Moscow to pull out military medics from Italy as Russia’s cases rise May 07, 2020 0 359 12345 MOSCOW: Russia will on Thursday begin pulling out military medical personnel who have assisted in Italy’s coronavirus-stricken Lombardy region, as Russia’s caseload continues to rise, state media reported.Russia had sent about 100 military medical experts and other staff to the north-west Lombardy region to help care for coronavirus patients and disinfect medical facilities.Russian President Vladimir Putin touted the mission as important for the Russian personnel to gain experience treating the disease. The United States has criticized the presence of Russian military forces in Italy, a NATO member state.The Russian personnel assisted in more than 90 localities in the Lombardy region, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.“Tomorrow we will begin the pull-out of radiation, chemical and biological protection units from Italy,” Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in comments carried by state news agency TASS.Russia’s identified coronavirus caseload surpassed 165,000 on Wednesday, making it the world’s fifth largest nationwide outbreak. (DPA) Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES Russia reaches new coronavirus milestone as cases top 165,000 May 07, 2020 0 608 Social distancing still necessary for Germany to fight virus: Merkel May 07, 2020 0 588 Trump backtracks on scrapping of White House coronavirus task force May 07, 2020 0 894 Belgium to reopen shops under social distancing May 11 BRUSSELS: Belgium retailers closed by the coronavirus epidemic will reopen to shoppers from Monday under strict social distancing rules, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said. Customers will be advised to remain apart .. Putin’s approval rating among Russians drops to all-time low MOSCOW: The percentage of Russians who approve of President Vladimir Putin’s leadership has fallen to an all-time low of 59 per cent, the country’s largest independent pollster, Levada Centre, said on Wednesday. Putin .. French waistlines expand under coronavirus lockdown: Poll AFP Paris French women don’t get fat, according to one bestselling book. But the nation which likes to look after its figure has piled on the pounds during the coronavirus lockdown, a survey showed on Wednesday. More than .. Spain lawmakers extend state of emergency AFP Madrid Spain’s parliament on Wednesday voted to extend the country’s state of emergency, allowing stringent coronavirus lockdown measures to remain in place for at least two more weeks. The government imposed a .. More than 15,000 COVID-19 deaths in Latin America & the Caribbean MONTEVIDEO: More than 15,000 people have been killed by the novel coronavirus in Latin America and the Caribbean as of 0230 GMT Wednesday, according to an AFP tally based on official reports. Across the region more than .. US demands WHO invite Taiwan to meeting WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday urged the World Health Organization to defy Chinese pressure and invite Taiwan to its annual meeting, which will discuss the coronavirus pandemic. The United States itself .. Texas woman jailed over refusal to close hair salon WASHINGTON: A woman in Dallas, Texas, was sentenced to seven days in jail after she refused to comply with court orders to shutter her hair salon, in line with the state’s lockdown orders. During a court hearing on Tuesday, .. US delays Hong Kong report that could upset China WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday postponed a report on whether China is respecting the autonomy of restive Hong Kong as required under a new law that infuriated Beijing. Pompeo, who did not .. UK could start easing virus lockdown next week: PM AFP London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he could begin to ease a nationwide coronavirus lockdown next week, but warned he would do nothing that would risk a new surge of cases. He was speaking the ..