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12:19 World
Frida Kahlo self-portrait set to smash records at auction

A Frida Kahlo self-portrait featuring her husband Diego Rivera is tipped to sell for more than $30 million at auction in New York, Sotheby's said Wednesday. "Diego y yo" (Diego and I), painted in 1949, "is poised to shatter" Kahlo's current auction record of $8 million set in 2016, the auction house said in a statement. The artwork, which will be the star lot of Sotheby's big November sale, is also expected to smash the record for a painting by a Latin American artist.

Source: france24.com

11:51 World
Robert Fyfe: Last of the Summer Wine actor dies at 90

Actor Robert Fyfe, best known for playing Howard in sitcom Last of the Summer Wine for 25 years, has died at the age of 90. Fyfe joined the long-running BBC show in 1985 and remained until its final episode in 2010.

Source: bbc.com

11:05 World
Ethnic Serbs dig in for long protest over Kosovo ban

Ethnic Serbs dug in Wednesday for a long protest over the Kosovo government's decision to ban vehicles with Serbian plates as they formed a tent camp on the border with Serbia. They started blocking border traffic after the ethnic Albanian-led government decided on Monday to oblige drivers with Serbian registration plates to put on temporary ones when entering Kosovo. A few hundred ethnic Serbs were camping in tents by trucks parked in the middle of the roads leading to the border.

Source: france24.com

10:38 World
Algeria closes airspace to Morocco over 'provocations and hostile' actions

Algeria has closed its airspace to all Moroccan planes, the presidency said on Wednesday, in the latest dispute between the two countries at odds mainly over Western Sahara.

Source: france24.com

10:06 World
Over 30 dead during Guinea-Bissau health worker strike, union says

More than 30 people have died because a health workers' strike in Guinea-Bissau has paralysed the healthcare system, a spokesperson for the nurses' union said on Wednesday. The boycott over working conditions, pay and other issues was launched on Monday in the small West African nation where chronically under-equipped hospitals and clinics have long angered workers and endangered patients.

Source: reuters.com

19:14 World
German auto giants place their bets on hydrogen cars

Battery power may be the frontrunner to become the car technology of the future, but don't rule out the underdog hydrogen. That's the view of some major automakers, including BMW and Audi, which are developing hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicle prototypes alongside their fleets of battery cars as part of preparations to abandon fossil fuels.

Source: reuters.com

18:44 World
Trump sues niece and New York Times over tax story

Former US President Donald Trump is suing his niece and the New York Times over a 2018 article that alleged he was involved in "dubious tax schemes". The lawsuit, filed in New York, accuses Mary Trump and newspaper reporters of being "engaged in an insidious plot" to obtain confidential documents. It alleges that Ms Trump, 56, breached a settlement agreement barring her from disclosing the documents. In response, Ms Trump said the lawsuit was a sign of "desperation".

Source: bbc.com

17:48 World
Rare rhino horns go up in flames in India anti-poaching campaign

Nearly 2,500 rare rhino horns were destroyed Wednesday in the first ceremony of its kind in northeastern India as part of an anti-poaching drive to mark World Rhino Day. The endangered one-horned rhinoceros used to be widespread in the region but hunting and habitat loss have slashed its numbers to just a few thousand, with most now found in India's Assam state. Trade in rhino horn has been banned since 1977 by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Source: france24.com

17:19 World
Tunisian democracy now in the hands of its solemn president

Described by those who know him as set in his opinions and trusting of only a tight circle, a former constitutional law professor now holds the future of Tunisia's young democracy in his formally suited grasp. When President Kais Saied addressed supporters on Monday in the town that began Tunisia's 2011 revolution, he swore he would not turn back from the July intervention that his critics called a coup.

Source: reuters.com

16:43 World
Most infants in 91 countries are malnourished, warns Unicef

Only a third of children under two in many developing countries are fed what they need for healthy growth and no progress has been made on improving their nutrition over the past decade. Unicef, the UN’s children’s agency, said in a report published on Wednesday that a combination of crises from Covid-19 to conflict and the climate breakdown had stunted progress on children’s nutrition in 91 countries.

Source: theguardian.com

15:24 World
Global sea levels are rising at an 'alarming rate' of 0.12 inches a year thanks to melting ice

Global average sea levels are rising by about 0.12 inches (3.1mm) every year. This is according to the fifth annual report by the Copernicus Marine Service. The report used ocean measurements and satellite observations over a year. The annual report includes contributions from 150 scientists from more than 30 renowned European institutions and is backed by the European Comission.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

14:37 World
Will Smith mansion: Fire trucks rush to actor’s Malibu home amid reports of blaze

Fire trucks and an ambulance were seen going to the $42 million dream home Will Smith built in Calabasas, Calif., after a blaze there caused smoke damage, officials confirmed Tuesday. Video footage from the sprawling estate on Cold Canyon Road showed an ambulance with flashing lights entering just after 3:30 p.m. Monday, followed by an ambulance, several other cars and a utility vehicle. Despite the presence of an ambulance, there were no injuries, the fire official said.

Source: pagesix.com

13:15 World
Rolling Stones resume live shows with emotional Charlie Watts tribute

The Rolling Stones have played their first concert since the death of their drummer Charlie Watts last month. The small warm-up show took place in Massachusetts Gillette Stadium, to an audience of about 300 people. Singer Sir Mick Jagger dedicated the show to Watts, who died of an unspecified illness at the age of 80.

Source: bbc.com

12:38 World
Eruption on Spanish island could last 3 months, experts say

The volcanic eruption on a Spanish island and its aftermath could last for up to 84 days, experts said Wednesday. The Canary Island Volcanology Institute said it based its calculation on the length of previous eruptions on the archipelago, which like the latest eruption were followed by heavy lava flows and lasting seismic activity.

Source: apnews.com

12:04 World
Manila mayor announces bid for president of the Philippines

Former actor Isko Moreno takes aim at President Duterte for his ‘failures’ in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and alleged corruption. The election is due to take place in May 2022 and Duterte is barred from running for a second term.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:11 World
Rare Australia earthquake triggers panic in Melbourne

A rare quake rattled southeastern Australia early Wednesday, shaking buildings, knocking down walls and sending panicked residents running into the streets of Melbourne. The shallow quake hit east of the country's second-largest city just after 9:00am local time and was felt hundreds of kilometres away. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.8, later revised up to 5.9, and said it struck at a depth of 10 kilometres.

Source: france24.com

10:06 World
Huge Maya pyramid in El Salvador was built just 5–30 years after an enormous volcanic eruption as

a 'guard against future eruptions', study finds. Tierra Blanca Joven was the largest eruption in Central America in 10,000 years. It devastated the local area, covering it in volcanic deposits some 1.6 feet thick. It was thought that the disaster caused the area to be abandoned for some time. Yet a University of Colorado Boulder expert found evidence to dispute this. The Campana pyramid at San Andrés was built from volcanic rock shortly after.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

17:59 World
Injured Messi ruled out of midweek action with PSG

Lionel Messi will miss Paris Saint-Germain's game away to Metz on Wednesday due to a knee injury which coach Mauricio Pochettino has said was the real reason behind his surprise decision to take the six-time Ballon d'Or winner off against Lyon at the weekend.

Source: france24.com

17:33 World
Macron and Modi vow to ‘act jointly’ after submarine dispute

President Emmanuel Macron has discussed cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as France deals with the fallout from Australia’s cancellation of a $40bn French submarine order. The two leaders held a phone conversation on Tuesday, said a statement from Macron’s office, during which they also discussed issues such as the crisis in Afghanistan.

Source: aljazeera.com

17:03 World
Chelsea's Alonso to stop taking the knee

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso will no longer take the knee as a sign of protest against racism because the Spain left-back believes the gesture is "losing a bit of strength." Alonso will instead point to an anti-racism badge on his shirt before kick-off.

Source: france24.com

15:31 World
Nasa selects landing site for Moon rover mission

Nasa is sending a robotic rover to look for water-ice near a crater at the Moon's South Pole. In 2023, the golf cart-sized vehicle will land near the western edge of Nobile Crater, a 73km-wide depression that is almost permanently in shadow.

Source: bbc.com

14:29 World
Universal Music shares soar in stock market debut

Shares of Universal Music, whose lineup features The Beatles and Taylor Swift, soared on the label's stock market debut on Tuesday, bolstering confidence in one of the largest IPOs in recent years. The music giant was floated by its owner, French media giant Vivendi, with shares jumping from a debut price of 18.50 euros to over 25 euros ($29) on the Euronext Amsterdam index.

Source: france24.com

13:53 World
Australian documents showed French submarine project was at risk for years

France shouldn't have been surprised that Australia cancelled a submarine contract, as major concerns about delays, cost overruns and suitability had been aired officially and publicly for years, Australian politicians said.

Source: reuters.com

13:31 World
Jarred Gillett: Australian to become first overseas Premier League referee

Jarred Gillett will become the first overseas official to referee a Premier League game when he takes charge of Watford v Newcastle on Saturday. The 34-year-old Australian was promoted to Select Group 1 by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) before the start of the season. Gillett has been on Premier League VAR duty this season and has refereed two Championship games this term. He began officiating in England in 2019 after leaving Australia's A-League.

Source: bbc.com

13:03 World
UK's Princess Beatrice gives birth to baby girl

Britain's Princess Beatrice, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter, has given birth to a baby girl, her first child with husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday.

Source: reuters.com

12:34 World
Biden administration plans to double US refugee admissions to 125,000 in 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration wants to nearly double the number of refugees admitted to the United States to 125,000 in the upcoming fiscal year starting on Oct. 1 in keeping with a campaign promise, according to a statement from the State Department. The State Department will consult with the Department of Homeland Security and Congress to lift the cap, which was set at 62,500 for the 2020 fiscal year ending this month, the statement said.

Source: france24.com

11:56 World
More evacuations as lava pours from Canaries volcano

Lava pouring from the Canary Islands' first volcanic eruption in 50 years has forced authorities to evacuate another part of El Paso on the island of La Palma, the town's mayor said on Tuesday. About 6,000 of the 80,000 people living on the island have been forced to leave their homes to escape the eruption so far.

Source: reuters.com

11:27 World
EU backs France as Australia submarine deal strains alliance

European Union leaders have rallied behind France in its anger over a multi-billion dollar submarine deal with Australia that was scuppered when Canberra signed up to a trilateral Asia Pacific security pact with the United States and the United Kingdom.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:47 World
Trudeau’s Liberal party leads polls but falls short of majority, Canadian media project

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are on track to win the Canadian election, the CBC and CTV television networks projected as results trickled in, but they look set to fall short of their goal for a decisive, majority win.

Source: france24.com

10:00 World
Guinness World Records: Japanese sisters certified world's oldest twins

Two Japanese sisters have been certified by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living identical twins at over 107 years and 300 days. Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama have broken the record set by late Japanese twin sisters Kin Narita and Gin Kanie. Umeno and Koume, both described as sociable people, were born on 5 November 1913 on Shodoshima island. The announcement was made on Monday to coincide with Respect for the Aged Day - a national holiday in Japan.

Source: bbc.com

18:37 World
France seeks European support after submarine deal surprise

France canceled meetings with British and Australian officials and is trying to rally EU allies behind its push for more European sovereignty after being humiliated by major Pacific defense pact orchestrated by the U.S. Australia and Britain insisted Monday that the diplomatic crisis wouldn’t affect their longer-term relations with France, which is seething over a surprise, strategic submarine deal involving the U.S., Australia and Britain that sank a rival French submarine contract.

Source: apnews.com

18:12 World
Hungary PM launches election campaign with $2 bln tax refund for families

Hungary's government will refund $2 billion of income tax to families in early 2022 and also plans a big hike in the minimum wage, right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban told the opening session of parliament on Monday, setting the stage for next year's election. Orban, who faces a parliamentary election that is shaping up as a competitive race for the first time in a decade, said the economy's sharp rebound from the coronavirus pandemic provided room in the budget for the measures.

Source: reuters.com

16:44 World
French highline walker makes 600-metre Seine crossing from Eiffel Tower

A French highline walker has crossed the River Seine in Paris at a height of 70 metres, in a breathtaking feat watched by cheering crowds on the Eiffel Tower and along the banks. Attached by a strap to a safety lanyard, 27-year-old Nathan Paulin slowly progressed barefoot on a line stretched across the river between the Eiffel Tower and the Chaillot theatre. He stopped for a few breaks, sitting or lying on the rope.

Source: theguardian.com

16:33 World
Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao to run for president in 2022 in anti-Duterte bid

Philippine boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao declared Sunday he will run for president in 2022, ending months of speculation about whether the legendary fighter would seek the country's top job. The 42-year-old is deeply admired in the archipelago nation for his generosity and hauling himself out of poverty to become one of the world's greatest and wealthiest boxers.

Source: france24.com

15:11 World
Chelsea outclass Spurs as stars pay tribute to Greaves

Chelsea extended their flying start to the season with a 3-0 win at London rivals Tottenham as both clubs paid an emotional tribute to their former striker Jimmy Greaves on Sunday. Thiago Silva put Chelsea ahead early in the second half before N'Golo Kante bagged his first club goal since December 2019. Antonio Rudiger rounded off Chelsea's dominant display with a stoppage-time strike as Thomas Tuchel's latest tactical masterclass paid rich dividends.

Source: france24.com

14:21 World
Officer catches a 1-month-old baby dropped from 2nd floor balcony, authorities say

Jersey City Police responded to a call of a child in danger and found a man threatening to throw the baby from the second story of the building, Mayor Steven Fulop said in an Instagram post. Officers set up a perimeter to negotiate, but "eventually the man did throw the one-month-old baby from the second story of the building," the mayor said. Officer Eduardo Matute caught the baby, who was not physically harmed, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said.

Source: cnn.com

14:06 World
Bees kill dozens of endangered penguins in South Africa

A swarm of bees has killed 63 endangered African penguins on a beach outside Cape Town, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds said on Sunday. "After tests, we found bee stings around the penguins' eyes," said the foundation's David Roberts, a clinical veterinarian.

Source: france24.com

12:58 World
Military training jet crashes in Texas, injuring both pilots

A military training jet crashed Sunday in a neighborhood near Fort Worth, Texas, injuring the two pilots and damaging three homes but not seriously hurting anyone on the ground, authorities said. Both pilots managed to eject from the plane before it crashed in Lake Worth, which is just west of Fort Worth, authorities said at a news conference.

Source: apnews.com

12:17 Region
Iran museums reopen after year-long Covid break

Iran reopened museums in Tehran and other cities Sunday after a more than year-long closure because of the Covid-19 pandemic. A country with a millennia-long history, Iran has an abundance of 746 museums, including 170 in the capital.

Source: france24.com

11:39 World
East Libyan forces say two helicopters crash in military operation

East Libyan forces said they lost two helicopters in a crash during a military operation south of Benina airbase on Sunday, after days of fighting with a formerly allied rebel group from Chad. The Libyan National Army (LNA) of eastern-based commander Khalifa Haftar has been engaged since last week in battles with the Front for Change and Concord in Chad (FACT) in the south of Libya near the Chadian border.

Source: reuters.com

11:21 World
Sotheby's to auction rare first printing of U.S. Constitution

An extremely rare official first-edition printed copy of the U.S. Constitution will be put up for bid by Sotheby's in mid-November, the auction house said on Friday. Announcing the upcoming sale of the document on the 234th anniversary of its signing by delegates to the Constitutional Convention, Sotheby's estimated its value at $15 million to $20 million.

Source: reuters.com

10:54 World
Jimmy Greaves: One of football's most popular and enduring figures

Jimmy Greaves, who has died aged 81, will be remembered as a prodigy, pioneer and pundit as well as one of the greatest natural goalscorers English football has ever produced. Greaves' glittering career at club level with Chelsea, AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United was matched by his feats for England as he remains fourth in the list of all-time goalscorers behind Wayne Rooney, Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker with 44 goals in 57 games.

Source: bbc.com

10:17 World
Israel recaptures final Palestinian escapees

Israel's army says it has recaptured the final two of a six man Palestinian group who tunnelled out of a high-security jail almost two weeks ago. The pair - both members of militant group Islamic Jihad - were arrested after being surrounded by security forces in the West Bank city of Jenin, Israel's Defense Forces said. The other four were captured last week.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Spanish Canary Island volcano erupts after weeks of earthquakes

A volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday after a week of building seismic activity. A huge column of smoke rose up after the eruption at 3.15pm local time in the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island, according to the Canary Islands government. Just before, authorities had evacuated about 40 people with mobility problems and farm animals from the villages around the volcano.

Source: theguardian.com

17:02 World
Tunisians protest over president's seizure of powers

Several hundred demonstrators gathered in Tunis on Saturday to protest against Tunisian President Kais Saied's seizure of governing powers in July, which triggered a constitutional crisis and prompted accusations of a coup. The protesters gathered in the centre of the capital chanting "shut down the coup" and "we want a return to legitimacy", while a few dozen Saied supporters held a counter demonstration chanting "the people want to dissolve parliament".

Source: reuters.com

16:12 World
Notre-Dame's restoration ready to start as safety work completed

Work to shore up the Notre-Dame de Paris has been finished, allowing restoration to start at the cathedral two years after a fire destroyed the attic and sent its spire crashing through the vaults below, officials said on Saturday. Soon after the April 2019 blaze, President Emmanuel Macron said the cathedral - which dates back to the 12th century - would be rebuilt and later promised to get it reopened to worshippers by 2024, when France hosts the Olympic Games.

Source: reuters.com

15:38 World
'I chewed on a finger': Woman bites into burger and chews on rotting human finger

as restaurant carries on serving people after she complains. A fast-food customer was left horrified after she bit into a hamburger and chewed on the grim remains of a rotting human FINGER. The unfortunate diner, named Estefany Benitez, made the discovery at the Hot Burger store in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia last Sunday.

Source: the-sun.com

14:30 World
Global coral cover has fallen by half since 1950s, analysis finds

The world’s coral reef cover has halved since the 1950s, ravaged by global heating, overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction, according to an analysis of thousands of reef surveys. Coral reefs are a vital source of food for millions of people around the world, especially island indigenous communities where fish is the primary source of animal protein, and researchers said the declines raised fears about future food stability.

Source: theguardian.com

13:34 World
Girls excluded from returning to secondary school in Afghanistan

Girls were excluded from returning to secondary school in Afghanistan on Saturday, after the country's new Taliban rulers ordered only boys and male teachers back to the classroom.

Source: france24.com

12:53 World
Tom Cruise gets sneak preview from SpaceX’s 1st private crew

Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed Friday that the actor took part in a call with the four space tourists orbiting more than 360 miles up. Thursday’s conversation, like the entire three-day flight, was private and so no details were released.

Source: apnews.com

12:03 World
K-pop group BTS will join U.N. meeting in N.Y. as special envoys

The K-pop group BTS will visit the United Nations as presidential special envoys for South Korea. “It is a huge honor, both as an individual and a citizen, to be able to hold the title of special presidential envoy for future generations and culture,” BTS member RM said.

Source: nbcnews.com

11:18 World
Venezuela's Maduro in Mexico on first foreign trip since US accusations

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro arrived in Mexico on Friday to participate in a gathering of leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean, a rare trip abroad and his first since the United States accused him of drug trafficking. In March 2020, the US Department of Justice accused him of crimes including "narco-terrorism", drug trafficking, and possession of weapons, offering $15 million for information leading to his arrest.

Source: france24.com

10:54 World
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, ousted Algerian president, dies aged 84

Algeria’s longest-serving president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who was ousted in 2019 amid pro-democracy protests after two decades in power, has died aged 84. The state television announcement on Friday, citing a statement from the office of the current president, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, did not provide the cause of death.

Source: theguardian.com

10:12 World
Infection known as mad cow disease found on Somerset farm

A case of the cattle disease BSE has been confirmed on a farm in Somerset. The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) said that the infected animal has died and has been removed. An investigation is under way to find the source of the infection and restrictions on the movement of cattle on the farm have been put in place.

Source: bbc.com

18:52 World
Dutch are world’s tallest people – but they’re shrinking, study shows

Poorer diet may explain why the lofty lowlanders are at least 1cm shorter than the previous generation.

Source: theguardian.com

17:45 Region
Iran joins expanding Asian security body led by Moscow, Beijing

Iran joined a rapidly expanding central Asian security body led by Russia and China on Friday, calling on the countries in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to help it form a mechanism to avert sanctions imposed by the West.

Source: reuters.com

17:16 World
More than 10,000 migrants packed under Texas bridge, number still rising

Most of the migrants are Haitian, have been living in South America and came to Del Rio, Texas, along a common Mexican cartel smuggling route. The numbers under the bridge have ballooned over the past 48 hours, growing from around 5,000 on Wednesday and are expected to rise above 11,000 on Friday.

Source: nbcnews.com

16:30 World
Egypt is building a $4.5 billion high-speed rail line

Passengers and cargo will soon be able to shoot through the Egyptian desert aboard a high-speed train, in a first for the country. The high-speed and electrified main rail line will connect Cairo to the New Administrative Capital and surrounding new cities. German company Siemens Mobility signed a contract with Egypt's National Authority for Tunnels (NAT) earlier this month to build the initial 660 kilometers out of the planned 1,800-kilometer network, creating "a Suez Canal type of link on the tracks."

Source: cnn.com

15:47 World
California fires: General Sherman and other sequoias given blankets

Firefighters are wrapping fire-resistant blankets around ancient trees as blazes tear through California's world-famous Sequoia National Park. Officials fear the fire could reach the Giant Forest, a grove of some of the world's biggest trees, within hours. The forest hosts some 2,000 sequoias, including the 275ft (83m) General Sherman, the biggest tree by volume on Earth and about 2,500 years old. The Colony and Paradise fires have been growing for a week.

Source: bbc.com

13:57 World
Good University Guide: For the first time ever, Oxford and Cambridge miss out on top spot in rankings

No university has been placed higher than the Oxbridge institutions in the guide's 30-year history, or any other domestic university rankings. The University of St Andrews was placed in first place, after only a small drop in student satisfaction during the pandemic.

Source: news.sky.com

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