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Austrian president 'sorry' for breaking lockdown

Image caption President Alexander Van der Bellen was spotted at an Italian restaurant with his wife. Austria's President Alexander Van der Bellen has apologised after he broke a coronavirus-related curfew. He stayed at a restaurant in the capital, Vienna, beyond the closing time mandated under the country's lockdown measures. Mr Van der Bellen, 76, said he had lost track of the time while speaking with friends at the Italian restaurant in the ... Full story

Haiti voodoo leaders prepare temples for coronavirus sufferers

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haiti’s voodoo leaders have trained priests of the Afro Caribbean religion to concoct a secret remedy for the novel coronavirus and to prepare the sacred initiation chambers of their temples to receive patients. A Mambo, a voodoo priestess, dances at a ceremony during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Port-au-Prince, Haiti May 1, 2020. Picture taken May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Jeanty Junior Augustin. In ... Full story

UK's Sunak authorises bailout plan to rescue strategically important companies: FT

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak attends a news conference on the ongoing situation with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain, March 17, 2020. Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS. (Reuters) - British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak has authorised a bailout plan to rescue companies that are seen as strategically important, with the state expected to buy stakes in crucial businesses that are facing acute ... Full story

Iranian fuel heads toward Venezuelan port, more tankers to come: data

(Reuters) - The lead vessel of a five-tanker flotilla carrying fuel supplied by Iran to gasoline-thirsty Venezuela was set to arrive at one of state-run PDVSA’s ports on Sunday, escorted by the military, according to Refinitiv Eikon data and Venezuelan officials. FILE PHOTO: A worker stands at a closed gas station of the state oil company PDVSA in San Cristobal, Venezuela, May 17, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez. Iran is providing ... Full story

Bolsonaro joins protesters as Brazil political scandal heats up amid pandemic

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro reacts during a meeting with supporters protesting in his favor in front of the Planalto Palace, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Brasilia, Brazil May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Adriano Machado. (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday hailed supporters rallying in the country’s capital to back his administration as an unfolding political scandal adds to the public health crisis ... Full story

French coronavirus cases see lowest 24-hour rise since lockdown

People enjoy the sunny weather sitting on the banks of the river Seine amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Paris, France, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann. PARIS (Reuters) - The number of confirmed new coronavirus infections in France increased by 115, or 0.1%, to 144,921 on Sunday, the lowest daily increase since the country went into lockdown on March 17, the health ministry said in a statement. But the number of ... Full story

Russian fighters flown out of western Libya after Haftar retreat

CAIRO (Reuters) - Russian fighters in Libya were flow out a town south of Tripoli by their Libyan allies after retreating from frontlines at the capital, the town’s mayor said. FILE PHOTO: Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar meets Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias (not pictured) at the Foreign Ministry in Athens, Greece, January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Costas Baltas/File Photo. The reported departure of the Russians is another blow to the Libya ... Full story

Italy's daily coronavirus death toll drops but Lombardy not included

A windsurfer is seen as people wearing protective face masks walk on the beach, as Italy eases some of the lockdown measures put in place during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Ladispoli, near Rome, Italy, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria. ROME (Reuters) - Italy recorded 50 new deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic on Sunday against 119 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said. However, it added that the data did not ... Full story

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes New Zealand near capital city

FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians walk across a road in front of the New Zealand parliament building known as the Beehive in central Wellington, New Zealand, July 3, 2017. Picture taken July 3, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray. WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck near New Zealand’s capital Wellington on Monday, government seismic monitor Geonet said. The earthquake was 46 kms deep and 25km northwest of Levin, according to Geonet. A Reuters ... Full story

Russell enjoys runaway success in F1's virtual Monaco GP

LONDON (Reuters) - George Russell took a runaway win for Williams in Formula One’s virtual Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, the day the cancelled showcase race should have taken place in real life. FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia - March 12, 2020 Williams' George Russell arriving to the circuit REUTERS/Loren Elliott. Mercedes reserve Esteban Gutierrez finished 39 seconds behind ... Full story