COVID-19 Olympics: Top Japan minister calls Tokyo Games 2020 the ‘cursed Olympics’

TOKYO, March 18 (Reuters) — First, the cancellation in 1940. Then, the mass boycott in Moscow in 1980.Forty years on, the upcoming Tokyo Games are the “cursed Olympics” once again, Japan’s finance minister said, in remarks that could stir controversy at a time when his government is scrambling to quash speculation that the coronavirus epidemic could derail the world’s biggest sporting...

Coronavirus live updates: Death tolls rise in South Korea, Iran while Austria reports first COVID-19 cases

Austria reported its first two coronavirus cases on Tuesday as the outbreak apparently spread from neighbouring Italy, Europe’s worst-hit country, where hundreds have been infected.The two Austrian patients are Italians who live in the border province of Tyrol and recently traveled to Lombardy, one of the two regions at the epicentre of the Italian outbreak, Tyrol’s Governor Guenther Platter...

Italy reports 1st death from COVID-19 as cases more than quadruple to 19 – National

Italy reported its first death from COVID-19 from China early Saturday and the number of people infected more than quadrupled due to a cluster of cases that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to close.State-run RAI television reported a 78-year-old man, one of two people in northern Veneto region to have been infected, died Friday. Italian news agencies ANSA and...

Woman texting while walking saved by stranger from going into path of car

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A woman engrossed in her phone was saved from being hit by a car by a stranger who grabbed her in the nick of time. The near miss was captured on a dashboard camera in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati on January 26. The camera belonged to Jacob Clouse, whose neighbor Criss was walking along the...

Hong Kong medical workers vote to strike as outbreak worsens

Thousands of Hong Kong medical professionals voted to begin a five-day strike Monday after the government refused their demand to shut all entry points from China amid a deadly virus outbreak on the mainland.The Hospital Authority Employees Alliance said there were about 99 per cent of “Yes” votes cast by its members on Saturday. More than 9,000 members have pledged to take part, first in...

Deputy PM tells Iranian crash vigil ‘we will get justice’

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland vowed to “get justice” while speaking to about 1,700 mourners at a Toronto vigil for the victims of the Iranian passenger jet disaster.Premier Doug Ford and Mayor John Tory were also among those who turned up at the University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall on Sunday for the emotional 2 1/2-hour vigil.Some of the 176 killed when Iran shot down the...

Bulgaria to acquire 20% of Alexandroupolis LNG project in Greece

The Council of Ministers of the Bulgarian Government has approved the participation of Bulgaria’s state gas transmission company, Bulgartransgaz, by a percentage of 20% in the share capital of Gastrade, which is developing the EU-backed LNG Terminal in Northern Greece off the shore of Alexandroupolis, Gastrade said. The terms of the agreement were signed on 8 January by the Founding...

Ukrainian Boeing 737 airplane crashes in Iran, all 170 passengers and crew killed

DUBAI — A Ukrainian airliner carrying at least 170 passengers crashed on Wednesday due to technical problems soon after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini airport, and all aboard were killed, Iran’s state television said.The Boeing 737 belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed near the airport and burst into flames.“The fire is so heavy that we cannot (do) any rescue… we...

‘There are very few accusers that wouldn’t want to see Harvey Weinstein jailed’, says former assistant Rowena Chiu – Channel 4 News

The Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein was in court in New York today for the beginning of his criminal trial. While in Los Angeles he was charged with sexual assault in a separate case. In New York the charges include rape and predatory sexual assault and, if convicted on the most serious charge, he will face life in prison. Weinstein has denied the charges. Outside the court some of his...

North Korea conducts new test at rocket site, aims to ‘overpower U.S. nuclear threats’

SEOUL — North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at “restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.,” state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea’s Academy of Defence...