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OGN Saturday

Good news from around the world to kick off the weekend.

  • New York: The streets have never looked (and smelled) so good, courtesy of random 'flower flashes' by a kind-hearted florist wanting to make New Yorkers smile.

  • London: If you can't tell an oak from a lime tree, or a sycamore from a London plane, this tree mapping app should be just up your street.

  • Worldwide: Cleaner air during lockdown relieves asthma for millions.

  • Europe: Open-air cinemas booming in post-lockdown cities.

  • Football fans: Amazon Prime will make its Premier League games free to air when the season restarts. Fans will not need a Prime membership to watch fixtures on the online streaming service when the top-flight campaign resumes from 17 June.

  • New Zealand: Employer welcomes back 14 workers with surprise $1,000 bonuses – to spend at struggling local businesses.

  • London: Teams from London's Guy's and St Thomas' hospital and King's College believe ibuprofen, which is an anti-inflammatory as well as a painkiller, could treat breathing difficulties, and hope the low-cost treatment will keep patients off ventilators.

  • US: Renewables surpass coal in energy generation for first time in 130 years.

  • Israel: Report shows smokers are 50% less likely to get coronavirus. The latest study pooled data from more than three million people who were part of Clalit Health Services, the country's largest health provider. That should make David Hockney happy!

  • If you thought that the two astronauts that recently blasted off in SpaceX looked a bit like super-heroes, it's because their suits were created by the Hollywood designer responsible for Batman's and Captain America's attire.

  • EU: Pledges to lift internal border controls by end of month.

  • Ferguson, Missouri: Elected its first black mayor this week - Ella Jones took 54 percent of the vote and is also the first woman to hold the office. 

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