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15:15 World
Miami building collapse: rescuers search rubble for survivors

A huge rescue operation is under way in Miami-Dade County, Florida, after a 12-storey building partially collapsed, killing at least one person. Images from Surfside, north of Miami Beach, show a huge pile of rubble hanging down one side of a residential apartment building. A woman died, at least eight people were injured and there are fears that others are trapped, US media report. The collapse is said to have occurred at around 02:00 (07:00 GMT).

14:27 World
Ivory Coast sentences ex-PM Guillaume Soro to life imprisonment

A court in Ivory Coast has sentenced former rebel leader and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro to life imprisonment in absentia on charges of plotting a coup against President Alassane Ouattara in late 2019. The verdict on Wednesday came after 49-year-old Soro, who has been in exile in Europe for about two years, was charged with conspiracy and an attempted attack on state authority.

Source: aljazeera.com

13:42 World
Canada: hundreds more unmarked graves found at former Indigenous school

A First Nation in southern Saskatchewan has discovered hundreds of unmarked graves at the site of another former residential school for Indigenous children. A statement from the Cowessess First Nation and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous First Nations, which represents Saskatchewan’s First Nations, said on Wednesday that “the number of unmarked graves will be the most significantly substantial to date in Canada.” Last month the remains of 215 children, some as young as three, were found buried on the site of what was once Canada’s largest Indigenous residential school near Kamloops, British Columbia.

Source; theguardian.com

12:56 World
Jewish Museum in Berlin opens kids’ museum about Noah’s Ark

Torrential rain pours down, waves break and big puddles splash as visitors enter the new children’s museum at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. No surprise there, because the exhibit is dedicated to the ancient story of Noah’s Ark and begins in the middle of the biblical deluge.

Source: apnews.com

12:09 World
Vice-President Kamala Harris to make first trip to border

US Vice-President Kamala Harris will on Friday make her first trip to the US southern border since taking office. She has faced questions about why she has not visited the boundary since the White House assigned her in March to address the "root causes" of migration. The visit was announced a week after former President Donald Trump said he would go to the border on 30 June. The number of undocumented migrants reaching the US-Mexico border is at the highest level in more than 20 years.

Source: bbc.com

11:32 World
Philippine democracy scion, ex-leader Benigno Aquino dies

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, the son of pro-democracy icons who helped topple dictator Ferdinand Marcos and had troublesome ties with China, died Thursday, a cousin and public officials said. He was 61. Details of his death were not immediately made public by members of his family, who were seen rushing to a metropolitan Manila hospital in the morning. But one of his former Cabinet official, Rogelio Singson, said Aquino had been undergoing dialysis and was preparing for a kidney transplant.

Source: apnews.com

11:08 World
Harrison Ford injures shoulder on Indiana Jones 5 film set

Harrison Ford has suffered a shoulder injury while rehearsing a fight scene for the latest Indiana Jones film. The Hollywood star has returned to the role of the all-action archaeologist at the age of 78. Film studio Disney did not disclose the severity of Ford's injury, but said the filming schedule would be adjusted over "the coming weeks". The fifth and final movie in the series has been filming in the UK in recent weeks and is due for release in 2022.

Source: bbc.com

10:56 World
Airstrike in Ethiopia’s Tigray kills more than 50

An airstrike hit a busy market in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray village of Togoga on Tuesday and killed at least 51 people, according to health workers who said soldiers blocked medical teams from traveling to the scene. An official with Tigray’s health bureau told The Associated Press that more than 100 other people were wounded, more than 50 seriously, and at least 33 people were still missing. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of concerns about retaliation.

Source: apnews.com

10:23 World
John McAfee found dead in prison after Spanish court allows extradition

Antivirus creator John McAfee, 75, was found dead in his prison cell in Barcelona after the Spanish high court had authorised his extradition to the U.S., the Catalan justice department said, confirming an earlier report from El Mundo newspaper. Everything points it could be a death by suicide, the department said in a statement. The high court had agreed to extradite him back to the U.S. where he faces tax evasion charges.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Swedish PM Lofven's survival prospects improve as Centre drops rent reform demand

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven's hopes of surviving a political crisis looked slightly brighter on Wednesday after his allies in the Centre Party said they would drop a contested proposal for rent reform. Lofven has led a fragile centre-left minority government of Social Democrats and Greens, supported by former political rivals the Centre Party and the Liberals, since 2018, but lost a vote of no-confidence in parliament on Monday.

Source: reuters.com

18:00 World
Eight on trial for burglaries of Paris celebrities

Seven men and a woman have gone on trial over a string of thefts carried out against celebrities in Paris. The defendants, aged between 27 and 31, are accused of targeting high-profile figures including footballer Thiago Silva in 2018 and 2019. An estimated €4.2m (£3.6m; $5m) in jewellery and other valuable items were taken from homes in the French capital. Stolen items were later discovered at a flat, alongside a list of potential targets and their addresses.

Source: bbc.com

17:00 World
It's true, stress really does turn hair grey, but the good news is it might not be permanent, scientists say

Scientists in New York found that when people with grey hairs avoided stress, new hair growth was closer to their natural colour. The team took hairs from the heads of volunteers and created an imaging method that detects pigment throughout a hair, from base to tip. Stress-induced changes in the mitochondria – the 'powerhouse' of each human cell – causes changes to hundreds of proteins in the hair, causing greying, they say.  

Source: dailymail.co.uk

16:19 World
Missing Italian toddler found by reporter sent to cover disappearance

A child who went missing in Italy has been found by a reporter sent to cover his disappearance, several kilometres from the boy's home. The 21-month-old toddler was last seen in his bedroom on Monday night and was reported missing by his parents the next day. Journalist Giuseppe Di Tommaso heard noises from a gorge near the road while on his way to their home on Wednesday.The child has been taken to hospital and is said to be in good health. It is believed the toddler, identified as Nicola Tanturli, woke up in the middle of the night and walked out of the house.

Source: bbc.com

15:38 World
Three killed in bomb targeting police in Pakistan's Lahore: officials

A bomb killed three people in Pakistan's eastern megacity Lahore on Wednesday, in an attack officials believe targeted police and security forces. The blast happened outside a house near a checkpoint in an affluent neighbourhood, the province's police chief Inam Ghani said.

Source: france24.com

14:56 World
Chris Brown accused of hitting woman in LA

Chris Brown has been accused of hitting a woman after a row in Los Angeles. The R&B star, 32, is alleged to have struck the woman on Friday 18 June. Officers were called to an area in the San Fernando Valley, southern California, at 7.30am local time, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said. The US singer wasn't present when police arrived at the scene, the spokesman said. "The victim advised that she and the suspect argued and the suspect struck her," he added. Chris Brown's representatives have not yet responded to Newsbeat's request for comment.

Source: bbc.com

14:01 World
Rembrandt’s huge ‘Night Watch’ gets bigger thanks to AI

One of Rembrandt van Rijn’s biggest paintings just got a bit bigger. A marriage of art and artificial intelligence has enabled Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum to recreate parts of the iconic “Night Watch” painting that were snipped off 70 years after Rembrandt finished it. The printed strips now hang flush to the edges of the 1642 painting in the museum’s Honor Gallery. Their addition restores to the work the off-center focal point that that rebellious Golden Age master Rembrandt originally intended.

Source: apnews.com

13:22 World
Is age the key to how big volcanoes will blow?

Volcanic activity is difficult to predict, even when it is closely monitored. But researchers now believe a crater's age might offer clues, with older volcanoes producing less frequent but larger and more dangerous eruptions. They gave the example of Mount St. Helens in the US, which became active 40,000 years ago but its last eruption in 2008 was small and not deadly. On the contrary, the ancient Mount Toba in Indonesia began erupting about 1.2 million years ago and its last eruption 74,000 years ago was cataclysmic.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

12:56 World
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily, symbol of pro-democracy movement, to close

Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy tabloid targeted by a national security police raid last week, will shut down online at midnight Wednesday and will print its final edition on Thursday. The paper and its activist founder, Jimmy Lai, had become symbols of the pro-democracy movement, and a thorn in the side of Hong Kong’s government and police.

Source: theguardian.com

12:17 World
5 years after Brexit vote, divided UK still feels shockwaves

Five years ago Wednesday, Britons voted in a referendum that was meant to bring certainty to the U.K.’s unsettled relationship with its European neighbors. Voters’ decision on June 23, 2016 was narrow but clear: By 52% to 48%, they chose to leave the European Union. It took over four years to actually make the break and the former partners are still bickering, like many divorced couples, over money and trust.

Source: apnews.com

11:54 World
Fighting between Yemeni loyalists, Houthi rebels kills 90 in two days

Fighting between Yemeni loyalists and Huthi rebels seeking to take the strategic northern city of Marib has killed 90 fighters in two days, pro-government military sources said Tuesday. The Iran-allied insurgents escalated their efforts to seize Marib, the government's last stronghold in northern Yemen, in February, and the fighting has killed hundreds on both sides.

Source: france24.com

11:14 World
Afghan hospital burns after attack

Suspected Taliban fighters fired a rocket into a hospital in Afghanistan on Wednesday, sparking a blaze that caused extensive damage and destroyed COVID-19 vaccines though there were no reports of casualties, government officials said.

Source: reuters.com

10:44 World
Italian hospital uses CT scan to unveil secrets of Egyptian mummy

Ancient Egypt met modern medical technology when a mummy underwent a CT scan at an Italian hospital as part of a research project to discover its secrets. The mummy of Ankhekhonsu, an ancient Egyptian priest, was transferred from Bergamo's Civic Archaeological Museum to Milan's Policlinico hospital, where experts will shed light on his life and the burial customs of almost 3,000 years ago.

Source: reuters.com

10:01 World
Signs of geological activity found on Venus

Scientists have found evidence parts of Venus's surface move around like pieces of continent on Earth. And while this activity is probably not driven by plate tectonics, as on Earth, it could be a "cousin" of that process. The findings fit an emerging picture of a planet very much alive, in contrast to the traditional view of Venus. Europe is launching a spacecraft, EnVision, to radar-map and gather spectroscopic measurements of the planet's surface and atmosphere. And Nasa is sending two craft, Veritas and DaVinci+, to Venus, towards the end of this decade.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
Taliban capture Afghanistan's main Tajikistan border crossing

The Taliban captured Afghanistan's main border crossing with Tajikistan, officials said Tuesday, with security forces abandoning their posts and some fleeing across the frontier. The seizure of Shir Khan Bandar, in the far north of Afghanistan, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Kunduz city, is the most significant gain for the Taliban since the US began the final stage of its troop withdrawal in May.

Source: france24.com

16:52 World
1 in 5 customers say they’d skip iPhone 13 due to superstition

A massive 74% of people surveyed think Apple’s next iPhone should be called something other than “iPhone 13.” And triskaidekaphobia — aka fear of the number 13 — could stop one in five Apple users from buying the next-gen smartphone if it bears that name. SellCell surveyed 3,000 Apple users in the United States this month, asking what name they would rather Apple uses. While “iPhone 13” scored 26% of the vote, the winning entry is the clean, simple-sounding “iPhone.”

Source: cultofmac.com

15:09 World
Kim Jong-un’s sister dismisses hopes of US-North Korea nuclear talks

Kim Jong-un’s influential sister appears to have dismissed hopes for a breakthrough on nuclear talks with the US, warning Washington that it faced “disappointment” if it believed engagement with North Korea was a possibility. Kim Yo-jong, a senior figure in the ruling party who is considered one of the North Korean leader’s closest confidantes, said any US expectations for a resumption of talks were “wrong”, according to the state-run KCNA news agency.

Source: theguardian.com

14:31 World
Mouse plague forces Australian prison to evacuate staff and inmates

A plague of mice in the Australian state of New South Wales has forced a prison to evacuate at least 420 inmates and 200 staff, according to local authorities. The mouse infestation at the Wellington Correctional Centre broke down parts of the prison building's infrastructure, damaging internal wiring and ceiling panels.

Source: cnn.com

13:51 World
Four French executives charged with spying on opposition Libya, Egypt figures

Prosecutors have charged four executives at two French companies accused of aiding Libya's former strongman Muammar Gaddafi and Egyptian authorities to spy on opposition figures who were later detained and tortured, a rights group said Tuesday. The former chief of Amesys, Philippe Vannier, was charged in Paris last week with "complicity in acts of torture," according to the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), which was confirmed by judicial sources. Olivier Bohbot, head of Nexa Technologies, and two other executives were charged with "complicity in acts of torture and forced disappearances."

Source: france24.com

13:06 World
World's most expensive cities for expats in 2021 revealed

Ashgabat in Turkmenistan is the most expensive city in the world for overseas workers, according to this year's Mercer Cost of Living Survey. The annual report ranks 209 cities based on the comparative cost of expenses including housing, transportation, food and entertainment, with New York City used as a baseline comparison. The Turkmenistan capital, which was number two on last year's list, is something of an outlier in the top 10, which mostly features business hubs like Hong Kong, Tokyo, Zurich and Singapore.

Source: cnn.com

12:25 World
China’s ambassador to the US to leave after eight years

China’s ambassador to the US, Cui Tiankai, has announced he will leave Washington after eight years, saying US-China relations are at a “crossroads” as the US recalibrates its engagement policies. Cui, whose departure has been the subject of speculation for months, wrote a farewell statement calling on Chinese people in the US to defend their right to be there, and to “shoulder a great responsibility and mission” in furthering the bilateral relationship.

Source: theguardian.com

11:47 World
Tasmanian devils devastate penguin population on Australian island

A project to preserve endangered Tasmanian devils on a small island has backfired after the predators killed seabirds in large numbers, a conservation group says. A small number of devils were shipped to Maria Island east of Tasmania, Australia, in 2012. The move aimed to protect the mammals from a deadly facial cancer that had driven them towards extinction. The devils have recovered since, but the island project has come at a cost. Citing a government survey, BirdLife Tasmania said a population of little penguins that numbered 3,000 breeding pairs in 2012 had disappeared from the island.

Source: bbc.com

11:13 World
More than 8,500 children used as soldiers in 2020: U.N.

More than 8,500 children were used as soldiers last year in various conflicts across the world and nearly 2,700 others were killed, the United Nations said on Monday. U.N. chief Antonio Guterres' annual report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict covers the killing, maiming and sexual abuse of children, abduction or recruitment, denial of aid access and targeting of schools and hospitals. The report verified that violations had been committed against 19,379 children in 21 conflicts. The most violations in 2020 were committed in Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.

Source: reuters.com

10:47 World
Tornado sweeps through suburban Chicago, causing damage

There was relief Monday, though, as authorities reported that it appeared no one had died. Less than a dozen people were hurt in the tornado that touched down after 11 p.m. Sunday, and all were expected to recover. At least eight people were hospitalized in Naperville, where 22 homes were left “uninhabitable” and more than 130 homes were damaged in the suburb of 147,500 people that’s about 40 kilometers west of Chicago.

Source: apnews.com

10:00 World
George Clooney and friends open school to train film crews

Actors George Clooney, Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle are joining forces with Los Angeles education officials to open a school to train teens in skills like cinematography, lighting, visual effects and other Hollywood jobs. The school, due to launch in 2022, is aimed at diversifying the entertainment industry by providing a path to well-paid jobs that have few formal entry ways.

Source: reuters.com

18:00 World
HK's Apple Daily to shut within days, says Jimmy Lai adviser

Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will be forced to shut "in a matter of days" after authorities froze the company's assets under a national security law, an adviser to jailed owner Jimmy Lai told Reuters on Monday. The closure of Apple Daily would undermine the former British colony's reputation as an open and free society and send a warning to other companies that could be accused of colluding with a foreign country, media advocacy groups said.

Source: reuters.com

17:00 World
'I play all the instruments in my Irish music band'

Caitríona Lagan is an All-Ireland champion musician from Castledawson, County Londonderry. The 15-year-old plays five instruments - banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and mandola. During lockdown she began posting videos on social media showcasing her wide-ranging musical talent.

Source: bbc.com

16:00 World
Dubai’s Latifa seems to have degree of freedom: lawyer

Sheikha Latifa, one of the daughters of the ruler of Dubai, appears to be enjoying an increasing degree of freedom and is travelling, a lawyer for the group which campaigned for her freedom told Reuters on Monday. A new image of Latifa, a daughter of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, was posted on Instagram appearing to show her abroad following earlier pictures of public outings in the emirate where Latifa had said she was being held captive.

Source: reuters.com

15:19 World
France lose injured Dembele for the rest of Euro 2020

France have lost Ousmane Dembele for the rest of Euro 2020 after X-rays showed the Barcelona winger's knee injury would not heal in time, the French Football Federation said on Monday. Dembele, 24, was hurt in the closing minutes of the 1-1 draw against Hungary in Budapest on Saturday. X-rays on Sunday evening showed he would not be back before the end of the Euros.

Source: france24.com

14:53 World
The elephant in the room! Hungry beast smashes through a kitchen wall to steal rice from a home in Thailand

The elephant sniffed out the food and smashed through the home in Thailand. Rachadawan Phungprasopporn and her husband were woken up by the noise. They were shocked to see the elephant with its huge ivory tusks rummaging through the cupboard with its long trunk. The bull named Plai Bunchuay is known for causing mischief in the region.


14:08 World
Russia’s ambassador, recalled over spat, returns to US

Russia’s ambassador has returned to the United States three months after being recalled as tensions rose between Moscow and Washington, according to a tweet from the Russian Embassy on Sunday.

Source: apnews.com

13:31 World
Swedish PM Lofven ousted in parliament no-confidence vote

Sweden's parliament ousted Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in a no-confidence vote on Monday, giving the Social Democrat leader a week to resign and hand the speaker the job of finding a new government, or call a snap election. The nationalist Sweden Democrats had seized the chance to call the vote after the formerly communist Left Party withdrew support for the centre-left government over a plan to ease rent controls for new-build apartments.

Source: reuters.com

13:00 World
Usain Bolt welcomes newborn twin sons Thunder and Saint Leo

Sprinter Usain Bolt has had twin boys, named Thunder Bolt and Saint Leo Bolt. Bolt, 34, announced the news on Instagram on Father's Day, with a lightning bolt emoji next to each of his children's names. The Olympic champion posted a photo of him and partner Kasi Bennett, with their twin boys and one-year-old daughter Olympia Lightning. The couple did not say when exactly the twins were born.

Source: bbc.com

12:16 World
Staff at Canon's Beijing offices can only enter if they are smiling after AI cameras were installed to ensure workers were 'positive'

Employees must also smile if they want to book conference rooms for meetings. The 'smile recognition' technology was installed by Canon Information Technology, the Chinese subsidiary of Canon, in their Beijing office. The aim is to ensure the staff will create a positive environment in the office.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

11:54 World
Barnaby Joyce to return as Australia deputy PM after party revolt

Barnaby Joyce will return as Australia's deputy prime minister after a sudden leadership contest in the National party, the government's junior coalition partner. Mr Joyce defeated Michael McCormack in a party vote on Monday. It follows growing concern from some National MPs over their party's influence in climate policy. The party, which represents farmers and rural voters, has 21 members in the governing centre-right coalition.

Source: bbc.com

11:12 World
High stress may make ‘broken heart syndrome’ more likely, study finds

Two molecules associated with high stress levels have been implicated in the development of broken heart syndrome, a condition that mainly affects post-menopausal women and is usually brought on by severe stress, such as the loss of a loved one. The syndrome, formally known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, is characterised by weakening of the heart’s main pumping chamber and was first identified in 1990 in Japan. It looks and sounds like a heart attack and is consequently often confused for one. The syndrome also carries a risk of complications similar to that of an actual heart attack.

Source: theguardian.com

10:31 World
Ethiopia votes in greatest electoral test yet for Abiy

Ethiopia was voting Monday in the greatest electoral test yet for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as war and logistical issues meant ballots wouldn’t be cast in more than 100 constituencies of the 547 across the country. The election, delayed from last year, is the centerpiece of a reform drive by Abiy, whose rise to power in 2018 seemed to signal a break with decades of authoritarian rule and led to his Nobel Peace Prize the following year. He has described the poll as “the nation’s first attempt at free and fair elections.” Military vehicles were parked in key locations in the capital. More than 37 million Ethiopians were expected to vote.

Source: apnews.com

10:01 World
New U.S. envoy for North Korea looks forward to 'positive response' on dialogue

The United States' new top envoy for North Korea said on Monday in Seoul that he looks forward to a "positive response soon" on dialogue from North Korea. U.S. special representative for North Korea Sung Kim is in South Korea for a five-day visit, amid an impasse in denuclearisation talks with Pyongyang, with no word of any planned efforts to contact the North. Kim arrived on Saturday, a day after North Korean state media reported that leader Kim Jong urged preparation for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States, particularly the latter.

Source: reuters.com

15:52 World
Valuable 350-year-old oil paintings found in skip

German police have issued an appeal for information after two valuable 17th Century paintings were discovered dumped in a road-side skip. The oil paintings are believed to be by Dutch artist Samuel van Hoogstraten and Italian Pietro Bellotti, police said. A man found the paintings at a motorway service station on the A7 south of Würzburg in Bavaria last month. He handed them in to police in the city of Cologne. No one has yet claimed the artworks.

Source: bbc.com

14:41 World
Turtle thrill-seeker! Sybil the tortoise can't get enough of riding down a slide on her belly

A thrill-seeking tortoise has won an army of fans who cannot get enough of watching her scoot down her slide very slowly. A video of leopard tortoise Sybil was taken by staff at her home at Fishers Farm Park in Wisborough Green, West Sussex. In the clip she is shown climbing a little ramp and walking over to the slide before pushing in front of pen-mate Eric and going down the slide.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

14:00 World
Huge methane leak spotted by Satellite came from Gazprom Pipeline

A massive methane plume detected earlier this month over Russia stemmed from emergency repairs that forced the partial shutdown of a Gazprom PJSC pipeline, the company said, taking responsibility for one of the energy sector’s most intense recent leaks of the superpotent greenhouse gas. The Russian gas giant said its pipeline repairs on June 4 released 2.7 million cubic meters (1,830 metric tons) of methane. 

Source: bloomberg.com

13:11 World
'It's scared not laughing': Lobsterman shares video of him 'tickling' a 'smiling' fish but animal lovers react with outrage

Jeffrey Dader caught the skate in a lobster pot in Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts. He later posted a video of himself placing it on the side of his boat and saying 'how do you tickle a fish' before reaching over and touching it in thick gloves. But where he claimed it looked as though it was giggling as its mouth curled up, others claimed it was gasping for air.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

12:36 World
Australia takes wine dispute with China to WTO

Australia will file a formal complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) after China imposed up to 218% tariffs on its wine last year. China says the tariffs were increased because of trading malpractice, which Australia denies. Australia says it remains open to engaging directly with China to resolve the issue. China is the top market for Australian wine exports and wineries say they have been badly hit by the hikes. The decision to take the dispute to the WTO was made after extensive consultation with winemakers, the Australian government said in a statement.

Source: bbc.com

11:56 World
UN elects Guterres for second five-year term as secretary-general

The U.N. General Assembly unanimously elected Antonio Guterres to a second term as secretary-general on Friday, giving him another five years at the helm of the 193-member organization at a time a deeply divided world faces numerous conflicts, the growing impact of climate change, and a pandemic still circling the globe.

Source: france24.com

11:19 World
Shanghai gallery removes exhibit ranking women 'prettiest to ugliest'

An art gallery in the Chinese city of Shanghai has apologised for promoting an exhibit that ranked images of women from "prettiest to ugliest". The video artwork "Uglier and Uglier", by male artist Song Ta, featured about 5,000 images and videos of women in real life on a university campus. The artist then ranked them according to how attractive he found them. After an outcry on social media, the OCAT Shanghai gallery said it had removed the exhibit.

Source: bbc.com

10:56 World
Brazil still debating dubious virus drug amid 500,000 deaths

As Brazil hurtles toward an official COVID-19 death toll of 500,000 — second-highest in the world — science is on trial inside the country and the truth is up for grabs. With the milestone likely to be reached this weekend, Brazil’s Senate is publicly investigating how the toll got so high, focusing on why President Jair Bolsonaro’s far-right government ignored opportunities to buy vaccines for months while it relentlessly pushed hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug that rigorous studies have shown to be ineffective in treating COVID-19.

Source: apnews.com

10:02 World
Australian police arrest man over alleged Islamic State membership

A Sydney man who posted extremist rhetoric and possessed recipes for explosives has been arrested for allegedly being a member of the Islamic State group, Australian police said on Saturday. "The man has been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation, namely Islamic State," after a seven-month investigation, the Australian Federal Police and the New South Wales police said in a joint statement. They did not name the 24-year-old, who was arrested on Friday, a typical practice in Australia unless the police deem the identification of the suspect in the interest of the victim's family or the public.

Source: reuters.com

17:00 World
BA plane damaged after tipping forward at Heathrow

A British Airways plane was damaged when it tipped on to its nose at Heathrow Airport. It happened while the Boeing 787 Dreamliner was parked on tarmac at the west London airport earlier. The airline said it was a freight aircraft and there were no passengers on board. Images on social media showed more than a dozen emergency service vehicles in attendance.

Source: bbc.com

16:18 World
Warner Music buys French DJ David Guetta's music catalogue

Warner Music Group (WMG.O) said on Thursday it would buy celebrated French DJ David Guetta's recorded-music catalogue from the last two decades, and sign a new deal with him for future recordings. The move will add Guetta's body of work to the world's third-largest recording label that is home to artists including Cardi B, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. Known for his collaborations with artists such as Akon, Snoop Dogg and Kid Cudi, Guetta has 50 million record sales and more than 14 billion streams to his name to date.

Source: reuters.com

15:31 World
Kim Jong-un prepares for 'dialogue and confrontation' with the US

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has said his country needs to prepare for both "dialogue and confrontation" with the US, and "especially to get fully prepared for confrontation". This marks the first time Mr Kim has directly commented on President Joe Biden's administration.

Source: bbc.com

14:56 World
Policeman killed, more than 80 students abducted in attack on Nigerian school

Gunmen killed a police officer and kidnapped at least 80 students and five teachers from a school in the Nigerian state of Kebbi, police, residents and a teacher said. The attack is the third mass kidnapping in three weeks in northwest Nigeria, which have authorities have attributed to armed bandits seeking ransom payments.

Source: reuters.com

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