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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

17:35 World
Mosaic floors from the 1,500-year-old lost 'Church of the Apostles' built over the homes of Jesus' disciples Peter and Andrew are discovered in Israel

Mosaic flooring was found in an Israeli biblical city that experts say was inside the lost Church of the Apostles. Dating back some 1,500 years, the flooring includes two inscriptions written in ancient Greek. The text mentions a deacon and a building project, along with a half medallion and words of the bishop. The Church of the Apostles is said to have been atop of the home of Jesus' apostles Peter and Andrew.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

16:39 World
Oslo opens museum to "The Scream" painter Munch

"The Scream", arguably the most iconic image in art, is the centrepiece of a new museum dedicated to its creator Edvard Munch that opens in Oslo on Friday, but visitors won't know which of its many versions they will see until they arrive. The figure holding its head in a swirling red sunset was inspired by a stay in Berlin in 1892 when the Norwegian, then aged 28, was a leading light of the Symbolist movement.

Source: reuters.com

15:45 World
France to pay 38m citizens €100 each to ease costs

The French government has announced a one-off payment of €100 (£84; $116) for each citizen whose monthly net income is €2,000 or less, to help counter the surge in fuel and energy prices. The "inflation allowance" will go to about 38 million French people automatically, including those who do not drive a car or ride a motorbike. The first payments will go to business employees in late December. Civil servants, students and pensioners will get theirs in early 2022.

Source: bbc.com

14:38 World
Luxembourg first in Europe to legalise growing and using cannabis

Adults in Luxembourg will be permitted to grow up to four cannabis plants in their homes or gardens under laws that will make it the first country in Europe to legalise production and consumption of the drug.

Source: theguardian.com

13:49 World
Queen spends night in hospital after cancelling Northern Ireland visit

The Queen spent Wednesday night in hospital after cancelling a visit to Northern Ireland, Buckingham Palace has said. A spokesman said she was admitted for "preliminary investigations" - but returned to Windsor Castle at lunchtime on Thursday and "remains in good spirits". The 95-year-old monarch was treated at the private King Edward VII Hospital in central London, in what was her first overnight hospital stay in eight years.

Source: news.sky.com

13:14 World
Bernard Haitink: Celebrated classical conductor dies at 92

Renowned Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink has died at his home in London aged 92. He led the world's top orchestras in London, Amsterdam, Chicago and Dresden, in a career spanning 65 years. Born in Amsterdam in 1929, Haitink won many awards and was a major figure in the UK's classical music scene.

Source: bbc.com

12:16 World
Seven killed in Bangladesh Rohingya camp attack

The attackers randomly shot some victims and stabbed others with knives at the Balukhali refugee complex in Cox's Bazar near the border with Myanmar, a regional police chief said. The killings came as tensions mount in the camps that house more than 900,000 refugees from Myanmar, after a Rohingya activist was shot dead outside his office three weeks ago.

Source: france24.com

11:31 World
Pakistani foreign minister meets Taliban in Afghanistan

Pakistan’s foreign minister has visited Afghanistan for the first time since the Taliban takeover in August, amid continuing tensions about transport links between the neighbouring countries. Shah Mahmood Qureshi travelled to Kabul on Thursday to discuss the situation at the Chaman border crossing, one of the main trade transit points between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The crossing has been closed for more than two weeks, causing severe problems for truckers and exporters.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:38 World
Egypt detains artist robot Ai-Da before historic pyramid show

Ai-Da is due to open and present her work at the Great Pyramid of Giza on Thursday, the first time contemporary art has been allowed next to the pyramid in thousands of years. But because of “security issues” that may include concerns that she is part of a wider espionage plot, both Ai-Da and her sculpture were held in Egyptian customs for 10 days before being released on Wednesday, sparking a diplomatic fracas.

Source: theguardian.com

10:01 World
Remains of 'Big John', largest known triceratops, fetch nearly $8 mln

A private, anonymous U.S. collector bought the fossilised remains of 'Big John', the largest triceratops dinosaur ever discovered by paleontologists, for 6.65 million euros ($7.74 million) at a Paris auction on Thursday. Big John - named after the owner of the land where the dinosaur's bones were found - roamed modern-day South Dakota more than 66 million years ago.

Source: reuters.com

18:27 World
US surgeons test pig kidney transplant in a human

US surgeons say they have successfully given a pig's kidney to a person in a transplant breakthrough they hope could ultimately solve donor organ shortages. The recipient was brain-dead, meaning they were already on artificial life support with no prospect of recovering. The kidney came from a pig that had been genetically modified to stop the organ being recognised by the body as "foreign" and being rejected.

Source: bbc.com

17:39 World
UK police charge 25-year-old man with lawmaker’s murder

British police charged a man with murder and preparing acts of terrorism Thursday in the stabbing of a Conservative lawmaker who was killed as he met constituents at a church hall last week. Authorities say a 25-year-old British man with Somali heritage, Ali Harbi Ali, has been charged in the death of David Amess. The case shook a nation accustomed to having face-to-face contact with its leaders and engaging in vigorous debate on issues of the day.

Source: apnews.com

16:15 Region
Erdogan says Turkey will recoup money paid to U.S. for F-35 jets

President Tayyip Erdogan said he believed Turkey and the United States will make progress in talks for the sale of F-16 fighter jets and that Ankara will recoup $1.4 billion it paid for F-35s it is blocked from buying, Anadolu agency reported on Thursday.

Source: reuters.com

15:31 World
Barbados elects first ever president ahead of becoming republic

Barbados has elected its first ever president as it prepares to become a republic, removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. Dame Sandra Mason, 72, is set to be sworn in on 30 November, which will mark the country's 55th anniversary of independence from Britain. The first woman to serve on the Barbados Court of Appeals, Dame Mason has been governor-general since 2018.

Source: bbc.com

15:02 World
Ethiopia launches new air strike on Tigray capital

Ethiopia's military launched a new air strike on the Tigrayan capital Mekele on Wednesday, the third round of bombardments this week against rebel targets in the city.

Source: france24.com

14:13 World
Indian PM Modi will attend Glasgow climate conference

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, the country's environment minister said on Thursday, in a boost for global efforts for steeper emission cuts to fight global warming. India is the world's third-biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States.

Source: reuters.com

13:28 World
Powerful storm in France cuts electricity to 250,000 homes

Rail traffic was also affected by storm "Aurore", which has been causing devastation since Wednesday afternoon. Transport Minister Jean-Baptiste Djebbari said in a tweet that the Ile-de-France region around Paris, Normandy, northern France and eastern Lorraine regions were the worst affected.

Source: france24.com

12:49 World
Archaeologists discover three massive statues of ram heads - including one with a cobra sitting on its head

Archaeologists found three statues of ram heads, including one that had a cobra on its head, at Egypt's Karnak Temple. The statues, which have not yet been dated, were found south of the temple. The ram heads were part of larger statues, which were of creatures that looked similar to a sphinx. The statues spanned a distance of 1.7 miles between Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple on a sandstone road, known as the 'avenue of sphinxes'.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

11:57 World
The four-year-old footballer scouted by Arsenal while still at nursery

Zayn Ali Salman was just four years old when he caught the attention of one of London’s biggest football clubs. He is the youngest-ever recruit to the Arsenal pre-academy after his skills had him running rings round players twice his age.

Source: bbc.com

11:20 World
Solar storm confirms Vikings settled in North America exactly 1,000 years ago

Analysis of wood from timber-framed buildings in Newfoundland shows Norse-built settlement 471 years before Columbus.

Source: theguardian.com

10:51 World
South Korea to join space race with launch of first homegrown rocket

The three-stage NURI is due to lift off in a few hours time with future plans for surveillance, communications satellites, and even lunar probes.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:00 World
Trump to launch new social media platform TRUTH Social

Former US President Donald Trump has announced plans to launch a new social media network, called TRUTH Social. He said the platform would "stand up to the tyranny of big tech", accusing them of silencing opposing voices in the US. Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which he chairs, also intends to launch a subscription video-on-demand service.

Source: bbc.com

18:31 World
'Heaviest' kidneys removed in high-risk operation

A man who is believed to have had the heaviest kidneys on record has spoken of his determination to get his life back following surgery to remove them. Warren Higgs, 54, from Windsor, Berkshire suffers from polycystic kidney disease. The inherited condition causes fluid-filled cysts to grow in the kidneys and can lead to kidney failure. It affects around one in 1,000 people and there is no cure.

Source: bbc.com

18:03 World
France to announce sanctions amid fishing dispute with UK

France will announce potential sanctions over energy prices and trade “by the end of the week” in its fishing dispute with the United Kingdom, the government spokesman said Wednesday. France vehemently protested the decision last month by the U.K. and the Channel Island of Jersey to refuse dozens of French fishing boats a license to operate in their territorial waters. Paris called the move “unacceptable.”

Source: apnews.com

16:49 World
Boy steals show at papal audience

A boy became the center of attention at Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience, walking on the stage, getting a seat next the pope and even a white papal cap as a reward for his persistence.

Source: Reuters 

15:39 World
Benzema on trial in French sex tape blackmail case

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has gone on trial in France accused of complicity in an attempt to blackmail fellow footballer Mathieu Valbuena over a sex tape found on his phone. He has ridiculed the charge against him as a "masquerade" and did not appear at the court in Versailles. The case dates back to June 2015, when the two footballers were at a France training camp. The saga rocked French football and both players lost their team places. Karim Benzema, 33, has since returned to the France team.

Source: bbc.com

14:49 World
Russia calls for inclusive Afghan government in talks with Taliban

Russia hosted talks on Afghanistan on Wednesday involving senior representatives of the Taliban and other factions, a round of diplomacy that underlines Moscow's clout. Opening the talks, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov emphasised that “forming a really inclusive government fully reflecting the interests of not only all ethnic groups but all political forces of the country” is necessary to achieve a stable peace in Afghanistan.

Source: france24.com

13:22 World
Taliban praise suicide bombers, offer families cash and land

The Taliban praised suicide bombers who died during the war against the former government and its Western allies and offered their families sums of cash and promises of land, the movement's interior ministry said in a statement. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the acting interior ministry who has a $10 million U.S. bounty on his head as a "specially designated global terrorist", met the families at a ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, which was itself targeted by suicide bombers in 2018.

Source: reuters.com

13:02 World
Charge Bolsonaro with murder over Covid toll, draft Brazil senate report says

The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, should face murder charges for his role in the country’s “stratospheric” coronavirus death toll, a draft report from a senate inquiry into Brazil’s Covid crisis has recommended. The 1,078-page document, published by Brazilian media on Tuesday afternoon, is not due to be voted on by the commission until next week and could yet be modified by senators.

Source: theguardian.com

12:20 World
Grapefruit-sized hail hits Australia's east coast

Record-sized hailstones fell across Australia's east coast this week, with ice pellets larger than grapefruits lashing residents in parts of Queensland, the country's metereology bureau said on Wednesday.

Source: reuters.com

11:51 World
13 killed in Damascus army bus bombing: state media

A bomb attack on an army bus in Damascus killed at least 13 people Wednesday in the bloodiest such attack in years, the SANA state news agency reported. "A terrorist bombing using two explosive devices targeted a passing bus" at a key bridge in the capital, the news agency said, reporting an initial casualty toll of 13 dead and three wounded.

Source: france24.com

11:21 World
More than 20 people safely escape after plane crashes outside Houston

No major injuries were reported when a Boston-bound plane carrying more than 20 people struck a fence and erupted in flames while taking off at Houston Executive Airport on Tuesday morning, officials said. All passengers and crew managed to leave the plane safely -- two with minor injuries -- before firefighters extinguished the flames engulfing the McDonnell Douglas MD-87 on a field outside the airport, local officials said.

Source: cnn.com

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