Harrison Ford investigated over LA runway incident

US actor Harrison Ford is being investigated over an incident last week at an airport in southern California. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said he was piloting a small plane that wrongly crossed a runway where another aircraft was landing. The planes were within about 3,600ft (1,100m) of each other at Los Angeles’ Hawthorne airport last Friday. There was no […]

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Coronavirus: Cities face 100 million 'new poor' in post-pandemic world, experts say

BOGOTA (THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION) – About 100 million people living in cities worldwide will likely fall into poverty due to the coronavirus pandemic, urban experts said on Wednesday (April 29), calling for mapping tools to identify vulnerable communities and investment focusing on slum areas. Densely populated cities are poised at the frontline of the contagious outbreak, hard hit where people […]

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Watchdog rules Syrian government behind 2017 toxic attacks

Gov’t forces dropped chlorine, sarin gas in series of attacks in Hama, report by global chemical weapons watchdog says. Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the global chemical weapons watchdog, has explicitly blamed the Syrian government’s air force for launching toxic attacks in the country’s western Hama region in March 2017.  The report, the first of its kind released […]

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Small protests break out in Lebanese cities in third night of unrest

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Small protests fueled by worsening economic conditions in Lebanon broke out across several cities late on Wednesday, marking a third night of unrest. Lebanon is in the throes of a deep economic crisis that has seen its currency lose more than half its value since October, soaring inflation, and spiraling unemployment. In the northern city of Tripoli […]

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Shares jump on coronavirus treatment hopes, oil soars

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World stock markets rose sharply on Wednesday following encouraging news for an experimental COVID-19 treatment and some positive earnings reports, while beaten-up oil prices soared. MSCI’s gauge of stocks across the globe gained 2.35%. Major U.S. averages ended up well over 2%, while the pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 1.75%. A top U.S. health official said […]

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EMERGING MARKETS-Latam shares, FX rally as hopes of COVID-19 drug lifts sentiment

(Updates prices) By Susan Mathew April 29 (Reuters) – Joining a global rally, Latin American stocks surged on Wednesday, with Brazil and Mexican shares at near seven-week highs, as hopes of a treatment for the COVID-19 pandemic boosted risk sentiment. U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences said its experimental antiviral drug remdesivir helped improve symptoms for COVID-19 patients who were given the […]

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UAE officials 'visit Sudan' to rally support for Libya's Haftar

Sources tell Al Jazeera the Emirati delegation, headed by Tahnoun bin Zayed, spent five hours in Khartoum on Wednesday. Several top United Arab Emirates (UAE) officials visited the Sudanese capital to rally support and recruit fighters for Libya’s renegade commander Khalifa Haftar, sources have told Al Jazeera. Two planes, one bearing the insignia of Manchester City Football Club, landed in Khartoum […]

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