Scotland sees concerning rise in non-coronavirus deaths

Glasgow, Scotland – Non-coronavirus deaths in Scotland have risen since the pandemic took hold, amid warnings of “eerily quiet” hospital departments as vulnerable people miss out on medical care.  Scottish deaths in late March and early April were 60 percent…

France reports 50 COVID-19 cases on board aircraft carrier

Fifty crew members on board France’s sole aircraft carrier, the Charles de Gaulle, have tested positive for the new coronavirus and parts of the ship have been put in lockdown, the armed forces ministry said on Friday. A ministry statement…

The Arab doctors who have died of COVID-19 on Italy’s front lines

Sicily, Italy – The 100th doctor to die on Italy’s front lines as the country struggles to contain the coronavirus epidemic was Samar Sinjab, a 62-year-old Syrian woman was born in Damascus. Having lived in Italy’s northeast Veneto region since…

Jordan military arrests TV executives for airing virus complaints

The Jordanian military has arrested the owner of Roya TV and its news director after it aired a news segment showing a crowd of labourers complaining about their inability to work because of the government-imposed coronavirus lockdown. Roya TV issued…

India’s coronavirus relief plan may exclude millions: Activists

Tens of millions of Indians stand to see few benefits from a coronavirus relief package worth $22.6bn, economists and food rights activists say. Although India’s relief package promises free food for roughly 800 million beneficiaries, economists and activists say few…

New images of the sun reveal a wondrous sight

Researchers at the University of Central Lancashire have unveiled the highest-ever resolution images of the sun from NASA’s solar sounding rocket mission. The newly released photographs show the sun’s outer layer is filled with previously unseen, incredibly fine magnetic threads,…

China-Taiwan war of words over WHO coronavirus efforts

China has accused Taiwan of “venomously” attacking the World Health Organization (WHO), taking advantage of the current coronavirus crisis to seek independence, and conspiring with internet users to spread racist comments, after the WHO chief said a racist attack directed…

Rights group calls for justice over protester killings in Sudan

A year after Sudan’s former president was forced to step down amid mass anti-government protests, little has been done to bring justice to the families of those killed in the demonstrations, a rights group said on Friday. Calling on the…

Some African countries could hit coronavirus peak in weeks: WHO

Some African countries could see a peak in coronavirus cases in the coming weeks, and testing should be urgently increased in the region, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “During the last four days, we can see that the numbers…

UN chief warns coronavirus threatens global peace

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned the UN Security Council that the coronavirus pandemic threatens international peace and security – “potentially leading to an increase in social unrest and violence that would greatly undermine our ability to fight the disease”. Guterres,…