Facing 'unprecedented' crisis, airlines urge governments to help

, , ,
Airlines made unprecedented cuts to flights, costs and staffing on Monday, stepping up calls for emergency aid as coronavirus lockdowns and new travel restrictions hit more important routes. Already battered shares in British Airways parent…

Europe readies for total lock-down over coronavirus

, , ,
(Paris) - Europe readied itself for a total lock-down over the deadly coronavirus pandemic as the World Health Organization (WHO) called for the "boldest actions". From France to Germany to Spain, millions were confined to their homes as…

European Union seals borders to most outsiders

, , ,
The EU is banning travellers from outside the bloc for 30 days in an unprecedented move to seal its borders amid the coronavirus crisis. The measure is expected to apply to 26 EU states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.…

Coronavirus hits all 50 US states as death toll rises

, , ,
The deadly coronavirus has now hit all 50 states in the US as West Virginia reported its first case of the infection on Tuesday. Announcing West Virginia's first Covid-19 patient, Governor Jim Justice said: "We knew this was coming." New…

Iraqi President appoints new PM-designate

, , ,
Iraqi President Barham Salih has appointed Adnan al-Zurfi as the country's new prime minister-designate in the latest bid to resolve a months-long political crisis. Al-Zurfi has 30 days to form his cabinet which he must then put to a vote…

Coronavirus is hitting entertainment events

, , ,
Coronavirus has badly damaged the entertainment industry - with films, concerts, TV shows and theatre performances postponed or cancelled. Disney's Mulan became the latest major film release to be delayed, following Fast & Furious 9, A Quiet…

Half a billion students miss school amid coronavirus outbreak

, , ,
More than half a billion children and youth are unable to go to school because of the coronavirus, the UN education agency said, as the outbreak continues to spread to new countries. At least 56 countries have shut down schools nationwide…

Tokyo Olympics will go ahead, Japan's PM

, , ,
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the Tokyo Olympic Games will go ahead as planned in July, despite coronavirus concerns resulting in the postponement of sporting events. Abe added the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would have the…

Australia orders all arrivals to self-isolate

, , ,
Australia's prime minister has ordered a 14-day self-isolation for anyone arriving in the country to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus. "This is very important," Scott Morrison said at a briefing, adding that the measure would take…

GCC health ministers review anti-coronavirus measures

, , ,
(Riyadh) - Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC, health ministers discussed the latest developments of the coronavirus, COVID-19, the current situation in each member country, including the procedures followed in outlets and statistics related to the…

WTO suspends meetings until end of April

, , ,
(Geneva) - All World Trade Organisation, WTO, meetings are suspended until the end of April and Secretariat staff have been requested to work from home until the end of March. Director-General Roberto Azevedo has informed WTO members and…
Australian politician Peter Dutton tests positive for coronavirus

Australian politician Peter Dutton tests positive for coronavirus

, , ,
(Sydney) - Senior Australian politician Peter Dutton tested positive for the new coronavirus and entered hospital quarantine, days after returning from Washington where he met Ivanka Trump and US Attorney General William Barr. Home Affairs…

Trump declares coronavirus national emergency

, , ,
(Washington) - US President Donald Trump announced a national state of emergency, freeing up $50 billion in federal funds for the battle against the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic. "To unleash the full power of the federal government,…

Bill Gates steps down from Microsoft board

, , ,
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is stepping down from the company's board to spend more time on philanthropic activities. He says he wants to focus on global health and development, education and tackling climate change. One of the world's…