Day: May 1, 2020

UPDATE 3 – Police arrest 45 over May Day rally in Istanbul, Ankara

May 1, 2020

At least 45 people were arrested in Istanbul and Ankara for attempting to hold marches to mark May Day amid the coronavirus lockdown on Friday. Arzu Cerkezoglu, the head of the Confederation of Progressive Trade Unions (DISK), was briefly detained before being released.  As many as 15 people were arrested when a group gathered in front […]

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France allows ‘exceptional’ use of plasma therapy

May 1, 2020

 France will allow “exceptional and temporary” use of plasma treatment for COVID-19 patients, the country’s health safety agency announced on Thursday. In a statement, the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM) said immune plasma therapy can be used to treat critically-ill patients. Clinical trials of the treatment commenced in France in early […]

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COVID-19: Turkey to send medical supplies to Somalia

May 1, 2020

Turkey will send medical supplies to Somalia to help the country combat the novel coronavirus outbreak, the presidential spokesman said on Friday. “Today, by instructions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a cargo load of medical supplies, masks, overalls, test kits and other equipment is going to Somalia to help them against COVID-19,” Ibrahim Kalin said […]

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Climate strikes, environmental protests in April 2020

May 1, 2020

In April, people across the world continued to stage strikes, demonstrations and protests calling for action against climate change and damage to the environment. Activists and concerned citizens alike continued to hold massive events online, which was started in the last month due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. They included the Talks for Future webinar […]

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The world becomes cleaner, as emissions fall in April

May 1, 2020

 The global lockdown to stem the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19 led to a massive drop in carbon emissions in April. Besides the fall in industrial production and closure of transportation, new commitments by some countries like Japan and Chile also contributed to reduce carbon imprints. Although the 26th session of the Conference of […]

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Coronavirus cases rise in Oman, Tunisia

May 1, 2020

More coronavirus cases and deaths were reported in Oman and Tunisia on Friday. Oman’s Health Ministry reported 99 new cases, raising the total to 2,747, including 495 recoveries. There was no fatality in the country over the past 24 hours so the death toll remains at 11. In Tunisia, 14 new cases raised the overall […]

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Yemen: Top diplomat says STC exploited crisis in Aden

May 1, 2020

 The Southern Transitional Council (STC), which declared self-rule in southern Yemen last week, exploited the crisis in Aden “to continue the revolt against the state”, Yemen’s foreign minister said on Friday. Mohammad al-Hadhrami, in a phone conversation with EU External Action Service Secretary General Helga Schmid, said the UAE-backed separatist STC has no vision and […]

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Libya: 3 civilians killed in Haftar shelling on Zintan

May 1, 2020

Three civilians were killed in shelling by forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar in Zintan city, northwestern Libya, on Friday. A medical source, who asked not to be named due to fear of reprisal, told Anadolu Agency the victims were civilians — two of whom are women. Earlier Friday, forces led by the UN-recognized Government […]

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