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17:03 World
Aerosmith cancel gigs as singer Steven Tyler goes into rehab

Rock band Aerosmith have cancelled part of their forthcoming Las Vegas residency after frontman Steven Tyler checked himself into rehab. The star, who had been sober for more than a decade, relapsed after taking pain medication for foot surgery. The 74-year-old "voluntarily entered a treatment program to concentrate on his health and recovery", his bandmates said in a statement. Aerosmith had been due to start their Deuces Are Wild shows on 17 June.

Source: bbc.com

15:48 World
Five Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq

Five Turkish soldiers fighting Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq have been killed, the Turkish defence ministry has said in a statement. Another two soldiers were wounded during clashes that occurred on Tuesday near Iraq’s border with Turkey, the statement added.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:47 World
75 people missing, one dead, after migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

Seventy five people were missing after a crowded boat of migrants sank off Tunisia on Wednesday, the International Organization for Migration said and a security official said, as the numbers risking the dangerous crossing to Europe increase. The IOM said 24 people had been rescued from the boat, which departed from the beaches of Zawara in Libya and sank off the coast of Sfax. A Tunisian security official told Reuters that the coastguard had recovered a body as they continue to search for 75 others who were missing.
 

13:42 World
Europa Conference League final: Police injured as Roma and Feyenoord fans clash in Albania

Ten police officers were injured as supporters clashed in the build-up to the Europa Conference League final. Italian club Roma take on Dutch side Feyenoord in Albania's capital Tirana on Wednesday. Fans wielded glass bottles, sticks, stones and other objects as local police tried to break up trouble on Tuesday. "Police have taken 60 people from both fan groups, 48 Italians and 12 Dutch, to the station," the police said.

Source: bbc.com

12:53 World
Male domestic violence survivors say they feel the Depp-Heard trial is a turning point

As the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation case nears its conclusion, some men who say they have experienced domestic violence pinpointed a defining moment in the trial that, for them, felt pivotal in changing what it means to be a male survivor. “When I initially heard [about the case], I was a little shocked. I was like, ‘Wow. Who would’ve thought this could happen to Johnny Depp?’” recalled Tony Enos, a Philadelphia pop singer who said he survived domestic violence.

Source: nbcnews.com

12:20 World
Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in West Bank clashes, Palestinian health ministry says

A 16-year-old Palestinian shot in the head by Israeli forces died early on Wednesday after clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian health ministry said. The ministry identified the teen as Gaith Yamin. It said Israeli forces shot him near Joseph's Tomb, a flashpoint site. The Israeli military said on Twitter that it responded with live fire to hundreds of Palestinians who hurled rocks and petrol bombs at soldiers during a visit by Jewish worshippers to Joseph's Tomb on Tuesday night.

Source: reuters.com

11:48 World
North Korea fires three ballistic missiles, Seoul military says

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan early Wednesday, Seoul's military said, just one day after President Joe Biden wrapped up his first Asia visit as US leader. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that it had "detected at around 06:00, 06:37 and 06:42 the firings of ballistic missiles launched from Sunan area."

Source: france24.com

11:10 World
Gunman kills 19 children in Texas school rampage

An 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at a Texas elementary school, killing at least 19 children as he went from classroom to classroom, officials said, in the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade and the latest gruesome moment for a country scarred by a string of massacres. The attacker was killed by law enforcement. The death toll also included two adults, authorities said. Gov. Greg Abbott said one of the two was a teacher.

Source: apnews.com

10:33 World
World's shortest teenager - just 73.43cm at the age of 18 - is recognised by Guinness World Records in Nepal

The world's shortest teenager has been crowned in Kathmandu, Nepal as he arrived to collect his award from Guinness World Records. Dor Bahadur Khapangi, who measures just 73.43cm, was carried by a relative to the location in the Nepalese capital. The official certificate names Khapangi as the 'shortest teenager living (male)' on 23 March.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

10:00 World
21 killed in latest police raid on Rio favela

An anti-crime operation in a Rio de Janeiro slum left 21 people dead Tuesday, officials said, a year after the bloodiest-ever favela raid in the city's history. Military police said they came under gunfire as they approached the northern Rio slum called Vila Cruzeiro in the early morning hours with the mission of locating and arresting "criminal leaders." Police said at least 11 of the dead were "suspects."

Source: france24.com

22:52 World
Boat carrying Rohingya fleeing Myanmar capsizes, killing 16

At least 16 people from Myanmar’s Rohingya minority have died after a storm capsized the boat they were traveling on to seek refuge in another country, officials and a recovery team member said Tuesday. There were 35 survivors of the accident that took place Saturday off Myanmar’s southwestern coast and four people were missing, the officials said. The boat left the western state of Rakhine last Thursday and encountered bad weather two days later off Ayeyarwaddy Region on Myanmar’s southwestern coast, causing it to capsize, the statement said.

Source: apnews.com

16:45 World
World's fastest passenger jet goes supersonic in tests

The race to resume supersonic passenger flights nearly two decades after the retirement of Concorde was offered a glimmer of excitement on Monday when plane manufacturer Bombardier revealed high speed achievements while confirming the launch of its new business jet. The Canadian company said the in-development Global 8000 will be "the world's fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet." With a capacity for up to 19 passengers, a range of 14,800 kilometers and a top speed of Mach 0.94, the upcoming plane is expected to enter service in 2025, according to a statement from Bombardier.

Source: cnn.com

16:23 World
French Open: Second seed Daniil Medvedev begins with comfortable win at Roland Garros

World number two Daniil Medvedev booked his place in the French Open second round with a comfortable straight-set win over Argentine Facundo Bagnis. US Open champion Medvedev, 26, won 6-2 6-2 6-2 against Bagnis, ranked 103rd. The Russian former world number one reached his first quarter-final at Roland Garros last year - having lost in the first round in each of his four previous appearances in Paris.

Source: bbc.com

15:54 Region
Two pilots dead after fighter jet crash in Iran’s Isfahan

Two pilots have died after their fighter jet crashed during a training run in Iran’s Isfahan province. State media confirmed on Tuesday that an F-7 aircraft crashed in Anarak, approximately 200 kilometres east of the city of Isfahan, killing both pilots. Mohammad Reza Jannesari, a security official from the province, told the semi-official Tasnim news website that the aircraft, which belonged to the army, went down at about 8:10am local time. “This fighter jet faced technical issues during the training operation and crashed,” he said.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:12 World
Several injured in train, bus collision in southern Germany

A train collided with a bus and derailed at a railroad crossing in southern Germany on Tuesday, police said. Several people were injured, some of them severely. The train struck the bus, which was carrying no passengers, at Blaustein, near the city of Ulm, German news agency dpa reported. The bus driver was thrown from the vehicle and severely injured. The driver and two passengers on the train were also seriously injured and several other passengers were slightly injured. Police said a total of 74 passengers were on the train.

Source: apnews.com

14:30 World
Argentine president pays 'fine' for birthday dinner during Covid lockdown

Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez and the first lady on Monday paid a fine of three million pesos (about $24,000), in the form of a charitable donation, in return for legal proceedings against them being dropped over a birthday dinner during the pandemic lockdown that caused a scandal.

Source: france24.com

13:41 Region
Erdogan says Turkey to launch military operations on its southern borders

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Ankara would soon launch new military operations along its southern borders to create 30-km deep safe zones to combat terrorist threats from these regions. The operation will likely target north of Syria, where Turkey has launched several military operations since 2016 to undermine the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG), an armed Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Source: reuters.com

13:17 World
Kate Moss expected to be called by Johnny Depp's legal team as a witness

Kate Moss, who dated Johnny Depp in the 1990s, is expected to be called to testify as a rebuttal witness by his legal team in the ongoing trial between Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, a source close to Depp tells CNN. A source close to Depp confirmed that Moss and Depp remain close to this day. Depp has sued Heard for $50 million alleging that a 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post defamed him, alleging the piece -- which did not mention him by name -- falsely painted him as an abuser.

 

12:30 World
Nadal cruises into French Open second round

Rafael Nadal began his pursuit of a record-extending 14th French Open title with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Australian world number 82 Jordan Thompson on Monday. Fifth seed Nadal, who could meet reigning champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, improved his Roland Garros record to 106 wins and just three losses since his 2005 title-winning debut.

Source: france24.com

12:26 Armenia
Taguhi Tovmasyan held a meeting in the Parliament

''I recently hold a meeting in the National Assembly with Lila Pieters Yahia, the Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia and Vladimir Shkolnikov, the Senior Human Rights Advisor of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for the South Caucasus. The meeting was significant, especially in the light of recent events. Issues of mutual interest and human rights violations discussed, ''- Chair of the RA NA Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs Taguhi Tovmasyan said on her social media page.
 

11:06 World
Turkey’s Erdogan says he will no longer talk to Greek PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday he would cease talking to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and cancel a key meeting between their two governments, accusing the Greek leader of antagonizing Turkey. In a televised address following a Cabinet meeting, Erdogan accused neighboring Greece of harboring followers of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey says was behind a 2016 failed coup attempt, and of establishing military bases against Turkey.

Source: apnews.com

10:38 World
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger's second child has arrived

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" actor and his author wife took to their respective Instagram accounts on Sunday night to share that they had welcomed a baby girl on Saturday. "We are so excited to announce the birth of our second daughter, Eloise Christina Schwarzenegger Pratt. Mama and baby are doing well," the caption read.

Source: cnn.com

10:00 World
Denmark, Scotland detect first monkeypox virus cases

Denmark has registered its first incidence of infection with monkeypox in an adult male who had returned from a trip to Spain, according to the Danish health ministry. The man is currently in isolation and authorities are in touch with any close contacts, the ministry said. Also on Monday, Scotland announced its first case of monkeypox. In the rest of the United Kingdom, England currently has 20 confirmed cases, according to its latest update on Friday.

Source: aljazeera.com

18:00 World
Security guard killed in Qatar Embassy in Paris

The killing of a guard at the Qatar Embassy in Paris in the early hours of Monday was a "heinous and unjustified" crime, the embassy said, as French prosecutors opened an investigation. The incident did not appear to have any links to terrorism, a source close to the probe said. The incident took place at around 06:30, the source said, adding that the suspect had entered the embassy and had a row with the security guard, who died after being punched.

Source: reuters.com

17:19 World
Nearly 8,000-year-old skull found in Minnesota River

A partial skull that was discovered last summer by two kayakers in Minnesota will be returned to Native American officials after investigations determined it was about 8,000 years old. The kayakers found the skull in the drought-depleted Minnesota River about 180 kilometers west of Minneapolis, Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable said. Thinking it might be related to a missing person case or murder, Hable turned the skull over to a medical examiner and eventually to the FBI, where a forensic anthropologist used carbon dating to determine it was likely the skull of a young man who lived between 5500 and 6000 B.C..

Source: apnews.com

16:57 World
South Korea's new leader says age of appeasing North Korea is over

The age of appeasing North Korea is over and any new talks between Seoul and Pyongyang must be initiated by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's new conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol said on Monday. Speaking exclusively to CNN in his first media interview since taking office two weeks ago, Yoon said: "I think the ball is in Chairman Kim's court -- it is his choice to start a dialogue with us."
 

15:44 World
Horror moment zoo keeper has finger ripped off by lion after sticking his hand into cage

A zoo keeper ended up getting his finger ripped off by a lion as the beast attacked him in front of terrified visitors. Video shows the moment the man at Jamaica Zoo is left screaming after sticking his hand into the beast's cage.  "When it happened, I thought it was a joke. I didn’t realise the seriousness of it because it’s their job to put on a show," one witness told The Jamaica Observer. “Obviously, when he fell on the ground everybody realised that it was serious. Everybody started to panic."

Source: thesun.co.uk

14:40 World
At least seven dead after blaze on Philippine passenger ferry

The ship caught fire on Monday just before reaching the port of Real in Quezon province, about 60km east of the capital Manila. It had left Polilio Island at 5am local time and made a distress call at 6:30am. Five women and two men died, 120 passengers rescued, 23 of them treated for injuries, the coast guard said.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:20 World
Floods in Bangladesh and India affect millions

Days of flooding and landslides in parts of Bangladesh and eastern India, have affected millions of people and left more than 50 people dead. Bangladesh's north-east region has seen some of the worst flooding for nearly two decades. The two countries are prone to flooding and experts say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of events like this around the world.

Source: bbc.com

13:06 Region
Iran IRGC Quds Force officer assassinated in Tehran: State media

Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says one of its officers has been assassinated in the capital Tehran by gunmen riding on two motorcycles, according to the state news agency IRNA. The IRGC issued a statement on Sunday saying Hassan Sayyad Khodayari was assassinated by enemies of the revolution. He said that Khodayari was a member of the Quds Force (which is responsible for the IRGC’s foreign operations) and that he served in Syria in past years.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:28 World
Kylian Mbappé agrees to three-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain, snubbing Real Madrid

French superstar Kylian Mbappé has decided to stay at Paris Saint-Germain rather than join Real Madrid, ending one of football's biggest transfer sagas. With Mbappé's contract at the French giants running out at the end of the season, the 23-year-old's next destination had been uncertain for months: Would he choose to stay at PSG or move to Madrid, the club he fell in love with as a kid? But after months of speculation, Mbappé announced he would continue playing for the Parisian club, signing a three-year contract extension until 2025.

Source: cnn.com

12:07 World
Canada storms: Nearly a million homes lose power in high winds

Nearly 900,000 homes in southern Canada were left without power on Saturday after a severe storm hit the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Four people were killed by falling trees and a woman died when a boat capsized in the Ottawa River. Wind gusts reached 132km/h during the storm, according to Environment Canada. Power company Hydro One, which covers Ontario, said it would take several days to reconnect every home.

Source: bbc.com

11:06 World
AC Milan win first Serie A title since 2011

AC Milan won their first Serie A title in 11 years on Sunday after beating Sassuolo 3-0 in Reggio Emilia to snatch the crown from local rivals Inter Milan. Needing just a point to claim the Scudetto Milan swept their hosts aside thanks to an Olivier Giroud brace and another from Franck Kessie in the first half in front of an army of away fans at the Mapei Stadium. Stefano Pioli's Milan finished two points ahead of Inter, who beat Sampdoria 3-0 at the San Siro.

Source: france24.com

10:34 World
Monkeypox detected in three more countries

Israel, Switzerland and Austria are the latest countries to confirm cases of monkeypox, bringing the total number of nations reporting outbreaks to 15. Israel and Switzerland both said they identified one infected person who had recently travelled abroad. Israel is investigating other suspected cases. Monkeypox does not tend to spread easily between people and the illness is usually mild.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Man City retain Premier League title with dramatic late comeback

Manchester City retained the Premier League title in the most dramatic of fashion as they hauled themselves back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 with three goals in the final 15 minutes on Sunday.

Source: france24.com

16:43 World
Biden, South Korea's Yoon vow to deter North Korea while offering COVID aid

US President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart agreed on Saturday to hold bigger military drills and deploy more U.S. weapons if necessary to deter North Korea, while offering to send COVID-19 vaccines and potentially meet Kim Jong Un. Biden and Yoon Suk-yeol said their countries' decades-old alliance needed to develop not only to face North Korean threats but to keep the Indo-Pacific region "free and open" and protect global supply chains.

Source: reuters.com

15:05 World
Italian family, Togolese national taken hostage by armed men in Mali

Armed men have kidnapped an Italian couple and their child as well as a Togolese national in southeastern Mali, a local official and a Malian security source told AFP Friday. They said the abductions occurred late Thursday about 100 kilometres from the border with Burkina Faso, part of a west African region hit by turmoil, kidnappings as well as conflict blamed on armed jihadists. 

14:21 World
Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter Aimee escapes Hollywood studio fire

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s daughter Aimee was among those who escaped a Hollywood recording studio fire that killed a 26-year-old music producer, Sharon Osbourne and others who work in the space said. Aimee Osbourne’s producer also escaped the blaze that began late Thursday afternoon in the two story commercial building that houses several studios and music-making spaces. It took 78 firefighters more than 50 minutes to extinguish the flames, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said in a statement.

Source: apnews.com

13:31 World
Palestinian teen killed in Israeli raid in occupied West Bank

Israeli troops shot and killed a teenage Palestinian boy as they raided the northern city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry and local media said. The health ministry identified the dead teen as Amjad al-Fayyed, 17. It said an 18-year-old Palestinian was in a critical condition after being wounded by Israeli gunfire.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:41 World
Harry Styles releases third album ‘Harry’s House’

After two months of teasing via social media followed by a glittering single and a triumphant Coachella headlining set, the wait for Harry Styles’ third album has finally ended. Harry’s House is officially available to stream as of Friday. The arrival of Harry’s House was preceded by “As It Was,” the lead single from the project. The song skyrocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart following its April 1 release and maintained the top spot for three weeks.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

12:14 World
Monkeypox: 80 cases confirmed in 12 countries

The World Health Organization has said another 50 suspected cases are being investigated - without naming any countries - and warned that more cases are likely to be reported. Infections have been confirmed in nine European countries, as well as the US, Canada and Australia. Monkeypox is most common in remote parts of Central and West Africa. So far, public health agencies in Europe have confirmed cases in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Sweden.

Source: bbc.com

11:19 World
Germany: Tornado causes major damage in western towns

A tornado barreled through parts of western Germany injuring dozens of people and causing heavy damage, officials said Friday. Police said up to 40 people had been injured in Paderborn, "10 of them seriously." In the nearby town of Lippstadt, more than 100 people were temporarily trapped at a local outdoor pool after fallen trees blocked the exit. The German meteorological services had put out a storm warning for Friday and predicted gales of up to 130 km/h in some places.

Source: dw.com

10:31 World
Trump pays $110,000 fine for failure to cooperate with NY probe

Former US President Donald Trump has paid a $110,000 fine for his failure to respond to a subpoena in a civil investigation into his business practices, a spokesperson for the New York attorney general said on Friday. Trump paid the fine on Thursday but must still submit additional paperwork in order to have the contempt order lifted, the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James said.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:00 World
US Secret Service: Two sent home after 'incident' in South Korea

Two Secret Service employees have been put on a plane back to the US after their involvement in an "altercation" in South Korea. The duo - part of the advance team ahead of President Joe Biden's visit to the country - were bar-hopping in Seoul on Thursday night, US media reports. One of the employees is said to have got into a physical altercation with a local taxi driver. No one was detained or arrested but Seoul police investigated the incident.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
Biden security team member arrested in South Korea for drunken assault

A member of U.S. President Joe Biden's advance security team has been arrested in Seoul, accused of drunkenly assaulting a South Korean citizen a day before Biden arrived on a visit, police said on Friday. The team member, who works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was detained in the early hours of Thursday after getting into a fight over a taxi, an official at Yongsan district police told Reuters. The incident occurred outside the Grand Hyatt hotel, where Biden is expected to stay.

 

17:23 World
Borussia Dortmund part ways with coach Marco Rose

Head coach Marco Rose has left Borussia Dortmund after just one year in charge, the Bundesliga runners-up said on Friday. Borussia Dortmund and Rose "ended their collaboration" following an "intensive analysis of the season", the club said in a statement. The team had "not gotten the most out of our potential in a number of areas", Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said. Rose said he was still convinced by his plans for Dortmund, but saw that he did not have the "100 percent" backing of the club.

Source: france24.com

16:54 World
Identical twin sisters give birth on same day, in same hospital

Identical twin sisters Jill Justiniani and Erin Cheplak share the same birthday, and now their newborn sons do, too. Justiniani and Cheplak, both of Yorba Linda, California, gave birth to their sons on the same day, May 5, at the same hospital, just hours apart. Their sons, named Oliver and Silas, were born with the exact same measurements, each weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces, and measuring 20 inches at birth, according to hospital records.

Source: goodmorningamerica.com

15:49 World
Finland brews up NATO-themed beer

When Finland decided to seek NATO membership on Sunday, the owner of a small brewery in Savonlinna, Petteri Vanttinen, 42, decided to celebrate by launching a new beer in honour of the military alliance. Savonlinna, which lies only 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the Russian border, has always been a battleground between East and West. Vanttinen holds his beer and points out the surrounding areas which were bombed during World War II, when Finland fought two bloody wars with its powerful eastern neighbour.

Source: france24.com

14:52 World
Three people stabbed in south-east Norway attack

At least three people were stabbed and injured on Friday in random attacks in a village in south-east Norway, police said. One of the victims was in critical condition. A suspect was later apprehended, officials said. "I can confirm we have the offender under control," a police spokesperson told Reuters. "We do not believe there were any more offenders." The attack took place in the rural, mountainous Nore and Uvdal municipality in Norway's Numedal region.

 

14:15 World
John Aylward, known for roles in 'ER' and 'West Wing,' dead at 75

John Aylward, a veteran film and television actor for more than three decades, has died, according to his longtime agent and friend, Mitchell K. Stubbs. He was 75. Aylward died Monday of natural causes, Stubbs told CNN.
 

13:24 World
Jordan king places half brother Prince Hamzah under house arrest

Jordan’s King Abdullah II has imposed restrictions on the movements, place of residence and communications of his estranged half brother Prince Hamzah, widening a royal rift in the kingdom. In a strongly worded public letter published on Thursday, King Abdullah II said he had decreed the measures on account of Hamzah’s “erratic behavior and aspirations.”

Source: aljazeera.com

12:18 World
Record-breaking cold in Brazil threatens homeless, crops

Coats and scarves have come out prematurely in Brazil, as the south of the tropical country experiences a record-breaking cold spell, a menace for both homeless people and crops. With 1.4 degrees Celsius, the capital Brasilia recorded the coldest temperature in its history on Thursday, with more than a month to go until the official start of winter.

Source: france24.com

11:49 World
Nobel winner Jose Ramos-Horta sworn in as East Timor president

Former independence fighter and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Jose Ramos-Horta was sworn in as president of East Timor ahead of celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of independence for Asia’s youngest country. Ramos-Horta, 72, who led the resistance during Indonesia’s occupation, called for national reconciliation and unity as he took the oath of office shortly before midnight local time the time that the country declared independence 20 years ago. New president pledges to reduce poverty, improve health services for mothers and children, and restore political stability.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:02 World
Vangelis: Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner composer dies at 79

Greek composer Vangelis, who was known for his celebrated film themes for Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, has died at the age of 79. He won an Oscar for the stirring score to 1981's Chariots of Fire. Vangelis's other film credits included The Bounty, Francesco, Bitter Moon, 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Alexander.

Source: bbc.com

10:29 World
Four migrants die, 10 others missing after a migrant boat sank off the Tunisian coast

At least 4 migrants died and another 10 were missing after a boat sank off Tunisia on Thursday, as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, a security official said. The coastguard rescued 44 migrants aboard the overcrowded boat which sank off the coast of Louza in Sfax governerate.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky welcome their first child

Multi-hyphenate pop star Rihanna and rapper A$AP Rocky have welcomed their first child, according to a TMZ report. The baby boy was reportedly born on 13 May in Los Angeles. No name was given. The couple, together since early 2020, first announced their pregnancy with a heavily photographed stroll through A$AP Rocky’s home town of New York in January.

Source: theguardian.com

18:54 World
Israel's ruling coalition loses majority after left-wing Arab MP quits

A left-wing Arab Israeli lawmaker quit the governing coalition on Thursday, citing among other factors police aggression at an Al Jazeera reporter's funeral, rendering the government a minority in parliament. The decision by Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi of the dovish Meretz party leaves the coalition headed by right-wing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with just 59 out of 120 seats in Israel's parliament, the Knesset.

Source: france24.com

18:00 World
Afghan Taliban order women TV anchors to cover their faces

Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers ordered all female presenters on TV channels to cover their faces on air, the country’s biggest media outlet said Thursday. The order came in a statement from the Taliban’s Virtue and Vice Ministry, tasked with enforcing the group’s rulings, as well as from the Information and Culture Ministry, the TOLOnews channel said in a tweet. The statement called the order “final and non-negotiable,” the channel said.

Source: apnews.com

17:15 World
Gabon star Aubameyang retires from international football

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has retired from international football, his country's federation has confirmed. Barcelona's Aubameyang, who is Gabon's all-time top scorer with 30 goals in 72 appearances, sent a letter to the federation on Tuesday, confirming his decision. "After 13 years of pride in representing my country, I announce I am ending my international career," wrote the 32-year-old.

Source: france24.com

16:24 World
Indian court frees killer of ex-Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi

India's top court on Wednesday granted the release of a man convicted of killing former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, 31 years after his imprisonment. The Supreme Court invoked extraordinary powers to release A. G. Perarivalan, his attorney told CNN. Perarivalan was arrested a few weeks after Gandhi was assassinated in a suicide bomb attack on May 21, 1991, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

 

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