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19:07 World
A swarm of more than 40 earthquakes in 24 hours is causing a buzz in the northwest US

One of North America's most active fault lines sprung to life on Tuesday after a swarm of more than 40 earthquakes -- ranging from a magnitude 3.5 to 5.8 -- rattled off the coast of Oregon, catching the attention and concern of millions in the region. The series of quakes, which began early Tuesday morning and continued into Wednesday, were all clustered between 200-250 miles west of the coastal town of Newport.

Source: cnn.com

18:54 World
Australia joins US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

Australia will not send officials to February's Winter Olympics in Beijing, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday, joining a US diplomatic boycott of the Games.

Source: france24.com

17:34 World
Nick Cannon: Comedian announces death of five-month-old son Zen

Nick Cannon has announced that his five-month-old son Zen has died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. The America's Got Talent and Masked Singer US host confirmed the news during The Nick Cannon Show on Tuesday. He called the episode a "celebration of life" for his late son, who died last weekend.

Source: bbc.com

17:09 World
Climber can keep $84,000-worth of jewels he found on Mont Blanc

A climber who found a trove of precious stones on Mont Blanc has been given half of the 150,000-euro ($168,700) haul to keep after authorities couldn't find the original owner. The climber found the emeralds and sapphires on the mountain in France in 2013, and he has now been allowed to keep half of the stones, according to a Facebook post from Chamonix-Mont-Blanc council on Friday.

Source: cnn.com

15:53 World
Elon Musk officially ‘owns no home’

Elon Musk has fulfilled his pledge made last year to "own no home." The Tesla boss and billionaire sold his 16,000-square-foot mansion in Hillsborough, California, a wealthy Silicon Valley enclave just south of San Francisco. The property sold for $30 million, after initially listing for $37.5 million, when Mr. Musk announced the sale via Twitter in June, and eventually relisting for $31.99 million in October. The 47-acre property was Musk's "last remaining house" in California after selling off his other properties in the state.

Source: foxbusiness.com

14:46 World
Passengers have to get out and push plane after tyre bursts on runway in Nepal

Passengers on the 19-seater jet were filmed guiding the Tara Air plane to safety after it became stranded on the runway at Bajura Airport in Kolti last week. Airport officials also rushed to help the stricken pilot as planes circled overhead waiting for the traffic jam to clear so they could land.
      
Source: dailymail.co.uk

13:48 World
Helicopter crashes with India military chief on board

A helicopter carrying India's defence chief General Bipin Rawat crashed in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, the air force said.

Source: france24.com

12:46 World
Covishield: India vaccine maker halves production

The world's largest vaccine maker will halve the production of its Covid-19 vaccine because it has no fresh orders, its top-ranking executive has said. India has fully vaccinated half of its eligible adults since January.

Source: bbc.com

12:30 World
Queensland declares ‘world first’ Omicron Covid genetic variation but experts say it is not a new variant

The new Omicron Covid sub-lineage, known as Omicron “like”, was identified in an overseas arrival to Queensland from South Africa.

Source: theguardian.com

11:42 World
Malaysia court upholds guilty verdict for former PM Najib's 1MDB conviction

A Malaysian court on Wednesday upheld former Prime Minister Najib Razak's guilty verdict on corruption charges over a multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), dealing a blow to his hopes of a political comeback. Najib was appealing a 12-year prison sentence and $50 million fine imposed by Kuala Lumpur High Court last year for criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering, one of five trials he is facing over corruption allegations.

Source: cnn.com

10:55 World
Dozens killed in fire at overcrowded Burundi prison

Many inmates were still sleeping at the time of the blaze that destroyed several parts of the facility in Burundi’s political capital, Gitega, witnesses said. The vice-president, Prosper Bazombanza, who visited the scene of the fire with several senior ministers, said 38 people were killed and 69 seriously hurt.

Source: theguardian.com

10:19 World
Gilgamesh Dream Tablet: Iraq puts looted artefact on display

The 3,500-year-old Gilgamesh Dream Tablet has gone on display in Iraq for the first time in three decades. The clay artefact bears part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the world's oldest surviving works of literature. It was looted from an Iraqi museum during the 1991 Gulf War and smuggled through many countries before ending up at Washington DC's Museum of the Bible. US authorities seized the tablet in 2019 and handed it over to the Iraqi embassy in September.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Tiaras thought to belong to Napoleon's Josephine sell for $760,000

Two tiaras, believed to have belonged to French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's first wife Josephine, sold for more than $760,000 at auction on Tuesday. Set with engraved gemstones, the early 19th century pieces are part of matching jewellery sets, or parures, and were offered as part of auction house Sotheby's "Treasures" sale.

Source: reuters.com

18:06 World
Grammy Awards: Drake withdraws nominations

Drake's two Grammy nominations for 2022 have been withdrawn from the official website. According to reports, the decision was made at the request of Drake and his management. A source at the Recording Academy has told Newsbeat that the Academy chose to honour his wish. Drake was one of five nominees for Best Rap Album, for Certified Lover Boy, and for Best Rap Performance, for Way 2 Sexy.

Source: bbc.com

17:11 World
India: Hindu groups continue to disrupt Muslim prayers in Gurgaon

For more than two months now, right-wing Hindu groups have been protesting against Muslims offering Friday prayers in public spaces in Gurugram – less than an hour outside the Indian capital New Delhi – causing outrage and anxiety among the minority.

Source: aljazeera.com

16:21 World
Djokovic on Serbia team for ATP Cup in Australia, Nadal missing

World number one Novak Djokovic was named in the Serbia team Tuesday for the ATP Cup in Sydney in January, after speculation about whether he would travel to Australia because of vaccination rules.

Source: france24.com

14:43 World
Indonesia volcano eruption death toll rises to 34

The death toll from the eruption of Indonesia's Mount Semeru volcano rose to 34 on Tuesday, the national disaster agency said, as aid was rushed to the affected region. The disaster swallowed entire homes and vehicles, blanketing villages such as Curah Kobokan in grey ash and leaving residents terrified of returning home.

Source: france24.com

14:37 World
US boss fires 900 employees on a Zoom call

The chief executive of a US mortgage company has drawn criticism after he reportedly fired 900 employees on a Zoom call. “If you’re on this call, you are part of the unlucky group being laid off. Your employment here is terminated effective immediately,” Vishal Garg, CEO of Better.com, is heard saying at the beginning of the video call made on Wednesday last week.

Source: theguardian.com

13:30 World
Japan billionaire Maezawa to fulfil childhood dream with space flight

46-year-old fashion magnate and art collector Yusaku Maezawa has been training at a space centre outside Moscow in recent months before becoming the first space tourist to travel to the ISS in more than a decade. Maezawa will travel aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, which will launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, accompanied by his assistant Yozo Hirano, who will document the 12-day journey, and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin.

Source: reuters.com

12:30 World
Rohingya sue Facebook for $150bn over Myanmar hate speech

Dozens of Rohingya refugees in the UK and US have sued Facebook, accusing the social media giant of allowing hate speech against them to spread. They are demanding more than $150bn in compensation, claiming Facebook's platforms promoted violence against the persecuted minority.

Source: bbc.com

11:46 World
Spain's former king claims immunity from English courts

Spain's former king Juan Carlos I is seeking immunity from the English courts after his ex-lover accused him of spying on and harassing her, a London court was told on Monday. Danish businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn is seeking civil personal injury damages claim against the ex-monarch at the High Court. But the 83-year-old Juan Carlos, who ruled from 1975 until his abdication in 2014, denies wrongdoing and argues that as a Spanish royal, English courts have no jurisdiction.

Source: france24.com

11:22 World
Indonesia volcano erupts again as death toll rises to 22

An Indonesian volcano was active again on Monday, spewing out hot clouds of ash. The death toll had risen to 22 by Monday, while 27 were missing, Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said.

Source: reuters.com

10:54 World
US announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics but will send athletes

"The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games given the PRC's (People's Republic of China) ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

Source: france24.com

10:20 World
Pregnant Jennifer Lawrence dazzles in golden gown at 'Don't Look Up' premiere

The 31-year-old star, who is expecting her first child with husband Cooke Maroney, dazzled in a floor-length gold gown as she posed for pictures at the premiere of her upcoming film "Don't Look Up" in New York on Sunday night. She completed the shimmering effect with Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger earrings and styled her hair in an elegant updo. Lawrence joined co-star Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere for the film, which gets its streaming debut on Netflix on December 24.

Источник: cnn.com

10:00 World
Ethiopian forces recapture two key towns from rebels, gov’t says

Ethiopia’s government says it has recaptured the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha from Tigrayan rebels.

Source: aljazeera.com

17:35 World
Norwegian archaeologists find late Iron Age longhouses

Norwegian archaeologists said Monday they have found a cluster of longhouses, including one of the largest in Scandinavia, using ground-penetrating radar in the southeastern part of the country — in an area that researchers believe was a central place in the late Nordic Iron Age. The longhouses — long and narrow, single-room buildings — were found in Gjellestad, 86 kilometers southeast of Oslo near where a Viking-era ship was found in 2018 close to the Swedish border.

Source: apnews.com

16:54 World
Iran slams France for selling arms to UAE, ‘destabilising’ region

Iran on Monday accused France of "destabilising" the Gulf region after Paris signed a record 14-billion-euro deal with the United Arab Emirates for 80 Rafale fighter jets. "We must not ignore France's role in destabilising the region," foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told a news conference. "We expected France to be more responsible. "The militarisation of our region is unacceptable and the weapons they sell in the region are the source of turmoil."

Source: france24.com

15:54 World
UAE security official in Iran to discuss ties, regional issues

The United Arab Emirates' senior national security adviser met his Iranian counterpart and hardline President Ebrahim Raisi in a rare visit to Iran on Monday in a move aimed at overcoming their long-standing differences and increasing co-operation. Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan's visit took place days after Tehran and world powers broke off talks in Vienna as Western officials voiced dismay about Iran's sweeping demands for salvaging the 2015 nuclear pact,

Source: reuters.com

14:57 World
Singapore suspends crypto exchange over row with K-pop band BTS

Bitget has removed the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s logo from its website, the Guardian confirmed. The platform still claims to have licences from Australia, Canada and the United States, according to its website. According to a Financial Times report on Sunday, Bitget was suspended after it got into a high-profile dispute for promoting

Source: theguardian.com

14:24 World
Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar court sentences ousted leader to four years jail

Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to four years in prison, the first in a series of verdicts that could jail her for life. She was found guilty on charges of inciting dissent and breaking Covid rules under a natural disasters law. Ms Suu Kyi faces 11 charges in total. She has denied all charges.

Source: bbc.com

13:25 Region
Iran's Raisi says working to lift sanctions

President Ebrahim Raisi vowed to tackle Iran's economic woes and said his government was working to lift sanctions, in a television interview Sunday marking his first 100 days in power.

Source: france24.com

12:48 World
Severe weather warning for UK as Storm Barra set to arrive on Tuesday

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for most of the UK ahead of the arrival of Storm Barra on Tuesday, as thousands of homes remain without power more than a week after Storm Arwen. Yellow wind weather warnings are in place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland for Tuesday, with yellow snow warnings in place in southern and western Scotland.

Source: theguardian.com

11:56 World
Tribal violence kills 24 in Sudan’s Darfur

Tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs killed at least 24 people on Sunday in Sudan’s western Darfur region, an aid group said. The fighting grew out of a financial dispute late on Saturday between two individuals in the Krinding camp for displaced persons in West Darfur province, said Adam Regal, spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced in Darfur.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:19 World
Russia beat Croatia to win third Davis Cup

Russia claimed a third Davis Cup title on Sunday after Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev both won their singles matches to defeat Croatia. Medvedev's 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 victory over Marin Cilic came after Rublev had earlier prevailed 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) over Borna Gojo, giving Russia an unassailable 2-0 lead in Madrid.

Source: france24.com

10:51 World
India Nagaland: Security forces kill 13 civilians amid ambush blunder

Indian security forces have killed at least 13 civilians in a botched ambush near the Myanmar border, officials say. An army patrol mistakenly opened fire on miners returning home after work, killing six. Seven more civilians and an Indian soldier died when angry locals confronted troops. Home Minister Amit Shah said he was "anguished" and vowed to investigate. The army has been battling separatist militants in the north-eastern state of Nagaland for years.

Source: bbc.com

10:27 World
Indonesia Semeru volcanic eruption kills 14; dozens injured

The eruption of Semeru volcano has killed at least 14 people and injured dozens on Java island, Indonesia's disaster agency said on Sunday, as rescue teams searched for victims under layers of ash, sometimes digging with their bare hands. Semeru, the tallest mountain on Java, threw up towers of ash and hot clouds on Saturday that blanketed nearby villages in East Java province and sent people fleeing in panic.

Source: reuters.com

10:15 World
Protesters against vaccine mandate in with police

Belgian police fired water cannon on Sunday to disperse protesters opposed to compulsory health measures against the coronavirus pandemic. Some 8,000 people marched through Brussels towards the headquarters of the European Union, chanting “Freedom!” and letting off fireworks.

Source: aljazeera.com

16:17 World
Indonesia's Semeru volcano spews ash into sky

Indonesia's Semeru volcano on the east of Java island erupted on Saturday, spewing out clouds of smoke and ash and sending residents running in some nearby areas including the district of Lumajang. No damage to buildings or casualties were reported, the country's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said in a statement, adding that the local disaster agency was setting up evacuation tents.

Source: reuters.com

15:44 World
Bolsonaro: Brazilian Supreme Court opens investigation into vaccine comments

Brazil's Supreme Court has opened an inquiry into comments made by President Jair Bolsonaro wrongly claiming that Covid-19 vaccines may increase the chance of contracting Aids. The comments, made during a social media livestream in October saw him temporarily banned from Facebook and YouTube under their fake news policies. Mr Bolsonaro has frequently cast doubt over the effectiveness of vaccines. He is already facing a separate inquiry into his handling of the pandemic.

Source: bbc.com

14:37 World
Pope Francis arrives in Greece to highlight migrants' plight

Pope Francis arrived in Athens on Saturday for the second leg of a visit to the Mediterranean that aims to draw attention to the plight of migrants and refugees.

Source: reuters.com

12:02 World
South Korea sets daily records for new coronavirus cases, deaths

The 5,352 new cases reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Saturday marked the third time this week the daily tally exceeded 5,000. The country’s death toll was at 3,809 after a record 70 virus patients died in the past 24 hours, while the 752 patients in serious or critical conditions were also an all-time high.

Source: apnews.com

11:26 World
Emmanuel Macron accused of trying to ‘rehabilitate’ Mohammed bin Salman

Human rights groups have criticised Emmanuel Macron’s planned meeting with Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, which will mark the first one-on-one public meeting of a major western leader with the crown prince since the state-sponsored assassination of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Source: theguardian.com

10:50 World
Money, money, money: ABBA sues over Abba Mania cover band

The Swedish pop supergroup ABBA on Friday filed a lawsuit to stop a British cover band known as Abba Mania from using that name. In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, lawyers for ABBA accused Abba Mania's managers of "parasitic and bad-faith conduct" by trading off ABBA's goodwill and cachet in promoting Abba Mania.

Source: reuters.com

10:21 World
Mali: Dozens of civilians killed after militants attack bus

At least 31 people have been killed in central Mali after militants attacked a bus carrying civilians to a market, local officials have said. Unidentified gunmen opened fire and killed the driver, before setting the bus on fire, according to authorities. Most of the victims were women who were on their way to work at the market, local sources told EFE news agency.

Source: bbc.com

20:45 World
50 Cent apologizes for mocking Madonna's photos

50 Cent is sorry for poking fun at Madonna. The rapper and "Power" star recently mocked the icon for risque photos she posted of herself on Instagram showing her scantily-dressed on her bed. 50 Cent compared one of her photos to when a house falls on the Wicked Witch of the East from the "The Wizard of Oz." But Madonna took to her Instagram Stories on Thursday in response and said he went too far.

Source: cnn.com

18:32 World
India: The granny who learnt to read and write at 104

Kuttiyamma, a 104-year-old woman in the southern Indian state of Kerala, had always wanted to go to school. But an early marriage and a life centred on household chores put an end to that dream. But her dream became realistic when she finally got a chance to join a government-sponsored literacy programme. She made headlines by scoring 89 marks out of 100 in the official literacy test.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
Cyprus police arrest man with knife, say unrelated to Pope visit

Police in Cyprus arrested a man carrying a knife during security screening to an outdoor stadium where Pope Francis was celebrating mass on Friday, but authorities said it appeared unrelated to the pontiff's presence on the island. Two security sources said the knife was found during security screening for thousands seeking access to the stadium on Friday morning. Authorities had taken strict security precautions and most attendees had to be at the venue hours earlier.

Source: reuters.com

16:54 World
Several civilians and Peshmerga killed by ISIL in Iraq’s Makhmour

At least 10 people, including three civilians, killed in latest attack on a village in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Source: aljazeera.com

16:11 World
Little Mix taking break after '10 amazing years'

Little Mix say they're "taking a break" after their 2022 tour, but insist they're not splitting up permanently. The group shared news of their hiatus on social media on Wednesday evening.

Source: bbc.com

15:31 World
Italian teen with one leg and no hands finds freedom in acrobatic pole dancing

Fifteen-year-old Francesca Cesarini was born with no hands and with only one leg. So her mother was more than a bit surprised when her daughter told her she wanted to be an acrobatic pole dancer. Three years later, in 2021 she competed in the International Pole Sports Federation's virtual world pole and aerial championship.

Source: reuters.com

14:42 World
Cementing ties, UAE buys 80 French-made Rafale warplanes

The United Arab Emirates ordered 80 Rafale fighter jets on Friday, the largest order ever for the warplane, a multi-billion dollar arms contract that deepens economic and political ties with France. French President Emmanuel Macron began a two-day trip to the Gulf on Friday, and will also visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Source: reuters.com

13:59 World
Desperate Afghan refugee sets himself on fire in Indonesia

Afghan refugee Ezat Najafi sensed something was wrong when his friend and fellow refugee, Ahmad Shah, began to behave erratically in front of the Indonesian Organization for Migration (IOM) building in the Indonesian city of Medan. For a month, a group of Afghan refugees — some of whom have been living in limbo in Indonesia for almost a decade — had been staging a 24-hour protest in a makeshift camp in front of the IOM office, sleeping in tents pitched in the forecourt.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:32 World
Rain to replace snow in the Arctic as climate heats, study finds

Rain will replace snow as the Arctic’s most common precipitation as the climate crisis heats up the planet’s northern ice cap, according to research. Climate models show switch will happen decades faster than previously thought, with ‘profound’ implications.

Source: theguardian.com

11:53 World
A year on this exoplanet only lasts about 8 hours

If you think there aren't enough hours in the day on Earth, this newly discovered planet will make your head spin. On an exoplanet called GJ 367b that's orbiting a star 31 light-years away from our sun, a year only lasts for about eight hours. The discovery could shed light on these mysterious, rapidly orbiting worlds.

Source: cnn.com

11:27 World
Curious leopard enters classroom in India

A leopard was captured in the northern Indian city of Aligarh after it entered a school and attacked a student. The student, who suffered minor injuries, said he ran out of the classroom when he saw the animal hiding there. The five-year-old leopard was eventually tranquilised and captured after an 11-hour long effort. Officials said the leopard may have strayed into the school from a patch of forest nearby.

Source: bbc.com

10:30 World
Wildfire burns into central Montana town, destroys houses

A late-season wildfire that came amid unseasonably warm weather and was pushed by strong winds ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town overnight, burning 24 homes and four grain elevators that had stood for more than a century. The fire started late Tuesday north of the town of Stanford and it was not initially considered a threat to Denton. About 300 residents of the town were evacuated early Wednesday afternoon.

Source: apnews.com

10:13 World
US, EU, UK and Canada announce new sanctions on Belarus

The two North American countries, Britain and the European bloc announced the sanctions in a joint statement on Thursday, saying they were targeting “certain individuals and entities”.

Soruce: aljazeera.com

19:07 Region
Iran says nuclear deal ‘within reach’ if West shows goodwill

Iran’s top diplomat says an agreement to revive his country’s nuclear deal with world powers was “within reach” but that this depended on the goodwill of the West. Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Twitter on Thursday that negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna, were “proceeding with seriousness” and that the removal of sanctions was a “fundamental priority”.

Source: aljazeera.com

18:18 World
School bullies to face jail under law approved by French MPs

The French parliament has voted to make school bullying a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in prison, as MPs said society needed a wake-up call on the seriousness of children targeting their peers. The proposed law was supported by Emmanuel Macron’s education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Macron’s ruling coalition, as well as the right.

Source: theguardian.com

17:54 World
Austria's ex-chancellor Kurz quits politics

Austria's ex-chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Thursday said he was quitting politics, just two months after resigning as national leader following his implication in a corruption scandal. The announcement caps a spectacular career, which at age 31 saw him become the world's youngest democratically elected head of government in 2017.

Source: france24.com

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