Art

Go-go bars gone as coronavirus hits Bangkok's sex district

Go-go bars gone as coronavirus hits Bangkok's sex district

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The black leather party masks that performers May and Som wear for their fetish shows in Bangkok are definitely not the sort to stop the coronavirus. An 18+ sign is seen inside the Patpong museum at the nightlife and sex trade district, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand, May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha. Behind closed doors, they practise for the day when health restrictions are ... Full story

Education

U.S. planning to cancel visas of Chinese graduate students: sources

U.S. planning to cancel visas of Chinese graduate students: sources

FILE PHOTO: A U.S. flag flies over Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is planning to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese graduate students believed by President Donald Trump’s administration to have links with China’s military, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Thursday. The move, first ... Full story

Economics

German retail sales fall far less than expected in April

German retail sales fall far less than expected in April

FILE PHOTO: A sign with distancing rules is seen in the sport store PUMA, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse/File Photo. BERLIN (Reuters) - German retail sales fell at their fastest pace since 2007 in April, data showed on Friday, but the drop was not as steep as expected in a sign of the relative resilience of Europe’s largest economy during the coronavirus ... Full story

Entertainment

National Trust to reopen gardens and parks

National Trust to reopen gardens and parks

Image caption Cliveden in Buckinghamshire is among the sites to reopen outdoor spaces. The National Trust is to reopen some gardens and parklands in England and Northern Ireland from 3 June. Around 29 sites are due to open to those with pre-booked tickets, with more to follow in the coming weeks. Only around a third of the usual number of visitors will be permitted in order to maintain social distancing. It comes after the PM announced a ... Full story

Health

South Korea seeks to import anti-viral remdesivir as new coronavirus cases emerge

South Korea seeks to import anti-viral remdesivir as new coronavirus cases emerge

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean health authorities said on Friday they would request imports of Gilead Sciences Inc’s anti-viral drug remdesivir to treat COVID-19, as new outbreaks of the disease flare as social distancing restrictions are eased. FILE PHOTO: A delivery man for Coupang Jung Im-hong wearing a mask to prevent contracting the coronavirus, checks an address as he works in Incheon, South Korea, March 3, 2020. Picture taken on March 3, ... Full story

Law

Trump signs executive order targeting Twitter after fact-checking row

Trump signs executive order targeting Twitter after fact-checking row

US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order aimed at removing some of the legal protections given to social media platforms. It gives regulators the power to pursue legal actions against firms such as Facebook and Twitter for the way they police content on their platforms. President Trump accused social media platforms of having "unchecked power" while signing the order. The order is expected to face legal challenges. Critics and ... Full story

Living

Lockdown easing to allow groups of six to meet

Lockdown easing to allow groups of six to meet

Groups of up to six people will be able to meet outside in England from Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. People can meet in gardens and private outdoor spaces, provided they keep two metres apart, Mr Johnson added. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You ... Full story

Politics

Britain needs to start tapering its COVID furlough scheme: minister

Britain needs to start tapering its COVID furlough scheme: minister

Britain's Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice speaks during a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain March 21, 2020. Jonathan Brady/Pool via REUTERS. LONDON (Reuters) - Britain cannot run its COVID-19 jobs protection scheme indefinitely and needs to start tapering it down as people slowly return to work, environment minister George Eustice said on ... Full story

Sport

Japan air force pilots fly over Tokyo to salute medical workers

Japan air force pilots fly over Tokyo to salute medical workers

Medical workers react as they watch the 'Blue-Impulse' aerobatic team of Japan Air Self-Defense Force as they fly over the Self-Defense Forces Central Hospital to salute the medical workers at the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Tokyo, Japan May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato. TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese air force’s aerobatic demonstration squadron, Blue Impulse, flew over central Tokyo on Friday in a ... Full story

Technology

Volkswagen pumps 2 billion euros into China electric vehicle bet, buys stakes in two firms

Volkswagen pumps 2 billion euros into China electric vehicle bet, buys stakes in two firms

BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG (VW) ( VOWG_p.DE ) said on Friday it has agreed to invest 2.1 billion euros ($2.33 billion) in two separate Chinese electric vehicle players, upping its bet on the world’s biggest auto market as international rivals seek to muscle in. FILE PHOTO: A new logo of German carmaker Volkswagen is unveiled at the VW headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany September 9, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer. VW said it will ... Full story