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EU urges U.S. to reconsider decision to cut ties with World Health Organization

FILE PHOTO: Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organization (WHO), walks past the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) after the World Health Assembly (WHA) following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Geneva, Switzerland, May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union urged the United States on Saturday to reconsider its decision to cut ties with the World Health ... Full story

Protests flare across U.S. | Live Events

People watch from a distance as a Target is being looted during a protest in Oakland, California, May 30, 2020. Full story

Trump faces backlash after US quits WHO

Image caption The US has been the largest single contributor to the WHO. President Donald Trump has been criticised at home and abroad after pulling the US out of the World Health Organization (WHO). The EU urged him to reconsider the decision, while Germany's health minister called it a "disappointing setback for international health". The head of the US Senate's health committee, a Republican like Mr Trump, said now was not the time to leave. ... Full story

'At last we're free': Parisians head for the park as lockdown eases

FILE PHOTO: People enjoy the hot weather next to the Invalides Museum in Paris, as France gradually lifts the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown, France, May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo. PARIS (Reuters) - Parisians flocked to parks and gardens as they reopened in the sunny French capital on Saturday for the first time after almost 11 weeks of coronavirus lockdown, one of the last areas of France to ease restrictions. With ... Full story

China drops mention of GDP goal as parliament opens, virus slams economy

(Corrects say first time no GDP goal was set since 2002 in paragraph 2 of May 22 story) By Kevin Yao and Judy Hua. BEIJING (Reuters) - China dropped its annual growth target for the first time on Friday and pledged more government spending as the COVID-19 pandemic hammers the world’s second-biggest economy, setting a sombre tone to this year’s meeting of parliament. The omission from Premier Li Keqiang’s work report marks the first time China ... Full story

Coronavirus: Italy's Tower of Pisa reopens after three months shut

Italy's celebrated leaning Tower of Pisa has reopened to tourists again, three months after closing due to coronavirus. First to climb the more than 280 steps were 10-year-old Matilde and her father Roberto, Ansa news agency reports. The reopening comes as badly-hit Italy eases its lockdown measures. Visitor numbers are being restricted to 15 at a time at the monument, which, along with surrounding attractions, normally draws five million ... Full story

Dining dummies help cafe-goers keep a fashionable distance in Vilnius

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Mannequins dressed in clown hats and couture frocks have taken up seats in restaurants in Lithuania’s capital, to coax real customers back after the coronavirus lockdown and help them out with social distancing. Bernie ter Braak said he came up with the idea when he reopened his Cozy restaurant in Vilnius’ old town and saw how empty it looked. Even when customers started coming back in, he had to obey restrictions and keep ... Full story

SpaceX Unmanned Test Rocket Explodes on Launch Pad

Elon Musk is having a rough week -- one of his SpaceX rockets ignited into a massive ball of fire Friday, and yet ... there's still some good news. The company's 4th prototype of its Starship rocket was fueled up on a south Texas launchpad when it burst into flames. You can hear SpaceX engineers discussing something about a possible methane leak, though it's unclear if that was from the rocket or something nearby the pad. Either way ... ... Full story

Verstappen and Norris team up for virtual Le Mans

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One rivals Max Verstappen and Lando Norris will be team mates for the virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13/14, according to the official entry list on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia - March 12, 2020 Red Bull's Max Verstappen arriving to the Circuit REUTERS/Loren Elliott. The Red Bull and McLaren drivers are sharing the Team Redline ... Full story

Italian Fognini undergoes surgery on both ankles

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - ATP 500 - Dubai Tennis Championships - Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 25, 2020 Italy's Fabio Fognini in action during his match against Britain's Dan Evans REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani/File Photo. LONDON (Reuters) - World number 11 Fabio Fognini underwent surgery on both ankles on Saturday to cure a long-standing problem. In a statement posted on Twitter, the 33-year-old Italian said he ... Full story