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17:18 World
Hundreds of sea turtles wash up dead in Mexico

At least 300 sea turtles have washed up dead on Mexico's Pacific coast. Preliminary exams suggests that the olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) drowned, an official with Mexico's environment ministry said. The official said they had probably become tangled in illegal fishing nets in the high seas or in abandoned nets known as "ghost nets". Olive ridley turtles are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Source: bbc.com

16:33 World
Top Chinese diplomat meets North Korea ambassador to Beijing

Top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi met North Korea's ambassador to China on Thursday and expressed Beijing's willingness to maintain high-level interactions and strengthen strategic coordination, China's foreign ministry said. Both sides exchanged views on the Korean Peninsula and other issues of common concern, the ministry said in a statement, without giving details.

Source: reuters.com

15:57 World
Ronald Koeman: Barcelona sack head coach after Rayo Vallecano loss

Ronald Koeman has been sacked as head coach of Barcelona after 14 months in charge at the Nou Camp. Barca have picked up just 15 points from 10 games in La Liga and have already lost twice in the group stage of this season's Champions League. In a statement, the Spanish club said: "The president of the club, Joan Laporta, informed him [Koeman] of the decision after the defeat against Rayo Vallecano. "Ronald Koeman will say goodbye to the squad on Thursday."

Source: bbc.com

14:48 Region
Turkey’s Lake Tuz dries up due to climate change, farming

For centuries, Lake Tuz in central Turkey has hosted huge colonies of flamingos that migrate and breed there when the weather is warm, feeding on algae in the lake’s shallow waters. The 1,665 square kilometer (643 square mile) lake — Turkey’s second-largest lake and home to several bird species — has entirely receded this year. Experts say Lake Tuz (Salt Lake in Turkish) is a victim of climate change-induced drought, which has hit the region hard, and decades of harmful agricultural policies that exhausted the underground water supply.

Source: apnews.com

14:06 World
Melting Arctic could drive uncontrolled heating, scientists warn

Experts say global emissions need to be cut now to limit the release of powerful greenhouse gases from thawing permafrost.

Source: aljazeera.com

13:21 World
Human blood is found in red paint used on 1,000-year-old gold mask

The mask was originally found in the 1990s, but experts could not identify the organic binder in the red paint. A new analysis of the paint, made of a type of mercury, revealed it contains human blood and bird egg proteins. The mask was found on the skull of an elite man who died 1,000 years ago in Peru.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

12:55 World
Pakistan Islamists clash with police in row over French cartoons

Four Pakistani police were killed and hundreds wounded when armed activists from a banned Islamist group clashed with security forces at a anti-blasphemy demonstration near the eastern city of Lahore, officials said. The clash broke out at a rally of the banned Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) on a highway in Sheikhupura, just outside Lahore, as the group prepared to march on the capital Islamabad, a spokesman for the Punjab police said on Wednesday.

Source: reuters.com

12:12 World
Buzz Lightyear: First trailer for Toy Story favourite's origin story

Hollywood star Chris Evans takes Buzz Lightyear to infinity in the first trailer for Pixar's Toy Story spin-off. The animated film, titled Lightyear, will focus on the backstory of the space ranger who supposedly inspired the toy in the Toy Story franchise. Lightyear sees Evans take over voice acting duties from Tim Allen, who portrayed the toy character in the original four films. Directed by Angus MacLane, it is due for release in June 2022.

Source: bbc.com

11:40 World
Adele to play first concerts in five years with London Hyde Park shows

Music superstar Adele said on Tuesday she will play two concerts at London's Hyde Park next summer, her first in five years, an announcement British media said caused her website to crash as fans rushed to register for a ticket pre-sale. The 33-year-old, who topped US and UK charts last week with comeback single "Easy On Me," took to Twitter with the message "Oiii Oiiiiiiiiiiiii," sharing the July 1 and 2 concert dates and the pre-sale link on her website.

Source: cnn.com

11:25 Region
Iran agrees to restart nuclear deal talks before end of November

Iran has agreed to resume talks next month with world powers over its nuclear deal, the country's deputy foreign minister said Wednesday after meeting EU mediators in Brussels. The other participants in the talks -- which included indirect negotiations between the United States and Iran -- still need to confirm the return to the table.

Source: france24.com

10:53 World
Southern Italy braced for rare Mediterranean hurricane

Southern Italy was braced on Wednesday for the arrival of what forecasters have described as a Medicane – a rare Mediterranean hurricane bringing winds of more than 100kmh and producing 5-metre waves. Fierce storms have battered Sicily for days, leaving roads submerged in the eastern part of the island and claiming the lives of at least two people.

Source: theguardian.com

10:17 World
PSG's Herrera reports theft of wallet in Bois de Boulogne

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera had his wallet stolen while driving through the Bois de Boulogne, the sprawling Paris park notorious for prostitution, multiple sources confirmed on Wednesday.

Source: france24.com

 

19:11 World
Saudi coalition says 105 rebels killed in latest Yemen strikes

The Saudi-led coalition said Wednesday it killed 105 Huthi rebels in air strikes around Yemen's strategic city of Marib, as the insurgents claimed to have almost encircled the city.

Source: france24.com

18:44 World
Afghanistan’s neighbours gather in Tehran to discuss its future

The foreign ministers of Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan met on Wednesday in Tehran, joined by their counterparts from China and Russia via video link. Iran says the main goal of the event is to emphasise the call for the formation of an ‘inclusive’ government in Afghanistan.

Source: aljazeera.com

17:28 World
Lucas Hernández wins appeal, escapes prison time in Spain

France defender Lucas Hernández will not spend time in prison for violating a restraining order after successfully winning an appeal in Spain on Wednesday. The Bayern Munich player had his six-month prison sentence turned into a fine of 96,000 euros ($111,000), a Madrid court said. He can’t commit another crime in the next four years for the ruling to remain valid.

Source: apnews.com

17:03 World
A Cambridge college and Paris museum return looted African artefacts

A Cambridge University college and Paris museum will on Wednesday hand back cultural artefacts that were looted from West Africa during the colonial era, setting a precedent that will pressure other institutions to return stolen works. Jesus College, Cambridge, will return a sculpture of a cockerel taken by British troops in 1897, one of hundreds of Benin Bronzes that were pillaged from the once mighty Kingdom of Benin, located in what is now Nigeria.

Source: reuters.com

16:03 World
‘Funniest of them all’: tributes paid to Mort Sahl after death aged 94

The Canadian-born comic was credited with revolutionising American comedy in the 1950s thanks to his acerbic political satire. Sahl was known for performing with a rolled-up newspaper as a prop and would frequently ask the audience: “Are there any groups I haven’t offended?” He died at his home in Mill Valley, near San Francisco in Northern California, on Tuesday, a friend told the New York Times.

Source: theguardian.com

15:01 World
2% of Elon Musk's wealth could solve world hunger, says director of UN food scarcity organization

Billionaires need to "step up now, on a one-time basis", said the director of the UN' World Food Programme David Beasley in an interview on CNN's Connect the World with Becky Anderson that aired Tuesday -- citing specifically the world's two richest men, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. "$6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don't reach them. It's not complicated," he added.

Source: cnn.com

13:58 World
Brazil Senate committee backs criminal charges against Bolsonaro

A Brazilian Senate commission approved a damning report on Tuesday that recommends criminal charges be brought against President Jair Bolsonaro, including crimes against humanity, for his Covid policies.

Source: france24.com

12:40 World
U.S. senators urge Biden to avoid India sanctions over Russian deal

Two U.S. senators have urged President Joe Biden to waive sanctions against India over its purchase of Russia's S-400 air defence system, saying such a punitive measure would endanger growing cooperation. India signed a $5.5 billion deal with Russia in 2018 for five of the surface-to-air missile systems for defence against long-time adversary Pakistan and China, with which it is locked in a standoff on their disputed border.

Source: reuters.com

12:00 World
Queen will not attend COP26 climate change summit

The Queen will not attend the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow following medical advice to rest. The 95-year-old monarch underwent preliminary medical checks in hospital last Wednesday after cancelling a visit to Northern Ireland. She resumed public engagements on Tuesday by meeting ambassadors via video link from Windsor Castle.

Source: bbc.com

11:25 World
Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to be held in person this year

The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, held online last year due to the pandemic, will go ahead in person in December with the 2021 laureates both in attendance, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said Tuesday. The gala ceremony takes place, as tradition dictates, in Oslo on December 10, the anniversary of the death in 1896 of prize creator Alfred Nobel.

Source: france24.com

10:47 World
Social media giants try to distance themselves from Facebook

Executives from Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube distanced themselves from Facebook during a congressional hearing Tuesday about online safety for teens. Members of a subcommittee of the Senate Commerce Committee grilled the tech company representatives during a hearing titled “Protecting Kids Online: Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube.” “We do not prioritize profits over safety,” one executive said at a congressional hearing in arguing that YouTube is not Facebook.

Source: nbcnews.com

10:04 World
These lemurs could win a Grammy for their rhythmic singing abilities

The Indri indri, a species of lemur in Madagascar, is one of a few animal species with rhythm, according to a study published Monday in Current Biology. The indri is the largest living lemur species and the only one that sings, which made it the perfect animal to study to see if it has rhythm, said study coauthor Chiara De Gregorio, a researcher in the department of life sciences and systems biology at the University of Turin in Italy.

Source: cnn.com

21:12 World
In Germany, global warming is changing more than just the climate.

It’s changing politics, too. In the latest elections, the environmentalist Green Party won more votes than ever, giving it a seat at the table as a new government is formed.

Source: nbcnews.com

20:37 World
Aston Villa defender Matty Cash granted Polish citizenship

Aston Villa defender Matty Cash received Polish citizenship on Tuesday and is available to play for the national team starting with its World Cup qualifying matches in November. The 24-year-old right back was born in England but is eligible to play for Poland through his grandfather. His mother was born in Poland.

Source: apnews.com

17:53 Region
Iran says cyberattack blocks distribution at gas stations

A cyberattack in Iran interrupted petrol distribution at the country's service stations on Tuesday, state television said, citing the Islamic republic's top security body.

Source: france24.com

16:38 World
Facebook earns $9bn despite whistleblower scandal

Facebook has posted better-than-expected profits for the third quarter, as it continues to face bad press over leaked internal documents. The social media giant made $9bn of profit in the three months to September, up from $7.8bn last year.

Source: bbc.com

15:13 World
Six jailed in Spain for selling fakes of Goya and other artists online

Six people have been jailed in the eastern Spanish region of Valencia after police broke up a criminal gang that was using the internet to sell crudely forged paintings attributed to artists including Francisco de Goya, José Benlliure y Gil and Nicolás Falcó. Officers seized 27 works valued at €1.2m and uncovered a decidedly unsophisticated counterfeiting operation complete with faked certificates of authenticity. Among them was a painting purporting to be An Immaculate Conception by Goya, with an asking price of €900,000.

Source: theguardian.com

14:32 World
Pablo Escobar's 'cocaine hippos' can be legally recognized as people, U.S. court finds

The offspring of hippos once owned by Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar can be recognized as people or “interested persons” with legal rights in the U.S. following a federal court order. The case involves a lawsuit against the Colombian government over whether to kill or sterilize the hippos whose numbers are growing at a fast pace and pose a threat to biodiversity.

Source: nbcnews.com

13:32 Region
Erdogan backs down on threat to expel Western envoys

Turkish president ‘welcomed’ statements by Western embassies – including the US – that they abide by a diplomatic convention not to interfere in a host country’s internal affairs. Erdogan said the new statement “shows they have taken a step back from the slander against our country”, adding: “They will be more careful now.”

Source: aljazeera.com

12:46 World
From penny post to $8 million as world's first stamp heads for auction

An example of the world's first postage stamp, the Penny Black, is being offered at auction, Sotheby's said on Tuesday, with a price estimate of up to $8.25 million. Dating from 1840, the item is "the earliest securely dated example of the first postage stamp," according to the auction house that will present it at its "Treasures" sale on Dec. 7.

Source: reuters.com

12:15 World
Roman villa with world’s only Caravaggio mural up for sale

A sprawling villa in Rome containing the only ceiling mural ever painted by the Italian master Caravaggio is being put up for sale for almost €500m (£422m). The 2.75-metre wide painting Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto was commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Maria Del Monte in the 16th century to adorn the ceiling in his alchemy laboratory at Casino di Villa Boncompagni Ludovisi, better known as Villa Aurora. Villa Aurora, surrounded by high walls close to Via Veneto in central Rome, is all that remains of a retreat established by the cardinal.

Source: theguardian.com

11:46 World
Former South Korean president Roh Tae-woo dies

Roh withdrew from public view around 20 years ago following a diagnosis of prostate cancer, and was being treated at the Seoul National University Hospital, Yonhap news agency reported. He was elected to serve as president from 1988-93, succeeding his old friend and dictator Chun Doo-hwan who took power in a military coup with Roh in 1979.

Source: france24.com

11:18 World
Japan's Princess Mako finally marries commoner boyfriend Kei Komuro

Japan's Princess Mako has married her college sweetheart Kei Komuro - thus losing her royal status. Under Japanese law, female imperial family members forfeit their status upon marriage to a "commoner" although male members do not. She also skipped the usual rites of a royal wedding and turned down a payment offered to royal females upon their departure from the family. She is the first female member of the royal family to decline both.

Source: bbc.com

10:41 World
Signs of first planet found outside our galaxy

Astronomers have found hints of what could be the first planet ever to be discovered outside our galaxy. Nearly 5,000 "exoplanets" - worlds orbiting stars beyond our Sun - have been found so far, but all of these have been located within the Milky Way galaxy. The possible planet signal discovered by Nasa's Chandra X-Ray Telescope is in the Messier 51 galaxy. This is located some 28 million light-years away from the Milky Way.

Source: bbc.com

10:02 World
Prince Charles to visit Jordan, Egypt

The royal couple's November 16-19 visit will start in Jordan, a UK ally whose King Abdullah II has come under pressure over leaks about his offshore wealth and over an alleged coup plot. The tour comes after the heir to the UK throne visits Glasgow next week for the COP26 climate summit. It will end in Egypt, which will take over the UN climate presidency from Britain next year.

Source: france24.com

23:46 World
Israel holds largest-ever military drill with UAE participation

Israel is holding its largest-ever air force exercise this week with the participation of several countries including the United Arab Emirates, with whom it normalised ties last year. UAE ’s air force chief is expected to arrive on Tuesday.

Source: aljazeera.com

17:10 World
German IS woman jailed for Yazidi girl's death in Iraq

A German Muslim convert who joined the Islamic State group in Iraq has been jailed for 10 years in Munich over the killing of a Yazidi girl she and her husband had bought as a slave. Jennifer Wenisch was judged to have been an accomplice to a war crime, having stood by when her husband left the five-year-old to die of thirst, chained outside in the blazing sun. Wenisch's husband, an Iraqi jihadist, is on trial in Frankfurt. The girl died in Fallujah in 2015.

Source: bbc.com

16:36 World
Michael Jordan’s Nike Air Ship trainers sell for nearly $1.5m to smash auction record

The white leather shoes with the red Nike swoosh and soles were worn by the iconic player in the fifth game of his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls, when Nike’s Jordan-affiliated brand was only just taking off as a sensation both on and off the court. “The most valuable sneakers ever offered at auction – Michael Jordan’s regular season game-worn Nike Air Ships from 1984 – have just sold at $1,472,000 in our luxury sale in Las Vegas,” auction house Sotheby’s said.

Source: theguardian.com

15:42 World
Tokyo festival features Yoshida’s films of hope amid despair

Boxers, janitors, fishermen, the heroes of Keisuke Yoshida’s movies are Japanese society’s angst-filled losers, struggling against odds in a violent, imperfect, often-crazed world. The Japanese director and his three latest works are being featured at the Tokyo International Film Festival, opening Oct. 30. Yoshida’s works explore the dark side of the human condition, like petty jealousies and shameful guilt, although he insists he believes in the potential for change, what he calls “taking that first step” out of despair.

Source: apnews.com

14:40 World
Uzbekistan leader poised for easy win in competition-free vote

The former prime minister came to power in 2016 after the death of his mentor, dictator Islam Karimov, who ruled Uzbekistan for 27 years. Mirziyoyev has been credited with launching what he calls a "New Uzbekistan" programme, ending a decades-old system of forced labour with roots in the former Soviet Union and introducing limited media freedoms.

Source: france24.com

13:37 World
US urges N Korea to end ‘provocative’ tests, return to talks

A senior United States diplomat has urged North Korea to end its “concerning and counterproductive” missile tests and resume negotiations. Sung Kim, the top US official on North Korea affairs, spoke on Sunday after meeting with South Korean officials to discuss North Korea’s recent streak of missile tests, including its first underwater ballistic missile launch in two years.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:47 World
Picasso masterpieces fetch nearly $110m at Las Vegas auction

Eleven Pablo Picasso artworks that have been on display at a Las Vegas hotel for more than two decades have sold at auction for nearly $110m (£80m). The works, which were owned by MGM Resorts, featured in the Picasso Restaurant at the Bellagio Hotel. The auction featured nine paintings and two ceramic pieces by the Spanish artist, who died in 1973.

Source: bbc.com

12:10 World
Pope Francis compares Libyan centers to 'concentration camps'

Pope Francis has likened migrant detention centers in Libya to "concentration camps" and called on the international community to intervene in a worsening migrant situation in the central Mediterranean region. The Pontiff's remarks after Sunday's angelus come just a day after an Italian prosecutor summoned American Hollywood star Richard Gere to testify in a trial against Italy's right-wing politician Matteo Salvini.

Source: cnn.com

11:49 World
Ecuador’s Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez shot dead

Ecuadorian Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez has been shot dead in the port city of Guayaquil. Quinonez, 32, and another person were found dead close to midnight (05:00 GMT) on Friday, according to police, with the killing sparking an outpouring of grief in a country struggling to contain a surge in violence.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:04 World
Real Madrid wins 2-1 at struggling rivals Barcelona in first post-Messi ‘Classico’

Real Madrid piled renewed pressure on Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman as David Alaba scored a scintillating goal to help them seal a 2-1 victory in the Clasico at Camp Nou on Sunday.

Source: france24.com

10:39 World
More than 260 Yemeni rebels killed in Saudi-led strikes near Marib, coalition says

The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said Sunday it had killed more than 260 Houthi rebels in the past three days near the strategic city of Marib.

Source: france24.com

10:02 World
Ed Sheeran tests positive for Covid-19

Ed Sheeran says he is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19. The chart-topping musician said in a post on his Instagram page that he would continue to give planned interviews and performances from home.

Source: bbc.com

16:38 World
Japan's Princess Mako celebrates final birthday as member of imperial family before wedding to commoner

Japan's Princess Mako turned 30 on Saturday. Her marriage to Kei Komuro on Tuesday will mean she becomes a commoner in keeping with laws saying female members of the imperial family cannot keep their royal status after marriage. Princess Mako and Komuro met while attending the International Christian University in Tokyo in 2012.

Source: cnn.com

15:27 World
Students sue Texas school district for banning long hair on boys

Seven students are suing a Texas school district over its dress-code policy banning boys from having long hair. School officials suspended a 9-year-old boy for a month, barred him from recess and normal lunch breaks as punishment for long hair, the lawsuit claims. He and the other students, aged 7 to 17, say the policy violates the constitution and Title IX - a federal law prohibiting sex discrimination. The school district said on Thursday it was reviewing the lawsuit.

Source: bbc.com

14:15 World
US kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria with drone strike

The US military has killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar in a drone strike in Syria, a US Central Command spokesman said. The strike comes two days after an American outpost in southern Syria was attacked.

Source: aljazeera.com

13:50 World
Liverpool: Mohamed Salah wants to stay at Anfield for rest of career

Mohamed Salah says he wants to spend the rest of his career with Liverpool. The 29-year-old Egypt forward has scored 137 goals in 214 games for the Reds since a £34m move from Roma in 2017, including 12 goals this season. His current Liverpool deal runs out at the end of next season. "It doesn't depend on me, but if you asked me I would love to stay until the last day of my football [career]. It's not in my hands, it depends on what the club wants," Salah told Sky Sports.

Source: bbc.com

13:06 World
Russian, Chinese warships hold first joint patrols in the Pacific

Russian and Chinese warships held their first joint patrols in the Western part of the Pacific ocean on October 17-23, Russia's defence ministry said in a statement on Saturday. Moscow and Beijing, which staged naval cooperation drills in the Sea of Japan earlier in October, have cultivated closer military and diplomatic ties in recent years at a time when their relations with the West have soured.

Source: reuters.com

12:41 World
China passes law to cut homework and tutoring 'pressures' on children

The new law, which has not been published in full, makes local governments responsible for ensuring the twin pressures are reduced and asks parents to arrange their children's time to account for reasonable rest and exercise, thereby reducing pressure and avoiding overuse of the internet.

Source: cnn.com

11:59 World
World number one Ashleigh Barty pulls out of WTA Finals, ends season

The Australian has not played since a shock third-round loss at the US Open in September and has now formally ended a year that earned her five titles, including a second major at Wimbledon after her French Open triumph in 2019. "I wanted to let everyone know that I won't be competing in any further tournaments in 2021, including the WTA Finals in Mexico," the 25-year-old said in a statement.

Source: france24.com

11:20 World
Two police officers killed at far-right TLP rally in Pakistan

Violent clashes erupted between Pakistan’s security forces and a far-right group in the eastern city of Lahore, killing at least two policemen and injuring several demonstrators, a police spokesman and witnesses said. On Friday thousands of members of banned Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan party protest in Lahore to demand release of leader Saad Rizvi.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:48 World
Peter Scolari, 'Bosom Buddies' and 'Newhart' star, has died

Peter Scolari, a veteran actor who rose to fame alongside Tom Hanks on "Bosom Buddies," died Friday morning. Scolari had cancer and had been ill for two years, his manager Ellen Lubin Sanitsky told CNN. He was 66.

 

10:00 World
Record high migrant detentions at US-Mexico border

The US says more than 1.7 million migrants were detained along its border with Mexico in the past 12 months - the highest number ever recorded. More than one million of them were expelled to Mexico or their native countries, according to data from US Customs and Border Protection. Agents apprehended people from more than 160 countries.

Source: bbc.com

18:50 Region
Turkey's Halkbank can be prosecuted over Iran sanction violations, U.S. appeals court rules

A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected Halkbank's (HALKB.IS) bid to dismiss an indictment accusing the state-owned Turkish lender of helping Iran evade American sanctions. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said even if the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act shielded the bank, the charge against Halkbank falls under the commercial activity exception. Prosecutors accused Halkbank of converting oil revenue into gold and then cash to benefit Iranian interests and documenting fake food shipments to justify transfers of oil proceeds.

Source: reuters.com

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