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17:22 World
Scientists discover one of world’s largest coral reefs in waters off Tahiti

Scientists have discovered a vast reef of "pristine" rose-shaped corals apparently unharmed by climate change in deep water off the coast of Tahiti, UNESCO announced Thursday. Mapping approximately three kilometres long and up to 65 metres wide, UNESCO said it was "one of the most extensive healthy coral reefs on record".

Source: france24.com

16:32 World
19-year-old woman sets record for solo global flight

The 19-year-old Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford set a world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, touching her small airplane down in western Belgium on Thursday — 155 days after she departed. Rutherford will find herself in the Guinness World Records book after setting the mark that had been held by 30-year-old American aviator Shaesta Waiz since 2017.

Source: apnews.com

16:03 World
Pakistan: Deadly bomb blast targets Lahore’s shopping district

At least two people have been killed and dozens more wounded after an explosion in a busy shopping district in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, police say. The explosion took place in the Lohari Gate area, a densely packed neighbourhood consisting of small shops packed into narrow criss-crossing streets, on Thursday afternoon, police spokesperson Nayab Haider told Al Jazeera.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:22 World
China, Russia and Iran to launch joint naval drill on Friday

China, Russia and Iran will hold a maritime joint exercise on Friday, a public relations official from Iran’s armed forces told the semi-official ISNA news agency on Thursday. The wargame will take place in the northern Indian Ocean, Mostafa Tajoldin said, and is the third joint naval drill between the three countries, with the previous one taking place last February.

Source: timesofisrael.com

14:07 World
North Korea threatens to restart nuclear and long-range missile tests to counter America's 'hostile moves'

North Korea has threatened to resume its nuclear and long-range missile tests as it prepares for 'confrontation' with the US. Kim Jong Un has not tested inter-continental ballistic missiles or nukes since 2017 after putting launches on hold, but fears are growing the tests will restart after the US crossed a 'danger line'. A state report said Pyongyang should consider resuming the weapons tests.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

13:12 World
Tonga: First foreign aid plane from New Zealand arrives

The first foreign aid plane has arrived in Tonga, carrying much-needed water and supplies for the Pacific nation. New Zealand said its military plane landed at Tonga's main airport after workers cleared ash from the runway. Other planes and ships sent by New Zealand and Australia are on the way. Saturday's eruption of an undersea volcano and tsunami wave saw volcanic ash blanketing the islands, posing a serious health risk. The ash and sea water have contaminated water supplies.

Source: bbc.com

12:35 World
French champagne houses toast record sales

French champagne sales rebounded last year to reach a record 5.5 billion euros ($6.2 billion) as demand soared despite the lingering impact of Covid restrictions that weighed on restaurants and bars, producers said Wednesday. Around 322 million bottles were sold in 2021, up 32 percent from the previous year, when shipments slumped 20 percent during Covid lockdowns worldwide, the Comite Champagne federation said in its preliminary estimates.

Source: france24.com

11:58 World
Jon Stewart to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Comedian Jon Stewart, whose irreverent brand of political and media satire made him a beloved figure on television, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington in April, becoming the 23rd recipient of the prize.

Source: reuters.com

11:16 World
Djokovic has 80% stake in biotech firm developing Covid drug

Novak Djokovic is the controlling shareholder in a Danish biotech firm aiming to develop a treatment for Covid-19 that does not involve vaccination, it has emerged. The world No 1, who was deported from Australia this week after the government cancelled his visa in a dispute over a medical exemption relating to his unvaccinated status, bought an 80% stake in QuantBioRes in 2020.

Source: theguardian.com

10:35 World
In the name of God go, David Davis tells Boris Johnson

Former cabinet minister David Davis has joined calls for Boris Johnson to stand down, telling the prime minister: "In the name of God, go." He said the PM had failed to take responsibility for his actions over lockdown parties in Downing Street. Mr Davis's remarks came after backbench Tory MP Christian Wakeford defected to Labour, minutes before Prime Minister's Questions began. The PM batted away repeated calls to quit during the stormy Commons session.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Early works by French master Monet could sell for $50 million in auction

Several early works by one of the world's most renowned Impressionist painters, Claude Monet, are to be put up for sale by the British auction house Sotheby's, with a combined estimate of $50 million. The five paintings, which together chart the French master's shift to Abstract Expressionism over a fifteen-year period, will be offered for auction in London in March, Sotheby's said.

Source: cnn.com

19:22 World
Villagers worship a cow born with a third eye on its forehead because they believe it is the incarnation of Hindu God Shiva

A baby cow has been born in India with three eyes and two sets of nostrils. Some locals are claiming the animal is an incarnation of the Hindu god Shiva. People have made special trips to the farm to see the animal and leave it gifts. It's believed the extra facial features have been caused by a hormonal disorder.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

19:00 World
French actor Gaspard Ulliel dies aged 37 after skiing accident

French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who became world-known for playing Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic, died on Wednesday at the age of 37 from injuries from a skiing accident, his family said in a statement sent to AFP by his agent.

Source: france24.com

18:08 World
Germany tops 100,000 daily COVID-19 cases for first time

Germany reported a record 112,323 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, after the health minister said the peak had not been reached yet and compulsory vaccination should be introduced by May. Germany also recorded 239 deaths in the space of 24 hours, for a cumulative total of 116,081, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious disease said.

Source: reuters.com

16:47 World
Queen launching a royal brown sauce to rival HP for £6.99 a bottle

The “Royal Estate” condiments are produced at the Queen’s place in Sandringham, Norfolk. Sandringham’s Tomato Sauce has dates, apple juice and spices, and is “ideal for breakfast or any time of the day”. It will set you back an eye-watering £6.99 for a 295g bottle. Sandringham’s Brown Sauce is “packed with vinegar and spices”.

Source: thesun.co.uk

16:16 World
Qatar 2022 World Cup tickets go on sale with Final tickets reaching $1,600

In a little over 10 months, the world's best football players will descend on Qatar for the World Cup and tickets have now been made available to the general public. Prices vary depending on the game and what category seat you opt for, with tickets for the Final match ranging from $604 to as much as $1,600. That may seem steep but, in comparison, some official tickets for this year's Super Bowl are starting at $5,950.

Source: cnn.com

14:51 World
Prehistoric fertility symbol that looks like curvy Kim Kardashian sells for staggering £114k

Experts say the 25,000-year-old stone carving has an exaggerated bust and bottom to depict a voluptuous Venus-type figure. A British family, who have owned it for more than 60 years, saw it sell in London’s Mayfair for £114,000 — smashing the pre-sale estimate of between £4,000 and £6,000.

Source: thesun.co.uk

13:44 World
Nursing home fire kills 6 in eastern Spain

Six residents of a nursing home in eastern Spain perished after a fire broke out in the night, authorities said Wednesday. Valencia’s regional head, Ximo Puig, said that 17 more residents were hospitalized, with three in serious condition. Firefighters said that they rescued 25 residents out of a total of 70 that were evacuated from the nursing home in the municipality of Moncada just north of Valencia.

Source: apnews.com

13:05 World
92-year-old Malawian music legend finds fame on TikTok

At 92, Giddes Chalamanda has no idea what TikTok is. He doesn't even own a smartphone. And yet the Malawian music legend has become a social media star, with his song "Linny Hoo" garnering over 80 million views on the video-sharing platform and spawning mashups and remixes from South Africa to the Philippines.

Source: france24.com

12:16 World
Grammy Awards pushed to April due to coronavirus

Music awards ceremony is rescheduled to April 3 in Las Vegas amid rising COVID-19 infections linked to Omicron variant.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:05 Region
Explosion in Turkey shuts down key Iraq oil pipeline

An explosion has shut down a pipeline in southeastern Turkey that carries oil from Iraq to world markets, officials and news reports said. The blast late Tuesday near the town of Pazarcik in Kahramanmaras province caused a huge fire that forced authorities to also shut down a highway, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. No one was hurt in the explosion. The pipeline carries oil from the Kirkuk oil fields in northern Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

Source: apnews.com

11:03 World
12th century prayer room found under mosque in Iraq's Mosul

The foundations of a prayer hall from the 12th century have been discovered under the Al-Nuri mosque -- where the Islamic State group once proclaimed their "caliphate" -- in Iraq's Mosul, site managers said Tuesday. The prayer room was found during excavation underneath the mosque, according to Khaireddine Nasser, director of the department of antiquities and heritage in Nineveh province, of which Mosul is the capital. Four additional rooms for the performance of ablutions were also discovered under the prayer room, Nasser said.

Source: france24.com

10:42 World
Is historic Rome villa the world's most valuable property?

A historic Rome valued at €471m ($535m) has failed to sell at auction, with a new sale set for later this year. The property is home to the only known ceiling mural by Italian baroque artist Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Snow falls in the Sahara

Snow fell in the Saharan town of Ain Sefra in Algeria for the fifth time in 42 years as temperatures dropped. Locals battled freezing overnight temperatures of -2C (28F) in a desert that has seen highs of 136.4F (58C). Ain Sefra, known as The Gateway to the Desert, is 3,000ft above sea level and surrounded by Atlas Mountains.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

20:25 World
Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez had secret Mexican daughter

For decades renowned Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez kept the public from knowing about an intimate aspect of his life: He had a daughter with a Mexican writer, with whom he had an extramarital affair in the early 1990s. The closely guarded secret was published by Colombian newspaper El Universal on Sunday and confirmed to the Associated Press by two relatives of the Nobel Prize-winning author, who is famous for novels like One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

18:00 World
'I'm 60 and sexy': Jim Carrey celebrates milestone birthday

Jim Carrey celebrated his 60th birthday on Monday and took to social media to remind us of the goofball humor that's made him one of comedy's most enduring stars over the last 30 years. The "Dumb and Dumber" actor posted a short clip on his Twitter page to say he was feeling "60 and sexy". He called himself "old but gold" and jokingly saying he'd spend the evening eating creamed corn and strained peaches.

Source: cnn.com

17:35 World
Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19

Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected. The city will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import of small mammals, according to officials from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department. The pet shop employee tested positive for the delta variant on Monday, and several hamsters imported from the Netherlands at the store tested positive as well.

Source: apnews.com

16:37 World
Indonesia names new capital Nusantara, replacing sinking Jakarta

Indonesia plans to name its new capital Nusantara, which translates as “archipelago”, when government offices are relocated to the province of East Kalimantan from Jakarta, on the island of Java. The move has been delayed due to the pandemic, but could go ahead in 2024. The government hopes it will reduce the burden on Jakarta, a city of 10 million, which is notoriously congested, suffers regular flooding, and is one of the fastest sinking cities in the world due to the over extraction of groundwater.

Source: theguardian.com

16:02 World
US airlines warn of impending 5G flight disruption

The 10 biggest US airlines have warned that the impending switch-on of 5G mobile phone services will cause "major disruption" to flights. They said the start of Verizon and AT&T 5G mobile phone services, planned for Wednesday, would cause a "completely avoidable economic calamity". Airlines fear C-band 5G signals will disrupt planes' navigation systems, particularly those used in bad weather.

Source: bbc.com

14:44 World
Real Madrid legend and 6-time European Cup winner Gento dies

Paco Gento, the only footballer to win six European Cups, has died aged 88, his former club Real Madrid announced on Tuesday.

Source: france24.com

13:32 World
Rescue workers search for survivors after deadly Afghan quake

At least 26 people have been killed and hundreds of houses damaged after a magnitude 5.3 quake jolted Badghis province.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:50 World
An amateur metal detectorist found one of England's earliest gold coins in a field. It'll sell for a pretty penny

The "Henry III gold penny," which was unearthed on farmland in Devon, in the country's southwest, was minted in about 1257 and depicts the former English king sitting on an ornate throne, holding an orb and scepter. It is one of only eight such coins known to exist, many of which are in museums. The rare coin could see a windfall as much as £400,000 ($546,000), according to a pre-sale estimate by British auctioneer Spink & Son in London, where it is going under the hammer on Sunday.

Source: cnn.com

11:55 World
Out of this world: 555.55-carat black diamond lands in Dubai

Auction house Sotheby’s Dubai has unveiled a diamond that’s literally from out of this world. Sotheby’s calls the 555.55-carat black diamond — believed to have come from outer space — “The Enigma.” The rare gem was shown off on Monday to journalists as part of a tour in Dubai and Los Angeles before it is due to be auctioned off in February in London. Sotheby’s expects the diamond to be sold for at least 5 million British pounds ($6.8 million). The auction house plans to accept cryptocurrency as a possible payment as well.

Source: apnews.com

11:09 World
More than a dozen dead in coalition strikes on Yemen's Sanaa

An air strike killed about 14 people in a building in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, residents said on Tuesday, during strikes across the city launched by the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi group. The alliance strikes on Houthi-held Sanaa followed an attack claimed by the Iran-aligned Houthis on Monday on coalition partner the United Arab Emirates, in Abu Dhabi, in which three people were killed.

Source: reuters.com

10:38 World
Latest test involved tactical guided missiles: North Korea

North Korea has confirmed it carried out its fourth weapons test this month on Monday, firing two tactical guided missiles – the latest in a series of weapons tests despite a United Nations ban. Leader Kim Jong Un has said ‘military muscle’ necessary for self-defence, but repeated weapons tests draw international concern.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:00 World
Mexico president says he's beaten Covid for second time

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that he had recovered from a second bout of Covid-19, as he resumed his public activities. Lopez Obrador said that he was no longer infected and his symptoms had been milder -- and his recovery quicker -- than with his first coronavirus infection last year.

Source: france24.com

21:09 World
At least 12 killed in Afghan earthquake: district official

At least 12 people were killed after an earthquake hit western Afghanistan on Monday, an official said. The victims died when roofs of their residential houses collapsed in Qadis district in the western province of Badghis, district governor Mohammad Saleh Purdel told AFP.

Source: france24.com

20:42 World
Winter Olympics 2022: Organisers will not sell tickets to general public

Organisers of this year's Winter Olympics in Beijing have cancelled plans to sell tickets to the general public as part of strict Covid-19 restrictions in the Chinese capital. The Games organisers previously said there would be no international spectators but had promised to allow domestic audiences. But tickets will now be distributed to invited "groups of spectators" only.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
North Korea fires two suspected ballistic missiles in fourth test this year

North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles from an airport in its capital city of Pyongyang on Monday, South Korea’s military reported, in the fourth test this month. Japan’s government also reported the launch, with chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno condemning them as a threat to the region’s peace and security.

Source: france24.com

16:45 World
Suspected drone attack in Abu Dhabi causes fire, kills three

At least three people have been killed and six others wounded when three oil tankers exploded in Abu Dhabi in a suspected drone attack, according to Emirati authorities, as Yemen’s Houthi rebels said they had launched an operation “deep” in the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi police said on Monday three fuel tanker trucks had exploded in the industrial Musaffah area, near storage facilities of oil firm ADNOC, and that a fire had also broken out at a construction site at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:22 World
China’s birth rate drops to record low

Mainland China’s birth rate dropped to a record low of 7.52 per 1,000 people in 2021, National Bureau of Statistics data showed on Monday, accelerating a downward trend that led Beijing last year to begin allowing couples to have up to three children. The birth rate was the lowest since 1949 when the statistics bureau began collating the data.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:17 World
Karim Benzema 'threatens to leave Real Madrid if they sign Erling Haaland next summer'

Karim Benzema has threatened to leave Real Madrid next summer if the club signs Erling Haaland, according to reports, with the prolific striker said to be unhappy over Florentino Perez's attempts to bring in a new forward. The 34-year-old has scored 24 goals in just 27 appearances this season, but Madrid are widely expected to be at the front of the queue in the race to snap up Haaland, when he leaves Borussia Dortmund over the summer.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

13:01 World
Celine Dion cancels remaining shows of Courage World Tour due to ongoing health issues

Celine Dion has announced the cancellation of the remaining 16 shows of her world tour, due to ongoing health issues. The Canadian singer said she was recovering from "severe and persistent muscle spasms," that were hindering her ability to perform, according to a post published from her verified Instagram account on Saturday.

Source: cnn.com

12:04 World
Japanese club plans crowdfunded Iniesta statue

Japan's richest football club Vissel Kobe want to build a bronze statue of World Cup-winning star player Andres Iniesta -- and are launching a crowdfunding project to pay for it. Former Barcelona maestro Iniesta joined Kobe in 2018 in a deal worth a reported $30 million a year, and signed a two-year contract extension last spring. Now Kobe are looking to raise 15 million yen ($130,000) to pay tribute to the 37-year-old midfielder with a statue outside their stadium.

Source: france24.com

11:22 World
Tonga calls for ‘immediate aid’ after volcanic eruption, tsunami

Tonga is calling for “immediate aid”, with an urgent need for fresh water and food, as it assesses the damage caused by Saturday’s eruption of Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai. The volcano exploded in a massive eruption on Saturday – said to be the biggest since Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 – triggering a tsunami and blanketing the Pacific island nation in volcanic ash.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:53 World
Ex-leader Poroshenko to go to Ukraine to face charges

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he is returning to Ukraine to fight treason charges — even though he views them as politically motivated — because he believes that fighting them is part of his defense of national unity. Poroshenko spoke Sunday at a news conference in Warsaw hours before he is to fly Monday from the Polish capital to Kyiv, Ukraine, where he is to face the allegations in court.

Source: apnews.com

10:29 World
Novak Djokovic: Tennis star deported after losing Australia visa battle

Judges rejected a challenge by the unvaccinated tennis star after the government cancelled his visa on "health and good order" grounds. Djokovic said he was "extremely disappointed" but accepted the ruling. He has left on a flight to Dubai. It marks the end of a 10-day saga, in which the Serb fought to stay to defend his title in the Australian Open.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dies at 76

Former Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has died, Malian state media channel ORTM reported on Sunday. Keita was in office for seven years, from September 2013 to August 2020, before being ousted in a military coup.

Source: cnn.com

16:19 World
Japanese students injured in stabbing during entrance exams

Several high school students sitting their university entrance exam in Tokyo were wounded on Saturday in an apparent knife attack, Japanese media said. Public broadcaster NHK said three people were conscious after being injured in the morning when another student attacked them with a bladed object as they gathered to take their entrance exam. The alleged assailant, a 17-year old high school student, was arrested, the Asahi newspaper said.

Source: chinadailyhk.com

15:00 World
Sinead O'Connor hospitalized, days after teenage son's death

Sinéad O'Connor has been admitted to the hospital, one week after her 17-year-old son was found dead. The "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer told fans on Thursday night that she was heading to hospital to receive help after sharing in a series of disturbing Twitter posts that she planned to take her own life.

Source: cnn.com

13:43 World
N. Korea fires fresh missiles in response to US sanctions

North Korea on Friday fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles in its third weapons launch this month, officials in South Korea said, in an apparent reprisal for fresh sanctions imposed by the Biden administration for its continuing test launches.

Source: apnews.com

12:29 World
Canadian doctor delivers 'Miracle' baby on flight

A Canadian doctor has told of her joy after delivering a "Miracle" baby on an overnight flight to Uganda. Dr Aisha Khatib, a professor at the University of Toronto, was about one hour into her Qatar Airways flight from Doha to Entebbe when the call went out. A Ugandan migrant worker travelling home from Saudi Arabia was about to deliver her first child. The baby, early at 35 weeks, was born healthy, and was named Miracle Aisha, after the doctor.

Source: bbc.com

11:42 World
Iran says 25-year China agreement enters implementation stage

A 25-year comprehensive cooperation agreement signed between Iran and China last year has now entered the implementation stage, according to Iran’s foreign minister. Hossein Amirabdollahian, in his first visit to China as foreign minister, announced the news late Friday after a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi. The agreement includes economic, military and security cooperation.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:51 World
Netflix raises monthly subscription prices in U.S., Canada

Netflix Inc has raised its monthly subscription price by $1 to $2 per month in the United States depending on the plan, the company said on Friday, to help pay for new programming to compete in the crowded streaming TV market. The standard plan, which allows for two simultaneous streams, now costs $15.49 per month, up from $13.99, in the United States. Prices also rose in Canada, where the standard plan climbed to C$16.49 from C$14.99.

Source: reuters.com

10:28 World
India's richest man is pouring more than $80 billion into green energy

Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani is going big on green energy. His conglomerate, Reliance Industries, announced Thursday that it would allocate a whopping 6 trillion rupees (approximately $80.6 billion) to renewable power projects in the western Indian state of Gujarat, where it hopes to help generate a million new jobs.

Source: cnn.com

10:00 World
Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill dies aged 82

Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill, who designed hundreds of projects around the world, winning plaudits for his innovative social housing in France, died Friday of Covid-related complications, his family said. 

Source: france24.com

21:39 World
Elephants dying from eating plastic waste in Sri Lankan dump

Conservationists and veterinarians are warning that plastic waste in an open landfill in eastern Sri Lanka is killing elephants in the region, after two more were found dead over the weekend. Around 20 elephants have died over the last eight years after consuming plastic trash in the dump in Pallakkadu village in Ampara district, about 210 kilometers (130 miles) east of the capital, Colombo.

Source: apnews.com

19:07 World
Alphonso Davies: Bayern Munich defender diagnosed with mild myocarditis

Bayern Munich defender Alphonso Davies has stopped training after the club detected signs of heart muscle inflammation. The Canadian, 21, has not played since 17 December after contracting Covid-19. Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann said a mild sign of myocarditis was discovered after Davies returned to training.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
Australia agrees to delay Novak Djokovic’s deportation

Australia will delay efforts to deport men’s top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic until his renewed legal challenge concludes. At an emergency hearing on Friday, government lawyer Stephen Lloyd told a judge that Australia would not detain Djokovic before an interview with immigration officials on Saturday morning and he would not be deported before his case is heard.

Source: aljazeera.com

16:52 World
Choomba, 59-year-old gorilla, dies at Atlanta zoo

Choomba, "one of the founding members of the gorilla population at Zoo Atlanta," died Thursday. Veterinary staff "had been monitoring Choomba closely in recent days following a marked decline in her physical condition due to advanced arthritis and other age-related complications," said a zoo statement. "Given her poor prognosis and with concern for her comfort and quality of life, the teams made the extremely difficult decision to euthanize her," the statement said. Choomba arrived at Zoo Atlanta in the 1980s.

Source: cnn.com

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