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16:19 World
UK summons Iranian envoy over tanker attack

The UK has summoned the Iranian ambassador in response to an attack on a vessel off the coast of Oman last week in which two people were killed. The Foreign Office said ambassador Mohsen Baharvand was told that "Iran must immediately cease actions that risk international peace and security". It also said that vessels "must be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with international law".

Source: bbc.com

15:26 Region
EU sends help to Turkey as wildfire toll reaches eight

The European Union sent help to Turkey on Monday and volunteers joined firefighters in battling a week of violent blazes that have killed eight people and put pressure on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish leader came under especially strong criticism over the weekend for tossing bags of tea to locals while touring one of the most badly-affected regions under heavy police escort. The government has also disclosed that it had no firefighting planes in its inventory and had to rely on foreign help to battle the flames.

Source: france24.com

14:50 World
At least 10 people injured in a mass shooting in New York City

At least 10 people were injured in a mass shooting late Saturday evening. The individuals, whose ages range from 19 to 72, are being treated in local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries, the New York City Police Department said. Around 10:38 p.m. Saturday, police responded to numerous 911 calls about a shooting, Assistant Chief Galen Frierson, of the NYPD's Patrol Borough Queens North said at a news conference Sunday morning. Police are now searching for the four individuals they suspect are behind the shooting. They are described as males who were wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts.

Source: cnn.com

13:59 World
Millions under virus lockdown as China battles Delta outbreak

Millions of people were confined to their homes in China Monday as the country tried to contain its largest coronavirus outbreak in months with mass testing and travel curbs. China on Monday reported 55 new locally transmitted coronavirus cases, as an outbreak of the fast-spreading Delta variant reached over 20 cities and more than a dozen provinces. Local governments in major cities including Beijing have now tested millions of residents, while cordoning off residential compounds and placing close contacts under quarantine.

Source: france24.com

13:07 World
Malaysian opposition march on parliament, demand PM resigns

Malaysia's opposition lawmakers tried to march on the country's parliament building on Monday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, after the premier deferred a parliamentary sitting amidst political turmoil. Muhyiddin cited the detection of COVID-19 infections for postponing the final parliamentary session scheduled for Monday, but the opposition called it a politically motivated move to block any challenges to his leadership. Opposition lawmakers marched towards the parliament building on Monday, but were stopped by police in riot gear.

Source: reuters.com

12:25 World
Africa's most populous city is battling floods and rising seas

Cars and houses submerged in water, commuters wading through buses knee-high in floods, and homeowners counting the cost of destroyed properties. Home to more than 24 million people, Lagos, a low-lying city on Nigeria's Atlantic coast, may become uninhabitable by the end of this century as sea levels rise due to climate change, scientific projections suggest.

Source: cnn.com

11:56 World
100-year-old former death camp guard to go on trial in Germany

The district court of Neuruppin admitted the charges of accessory to murder in 3,500 cases, and the trial is slated to start in October. The defendant should be able to stand trial for 2 to 2-1/2 hours a day, a court spokesman told the paper. The court was not available for comment at the weekend. The accused, who was not named in accordance with German media laws concerning suspects, was said to have worked as a camp guard from 1942 to 1945 in Sachsenhausen, where around 200,000 people were imprisoned and 20,000 murdered.

Source: reuters.com

11:14 World
Tokyo Olympics: 'Can we have two golds?' - high jumpers share win

An incredible Olympic high jump final ended with both Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi taking gold medals. After an exhausting two-hour competition, the pair couldn't be split, having recorded best clearances of 2.37 metres. The athletes were offered an opportunity to take part in a jump-off. But in a moment of sportsmanship, they agreed to share the title, sparking huge celebrations. They made history - it was the first joint Olympic podium in athletics since 1912.

Source: bbc.com


10:45 World
Rescuers pull 394 migrants from dangerously overcrowded boat off Tunisia

Two humanitarian rescue ships pulled 394 migrants from a dangerously overcrowded wooden boat in the Mediterranean overnight on Sunday in an operation lasting about six hours. The German and French NGO ships Sea-Watch 3 and Ocean Viking rescued the migrants in Tunisian waters 68 km from the North African coast, near oil facilities and other ships. Sea-Watch 3, which assumed command of the operation, took 141 of the survivors while Ocean Viking took the rest. The yacht Nadir, from the German NGO ResQ Ship, later gave support.

Source: reuters.com

10:06 Region
Death toll in Turkey wildfires rises to eight, coastal resorts affected

The death toll from wildfires on Turkey's southern coast rose to eight on Sunday as firefighters battled for a fifth day to contain blazes still raging in coastal resort towns. Two more people died on Sunday due to wildfires in the southern town of Manavgat, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said, adding that 10 others were receiving treatment in hospital in the area. Most of more than 100 blazes that erupted in Turkey in the last five days have been contained, authorities said.

Source: reuters.com

16:08 World
Imelda Staunton pictured as Queen in Netflix's The Crown for first time

The first image of Imelda Staunton portraying the Queen in the fifth series of The Crown has been released. Netflix released the picture via their Twitter account, saying it was an "early glimpse" of the new monarch in the royal drama. Staunton, 65, takes on the role played by Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, as the latest series follows the royal family in the 21st century. Netflix said the drama's sixth and last series will end in the early 2000s.

Source: bbc.com

15:40 World
U.S. issues new Cuba sanctions, Biden promises more to come

The United States imposed sanctions on the Cuban police force and two of its leaders on Friday in response to the Havana government's crackdown on protesters, and President Joe Biden promised Cuban-American leaders more actions were coming. The U.S. Treasury Department said the sanctions, which appeared to be largely symbolic, were a reaction to "actions to suppress peaceful, pro-democratic protests in Cuba that began on July 11."

Source: reuters.com

15:06 World
UN compound in Afghan city of Herat comes under attack, police guard killed

An Afghan police guard was killed Friday when a United Nations compound came under attack in Herat, officials said, as fighting raged between government forces and the Taliban on the outskirts of the western city.

Source: france24.com

14:31 World
Japan’s PM warns health system at risk of collapse as state of emergency is expanded

Japan’s prime minister has warned the country’s health system could collapse if Covid infections continue to spread at their current rate, as he extended and expanded a state of emergency. Yoshihide Suga also issued new pre-emergency measures as daily Covid-19 infection rates climbed above 10,000 cases for the first time since the pandemic hit in early 2020.

Source: independent.co.uk

13:52 World
Netflix to stream Schumacher documentary from Sept. 15

Netflix will air a documentary series on Formula One great Michael Schumacher from Sept. 15, the online streaming platform said on Friday. Approved by his family, "Schumacher" features interviews with his wife and children, including F1 racer son Mick, and other past and present drivers, Netflix said. Schumacher, 52, who won a record seven F1 titles since equalled by Briton Lewis Hamilton, has not been seen in public since suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in 2013.

Source: reuters.com

13:19 World
Nigeria’s Okagbare fails drugs test, suspended from Olympics

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been provisionally suspended for doping just hours before the former World Championships silver medallist was due to run in Saturday’s semi-finals of the women’s 100 metres at the Olympics. Okagbare tested positive for human growth hormone in an out-of-competition test on July 19, four days before the Olympics opened, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said, prompting a mandatory provisional suspension.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:42 World
Anglo-Saxon coin found in Wiltshire could sell for £200k

A "unique" Anglo-Saxon coin found in a field in south Wiltshire is expected to fetch up to £200,000 at auction. The Gold Penny, or Mancus of 30 Pence, was unearthed by a metal detectorist in a field near West Dean in March 2020. Weighing 4.82g, it was struck between 802 and 839 during the reign of Ecgberht, King of the West Saxons. Thought to be the only late Anglo-Saxon gold coin in private hands, it is expected to fetch between £150,000 and £200,000 at auction on 8 September.

Source: bbc.com

12:13 World
U.S. approves potential sale of $3.4 bln helicopters to Israel

The U.S. State Department said on Friday it has approved the potential sale of 18 CH-53K heavy lift helicopters to Israel in a deal valued at up to $3.4 billion. The package would include engines, navigation systems, weaponry, support equipment, spares and technical support. Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N)and General Electric Co (GE.N)are the prime contractors on the deal. Despite the approval by the State Department, the notification does not indicate that a contract has been signed or that negotiations have concluded.

Source: reuters.com

11:30 World
Floods block food from reaching thousands of refugees in Colombia

Flooding and landslides have left thousands of refugees cut off from food supplies in Ituango, the conflict-strewn municipality in north-western Colombia. Roads have been blocked by mud and debris after heavy rains, while helicopters have been unable to land. As a result, the delivery of food and medical supplies has been stymied, and communications cut off. More than 4,000 people have fled the violence of militias operating in the resource-rich region in recent months. Bringing only what they could carry with them, entire families have fled from their homes in rural hamlets to the urban hub anchoring the region. According to the UN, 1,300 of those displaced are children.

Source: theguardian.com

10:38 World
Israel blames Iran for deadly attack on oil tanker off Oman

Two crew members of an oil tanker managed by a prominent Israeli businessman's company were killed off Oman in what appears to be a drone attack, the vessel's London-based operator and the US military said Friday, with Israel blaming Iran.

Source: france24.com

10:06 NKR
Woman charged for disturbing Yellowstone mother grizzly

An Illinois woman has been charged with disturbing wildlife after she was filmed approaching a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. A widely shared video showed Samantha Dehring approaching the bear and two cubs to take a photograph. Ms Dehring only walks away after the mother bear runs at her. She now faces several charges, as well as "violating closures and use limits". She has faces federal charges under a federal law that bans "feeding, touching, teasing, frightening or intentional disturbing of wildlife nesting, breeding or other activities".

Source: bbc.com

17:58 World
More than 100,000 children in Ethiopia's Tigray could die of hunger- UNICEF

The United Nations children's agency said on Friday that more than 100,000 children in Ethiopia's northern region of Tigray could suffer life-threatening malnutrition in the next 12 months, a 10-fold increase to normal numbers. UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado said that one-in-two pregnant and breastfeeding women screened in Tigray were acutely malnourished.

Source: reuters.com

17:41 World
World War II pilot's uniform found preserved in 70-year-old 'mystery' parcel

AWorld War II Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot's uniform is set to be sold at auction after it was discovered wrapped in newspaper dating back to 1951. The "mystery" parcel containing the jacket and pants was found in a house in a village in East Staffordshire, England. It had been unopened for 70 years, Hansons Auctioneers said in a press release.

Source: cnn.com

17:13 World
Beijing warns of ‘counter-measures’ as Royal Navy sails South China Sea

China’s military and state media have warned the UK against provocation as it sent a carrier strike group, led by a Royal Navy aircraft carrier, through the contested South China Sea. A spokesman for China’s Ministry of National Defence, Wu Qian, said it respected freedom of navigation but firmly opposed any naval activities that aimed to provoke controversy.

Source: theguardian.com

16:48 World
'Brighton cat killer' Steven Bouquet jailed for stabbing 16 pets

A security guard has been jailed for more than five years for stabbing 16 cats in a series of night-time attacks. Steven Bouquet killed nine cats around Brighton between October 2018 and June 2019. Seven more were injured. The 54-year-old had denied 16 counts of criminal damage and possession of a knife but was found guilty in June. Bouquet, who has been dubbed the "Brighton cat killer", was sentenced to five years and three months in prison at Hove Crown Court.

Source: bbc.com

16:07 World
20 dead, 300,000 stranded in flood-hit Bangladesh region

Monsoon floods and landslides have cut off more than 300,000 people in villages across southeast Bangladesh and killed at least 20 people including six Rohingya refugees, officials said Friday. The region along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border where nearly one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are in camps has been battered by torrential rain since Monday.

Source: france24.com

15:27 World
Tokyo Olympics: Alexander Zverev beats Novak Djokovic to reach final

Novak Djokovic's hopes of winning a 'Golden Slam' are over after he lost to Alexander Zverev in the Olympic tennis semi-finals. Serb Djokovic, the world number one, was bidding to become the first man to win all four Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal in the same year. But German Zverev, 24, came from a set down to win 1-6 6-3 6-1 at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo. The fourth seed will meet Russian Karen Khachanov in Sunday's final.

Source: bbc.com

14:36 World
National Gallery of Australia to return $2.2M of 'stolen' artworks to India

The National Gallery of Australia announced Thursday that it will return more than a dozen "culturally significant" artworks to India due to the items' alleged links to looting and trafficking networks. Thirteen of the works, which include bronze and stone sculptures, historical photographs and a painted scroll, had been purchased directly from the disgraced New York art dealer Subhash Kapoor, who stands accused of smuggling thousands of antiquities from across Asia. A 14th item, acquired from the late dealer William Wolff, will also be repatriated.

Source: cnn.com

13:44 World
First evacuation flight brings over 200 Afghans to US

The first flight evacuating Afghan interpreters and others who worked alongside the United States forces in Afghanistan has landed at Washington Dulles International Airport, the US government has announced. An airliner carrying 221 Afghans, including 57 children and 15 babies, according to the internal document obtained by The Associated Press, touched down at the airport early on Friday morning.

Source: aljazeera.com

13:08 World
Apple says chip shortage reaches iPhone, growth forecast slows

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Tuesday that a global chip shortage that has bit into its ability to sell Macs and iPads will start to affect iPhone production and forecasted slowing revenue growth, sending its shares lower. Apple executives said revenue for the current fiscal fourth quarter will grow by double-digits but be below the 36.4% growth rate in the just-ended third quarter. Growth will also slow in Apple's closely watched services business, they said. Executives also said that while the impact of the chip shortage was less severe than feared in the third quarter, it will get worse in the fourth, extending to iPhone production.

Source: reuters.com

12:02 World
Rare Harry Potter book sells for £80k at Leyburn auction

A rare first edition of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in "exceptional condition" has sold for a magic £80,000 at auction. The book was one of 500 hardback copies printed in its first run in 1997 and bought from a Nottingham bookshop. On the book's copyright page, the world famous author is credited simply as "Joanne Rowling". Auctioneers Tennants, of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, had estimated the volume would sell for about £20,000-£30,000.

Source: bbc.com

11:18 World
Covid-19: Biden tells states to offer $100 vaccine incentive as cases rise

US President Joe Biden has called for states to offer $100 (£71) to the newly vaccinated in an effort to address flagging jab rates amid virus surges. The president also issued a strict new vaccine requirement for US federal workers, the nation's largest workforce with some two million people. The order requires employees to show proof of vaccination or be subjected to mandatory testing and masking. Just under half of the US is fully vaccinated, according to official data.

Source: bbc.com

10:20 World
Peru's Castillo chooses leftist party colleague as PM

Peru's President Pedro Castillo on Thursday named a prime minister from within his Marxist-Leninist Free Peru party -- 41-year-old Guido Bellido who first became a lawmaker six days ago and has never held public office. Inaugurated in Lima himself just Wednesday, Castillo presided over Bellido's swearing-in at the Pampa de la Quinua, site of the 1824 battle that ended Spanish domination of Peru and South America at large. Bellido, an electronic engineer, vowed he would represent the interests of all Peruvians and advance "the fight against corruption."

Source: france24.com

10:00 World
Scarlett Johansson sues Disney over 'Black Widow' streaming release

Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney over its decision to release superhero movie "Black Widow" on streaming at the same time as in theaters, alleging a breach of contract which cost the star millions of dollars. Johansson, one of Hollywood's biggest and top-paid stars, was entitled to a percentage of box office receipts from the much-anticipated Marvel film, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday at Los Angeles Superior Court.

Source: france24.com

17:41 World
Officials sound alarm as Japan COVID cases hit record highs

Japanese officials are sounding the alarm as Tokyo reports record-breaking coronavirus cases for the third straight day with the Olympics well under way. Tokyo reported 3,865 new cases in the past 24 hours, up from 3,177 on Wednesday and double the numbers a week ago.

Source: aljazeera.com

17:16 World
‘Arthur’ to end on PBS Kids after 25-season stint

PBS Kids plans to end the long-running children’s series after 25 seasons, said an original developer of the show during a podcast released Wednesday. The final season will air in 2022. Kathy Waugh, who was a guest on the Finding DW podcast, said the animated series is no longer in production. She said the show’s wrap party was two years ago. The series, which first aired in 1996, is based on the popular book series by Marc Brown, who created the Arthur character in 1976. It stars the aardvark character along with his family and friends.

Source: apnews.com

16:35 World
French President Emmanuel Macron sues billboard owner for depicting him as Hitler

French President Emmanuel Macron is suing a billboard owner who depicted him as Adolf Hitler to protest COVID-19 restrictions. Michel-Ange Flori, who owns about 400 billboards in the southern département of the Var, wrote on Twitter on Wednesday: "I have just learnt that I will be heard at the Toulon police station tomorrow following a complaint by the president of the Republic." "So in Macronia you can make fun of the prophet's ass, that's satire, but to make the president look like a dictator is blasphemy," he added.

Source: euronews.com

15:45 World
UK already undergoing disruptive climate change

The UK is already undergoing disruptive climate change with increased rainfall, sunshine and temperatures, according to scientists. The year 2020 was the third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest on record, scientists said in the latest UK State of the Climate report. No other year is in the top 10 on all three criteria. The experts said that, in the space of 30 years, the UK has become 0.9C warmer and 6% wetter.

Source: bbc.com

14:53 World
US defense secretary broadens cooperation with Vietnam

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin met his Vietnamese counterpart on Thursday to deepen cooperation in security and pandemic recovery, after Washington vowed support for Southeast Asian nations embroiled in territorial rifts with China. Vietnam and the Philippines, Austin’s next stop, are among China’s fiercest opponents in the territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where Beijing has ignored neighbors’ protests and has constructed several islands equipped with airstrips and military installations.

Source: apnews.com

14:14 World
Malaysian PM urged to quit after rare royal rebuke

Malaysia's embattled leader was accused of treason and urged to quit Thursday after the king denounced his crisis-hit government for misleading parliament, a rare public rebuke from the revered monarch. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin leads a scandal-plagued coalition that seized power last year without an election, but his government is on the verge of collapse after allies withdrew support.

Source: france24.com

13:48 World
Scientists in Morocco unearth Stone Age hand-axe site dating back 1.3 million years

Archaeologists in Morocco have announced the discovery of North Africa's oldest Stone Age hand-axe manufacturing site, dating back 1.3 million years, an international team reported Wednesday. The find pushes back by hundreds of thousands of years the start date in North Africa of the Acheulian stone tool industry associated with a key human ancestor, Homo erectus, researchers on the team told journalists in Rabat.

Source: france24.com

13:03 World
Outspoken billionaire Sun Dawu jailed for 18 years in China

A prominent Chinese billionaire has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, the latest in a string of punishments against outspoken corporate bosses. Sun Dawu runs one of the country's largest private agricultural businesses in the northern province of Hebei. Sun, 67, was found guilty of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" - a charge often used against activists. Other charges against him include illegally occupying farmland, assembling a crowd to attack state agencies and obstructing government workers from performing their duties. He was also fined 3.11 million yuan ($478,697).

Source: bbc.com

12:36 World
Israeli army kills Palestinian boy in West Bank: Ministry

A Palestinian boy wounded by Israeli army fire in the occupied West Bank has died from his injuries, the Palestinian health ministry has said. Mohammed al-Alami, 12, died in the town of Beit Omar, to the northwest of Hebron, after he was shot in the chest while travelling in a car with his father, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:59 World
Sponge structures may be Earth's oldest animal life

Fossilised structures discovered in northwestern Canada may be from sponges that lived in oceans as long as 890 million years ago, making them the earliest known animal life on Earth, research showed on Wednesday. The findings also challenge the long-held idea that animals did not arise on Earth until after a major infusion of oxygen into the atmosphere and oceans. Sponges are simple animals with an ancient history. Genetic evidence gathered from modern sponges has shown they likely emerged between 1 billion and 500 million years ago.

Source: france24.com

11:17 World
British girl band Little Mix gets wax figures at London's Madame Tussauds

British girl band Little Mix joined the starry line-up at Madame Tussauds in London on Wednesday, with the wax museum unveiling the chart-topping group's replicas to mark their 10-year anniversary. Ex-member Jesy Nelson, who quit the band in December, joins singers Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirlwall in having their wax likenesses created based on the band's 2019 "Bounce Back" music video.

Source: reuters.com

10:36 World
U.S. imposes sanctions on Syrian prisons, officials

The United States on Wednesday said it imposed sanctions on eight prisons run by Syria's intelligence apparatus, some of which featured in graphic images by a former Syrian military photographer codenamed "Caesar" that show brutal torture. The Treasury Department also slapped sanctions on five Syrian officials who directed the prisons, Syrian armed rebel group Ahrar al-Sharqiya and two of its leaders to try to hold to account those responsible for human rights violations in the country's decade-long civil war.

Source: reuters.com

10:10 World
Biden 'honored' to meet Belarusian opposition leader Tsikhanouskaya

U.S. President Joe Biden met with Belarus opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Wednesday and expressed support for democracy and human rights in the former Soviet republic. "I was honored to meet with @Tsihanouskaya at the White House this morning. The United States stands with the people of Belarus in their quest for democracy and universal human rights," Biden wrote in a Twitter post.

Source: reuters.com

18:15 World
Ancient Roman ship laden with wine jars discovered off Sicily

An ancient Roman vessel dating back to the second century BC has been discovered in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Palermo. The ship lies 92 metres deep in the ocean, near Isola delle Femmine, and from the first images taken by a submarine robot it was carrying a copious cargo of wine amphorae.

Source: theguardian.com

17:43 World
Father builds exoskeleton to help wheelchair-bound son walk

"Robot, stand up" - Oscar Constanza, 16, gives the order and slowly but surely a large frame strapped to his body lifts him up and he starts walking. Fastened to his shoulders, chest, waist, knees and feet, the exoskeleton allows Oscar - who has a genetic neurological condition that means his nerves do not send enough signals to his legs - to walk across the room and turn around.

Source: reuters.com

17:09 World
Bob Odenkirk collapses on set of Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul star Bob Odenkirk collapsed on the show’s New Mexico set on Tuesday and had to be hospitalised. Crew members called an ambulance that took the 58-year-old actor to a hospital, where he remained Tuesday night.

Source: theguardian.com

16:09 Region
Turkey detains 200 Afghan migrants en route to Italy – coastguard

Turkish authorities have intercepted a boat carrying more than 200 Afghan migrants in the Aegean sea heading for Europe, Turkey's coastguard and the International Organization for Migration said on Wednesday. The interception near Turkey's western shores came as hundreds of Afghans cross into eastern Turkey from Iran, after a rise in violence in their own country as the United States and its NATO allies withdraw and Taliban fighters seize territory.

Source: reuters.com

14:48 World
Sheep 'hired' at cemetery uncover historic graves

Historic graves have been uncovered at a cemetery in Co Cork after sheep were "hired" to make over the cemetery by eating the overgrowth around headstones. Last summer Fianna Fáil Councillor Audrey Buckley brought goats into St Matthew's graveyard in Crosshaven after seeing the potential for "goatscaping" when she was on a trip to Wales. Using goats and sheep in this way is perfect for old graveyards which have delicate headstones. Sheep, which are being used this summer, recently uncovered the grave marker of a two-year-old girl who died on 7 October 1872.

Source: rte.ie

14:12 World
2,300-year-old solar observatory awarded Unesco world heritage status

The oldest solar observatory in the Americas has been awarded Unesco world heritage status and dubbed “a masterpiece of human creative genius”. Chankillo in Peru features 13 stone towers built in 250 to 200 BC that functioned as a calendar by marking the rising and setting arcs of the sun.

Source: theguardian.com

13:07 World
Chuck Norris awards 83-year-old grandmother karate black belt: 'Hugged me so hard'

Martial artist and actor Chuck Norris awarded an elated 83-year-old Utah grandmother a fifth-degree black belt in karate. Carole Taylor began practicing martial arts 15 years ago when she was 68, after she started taking her 11-year-old granddaughter to lessons.

Source: foxnews.com

12:28 World
Taliban delegation visits China to discuss security - Taliban spokesperson

A nine-member Taliban delegation is on a two-day visit to China where they met the foreign minister for talks on the peace process and security issues, the group said on Wednesday. Taliban spokesperson Mohammed Naeem added that the group, led by Taliban negotiator and deputy leader Mullah Baradar Akhund, was also meeting China's special envoy for Afghanistan and that the trip took place after an invitation from Chinese authorities.

Source: reuters.com

11:52 World
Barabanki accident: Eighteen die after truck crashes into bus in India

At least 18 migrant workers died after a truck crashed into their bus in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Their 1,300km-long journey from Haryana to their home state of Bihar was cut short when the bus broke down in Barabanki district. Some of the workers were still in the bus while others were sleeping next to it when the accident happened in the early hours of Wednesday. The bus probably broke down because it had about 140 passengers when its capacity was just 65. At least 30 people, some of whom are critically injured, have been admitted to hospitals in Barabanki.

Source: bbc.com

10:57 World
Former French minister Rachida Dati charged with corruption in Ghosn case

France's financial crimes unit said Tuesday it had charged prominent rightwinger Rachida Dati, a former cabinet minister and close ally of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, over her dealings with disgraced former Renault chief Carlos Ghosn. She is accused both of "passive corruption by a person holding an elective mandate" and of "benefiting from abuse of power" in relation to consulting work she did for Ghosn from 2010 to 2012, when she was also an MP in the European Parliament. According to a source close to the investigation, Dati received 900,000 euros ($1.06 million) in lawyer's fees during that period.

Source: france24.com

10:20 World
Man United to sign defender Raphael Varane from Real Madrid

Manchester United has announced an agreement to sign center-back Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. The 28-year-old French international’s pending arrival follows United’s signing of winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund last week. The Spanish team also confirmed the transfer agreement. Financial details were not disclosed.

Source: apnews.com

10:00 World
Migrant boat capsizes off Libya, killing 57, as regional toll for 2021 nears 1,000

At least 57 people have died after a migrant boat capsized off the Libyan coast, taking the total death toll in the central Mediterranean in 2021 to almost 1,000 – four times as many as in the same period last year. Flavio Di Giacomo, Italy’s spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, said the shipwreck raised the death toll to 987. “Last year there were 272. We must no longer hesitate, and do everything to strengthen the system of patrols at sea,” he said.

Source: theguardian.com

18:02 World
Tunisia’s president imposes month-long curfew and bans gatherings

Tunisian president Kais Saied has announced a month-long curfew as he appeared to tighten his grip on power in the north African country one day after he dismissed the prime minister. Tunisians will wake on Tuesday to draconian restrictions including a nationwide curfew from 7pm to 6am, and a ban on gatherings of more than three people in public places. The new restrictions, announced by presidential order late on Monday, prohibit the movement of people between cities outside times of curfew, except for basic needs or for urgent health reasons.

Source: theguardian.com

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