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15:31 World
Nasa selects landing site for Moon rover mission

Nasa is sending a robotic rover to look for water-ice near a crater at the Moon's South Pole. In 2023, the golf cart-sized vehicle will land near the western edge of Nobile Crater, a 73km-wide depression that is almost permanently in shadow.

Source: bbc.com

14:29 World
Universal Music shares soar in stock market debut

Shares of Universal Music, whose lineup features The Beatles and Taylor Swift, soared on the label's stock market debut on Tuesday, bolstering confidence in one of the largest IPOs in recent years. The music giant was floated by its owner, French media giant Vivendi, with shares jumping from a debut price of 18.50 euros to over 25 euros ($29) on the Euronext Amsterdam index.

Source: france24.com

13:53 World
Australian documents showed French submarine project was at risk for years

France shouldn't have been surprised that Australia cancelled a submarine contract, as major concerns about delays, cost overruns and suitability had been aired officially and publicly for years, Australian politicians said.

Source: reuters.com

13:31 World
Jarred Gillett: Australian to become first overseas Premier League referee

Jarred Gillett will become the first overseas official to referee a Premier League game when he takes charge of Watford v Newcastle on Saturday. The 34-year-old Australian was promoted to Select Group 1 by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) before the start of the season. Gillett has been on Premier League VAR duty this season and has refereed two Championship games this term. He began officiating in England in 2019 after leaving Australia's A-League.

Source: bbc.com

13:03 World
UK's Princess Beatrice gives birth to baby girl

Britain's Princess Beatrice, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, has given birth to a baby girl, her first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday.

Source: reuters.com

12:34 World
Biden administration plans to double US refugee admissions to 125,000 in 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration wants to nearly double the number of refugees admitted to the United States to 125,000 in the upcoming fiscal year starting on Oct. 1 in keeping with a campaign promise, according to a statement from the State Department. The State Department will consult with the Department of Homeland Security and Congress to lift the cap, which was set at 62,500 for the 2020 fiscal year ending this month, the statement said.

Source: france24.com

11:56 World
More evacuations as lava pours from Canaries volcano

Lava pouring from the Canary Islands' first volcanic eruption in 50 years has forced authorities to evacuate another part of El Paso on the island of La Palma, the town's mayor said on Tuesday. About 6,000 of the 80,000 people living on the island have been forced to leave their homes to escape the eruption so far.

Source: reuters.com

11:27 World
EU backs France as Australia submarine deal strains alliance

European Union leaders have rallied behind France in its anger over a multi-billion dollar submarine deal with Australia that was scuppered when Canberra signed up to a trilateral Asia Pacific security pact with the United States and the United Kingdom.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:47 World
Trudeau’s Liberal party leads polls but falls short of majority, Canadian media project

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are on track to win the Canadian election, the CBC and CTV television networks projected as results trickled in, but they look set to fall short of their goal for a decisive, majority win.

Source: france24.com

10:00 World
Guinness World Records: Japanese sisters certified world's oldest twins

Two Japanese sisters have been certified by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living identical twins at over 107 years and 300 days. Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama have broken the record set by late Japanese twin sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie. Umeno and Koume, both described as sociable people, were born on 5 November 1913 on Shodoshima island. The announcement was made on Monday to coincide with Respect for the Aged Day - a national holiday in Japan.

Source: bbc.com

18:37 World
France seeks European support after submarine deal surprise

France canceled meetings with British and Australian officials and is trying to rally EU allies behind its push for more European sovereignty after being humiliated by major Pacific defense pact orchestrated by the U.S. Australia and Britain insisted Monday that the diplomatic crisis wouldn’t affect their longer-term relations with France, which is seething over a surprise, strategic submarine deal involving the U.S., Australia and Britain that sank a rival French submarine contract.

Source: apnews.com

18:12 World
Hungary PM launches election campaign with $2 bln tax refund for families

Hungary's government will refund $2 billion of income tax to families in early 2022 and also plans a big hike in the minimum wage, right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the opening session of parliament on Monday, setting the stage for next year's election. Orban, who faces a parliamentary election that is shaping up as a competitive race for the first time in a decade, said the economy's sharp rebound from the coronavirus pandemic provided room in the budget for the measures.

Source: reuters.com

16:44 World
French highline walker makes 600-metre Seine crossing from Eiffel Tower

A French highline walker has crossed the River Seine in Paris at a height of 70 metres, in a breathtaking feat watched by cheering crowds on the Eiffel Tower and along the banks. Attached by a strap to a safety lanyard, 27-year-old Nathan Paulin slowly progressed barefoot on a line stretched across the river between the Eiffel Tower and the Chaillot theatre. He stopped for a few breaks, sitting or lying on the rope.

Source: theguardian.com

16:33 World
Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao to run for president in 2022 in anti-Duterte bid

Philippine boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao declared Sunday he will run for president in 2022, ending months of speculation about whether the legendary fighter would seek the country's top job. The 42-year-old is deeply admired in the archipelago nation for his generosity and hauling himself out of poverty to become one of the world's greatest and wealthiest boxers.

Source: france24.com

15:11 World
Chelsea outclass Spurs as stars pay tribute to Greaves

Chelsea extended their flying start to the season with a 3-0 win at London rivals Tottenham as both clubs paid an emotional tribute to their former striker Jimmy Greaves on Sunday. Thiago Silva put Chelsea ahead early in the second half before N'Golo Kante bagged his first club goal since December 2019. Antonio Rudiger rounded off Chelsea's dominant display with a stoppage-time strike as Thomas Tuchel's latest tactical masterclass paid rich dividends.

Source: france24.com

14:21 World
Officer catches a 1-month-old baby dropped from 2nd floor balcony, authorities say

Jersey City Police responded to a call of a child in danger and found a man threatening to throw the baby from the second story of the building, Mayor Steven Fulop said in an Instagram post. Officers set up a perimeter to negotiate, but "eventually the man did throw the one-month-old baby from the second story of the building," the mayor said. Officer Eduardo Matute caught the baby, who was not physically harmed, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said.

Source: cnn.com

14:06 World
Bees kill dozens of endangered penguins in South Africa

A swarm of bees has killed 63 endangered African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said on Sunday. "After tests, we found bee stings around the penguins' eyes," said the foundation's David Roberts, a clinical veterinarian.

Source: france24.com

12:58 World
Military training jet crashes in Texas, injuring both pilots

A military training jet crashed Sunday in a neighborhood near Fort Worth, Texas, injuring the two pilots and damaging three homes but not seriously hurting anyone on the ground, authorities said. Both pilots managed to eject from the plane before it crashed in Lake Worth, which is just west of Fort Worth, authorities said at a news conference.

Source: apnews.com

12:17 Region
Iran museums reopen after year-long Covid break

Iran reopened museums in Tehran and other cities Sunday after a more than year-long closure because of the Covid-19 pandemic. A country with a millennia-long history, Iran has an abundance of 746 museums, including 170 in the capital.

Source: france24.com

11:39 World
East Libyan forces say two helicopters crash in military operation

East Libyan forces said they lost two helicopters in a crash during a military operation south of Benina airbase on Sunday, after days of fighting with a formerly allied rebel group from Chad. The Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar has been engaged since last week in battles with the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) in the south of Libya near the Chadian border.

Source: reuters.com

11:21 World
Sotheby's to auction rare first printing of U.S. Constitution

An extremely rare official first-edition printed copy of the U.S. Constitution will be put up for bid by Sotheby's in mid-November, the auction house said on Friday. Announcing the upcoming sale of the document on the 234th anniversary of its signing by delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sotheby's estimated its value at $15 million to $20 million.

Source: reuters.com

10:54 World
Jimmy Greaves: One of football's most popular and enduring figures

Jimmy Greaves, who has died aged 81, will be remembered as a prodigy, pioneer and pundit as well as one of the greatest natural goalscorers English football has ever produced. Greaves' glittering career at club level with Chelsea, AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United was matched by his feats for England as he remains fourth in the list of all-time goalscorers behind Wayne Rooney, Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker with 44 goals in 57 games.

Source: bbc.com

10:17 World
Israel recaptures final Palestinian escapees

Israel's army says it has recaptured the final two of a six man Palestinian group who tunnelled out of a high-security jail almost two weeks ago. The pair - both members of militant group Islamic Jihad - were arrested after being surrounded by security forces in the West Bank city of Jenin, Israel's Defense Forces said. The other four were captured last week.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Spanish Canary Island volcano erupts after weeks of earthquakes

A volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday after a week of building seismic activity. A huge column of smoke rose up after the eruption at 3.15pm local time in the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island, according to the Canary Islands government. Just before, authorities had evacuated about 40 people with mobility problems and farm animals from the villages around the volcano.

Source: theguardian.com

17:02 World
Tunisians protest over president's seizure of powers

Several hundred demonstrators gathered in Tunis on Saturday to protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July, which triggered a constitutional crisis and prompted accusations of a coup. The protesters gathered in the centre of the capital chanting "shut down the coup" and "we want a return to legitimacy", while a few dozen Saied supporters held a counter demonstration chanting "the people want to dissolve parliament".

Source: reuters.com

16:12 World
Notre-Dame's restoration ready to start as safety work completed

Work to shore up the Notre-Dame de Paris has been finished, allowing restoration to start at the cathedral two years after a fire destroyed the attic and sent its spire crashing through the vaults below, officials said on Saturday. Soon after the April 2019 blaze, President Emmanuel Macron said the cathedral - which dates back to the 12th century - would be rebuilt and later promised to get it reopened to worshippers by 2024, when France hosts the Olympic Games.

Source: reuters.com

15:38 World
'I chewed on a finger': Woman bites into burger and chews on rotting human finger

as restaurant carries on serving people after she complains. A fast-food customer was left horrified after she bit into a hamburger and chewed on the grim remains of a rotting human FINGER. The unfortunate diner, named Estefany Benitez, made the discovery at the Hot Burger store in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia last Sunday.

Source: the-sun.com

14:30 World
Global coral cover has fallen by half since 1950s, analysis finds

The world’s coral reef cover has halved since the 1950s, ravaged by global heating, overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction, according to an analysis of thousands of reef surveys. Coral reefs are a vital source of food for millions of people around the world, especially island indigenous communities where fish is the primary source of animal protein, and researchers said the declines raised fears about future food stability.

Source: theguardian.com

13:34 World
Girls excluded from returning to secondary school in Afghanistan

Girls were excluded from returning to secondary school in Afghanistan on Saturday, after the country's new Taliban rulers ordered only boys and male teachers back to the classroom.

Source: france24.com

12:53 World
Tom Cruise gets sneak preview from SpaceX’s 1st private crew

Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed Friday that the actor took part in a call with the four space tourists orbiting more than 360 miles up. Thursday’s conversation, like the entire three-day flight, was private and so no details were released.

Source: apnews.com

12:03 World
K-pop group BTS will join U.N. meeting in N.Y. as special envoys

The K-pop group BTS will visit the United Nations as presidential special envoys for South Korea. “It is a huge honor, both as an individual and a citizen, to be able to hold the title of special presidential envoy for future generations and culture,” BTS member RM said.

Source: nbcnews.com

11:18 World
Venezuela's Maduro in Mexico on first foreign trip since US accusations

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Mexico on Friday to participate in a gathering of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean, a rare trip abroad and his first since the United States accused him of drug trafficking. In March 2020, the US Department of Justice accused him of crimes including "narco-terrorism", drug trafficking, and possession of weapons, offering $15 million for information leading to his arrest.

Source: france24.com

10:54 World
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ousted Algerian president, dies aged 84

Algeria’s longest-serving president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was ousted in 2019 amid pro-democracy protests after two decades in power, has died aged 84. The state television announcement on Friday, citing a statement from the office of the current president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, did not provide the cause of death.

Source: theguardian.com

10:12 World
Infection known as mad cow disease found on Somerset farm

A case of the cattle disease BSE has been confirmed on a farm in Somerset. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) said that the infected animal has died and has been removed. An investigation is under way to find the source of the infection and restrictions on the movement of cattle on the farm have been put in place.

Source: bbc.com

18:52 World
Dutch are world’s tallest people – but they’re shrinking, study shows

Poorer diet may explain why the lofty lowlanders are at least 1cm shorter than the previous generation.

Source: theguardian.com

17:45 Region
Iran joins expanding Asian security body led by Moscow, Beijing

Iran joined a rapidly expanding central Asian security body led by Russia and China on Friday, calling on the countries in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to help it form a mechanism to avert sanctions imposed by the West.

Source: reuters.com

17:16 World
More than 10,000 migrants packed under Texas bridge, number still rising

Most of the migrants are Haitian, have been living in South America and came to Del Rio, Texas, along a common Mexican cartel smuggling route. The numbers under the bridge have ballooned over the past 48 hours, growing from around 5,000 on Wednesday and are expected to rise above 11,000 on Friday.

Source: nbcnews.com

16:30 World
Egypt is building a $4.5 billion high-speed rail line

Passengers and cargo will soon be able to shoot through the Egyptian desert aboard a high-speed train, in a first for the country. The high-speed and electrified main rail line will connect Cairo to the New Administrative Capital and surrounding new cities. German company Siemens Mobility signed a contract with Egypt's National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) earlier this month to build the initial 660 kilometers out of the planned 1,800-kilometer network, creating "a Suez Canal type of link on the tracks."

Source: cnn.com

15:47 World
California fires: General Sherman and other sequoias given blankets

Firefighters are wrapping fire-resistant blankets around ancient trees as blazes tear through California's world-famous Sequoia National Park. Officials fear the fire could reach the Giant Forest, a grove of some of the world's biggest trees, within hours. The forest hosts some 2,000 sequoias, including the 275ft (83m) General Sherman, the biggest tree by volume on Earth and about 2,500 years old. The Colony and Paradise fires have been growing for a week.

Source: bbc.com

13:57 World
Good University Guide: For the first time ever, Oxford and Cambridge miss out on top spot in rankings

No university has been placed higher than the Oxbridge institutions in the guide's 30-year history, or any other domestic university rankings. The University of St Andrews was placed in first place, after only a small drop in student satisfaction during the pandemic.

Source: news.sky.com

13:24 World
South Carolina police arrest lawyer who allegedly plotted own shooting

A prominent South Carolina attorney has been arrested and charged with conspiring to have himself shot dead so his son could collect a $10 million insurance payout, a state police agency said on Thursday. Alex Murdaugh, who survived the Sept. 4 shooting, has admitted to plotting with Curtis Edward Smith, 61, to cause his own death, according to a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) affidavit.

Source: reuters.com

12:38 World
Race for Japan's new prime minister kicks off

The campaign to become Japan's next prime minister kicks off on Friday, with four candidates vying for leadership of the ruling party in an unusually close race. The candidates include two women hoping to lead a country that has never had a female prime minister, though both are considered long shots.

Source: france24.com

12:01 World
Astronauts return to Earth after China's longest space mission

Three Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth after completing the country's longest crewed space mission. They spent 90 days at the Tianhe module on China's space station, some 380km (240 miles) above Earth. The three men had on Thursday boarded the Shenzhou-12 crewed spacecraft and undocked from the space station.

Source: bbc.com

11:42 World
US moves to assure ‘vital partner’ France over submarine pact

France remains a “vital partner” to the United States on many issues, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said, as he sought to allay Paris’s anger at a security partnership between the US, the United Kingdom and Australia that did not include the European Union country. At a joint news conference with top US and Australian officials on Thursday, Blinken said the US is looking to “find every opportunity” to deepen cooperation with France, including in the Indo-Pacific region.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:47 World
Message in a bottle from Japan washes up on Hawaii beach after 37 years

Discovery made by a local girl comes decades after the bottle was put into the sea by հigh school students as part of an experiment to monitor ocean currents. In all, 750 bottles were placed into the ocean near Tokyo’s Miyakejima Island in 1984 and 1985.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
US man files $1m lawsuit after Michigan teacher cuts child's hair

The father of a seven-year-old girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without parental permission is suing the school district and two staff members for $1m. Jimmy Hoffmeyer's lawsuit says the constitutional rights of his mixed-race daughter have been violated. He has pulled his daughter out of the school. An investigation by the school district concluded in July that while the teacher had broken school policy she had not acted with racial bias.

Source: bbc.com

17:58 World
Head of Islamic State in Sahara killed by French troops – Macron

The head of the Islamic State group in the Sahara has been killed by French troops, President Emmanuel Macron has said. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi formed Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in 2015. The group is blamed for most attacks in the region, including the targeted killing of French aid workers in 2020.

Source: bbc.com

17:30 World
Marble statue of Roman emperor Hadrian is discovered in pieces at a site in Turkey

Six fragments of the marble statue, that stood 8ft tall, have been found on the site of  Alabanda, an ancient city in Turkey's western Aydin province. They include part of the Roman emperor's head and body, found in the parliament building. Experts believe the sculpture was brought to Alabanda in 120 AD in honor of a visit by Hadrian. When completed the statue will be displayed at the Aydın Archaeology Museum.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

16:59 World
Paris’ Arc de Triomphe is being wrapped in fabric

The city of Paris is unveiling a monumental artwork built around an actual monument: the Arc de Triomphe completely wrapped in silver and blue fabric. The installation by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who conceived of the project in 1961, will open on Saturday. Visits will take place for nearly almost three weeks. At weekends, the Arc de Triomphe’s traffic-heavy roundabout will be entirely pedestrianized. Visitors to the famous Napoleonic arch, which dominates the Champs-Elysees Avenue, will not only be able to see the gleaming fabric, but also touch it too — as the artists had intended.

Source: apnews.com

15:43 World
Elton John delays European tour due to hip pain

Elton John has delayed his European "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour until 2023 due to hip problems. The 74-year-old British singer said he had been advised to have an operation as soon as possible. "At the end of my summer break I fell awkwardly on a hard surface and have been in considerable pain and discomfort in my hip ever since," John said in a statement on Twitter.

Source: reuters.com

14:56 World
Aukus: UK, US and Australia launch pact to counter China

The UK, US and Australia have announced a historic security pact in the Asia-Pacific, in what's seen as an effort to counter China. It will let Australia build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time, using technology provided by the US. The Aukus pact, which will also cover AI and other technologies, is one of the countries' biggest defence partnerships in decades, analysts say. China has condemned the agreement as "extremely irresponsible".

Source: bbc.com

13:08 World
SpaceX successfully sends first all-civilian crew into Earth orbit

A SpaceX rocket ship blasted off from Florida on Wednesday carrying a billionaire e-commerce executive and three less-wealthy private citizens he chose to join him in the first all-civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit. A SpaceX webcast of the launch showed Isaacman, 38, and his crewmates – Sian Proctor, 51, Hayley Arceneaux, 29, and Chris Sembroski, 42 – strapped into the pressurized cabin of their gleaming white SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience, wearing their helmeted black-and-white flight suits.

Source: france24.com

12:32 World
'I don't see Mbappe leaving' - Leonardo unconcerned about PSG star's future amid Real Madrid links

The Parc des Princes chief says the striker has a "deep relationship" with the French club and won't be departing for free next summer. Leonardo is not concerned about Kylian Mbappe's future amid ongoing rumours linking him with Real Madrid, with the Paris Saint-Germain sporting director insisting "I don't see him leaving at the end of this season".

Source: goal.com

11:53 Region
Iranian musician risks prison for new album

Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian faces prison for making music. In fact, he has already spent two years locked up - including a spell in solitary confinement and a hunger strike - for releasing songs the Iranian authorities did not agree with. But he is undeterred. "I will not step back and I will not censor myself," he tells BBC News. And so, he has been working undercover from the basement of his home in Sari, northern Iran, to create a new album.

Source: bbc.com

10:53 World
Von der Leyen: EU must acquire ‘political will’ to build own military

The EU must learn the lessons of the abrupt end of the US-led mission in Afghanistan and acquire the “political will” to build up its own military force to deploy to future crises, the European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, has said. In her annual state of the union speech in the European parliament in Strasbourg, Von der Leyen, a former German defence minister, said the withdrawal of the US-led mission in Afghanistan, and the subsequent collapse of President Ashraf Ghani’s administration, raised troubling questions.

Source: theguardian.com

10:20 World
Taliban's Baradar says reports he was hurt in internal clash are false

Wednesday to deny reports that he was hurt in a clash with a rival faction of the Taliban. "No this is not true; I am OK and healthy," Baradar said in an interview with state TV which was posted on Twitter by the Taliban's political office in Doha.

Source: reuters.com

21:09 World
Iran restarts commercial flights to Afghanistan

Iran on Wednesday resumed commercial flights to neighbouring Afghanistan, where the Taliban took control last month. The Iranian civil aviation agency had announced the interruption of flights to Kabul on August 16 for security reasons.

Source: france24.com

18:17 World
Curious bears crash football game in India

A football game in India’s eastern state of Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) had two surprise visitors - a mother bear and her cub. When the football got kicked out from the pitch into a nearby forest, the bears found it and seemed reluctant to return it. They bounced it between them, kicking and tossing the ball in the air, much to the amusement of locals. The bears then took the ball into the forest.

Source: bbc.com

17:55 World
Life-size camel carvings in Saudi Arabia originally thought to be 2,000 years old actually date back 8,000 years

Ancient camel sculptures discovered in Saudi Arabia are around 8,000 years old. Were originally thought to be 2,000 years old but new analysis revised estimate. Almost twice the age of Stonehenge, where stones hauled into place in 2500 BC . 21 camel, horse and other equid figures were found in the Saudi desert in 2018.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

17:20 World
PSG & Real Madrid keeping tabs on Rudiger's Chelsea contract situation as Blues may not meet his demands

Chelsea have opened talks with Antonio Rudiger over a new contract but remain cautious over his demands, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid keeping an eye on the situation. The two European giants will be able to sign the Germany international in January on a pre-contract agreement, with the defender's current deal expiring in the summer of 2022.

Source: goal.com

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