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Australia sets plan to end most COVID-19 restrictions by July

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia will ease social distancing restrictions in a three-step process, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as Canberra aims to remove most curbs by July and get nearly 1 million people back to work amid a decline in coronavirus cases. Australia in March imposed strict social distancing restrictions, which coupled with the closure of its borders, are credited with drastically slowing the number of new infections ..

After the triumph of Animal Crossing, a thin pipeline for Nintendo

TOKYO (Reuters) - The runaway success of Nintendo Co Ltd’s (7974.T) island life simulator Animal Crossing: New Horizons has overshadowed an uncomfortable fact for fans of the Switch console - it lacks upcoming titles. FILE PHOTO: The logo of the Nintendo is displayed at Nintendo Tokyo, Nintendo's first official store in Japan, at SHIBUYA PARCO department store and shopping mall complex, Nov. 19, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo Nintendo ..

Nintendo smashes Switch sales view; says Animal Crossing is device’s fastest-selling game

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Nintendo Co Ltd (7974.T) said on Thursday its fourth-quarter profit soared 200% due to surging demand for its Switch games console, and that title Animal Crossing: New Horizons shifted a record 13.4 million units in its first six weeks. The Kyoto-based gaming company posted operating profit of 89.4 billion yen(678.32 million pounds) for January-March, Reuters’ calculations showed based on annual figures, smashing analys..

A Minute With: Tim Gunn on pajamas and post-quarantine fashion

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Even Tim Gunn, the immaculately dressed fashion mentor from “Project Runway” and Amazon’s new competition show “Making the Cut,” is finding it hard to get out of his pajamas these days. FILE PHOTO: American fashion consultant and television personality Tim Gunn arrives at a private cocktail event celebrating the grand opening of drugstore chain Walgreens newest flagship store on the famous corner of Sunset & Vine in Holly..

Russia drops plans for Putin mosaic in military church

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows a new Orthodox cathedral dedicated to the Russian Armed Forces during construction works outside Moscow, Russia April 28, 2020. Sergei Kiselyov/Moscow News Agency/Handout via REUTERS MOSCOW (Reuters) - A grandiose mosaic depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and other high-ranking officials will not be put on display in a new military church after objections from the Kremlin leader, a church official said on..

U.S. coronavirus outbreak soon to be deadlier than any flu since 1967 as deaths...

(Reuters) - U.S. deaths from the novel coronavirus topped 60,000 on Wednesday and the outbreak will soon be deadlier than any flu season since 1967, according to a Reuters tally. FILE PHOTO: Soldiers are quarantined while recovering from the Spanish flu at Camp Funston, Kansas, U.S. in 1918. U.S. Army/Handout via REUTERS. America's worst flu season in recent years was in 2017-2018 when more than 61,000 people died, according to the U.S. Ce..

Dancing in the streets: Ballet stars perform in empty Amsterdam

Ballet dancer Yvonne Slingerland Cosialls of the Dutch National Ballet performs on the streets of Amsterdam for the "Gently Quiet" project, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Six dancers from the Dutch National Ballet headed out into the empty streets of Amsterdam this week to perform their parts in a piece of choreography inspired by..

Spray it, don’t say it: Kenya graffiti artists spread health message

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A six-foot image of a sad-eyed man, baseball cap askew and mask covering his nose and mouth is spray painted on a building in a Nairobi slum. Next to it are the words “Corona is real”. There are six other pieces of graffiti like it around Mathare, the Kenyan capital’s second-largest slum. One urges people to wash their hands, another to use mobile money rather than germ-ridden cash. All are public health messages to avoid th..

Banksy’s ‘Girl with a Pierced Eardrum’ gains a coronavirus face mask

LONDON (Reuters) - Banksy’s “Girl with a Pierced Eardrum” has been updated for the coronavirus era with the addition of a blue surgical face mask. The mural, a take on Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” but with a security alarm replacing the pearl, was painted on a harbourside building in the street artist’s home city of Bristol in west England in 2014. It is not known whether Banksy, whose identity is a closely guarde..

Beauty in radishes: Parisian tells lockdown story in watercolor

Agnes Goyet, a Parisian artist who documented life in lockdown in a journal during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, paints on paper with watercolours in her apartment in Paris, France, April 18, 2020. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier PARIS (Reuters) - From a bunch of radishes to a sleeping cat, Parisian Agnes Goyet has turned to her life indoors for inspiration as France’s coronavirus lockdown frees her up to pursue her hobby - art. Goyet, who..

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