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15:17 World
China urges US to play constructive role in Gaza diplomacy

China on Monday renewed calls for the U.S. to play a constructive role in ending the conflict in Gaza and stop blocking efforts at the United Nations to demand an end to the bloodshed. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China, as rotating head of the Security Council, has urged a cease-fire and the provision of humanitarian assistance, among other proposals, but that obstruction by “one country” has prevented the council from speaking with one voice.

Source: apnews.com

14:35 World
Australia crocodile: Skull identified as part of new extinct species

An eight-million-year-old crocodile skull discovered in central Australia is now believed to be part of an extinct species new to scientists. The skull had been found about 200km (125 miles) from Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory (NT), in 2009. It was thought to belong to a known reptile of the Baru genus but that has now been updated with new study. The species is expected to be named in 2022, and there is a Baru exhibition in the NT.

Source: bbc.com

12:51 World
Tyson Fury announces he will fight Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia

Tyson Fury has announced his all-British heavyweight showdown with Anthony Joshua will take place in Saudi Arabia on 14 August. The pair will contest all four world titles for the first time in the sport’s history. Joshua, a year younger than Fury, holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts.

Source: theguardian.com

12:03 World
Prominent Muslim group to boycott White House Eid celebration over stance on Israel-Gaza violence

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent American Muslim organization, announced Saturday it will boycott the White House’s annual Eid celebration over the Biden administration’s stance on Israel amid spiking violence in the Gaza Strip. CAIR said it was joining with other groups in the boycott over the White House’s “incredibly disappointing and deeply disturbing” response to the violence.

Source: thehill.com

11:21 World
111-year-old Australian recommends eating chicken brains

Australia’s oldest-ever man has included eating chicken brains among his secrets to living more than 111 years. Retired cattle rancher Dexter Kruger told in an interview at his nursing home in the rural Queensland state town of Roma days before the milestone that a weekly poultry delicacy had contributed to his longevity. John Taylor, a founder of The Australian Book of Records, confirmed that Kruger had become the oldest-ever Australian man.

Source: apnews.com

10:50 World
Cyber-crime: Irish health system targeted twice by hackers

Ireland's healthcare system has twice been targeted in cyber-crime attacks, it has been confirmed. The Department of Health said it shut down its IT systems after a ransomware attack on Thursday. A similar attack on the Health Service Executive (HSE) on Friday caused "substantial" cancellations to outpatient services. The same cyber-crime group is believed to be behind both incidents, RTÉ has reported.

Source: bbc.com

10:09 World
Barça out of title race but Atlético and Real both win

Atlético Madrid took a giant step towards the La Liga title in dramatic circumstances by fighting their way back to beat Osasuna 2-1 at home on Sunday thanks to a late strike from Luis Suárez. The victory took Atlético on to 83 points after 37 games, two ahead of second-placed Real Madrid who won 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao. Barcelona saw their title hopes extinguished as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Celta Vigo.

Source: theguardian.com

15:36 World
Sydney is flooded with anti-Israel protestors during massive demonstration against the escalating conflict in Gaza

Sydney and Melbourne hosted rallies on Saturday to protest the attacks in Gaza. Thousands gathered to protest, with the death toll rising on the Gaza Strip. Protesters outside Sydney's Town Hall carried Palestinian flags and placards demanding 'Free Palestine' and 'block weapons to Israel'. Protestors in both capital cities were well behaved, with no reported arrests.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

15:18 World
Teenage girl found in boat drifting for 22 days at sea

A 17-year-old from Ivory Coast has shared her incredible story of being rescued after spending three weeks adrift at sea. Out of 59 passengers, Aicha is one of only three to survive - recovering after 10 days in hospital. It's the biggest known tragedy involving migrant boats in the Canary Islands. Aicha left her hometown in November and travelled to Mauritania, where she got the boat. Only her older sister knew of her plans to make the perilous journey. She was rescued by a Spanish Air Force crew member, who she has now been reunited with.

Source: bbc.com

14:30 Region
Iran minister cancels Vienna visit in flag spat

Iran’s foreign minister has called off a planned visit to his Austrian counterpart in Vienna. The decision came after Austria’s chancellery and foreign ministry flew the Israeli flag as a signal of solidarity in Israel’s conflict with the militant Hamas group.

Source: apnews.com

13:38 World
Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation jacket sells for more than $81,000

The military style jacket that Janet Jackson wore during her 1990 Rhythm Nation tour sold for $81,250 at a Beverly Hills auction on Friday, more than 20 times its pre-sale estimate. The Rhythm Nation cropped black jacket with metal hardware was one of the highlights of a three-day sale of stage costumes and other memorabilia amassed over four decades by the singer. The tour was her first as a headline solo artist. Julien's Auctions said the jacket had been expected to sell for $4,000-$6,000. The buyer was not disclosed.

Source: reuters.com

12:46 World
Rock legend Alice Cooper to auction off Andy Warhol artwork

An Andy Warhol canvas found years ago in the garage of rocker Alice Cooper could become the highest selling artwork ever in Arizona. The music legend, who has a home in metro Phoenix, announced Thursday that he would auction off “Little Electric Chair.” It will be up for bidding on Oct. 23 at an auction organized by the Larsen Gallery in Scottsdale. The gallery estimates it could fetch anywhere from $2.5 million to $4.5 million. The red acrylic and silkscreen on canvas was part of Warhol’s “Death and Disaster” series between 1964 and 1965.

Source: apnews.com

12:05 Region
Former speaker of Iran's parliament registers to run in next month's presidential election

The former speaker of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani, registered on Saturday to run in next month’s presidential election, hoping to secure backing from moderates and hardliners. The registration of Larijani, a former nuclear negotiator and adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was broadcast live on state television. Saturday is the last day for candidates to sign up to run in the June 18 election, in a process that began on Tuesday.

Source: reuters.com

10:51 World
Cat jumps from fifth floor of burning building, bounces and strolls away

A Chicago cat used up at least one of its nine lives on Thursday when it leaped from the fifth story of a burning building, bounced off the ground and casually walked away. Fire crews were attending a small blaze in the city's Englewood neighborhood and were filming the building's exterior when the feline made its great escape. The video showed a black cat launch itself out of the building, and picked up its remarkably smooth landing.

Source: cnn.com

10:14 World
Black Panther figure joins London Madame Tussauds for re-opening

Marvel superhero Black Panther went on display at Madame Tussauds in London on Friday, the latest addition at the wax figure museum ahead of its re-opening next week.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
China lands unmanned spacecraft on Mars for first time

An unmanned Chinese spacecraft has successfully landed on the surface of Mars, Chinese state news agency Xinhua has reported, making China the second space-faring nation after the US to land on the red planet. China’s Tianwen-1 probe, consisting of an orbiter, a lander and a rover, was launched from southern China’s island province of Hainan in July, around the same time as a US mission.

Source: theguardian.com

17:52 World
Priceless 200-year-old gold seal that belonged to famous explorer is stolen from a museum exhibit

A gold seal that belonged to John Oxley has been stolen from an exhibition case. The seal was stolen on Thursday from Old Government House in Parramatta (Sydney). It bears Mr Oxley's family crest and is engraved with: 'Patientia et Fortitudine'. John Oxley was the Surveyor-General of New South Wales from 1812 . The thief is described as having dark complexion, 175cm tall with medium build.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

17:23 World
Alice Cooper calls bandmate Johnny Depp ‘the most harmless human being I’ve ever met’

‘I’m not buying into all of the other stories because I know him,’ rocker says.  The 73-year-old, who performs with Depp in the rock band Hollywood Vampires, made the comments during a new interview.

Source: independent.co.uk


16:43 World
Pope warns against Italy's "demographic winter"

Pope Francis said on Friday the cost of raising children was too high and that parents needed more help if countries such as Italy were to overcome the low birth rates that were undermining their future. Speaking at a conference on Italy's dearth of babies, Francis said polls showed most young people wanted to have children, but were worried about the expense. Speaking at the same event, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Italy had just 404,000 births last year, the lowest since records began and down 30% on 12 years ago, while deaths totalled 746,000, lifted in part by the COVID pandemic.

Source: reuters.com


16:11 World
US fuel pipeline 'paid hackers $5m in ransom'

A major US fuel pipeline has reportedly paid cyber-criminal gang DarkSide nearly $5m (£3.6m) in ransom, following a cyber-attack. Colonial Pipeline suffered a ransomware cyber-attack over the weekend and took its service down for five days, causing supplies to tighten across the US. Colonial said on Thursday that it would not comment on the issue.

Source: bbc.com


15:11 Region
Turkish tourism video taken down after online outcry

A video promoting tourism in Turkey amid the pandemic has caused an uproar on social media for showing tourism employees wearing masks that read “Enjoy, I’m vaccinated.” The video was published on the social media accounts of official travel guide Go Turkiye Thursday and was taken down later that day. It aimed to promote travel to Turkey as a “safe haven” for foreigners and showed unmasked tourists being served in hotels on the Turkish coast. Opposition parties and critics on social media said the promotional video was an insult to Turks. A hashtag calling for the tourism minister to resign was trending on Twitter Friday.

Source: apnews.com

14:22 World
4 people killed in blast at Kabul mosque during Friday prayers

At least four people were killed and 20 more were wounded in an explosion inside a mosque in Shakar Dara district north of Kabul on Friday afternoon, police said in a statement. The blast happened at Haji Bakhshi Mosque in Qala-e-Murad Bek area in Shakardara district of Kabul during Friday prayer, police said. A security official from the district who wished not to be named said that the imam of the mosque has been wounded in the explosion. The officials said the bomb was placed inside the mosque.

Source: tolonews.com

13:48 World
Herd of 18 Indian elephants die when forest struck by lightning

A herd of 18 wild elephants have been found dead in Nagaon, in the north-east Indian state of Assam. State officials say that the elephants were killed when lightning struck the Kandoli protected forest reserve. Villagers nearby alerted the authorities after finding the carcasses of the animals in the forest.

Source: bbc.com

12:50 World
Laporte switches from France to Spain ahead of Euro 2020

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is switching from France to Spain ahead of the European Championship. FIFA said Friday it approved the switch of eligibility after the French soccer federation consented to the Spanish federation’s request. Now 26, Laporte is a former France under-21 international but has never played for the senior national team. The Spanish government said on Tuesday it had given Laporte citizenship.

Source: apnews.com

12:31 World
Global airlines cancel flights to Israel as violence escalates

Delta Air Lines (DAL), American Airlines (AAL), United Airlines (UAL), Lufthansa (DLAKF) and British Airways have all canceled flights following days of Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rocket attacks. Delta canceled at least six flights between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Tel Aviv on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the airline. American Airlines has canceled flights between JFK and Tel Aviv through Saturday, a spokesperson said. United Airlines has also canceled flights to and from Tel Aviv through Saturday. British Airways said it had canceled its flight between London and Tel Aviv scheduled for Thursday.

Source: cnn.com

12:01 World
Madame Tussauds moves Prince Harry and Meghan waxworks from royals

A year after leaving their royal duties to move to Los Angeles, Madame Tussauds has now decided waxwork models of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan now belong in the attraction's Hollywood zone and not with the other members of the House of Windsor.

Source: reuters.com

11:31 World
Myanmar to release arrested Japanese journalist

A Japanese journalist who was arrested in Myanmar last month and later charged with spreading fake news will be released, state media said Thursday. Yuki Kitazumi was the first foreign journalist known to be charged since the military took power in February. Myanmar authorities maintain he violated the law but will be released because Japan had requested it.

Source: bbc.com

10:51 World
Woman says $26M California lottery ticket destroyed in wash

The winner of a $26 million California Lottery prize may have literally washed the chance of a fortune down the drain. The winning SuperLotto Plus ticket for the Nov. 14 drawing was sold at an Arco AM/PM convenience store in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk. Thursday was the last day to redeem it. Nobody did. Store employee Esperanza Hernandez told the Whittier Daily News that a woman came in Wednesday and told workers that she had put the ticket in her pants and it was destroyed in the laundry.

Source: apnews.com

10:31 World
India’s COVID cases above 24 million as mutant spreads across globe

The number of recorded COVID-19 infections in India climbed above 24 million on Friday amid reports that the highly transmissible coronavirus mutant first detected in the country was spreading across the globe. According to health ministry data, India recorded 4,000 deaths and 343,144 infections in the last 24 hours. It was the third consecutive day of 4,000 or more deaths but daily infections have stayed below a peak of 414,188 last week. While the total number of recorded infections crossed 24 million, the number of people confirmed to have died from COVID-19 stood at 262,317 since the pandemic first struck India over a year ago.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Friends reunion premiere date and celebrity guests announced

The much-anticipated reunion special of Friends has finally got a release date and trailer after a lengthy delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Reunion will be available on the HBO Max streaming service from 27 May after the sitcom's original cast were able to film together last month. All six members of the original cast - Matthew Perry (Chandler), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey) and David Schwimmer (Ross) - are set to take part. Friends was one of the biggest sitcoms of the 90s and ended in 2004.

Source: bbc.com

17:15 World
Drake Is Billboard's Artist of the Decade

Since his debut, Drake has shattered numerous chart records and now crowns Billboard's Top Artists of the 2010s recap. Drake's dominance during the 2010s wins him top honors in the overall top artist category, which ranks the best-performing artists based on activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, during the decade. He will receive the Artist of the Decade Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on May 23.

Source: billboard.com

17:00 World
Boris Johnson to write letters of apology to Ballymurphy families

Boris Johnson is to write letters of apology to the families of 10 people killed during a British army operation in Ballymurphy in 1971 after his initial attempt to apologise backfired and angered them. The Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, made a public apology on behalf of the UK government in the House of Commons on Thursday, two days after the conclusion of an inquest into the shootings, and said the prime minister would write to the families. The families, however, are still requesting a public apology from Johnson as the head of the government, a spectacle Downing Streets appears to be trying to avoid.

Source: theguardian.com

16:43 World
Asia is home to 99 of world’s 100 most vulnerable cities

Of the 100 cities worldwide most vulnerable to environmental hazards all but one are in Asia, and 80% are in India or China, according to a risk assessment. Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, plagued by pollution, flooding and heatwaves, topped the ranking.

Source: theguardian.com

16:20 World
Two tourists banned from 's Great Wall after trespassing on undeveloped section

Two people have been banned from the Great Wall of China after trespassing onto an undeveloped section of the ancient structure, the operator of the wall's Mutianyu section said Tuesday. The two men, both from Senegal, were reported by other visitors on April 30 for having ignored a "no crossing" sign and climbed onto a part of the wall beyond Watchtower 20, which is still being redeveloped.

Source: cnn.com

15:35 World
Champions League final moved to Porto and 12,000 Chelsea and Manchester City fans can attend

The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City will take place in Portugal with 6,000 fans from each club permitted to attend. The game on 29 May has been moved from Turkey to the Portuguese city of Porto because of coronavirus restrictions.

Source: bbc.com

14:41 World
UFC superstar Conor McGregor tops Forbes' sport rich list for 2021

Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor led the Forbes top 10 for the first time in his career after earning $180 million over the last 12 months, with this year's combined top 10 earnings of $1.05 billion just shy of 2018's $1.06 billion total. The majority of the Irish fighter's earnings came from the $150 million sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve.

Source: cnn.com

13:49 World
1 Swiss, 1 American die on Everest in year’s 1st fatalities

A Swiss climber and an American have died on Mount Everest in the season’s first casualties on the world’s highest mountain, expedition organizers said Thursday. The Swiss climber, Abdul Waraich, 41, reached the peak before having difficulties, said Chhang Dawa of the expedition organizer, Seven Summit Treks in Nepal. U.S. national Puwei Liu, 55, also died at the highest camp on the mountain at South Col. He had reached the climbing feature named the Hillary Step, located between South Col and the summit, but had to return because of snow blindness and exhaustion.

Source: apnews.com

13:22 World
Heart-stopping moment a man discovers a fat, 3 metre python in his Sydney laundry

Robin Ford was shocked to find a three metre long diamond python curled up along his basement door in Hornsby Heights in Sydney's north shore. The terrifying reptile was curled up on the top of the door as its tail slinked around the front of the frame. The harmless python was safely removed and later relocated into nearby bushland.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

12:06 World
Chinese county bans birthday parties in bid to be frugal

A county in southwest China has banned birthday parties and other celebrations, following calls from the central government to be more frugal. It also set out new rules for weddings and funerals, including a ban on cash gifts more than 200 yuan (£22, US$31). The rules in Funing county only apply to all communist party members, civil servants and village organisation leaders - not to most residents.

Source: bbc.com

11:31 World
Imperial jewels sell for $3 million in Christie’s auction

An imperial jewellery sale including a set of sapphire and diamond items that belonged to Napoleon’s adoptive daughter fetched nearly $3 million at auction at Christie’s in Geneva on Wednesday, as the rare sale of objects directly linked to the French emperor was met with great demand. Bids on the imperial consignment far outstripped pre-sale estimates. There were nine items from the collection of Napoleon's daughter Stephanie de Beauharnais as well as a sapphire crown which previously belonged to Queen Maria II of Portugal.

Source: reuters.com

11:00 World
Gal Gadot Gets Backlash for Comments on Israel-Palestine Violence

The Israel-born actress star was bombarded with criticism – and some support – after sounding off on the current wave of violence. Gadot’s pro-peace, respect-both-sides sentiment might sound fairly benign, but some took issue with the actress using the friendly term “neighbors” amid the rocket-firing conflict and for supporting Israel at all. Gadot also served two years as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

10:29 World
Ellen DeGeneres to end talk show after 19 years

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which has aired since September 2003, will come to an end in 2022 after its 19th season. The daily mix of comedy, interviews and human interest stories has been a US television staple, though ratings have declined in recent years.

Source: bbc.com


10:01 World
Napoleon's shirt worn in exile and English letter go on display

A shirt worn by Napoleon during his exile on the island of Saint Helena in the south Atlantic and a letter he wrote there to practise his English have gone on display at a museum in Belgium ahead of an auction later this year in Britain. A silk scarf he wore around his head on the windswept British outpost is also on show, along with a walking stick made from a narwhal tooth, a rare and precious object from the exiled former French emperor's daily life on Saint Helena. The exhibition at the Battle of Waterloo memorial museum, near Brussels, is part of commemorations of the bicentenary of Napoleon's death aged 51 on May 5, 1821.

Source: reuters.com

17:41 World
Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Sydney linked to deaths of two whales

The Royal Australian Navy destroyer HMAS Sydney has been linked to the deaths of two whales after berthing in San Diego. In a statement the Australian Department of Defence confirmed that “as HMAS Sydney was berthing alongside Naval Base San Diego in California two deceased whales dislodged from her hull beneath the surface”. The department said the Australian and US navies were cooperating with local marine authorities and other agencies to review the incident.

Source: abc.net.au

17:11 World
Michael Jordan shares final text messages he exchanged with Kobe Bryant

NBA legend Michael Jordan has shared his final text conversation with the late, great Kobe Bryant. Jordan, who will induct Bryant into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, shared the messages with ESPN which dated back to December 8, 2019 -- 49 days before his death. In the messages -- which Jordan admits he can't bring himself to delete -- Bryant praised Jordan's Cincoro Tequila, a bottle of which was sent to Bryant at the launch. "This tequila is awesome," the former Los Angeles Laker texted.

Source: cnn.com

15:42 World
Cameron Norrie misses the chance to face Novak Djokovic

British number two Cameron Norrie missed the chance to face top seed Novak Djokovic after losing to Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Italian Open second round. Norrie, ranked one place below Davidovich Fokina at 49th in the world, lost 6-2 6-3. Norrie, 25, has been in solid form this year, having won 19 of his 29 matches, but produced too many errors in Rome. Davidovich Fokina will play Serbia's Djokovic in the third round.

Source: bbc.com

14:57 World
U.K. Unveils Junk Food Ad Ban Online to Help Curb Obesity

Junk food commercials will be banned on British television before 9 p.m. and outlawed completely online, under new government proposals to curb rising obesity levels. Boris Johnson’s administration will also force firms with more than 250 employees -- including restaurant and pub chains -- to list calories on food. Promotions like “buy one get one free” on high fat, salt and sugar food and drinks will be restricted in supermarkets from next April. The changes are part of the Health and Care Bill unveiled Tuesday as the government set out its legislative program for the U.K.’s revival after the coronavirus crisis.

Source: bloomberg.com

13:51 World
Elon Musk's girlfriend Grimes was hospitalized for panic attack

During one of the evening's sketches, Musk, 49, played the Nintendo character Wario while his girlfriend, Grimes, made a small cameo as Princess Peach. In an Instagram post shared on Tuesday, the 33-year-old singer revealed that she suffered a panic attack recently. The star didn't explain what exactly brought on the panic attack, but because it took place on Monday, is seems her "SNL" debut had little to nothing to do with the ordeal.

Source: foxnews.com

13:18 World
Barcelona keen on Juventus legend Buffon

Barcelona have made contact with Italy's veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon about joining them in the summer, according to Foot Mercato. The 43-year-old is on the books at Juventus but announced on Tuesday that he will be leaving when his contract comes to an end this summer. This means he will be a free agent, something Barcelona have been scouring the market for ahead of the upcoming transfer window.

Source: espn.com

12:34 World
Iran’s former hardline president Ahmadinejad to run again

Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday registered to run again in an election in June which is being seen as a test of the legitimacy of the country’s clerical rulers. Registration will end on Saturday, after which entrants will be screened for their political and Islamic qualifications by a 12-member vetting body, the Guardian Council. Six members of the hardline body are appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Source: reuters.com

12:02 World
India’s daily COVID-19 deaths rise by record 4,205

India on Wednesday posted a record rise in deaths from COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, pushing its total fatalities past the 250,000 mark. Deaths from COVID-19 swelled by 4,205, while daily coronavirus cases rose by 348,421, with India’s overall caseload now surging past 23 million, according to health ministry data.

Source: reuters.com

11:20 World
A monstrous-looking fish normally found thousands of feet deep in the ocean washed up on a California beach

An unusual fish with teeth as sharp as glass and a body shaped like a football washed ashore on a California beach last week. The black colored creature with it's gaping mouth laid on the sand on the shore of Crystal Cove State Park's Marine Protected Area in Laguna Beach last Friday. The park shared images of the fish on social media and identified it as being most likely the Pacific Football Fish.

Source: cnn.com


10:57 World
Manchester City win Premier League title after Manchester United lose to Leicester

Manchester City have won a third Premier League title in four years after closest challengers Manchester United were beaten by Leicester City. Pep Guardiola's side are now 10 points ahead of second-placed United, who have just three games remaining. It is the seventh time City have finished top of the English football pyramid and the fifth in nine years.

Source: bbc.com

10:16 World
China professor calls for million-yuan reward to boost birth rates

A Chinese professor has urged the government to offer parents 1 million yuan ($156,000) for each newborn child in a bid to shore up the country's declining birth rate, sparking a debate on social media about the soaring costs of raising children. Liang Jianzhang, professor at Peking University's School of Economics said that it would cost 10% of China's GDP to raise birth rates from the current 1.3 to the replacement level of 2.1.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Italian royal tiara fetches $1.6 million at Swiss auction

A diamond and pearl tiara passed down through generations of Italy's royal family sold for 1.5 million Swiss francs ($1.66 million) when it was auctioned in Switzerland on Tuesday. The price was one of the highest achieved for a tiara in recent years, auctioneers Sotheby's said following the sale in Geneva. Dating from the second half of the 19th century, the tiara was a wedding gift to Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo upon her marriage in 1867 to Amadeo I of Savoy, later king of Spain.

Source: reuters.com

16:58 World
US rapper J Cole set to play in Basketball Africa League

American rapper J Cole is set to play professional basketball for Rwandan side Patriots BBC. The team will play Nigeria's Rivers Hoopers on Sunday, opening the first ever Basketball Africa League (BAL).

Source: bbc.com

16:36 World
Romania uses 'Dracula's Castle' as COVID-19 vaccine 'marathon' site

Citizens can go for a vaccine at Bran Castle without an appointment, and they will receive a "vaccinated at Bran Castle" diploma, along with a free tour.

Source: foxnews.com


16:04 World
Pope creates lay ministry to boost supply of faith teachers

Pope Francis on Tuesday formally created a new lay ministry to encourage greater participation of secular women and men in the teaching of the Catholic faith, especially in places where priests are in short supply. The new law creating the lay ministry of catechists officially recognizes for the universal Catholic Church a practice that has been used for centuries in local dioceses.

Source: apnews.com


15:26 World
Zero daily coronavirus deaths reported in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

It is the first time the three nations have registered no COVID-19 fatalities in a single day since 30 July 2020. Total deaths in the UK since the start of the pandemic stand at 127,609.

Source: news.sky.com

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