Medical experts are questioning Donald Trump’s decision to greet supporters in a drive-past outside the hospital where he is being treated for Covid-19. There are concerns the US president, who wore a mask, may have endangered Secret Service staff inside the car. White House spokesperson Judd Deere said the trip on Sunday had been “cleared by the medical team as safe”.
Fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has escalated dramatically after Baku accused Armenian forces of firing rockets at Ganja, which lies outside the contested territory. At least one civilian was killed and four more injured in the attack on Sunday on Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second largest city, 100km (60 miles) north of the Karabakh capital, Stepanakert.
Americans Harvey J. Alter and Charles M. Rice and British-born scientist Michael Houghton won the Nobel Prize for medicine on Monday for their discovery of the hepatitis C virus, a major source of liver disease that affects millions worldwide. Announcing the prize in Stockholm, the Nobel Committee noted that the trio’s work identified a major source of blood-borne hepatitis that couldn’t be explained by the previously discovered hepatitis A and B viruses.
Seven bodies have been found in a region straddling the French-Italian border near Nice after torrential rains swept houses and roads away. Around 1,000 firefighters, four military helicopters, and troops were mobilized in France to help search for the missing people in the mountainous south-eastern region after the devastating floods. It brings to nine the total number of people found dead after fierce rains and howling gales lashed the border area on Friday.
People in the southern Pacific French territory of New Caledonia have once more voted to stay with France, narrowly rejecting independence in a tightly-fought referendum. By refusing independence, the territory of 273,000 people will keep generous subsidies from France, which provides $1.5bn in financial support annually. It was the second time New Caledonia held such a referendum. New Caledonia was colonized by France in the mid-19th century.