• US state of Wisconsin forges ahead with vote despite health concerns
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    US state of Wisconsin forges ahead with vote despite health concerns

    National Guard members will man some polling stations and voters in more than 100 municipalities will have nowhere to cast their ballots as the US state of Wisconsin holds elections on Tuesday despite the coronavirus epidemic. Wisconsin, like dozens of other US states, is under a stay-at-home order

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    Spurs star Son to start national service in South Korea

    Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will start four weeks of national service in South Korea this month. With English football unlikely to return soon, the South Korea star will complete compulsory military service in his home country before returning to north London next month. "The club can confirm

  • Spurs star Son to start national service in South Korea
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    Spurs star Son to start national service in South Korea

    Tottenham forward Son Heung-min will start four weeks of national service in South Korea this month. With English football unlikely to return soon, the South Korea star will complete compulsory military service in his home country before returning to north London next month. "The club can confirm

  • Europe worries about virus timebomb in its prisons
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    Europe worries about virus timebomb in its prisons

    European governments fear often overcrowded prisons are virus timebombs during this pandemic and are looking at early releases and other ways to reduce the risk for those behind bars. The issue of those locked up while whole countries were locked down was discussed during a video conference of EU justice

  • Coronavirus infects four at historic Ukraine monastery
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    Coronavirus infects four at historic Ukraine monastery

    The coronavirus pandemic has hit a major Orthodox monastery in central Kiev where four cases have been confirmed, the city mayor said Monday. The outbreak comes after the monastery's father-superior urged believers to continue going to church and to "hug each other." "There are four

  • In first, US brands white supremacists as foreign terrorists
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    In first, US brands white supremacists as foreign terrorists

    The United States on Monday branded a Russian far-right group as a foreign terrorist organization, the first time it has targeted white supremacists with tools regularly used against jihadist groups. The State Department said that the Russian Imperial Movement runs two paramilitary training camps in

  • South African Test bowler negotiating English county deal
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    South African Test bowler negotiating English county deal

    Dane Paterson, a fast bowler who played in South Africa's most recent two Test matches, is negotiating a Kolpak deal to play county cricket in England, according to Ashwell Prince, his franchise coach. Former Test batsman Prince said Paterson, 31, was in the final stages of concluding a deal with

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    Premier League clubs face backlash as FIFA urges action

    Premier League clubs are facing a backlash after Liverpool tapped into public funds during the coronavirus pandemic while FIFA on Monday urged players and clubs to reach agreement over wage reductions. European champions Liverpool, who recorded pre-tax profits of �42 million in February, announced their

  • Premier League clubs face backlash as FIFA urges action
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    Premier League clubs face backlash as FIFA urges action

    Premier League clubs are facing a backlash after Liverpool tapped into public funds during the coronavirus pandemic while FIFA on Monday urged players and clubs to reach agreement over wage reductions. The highest-paid Premier League players such as Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea and Manchester

  • Stocks surge on hopes for easing virus crisis
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    Stocks surge on hopes for easing virus crisis

    Global equity markets strongly rebounded Monday as some of the world's worst-hit countries reported falling coronavirus death rates, while oil prices sank after a meeting of top producers was delayed. "Global equities are soaring higher as early signs suggest curve flattening is happening in

  • FIFA urges clubs and players to reach agreement over wages: sources
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    FIFA urges clubs and players to reach agreement over wages: sources

    FIFA on Monday urged clubs and players to reach agreement on wage reductions to protect clubs suffering financial damage due to the coronavirus crisis, sources said. The call from world football's governing body comes as Premier League clubs are locked in talks with players and their representatives

  • French rugby boss wants to replace European Cup with global competition
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    French rugby boss wants to replace European Cup with global competition

    The president of the French Rugby Federation Bernard Laporte wants World Rugby to create a club world cup to replace the European Champions Cup, he said in an interview published Monday. "Let's be frank: it does not generate enough income," Laporte told French rugby newspaper Midi Olympique

  • Golf majors reset: PGA in Aug., US Open Sept., Masters Nov
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    Golf majors reset: PGA in Aug., US Open Sept., Masters Nov

    Three US-based major golf championships announced rescheduled 2020 dates Monday in the wake of the British Open being called off until 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The PGA Championship is now scheduled to be played August 6-9 at Harding Park in San Francisco. The Masters, which was

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    F1 teams Williams, Racing Point furlough staff as drivers take pay cut

    Williams and Racing Point became the latest Formula One teams to furlough staff due to the coronavirus as their drivers also agreed to take pay cuts on Monday. Formula One's 2020 season has been delayed because of the pandemic and Williams and Racing Point announced their cost-cutting moves a week

  • F1 teams Williams, Racing Point furlough staff as drivers take pay cut
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    F1 teams Williams, Racing Point furlough staff as drivers take pay cut

    Williams and Racing Point became the latest Formula One teams to furlough staff due to the coronavirus as their drivers also agreed to take pay cuts on Monday. Formula One's 2020 season has been delayed because of the pandemic and Williams and Racing Point announced their cost-cutting moves a week

  • Johnny Clegg's family bars use of his music to lure sharks
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    Johnny Clegg's family bars use of his music to lure sharks

    Johnny Clegg's family has barred a South African shark cage-diving operator from using the late legendary singer's music to lure the predators for deep-sea viewing excursions, his manager said Monday. Raggy Charters had wanted to lower underwater speakers playing Cleggs's music to attract

  • Ex McLaren boss Dennis sets up free meals for health workers scheme
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    Ex McLaren boss Dennis sets up free meals for health workers scheme

    Former McLaren supremo Ron Dennis has created a scheme to supply a million free meals to workers in Britain's National Health Service during the coronavirus outbreak. Dennis said Monday his foundation would provide a budget of 1.5 million pounds ($1.8 million, 1.7 million euros) after linking up

  • Tale of two cities: How virus lockdown has exposed France's class divide
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    Tale of two cities: How virus lockdown has exposed France's class divide

    When bestselling French novelist Leila Slimani -- the author of "The Perfect Nanny" -- admitted that she felt "a little like Sleeping Beauty" contemplating the coronavirus lockdown from the comfort of her country home, she hit a very raw nerve. Parisians without second homes to flee

  • Mumbai hospital shut after surge in cases among staff
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    Mumbai hospital shut after surge in cases among staff

    A major private hospital in Mumbai was shut to new patients and declared a coronavirus containment zone on Monday after 26 nurses and three doctors tested positive, an official said. Since the virus hit India -- which has been under lockdown since March 25 with 111 deaths so far -- medical workers have

  • US warns China not to 'exploit' virus for sea disputes
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    US warns China not to 'exploit' virus for sea disputes

    The United States on Monday warned China not to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to exert itself in the South China Sea after Vietnam said Beijing sank a trawler. Amid the global focus on fighting COVID-19, China has ramped up self-described research stations and landed special military aircraft

  • Austrian, Czech officials plan to ease some virus measures
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    Austrian, Czech officials plan to ease some virus measures

    Austria and the Czech Republic said Monday they plan to relax some restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus starting after Easter, getting ahead of their European counterparts as they announced proposals that would begin a slow return to normal life. The Austrian government said it aims to allow

  • US Outlaw Tour gives golfers events despite coronavirus
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    US Outlaw Tour gives golfers events despite coronavirus

    There are desert rain downpours and tee box confusion with top prizes of only $4,500 (4,167 euros), but golf's Outlaw Tour is playing through in Arizona despite the coronavirus pandemic. The four-year-old men's developmental circuit typically attracts players in their 20s for 54-hole mid-week

  • SeaWorld CEO resigns five months into job, cites board
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    SeaWorld CEO resigns five months into job, cites board

    SeaWorld Entertainment's chief executive has resigned only five months into his job, becoming the third leader of the theme park company to depart in just over two years, according to a company filing released Monday. Sergio Rivera cited his disagreement with the board of directors' involvement

  • British Open cancelled for first time since World War II due to virus
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    British Open cancelled for first time since World War II due to virus

    The British Open has been cancelled for the first time since World War II due to the coronavirus. The 149th Open was scheduled to take place at Royal St George's Golf Club in Kent in July. "The Open was due to be played in Kent from 12-19 July but it has been necessary to cancel the championship

  • Dozens of doctors demanding virus safety equipment arrested in Pakistan
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    Dozens of doctors demanding virus safety equipment arrested in Pakistan

    More than 50 doctors protesting the lack of safety equipment as they battle the coronavirus were arrested Monday in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police and physicians said. "We have taken 53 doctors into custody for violating the law," Abdul Razzaq Cheema, a senior police official