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17:56 World
Spanish princesses vaccinated for Covid while visiting ex-king in exile

Spain’s royal family is facing further criticism after reports that the former king Juan Carlos’s daughters were vaccinated against Covid-19 while visiting their father in his self-imposed exile in Abu Dhabi. The claims that the princesses, Cristina, 55, and Elena, 57, had received the vaccine during a visit to the Gulf state last month drew swift rebukes from both main governing parties in a country in which the highly at-risk over-80s are still being vaccinated.

Source: theguardian.com


17:32 World
Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald to undergo kidney transplant next month

The Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald has revealed he will undergo a kidney transplant next month, having spent his playing career managing chronic kidney disease. McDonald, who is 32, was first diagnosed at the age of 18 and has managed his condition during a playing career that has included 500 appearances.

Source: theguardian.com

17:04 World
Hungary's Fidesz party to leave European parliament centre-right group

Hungary’s ruling rightwing Fidesz party has said it will leave the main centre-right political grouping in the European parliament after the European People’s party (EPP) voted to change its internal laws on excluding members.

Source: theguardian.com

16:14 World
A mausoleum built two millennia ago for the first Roman emperor, Augustus, has finally reopened to the public after

14 years and a $12.25 million restoration project. The funerary monument took five years to restore and make safe before it could be reopened to the public, including removing rubbish and clearing surrounding trees. Towering above Rome's historic centre, the ancient tomb was once used as a military look-out point and hosted the lavish parties of the Roman dynasty.

Source: dailymail

15:15 World
US Catholic group tells followers to avoid Johnson & Johnson vaccine

An American Catholic church body on Tuesday urged its followers to avoid the coronavirus vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson, alleging that it was “developed, tested and produced using abortion-derived cell lines.” The US Conference of Catholic Bishops urged Catholics to choose between the alternatives offered by Pfizer and Moderna because the J&J vaccine raised questions about “moral permissibility.”

Source: independent

14:40 World
Cristiano Ronaldo breaks another record during his 600th league game

When he netted Juventus' third goal in a 3-0 victory against Spezia on Tuesday, Ronaldo became the first player to score at least 20 goals over 12 consecutive seasons in Europe's top five leagues.

Source: cnn.com

13:36 World
US forces: Rockets hit airbase in Iraq hosting US troops

At least 10 rockets targeted a military base in western Iraq that hosts U.S.-led coalition troops on Wednesday, the coalition and the Iraqi military said. The rockets struck Ain al-Asad airbase in Anbar province at 7:20 a.m., spokesman Col. Wayne Marotto said. Later, the Iraqi military released a statement saying the attack did not cause significant losses and that security forces had found the launch pad used for the missiles.

Source: apnews.com

13:04 World
Passenger plane 'is forced to perform emergency landing after cat attacks pilot' shortly after take-off in Sudan

The plane bound for Doha, Qatar was forced to return to the Sudanese capital city of Khartoum. The 'aggressive' animal had somehow got into the cockpit prior to take-off, according to local media reports.

Source: dailymail

12:32 World
At least a dozen people were killed in horrific crash in rural California

The details surrounding the deadly accident in rural California on Tuesday are still unclear, but what is known is that an SUV was struck by a semitruck towing two trailers -- and at least 13 people were killed in the fierce collision.

Source: cnn.com

11:53 World
South Korea probing two deaths after AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine

South Korean authorities said on Wednesday they are investigating the deaths of two people after a media report said the pair - both with pre-existing conditions - died within days of receiving AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. A 63-year-old nursing home patient with cerebrovascular disease developed symptoms, including high fever, after being given the AstraZeneca vaccine. The person died after showing symptoms of blood poisoning and pneumonia. Another person in their 50s with a cardiac disorder and diabetes died on Wednesday after suffering multiple heart attacks, having received the same vaccine a day earlier.

Source: reuters.com


11:16 World
Tokyo 2020: Organisers boost number of women on board

The Tokyo Olympic Games organising committee is set to add 12 new female directors to its executive board. The move comes weeks after long-time president Yoshiro Mori was forced to quit for making sexist remarks. His female replacement, Seiko Hashimoto, aims to have women make up 40% of the board members.

Source: bbc.com

10:21 World
Sharks that glow in the dark? Scientists discover luminous deep-sea predators off New Zealand

The kitefin shark, the blackbelly lanternshark, and the southern lanternshark were found during a survey off the Chatham rise, an oceanic area off New Zealand's east coast, in January 2020. Among the three glowing sharks, the kitefin shark is now the largest-known luminous underwater creature. The shark is usually found swimming 300 meters below sea level and preys on smaller sharks, ground fish and crustaceans.

Source: nbcnews.com

10:06 World
Bunny Wailer, last surviving founder member of the Wailers, dies aged 73

Reggae artist and three-time Grammy winner found worldwide fame alongside Bob Marley in the early 1970s. Born Neville Livingston in 1947 in Kingston, he and Marley became friends as toddlers, and formed the Wailers in 1963, which settled into a core trio of the pair alongside Peter Tosh.

Source: theguardian.com

18:02 World
Criminal complaint filed against Mohammed bin Salman in German court

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials have been accused of committing crimes against humanity in a criminal complaint filed in Germany by Reporters without Borders (RSF), the press freedom group.

Source: theguardian.com

17:06 World
Diego Maradona's Porsche is up for sale

A Porsche that belonged to footballing legend Diego Maradona has been put up for auction and valued between $180,000 and $240,000. The silver Porsche 911 was delivered new to Maradona in November 1992 while he was playing for Spanish side Sevilla during what was his final season in Europe.

Source: cnn.com

16:34 World
Goodbye gas: Volvo to make only electric vehicles by 2030

Volvo says it will make only electric vehicles by 2030. But if you want one, you’ll have to buy it online. The Swedish automaker said Tuesday that it is phasing out the production of all cars with internal combustion engines — including hybrids.

Source: apnews.com

16:00 World
Girl, 9, beaten to death with cane during exorcism

Police in Sri Lanka said Monday they have arrested two people in connection with the death of a 9-year-old girl who was repeatedly beaten during a ritual they believed would drive away an evil spirit. The two suspects - the woman performing the exorcism and the girl's mother - appeared in court on Monday to hear charges over the girl's death. The mother believed her daughter had been possessed by a demon and took her to the home of the exorcist so a ritual could be performed to drive the spirit away.

Source: foxnews.com

14:57 World
Nigeria school abduction: Hundreds of girls released by gunmen

A group of nearly 300 girls who were kidnapped from a school in north-western Nigeria last week have been released. The girls were abducted by unidentified gunmen from their boarding school on Friday and taken to a forest. The state's governor said on Tuesday that the group had been freed and the girls were now safe. Such kidnappings are carried out for ransom and are common in the north.

Source: bbc.com

13:53 World
Jack Ma loses title as China's richest man after coming under Beijing's scrutiny

Alibaba and Ant Group founder Jack Ma has lost the title of China’s richest man as his peers prospered while his empire was put under heavy scrutiny by Chinese regulators.

Source: reuters.com

13:21 World
World's first space HOTEL to begin construction in low Earth orbit in 2025 complete with restaurants, spa, cinemas and rooms for up to 400 guests

Work is due to start on the world's first 'space hotel' in low Earth orbit in 2025. Developed by the Orbital Assembly Corporation (OAC), the Voyager Station could be operational as early as 2027, with the infrastructure built in orbit around the Earth.

Source: dailymail

12:48 World
Los Angeles police probe fire, vandalism at Japanese Buddhist temple

Authorities are investigating vandalism and a fire at a Buddhist temple in the Little Tokyo section of downtown Los Angeles. The incident comes amid a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans.

Source: nbcnews.com

12:13 World
Osama bin Laden’s Son Is a Painter.

The fourth-eldest son and heir apparent of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is the spitting image of his father. “My mum loves painting, and so does one of my sisters. My uncle was also a very good artist. So the need to draw and paint runs in my blood”,-Omar bin Laden explained. Over the past 12 months he has painted more than a dozen original works, all of them completed in the style of art naif, with vibrant colours and flat, expressionistic brushstrokes.

Source: vice.com

11:07 World
Novak Djokovic equals Roger Federer's record for weeks as world No 1

Novak Djokovic equalled Roger Federer’s all-time record for most weeks as ATP world No 1 on Monday. He has now held the top spot for the 310 weeks.

Source: theguardian.com

10:16 World
Biden urged to back AI weapons to counter China and Russia threats

An official report commissioned for the American President and Congress says that artificial intelligence will "compress decision time frames" and require military responses humans cannot make quickly enough alone. And it warns Russia and China would be unlikely to keep to any such treaty. But critics claim the proposals risk driving an "irresponsible" arms race.

Source: bbc.com

10:03 World
Radar images capture new Antarctic mega-iceberg

Radar satellites got their first good look at Antarctica's new mega-iceberg over the weekend. The EU's Sentinel-1 and Germany's TerraSAR-X spacecraft both had passes over the 1,290-sq-km (500-sq-mile) block, informally named "A74". Their sensors showed the berg to have moved rapidly away from the Brunt Ice Shelf - the floating platform from which it calved on Friday.

Source: bbc.com

18:15 World
Hundreds of K-pop songs disappear from Spotify

Hundreds of popular K-pop songs have been removed from Spotify, amid a dispute with South Korean music distributor Kakao M. Releases by popular acts including Sistar, IU, Monsta X and Epik High have vanished, leaving fans frustrated.

Source: bbc.com

17:42 World
Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy sentenced to three years for corruption

A court has found Nicolas Sarkozy guilty of corruption and influence peddling and sentenced the former French president to three years in prison with two of them suspended. It is unlikely the former president will spend a day in jail. The one-year prison sentence can be served with certain conditions, including the wearing of an electronic bracelet, or limited home confinement. Sarkozy is expected to appeal against the conviction.

Source: theguardian.com

17:01 World
Thierry Henry steps down as coach of CF Montreal due to family reasons

Former Arsenal star Thierry Henry is stepping down as head coach of Major League Soccer (MLS) side CF Montreal due to family reasons. The 43-year-old -- who has two children -- spent 15 months with Montreal, which has been forced to relocate to the United States this season due to Canada's Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Source: cnn.com

16:26 World
Texas electricity firm files for bankruptcy citing $1.8 billion in claims from grid operator

Texas’s largest and oldest electric power cooperative on Monday filed for bankruptcy protection in federal court in Houston, citing a disputed $1.8 billion bill from the state’s grid operator. Brazos Electric Power Cooperative Inc is one of dozens of electricity providers facing enormous charges stemming from a severe cold snap last month.

Source: reuters.com

15:26 World
CPAC: Trump rules out new political party in speech to conservatives

Donald Trump says he has no plans to launch a new political party, telling a conservative conference in Florida that it would split the Republican vote. In his first speech since Democrat Joe Biden became president, he also hinted that he might run for office again in 2024.

Source: bbc.com


14:13 World
Golden Globes: 'Tears' as Chloe Zhao becomes first Asian woman to win best director

Asians around the world are reacting with "happy tears" as Chloe Zhao made history at the Golden Globe Awards, becoming the first Asian woman to ever win the prize for best director. The Nomadland director, who was born in China, is only the second woman to win the award. The first was Barbra Streisand in 1984.

Source: bbc.com

13:20 World
Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccine: FDA approves single-shot jab

The vaccine is set to be a cost-effective alternative to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and can be stored in a refrigerator instead of a freezer. Trials found it prevented serious illness but was 66% effective overall when moderate cases were included.

Source: bbc.com

13:00 World
Denmark’s climate policies 'insufficient' to meet 2030 emissions target

The Danish government’s efforts towards meeting the country’s ambitious target of reducing emissions by 70% by 2030 have been judged “insufficient” by the body tasked with monitoring its progress, with measures so far announced only likely to take it a third of the way.

Source: theguardian.com

12:28 World
Denver family wows neighbourhood with snow art

For most people, creating a snowman is hard work, but one family in Colorado took things to another level with this snake snow sculpture. Morn Mosley and his five siblings spent ten hours working on this year's model of a snake which has delighted locals.

11:49 World
Japanese companies go high-tech in the battle against food waste

Japanese companies are ramping up the use of artificial intelligence and other advanced technology to reduce waste and cut costs in the pandemic, and looking to score some sustainability points along the way.

Source: reuters.com

11:06 World
Pope Francis expects to remain in Rome until his death

Pope Francis expects to die in Rome, still the Catholic pontiff, without returning to spend his final days in his native Argentina, according to a new book titled The Health of Popes. Asked how he sees his final days, Francis, who is 84, responded: “I will be pope, either active or emeritus, and in Rome. I will not return to Argentina.”

Source: theguardian.com

10:21 World
Virginia lawmakers pass legislation that will legalize marijuana in 2024

Virginia lawmakers approved a bill on Saturday that would legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana — but not until 2024. The historic move makes Virginia the first Southern state to vote to legalize marijuana, joining 15 other states and the District of Columbia.

Source: nbcnews.com

10:09 World
Former West Ham manager and England coach Glenn Roeder dies aged 65

Glenn Roeder, who managed West Ham United between 2001 and 2003, has died following a lengthy illness. Roeder was a much-liked and respected coach who also managed Gillingham, Watford, Newcastle United and Norwich City. He worked as a coach with England during Glenn Hoddle’s spell as the national team manager.

Source: theguardian.com

16:28 World
Petrified tree up to 20 million years old found intact in Lesbos

Experts have made an "extraordinary" discovery of a tree which is still intact after being petrified by a volcanic eruption 20 million years ago in Lesbos, Greece. It was found complete with roots and branches.

Source: cnn.com


15:48 World
Iran says U.S. air strikes in Syria encourage terrorism in the region

Friday’s U.S. air strikes against Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria encourage terrorism in the region, Iran’s top security official, Ali Shamkhani, said on Saturday.

Source: reuters.com

15:24 World
California bill would require gender neutral sections in department stores

Large retailers that sell toys, clothes and other children's items in California would have to devote floor space to merchandise marketed to both boys and girls under a new bill. Stores would be able to sell the same products they do now as long as they maintain some areas where shoppers can find all toys or clothes, regardless of gender-based marketing.

Source: politico.com

14:35 World
Selena Gomez: 'Disrespectful' transplant image prompts Chinese TV apology

A Chinese variety show has apologised for editing a post-surgery photo of US pop star Selena Gomez and actress Francia Raisa in a comedy sketch. The episode of Who's the Murderer? altered the picture, taken after Raisa donated her kidney to Gomez in 2017, to replace the duo with men.

Source: bbc.com

14:01 World
Lionel Messi may stay at Barca, Dortmund prepare to sell Jadon Sancho

Lionel Messi may yet stay at current club Barcelona despite earlier wanting to leave the Catalans. Jadon Sancho is heading for the exit at Borussia Dortmund as they need to raise money, while Eden Hazard is running out of time at Real Madrid. Rafael Benitez also missed out on the chance to take over at Bournemouth.

Source: eurosport.com

13:04 World
Biden scores legislative win as House passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan

President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage.

Source: reuters.com

12:24 World
Three people killed in Georgia plane crash

The plane, a single-engine Cessna-182, crashed about two miles northeast of Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, Georgia, shortly after takeoff.

Source: cnn.com

11:54 World
South Korea vaccinates 18,000 to start ambitious COVID-19 campaign

South Korea said 18,489 people received their first doses of AstraZeneca PLC’s vaccine by midnight on Friday as it launched an ambitious COVID-19 inoculation campaign, and will begin using Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines on Saturday.

Source: reuters.com

11:29 World
White House says it aims to strengthen ties with Brazil, but will speak out on concerns

The Biden administration is closely following developments in Brazil with regard to human rights and climate, but intends to continue strengthening U.S. economic ties and trade with the South American country. The administration of Democratic President on Feb. 5 had announced an additional $300,000 in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development to bolster Brazil’s emergency COVID-19 response.

Source: reuters.com

10:58 World
Lady Gaga's bulldogs returned unharmed after kidnapping

Two French bulldogs belonging to Lady Gaga that were stolen at gunpoint earlier this week have been recovered unharmed.

Source: theguardian.com

10:30 World
Iceberg size of Greater London breaks off Antarctica

The 1,270sq km chunk separated from Brunt Ice Shelf near a British Antarctic Survey station on Friday. The separation occurred just over 20km from Britain’s Halley research station but there was no one in the base and so there was no risk to human life.

Source: theguardian.com

10:02 World
Hong kong: Double-arch steel bridge for Cross Bay Link erected

Erection of the prefabricated double-arch steel bridge for the Cross Bay Link in Tseung Kwan O, which is also the largest component of the bridge, was completed on Friday.
This is the first time the “float-over method” has been applied for bridge construction in Hong Kong.

Source: chinadailyhk.com

18:10 World
Health Canada approves use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Canada's regulator estimates vaccine efficacy to be 62.1%.

Source: cbc.ca

17:45 World
Prince Harry says 'toxic' British media drove him and Meghan to royal family exit

In an interview with fellow Brit and TV host James Corden, Harry discussed what the future holds for his family after the couple finalized their royal exit last week.

Source: nbcnews.com

17:05 World
Minari: Oscar favourite sees Korean family chase the American Dream

Parasite, last year's Oscar winner from South Korea, dented assumptions that English-speaking audiences are wary of any film with subtitles. Now another Korean-language film is making waves. Minari is a very different story set in rural America. But there's buzz about its chances in April's Academy Awards.

Source: bbc.com

16:41 World
Shamima Begum, UK teen who joined ISIS, not allowed to return home to fight for citizenship, court rules

Begum was 15 years old when in 2015 she left the UK with two school friends to join ISIS in Syria. She was stripped of her British citizenship by then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid on February 19, 2019 upon being discovered in a northern Syrian refugee camp.

Source: cnn.com

15:55 World
Russians living abroad travel to Moscow to get Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine

Thirty-seven countries are now set to receive Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for Covid-19, and Russian authorities have applied to the European Medicines Agency for its authorisation in the EU. But some Russians living abroad and international students in Moscow are opting to get the jab at the source. 

Source: france24.com

15:15 World
Spain's former king pays 4 million euros in back taxes amid scandals

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos, who left the country in August amid a cloud of scandals, has settled a back tax bill worth more than 4 million euros. It was the second such payment by the former monarch in recent months. The tax settlement of 4 million euros was based on 8 million euros worth of goods and services he received, the newspapers said. The payment was to compensate for private flights from which he benefited.

Source: reuters.com

14:38 World
Hundreds of schoolgirls missing in northwest Nigeria after kidnapping

Heavily armed criminal gangs in northwest and central Nigeria have stepped up attacks in recent years, kidnapping for ransom, raping and pillaging. "More than 300 girls are unaccounted for after a headcount of remaining students," said a teacher at the Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe.

Source: france24.com

14:04 World
North Korea: Russian diplomats leave by hand-pushed trolley

A group of Russian diplomats and their families made an unusual exit out of North Korea on a hand-pushed rail trolley due to strict Covid measures. The eight people travelled by train and bus before pushing themselves across the Russian border for about 1km over train tracks. North Korea has blocked most passenger transport to limit the virus' spread.

Source: bbc.com

13:26 World
Lionel Messi: Families of Saudi Arabian prisoners urge Barcelona star to reject partnership deal

Families of Saudi Arabian prisoners of conscience have begged Lionel Messi not to be “used” by the country’s regime to “launder its reputation”, after the Barcelona star has reportedly received an offer to become the face of the kingdom’s tourist board. ‘Visit Saudi’ are currently on a publicity drive, and have been seeking high-profile stars to endorse their campaign, with Messi reportedly being the prime target.

Source: independent

12:42 World
U.S. bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were in retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

Source: nbcnews.com

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