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17:19 World
Nebra Sky Disc: British Museum to display world's 'oldest map of stars'

An ancient object thought to be the world's oldest map of the stars is to go on display at the British Museum. The Nebra Sky Disc is widely believed to be 3,600 years old, dating from the Bronze Age. The bronze disc was unearthed in Germany in 1999 and is considered one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th Century.

Source: bbc.com

16:37 World
Colin Powell, former US secretary of state, dies at 84 of Covid complications

It was announced on Monday. Powell, a retired four-star general who was a key figure in the build up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and who served as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff in the early 1990s, had been treated for Covid at Walter Reed national medical center in Bethesda, Maryland. He was fully vaccinated against coronavirus.

Source: theguardian.com

15:35 World
Activists unfurl Tibet flag at Beijing Olympics flame ceremony

Activists unfurled a Tibetan flag and a banner that said "no genocide" at the flame-lighting ceremony for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in Greece on Monday. The demonstrators produced the flag and the banner following the ceremony in Olympia attended by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach. Security guards forced the demonstrators, who were standing in the ruins of the site of the Ancient Olympics, to take down the flag and the banner and detained the activists.

Source: france24.com

14:21 World
Kerala floods: Dozens missing in deadly India disaster

More than 20 people have been killed in floods in southern India after heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, cutting off towns and villages. Several houses were washed away and people became trapped in the district of Kottayam in Kerala state.

Source: bbc.com

13:59 World
Russian actor and director making first movie in space return to Earth after 12-day mission

A Russian actor and a film director making the first move film in space returned to Earth on Sunday after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS). The Soyuz MS-18 space capsule carrying Russian ISS crew member Oleg Novitskiy, Yulia Peresild and Klim Shipenko landed in a remote area outside the western Kazakhstan at 07:35 a.m. (0435 GMT), the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.

Source: reuters.com

13:21 Region
Erdogan says Turkey in talks with US on sale of F-16 fighter jets

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the United States proposed selling F-16 fighter jets to Turkey in return for its investment in the F-35 programme, from which Ankara was removed after purchasing missile defence systems from Russia. Speaking to reporters on Sunday before departing for a trip to Africa, Erdogan said Turkey wants a return for its investment in the F-35 programme and that talks on the issue are ongoing.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:18 World
Darwin family microscope to be sold at auction

A microscope Charles Darwin gave his son Leonard and which has remained in the family for nearly 200 years is headed for auction in December, and is expected to fetch up to $480,000. The instrument was designed by Charles Gould for the firm Cary around 1825 and is one of six surviving microscopes associated with the British naturalist, according to auction house Christie's.

Source: reuters.com

11:36 World
Newcastle v Tottenham Hotspur halted for 20 minutes after medical emergency in stands

Newcastle's game against Tottenham Hotspur was suspended for 20 minutes due a medical emergency in the stands of St James Park on Sunday afternoon. Spurs player Sergio Reguilon appeared to spot the issue in the stadium's East Stand, and asked the referee Andre Marriner to stop the game while the fan received medical treatment.

Source: news.sky.com

11:13 World
Volcanic ash halts flights on Spanish island

Planes were grounded on La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands, for the second straight day Sunday because of ash from a volcano that began erupting a month ago. Airlines scrapped all 38 flights scheduled for Sunday, most of them to and from other islands in the Atlantic archipelago off Morocco, an airport spokesman said. Only four of the 34 flights scheduled for Saturday went ahead as planned.

Source: france24.com

10:49 World
Mauro Icardi misses PSG training after split with Wanda Nara

L’Équipe report that Argentinian international forward and PSG striker Mauro Icardi missed training with his club Sunday morning owing to his separation from Wanda Nara. He is said to be very negatively affected by her decision to leave Paris, with their children, which she did on Sunday lunchtime. On Saturday, Nara, who is also Icardi’s agent, took to Instagram to accuse Icardi of cheating on her with a “slut.”

Source: getfootballnewsfrance.com

10:00 World
Former President Bill Clinton released from hospital

Former President Bill Clinton has been released from a California hospital after being treated for an infection that spread to his bloodstream. Clinton walked out arm-in-arm with his wife and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before greeting hospital staff and giving a thumbs-up when asked how he was feeling.

Source: cnn.com

16:29 World
Two Hindu men killed in fresh Bangladesh religious unrest

Two Hindu men have been killed in fresh religious violence in Bangladesh, police officials said Saturday, taking the death toll to six from recent unrest in the Muslim-majority country. Protests began on Wednesday after footage emerged of a Koran being placed on the knee of a Hindu god during celebrations for the Hindu festival Durga Puja. The minority community make up about 10 percent of the population.

Source: france24.com

15:33 World
Russia’s daily virus death toll passes 1,000

Russia’s daily death toll from COVID-19 has exceeded 1,000 for the first time as the country faces a sustained wave of rising infections. The national coronavirus task force on Saturday reported 1,002 deaths in the previous day, up from 999 on Friday, along with 33,208 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, more than 1,000 higher than the day before.

Source: apnews.com

14:52 World
NASA launches first space probe to study Jupiter's Trojan asteroids

NASA launched a first-of-its kind mission on Saturday to study Jupiter's Trojan asteroids, two large clusters of space rocks that scientists believe are remnants of primordial material that formed the solar system's outer planets.

Source: reuters.com

13:42 World
Magnitude 4.8 earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Bali

At least three people have been killed and another seven were injured after an earthquake and aftershock hit Indonesia’s resort island of Bali early on Saturday. The quake hit just before dawn, causing people to run outdoors in panic.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:57 World
Indonesia river cleanup leads to 11 students drowning, 10 rescued

Eleven students drowned and 10 others were rescued during a school outing for a river cleanup in Indonesia’s West Java Province, officials said Saturday. Local officials said 150 students from an Islamic junior high school were participating in the cleanup Friday along the banks of the Cileueur river bank when 21 of them slipped into the water.

Source: foxnews.com

12:29 World
Nike Jordan boss reveals he murdered an 18-year-old in 1965

A long-time Nike executive in the US has revealed that he shot and killed a teenage boy in the streets of West Philadelphia 56 years ago. Larry Miller, chairman of the popular Jordan Brand, confessed to the 1965 murder in an interview with Sports Illustrated published on Wednesday. "It was eating me up inside," he said of his actions at age 16, when he was "a straight-up gangbanger".

Source: bbc.com

11:52 World
Man Utd boss Solskjaer won't be pressured over Ronaldo selection

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will not be pressured into playing Cristiano Ronaldo if he believes the Portugal star should be left out. Solskjaer caused a storm when he started with Ronaldo on the bench for United's 1-1 draw against Everton in the last match before the international break.

Source: france24.com

11:35 World
Liberian teen becomes hero for finding and returning $50,000

A teenager in Liberia who has become a national hero after finding $50,000 and returning it to its rightful owner said he will meet the country’s president next week. Emmanuel Tuloe told The Associated Press Friday that he has been invited to meet President George Weah on Monday.
 

10:51 World
62 killed in bomb blast at Shiite mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

At least 62 people were killed and 70 others injured in a suicide bomb attack that hit a packed Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan, according to Kabul-based news agency Bakhtar. The Imam Barga mosque in Kandahar was full of worshippers attending weekly Friday prayers.

Source: dailysabah.com

10:25 World
Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling free to leave if he wants, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola has expressed surprise at Raheem Sterling’s admission that he is open to leaving Manchester City to seek more game time and said the forward can move if he wants.

Source: theguardian.com

21:49 World
Japan, South Korea look to deepen bilateral ties despite tensions

Japan and South Korea will seek to deepen diplomatic ties in the face of regional security threats, officials have said, despite badly strained bilateral relations. Japan’s new prime minister, Fumio Kishida, spoke with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday for 35 minutes on phone, the Japanese foreign ministry said in a statement. The two leaders have stated their commitment to set aside their disputes in the face of common concerns over threats posed by China and North Korea.

Source: aljazeera.com

21:01 World
Sir David Amess: Conservative MP stabbed to death

Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery in Essex. Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack at a church in Leigh-on-Sea. They said they recovered a knife and were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said "our hearts are full of shock and sadness" at the loss of "one of the kindest" people in politics. Sir David, 69, had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children.

Source: bbc.com

17:42 World
French schools pay tribute to teacher killed over Mohammed cartoon

Pupils in schools across France on Friday paid tribute to Samuel Paty, a year after the teacher was beheaded by an extremist for showing his class cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. The 47-year-old was killed after leaving the middle school where he taught history and geography in the tranquil Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on the evening of October 16, 2020.

Source: france24.com

17:11 Region
Iran not ready to resume Vienna talks, wants to discuss texts first -EU official

Iran is not ready to return to talks with world powers over its nuclear programme yet and its new negotiating team wants to discuss the texts that will be put forward when it meets with the EU in Brussels in the next few weeks, a senior EU official said on Friday. EU political director Enrique Mora, the chief coordinator for the talks, was in Tehran on Thursday to meet members of Iran's nuclear negotiating team, four months after discussions broke off between Iran and world powers.

Source: reuters.com

15:52 World
Covid: Italy port workers strike over Covid pass rules

Dockers at the Italian port of Trieste have gone on strike in protest at the requirement for all workers to show a Covid pass. The Green Pass shows whether you have had the Covid vaccine, recovered from it or had a negative test. It became mandatory for all Italian workplaces on Friday. About 2,000 workers have gathered at the entrance to Trieste port, a maritime gateway for northern Italy, Germany, Austria and central Europe.

Source: bbc.com

14:59 World
Taking your children outside in nature for just 10 minutes a day could stop tantrums, study claims

Children who were more connected to nature in lockdown had better behavior. Green space may protect young children against effects of missing school. Researchers suggest gardening projects in schools could help to protect children's mental health during difficult times.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

13:30 World
One dead, Myanmar firefighters rescue 3, after construction site accident

Firefighters in Myanmar pulled the body of a construction worker from a collapsed building site in the city of Yangon on Friday and were searching for seven other workers after rescuing three of their colleagues. Local fire department chief Thein Tun Oo said the rescue mission was at a critical stage, with the chances of finding the remaining workers alive getting slimmer by the hour. "I cannot hear any sounds," he said by phone. "There is less chance of survival for the rest."

Source: reuters.com

12:27 World
Produce Pandas: The plus-size musicians making waves in China

Tune into any television show in China and it's likely that you'll be met with a picture-perfect celebrity. But musical act Produce Pandas, said to be the country's first ever "plus-size" boyband, are part of a new wave of celebrities viewed by audiences as more relatable. It comes as celebrities in China are being criticised for being "image-obsessed", and the government has announced a crackdown on effeminate male stars. The Produce Pandas, who debuted in July last year, sing upbeat songs about being confident and true to oneself.

Source: bbc.com

11:44 World
Cher sues heirs of Sonny Bono over song and record revenue

Cher has sued the widow of her former musical partner and ex-husband Sonny Bono over royalties for Sonny and Cher songs including “I Got You Babe” and “The Beat Goes On.” In a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Cher alleges that former Rep. Mary Bono and other defendants have attempted to terminate provisions of business agreements Cher and Sonny Bono reached when they divorced in 1975 that entitled each to 50% of songwriting and recording royalties.

Source: apnews.com

10:58 World
Banksy's Love is in the Bin sells for record £16m

Love is in the Bin was what remained of the artist's live destruction of his piece Girl with Balloon, which sold for £1m in 2018. It went under the hammer at Sotheby's in London on Thursday, selling for £16m - vastly over its £4-6m guide price. Including a buyer's premium, the purchaser paid £18.5m in total. The sale, which saw nine bidders battle for around 10 minutes, beats the previous record of £16.8m set for Banksy in March.

Source: bbc.com

10:21 World
Andrea Bocelli signs with Universal Music to cash in amid streaming era

The classical music superstar Andrea Bocelli has struck a global deal with Universal Music to cash-in on three decades of hit music, new albums and opportunities including live streamed concerts. The Italian tenor, who has sold more than 90m albums and generated more than 5bn streams, is the latest global star to sign a major deal to maximise the commercial potential of their music in the streaming era.

Source: theguardian.com

18:06 Region
Afghan refugees accuse Turkey of violent illegal pushbacks

Migrants, many fleeing the Taliban regime, claim they are being beaten, harassed and turned back by Turkish border forces.

Source: theguardian.com

17:38 World
Coldplay: Band ready for backlash over eco-friendly world tour

Coldplay's next tour will partly be powered by a dancefloor that generates electricity when fans jump up and down, and pedal power at the venues. It's part of a 12-point plan to cut their carbon footprint, two years after the band pledged not to tour until they could do so in a more sustainable way.

Source: bbc.com

17:23 World
Fire in Taiwan’s Kaohsiung city kills at least 46, wounds over 40

‘Fierce’ blaze in the 13-floor building in Yancheng district broke out early morning, with witnesses reporting hearing an explosion.

Source: aljazeera.com

17:05 World
China to launch latest crewed space mission Saturday morning

China will send three astronauts to its new space station this week, officials confirmed Thursday, in what will be Beijing's longest crewed mission to date. The three will blast off at 12:23 a.m. on Saturday from the launch centre in northwestern China's Gobi desert, the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) said at a press conference Thursday. They will spend six months at the Tiangong space station's core module, Tianhe.

Source: france24.com

16:15 World
Brad Pitt’s $5.5 million beach house is under threat of being burnt down by a raging wildfire

The Oscar-winner’s oceanside property in Goleta, California, is dangerously close to the Alisal wildfire. The blazing inferno began on Monday afternoon and had already burned through over 15,000 acres of land by Wednesday evening. Brad’s property was included in the evacuation warning zone, which means there is a potential threat to life and property.

Source: the-sun.com

14:54 World
Turkey expands armed drone sales to Ethiopia and Morocco – sources

Turkey has expanded its exports of armed drones by negotiating sales deals with Morocco and Ethiopia after their successful use in international conflicts, according to four sources familiar with the agreements. Any drone shipments to Ethiopia risk stoking friction in already strained relations between Ankara and Cairo, which is at odds with Addis Ababa over a hydropower dam on the Blue Nile.

Source: reuters.com

14:09 World
North Korean soldier in blue generates buzz on social media

A North Korean soldier clad in a super-tight blue outfit in a state media photo has generated a buzz on social media, with some calling him “a superhero,” “a captain DPRK,” or “a rocket man.” He was among nearly 30 soldiers who posed for a photo with leader Kim Jong Un during an exhibition of weapons systems on Monday. North Korea published photos of the event the following day.

Source: apnews.com

 

13:44 World
Taiwan won't start a war with China, defence minister says

Taiwan will not start a war with China but will defend itself "full on", Defence Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on Thursday, amid a spike in tensions across the Taiwan Strait that has raised concern internationally. Taiwan, a major semiconductor producer, has repeatedly said it will defend itself if attacked, but that it will not "advance rashly" and wants to maintain the status quo with China.

Source: reuters.com

12:44 World
Adele says her new album, ’30,′ is being released Nov. 19

Six years after her last album, Adele revealed Wednesday that her new project, “30,” will be released on Nov. 19. An initial single, “Easy on Me,” is coming out on Friday.

Source: apnews.com

11:39 World
Deaths reported after Israeli airstrike in Syria’s Homs province

An Israeli airstrike in central Syria has killed one Syrian soldier and three pro-Iranian fighters, according to a UK-based war monitor. The Syrian state news agency SANA had earlier quoted a military source as saying that Wednesday’s attack near the city of Palmyra in Homs province had killed a soldier and wounded three others.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:47 World
Olympic world-record holding runner Tirop found stabbed to death in Kenya

Kenyan distance runner Agnes Tirop, a two-times World Championship bronze medallist, was found stabbed to death at her home, Athletics Kenya said on Wednesday. The 25-year-old represented Kenya in the 5,000m event at the Tokyo Olympics and finished fourth in the finals. Local police said Tirop's husband was a suspect. Last month, Tirop smashed the women-only 10km world record in Germany, crossing the line in 30:01 to shave 28 seconds from the previous record held by Morocco's Asmae Leghzaoui from 2002.

Source: france24.com

10:00 World
‘Sophisticated’: ancient faeces shows humans enjoyed beer and blue cheese 2,700 years ago

Austrian Alps salt miners had a ‘balanced diet’, with an analysis of bronze and iron age excrement finding the earliest evidence of cheese ripening in Europe.

Source: theguardian.com

17:55 World
Elton John becomes first artist with UK Top 10 singles in six different decades

With Cold Heart – a collaboration with Dua Lipa remixed by Pnau – John has beaten Elvis, Cliff Richard and Michael Jackson for longevity at the top end of the charts.

Source: theguardian.com

17:02 World
India man jailed for killing wife with cobra in Kerala

An Indian man, who was convicted for killing his wife by making a cobra bite her, has been punished with a rare double life sentence. Sooraj Kumar was arrested last year after his wife, Uthra, died from a snakebite. Police began investigating after her family alleged murder, saying Sooraj had been harassing them for dowry. On Monday, a court found him guilty of releasing a cobra onto the bed while Uthra slept. The 25-year-old homemaker was found dead in her home in May last year.

Source: bbc.com

16:16 Region
EU envoy to visit Iran Thursday amid nuclear talks push

The EU envoy charged with coordinating talks on reviving a troubled nuclear deal between Iran and major powers is to visit Tehran on Thursday, the Iranian foreign ministry said. Enrique Mora's visit "is a follow-up to consultations between the two sides on matters of shared interest, particularly Iran-EU relations, Afghanistan and the nuclear agreement," a ministry statement said.

Source: france24.com

15:15 World
Australia plans lunar rover to help NASA find oxygen on moon

Australia has agreed to build a 20-kilogram (44-pound) semi-autonomous lunar rover for NASA to take to the moon as early as 2026 in search of oxygen. The rover would collect soil that contains oxides and NASA would use separate equipment to extract oxygen from that soil, a government statement said. Oxygen extracted from the lunar surface would ultimately be used to sustain a human presence on the moon and support future missions to Mars.

Source: apnews.com

14:24 World
Garden statues turn out to be ancient Egyptian relics, selling for $265,000

A pair of carved stone statues used as garden ornaments have sold for more than £195,000 ($265,510) after it was revealed that they were ancient Egyptian relics dating back thousands of years, an auction house has said. The artifacts were acquired from a garden in Sudbury, Suffolk, in eastern England. Mander Auctioneers, which handled the sale, said they were contacted by a family looking to get rid of items from their old house before moving home.

Source: cnn.com

13:51 World
NBA star Irving sidelined by Nets for refusing Covid vaccination

The Brooklyn Nets decided Tuesday to bar star guard Kyrie Irving from practice as well as games in the NBA season that starts next week because he refuses to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Source: france24.com

12:50 World
World's oldest white rhino dies in Italian zoo aged 54

Toby, the world's oldest white rhino, has died at the age of 54 in a zoo in northern Italy, a spokeswoman for the establishment said Tuesday. "Nonno Toby" (Grandpa Toby) passed away on October 6, Elisa Livia Pennacchioni of the Parco Natura Viva, a zoo near the northern city of Verona, told AFP. White rhinos normally live up to 40 years when held in captivity, and up to 30 years in the wild, she said.

Source: france24.com

12:02 World
Al Capone memorabilia sells for $3m at auction

A sale of items belonging to the notorious US gangster Al Capone has raked in $3m (£2.2m) at an auction held over the weekend in California. Some 174 items - including firearms and personal photographs as well as jewellery and furniture - featured. The event, called A Century of Notoriety: The Estate of Al Capone, was held at a private club and attracted nearly 1,000 bidders. The most popular item was Capone's favourite gun, which sold for $860,000.

Source: bbc.com

11:33 World
Nepal bus crash kills at least 28 in Mugu district

At least 28 people have been killed and many others injured in a bus crash in north-west Nepal, police say. The vehicle was travelling through Mugu district when it left the road and plunged down a hillside shortly after midday on Tuesday, local media report. The cause of the crash is unclear, but some reports suggest the bus may have had an issue with its brakes failing.

Source: bbc.com

11:02 World
Varane injury leaves Man Utd short on centre-backs

Manchester United will be without Raphael Varane due to a groin injury that leaves Ole Gunnar Solskjaer short on options at centre-back for a demanding few weeks. The French defender suffered the injury during his country's 2-1 win over Spain on Sunday in the Nations League final.

Source: france24.com

10:40 World
EU rights court rejects sex abuse case against Vatican, cites immunity of ‘sovereign’ states

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday rejected a case by alleged victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests who sought to hold the Vatican responsible, saying the Holy See benefited from legal immunity granted to sovereign states.

Source: france24.com

10:00 World
England vs Hungary: Crowd trouble early on in Wembley qualifier

Hungary fans fought with police in the opening minutes of Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley. Some of their almost 1,000 fans - many in the black T-shirts of Hungary's ultras - booed once again as England players took the knee before kick-off. They clashed with stewards soon after the game started and police arrived, hitting supporters with batons. Many Hungary fans climbed over a barrier and hit security personnel - with police driven into the concourse.

Source: bbc.com

22:03 World
Kuwait allows women to join military in combat roles

Kuwaiti women will be allowed to enlist in the military in combat roles for the first time after years of having been restricted to civilian roles, the army said Tuesday. Defence Minister Hamad Jaber al-Ali al-Sabah said the door had been opened for women to join various combat ranks, including as officers, the Kuwait Armed Forces tweeted.

Source: france24.com

21:18 World
BTS suits, Katy Perry dress to be sold at charity auction

The custom Louis Vuitton suits BTS wore for their Grammy Awards performance earlier this year are among the items that will be sold at a charity auction. A white and gold long sleeve dress worn by Dolly Parton and a silver dress Katy Perry performed in are among the other items that will be sold to benefit the Recording Academy’s MusiCares, which helps provide health and other safety net assistance for those who need it in the music industry.

Source: apnews.com

18:00 World
Thief inspired by French Netflix show Lupin robs oratory near Milan

A man told police he was mimicking the style of the suave master thief in the French TV series Lupin when he attempted to rob the bar of a church oratory in northern Italy. Donning a leather jacket, similar to the one worn by the protagonist of the Netflix show, the 21-year-old, who has not been named, said he waited for the church bells to ring so as to muffle the sound of him smashing through the glass door of the oratory’s bar on Saturday night.

Source: theguardian.com

17:37 World
Korea short track champion Shim barred from training with team mates

South Korea's double Olympic short track gold medallist Shim Suk-hee has been excluded from training with the national team amid a probe into text messages she sent during the 2018 Games that suggested she may have intended to take down a team mate. An online newspaper last week revealed messages exchanged between Shim and a coach during the Games in which she ridiculed her team mate Choi Min-jeong and said she might try to create a "female Steven Bradbury" if things were not going her way.

Source: reuters.com

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