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16:16 World
Olympics: Munich victims honoured for first time at opening ceremony

The victims of the terror attack at the Munich Olympics have been remembered during Tokyo's opening ceremony, the first time in nearly half a century. A moment's silence commemorated the 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian gunmen in 1972. Families of the victims had for years been urging Olympic organisers to honour them at an opening ceremony, but had their requests repeatedly rejected. "Finally there is justice," two of the victims' widows said.

Source: bbc.com

15:59 World
China imposes sanctions on US officials

China is imposing sanctions on several US individuals and organisations in response to recent US sanctions on Chinese officials in Hong Kong. Those targeted include former US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross. The counter-sanctions come days before US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is due to visit China.

Source: bbc.com

15:40 World
Stonehenge may be next UK site to lose world heritage status

The UK is eroding its global reputation for conserving its “unparalleled” historic assets, culture bodies have warned, with Stonehenge expected to be next in line to lose its coveted World Heritage status after Liverpool. The UN’s heritage body has told ministers that Wiltshire’s cherished stone circle will be placed on its “in danger” list – the precursor to it being stripped of world heritage status – if a £1.7bn road tunnel goes ahead as planned.

Source: theguardian.com

14:51 World
Algerian quits Olympics rather than take on Israeli in judo match

An Algerian judo competitor has chosen to ditch the Tokyo Olympics rather than hit the mat with an Israeli. It was the second time in two years that ninth-ranked Fethi Nourine withdrew from a major judo competition rather than take on sixth-ranked Israeli Tohar Butbul. Nourine and his coach, Amar Benikhlef, told Algerian media that they were boycotting Butbul to support the Palestinians.

Source: nbcnews.com

14:06 World
South Korean TV network apologises for offensive Olympic broadcast

MBC -- one of the largest national television networks -- used images of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster for Ukraine, a riot for Haiti and a promotional bitcoin poster for El Salvador when each nation entered the stadium. The broadcaster issued an apology following the opening ceremony, saying "inappropriate images and captions were used to introduce some countries." For some countries, the descriptions were more gastronomic, with images of pizza for Italy, sushi for Japan, and salmon for Norway.

Source: france24.com

13:27 World
Search for bodies in Florida condo collapse ends, with death toll at 97

Firefighters have declared the end of their search for bodies at the site of a collapsed Florida condo building, concluding a month of painstaking work removing layers of dangerous debris that were once piled several stories high. The collapse on 24 June at the oceanside Champlain Towers South killed 97 people, with at least one more missing person yet to be identified. The site has been mostly swept flat and the rubble moved to a Miami warehouse. Although forensic scientists are still at work, including examining the debris at the warehouse, there are no more bodies to be found where the building once stood.

Source: theguardian.com

12:48 World
Arrests as anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in Sydney

Thousands of anti-lockdown protesters have taken to the streets of Sydney and other major Australian cities to protest against coronavirus restrictions as infections hit a new record and authorities warned of a “growing problem”. In Sydney, the unmasked participants on Saturday marched from Victoria Park to Town Hall in the central business district, carrying signs calling for “freedom” and “the truth”. There was a heavy police presence in the city, including mounted police and riot officers in response to what authorities said was unauthorised protest activity.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:13 World
First Chinese presidential visit to Tibet in 30 years

President Xi Jinping has visited the politically troubled region of Tibet in the first official visit by a Chinese leader in 30 years. The president was in Tibet from Wednesday to Friday, but state media reported the visit after it ended. China is accused of suppressing cultural and religious freedom in the remote and mainly Buddhist region. The government denies the accusations and says Tibet has developed considerably under its rule.

Source: bbc.com

11:36 World
India monsoon: 110 dead after heavy rainfall in Maharashtra

At least 110 people have been killed in landslides and flooding triggered by heavy rains in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. The rains overwhelmed hundreds of villages, sweeping away houses and leaving residents stranded. Rescue crews have been racing to evacuate survivors but many people are feared missing. The Indian military has been helping the efforts, which have been hampered by difficult conditions. The western state has recorded its heaviest spell of July rain for decades.

Source: bbc.com

10:43 World
Ecuador prison riots death toll rise to 27

Ecuador has raised to 27 the number of inmates killed in riots in two jails this week that forced the government to declare a state of emergency. President Guillermo Lasso had issued the order “to mobilise all necessary human and economic resources to re-establish order” in Ecuador’s prisons after violence erupted on Wednesday at jails in Guayas, in southwestern Ecuador, and Cotopaxi, in the centre of the country.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:00 World
Win for Angelina Jolie as court disqualifies judge in Brad Pitt divorce case

A California appeals court has disqualified a private judge being used by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in their divorce case, handing Jolie a major victory. On Friday, the second district court of appeal agreed with Jolie that Judge John W Ouderkirk didn’t sufficiently disclose business relationships with Pitt’s attorneys. The decision means that the custody fight over the couple’s five minor children, which was nearing an end, could be starting over. The judge already ruled the pair divorced, but separated the child custody issues.

Source: theguardian.com

18:16 World
Jadon Sancho: England winger completes £73m move to Manchester United from Borussia Dortmund

England winger Jadon Sancho says joining Manchester United is "a dream come true" after he completed his £73m move from Borussia Dortmund. Sancho is the second most expensive English player of all time behind his new United team-mate Harry Maguire. He joins United on a five-year deal.

Source: bbc.com

17:22 World
'Happy' Son signs new four-year deal at Tottenham

South Korean forward Son Heung-min has signed a new four-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur, the English Premier League club announced on Friday. The 29-year-old, who joined from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015, will now stay at the north London club until 2025 after earning a significant pay rise. "It was already a big honour to play here for six years, the club have showed me massive, massive respect and obviously I'm very happy to be here," Son said in a statement.

Source: france24.com

16:46 World
Giant screen collapses ahead of Rolling Loud music festival

A giant video screen collapsed Thursday at a South Florida stadium, a day before the Rolling Loud hip-hop music festival was set to begin. There were no injuries. Organizers posted on Twitter that the screen toppled over onto one of the festival’s stages at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, but it was expected to be repaired before doors opened Friday.

Source: apnews.com

15:53 World
Real Madrid striker Benzema tests positive for Covid-19

Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema has tested positive for Covid-19, the Spanish club announced on Friday without providing further details.

Source: france24.com

15:32 World
Spain's Prado museum overhauls collection to highlight women artists

Seeking to breathe new life into Madrid's Prado museum after the long months of the pandemic, curators have overhauled the collection to display more works by female artists and better reflect the variety of 19th-century art. After recent acquisitions of paintings and miniatures, the museum now boasts works by 13 female painters out of a total of 130 artists. The miniatures, often intimate family portraits, require great technical skill but could be created in small workshops, making them popular among female artists who lacked large studios in the 19th century.

Source: cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com

14:35 Region
Iran's Khamenei says water crisis protesters cannot be blamed

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday that Iranians protesting over water shortages in the southwest cannot be blamed, and called on officials to deal with the water problem, Iran's state media reported. "The people showed their displeasure ... but we cannot really blame the people and their issues must be taken care of," Khamenei was quoted by Iranian news agencies as saying, in reference to the week-long protests.

Source: reuters.com

13:29 World
Haiti holds funeral for slain president Moise under tight security

Mourners were set to offer their final farewell to Haiti's slain president Jovenel Moise under tight security on Friday, just over two weeks after his assassination rattled a country mired in poverty, corruption, and political instability. Moise, who was 53 when he was shot dead in his home in the early hours of July 7, is set to be interred in Cap-Haïtien, the main city in his native northern region. According to the official program, the funeral is due to begin in the morning and last for several hours, with large screens set up for mourners to follow the event.

Source: france24.com

13:00 World
Kazakhstan to directly elect hundreds of village mayors for first time

Voters in one-third of Kazakhstan's rural districts will directly elect their mayors for the first time on Sunday, one of the first steps in the oil-rich Central Asian nation's cautious political reform plan. More than 2,000 candidates are competing for 729 mayoral seats across the former Soviet republic in a campaign that President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has described as a stepping stone towards electing more senior public officials.

Source: reuters.com

12:11 World
Baby rescued from China floods as deadly torrential rains continue

The Henan fire brigade is seen in a video released by news agency AFP helping several people in the region where vast areas have been submerged in floods as a result of heavy downpour. One firefighter is seen in the video carrying the baby while carefully wading through flood waters, as several other firefighters helped people climb on to boats in the background. In the video, a pregnant woman is also seen gingerly climbing down from a bus, helped by another passenger. The firefighters are also seen carrying a person on a stretcher.


11:51 World
Netflix confirms move into video games as its growth slows

Netflix reported its worst slowdown in subscriber growth in eight years as people emerge from their pandemic cocoons. So it’s adding a new attraction to its marquee: Video games. On Tuesday, the video streaming giant announced it will offer video games in its existing subscription plans at no extra cost, but didn’t say when that service will launch or what kind of games it will be developing.

Source: apnews.com

11:21 World
Eric Clapton refuses to play venues requiring vaccines for concertgoers

British rock icon Eric Clapton has said he will not perform at venues that require concertgoers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said proof of vaccination must be shown at clubs and venues from September. Clapton said he will not perform anywhere there is a "discriminated audience present". The guitarist said he felt "honour bound" to make the statement, which was posted on Wednesday to the accounts of Italian architect and film producer Robin Monotti. In May, Clapton said he had experienced a "severe" reaction to the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Source: bbc.com

10:32 World
US slaps sanctions on Cuban officials after protest crackdown

The US government has imposed sanctions on Cuban officials who they claim committed human rights abuses during a crackdown on protests earlier in July. The move by President Joe Biden's administration comes amid pressure from Cuban-Americans and politicians to respond to the anti-regime protests. The US is also exploring ways to keep internet access open on the island. The 11 July protest was Cuba's largest in decades. Hundreds were arrested and at least one protester was killed.

Source: bbc.com

10:01 World
Tokyo 2020: Hend Zaza, 12, is youngest athlete at Olympics

Here's someone to make you feel like an underachiever - 12-year-old Hend Zaza is the youngest competitor at the Tokyo Olympics. The Syrian table tennis player talked about her inspiration for getting into the sport at such a young age.

Source: bbc.com

20:34 World
From coal to cars, Chinese floods tangle supply chains

The floods drenching central China and submerging swathes of a major economic and transport hub are threatening supply chains for goods ranging from cars and electronics to pigs, peanuts and coal. Power had been partly restored and some trains and flights were running on Thursday but analysts said disruption could last for several days, pushing up prices and slowing business across densely populated Henan and neighbouring provinces.

Source: reuters.com

17:54 World
Everton make third signing as Demarai Gray joins from Leverkusen

Premier League side Everton made their third signing of the summer with the arrival of Demarai Gray from Bayer Leverkusen, the club announced on Thursday. The 25-year-old former Leicester winger has signed a three-year deal with the option of a fourth and joins for an undisclosed fee after just six months in the Bundesliga.

Source: france24.com

17:13 World
Hackers reportedly demand $50m from Saudi Aramco over data leak

The world's most valuable oil producer Saudi Aramco has confirmed to the BBC that company data has leaked from one of its contractors. The files are now reportedly being used in an attempt to extort $50m (£36.5m) from the company. The global oil and gas industry has long been criticised for failing to invest in cyber security. In May, the Colonial Pipeline in the US was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack. The Saudi Arabian energy giant did not say which contractor was affected nor whether the contractor had been hacked or if the files were leaked in some other way.

Source: bbc.com

16:17 World
Naomi Campbell was spotted in public with her newborn daughter for the first time

The supermodel, 50, stunned fans when she announced at the end of May that she'd welcomed a baby girl by sharing a picture on social media however has remained tight-lipped about further details of the birth. Looking typically chic, Naomi sported an oversized white shirt with loose-fitting black bottoms with a thick green stripe extending the length of the leg as she walked through the streets in style while pushing the pram.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

15:36 World
BTS named special presidential envoy by South Korea

K-pop boy band BTS was appointed special envoy by South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday, a role that will bolster the country's diplomatic efforts and global standing, the presidential Blue House announced. Officially named "presidential special envoy for future generations and culture," BTS will help "lead the global agenda for future generations, such as sustainable growth, and expand diplomatic power in line with South Korea's elevated status in the international community". On the group's agenda as envoy will be appearances at international events, including the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September.

Source: upi.com

14:17 World
UK says it wants to substantially rewrite Northern Ireland Brexit protocol

The UK has launched an audacious bid to rewrite a key plank of the Brexit deal, saying the Northern Ireland protocol was flawed at conception but served its purpose to get the UK out of the EU as “one country”. The European Commission immediately ruled out a renegotiation of the deal, which was trumpeted by Boris Johnson as a solution to the Irish border impasse two years ago. The commission is understood to be open to some changes on the special arrangements for Northern Ireland, however. EU officials expressed exasperation at the UK’s move, unveiled in a 28-page command paper by the Brexit minister, David Frost, on Wednesday.

Source: theguardian.com

13:33 World
'Nomadland' winner Chloe Zhao to sit on Venice film jury

Director Chloe Zhao, fresh off her "Nomadland" best film win at this year's Academy Awards, will sit on the jury of the upcoming Venice Film Festival, organisers said Wednesday. The annual international festival, to be held on the glitzy island of Lido from September 1-11, will be headed by Jury President Bong Joon Ho, the South Korean director whose "Parasite" won an Oscar for best film in 2019.

Source: france24.com

11:45 World
India probes its first human death from bird flu

India is investigating its first documented human death from bird flu after an 11-year-old boy succumbed to the disease earlier this month, says the health ministry. The boy was admitted to New Delhi’s premier All India Institute of Medical Sciences on July 2. He died on Tuesday after a multiorgan failure, a government statement said late on Wednesday.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:11 World
Monkeypox: More than 200 contacts tracked in US for rare disease

More than 200 people in 27 US states are being tracked for possible rare monkeypox infections, health officials say. They fear people may have come in to contact with a Texas man who brought the disease in from Nigeria earlier this month. The man - believed to be the first monkeypox case in the US since 2003 - was taken to hospital but is in a stable condition. So far, no new cases have been found.

Source: bbc.com

10:21 World
For the first time, Saudi women stand guard in Mecca during haj

Inspired by her late father's career, Mona decided to join the military and the first group of Saudi women soldiers to work in Islam's holiest sites, where they are helping secure the haj annual pilgrimage. Since April, dozens of female soldiers have become part of the security services that monitor pilgrims in Mecca and Medina, the birth places of Islam. Dressed in a military khaki uniform, with a hip-length jacket, loose trousers and a black beret over a veil covering her hair, Mona spends her shifts roaming in the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

Source: reuters.com

09:57 World
Germany floods: 155 still missing as hopes of further rescues fade

A week after slow-moving weather system released two months’ worth of rain in two days over western Germany, the number of fatalities has risen to at least 171, of which 123 have been confirmed in the hilly Ahrweiler district in Rhineland-Palatinate. Another 764 people have been injured, and 155 people are still recorded as missing. The president of the country’s disaster relief organisation said she “did not expect” rescuers to find any more survivors.

Source: theguardian.com

18:28 World
Tens of thousands of Jurassic fossils found at secret site

A team of scientists from the Natural History Museum has unearthed tens of thousands of fossils during a three-day excavation at what’s been described as one of the most important Jurassic sites ever found in the UK. The fossils, thought to be from around 167 million years ago, were originally identified by two hobby palaeontologists studying old research papers during lockdown. The secret Cotswold site was once a shallow tropical sea. Its inhabitants were probably caught in an underwater mudslide. This would explain their exquisite preservation.

Source: bbc.com

17:19 World
2032 Games: Brisbane confirmed as Olympic and Paralympic host

Brisbane will host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games after being approved by the International Olympic Committee. The Australian city was named the preferred bidder before being proposed by the IOC executive board in June. It will be the third time the country has hosted the Olympics after Melbourne in 1956 and Sydney in 2000.

Source: bbc.com

16:22 World
Mucormycosis: India records more than 4,300 'black fungus' deaths

More than 4,300 people have died of the deadly "black fungus" in India in a growing epidemic that mainly affects Covid-19 patients. India has reported 45,374 cases of this rare and dangerous infection, called mucormycosis, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has said. It affects the nose, eyes and sometimes the brain, and usually strikes 12-18 days after recovery from Covid. Nearly half of those infected are still receiving treatment.

Source: bbc.com

15:10 World
First athletes quit Olympics due to Covid

Chilean taekwondo fighter and Dutch skateboarder test positive upon arrival in Japan as WHO chief says virus risk at Games is 'inevitable'. Fernanda Aguirre, a Chilean taekwondo fighter, has tested positive for Covid. She is now in 10-day isolation meaning she will miss her event on Sunday. Dutch skateboarder Candy Jacobs is also in isolation after positive test and will miss her event on Monday, ruling both the athletes out. Three other athletes - two South African footballers and a Czech volleyball player - have also tested positive but could still compete after quarantine ends.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

14:24 World
Australian equestrian banned from Tokyo Olympics over doping

The Australian Olympic Committee said show jumper Jamie Kermond has been removed from the equestrian team for the Tokyo Games after testing positive for cocaine. Equestrian Australia had earlier said Kermond returned a positive A-sample for a metabolite of cocaine following a test conducted by Sport Integrity Australia on June 26. It said Kermond was banned from competing at the Tokyo Olympics but had the right to have his B-sample analyzed. The 36-year-old Kermond was expected to make his Olympic debut at Tokyo.

Source: apnews.com

13:30 World
Indonesian Covid-positive man disguises himself as wife on Citilink flight in order to fly

An Indonesian man is reportedly facing arrest after disguising himself as his wife in order to board a flight. The man, who has been publicly identified only by the initials "DW," boarded a Citilink domestic flight from Jakarta to Ternate while wearing a niqab that covered him from head to toe. The disguise was intended to enable the man to fly even though he had reportedly tested positive for Covid-19. His wife, however, had tested negative, so he used her ID and negative PCR test results in order to board the plane at Halim Perdana Kusuma Airport in Jakarta, says the report.

Source: cnn.com

12:00 World
Ugandan athlete who fled Olympics camp found in central Japan

A Ugandan weightlifter has been found four days after he disappeared from an Olympic training camp in Japan leaving a note saying he wanted to find work, police have said. The disappearance of Julius Ssekitoleko came at a time of high public concern over COVID-19 risks as thousands of foreigners arrive for the Games. “Today, the man was found in Mie prefecture with no injuries and no involvement in any crime,” an Osaka police official, who declined to be named, told AFP news agency on Tuesday.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:44 World
South Korea Paralympian missing after fall from Pakistan mountain

A South Korean Paralympian has gone missing after a fall from the world’s 12th highest mountain, the 8,047-metre (26,400 foot) Broad Peak in Pakistan’s north Karakoram Range, the Alpine Club of Pakistan has said. Kim Hong-bin, 57, who represented his country in Alpine skiing at the 2002 Winter Paralympics in Salt Lake City, had reached the summit with other climbers on Sunday, but met bad weather on the way down, the club said on Tuesday.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:59 World
Belarus opposition leader asks U.S. to impose more sanctions

Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya said on Tuesday that she asked U.S. officials to impose sanctions on companies in her country's potash, oil, wood and steel sectors, as she visited Washington seeking stronger action against President Alexander Lukashenko's government. Such measures would go beyond existing sanctions on Lukashenko's political allies and government bodies and "will be a real hit on him, to make him change his behavior and to release political prisoners," Tsikhanouskaya told reporters.

Source: reuters.com

10:19 World
Erdogan calls for US support for Turkey to protect Kabul airport

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the United States to meet “conditions” including financial, logistical and diplomatic support, so that Turkey can run and guard Kabul airport after other foreign troops withdraw from Afghanistan. Turkey has offered to deploy troops to the airport after NATO fully withdraws and has been in talks with the US for several weeks.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:00 World
Nike trainer output at key factory hit by Covid outbreak

Production at some of Nike's largest plants in Vietnam has been disrupted as Covid has spread through factories. The company refused to comment on whether store supplies would see shortages as a result of the outbreak. About half of Nike's shoes were manufactured in Vietnam in the last financial year, so this will mean challenges for its supply chain. Vietnam has seen a record rise in cases since last April with many infection clusters in its industrial provinces. Apple, Samsung and Puma could also be affected by the surge in cases recorded at suppliers' factories in the country.

Source: bbc.com

21:31 World
Everton sign Townsend on two-year deal

Everton have signed former England winger Andros Townsend on a two-year deal, the Premier League club announced Tuesday. Townsend, 30, was a free agent after his contract with Crystal Palace expired at the end of last season.

Source: france24.com

20:57 World
Jeff Bezos launches to space aboard New Shepard rocket ship

Billionaire Jeff Bezos blasted into space on Tuesday, in the first crewed flight of his rocket ship, New Shepard. He was accompanied by Mark Bezos, his brother, Wally Funk, an 82-year-old pioneer of the space race, and an 18-year-old student. They travelled in a capsule with the biggest windows flown in space, offering stunning views of the Earth. All four passengers have now parachuted safely back to Earth after their 10-minute, 10-second trip. New Shepard, built by Bezos' company Blue Origin, is designed to serve the burgeoning market for space tourism among the super-wealthy. On this flight was the oldest person who has been to space - Ms Funk - and the youngest, student Oliver Daemen.

Source: bbc.com

20:22 World
Ed Sheeran to give free concert to 700 fans in Coventry

Pop star Ed Sheeran is to perform a free concert in Coventry, it has been announced. Sheeran will perform to 700 fans, aged over 18, to mark the "grand opening" of HMV Empire in Hertford Street. The concert on 25 August is also part of celebrations for the company's centenary with tickets to be issued in a free draw. The venue has moved from Far Gosford Street and undergone a £500,000 redevelopment.

Source: bbc.com

17:39 World
Rockets land near Afghan presidential palace as country marks start of Eid al-Adha

At least three rockets landed near the Afghan presidential palace on Tuesday as the country's leader Ashraf Ghani held outdoor prayers with top officials to mark the start of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility, it was the first rocket attack on Kabul since the Taliban launched a series of offensives to coincide with the final drawdown of foreign troops from the war-wracked country. The early morning holiday calm was shattered by incoming rockets heard across the heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the presidential palace and several embassies, including the US mission.

Source: france24.com

16:47 World
European Beach Handball Championships: Norway hit with 1,500 euros bikini fine

The European Handball Federation (EHF) said it had imposed the fine because of a case of "improper clothing". Norway's players wore shorts instead of bikini bottoms during a bronze medal match against Spain in Varna, Bulgaria. Norway's Handball Federation (NHF) had already stated it would pay if their players were fined. Kare Geir Lio, the head of NHF, had told news agency AFP any penalty would be paid but added: "It should be a free choice within a standardised framework. "The most important thing is to have equipment that athletes are comfortable with."

Source: bbc.com

16:13 World
Goodbye Face Masks, Hello Wedding Dress! The UK's First Face Mask Wedding Dress Revealed

More than 100 million single-use surgical masks are thrown away in the UK each week and, as guidance changes on face masks, many more are set to be discarded in landfill. Working with film and TV costume design extraordinaire Tom Silverwood - who's made costumes for everything from Doctor Who to Tia Kofi on RuPaul's Drag Race UK - Hitched commissioned a gorgeous dress made out of 1,500 upcycled face masks.

Source: korrespondent.net

15:30 World
Cannabis may have originated in northwest China, study suggests

Cannabis' earliest roots may have stemmed from northwestern China -- not South Asia as commonly believed. Researchers found the Cannabis sativa species -- the "much beloved and maligned plant" widely used as a recreational drug -- likely emerged from the region by Neolithic times (10,000-3,000 BC), according to a news release from the journal Science Advances, where the study was published.

Source: cnn.com

14:42 World
Oregon Bootleg Fire: Evacuations as largest US fire burns 300,000 acres

In the US state of Oregon, the nation's largest active wildfire has burned through more than 300,000 acres, prompting thousands of evacuations. Over 2,000 firefighters are tackling the so-called Bootleg Fire - one of the largest blazes in Oregon's history. Since starting on 6 July, it has already scorched an area larger than the city of Los Angeles. It is one of more than 80 major fires raging across 13 US states, spurred by heatwaves and high winds.

Source: bbc.com

13:45 World
S.Korea team to screen its food over Fukushima radiation concerns

South Korea's Olympic team will cook food for its athletes separately and screen ingredients for radiation during the Tokyo Olympics, an official said on Monday, a potential further irritant to frayed Seoul-Tokyo relations around the Games. South Korea has periodically irked Japan with such steps as curbing imports of Japanese seafood, citing safety concerns after the 2011 Fukushima tsunami and nuclear disaster. A spokesperson for the Korean Sport & Olympic Committee said it has booked a hotel near the Olympic village to prepare and deliver boxed meals to its athletes, adding that the country has run its own food programmes at every Olympic Games to help its athletes feel at home.

Source: reuters.com

12:34 World
Haitian PM who took control after president's assassination agrees to step down

Haiti's interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who has run the country following the assassination of president Jovenel Moise, will step down and a new government will be formed with Ariel Henry as prime minister, an official said Monday. The new government will not have a president, and will be tasked with organizing fresh elections "as soon as possible," said the government official, who is close to the prime minister's office.

Source: france24.com

11:55 World
Covid-19: India excess deaths cross four million

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused excess deaths in India to cross more than four million, a new study has found. Excess deaths are a measure of how many more people are dying than would be expected compared to the previous few years. Although it is difficult to say how many of these deaths have been caused by Covid-19, they are a measure of the overall impact of the pandemic. India has officially recorded more than 414,000 Covid-19 deaths so far.

Source: bbc.com

11:01 World
Egypt finds ancient military vessel, Greek graves in sunken city

Divers have discovered rare remains of a military vessel in the ancient sunken city of Thônis-Heracleion - once Egypt's largest port on the Mediterranean - and a funerary complex illustrating the presence of Greek merchants, the country said on Monday. The city, which controlled the entrance to Egypt at the mouth of a western branch of the Nile, dominated the area for centuries before the foundation of Alexandria nearby by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. The military vessel, discovered by an Egyptian-French mission led by the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), sank when the famed temple of Amun it was mooring next to collapsed in the second century BC.

Source: reuters.com

10:23 World
Pedro Castillo declared president-elect of Peru

Pedro Castillo has been declared president-elect of Peru, weeks after winning the popular vote in a tightly-contested run-off election. The country's election authority announced its verdict after reviewing claims of electoral fraud by his right-wing rival, Keiko Fujimori. Mr Castillo, a 51-year-old former school teacher and union leader, secured just over 50% of the votes. He will now be sworn in as Peru's president on 28 July.

Source: bbc.com

18:09 World
S.Korea's Moon scraps Tokyo trip over 'unacceptable' diplomat remarks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will not visit Tokyo for the upcoming Olympics, his office said on Monday, scrapping plans for what would have been his first summit with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The announcement came after Seoul lodged a protest over a news report on Friday that a senior diplomat at Japan's embassy in Seoul had said Moon was "masturbating" when describing his efforts to improve relations between the two countries.

Source: reuters.com

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