Germany aims to ease distancing, lift European travel warning: media

Germany plans to ease social distancing steps from June 29, a week earlier than previously planned, and aims to lift a travel warning for 31 European countries from mid-June, German media reported. FILE PHOTO: People enjoy the sun at the Rhine River, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Cologne, Germany May …

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity reopens as Palestinians ease coronavirus curbs

Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, reopened to worshippers and tourists on Tuesday as Palestinian authorities eased coronavirus restrictions in the occupied West Bank. Amid lingering pandemic concerns, the church is capping access to 50 people at a time and requires that they be free of fever and wear protective masks. …

Macau gambling king Stanley Ho’s family confirms his death at age 98

Macau gambling king Stanley Ho, who built a business empire from scratch in the former Portuguese colony and became one of Asia’s richest men, died peacefully at the age of 98, his family confirmed on Tuesday. The flamboyant tycoon, who loved to dance but advised his nearest and dearest to shun gambling, headed one of …

China’s coronavirus campaign offers glimpse into surveillance system

The coronavirus outbreak in China has given unprecedented glimpses into how an extensive system of surveillance cameras works, as monitoring stations are rebranded epidemic “war rooms” helping to check people’s movements and stifle the disease. FILE PHOTO: A CCTV security surveillance camera overlooks a street as people walk following the spread of the coronavirus disease …

After coronavirus, Italian nursing homes face fight to survive

Italy’s nursing homes, ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic which claimed the lives of thousands of residents, face financial pressures that threaten to put many out of business and create a fresh elderly care crisis. FILE PHOTO: Guests of a nursing home watch television, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Capralba, near …

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now: People wearing protective masks make their way during rush hour at Shinagawa station on the first day after the Japanese government lifted the state of emergency in Tokyo, Japan, May 26, 2020.REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon ‘Jump up at any time’ Countries where coronavirus infections are declining …

Soldiers, police enforce Indonesia’s ‘new normal’ coronavirus restrictions

Indonesia’s military ordered the deployment of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and police on Monday to enforce rules on wearing masks and safe distancing after reports of people in the world’s fourth-most populous nation flouting them. People wearing face masks use their phones while sitting inside a shopping mall amid the outbreak of the coronavirus …

Burundi’s ruling party wins presidential election

Burundi’s ruling party candidate, retired general Evariste Ndayishimiye, has won the presidential election with 69% of votes cast, the electoral commission said on Monday, after accusations of rigging by the leading opposition challenger. The commission said opposition candidate Agathon Rwasa received 24% of votes. There was a turnout of 88%. Commission chairman Pierre Claver Kazihise …