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19:56 08/04/2021

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17:33 World
Inside the Bourse de Commerce, Paris' new $195 million art museum

Paris' former stock exchange, the Bourse de Commerce, will reopen its doors this week having undergone a $195 million transformation into a new landmark museum for contemporary art. Three years in the making, the redesign was led by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and supported by a team of Parisian architects, including NeM Architects Agency. The expansive space, stretching over 10,000 square meters (more than 100,000 square feet), will house the contemporary art collection of French billionaire François Pinault.

Source: cnn.com

16:44 World
Leonardo DiCaprio pledges $43m to restore the Galápagos Islands

Environmentalist actor, with other conservation groups, aims to rewild the entire archipelago and other Pacific islands in Latin America.

Source: theguardian.com

15:35 World
Surfer dies after being bitten by shark in Australia

A surfer has died after a suspected shark attack at a popular beach in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. The man in his 50s suffered critical injuries to his upper thigh while surfing Tuesday morning, according to NSW Police. The man's three friends swam over to him and pulled him to shore. He went into cardiac arrest due to blood loss.

Source: cnn.com

14:58 World
The rich man bought the club and regarded his 126 kg son as the main player.

A man in China bought a club called Zibo Cuju and then decided who to show the boss. He forced the coach to put his son in the lineup. If the young man weighed 126 pounds, it might not be surprising. The order is that the boss’s son must participate in all games within all 90 minutes, and he is responsible for all interruptions, including fines. The club’s balance of points best shows how wise this decision is. They were the last game after five rounds. They only scored 1 point and only scored 2 goals.

Source: newsline.news

14:14 World
Cyclone Tauktae: Ninety missing at sea in the wake of storm

More than 90 people are missing after a barge off the coast of India's Mumbai city sank amid a severe cyclone. The Indian navy said it had rescued 177 of the 270 people aboard and that efforts to find survivors were ongoing. Three other commercial barges carrying about 700 people are stranded at sea in the wake of cyclone Tauktae, which has battered India's western coast. Tauktae weakened after it made landfall on Monday but at least 12 people have already died in the storm.

Source: bbc.com

13:54 World
Amazon ‘in talks’ to buy movie studio MGM for $9billion

Amazon is ‘in talks' to buy Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), the movie studio behind James Bond. Amazon declined to comment on the report, saying it 'doesn't comment on rumors or speculation'. MGM also declined to comment. Amazon is looking to consolidate its film and television offering as it seeks to keep Prime Video competitive with streaming sites Netflix and Disney+.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

13:11 World
More than 5,000 migrants reach Spain’s north African enclave Ceuta in a day

Ceuta, along with nearby Melilla, has long been a magnet for African migrants hoping to cross into Europe, despite being heavily protected and fortified with a double fence. The mass crossing into Ceuta comes amid heightened tensions between Madrid and Rabat over Spain’s decision to allow a Western Sahara independence leader to be treated for Covid-19 in Spain. On Monday, the Spanish government said in a statement that security in Ceuta would be reinforced with the presence of 50 additional Guardia Civil agents and 150 national police.

Source: theguardian.com

12:40 World
Doctors in India detect potential new Covid symptoms

The classic signs of Covid disease are a cough, loss of taste or smell and a high temperature. However, various other complaints - including fatigue, a headache and diarrhoea - can also be caused by the virus. And now, doctors in Bengaluru, Karnataka state in India, have said extreme dryness of the mouth may be an early sign of infection. They also note irritation and itching of the tongue and a vague sensation of pain. Rarely, the patient may also be plagued by mouth ulcers.

Source: thesun.co.uk


11:52 World
Ariana Grande marries Dalton Gomez in 'intimate' ceremony

Pop star Ariana Grande has married her fiance Dalton Gomez in a "tiny and intimate" wedding. The 27-year-old American singer tied the knot in front of fewer than 20 people over the weekend, the PA news agency reported. Ms Grande announced in December she was engaged to the Los Angeles real estate agent, 25. Their wedding took place at her home in California, according to reports.

Source: bbc.com

11:08 World
Defendant kills himself in courtroom after guilty verdict

The shocking incident took place inside Fargo’s Quentin Burdick Courthouse after the jury had returned a partial guilty verdict against the man on terrorizing-related charges, say officials. Witnesses said that the jury had left the courtroom, but that US District Judge Peter Welte, courtroom staff and others were still inside. North Dakota US Marshal Dallas Carlson said the man, who has not been named, had been armed with a sharp plastic object at the time of the incident. “He produced an edge[d] weapon and cut his throat,” Carlson told local news.

Source: independent.co.uk

10:35 World
China divorces drop 70% after controversial ‘cooling off’ law

The law requires couples who are mutually seeking a divorce to wait for 30 days before formalising it. If the couples don’t show up for two appointments between 30 and 60 days after applying, their application is automatically cancelled. The cooling-off period isn’t supposed to apply to those divorces involving domestic violence, but several cases of violence or murder have raised questions about the reality of this in practice.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
Galapagos Islands: Erosion fells Darwin's Arch

A famous rock formation off the Galapagos Islands known as Darwin's Arch has collapsed. The Ecuadoran Ministry of Environment said it was due to "natural erosion". The formation, named after the English biologist Charles Darwin, is considered a top diving location.

Source: bbc.com

17:53 World
Iowa town of 3,000 is evacuated after train carrying fertilizer and ammonium nitrate derails and explodes

The train derailment happened as a result of a bridge collapse, which saw the train split into two. None of the train crew had been injured. It is not clear whether there have been other injuries.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

17:26 World
Biden administration approves $735 million weapons sale to Israel, raising red flags for some House Democrats

While calling for an immediate cease-fire, the administration has said that Israel has the right to defend itself against Hamas — a position that a majority in Congress has previously supported. But a new generation of House Democrats more open to questioning Washington’s support of Netanyahu is raising some concerns. Some lawmakers want to know more about the new proposed sale, and its timing, suggesting it be used as leverage.

Source: washingtonpost.com

17:03 World
Miss Mexico Andrea Meza crowned Miss Universe 2021

Miss Mexico has been crowned the winner of Miss Universe 2021 after the 26-year-old beat out 74 other beauty queens. Andrea Meza, a model and software engineer, wore a dazzling red gown as she accepted the award from the previous winner Zozibini Tunzi. This year's ceremony, held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in Florida, came after the 2020 pageant was cancelled due to the Covid pandemic.

Source: thesun.co.uk

16:06 World
Belgium ambassador’s wife invokes immunity over Seoul assault claims

The wife of Belgium’s ambassador to South Korea will exercise her diplomatic immunity to avoid criminal charges on allegations she hit two boutique staff in a row over shoplifting, police have said. The ambassador, Peter Lescouhier, previously said that he “sincerely regrets the incident involving his wife”, adding that he “wants to apologise on her behalf”.

Source: theguardian.com

15:17 World
China urges US to play constructive role in Gaza diplomacy

China on Monday renewed calls for the U.S. to play a constructive role in ending the conflict in Gaza and stop blocking efforts at the United Nations to demand an end to the bloodshed. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China, as rotating head of the Security Council, has urged a cease-fire and the provision of humanitarian assistance, among other proposals, but that obstruction by “one country” has prevented the council from speaking with one voice.

Source: apnews.com

14:35 World
Australia crocodile: Skull identified as part of new extinct species

An eight-million-year-old crocodile skull discovered in central Australia is now believed to be part of an extinct species new to scientists. The skull had been found about 200km (125 miles) from Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory (NT), in 2009. It was thought to belong to a known reptile of the Baru genus but that has now been updated with new study. The species is expected to be named in 2022, and there is a Baru exhibition in the NT.

Source: bbc.com

12:51 World
Tyson Fury announces he will fight Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia

Tyson Fury has announced his all-British heavyweight showdown with Anthony Joshua will take place in Saudi Arabia on 14 August. The pair will contest all four world titles for the first time in the sport’s history. Joshua, a year younger than Fury, holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts.

Source: theguardian.com

12:03 World
Prominent Muslim group to boycott White House Eid celebration over stance on Israel-Gaza violence

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a prominent American Muslim organization, announced Saturday it will boycott the White House’s annual Eid celebration over the Biden administration’s stance on Israel amid spiking violence in the Gaza Strip. CAIR said it was joining with other groups in the boycott over the White House’s “incredibly disappointing and deeply disturbing” response to the violence.

Source: thehill.com

11:21 World
111-year-old Australian recommends eating chicken brains

Australia’s oldest-ever man has included eating chicken brains among his secrets to living more than 111 years. Retired cattle rancher Dexter Kruger told in an interview at his nursing home in the rural Queensland state town of Roma days before the milestone that a weekly poultry delicacy had contributed to his longevity. John Taylor, a founder of The Australian Book of Records, confirmed that Kruger had become the oldest-ever Australian man.

Source: apnews.com

10:50 World
Cyber-crime: Irish health system targeted twice by hackers

Ireland's healthcare system has twice been targeted in cyber-crime attacks, it has been confirmed. The Department of Health said it shut down its IT systems after a ransomware attack on Thursday. A similar attack on the Health Service Executive (HSE) on Friday caused "substantial" cancellations to outpatient services. The same cyber-crime group is believed to be behind both incidents, RTÉ has reported.

Source: bbc.com

10:09 World
Barça out of title race but Atlético and Real both win

Atlético Madrid took a giant step towards the La Liga title in dramatic circumstances by fighting their way back to beat Osasuna 2-1 at home on Sunday thanks to a late strike from Luis Suárez. The victory took Atlético on to 83 points after 37 games, two ahead of second-placed Real Madrid who won 1-0 at Athletic Bilbao. Barcelona saw their title hopes extinguished as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Celta Vigo.

Source: theguardian.com

15:36 World
Sydney is flooded with anti-Israel protestors during massive demonstration against the escalating conflict in Gaza

Sydney and Melbourne hosted rallies on Saturday to protest the attacks in Gaza. Thousands gathered to protest, with the death toll rising on the Gaza Strip. Protesters outside Sydney's Town Hall carried Palestinian flags and placards demanding 'Free Palestine' and 'block weapons to Israel'. Protestors in both capital cities were well behaved, with no reported arrests.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

15:18 World
Teenage girl found in boat drifting for 22 days at sea

A 17-year-old from Ivory Coast has shared her incredible story of being rescued after spending three weeks adrift at sea. Out of 59 passengers, Aicha is one of only three to survive - recovering after 10 days in hospital. It's the biggest known tragedy involving migrant boats in the Canary Islands. Aicha left her hometown in November and travelled to Mauritania, where she got the boat. Only her older sister knew of her plans to make the perilous journey. She was rescued by a Spanish Air Force crew member, who she has now been reunited with.

Source: bbc.com

14:30 Region
Iran minister cancels Vienna visit in flag spat

Iran’s foreign minister has called off a planned visit to his Austrian counterpart in Vienna. The decision came after Austria’s chancellery and foreign ministry flew the Israeli flag as a signal of solidarity in Israel’s conflict with the militant Hamas group.

Source: apnews.com

13:38 World
Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation jacket sells for more than $81,000

The military style jacket that Janet Jackson wore during her 1990 Rhythm Nation tour sold for $81,250 at a Beverly Hills auction on Friday, more than 20 times its pre-sale estimate. The Rhythm Nation cropped black jacket with metal hardware was one of the highlights of a three-day sale of stage costumes and other memorabilia amassed over four decades by the singer. The tour was her first as a headline solo artist. Julien's Auctions said the jacket had been expected to sell for $4,000-$6,000. The buyer was not disclosed.

Source: reuters.com

12:46 World
Rock legend Alice Cooper to auction off Andy Warhol artwork

An Andy Warhol canvas found years ago in the garage of rocker Alice Cooper could become the highest selling artwork ever in Arizona. The music legend, who has a home in metro Phoenix, announced Thursday that he would auction off “Little Electric Chair.” It will be up for bidding on Oct. 23 at an auction organized by the Larsen Gallery in Scottsdale. The gallery estimates it could fetch anywhere from $2.5 million to $4.5 million. The red acrylic and silkscreen on canvas was part of Warhol’s “Death and Disaster” series between 1964 and 1965.

Source: apnews.com

12:05 Region
Former speaker of Iran's parliament registers to run in next month's presidential election

The former speaker of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani, registered on Saturday to run in next month’s presidential election, hoping to secure backing from moderates and hardliners. The registration of Larijani, a former nuclear negotiator and adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was broadcast live on state television. Saturday is the last day for candidates to sign up to run in the June 18 election, in a process that began on Tuesday.

Source: reuters.com

10:51 World
Cat jumps from fifth floor of burning building, bounces and strolls away

A Chicago cat used up at least one of its nine lives on Thursday when it leaped from the fifth story of a burning building, bounced off the ground and casually walked away. Fire crews were attending a small blaze in the city's Englewood neighborhood and were filming the building's exterior when the feline made its great escape. The video showed a black cat launch itself out of the building, and picked up its remarkably smooth landing.

Source: cnn.com

10:14 World
Black Panther figure joins London Madame Tussauds for re-opening

Marvel superhero Black Panther went on display at Madame Tussauds in London on Friday, the latest addition at the wax figure museum ahead of its re-opening next week.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
China lands unmanned spacecraft on Mars for first time

An unmanned Chinese spacecraft has successfully landed on the surface of Mars, Chinese state news agency Xinhua has reported, making China the second space-faring nation after the US to land on the red planet. China’s Tianwen-1 probe, consisting of an orbiter, a lander and a rover, was launched from southern China’s island province of Hainan in July, around the same time as a US mission.

Source: theguardian.com

17:52 World
Priceless 200-year-old gold seal that belonged to famous explorer is stolen from a museum exhibit

A gold seal that belonged to John Oxley has been stolen from an exhibition case. The seal was stolen on Thursday from Old Government House in Parramatta (Sydney). It bears Mr Oxley's family crest and is engraved with: 'Patientia et Fortitudine'. John Oxley was the Surveyor-General of New South Wales from 1812 . The thief is described as having dark complexion, 175cm tall with medium build.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

17:23 World
Alice Cooper calls bandmate Johnny Depp ‘the most harmless human being I’ve ever met’

‘I’m not buying into all of the other stories because I know him,’ rocker says.  The 73-year-old, who performs with Depp in the rock band Hollywood Vampires, made the comments during a new interview.

Source: independent.co.uk


16:43 World
Pope warns against Italy's "demographic winter"

Pope Francis said on Friday the cost of raising children was too high and that parents needed more help if countries such as Italy were to overcome the low birth rates that were undermining their future. Speaking at a conference on Italy's dearth of babies, Francis said polls showed most young people wanted to have children, but were worried about the expense. Speaking at the same event, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Italy had just 404,000 births last year, the lowest since records began and down 30% on 12 years ago, while deaths totalled 746,000, lifted in part by the COVID pandemic.

Source: reuters.com


16:11 World
US fuel pipeline 'paid hackers $5m in ransom'

A major US fuel pipeline has reportedly paid cyber-criminal gang DarkSide nearly $5m (£3.6m) in ransom, following a cyber-attack. Colonial Pipeline suffered a ransomware cyber-attack over the weekend and took its service down for five days, causing supplies to tighten across the US. Colonial said on Thursday that it would not comment on the issue.

Source: bbc.com


15:11 Region
Turkish tourism video taken down after online outcry

A video promoting tourism in Turkey amid the pandemic has caused an uproar on social media for showing tourism employees wearing masks that read “Enjoy, I’m vaccinated.” The video was published on the social media accounts of official travel guide Go Turkiye Thursday and was taken down later that day. It aimed to promote travel to Turkey as a “safe haven” for foreigners and showed unmasked tourists being served in hotels on the Turkish coast. Opposition parties and critics on social media said the promotional video was an insult to Turks. A hashtag calling for the tourism minister to resign was trending on Twitter Friday.

Source: apnews.com

14:22 World
4 people killed in blast at Kabul mosque during Friday prayers

At least four people were killed and 20 more were wounded in an explosion inside a mosque in Shakar Dara district north of Kabul on Friday afternoon, police said in a statement. The blast happened at Haji Bakhshi Mosque in Qala-e-Murad Bek area in Shakardara district of Kabul during Friday prayer, police said. A security official from the district who wished not to be named said that the imam of the mosque has been wounded in the explosion. The officials said the bomb was placed inside the mosque.

Source: tolonews.com

13:48 World
Herd of 18 Indian elephants die when forest struck by lightning

A herd of 18 wild elephants have been found dead in Nagaon, in the north-east Indian state of Assam. State officials say that the elephants were killed when lightning struck the Kandoli protected forest reserve. Villagers nearby alerted the authorities after finding the carcasses of the animals in the forest.

Source: bbc.com

12:50 World
Laporte switches from France to Spain ahead of Euro 2020

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte is switching from France to Spain ahead of the European Championship. FIFA said Friday it approved the switch of eligibility after the French soccer federation consented to the Spanish federation’s request. Now 26, Laporte is a former France under-21 international but has never played for the senior national team. The Spanish government said on Tuesday it had given Laporte citizenship.

Source: apnews.com

12:31 World
Global airlines cancel flights to Israel as violence escalates

Delta Air Lines (DAL), American Airlines (AAL), United Airlines (UAL), Lufthansa (DLAKF) and British Airways have all canceled flights following days of Israeli air strikes and Palestinian rocket attacks. Delta canceled at least six flights between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and Tel Aviv on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the airline. American Airlines has canceled flights between JFK and Tel Aviv through Saturday, a spokesperson said. United Airlines has also canceled flights to and from Tel Aviv through Saturday. British Airways said it had canceled its flight between London and Tel Aviv scheduled for Thursday.

Source: cnn.com

12:01 World
Madame Tussauds moves Prince Harry and Meghan waxworks from royals

A year after leaving their royal duties to move to Los Angeles, Madame Tussauds has now decided waxwork models of Prince Harry and his wife Meghan now belong in the attraction's Hollywood zone and not with the other members of the House of Windsor.

Source: reuters.com

11:31 World
Myanmar to release arrested Japanese journalist

A Japanese journalist who was arrested in Myanmar last month and later charged with spreading fake news will be released, state media said Thursday. Yuki Kitazumi was the first foreign journalist known to be charged since the military took power in February. Myanmar authorities maintain he violated the law but will be released because Japan had requested it.

Source: bbc.com

10:51 World
Woman says $26M California lottery ticket destroyed in wash

The winner of a $26 million California Lottery prize may have literally washed the chance of a fortune down the drain. The winning SuperLotto Plus ticket for the Nov. 14 drawing was sold at an Arco AM/PM convenience store in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk. Thursday was the last day to redeem it. Nobody did. Store employee Esperanza Hernandez told the Whittier Daily News that a woman came in Wednesday and told workers that she had put the ticket in her pants and it was destroyed in the laundry.

Source: apnews.com

10:31 World
India’s COVID cases above 24 million as mutant spreads across globe

The number of recorded COVID-19 infections in India climbed above 24 million on Friday amid reports that the highly transmissible coronavirus mutant first detected in the country was spreading across the globe. According to health ministry data, India recorded 4,000 deaths and 343,144 infections in the last 24 hours. It was the third consecutive day of 4,000 or more deaths but daily infections have stayed below a peak of 414,188 last week. While the total number of recorded infections crossed 24 million, the number of people confirmed to have died from COVID-19 stood at 262,317 since the pandemic first struck India over a year ago.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Friends reunion premiere date and celebrity guests announced

The much-anticipated reunion special of Friends has finally got a release date and trailer after a lengthy delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Reunion will be available on the HBO Max streaming service from 27 May after the sitcom's original cast were able to film together last month. All six members of the original cast - Matthew Perry (Chandler), Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey) and David Schwimmer (Ross) - are set to take part. Friends was one of the biggest sitcoms of the 90s and ended in 2004.

Source: bbc.com

17:15 World
Drake Is Billboard's Artist of the Decade

Since his debut, Drake has shattered numerous chart records and now crowns Billboard's Top Artists of the 2010s recap. Drake's dominance during the 2010s wins him top honors in the overall top artist category, which ranks the best-performing artists based on activity on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart and the Billboard 200 albums tally, as well as social media data and touring revenue from Billboard Boxscore, during the decade. He will receive the Artist of the Decade Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards on May 23.

Source: billboard.com

17:00 World
Boris Johnson to write letters of apology to Ballymurphy families

Boris Johnson is to write letters of apology to the families of 10 people killed during a British army operation in Ballymurphy in 1971 after his initial attempt to apologise backfired and angered them. The Northern Ireland secretary, Brandon Lewis, made a public apology on behalf of the UK government in the House of Commons on Thursday, two days after the conclusion of an inquest into the shootings, and said the prime minister would write to the families. The families, however, are still requesting a public apology from Johnson as the head of the government, a spectacle Downing Streets appears to be trying to avoid.

Source: theguardian.com

16:43 World
Asia is home to 99 of world’s 100 most vulnerable cities

Of the 100 cities worldwide most vulnerable to environmental hazards all but one are in Asia, and 80% are in India or China, according to a risk assessment. Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, plagued by pollution, flooding and heatwaves, topped the ranking.

Source: theguardian.com

16:20 World
Two tourists banned from 's Great Wall after trespassing on undeveloped section

Two people have been banned from the Great Wall of China after trespassing onto an undeveloped section of the ancient structure, the operator of the wall's Mutianyu section said Tuesday. The two men, both from Senegal, were reported by other visitors on April 30 for having ignored a "no crossing" sign and climbed onto a part of the wall beyond Watchtower 20, which is still being redeveloped.

Source: cnn.com

15:35 World
Champions League final moved to Porto and 12,000 Chelsea and Manchester City fans can attend

The Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester City will take place in Portugal with 6,000 fans from each club permitted to attend. The game on 29 May has been moved from Turkey to the Portuguese city of Porto because of coronavirus restrictions.

Source: bbc.com

14:41 World
UFC superstar Conor McGregor tops Forbes' sport rich list for 2021

Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor led the Forbes top 10 for the first time in his career after earning $180 million over the last 12 months, with this year's combined top 10 earnings of $1.05 billion just shy of 2018's $1.06 billion total. The majority of the Irish fighter's earnings came from the $150 million sale of his majority stake in whiskey brand Proper No. Twelve.

Source: cnn.com

13:49 World
1 Swiss, 1 American die on Everest in year’s 1st fatalities

A Swiss climber and an American have died on Mount Everest in the season’s first casualties on the world’s highest mountain, expedition organizers said Thursday. The Swiss climber, Abdul Waraich, 41, reached the peak before having difficulties, said Chhang Dawa of the expedition organizer, Seven Summit Treks in Nepal. U.S. national Puwei Liu, 55, also died at the highest camp on the mountain at South Col. He had reached the climbing feature named the Hillary Step, located between South Col and the summit, but had to return because of snow blindness and exhaustion.

Source: apnews.com

13:22 World
Heart-stopping moment a man discovers a fat, 3 metre python in his Sydney laundry

Robin Ford was shocked to find a three metre long diamond python curled up along his basement door in Hornsby Heights in Sydney's north shore. The terrifying reptile was curled up on the top of the door as its tail slinked around the front of the frame. The harmless python was safely removed and later relocated into nearby bushland.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

12:06 World
Chinese county bans birthday parties in bid to be frugal

A county in southwest China has banned birthday parties and other celebrations, following calls from the central government to be more frugal. It also set out new rules for weddings and funerals, including a ban on cash gifts more than 200 yuan (£22, US$31). The rules in Funing county only apply to all communist party members, civil servants and village organisation leaders - not to most residents.

Source: bbc.com

11:31 World
Imperial jewels sell for $3 million in Christie’s auction

An imperial jewellery sale including a set of sapphire and diamond items that belonged to Napoleon’s adoptive daughter fetched nearly $3 million at auction at Christie’s in Geneva on Wednesday, as the rare sale of objects directly linked to the French emperor was met with great demand. Bids on the imperial consignment far outstripped pre-sale estimates. There were nine items from the collection of Napoleon's daughter Stephanie de Beauharnais as well as a sapphire crown which previously belonged to Queen Maria II of Portugal.

Source: reuters.com

11:00 World
Gal Gadot Gets Backlash for Comments on Israel-Palestine Violence

The Israel-born actress star was bombarded with criticism – and some support – after sounding off on the current wave of violence. Gadot’s pro-peace, respect-both-sides sentiment might sound fairly benign, but some took issue with the actress using the friendly term “neighbors” amid the rocket-firing conflict and for supporting Israel at all. Gadot also served two years as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com

10:29 World
Ellen DeGeneres to end talk show after 19 years

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which has aired since September 2003, will come to an end in 2022 after its 19th season. The daily mix of comedy, interviews and human interest stories has been a US television staple, though ratings have declined in recent years.

Source: bbc.com


10:01 World
Napoleon's shirt worn in exile and English letter go on display

A shirt worn by Napoleon during his exile on the island of Saint Helena in the south Atlantic and a letter he wrote there to practise his English have gone on display at a museum in Belgium ahead of an auction later this year in Britain. A silk scarf he wore around his head on the windswept British outpost is also on show, along with a walking stick made from a narwhal tooth, a rare and precious object from the exiled former French emperor's daily life on Saint Helena. The exhibition at the Battle of Waterloo memorial museum, near Brussels, is part of commemorations of the bicentenary of Napoleon's death aged 51 on May 5, 1821.

Source: reuters.com

17:41 World
Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Sydney linked to deaths of two whales

The Royal Australian Navy destroyer HMAS Sydney has been linked to the deaths of two whales after berthing in San Diego. In a statement the Australian Department of Defence confirmed that “as HMAS Sydney was berthing alongside Naval Base San Diego in California two deceased whales dislodged from her hull beneath the surface”. The department said the Australian and US navies were cooperating with local marine authorities and other agencies to review the incident.

Source: abc.net.au

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