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16:58 World
US rapper J Cole set to play in Basketball Africa League

American rapper J Cole is set to play professional basketball for Rwandan side Patriots BBC. The team will play Nigeria's Rivers Hoopers on Sunday, opening the first ever Basketball Africa League (BAL).

Source: bbc.com

16:36 World
Romania uses 'Dracula's Castle' as COVID-19 vaccine 'marathon' site

Citizens can go for a vaccine at Bran Castle without an appointment, and they will receive a "vaccinated at Bran Castle" diploma, along with a free tour.

Source: foxnews.com


 

16:04 World
Pope creates lay ministry to boost supply of faith teachers

Pope Francis on Tuesday formally created a new lay ministry to encourage greater participation of secular women and men in the teaching of the Catholic faith, especially in places where priests are in short supply. The new law creating the lay ministry of catechists officially recognizes for the universal Catholic Church a practice that has been used for centuries in local dioceses.

Source: apnews.com

 

15:26 World
Zero daily coronavirus deaths reported in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

It is the first time the three nations have registered no COVID-19 fatalities in a single day since 30 July 2020. Total deaths in the UK since the start of the pandemic stand at 127,609.

Source: news.sky.com

14:34 World
Cologne hires Baumgart as coach from next season

Cologne hired Steffen Baumgart as coach for next season on Tuesday even with the club’s place in the Bundesliga uncertain. Baumgart agreed to a two-year contract following four years with Paderborn. Baumgart oversaw back-to-back promotions to take Paderborn to the Bundesliga for the 2019-20 season but the team was relegated back to the second division.

Source: apnews.com

14:00 World
Escape tunnel found under Western Australia immigration detention centre

A 20-metre-long unfinished escape tunnel has been discovered at an immigration detention centre in Western Australia, refugee advocates say. The nascent tunnel – dug three metres underground – was found on Monday morning, built underneath an accommodation block in Falcon compound of the Yongah Hill detention centre. It is not known who dug the tunnel or with what.

Source: theguardian.com

13:23 World
Strait of Hormuz: US fires warning shots at Iranian boats in Gulf

A US Coast Guard ship fired warning shots at Iranian boats that came close to American naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon says. The Pentagon said 13 fast boats from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came within 140m of US vessels on Monday. The Iranian vessels left after 30 warning shots were fired, the Pentagon said. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby accused the Iranian boats of "acting very aggressively" near the US military vessels, which were escorting USS Georgia, a guided-missile submarine.

Source: bbc.com

12:36 World
China’s population growth closer to zero

China’s weak population growth is falling closer to zero as fewer couples have children, government data showed Tuesday, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce. The population rose by 72 million people over the past 10 years to 1.411 billion in 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics announced after a once-a-decade census. It said annual growth averaged 0.53%, down by 0.04% from the previous decade.

Source: apnews.com

12:09 World
Little Mix's Perrie Edwards reveals she's expecting first child with footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Edwards and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been in a relationship since the start of 2017.

Source: news.sky.com

11:38 World
Myanmar reporters, activists arrested in Thailand

Three reporters and two activists from Myanmar have been arrested in Thailand for illegal entry and face possible deportation, the reporters' news organisation and local police said on Tuesday. Broadcaster DVB (Democratic Voice of Burma) said the five were arrested on Sunday in the northern city of Chiang Mai and it appealed to Thai authorities not to deport them to Myanmar, where the news organisation has been banned by the junta.

Source: reuters.com

11:06 World
Global renewable energy industry grew at fastest rate since 1999 last year

The global energy watchdog revealed that the delivery of renewable energy projects, including windfarms and solar power projects, grew by 45% last year in a step change for the global industry. Wind power capacity doubled over the last year, while solar power grew by almost 50% more than its growth before the pandemic, due to the growing appetite for clean energy from governments and corporations.

Source: theguardian.com

10:16 World
Indian doctors warn against cow dung as COVID cure

Doctors in India are warning against the practice of using cow dung in the belief it will ward off COVID-19, saying there is no scientific evidence for its effectiveness and that it risks spreading other diseases. In the state of Gujarat in western India, some believers have been going to cow shelters once a week to cover their bodies in cow dung and urine in the hope it will boost their immunity against, or help them recover from, the coronavirus.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
NBC drops 2022 Golden Globes; Tom Cruise returns trophies

U.S. television network NBC on Monday dropped its broadcast of the Golden Globes ceremony in 2022 after a Hollywood backlash over the ethics of the group that hands out the annual awards for film and television and its lack of diversity.

Source: reuters.com

17:44 World
China tourist left clinging to 100m-high bridge after glass panels smash

A man was left stranded on a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in north-eastern China after sudden gale-force winds shattered the transparent panels around him. The man was on the 100-metre-high bridge at Piyan Mountain in Longjing city, when it was hit by sudden strong weather, the local tourism department said. Gusts of up to 150km per hour blew out several glass panels, trapping the tourist until he could be rescued by firefighters, police, and forestry and tourism personnel more than half an hour later.

Source: theguardian.com

17:18 World
UK hands back smuggled "Persephone Statue" to Libya

The Libyan Foreign Ministry said Libya's embassy in London had received the "Persephone Statue" that was smuggled out of Libya and recovered by British authorities in 2011. The Foreign Ministry said the reception of the smuggled statue was done in a ceremony that included the Libyan chargé d'affaires and the Head of Greek and Roman section at the British Museum Peter Hugo. The Persephone Statue is a depiction of an ancient Greek goddess. It was in Shahat in eastern Libya - a UNESCO world heritage site - before it had been smuggled.

Source: libyaobserver.ly

16:45 World
Champions League final could be switched from Istanbul to Wembley

Wembley is being considered as an option for the Champions League final as negotiations continue over moving the showpiece match from Istanbul. Talks are taking place on Monday between Uefa and the UK government over the final, which is to be contested by Manchester City and Chelsea and due to be played on 29 May, with a decision expected in the next 48 hours. The government placed Turkey on its travel red list last week, meaning fans cannot travel to the game, and are understood to prefer that the match be played at the national stadium.

Source: theguardian.com

15:52 World
Serena Williams returning after ‘very intense’ training

While Williams has not played since losing to Naomi Osaka in the Melbourne semifinals in February, she has been practicing “very intensely” on clay courts and is ready to “start fresh” in her pursuit of Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles. Preparing to return at this week’s Italian Open to gear up for Roland Garros later this month, Williams on Monday detailed her recent training regimen. Williams, a four-time champion in Rome, will face either French Open semifinalist Nadia Podoroska or German qualifier Laura Siegemund in her opening match at the Foro Italico. She’s in the same quarter of the draw as Osaka and has a first-round bye.

Source: apnews.com

 

15:10 World
Everest: China to set up 'separation line' at summit

China says it will set up a "line of separation" at the summit of Mount Everest in order to prevent climbers mingling with others from Nepal. It comes less than a week after mountaineers and authorities at base camp in Nepal warned of rising cases of Covid among climbers. Everest stands on the border between China and Nepal and mountaineers climb it from both sides. It is not yet clear how China will enforce the rules on the mountain.

Source: bbc.com

 

13:56 World
Taliban declares three-day Eid ceasefire as 11 killed in new bombing

At least 11 people have been killed and dozens injured in the bombing of a bus in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul province. The blast took place late on Sunday night, said Zabul’s provincial governor’s spokesman Gul Islam Sial, adding that 25 people were injured including women and children who were in critical condition. In another attack early on Monday, a blast hit a minibus in Parwan province, just north of the capital, Kabul, killing two people and wounding nine, the interior ministry said.

Source: theguardian.com

13:21 World
Tokyo Olympics: poll shows 60% of Japanese people want Games cancelled

Preparations for the Tokyo Olympics have suffered another setback after a poll found that nearly 60% of people in Japan want them to be cancelled, less than three months before the Games are due to open. Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and several other regions until the end of May as it struggles to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases fuelled by new, more contagious variants, with medical staff warning that health services in some areas are on the verge of collapse.

Source: theguardian.com

12:44 World
6 people were killed at a Colorado Springs birthday party

Six people were killed in a shooting early Sunday morning during a birthday party at a Colorado Springs, Colorado, mobile home, according to police. The suspected shooter -- believed to be a boyfriend of one of the victims -- is also dead, police said. Police believe the suspect drove to the home where a birthday party was being held and opened fire before killing himself. No children were injured in the shooting.

Source: cnn.com

12:16 World
South Sudan president dissolves parliament in line with peace deal

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, a long-awaited step to pave the way for the appointment of lawmakers from formerly warring parties in the country. The move was in line with a peace deal signed to end a civil war that began in 2013. The president dissolved parliament on Saturday and the new body will be formed in "a matter of time, not too long", his spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters. According to the deal that ended the civil war, parliament must be expanded from 400 members to 550 and must include members from all parties to the peace accord.

Source: reuters.com

11:56 World
More than 1,000 migrants landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa in the space of a few hours on Sunday

One boat alone was carrying almost 400 men, women and children, Italian news agency Ansa said. The island's Mayor Toto Martello said he believed the rise in arrivals coincided with the good weather. Lampedusa is one of the main arrival ports for people wanting to reach Europe. Some 11,000 migrants have landed on the island since the start of the year.

Source: bbc.com

11:28 World
A safari park in eastern China is facing criticism for concealing the escape of three of its leopards over a week ago

Two of the animals from the Hangzhou Safari Park have been captured but the third is still missing, according to the Global Times newspaper. The safari park reported the missing leopards and alerted the public on Saturday, but villagers reported seeing the animals as early as 1 May. It is unclear how the leopards managed to escape.

Source: news.sky.com

10:26 World
S.Korea's Moon says looking for N.Korea response for peace talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday he was looking forward to North Korea's response to engagement efforts as he seeks to restore peace-building amid stalled talks over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes. Moon's comments, in a speech marking the fourth year of his presidency, come ahead of his first summit with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington on May 21. The South Korean president is expected to push the United States to seek engagement with North Korea, though Biden has shown little interest in making North Korea a top priority.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Da Vinci’s ‘Head of Bear’ drawing seen fetching up to $16 mln

A drawing of a bear’s head by Leonardo da Vinci is seen fetching up to $16.7 million, potentially setting a record, when it heads to auction in July, Christie’s said on Saturday. Measuring 7 cm squared, "Head of a Bear" is a silverpoint drawing on a pink-beige paper. The auction house says it is "one of less than eight surviving drawings by Leonardo still in private hands outside of the British Royal Collection and the Devonshire Collections at Chatsworth". It will lead Christie's "Exceptional Sale" on July 8 in London with a price estimate of 8 million to 12 million pounds ($11.14 million - $16.71 million).

Source: reuters.com

16:00 World
Frustrated Andy Murray plots return from latest injury setback

As Andy Murray prepares to rejoin the ATP tour and resume his attempts to ascend towards the top of the sport after hip surgery, the former world No 1 has detailed the frustration of enduring yet another year so far filled with setbacks and despair. Six weeks ago in March, Murray suffered a “freak” groin injury at the Miami Open that he believed he sustained in the middle of the night. He was forced to withdraw and return to the increasingly tedious environment of injury rehab in London.

Source: theguardian.com

15:34 World
Australian grandmother is covered with horrific bruises and bleeding gums after getting the AstraZeneca vaccine

Maureen Deboick, 80, is in hospital with severe bruising and swelling to her body. Family members fear her condition may be linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. She received the first dose of the vaccine but her second dose has been delayed.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

14:54 World
Saudi Arabia wants to see “verifiable deeds” from talks with Iran, says official

A Saudi foreign ministry official said on Friday that talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran aim to reduce regional tensions, but added it was too early to judge the outcome and Riyadh wanted to see “verifiable deeds”. The comments by Ambassador Rayed Krimly, head of policy planning at the ministry, were the first public confirmation from Riyadh that the rivals - who severed ties in 2016 - were holding direct talks.

Source: reuters.com

13:58 World
Sinopharm: Chinese Covid vaccine gets WHO emergency approval

The World Health Organization (WHO) has granted emergency approval for a Covid vaccine made by Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm. It is the first vaccine developed by a non-Western country to get WHO backing. The vaccine has already been given to millions of people in China and elsewhere. The WHO had previously only approved the vaccines made by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.

Source: bbc.com

13:35 World
New York boy stuns family with $2,618 Amazon order for SpongeBob popsicles

A four-year-old New York boy has left his family with a huge bill after he secretly ordered a staggering $2,618 worth of SpongeBob popsicles from online retailer Amazon. Noah Bryant, from Brooklyn, ordered 51 cases containing a total of 918 popsicles to be shipped to his aunt’s house, the local TV station ABC7 reported. But the story has a happy ending. Amazon now says they are in contact with the Bryant family and will donate the proceeds of the popsicles to a local charity. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has raised more than $11,000. Noah is on the autism spectrum.

Source: theguardian.com

12:55 World
Neymar renews until 2026 at PSG

Paris Saint-Germain are set to confirm the renewal of Neymar's contract on Saturday. The Brazilian will put pen to paper on a deal that will run until 2026. It hasn't been easy to tie Neymar down, though. Barcelona even sent representatives to Paris last summer in an attempt to force an impossible more, but their finances meant it was never likely to happen.

Source: marca.com

12:19 World
Al-Aqsa mosque: Dozens hurt in Jerusalem clashes

At least 163 Palestinians and six Israeli police officers have been hurt in clashes in Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police say. Most were injured at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades as Palestinians threw stones and bottles. Tensions have been rising over the potential eviction of Palestinians from land claimed by Jewish settlers. The Al-Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem's Old City is one of Islam's most revered locations, but its location is also the holiest site in Judaism, known as the Temple Mount.

Source: bbc.com

11:41 World
Crucial Scottish elections on ‘knife edge’ as pro-independence SNP win early seats

Scotland's main pro-independence party captured dozens of seats on Friday in a Scottish parliament election that could determine the future of the United Kingdom, but early results left uncertainty over whether it would win a crucial majority. The Scottish National Party says it will seek to hold a new vote on secession by the end of 2023 if there is a pro-independence majority returned to the devolved 129-seat parliament - setting up a potential legal showdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who says he will refuse any such vote.

Source: reuters.com

10:47 World
A Georgia woman was shocked to find at least 100,000 bees in her home -- for the second time

Lisa Ohrmundt has been living in her home in Decatur for 14 years, and in that time she has had to remove bees from her home four times. Ohrmundt said she discovered the bees after noticing them flying around the outside of her house and disappearing. Bobby Chaisson, operations director at Georgia Bee Removal, told there's no rhyme or reason why the bees are choosing Ohrmundt's house. Chaisson estimated that he removed at least 100,000 bees from the home, but it came in second to the 2017 swarm that he estimates had over 120,000 bees.

Source: cnn.com

 

10:15 World
101 carat diamond to be auctioned in Geneva jewellery sale

The largest diamond ever cut in Russia - a 100.94 carat stone called the Alrosa Spectacle - will be auctioned in Geneva later this month. The diamond could fetch between 12 and 18 million Swiss francs ($19.96 million) when it goes under the hammer at Christie's on May 12.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
U.S. President Biden says he is confident he can meet Russia’s Putin soon

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday he expected to be able to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin soon and the White House said ongoing differences between the United States and Russia would not need to be resolved in advance of a summit. Biden and his advisers would like to add a summit with Putin in a third country while the U.S. president is in Europe in mid-June for a Group of Seven meeting in Britain and talks with NATO allies in Brussels. But negotiations with the Russians on staging the summit are continuing, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

Source: reuters.com

17:48 World
German call to ban 'Jewish star' at Covid demos

Germany's anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein, has urged authorities to stop protesters using the Nazis' yellow star forced on Jews in World War Two. Some protesters have replaced the word "Jude" (Jew) with the phrase "ungeimpft" (unvaccinated), equating Covid restrictions with the persecution of Europe's Jewish population. The yellow Star of David has also been seen in protests in London. Mr Klein said he hoped German cities would follow Munich in banning it.

Source: bbc.com

17:00 World
The world's highest infinity pool has opened in Dubai

There are few feelings as liberating as swimming in the open air, below blue skies that stretch all the way to horizon -- and now in Dubai you can do it nearly 1,000 feet above sea level. Named in March as the world's tallest infinity pool inside a building, the rooftop bathing spot at the newly opened Address Beach Resort is a vertiginous 293.906 meters high. That's about nine-tenths as tall as the Eiffel Tower.

Source: cnn.com

15:48 World
Australia to resume India repatriation flights after backlash

Australia will resume repatriation flights for some citizens in India after a controversial ban on arrivals from the country ends on 15 May. The ban sparked further anger after the government said Australians seeking to fly home could face jail or fines. Mr Morrison later played down this threat. On Friday, he said they would begin by bringing back "vulnerable" citizens. About 900 Australians are registered with the government in this group. More than 9,000 Australians are in India in total.

Source: bbc.com

15:18 World
Sixth-grade girl injures three people after opening fire with handgun

Three people have been shot after a young girl brought a gun to her school and opened fire. The girl was in a school hallway on Thursday morning when she pulled a handgun from her backpack and fired multiple rounds at Rigby Middle School in Idaho. Two people were hit inside before she went outside and injured a third. The student - who in sixth-grade and aged 11 or 12 - was disarmed by a teacher who held her until police arrived.

Source: news.sky.com

 

14:16 World
California earthquake rattles Lake Tahoe area

A magnitude-4.7 earthquake rattled Northern California near Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada, Thursday evening, according to the U.S. Geographical Survey. The quake's epicenter was said to be northwest of Truckee, and the temblor was felt as far away as Sacramento. It hit around 9:35 p.m., preceded by a magnitude 3.2 temblor and followed by a 3.1 aftershock a few miles away near Sierraville. There were no immediate reports of major damage

Source: foxnews.com

13:54 World
Colombia enters second week of violent unrest as police crack down on protests

Colombia has entered its second week of violent unrest as riot police continued a brutal crackdown on nationwide protests against poverty and inequality exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 37 people have died in the protests so far according to Temblores, a local NGO that monitors police violence, though that number is expected to rise, with at least 89 people reported missing since protests began on 28 April. Fresh clashes broke out on Wednesday night in Bogotá and other cities across the country as heavily armoured police unleashed their arsenal of flash-bangs, teargas and water cannons on protesters.

Source: theguardian.com

12:46 World
At least 25 killed in Rio de Janeiro shootout

At least 25 people including a police officer have been killed in a shootout in Rio de Janeiro, according to local media. The shootout took place during a police operation in a favela in the Jacarezinho area of the city. Police launched the operation after receiving reports that drug traffickers were recruiting children for their gang. Two passengers on a metro train were hit by bullets but survived. Police in the Brazilian city confirmed the death of one of their officers.

Source: bbc.com

12:10 World
Morocco recalls its ambassador to Berlin over Western Sahara

Morocco recalled its ambassador to Berlin for consultations on Thursday in protest at what it described as Germany's "destructive attitude" towards Rabat's position on the Western Sahara issue. It accused Germany of engaging in "antagonistic activism" after the United States in December recognised Moroccan sovereignty over the territory, which is also claimed as an independent state by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front movement.

Source: reuters.com

11:42 World
Coldplay's new single is out of this world (quite literally)

Coldplay has unveiled the first single from its upcoming album, with the premiere of Higher Power taking place on board the International Space Station. Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion teamed up with French astronaut Thomas Pesquet for the stunt, which saw the track played on the ISS and beamed back to Earth by satellite.

Source: news.sky.com

11:06 World
US weighs unfreezing $1 billion in Iranian funds

The Biden administration is weighing unfreezing $1 billion in Iranian funds that the country could use for humanitarian relief, amid the negotiations for the US to reenter the 2015 nuclear deal and bring Iran back into compliance with its terms.

Source: cnn.com

10:32 World
Paul McCartney gets own set of Royal Mail stamps

Paul McCartney has numerous hits, awards and even a knighthood to his name. Now the former Beatle can add a personalised set of stamps to his long list of accolades. Britain's Royal Mail (RMG.L) said on Thursday it will issue a set of 12 stamps depicting McCartney and his work, saying it was paying tribute to "one of the most iconic and enduring music artists of all time".

Source: reuters.com

10:03 World
Pint-sized Mongolian menace shows dinosaurs loved the nightlife, too

Under the cover of darkness in desert habitats about 70 million years ago, in what is today Mongolia and northern China, a gangly looking dinosaur employed excellent night vision and superb hearing to thrive as a menacing pint-sized nocturnal predator. Scientists said on Thursday an examination of a ring of bones surrounding the pupil and a bony tube inside the skull that houses the hearing organ showed that this dinosaur, called Shuvuuia deserti, boasted visual and auditory capabilities akin to a barn owl, indicating it could it hunt in total darkness.

Source: reuters.com

18:00 World
Giant sequoia found still smoldering after 2020 California wildfire

Scientists have discovered a giant sequoia still smoldering in California’s Sequoia national forest, months after wildfires tore through the region last August. Charred tree – which may be thousands of years old – looks like chimney spouting smoke in national forest.

Source: theguardian.com

17:35 World
Two US students who butchered newlywed Italian policeman with a seven-inch Rambo knife are jailed for life in Rome

Finnegan Lee Elder, 21, and Gabriel Natale Hjorth, 20, must serve Italy’s stiffest sentence of at least 21 years behind bars for killing Italian cop Mario Cerciello Rega in 2019. Elder had admitted to stabbing Rega 11 times in the attack on July 26, 2019, but argued he acted in self-defence, believing the cop was a thug. His friend Natale-Hjorth, then 18, was convicted of helping him conceal the weapon after the pair hid the seven-inch Rambo knife in a concealed panel in their hotel room. Under Italian law, accomplices can also be charged with murder.

Source: thesun.co.uk

16:36 World
ICC sentences Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army leader to 25 years

The international criminal court has sentenced a former militia leader and child soldier from Uganda to 25 years in prison after he was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a landmark judgment. The presiding judge, Bertram Schmitt, said the panel of judges had considered sentencing Dominic Ongwen to life imprisonment, the court’s harshest punishment, but had sided against it due to the defendant’s own personal suffering.

Source: theguardian.com

15:38 World
Ancient child grave was Africa's earliest funeral

A glimpse of human grief, at the loss of a child 78,000 years ago, has been revealed in the discovery of the oldest burial site in Africa. The Middle Stone Age grave - of a three-year-old child - was found in a cave in Kenya. The researchers who studied the fragile, ancient remains described how its head appeared to have been laid on a pillow. Scientists have named the child Mtoto, meaning "the kid" in Swahili.

Source: bbc.com

14:52 World
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: William and Kate launch their own YouTube channel

The 25-second clip, posted on their social media channels on Wednesday opens with the couple relaxing on a sofa at home in Norfolk. William quips "Be careful what you say now because these guys are filming everything", and a laughing Kate replies "I know".

Source: news.sky.com

13:57 World
Anti-Olympic petition gains tens of thousands of signatures

An online petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled has gained tens of thousands of signatures since being launched in Japan only days ago. The rollout of the petition comes with Tokyo, Osaka and several other areas under a state of emergency with coronavirus infections rising — particularly new variants. The state of emergency is to expire on May 11, but some reports in Japan say it is likely to be extended. The postponed Olympics are to open in just under three months on July 23.

Source: apnews.com

13:05 World
Giant wood moth: ‘very heavy’ insect rarely seen by humans spotted at Australian school

A giant moth with a wingspan measuring up to 25cm has been found at a Queensland school next to a rainforest. Builders found the giant wood moth, the heaviest moth in the world, while constructing new classrooms at Mount Cotton state school. Giant wood moths are found along the Queensland and New South Wales coast, according to the Queensland Museum. Females can weigh up to 30 grams and have a wingspan of up to 25cm. Males are half that size.

Source: theguardian.com

12:37 World
India hits another grim record as it scrambles oxygen supply

Infections in India hit another grim daily record on Thursday as demand for medical oxygen jumped seven-fold and the government denied reports that it was slow in distributing life-saving supplies from abroad. The number of new confirmed cases breached 400,000 for the second time since the devastating surge began last month. The 412,262 cases pushed India’s tally to more than 21 million. The Health Ministry also reported 3,980 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 230,168. Experts believe both figures are an undercount.

Source: apnews.com

 

12:04 World
Zulu Queen: Hundreds of mourners hold parade ahead of funeral

Mourners in traditional dress have paraded through the streets of Johannesburg to honour South Africa's Zulu queen on the eve of her funeral. Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, 65, became interim leader of the country's largest ethnic group last month after the death of her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini. The cause of the queen's death is yet to be announced by the royal family. The family has dismissed rumours that she had been poisoned.

Source: bbc.com

 

11:18 World
Liechtenstein prince accused of shooting Romania’s largest bear

The Romanian NGO Agent Green and the Austrian NGO VGT alleged in a statement that the bear, who was called Arthur, was shot in March in a protected area of the Carpathian Mountains by Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein. According to the NGOs, the prince, who is a resident of Riegersburg in Austria, had been given special approval by the Romanian environment ministry to shoot a female bear that had been causing damage to farms in Ojdula. “But in reality, the prince did not kill the problem bear, but a male that lived deep in the woods and had never come close to localities,” the NGOs claim.

Source: theguardian.com

10:44 World
Israel opposition chief Yair Lapid handed mandate to form government

Israel’s president has tapped opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a new government on Wednesday – a step that could lead to the end of the lengthy rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. President Reuven Rivlin announced his decision on live television a day after Netanyahu failed to cobble together a governing coalition by a midnight deadline. Rivlin spent the day consulting with all of the parties elected to Israel’s parliament and announced late Wednesday that he believes Lapid has the best chance of forming a coalition.

Source: france24.com

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