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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

16:28 World
Peng Shuai 'reconfirms' she is safe and well in second call with IOC, says Olympic organization

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a second call with Peng Shuai on Wednesday and said that the Chinese tennis star "reconfirmed" that she was safe and well given the "difficult situation" she is in, the sporting organization said on Thursday.

Source: cnn.com

15:30 World
Disney appoints woman as chairman for first time in 98-year history

Walt Disney has elected a woman to chair its board for the first time in the entertainment giant's 98-year history. Susan Arnold, who has been a Disney board member for 14 years, will succeed Bob Iger at the end of this year. She was formerly an executive at global investment firm Carlyle. Mr Iger, who stepped down as Disney's chief executive in 2020 after 15 years in the role, will leave the company by the end of this month.

Source: bbc.com

14:16 World
Enough with Will and Jada! There's a petition to stop media interviewing the Smiths

A petition asking reporters to stop interviewing Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has garnered more than 2,500 signatures and counting. Appearing on the petition-hosting site Change.org, the appeal was started by user Dexter Morales on November 26, with the caption "Stop interviewing Will and Jada smith!" Signatories expressed their frustration at the celebrity couple's tendency to disclose intimate details of their private lives.

Source: cnn.com

13:34 World
Women’s Tennis Association suspends tournaments in China due to Peng Shuai case

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) on Wednesday announced the immediate suspension of all tournaments in China due to concerns about the well-being of former doubles world number one Peng Shuai and the safety of other players.

Source: france24.com

12:21 World
Dinosaur tail found in Chile stuns scientists

Chilean paleontologists on Wednesday presented their findings on a dinosaur discovered three years ago in Patagonia which they said had a highly unusual tail that has stumped researchers. The remains of the Stegouros elengassen were discovered during excavations in 2018 at Cerro Guido, a site known to harbor numerous fossils, by a team who believed they were dealing with an already known species of dinosaur until they examined its tail.

Source: france24.com

11:32 World
Munich WW2 bomb blows up near station, wounding four

Four people were hurt, one seriously, when a World War Two bomb blew up on a railway construction site in the German city of Munich. The fire brigade says it happened during drilling work near Donnersberger Bridge, close to the main station. As a result rail traffic in much of Munich was brought to a standstill.

Source: bbc.com

11:19 World
Iran and Taliban forces clash in border area

Clashes erupted between Iranian soldiers and Taliban forces near the Afghanistan-Iran border, but appear to have led to no casualties and was later described as a “misunderstanding”. Iranian media say Taliban forces opened fire on Iranian farmers thinking they violated the border, leading Iranian soldiers to intervene.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:53 World
Austria: Doctor fined for amputating wrong leg of patient

A surgeon in Austria has been fined after amputating the wrong leg of a patient earlier this year. The elderly patient's right leg was removed instead of his left, with the mistake only discovered two days later. On Wednesday, the court in Linz found the 43-year-old guilty of gross negligence and fined her €2,700. The widow of the patient, who died before the case came to court, was also awarded €5,000 in damages.

Source: bbc.com

10:30 World
EU launches €300bn fund to challenge China’s influence

The EU’s plan to invest €300bn in global infrastructure will be better than China’s belt and road initiative, the European Commission president has said, as she announced a strategy to boost technology and public services in developing countries.

Source: theguardian.com

21:11 World
Ethiopia's PM, on frontline, urges troops to 'destroy' enemy

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his foes had been defeated and promised to recapture territory in the region of Amhara from rebellious Tigrayan forces after praising military victories against the Tigrayans in the region of Afar.

Source: reuters.com

17:12 World
Ukraine’s Zelensky calls for direct talks with Russia ‘to end war’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday called for direct negotiations with Russia to end an eight-year war with pro-Russian separatists in his country’s east. “We must tell the truth that we will not be able to end the war without direct talks with Russia,” Zelensky said during an annual address to lawmakers.

Source: france24.com

16:34 World
Ethiopian gov’t says it retook string of towns from Tigray forces

The Ethiopian government says its forces recaptured Shewa Robit, a town some 220km from the capital Addis Ababa, which was claimed last week by fighters from the northern Tigray region. Government spokesman Legesse Tulu said on Wednesday Shewa Robit was among several small towns retaken by Ethiopia’s army and regional forces loyal to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who last week announced he would head to the battlefield to lead a counteroffensive after the Tigrayan fighters threatened to march on Addis Ababa.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:31 World
Secretary of State Antony Blinken to meet with Russian foreign minister Thursday

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday in Stockholm, according to a State Department official. Blinken will also meet with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the margins of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council meeting, the official said.

Source: cnn.com

14:40 World
Sword carried by Napoleon in 1799 coup up for auction in US

The dress sword carried by Napoleon Bonaparte when he staged a coup in 1799 will go under the hammer at the weekend with five other weapons that belonged to the French emperor, US auctioneers announced. The lot, which will be put up for auction from December 3 to 5 by the Illinois-based Rock Island Auction Company, is valued at $1.5 million to $3.5 million.

Source: france24.com

13:55 World
Tommy Lane, actor and stuntman in ‘Live and let die,’ ‘Shaft,’ dies at 83

His daughter Kamala reported that he died after a long bout of COPD. In Richard Roundtree’s “Shaft,” his character Leroy could be seen crashing through Richard Roundtree’s Times Square office window. “That’s some cold shit, throwing my man Leroy out the window. Just picked my man up and threw him out the goddamn window,” says Willy in the 1971 blaxploitation classic.

Source: variety.com

12:49 World
Tel Aviv ranked world's priciest city for first time

Tel Aviv is the world's most expensive city to live in as soaring inflation has pushed up living costs globally, according to a survey published on Wednesday. The Israeli city climbed five rungs to score top place for the first time in the authoritative ranking compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Source: france24.com

11:48 World
Lesotho ex-PM Thomas Thabane charged with murdering wife

Lesotho's former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been charged with the 2017 murder of his estranged wife Lipolelo Thabane. His current wife, Maesaiah, was charged with the same crime last year. She was living with Mr Thabane at the time of the killing and they are accused of hiring hitmen. They have both denied any involvement.

Source: bbc.com

11:10 World
COVID in Europe: Greece to fine over-60s €100 a month for refusing jab

Residents in Greece over the age of 60 will be fined €100 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, under the first general COVID-19 mandate announced by the country’s government. The measure was announced in response to a surge in cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant. It will come into effect on January 16 with the fines to be added to their tax bills, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised announcement on Tuesday. Greece’s death toll exceeded 18,000 this week with confirmed infections at record levels.

Source: euronews.com

10:26 World
Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point in two decades, UN says

Tens of millions are going hungry in Latin America and the Caribbean as the Covid-19 pandemic sharpens a regional malnutrition crisis to its worst levels in decades, according to the United Nations. In just one year -- from 2019 to 2020 -- the number of people living with hunger in the region rose by 30%, or 13.8 million people, a new United Nations Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition report said.

Source: cnn.com

10:00 World
U.S. judge sentences wife of Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' to three years in prison

A U.S. judge sentenced the wife of imprisoned Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to three years in prison on Tuesday, after she pleaded guilty to helping the Sinaloa drug cartel. Before her sentencing in a federal court in Washington, Emma Coronel Aispuro, 32, pleaded with U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras to show her mercy.

Source: reuters.com

22:29 World
Man City: Pep Guardiola says the club face player 'emergency'

Manchester City are in an "emergency" with just "14 or 15" senior players for Wednesday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa, says boss Pep Guardiola.

Source: bbc.com

21:49 World
La Palma: Authorities urge people to wear masks due to toxic gas

Lava stopped spewing from the main emission centre of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on Spain's La Palma island, as the secondary cone remained active, the National Geographic Institute said on Monday. Volcanic activity seemed to have shifted from the main cone to a secondary one seen from the east, as lava continued to flow from new emission points, according to the IGN.

Source: euronews.com

20:26 Region
Extreme winds in Turkey kill 6 and injure 52

At least six people were killed and 52 were injured after extreme wind storms swept through Turkey on Tuesday, according to state-run broadcaster Anadolu. Four of the fatalities were in Turkey's commercial hub of Istanbul, home to 16 million people, and three of the injured are in serious condition. Trees were uprooted, many rooftops were blown away, mosque minarets were toppled and an iconic clock tower was destroyed.

Source: cnn.com

17:31 World
Yazidi genocide: IS member found guilty in German landmark trial

An Iraqi member of the Islamic State (IS) group has been found guilty of genocide against the Yazidi religious minority in a landmark German trial. A court in Frankfurt sentenced Taha al-Jumailly to life for crimes including the murder of a Yazidi girl in Iraq. The jihadist was accused of enslaving the five-year-old in 2015, chaining her up and leaving her to die of thirst.

Source: bbc.com

16:25 World
Brazilian police burn gold miners’ boats in Amazon

Brazil’s government says police burned 131 boats used by illegal gold miners in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. The raid comes as president Jair Bolsonaro has pledged a pivot in his permissive approach to deforestation.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:32 World
‘Miracle’ rescue of man after 22 hours drifting in rough seas off Japan

The 69-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was alone on a boat off south-western Kagoshima prefecture en route to the resort island of Yakushima on Saturday afternoon when it capsized. He managed to call a colleague on the island to alert him, but was not found until nearly a day later, the coastguard said, when rescuers spotted him sitting on the engine of his capsized boat, clasping a propeller part.

Source: theguardian.com

14:44 World
China to provide 1 billion Covid vaccine doses to Africa, President Xi says

China will deliver another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa and encourage Chinese companies to invest no less than $10 billion in the continent over the next three years, President Xi Jinping said on Monday. The country has already supplied nearly 200 million doses to Africa.

Source: france24.com

13:34 World
Xiomara Castro poised to become first female president of Honduras

The opposition candidate Xiomara Castro appears poised to become the first female president of Honduras in a landslide victory 12 years after her husband was forced from power in a military-backed coup. With results counted from just over half of precincts on Monday, Castro held a commanding 20-point lead over her nearest rival, Nasry Asfura of the ruling National party. Castro, 62, declared herself the winner in a speech before a crowd of jubilant supporters late on Sunday, and promised to form a government of “peace and justice”.

Source: theguardian.com

12:30 World
Moderna says Omicron vaccine could be ready by early 2022

Shares of Moderna extended their rally for a second trading session after the drugmaker said it had mobilised hundreds of workers on Thursday to start work on an Omicron jab.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:52 World
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has stepped down from his executive role

Dorsey will be replaced by chief technology officer (CTO) Parag Agrawal, the company announced on Monday. The surprise move ends Dorsey’s much criticized tenure as chief executive officer of both Twitter and Square, his digital payments company, which led to Twitter stakeholders Elliott Management and billionaire investor Paul Singer calling on him to step down from one of those roles. Twitter’s shares rose 11% after the news broke on CNBC before being briefly suspended.

Source: theguardian.com

11:11 World
Tanzania: Seven die in Zanzibar after eating poisonous turtle meat

Seven people, including a three-year-old, have died on Tanzania's Pemba island after eating poisonous turtle meat. Three others are still in hospital. The meat is a common delicacy among those living on Tanzania's islands and coastal areas but the authorities have now banned the consumption of turtles in the area. In rare cases turtle meat can be toxic due to a type of food poisoning known as chelonitoxism. Its exact cause is not known but it is thought to be linked to poisonous algae which the turtles eat.

Source: bbc.com

10:15 World
Ecuador's president extends state of emergency for prisons

President Guillermo Lasso renewed a state of emergency throughout Ecuador's prison system on Monday, extending it for 30 days as the country grapples to control jail violence which has left scores of inmates dead. Lasso first imposed a state of emergency in penitentiaries at the end of September due to violence at the Penitenciaria del actions.

Source: reuters.com

19:05 World
Novak Djokovic unlikely to play at Australian Open over Covid-19 vaccination rules says player's father

Novak Djokovic is unlikely to play at the Australian Open unless rules over Covid-19 vaccinations are relaxed, says his father Srdjan Djokovic. Unvaccinated players will not be allowed to compete at the 2022 event and defending champion Djokovic, 34, has declined to disclose his status.

Source: bbc.com

18:23 World
Crocodile Dundee star David Gulpilil dies aged 68 as fans pay tribute to groundbreaking actor

The "iconic" indigenous Australian actor, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2017, was from the Mandhalpingu clan of the Yolŋu people and was raised in Arnhem land. His death was announced by South Australian Premier Steven Marshall in a statement on Monday. Gulpilil introduced the world to his culture in his breakout role in Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout.

Source: thesun.co.uk

17:29 World
Manchester United appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim boss

Manchester United announced on Monday they had appointed Ralf Rangnick as interim manager until the end of the season following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 63-year-old German joins from Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was manager of sports and development.

Source: france24.com

16:41 World
Prince Charles rejects claim he queried skin tone of Harry and Meghan's child

Prince Charles's spokesman on Monday rejected a claim made in a book that the heir to the British throne had questioned what the skin tone of Prince Harry and Meghan's child would be. In the book, "Brothers And Wives: Inside The Private Lives of William, Kate, Harry and Meghan", author Christopher Andersen says Charles asked what the "complexion" of the child would be.

Source: reuters.com

15:20 World
Venezuela’s Maduro calls EU election observers ‘spies’

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has dismissed as “spies” members of a European Union electoral observation mission sent to observe last week’s regional polls. The observers reported polls saw better conditions than previous years, but raised concerns over some practices.

Source: aljazeera.com

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