China's Wuhan lockdown ends, but another begins as local coronavirus cases rise

* Wuhan city lifts lockdown * Around 55,000 people expected to leave Wuhan * Northern city shuts down as infections surge The Chinese city where the coronavirus epidemic first broke out, Wuhan, ended a two-month lockdown on Wednesday, but a northern town started restricting the movement of its residents amid concerns of a second wave…

Cyclone lashes Vanuatu

A deadly Pacific cyclone intensified as it hit Vanuatu yesterday, threatening a natural disaster that experts fear will undermine the impoverished nation's battle to remain coronavirus-free. Tropical Cyclone Harold, which claimed 27 lives when it swept through the Solomon Islands last week, strengthened to a scale-topping Category 5 superstorm overnight, Vanuatu's meteorology service said. The…

March 2020 among hottest on record

Temperatures last month were among the hottest on record for March, the European Union's satellite monitoring service said yesterday, with particularly extreme warm weather over Russia, home to much of Earth's permafrost. The Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) said March 2020 was 0.68 degrees Celsius warmer than the average March from 1981 to 2010, and…


70,000 DEAD, 50,000 IN EUROPE More than 1.277 million cases, including 70,009 deaths, have been reported in 191 countries and territories around the world since the virus emerged in China in December, according to an AFP tally compiled around 1100 GMT Monday based on official sources. The pandemic has killed more than 50,000 people in…

India eyes over 20,000 tests a day

Lack of tests a problem across          South Asia 20,000 worshippers quarantined           in Pakistan Lanka may extend quarantine            time to 4 weeks India, like a lot of countries plunged into crisis by the pandemic, is struggling to ramp up testing for the coronavirus,…

Pan-Pan! Facebook plea gets Sri Lankan chef off Italy-bound cruise

COLOMBO (Reuters) - A Sri Lankan chef stuck aboard a cruise ship headed to Europe managed to get ashore in Colombo this week after issuing a social media plea for help from his government. A navy team in special protective suits helped Anura Bandara Herath disembark on Monday on the orders of Sri Lankan President…