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12:37 World
India hits another grim record as it scrambles oxygen supply

Infections in India hit another grim daily record on Thursday as demand for medical oxygen jumped seven-fold and the government denied reports that it was slow in distributing life-saving supplies from abroad. The number of new confirmed cases breached 400,000 for the second time since the devastating surge began last month. The 412,262 cases pushed India’s tally to more than 21 million. The Health Ministry also reported 3,980 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 230,168. Experts believe both figures are an undercount.

Source: apnews.com

 

12:04 World
Zulu Queen: Hundreds of mourners hold parade ahead of funeral

Mourners in traditional dress have paraded through the streets of Johannesburg to honour South Africa's Zulu queen on the eve of her funeral. Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, 65, became interim leader of the country's largest ethnic group last month after the death of her husband, King Goodwill Zwelithini. The cause of the queen's death is yet to be announced by the royal family. The family has dismissed rumours that she had been poisoned.

Source: bbc.com

 

11:18 World
Liechtenstein prince accused of shooting Romania’s largest bear

The Romanian NGO Agent Green and the Austrian NGO VGT alleged in a statement that the bear, who was called Arthur, was shot in March in a protected area of the Carpathian Mountains by Prince Emanuel von und zu Liechtenstein. According to the NGOs, the prince, who is a resident of Riegersburg in Austria, had been given special approval by the Romanian environment ministry to shoot a female bear that had been causing damage to farms in Ojdula. “But in reality, the prince did not kill the problem bear, but a male that lived deep in the woods and had never come close to localities,” the NGOs claim.

Source: theguardian.com

10:44 World
Israel opposition chief Yair Lapid handed mandate to form government

Israel’s president has tapped opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a new government on Wednesday – a step that could lead to the end of the lengthy rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. President Reuven Rivlin announced his decision on live television a day after Netanyahu failed to cobble together a governing coalition by a midnight deadline. Rivlin spent the day consulting with all of the parties elected to Israel’s parliament and announced late Wednesday that he believes Lapid has the best chance of forming a coalition.

Source: france24.com

10:31 World
Foreign envoys surprised after El Salvador's Bukele puts "private" meeting on TV

Foreign diplomats in El Salvador have criticised President Nayib Bukele for broadcasting on national television their purportedly private meeting with him, saying the broadcast came as a surprise. Bukele held the talks with a group of envoys on Monday after his party at the weekend ousted the country's top prosecutor and all the key judges who sit on the Supreme Court's constitutional chamber. The removal of the officials had drawn sharp rebukes from Washington, the European Union and rights groups.

Source: reuters.com

10:16 World
Britain criticises France’s threat to cut power to Jersey

Britain criticised France's threat to cut power supplies to the British Channel Island of Jersey after a row over post-Brexit fishing rights and will send two offshore patrol vessels to the area to monitor the situation.

Source: reuters.com

 

10:00 World
Blue Origin will fly first crew to space in July

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin will send its first crew to space on July 20 and is offering one of the seats to the winner of an online auction, the company said Wednesday. The trip will last a total of ten minutes, four of which passengers will spend above the Karman line that marks the recognized boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space. The reusable suborbital rocket system was named after Alan Shepard, who sixty years ago on Wednesday became the first American in space.

Source: france24.com

18:00 World
Hyundai recalls over 390K vehicles for possible engine fires

Hyundai is recalling more than 390,000 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada for two problems that can cause engine fires. In one recall, owners are being told to park their vehicles outdoors until repairs are made. The largest recall covers more than 203,000 Santa Fe Sport SUVs from 2013 through 2015. Some are being recalled a second time. Brake fluid can leak into the anti-lock brake computer, causing an electrical short that can lead to fires. Owners should park outdoors and away from structures until the problem is fixed, according to documents posted Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Source: apnews.com

17:38 World
Archaeologists are moving thousands of bodies and artefacts from site of medieval church built in 11th century

Archaeologists will move thousands of bodies from the site of a medieval church that lies along the route of the HS2 railway. The remains of St Mary's Church in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, built in the 11th century, are being carefully excavated to allow work on the high speed line to continue. All discovered remains will be reburied in a local spot to be determined by HS2, with a specially created monument to mark the location.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

17:03 World
French couple find WWI letters to English soldier hidden under their floorboards for 100 years

A French couple who uncovered letters sent to an English WW1 soldier have made contact with his great-great-nephew after a social media appeal. The letters to lance corporal William Swift, who signed up underage at 16 in 1914, had been hidden for more than 100 years, when workers renovating the couple's home found them under the floorboards.

Source: news.sky.com

16:14 World
Reused nose swab scam busted in Indonesia airport

Several employees of a pharmaceutical company have been arrested in Indonesia for allegedly washing and reselling used Covid nasal swab test kits. Up to 9,000 passengers at an airport in Medan may have been tested with the reused swab sticks, say police. State-owned company Kimia Farma is now reportedly facing a potential lawsuit launched on behalf of the travellers.

Source: bbc.com

15:33 World
Four dead after a small plane crashed into a home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

A small civilian plane struck the home late Tuesday in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, leaving four people dead, police said. Details about what led to the crash weren't immediately available.

Source: cnn.com

14:37 World
Boeing faces new hurdle in 737 MAX electrical grounding issue

U.S. air safety officials have asked Boeing Co (BA.N) to supply fresh analysis and documentation showing numerous 737 MAX subsystems would not be affected by electrical grounding issues first flagged in three areas of the jet in April, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The extra analysis injects new uncertainty over the timing of when Boeing's best-selling jetliner would be cleared to fly by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The electrical problems have suspended nearly a quarter of its 737 MAX fleet.

Source: reuters.com

13:45 World
Wine that went to space for sale with $1 million price tag

Christie’s said Tuesday it is selling a bottle of French wine that spent more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station. The auction house thinks a wine connoisseur might pay as much as $1 million to own it. The Pétrus 2000 is one of 12 bottles sent into space in November 2019 by researchers exploring the potential for extraterrestrial agriculture. It returned 14 months later subtly altered, according to wine experts who sampled it at a tasting in France.

Source: apnews.com

12:35 World
France threatens to cut electricity to British island in post-Brexit fisheries dispute

France is "ready" to cut electricity to the British island of Jersey -- just off the French coast -- should the United Kingdom not abide by clauses of the Brexit agreement regarding fisheries, French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin said Tuesday. "As you know, the agreement provides for retaliatory measures, and we are ready to use them," Girardin told the French parliament. Girardin also claimed the Jersey government -- which issued 41 fishing permits to French vessels on April 30 -- had placed "unilateral" restrictions on the trawlers.

Source: cnn.com

12:06 World
World's oldest person pulls out of Tokyo 2020 Olympics torch relay over fears of spreading virus

The world's oldest person has pulled out of the torch relay for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics because she does not want to spread COVID-19 in her care home. Kane Tanaka, 118, was due to take part in the prestigious event in Fukuoka in southern Japan, on 11 May, but has withdrawn over safety concerns.

Source: news.sky.com

11:40 World
Australian military to stop using Israeli technology

The Australian Defense Forces will stop using Israeli defense company Elbit’s Battle Management System (BMS) starting in mid-June, Australian Defense Magazine reported last week. The ADF informed Elbit Australia about the decision without giving any explanation, the report said. Tensions had been simmering between Elbit and the Australian Defense Department, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported last week. Elbit was imposing “huge premiums” because it has a monopoly on the system, an officer familiar with the matter was quoted as saying.

Source: jpost.com

11:01 World
Man City 2-0 PSG: Pep Guardiola's side make history to reach first Champions League final

Manchester City reached the Champions League final for the first time in their history after Riyad Mahrez's double secured a 2-0 victory (4-1 on aggregate) over 10-man Paris Saint-Germain on a historic night at the Etihad Stadium. Pep Guardiola, who reaches the Champions League final for the first time since he won the competition with Barcelona in 2011, will now lead his side against either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final in Istanbul on Saturday, May 29.

Source: skysports.com

10:41 World
Thousands of Afghans flee as fighting erupts after US troop withdrawal begins

Afghan forces pushed back a string of insurgent attacks on checkpoints across the southern province, where the US military on Sunday handed over a base to government forces as part of its formal pullout that began on 1 May. About 1,000 families have fled their homes to escape the fighting that erupted on the outskirts of Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand, and some other parts of the province, said Sayed Mohammad Ramin, the region’s director for refugees.

Source: theguardian.com

10:01 World
Sotheby's to accept bitcoin, ethereum for Banksy auction

Sotheby's said on Tuesday it would accept bitcoin and ethereum as payment for Banksy's iconic artwork "Love is in the Air", a first for a physical art auction and the latest sign of growing mainstream acceptance of cryptocurrencies. Bidding for the work is estimated at $3 million to $5 million, Sotheby's said, with the buyer having the option to pay with cryptocurrency. The auction house has tied up with cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase Global Inc (COIN.O) for the sale. Coinbase said in a blog it would help manage price fluctuations during the auction in New York next week.

Source: reuters.com

17:44 World
Melting ice reveals first world war relics in Italian Alps

The soldiers dug the wooden barracks into a cave on the top of Mount Scorluzzo, a 3,095-metre (10,154ft) peak overlooking the Stelvio pass. For the next three-and-a-half years, the cramped, humid space was home to about 20 men from the Austro-Hungarian army as they fought against Italian troops in what became known as the White War, a battle waged across treacherous and bitterly cold Alpine terrain during the first world war. Fought mainly in the Alps of the Lombardy region of Italy and the Dolomites in Trentino Alto-Adige, the White War was a period of history frozen in time until the 1990s, when global warming started to reveal an assortment of perfectly preserved relics – weapons, sledges, letters, diaries and, as the retreat of glaciers hastened, the bodies of soldiers.

Source: theguardian.com

17:14 World
Belgian farmer accidentally moves French border

A farmer in Belgium has caused a stir after inadvertently redrawing the country's border with France. A local history enthusiast was walking in the forest when he noticed the stone marking the boundary between the two countries had moved 2.29m (7.5ft). The Belgian farmer, apparently annoyed by the stone in his tractor's path, had moved it inside French territory. Instead of causing international uproar, the incident has been met with smiles on both sides of the border.

Source: bbc.com

16:49 Region
Erdogan's nationalist ally prepares draft Turkish constitution

Tayyip Erdogan's nationalist ally said on Tuesday that his party had drafted a new constitution for Turkey that envisages an overhaul of the judiciary, and that it would soon be presented to Erdogan's ruling AK Party (AKP) for discussion. Erdogan has said he hopes a new constitutional text can be ready by 2022 for public debate, as the country prepares to mark the centenary of the creation of the modern Turkish republic in 2023 from the ashes of the Ottoman Empire. The Islamist-rooted AKP has spoken of drawing up a road-map to a new constitution but has not yet announced any details.

Source: reuters.com

16:03 World
New Zealand draws back from calling Chinese abuses of Uyghurs genocide

New Zealand’s parliament will not debate a motion that would label the abuses of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, China, as acts of genocide. Parliament opted instead on Tuesday to water down the language, and discuss concerns about human rights abuses in the region in more general terms. It is expected the new motion will pass unanimously on Wednesday. However, it marks no deviation from the country’s current position.

Source: theguardian.com

15:22 World
Colombia: Finance minister resigns after protests against tax reform

Colombian Finance Minister Alberto Carrasquilla resigned on Monday after multiple days of protests over a tax reform proposal that left at least 19 dead. Duque's government introduced the bill on April 15 in the hopes of financing public spending and revamping the economy. The proposed tax plan was met with widespread protests, including riots and violent clashes with police.

Source: dw.com

14:35 World
Japanese journalist charged in Myanmar for spreading false news

Yuki Kitazumi, who had been picked up from his home by troops and taken into custody on April 19, is the first foreign journalist to be charged since the military ousted the elected government of Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Kitazumi, who was being held at Insein Prison in Yangon, has been charged under section 505A of the penal code, which criminalises comments that could cause fear or spread false news and is punishable by up to three years in jail.

Source: reuters.com

13:56 World
Deadline looms for Netanyahu to build new government in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister has one more day to convince potential partners to join him in a new government, or risk seeing the country's President hand the opportunity to a rival. One of the key figures Netanyahu needs to get onboard is former Defense Minister Naftali Bennett of the right-wing Yamina party. Bennett appeared to reject an offer by Netanyahu to rotate the Premiership on Monday, even though the offer included Bennett going first in the rotation. But even if he changes his mind over the course of the day, that still would not be enough for Netanyahu to enjoy a majority in the Knesset, Israel's parliament.

Source: cnn.com

13:24 World
Conan O'Brien to put his eponymous late night show to bed on June 24

Late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien will host his long-running nightly TBS "Conan" talkshow for the last time on June 24, WarnerMedia said on Monday, ahead of his shift to a new show on HBO Max. The final weeks of the TBS show will feature a line-up of special guests, culminating in an extended hour-long finale recapping his 11-year run.

Source: reuters.com

 

12:34 World
Next generation of Covid-19 vaccines could be pill or spray

Drugmakers and government labs are developing doses easier to take and transport to tackle coronavirus variants and avert future pandemics. There are 277 Covid-19 vaccines in development globally, of which 93 have entered human testing, according to the World Health Organization. Most of the vaccines in clinical testing are injected, but there are two oral formulations and seven nasal-spray formulations.

Source: foxbusiness.com

12:00 World
Around 30 reportedly killed in Burkina Faso village attack

Suspected jihadists have killed around 30 people in eastern Burkina Faso, security sources in the country said. A large group of armed men attacked the village of Kodyel in Komandjari province early on Monday morning, a local official said. If estimates of the number killed are correct it would make the attack one of the deadliest ever in Burkina Faso. Islamist attacks are increasingly common in the country, especially in regions bordering Niger and Mali.

Source: bbc.com

11:11 World
Polls put German Green party in lead five months before election

A green wind of change is blowing through Germany’s political landscape as a poll-of-polls on Monday puts the Green party above Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) only five months before national elections. Latest polls suggest the conservatives, who have governed Germany for the last 16 years, could be ousted as the strongest party in the Bundestag on 26 September. Six out of 10 polls published in past two weeks put Greens ahead of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union.

Source: theguardian.com

10:29 World
Lionel Messi double against Valencia keeps Barcelona's title hopes alive

Two goals from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona to a vital 3-2 victory over Valencia and stay within touching distance of the top of La Liga. In a thrilling conclusion to the Spanish domestic season, there are now just two points separating Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona, which faces Atletico on Saturday.

Source: cnn.com

10:00 World
Microsoft founder Bill Gates to divorce Melinda after 27 years of marriage

Bill Gates and his wife Melinda are divorcing after building a fortune of $124billion. The 65-year-old Microsoft founder and his 56-year-old wife announced the split on Twitter. They both posted the same joint statement which read: 'After a great deal of thought and a lot of work, we have made the decision to end our marriage.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

17:58 World
UAE scientists injecting ‘immune’ camels with COVID-19 to study virus antibodies

A United Arab Emirates scientist is spearheading a study looking at how camels – immune to the COVID-19 virus – could provide vital answers into how to tackle the global pandemic and treat infected patients. Dr. Ulrich Wernery, a veterinary microbiologist in Dubai and head of the emirate’s Central Veterinary Research Laboratory, and his team are injecting dead samples of the COVID-19 virus into dromedaries to examine the antibodies produced by the desert animals.

Source: alarabiya.net

17:27 World
China’s new nuclear submarine missiles expand range in US

China’s newly commissioned nuclear-powered submarine is armed with the country’s most powerful submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) capable of hitting the US mainland, according to a military source and analysts. The Type 094A, or Jin-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), was presented last Friday as part of the celebration to mark the 72nd anniversary of the PLA Navy. It was capable of firing the JL-3, or Julang (Big Wave) SLBM with a range over 10,000km.

Source: scmp.com

16:45 World
Rome’s Colosseum to gain hi-tech arena floor

The floor of Rome’s Colosseum, where gladiators once fought against each other and wild animals, is set to be restored to its former glory. Milan Ingegneria, a structural engineering and architecture firm, has won an €18.5m (£16m) bid to build and install a retractable arena floor that will allow visitors “to see the majesty of the monument” from its centre, culture minister Dario Franceschini said on Sunday. The project is expected to be completed within the next two years.

Source: theguardian.com

16:07 World
Black candidate challenges political status quo in Spain

Two young Senegalese men met on a Europe-bound migrant boat in 2006, a year that saw a record influx of Africans to Spain’s Canary Islands. Since then, one died of a heart attack running away from Spanish police and the other is running in a polarized election Tuesday for a seat in Madrid’s regional assembly. Serigne Mbaye not only wants to fight what he considers to be "structural racism" against African migrants but also to defy a history of underrepresentation of the Black community and other people of color in Spanish politics.

Source: foxnews.com

15:38 World
At least 4 killed and 25 injured when overcrowded boat overturns off San Diego coast in apparent smuggling operation

At least four people were killed and 25 others injured when a "severely overcrowded" boat they were on overturned Sunday morning off the coast of San Diego during a suspected smuggling incident, officials said.

Source:  cbsnews.com

15:03 World
Olympia Dukakis: Moonstruck and Steel Magnolias star dies aged 89

US actress Olympia Dukakis, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1987 romantic comedy Moonstruck, has died aged 89, her family have announced. Her brother wrote she was "at peace" after suffering ill health. Dukakis had a long and distinguished career in theatre, both as a performer and as a director. But in her 50s she starred in a series of hit comedies on screen, including an award-winning turn as Cher's mother in Moonstruck.

Source: bbc.com

13:51 World
Australian government accused of racism over threats to imprison travelers from India for five years

From May 3, people who have been to India in the past 14 days will be banned from entering Australia due to the concerns over India's growing coronavirus epidemic. In a statement Saturday, Health Minister Greg Hunt said anyone who ignored the new restrictions would face five years' imprisonment, a fine of $66,600 or both. The ban expires on May 15, but could be renewed. Conservative newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt said the ban "stinks of racism" in an article published Monday, adding the decision was "driven by fear, ignorance and incompetence."

Source: edition.cnn.com


 

13:02 World
Ugandan president’s son named in ICC complaint over abductions and abuse

Lawyers acting for the victims of a wave of abductions and torture by security forces in Uganda have named senior military commanders, including the president’s son, in a complaint to the international criminal court. Prosecutors at the ICC are already reviewing an earlier submission from the opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi, the former reggae singer known as Bobi Wine, describing widespread human rights abuses before presidential polls held in January.

Source: theguardian.com

12:39 World
Italian rapper Fedez accuses state TV of censorship attempt

Italian rapper Fedez has sparked a political row after accusing the national broadcaster of trying to censor his condemnation of homophobia during a televised concert. Fedez said the broadcaster, Rai, had asked him to submit his planned remarks before the performance on Saturday. The rapper refused and went ahead with his criticism of homophobic statements by members of Italy's right-wing League party. Rai denied trying to censor the rapper.

Source: bbc.com

12:18 World
Manchester United v Liverpool game postponed after fan protest

Manchester United's Premier League game against Liverpool was postponed after about 200 fans broke into Old Trafford to protest against the Glazer family's ownership of the club. The fixture was scheduled to kick off at 16:30 BST on Sunday. Police said two officers had been injured during the protests. It is the first time a Premier League match has been postponed because of fan protests.

Source: bbc.com

11:33 World
26 killed in Bangladesh boat accident

At least 26 people were killed when a speedboat packed with passengers collided with a vessel transporting sand on Monday in the latest maritime disaster to hit Bangladesh. Police said the speedboat carrying about three dozen passengers from the town of Mawa rammed into the other vessel in the Padma river as it neared the main river station in the central rural town of Shibchar.

Source: france24.com

10:55 World
Selena Gomez to star in Petra Collins’ ‘Spiral’ for Picturestart

Picturestart has come aboard to produce the psychological thriller Spiral, with Selena Gomez attached to star and Petra Collins directing. Drake is on board to exec produce with Matthew Budman & Sumaiya Kaveh producing through their Forest Hill Entertainment. The story follows a former influencer whose addiction to social media is causing her body to literally fall apart. The story and original script was created by Melissa Broder and Collins, with additional revisions (or current draft) by Phoebe Fisher.

Source: deadline.com

10:01 World
Palestinian woman killed, two Israelis wounded in West Bank violence

A Palestinian woman was killed and two Israelis were seriously wounded in two separate shooting incidents in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Israeli and Palestinian officials said. An Israeli soldier shot a Palestinian woman who tried to carry out a stabbing attack, the military said. Palestinian officials said the woman, aged 60, died of her wounds. Later in the day Palestinian gunmen opened fire at a busy intersection, seriously wounding two Israelis. Israeli soldiers were searching for the gunmen, who fired from a car near a Jewish settlement before driving off, the military said.

Source: reuters.com

16:00 World
Diplomats from 5 nations resuming Iran nuclear talks

High-ranking diplomats from China, Germany, France, Russia and Britain are set to resume talks Saturday focused on bringing the United States back into their landmark nuclear deal with Iran. The U.S. will not have a representative at the table when the diplomats meet in Vienna because former President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the country out of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in 2018.

Source: apnews.com

15:39 World
Former Italian PM Berlusconi returns home after 24 days in hospital

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been discharged from Milan's San Raffaele hospital, where he had been since April 6 for a series of tests. Berlusconi, 84, who was discharged on Friday, is now staying in his villa in Arcore, north of Milan.

Source: reuters.com

15:06 World
Taika Waititi to Play Blackbeard the Pirate in HBO Max's 'Our Flag Means Death' Series

The 'Thor: Ragnarok' writer-director will portray the "possibly insane" aristocrat-turned-pirate in 'Our Flag Means Death.'

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

14:15 World
Britney Spears' father has claimed that the 39-year-old pop star has dementia

Jamie Spears, 68, said his daughter had the condition on forms to justify controlling her finances - but fans insist it would be impossible for her to learn songs and routines if that were the case. But a documentary by journalist Mobeen Azhar, to be broadcast in the UK next week, has seen documents that show dementia may be the reason she has been living under strict legal constraints for 12 years.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

13:28 World
Hospital fire kills 18 virus patients as India steps up jabs

A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India killed 18 patients early Saturday, as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet steps up a vaccination drive for all its adults even though some states say don’t have enough jabs. India on Saturday set yet another daily global record with 401,993 new cases, taking its tally to more than 19.1 million. Another 3,523 people died in the past 24 hours, raising the overall fatalities to 211,853, according to the Health Ministry. Experts believe both figures are an undercount. The fire broke out in a COVID-19 ward on the ground floor and was extinguished within an hour, police said.

Source: apnews.com

12:25 World
Biden administration sets new North Korea policy of ‘practical’ diplomacy

President Joe Biden has settled on a new approach to pressuring North Korea to give up nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles that will explore diplomacy but not seek a grand bargain with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said on Friday. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Air Force One that U.S. officials had completed a months-long review of North Korean policy. Complete denuclearization of North Korea remains the goal, she said, but she noted that the past four presidents had been unable to get Pyongyang to forswear nuclear weapons.

Source: reuters.com

11:40 World
Australians trying to return home from India face up to $66,000 fine or five years’ jail

The Australian government will introduce penalties including fines and jail time for anyone who tries to return home from India, with treasurer Josh Frydenberg defending the moves as “drastic” but needed. The move comes after two Australian cricketers who had been in India returned home on Thursday after transiting through Qatar, despite the government earlier in the week banning all direct flights from Covid-ravaged India.

Source: theguardian.com

11:09 World
Climate crisis: our children face wars over food and water, EU deputy warns

Older people will have to make sacrifices in the fight against climate change or today’s children will face a future of fighting wars for water and food, the EU’s deputy chief has warned. Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the EU commission, said that if social policy and climate policy are not combined, to share fairly the costs and benefits of creating a low-carbon economy, the world will face a backlash from people who fear losing jobs or income, stoked by populist politicians and fossil fuel interests.

Source: theguardian.com

10:29 World
Bronze Age treasure found in Swedish forest by mapmaker

A man surveying a forest for his orienteering club in western Sweden stumbled on a trove of Bronze Age treasure reckoned to be some 2,500 years old. It includes about 50 items, such as necklaces, bracelets and clothing pins. Swedish archaeologists say it is very rare to find such a hoard in a forest. The hoard was on the forest floor, next to rocks. It is thought that one or more animals had disturbed the earth, leaving the many items semi-exposed. They have been dated to the period between 750 and 500BC.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Animal lover reveals her rescue cat saved her life by detecting her stage three breast cancer

Kate King-Scribbins, 35, from St Paul, Minnesota lives with her rescue cat Oggy. Oggy became obsessed with lying on the left side of Kate's chest and after waking up with a shooting pain in her breast Kate decided to visit her doctor. A lump was discovered in her breast and she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer - but is now in remission.  After gruelling rounds of chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, and radiation, Kate - who also had her entire stomach removed in 2019, after a rare genetic mutation diagnosis, is now considered to have no evidence of the disease.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

17:44 World
Israel's wild boars push Haifa couple to file for divorce

The couple seems to disagree about the proper way of addressing the issue. The husband, in his 40s, has been married to his wife for 17 years, according to N12. Recently, he sent his wife a warning letter through an attorney, claiming that she has been avoiding dealing with the boars entering their garden and that he fears for his life. His wife, in turn, told N12 that she likes the wild boars, adding that if her husband insists on keeping them away - he is welcome to stay away himself, and has since filed for a divorce.

Source: jpost.com

17:10 World
Boris Johnson's personal mobile phone number available online for 15 years

It was published in a think tank press release in 2006, but never deleted - and appears to be the one the PM uses. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said it was "a serious situation [that] carries a security risk". But Chancellor Rishi Sunak said that, as far as he was aware, "all security protocols have been followed". It appears the number has been switched off but Downing Street still has not confirmed if the number will now be changed.

Source: bbc.com

16:43 World
Germany first to hand back Benin bronzes looted by British

Germany is to become the first country to hand back the Benin bronzes looted by British soldiers in the late nineteenth century, after the culture minister, Monika Grütters, announced it would start returning a “substantial” part of the artefacts held in its museums to Nigeria from next year. Germany will present a binding roadmap for the legal and logistical aspects of the restitution process by the end of June, with the first objects to be handed over in 2022, said the minister, a member of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Source: theguardian.com

16:09 World
Philippe Coutinho set for £35m Everton transfer and Toffees are already house hunting for ex-Liverpool star

Boss Carlo Ancelotti wants Barcelona’s former Liverpool star to form a South American dream team with Colombian James Rodriguez. The Brazilian, 28, has had a miserable time since leaving Anfield for Spain for £145m. Barca tried to sell him 18 months later but he ended up on loan at Bayern Munich.

Source: thesun.co.uk

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