Italians celebrate lockdown’s end with tonnes of ice cream

Publication date 28 May 2020 | 21:18 | ICT

Strawberry and chocolate or fig and hazelnut? Italians have been celebrating the end of the coronavirus lockdown with one of their favourite treats – artisanal gelatos.

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    Publication date 28 May 2020 | 21:17 | ICT

    Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley, the astronauts set to launch into orbit on a SpaceX rocket on Wednesday, are both former military pilots, both recruited by Nasa in 2000, and both married to fellow astronauts.

  • Pope Francis begs in Milan street, his cassock in tatters

    Publication date 28 May 2020 | 21:14 | ICT

    On a street in Milan, the capital of Italy’s Lombardy region, which has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis begs for alms, his cassock in tatters.

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  • Fashionistas rebel against ‘wasteful’ and busy calendar

    Publication date 28 May 2020 | 21:14 | ICT

    ‘Nothing will ever be the same again' has been the constant refrain of the coronavirus era. But for the fashion world that may well be true.

  • Aussies still reeling from bushfire tragedy

    Publication date 27 May 2020 | 21:13 | ICT

    Victims of Australia’s catastrophic bushfires are still living in tents, garages and makeshift shelters months after the blazes ended, with efforts to rebuild their lives hampered by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Kind of Blue jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb passes at 91

    Publication date 27 May 2020 | 21:09 | ICT

    Jimmy Cobb, the drummer on Miles Davis’s 1959 jazz classic Kind of Blue – revered by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time – has died aged 91, US media reported on Monday.

  • Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar prepares to reopen

    Publication date 27 May 2020 | 21:08 | ICT

    An eerie silence has fallen over Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest, largest and most visited markets, where a raucous mixture of languages, cultures and commerce has buzzed for centuries.

  • No screaming: Japanese carnivals prep for virus era

    Publication date 27 May 2020 | 21:05 | ICT

    “No screaming on the rollercoaster”, socially distant spooks in the haunted house and “please refrain from high-fiving your favourite superhero” – welcome to Japanese amusement parks in the coronavirus era.

  • India yogi lived to 90 without food or water

    Publication date 27 May 2020 | 21:05 | ICT

    An Indian yogi, whose claims that he spent decades without food or water earned him a band of devotees and the scepticism of doctors, died on Tuesday, his neighbour told AFP.

  • Gobbling up ghosts: Pac-Man reaches 40

    Publication date 26 May 2020 | 21:54 | ICT

    Forty years ago, a new video game featuring a bright yellow, dot-chomping, ghost-dodging character called Pac-Man appeared in Tokyo. It would become the most successful arcade game of all time.

  • Hanoi’s motorbike taxis ride to the rescue

    Publication date 26 May 2020 | 21:53 | ICT

    On the tarmac of a dark Hanoi street, motorbike taxi driver Pham Quoc Viet mops the bloodied knee of a fellow rider, one of the hundreds of traffic victims he’s tended to in the chaotically congested Vietnamese capital.