15 July 2020, Wednesday | 10:18am


Italy limits travel and bans public gatherings across whole country

ROME: Italy’s prime minister told people to “stay at home” as the government limited travel and banned public gatherings across the whole country to combat the threat posed by the new coronavirus.

Tornadoes tear through Tennessee, 22 dead

WASHINGTON: Tornadoes ripped through Tennessee early Tuesday, claiming at least 22 lives as they destroyed buildings and toppled power lines, hours before the southern US state began voting in Super Tuesday primaries.

Indonesia to test more people for COVID-19

The Health Ministry has said it will now assign its regional labs to test people suspected of carrying the novel coronavirus amid concerns that it has not been proactive enough in detecting infected people to prevent its spread.

South Korean sect leader apologises over coronavirus spread

GAPYEONG, South Korea: The leader of a South Korean sect linked to more than half the country’s 4,000-plus coronavirus cases apologised Monday for the spread of the disease.

“I would like to offer my sincere apology to the people on behalf of the members,” said Shincheonji head Lee Man-hee, his voice breaking.

Sri Lanka arrests airline chief over Airbus kickback claims

COLOMBO (AFP): The former chief of Sri Lanka's national carrier was arrested Thursday (Feb 6) over allegations he received bribes for a multi-billion-dollar Airbus aircraft deal, as the fallout from corruption probes into the aviation giant grew.

Google to unveil new Pixel phone on Oct 15

SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Monday sent out invitations to an Oct 15 event starring “things Made by Google,” with a new Pixel smartphone expected in the line-up.

The unveiling in New York City is likely to spotlight Google’s Android-powered challenge to the latest generation of iPhones recently unveiled by Apple.

Earth to warm more quickly, new climate models show

PARIS: Greenhouse gases thrust into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels are warming Earth’s surface more quickly than previously understood, according to new climate models set to replace those used in current UN projections, scientists said Tuesday.

Skip school for climate protests, New York tells kids

NEW YORK: New York authorities gave their blessings Thursday to children who want to skip school to join Swedish environment activist Greta Thunberg in a climate protest due next week.

Hapless alleged drug smugglers run aground on Aussie reef

SYDNEY: An alleged plot to smuggle Aus$1 billion (RM2.8 billion) of drugs into Australia on a yacht unravelled when a Frenchman and a Briton ran the boat aground on a remote reef off the country’s west coast, police said Thursday.

Fire breaks out at Singapore General Hospital after scanner overheats; 70 people evacuated

SINGAPORE - Seventy people, including patients and staff, were evacuated after a fire broke out at Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on Monday afternoon (Aug 19).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to a fire at 1 Hospital Drive, at the basement 1 level of Block 2, at 1.50pm.