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11:35 11/05/2020

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16:28 World
Petrified tree up to 20 million years old found intact in Lesbos

Experts have made an "extraordinary" discovery of a tree which is still intact after being petrified by a volcanic eruption 20 million years ago in Lesbos, Greece. It was found complete with roots and branches.

Source: cnn.com


15:48 World
Iran says U.S. air strikes in Syria encourage terrorism in the region

Friday’s U.S. air strikes against Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria encourage terrorism in the region, Iran’s top security official, Ali Shamkhani, said on Saturday.

Source: reuters.com

15:24 World
California bill would require gender neutral sections in department stores

Large retailers that sell toys, clothes and other children's items in California would have to devote floor space to merchandise marketed to both boys and girls under a new bill. Stores would be able to sell the same products they do now as long as they maintain some areas where shoppers can find all toys or clothes, regardless of gender-based marketing.

Source: politico.com

14:35 World
Selena Gomez: 'Disrespectful' transplant image prompts Chinese TV apology

A Chinese variety show has apologised for editing a post-surgery photo of US pop star Selena Gomez and actress Francia Raisa in a comedy sketch. The episode of Who's the Murderer? altered the picture, taken after Raisa donated her kidney to Gomez in 2017, to replace the duo with men.

Source: bbc.com

14:01 World
Lionel Messi may stay at Barca, Dortmund prepare to sell Jadon Sancho

Lionel Messi may yet stay at current club Barcelona despite earlier wanting to leave the Catalans. Jadon Sancho is heading for the exit at Borussia Dortmund as they need to raise money, while Eden Hazard is running out of time at Real Madrid. Rafael Benitez also missed out on the chance to take over at Bournemouth.

Source: eurosport.com

13:04 World
Biden scores legislative win as House passes $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan

President Joe Biden scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package early Saturday, though Democrats faced challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage.

Source: reuters.com

12:24 World
Three people killed in Georgia plane crash

The plane, a single-engine Cessna-182, crashed about two miles northeast of Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport in Gainesville, Georgia, shortly after takeoff.

Source: cnn.com

11:54 World
South Korea vaccinates 18,000 to start ambitious COVID-19 campaign

South Korea said 18,489 people received their first doses of AstraZeneca PLC’s vaccine by midnight on Friday as it launched an ambitious COVID-19 inoculation campaign, and will begin using Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines on Saturday.

Source: reuters.com

11:29 World
White House says it aims to strengthen ties with Brazil, but will speak out on concerns

The Biden administration is closely following developments in Brazil with regard to human rights and climate, but intends to continue strengthening U.S. economic ties and trade with the South American country. The administration of Democratic President on Feb. 5 had announced an additional $300,000 in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development to bolster Brazil’s emergency COVID-19 response.

Source: reuters.com

10:58 World
Lady Gaga's bulldogs returned unharmed after kidnapping

Two French bulldogs belonging to Lady Gaga that were stolen at gunpoint earlier this week have been recovered unharmed.

Source: theguardian.com

10:30 World
Iceberg size of Greater London breaks off Antarctica

The 1,270sq km chunk separated from Brunt Ice Shelf near a British Antarctic Survey station on Friday. The separation occurred just over 20km from Britain’s Halley research station but there was no one in the base and so there was no risk to human life.

Source: theguardian.com

10:02 World
Hong kong: Double-arch steel bridge for Cross Bay Link erected

Erection of the prefabricated double-arch steel bridge for the Cross Bay Link in Tseung Kwan O, which is also the largest component of the bridge, was completed on Friday.
This is the first time the “float-over method” has been applied for bridge construction in Hong Kong.

Source: chinadailyhk.com

18:10 World
Health Canada approves use of AstraZeneca vaccine

Canada's regulator estimates vaccine efficacy to be 62.1%.

Source: cbc.ca

17:45 World
Prince Harry says 'toxic' British media drove him and Meghan to royal family exit

In an interview with fellow Brit and TV host James Corden, Harry discussed what the future holds for his family after the couple finalized their royal exit last week.

Source: nbcnews.com

17:05 World
Minari: Oscar favourite sees Korean family chase the American Dream

Parasite, last year's Oscar winner from South Korea, dented assumptions that English-speaking audiences are wary of any film with subtitles. Now another Korean-language film is making waves. Minari is a very different story set in rural America. But there's buzz about its chances in April's Academy Awards.

Source: bbc.com

16:41 World
Shamima Begum, UK teen who joined ISIS, not allowed to return home to fight for citizenship, court rules

Begum was 15 years old when in 2015 she left the UK with two school friends to join ISIS in Syria. She was stripped of her British citizenship by then-Home Secretary Sajid Javid on February 19, 2019 upon being discovered in a northern Syrian refugee camp.

Source: cnn.com

15:55 World
Russians living abroad travel to Moscow to get Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine

Thirty-seven countries are now set to receive Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for Covid-19, and Russian authorities have applied to the European Medicines Agency for its authorisation in the EU. But some Russians living abroad and international students in Moscow are opting to get the jab at the source. 

Source: france24.com

15:15 World
Spain's former king pays 4 million euros in back taxes amid scandals

Spain’s former King Juan Carlos, who left the country in August amid a cloud of scandals, has settled a back tax bill worth more than 4 million euros. It was the second such payment by the former monarch in recent months. The tax settlement of 4 million euros was based on 8 million euros worth of goods and services he received, the newspapers said. The payment was to compensate for private flights from which he benefited.

Source: reuters.com

14:38 World
Hundreds of schoolgirls missing in northwest Nigeria after kidnapping

Heavily armed criminal gangs in northwest and central Nigeria have stepped up attacks in recent years, kidnapping for ransom, raping and pillaging. "More than 300 girls are unaccounted for after a headcount of remaining students," said a teacher at the Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe.

Source: france24.com

14:04 World
North Korea: Russian diplomats leave by hand-pushed trolley

A group of Russian diplomats and their families made an unusual exit out of North Korea on a hand-pushed rail trolley due to strict Covid measures. The eight people travelled by train and bus before pushing themselves across the Russian border for about 1km over train tracks. North Korea has blocked most passenger transport to limit the virus' spread.

Source: bbc.com

13:26 World
Lionel Messi: Families of Saudi Arabian prisoners urge Barcelona star to reject partnership deal

Families of Saudi Arabian prisoners of conscience have begged Lionel Messi not to be “used” by the country’s regime to “launder its reputation”, after the Barcelona star has reportedly received an offer to become the face of the kingdom’s tourist board. ‘Visit Saudi’ are currently on a publicity drive, and have been seeking high-profile stars to endorse their campaign, with Messi reportedly being the prime target.

Source: independent

12:42 World
U.S. bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were in retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a U.S. service member and other coalition troops.

Source: nbcnews.com

11:48 World
Elephant kills Spanish zookeeper with one hit from trunk

A zoo worker in Spain has died after he was struck by an elephant’s trunk, knocking his head against the bars of an enclosure, the zoo and local officials said. The female elephant weighing around 4,000kg hit the 44-year-old with her trunk on Wednesday morning at the Cabarceno Natural Park near the northern city of Santander.

Source: theguardian

11:08 World
Boeing 777 from Hong Kong makes emergency landing in Moscow

A Boeing Co 777 aircraft operated by Rossiya Airlines made an emergency landing in Moscow at 4:44 a.m. local time due to engine trouble, less than a week after a similar aircraft flown by United Airlines Holdings Inc suffered a dramatic blowout over Denver, shedding debris onto neighborhoods below.

Source: chinadailyhk.com



10:47 World
Lady Gaga's dog-walker shot and bulldogs stolen

Lady Gaga is offering $500,000 for the return of her two French bulldogs - Koji and Gustav, after someone stole them and shot the man who walked her dogs Wednesday evening in Hollywood. The victim is "recovering well," according to the sources close to Gaga. A third bulldog, named Miss Asia ran away and was later recovered by police.

Source: bbc.com

10:21 World
Ronald Pickup, much-loved star of stage and screen, dies aged 80

The actor found global fame with The Crown and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, following a prolific and acclaimed career in the theatre and on television.

Source: theguardian 

09:53 World
Driverless electric bus hits the road in Spanish city of Málaga

The bus is equipped with sensors and cameras and links Málaga’s port to the city centre on an 8km loop it does six times a day. Self-driving vehicle can interact with traffic lights and is the first project of its kind in Europe.

Source: theguardian

18:00 World
Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister's kidnap case

The captive daughter of Dubai's ruler, has appealed to UK police to re-investigate the kidnap of her older sister from a Cambridge street more than 20 years ago. In a letter Latifa tells Cambridgeshire police this could help free Princess Shamsa, who was captured on the orders of their father. Shamsa, who was just 18 then and is now 39, has not been seen in public since.

Source: bbc.com

17:37 World
Italian ambassador died in gun battle in DRC, not execution, prosecutor says

Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio and Italian carabiniere, or paramilitary police officer, Vittorio Iacovacci, died on Monday after their car was attacked as they traveled in a UN convoy in the eastern part of the Central African country. A third man, Congolese driver Moustapha Milambo, was also killed.

Source: cnn.com


17:09 World
Liverpool's Alisson suffers death of father in tragic drowning

The Brazil international's former club Internacional has confirmed that the father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has died after drowning in a lake in a tragic accident. The body of  57-year-old Jose Agostinho Becker was found after he had been reported as missing.

Source: goal.com

16:34 World
Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US

President Joe Biden on Wednesday lifted a freeze on green cards issued by his predecessor during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration to the United States.

Source: nbcnews.com

15:54 World
WHO says vaccine passports should not be used for foreign travel as there are 'critical unknowns' around how jabs protect people

It said proof of a jab should not be required because there remain 'critical unknowns regarding the efficacy of vaccination in reducing transmission'.

Source: dailymail



15:34 World
Social media giant Facebook has banned Myanmar's military and its affiliates from its platforms.

The company said it acted after deciding "the risks of allowing the Tatmadaw [Myanmar military] on Facebook and Instagram are too great".

Source: bbc.com

14:33 World
Iraqi Christians, decimated by Islamist violence, prepare for pope's visit

The minority community of several hundred thousand was decimated first by al Qaeda’s rise in the early 2000s and later by Islamic State, the extremist group that brutally persecuted them and other minority faiths and sects from 2014-2017. Pope Francis’ visit from March 5-8 is welcome recognition of how they have suffered for their beliefs.

Source: reuters.com

13:50 World
A month of 10-minute phone calls could make you feel 20% less lonely, a new study has found.

Talking to someone on the phone for 10 minutes multiple times a week - if you're in control of the conversation - can decrease loneliness. Half of the 240 study participants were selected to receive brief phone calls from volunteers over the course of a month, and they reported feeling 20% less lonely on average.

Source: cnn.com

13:05 World
Why India's Covid cases are plummeting

Daily new cases have plummeted, dropping from a peak of over 90,000 infections in September down to just over 10,000 a day in February. On February 9, the capital Delhi reported zero virus deaths for the first time in nearly nine months. Experts speculate that several factors are likely behind the decline in India's case numbers, such as the country's younger population or the possibility of rising immunity in urban areas. But there's also the possibility that the case count doesn't reflect reality.

Source: cnn.com

12:33 World
Cocaine 'worth billions' seized in record Germany and Belgium haul

Customs authorities in Germany and Belgium have seized a record of more than 23 tonnes of cocaine that was destined for the Netherlands. German officials discovered 16 tonnes in five shipping containers that had arrived in the port of Hamburg from Paraguay earlier this month. Further in the Netherlands 7.2 tonnes of cocaine was seized by the police at the Belgian port of Antwerp.

Source:  bbc.com

11:58 World
After two doses of Pfizer’s Covid jab 90% of Brits have ‘high level of immunity’

More than 90 per cent of people who have had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine have high levels of Covid antibodies, a major study has found. New data from Imperial College London also showed that those who have previously had Covid had a strong immune response after a single dose.

Source: thesun

11:14 World
Last statue of dictator Francisco Franco removed from Spanish soil

The last public statue of Spain's former dictator, Francisco Franco, was removed from Spanish soil on Tuesday. Workers took away the statue, which stood on a street in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco.

Source: cnn.com

10:43 World
Vincent van Gogh Paris painting from 1887 to make public debut

A major Paris work by Vincent van Gogh that has been part of the same French family’s private collection for more than a century is to go on public display for the first time since it was painted in the spring of 1887. Acquired by a French collector in 1920, it has remained in the same family ever since and never been shown in public. It will be exhibited in London, Amsterdam and Paris before being sold by Sotheby’s in March.

Source: theguardian

10:12 World
Bruce Springsteen fined $500 over drinking charge

The 71-year-old rock star admitted drinking two shots of tequila on Sandy Hook beach in his home state. But prosecutors dropped drink-driving and reckless driving charges against the star, who had initially pleaded not guilty to all three charges. The singer was arrested in November and must also pay $40 (£28) in costs.

Source:  bbc.com

17:55 World
Prison riots in Ecuador sparked by rival gangs leave 62 dead

Ecuador's prisons were designed for some 27,000 inmates but house about 38,000.

Source: nbcnews.com

17:09 World
Mars rover’s giant parachute carried secret message

Systems engineer Ian Clark used a binary code to spell out “Dare Mighty Things” in the orange and white strips of the 70-foot (21-meter) parachute. He also included the GPS coordinates for the mission’s headquarters at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Source: apnews.com

16:34 World
Oklahoma man accused of cutting neighbor’s heart out, feeding it to his family

An Oklahoma man suspected of murdering three people has confessed to killing his neighbor, cutting her heart out, and then cooking it to feed his family, authorities said. Lawrence Anderson allegedly stabbed Andrea Lynn Blankenship, 41, to death in her Chickasha home on Feb. 9.

Source: foxnews.com

15:59 World
Mitch McConnell to support Garland for attorney general

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will support Merrick Garland’s nomination for attorney general, five years after blocking the judge's path to the Supreme Court.

Source: politico.com

15:18 World
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the Beat poet, publisher and founder of San Francisco's beloved City Lights bookstore, has died aged 101.

He passed away from lung disease on Monday evening, confirmed the store's vice president and director of marketing and publicity, Stacey Lewis.

Source: cnn.com

14:34 World
Tokyo 2020 Olympics has become an exercise in damage limitation amid scandal and public dissent

The people of Tokyo have voiced their disapproval of this summer’s rearranged Olympic Games as the pandemic grips Japan, and chaos continues to follow a beleaguered organising committee.

Source: independent


14:02 World
Malaysia deports Myanmar nationals despite court order

Malaysia has deported 1,086 people back to Myanmar, defying a court order and appeals from human rights groups to halt the process. Rights organisations say the group includes some ethnic minorities which have suffered persecution in Myanmar. They say sending them back to Myanmar, where the army took power in a coup, could put them at even greater risk.

Source: bbc.com

13:46 World
Hyundai Motor to replace battery systems in costly electric car recall

Hyundai Motor Co will replace battery systems in some 82,000 electric vehicles globally due to fire risks, a problem which combined with an earlier recall is likely to cost the automaker an estimated $900 million. Most of the latest recall applies to its best-selling electric car, the Kona EV, which was first recalled in October for a software upgrade after a series of fires.

Source: reuters.com

12:52 World
Tiger Woods is "awake and responsive" following surgery on serious leg injuries suffered in a car crash in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The 15-time golf major champion, 45, had to be "extricated from the wreck" by firefighters and paramedics. A statement said he had suffered "open fractures affecting the tibia and fibula bones" in his lower right leg and a rod had been inserted.

Source: bbc.com

12:18 World
China court orders man to pay wife for housework in landmark case

A Beijing divorce court has ordered a man to compensate his wife for the housework she did during their marriage, in a landmark ruling. The woman will receive 50,000 yuan ($7,700) for five years of unpaid labour. The case has generated a huge debate online over the value of domestic work, with some saying the compensation amount was too little.

Source: bbc.com

11:46 World
Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo Reunite on Set of Their New Film: 'Reconnecting with an Old Pal'

The two actors will star alongside Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming movie The Adam Project.

Source: people.com

11:12 World
Japan regions push to end state of emergency as virus infections fall

Regional authorities in Japan have urged that emergency pandemic measures be lifted before a scheduled date of March 7, as new COVID-19 cases trend lower, the economy minister said, adding that the government would consult experts before it agreed.

Source: reuters.com

10:49 World
French actor Depardieu placed under formal investigation for rape

French actor Gérard Depardieu has been placed under formal investigation for rape and sexual assault allegedly committed in 2018. An initial investigation into the rape accusations against Depardieu, 72, was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence but reopened last summer, leading to a formal investigation filed on December 16.

Source: france24.com


10:19 World
Hillary Clinton to write a political thriller with Canadian author Louise Penny

The book, to be called State of Terror, will follow a novice secretary of state who is working in the administration of a rival politician and trying to solve a wave of terrorist attacks. The novel comes out Oct. 12.

Source: cbc

10:07 World
EU tells six countries to lift Covid border restrictions

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Sweden have been given 10 days to respond to the European commission’s concerns that they have breached commonly agreed coronavirus guidelines.

Source: theguardian

18:07 World
Cancer survivor to become youngest American to go to space

Hayley Arceneaux, who beat cancer at 10-years-old, will be joining SpaceX's first private trip to orbit.

Source: foxnews.com

17:19 World
Tennessee man leaves $5 million to pet border collie

It won’t be a dog’s life for a Tennessee canine whose owner recently died. Lulu, an 8-year-old border collie, will be living the good life in Nashville after inheriting $5 million in her owner’s will.

Source: apnews.com

16:43 World
Dogs turn blue and green with suspected chemical pollution in Russia

Animals living close to abandoned chemical plant take on unusual colouring. Vets were left puzzled after stray dogs covered with bright blue and green fur turned up in two Russian towns hundreds of miles apart within days of each other earlier this month.

Source: independent

15:50 World
Covid-19 lockdown: Up to 10,000 fans could return to stadiums by mid-May

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four-part plan to lift the coronavirus lockdown. Outdoor sports including football, golf and tennis will be allowed to resume in England from 29 March.

Source: bbc.com

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