Protesters ready in case Trump refuses to accept election result

  by Catherine TRIOMPHE Agence France Presse NEW YORK, United States (AFP) — Sean Eldridge says he’s “preparing for the worst” in case President Donald Trump tries to undermine the results of next month’s vote or refuses to accept a victory for the Democrats. The 34-year-old is one of the organizers of a coalition planning protests across the United States if Trump loses to his election rival Joe Biden but refuses to concede. The White […]

Hungary’s Orban under fire as virus second wave bites

by Peter MURPHY / Géza MOLNAR BUDAPEST, Hungary (AFP) — As the second coronavirus wave bites, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban — who shut the borders in September — is holding back on tougher measures such as a lockdown, despite growing criticism of his response. During the first wave, the Central European EU member had relatively low numbers of infections and deaths from the virus compared with most European countries. But in October more Hungarians […]

US slaps Google with antitrust suit, eyes possible breakup

  by Rob Lever Agence France Presse WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US government filed a blockbuster lawsuit Tuesday accusing Google of maintaining an “illegal monopoly” in online search and advertising in the country’s biggest antitrust case in decades — opening the door to a potential breakup of the Silicon Valley titan. The politically charged case, which could take years to play out, draws new battle lines between the US government and Big Tech […]

Spain mulls curfew to fight virus surge

MADRID, Spain (AFP) — The Spanish government said Tuesday it was considering imposing a nighttime curfew to halt a rise in virus infections as has been put in place in other European nations like France and Belgium. “The possibility of imposing a curfew, I insist, is something we have to consider. We have to study that possibility and we are open to everything,” Health Minister Salvador Illa told a news conference. The minister said “several” […]

Argentina passes one million coronavirus cases

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) — Argentina surpassed one million coronavirus cases Monday, with areas outside the capital Buenos Aires bearing the brunt of recent infections. The latest report from the Ministry of Health showed 12,982 new infections in the previous 24 hours, pushing the total to 1,002,649. The number of deaths stood at just over 26,700, while more than 800,000 infected people had already recovered. Argentina — which in March suffered South America’s first coronavirus-related […]

Israel, UAE agree visa-free travel for nationals: Netanyahu

TEL AVIV, Israel (AFP) — Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed Monday to reciprocal visa-free travel, making Emirati citizens the first in the Arab world to not require Israeli entry permits. The deal was signed after the first ever official delegation from the UAE landed in Israel for a day of talks following an agreement to normalize ties signed at the White House last month. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wearing a mask as […]

France closes Paris mosque in clampdown over teacher’s beheading

  by Alexandre HIELARD / Mariëtte Le Roux Agence France Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque as part of a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed. The mosque in a densely-populated suburb northeast of Paris had disseminated a video on its Facebook page days […]

Italy’s Lombardy region to impose virus curfew

ROME, Italy (AFP) — Italy’s northern Lombardy region prepared Tuesday to impose a nighttime curfew, the most restrictive anti-coronavirus measure the country has seen since emerging from a national lockdown in the spring. The curfew from 11 pm (2100GMT) to 5 am is expected to begin on Thursday night and last to November 13. Health Minister Roberto Speranza gave his consent late Monday to the more restrictive measure proposed by the regional government, after an […]

Europe tightens virus curbs as global cases top 40 million

  by Agence France Presse bureaus DUBLIN, Ireland (AFP) — A number of European countries took urgent new measures on Monday to combat a second wave of coronavirus infections, as the World Health Organization blamed the surge in worldwide cases — now more than 40 million — on countries’ failure to quarantine infected people properly. Ireland and Wales became the first countries on the continent to re-enter lockdown as the number of people who have […]

Canada tops 200,000 Covid-19 cases

OTTAWA, Canada (AFP) — Canada, in the midst of the second wave of Covid-19 illnesses, topped 200,000 cases and inched closer to 10,000 deaths Monday, according to official data compiled by Canadian broadcasters CBC and CTV. About 80 percent of these cases and more than 90 percent of the deaths were recorded in the country’s two most populous provinces, Ontario and Quebec, which has been the epicenter of the country’s epidemic since it broke out […]

Mikes to be muted in US presidential debate to stop interruptions

  WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) — The US Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday they will mute the microphones of President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden when they are not answering questions during their final showdown, to avoid the interruptions that disrupted their last debate. Each candidate will be allotted two minutes to answer the moderator’s questions, during which time the other man’s mic will be shut off. Once they both have […]

Madrid hospital struggles with surge in virus cases

by Thomas PERROTEAU LAGANES, Spain (AFP) — At Severo Ochoa hospital in a Madrid suburb badly-hit during the pandemic’s first wave, the intensive care unit is once again full and exhausted medics dread a repeat of the same “horror”. “We’re swamped,” admits Ricardo Diaz Abad, head of intensive care at this hospital in Leganes, south-west of Madrid, standing in front of the unit’s 12 beds, all filled with gravely ill Covid-19 patients. “Unfortunately we lost […]