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17:00 Region
Iran presidential candidate urges better ties with West

A prominent contender in Iran’s presidential election appealed Tuesday for better economic and political relations with the West, his most extensive attempt yet to attract reformist voters just days ahead of the poll. Former Iranian Central Bank chief Abdolnasser Hemmati, among the seven candidates allowed on the ballot for Friday’s vote, has no official ties to any political faction but is positioning himself as the likely candidate for moderate and reform-minded voters.

Source: apnews.com

16:22 World
UN Security Council calls for free, fair elections in Mali to go ahead in 2022

A large majority of the 15-nation UN Security Council called Monday for free and fair elections to go ahead in coup-hit Mali without the participation of its current leaders. The volatile west African nation has announced a new government with army figures in key roles, in the wake of an internationally condemned coup led by Colonel Assimi Goita last month.

Source: france24.com

15:41 World
South Africa: Unidentified stones spark 'diamond rush'

Thousands of treasure seekers have flocked to KwaHlathi village in South Africa, believing the area could contain diamonds. It comes after a man dug up a crystal-like stone in an open field and put out word of the discovery. The stones haven't been analysed by geological experts yet, and authorities have asked people on site to leave so that a proper investigation can be carried out.

Source: bbc.com

14:30 World
At least 15 killed in suicide bombing at army camp in Somalia

At least 15 people were killed on Tuesday in a suicide bombing at an army camp in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Officials at Madina Hospital confirmed the dead were killed in an attack earlier in the day at an army camp. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Islamist group al Shabaab frequently carries out bombings in the Horn of Africa country.

Source: reuters.com

13:53 World
Calls for investigation after Syrian hospital destroyed in deadly shell attack

At least 18 people were killed, including doctors, after shells hit the al Shiifa hospital in Afrin, northern Syria on Sunday, leaving the maternity ward and emergency room in ruins. It is not clear who was behind the attack that also wounded dozens and came from areas where both Syrian government troops and Kurdish-led fighters are deployed. Although the Syrian American Medical Society, which operates in the hospital, has called for an investigation into the deadly attack, local authorities do not seem to see much need, pointing the finger at Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s biggest foes: Kurdish rebels.

Source: france24.com

13:02 World
‘She-Hulk’: Jameela Jamil Joins Cast Of Disney+ Marvel Series As Supervillain Titania

Jameela Jamil will take her first steps into the Marvel-verse as she joins the cast of Disney+’s She-Hulk, Deadline has confirmed. The Good Place actress will play Titania, a supervillain first introduced to the Marvel-verse in 1984 and created by Jim Shooter. She joins previously announced cast members Tatiana Maslany, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Roth, Ginger Gonzaga and Renée Elise Goldsberry. Ruffalo will reprise his role as The Hulk and Roth will return as The Abomination, a character he previously played for The Incredible Hulk film.

Source: deadline.com

12:24 World
One in five people in parts of EU pay bribes for healthcare, survey finds

Almost a third of residents in the EU relied on personal connections to access healthcare during the Covid crisis, and around one in five in Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Lithuania paid a bribe for such services, a report on corruption has found. Across the EU’s 27 member states, nearly two-thirds (62%) of the 40,000 respondents in a survey conducted by Transparency International said corruption in their government was a major problem and three-quarters (76%) said it had been stagnating or getting worse.

Source: theguardian.com

11:49 World
Canada military's second-in-command resigns over golf game

The Canadian military's second-in-command has resigned after playing golf with the country's former defence chief, who is under investigation for sexual misconduct. Lieutenant General Mike Rouleau said he invited General Jonathan Vance to play golf "to ensure his wellness". In his former role, Lt Gen Rouleau had authority over military investigators looking at the case against Gen Vance. Lt Gen Rouleau said the pair did not discuss details of the investigation.

Source: bbc.com

11:16 World
Winning auction bid to fly in space with Jeff Bezos: $28M

An auction for a ride into space next month alongside Jeff Bezos and his brother ended with a winning $28 million bid Saturday. The Amazon founder’s rocket company, Blue Origin, did not disclose the winner’s name following the live online auction. The identity will be revealed in a couple weeks — closer to the brief up-and-down flight from West Texas on July 20, the 52nd anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s moon landing.

Source: apnews.com

10:32 World
Scientists convert used plastic bottles into vanilla flavouring

Plastic bottles have been converted into vanilla flavouring using genetically engineered bacteria, the first time a valuable chemical has been brewed from waste plastic. Upcycling plastic bottles into more lucrative materials could make the recycling process far more attractive and effective. Currently plastics lose about 95% of their value as a material after a single use. Encouraging better collection and use of such waste is key to tackling the global plastic pollution problem.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
China urges NATO to stop exaggerating 'China threat theory'

China's mission to the European Union urged NATO on Tuesday to stop exaggerating the "China threat theory" after the group's leaders warned that the country presents "systemic challenges". NATO leaders on Monday had taken a forceful stance towards Beijing in a communique at United States President Joe Biden's first summit with the alliance.

Source: reuters.com

18:00 World
New Israeli government is just as bad as the last, says Palestinian PM

“We do not see this new government as any less bad than the previous one, and we condemn the announcements of the new prime minister Naftali Bennett in support of Israeli settlements,” the Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said, referring to hundreds of thousands of Jewish Israelis who have taken land in the occupied West Bank. “The new government has no future if it does not take into consideration the future of the Palestinian people and their legitimate rights,” Shtayyeh added.

Source: theguardian.com

17:10 World
Two rare Javan rhino calves spotted in Indonesia

Two Javan rhinoceros calves have been spotted at an Indonesian national park, offering a rare sighting of one of the world's most endangered mammals. The pair -- ranging in age from three months to one year -- were caught on footage snapped by camera traps in March at Ujung Kulon national park, the environment ministry said. On the westernmost tip of Java island, Ujung Kulon is the last remaining wild habitat for Javan rhinos.

Source: france24.com

16:29 World
Hungary hosts defending champion Portugal at Euro 2020

Home advantage at the European Championship may not count for much when Hungary faces a Portugal team with scoring talent and one particular player looking to make history. Cristiano Ronaldo needs six more goals to become the all-time leading scorer for a men’s national team. If the defending champions go far at Euro 2020, Ronaldo could indeed break Iran striker Ali Daei’s record of 109 goals. And he’ll get his first chance to add to his total on Tuesday against the Hungarians at the Puskas Arena.

Source: apnews.com

15:47 World
Fan is seriously injured after falling from a stand at Wembley stadium during England's Euro 2020 clash with Croatia

A fan has been seriously injured after falling from a stand at Wembley stadium during England's victory over Croatia. Witnesses saw the spectator fall at around 2pm, when the game kicked off. They then plunged towards seats and concrete below, according to reports. A spokesperson for the stadium said the person had been taken to hospital and was in a serious condition. UEFA confirmed that a spectator fell from the stands and was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

14:53 World
Iraq opens mass grave to identify victims of IS group’s Badush prison massacre

Iraqi authorities said Sunday the remains of 123 people killed by Islamic State group jihadists had been removed from a mass grave in a bid to identify them. The Badush prison massacre was one of the worst crimes IS carried out after it seized control of a third of Iraq in a lightning offensive in 2014.

Source: france24.com

14:17 World
Ziona Chana: Head of 'world's largest family' dies in India's Mizoram state

A 76-year-old man believed to be the head of the world's largest family has died in India's Mizoram state. Ziona Chana, the head of a religious sect that practised polygamy, died on Sunday, leaving behind 38 wives, 89 children and 36 grandchildren. Chana reportedly suffered from diabetes and hypertension.

Source: bbc.com

13:27 World
Queen told her cousin the only two reasons she would abdicate, biographer claims

Author Matthew Dennison wrote in his new biography: “In her ninth decade Elizabeth continued to dedicate herself to the same principles. “She did not contemplate abdication, she told her cousin Margaret Rhodes, ‘unless I get Alzheimer’s or have a stroke’. The consensus among royal experts has been aligned with this sentiment and firmly reinforce that the Queen would never abdicate. Even after the death of her beloved Prince Philip in April, commentators remained certain Her Majesty will remain monarch until the very end.

Source: dailystar.co.uk

12:54 World
Ned Beatty, star of Deliverance, Network and Superman, dies aged 83

Ned Beatty, the Oscar-nominated character actor who in half a century of American movies, including Deliverance, Network and Superman, was a booming, indelible presence in even the smallest parts, has died. He was 83. Beatty’s manager, Deborah Miller, said Beatty died on Sunday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by friends and loved ones.

Source: theguardian.com

12:21 World
Thousands in Spain protest plans to pardon Catalan separatist leaders

Thousands of people in Madrid are protesting the Spanish government’s plan to issue pardons to a dozen separatist leaders who were convicted for their roles in a failed push for the Catalonia region's independence, the biggest challenge to the country’s unity in recent history. The demonstration on Sunday was organized by a civil society group to promote a united Spain and took place at a central square that has become a symbol for far-right political rallies.

Source: france24.com

11:51 World
Covid: Lockdown easing in England to be delayed by four weeks

Most current coronavirus rules will remain in place for another four weeks after the planned 21 June unlocking, government sources have told the BBC. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to confirm the delay later at a news conference. The extension will be put to a Commons vote this month and could trigger a sizeable Conservative backbench rebellion.

Source: bbc.com

11:09 World
Drone falls on school in Saudi Aseer province, no injuries

A drone rigged with explosives fell on a school in Saudi Arabia's Aseer province on Sunday, Saudi state TV and state news agency (SPA) said, adding no injuries were reported. The agency said civil defence authorities had received a report that a projectile launched from Yemen by the Houthi movement had fallen on a school in Aseer. The projectile turned out to be a drone, the agency reported, citing the Aseer civil defence directorate.

Source: reuters.com

10:48 World
Biden says: Queen Elizabeth reminded me of my mother

U.S. President Joe Biden said Britain's Queen Elizabeth reminded him of his mother and that she had asked about Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. After tea with the 95-year-old British monarch at Windsor Castle, Biden told reporters: "I don't think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, the look of her and just the generosity."

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Djokovic fights back to win second French Open title

Novak Djokovic captured his second French Open title as he recovered from being outplayed for two sets by Stefanos Tsitsipas to win 6-7(6) 2-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 on Sunday.

Source: reuters.com

16:00 World
Israel ex-top spy reveals Mossad operations against Iran

The outgoing head of the Israeli spy agency Mossad has given a revelatory interview about the country's operations against Iran. Yossi Cohen gave details about the theft of Iran's nuclear archive. The warehouse raid in 2018 ferried tens of thousands of documents out of the country to Israel. He also hinted at Israeli involvement in the destruction of Iran's nuclear facility at Natanz, and the assassination of a nuclear scientist. Mr Cohen retired as the head of Mossad last week.

Source: bbc.com

15:03 World
Passengers and crew scramble to restrain man attempting to open door of Delta flight

Witnesses have described the terrifying moment crew asked for ‘strong men’ to help subdue a passenger who tried to open a door on a Delta flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta. The passenger appeared to be wearing an orange life jacket. An eyewitness said on Twitter that passenger grabbed the public addresss system in the front galley and made an announcement telling others to take their seats and to be prepared to put on their oxygen masks, before attempting to force open the door. In response, flight attendants asked all “strong able-bodied men” to go the front of the plane to help. In video posted online, passengers and crew members can be seen restraining the man.

 

14:29 World
Algerians vote in parliamentary election

Polls opened in Algeria on Saturday for a parliamentary election that the ruling establishment hopes will turn a page on two years of political unrest, but which many voters are expected to ignore. President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has called for a high turnout, but there has been little public enthusiasm for voting in recent elections, with many Algerians convinced real power is wielded by the army and security forces.

Source: reuters.com

13:52 World
‘Everything went dark’: humpback whale swallows and spits out diver

Michael Packard, 56, of Wellfleet, told WBZ-TV after he was released from Cape Cod hospital that he was about 45ft (14 meters) deep in the waters off Provincetown when “all of a sudden I felt this huge bump, and everything went dark”. He estimates he was in the whale’s mouth for about 30 seconds, but continued to breathe because he still had his breathing apparatus in. Then the whale surfaced, shook its head, and spat him out. He was rescued by his crewmate in the surface boat.

Source: theguardian.com

13:10 Region
Iran's ex-parliament speaker demands explanation for vote disqualification

The former speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani demanded on Saturday an explanation from an election watchdog on why he was barred from running in next week’s presidential vote. Last month, the hardline Guardian Council approved just seven hopefuls to stand in Friday’s poll and disqualified several prominent candidates, including Larijani and former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Source: reuters.com

12:23 World
7,000-year-old letter seal found in Israel could have been used to sign for deliveries

A nearly 7,000-year-old clay impression was discovered in Israel's Beit She'an Valley. The seal may have been used for several reasons, including signing for deliveries. It could have been used to close silos or barndoors, a sign someone was there. This seal had two different geometric stamps on it. It's from an era when writing was not yet in use, making the shapes important. The shapes may be an indication two people were involved in a transaction.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

11:48 World
French soldiers kill Mali jihadist blamed for RFI journalists’ murder

French soldiers have killed a Malian jihadist suspected of being responsible for the kidnapping and death of two French journalists in 2013. Florence Parly, the defence minister in Paris, said French forces in the Sahel region killed “four terrorists” during an operation in northern Mali on 5 June, including Bayes Ag Bakabo, the prime suspect in the deaths of Radio France International (RFI) reporters Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon.

Source: theguardian.com

11:00 World
'Loco' Abreu retires after world record football club career

Uruguay striker Sebastian 'Loco' Abreu, who holds the Guinness World Record as the professional to have played for the most clubs -- 31 -- was playing his last game Friday at the age of 44. "The day has come, the curtain is coming down," Abreu had announced on Thursday after a career of 27 years in more than a dozen countries. He was to play his final match on Friday with his latest club, Sud America, or IASA, against another Montevideo team, Liverpool, in Uruguay's Apertura tournament.

Source: france24.com

10:41 World
Italy convincing in 3-0 win over Turkey to open Euro 2020

Italy waited a long time for this European Championship to start and then showed Friday just how eager the team was to play the tournament opener. After humiliatingly failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Italy was already back on track with a perfect qualifying campaign of 10 wins in 10 matches. Now Roberto Mancini’s team has begun its first major international tournament in five years with a convincing 3-0 win over Turkey.

Source: apnews.com

10:00 World
French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal & faces Stefanos Tsitsipas in final

Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal's reign at the French Open with a four-set win in a classic semi-final which will be ranked among the all-time great matches on the Roland Garros clay. Serbian top seed Djokovic won 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 against Nadal, champion in each of the past four years. Nadal, going for a record-extending 14th title, lost at Roland Garros for only the third time in 108 matches. Djokovic, 34, must now recover to play Stefanos Tsitsipas in Sunday's final.

Source: bbc.com

17:33 World
Chinese official found dead amid probe into fatal ultramarathon

A top official from the Chinese county that hosted a fatal ultramarathon last month has been found dead, authorities said Friday, as 27 people face punishment over the incident. The deadly incident sparked calls for more regulation and raised questions over why organisers had apparently ignored the incoming weather. On Friday, provincial authorities told a press conference that the Communist Party secretary of Jingtai county -- which hosted the event -- had been found dead. Li Zuobi was confirmed to have died after falling from the building where he lived. Police received the incident report on Wednesday, and have since ruled out homicide.

Source: france24.com

16:49 World
Kim Jong-un calls K-Pop a ‘vicious cancer’ in the new culture war

Kim Jong-un called it a “vicious cancer” corrupting young North Koreans’ “attire, hairstyles, speeches, behaviors.” His state media has warned that if left unchecked, it would make North Korea “crumble like a damp wall.” After winning fans around the world, South Korean pop culture has entered the final frontier: North Korea, where its growing influence has prompted the leader of the totalitarian state to declare a new culture war to stop it. But even a dictator may have trouble holding back the tide.

Source: nytimes.com

16:01 World
Chinese researchers find batch of new coronaviruses in bats

Chinese researchers said Thursday they had found a batch of new coronaviruses in bats including one that may be the second-closest yet, genetically, to the Covid-19 virus. According to the researchers, their discoveries in a single, small region of Yunnan province, southwestern China show just how many coronaviruses there are in bats and how many have the potential to spread to people.

Source: cnn.com

15:11 World
Pakistan province to block phones of the unvaccinated

A Pakistan province said Friday it will block the mobile phones of people refusing to get Covid-19 jabs, in the latest move to penalise the unvaccinated in a country where only a fraction of the population have been inoculated. It comes after Sindh province said civil servants who refuse to be vaccinated will not be paid from July.

Source: france24.com

14:23 World
Prison break: 29 inmates escape federal lockups in 18 months

Over the past 18 months, 29 prisoners have escaped from federal lockups across the U.S. — and nearly half still have not been caught. At some of the institutions, doors are left unlocked, security cameras are broken and officials sometimes don’t notice an inmate is missing for hours. At one Texas lockup, security is so lax that local law enforcement officials privately joke about its seemingly “open-door policy.”

Source: apnews.com

13:31 World
Peru election: Vote count ends but official result may take days

Peru has finished counting the votes in a tight presidential run-off election, but an official announcement may take days. Leftist Pedro Castillo kept a lead of about 60,000 votes over conservative Keiko Fujimori, who has claimed fraud without providing detailed evidence. Ms Fujimori wants hundreds of thousands of votes to be reviewed. Observers say Sunday's poll was carried out cleanly. A political novice, Mr Castillo has pledged to rewrite the constitution.

Source: bbc.com

12:51 World
Greeks strike to protest threat of being duped by four-day week

Greek workers took to the streets on Thursday in the country’s first general strike since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as unions rallied against a government plan to reshape working hours. Labor-market reforms proposed by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis include a plan for flexible hours, which could involve working longer for four days and getting an extended weekend. But with Greece suffering the highest unemployment rate in Europe, labor organizers worry the move would be used by employers to exploit workers, which could struggle to actually get the time off.

Source: bloomberg.com

12:16 World
Warner Bros. plans anime movie in 'Lord of the Rings' series

The Warner Bros. movie studio will produce an anime feature film set in the world of J.R.R. "The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim" will tell the story of a legendary battle that shaped Middle-Earth in the years leading up to events in 2001 film "The Lord of the Rings," a statement from the studio said. The new movie will explore the fortress of Helm's Deep and feature the King of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand. Tolkien's popular "The Lord of the Rings" books, officials announced on Thursday. Anime filmmaker Kenji Kamiyama will direct the film. No release date was set.

Source: reuters.com

11:49 World
White rhino Emma travels to Japan to find love and a mate

A five-year-old white rhinoceros has travelled from Taiwan to Japan - all as part of a quest to find love. Emma has begun her stay at Japan's Tobu Zoo, with 10-year-old rhinoceros Moran being her first suitor. She was picked out of a group of 23 rhinos to be sent to Japan, due to her "mild personality", with staff saying she "rarely got into fights". Her stay at the zoo is part of an attempt to increase the number of captive-bred white rhinos in Asia.

Source: bbc.com

11:10 World
Mick Jagger jackets on sale in L'Wren Scott designs auction

Jackets worn by rocker Mick Jagger and dresses donned by actresses Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker are going under the hammer as part of a sale of outfits from late fashion designer L'Wren Scott's archives. Auction house Christie's is putting up 55 lots designed by Scott, who died from suicide in 2014 at age 49. Scott, who was Jagger's girlfriend at the time of her death, was known for her sleek, intricately detailed dresses.

Source: reuters.com

10:43 World
About 350,000 people in Ethiopia's Tigray in famine

More than 350,000 people in Ethiopia's Tigray are suffering famine conditions, with millions more at risk, according to an analysis by United Nations agencies and aid groups that blamed conflict for the worst catastrophic food crisis in a decade. "The number of people in famine conditions ... is higher than anywhere in the world, at any moment since a quarter million Somalis lost their lives in 2011," U.N. aid chief Mark Lowcock said. Most of the 5.5 million people in Tigray need food aid.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Astronomers find blinking giant star near heart of Milky Way

Astronomers have spotted a giant blinking star, 100 times the size of the sun, lurking near the heart of the Milky Way. Telescope observations revealed that over a few hundred days the enormous star, which lies more than 25,000 light years away, dimmed by 97% and then slowly returned to its former brightness.

Source: theguardian.com

18:00 World
Dutch find Czech crew remains at WW2 RAF bomber crash site

Dutch salvage workers have found some bone fragments and scraps of airmen's clothing in the debris of an RAF Wellington bomber shot down over the Netherlands in June 1941. The Wellington had a six-man Czech crew, five of whom died. It was downed by a German night fighter, crashing at Nieuwe Niedorp, a village about 60km (37 miles) north of Amsterdam. It had been bombing the port of Bremen.

Source: bbc.com

17:16 World
Dog rescued after wandering through Arctic ice for more than a week

A dog has been rescued by sailors after wandering through the Arctic for more than a week, according to Russian state media. The crew of a Russian icebreaker ship came across the Samoyed deep in the ice fields near the village of Mys Kamenny in northern Russia, state channel Russia 1 reported. Yegor Agapov, the captain of the Alexander Sannikov icebreaker, told the network the dog approached the side of the vessel as it traversed the sparse and freezing landscape toward an oil terminal in the Gulf of Ob.

Source: cnn.com

16:28 World
Could laughing gas be used to treat depression?

Study reveals low doses of nitrous oxide can relieve symptoms for up to two weeks. Experts led from the University of Chicago ran trials involving 24 patients. Each was given an hour's session inhaling 25 or 50% laughing gas or a placebo. The team found that the 25% gas mixture was nearly as effective as the 50% one. Furthermore, it cut down on negative side effects like nausea by three-quarters. Laughing gas could be used on patients with treatment-resistant depression.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

15:37 World
WHO warns delta variant taking hold in Europe

The World Health Organization’s Europe director warned that the highly transmissible COVID-19 variant first identified in India is “poised to take hold in the region,” as many countries prepare to ease restrictions and allow more social gatherings and travel across borders. During a press briefing on Thursday, WHO’s Dr. Hans Kluge said the variant also known as the delta variant, has shown signs of being able to evade some vaccines and warned that many vulnerable populations, particularly those over age 60, remain unprotected.

Source: apnews.com

14:51 World
Aung San Suu Kyi faces most serious corruption charge yet

Myanmar's military authorities have charged deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi with corruption, the most serious charge laid against her to date. Ms Suu Kyi is accused of accepting cash and gold in bribes, and faces up to 15 years in jail if found guilty. She faces six other charges relating to alleged illegal imports of walkie-talkies and inciting public unrest.

Source: bbc.com

14:00 World
Indonesian McDonald's outlets forced to close over high demand for BTS Meal

The BTS Meal from McDonald's, a collaboration between the long-running fast food chain and the famous K-Pop group, was finally made available in Indonesia yesterday. But it seems that intense demand for the exclusive meal has forced more than a dozen McDonald's outlets in the republic to close due to safety concerns during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. According to Koreaboo, a buying frenzy began within hours after it was launched in the morning with many customers utilising the Gojek food delivery service since Indonesia is currently under partial lockdown.

Source: nst.com.my

13:11 World
The 'toxic ship' that caused an environmental disaster

Earlier last month, a cargo ship carrying chemicals caught fire off the coast of Sri Lanka - leaving in its wake an environmental disaster that the island will likely have to live with for decades. For days it stood burning off the Sri Lanka coast, plumes of thick dark smoke that could be seen from miles away. But the X-Press Pearl has now fallen silent, lying half sunken off the coast of Sri Lanka, its hull resting on the shallow ocean bed. But though the flames have now been doused - the problems have only just begun.

Source: bbc.com

12:31 World
Alberto Fernandez: Argentine president apologises for Brazil comments

Argentina's president has apologised for saying that Brazilians were "from the jungle" in remarks about his country's European heritage. "The Mexicans came from the Indians, the Brazilians came from the jungle, but we Argentines came from the ships and they were ships that came from Europe," Alberto Fernandez said. The statement - a quote from a song - caused a storm on social media. Mr Fernandez later said his country's diversity was a source of pride. He made the controversial remarks as he and visiting Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez met business leaders in Buenos Aires.

Source: bbc.com

12:00 World
Number of migrants at US border hits new record high

The number of undocumented migrants reaching the US-Mexico border has hit the highest level in more than 20 years in the latest sign of the humanitarian crisis facing the Biden administration. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said it caught 180,034 migrants, mostly single adults, in May. The number was up slightly from 178,854 in April and 172,000 in March.

Source: bbc.com

11:47 World
G7: 'Mount Recyclemore' of leaders made from electronic waste in Cornwall

It has been named "Mount Recyclemore" and bids to highlight the damage caused by the disposal of electronic devices. According to a United Nations report, more than 53 million tonnes of e-waste was generated worldwide in 2019 - over 9 million tonnes more than five years earlier. The seven leaders depicted in the sculpture are UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden.

Source: bbc.com

11:08 World
Meatpacker JBS says it paid equivalent of $11 mln in ransomware attack

Meatpacker JBS USA paid a ransom equivalent to $11 million following a cyberattack that disrupted its North American and Australian operations, the company’s CEO said in a statement on Wednesday. The subsidiary of Brazilian firm JBS SA (JBSS3.SA) halted cattle slaughtering at all of its U.S. plants for a day last week in response to the cyberattack, which threatened to disrupt food supply chains and further inflate already high food prices.

Source: reuters.com

10:41 World
Eleven dead, including eight children, in Mumbai building collapse

At least 11 people, including eight children, died after a Mumbai residential building collapsed on top of another building late on Wednesday, local officials said. The incident occurred close to midnight in a northern suburb of Mumbai, officials said, adding that more people could be trapped inside the debris. Eight people were injured and have been moved to nearby hospitals, officials said.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Ex-Mongolian prime minister Khurelsukh wins presidential election in landslide

Former Mongolian Prime Minister Ukhnaa Khurelsukh became the country's sixth democratically elected president on Wednesday, further consolidating the power of the ruling Mongolian People's Party (MPP) with a landslide victory. With 99.7% of votes counted overnight, Khurelsukh's tally had reached 821,136, or 68% of the total, the largest share of the vote since the democratic era began in 1990.

Source: reuters.com

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