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18:00 World
Stolen Roman statue found in Brussels antique shop

A Roman statue dating back to the First Century BC has been recovered, almost a decade after it was stolen from archaeological site in Italy. Two Italian officers came across the sculpture of a headless figure wearing a toga at an antique shop in Belgium. Suspicious of its origins, they searched a database of stolen artefacts and discovered the "Togatus" statue had been missing since 2011. The sculpture is believed to be worth around €100,000 ($120,000, £87,000).

Source: bbc.com

17:32 World
Japanese regulator bans restart at nuclear plant over safety breaches

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has been prevented from restarting its only operable atomic facility after a series of safety breaches, dealing a significant blow to Japanese attempts to resume nuclear power generation.

Source: theguardian.com

16:45 World
Motorcyclist is killed after ‘being hit by bird’ causing horror crash in Sheffield

A Motorcyclist was killed after a bird hit his helmet and caused the 73-year-old to crash, say police. William Jackson, known as Billy, collided with the animal as he overtook two cars in Sheffield. The impact caused William's Yamaha to swerve into a field beside the road, where William was found in a ditch.

Source: thesun.co.uk

15:58 World
Ville de Bitche: Facebook mistakenly removes French town's page

The social network's algorithm confused the name of the town in Moselle, north-east France, with the English insult. Bitche's mayor said the Facebook page of the town (population 5,000) was removed on 19 March for violating site rules. Facebook said it had reinstated the page on Tuesday after spotting the error. The mayor said the president of French Facebook had contacted him on Tuesday to tell him the page had been reinstated and to apologize for the inconvenience. Mr Kieffer invited him, as well as Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, to visit Bitche "to discover our pretty fortified town".

Source: bbc.com

14:57 World
New Zealand to launch world-first climate change rules

New Zealand is to become the world's first country to bring in a law forcing its financial firms to report on the effects of climate change. The country wants to be carbon neutral by 2050 and says the financial sector needs to play its part. Banks, insurers and fund managers can do this by knowing the environmental effect of their investments, says its Climate Change Minister James Shaw.

Source: bbc.com

13:54 World
Queen returns to royal duties four days after Prince Philip’s death

The monarch held her first in-person event since Philip’s passing on Friday, hosting a ceremony to mark the retirement of her household’s most senior official, the Earl Peel, who formally stood down as Lord Chamberlain.

Source: independent.co.uk

13:34 World
Triplets who married the same day welcome baby boys within the same period

The Nigerian triplet brothers, Chinedu, Chukwuebuka and Kenechukwu Onyia, tied the knots with their lovers at Ngwo in Enugu State on June 6, 2020. Photos of the couples went viral after the wedding ceremony and some reports suggested that the wives were triplets too, but it later became clear that they are from three different states - Enugu, Delta and Imo.

Source: pulse.com

12:55 World
Austrian health minister resigns due to exhaustion

Austria's health minister has said he is stepping down because of exhaustion. He said his 15 months in office had "felt like 15 years". Rudolf Anschober, 60, was appointed in January 2020 and led the country's health response to the pandemic.

Source: bbc.com

12:11 World
Ever Given impounded as Suez Canal Authority pursues salvage costs

This time however, the 220,000-ton ship is not caught in the sand, but snared in a legal row between Egyptian authorities and the ship’s owners over the financial impact of the accident. The massive ship has been impounded by a court in Ismailia, as the Suez Canal Authority pursues its Japanese owners for the cost of the salvage operation and lost transit fees for the week that the canal was blocked. Megaship that ran aground now caught in legal row between owners and Egyptian authorities reportedly seeking $900m.

Source: theguardian.com

11:38 World
South Korea aims to fight Japan's Fukushima decision in world tribunal

South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered officials on Wednesday to explore petitioning an international court over Japan’s decision to release water from its Fukushima nuclear plant, his spokesman said, amid protests by fisheries and environmental groups.

Source: reuters.com

11:19 World
Iran president calls 60% enrichment an answer to ‘evilness’

Iran’s president on Wednesday called Tehran’s decision to enrich uranium up to 60% after saboteurs attacked a nuclear site “an answer to your evilness,” linking the incident to ongoing talks in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

Source: apnews.com

10:39 World
EU Commission to end AstraZeneca and J&J vaccine contracts at expiry

The EU Commission has decided not to renew COVID-19 vaccine contracts next year with companies such as Astrazeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J). It added that Brussels would rather focus on COVID-19 vaccines using messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, such as Pfizer’s and Moderna’s.

Source: reuters.com

10:03 World
Biden set to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

President Joe Biden plans to withdraw the remaining 2,500 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, 20 years to the day after the al Qaeda attacks that triggered America’s longest war, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The disclosure of the plan came on the same day that the U.S. intelligence community released a gloomy outlook for Afghanistan, forecasting “low” chances of a peace deal this year and warning that its government would struggle to hold the Taliban insurgency at bay if the U.S.-led coalition withdraws support.

Source: reuters.com

18:00 World
Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine to be paused in US over blood clots

US health agencies have recommended states pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, after reports of rare and severe blood clots emerged in six women. More than 6.8m doses have been administered nationally.

Source: theguardian.com

17:37 World
42 migrants dead after boat from Yemen capsizes off Djibouti coast

At least 42 migrants have died after a boat they were travelling in from Yemen capsized off the coast of Djibouti, East Africa, during the early hours of Monday morning, the United Nations' International Office for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.

Source: cnn.com

16:43 World
Don't play with fire on Taiwan, China warns U.S.

China told the United States on Tuesday to stop playing with fire over Taiwan and lodged a complaint after Washington issued guidelines that will enable U.S. officials to meet more freely with officials from the island that China claims as its own. The U.S. State Department’s Friday decision to deepen relations with self-ruled Taiwan came amid stepped-up Chinese military activity around the island, including almost daily air force incursions into Taiwan’s air defence zone. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters they had lodged “stern representations” with the United States.

Source: reuters.com

16:15 World
David Beckham joins Disney+ for grassroots football show

David Beckham will mentor young grassroots footballers in a new factual series for Disney+. The sports star, who captained England and played for clubs including Manchester United and Real Madrid, will return to the east London pitches where he played as a child. His mission is to help a struggling side survive in their amateur league.

Source: bbc.com

15:44 World
New species of frog unearthed in Peruvian Amazon jungle

A new species of marsupial frog has been discovered in Peru's Amazon jungle, the state service for natural protected areas said on Monday. The new species belongs to the Gastrotheca genus of tailless frogs found in South and Central America.

Source: france24.com

15:20 World
Inhaled asthma drug shortens Covid recovery and could be ‘significant for world,’ study finds

An inhaled drug commonly used for asthma has been shown to shorten the recovery time of Covid-19 sufferers who do not need hospital treatment – a development that has been described as a “significant milestone” in the fight against coronavirus. British scientists from Oxford University have found that budesonide, an anti-inflammatory medicine, can help accelerate recovery in the over-50s by an average of three days.

Source: independent.co.uk

14:38 World
U.S. will base 500 additional troops in Germany, minister tells Berlin

The United States will deploy an additional 500 troops to Germany, Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin said during a visit to Berlin, marking a reversal of former President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw about 12,000 troops from the NATO country.

Source: reuters.com

13:54 World
William and Harry pay tribute to grandfather

The Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex have paid tribute to their grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh. In separate statements, Prince William described him as an "extraordinary man", while Prince Harry said he was "a man of service, honour and great humour" and the "legend of banter". Prince Philip died at Windsor Castle on Friday aged 99.

Source: bbc.com

12:53 World
University of Kentucky mistakenly sends 500,000 acceptances

The University of Kentucky mistakenly sent acceptance emails to 500,000 high school seniors for a program that usually accepts about three dozen students a year. The school followed up with another email less than 24 hours later and apologized for its mistake.

Source: apnews.com

11:53 World
Japan approves releasing wastewater into ocean

Japan has approved a plan to release more than one million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea. The water will be treated and diluted so radiation levels are below those set for drinking water. But the local fishing industry has strongly opposed the move, as have China and South Korea. Tokyo says work to release water used to cool nuclear fuel will begin in about two years. The final approval comes after years of debate and is expected to take decades to complete.

Source: bbc.com

11:17 World
Giant lizard climbs store shelves in Thailand 7-Eleven

A store employee called the police who then brought reptile handlers to catch the Godzilla-esque creature. Shoppers got more than they bargained for at a Thailand 7-Eleven store when a giant monitor lizard walked in and climbed store shelves. People can be heard screaming and laughing in the background as the lizard reaches the top of a shelf and sprawls out near an ice machine.

 

10:49 World
UK and EU edge closer to deal on Brexit checks in Northern Ireland

The UK is edging towards a new deal with the EU on Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland with the potential for easing border checks on certain goods. Officials in London and Brussels have been involved in intense “technical talks” in the past two weeks over the future checks on food, plants and parcels going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
Villa's Trezeguet set for knee surgery

Aston Villa winger Trezeguet requires knee surgery after suffering an injury at the weekend, the Premier League club said Monday The Egypt attacker was forced off late in Saturday's defeat at Liverpool and a Villa statement said: "Trezeguet will now have an operation before starting his rehabilitation.

Source: france24.com

17:43 World
Model left brain-damaged after allergic reaction to pretzel awarded $29.5M

The family of a model who was left brain-damaged after having a serious allergic reaction to a peanut butter-infused pretzel was awarded the $29.5 million sum Friday when a jury found that the responding ambulance service negligently treated her in 2013. Now 35, Chantel Giacalone is quadriplegic, has to be fed through a tube and can only communicate with her eyes, according to a local report.

Source: foxnews.com

17:12 World
‘Nomadland’ wins 4 BAFTAs including best picture, director

Gig-economy Western “Nomadland” won four prizes including best picture on Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards, which were handed out during a pandemic-curbed ceremony that recognized a diverse array of screen talent. “Nomadland” filmmaker Chloe Zhao became only the second woman, and the first woman of color, to win the BAFTA for best director, and star Frances McDormand was named best actress. “Nomadland” also took the cinematography prize.

Source: apnews.com

16:36 Armenia
ADB Supports Digital Platform to Help Improve Land Resources Management in Armenia

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $1.3 million technical assistance (TA) initiative to support Armenia in developing a digital platform to host standardized data on land ownership and other geographic information to help improve land resources management in the country. The integrated platform will include information on national water resources and forests, special protected natural areas, and historical and cultural monuments to guide development projects, investments, agricultural activities, and tourism development, among others. It will enable areas that are vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters such as earthquakes—of which Armenia is particularly prone—to be mapped.

Source: Asian Development Bank

15:43 World
France bans short domestic flights where passengers can take the train

The measure is part of broader plans to lower carbon emissions.

Source: independent.co.uk

15:04 World
Drug regulator's SEC approves Russia's Sputnik V for emergency use in India

Sputnik V is being marketed in India by Dr Reddy's Laboratories, which has helped run a small trial for the drug in the country to test its safety and ability to generate an immune response. Sputnik V would be the third Covid-19 vaccine approved in India after AsztraZeneca's Covishield, and local firm Bharat Biotech's Covaxin.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

14:09 World
Czech foreign minister Petricek expects to be dismissed from government

Czech Foreign Minister Tomas Petricek said he expects to be dismissed from the government on Monday after he lost a bid to lead his centre-left Social Democratic party (CSSD) party last week.

Source: reuters.com

13:24 World
Son Heung-min racially abused after Tottenham’s defeat by Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur have condemned “abhorrent” racist online abuse suffered by Son Heung-min in the wake of Sunday’s 3-1 defeat by Manchester United in the Premier League. South Korea midfielder Son was subjected to racist insults both in replies to a tweet from Spurs’ official account and in the comments section on his most recent Instagram post.

Source: independent.co.uk

12:47 Region
South Korean PM arrives in Iran to help try to revive nuclear deal

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun arrived in Iran on Sunday to help try to restore a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Seoul officials said. Chung is the first South Korean prime minister to visit Iran in 44 years amid icy relations between the two countries due to Iran’s military cooperation with North Korea.

Source: reuters.com

12:14 World
India overtakes Brazil as 2nd-worst hit country

India reported another record daily surge in coronavirus infections Monday to overtake Brazil as the second-worst hit country. The 168,912 cases added in the last 24 hours pushed India’s total to 13.5 million, while Brazil has 13.4 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. India also reported 904 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 170,179, which is the fourth highest toll, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico.

Source: apnews.com

11:26 World
Janet Jackson to sell personal treasures in celebrity auction

Intent on making sure her birthday weekend will be one to remember for fans across the world, Janet Jackson has finally agreed to auction more than 1,000 pieces from a career spanning four decades. The star, who has sold over 185 million records and remains the only female artist in history to score seven top-five singles from one album, has partnered with celebrity auctioneer Julien’s to host the three-day sale in Beverly Hills from 14 May.

Source: theguardian.com

10:52 World
Conservative ex-banker elected Ecuador president

A conservative former banker, Guillermo Lasso, has won Ecuador's presidential election following a run-off vote. His opponent, the left-wing economist Andrés Arauz, conceded defeat hours after polls closed on Sunday. With almost all the ballots counted, Mr Lasso had won 52.5% of the vote compared to Mr Arauz's 47.5%. Mr Lasso, a 65-year-old three-time presidential candidate, told supporters he accepted the "challenge of changing our country's destiny".

Source: bbc.com

10:16 World
Prince Philip's birth certificate unearthed close to Greek villa where he was born

Written in Katharevousa Greek by a priest named Spiriodon Tryfonas, the 1921 document said the future Duke was formally named 'Philippos' during his baptism into the Greek Orthodox Church.

Source: mirror.co.uk

10:00 World
Chinese vaccines’ effectiveness low

In a rare admission of the weakness of Chinese coronavirus vaccines, the country’s top disease control official says their effectiveness is low and the government is considering mixing them to get a boost. Chinese vaccines “don’t have very high protection rates,” said the director of the China Centers for Disease Control, Gao Fu, at a conference Saturday in the southwestern city of Chengdu.

Source: apnews.com

16:00 World
Ukrainian, Turkish presidents hold talks amid Donbass tensions with Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Saturday, amid tensions between Kyiv and Moscow over a long-running conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region.

Source: reuters.com

15:18 World
Harry Kane 'ready to tell Tottenham' he wants to leave with two reasons behind decision

He wants to quit the club this summer permitting they do not qualify for the Champions League. The England captain, who has already etched his name into the Tottenham history books, is willing to consider walking away from White Hart Lane to give himself the best chance of winning trophies. Kane was already believed to be considering his future following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino but Jose Mourinho convinced Spurs' main man to give him a full season under the Portuguese's management following his appointment in November 2019. The 27-year-old was true to his word but Mourinho has failed to drive the club forward despite spending heavily last summer.

Source: express.co.uk

14:54 World
COVID-battered Malta to pay tourists who visit this summer

Aiming to revive its tourism industry and get ahead of rival destinations, Malta plans to offer foreign visitors a handout of up to 200 euros ($238.10) each if they stay at least three days on the Mediterranean island this summer.

Source: reuters.com

14:26 World
China fines Alibaba record $2.75 billion for anti-monopoly violations

China slapped a record 18 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) fine on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Saturday, after an anti-monopoly probe found the e-commerce giant had abused its dominant market position for several years. The Alibaba business empire has come under intense scrutiny in China since billionaire founder Jack Ma’s stinging public criticism of the country’s regulatory system in October.

Source: reuters.com

13:22 World
Rapper will.i.am is selling a smart mask for $299

Rapper will.i.am wants to make face masks a high-end, high-tech statement. The Black Eyed Peas member announced this week he is teaming up with Honeywell to launch XUPERMASK, a $299 mask with a ton of bells and whistles. The XUPERMASK was designed by will.i.am, Honeywell and Jose Fernandez, the designer behind Elon Musk's SpaceX suits.

 

12:14 World
Indonesia earthquake: 6.0 magnitude quake hits just off coast - tsunami alert

The warning was issued bt Tsunami Service Provider INDONESIA in support of the UNESCO/IOC Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS). The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the earthquake hit the region at around 2pm local time at an intermediate depth of 87km.

Source: express.co.uk

11:31 World
Myanmar junta sentences 19 people to death as protest crackdowns continue

Nineteen people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for killing an associate of an army captain, the military owned Myawaddy TV station said on Friday, the first such sentences announced in public since a Feb. 1 coup and crackdown on protesters. The report said the killing took place on March 27 in the North Okkalapa district of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Martial law has been declared in the district, allowing courts martial to pronounce sentences.

Source: globalnews.ca

10:50 World
New Type of Battery Can Charge 10x Faster Than Lithium-Ion Models

Researchers in Russia have developed a new type of battery technology that they say can charge approximately 10 times faster than existing lithium-ion batteries – a speed-up that could offer huge time-saving advantages if it got rolled out in everyday devices. The key to the new batteries is a kind of nitroxyl-based redox polymer, a material that can undergo reversible oxidation (loss of electrons) and reduction (gain of electrons) when it discharges and charges.

Source: sciencealert.com

10:35 World
Pique and Sergi Roberto cleared fit to return to Barcelona's Clasico squad

Barcelona duo Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto have both been passed fit and included in the squad for the Clasico this weekend. Barça travel to Real Madrid on Saturday in the league just one point behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Madrid are two back from the Catalans.

Source: sport.es

10:15 World
DMX dead at 50 a week after star suffered heart attack

The rapper and actor, born Earl Simmons, died at White Plains Hospital in New York on Friday, his family confirms.

Source: people.com

10:00 World
Volcano erupts in southern Caribbean, sparking evacuation 'frenzy'

La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted on Friday after decades of inactivity, sending dark plumes of ash and smoke billowing into the sky and forcing thousands from surrounding villages to evacuate. Dormant since 1979, the volcano started showing signs of activity in December, spewing steam and smoke and rumbling away. That picked up this week, prompting Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves to order an evacuation of the surrounding area late on Thursday.

Source: reuters.com

 

17:40 World
Scientists race to track shrinking carbon-store sea meadows

Hundreds of miles from the nearest shore, ribbon-like fronds flutter in the ocean currents sweeping across an underwater mountain plateau the size of Switzerland. A remote-powered camera glides through the sunlit, turquoise waters of this corner of the western Indian Ocean, capturing rare footage of what scientists believe is the world’s largest seagrass meadow. Human activity is helping destroy the equivalent of a soccer field of these seagrasses every 30 minutes around the world, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). And scientists are now racing to take stock of what remains.

Source: independent.co.uk

17:02 World
Japanese doctors perform world's first living donor lung transplant to a Covid-19 patient

A Japanese woman has received what doctors say is the world's first lung transplant from living donors to a recovered coronavirus patient. Kyoto University Hospital said the woman underwent an 11-hour operation by a 30-strong medical team on Wednesday to transplant lung tissue from her husband and son. Covid-19 is known to cause severe lung damage in some patients, and people around the world have received lung transplants as part of their recovery from the disease. But the Kyoto hospital said this case was the first in which lung tissue had been transplanted from living donors to a Covid-19 patient.

Source: cnn.com

16:26 World
Caravaggio: Spain stops auction over possible long-lost masterpiece

Spain has blocked the auction of a painting in Madrid, following suggestions it could be a long-lost masterpiece by the Italian Renaissance artist Caravaggio. The starting price for Crowning of Thorns was initially 1,500 euros. But if it is indeed by Michelangelo Caravaggio, it could be worth up to €150m. The painting is being examined by experts and declared "not for export". The 17th Century oil painting depicts Jesus just before his crucifixion and, according to the auction catalogue, is attributed to Spanish artist José de Ribera.

Source: bbc.com

15:31 World
NI riots: Police say 19 officers injured in latest night of violence

Nineteen officers were injured on Thursday night, bringing the number hurt in a week of violence across Northern Ireland to 74. Police deployed water cannon for the first time in six years after coming under attack again in Belfast. Crowds rioted on both sides of gates that separate a loyalist area and a nationalist area in west Belfast. Petrol bombs, fireworks and stones were again used to attack police, who have faced rising disorder since 29 March.

Source: bbc.com

14:12 World
3,000-year-old ‘lost golden city’ of ancient Egypt discovered

Egyptian archaeologists have hailed the discovery of what is believed to be the largest ancient city found in Egypt, buried under sand for millennia, which experts said was one of the most important finds since the unearthing of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The team began excavations in September 2020, between the temples of Ramses III and Amenhotep III near Luxor, 500km south of the capital, Cairo. It called the find the largest ancient city, known as Aten, ever uncovered in Egypt.

Source: theguardian.com

13:20 World
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make acting debut in new Asterix and Obelix film

He has already sampled the life of a singer at Italy's Sanremo music festival, and AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will now turn his hand to acting after being cast in a new Asterix and Obelix film. Reports that the Swede would take a role in 'Asterix and Obelix: The Silk Road' appeared to be confirmed when Ibrahimovic posted a picture saying 'Antivirus' on his Instagram page, the name of the character he will play. 
Source: cnn.com

12:31 World
Kylian Mbappe tells PSG that he wants to leave

After leading PSG to a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Mbappe told his club that he does not want to renew his deal there. The star player in Paris is tied down until 2022 but wants to force a move this summer. Mbappe would like to play for Real Madrid. At 22, he is ready for a jump up to a top league. Florentino Perez has never hidden his desire to hire Mbappe and PSG may be forced to sell him so he does not walk away for free.

Source: sport.es

11:57 World
Iran frees South Korean ship it held amid dispute over funds

A South Korean oil tanker held for months by Iran amid a dispute over billions of dollars seized by Seoul was freed and sailed away early Friday, just hours ahead of further talks between Tehran and world powers over its tattered nuclear deal. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said Iran released the tanker and its captain after seizing the vessel in January. The ministry says the Hankuk Chemi left an Iranian port at around 6 a.m. local time after completing an administrative process.

Source: foxnews.com

11:24 World
South Korea rolls out the KF-21, joining elite group of global supersonic fighter jet makers

South Korea unveiled its homegrown supersonic jet fighter on Friday, joining an exclusive club of military aviation giants and setting the stage for a $5.2 billion program it hopes will be a top export driver and jobs creator. Once operational, the KF-21 jet is expected to be armed with a range of air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles -- and possibly even air-launched cruise missiles.

Source: cnn.com

10:45 World
Biden tightens some gun controls, says much more needed

President Joe Biden, in his first gun control measures since taking office, announced he is tightening regulations for buyers of “ghost guns” — homemade firearms that usually are assembled from parts and often lack serial numbers used to trace them. Also, a proposed rule, expected within 60 days, will tighten regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces like the one used in Boulder, Colorado, in a shooting last month that left 10 dead.

Source: apnews.com

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