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18:02 World
Tunisia’s president imposes month-long curfew and bans gatherings

Tunisian president Kais Saied has announced a month-long curfew as he appeared to tighten his grip on power in the north African country one day after he dismissed the prime minister. Tunisians will wake on Tuesday to draconian restrictions including a nationwide curfew from 7pm to 6am, and a ban on gatherings of more than three people in public places. The new restrictions, announced by presidential order late on Monday, prohibit the movement of people between cities outside times of curfew, except for basic needs or for urgent health reasons.

Source: theguardian.com

17:11 World
One dead, 16 hurt in blast at German chemical park

One person died and 16 people were injured Tuesday following an explosion at a chemical park in Leverkusen, Germany, the site operator said as residents were urged to stay indoors because of black smoke rising from the area. The blast happened at around 09:40 am (0740 GMT) "for still unknown reasons", Chempark operator Currenta said. At least two of the injured were in a serious condition, and four workers were missing, it added.

Source: france24.com

16:48 World
Indonesia reports record 2,069 virus deaths in 24 hours

Indonesia reported a record 2,069 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours Tuesday as the Southeast Asian nation faces its deadliest Covid-19 surge since the pandemic began. Tuesday's grim tally was nearly 600 deaths higher than the previous day and topped last week's daily record 1,566 deaths, the health ministry said. New infections also shot up to just over 45,000, from about 28,000 on Monday.

Source: france24.com

16:10 World
Sri Lanka: World's largest star sapphire cluster found in backyard

Sri Lankan authorities say the world's largest star sapphire cluster has been found in a backyard - by accident. A gem trader said the stone was found by workmen digging a well in his home in the gem-rich Ratnapura area. Experts say the stone, which is pale blue in colour, has an estimated value of up to $100 million in the international market. The cluster weighs around 510 kilograms or 2.5 million carats and has been named the "Serendipity Sapphire".

Source: bbc.com

15:07 World
Jeff Bezos offers Nasa $2bn in exchange for moon mission contract

Fresh off his trip to space, Jeff Bezos on Monday offered to cover up to $2bn in Nasa costs if the US space agency awards his company Blue Origin a contract to make a spacecraft designed to land astronauts back on the moon. Nasa in April awarded SpaceX, owned by rival billionaire Elon Musk, a $2.9bn contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the lunar surface as early as 2024, rejecting bids from Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics. Blue Origin had partnered with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper in the bid.

Source: theguardian.com

14:00 World
Britney Spears officially requests new conservator to replace her father

Britney Spears has officially asked for her father to be replaced as her conservator, 13 years after he assumed control of her life and finances. The star's new lawyer petitioned the court on Monday, a month after Spears broke her public silence on the arrangement, calling it "abusive". In court papers, Mathew S. Rosengart described the conservatorship as a "Kafkaesque nightmare". He asked for accountant Jason Rubin to be named conservator of Spears' estate.

Source: bbc.com

13:11 World
Cuban embassy in Paris attacked with petrol bombs

The Cuban Embassy in Paris said on Tuesday that its building had been attacked with petrol bombs, causing serious damage but no injuries to diplomatic staff.

Source: france24.com

12:32 World
Unusual cold weather in Brazil sends coffee prices soaring

Arabica coffee prices rose 10 percent more on Monday, after jumping nearly 20 percent last week, to their highest in nearly seven years as unusually cold weather threatens coffee crops in the world’s largest producer, Brazil. Severe frosts last week damaged a large part of the fields in Brazil’s main coffee belt and a new polar air mass is forecast to move over the same areas later this week, the third strong cold front to hit crops this year.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:20 World
Miami tower collapse: Final victim identified from rubble

The family of the final victim unaccounted for in a deadly apartment block collapse in Florida say her remains have been found and identified. The discovery ends a weeks-long wait for the family of 54-year-old Estelle Hedaya, who had been missing since her building collapsed on 24 June.

Source: bbc.com

11:36 World
North and South Korea agree to restore cross-border communications

North and South Korea said Tuesday they had restored cross-border communications, more than a year after Pyongyang severed all official hotlines between the two rivals, who technically remain at war.

Source: france24.com

11:09 World
French court again rejects corrida case

A French court on Monday threw out a case against bullfighting brought by animal rights campaigners, saying local traditions trumped concerns about animal cruelty. The Society for the Protection of Animals (SPA) had filed a case against bullfight organiser Lea Vicens and the southwestern city of Nimes, a bullfighting hotspot, saying the practice was "shocking and barbaric". But the court in Nimes, following several previous rejections by courts of complaints filed by SPA, threw out its case and ordered it to pay 4,000 euros ($4,700) in legal costs.

Source: france24.com

10:34 World
Tokyo Olympics: Naomi Osaka loses to Marketa Vondrousova in women's singles tennis

Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka suffered a surprise exit in her home Olympics as Czech Marketa Vondrousova earned a straight-set win in Tokyo. Osaka, 23, has been one of the faces of the Games in the Japanese capital and had the honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron in last week's opening ceremony. But the four-time Grand Slam champion could not back that up by winning a medal, losing 6-1 6-4 to the world number 42 in the third round.

Source: bbc.com

10:01 World
Biden and Kadhimi seal agreement to end US combat mission in Iraq

Joe Biden and the Iraqi prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, have sealed an agreement formally ending the US combat mission in Iraq by the end of 2021, more than 18 years after troops were sent to the country. Coupled with Biden’s withdrawal of the last American forces in Afghanistan by the end of August, the Democratic president is completing US combat missions in the two wars that George W Bush began under his watch. Biden and Kadhimi met in the Oval Office on Monday for their first face-to-face talks as part of a strategic dialogue between the United States and Iraq.

Source: theguardian.com

18:23 World
Sudan's Mohamed Abdalrasool quits the Olympics instead of facing Israeli fighter Tohar Butbul

Mohamed Abdalrasool of Sudan withdrew from judo competition on Monday. 28-year-old, ranked 469th, quit rather than face Israeli Tohar Butbul, ranked 7th. Comes after Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine also quit before facing Butbul, in what he later said was a protest against Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Abdalrasool has not revealed why he quit, having showed up for the weigh-in.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

17:47 World
Pink offers to pay bikini bottoms fine for Norway women's handball team

US pop star Pink has offered to pay the fines handed out to the Norwegian women's beach handball team, after they wore shorts like their male counterparts instead of bikini bottoms. The team was fined 1,500 euros (£1,295) for "improper clothing" at the European Beach Handball Championships last week.

Source: bbc.com

17:16 World
Terry quits as Aston Villa assistant manager

John Terry has left his position as an assistant to Aston Villa boss Dean Smith with the aim of becoming a manager in his own right, the Premier League club announced Monday. Terry, a 40-year-old former Chelsea and England captain, joined Villa ahead of the 2017/18 season and became the skipper of his new side.

Source: france24.com

 

16:20 World
Afghan soldiers seek refuge in Pakistan after losing border military posts

Forty-six Afghan soldiers sought refuge in Pakistan after losing control of military positions across the border following advances by Taliban insurgents, Pakistan's army said on Monday.
Hundreds of Afghan army soldiers and civil officials have fled to neighbouring Tajikistan, Iran and Pakistan in recent weeks after Taliban offensives in border areas.

Source: reuters.com

15:19 World
A rare snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo has tested positive for coronavirus

A rare snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo that hadn't been vaccinated has tested positive for coronavirus. But the zoo is continuing to roll out shots to protect other animals. Last Thursday, wildlife care specialists noticed the snow leopard had a cough and nasal discharge, the zoo said in new release. Preliminary tests confirmed the virus that causes Covid-19. The zoo said it doesn't know how the snow leopard got infected. According to the Snow Leopard Trust, there may be only about 4,000 to 6,000 snow leopards left in the world.

Source: cnn.com

14:25 Region
New Zealand accepts return of Islamic State-linked citizen

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she has agreed to a request from Turkish authorities to accept the return of a New Zealand citizen accused of having links to the Islamic State, and her two young children. The three have been in immigration detention in Turkey after they were caught earlier this year trying to enter Turkey from Syria. Turkish authorities requested that New Zealand repatriate the family.

Source: reuters.com

13:00 World
Japan's Nishiya, 13, becomes first women's Olympic skateboard champion

Japan's Momiji Nishiya became one of the youngest individual Olympic champions in history when she won the inaugural women's skateboarding gold at the age of 13 years and 330 days on Monday. Nishiya finished ahead of Brazil's Rayssa Leal -- who at 13 years and 203 days could have become the youngest ever individual Olympic champion -- and Japan's Funa Nakayama, 16.

Source: france24.com

11:55 World
Tunisia PM sacked after violent Covid protests

Tunisia's president has sacked the prime minister and suspended parliament, after violent protests broke out across the country. Thousands of protesters, angry at the government's mishandling of Covid-19, had flooded onto the streets and clashed with police on Sunday. President Kais Saied announced he would take charge with help from a new prime minister, saying he intended to bring calm to the country. But opponents branded his move a coup.

Source: bbc.com

10:45 World
Tobacco firm Philip Morris calls for ban on cigarettes within decade

The chief executive of tobacco business Philip Morris International has called on the UK government to ban cigarettes within a decade, in a move that would outlaw its own Marlboro brand. Jacek Olczak said the company could “see the world without cigarettes … and actually, the sooner it happens, the better it is for everyone.” Cigarettes should be treated like petrol cars, the sale of which is due to be banned from 2030, he said.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
UNESCO grants world heritage status to Madrid's Paseo del Prado and Retiro Park

UNESCO added Madrid's historic Paseo del Prado boulevard and Retiro Park to its list of world heritage sites on Sunday. The tree-lined Paseo del Prado, in the centre of the Spanish capital, is home to the Prado museum, while Retiro Park, just off the Paseo del Prado, is one of the city's most visited attractions.

Source: reuters.com

16:16 World
Olympics: Munich victims honoured for first time at opening ceremony

The victims of the terror attack at the Munich Olympics have been remembered during Tokyo's opening ceremony, the first time in nearly half a century. A moment's silence commemorated the 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian gunmen in 1972. Families of the victims had for years been urging Olympic organisers to honour them at an opening ceremony, but had their requests repeatedly rejected. "Finally there is justice," two of the victims' widows said.

Source: bbc.com

15:59 World
China imposes sanctions on US officials

China is imposing sanctions on several US individuals and organisations in response to recent US sanctions on Chinese officials in Hong Kong. Those targeted include former US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross. The counter-sanctions come days before US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is due to visit China.

Source: bbc.com

15:40 World
Stonehenge may be next UK site to lose world heritage status

The UK is eroding its global reputation for conserving its “unparalleled” historic assets, culture bodies have warned, with Stonehenge expected to be next in line to lose its coveted World Heritage status after Liverpool. The UN’s heritage body has told ministers that Wiltshire’s cherished stone circle will be placed on its “in danger” list – the precursor to it being stripped of world heritage status – if a £1.7bn road tunnel goes ahead as planned.

Source: theguardian.com

14:51 World
Algerian quits Olympics rather than take on Israeli in judo match

An Algerian judo competitor has chosen to ditch the Tokyo Olympics rather than hit the mat with an Israeli. It was the second time in two years that ninth-ranked Fethi Nourine withdrew from a major judo competition rather than take on sixth-ranked Israeli Tohar Butbul. Nourine and his coach, Amar Benikhlef, told Algerian media that they were boycotting Butbul to support the Palestinians.

Source: nbcnews.com

14:06 World
South Korean TV network apologises for offensive Olympic broadcast

MBC -- one of the largest national television networks -- used images of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster for Ukraine, a riot for Haiti and a promotional bitcoin poster for El Salvador when each nation entered the stadium. The broadcaster issued an apology following the opening ceremony, saying "inappropriate images and captions were used to introduce some countries." For some countries, the descriptions were more gastronomic, with images of pizza for Italy, sushi for Japan, and salmon for Norway.

Source: france24.com

13:27 World
Search for bodies in Florida condo collapse ends, with death toll at 97

Firefighters have declared the end of their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed Florida condo building, concluding a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several stories high. The collapse on 24 June at the oceanside Champlain Towers South killed 97 people, with at least one more missing person yet to be identified. The site has been mostly swept flat and the rubble moved to a Miami warehouse. Although forensic scientists are still at work, including examining the debris at the warehouse, there are no more bodies to be found where the building once stood.

Source: theguardian.com

12:48 World
Arrests as anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in Sydney

Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters have taken to the streets of Sydney and other major Australian cities to protest against coronavirus restrictions as infections hit a new record and authorities warned of a “growing problem”. In Sydney, the unmasked participants on Saturday marched from Victoria Park to Town Hall in the central business district, carrying signs calling for “freedom” and “the truth”. There was a heavy police presence in the city, including mounted police and riot officers in response to what authorities said was unauthorised protest activity.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:13 World
First Chinese presidential visit to Tibet in 30 years

President Xi Jinping has visited the politically troubled region of Tibet in the first official visit by a Chinese leader in 30 years. The president was in Tibet from Wednesday to Friday, but state media reported the visit after it ended. China is accused of suppressing cultural and religious freedom in the remote and mainly Buddhist region. The government denies the accusations and says Tibet has developed considerably under its rule.

Source: bbc.com

11:36 World
India monsoon: 110 dead after heavy rainfall in Maharashtra

At least 110 people have been killed in landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rains in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The rains overwhelmed hundreds of villages, sweeping away houses and leaving residents stranded. Rescue crews have been racing to evacuate survivors but many people are feared missing. The Indian military has been helping the efforts, which have been hampered by difficult conditions. The western state has recorded its heaviest spell of July rain for decades.

Source: bbc.com

10:43 World
Ecuador prison riots death toll rise to 27

Ecuador has raised to 27 the number of inmates killed in riots in two jails this week that forced the government to declare a state of emergency. President Guillermo Lasso had issued the order “to mobilise all necessary human and economic resources to re-establish order” in Ecuador’s prisons after violence erupted on Wednesday at jails in Guayas, in southwestern Ecuador, and Cotopaxi, in the centre of the country.

Source: aljazeera.com
 

10:00 World
Win for Angelina Jolie as court disqualifies judge in Brad Pitt divorce case

A California appeals court has disqualified a private judge being used by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in their divorce case, handing Jolie a major victory. On Friday, the second district court of appeal agreed with Jolie that Judge John W Ouderkirk didn’t sufficiently disclose business relationships with Pitt’s attorneys. The decision means that the custody fight over the couple’s five minor children, which was nearing an end, could be starting over. The judge already ruled the pair divorced, but separated the child custody issues.

Source: theguardian.com

18:16 World
Jadon Sancho: England winger completes £73m move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund

England winger Jadon Sancho says joining Manchester United is "a dream come true" after he completed his £73m move from Borussia Dortmund. Sancho is the second most expensive English player of all time behind his new United team-mate Harry Maguire. He joins United on a five-year deal.

Source: bbc.com

17:22 World
'Happy' Son signs new four-year deal at Tottenham

South Korean forward Son Heung-min has signed a new four-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur, the English Premier League club announced on Friday. The 29-year-old, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, will now stay at the north London club until 2025 after earning a significant pay rise. "It was already a big honour to play here for six years, the club have showed me massive, massive respect and obviously I'm very happy to be here," Son said in a statement.

Source: france24.com

16:46 World
Giant screen collapses ahead of Rolling Loud music festival

A giant video screen collapsed Thursday at a South Florida stadium, a day before the Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival was set to begin. There were no injuries. Organizers posted on Twitter that the screen toppled over onto one of the festival’s stages at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, but it was expected to be repaired before doors opened Friday.

Source: apnews.com

15:53 World
Real Madrid striker Benzema tests positive for Covid-19

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has tested positive for Covid-19, the Spanish club announced on Friday without providing further details.

Source: france24.com

15:32 World
Spain's Prado museum overhauls collection to highlight women artists

Seeking to breathe new life into Madrid's Prado museum after the long months of the pandemic, curators have overhauled the collection to display more works by female artists and better reflect the variety of 19th-century art. After recent acquisitions of paintings and miniatures, the museum now boasts works by 13 female painters out of a total of 130 artists. The miniatures, often intimate family portraits, require great technical skill but could be created in small workshops, making them popular among female artists who lacked large studios in the 19th century.

Source: cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com

14:35 Region
Iran's Khamenei says water crisis protesters cannot be blamed

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Iranians protesting over water shortages in the southwest cannot be blamed, and called on officials to deal with the water problem, Iran's state media reported. "The people showed their displeasure ... but we cannot really blame the people and their issues must be taken care of," Khamenei was quoted by Iranian news agencies as saying, in reference to the week-long protests.

Source: reuters.com

13:29 World
Haiti holds funeral for slain president Moise under tight security

Mourners were set to offer their final farewell to Haiti's slain president Jovenel Moise under tight security on Friday, just over two weeks after his assassination rattled a country mired in poverty, corruption, and political instability. Moise, who was 53 when he was shot dead in his home in the early hours of July 7, is set to be interred in Cap-Haïtien, the main city in his native northern region. According to the official program, the funeral is due to begin in the morning and last for several hours, with large screens set up for mourners to follow the event.

Source: france24.com

13:00 World
Kazakhstan to directly elect hundreds of village mayors for first time

Voters in one-third of Kazakhstan's rural districts will directly elect their mayors for the first time on Sunday, one of the first steps in the oil-rich Central Asian nation's cautious political reform plan. More than 2,000 candidates are competing for 729 mayoral seats across the former Soviet republic in a campaign that President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has described as a stepping stone towards electing more senior public officials.

Source: reuters.com

12:11 World
Baby rescued from China floods as deadly torrential rains continue

The Henan fire brigade is seen in a video released by news agency AFP helping several people in the region where vast areas have been submerged in floods as a result of heavy downpour. One firefighter is seen in the video carrying the baby while carefully wading through flood waters, as several other firefighters helped people climb on to boats in the background. In the video, a pregnant woman is also seen gingerly climbing down from a bus, helped by another passenger. The firefighters are also seen carrying a person on a stretcher.

 

11:51 World
Netflix confirms move into video games as its growth slows

Netflix reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in eight years as people emerge from their pandemic cocoons. So it’s adding a new attraction to its marquee: Video games. On Tuesday, the video streaming giant announced it will offer video games in its existing subscription plans at no extra cost, but didn’t say when that service will launch or what kind of games it will be developing.

Source: apnews.com

11:21 World
Eric Clapton refuses to play venues requiring vaccines for concertgoers

British rock icon Eric Clapton has said he will not perform at venues that require concertgoers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said proof of vaccination must be shown at clubs and venues from September. Clapton said he will not perform anywhere there is a "discriminated audience present". The guitarist said he felt "honour bound" to make the statement, which was posted on Wednesday to the accounts of Italian architect and film producer Robin Monotti. In May, Clapton said he had experienced a "severe" reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Source: bbc.com

10:32 World
US slaps sanctions on Cuban officials after protest crackdown

The US government has imposed sanctions on Cuban officials who they claim committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on protests earlier in July. The move by President Joe Biden's administration comes amid pressure from Cuban-Americans and politicians to respond to the anti-regime protests. The US is also exploring ways to keep internet access open on the island. The 11 July protest was Cuba's largest in decades. Hundreds were arrested and at least one protester was killed.

Source: bbc.com

10:01 World
Tokyo 2020: Hend Zaza, 12, is youngest athlete at Olympics

Here's someone to make you feel like an underachiever - 12-year-old Hend Zaza is the youngest competitor at the Tokyo Olympics. The Syrian table tennis player talked about her inspiration for getting into the sport at such a young age.

Source: bbc.com

20:34 World
From coal to cars, Chinese floods tangle supply chains

The floods drenching central China and submerging swathes of a major economic and transport hub are threatening supply chains for goods ranging from cars and electronics to pigs, peanuts and coal. Power had been partly restored and some trains and flights were running on Thursday but analysts said disruption could last for several days, pushing up prices and slowing business across densely populated Henan and neighbouring provinces.

Source: reuters.com

17:54 World
Everton make third signing as Demarai Gray joins from Leverkusen

Premier League side Everton made their third signing of the summer with the arrival of Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen, the club announced on Thursday. The 25-year-old former Leicester winger has signed a three-year deal with the option of a fourth and joins for an undisclosed fee after just six months in the Bundesliga.

Source: france24.com

17:13 World
Hackers reportedly demand $50m from Saudi Aramco over data leak

The world's most valuable oil producer Saudi Aramco has confirmed to the BBC that company data has leaked from one of its contractors. The files are now reportedly being used in an attempt to extort $50m (£36.5m) from the company. The global oil and gas industry has long been criticised for failing to invest in cyber security. In May, the Colonial Pipeline in the US was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack. The Saudi Arabian energy giant did not say which contractor was affected nor whether the contractor had been hacked or if the files were leaked in some other way.

Source: bbc.com

16:17 World
Naomi Campbell was spotted in public with her newborn daughter for the first time

The supermodel, 50, stunned fans when she announced at the end of May that she'd welcomed a baby girl by sharing a picture on social media however has remained tight-lipped about further details of the birth. Looking typically chic, Naomi sported an oversized white shirt with loose-fitting black bottoms with a thick green stripe extending the length of the leg as she walked through the streets in style while pushing the pram.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

15:36 World
BTS named special presidential envoy by South Korea

K-pop boy band BTS was appointed special envoy by South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday, a role that will bolster the country's diplomatic efforts and global standing, the presidential Blue House announced. Officially named "presidential special envoy for future generations and culture," BTS will help "lead the global agenda for future generations, such as sustainable growth, and expand diplomatic power in line with South Korea's elevated status in the international community". On the group's agenda as envoy will be appearances at international events, including the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September.

Source: upi.com

14:17 World
UK says it wants to substantially rewrite Northern Ireland Brexit protocol

The UK has launched an audacious bid to rewrite a key plank of the Brexit deal, saying the Northern Ireland protocol was flawed at conception but served its purpose to get the UK out of the EU as “one country”. The European Commission immediately ruled out a renegotiation of the deal, which was trumpeted by Boris Johnson as a solution to the Irish border impasse two years ago. The commission is understood to be open to some changes on the special arrangements for Northern Ireland, however. EU officials expressed exasperation at the UK’s move, unveiled in a 28-page command paper by the Brexit minister, David Frost, on Wednesday.

Source: theguardian.com

13:33 World
'Nomadland' winner Chloe Zhao to sit on Venice film jury

Director Chloe Zhao, fresh off her "Nomadland" best film win at this year's Academy Awards, will sit on the jury of the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organisers said Wednesday. The annual international festival, to be held on the glitzy island of Lido from September 1-11, will be headed by Jury President Bong Joon Ho, the South Korean director whose "Parasite" won an Oscar for best film in 2019.

Source: france24.com

11:45 World
India probes its first human death from bird flu

India is investigating its first documented human death from bird flu after an 11-year-old boy succumbed to the disease earlier this month, says the health ministry. The boy was admitted to New Delhi’s premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences on July 2. He died on Tuesday after a multiorgan failure, a government statement said late on Wednesday.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:11 World
Monkeypox: More than 200 contacts tracked in US for rare disease

More than 200 people in 27 US states are being tracked for possible rare monkeypox infections, health officials say. They fear people may have come in to contact with a Texas man who brought the disease in from Nigeria earlier this month. The man - believed to be the first monkeypox case in the US since 2003 - was taken to hospital but is in a stable condition. So far, no new cases have been found.

Source: bbc.com

10:21 World
For the first time, Saudi women stand guard in Mecca during haj

Inspired by her late father's career, Mona decided to join the military and the first group of Saudi women soldiers to work in Islam's holiest sites, where they are helping secure the haj annual pilgrimage. Since April, dozens of female soldiers have become part of the security services that monitor pilgrims in Mecca and Medina, the birth places of Islam. Dressed in a military khaki uniform, with a hip-length jacket, loose trousers and a black beret over a veil covering her hair, Mona spends her shifts roaming in the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

Source: reuters.com

09:57 World
Germany floods: 155 still missing as hopes of further rescues fade

A week after slow-moving weather system released two months’ worth of rain in two days over western Germany, the number of fatalities has risen to at least 171, of which 123 have been confirmed in the hilly Ahrweiler district in Rhineland-Palatinate. Another 764 people have been injured, and 155 people are still recorded as missing. The president of the country’s disaster relief organisation said she “did not expect” rescuers to find any more survivors.

Source: theguardian.com

18:28 World
Tens of thousands of Jurassic fossils found at secret site

A team of scientists from the Natural History Museum has unearthed tens of thousands of fossils during a three-day excavation at what’s been described as one of the most important Jurassic sites ever found in the UK. The fossils, thought to be from around 167 million years ago, were originally identified by two hobby palaeontologists studying old research papers during lockdown. The secret Cotswold site was once a shallow tropical sea. Its inhabitants were probably caught in an underwater mudslide. This would explain their exquisite preservation.

Source: bbc.com

17:19 World
2032 Games: Brisbane confirmed as Olympic and Paralympic host

Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games after being approved by the International Olympic Committee. The Australian city was named the preferred bidder before being proposed by the IOC executive board in June. It will be the third time the country has hosted the Olympics after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

Source: bbc.com

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