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17:55 World
Prison riots in Ecuador sparked by rival gangs leave 62 dead

Ecuador's prisons were designed for some 27,000 inmates but house about 38,000.


17:09 World
Mars rover’s giant parachute carried secret message

Systems engineer Ian Clark used a binary code to spell out “Dare Mighty Things” in the orange and white strips of the 70-foot (21-meter) parachute. He also included the GPS coordinates for the mission’s headquarters at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.


16:34 World
Oklahoma man accused of cutting neighbor’s heart out, feeding it to his family

An Oklahoma man suspected of murdering three people has confessed to killing his neighbor, cutting her heart out, and then cooking it to feed his family, authorities said. Lawrence Anderson allegedly stabbed Andrea Lynn Blankenship, 41, to death in her Chickasha home on Feb. 9.


15:59 World
Mitch McConnell to support Garland for attorney general

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will support Merrick Garland’s nomination for attorney general, five years after blocking the judge's path to the Supreme Court.


15:18 World
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the Beat poet, publisher and founder of San Francisco's beloved City Lights bookstore, has died aged 101.

He passed away from lung disease on Monday evening, confirmed the store's vice president and director of marketing and publicity, Stacey Lewis.


14:34 World
Tokyo 2020 Olympics has become an exercise in damage limitation amid scandal and public dissent

The people of Tokyo have voiced their disapproval of this summer’s rearranged Olympic Games as the pandemic grips Japan, and chaos continues to follow a beleaguered organising committee.

Source: independent


14:02 World
Malaysia deports Myanmar nationals despite court order

Malaysia has deported 1,086 people back to Myanmar, defying a court order and appeals from human rights groups to halt the process. Rights organisations say the group includes some ethnic minorities which have suffered persecution in Myanmar. They say sending them back to Myanmar, where the army took power in a coup, could put them at even greater risk.


13:46 World
Hyundai Motor to replace battery systems in costly electric car recall

Hyundai Motor Co will replace battery systems in some 82,000 electric vehicles globally due to fire risks, a problem which combined with an earlier recall is likely to cost the automaker an estimated $900 million. Most of the latest recall applies to its best-selling electric car, the Kona EV, which was first recalled in October for a software upgrade after a series of fires.


12:52 World
Tiger Woods is "awake and responsive" following surgery on serious leg injuries suffered in a car crash in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The 15-time golf major champion, 45, had to be "extricated from the wreck" by firefighters and paramedics. A statement said he had suffered "open fractures affecting the tibia and fibula bones" in his lower right leg and a rod had been inserted.


12:18 World
China court orders man to pay wife for housework in landmark case

A Beijing divorce court has ordered a man to compensate his wife for the housework she did during their marriage, in a landmark ruling. The woman will receive 50,000 yuan ($7,700) for five years of unpaid labour. The case has generated a huge debate online over the value of domestic work, with some saying the compensation amount was too little.


11:46 World
Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo Reunite on Set of Their New Film: 'Reconnecting with an Old Pal'

The two actors will star alongside Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming movie The Adam Project.


11:12 World
Japan regions push to end state of emergency as virus infections fall

Regional authorities in Japan have urged that emergency pandemic measures be lifted before a scheduled date of March 7, as new COVID-19 cases trend lower, the economy minister said, adding that the government would consult experts before it agreed.


10:49 World
French actor Depardieu placed under formal investigation for rape

French actor Gérard Depardieu has been placed under formal investigation for rape and sexual assault allegedly committed in 2018. An initial investigation into the rape accusations against Depardieu, 72, was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence but reopened last summer, leading to a formal investigation filed on December 16.



10:19 World
Hillary Clinton to write a political thriller with Canadian author Louise Penny

The book, to be called State of Terror, will follow a novice secretary of state who is working in the administration of a rival politician and trying to solve a wave of terrorist attacks. The novel comes out Oct. 12.

Source: cbc

10:07 World
EU tells six countries to lift Covid border restrictions

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Sweden have been given 10 days to respond to the European commission’s concerns that they have breached commonly agreed coronavirus guidelines.

Source: theguardian

18:07 World
Cancer survivor to become youngest American to go to space

Hayley Arceneaux, who beat cancer at 10-years-old, will be joining SpaceX's first private trip to orbit.


17:19 World
Tennessee man leaves $5 million to pet border collie

It won’t be a dog’s life for a Tennessee canine whose owner recently died. Lulu, an 8-year-old border collie, will be living the good life in Nashville after inheriting $5 million in her owner’s will.


16:43 World
Dogs turn blue and green with suspected chemical pollution in Russia

Animals living close to abandoned chemical plant take on unusual colouring. Vets were left puzzled after stray dogs covered with bright blue and green fur turned up in two Russian towns hundreds of miles apart within days of each other earlier this month.

Source: independent

15:50 World
Covid-19 lockdown: Up to 10,000 fans could return to stadiums by mid-May

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four-part plan to lift the coronavirus lockdown. Outdoor sports including football, golf and tennis will be allowed to resume in England from 29 March.


14:47 World
Mick Jagger narrates film to mark Royal Albert Hall anniversary

A short film featuring crowds, happiness and the sheer thrill of being together has been released to kick off the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall. The Rolling Stones frontman reads from WH Auden’s poem For Friends Only in the 90-second clip, an emotional tribute to live music after a year without it. The film, directed by Tom Harper, intersperses poignant images of the empty venue with more than 40 pieces of concert archive footage dating back to 1933.

Source: theguardian

14:06 World
El Chapo's wife Emma Coronel Aispuro arrested in US over 'drug trafficking'

The wife of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was detained at Dulles International Airport outside Washington DC. She is charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.


13:29 World
Stevie Wonder is moving to Ghana

The iconic, award-winning performer spoke to Oprah Winfrey in an interview explaining his decision, citing the political turmoil in the United States. This isn't the first time he has said he was considering moving to Ghana. In 1994, he said he felt there was "more of a sense of community" than in the US.


12:53 World
French labour minister urges companies to boost remote working to avoid lockdown

“In recent days (COVID) data are not good. We all want to avoid a new lockdown and working from home is a good answer,” said French Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne.


12:24 World
Video shows Perseverance rover's dramatic Mars landing

Nasa has released stunning video of its Perseverance rover landing on Mars. The movies cover the final minutes of last week's hair-raising descent, up to the point where the robot's wheels make contact with the ground.
The sequence shows a whirl of dust and grit being kicked up as the vehicle is lowered by its rocket backpack to the floor of Jezero Crater.


11:41 World
Israel beaches covered in tar after oil spill

From Nitzanim near the Gaza Strip to the shores bordering Lebanon, 106 miles of the Mediterranean coast have been covered with tar. The pollution was noticed first on Wednesday, but stormy weather the following day carried out the oil and tar to Israel’s beaches.


10:54 World
Beach volleyball stars boycott Qatar tournament over bikini ban

German beach volleyball stars Karla Borger and Julia Sude have said they will boycott a tournament in Qatar because it is “the only country” where players are forbidden from wearing bikinis on court.

Source: theguardian

10:34 World
Virginia Legislature sends death penalty repeal to Northam's desk

State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill that will end capital punishment in Virginia, a dramatic turnaround for a state that has executed more people in its history than any other.


10:02 World
Daft Punk, French electronic music duo, split up after 28 years

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo do not explain end of collaboration that produced hits including Get Lucky and One More Time.

Source: theguardian

17:53 World
Czech PM Andrej Babiš under fire for ‘chaotic’ coronavirus response

The government loses lead in polls as infection rate rises.

Source: politico

16:47 World
People with extremist views less able to do complex mental tasks, research suggests

Cambridge University team say their findings could be used to spot people at risk from radicalization. The study, built on previous research, included more than 330 US-based participants aged 22 to 63 who were exposed to a battery of tests – 37 neuropsychological tasks and 22 personality surveys – over the course of two weeks.

Source: theguardian

15:43 World
UK universities plead to keep EU cash post-Brexit

British universities are lobbying hard to stay fully involved in a flagship EU scheme aimed at bringing higher education institutions closer together. As Brussels wrestles with the future of education cooperation on the Continent, U.K. institutions fear they could lose both funding and the vital academic links they gain from the European Universities Initiative (EUI).

Source: politico

15:09 World
US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, flu and pneumonia combined.


14:08 World
United Airlines is removing all of its Boeing 777 planes currently in service that are powered by

Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines after the Federal Aviation Administration called for stepped-up inspections. The airline announced Sunday it was immediately removing the planes "out of an abundance of caution." The 24 aircraft are part of the 52 777s in the United fleet. The other 28 remain in storage.


13:27 World
Saudi defence firm SAMI targets $5 billion annual revenue by 2030

State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) aims to generate annual revenue of $5 billion by 2030, its chief executive said on Monday, part of a drive to build more defence equipment inside the kingdom.

Source: reuters

12:46 World
Woman who lived through 1918 pandemic gets Covid-19 vaccine

Maria Aulenbacher is the oldest known person to receive the coronavirus vaccine in South Carolina. CNN spoke to the 111-year-old who shared her secret to a long life.


11:58 World
Matt Hancock claims UK won’t offer to host Euro 2020

The Euros will take place between 11 June and 11 July, assuming there are no more postponements.

Source: independent

11:48 World
Seven members of the electoral commission in Niger have been killed in a landmine explosion.

The team's car drove over an improvised explosive device in the Tillaberi region in the country's south-west.


11:12 World
UK aiming to vaccinate every adult by end of July, government says

That’s a month earlier than its previous target. It also wants everyone over the age of 50, or with an underlying health condition, to get a vaccine shot by April 15, rather than May 1. Pfizer and AstraZeneca, the two producers of the vaccines the UK is using, have experienced supply problems in Europe.


10:29 World
Novak Djokovic eases past Daniil Medvedev to claim 9th Australian Open title

He keeps gaining on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, now up to 18 overall, two away from the men’s record shared by his two rivals. Serb has won 6 of the last 10 major tournaments and is assured of remaining at No. 1 in the rankings at least through March 8.


10:04 World
Iran pushes ahead with plan to cut UN nuclear inspections

Restrictive regime will be imposed this week, including removing access to camera feeds at nuclear sites.

Source: theguardian

14:23 World
Republicans criticize Biden plan for sanctions over Russian pipeline

The Biden administration on Friday told Congress it would impose sanctions on a Russian ship and company helping to finish a Russian natural gas pipeline, but Republican lawmakers said the move fell far short of what was required to halt Moscow’s project.


14:10 World
An Asian-American man suffers a severed finger after an unprovoked attack

A man on a bicycle approached Matthew Leung, who is Asian-American, at a bus stop in Rosemead, a suburb of Los Angeles, just after 1 p.m. They exchanged hellos, but about 10 minutes later, the man, unprovoked, attacked Leung, said May Cun, Leung's colleague at Gates Street Elementary School.


13:23 World
Animal cruelty cases are surging in freezing Texas

On a normal day, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals gets 25-30 calls reporting animal cruelty. But since winter storms have pummeled Texas with power and water outages, that number has spiked to around 150 per day.


12:30 World
Indonesian capital slammed by monsoon floods, more than 1,000 forced to evacuate

Severe flooding across several areas in the Indonesian capital forced more than a thousand people to flee their homes on Saturday, with the country’s meteorology agency warning the conditions were set to continue for the next week.


12:11 World
Ryoyu Kobayashi became Japan's most successful male World Cup ski jumper on Friday

when he registered his 18th career win at Rasnov in Romania. The 24-year-old soared to victory on the normal hill with jumps of 94m and 98.5m for a total of 257.9 points. His 18th win took him ahead of veteran countryman Noriaki Kasai, who captured 17 victories on the World Cup circuit.


11:09 World
Biden declares America, transatlantic alliance 'back'

Biden said traditional US allies should once again have confidence in Washington's leadership. "I'm sending a clear message to the world: America is back. The transatlantic alliance is back," he said from the White House. "The United States is determined, determined to reengage with Europe, to consult with you, earn back our position of trusted leadership," he said.


10:37 World
G7 leaders commit $7.5 billion to vaccine rollout in poor countries

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) economic powers, who control a little under half of the world's economy, on Friday agreed to "intensify cooperation" in response to the coronavirus pandemic and increase funding commitments for the rollout of vaccines in the world's poorest countries to $7.5 billion.


10:11 World
Billie Eilish gets restraining order against stalker who used "throat slitting gesture"

A Los Angeles judge granted Billie Eilish a temporary restraining order against a man who is accused of harassing the pop star outside her family’s home and sending a letter containing a death threat.


17:47 World
Scientists announced the first successful cloning of a U.S. endangered species: a black-footed ferret.

The animal, named Elizabeth Ann, was born Dec. 10 and announced Thursday. Willa, the ferret who served as the genetic source for Elizabeth Ann, died in 1988 and remained frozen as cloning research was just getting underway.


17:17 World
Harry and Meghan not returning as working members of Royal Family

The Queen confirmed the couple would not "continue with the responsibilities and duties that come with a life of public service". A statement said the Royal Family were "saddened by their decision", which was first announced last January.


16:41 World
The most in-form player in men's tennis is into the Australian Open final

Daniil Medvedev produced an impressive display against world No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas to advance to the final of the Australian Open. The 25-year-old Russian leaned on his powerful serve and precise forehand in his 6-4 6-2 7-5 win on Rod Laver Arena on Friday.


15:59 World
The dentist who helped a koala to walk

A koala - nicknamed Triumph - was born without a foot, meaning he had difficulty walking and climbing freely. His vet nurse in Australia thought she had tried everything to help - until she mentioned Triumph to her local dentist.

15:30 World
South Korea hotel apologizes after honeymooners discover people can see into mirrored sauna

The Grand Josun, a new five-star property on the popular resort island of Jeju, issued a statement on their website after a local blog reported that the sauna's blinds had been up for part of the day, making it possible for people to see into the women's sauna area from the street.


14:22 World
Africa COVID-19 deaths surpass 100,000 after second wave

The continent’s reported deaths, at 100,354, compare favourably with North America, which has registered more than half a million, and Europe, which is approaching 900,000, a Reuters tally shows.


13:38 World
Beyoncé Providing Financial Assistance to Texas Residents amid Winter Storm

Beyoncé's BeyGOOD Foundation, Adidas and Houston disaster relief organization Bread of Life teamed up to provide relief to Texans in need amid Winter Storm Uri. Texas residents and people in states affected by the storms are able to apply using their Disaster Relief Assistance Application Form for up to $1,000.


13:00 World
China reveals soldier deaths in India border clash

China has for the first time revealed that four of its soldiers died during a bloody Himalayan border clash with Indian troops in June last year.


12:29 World
Cruz admits to having 'second thoughts almost immediately' after boarding flight to Cancun

Republican senator says his daughters asked if they could 'take a trip and go somewhere warm'.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, defended taking a family vacation to Cancun, Mexico, on "Hannity" Thursday after critics accused him of abandoning his constituents at the height of a catastrophic winter storm that left more than 500,000 without power.
"And so last night I flew down with them to the beach and then I flew back this afternoon," Cruz said.



11:43 World
Real Sociedad vs Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes double sets up dominant Europa League win

Manchester United will progress to the last-16 after this impressive 4-0 victory against Real Sociedad on neutral territory, barring a total collapse at Old Trafford next week.

Source: independent

11:21 World
Dolly Parton asks Tennessee lawmakers not to erect statue of her on Capitol grounds

Country music legend and Tennessee native Dolly Parton asked state legislators to remove a bill to erect a statue in her honor on Capitol grounds. Parton, 75, said she was "honored and humbled" by the gesture but doesn't think it's the right timing.


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