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18:27 World
Van Morrison to start legal action over Northern Ireland Covid ban on live music
Music legend will challenge the Northern Irish government in court over its “blanket ban” on live music in licensed venues arising from coronavirus restrictions, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
18:26 World
''I received a proposal for not publishing Azerbaijani war crimes against Armenians Karabakh/Artsakh 2020 - 50,000$ for non-publishing''.
''MY answer to Baku: RELEASE THE ARMENIAN PRISONERS OF WAR!'', on his facebook page writes Polish politician Tomasz Lech Buczek
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20:19 World
Zeljko Buvac will move to Moscow
Former Liverpool assistant manager Zeljko Buvac has been named sporting director of Russian side Dynamo Moscow.
19:51 World
Arab League rejects Trump's Middle East plan
The Arab League has completely rejected US President Donald Trump's Middle East plan during an emergency meeting in Egypt's capital, saying it would not lead to a just peace deal.
19:31 World
Political, social dramas lead Fajr Film Festival

The 38th edition of the Fajr Film Festival, which features the major productions of the Iranian cinema every year during February, will be dominated by political and social dramas.

A large number of Iranian cineastes announced that they would not take part in the festival in sympathy for the victims of the Ukrainian jetliner, which was unintentionally targeted by Iran.

In any case, the festival kicks off today without an opening ceremony.

19:25 World
India raises import taxes

India raised taxes on imports of goods such as electronic items, toys and furniture, aiming to give impetus to domestic manufacturing in a move that will hit Sweden’s IKEA and other foreign firms.

IKEA’s India CEO Peter Betzel said the company was disappointed with the increase. “We are further evaluating the impact of the hike on our total business,” he said. IKEA, which has committed more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in India investments, imports roughly 75% of goods sold in the country.

19:03 World
Japan may release the treated radioactive water into the sea

Tokyo Electric has collected nearly 1.2 million tons of contaminated water from cooling pipes used to keep fuel cores from melting since the plant was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami which hit eastern Japan in 2011. A panel of experts working for Japan’s economy and industry ministry concluded that letting the water run into the sea was the best option after looking at other proposals.

19:01 World
Story of Qatar told through cars exhibition

Visitors to the month-long show which opened yesterday at the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) can relive the past through the 12 vehicles that could be seen plying on Qatar's roads in the 70's, 80's and 90s spread around NMoQ's Baraha Square.

Bouthayna Baltaji, Acting Head of Exhibitions Section at NMoQ said “The whole idea was to show how some things may have changed with modernization, but also some things have stayed very much the same”.

19:00 World
Gauguin’s famous sculpture is not genuine

Head with Horns has been exhibited as a major Gauguin work in some of the world’s leading museums. It was taken off display by the Getty last year, and is now expected to remain in storage. Outsiders believe that the sculpture may have cost around $3m-$5m.

18:58 World
American Sofia Kenin won a first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open

"My dream has officially come true," said Kenin, the eighth first-time women's champion in the past 12 Slams. Kenin won 4-6 6-2 6-2 against two-time major winner Spain's Garbine Muguruza in Melbourne.

U.S tennis player, who turned 21 in November, is the youngest Australian Open champion since Russian Maria Sharapova in 2008.


18:38 World
Protesters burn tires in southern Iraq in renewed anti-government rage

Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi announced his resignation on Friday after a call from Iraq’s top Shi’ite Muslim cleric for the government to step down to end weeks of deadly unrest.

18:16 World
Direct observation of bimolecular reactions of ultracold KRb molecules

The four-atom intermediate formed upon collision is typically too scarce and short-lived to spot, even using ultrafast techniques. 

17:45 World
Rediscovering the forgotten Indian artists of British India

Calcutta in the late 1770s was Asia's biggest boom town: known as the City of Palaces, the East India Company's bridgehead in Bengal had doubled in size to 400,000 inhabitants in a decade.

17:00 World
London attacker released last year after terrorism offenses, prompting recriminations

Wearing a fake suicide vest and wielding knives, Usman Khan went on the rampage on Friday afternoon at a conference on criminal rehabilitation beside London Bridge. He was wrestled to the ground by bystanders and then shot dead by police.

16:16 World
Albania’s search for quake victims ends; death toll up to 50

Prime Minister Edi Rama said preliminary figures showed more than 1,465 buildings in the capital, Tirana, and about 900 in nearby Durres were seriously damaged in Tuesday’s 6.4-magnitude pre-dawn quake.

15:45 World
'The Simpsons' is ending, claims theme music composer

The Simpsons is currently in its 31st season on Fox and was renewed in February for a record-setting 32nd season due to air in the 2020-21 television season. If Elfman is right, that means the show could go off air in two years.

15:27 World
Scientists discover LB-1, a black hole they didn't believe could exist

Scientists say they've found evidence of an incredibly large stellar black hole, an object they didn't believe could exist.

15:01 World
Nadler asks Trump if he 'intends to participate' in impeachment hearings

Judiciary committee chairman said on Friday he looks forward to ‘prompt response’ while president is at his Florida golf club.

14:26 World
Apple to take 'deeper look' at disputed borders

Ukraine criticised the tech giant for showing Crimea as part of Russia's territory on its Maps and Weather apps.

12:43 World
Scientists have discovered a 'monster' black hole that's so big it shouldn't exist

It's a stellar black hole — the type that forms after stars die, collapse, and explode. Researchers had previously believed that the size limit was no more than 20 times the mass of our sun because as these stars die, they lose most of their mass through explosions that expel matter and gas swept away by stellar winds.

10:57 World
UK police: Bridge attacker had been jailed for terror crimes

Neil Basu, London’s police counterterrorism head, said 28-year-old Usman Khan was attending a program that works to educate prisoners when he launched the attack, killing a man and a woman and injuring three others just yards from the site of a deadly 2017 van and knife rampage.

10:27 World
New Zealand gun owners stage protest over tighter controls

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s efforts on gun control have gained global praise, but at home - with a general election next scheduled for year - she has faced resistance from the federal opposition National Party, gun lobby groups and ordinary citizens over planned legislation introduced in September.

10:04 World
London attacker named, was previously convicted of terrorism offenses

A person who is released on license is subject to conditions for the duration of their sentence after leaving prison. The Times newspaper reported that Khan had agreed to wear an electronic tag.

19:47 World
Prince Andrew sparked Buckingham Palace security breach by 'smuggling' female masseuse into bedroom after introduction by Jeffrey Epstein 'madam', Ghislaine Maxwell

Monique Giannelloni says she wasn't searched and didn't sign in during her palace visit to see the Duke after being introduced to him by Jeffrey Epstein's alleged 'fixer', Ghislaine Maxwell.

19:24 World
Prince Charles ‘proves he can run the firm’ by pulling strings in Andrew sacking as the Queen plans to ‘retire’ at 95

IF it wasn’t Prince Charles who actually pulled the trigger to sack wayward brother Andrew in the wake of the Epstein scandal, he certainly loaded the gun.

17:55 World
Students stage global strikes to pressure U.N. climate summit

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg had been due to join a student strike in Lisbon, but her environmentally friendly voyage across the Atlantic from New York by yacht was hit by high winds, delaying her by a few days, she told social media followers.

17:24 World
Ex-Polish president defends Biden and Burisma

Former Polish president and Ukrainian gas company Burisma board member says no wrongdoing by Burisma while Hunter Biden was on board.

17:00 World
Conor McGregor to make UFC return against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone in January 2020

The Irishman confirmed last month that he would return to the Octagon on January 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada but didn't disclose who he would be coming up against.

16:16 World
Twitter boss Jack Dorsey says he's going to live in Africa

Dorsey said in a message on the social media platform that he didn't know where he would be living, but he planned to spend up to half of next year in Africa.

15:45 World
How Japanese prints inspired a tattoo frenzy

His arms are raised overhead, clutching a massive, imposing bell. With piercing focus, his eyes lock on a demon splayed at his feet.

15:37 World
Lucy Liu on making art to find a sense of belonging

The two-person show at the National Museum of Singapore, titled "Unhomed Belongings," also featured Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao and was co-curated by the museum's director Angelita Teo and Dan Chen, independent curator and director of Chambers Fine Art.

14:26 World
Scientists have discovered a 'monster' black hole that's so big it shouldn't exist

This theory has now been toppled by LB-1, the newly-discovered black hole. Located about 15,000 light years away, it has a mass 70 times greater than our sun, according to a press release from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

13:47 World
Brad Gobright, renowned US rock climber, dies after fall in Mexico

The American was abseiling down El Potrero Chico near Monterrey when he plunged about 300m to his death.

12:02 World
Dubai property tycoon buys Italian fashion brand Roberto Cavalli

Damac Properties PJSC’s chairman bought Italian fashion group Roberto Cavalli SpA through his private investment firm.

11:38 World
40 Iraqi protesters slain in 24 hours as violence spirals

Iran condemned the burning of its consulate in the holy city of Najaf as violence continued into the night across southern Iraq, where security forces had killed 36 protesters and wounded 245 since Wednesday evening, the officials said.

11:16 World
The oldest living American, Alelia Murphy of New York, has died at 114

Murphy, a New Yorker who was drawn to the city by the Harlem Renaissance, died Saturday, confirmed her granddaughter, Nefer Nekhet.

10:27 World
France's PSA to sell stake in smaller Chinese tie-up as sales slide

PSA’s move highlights how global car manufacturers are struggling in the world’s biggest auto market, where sales contracted last year for the first time since the 1990s.

10:03 World
K-pop singer sentenced to six years in jail for rape, sharing secret sex videos

Both were members of online chat groups that shared secret sex tapes and made jokes about drugging and raping women, the Seoul Central District Court said.

19:47 World
Global storms on Mars Launch Dust Towers Into the Sky

Last year, a fleet of NASA spacecraft got a detailed look at the life cycle of the 2018 global dust storm that ended the Opportunity rover's mission.

19:24 World
East Africa struggles with heavy rains, with more to come

A joint Djibouti-U.N. statement on Thursday said up to a quarter-million people have been affected in recent days in the country on the Red Sea that’s home to military bases for the United States, China and others. With heavy rains forecast through the end of the month that number could grow.

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