- Japan's Abe lifts state of emergency (Ld)(15:38)
Tokyo, May 25 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday lifted the countrys nationwide state of emergency, ending restrictions in the remaining areas where the order was still in effect due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- McDonald's reveals plan to open more UK branches(15:21)
London, May 25 (IANS) Fast-food giant McDonald's revealed a plan to open all of its drive-thru restaurants in the UK in the coming weeks and has"not forgotten" about people in the north of England, it was reported on Monday.
- Young adults more likely to die from epilepsy: Study(15:19)
London, May 25 (IANS) A new study has claimed that young adults aged between 16 and 24 may have a six-fold increased risk of epilepsy-related death, a disorder in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures.
- Eid celebrations in B'desh amid pandemic(15:05)
Dhaka, May 25 (IANS) Braving the COVID-19 pandemic and abiding by the recommended health advices, a large number of Muslims in Bangladesh on Monday offered special Eid-ul-Fitr prayers at mosques.
- UK schools will open June 1: PM(14:57)
London, May 25 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed primary schools will open on June 1 and secondary schools will "provide some contact" from June 15 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Family of exiled Saudi officer targeted: Report(14:15)
Riyadh, May 25 (IANS) A senior Saudi security official, who for years was the key go-between for the UK's MI6 and other Western spy agencies in Riyadh, was now being persecuted along with his family, according to former intelligence officials.
- China accuses US of spreading COVID-19 'conspiracies'(13:40)
Beijing, May 25 (IANS) China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi has accused the US of spreading "conspiracies and lies" about the coronavirus pandemic, ratcheting up tensions between the two nations, it was reported.
- UK PM aide's row overshadows plans to ease lockdown(13:16)
London, May 25 (IANS) Pressure was mounting on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to act over his senior aide Dominic Cummings' lockdown trip, as the cabinet is slated to met on Monday to discuss plans to ease the country's COVID-19 restrictions.
- Memorial Day puts US reopening efforts to the test(13:03)
Washington, May 25 (IANS) Memorial Day gatherings have put local plans around the US to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions to the test as various states allowed the public to visit beaches and enjoy other outdoor activities while continuing to adhere to social distancing and other protective measures.
- Greece reopens islands to visitors(12:55)
Athens, May 25 (IANS) A domestic ban on travelling to Greek islands was lifted on Monday, as the country sought to reboot its struggling tourist industry after weeks of the coronavirus lockdown.
- COVID-19 outbreaks hit 9 facilities in California city(12:32)
San Francisco, May 25 (IANS) A cluster of COVID-19 outbreaks hit nine facilities in the Southern California city of Vernon, including a meat packing plant in which 153 employees were reported to test positive for the virus, authorities said.
- US official renews calls for N.Korea to abandon nukes(11:47)
Seoul, May 25 (IANS) US National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien renewed calls for North Korea to give up its nuclear program if it wants to have a "great economy", after Pyongyang's leader Kim Jong-un held a key party meeting to discuss bolstering nuclear deterrence.
- New Zealand media company sold for NZ$1(11:35)
Wellington, May 25 (IANS) New Zealand media company Stuff Limited, which operates the country's largest news website, was sold to its Chief Executive Sinead Boucher for NZ$1, the firm said on Monday.
- Toronto faces COVID-19 physical distancing challenges(11:30)
Toronto, May 25 (IANS) Many Canadians have been taking advantage of the warm weather to venture outdoors after spending weeks in the COVID-19 lockdown, but the easing of restrictions has sparked a backlash in Toronto, it was reported.