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Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
2020-07-01T22:30:02+00:00
Alitalia to resume international flights from Milan
Alitalia to resume international flights from Milan
Credit: ERIC SALARD (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Alitalia on Wednesday resumed international flights from Milan Malpensa airport to Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and London, as Italy gradually reopens its airports to foreign travellers and scraps restrictions imposed to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Also, during this month, the company will start flying to a dozen domestic destinations from Milan Malpensa.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
2020-06-30T18:23:28+00:00
Comedy legend Carl Reiner dies at 98
Actor Carl Reiner, June 26, 2012
Actor Carl Reiner, June 26, 2012 Credit: Louise Palanker (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Carl Reiner, director, producer, writer and actor who was part of Sid Caesar's team and went on to create "The Dick Van Dyke Show", direct several hit films, and star on the "Ocean's" franchise has died of natural causes. He was 98.

Filmmaker Rob Reiner, Carl's son, confirmed his father's death in a tweet Tuesday: "Last night my dad passed away. As I write this, my heart is hurting. He was my guiding light.".

Politics • European
2020-06-30T22:00:01+00:00
Latvia bans Russian television channel RT
Dmitry Kiselyov (touching the screen) with Vladimir Putin
Dmitry Kiselyov (touching the screen) with Vladimir Putin Credit: Пресс-служба Президента России (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0)

Latvian National Electronic Mass Media Council announced it has banned the state-controlled Russian television channel RT. The ban will be valid for as long as Dmitry Kiselyov, network executive, remains on the list of sanctioned persons of the European Union’s.

The Council banned seven distinct channels belonging to the multilingual network operated by RT from being broadcast in the country, accusing RT of attempting to present Latvia as a failed state.

About 30 per cent of the country's population speaks Russian as a first language, with most of them being ethnic Russians.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
2020-06-30T15:30:02+00:00
Amazon Prime Video launches ‘Watch Party’, let up to 100 people stream together
Prime Video Watch Party with chat feature
Prime Video Watch Party with chat feature Credit: Amazon

Amazon has launched Prime Video Watch Party, a feature that allows you co-watch streaming with up to 99 fellow Prime members, in the US.

The host of the co-watching session will be able to start, stop, and pause the Watch Party as needed throughout the viewing, and those changes will also be synced to all participants’ devices instantly.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
2020-06-30T14:10:01+00:00
City of Leicester sees lockdown tightened as Covid-19 cases rise
Matt Hancock at the House of Commons
Matt Hancock at the House of Commons Credit: YouTube (Reproduction)

The British Government has imposed a tight lockdown on the English city of Leicester after a local increase on the number of Covid-19 cases. The lockdown mandates all non-essential shops to close on Tuesday, and schools will follow closing on Thursday.

On Monday evening, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the House of Commons the city had "10% of all positive cases in the country over the past week". He also said that "We recommend to people in Leicester, stay at home as much as you can, and we recommend against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester."

Politics • European • France
2020-06-29T21:30:01+00:00
French ex-Prime Minister François Fillon found guilty of embezzling public funds
Former French prime minister François Fillon
Former French prime minister François Fillon Credit: European People's Party (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The former French prime minister François Fillon and his wife, Penelope Fillon, were sentenced to jail for embezzling public funds. The conservative politician was found guilty of paying his wife and two of the couple’s children €1.156 million for work they never did as parliamentary aides.

He was sentenced to five years in prison, three of them suspended, and to pay a €375,000 fine. She was given a three-year suspended term.

Politics • Asian • India
2020-06-29T17:25:16+00:00
India bans TikTok, WeChat and 57 other Chinese apps
iPhone displaying the TikTok app
iPhone displaying the TikTok app Credit: Kon Karampelas

The Ministry of Information Technology of India announced Monday the ban of 59 Chinese mobile applications, including TikTok and WeChat. In a press release, the Ministry, states the ban is a response "of the emergent nature of threats" and that the apps "are engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.".

At the moment, all listed apps are still available on Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, and it is not clear how the Indian Government plans to enforce the ban.

Politics • Asian
2020-06-29T12:00:01+00:00
Multiple people dead after raid on Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi

Four gunmen attacked the Pakistani stock exchange in Karachi, killing at least two people and wounding others before police shot them dead. A police officer and security officials are also among those confirmed dead.

In an interview with BBC, Sindh police additional inspector general Ghulam Nabi Memon said: "The attackers came in a silver Corolla and were stopped by police at the gate outside where the exchange of fire took place,".

Militants from the Majid Brigade of the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) took responsibility for the attack, but the claim has yet to be confirmed.

Politics • American • US
2020-06-29T11:00:02+00:00
Democrats call for California's John Wayne Airport to be renamed due to actor's racist views
John Wayne's statue at John Wayne / Orange County Airport
John Wayne's statue at John Wayne / Orange County Airport Credit: Dave & Margie Hill / Kleerup (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The John Wayne Airport in California’s Orange County is the subject of a potential name change after the Democratic Party of Orange Country has passed an emergency resolution calling for the airport to revert back to its original name of Orange County Airport.

The resolution reads "The Democratic Party of Orange County condemnsJohn Wayne’s racist and bigoted statements, and calls for John Waynes’ name and likeness to be removed from the Orange County airport, and calls on the OC Board of Supervisors to restore its original name: Orange County Airport."

In a 1971 Playboy interview, John Wayne advocated derogatory views of African Americans, Native Americans and movies with gay characters. He even admitted to being a believer in white supremacy.

The final decision is up to the Orange County Board of Supervisors to make.

Politics • European • Germany
2020-06-28T20:56:02+00:00
Amazon workers in Germany will go on strike Monday over Covid-19 infections
Amazon.de gift card
Amazon.de gift card Credit: Donald Trung Quoc Don (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Under the motto 'Good and healthy work', workers from six Amazon locations in Germany will start a 48-hour strike on Monday, according to Verdi labour union. The affected sites are in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld, Rheinberg, Werne and Koblenz.

Verdi representative Orhan Akman said on Sunday: "We have information that at least 30 to 40 colleagues were infected,".