Heartbreaking Photos Show Thousands Displaced After A Huge Fire Destroyed A Refugee Camp

Fires have ravaged Europe’s largest migrant camp, leaving about 12,000 people without shelter. Fanned by high winds, the blaze first broke out Tuesday at Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos. Large stretches of the camp burned down. Only a medical facility and some small clusters of tents were left standing, according to the New York Times. No deaths were initially reported. The fires continued through Wednesday, leaving most of the camp’s residents homeless. Police reinforcements were brought in …

Deposed president evacuated from Mali for medical treatment

The Malian president ousted by a military coup in August has been evacuated to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment after hospitalization in Mali By BABA AHMED Associated Press September 5, 2020, 10:14 PM • 3 min read BAMAKO, Mali — Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the Malian president ousted by a military coup in August, was evacuated late Saturday to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment, a diplomat said. The 75-year-old’s health has been in question since he was …

NATO says Turkey, Greece agree to talks; Athens denies deal

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says Greece and Turkey have agreed to start “technical talks” aimed at helping to reduce the risks of military incidents and accidents in the eastern Mediterranean By SUZAN FRASER and NICHOLAS PAPHITIS Associated Press September 3, 2020, 6:37 PM • 5 min read ANKARA, Turkey — NATO’s chief said Thursday that alliance members Greece and Turkey have agreed to start “technical talks” to help reduce the risks of military accidents in the eastern Mediterranean, where …

Coronavirus live news: Russia cases exceed 1m; Poland bans direct flights from 44 countries

  Interesting article from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on the global push to develop a vaccine for coronavirus, which contains warnings from lead scientists that we are unlikely to get a vaccine until the end of 2021. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (@JohnsHopkinsSPH) “A return to normal requires a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. What will it take to get one?” https://t.co/aSoV7QUS7v September 1, 2020 Here’s an excerpt: As reopening measures begin across the U.S. …

Coronavirus live news: Italy considers evacuating tourists from Sardinia to mainland; 3,829 daily cases in Spain

1.02pm EDT 13:02 Four people at the Republican National Convention in North Carolina this week tested positive, officials have said, even as Republicans played down the US health crisis in renominating Donald Trump. The party’s convention, which began with one day of events in Charlotte, North Carolina, despite the pandemic that has killed more than 180,000 Americans, ended on Thursday after four days of speeches lauding Trump. Throughout, Republicans largely abandoned talk of the crisis as if it had abated, …

Ruth Mackenzie hits out at ‘brutal’ dismissal from Paris’s Châtelet theatre

The British arts director Ruth Mackenzie has lost her job at one of France’s most prestigious theatres in a decision she described as “brutal and inexplicable”. Mackenzie, who became the first female artistic director at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, was told her contract was being terminated with immediate effect on Friday. The theatre refused to comment on her departure but French media reported a source as saying there had been a “managerial and financial problem” related to Mackenzie’s …

Coronavirus live news: Europe sees increase in infections among younger people, says WHO chief

7.56am EDT 07:56 Four members of a dwindling tribe in India’s far off Andaman Islands have tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Thursday as the country reported 75,760 new infections, the highest-single-day rise. The Great Andamanese are one of the six tribes of Mongoloid and African origin, who have lived in the Andamans in the Bay of Bengal for thousands of years. Only about 50 members survive, after thousands were killed by British colonisers in the 19th century or …

WWII memory wall defaced in massacred French village

Vandals have defaced a wall with graffiti denying the Holocaust in the village that was the site of the biggest massacre of civilians by World War II occupying Nazis August 22, 2020, 12:15 PM 2 min read PARIS — Vandals have scrawled graffiti denying the Holocaust on a wall in the village that was the site of the France‘s biggest massacre of civilians by the Nazis during World War II. France’s justice minister vowed on Saturday that those responsible would …

Coronavirus live news: US death toll passes 170,000, New Zealand postpones election

  Thailand’s economy suffered its worst contraction since the Asian financial crisis more than two decades ago, data showed today, as the coronavirus shattered the country’s crucial tourism industry. The kingdom has largely escaped the worst of the disease – registering 3,300 cases and 58 deaths despite being the first country outside China to register an infection in January.   But pandemic-spurred lockdowns brought the economy to a staggering halt, shrinking 12.2 percent in the second quarter growth, according to …