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21:11 World
Ethiopia's PM, on frontline, urges troops to 'destroy' enemy

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his foes had been defeated and promised to recapture territory in the region of Amhara from rebellious Tigrayan forces after praising military victories against the Tigrayans in the region of Afar.

Source: reuters.com

17:12 World
Ukraine’s Zelensky calls for direct talks with Russia ‘to end war’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday called for direct negotiations with Russia to end an eight-year war with pro-Russian separatists in his country’s east. “We must tell the truth that we will not be able to end the war without direct talks with Russia,” Zelensky said during an annual address to lawmakers.

Source: france24.com

16:34 World
Ethiopian gov’t says it retook string of towns from Tigray forces

The Ethiopian government says its forces recaptured Shewa Robit, a town some 220km from the capital Addis Ababa, which was claimed last week by fighters from the northern Tigray region. Government spokesman Legesse Tulu said on Wednesday Shewa Robit was among several small towns retaken by Ethiopia’s army and regional forces loyal to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who last week announced he would head to the battlefield to lead a counteroffensive after the Tigrayan fighters threatened to march on Addis Ababa.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:31 World
Secretary of State Antony Blinken to meet with Russian foreign minister Thursday

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday in Stockholm, according to a State Department official. Blinken will also meet with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the margins of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council meeting, the official said.

Source: cnn.com

14:40 World
Sword carried by Napoleon in 1799 coup up for auction in US

The dress sword carried by Napoleon Bonaparte when he staged a coup in 1799 will go under the hammer at the weekend with five other weapons that belonged to the French emperor, US auctioneers announced. The lot, which will be put up for auction from December 3 to 5 by the Illinois-based Rock Island Auction Company, is valued at $1.5 million to $3.5 million.

Source: france24.com

13:55 World
Tommy Lane, actor and stuntman in ‘Live and let die,’ ‘Shaft,’ dies at 83

His daughter Kamala reported that he died after a long bout of COPD. In Richard Roundtree’s “Shaft,” his character Leroy could be seen crashing through Richard Roundtree’s Times Square office window. “That’s some cold shit, throwing my man Leroy out the window. Just picked my man up and threw him out the goddamn window,” says Willy in the 1971 blaxploitation classic.

Source: variety.com

12:49 World
Tel Aviv ranked world's priciest city for first time

Tel Aviv is the world's most expensive city to live in as soaring inflation has pushed up living costs globally, according to a survey published on Wednesday. The Israeli city climbed five rungs to score top place for the first time in the authoritative ranking compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Source: france24.com

11:48 World
Lesotho ex-PM Thomas Thabane charged with murdering wife

Lesotho's former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been charged with the 2017 murder of his estranged wife Lipolelo Thabane. His current wife, Maesaiah, was charged with the same crime last year. She was living with Mr Thabane at the time of the killing and they are accused of hiring hitmen. They have both denied any involvement.

Source: bbc.com

11:10 World
COVID in Europe: Greece to fine over-60s €100 a month for refusing jab

Residents in Greece over the age of 60 will be fined €100 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, under the first general COVID-19 mandate announced by the country’s government. The measure was announced in response to a surge in cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant. It will come into effect on January 16 with the fines to be added to their tax bills, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised announcement on Tuesday. Greece’s death toll exceeded 18,000 this week with confirmed infections at record levels.

Source: euronews.com

10:26 World
Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point in two decades, UN says

Tens of millions are going hungry in Latin America and the Caribbean as the Covid-19 pandemic sharpens a regional malnutrition crisis to its worst levels in decades, according to the United Nations. In just one year -- from 2019 to 2020 -- the number of people living with hunger in the region rose by 30%, or 13.8 million people, a new United Nations Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition report said.

Source: cnn.com

10:00 World
U.S. judge sentences wife of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' to three years in prison

A U.S. judge sentenced the wife of imprisoned Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to three years in prison on Tuesday, after she pleaded guilty to helping the Sinaloa drug cartel. Before her sentencing in a federal court in Washington, Emma Coronel Aispuro, 32, pleaded with U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras to show her mercy.

Source: reuters.com

22:29 World
Man City: Pep Guardiola says the club face player 'emergency'

Manchester City are in an "emergency" with just "14 or 15" senior players for Wednesday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa, says boss Pep Guardiola.

Source: bbc.com

21:49 World
La Palma: Authorities urge people to wear masks due to toxic gas

Lava stopped spewing from the main emission centre of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain's La Palma island, as the secondary cone remained active, the National Geographic Institute said on Monday. Volcanic activity seemed to have shifted from the main cone to a secondary one seen from the east, as lava continued to flow from new emission points, according to the IGN.

Source: euronews.com

20:26 Region
Extreme winds in Turkey kill 6 and injure 52

At least six people were killed and 52 were injured after extreme wind storms swept through Turkey on Tuesday, according to state-run broadcaster Anadolu. Four of the fatalities were in Turkey's commercial hub of Istanbul, home to 16 million people, and three of the injured are in serious condition. Trees were uprooted, many rooftops were blown away, mosque minarets were toppled and an iconic clock tower was destroyed.

Source: cnn.com

17:31 World
Yazidi genocide: IS member found guilty in German landmark trial

An Iraqi member of the Islamic State (IS) group has been found guilty of genocide against the Yazidi religious minority in a landmark German trial. A court in Frankfurt sentenced Taha al-Jumailly to life for crimes including the murder of a Yazidi girl in Iraq. The jihadist was accused of enslaving the five-year-old in 2015, chaining her up and leaving her to die of thirst.

Source: bbc.com

16:25 World
Brazilian police burn gold miners’ boats in Amazon

Brazil’s government says police burned 131 boats used by illegal gold miners in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The raid comes as president Jair Bolsonaro has pledged a pivot in his permissive approach to deforestation.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:32 World
‘Miracle’ rescue of man after 22 hours drifting in rough seas off Japan

The 69-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was alone on a boat off south-western Kagoshima prefecture en route to the resort island of Yakushima on Saturday afternoon when it capsized. He managed to call a colleague on the island to alert him, but was not found until nearly a day later, the coastguard said, when rescuers spotted him sitting on the engine of his capsized boat, clasping a propeller part.

Source: theguardian.com

14:44 World
China to provide 1 billion Covid vaccine doses to Africa, President Xi says

China will deliver another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $10 billion in the continent over the next three years, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. The country has already supplied nearly 200 million doses to Africa.

Source: france24.com

13:34 World
Xiomara Castro poised to become first female president of Honduras

The opposition candidate Xiomara Castro appears poised to become the first female president of Honduras in a landslide victory 12 years after her husband was forced from power in a military-backed coup. With results counted from just over half of precincts on Monday, Castro held a commanding 20-point lead over her nearest rival, Nasry Asfura of the ruling National party. Castro, 62, declared herself the winner in a speech before a crowd of jubilant supporters late on Sunday, and promised to form a government of “peace and justice”.

Source: theguardian.com

12:30 World
Moderna says Omicron vaccine could be ready by early 2022

Shares of Moderna extended their rally for a second trading session after the drugmaker said it had mobilised hundreds of workers on Thursday to start work on an Omicron jab.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:52 World
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has stepped down from his executive role

Dorsey will be replaced by chief technology officer (CTO) Parag Agrawal, the company announced on Monday. The surprise move ends Dorsey’s much criticized tenure as chief executive officer of both Twitter and Square, his digital payments company, which led to Twitter stakeholders Elliott Management and billionaire investor Paul Singer calling on him to step down from one of those roles. Twitter’s shares rose 11% after the news broke on CNBC before being briefly suspended.

Source: theguardian.com

11:11 World
Tanzania: Seven die in Zanzibar after eating poisonous turtle meat

Seven people, including a three-year-old, have died on Tanzania's Pemba island after eating poisonous turtle meat. Three others are still in hospital. The meat is a common delicacy among those living on Tanzania's islands and coastal areas but the authorities have now banned the consumption of turtles in the area. In rare cases turtle meat can be toxic due to a type of food poisoning known as chelonitoxism. Its exact cause is not known but it is thought to be linked to poisonous algae which the turtles eat.

Source: bbc.com

10:15 World
Ecuador's president extends state of emergency for prisons

President Guillermo Lasso renewed a state of emergency throughout Ecuador's prison system on Monday, extending it for 30 days as the country grapples to control jail violence which has left scores of inmates dead. Lasso first imposed a state of emergency in penitentiaries at the end of September due to violence at the Penitenciaria del actions.

Source: reuters.com

19:05 World
Novak Djokovic unlikely to play at Australian Open over Covid-19 vaccination rules says player's father

Novak Djokovic is unlikely to play at the Australian Open unless rules over Covid-19 vaccinations are relaxed, says his father Srdjan Djokovic. Unvaccinated players will not be allowed to compete at the 2022 event and defending champion Djokovic, 34, has declined to disclose his status.

Source: bbc.com

18:23 World
Crocodile Dundee star David Gulpilil dies aged 68 as fans pay tribute to groundbreaking actor

The "iconic" indigenous Australian actor, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, was from the Mandhalpingu clan of the Yolŋu people and was raised in Arnhem land. His death was announced by South Australian Premier Steven Marshall in a statement on Monday. Gulpilil introduced the world to his culture in his breakout role in Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout.

Source: thesun.co.uk

17:29 World
Manchester United appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim boss

Manchester United announced on Monday they had appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 63-year-old German joins from Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was manager of sports and development.

Source: france24.com

16:41 World
Prince Charles rejects claim he queried skin tone of Harry and Meghan's child

Prince Charles's spokesman on Monday rejected a claim made in a book that the heir to the British throne had questioned what the skin tone of Prince Harry and Meghan's child would be. In the book, "Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan", author Christopher Andersen says Charles asked what the "complexion" of the child would be.

Source: reuters.com

15:20 World
Venezuela’s Maduro calls EU election observers ‘spies’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has dismissed as “spies” members of a European Union electoral observation mission sent to observe last week’s regional polls. The observers reported polls saw better conditions than previous years, but raised concerns over some practices.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:51 World
Madhya Pradesh: Man builds Taj Mahal replica home for wife

A 52-year-old Indian businessman has built a scaled-down replica of the iconic Taj Mahal as a home for his wife of 27 years. Anand Prakash Chouksey built his "monument of love" in Burhanpur city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The house cost about 20 million rupees ($260,000) to build, he said.

Source: bbc.com

13:51 World
Gunmen kill four at pipeline workers in Nigeria's oil-rich Delta

Gunmen have killed four men who were involved in the maintenance on a pipeline owned by the Nigerian subsidiary of Italian oil giant Eni, a local security spokesman told Reuters. The men, two workers, a driver and a security operative, died at a facility in Nembe, Bayelsa state, which feeds oil and gas to the Brass export terminal, Solomon Ogbere, a spokesman for the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, said.

Source: reuters.com

13:07 World
Sweden gets second chance to appoint Andersson as PM

Swedish Social Democratic Party leader Magdalena Andersson gets a second chance at becoming the country's prime minister on Monday, after her initial attempt last week lasted just seven hours. Parliament is expected to appoint Andersson as the head of a minority government made up solely of the Social Democrats, with just 10 months to go before September general elections. The parliament's vote is scheduled to begin at 1:00 pm.

Source: france24.com

12:18 World
Researchers try producing potato resistant to climate change

University of Maine researchers are trying to produce potatoes that can better withstand warming temperatures as the climate changes. Warming temperatures and an extended growing season can lead to quality problems and disease, Gregory Porter, a professor of crop ecology and management, told the Bangor Daily News.

Source: apnews.com

11:25 World
Covid: Australia woman charged after setting fire in quarantine hotel

A 31-year-old woman in Australia has been charged with arson after a fire destroyed part of a Covid-19 quarantine hotel in Cairns, Queensland. It is alleged she lit a fire under a bed in the room she had been sharing with two children on Sunday morning. More than 160 people were evacuated as fire took hold in the 11-storey Pacific Hotel. No-one was injured.

Source: bbc.com

10:50 World
Kevin Strickland: Fundraiser for exonerated Missouri man tops $1.5m

A fundraiser set up to help a Missouri man who served more than 42 years in jail for a triple murder he did not commit has reached $1.5m (£1.1m). Kevin Strickland was freed on Tuesday at the age of 62. He had maintained his innocence since his arrest at 18. It was the longest wrongful incarceration in state history, but under Missouri law he is not entitled to receive any financial compensation. So his lawyers launched a GoFundMe page to help with his living expenses.

Source: bbc.com

10:15 World
Czech president appoints coalition leader Petr Fiala as new PM

Leader of the incoming coalition government Petr Fiala has been named the Czech Republic’s new prime minister in an unusual ceremony, with COVID-stricken President Milos Zeman speaking from behind a plastic barrier. Fiala leads a bloc of five parties that controls 108 seats in the 200-member lower house of parliament.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:00 World
Virgil Abloh: Off-White designer dies at 41

Fashion designer Virgil Abloh has died after suffering from cancer, it has been announced. The 41-year-old, who was the creative director for Louis Vuitton and Off-White, was living with cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare aggressive form of the disease, according to an announcement on his official Instagram page.

Source: theguardian.com

18:45 World
Spanish police march in Madrid to protest against 'Gag Law' reform

Thousands of Spanish police officers marched through Madrid on Saturday to protest against a proposed reform of a security law which they say will hamper their ability to do their work. Politicians from Spain's three main conservative parties joined police officers in the protest against proposed changes to the 2015 Citizens Security Law, which critics say violates the right to protest and limits free expression.

Source: reuters.com

18:07 World
At least 2 dead as Storm Arwen thrashes the UK

At least two people are reported to have died as Britain was battered by severe weather with winds reaching speeds of over 144 km/h in some areas. The Met Office said Northumberland in northern England, was hit by overnight gusts of wind of 157 km/h and Devon in the southwest also experienced winds of 92 mph.

Source: cnn.com

16:53 World
Covid: Dozens test positive on SA-Netherlands flights

Sixty-one people who arrived in Amsterdam on two flights from South Africa have tested positive for Covid-19, Dutch officials say. They have been placed in isolation at a hotel near Schiphol airport. They were among some 600 passengers held for several hours after arrival while they were tested for the virus. The Dutch authorities are carrying out further testing to see if there are any cases of Omicron, named on Friday as a variant of concern by the WHO.

Source: bbc.com

15:22 World
Storm Arwen cuts power for tens of thousands of Britons

Tens of thousands of people across Britain were left without power overnight as Storm Arwen brought strong winds that gusted up to nearly 100 miles per hour (160 kph) parts of the country. Gusts of 98 mph hit Brizlee Wood in Northumberland, north-eastern England, according to the Met Office, which said amber and yellow warnings remained in place on Saturday across much of the country.

Source: reuters.com

13:51 World
Japan PM to step up defence amid China, North Korea threats

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has renewed his pledge to consider “all options,” including acquiring enemy base strike capability to protect the country amid growing threats from China and North Korea. Kishida said security situation around Japan is changing fast and is more severe than ever.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:58 World
Adele: 30 becomes 2021's fastest-selling album despite sales drop

Adele's 30 has shot to number one, overtaking Abba to become the fastest-selling album of the year so far. Its 261,000 first-week chart sales mean it sped past the Swedish pop group's comeback album Voyage, which opened with 204,000 sales. However, Adele's sales figures are significantly lower than those of her previous album 25, released in 2015.

Source: bbc.com

11:11 World
Will Covid variant omicron need a new vaccine? Time and data will tell.

Manufacturers are already testing how their vaccines work against omicron.

Source: nbcnews.com

10:51 World
Archaeologists unearth mummy estimated to be at least 800 years old in Peru

A team of experts has found a mummy on Peru’s central coast, one of the archaeologists who participated in the excavation said. The mummified remains were of a person from the culture that developed between the coast and mountains of the South American country. The mummy, whose gender was not identified, was discovered in the Lima region, said archaeologist Pieter Van Dalen Luna on Friday.

Source: theguardian.com

10:16 World
Musical theatre icon Stephen Sondheim dies at 91

Legendary US composer and songwriter Stephen Sondheim has died aged 91. His lawyer told the New York Times that Sondheim passed away on Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. The New-York born composer won eight Grammy awards, nine Tony awards - including the special Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre - and one Academy Award. He also received a Pulitzer Prize. In 2015, US President Barack Obama bestowed Sondheim the Presidential Medal of Freedom - the highest civilian award - for his work.

Source: bbc.com

19:27 Region
Turkish court extends imprisonment of philanthropist Osman Kavala

A Turkish court on Friday extended the imprisonment of the philanthropist Osman Kavala, whose case caused a diplomatic crisis with the US and other western countries after they called for his release. The court’s decision paves the way for the Council of Europe to launch infringement proceedings against Turkey. Kavala has been incarcerated without being convicted for more than four years, prompting claims of political persecution against the businessman amid international criticism of Ankara’s crackdown on opponents.

Source: theguardian.com

18:52 World
10 police hurt as violence spreads on French Caribbean islands

Ten police officers were injured and several journalists shot at on the French Caribbean island of Martinique overnight Thursday to Friday as protests sparked by Covid-19 vaccine measures spread.

Source: france24.com

18:01 World
Italy, France deepen economic, defense cooperation

Italian Premier Mario Draghi said that a bilateral treaty signed on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron to strengthen bilateral cooperation would in turn strengthen the European Union, in such areas as defense. The treaty deepens cooperation “in crucial sectors, from security to justice, from research to industry,” Draghi told a press conference. That includes spending to create “a true European defense” that Draghi said “obviously is complementary to NATO” and doesn’t substitute the alliance.

Source: apnews.com

17:08 World
Mobile phone museum celebrates ugly and iconic phones

More than 2,000 old and iconic mobile phones are being showcased in a new online museum. The Mobile Phone Museum was set up by industry analyst Ben Wood who had collected thousands of phones as a hobby.

Source: bbc.com

16:44 World
41,500-year-old decorated ivory pendant made from mammoth bone is discovered in a cave in Poland

An intricately decorated ivory pendant made from mammoth bone has been discovered in Poland, and may be the oldest example of ornate jewellery found in Eurasia yet. It features patterns of over 50 puncture marks in an irregular looping curve, and two complete holes, which could represent hunting tallies or lunar notations, according to the researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

15:29 World
Coronavirus: Countries shut borders over new South Africa variant

More countries are tightening their travel restrictions after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa earlier this week. The UK, Singapore and Japan are among those rushing in stricter quarantine measures and banning flights from South Africa and neighbouring countries. The EU is proposing to ban flights from the region across the whole bloc. Scientists still have much to learn about the variant, but there are concerns it may be the worst yet.

Source: bbc.com

14:43 World
Ikea is offering a tiny apartment in Tokyo for less than $1 per month

Swedish retailer Ikea is becoming a landlord in Japan with a tiny apartment it will rent out in Tokyo. The 10-square-meter (107-square-foot) apartment is located in the Shinjuku district and will cost just 99 yen ($0.86) per month to rent, according to details released by Ikea this week. Only one unit is available, and it is fully furnished with Ikea furniture and accessories. The company is accepting applications from potential tenants, who must be over 20 years old, until December 3.

Source: cnn.com

13:31 World
Israel finds case of Covid strain first detected in South Africa

Israel has identified a case of a Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations first detected in South Africa, the health ministry said Friday. Two more cases were detected in "people returning from abroad", it said, adding that they had been placed in quarantine.

Source: france24.com

12:39 Region
Turkish police fire tear gas at women protesters in Istanbul

Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Thursday to push back thousands of people, many of them women, who took to the streets of Istanbul to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The protests, part of a week of nationwide mobilisation, came amid calls for Turkey to rejoin the Istanbul Convention.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:31 World
Spanish police recover rare 2,000-year-old Iberian sword

The pre-Roman falcata, a double-edged, curved sword used by the Iberians between the fifth and first centuries BC, was seized along with 202 other archaeological pieces after it appeared on what Policía Nacional officers termed “a well known social media site”. The sword, which has been dated to between the third and first century BC, is particularly sought after because of the original condition of its blade.

Source: theguardian.com

11:07 World
Nile Rodgers is auctioning guitars for talented teenagers

The multi-award winning music producer and guitarist, Nile Rodgers, is to auction his guitars, cars and personal items to raise money for his We Are Family Foundation. The not-for-profit organisation provides mentoring for talented teenagers around the world. One of the guitars being auctioned is a replica of his famous Hitmaker. The auction of over 160 lots takes place at Christie's in New York on 16 December.

Source: bbc.com

10:25 World
Dozens killed in clashes in Sudan’s restive Darfur

At least 35 people have been killed in days of fighting between herders in Sudan’s western Darfur region with more than a thousand homes set on fire, officials have said. The violence broke out on November 17 between armed Arab herders in the rugged Jebel Moon mountains close to the border with Chad, said Omar Abdelkarim, Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commissioner in West Darfur state on Thursday.

Source: aljazeera.com

21:32 World
Egypt to reopen 3,000-year-old Avenue of Sphinxes in grand, glitzy Luxor ceremony

The country is set to open the 3,000-year-old Avenue of Sphinxes to the public Thursday in an elaborate ceremony in the southern city of Luxor that follows decades of excavation efforts. The ancient walkway, nearly two miles long and about 250 feet wide, was once named “The Path of God.” It connects the Temple of Luxor with the Temple of Karnak, just up the Nile river to the north.

Source: nbcnews.com

17:39 World
Film storyboards for doomed 1970s version of Dune sell for €2.7m

The storyboards for the doomed 1970s film version of sci-fi classic Dune have sold for €2.66m ($3m) at auction, about 100 times the expected price. Long considered a mythical object by sci-fi fans, the notebook of drawings for the film by Franco-Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky triggered a bidding war at Christie’s in Paris.

Source: theguardian.com

17:00 World
Hackney man first to receive 3D-printed prosthetic eye

A hospital patient will become the first person in the world to have a 3D-printed prosthetic eye. Steve Varze, from Hackney, east London, will receive the eye on Thursday at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. It is hoped the eye will be more realistic than a traditional acrylic prosthetic eye. It will also cut the time it takes for patients to be fitted with their prosthetics in half, from six weeks to three.

Source: bbc.com

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