Uber issues indefinite extension of mask requirement for drivers and riders

Uber Technologies Inc on Wednesday extended indefinitely a requirement for drivers and riders on its platform to wear a face covering or mask and launched a new campaign video to educate users about the policy. The company began requiring masks on May 18 and on Wednesday extended the policy, which was originally slated to run… Read More Uber issues indefinite extension of mask requirement for drivers and riders

Nineteen dead, six injured following explosion at clinic in Iran

Nineteen people were killed and six injured on Tuesday in an explosion at a medical clinic in the north of the Iranian capital Tehran, Fars news agency reported, quoting a state official. The blast was triggered by a gas leak, Tehran Deputy Governor Hamid Reza Goudarzi told state television. Ten women and three men died… Read More Nineteen dead, six injured following explosion at clinic in Iran

U.S. Supreme Court strikes down strict Louisiana abortion law

The U.S. Supreme Court defended abortion rights in a major ruling on Monday by striking down a Louisiana law placing restrictions on doctors who perform the procedure, leaving anti-abortion advocates and the White House bitterly disappointed. The 5-4 ruling, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joining the four liberal justices, represented a victory for Shreveport-based… Read More U.S. Supreme Court strikes down strict Louisiana abortion law

Nigeria to ease restrictions on inter-state travel, certain students

Nigeria will let people travel between its states outside curfew hours from July 1, a senior official said on Monday as authorities moved to relax some coronavirus restrictions. Students due to graduate this year will also be able to go back to school to prepare for exams, though other children are still barred from attending,… Read More Nigeria to ease restrictions on inter-state travel, certain students

Republican leaders urge wearing of masks as coronavirus cases surge

In a rare split with mask-averse President Donald Trump, fellow Republican leaders are making a public push for face coverings as COVID-19 cases surge in some Republican-leaning states. The top Republican in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, said every American has a responsibility to follow the recommendations of health officials to wear masks and… Read More Republican leaders urge wearing of masks as coronavirus cases surge

U.S. Supreme Court petitioned to scrap Obamacare law amid pandemic

President Donald Trump’s administration petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate the Obamacare law introduced by his predecessor that added millions to the healthcare safety net, seeking to scrap coverage during the novel coronavirus crisis. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, in a filing late on Thursday, argued for the administration that the Affordable Care Act (ACA)… Read More U.S. Supreme Court petitioned to scrap Obamacare law amid pandemic

Zambian anti-graft agency arrests health minister Chitalu Chilufya on corruption charges

Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has been arrested on suspicion of corruption, an anti-graft body said on Wednesday. Chilufya, 47, was charged with four counts of possession of property reasonably suspected of being the proceeds of crime, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) spokesman Jonathan Siame said in a statement. The statement did not specify the property. “The… Read More Zambian anti-graft agency arrests health minister Chitalu Chilufya on corruption charges

World tennis champion Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus

Novak Djokovic, the men’s world number one tennis player, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and then apologised to all individuals who contracted the virus after playing in an exhibition tournament he organised in Serbia and Croatia. Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, Croatia’s Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki have previously tested positive after playing in Djokovic’s… Read More World tennis champion Novak Djokovic tests positive for coronavirus