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17:00 World
Oldest bone tools for clothesmaking found in Morocco

Archaeologists in Morocco have identified clothesmaking tools fashioned from bone dating back 120,000 years, the oldest ever found, one of the researchers said. The international team discovered more than 60 tools in Contrebandiers (Smugglers) Cave, less than 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the North African country's capital.

Source: france24.com

15:50 World
Tom Felton: Harry Potter star collapses during celebrity golf match

Harry Potter star Tom Felton was carried off a Wisconsin golf course after collapsing during a celebrity match ahead of the Ryder Cup. The actor, who turned 34 on Wednesday, experienced a "medical incident" and was sent to a "local hospital for treatment", the PGA of America said. Pictures showed him conscious while being removed in a cart.

Source: bbc.com

15:29 World
US House approves $1bn for Israel’s Iron Dome after uproar

The US House of Representatives has approved $1bn in additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system after days of controversy around the push. Legislators passed the bill in a 420 to nine vote on Thursday, paving the way for a significant increase in US support for the system.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:26 World
Kim Yo-jong says North Korea open to ending war if conditions met

The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says they are willing to resume talks with the South if it ends its "hostile policies". Kim Yo-jong was responding to a renewed call from the South to officially declare an end to the Korean War.

Source: bbc.com

13:41 World
Earliest definitive evidence of people in Americas

Humans reached the Americas at least 7,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new findings. The topic of when the continent was first settled from Asia has been controversial for decades. Many researchers are sceptical of evidence for humans in the North American interior much earlier than 16,000 years ago. Now, a team working in New Mexico has found scores of human footprints dated to between 23,000 and 21,000 years old.

Source: bbc.com

12:46 World
Derek Chauvin to appeal his conviction, sentencing in death of George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has filed an intent to appeal with the Minnesota state appellate court in his murder conviction for the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was jailed for 22-1/2 years in June.

Source: reuters.com

12:24 World
Romelu Lukaku calls for summit with social media giants to tackle racism

The Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku feels football should adopt “stronger positions” than just taking the knee, calling for a players’ summit with social media companies, governments and stakeholders to help combat online racism.

Source: theguardian.com

11:53 World
Wild boar on streets of Rome are being used against me, says mayor

A group of wild boar strutting along a traffic-filled road in Rome has catapulted the issue of the Italian capital’s state of decay to the top of the debate ahead of mayoral elections. Much to the bemusement of onlookers, about 13 boar, distinguished by their coarse hair, sturdy bodies and sharp tusks, walked among the traffic on Via Trionfale, a busy road in the northern suburb of Monte Mario.

Source: theguardian.com

11:20 World
Roger Michell, acclaimed film and stage director, dies aged 65

Roger Michell, the much-admired director of films including Notting Hill, Venus and My Cousin Rachel, has died. A statement from Michell’s publicist confirmed the news, saying: “It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on 22 September.” A cause of death was not given.

Source: theguardian.com

10:51 World
US Haiti envoy quits over 'inhumane' deportations

The US special envoy for Haiti has resigned in protest over the deportation of Haitian migrants. The decision to return migrants fleeing an earthquake and political instability was "inhumane", senior diplomat Daniel Foote said in a damning letter. Last weekend, the US started deportation flights from a Texas border town, where about 13,000 migrants had gathered under a bridge.

Source: bbc.com

10:03 World
Ukrainian lawmakers pass law on oligarchs after assassination attempt

Ukraine's parliament passed a law on Thursday to order "oligarchs" to register and stay out of politics, a day after an attempt to kill a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which officials said could have been a response to the reform. The law provides a definition for an oligarch and gives a body headed by the president, the National Security and Defence Council, the power to determine who meets the criteria.

Source: reuters.com

19:11 World
Cinema returns to Somalia with first public screening in 30 years

Somalia has hosted its first movie screening in 30 years under heavy security as the conflict-ravaged country hopes for a cultural renewal. The event was held at the National Theatre of Somalia, which has a history that reflects the tumultuous journey of the Horn of Africa nation. It has been targeted by suicide bombers and used as a base by warlords – and until Wednesday it had never screened a Somali film.

Source: theguardian.com

18:41 World
Sri Lanka shaman dies of COVID after touting ‘blessed’ water cure

A high-profile shaman who tried to end Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 outbreak with “blessed” water has died of the virus, according to his family. Eliyantha White, 48, who treated sports stars and top politicians, including the country’s prime minister, claimed in November he could end the pandemic in Sri Lanka and neighbouring India by pouring pots of his “blessed” water into rivers.

Source: aljazeera.com

17:38 World
Nobel prize banquet postponed again in 2021 due to pandemic

There will be no banquet in Stockholm this year and laureates will receive their Nobel Prize medals and diplomas in their home countries, the Nobel Foundation said on Thursday. The traditional festivities were replaced last year as well with a mainly digital celebration as the pandemic raged Europe and the rest of the world. The Foundation said the ceremony will be broadcast on television and live streamed via its Nobel Prize digital platforms.

Source: reuters.com

16:53 World
The epic adventures of the Gilgamesh Dream tablet

An ancient clay tablet displaying part of the story of a superhuman god will be returned to Iraq by the US on Thursday. Known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, the 3,600-year-old religious text shows a section of a Sumerian poem from the Epic of Gilgamesh. It is one of the world's oldest works of literature and was looted from an Iraqi museum during the Gulf War in 1991.

Source: bbc.com

15:54 World
Johnny Depp: ‘Not one of you’ is safe with ‘cancel culture’

Taking center stage in a prestigious Spanish film festival to receive a top career award, actor Johnny Depp presented himself as a victim of the “cancel culture” that, he said, has spread across the cinema industry. Depp was addressing questions on Wednesday by reporters at the San Sebastian International Film Festival about the loss of Hollywood’s favor for new roles ever since his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, went public with allegations of domestic violence against him.

Source: apnews.com

14:52 World
Britney Spears court filing says conservatorship should end

Britney Spears said in a court filing Wednesday that she agrees with her father that the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money since 2008 should be terminated. The filing in Los Angeles Superior Court from Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart says she “fully consents” to “expeditiously” ending the conservatorship, which her father James Spears, who has controlled it for most of its 13 years, asked for in a Sept. 7 petition.

Source: apnews.com

14:15 World
Croatian police solve mystery of woman with no memory found on rock

A woman rescued from a Croatian island with no memory of how she got there, where she came from or who she was, has been identified as a Slovakian former designer who had lived in the US and made jewellery for celebrities including Diana Ross. Croatian police on Wednesday named the woman as Daniela or Dana Adamcova, 57, adding that her identity had been established after friends and acquaintances from Croatia and Slovakia recognised her from a photograph released on Monday.

Source: theguardian.com

13:14 World
Lithuania urges people to throw away Chinese phones

Consumers should throw away their Chinese phones and avoid buying new ones, Lithuania’s Defence Ministry has warned. A report by its National Cyber Security Centre tested 5G mobiles from Chinese manufacturers. It claimed that one Xiaomi phone had built-in censorship tools while another Huawei model had security flaws. Huawei said no user data is sent externally and Xiaomi said it does not censor communications.

Source: bbc.com

12:19 World
Frida Kahlo self-portrait set to smash records at auction

A Frida Kahlo self-portrait featuring her husband Diego Rivera is tipped to sell for more than $30 million at auction in New York, Sotheby's said Wednesday. "Diego y yo" (Diego and I), painted in 1949, "is poised to shatter" Kahlo's current auction record of $8 million set in 2016, the auction house said in a statement. The artwork, which will be the star lot of Sotheby's big November sale, is also expected to smash the record for a painting by a Latin American artist.

Source: france24.com

11:51 World
Robert Fyfe: Last of the Summer Wine actor dies at 90

Actor Robert Fyfe, best known for playing Howard in sitcom Last of the Summer Wine for 25 years, has died at the age of 90. Fyfe joined the long-running BBC show in 1985 and remained until its final episode in 2010.

Source: bbc.com

11:05 World
Ethnic Serbs dig in for long protest over Kosovo ban

Ethnic Serbs dug in Wednesday for a long protest over the Kosovo government's decision to ban vehicles with Serbian plates as they formed a tent camp on the border with Serbia. They started blocking border traffic after the ethnic Albanian-led government decided on Monday to oblige drivers with Serbian registration plates to put on temporary ones when entering Kosovo. A few hundred ethnic Serbs were camping in tents by trucks parked in the middle of the roads leading to the border.

Source: france24.com

10:38 World
Algeria closes airspace to Morocco over 'provocations and hostile' actions

Algeria has closed its airspace to all Moroccan planes, the presidency said on Wednesday, in the latest dispute between the two countries at odds mainly over Western Sahara.

Source: france24.com

10:06 World
Over 30 dead during Guinea-Bissau health worker strike, union says

More than 30 people have died because a health workers' strike in Guinea-Bissau has paralysed the healthcare system, a spokesperson for the nurses' union said on Wednesday. The boycott over working conditions, pay and other issues was launched on Monday in the small West African nation where chronically under-equipped hospitals and clinics have long angered workers and endangered patients.

Source: reuters.com

19:14 World
German auto giants place their bets on hydrogen cars

Battery power may be the frontrunner to become the car technology of the future, but don't rule out the underdog hydrogen. That's the view of some major automakers, including BMW and Audi, which are developing hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicle prototypes alongside their fleets of battery cars as part of preparations to abandon fossil fuels.

Source: reuters.com

18:44 World
Trump sues niece and New York Times over tax story

Former US President Donald Trump is suing his niece and the New York Times over a 2018 article that alleged he was involved in "dubious tax schemes". The lawsuit, filed in New York, accuses Mary Trump and newspaper reporters of being "engaged in an insidious plot" to obtain confidential documents. It alleges that Ms Trump, 56, breached a settlement agreement barring her from disclosing the documents. In response, Ms Trump said the lawsuit was a sign of "desperation".

Source: bbc.com

17:48 World
Rare rhino horns go up in flames in India anti-poaching campaign

Nearly 2,500 rare rhino horns were destroyed Wednesday in the first ceremony of its kind in northeastern India as part of an anti-poaching drive to mark World Rhino Day. The endangered one-horned rhinoceros used to be widespread in the region but hunting and habitat loss have slashed its numbers to just a few thousand, with most now found in India's Assam state. Trade in rhino horn has been banned since 1977 by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Source: france24.com

17:19 World
Tunisian democracy now in the hands of its solemn president

Described by those who know him as set in his opinions and trusting of only a tight circle, a former constitutional law professor now holds the future of Tunisia's young democracy in his formally suited grasp. When President Kais Saied addressed supporters on Monday in the town that began Tunisia's 2011 revolution, he swore he would not turn back from the July intervention that his critics called a coup.

Source: reuters.com

16:43 World
Most infants in 91 countries are malnourished, warns Unicef

Only a third of children under two in many developing countries are fed what they need for healthy growth and no progress has been made on improving their nutrition over the past decade. Unicef, the UN’s children’s agency, said in a report published on Wednesday that a combination of crises from Covid-19 to conflict and the climate breakdown had stunted progress on children’s nutrition in 91 countries.

Source: theguardian.com

15:24 World
Global sea levels are rising at an 'alarming rate' of 0.12 inches a year thanks to melting ice

Global average sea levels are rising by about 0.12 inches (3.1mm) every year. This is according to the fifth annual report by the Copernicus Marine Service. The report used ocean measurements and satellite observations over a year. The annual report includes contributions from 150 scientists from more than 30 renowned European institutions and is backed by the European Comission.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

14:37 World
Will Smith mansion: Fire trucks rush to actor’s Malibu home amid reports of blaze

Fire trucks and an ambulance were seen going to the $42 million dream home Will Smith built in Calabasas, Calif., after a blaze there caused smoke damage, officials confirmed Tuesday. Video footage from the sprawling estate on Cold Canyon Road showed an ambulance with flashing lights entering just after 3:30 p.m. Monday, followed by an ambulance, several other cars and a utility vehicle. Despite the presence of an ambulance, there were no injuries, the fire official said.

Source: pagesix.com

13:15 World
Rolling Stones resume live shows with emotional Charlie Watts tribute

The Rolling Stones have played their first concert since the death of their drummer Charlie Watts last month. The small warm-up show took place in Massachusetts Gillette Stadium, to an audience of about 300 people. Singer Sir Mick Jagger dedicated the show to Watts, who died of an unspecified illness at the age of 80.

Source: bbc.com

12:38 World
Eruption on Spanish island could last 3 months, experts say

The volcanic eruption on a Spanish island and its aftermath could last for up to 84 days, experts said Wednesday. The Canary Island Volcanology Institute said it based its calculation on the length of previous eruptions on the archipelago, which like the latest eruption were followed by heavy lava flows and lasting seismic activity.

Source: apnews.com

12:04 World
Manila mayor announces bid for president of the Philippines

Former actor Isko Moreno takes aim at President Duterte for his ‘failures’ in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and alleged corruption. The election is due to take place in May 2022 and Duterte is barred from running for a second term.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:11 World
Rare Australia earthquake triggers panic in Melbourne

A rare quake rattled southeastern Australia early Wednesday, shaking buildings, knocking down walls and sending panicked residents running into the streets of Melbourne. The shallow quake hit east of the country's second-largest city just after 9:00am local time and was felt hundreds of kilometres away. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.8, later revised up to 5.9, and said it struck at a depth of 10 kilometres.

Source: france24.com

10:06 World
Huge Maya pyramid in El Salvador was built just 5–30 years after an enormous volcanic eruption as

a 'guard against future eruptions', study finds. Tierra Blanca Joven was the largest eruption in Central America in 10,000 years. It devastated the local area, covering it in volcanic deposits some 1.6 feet thick. It was thought that the disaster caused the area to be abandoned for some time. Yet a University of Colorado Boulder expert found evidence to dispute this. The Campana pyramid at San Andrés was built from volcanic rock shortly after.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

17:59 World
Injured Messi ruled out of midweek action with PSG

Lionel Messi will miss Paris Saint-Germain's game away to Metz on Wednesday due to a knee injury which coach Mauricio Pochettino has said was the real reason behind his surprise decision to take the six-time Ballon d'Or winner off against Lyon at the weekend.

Source: france24.com

17:33 World
Macron and Modi vow to ‘act jointly’ after submarine dispute

President Emmanuel Macron has discussed cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as France deals with the fallout from Australia’s cancellation of a $40bn French submarine order. The two leaders held a phone conversation on Tuesday, said a statement from Macron’s office, during which they also discussed issues such as the crisis in Afghanistan.

Source: aljazeera.com

17:03 World
Chelsea's Alonso to stop taking the knee

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso will no longer take the knee as a sign of protest against racism because the Spain left-back believes the gesture is "losing a bit of strength." Alonso will instead point to an anti-racism badge on his shirt before kick-off.

Source: france24.com

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

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