U.N. chief warns world facing ‘generational catastrophe’ on education

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Tuesday that the world faces a “generational catastrophe” because of school closures amid the coronavirus pandemic and said that getting students safely back to the classroom must be “a top priority.”

In China the civet cat is a delicacy – and may have caused Sars

Yuen Kwok-Yung, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, and his team decided to screen large numbers of civets and other game animals. They found that four of the masked palm civets – which have short fur and black and white stripes on their faces – were carrying a coronavirus that caused Sars. The […]

‘I don’t blame them but I hope they mourn the dead’

The issue will be hard to duck on 6 August when Keijiro Matsushima, 76, a survivor of the Hiroshima bomb, visits Tinian Island, the US base in the Pacific, to commemorate the Enola Gay’s flight 60 years before. He is expected to come face to face with US veterans who crewed the warplane that day, […]

Tuesday briefing: Britons flee Brexit by the thousands

Sport English hockey has an “endemic race issue” from the national team down to the club game and junior levels, and is not doing enough to attract players from more deprived areas, the sport’s governing body has been told in a hard-hitting letter signed by nine clubs. Pakistan’s head coach, Misbah-ul-Haq, believes the 17-year-old Naseem […]

Boost test and trace before English schools reopen ‘or risk second wave’

Labour and teaching unions, responding to the latest research, called for a more robust test-and-trace system. The shadow education secretary, Kate Green, said schools were making great efforts to welcome pupils back safely, but couldn’t do it on their own. “The government can’t walk away from its responsibilities,” she said. “Ministers must rapidly improve the […]

Australia to make Facebook, Google pay for news in world first

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will force U.S. tech giants Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google to pay Australian media outlets for news content in a landmark move to protect independent journalism that will be watched around the world.

Good news and bad news for the animal kingdom

Since the 1970s, it has been the focus of one of the most intensive, high-profile campaigns to recover an endangered species, after a census by the Chinese government found around 2,459 pandas in the world — proof of its precarious position, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

UK to lift ban on non-essential travel to up to 90 countries

He told Dr Philippa Whitford, the SNP MP for Central Ayrshire: “There is something the honourable member may be pleased that she can do, which is to ask the Scottish government to join with us in ensuring we have these air bridges in place nationwide as soon as possible.”

Kashmir curfew brought in as region marks one year since special status revoked

“Indian government claims that it was determined to improve Kashmiri lives ring hollow one year after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutional status,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, the global rights group’s South Asia director, in the statement made Tuesday. “The authorities instead have maintained stifling restraints on Kashmiris in violation of their basic rights.”

Attack by militants kills at least seven Hindu pilgrims in Kashmir

Police in Kashmir said the attack began with militants firing on a security bunker and a police checkpoint in Anantnag. “The fire was retaliated. A tourist bus was hit by bullets in which about 18 tourists were injured,” they said in a statement. “Among them six persons died while [the] rest are being treated.”