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Italy's doctors look for help from sleek new robots

Varese - The shiny new robots gently check the pulses of highly infectious patients on life support in the Italian epicentre of COVID-19.The doctors and nurses love them because they also help save their own lives.

Four acquitted in Daniel Pearl murder rearrested pending appeal

Islamabad - Four men acquitted in the kidnapping and killing of American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan have been rearrested and will stay in jail while prosecutors appeal the ruling, officials said.

Falkland Islands confirm first coronavirus case

London - The Falklands Islands government has confirmed the territory's first case of the new coronavirus.

South Africa rolls out mobile testing in virus lockdown

Johanesburg - South African public healthcare workers dispersed into the buzzing streets of Johannesburg's Yeoville neighbourhood on Friday as Africa's worst virus-hit country rolled out mass door-to-door testing for COVID-19.

China mourns virus dead as Americans told to wear masks

Bejing - China paid homage Saturday to victims of the coronavirus in the place where the global pandemic began, as Americans were warned to wear masks amid fears the disease can be spread by breathing.

China pauses in memory of virus victims and 'martyrs'

Wuhan - China came to a standstill on Saturday to mourn patients and medical staff killed by the coronavirus, as the world's most populous country observed a nationwide three-minute silence.

UK Labour to unveil new leader to replace Corbyn

London - Britain's main opposition Labour party on Saturday unveils a new leader who will take the helm of a defeated and divided party in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

Virus patients in Spain get five-star hotel quarantine

Barcelona - An ambulance driver wearing a white protective gown enters a Barcelona hotel and announces the arrival of three new "customers" -- a trio of coronavirus patients discharged from hospital into luxury quarantine."Good morning! How are you?

Op-Ed: US said to be planning attacks on Iranian-supported Iraq militias

The United States and Iran both badly hit by the coronavirus appear to be on the verge of military action against each other. After earlier engagements this year both sides seem to be preparing for a new imminent conflict.

Loyal US carrier sailors cheer captain relieved of command

Washington - US Navy Captain Brett Crozier was cheered by hundreds of sailors as he left the USS Roosevelt docked in Guam after his controversial firing by the Pentagon, videos showed Friday.

Oil price barrels ahead as OPEC flags meeting

New York - The price of crude oil surged again Friday after OPEC said it would talk to non-members, notably Russia, giving investors hope for an end to a price war which has created market chaos along with crushed demand because of the coronavirus.

UN predicts 'deep recession' in LatAm due to virus

Santiago - Latin America is heading into "a deep recession" in 2020, with an expected drop in the region's GDP of 1.8 to 4.0 percent due to the coronavirus pandemic, the UN economic commission for the region said Friday.

Jeffrey Biegel to perform fourth #StayAtHome concert

On Saturday, April 4, Jeffrey Biegel will be performing his fourth #StayAtHome concert, which will include David Foster premiere.

EU backs US plan for Venezuela transitional government

Apo - The European Union on Friday welcomed a US plan for a transitional government in Venezuela and subsequent lifting of economic sanctions.

3M balks at Trump order to stop exporting N95 masks to Canada

Manufacturing giant 3M pushed backed against President Trump in a statement on Friday that suggested it would not comply with a White House order to stop exporting N95 facemasks to Canada and Latin America.

Bolsonaro's disapproval rating rises amid virus havoc

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's disapproval rating has surged as the far-right leader has taken a vocal stance against coronavirus containment measures, two polls out Friday found.

French ski resort a slippery slope to virus for Ukraine MPs: report

Kiev - Several Ukrainian political figures who holidayed at a French ski resort have caught the coronavirus, and passed it on to others, a magazine reported Friday.

Putin says Russia ready to cooperate on cutting oil production

Moscow - Russia is ready to cooperate with Saudi Arabia and the United States to cut oil production, President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

U.S. dairies forced to dump milk as virus disrupts supply chain

Despite a strong demand for basic foods like dairy products amid the coronavirus pandemic, the milk supply chain has seen a host of disruptions that are preventing dairy farmers from getting their products to market.

Panama transgender community worried over virus gender rules

Panama - Panama has implemented gender-based social distancing regulations to help tackle the coronavirus crisis, but the move has raised "dread" among members of the transgender community.
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