Lombardy province at centre of outbreak offers glimmer of hope

On 21 February, the Lombardy province of Lodi was at the centre of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak when the first locally transmitted case was confirmed in the town of Codogno. The town was immediately put under lockdown, with 10 others across…

Jakarta to start shutdown as burials, and fears, rise

Schools and workplaces will be closed in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, as greater restrictions are imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus in the city, where a sudden rise in burials has raised concerns over undetected cases. President Joko Widodo…

Extraordinarily gifted songwriter was the envy of all

As John Prine often pointed out, he missed the height of the 1960s. Drafted into the US army, but fortunate enough to escape a tour of duty in Vietnam, he spent the Summer of Love stationed in Germany. Prine arrived…

US folk and country songwriter dies after suffering virus symptoms

John Prine, the US folk and country singer beloved of Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson and more, has died aged 73 due to complications from Covid-19. Prine was hospitalised on 26 March, and was in intensive care for 13 days before…

The artist with the remote-controlled robotic body

What was it about the 1970s that promoted suffering for one’s art? In Rhythm 0 (1974), Marina Abramović stood next to a table loaded with items ranging from a rose to a gun, and let the audience desecrate her with…

Republican congressional candidate touts AR-15s to fight ‘looting hordes from Atlanta’

Why do Americans need AR-15 rifles during a global pandemic? To shoot “looting hordes from Atlanta”. That’s the campaign message from a former Republican congressman from Georgia, Paul Broun, who is now running for congress again. Broun lives in Gainesville,…

Trump order encourages US to mine the moon

The world may be racked by the coronavirus, but Donald Trump has less earthly concerns on his mind, too, after signing an executive order encouraging the US to mine the moon for minerals. The executive order makes clear that the…

Government declares own ports ‘unsafe’ to stop migrant arrivals

The Italian government has declared its seaports “unsafe” due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will not authorise the landing of migrant rescue boats until the end of the emergency. In a decree issued late on Tuesday, the government writes that…

Survey finds firms struggling to access emergency cash

More businesses in the UK are laying off staff as they start to run out of cash and struggle to get access to emergency coronavirus financial support from the government, a leading employers’ organisations has said. The British Chambers of…

I wanted to build a hospital to give people hope

Of all the remarkable stories in the new documentary about Sadio Mané, there is one that stands out. From childhood memories of using a grapefruit as a ball in the remote village of Bambali to Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in…