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Foreign tourists can book holidays in Spain from July - minister

People sit at an outdoor seating section of a restaurant that reopened for the first time in more than 2 months amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Plaza Mayor Square in Madrid, Spain, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Juan Medina. MADRID (Reuters) - Foreign tourists can book vacations in Spain from July as the two-week self-quarantine for overseas travellers is likely to be suspended by then, the tourism minister said on Monday. One of ... Full story

Japan to end Tokyo's state of emergency, eyes fresh $930 billion stimulus

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will lift a state of emergency for Tokyo and remaining areas still facing restrictions on Monday, while the Nikkei reported a plan for new stimulus worth almost $1 trillion to help companies ride out the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing curbs were loosened for most of the country on May 14 as new infections fell, but the government had kept Tokyo and four other prefectures under watch. Japan’s economy minister ... Full story

Russia's coronavirus infections pass 350,000

FILE PHOTO: A medical specialist wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) works in the hospital No. 1 named after N.I. Pirogov, which delivers treatment to patients infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Moscow, Russia May 23, 2020. Kirill Zykov/Moscow News Agency/Handout via REUTERS. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Cases of the coronavirus in Russia climbed to 353,427 on Monday, having risen by 8,946 in the past 24 hours, the country’s ... Full story

India coronavirus: Chaos at airports as domestic flights resume

Image caption Airports are seeing long queues as flights resume after two months. Long queues and chaos greeted passengers at Indian airports as flights resumed after a two-month lockdown. Local media said almost 100 flights were cancelled, although many more took off as scheduled. Maharashtra state which has the highest number of Covid-19 cases in India ,said it would only allow only 50 flights a day, leading to several cancellations. Angry ... Full story

China says opposes all U.S. restrictions on Chinese airlines

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian attends a news conference in Beijing, China April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins. BEIJING (Reuters) - China said on Monday it opposes all U.S. restrictions imposed against Chinese airlines, responding to a report that the U.S. Transportation Department has demanded Chinese carriers file their schedules and other flight details by May 27. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao ... Full story

Chinese official in Hong Kong says some protest acts 'terrorist in nature'

The Chinese and Hong Kong flags flutter at the office of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in Beijing, China May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang. HONG KONG (Reuters) - China’s Foreign Ministry branch in Hong Kong said on Monday some acts during last year’s pro-democracy protests were “terrorist in nature,” posing “imminent danger” to China’s national security. Xie Feng, Commissioner of China’s Ministry of Foreign ... Full story

Slump in consumption, exports push Germany into recession in first quarter

FILE PHOTO: Containers are seen at a terminal in the port of Hamburg, Germany November 14, 2019. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer. BERLIN (Reuters) - A slump in capital investments, private consumption and exports pushed the German economy into a recession in the first quarter, detailed data showed on Monday, giving a glimpse of the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Statistics Office said capital investments fell by 6.9%, private ... Full story

French government's crisis measures have cost 450 billion euros - finance minister

FILE PHOTO: French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire speaks during a presentation of the details for the end of the country's lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at the Hotel Matignon in Paris, France May 7, 2020. Christophe Archambault. PARIS (Reuters) - French government measures to prop up the economy through the coronavirus crisis have cost 450 billion euros ($490 billion), the equivalent of ... Full story

Dancing with disinfectant: China's nightclubs back in the groove

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Nightclubs in China have mostly come back to life as owners and customers feel increasingly comfortable the novel coronavirus epidemic is under control, but disinfectant, disposable cups and masks have become part of the experience. People wear face masks at a nightclub after it reopens, following a shutdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China May 22, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song. At 44KW, a ... Full story

Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 289 to 178,570: RKI

FILE PHOTO: People spend time at the Rhine River, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Cologne, Germany May 21, 2020. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen. BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 289 to 178,570, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday. The reported death toll rose by 10 to 8,257, the data showed. Reporting by Thomas Seythal. ... Full story