March 19, 2020

American furloughed from Iranian prison as coronavirus raises concerns for those detained abroad

Courtesy White Family(NEW YORK) – Iran has granted medical furlough to a former U.S. Navy veteran who had been detained for over 600 days on trumped up charges, according to his family and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The family of Michael White had been expressing increased concern about his health, saying his immune system is compromised by cancer -- putting him at higher risk amid the novel coronavirus outbreak that has ripped through Iran, including its prison system. More than 1,200 pe..
March 19, 2020

Americans trapped in Morocco, Peru plea for US help getting home

Mimadeo/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Art Goldberg and Sarajane Johnson toured the streets of Marrakesh Wednesday, but not exactly as planned. Confined to a bus to keep their distance, they drove through streets of closed tea shops and spice vendors, palaces and museums -- even as Morocco's government moves to seal its borders Thursday and bar any international travel in and out of the country. That could leave the American couple, along with 12 others in their tour group, soon stranded in the North ..
March 18, 2020

The royals react to coronavirus: From homeschooling to canceled wedding reception

Instagram/@princesseugenie(LONDON) -- Britain's royal family is being affected by the coronavirus pandemic as cases of COVID-19, as it is officially known, continue to grow in the United Kingdom. Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the two oldest children of Prince William and Kate, will be homeschooled starting Friday. Their school, Thomas's Battersea, a private school located near Kensington Palace, is switching to online learning for the week before school holidays, a spokesperson..
March 18, 2020

Venice canals are clear enough to see fish as coronavirus halts tourism in the city

Twitter/@ikaveri(VENICE, Italy) -- The coronavirus pandemic has had an unexpected side effect in Venice, where the normally cloudy canals have transformed into water crystal clear enough to see fish swimming below. Italy's tourism industry came to a screeching halt once the number of coronavirus cases began to spike in the country, but those who remain have been posting to social media images of the traffic-less canals. Swans have returned to the polluted waters, while dolphins have been sp..