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Russia ends war games as precaution against COVID-19

Russia ends war games as precaution against COVID-19

Business
March 23 (UPI) -- The Russian army ended war exercises on its western border, it announced on Monday, as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 virus. The war games were to be a response to a massive exercise by NATO troops in March, Europe-Defender 20, that was to involve over 20,000 U.S. troops and personnel from 10 other countries but was severely reduced in scope after the outbreak. The NATO exercise was criticized by the Kremlin, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in February that Russia would respond with a reciprocal show of force. "It's obvious that all of this is connected with preventive measures," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday of the cancellation of the Russian war games. "It's linked to the situation around the general fight against coronavi...
Coronavirus: Prime Minister advises against mass gatherings

Coronavirus: Prime Minister advises against mass gatherings

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Prime Minister Boris Johnson has advised against mass gatherings in the UK amid the coronavirus outbreak - effectively cancelling all remaining sporting events.Johnson said that from Tuesday mass gatherings requiring emergency workers are something "we are now moving emphatically away from".He added that social venues, including pubs, should be avoided. But he reiterated that transmission risks at mass gatherings remain low.Prime Minister announces new coronavirus measures'In this current dark reality, sport doesn't matter...
Who’s greener? Mine fight pits electric cars against flower

Who’s greener? Mine fight pits electric cars against flower

Technology
RENO, Nev. -- The rare Tiehm's buckwheat stands less than a foot tall (30 centimeters) in Nevada's rocky high desert, its thin, leafless stems adorned with tiny yellow flowers in spring. To the Australian company that wants to mine lithium beneath the federal land where it grows, the perennial herb is a potential roadblock to a metal badly needed for electric vehicles and the global push to reduce greenhouse gases. To environmentalists determined to halt the open pit mine, it's a precious species that exists nowhere else in the world. And to plant ecologists, it's a scientific challenge to try to grow the wildflower from seeds in a greenhouse. Whose mission is a nobler shade of green depends on who you ask. The competing interests appeared to find some common ground earlier this year at t...
How does the UK’s Eurovision entry stack up against the competition?

How does the UK’s Eurovision entry stack up against the competition?

Entertainment
James Newman has produced the UK's best Eurovision entry in years - but will that be enough? The 31-year-old, whose younger brother is Brit Award nominee John Newman, has already written for Ed Sheeran, Jess Glynne, Calvin Harris and Little Mix. He got a Brit Award and a Grammy nomination for his work on Rudimental's song Waiting All Night. On the other hand, he co-wrote Ireland's 2017 Eurovision entry, Dying To Try, and got knocked out in the semi-finals.In May, he'll head to Rotterdam as a solo artist with a mid-tempo banger called My Last Breath. It's short and direct, with the sort of "woah-oh" hook that would make Chris Martin envious. "That was definitely intentional," says the singer, who wrote the song in January. "We wan...
‘Sergio Ramos just doesn’t give a damn’ – Reaction as Real Madrid defender gets 26th career red card against Man City

‘Sergio Ramos just doesn’t give a damn’ – Reaction as Real Madrid defender gets 26th career red card against Man City

Sports
Neil Warnock has joked Sergio Ramos clearly didn’t fancy a trip to drizzly England after he was sent off in Real Madrid’s 2-1 Champions League defeat to Manchester City. There was a familiar scene at the Bernabeu as the Spanish centre-back was given his marching orders for a last-man challenge on Gabriel Jesus. Remarkably, that was the Real Madrid captain’s first red card of the season, but it took his career total up to 26 – the third-most of any player in football history! AFP or licensors Ramos tripped Jesus when the Man City striker was clear through on goal Ramos still a way to go to catch record holder Gerardo Bedoya, the former Colombia midfielder, who was dismissed a stunning 46 times in his career. It means he will be suspended for the retur