Armenia's prime minister tests positive for coronavirus

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his family have tested positive for the coronavirus as the rate of new infections soared in the south Caucasus nation. Pashinyan announced his infection in a self-recorded video message published on Facebook on Monday. More: Coronavirus: All you need to know about the symptoms…

Black boxes from crashed Pakistan jet head to France for analysis

PARIS/KARACHI (Reuters) – Air crash investigators were en route from Pakistan to France on Monday with two ‘black box’ flight recorders of a Pakistani airliner that crashed in a residential area while trying to land in the port city of Karachi last month, airport officials said. An Airbus test plane,…

Emmanuel Macron’s grovelling apology exposed: ‘I’m ashamed’

We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. The French President opened up on his views of the demonstrators in his book which was released last year, called ‘The People and the President’. It charts…

Scientists hunt pandemic hotspots in race to test vaccines

LONDON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – The first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic may be waning. For vaccine developers, that could be a problem. Scientists in Europe and the United States say the relative success of draconian lockdown and social distancing policies in some areas and countries means virus transmission rates may be…

South Africa partly lifts lockdown to try to fix battered economy

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa partly lifted a two month-old coronavirus lockdown on Monday, letting people outside for work, worship, exercise or shopping, and allowing mines and factories to run at full capacity to try to revive the economy. President Cyril Ramaphosa was widely praised when he ordered one of…

‘Parents are clearly anxious’: teachers prepare for safe return to school

From taking phonics lessons in woodlands to conducting play productions online, organising the summer term of primary school is likely to prove a feat for teachers. With unions, staff and parents expressing concerns over the safety of more nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 children returning to school on…

Asia stocks reach 3-month peaks, resilient to U.S. riots

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian shares pushed to three-month highs on Monday as progress on opening up economies helped offset jitters over riots in U.S. cities and unease over Washington’s power struggle with Beijing. There was also relief that while President Donald Trump began the process of ending special U.S. treatment…