Bicycles: Riding out of lockdown
10 May 2020 | 9:14 am
Transport via two wheels is cheap, clean and allows mass travel while maintaining safe distances. From Bogotá to Berlin, cities around the world are betting on bicycles to get around once coronavirus lockdowns begin to ease.
5 May 2020
Accustomed to living on the remains of restaurants and roadside stalls, around fifty stray cats are seen yawning and stretching under the rays of the spring sun of the island of Cyprus, in the almost deserted streets due to the measures taken in mid-March to stem the Covid-19 epidemic.
9 May 2020
The Philippine government's move to shut the nation's largest broadcaster is the latest affront to press freedom that has left millions of Filipinos cut off from access to vital information in the middle of a pandemic.
13 May 2020
Moscow's streets remain depopulated despite thousands of employees heading back to work. More than 500,000 Moscow employees in industry and construction have been authorized to return to work.
25 May 2020
Dominic Cummings, who is credited with delivering Boris Johnson's premiership and Brexit policy, flouted lockdown rules while exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, a report revealed. Opposition parties demand his resignation.
9 Jun 2020
Lawmaker blast transport minister Rotimi Amaechi over loan plan
3 Jul 2020
24-year-old Ugandan Hillary Nuwamanya rides his bike around the wider Kampala area, saving lives by delivering antiretroviral drugs to HIV positive Ugandans during the COVID-19 lockdown.
24 Jul 2020
A doctor who performed female genital mutilation on a nine-year-old girl in the northern Caucasus republic of Ingushetia is on trial. Human rights activists hope the case can help to outlaw the abuse in Russia.
3 Aug 2020
Many Spaniards had hoped for a relaxed summer, but for weeks now, coronavirus infection rates have been rising again. The latest hotspot is the city of Barcelona, where more than 7,000 people have been infected within a few days.
24 Aug 2020
Still reeling from a deadly port blast that ravaged their Beirut homes and businesses, Lebanese wearily brace themselves on the eve of a new coronavirus lockdown. Lebanon is to partially close down for two weeks to stem a string of record daily infection rates that have brought the number of COVID-19 cases to 10,952, including 113 deaths.
4 Oct 2020
The bill, passed by the Israeli parliament after a 46-38 vote, allows the government to impose a state of emergency that curbs citizens' right to protest. The move has been slammed by critics as anti-democratic.
24 Oct 2020
Irish Prime minister Micheal Martin issues a nationwide "stay at home" order from midnight Wednesday. Ireland is the first EU country to re-enter lockdown, and will close non-essential retail businesses but keep schools open.
30 Oct 2020
Wearing a mask becomes mandatory in crowded areas and on public transport throughout Russia, after the country registered a record daily spike in virus deaths. Russia has the fourth-highest virus caseload in the world.
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South African-American businessman Patrick Soon-Shiong was joined by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday to open a vaccine facility aimed at tackling a dearth of manufacturing capacity on the African continent
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After the violent unrest of early January, calm has returned to Kazakhstan. Many people, however, have complained of excesses during the state of emergency — including illegal arrests and searches.
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The Taliban representatives are discussing humanitarian aid in Oslo, their first official talks in Europe since they seized power. Their arrival prompted protests.
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This week on The Observers, we investigated an incident in Nia Ouro, Mali on January 4. Residents claimed that men dressed in Malian military uniforms killed four civilians and reduced buildings in the village to ashes. We spoke to an eyewitness, analysed videos taken after the event and cross-referenced satellite imagery to put together the days events.
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London police chief Cressida Dick has said officers will investigate a spate of parties held at Prime Minister Boris Johnson's residence and office during COVID-19 lockdowns
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The British prime minister is facing fresh accusations of hosting parties during lockdown in June 2020. About 30 people are said to have attended a birthday celebration, when gatherings were not allowed.