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16:00 World
Ukrainian, Turkish presidents hold talks amid Donbass tensions with Russia

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Saturday, amid tensions between Kyiv and Moscow over a long-running conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbass region.

Source: reuters.com

15:18 World
Harry Kane 'ready to tell Tottenham' he wants to leave with two reasons behind decision

He wants to quit the club this summer permitting they do not qualify for the Champions League. The England captain, who has already etched his name into the Tottenham history books, is willing to consider walking away from White Hart Lane to give himself the best chance of winning trophies. Kane was already believed to be considering his future following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino but Jose Mourinho convinced Spurs' main man to give him a full season under the Portuguese's management following his appointment in November 2019. The 27-year-old was true to his word but Mourinho has failed to drive the club forward despite spending heavily last summer.

Source: express.co.uk

14:54 World
COVID-battered Malta to pay tourists who visit this summer

Aiming to revive its tourism industry and get ahead of rival destinations, Malta plans to offer foreign visitors a handout of up to 200 euros ($238.10) each if they stay at least three days on the Mediterranean island this summer.

Source: reuters.com

14:26 World
China fines Alibaba record $2.75 billion for anti-monopoly violations

China slapped a record 18 billion yuan ($2.75 billion) fine on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd on Saturday, after an anti-monopoly probe found the e-commerce giant had abused its dominant market position for several years. The Alibaba business empire has come under intense scrutiny in China since billionaire founder Jack Ma’s stinging public criticism of the country’s regulatory system in October.

Source: reuters.com

13:22 World
Rapper will.i.am is selling a smart mask for $299

Rapper will.i.am wants to make face masks a high-end, high-tech statement. The Black Eyed Peas member announced this week he is teaming up with Honeywell to launch XUPERMASK, a $299 mask with a ton of bells and whistles. The XUPERMASK was designed by will.i.am, Honeywell and Jose Fernandez, the designer behind Elon Musk's SpaceX suits.

 

12:14 World
Indonesia earthquake: 6.0 magnitude quake hits just off coast - tsunami alert

The warning was issued bt Tsunami Service Provider INDONESIA in support of the UNESCO/IOC Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS). The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the earthquake hit the region at around 2pm local time at an intermediate depth of 87km.

Source: express.co.uk

11:31 World
Myanmar junta sentences 19 people to death as protest crackdowns continue

Nineteen people have been sentenced to death in Myanmar for killing an associate of an army captain, the military owned Myawaddy TV station said on Friday, the first such sentences announced in public since a Feb. 1 coup and crackdown on protesters. The report said the killing took place on March 27 in the North Okkalapa district of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city. Martial law has been declared in the district, allowing courts martial to pronounce sentences.

Source: globalnews.ca

10:50 World
New Type of Battery Can Charge 10x Faster Than Lithium-Ion Models

Researchers in Russia have developed a new type of battery technology that they say can charge approximately 10 times faster than existing lithium-ion batteries – a speed-up that could offer huge time-saving advantages if it got rolled out in everyday devices. The key to the new batteries is a kind of nitroxyl-based redox polymer, a material that can undergo reversible oxidation (loss of electrons) and reduction (gain of electrons) when it discharges and charges.

Source: sciencealert.com

10:35 World
Pique and Sergi Roberto cleared fit to return to Barcelona's Clasico squad

Barcelona duo Gerard Pique and Sergi Roberto have both been passed fit and included in the squad for the Clasico this weekend. Barça travel to Real Madrid on Saturday in the league just one point behind leaders Atletico Madrid. Madrid are two back from the Catalans.

Source: sport.es

10:15 World
DMX dead at 50 a week after star suffered heart attack

The rapper and actor, born Earl Simmons, died at White Plains Hospital in New York on Friday, his family confirms.

Source: people.com

10:00 World
Volcano erupts in southern Caribbean, sparking evacuation 'frenzy'

La Soufriere volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupted on Friday after decades of inactivity, sending dark plumes of ash and smoke billowing into the sky and forcing thousands from surrounding villages to evacuate. Dormant since 1979, the volcano started showing signs of activity in December, spewing steam and smoke and rumbling away. That picked up this week, prompting Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves to order an evacuation of the surrounding area late on Thursday.

Source: reuters.com

 

17:40 World
Scientists race to track shrinking carbon-store sea meadows

Hundreds of miles from the nearest shore, ribbon-like fronds flutter in the ocean currents sweeping across an underwater mountain plateau the size of Switzerland. A remote-powered camera glides through the sunlit, turquoise waters of this corner of the western Indian Ocean, capturing rare footage of what scientists believe is the world’s largest seagrass meadow. Human activity is helping destroy the equivalent of a soccer field of these seagrasses every 30 minutes around the world, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). And scientists are now racing to take stock of what remains.

Source: independent.co.uk

17:02 World
Japanese doctors perform world's first living donor lung transplant to a Covid-19 patient

A Japanese woman has received what doctors say is the world's first lung transplant from living donors to a recovered coronavirus patient. Kyoto University Hospital said the woman underwent an 11-hour operation by a 30-strong medical team on Wednesday to transplant lung tissue from her husband and son. Covid-19 is known to cause severe lung damage in some patients, and people around the world have received lung transplants as part of their recovery from the disease. But the Kyoto hospital said this case was the first in which lung tissue had been transplanted from living donors to a Covid-19 patient.

Source: cnn.com

16:26 World
Caravaggio: Spain stops auction over possible long-lost masterpiece

Spain has blocked the auction of a painting in Madrid, following suggestions it could be a long-lost masterpiece by the Italian Renaissance artist Caravaggio. The starting price for Crowning of Thorns was initially 1,500 euros. But if it is indeed by Michelangelo Caravaggio, it could be worth up to €150m. The painting is being examined by experts and declared "not for export". The 17th Century oil painting depicts Jesus just before his crucifixion and, according to the auction catalogue, is attributed to Spanish artist José de Ribera.

Source: bbc.com

15:31 World
NI riots: Police say 19 officers injured in latest night of violence

Nineteen officers were injured on Thursday night, bringing the number hurt in a week of violence across Northern Ireland to 74. Police deployed water cannon for the first time in six years after coming under attack again in Belfast. Crowds rioted on both sides of gates that separate a loyalist area and a nationalist area in west Belfast. Petrol bombs, fireworks and stones were again used to attack police, who have faced rising disorder since 29 March.

Source: bbc.com

14:12 World
3,000-year-old ‘lost golden city’ of ancient Egypt discovered

Egyptian archaeologists have hailed the discovery of what is believed to be the largest ancient city found in Egypt, buried under sand for millennia, which experts said was one of the most important finds since the unearthing of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The team began excavations in September 2020, between the temples of Ramses III and Amenhotep III near Luxor, 500km south of the capital, Cairo. It called the find the largest ancient city, known as Aten, ever uncovered in Egypt.

Source: theguardian.com

13:20 World
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to make acting debut in new Asterix and Obelix film

He has already sampled the life of a singer at Italy's Sanremo music festival, and AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will now turn his hand to acting after being cast in a new Asterix and Obelix film. Reports that the Swede would take a role in 'Asterix and Obelix: The Silk Road' appeared to be confirmed when Ibrahimovic posted a picture saying 'Antivirus' on his Instagram page, the name of the character he will play. 
Source: cnn.com

12:31 World
Kylian Mbappe tells PSG that he wants to leave

After leading PSG to a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Mbappe told his club that he does not want to renew his deal there. The star player in Paris is tied down until 2022 but wants to force a move this summer. Mbappe would like to play for Real Madrid. At 22, he is ready for a jump up to a top league. Florentino Perez has never hidden his desire to hire Mbappe and PSG may be forced to sell him so he does not walk away for free.

Source: sport.es

11:57 World
Iran frees South Korean ship it held amid dispute over funds

A South Korean oil tanker held for months by Iran amid a dispute over billions of dollars seized by Seoul was freed and sailed away early Friday, just hours ahead of further talks between Tehran and world powers over its tattered nuclear deal. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said Iran released the tanker and its captain after seizing the vessel in January. The ministry says the Hankuk Chemi left an Iranian port at around 6 a.m. local time after completing an administrative process.

Source: foxnews.com

11:24 World
South Korea rolls out the KF-21, joining elite group of global supersonic fighter jet makers

South Korea unveiled its homegrown supersonic jet fighter on Friday, joining an exclusive club of military aviation giants and setting the stage for a $5.2 billion program it hopes will be a top export driver and jobs creator. Once operational, the KF-21 jet is expected to be armed with a range of air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles -- and possibly even air-launched cruise missiles.

Source: cnn.com

10:45 World
Biden tightens some gun controls, says much more needed

President Joe Biden, in his first gun control measures since taking office, announced he is tightening regulations for buyers of “ghost guns” — homemade firearms that usually are assembled from parts and often lack serial numbers used to trace them. Also, a proposed rule, expected within 60 days, will tighten regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces like the one used in Boulder, Colorado, in a shooting last month that left 10 dead.

Source: apnews.com

10:24 World
One of UK’s richest men Sir Richard Sutton stabbed to death & wife critical as man arrested for ‘murder’ 100 miles away

One of Britain's richest men, worth £301million, was last night found stabbed to death in his country mansion. A woman in her 60s, believed to be his partner, is fighting for her life after suffering knife injuries in the bloodbath at Moorhill, a large detached property in the tiny hamlet. A 34-year-old man - believed to be known to the victims - was arrested on suspicion of murder 100 miles away in London three hours later.

Source: thesun.co.uk

10:00 World
Emmanuel Macron has announced the closure of the École Nationale d’Administration,

the elite French finishing school for the country’s leaders, where he himself studied. The grande école, or ENA, has been the pathway to power for top civil servants and four presidents. Founded by Gen Charles de Gaulle in October 1945 with the idea of breaking the upper-class hold over France’s higher echelons, ending nepotism and making the civil service more democratic, it has instead become a byword for an establishment elite and been accused by critics of encouraging groupthink.

Source: theguardian.com

17:46 World
Woman finds out on son's wedding day that bride is actually her long-lost daughter

At a wedding in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province on March 31, the mother-in-law found noticed a birthmark on her new daughter-in-law's hand, which similar to her lost daughter. The woman approached the bride's parents to ask if they adopted their daughter over 20 years ago. The family were shocked by the question as it had been a secret for so many years but revealed they had found a baby girl by the roadside a long time. However, it was revealed that there would be no objection to the marriage as the groom was also adopted.

Source: dailystar.co.uk

 

17:21 World
Gucci owner Kering on track with global logistic hub in Italy

Kering has completed the first phase of its new global logistics hub in North-West Italy, helping increase the French luxury group's storage and speed up global deliveries. The group will keep some warehouses in Switzerland but has already relocated several teams to Italy, Kering Managing Director Jean-Francois Palus told reporters on Thursday.

Source: reuters.com

16:59 World
Philippines man dies after being forced to do 300 squats for breaking Covid-19 curfew

A man in the Philippines has died after being forced to do 300 squats for breaching Covid curfews, making him the latest victim of the country's often brutal approach to enforcing restrictions. On April 1, Darren Manaog Peñaredondo, 28, left his home in General Trias, a city in Cavite province, which is under lockdown due to rising Covid-19 cases, to buy water, his family said, according to CNN Philippines.

 

16:25 World
'I know that I will win': Chad's Deby eyes sixth presidential term

Chad’s President Idriss Deby, an ally of Western nations in the fight against Islamist militants, is poised to extend his three-decade rule in Sunday’s election despite mounting signs of popular discontent with his leadership. Deby, 68, is one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders, having seized power in 1990 in an armed rebellion. He pushed through a new constitution in 2018 that could allow him to stay in power until 2033 - even as it re-instated term limits.

Source: chinadailyhk.com

15:29 World
More than 5,000 people attended an illegal party at the Tonto National Forest in Arizona

Forest protection officers were patrolling near the Lower Sycamore Creek Recreation Area when they discovered thousands of people who were illegally gathered, the U.S. Forest Service wrote in a Facebook post. The event resulted in multiple violations, including DUIs, speeding and reckless vehicle operation, blocking roadways, and illegal use of fireworks, the service said.

Source: cnn.com

14:53 World
Beijing now has more billionaires than any city

Beijing is now home to more billionaires than any other city in the world, according to the latest Forbes' annual rich list. The Chinese capital added 33 billionaires last year and now hosts 100, said the business magazine. This narrowly beats New York City, which hosts 99 and has held the top ranking for the last seven years.

Source: bbc.com

14:16 World
One in three survivors of severe Covid diagnosed with mental health condition

One in three people who were severely ill with coronavirus were subsequently diagnosed with a neurological or psychiatric condition within six months of infection, a study has found. The observational research, which is the largest of its kind, used electronic health records of 236,379 patients mostly from the US and found 34% experienced mental health and neurological conditions afterwards. The most common being anxiety, with 17% of people developing this.

Source: theguardian.com

13:40 World
Australians under 50 shouldn't get the AstraZeneca vaccine

Australia has advised its citizens under 50 against getting the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after a link was confirmed between the jab and rare blood clots. Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement on Thursday night after the nation's drug regulators held urgent meetings to consider the findings of a review of the vaccine by European authorities. 

Source: dailymail.co.uk

12:58 World
Boris Johnson desperately needs a more coherent China strategy

China has become a hot issue in British politics over the past 12 months, as lawmakers and activists have become aware of how much the UK relies on a country that stands against many of the things that it claims to uphold. And many in London are worried that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has neither the time nor imagination to adequately handle one of Britain's greatest foreign challenges.

Source: cnn.com

12:10 World
Bayern Munich 2-3 PSG: Kylian Mbappe double gives Mauricio Pochettino first-leg advantage

Report as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar combine for two of Paris Saint-Germain's goals in a stunning victory at the Allianz Arena; Bayern Munich respond through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller, but lose in Champions League for first time in 20 games. Kylian Mbappe's double in a performance of real endeavour saw Paris Saint-Germain earn a surprise 3-2 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win at holders Bayern Munich.

Source: skysports.com

 

11:25 World
Video shows dramatic crew rescue after ship lost power during storm

The crew of a Dutch cargo ship was rescued from their vessel when it lost power in the middle of a storm in the North Sea, putting it in danger of capsizing. Rescue operators plan to tow the empty ship to safety to avoid the hundreds of tons of oil and diesel from spilling into the water.
 

10:44 World
South Korea ruling party suffers crushing defeat in mayoral vote

South Korea's governing Democratic Party has suffered a crushing defeat in mayoral elections in the country's two biggest cities, Seoul and Busan. Candidates from the opposition People Power Party (PPP) won both cities by big margins. Both former mayors from President Moon's Democratic Party were accused of sexual misconduct while in office. In Busan, the incumbent resigned. Seoul's mayor was found dead in a suspected suicide.

Source: bbc.com

10:16 World
Northern Ireland executive to meet after sixth night of unrest

The Northern Ireland executive will meet on Thursday morning to be briefed on the ongoing unrest, after a bus was hijacked and set on fire in Belfast during a sixth consecutive night of violence. The vehicle was set alight at an intersectional area between nationalist and unionist communities, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said. Stones were thrown at police while a press photographer was assaulted during the course of their work on Wednesday evening on the junction of Lanark Way and Shankill Road in West Belfast.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
RAF engaged in 10-day attack on Isis in Iraq this spring

RAF and other coalition planes last month engaged in the biggest air raids against Isis in two years, in a 10-day mission that attacked up to 100 cave hideouts in Iraq and is likely to have caused dozens of casualties. The attacks concluded on 22 March, the Ministry of Defence said.

Source: theguardian.com

17:46 World
Kim says North Korea facing its 'worst-ever situation'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has acknowledged his country was facing the worst-ever situation as he addressed thousands of grassroots members of his ruling party during a major political conference in Pyongyang. The North’s official Korean Central News Agency said Kim made the comments during an opening speech at a meeting of the Workers’ Party’s.

Source: independent.co.uk

 

17:29 World
"Unlikely to succeed," Bulgaria's PM Borissov says he will propose new government

Bulgaria's long-serving prime minister, Boyko Borissov, announced plans on Wednesday to seek a coalition government after his party came first in Sunday's national election, but he said he was "unlikely to succeed". Following a rise in protest parties accusing it of failing to root out corruption, Borissov’s centre-right GERB will be the largest party in the parliament but far short of majority, with some 26.2% of ballots won. In power since 2009, Borissov, 61, has modernised the country’s crumbling roads and kept its finances in check.

Source: reuters.com

16:42 World
Buddhist monk freed from flooded cave in Thailand after four days

Thai rescue workers have freed a Buddhist monk from a flooded cave, four days after he went inside to meditate. The monk, who was on a pilgrimage, entered the cave in Thailand's Phitsanulok province on Saturday, rescuers say. But an unseasonal rainstorm struck the area on Sunday, causing water levels to rise and flood the cave. A team of 17 divers form a local rescue unit helped to bring the monk out to safety on Wednesday.

Source: bbc.com

15:39 World
Dad returns son’s Gameboy advance 18 years after he forgot where he hid it

After his son failed to do his homework, one father took the action every kid dreads: he confiscated the handheld console to teach him a lesson about priorities. Unfortunately, he ended up forgetting where he put it, and it was lost to the ether of clutter for 18 years.

Source: unilad.co.uk

15:03 World
China flanks Taiwan with military exercises in air and sea

China's armed forces conducted simultaneous military exercises to the west and east of Taiwan on Monday in a move analysts said was a warning to the self-ruled island and its supporter, the United States. The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and its escorts were conducting maneuvers around Taiwan, China's military said in a statement Monday.

Source: cnn.com

13:48 World
Japan's Osaka cancels Olympic torch run, declares COVID-19 medical emergency

Japan’s western region of Osaka on Wednesday cancelled Olympic torch events scheduled across the prefecture, as record coronavirus infections prompted its government to declare a medical emergency.

Source: reuters.com

13:03 World
Visitors to Thailand need to download health tracking app before arrival

Alongside a negative coronavirus test and time spent in quarantine, Thai officials are now also requiring tourists to pre-register their visit using a special Covid-19 tracker app called Thailand Plus, available on both Android and iOS. You can register your arrival in the app using your Certificate of Entry, a special permit you’ll need to apply for on the website of the Thai embassy or consulate nearest you.

Source: thestar.com

12:27 World
Brazil has more than 4,000 Covid-related deaths in 24 hours for the first time

Hospitals are overcrowded, with people dying as they wait for treatment in some cities, and the health system is on the brink of collapse in many areas. The country's total death toll is now almost 337,000, second only to the US.

Source: bbc.com

11:48 World
The first-ever human trachea transplant at Mount Sinai in New York

The 56-year-old former social worker's trachea was damaged in 2014 when she had to go on a ventilator because of a bad asthma attack. Sonia Sein went through multiple surgeries in hopes of correcting the problem, but that caused even more damage to her airway. The transplant surgery took about 18 hours and about 50 specialists, including surgeons, nurses anesthesiologists, airway specialists and residents.

Source: cnn.com

11:12 World
Italy gives OK for fans at Euro 2020 matches in Rome

The Italian government has given the green light for fans to attend Euro 2020 matches scheduled for Rome's Stadio Olimpico, including the tournament's curtain raiser, the country's football federation said on Tuesday. Rome is set to host the opening fixture for the delayed multi-host nation Euro, between Turkey and Italy in Group A on Friday June 11. The Italian capital was also picked to host Italy's other group matches against Switzerland and Wales, as well as a quarter-final.

Source: france24.com

10:39 World
Bronze Age slab found in France is oldest 3D map in Europe

A freshly unearthed Bronze-Age stone may be the oldest three-dimensional map in Europe, researchers say. The slab, first uncovered in 1900, was found again in a cellar in a castle in France in 2014. Archaeologists say they believe the markings are a map of an area in western Brittany. They say this makes the slab the oldest 3D map of a known area in Europe. The piece of rock, known as the Saint-Bélec Slab, is believed to date from the early Bronze Age, between 1900 BC and 1650 BC.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Dutch police make arrest in thefts of Van Gogh, Hals works

Dutch police arrested a suspect Tuesday in the theft last year of two valuable paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from different museums, a spokeswoman said. The paintings, however, remain missing. 58-year-old man was arrested at his home in the Dutch town of Baarn. His identity was not released, in line with Dutch privacy guidelines.

Source: apnews.com

17:23 World
World powers, Iran, U.S. begin indirect talks to revive nuclear deal

European intermediaries began shuttling between Iranian and U.S. officials in Vienna on Tuesday as they sought to bring both countries back into full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington abandoned three years ago.

Source: reuters.com

17:20 World
Paul Ritter: Friday Night Dinner star dies of brain tumour at 54

The actor Paul Ritter has died of a brain tumour at the age of 54, his agent has told the Guardian. Ritter who starred as the family patriarch Martin in Channel 4’s Friday Night Dinner alongside Tamsin Greig, Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal died on Monday. In 2019, Ritter displayed his range with a terrifying performance as Anatoly Dyatlov in the multi-award winning Chernobyl.

Source: theguardian.com

16:31 World
Say cheese! Cyprus's halloumi gets EU protected status

Cyprus is getting protected status for its prized halloumi, giving its producers the sole right to sell the rubbery cheese in the European Union. Later this month, the European Union is set to formally give halloumi the protected designation of origin (PDO) status, which will come into effect from October, according to Cyprus’ agriculture ministry.

Source: reuters.com

15:32 World
'Mrs Sri Lanka' beauty queen injured in on-stage bust-up

The winner of Sri Lanka's biggest beauty prize has suffered head injuries after a brawl broke out on stage. Beauty queen Pushpika De Silva won the "Mrs Sri Lanka" title at a ceremony on national TV on Sunday. Moments later, the 2019 winner seized Ms De Silva's crown, claiming she could not be awarded the title because she was divorced. The prize has now been returned to Ms De Silva, after pageant organisers confirmed she is not a divorcee. The organisers have apologised to Ms De Silva, who says she is separated, but not divorced.

Source: bbc.com

14:36 World
Jadon Sancho to Manchester United: Borussia Dortmund open to summer transfer deal

Jadon Sancho has long been of interest to Manchester United. And Borussia Dortmund have now suggested they’d be open to a summer transfer deal. The England international could leave the Westfalenstadion at the end of the season, having sparkled in Germany ever since his arrival four years ago.

Source: express.co.uk

14:12 World
Hashida, who wrote ‘Oshin,’ many other hit dramas dies at 95

Renowned Japanese scriptwriter Sugako Hashida, best known for the internationally popular TV drama series “Oshin,” has died of lymphoma. She was 95. Hashida had been treated for the illness since earlier this year. She died Sunday at her home in Atami, west of Tokyo, according to Pinko Izumi, an actress who appeared in many of the dramas Hashida wrote, including “Oshin.”

Source: bbc.com

13:35 World
Israeli troops kill Palestinian driver in disputed incident

Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian motorist who they said tried to ram them at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday - an account disputed by his wife, who was with him in the car. Salem Eid, the mayor of Biddu village, where the man lived, said Palestinians may raise the incident at the International Criminal Court, whose prosecutor announced last month it would formally investigate war crimes in the Palestinian territories.

Source: reuters.com

12:36 World
France to become biggest Air France shareholder with capital hike

France will contribute up to 4 billion euros ($4.7 billion) to a recapitalisation of Air France-KLM and more than double its 14.3% stake in the airline group under plans announced on Tuesday with European Union approval. The French government will convert a 3 billion euro loan extended to the group last year into a hybrid instrument and commit up to an additional 1 billion euros to a planned share issue, raising its stake in Air France-KLM to almost 30%.

Source: reuters.com

12:07 World
Japan to extend ban on all trade with North Korea by 2 years

Japan decided Tuesday to extend its unilateral sanctions on North Korea, including a ban on all trade, by two years to maintain pressure on the country to give up its nuclear and missile programs, and to make progress on the issue of its past abductions of Japanese nationals.

Source: kyodonews.net

11:28 World
Celebrating ‘iron anniversary,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ Fabergé Dragon Egg selling for $2.2M

The "commemorative egg objet" is designed by Fabergé’s head designer, Liisa Tallgren, who worked closely with GoT's Emmy-winning costume designer Michele Clapton to create "an intricate and enchanting design that tells the tale of Daenerys Targaryen’s quest to take her place on the Iron Throne." The egg's announcement is timed to coincide with the arrival of Easter and the 10th anniversary of the HBO drama's premiere.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

10:31 World
Soviet TV version of Lord of the Rings rediscovered after 30 years

A Soviet television adaptation of The Lord of the Rings thought to have been lost to time was rediscovered and posted on YouTube last week, delighting Russian-language fans of JRR Tolkien. The 1991 made-for-TV film, Khraniteli, based on Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring, is the only adaptation of his Lord of the Rings trilogy believed to have been made in the Soviet Union. 

Source: theguardian.com

 

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