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 …

Japanese face ‘new normal’ after coronavirus emergency lifted

A day after Japan ended its state of emergency, Tokyo residents took to the streets with a mixture of relief and trepidation as they prepared for a “new normal” of living with the coronavirus. People wearing protective masks make their way during rush hour at Shinagawa station on the first day after the Japanese government …

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 …

Australian PM calls for economic overhaul to fuel post-coronavirus recovery

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday called for an ideological truce between employers and workers to revive the country’s A$2 trillion ($1.3 trillion) economy, which has been badly damaged by the coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press conference held with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern …

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 …

Latin America’s largest airline LATAM files for U.S. bankruptcy protection

Latin America’s largest airline LATAM Airlines Group SA (LTM.SN) said on Tuesday the company and its affiliates in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and the U.S. have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States. FILE PHOTO: The logo of LATAM Airlines is pictured on an Airbus plane in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, November …

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 …

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 …