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French ex-PM Fillon faces verdict in fraud trial

A French court is scheduled to give its verdict Monday in the trial of former premier Francois Fillon on charges of setting up a fake job for his wife, although the ruling could be delayed by a controversy over alleged pressure on prosecutors.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/29 19:08:42

Reopened stores close gaps of UK's stretched charities

Bargain hunters have returned to Britain's beloved charity shops since they began reopening following lockdown but busy tills alone will struggle to repair the damage done by the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/29 18:43:43

It is rocket science: EU to speed up space ambitions, Breton says

The European Union (EU) will plow more money into rocket launches, satellite communication and space exploration to preserve its often unsung successes in space and keep up with US and Chinese ambitions, its space chief said on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/29 16:33:43

Italy's coronavirus data still positive despite cluster outbreaks in 11 hotspots

Italy recorded fewer than 50 COVID-19 deaths for 10 consecutive days and fewer than 100 for 30 straight days. The one-patient increase in ICU patients was just the second time in 21 days.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/29 9:29:19

Contemporary art exhibit hosted 1st time in 2,000-year-old Athens theater amid COVID-19

People visit a contemporary sculpture exhibition at the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece, on June 25, 2020. As the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted this year's Athens and Epidaurus Festival program, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus theater, for the first time in its 2,000-year history, is playing host to a contemporary sculpture exhibition by distinguished Greek artist Dionisis Kavallieratos. (Xinhua/Marios Lolos)
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/29 8:52:58

France to unplug country's oldest nuclear plant

France's oldest nuclear power plant will shut down on Tuesday after four decades in operation, to the delight of environmental activists who have long warned of contamination risks, but stoking worry for the local economy.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/28 18:48:43

Vulnerable short-changed by paper money's decline amid pandemic

Getting groceries in the coronavirus crisis has been tricky for many people, but for Eric Jones - an 89-year-old Briton who lives alone and relies on cash - it has proved particularly perplexing. Before lockdown, a volunteer drove Jones to a supermarket near his home in southern England to pick up a weekly shop and withdraw cash to pay all the people who support him at home, be it the podiatrist or his handyman. This is no longer possible with social distancing, and Jones, who asked for his name to be changed, found online shopping too difficult.
Source: Reuters | 2020/6/28 17:58:40

Trump to view troop cut proposals

Defense Secretary Mark Esper will present US President Donald Trump with a series of options Monday to withdraw thousands of US troops from Germany, with many moving to eastern Europe, the Pentagon said on Saturday.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/28 17:43:40

Athens int'l airport recruits robots to inform travelers on COVID-19 measures

Two semi-humanoid robots wearing face masks were greeting visitors at Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (AIA) with anti-COVID-19 information when Xinhua reporters took a tour in the airport on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/28 10:54:59

UK COVID-19 deaths hit 43,514 as another 100 patients die

Another 100 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Friday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 43,414, the British Department of Health and Social Care said Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/28 0:48:59

EU poised to bar US travelers as bloc reopens in July: media

The European Union (EU) plans to bar travelers from the United States and some other countries where the COVID-19 outbreak has not been effectively controlled as the bloc will reopen in July, US media reported Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/28 0:41:51

Paris Orly Airport reopens after 3-month shutdown

Paris Orly Airport reopened on Friday with limited service after nearly three months of shutdown due to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/27 11:00:34

Turkey reports 1,396 new COVID-19 cases

Turkey confirmed 1,396 new coronavirus cases and 19 fatalities in the past 24 hours, taking the total infection cases to 194,511 and the overall death toll to 5,065, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/6/27 10:57:19

First-Ever Contract for Tourist Walk in Outer Space Signed, Russian Space Corporation Reveals

The first-ever contract for a tourist walk in outer space has been signed, the Russian space corporation Energia said. The venture is set for 2023.
Source: sputniknews | 2020/6/26 20:26:11

Rape conviction rates rise 75% in Sweden after change in the law

Rape conviction rates in Sweden have risen 75 percent since 2017 following a major change in the law, spurring calls on Monday for other countries to revamp their legislation.
Source: Reuters | 2020/6/23 19:23:40

Alaskan volcano eruption linked to fall of Roman Republic: study

The assassination of Julius Caesar in 44BC triggered a nearly two-decade power struggle that led to the fall of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/23 19:13:40

Turkey playing 'dangerous game' in Libya: Macron angry and defensive

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday launched a furious attack on Turkey's conduct in Libya, accusing the NATO member of playing a “dangerous game” that can no longer be tolerated.
Source: AFP | 2020/6/23 15:58:41

Chinese netizens congratulate Serbian president's win in parliamentary vote

Chinese internet users congratulated Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic as his party has won a landslide victory in parliamentary election on Sunday, with many netizens praising him as a national leader who puts the lives and safety of his own people first.
Source: | 2020/6/23 0:25:27