone…

China says virus pushing US ties to brink of ‘Cold War’

AFP 05/25/2020

BEIJING — China said Sunday that its relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War,” fuelled partly by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 350,000 people worldwide and…

US sees 1,260 coronavirus deaths in past 24 hours — Johns Hopkins

AFP 05/23/2020

WASHINGTON — The United States recorded a further 1,260 deaths from COVID-19 on Friday, bringing its total to 95,921 since the global pandemic began, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. The country has also…

80 bodies recovered, more feared dead in Pakistan plane crash

AFP 05/23/2020

KARACHI, Pakistan — A total of 80 bodies have been recovered after a Pakistani plane crashed with nearly 100 people on board in the southern city of Karachi on Friday, provincial health officials said in a statement,…

Rocket hits near US embassy in Baghdad: security sources

AFP 05/19/2020

BAGHDAD, Iraq – One rocket hit near the US embassy in Baghdad early Tuesday morning, security sources told AFP, the first to land in the high-security zone in weeks. The blast could be heard across the Iraqi…

Kobe Bryant chopper crash pilot had no drugs in system—autopsy

AFP 05/17/2020

The pilot of the helicopter that crashed while carrying Kobe Bryant and his daughter to a basketball tournament in California did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, according to the autopsy report released on Friday. Ara Zobayan,…

Wuhan reports new coronavirus infections

AFP 05/11/2020

BEIJING — China reported a second day of new cases of coronavirus in Wuhan on Monday after a month without new infections at the pandemic’s global epicenter, offering a stark warning of the dangers of a fresh…

Coronavirus cases worldwide surpass 4 million

AFP 05/10/2020

PARIS, France – The number of novel coronavirus cases recorded worldwide surpassed four million on Saturday, according to an AFP tally based on official sources, as of 2145 GMT. There are now at least 4,001,437 cases of…

Google, Facebook extend work from home until end of the year

AFP 05/09/2020

SAN FRANCISCO–Google and Facebook have told most employees to keep working from home for the rest of the year as part of a response by the tech giants to the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Chief executive Sundar Pichai…

US ‘concerned’ over ABS-CBN’s fate; PH press remains free, says Palace

AFP, Philippine Daily Inquirer 05/09/2020

WASHINGTON—The United States on Thursday voiced concern over the Philippine government-ordered shutdown of the country’s top broadcaster ABS-CBN, which has been targeted by President Rodrigo Duterte. “We are concerned by the situation regarding ABS-CBN,” Department of State…

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