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Roman mosaic floor found under Italian vineyard

Image caption Local officials said scholars first found evidence of a villa at the site more than a century ago. A Roman mosaic floor has been discovered under a vineyard in northern Italy after decades of searching. Surveyors in the commune of Negrar di Valpolicella north of Verona published images of the well-preserved tiles buried under metres of earth. According to officials, scholars first found evidence of a Roman villa there more than a ... Full story

Mexican archaeologists locate wreck of 200-year-old ship

Image caption The cannon of the wreck is approximately 2.5m in length. Underwater archaeologists in Mexico have revealed details of the remains of a sailing ship they have located off the coast of Quintana Roo state. They believe the ship sank more than 200 years ago after hitting a reef. While most of the wood has rotted away, the ship's cannon and anchor are well preserved. The wreck has been named after Manuel Polanco, the fisherman who ... Full story

France bans hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 amid safety concerns

FILE PHOTO: A nurse shows a pill of hydroxychloroquine, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Nossa Senhora da Conceicao hospital in Porto Alegre, Brazil, April 23, 2020. REUTERS/Diego Vara. PARIS (Reuters) - The French government on Wednesday cancelled a decree allowing hospital doctors to administer hydroxychloroquine as a treatment to patients suffering severe forms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. The ... Full story

EU announces €750bn recovery package - BBC News

Image caption Ursula von der Leyen has to please four "frugal" states as well as the Southern European countries that need the money most. A major recovery fund worth €750bn (£670bn; $825bn) has been proposed by the EU's executive Commission to help the EU tackle an "unprecedented crisis". Economies across the 27-nation EU bloc have been ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, but several southern states had big debts even before the crisis. The ... Full story

Pakistani villager urges India to return 'spy' pigeon News

Image caption The pigeon is being held in a cage in India. A Pakistani villager has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return his pigeon, currently being held in India on charges of spying. The man, who lives just 4km (2.5 miles) from the border, said he flew his pigeons to celebrate Eid festival. Police said the pigeon had a ring on one of its legs, inscribed with a code that they were trying to decipher. The Pakistani villager, who claims ... Full story

Taiwan president pledges humanitarian relief for Hong Kongers

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday pledged to draw up a plan to give humanitarian relief to people involved in pro-democracy protests in Taiwan’s most concrete intervention since a renewal of unrest in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong. FILE PHOTO: Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivers her inaugural address at the Taipei Guest House in Taipei, Taiwan May 20, 2020. Wang Yu Ching/Taiwan Presidential Office/Handout via ... Full story

Giant kookaburra sculpture is bringing joy - laughter -- to one Australian town

Many of us have been flexing our creative muscles in recent months, making the most of the coronavirus lockdown to get stuck into those DIY projects we've been been putting off. But few such efforts have been as ambitious as this one. An Australian sculptor has built a 13-foot-high electronic kookaburra -- which even makes the same movements and noises as the famous Australian bird. Farvardin Daliri has taken his 1,600-pound creation on trips ... Full story

Minnesota violence: Clashes over death of black man in police custody

Image caption Protesters marched on the precinct where the officers were thought to have worked. There have been violent clashes between police and protesters in the US city of Minneapolis following the death of an unarmed black man in police custody. Police fired tear gas and protesters threw rocks and sprayed graffiti on police cars. Video of the death shows George Floyd, 46, groaning "I can't breathe" as a policeman kneels on his neck. Four ... Full story

Paramedics assaulted after mask requests

Image caption Crews have asked some people showing potential symptoms to wear surgical masks. Paramedics have been assaulted after asking patients to wear masks to protect them from coronavirus, the ambulance service has said. Crews have asked some people showing potential symptoms to wear surgical masks, according to the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust (Wast). But it reported a "growing number" of patients had become aggressive when asked to ... Full story

NASA set to resume human spaceflight from U.S. soil with historic SpaceX launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, was set to launch two Americans into orbit on Wednesday from Florida on a mission that would mark the first spaceflight of NASA astronauts from U.S. soil in nine years. FILE PHOTO: Crews work on the SpaceX Crew Dragon, attached to a Falcon 9 booster rocket, as it sits horizontal on Pad39A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, ... Full story