Russia charges ex-scribe Ivan Safronov with treason Jul 14, 2020 0 616 12345 DPAMoscowRussian authorities charged former journalist and space agency Roscosmos adviser Ivan Safronov on Monday with treason on suspicion of having spied for a NATO member state.State media reported that at least 15 people were detained during a protest in support of Safronov outside the Moscow detention facility where he has been kept in custody. Safronov, who faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted, has attested that he is innocent.Safronov is alleged to have collected secret Russian military information regarding the Middle East and Africa for the Czech Republic, with the United States being a recipient of that information, state media reported.Safronov’s lawyer Ivan Pavlov has denounced the case as politically motivated in connection with the journalist’s hard-hitting reporting.“No evidence has been presented” to Safronov’s legal team, Pavlov said in an interview with the radio station Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow). “The investigators didn’t explain anything to us.” RELATED ARTICLES Poland’s populist president wins re-election Jul 14, 2020 0 625 No return to normality for foreseeable future in pandemic, says WHO Jul 14, 2020 0 61 Latin America now second-worst region for virus deaths Jul 14, 2020 0 1800 Mexico’s COVID-19 deaths top 35,000, surpassing Italy MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s official death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to 35,006, the health ministry announced on Sunday. The new figures saw Mexico surpass the number of deaths in Italy, which was initially one .. Pandemic caused postponement of 50,000 cancer operations in Germany DPA Berlin Around 50,000 operations to treat cancer were not carried out in Germany during the coronavirus pandemic up to mid-June, the head of the German Cancer Aid organisation said on Monday. This represented around a .. France agrees to over €8 billion in pay rises for health workers AFP Paris The French government and unions signed an agreement on Monday giving over eight billion euros in pay rises for health workers, with the prime minister admitting the move was overdue in view of the coronavirus .. World hunger worsening as coronavirus weighs and obesity rises: UN AFP Rome Nearly one in nine people in the world are going hungry, with the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating already worsening trends this year, according to a United Nations report published on Monday. Economic .. US judge orders delay of first federal executions in 17 years DPA Washington A US judge on Monday ordered a delay in federal executions, hours before one was to be carried out for the first time in 17 years, hampering the Trump administration’s plan to revive capital punishment by the .. 21 injured as major fire breaks out on US Navy ship in California LOS ANGELES: An explosion on a United States Navy ship moored at a base in California set off a major fire on Sunday injuring 21 people, officials and local media said. The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault .. Trump steps up Twitter attacks on medical experts, including Fauci WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to attack medical experts combatting the coronavirus, accusing them of playing politics and hindering an economic rebound. The president retweeted several ..