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18:24 10/04/2021

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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

17:11 World
Michael Jordan shares final text messages he exchanged with Kobe Bryant

NBA legend Michael Jordan has shared his final text conversation with the late, great Kobe Bryant. Jordan, who will induct Bryant into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, shared the messages with ESPN which dated back to December 8, 2019 -- 49 days before his death. In the messages -- which Jordan admits he can't bring himself to delete -- Bryant praised Jordan's Cincoro Tequila, a bottle of which was sent to Bryant at the launch. "This tequila is awesome," the former Los Angeles Laker texted.

Source: cnn.com

15:42 World
Cameron Norrie misses the chance to face Novak Djokovic

British number two Cameron Norrie missed the chance to face top seed Novak Djokovic after losing to Spain's Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in the Italian Open second round. Norrie, ranked one place below Davidovich Fokina at 49th in the world, lost 6-2 6-3. Norrie, 25, has been in solid form this year, having won 19 of his 29 matches, but produced too many errors in Rome. Davidovich Fokina will play Serbia's Djokovic in the third round.

Source: bbc.com

14:57 World
U.K. Unveils Junk Food Ad Ban Online to Help Curb Obesity

Junk food commercials will be banned on British television before 9 p.m. and outlawed completely online, under new government proposals to curb rising obesity levels. Boris Johnson’s administration will also force firms with more than 250 employees -- including restaurant and pub chains -- to list calories on food. Promotions like “buy one get one free” on high fat, salt and sugar food and drinks will be restricted in supermarkets from next April. The changes are part of the Health and Care Bill unveiled Tuesday as the government set out its legislative program for the U.K.’s revival after the coronavirus crisis.

Source: bloomberg.com

13:51 World
Elon Musk's girlfriend Grimes was hospitalized for panic attack

During one of the evening's sketches, Musk, 49, played the Nintendo character Wario while his girlfriend, Grimes, made a small cameo as Princess Peach. In an Instagram post shared on Tuesday, the 33-year-old singer revealed that she suffered a panic attack recently. The star didn't explain what exactly brought on the panic attack, but because it took place on Monday, is seems her "SNL" debut had little to nothing to do with the ordeal.

Source: foxnews.com

13:18 World
Barcelona keen on Juventus legend Buffon

Barcelona have made contact with Italy's veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon about joining them in the summer, according to Foot Mercato. The 43-year-old is on the books at Juventus but announced on Tuesday that he will be leaving when his contract comes to an end this summer. This means he will be a free agent, something Barcelona have been scouring the market for ahead of the upcoming transfer window.

Source: espn.com

12:34 World
Iran’s former hardline president Ahmadinejad to run again

Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday registered to run again in an election in June which is being seen as a test of the legitimacy of the country’s clerical rulers. Registration will end on Saturday, after which entrants will be screened for their political and Islamic qualifications by a 12-member vetting body, the Guardian Council. Six members of the hardline body are appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Source: reuters.com

12:02 World
India’s daily COVID-19 deaths rise by record 4,205

India on Wednesday posted a record rise in deaths from COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, pushing its total fatalities past the 250,000 mark. Deaths from COVID-19 swelled by 4,205, while daily coronavirus cases rose by 348,421, with India’s overall caseload now surging past 23 million, according to health ministry data.

Source: reuters.com

11:20 World
A monstrous-looking fish normally found thousands of feet deep in the ocean washed up on a California beach

An unusual fish with teeth as sharp as glass and a body shaped like a football washed ashore on a California beach last week. The black colored creature with it's gaping mouth laid on the sand on the shore of Crystal Cove State Park's Marine Protected Area in Laguna Beach last Friday. The park shared images of the fish on social media and identified it as being most likely the Pacific Football Fish.

Source: cnn.com


10:57 World
Manchester City win Premier League title after Manchester United lose to Leicester

Manchester City have won a third Premier League title in four years after closest challengers Manchester United were beaten by Leicester City. Pep Guardiola's side are now 10 points ahead of second-placed United, who have just three games remaining. It is the seventh time City have finished top of the English football pyramid and the fifth in nine years.

Source: bbc.com

10:16 World
China professor calls for million-yuan reward to boost birth rates

A Chinese professor has urged the government to offer parents 1 million yuan ($156,000) for each newborn child in a bid to shore up the country's declining birth rate, sparking a debate on social media about the soaring costs of raising children. Liang Jianzhang, professor at Peking University's School of Economics said that it would cost 10% of China's GDP to raise birth rates from the current 1.3 to the replacement level of 2.1.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Italian royal tiara fetches $1.6 million at Swiss auction

A diamond and pearl tiara passed down through generations of Italy's royal family sold for 1.5 million Swiss francs ($1.66 million) when it was auctioned in Switzerland on Tuesday. The price was one of the highest achieved for a tiara in recent years, auctioneers Sotheby's said following the sale in Geneva. Dating from the second half of the 19th century, the tiara was a wedding gift to Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo upon her marriage in 1867 to Amadeo I of Savoy, later king of Spain.

Source: reuters.com

16:58 World
US rapper J Cole set to play in Basketball Africa League

American rapper J Cole is set to play professional basketball for Rwandan side Patriots BBC. The team will play Nigeria's Rivers Hoopers on Sunday, opening the first ever Basketball Africa League (BAL).

Source: bbc.com

16:36 World
Romania uses 'Dracula's Castle' as COVID-19 vaccine 'marathon' site

Citizens can go for a vaccine at Bran Castle without an appointment, and they will receive a "vaccinated at Bran Castle" diploma, along with a free tour.

Source: foxnews.com


16:04 World
Pope creates lay ministry to boost supply of faith teachers

Pope Francis on Tuesday formally created a new lay ministry to encourage greater participation of secular women and men in the teaching of the Catholic faith, especially in places where priests are in short supply. The new law creating the lay ministry of catechists officially recognizes for the universal Catholic Church a practice that has been used for centuries in local dioceses.

Source: apnews.com


15:26 World
Zero daily coronavirus deaths reported in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland

It is the first time the three nations have registered no COVID-19 fatalities in a single day since 30 July 2020. Total deaths in the UK since the start of the pandemic stand at 127,609.

Source: news.sky.com

14:34 World
Cologne hires Baumgart as coach from next season

Cologne hired Steffen Baumgart as coach for next season on Tuesday even with the club’s place in the Bundesliga uncertain. Baumgart agreed to a two-year contract following four years with Paderborn. Baumgart oversaw back-to-back promotions to take Paderborn to the Bundesliga for the 2019-20 season but the team was relegated back to the second division.

Source: apnews.com

14:00 World
Escape tunnel found under Western Australia immigration detention centre

A 20-metre-long unfinished escape tunnel has been discovered at an immigration detention centre in Western Australia, refugee advocates say. The nascent tunnel – dug three metres underground – was found on Monday morning, built underneath an accommodation block in Falcon compound of the Yongah Hill detention centre. It is not known who dug the tunnel or with what.

Source: theguardian.com

13:23 World
Strait of Hormuz: US fires warning shots at Iranian boats in Gulf

A US Coast Guard ship fired warning shots at Iranian boats that came close to American naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon says. The Pentagon said 13 fast boats from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came within 140m of US vessels on Monday. The Iranian vessels left after 30 warning shots were fired, the Pentagon said. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby accused the Iranian boats of "acting very aggressively" near the US military vessels, which were escorting USS Georgia, a guided-missile submarine.

Source: bbc.com

12:36 World
China’s population growth closer to zero

China’s weak population growth is falling closer to zero as fewer couples have children, government data showed Tuesday, adding to strains on an aging society with a shrinking workforce. The population rose by 72 million people over the past 10 years to 1.411 billion in 2020, the National Bureau of Statistics announced after a once-a-decade census. It said annual growth averaged 0.53%, down by 0.04% from the previous decade.

Source: apnews.com

12:09 World
Little Mix's Perrie Edwards reveals she's expecting first child with footballer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Edwards and Oxlade-Chamberlain have been in a relationship since the start of 2017.

Source: news.sky.com

11:38 World
Myanmar reporters, activists arrested in Thailand

Three reporters and two activists from Myanmar have been arrested in Thailand for illegal entry and face possible deportation, the reporters' news organisation and local police said on Tuesday. Broadcaster DVB (Democratic Voice of Burma) said the five were arrested on Sunday in the northern city of Chiang Mai and it appealed to Thai authorities not to deport them to Myanmar, where the news organisation has been banned by the junta.

Source: reuters.com

11:06 World
Global renewable energy industry grew at fastest rate since 1999 last year

The global energy watchdog revealed that the delivery of renewable energy projects, including windfarms and solar power projects, grew by 45% last year in a step change for the global industry. Wind power capacity doubled over the last year, while solar power grew by almost 50% more than its growth before the pandemic, due to the growing appetite for clean energy from governments and corporations.

Source: theguardian.com

10:16 World
Indian doctors warn against cow dung as COVID cure

Doctors in India are warning against the practice of using cow dung in the belief it will ward off COVID-19, saying there is no scientific evidence for its effectiveness and that it risks spreading other diseases. In the state of Gujarat in western India, some believers have been going to cow shelters once a week to cover their bodies in cow dung and urine in the hope it will boost their immunity against, or help them recover from, the coronavirus.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
NBC drops 2022 Golden Globes; Tom Cruise returns trophies

U.S. television network NBC on Monday dropped its broadcast of the Golden Globes ceremony in 2022 after a Hollywood backlash over the ethics of the group that hands out the annual awards for film and television and its lack of diversity.

Source: reuters.com

17:44 World
China tourist left clinging to 100m-high bridge after glass panels smash

A man was left stranded on a glass-bottomed suspension bridge in north-eastern China after sudden gale-force winds shattered the transparent panels around him. The man was on the 100-metre-high bridge at Piyan Mountain in Longjing city, when it was hit by sudden strong weather, the local tourism department said. Gusts of up to 150km per hour blew out several glass panels, trapping the tourist until he could be rescued by firefighters, police, and forestry and tourism personnel more than half an hour later.

Source: theguardian.com

17:18 World
UK hands back smuggled "Persephone Statue" to Libya

The Libyan Foreign Ministry said Libya's embassy in London had received the "Persephone Statue" that was smuggled out of Libya and recovered by British authorities in 2011. The Foreign Ministry said the reception of the smuggled statue was done in a ceremony that included the Libyan chargé d'affaires and the Head of Greek and Roman section at the British Museum Peter Hugo. The Persephone Statue is a depiction of an ancient Greek goddess. It was in Shahat in eastern Libya - a UNESCO world heritage site - before it had been smuggled.

Source: libyaobserver.ly

16:45 World
Champions League final could be switched from Istanbul to Wembley

Wembley is being considered as an option for the Champions League final as negotiations continue over moving the showpiece match from Istanbul. Talks are taking place on Monday between Uefa and the UK government over the final, which is to be contested by Manchester City and Chelsea and due to be played on 29 May, with a decision expected in the next 48 hours. The government placed Turkey on its travel red list last week, meaning fans cannot travel to the game, and are understood to prefer that the match be played at the national stadium.

Source: theguardian.com

15:52 World
Serena Williams returning after ‘very intense’ training

While Williams has not played since losing to Naomi Osaka in the Melbourne semifinals in February, she has been practicing “very intensely” on clay courts and is ready to “start fresh” in her pursuit of Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam titles. Preparing to return at this week’s Italian Open to gear up for Roland Garros later this month, Williams on Monday detailed her recent training regimen. Williams, a four-time champion in Rome, will face either French Open semifinalist Nadia Podoroska or German qualifier Laura Siegemund in her opening match at the Foro Italico. She’s in the same quarter of the draw as Osaka and has a first-round bye.

Source: apnews.com


15:10 World
Everest: China to set up 'separation line' at summit

China says it will set up a "line of separation" at the summit of Mount Everest in order to prevent climbers mingling with others from Nepal. It comes less than a week after mountaineers and authorities at base camp in Nepal warned of rising cases of Covid among climbers. Everest stands on the border between China and Nepal and mountaineers climb it from both sides. It is not yet clear how China will enforce the rules on the mountain.

Source: bbc.com


13:56 World
Taliban declares three-day Eid ceasefire as 11 killed in new bombing

At least 11 people have been killed and dozens injured in the bombing of a bus in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul province. The blast took place late on Sunday night, said Zabul’s provincial governor’s spokesman Gul Islam Sial, adding that 25 people were injured including women and children who were in critical condition. In another attack early on Monday, a blast hit a minibus in Parwan province, just north of the capital, Kabul, killing two people and wounding nine, the interior ministry said.

Source: theguardian.com

13:21 World
Tokyo Olympics: poll shows 60% of Japanese people want Games cancelled

Preparations for the Tokyo Olympics have suffered another setback after a poll found that nearly 60% of people in Japan want them to be cancelled, less than three months before the Games are due to open. Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo and several other regions until the end of May as it struggles to contain a surge in Covid-19 cases fuelled by new, more contagious variants, with medical staff warning that health services in some areas are on the verge of collapse.

Source: theguardian.com

12:44 World
6 people were killed at a Colorado Springs birthday party

Six people were killed in a shooting early Sunday morning during a birthday party at a Colorado Springs, Colorado, mobile home, according to police. The suspected shooter -- believed to be a boyfriend of one of the victims -- is also dead, police said. Police believe the suspect drove to the home where a birthday party was being held and opened fire before killing himself. No children were injured in the shooting.

Source: cnn.com

12:16 World
South Sudan president dissolves parliament in line with peace deal

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir has dissolved parliament, a long-awaited step to pave the way for the appointment of lawmakers from formerly warring parties in the country. The move was in line with a peace deal signed to end a civil war that began in 2013. The president dissolved parliament on Saturday and the new body will be formed in "a matter of time, not too long", his spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters. According to the deal that ended the civil war, parliament must be expanded from 400 members to 550 and must include members from all parties to the peace accord.

Source: reuters.com

11:56 World
More than 1,000 migrants landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa in the space of a few hours on Sunday

One boat alone was carrying almost 400 men, women and children, Italian news agency Ansa said. The island's Mayor Toto Martello said he believed the rise in arrivals coincided with the good weather. Lampedusa is one of the main arrival ports for people wanting to reach Europe. Some 11,000 migrants have landed on the island since the start of the year.

Source: bbc.com

11:28 World
A safari park in eastern China is facing criticism for concealing the escape of three of its leopards over a week ago

Two of the animals from the Hangzhou Safari Park have been captured but the third is still missing, according to the Global Times newspaper. The safari park reported the missing leopards and alerted the public on Saturday, but villagers reported seeing the animals as early as 1 May. It is unclear how the leopards managed to escape.

Source: news.sky.com

10:26 World
S.Korea's Moon says looking for N.Korea response for peace talks

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday he was looking forward to North Korea's response to engagement efforts as he seeks to restore peace-building amid stalled talks over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes. Moon's comments, in a speech marking the fourth year of his presidency, come ahead of his first summit with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington on May 21. The South Korean president is expected to push the United States to seek engagement with North Korea, though Biden has shown little interest in making North Korea a top priority.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Da Vinci’s ‘Head of Bear’ drawing seen fetching up to $16 mln

A drawing of a bear’s head by Leonardo da Vinci is seen fetching up to $16.7 million, potentially setting a record, when it heads to auction in July, Christie’s said on Saturday. Measuring 7 cm squared, "Head of a Bear" is a silverpoint drawing on a pink-beige paper. The auction house says it is "one of less than eight surviving drawings by Leonardo still in private hands outside of the British Royal Collection and the Devonshire Collections at Chatsworth". It will lead Christie's "Exceptional Sale" on July 8 in London with a price estimate of 8 million to 12 million pounds ($11.14 million - $16.71 million).

Source: reuters.com

16:00 World
Frustrated Andy Murray plots return from latest injury setback

As Andy Murray prepares to rejoin the ATP tour and resume his attempts to ascend towards the top of the sport after hip surgery, the former world No 1 has detailed the frustration of enduring yet another year so far filled with setbacks and despair. Six weeks ago in March, Murray suffered a “freak” groin injury at the Miami Open that he believed he sustained in the middle of the night. He was forced to withdraw and return to the increasingly tedious environment of injury rehab in London.

Source: theguardian.com

15:34 World
Australian grandmother is covered with horrific bruises and bleeding gums after getting the AstraZeneca vaccine

Maureen Deboick, 80, is in hospital with severe bruising and swelling to her body. Family members fear her condition may be linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine. She received the first dose of the vaccine but her second dose has been delayed.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

14:54 World
Saudi Arabia wants to see “verifiable deeds” from talks with Iran, says official

A Saudi foreign ministry official said on Friday that talks between Saudi Arabia and Iran aim to reduce regional tensions, but added it was too early to judge the outcome and Riyadh wanted to see “verifiable deeds”. The comments by Ambassador Rayed Krimly, head of policy planning at the ministry, were the first public confirmation from Riyadh that the rivals - who severed ties in 2016 - were holding direct talks.

Source: reuters.com

13:58 World
Sinopharm: Chinese Covid vaccine gets WHO emergency approval

The World Health Organization (WHO) has granted emergency approval for a Covid vaccine made by Chinese state-owned company Sinopharm. It is the first vaccine developed by a non-Western country to get WHO backing. The vaccine has already been given to millions of people in China and elsewhere. The WHO had previously only approved the vaccines made by Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.

Source: bbc.com

13:35 World
New York boy stuns family with $2,618 Amazon order for SpongeBob popsicles

A four-year-old New York boy has left his family with a huge bill after he secretly ordered a staggering $2,618 worth of SpongeBob popsicles from online retailer Amazon. Noah Bryant, from Brooklyn, ordered 51 cases containing a total of 918 popsicles to be shipped to his aunt’s house, the local TV station ABC7 reported. But the story has a happy ending. Amazon now says they are in contact with the Bryant family and will donate the proceeds of the popsicles to a local charity. Meanwhile, a GoFundMe page has raised more than $11,000. Noah is on the autism spectrum.

Source: theguardian.com

12:55 World
Neymar renews until 2026 at PSG

Paris Saint-Germain are set to confirm the renewal of Neymar's contract on Saturday. The Brazilian will put pen to paper on a deal that will run until 2026. It hasn't been easy to tie Neymar down, though. Barcelona even sent representatives to Paris last summer in an attempt to force an impossible more, but their finances meant it was never likely to happen.

Source: marca.com

12:19 World
Al-Aqsa mosque: Dozens hurt in Jerusalem clashes

At least 163 Palestinians and six Israeli police officers have been hurt in clashes in Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police say. Most were injured at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades as Palestinians threw stones and bottles. Tensions have been rising over the potential eviction of Palestinians from land claimed by Jewish settlers. The Al-Aqsa mosque complex in Jerusalem's Old City is one of Islam's most revered locations, but its location is also the holiest site in Judaism, known as the Temple Mount.

Source: bbc.com

11:41 World
Crucial Scottish elections on ‘knife edge’ as pro-independence SNP win early seats

Scotland's main pro-independence party captured dozens of seats on Friday in a Scottish parliament election that could determine the future of the United Kingdom, but early results left uncertainty over whether it would win a crucial majority. The Scottish National Party says it will seek to hold a new vote on secession by the end of 2023 if there is a pro-independence majority returned to the devolved 129-seat parliament - setting up a potential legal showdown with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who says he will refuse any such vote.

Source: reuters.com

10:47 World
A Georgia woman was shocked to find at least 100,000 bees in her home -- for the second time

Lisa Ohrmundt has been living in her home in Decatur for 14 years, and in that time she has had to remove bees from her home four times. Ohrmundt said she discovered the bees after noticing them flying around the outside of her house and disappearing. Bobby Chaisson, operations director at Georgia Bee Removal, told there's no rhyme or reason why the bees are choosing Ohrmundt's house. Chaisson estimated that he removed at least 100,000 bees from the home, but it came in second to the 2017 swarm that he estimates had over 120,000 bees.

Source: cnn.com


10:15 World
101 carat diamond to be auctioned in Geneva jewellery sale

The largest diamond ever cut in Russia - a 100.94 carat stone called the Alrosa Spectacle - will be auctioned in Geneva later this month. The diamond could fetch between 12 and 18 million Swiss francs ($19.96 million) when it goes under the hammer at Christie's on May 12.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
U.S. President Biden says he is confident he can meet Russia’s Putin soon

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday he expected to be able to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin soon and the White House said ongoing differences between the United States and Russia would not need to be resolved in advance of a summit. Biden and his advisers would like to add a summit with Putin in a third country while the U.S. president is in Europe in mid-June for a Group of Seven meeting in Britain and talks with NATO allies in Brussels. But negotiations with the Russians on staging the summit are continuing, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.

Source: reuters.com

17:48 World
German call to ban 'Jewish star' at Covid demos

Germany's anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein, has urged authorities to stop protesters using the Nazis' yellow star forced on Jews in World War Two. Some protesters have replaced the word "Jude" (Jew) with the phrase "ungeimpft" (unvaccinated), equating Covid restrictions with the persecution of Europe's Jewish population. The yellow Star of David has also been seen in protests in London. Mr Klein said he hoped German cities would follow Munich in banning it.

Source: bbc.com

17:00 World
The world's highest infinity pool has opened in Dubai

There are few feelings as liberating as swimming in the open air, below blue skies that stretch all the way to horizon -- and now in Dubai you can do it nearly 1,000 feet above sea level. Named in March as the world's tallest infinity pool inside a building, the rooftop bathing spot at the newly opened Address Beach Resort is a vertiginous 293.906 meters high. That's about nine-tenths as tall as the Eiffel Tower.

Source: cnn.com

15:48 World
Australia to resume India repatriation flights after backlash

Australia will resume repatriation flights for some citizens in India after a controversial ban on arrivals from the country ends on 15 May. The ban sparked further anger after the government said Australians seeking to fly home could face jail or fines. Mr Morrison later played down this threat. On Friday, he said they would begin by bringing back "vulnerable" citizens. About 900 Australians are registered with the government in this group. More than 9,000 Australians are in India in total.

Source: bbc.com

15:18 World
Sixth-grade girl injures three people after opening fire with handgun

Three people have been shot after a young girl brought a gun to her school and opened fire. The girl was in a school hallway on Thursday morning when she pulled a handgun from her backpack and fired multiple rounds at Rigby Middle School in Idaho. Two people were hit inside before she went outside and injured a third. The student - who in sixth-grade and aged 11 or 12 - was disarmed by a teacher who held her until police arrived.

Source: news.sky.com


14:16 World
California earthquake rattles Lake Tahoe area

A magnitude-4.7 earthquake rattled Northern California near Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada, Thursday evening, according to the U.S. Geographical Survey. The quake's epicenter was said to be northwest of Truckee, and the temblor was felt as far away as Sacramento. It hit around 9:35 p.m., preceded by a magnitude 3.2 temblor and followed by a 3.1 aftershock a few miles away near Sierraville. There were no immediate reports of major damage

Source: foxnews.com

13:54 World
Colombia enters second week of violent unrest as police crack down on protests

Colombia has entered its second week of violent unrest as riot police continued a brutal crackdown on nationwide protests against poverty and inequality exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 37 people have died in the protests so far according to Temblores, a local NGO that monitors police violence, though that number is expected to rise, with at least 89 people reported missing since protests began on 28 April. Fresh clashes broke out on Wednesday night in Bogotá and other cities across the country as heavily armoured police unleashed their arsenal of flash-bangs, teargas and water cannons on protesters.

Source: theguardian.com

12:46 World
At least 25 killed in Rio de Janeiro shootout

At least 25 people including a police officer have been killed in a shootout in Rio de Janeiro, according to local media. The shootout took place during a police operation in a favela in the Jacarezinho area of the city. Police launched the operation after receiving reports that drug traffickers were recruiting children for their gang. Two passengers on a metro train were hit by bullets but survived. Police in the Brazilian city confirmed the death of one of their officers.

Source: bbc.com

12:10 World
Morocco recalls its ambassador to Berlin over Western Sahara

Morocco recalled its ambassador to Berlin for consultations on Thursday in protest at what it described as Germany's "destructive attitude" towards Rabat's position on the Western Sahara issue. It accused Germany of engaging in "antagonistic activism" after the United States in December recognised Moroccan sovereignty over the territory, which is also claimed as an independent state by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front movement.

Source: reuters.com

11:42 World
Coldplay's new single is out of this world (quite literally)

Coldplay has unveiled the first single from its upcoming album, with the premiere of Higher Power taking place on board the International Space Station. Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion teamed up with French astronaut Thomas Pesquet for the stunt, which saw the track played on the ISS and beamed back to Earth by satellite.

Source: news.sky.com

11:06 World
US weighs unfreezing $1 billion in Iranian funds

The Biden administration is weighing unfreezing $1 billion in Iranian funds that the country could use for humanitarian relief, amid the negotiations for the US to reenter the 2015 nuclear deal and bring Iran back into compliance with its terms.

Source: cnn.com

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