Topic of the day

Short news

14:30 World
Global coral cover has fallen by half since 1950s, analysis finds

The world’s coral reef cover has halved since the 1950s, ravaged by global heating, overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction, according to an analysis of thousands of reef surveys. Coral reefs are a vital source of food for millions of people around the world, especially island indigenous communities where fish is the primary source of animal protein, and researchers said the declines raised fears about future food stability.

Source: theguardian.com

13:34 World
Girls excluded from returning to secondary school in Afghanistan

Girls were excluded from returning to secondary school in Afghanistan on Saturday, after the country's new Taliban rulers ordered only boys and male teachers back to the classroom.

Source: france24.com

12:53 World
Tom Cruise gets sneak preview from SpaceX’s 1st private crew

Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed Friday that the actor took part in a call with the four space tourists orbiting more than 360 miles up. Thursday’s conversation, like the entire three-day flight, was private and so no details were released.

Source: apnews.com

12:03 World
K-pop group BTS will join U.N. meeting in N.Y. as special envoys

The K-pop group BTS will visit the United Nations as presidential special envoys for South Korea. “It is a huge honor, both as an individual and a citizen, to be able to hold the title of special presidential envoy for future generations and culture,” BTS member RM said.

Source: nbcnews.com

11:18 World
Venezuela's Maduro in Mexico on first foreign trip since US accusations

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Mexico on Friday to participate in a gathering of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean, a rare trip abroad and his first since the United States accused him of drug trafficking. In March 2020, the US Department of Justice accused him of crimes including "narco-terrorism", drug trafficking, and possession of weapons, offering $15 million for information leading to his arrest.

Source: france24.com

10:54 World
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ousted Algerian president, dies aged 84

Algeria’s longest-serving president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was ousted in 2019 amid pro-democracy protests after two decades in power, has died aged 84. The state television announcement on Friday, citing a statement from the office of the current president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, did not provide the cause of death.

Source: theguardian.com

10:12 World
Infection known as mad cow disease found on Somerset farm

A case of the cattle disease BSE has been confirmed on a farm in Somerset. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) said that the infected animal has died and has been removed. An investigation is under way to find the source of the infection and restrictions on the movement of cattle on the farm have been put in place.

Source: bbc.com

18:52 World
Dutch are world’s tallest people – but they’re shrinking, study shows

Poorer diet may explain why the lofty lowlanders are at least 1cm shorter than the previous generation.

Source: theguardian.com

17:45 Region
Iran joins expanding Asian security body led by Moscow, Beijing

Iran joined a rapidly expanding central Asian security body led by Russia and China on Friday, calling on the countries in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to help it form a mechanism to avert sanctions imposed by the West.

Source: reuters.com

17:16 World
More than 10,000 migrants packed under Texas bridge, number still rising

Most of the migrants are Haitian, have been living in South America and came to Del Rio, Texas, along a common Mexican cartel smuggling route. The numbers under the bridge have ballooned over the past 48 hours, growing from around 5,000 on Wednesday and are expected to rise above 11,000 on Friday.

Source: nbcnews.com

16:30 World
Egypt is building a $4.5 billion high-speed rail line

Passengers and cargo will soon be able to shoot through the Egyptian desert aboard a high-speed train, in a first for the country. The high-speed and electrified main rail line will connect Cairo to the New Administrative Capital and surrounding new cities. German company Siemens Mobility signed a contract with Egypt's National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) earlier this month to build the initial 660 kilometers out of the planned 1,800-kilometer network, creating "a Suez Canal type of link on the tracks."

Source: cnn.com

15:47 World
California fires: General Sherman and other sequoias given blankets

Firefighters are wrapping fire-resistant blankets around ancient trees as blazes tear through California's world-famous Sequoia National Park. Officials fear the fire could reach the Giant Forest, a grove of some of the world's biggest trees, within hours. The forest hosts some 2,000 sequoias, including the 275ft (83m) General Sherman, the biggest tree by volume on Earth and about 2,500 years old. The Colony and Paradise fires have been growing for a week.

Source: bbc.com

13:57 World
Good University Guide: For the first time ever, Oxford and Cambridge miss out on top spot in rankings

No university has been placed higher than the Oxbridge institutions in the guide's 30-year history, or any other domestic university rankings. The University of St Andrews was placed in first place, after only a small drop in student satisfaction during the pandemic.

Source: news.sky.com

13:24 World
South Carolina police arrest lawyer who allegedly plotted own shooting

A prominent South Carolina attorney has been arrested and charged with conspiring to have himself shot dead so his son could collect a $10 million insurance payout, a state police agency said on Thursday. Alex Murdaugh, who survived the Sept. 4 shooting, has admitted to plotting with Curtis Edward Smith, 61, to cause his own death, according to a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) affidavit.

Source: reuters.com

12:38 World
Race for Japan's new prime minister kicks off

The campaign to become Japan's next prime minister kicks off on Friday, with four candidates vying for leadership of the ruling party in an unusually close race. The candidates include two women hoping to lead a country that has never had a female prime minister, though both are considered long shots.

Source: france24.com

12:01 World
Astronauts return to Earth after China's longest space mission

Three Chinese astronauts have returned to Earth after completing the country's longest crewed space mission. They spent 90 days at the Tianhe module on China's space station, some 380km (240 miles) above Earth. The three men had on Thursday boarded the Shenzhou-12 crewed spacecraft and undocked from the space station.

Source: bbc.com

11:42 World
US moves to assure ‘vital partner’ France over submarine pact

France remains a “vital partner” to the United States on many issues, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said, as he sought to allay Paris’s anger at a security partnership between the US, the United Kingdom and Australia that did not include the European Union country. At a joint news conference with top US and Australian officials on Thursday, Blinken said the US is looking to “find every opportunity” to deepen cooperation with France, including in the Indo-Pacific region.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:47 World
Message in a bottle from Japan washes up on Hawaii beach after 37 years

Discovery made by a local girl comes decades after the bottle was put into the sea by հigh school students as part of an experiment to monitor ocean currents. In all, 750 bottles were placed into the ocean near Tokyo’s Miyakejima Island in 1984 and 1985.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
US man files $1m lawsuit after Michigan teacher cuts child's hair

The father of a seven-year-old girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without parental permission is suing the school district and two staff members for $1m. Jimmy Hoffmeyer's lawsuit says the constitutional rights of his mixed-race daughter have been violated. He has pulled his daughter out of the school. An investigation by the school district concluded in July that while the teacher had broken school policy she had not acted with racial bias.

Source: bbc.com

17:58 World
Head of Islamic State in Sahara killed by French troops – Macron

The head of the Islamic State group in the Sahara has been killed by French troops, President Emmanuel Macron has said. Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi formed Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS) in 2015. The group is blamed for most attacks in the region, including the targeted killing of French aid workers in 2020.

Source: bbc.com

17:30 World
Marble statue of Roman emperor Hadrian is discovered in pieces at a site in Turkey

Six fragments of the marble statue, that stood 8ft tall, have been found on the site of  Alabanda, an ancient city in Turkey's western Aydin province. They include part of the Roman emperor's head and body, found in the parliament building. Experts believe the sculpture was brought to Alabanda in 120 AD in honor of a visit by Hadrian. When completed the statue will be displayed at the Aydın Archaeology Museum.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

16:59 World
Paris’ Arc de Triomphe is being wrapped in fabric

The city of Paris is unveiling a monumental artwork built around an actual monument: the Arc de Triomphe completely wrapped in silver and blue fabric. The installation by late artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who conceived of the project in 1961, will open on Saturday. Visits will take place for nearly almost three weeks. At weekends, the Arc de Triomphe’s traffic-heavy roundabout will be entirely pedestrianized. Visitors to the famous Napoleonic arch, which dominates the Champs-Elysees Avenue, will not only be able to see the gleaming fabric, but also touch it too — as the artists had intended.

Source: apnews.com

15:43 World
Elton John delays European tour due to hip pain

Elton John has delayed his European "Farewell Yellow Brick Road" tour until 2023 due to hip problems. The 74-year-old British singer said he had been advised to have an operation as soon as possible. "At the end of my summer break I fell awkwardly on a hard surface and have been in considerable pain and discomfort in my hip ever since," John said in a statement on Twitter.

Source: reuters.com

14:56 World
Aukus: UK, US and Australia launch pact to counter China

The UK, US and Australia have announced a historic security pact in the Asia-Pacific, in what's seen as an effort to counter China. It will let Australia build nuclear-powered submarines for the first time, using technology provided by the US. The Aukus pact, which will also cover AI and other technologies, is one of the countries' biggest defence partnerships in decades, analysts say. China has condemned the agreement as "extremely irresponsible".

Source: bbc.com

13:08 World
SpaceX successfully sends first all-civilian crew into Earth orbit

A SpaceX rocket ship blasted off from Florida on Wednesday carrying a billionaire e-commerce executive and three less-wealthy private citizens he chose to join him in the first all-civilian crew ever launched into Earth orbit. A SpaceX webcast of the launch showed Isaacman, 38, and his crewmates – Sian Proctor, 51, Hayley Arceneaux, 29, and Chris Sembroski, 42 – strapped into the pressurized cabin of their gleaming white SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience, wearing their helmeted black-and-white flight suits.

Source: france24.com

12:32 World
'I don't see Mbappe leaving' - Leonardo unconcerned about PSG star's future amid Real Madrid links

The Parc des Princes chief says the striker has a "deep relationship" with the French club and won't be departing for free next summer. Leonardo is not concerned about Kylian Mbappe's future amid ongoing rumours linking him with Real Madrid, with the Paris Saint-Germain sporting director insisting "I don't see him leaving at the end of this season".

Source: goal.com

11:53 Region
Iranian musician risks prison for new album

Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian faces prison for making music. In fact, he has already spent two years locked up - including a spell in solitary confinement and a hunger strike - for releasing songs the Iranian authorities did not agree with. But he is undeterred. "I will not step back and I will not censor myself," he tells BBC News. And so, he has been working undercover from the basement of his home in Sari, northern Iran, to create a new album.

Source: bbc.com

10:53 World
Von der Leyen: EU must acquire ‘political will’ to build own military

The EU must learn the lessons of the abrupt end of the US-led mission in Afghanistan and acquire the “political will” to build up its own military force to deploy to future crises, the European Commission’s president, Ursula von der Leyen, has said. In her annual state of the union speech in the European parliament in Strasbourg, Von der Leyen, a former German defence minister, said the withdrawal of the US-led mission in Afghanistan, and the subsequent collapse of President Ashraf Ghani’s administration, raised troubling questions.

Source: theguardian.com

10:20 World
Taliban's Baradar says reports he was hurt in internal clash are false

Wednesday to deny reports that he was hurt in a clash with a rival faction of the Taliban. "No this is not true; I am OK and healthy," Baradar said in an interview with state TV which was posted on Twitter by the Taliban's political office in Doha.

Source: reuters.com

21:09 World
Iran restarts commercial flights to Afghanistan

Iran on Wednesday resumed commercial flights to neighbouring Afghanistan, where the Taliban took control last month. The Iranian civil aviation agency had announced the interruption of flights to Kabul on August 16 for security reasons.

Source: france24.com

18:17 World
Curious bears crash football game in India

A football game in India’s eastern state of Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) had two surprise visitors - a mother bear and her cub. When the football got kicked out from the pitch into a nearby forest, the bears found it and seemed reluctant to return it. They bounced it between them, kicking and tossing the ball in the air, much to the amusement of locals. The bears then took the ball into the forest.

Source: bbc.com

17:55 World
Life-size camel carvings in Saudi Arabia originally thought to be 2,000 years old actually date back 8,000 years

Ancient camel sculptures discovered in Saudi Arabia are around 8,000 years old. Were originally thought to be 2,000 years old but new analysis revised estimate. Almost twice the age of Stonehenge, where stones hauled into place in 2500 BC . 21 camel, horse and other equid figures were found in the Saudi desert in 2018.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

17:20 World
PSG & Real Madrid keeping tabs on Rudiger's Chelsea contract situation as Blues may not meet his demands

Chelsea have opened talks with Antonio Rudiger over a new contract but remain cautious over his demands, with both Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid keeping an eye on the situation. The two European giants will be able to sign the Germany international in January on a pre-contract agreement, with the defender's current deal expiring in the summer of 2022.

Source: goal.com

16:23 World
Both North and South Korea fire ballistic missiles as tensions rise on peninsula

Pyongyang fired the first missiles on Wednesday, sending two into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula five minutes apart, at 12:38 p.m. and 12:43 p.m. local time (11:38 p.m. and 11:43 p.m. ET), according to Japan's Coast Guard. Seoul followed that test less than three hours later, firing a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) from the submerged 3,700-ton submarine ROKS Dosan Ahn Changho, South Korea's Defense Ministry said.

Source: cnn.com

15:06 World
Britney Spears deletes her Instagram, source says 'it was her decision'

Britney Spears deleted her Instagram late Tuesday afternoon. The move comes just two days after she announced her engagement to her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari.

Source: cnn.com

14:14 World
U.S. to hold $130 mln of Egypt's military aid over human rights

The Biden administration will withhold $130 million worth of military aid to Egypt to pressure its Arab ally to improve its human rights record, two sources familiar with the matter, including a U.S. official, said. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's move will be a break with his predecessors' policy of overriding a congressional check on military aid to Egypt.

Source: reuters.com

13:25 World
Algerian judoka gets 10-year ban for refusing to face Israeli at Olympics

The Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine and his coach have been suspended for 10 years by the International Judo Federation (IJF) for withdrawing from the Tokyo Olympics after the draw set him on course for a bout against an Israeli opponent. The 30-year-old was due to face Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool for his first bout in the men’s 73kg class and a victory would have paired him with Israel’s Tohar Butbul in the next round. Nourine said his political support for the Palestinian cause made it impossible for him to compete against Butbul.

Source: theguardian.com

12:57 World
Comedian Norm MacDonald dead at 61 from cancer

Comedian Norm MacDonald has died at the age of 61 after a nine-year private battle with cancer, according to his family and representatives. The Canadian comic was born in Quebec City in 1959 and got his start in Canadian clubs before moving to the US to pursue TV comedy writing. He worked for the Roseanne programme before joining Saturday Night Live to host news parody skit Weekend Update. Known for his dry delivery, MacDonald had fans in the US and worldwide.

Source: bbc.com

12:21 World
Nicholas thrashes U.S. Gulf Coast with heavy downpours

Tropical Storm Nicholas crawled across the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast on Tuesday, drenching the region with torrential downpours and leaving hundreds of thousands without power as flood waters and debris covered streets throughout the area.

Source: reuters.com

11:40 World
Ronaldo scores but still loses on return to Champions League with Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo’s early goal could not save Manchester United from another Champions League loss in Switzerland, 2-1 on Tuesday against a sharp and robust Young Boys team. Ronaldo’s record-extending 135th Champions League goal in the 13th minute was the first of his — and United’s — only two shots of the game. He was substituted in the 72nd.

Source: france24.com

11:02 World
Apple unveils new iPhone 13: Price, specs and more

Apple unveiled its much-anticipated iPhone 13 at its September 2021 event after months of speculation. The new line of iPhones includes four new devices: the iPhone 13 Mini, the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The new iPhones will be available for pre-order on Sept. 17 and will ship on Sept. 24.

Source: nbcnews.com

10:09 World
China's ambassador Zheng Zeguang banned from UK Parliament

China's ambassador to the UK has been told he cannot come to Parliament while sanctions remain in place against a number of MPs and peers. Zheng Zeguang was due to attend a Commons reception on Wednesday, hosted by the all-party group on China. But after protests, Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Lord Speaker Lord McFall ruled this out. The Chinese embassy said it was a "despicable and cowardly" decision that would harm both countries' interests.

Source: bbc.com

17:31 World
Egypt opens ancient tomb of King Djoser after restoration

Egypt on Tuesday showcased an ancient tomb structure belonging to the cemetery complex of King Djoser, a pharaoh who lived more than 4,500 years ago, following extensive restorations of the site. The structure — known as the Southern Tomb — is largely underground and includes a labyrinth of corridors, decorated with hieroglyphic carvings and tiles. A central funeral shaft houses a massive granite-clad sarcophagus from Egypt’s Third Dynasty.

Source: apnews.com

16:59 World
US, Japan, South Korea nuclear envoys meet after Pyongyang test

Top nuclear envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea held talks in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss North Korea’s missile and nuclear programmes, a day after Pyongyang said it tested a new long-range cruise missile. Countries want to revive talks on denuclearisation, which have been stalled for two years.

Source: aljazeera.com

16:09 World
World now sees twice as many days over 50C

The number of extremely hot days every year when the temperature reaches 50C has doubled since the 1980s, a global BBC analysis has found. They also now happen in more areas of the world than before, presenting unprecedented challenges to human health and to how we live. On average, between 1980 and 2009, temperatures passed 50C about 14 days a year. The number rose to 26 days a year between 2010 and 2019.

Source: bbc.com

15:06 World
'Doctor Who' actress Tanya Fear found after being reported missing in LA

Tanya Fear, a British actress who appeared in sci-fi series "Doctor Who," has been found after being reported missing in Los Angeles, according to the LAPD. Police were notified around 11 a.m. local time on Monday that Fear had been located, officials told CNN. Police said there is no criminal investigation or foul play suspected. Due to privacy concerns, no further details were made available. Concerns for the 31-year-old had been growing after she had reportedly not been seen since Thursday, according to friends and family.

Source: cnn.com

14:51 World
Scientists successfully 'potty-train' cows to urinate in a specially adapted toilet

that would capture waste and cut greenhouse gas emissions. Waste from cows produces ammonia which can leach down into local soils . Here, microbes turn this chemical into the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide. Researchers from Germany developed a special toilet that cows can walk into . They then trained 11 out of 16 calves to use it over the course of a few weeks. The so-called MooLoo is capable of capturing the urine so it can be treated.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

13:39 World
Pele ready to leave ICU after tumor removed, daughter says

Brazilian football legend Pele is ready to leave the intensive care unit of a Sao Paulo hospital after undergoing surgery for a suspected colon tumor, one of his daughters said Monday. Kely Nascimento wrote a message giving an update on her father's health in Portuguese and in English on her Instagram account, accompanied by a close-up photo of the smiling 80-year-old football mega-star.

Source: france24.com

13:12 World
Boris Johnson's mother, Charlotte Johnson Wahl, dies aged 79

A notice published in the Times newspaper said she died "suddenly and peacefully" at St Mary's Hospital in west London. Boris Johnson once described his mother, who was a painter, as the "supreme authority" in the family.

Source: bbc.com

12:33 World
French slave statue defaced in apparent racist attack

A statue of a black female slave in the French city of Bordeaux has been covered with white paint in an apparent racist attack, city officials said. The bronze statue is of Modeste Testas, an African slave who was bought by a family in Bordeaux in the 18th century. She was later freed. The statue was found defaced on Monday morning, but has now been cleaned.

Source: bbc.com

12:05 World
Shanghai halts some traffic at port, airport amid Typhoon Chanthu

Shanghai has halted some container port operations and will cancel most flights Monday and Tuesday as Typhoon Chanthu approaches the city, which is China’s financial capital and a major shipping hub. The halts are likely to further delay shipments and damage global supply chains, which are already struggling to deal with record exports from China and the effects of local COVID-19 outbreaks.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:29 World
Stanford professors urge U.S. to end program looking for Chinese spies in academia

A group of Stanford University professors has asked the Justice Department to stop looking for Chinese spies at U.S. universities, joining an effort by human rights groups to end a Trump administration program they said caused racial profiling and was terrorizing some scientists. A Sept. 8 letter was signed by 177 Stanford faculty members and made public by them on Monday.

Source: reuters.com

11:05 World
Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza as hostilities escalate

The Israeli military said it launched attacks on Hamas targets early on Monday following incoming rocket fire late on Sunday. There were no immediate reports of casualties on either side. Tensions between Israel and Hamas have been escalating after six Palestinian prisoners escaped from an Israeli maximum security prison.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:17 World
Firm raises $15m to bring back woolly mammoth from extinction

Ten thousand years after woolly mammoths vanished from the face of the Earth, scientists are embarking on an ambitious project to bring the beasts back to the Arctic tundra. The prospect of recreating mammoths and returning them to the wild has been discussed – seriously at times – for more than a decade, but on Monday researchers announced fresh funding they believe could make their dream a reality.

Source: theguardian.com

17:51 World
Rain helps fight against 'monster' fire in Spain

Light rain gave some breathing room to crews struggling on Monday to battle a "monster" wildfire in Spain that has killed a firefighter and forced roughly 2,600 people from their homes. About 500 firefighters and 51 water-dropping planes have been tackling the blaze, which officials believe was started deliberately last Wednesday in the southern Malaga province, the regional government said.

Source: france24.com

17:14 World
Dubai obliterates world record for

Ain Dubai, the giant observation wheel that has been taking shape on the city's Bluewaters Island development for more than six years, will open on October 21, 2021, thus becoming the world's largest observation wheel. But it hasn't simply beaten the competition; it's obliterated it. At more than 250 meters, Ain Dubai is 82 meters higher than the current world's tallest ferris wheel in operation, the High Roller in Las Vegas. It is almost twice the size of the London Eye, which towers over the River Thames at 135 meters.

Source: cnn.com

16:36 World
Britney Spears announces engagement to Sam Asghari

The singer posted a video of the couple showing off the ring on Instagram. The 39-year-old is fighting a legal battle to end her 13-year conservatorship, which controls both her personal life and finances. Spears has revealed that the terms of the arrangement are preventing her from marrying Mr Asghari, 27, or having more children.

Source: bbc.com

15:44 World
'Real-life Tarzan' dies of cancer aged 52 - eight years after being brought into the 'civilised world'

Ho Van Lang has died of liver cancer after 40 years in the jungle. Lang and his father Ho Van Thanh fled to the jungle during the US-Vietnam War. They were brought back to civilisation in 2013 when Thanh's health deteriorated.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

14:47 World
N.Korea tests first 'strategic' cruise missile with possible nuclear capability

North Korea carried out successful tests of a new long-range cruise missile over the weekend, state media said on Monday, seen by analysts as possibly the country's first such weapon with a nuclear capability. The missiles are "a strategic weapon of great significance" and flew 1,500 km (930 miles) before hitting their targets and falling into the country's territorial waters during the tests on Saturday and Sunday, KCNA said.

Source: reuters.com

13:59 World
Disney to debut rest of 2021 films exclusively in theaters

Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) said on Friday it will release "Eternals," "West Side Story" and the rest of its 2021 films exclusively in theaters before sending them to streaming, a show of confidence that moviegoing will rebound.

Source: reuters.com

Follow us and get updates!

Most popular articles

{"core.blocks.newsline.short_news.source":"Source "}