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19:27 Region
Turkish court extends imprisonment of philanthropist Osman Kavala

A Turkish court on Friday extended the imprisonment of the philanthropist Osman Kavala, whose case caused a diplomatic crisis with the US and other western countries after they called for his release. The court’s decision paves the way for the Council of Europe to launch infringement proceedings against Turkey. Kavala has been incarcerated without being convicted for more than four years, prompting claims of political persecution against the businessman amid international criticism of Ankara’s crackdown on opponents.

Source: theguardian.com

18:52 World
10 police hurt as violence spreads on French Caribbean islands

Ten police officers were injured and several journalists shot at on the French Caribbean island of Martinique overnight Thursday to Friday as protests sparked by Covid-19 vaccine measures spread.

Source: france24.com

18:01 World
Italy, France deepen economic, defense cooperation

Italian Premier Mario Draghi said that a bilateral treaty signed on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron to strengthen bilateral cooperation would in turn strengthen the European Union, in such areas as defense. The treaty deepens cooperation “in crucial sectors, from security to justice, from research to industry,” Draghi told a press conference. That includes spending to create “a true European defense” that Draghi said “obviously is complementary to NATO” and doesn’t substitute the alliance.

Source: apnews.com

17:08 World
Mobile phone museum celebrates ugly and iconic phones

More than 2,000 old and iconic mobile phones are being showcased in a new online museum. The Mobile Phone Museum was set up by industry analyst Ben Wood who had collected thousands of phones as a hobby.

Source: bbc.com

16:44 World
41,500-year-old decorated ivory pendant made from mammoth bone is discovered in a cave in Poland

An intricately decorated ivory pendant made from mammoth bone has been discovered in Poland, and may be the oldest example of ornate jewellery found in Eurasia yet. It features patterns of over 50 puncture marks in an irregular looping curve, and two complete holes, which could represent hunting tallies or lunar notations, according to the researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

15:29 World
Coronavirus: Countries shut borders over new South Africa variant

More countries are tightening their travel restrictions after the discovery of a new coronavirus variant in South Africa earlier this week. The UK, Singapore and Japan are among those rushing in stricter quarantine measures and banning flights from South Africa and neighbouring countries. The EU is proposing to ban flights from the region across the whole bloc. Scientists still have much to learn about the variant, but there are concerns it may be the worst yet.

Source: bbc.com

14:43 World
Ikea is offering a tiny apartment in Tokyo for less than $1 per month

Swedish retailer Ikea is becoming a landlord in Japan with a tiny apartment it will rent out in Tokyo. The 10-square-meter (107-square-foot) apartment is located in the Shinjuku district and will cost just 99 yen ($0.86) per month to rent, according to details released by Ikea this week. Only one unit is available, and it is fully furnished with Ikea furniture and accessories. The company is accepting applications from potential tenants, who must be over 20 years old, until December 3.

Source: cnn.com

13:31 World
Israel finds case of Covid strain first detected in South Africa

Israel has identified a case of a Covid-19 variant with a large number of mutations first detected in South Africa, the health ministry said Friday. Two more cases were detected in "people returning from abroad", it said, adding that they had been placed in quarantine.

Source: france24.com

12:39 Region
Turkish police fire tear gas at women protesters in Istanbul

Turkish police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Thursday to push back thousands of people, many of them women, who took to the streets of Istanbul to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. The protests, part of a week of nationwide mobilisation, came amid calls for Turkey to rejoin the Istanbul Convention.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:31 World
Spanish police recover rare 2,000-year-old Iberian sword

The pre-Roman falcata, a double-edged, curved sword used by the Iberians between the fifth and first centuries BC, was seized along with 202 other archaeological pieces after it appeared on what Policía Nacional officers termed “a well known social media site”. The sword, which has been dated to between the third and first century BC, is particularly sought after because of the original condition of its blade.

Source: theguardian.com

11:07 World
Nile Rodgers is auctioning guitars for talented teenagers

The multi-award winning music producer and guitarist, Nile Rodgers, is to auction his guitars, cars and personal items to raise money for his We Are Family Foundation. The not-for-profit organisation provides mentoring for talented teenagers around the world. One of the guitars being auctioned is a replica of his famous Hitmaker. The auction of over 160 lots takes place at Christie's in New York on 16 December.

Source: bbc.com

10:25 World
Dozens killed in clashes in Sudan’s restive Darfur

At least 35 people have been killed in days of fighting between herders in Sudan’s western Darfur region with more than a thousand homes set on fire, officials have said. The violence broke out on November 17 between armed Arab herders in the rugged Jebel Moon mountains close to the border with Chad, said Omar Abdelkarim, Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commissioner in West Darfur state on Thursday.

Source: aljazeera.com

21:32 World
Egypt to reopen 3,000-year-old Avenue of Sphinxes in grand, glitzy Luxor ceremony

The country is set to open the 3,000-year-old Avenue of Sphinxes to the public Thursday in an elaborate ceremony in the southern city of Luxor that follows decades of excavation efforts. The ancient walkway, nearly two miles long and about 250 feet wide, was once named “The Path of God.” It connects the Temple of Luxor with the Temple of Karnak, just up the Nile river to the north.

Source: nbcnews.com

17:39 World
Film storyboards for doomed 1970s version of Dune sell for €2.7m

The storyboards for the doomed 1970s film version of sci-fi classic Dune have sold for €2.66m ($3m) at auction, about 100 times the expected price. Long considered a mythical object by sci-fi fans, the notebook of drawings for the film by Franco-Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky triggered a bidding war at Christie’s in Paris.

Source: theguardian.com

17:00 World
Hackney man first to receive 3D-printed prosthetic eye

A hospital patient will become the first person in the world to have a 3D-printed prosthetic eye. Steve Varze, from Hackney, east London, will receive the eye on Thursday at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. It is hoped the eye will be more realistic than a traditional acrylic prosthetic eye. It will also cut the time it takes for patients to be fitted with their prosthetics in half, from six weeks to three.

Source: bbc.com

15:58 World
Sweden's first female PM resigns hours into post

Sweden's first female prime minister, Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, resigned on Wednesday after less than 12 hours in the top job after the Green Party quit their two-party coalition, stoking political uncertainty.

Source: reuters.com

 

14:48 World
Mike Tyson: Malawi asks former boxer to be cannabis ambassador

Agriculture Minister Lobin Low sent a letter to Tyson inviting him to become the official ambassador for the country's cannabis crop, and said legalisation in Malawi had created new opportunities. Tyson, a former world heavyweight champion, is an entrepreneur and has invested in a cannabis farm in the US. But the move has been criticised by some as the former boxer was imprisoned for sex offences in the 1990s.

Source: bbc.com

12:59 World
Fash-Un police: Kim Jong Un bans leather coats to stop citizens copying his look

North Korea has banned people from wearing leather trench coats after the fashion item became a favourite of dictatorial ruler Kim Jong-un, it has been claimed. First worn by Kim in 2019, the coat became popular among the North Korean elite who were keen to show their loyalty to the Supreme Leader and who could afford real leather. Fashion police have been deployed to confiscate the coats amid fears they are cheapening the Supreme Leader's look and undermining his authority.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

11:35 World
Germany's Covid death toll passes 100,000

Germany recorded 351 fatalities in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll since the start of the pandemic to 100,119, according to figures from the Robert Koch Institute, a public health agency.

Source: france24.com

10:56 World
Migrants die in biggest loss of life in Channel

Thirty-one migrants headed for the UK have drowned in the English Channel near Calais after their boat sank. The International Organisation for Migration said it was the biggest single loss of life in the Channel since it began collecting data in 2014.

Source: bbc.com

10:15 World
Libya election body rejects Kadhafi son's presidential bid

Libya's electoral commission on Wednesday announced its rejection of the candidacy of Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, a son of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi, to run in next month's presidential election. Wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes, Seif al-Islam, who registered to run on November 14, was among 25 candidates whose bids have been rejected, the HNEC commission said in a statement.

Source: france24.com

22:36 World
Lebanese currency sinks to new low

The Lebanese pound sank to a new low on the black market Wednesday, with no end in sight to the economic and political crisis plunging ever growing numbers into poverty. According to websites monitoring the black market rate, the pound was trading at 24,000 to the dollar, or 16 times less than its official peg value of 1,500.

Source: france24.com

22:00 World
Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie and Feyisa Lilesa ready to join Tigray war

Ethiopian Olympic heroes Haile Gebrselassie and Feyisa Lilesa say they are ready to go to the front line in the war against rebel forces. Their announcement comes after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said he would go to the front to lead the war. Tigrayan rebels say they are advancing towards the capital Addis Ababa.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
US jobless claims plunge to 199,000, lowest in 52 years

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits plummeted last week to the lowest level in more than half a century, another sign that the U.S. job market is rebounding rapidly from last year’s coronavirus recession. Jobless claims dropped by 71,000 to 199,000, the lowest since mid-November 1969. The drop was much bigger than economists expected.

Source: apnews.com

17:29 World
A new republic is born: Barbados celebrates ditching Britain's queen

Barbados, a former British colony, will next week ditch Queen Elizabeth as head of state, breaking its last remaining imperial bonds with Britain nearly 400 years since the first English ship arrived at the Caribbean island. Barbados casts the removal of Elizabeth II, who is queen of Barbados and 15 other realms including the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and Jamaica, as a sign of confidence and a way to finally break with the demons of its colonial history.

Source: reuters.com

16:35 World
NASA launches ‘suicide’ spacecraft to kick asteroid off course

DART probe, the size of a car, will slam into the Dimorphos ‘moonlet’ at more than 24,000 kilometres per an hour in an attempt to knock it off course.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:20 World
Karim Benzema: French footballer guilty in sex tape blackmail case

France and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been found guilty of conspiring to blackmail a fellow French footballer with a sex tape. A judge handed Benzema a one-year suspended jail term and ordered him to pay a €75,000 (£63,000; $84,000) fine. Benzema, 33, was one of five people put on trial last month over an attempt to extort Frenchman Mathieu Valbuena. The case dates back to June 2015, when the two footballers were at a French training camp.

Source: bbc.com

13:26 World
Sanctuary Mandela, ex-president's home turned into boutique hotel

Anti-apartheid legend Nelson Mandela liked hearty, simple meals, like oxtail stew. It was a favourite dish of South Africa's first black president and now fills ravioli served in his former home, which has been transformed into a boutique hotel. Mandela lived there for eight years before moving to another home around the corner with his third wife Graca Machel. He arrived shortly after his release from prison in 1990, and promptly set about meeting the neighbours, general manager Dimitri Maritz said.

Source: france24.com

12:35 World
UAE holds talks with Taliban to run Kabul airport - foreign diplomats

The United Arab Emirates has held talks with the Taliban to run Kabul airport, going up against Gulf rival Qatar in a diplomatic tussle for influence with Afghanistan's new rulers, according to four sources with knowledge of the matter.

Source: reuters.com

11:43 World
Covid: Europe region faces 700,000 more deaths by March – WHO

A further 700,000 people could die of Covid by March in Europe and parts of Asia, the World Health Organization has warned. The death toll already exceeds 1.5 million in the 53 countries of what the WHO terms as its Europe region. The WHO warned of "high or extreme stress" in intensive care units in 49 of the nations by March 2022.

Source: bbc.com

11:08 World
Israeli airstrike on central Syria leaves 2 dead, 7 wounded

Syria’s military said Israeli warplanes attacked army positions in the country’s central region early Wednesday, leaving two civilians dead and seven people wounded — six of them soldiers.

Source: apnews.com

10:33 World
Einstein’s notes on theory of relativity fetch $13M at Christie’s

A manuscript co-authored by Albert Einstein, offering a rare insight into the legendary physicist’s thinking leading up to his general theory of relativity, was sold in an auction on Tuesday for $13.17m. Auction house Christie’s had estimated the value of the manuscript at between $2.25m and $3.38m.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:04 World
Francisca Susano, considered the oldest living Filipino, dies at 124

Francisca Susano, who was believed to be the oldest living person in the Philippines and probably in the world, died on Monday at 124 years old, according to the local government of her hometown. The city government of Kabankalan in Negros Occidental said Lola Iska, as she was affectionately called, died at around 6:45 p.m. Susano was born on Sept. 11, 1897, which was before the country became independent from Spanish rule.

Source: cnn.ph

20:46 World
Ukrainian navy receives two former U.S. coast guard patrol boats

Two refitted former U.S. Coast Guard patrol boats intended to bolster the Ukrainian navy have arrived at the Ukrainian Black Sea port of Odessa, the Ukrainian navy said on Tuesday. The two new boats are part of a package of assistance to Ukraine that has been worth over $2.5 billion since 2014, the year Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists seized a swathe of eastern Ukraine.

Source: reuters.com

19:38 World
French prime minister tests positive for Covid-19, forcing Belgium's leader into isolation

Prime Minister Jean Castex, who is fully vaccinated, tested positive for the virus after returning to France from a visit with ministers in Brussels, his office confirmed to CNN. On his return from Belgium, Castex learned his 11-year-old daughter had tested positive for the coronavirus, according to CNN affiliate BFMTV. The Prime Minister then also tested positive and is self-isolating. His Belgium counterpart, Prime Minister Alexander de Croo, along with four other ministers, are now self- isolating following their meeting.

Source: cnn.com

19:08 World
Mexican nursery's lottery win turns into nightmare

Parents in southern Mexico say they are being threatened by a gang after their children's nursery won 20m pesos ($950,000; £710,0000) in a lottery. The nursery has just over two dozen pupils and their parents were put in charge of administering the prize. Soon after their win was made public, they received threats from an armed group, which demanded that they use the money to buy weapons for the gang. The families say they had to flee their village and have been living rough.

Source: bbc.com

18:08 World
Coastal towns locked down in La Palma as lava crashes into ocean

Authorities on the Spanish island of La Palma ordered residents of three coastal towns to stay indoors on Monday after a new stream of lava crashed into the ocean, sending thick clouds of potentially toxic gases high into the sky. A third tongue of lava from the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which has been erupting for two months, reached the water around midday (12:00 GMT) a few kilometres north of where two previous flows hit the sea.

Source: reuters.com

17:15 World
Rare Einstein manuscript set to fetch millions

Albert Einstein's handwritten notes for the theory of relativity are being auctioned in Paris on Tuesday, expected to fetch millions of euros. The manuscript contains preparatory work for the physicist's signature achievement, the theory of general relativity, which he published in 1915. Christie's expects it to reach between $2.3 million to 3.4 million. The 54-page document was handwritten in 1913 and 1914 in Zurich, Switzerland, by Einstein and his colleague and confidant, Swiss engineer Michele Besso.

Source: france24.com

15:36 World
Flooding in India's Bangalore after heavy rains

Indian tech hub Bangalore has been inundated by floodwater after torrential downpours that have killed scores of people across the country's south in the past few weeks. Lakes dotted around the city have overflowed after three days of ferocious rain, submerging roads and flooding homes. At least 30 people have been killed after flash floods around southern India in recent days, according to local media reports.

Source: france24.com

14:46 World
Lobsters and crabs are sentient beings and shouldn't be boiled alive, UK report says

Octopuses, crabs and lobsters are capable of experiencing pain or suffering, according to a review commissioned by the UK government, which has added the creatures to a list of sentient beings to be given protection under new animal welfare laws. Vertebrates, animals with a backbone, are already classified as sentient in new animal welfare legislation currently under debate in the United Kingdom.

Source: cnn.com

14:10 World
El Salvador to build cryptocurrency-fueled “Bitcoin City”

In a rock concert-like atmosphere, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele announced that his government will build an oceanside “Bitcoin City” at the base of a volcano. Bukele used a gathering of Bitcoin enthusiasts Saturday night to launch his latest idea, much as he used a an earlier Bitcoin conference in Miami to announce in a video message that El Salvador would be the first country to make the cryptocurrency legal tender.

Source: apnews.com

12:48 World
At least 8 dead in mangrove after gun battle with Rio police

Residents on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro on Monday found the corpses of at least eight people in a mangrove after a sustained gunbattle with local police. The bodies were found near a complex of slums called Salgueiro, in the city of Sao Goncalo, a poor and violent region that is part of metropolitan Rio. Locals told media outlets that they believed other bodies would be found.

Source: reuters.com

11:50 World
Former South Korean military dictator Chun Doo-hwan dies at 90

Former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan, whose iron-fisted rule of the country following a 1979 military coup sparked massive democracy protests, died on Tuesday at the age of 90, his former press aide said. Chun had multiple myeloma, a blood cancer which was in remission, and his health had deteriorated recently, his former press secretary Min Chung-ki told reporters.

Source: cnn.com

11:13 World
US author Noah Gordon dies age 95

US author Noah Gordon, whose bestselling novels included "The Physician," died Monday at the age of 95, his family said. "With great sadness the family of Noah Gordon announces that Noah passed away November 22, 2021, in the privacy of his home," his relatives said in a statement on his official website.

Source: france24.com

10:11 World
Kevin Spacey to pay House of Cards studio more than $30m over alleged misconduct losses

Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the studio behind House of Cards more than $30m because of losses brought on by his firing for alleged sexual misconduct, according to an arbitration decision made final on Monday. A document filed in Los Angeles superior court requesting a judge’s approval of the ruling says that the arbitrators found that Spacey violated his contract’s demands for professional behaviour.

Source: theguardian.com

20:30 World
After a century and a half, Ethiopian artefacts return home

After a century and a half hidden in private collections, 13 stolen Ethiopian artefacts have finally returned home following months of negotiations. The items, which include an intricately latticed processional cross, a richly coloured triptych depicting Jesus' crucifixion, and an ornate red and brass imperial shield, are part of the largest act of restitution in Ethiopia's history, officials said. These artefacts were taken in 1868 after the battle of Maqdala between the British and Ethiopian empires.

Source: reuters.com

20:01 World
Art LaFleur dead: The Sandlot star passes away at 78 after 10-year battle with Parkinson’s disease

Art passed away on Wednesday after a 10-year battle with Parkinson's disease, according to his wife, Shelley. The star is said to have passed away at his home, surrounded by his children and Shelley, however, it it said Art was "cracking jokes" in the time leading up to his death.

Source: the-sun.com

18:45 World
Dortmund’s Hazard and Wolfsburg’s Casteels have COVID-19

Borussia Dortmund’s Thorgan Hazard tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday and will miss the Champions League game at Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday. Dortmund said the 28-year-old Hazard did not have contact with any teammates on Monday or Sunday, and that the Belgium forward was self-isolating. Also on Monday, Wolfsburg said goalkeeper Koen Casteels had tested positive ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League game at Sevilla.

Source: apnews.com

17:57 World
14 people raid Louis Vuitton store near Chicago, grab $120,000 in merchandise, police say

More than a dozen people stormed a Louis Vuitton store in a Chicago suburb and were caught on surveillance footage grabbing bags and wiping shelves clear, according to police. The theft took place at the store located in the Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook, Illinois, on Wednesday around 3:30 p.m., police said. So far no arrests have been made and one of three getaway cars have been recovered.

Source: nbcnews.com

17:14 World
Joey Morgan, actor in ‘Scouts guide to the zombie apocalypse,’ dies at 28

“Joey Morgan passed away early Sunday morning.  It was a shock and devastated all of us who loved him. He will be dearly missed. We hope everyone understands how painful this is for his loved ones and can respect boundaries and allow them to grieve in private,” a rep for the actor said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. No cause of death was given.
 

15:59 World
China will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia

Chinese leader Xi Jinping says his country will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia or bully its smaller neighbours as friction over the South China Sea intensifies. Remarks come days after a flare-up with the Philippines in the South China Sea as President Duterte condemns Chinese coastguard intervention.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:01 World
K-pop stars BTS take top prize and own the night at American Music Awards

K-Pop band BTS was the big winner at the American Music Awards on Sunday just four years after making their first appearance on the fan-voted show. The band, known for its positive uplifting music, called the artist of the year win a miracle. Adored by an army of fervent fans, they also were named favorite pop group and won best pop song for their summer hit “Butter.”

Source: nbcnews.com

13:54 World
Zverev dethrones Medvedev to win second ATP Finals title

Alexander Zverev captured his second ATP Finals title after producing a brilliant performance to defeat world number two Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4 in Sunday's final in Turin.

Source: france24.com

12:55 World
Indian farmers hold mass rally, keep pressure on Modi despite climbdown

Flushed with victory after Prime Minister Narendra Modi caved into demands for agricultural reform laws to be repealed, Indian farmers held a mass rally on Monday to demand minimum support prices be extended to all produce, not just rice and wheat. Thousands gathered for the latest rally in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, where Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party will seek to hold onto power in state elections due early next year.

Source: reuters.com

12:00 World
Clapton guitar tops $600,000 in rock memorabilia auction

A vintage Eric Clapton guitar sold for $625,000 in New York at a weekend auction of rock memorabilia that fetched nearly $5 million in total, Julien Auctions announced. Heralded as the highlight of the sale that concluded late Saturday at the city's Hard Rock Cafe and which also took bids online, the acoustic 1968 Martin D-45 instrument was played by Clapton in 1970 during the debut live concert of his band Derek and the Dominos.

Source: france24.com

11:49 World
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Man Utd sack manager with club seventh in Premier League

Manchester United have sacked manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Watford. The club have won just one of their past seven Premier League matches and are seventh in the table, 12 points behind leaders Chelsea.

Source: bbc.com

11:22 World
Peng Shuai: Chinese tennis star tells Olympic officials she is safe

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai said she was safe and well in a video call on Sunday, the International Olympic Committee says. In a statement, the IOC said its President Thomas Bach had spoken to Ms Peng for 30 minutes. Ms Peng, 35, disappeared from the public eye for almost three weeks after she made sexual assault allegations against a senior Chinese minister.

Source: bbc.com

11:01 Region
Oil facility fire in southwest Iran contained

Masjed Soleiman Oil and Gas Company in southwest Iran said that a fire broke out on Sunday morning in the company's logistics and machinery warehouse and was contained by noon. The company's public relations office said in a press release that the incident was under investigation and there have been no reports on the cause and possible casualties. Masjed Soleiman is a county in the oil-rich Khuzestan Province in southwest Iran.

Source: irna.ir

10:02 World
Italian island of Vulcano orders partial evacuation after increased activity

The mayor of the island of Vulcano, in Sicily’s Aeolian archipelago, has ordered the evacuation of about 150 people and banned tourists due to increased volcanic activity and gases in the area. Last October, Italy’s civil protection agency issued an amber alert for the tiny island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, about 15 miles (25km) north of Sicily, after a series of significant changes in volcanic parameters.

Source: theguardian.com

16:41 World
Taiwan scaffolding collapse kills three people

Three construction workers have died after scaffolding collapsed in northern Taiwan on Saturday, Taiwan's official Central News Agency (CNA) reported. The incident, which left two others injured with leg fractures, occurred at a metro construction site in Sanxia, New Taipei City, according to CNA.

Source: cnn.com

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