U.S.-backed Kurdish-led group says militants riot in jail in northeast Syria

Islamic State prisoners on Sunday seized control of the ground floor of a major prison in northeastern Syria under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with some of the militants managing to escape, an SDF spokesman said. The SDF, which is spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, mounted an operation to capture …

‘No farewells, no ceremonies’: China’s Hubei cremates coronavirus dead

Ten unclaimed urns sit in the crematorium in Jingzhou, a city in central China’s Hubei province hard-hit by coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: A man stands at a window at a residential community in Jingzhou, after the lockdown was eased in Hubei province, the epicenter of China’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, March 26, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo …

Australia curbs gatherings, locks down travellers, in new coronavirus measures

Australia’s most populous states will restrict public gatherings to two people from midnight, state leaders said on Monday, as part of a wave of new measures designed to slow the spread of coronavirus which has infected more than 4,000 across the country. FILE PHOTO: New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian speaks during a state memorial …

Trump wants Congress to restore full tax deduction for meals, entertainment

U.S. President Donald Trump called on Congress Sunday to restore the full tax deduction for meals and entertainment in response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of a wide-ranging 2017 tax reform measure, Congress eliminated the corporate tax deduction for entertainment expenses, but taxpayers were allowed to continue to deduct 50% of the cost of …

Australia curbs gatherings, locks down travelers, in new coronavirus measures

Australia’s two most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, will restrict public gatherings to two people from midnight, state leaders said on Monday, as part of a wave of new measures designed to slow the spread of coronavirus which has infected more than 4,000 across the country. FILE PHOTO: New South Wales Premier Gladys …

Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe’s cities cleaner air

Air pollution has decreased in urban areas across Europe during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus, new satellite images showed on Monday, but campaigners warned city-dwellers were still more vulnerable to the epidemic. A general view shows the South Tower during the lockdown imposed by the Belgian government to slow down the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, …

Coronavirus lockdowns give Europe’s cities cleaner air

Air pollution has decreased in urban areas across Europe during lockdowns to combat the coronavirus, new satellite images showed on Monday, but campaigners warned city-dwellers were still more vulnerable to the epidemic. A general view shows the South Tower during the lockdown imposed by the Belgian government to slow down the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, …

Syria reports first coronavirus death as fears grow of major outbreak

Syria’s health ministry said on Sunday that a woman who died after being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment was found to have been infected by coronavirus in the country’s first officially reported death from the disease. FILE PHOTO: A view shows closed shops as part of the preventive measures against the spread of the …

UK’s Prince Harry, wife Meghan, do not need U.S. help for security costs, spokeswoman says

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have no plans to ask the U.S. government for help with security costs, the couple said in a statement on Sunday in response to a tweet from President Donald Trump that the United States would not pay for their protection. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess …