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Norway starts digging up first Viking ship in a century

Oslo - Norway began work on Friday to excavate the first Viking ship to be unearthed in the country in more than a century, with experts hoping it will shed light on the era of the Nordic seafarers.

UN agency recommends health guidelines for airlines

Montr - Mask wearing, temperature controls, disinfection of aircraft: the International Civil Aviation Organization on Monday published a series of health recommendations for the pandemic-hit airline industry as it relaunches air travel.

Special trains for 3.6m Indian workers stranded in lockdown

New Delhi - India will organise special trains to get at least 3.6 million migrant workers stranded by the pandemic lockdown back home, authorities said Saturday as fresh coronavirus cases in the country hit a new daily high.

Uber says slashing jobs and trimming investment

San Francisco - Uber on Monday announced it is cutting a quarter of its global workforce and trimming investment to survive the financial hit to its business from the coronavirus pandemic.

India to 'gradually' restart rail operations in lockdown easing

New Delhi - One of the world's largest train networks will "gradually" restart operations from Tuesday as India eases its coronavirus lockdown, as the number of cases passed 60,000 with more than 2,000 deaths.

Uber losses widen but appetite grows for Eats

San Francisco - Uber said Thursday its losses widened in the first quarter as the pandemic bit hard into ridesharing but that it saw signs of recovery and a booming appetite for its Eats meal delivery helping it through the crisis.

UAE's Indian expats frustrated over govt repatriation plans

Dubai - Indians in the UAE have voiced scepticism about a "massive" operation announced by New Delhi to bring home some of the hundreds of thousands of nationals stranded by coronavirus restrictions.

Uber cuts 3,700 jobs amid pandemic slump

Washington - Uber said Wednesday it was cutting 3,700 jobs amid a huge slump in its ride-hailing operations during the pandemic.The cuts amount to around 14 percent of Uber's global workforce, which does not include its contract drivers.

As world opens from virus, borders stay shut

Washington - The world is gradually ending weeks of coronavirus confinement but one area remains firmly shut -- international borders, which few governments are yet daring to open.

Genoa bridge completion offers ray of hope for Italy

Genoa - A final section of a new bridge in Genoa, built after a deadly 2018 motorway collapse, was slotted into place Tuesday, providing a much-needed symbol of renewal for coronavirus-hit Italy.

Genoa bridge 'completion' offers ray of hope for Italy

Genoa - A final section of a new bridge in Genoa, built after a deadly 2018 motorway collapse, was to be slotted into place Tuesday, providing a much-needed symbol of renewal for coronavirus-hit Italy.

Dutch readying 2-4bn aid package for KLM: minister

Den Haag - The Dutch government plans to prop up KLM during the coronavirus crisis with an aid package worth between two to four billion euros, the finance minister said Friday, shortly after Paris pledged help for partner airline Air France.

What we know about the 'devious' coronavirus

Paris - Will the novel coronavirus leave you short of breath or make you lose your sense of smell? And if you have had it once, can you be confident you are immune? So far, the research on COVID-19 has raised as many questions as it has answered.

Uber to provide 'tens of millions' of masks in virus safety move

San Francisco - Uber said Thursday it planned to give out "tens of millions" of masks to drivers worldwide as part of its efforts to boost safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Joy, relief as exodus from Wuhan begins

Wuhan - Voicing joy and excitement from behind face masks, tens of thousands of people fled Wuhan on Wednesday after a 76-day travel ban was lifted on the Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged.

France steps up coronavirus evacuations from packed hospitals

Nancy - France staged its largest evacuation of coronavirus patients to date from hospitals in the hard-hit east on Sunday, increasing efforts to free up intensive care units as officials warned of an influx of serious cases in the coming days.

France steps up coronavirus evacuations from packed hospitals

Nancy - France on Sunday staged its largest evacuation of coronavirus patients to date from hospitals in the hard-hit east, increasing efforts to free up intensive care units as officials warned of an influx of serious cases in the coming days.

French military to join virus fight in France as toll grows

Paris - The French military will support public services strained by the coronavirus epidemic, President Emmanuel Macron has said, as the country's death toll topped 1,300.

Hong Kong bars non-residents, limits alcohol over virus

Fpo - Hong Kong will ban all non-residents from entering the city from midnight on Tuesday evening in a bid to halt the coronavirus, its leader said, as she unveiled plans to stop restaurants and bars serving alcohol.

Coronavirus, low oil dent Putin hopes for economic revival

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin has insisted the economy can weather the coronavirus pandemic and low oil prices, but the two-pronged crisis is a huge challenge to his promises to reduce poverty and boost growth.

Hungary border chaos continues as travellers trapped in limbo

Budapest - Travel chaos continued Thursday at Hungary's borders which were suddenly closed Monday in response to the coronavirus pandemic, with diplomats urging Budapest to let trapped citizens enter the country.

Wealthy flock to private jets as pandemic spreads and airlines tank

Fpo - With commercial airlines engulfed by the maelstrom of the coronavirus pandemic one sector of the industry favoured by the wealthy is thriving: private jets.

Protests as Moscow moves to build road on radioactive dump

Moscow - Moscow authorities on Wednesday began work on building a highway over a Soviet-era dump of radioactive materials, despite months of public protests and warnings from environmental campaigners.

S.Africa's minibus sector shifts gears to combat virus

Johanesburg - Passengers crammed inside a speeding 16-seater public minibus in South Africa's largest city Johannesburg instantly fall silent after an old woman suddenly coughs.

'We're in panic': travellers stranded for days as Polish-German border shuts

Briesen - With blank stares or catching a few winks of sleep curled up on uncomfortable chairs, dozens of people have been stranded for four days on a bus locked in gigantic tailbacks at the Polish-German border due to virus restrictions.

'Worse than 9/11': Coronavirus threatens global airline industry

New York - Fears of massive bankruptcies and calls for emergency bailouts swept global airlines Tuesday as a top US official warned the coronavirus crisis threatens the industry even more than the September 11 attacks, which saw US airspace shut down entirely.

Virus crackdown throws Italy transport into chaos

Rome - Trains, planes and vehicles leaving Italy faced new restrictions after the Italian government and nearby countries imposed drastic quarantine measures to contain the coronavirus.

Travel continues in northern Italy despite virus lockdown

Rome - Travelling into and out of Italy's coronavirus-hit north was continuing by rail, road and air on Monday -- despite a government crackdown that was meant to isolate the region.

A year after plane crash, Ethiopians mull how to honour the dead

- Gebru Ketema was outside tending cattle on the morning when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plunged from the sky into a field near his village, killing all 157 people on board.

Ethiopian pilots band together one year after traumatic crash

Addis Ababa - Just hours after Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed southeast of Addis Ababa last March, mourners began flocking to a building down the road from where it took off: the headquarters of the country's independent pilots' association.
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