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Tom Hanks, wife back in US after contracting virus

Publication date 31 March 2020 | 22:28 | ICT

Hollywood megastar Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson are back home in Los Angeles after two weeks in hospital and self-isolation in Australia where they contracted the coronavirus.



  • Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum during pandemic shutdown

    Publication date 31 March 2020 | 22:27 | ICT

    Thieves stole a painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh early on Monday in a daring heist from a museum that was closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Magnet slip puts inventor in hospital

    Publication date 31 March 2020 | 22:26 | ICT

    An Australian astrophysicist bored by coronavirus isolation saw his attempted invention to stop people catching the disease go hilariously wrong when he landed in hospital with magnets stuck up his nose.

  • Thai elephant crisis: Hungry and in chains

    Publication date 31 March 2020 | 21:57 | ICT

    Underfed and chained up for endless hours, campaigners warn that many elephants working in Thailand’s tourism sector may starve, be sold to zoos or shifted into the illegal logging trade as the coronavirus decimates visitor numbers.

  • CCF spinning dreams for Phnom Penh’s down-and-out

    Publication date 31 March 2020 | 00:09 | ICT

    Inside a Prek Toal community home located in the area of a former landfill in Phnom Penh’s Stung Meanchey commune, Ly Vannak was diligently cutting and sewing fabric.

  • Mother Nature taking back world’s empty city streets as humans retreat

    Publication date 31 March 2020 | 00:07 | ICT

    As humans retreat into their homes as more and more countries go under coronavirus lockdown, wild animals are slipping cover to explore the empty streets of some of our biggest cities.

  • Kiwis snitching on lockdown rule-breakers crashes website

    Publication date 31 March 2020 | 00:04 | ICT

    New Zealanders have become so keen to report their neighbours for breaking coronavirus lockdown rules that police on Monday said a website dedicated to addressing the issue crashed soon after going live.

  • Restaurant in Florida receives $10,000 tip a day before closing

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 23:24 | ICT

    A customer left a $10,000 tip to be divided among the employees of a Florida restaurant, a day before it was forced to close because of the coronavirus outbreak, the owner said.

  • With toilet paper for prizes, US golfers play on despite pandemic

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 23:23 | ICT

    While most global sport has shut down over the coronavirus pandemic, a US third-level women’s golf tour is playing through, aided by a ruling declaring Arizona courses as essential businesses – and where a winner’s prize recently in

  • South African couple run ‘balcony marathon’

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 23:23 | ICT

    A South African couple who ran a marathon on the balcony of their Dubai apartment, streaming it online, plan to take the project global to help people shake off the coronavirus blues.

  • Lebanese applaud virus-battling health workers

    Publication date 30 March 2020 | 23:21 | ICT

    Cheering erupted from balconies and windows in Lebanon on Sunday evening, as the country’s citizens celebrated their “heroic” medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.