June 2020

Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche Telekom stand on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona. - The Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile fair, is held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1. (Photo by Pau Barrena / AFP)
Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche T […]

Italy’s 5G stumbles after a shining start

Italy's 5G project, launched to great fanfare in October 2018 with frequencies going for top dollar at auction, has since fallen victim to sky-high costs and red tape
People enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont in Paris during a heatwave on June 23, 2020. Photo: Christophe Archambault / AFP
People enjoy a sunny afternoon at the Pa […]

Europe basks in hot weather as experts fear virus risk

Recently released from lockdown, many Europeans thronged shady parks as temperatures soared during a heat wave experts fear will lead to new infections as people flout social distancing rules
In this photo illustration, a COVID-19 Unemployment Assistance Updates logo is displayed on a smartphone on top of an application for unemployment benefits on May 8, 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. - With shops and factories closed nationwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, nearly all of the jobs created in the US economy in the last decade were wiped out in a single month. An unprecedented 20.5 million jobs were destroyed in April in the world's largest economy, driving the unemployment rate to 14.7 percent compared to 4.4 percent in March, the Labor Department said in its monthly report, the first to capture the impact of a full month of the lockdowns. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)
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Virus fallout takes heavy toll on young workers

"Generation Z" -- those aged 18-24 -- will be hardest hit by the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic as employers slash jobs and cut back on graduate recruitment and internships, studies show
An airliner of India's IndiGo carrier flies over the setting sun in New Delhi on February 10, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Prakash SINGH (Photo by PRAKASH SINGH / AFP)
An airliner of India's IndiGo carrier fl […]

Green aviation still has electrifying future despite virus

The aviation industry has long been under pressure to reduce pollution, and while airlines have taken a financial wallop from the coronavirus crisis it may not stop a greening of the skies
AI (artificial intelligence) security cameras using facial recognition technology are displayed at the 14th China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing on October 24, 2018. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)
AI (artificial intelligence) security ca […]

Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance

Facial recognition has helped simplify our lives but the global anti-racism protests have prompted some privacy and rights groups to voice concerns over the technology is being used police forces
(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 2, 2020 a hospital staff stands in front of 'Mitra', a robot equipped with a thermal camera installed to register and conduct preliminary screening of patients before directing them to respective medical specialists to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus, at Fortis hospital in Bangalore. (Photo by Manjunath Kiran / AFP)
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Robots: allies during virus crisis, enemies later?

When human contact needs to be kept to a minimum, robots can save lives and factories. But when the coronavirus crisis is over, will they amplify job losses?
A photo released on June 12, 2020 by Rewilding Europe shows a Eurasian grey wolf (Canis lupus) at a vulture-watching site in the Madzharovo valley, Bulgaria on May 19, 2013. Photo: Rewilding Europe / Staffan Wildstrand / AFP
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In virus lockdown, Europe’s predators regain turf

Across Europe and around the world, stay-at-home orders since early March have allowed some animals to recolonise -- or at least revisit -- urbanised spaces, in which their kind once roamed free
People enjoy the sunny weather in Palma Beach in Palma de Mallorca on June 15, 2020. - A planeload of German tourists flew today to Spain's Mallorca island, taking part in a test of plans to reopen the popular destination as the country emerges from its coronavirus lockdown. The 180 Germans flew from Duesseldorf to Mallorca, the largest island in the sunny Balearic archipelago, six days before Spain is to open its borders in general on June 21. Almost 11,000 tourists from Germany are to follow in the coming days. (Photo by JAIME REINA / AFP)
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For Europeans, a post-virus summer at the beach?

With lockdowns being lifted and the tourism industry up against the wall, the European Union has set out plans to reopen its internal borders, prompting many to plan a post-coronavirus summer holiday