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Astronauts arrive for NASA’s 1st home launch in decade

05/21/2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.  — The two astronauts who will end a nine-year launch drought for NASA arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday, exactly one week before their historic SpaceX flight. It will be the first time…

Study: World carbon pollution falls 17% during pandemic peak

Associated Press 05/21/2020

  ]KENSINGTON, Maryland — The world cut its daily carbon dioxide emissions by 17 percent at the peak of the pandemic shutdown last month, a new study found. But with life and heat-trapping gas levels inching back…

Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican reopens

05/19/2020

VATICAN CITY — Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican reopened to visitors on Monday after being closed for over two months under Italy’s lockdown orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. A handful of visitors queued…

Trump threatens permanent freeze on WHO funding in 30 days

05/19/2020

Washington, United States—President Donald Trump threatened Monday to permanently freeze US funding to the World Health Organization unless “substantive improvements” were made within the next 30 days. Washington suspended funding to the WHO in mid-April, accusing it…

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…

Coronavirus was not synthesized in a laboratory—WHO’s chief scientist

05/18/2020

WASHINGTON — The Covid-19 coronavirus was not synthesized in a laboratory, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist has said. In an interview with The Straits Times, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, said: “What we do know is that this…

Italy posts lowest one-day death toll from coronavirus since lockdown

05/18/2020

ROME — Italy on Sunday recorded the fewest deaths from coronavirus in one day since its two-month lockdown began, as the country stands poised to reopen most commercial activity. The civil protection unit said 145 people had died…

COVID-19 positive man refuses to be taken to hospital, hugs neighbors in rage

The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network 05/17/2020

  JAKARTA — A 40-year-old man initialed as AR, who has tested positive for COVID-19, has caused a commotion as he refused to be taken to the hospital by a team of medical workers and fumed at…

China reopens more schools, revives flights

Associated Press 05/17/2020

BEIJING — China on Sunday reported five new cases of the coronavirus, as the commercial hub of Shanghai announced the restart of some classes and airlines revive flights.   Of the new cases, two were imported and…

Retired pope suggests St. John Paul II be called ‘the Great’

Associated Press 05/17/2020

  ROME — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has honored St. John Paul II on the centenary of his birth and floated the idea that he should be called “the Great,” as only two other popes have been.…

Dutch dog infected with coronavirus

Agence France Presse 05/16/2020

  Dutch authorities on Friday reported the country’s first coronavirus case in a dog and infections in three cats, but said chances of contamination through pets were minimal. The eight-year-old bulldog belonged to a COVID-19 patient and…

Dinner with dummies: US eatery fills empty seats with mannequins

Agence France Presse 05/16/2020

WASHINGTON, VIRGINIA — Their eyes are vacant, their smiles uncanny — but they’re dressed to the nines and they don’t need a reservation for some of America’s finest dining. A Michelin-starred restaurant in the US state of…

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