Philippines records 350 new coronavirus cases, 13 more deaths

The Philippine health ministry on Tuesday reported 13 deaths and 350 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the largest single-day increase in infections in seven weeks. In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed cases have risen to 14,669 and deaths have reached 886. It said a total of 3,412 patients have recovered. Reporting by …

U.N. Command finds both Koreas violated armistice agreement in DMZ shooting

Both North and South Korea violated the armistice agreement that governs their shared border when their troops exchanged gunfire on May 3, the U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC) said on Tuesday. A multinational UNC special investigation team concluded that troops from both sides had violated the agreement, which has been in place since the 1950-1953 …

Spain calls for common EU on cross-border movement as coronavirus lockdowns ease

Spain on Tuesday urged its European Union partners to set up common rules to open borders and reestablish the freedom of travel Schengen Area as different national coronavirus lockdowns are phased out. “We have to work with our European partners to define the common rules that will allow us retake freedom of movement on European …

Russia reports record one-day rise in coronavirus deaths

Russia said on Tuesday 174 people with the coronavirus had died in the past 24 hours, a record one-day amount that pushed the nationwide death toll to 3,807. Officials reported 8,915 new cases on Tuesday, pushing its overall case tally to 362,342. Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Alison Williams

Singapore’s health ministry confirms 383 more coronavirus cases

Singapore’s health ministry confirmed on Tuesday 383 more cases of the new coronavirus, taking the city-state’s tally to 32,343. The lower number of cases on Tuesday was partly due to fewer tests being conducted, it added. Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Gareth Jones

Australian media face trial over Pell sex abuse case reporting

Dozens of Australian journalists and publishers are set to face trial in November over coverage of ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell’s child sex abuse conviction in 2018, facing charges that they breached an Australia-wide gag order in the case. FILE PHOTO: Vatican Treasurer Cardinal George Pell is surrounded by Australian police as he leaves the Melbourne …

France says relations with Iran tougher after citizen sentenced

France’s foreign minister said on Tuesday that relations with Iran had become more difficult after Tehran sentenced a French-Iranian academic to prison in what he said was a politically motivated decision. “This sentencing was founded on no serious elements and was politically motivated. So we firmly say to the Iranian authorities to release Fariba Adelkhah …

UK’s Gove defends PM’s adviser Cummings: he’s a man of honour and integrity

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings acted reasonably by travelling to northern England during the coronavirus lockdown and is a man of integrity, Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove said on Tuesday. Gove, a long-term ally of Cummings, said he did not break the letter of the government’s coronavirus lockdown guidelines and was …