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200,000 container ship crew stranded at sea due to pandemic

Agence France Presse 07/12/2020

LONDON — More than a dozen countries, including the Philippines, have called for urgent action to solve a seafaring crisis that has left some 200,000 container ship crew stranded at sea due to the new coronavirus pandemic.…

A dog’s life: Scientists find new formula for canine age

Agence France Presse 07/10/2020

WASHINGTON, United States – A well-known “rule of paw” holds that you can tell how old your pooch is in human terms by multiplying its age in years by seven. But in fact, the real ratio changes…

US infections top three million as Trump pushes schools reopening

Agence France Presse 07/09/2020

WASHINGTON, United States – The United States topped three million confirmed coronavirus cases Wednesday as President Donald Trump pushed for schools to re-open amid a COVID-19 resurgence in many southern hotspots. The US remains by far the…

US tops 2.5 million coronavirus cases as infections surge

Agence France Presse 06/28/2020

MIAMI — The United States has surpassed 2.5 million coronavirus cases, as efforts to reopen the world’s economic powerhouse were dramatically set back by a surge of new infections in states such as Florida. Infections are also…

Facebook seeks to offer more ‘context’ on virus posts, warns if stories are old

Agence France Presse 06/26/2020

  SAN FRANCISCO–Facebook said Thursday it was looking to add notifications about the source of coronavirus-related posts and will warn users when they share stories that are more than 90 days old. The moves aim to add…

Twitter adds option to share spoken tweets

Agence France Presse 06/18/2020

SAN FRANCISCO–Twitter on Wednesday said it is adding an option to speak tweets of up to 140 seconds in length instead of just writing posts. Voice tweets will be rolled out for the Twitter application tailored for…

Parts of Beijing locked down due to fresh virus cluster

Agence France Presse 06/13/2020

BEIJING–Eleven residential estates in south Beijing have been locked down due to a fresh cluster of coronavirus cases linked to a nearby meat market, officials said on Saturday. Seven cases have so far been linked to Xinfadi…

Google Maps to display coronavirus-related transit alerts

Agence France Presse 06/11/2020

A new version of Google’s mapping service being rolled out will display pandemic-related transit alerts and let people know when buses or trains might be crowded. Updated versions of the free app for smartphones powered by Apple…

US scrambles to stem revolt as Trump faces anger for violent crackdown

Agence France Presse 06/03/2020

WASHINGTON — Leaders across the United States sought ways Tuesday to stem mounting unrest over police racism, from extending curfews to engaging protesters, as President Donald Trump faced wide criticism for deploying force to break up a…

World coronavirus cases top 6 million as leaders disagree on pandemic response

Agence France Presse 05/31/2020

  BRASÍLIA, Brazil — The number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped six million Sunday, with Brazil registering another record surge in daily infections as divisions deepened on how to deal with the pandemic. Latin American countries are…

Pakistan plane crashes near Karachi, all 107 killed

Agence France Presse 05/22/2020

  Update KARACHI, Pakistan  — A passenger plane belonging to state-run Pakistan International Airlines crashed near the southern port city of Karachi on Friday, killing all 107 passengers and crew, the city’s mayor said. The aircraft crashed…

Gobble gobble: Pac-Man turns 40

Agence France Presse 05/22/2020

TOKYO — Forty years ago, a new video game featuring a bright yellow, dot-chomping, ghost-dodging character called Pac-Man appeared in Tokyo. It would become the most successful arcade game of all time. The hero — shaped like…

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