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19:41 11/07/2021

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15:47 World
Barbie of Oxford Covid vaccine designer Dame Sarah Gilbert created

Barbie maker Mattel has created a doll of the scientist who designed the Oxford coronavirus vaccine, Prof Dame Sarah Gilbert. Dame Sarah said she found the creation "very strange" at first - but she hoped it would inspire children. "My wish is that my doll will show children careers they may not be aware of, like a vaccinologist," she said. Her Barbie is one of six to honour women working in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem).

Source: bbc.com

15:27 World
Melting ice imperils 98% of Emperor penguin colonies by 2100

With climate change threatening the sea ice habitat of Emperor penguins, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday announced a proposal to list the species as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Research published Tuesday in the journal Global Change Biology found that by 2100, 98% of Emperor penguin colonies may be pushed to the brink of extinction, if no changes are made to current rates of carbon emissions and climate change. Around 70% of colonies will be in danger sooner, by 2050.

Source: apnews.com

14:49 World
Belarus sprinter leaves Tokyo for Vienna after refusing to go home

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya left Tokyo aboard a flight to Vienna on Wednesday, less than 72 hours after refusing her team's orders to return home. After spending two nights in Poland's embassy, the 24-year-old walked onto the plane at Narita airport. She was initially due to leave on a flight to Warsaw. A Polish government source said she was switched at the last minute to a flight to Vienna, over concerns about her privacy and security after news of the plan became public and reporters booked seats on the flight.

Source: reuters.com

14:10 World
Greek Olympic artistic swimmers isolated over virus cluster

All 12 members of the Greek artistic swimming team are in isolation after five tested positive for coronavirus in the first cluster detected at the Games, Olympic officials said Wednesday. The team have withdrawn from remaining competition and the seven members who have so far tested negative have agreed to move to a facility for "close contacts" of positive cases, said Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya. None of those who tested positive so far require hospital care, Takaya added.

Source: france24.com

13:17 World
Machu Picchu is 'several decades' older than expected

Research finds Machu Picchu is several decades older than previously thought. Carbon dating of human remains at the Inca site indicates it was in use in 1420. Archeologists said that is more than 20 years earlier than they had expected. Experts thought it was built around 1440 as an estate for Emperor Pachacuti.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

12:37 World
Pope, on anniversary of Beirut blast, promises Lebanon visit

Pope Francis, speaking at his first general audience since he underwent intestinal surgery a month ago and on the first anniversary of a massive blast in Beirut, said he had a "great" desire to visit Lebanon. The 84-year-old Francis, who looked fit and improvised parts of his address, also wished success for French President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to raise more than $350 million in aid for Lebanon at a donors' conference and send yet another warning to its squabbling political class.

Source: reuters.com

11:39 World
Archaeological 'treasures,' including 2,400-year-old fruit, discovered at ancient Egyptian city

Archaeological "treasures," including Greek ceramics and 2,400-year-old wicker baskets filled with fruit, have been discovered at the site of the ancient sunken city of Thonis-Heracleion, off Egypt's coast. Thonis-Heracleion was Egypt's largest Mediterranean port before Alexander the Great founded Alexandria in 331 BCE. A team from the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), led by French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio, have been studying the area for years. Along the north-east entrance canal of the submerged city the team found the remains of a large tumulus -- a Greek funerary area.

Source: cnn.com

10:55 World
Zverev eyes US Open after Olympic triumph

Newly-crowned Olympic men's tennis champion Alexander Zverev arrived home in Germany to a hero's welcome on Tuesday before turning his attention to attempting to win a first Grand Slam title at the US Open later this month. Zverev, ranked fifth in the world, reached his first - and only - Grand Slam final in New York last year. He has now "won everything except a Grand Slam. Of course, that remains the big goal," Zverev added with one eye on the US Open.

Source: france24.com

10:21 World
Ethiopia's Tigray crisis: Bodies wash up in Sudan's border river

Bodies with gunshot wounds and hands tied behind their backs have washed up in a river in Sudan that borders Ethiopia, a doctor has told the BBC. Dr Tewodros Tefera and other witnesses believe the victims came from Ethiopia's Tigray region, where rebels are fighting the government's army. Sudanese police are reported to have retrieved a total of 28 corpses. The Ethiopian government says fake news is being spread about a possible massacre in the border city of Humera. Dr Tewodros told the BBC that dozens of people are still trying to cross the river at Humera, where there has been increasing reports of ethnic violence.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Fabinho signs new Liverpool deal

Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has signed a new long-term contract with the Premier League club, they announced on Tuesday. The Brazil international is the second key member of Jurgen Klopp's first-team squad to extend their time at Anfield after Trent Alexander-Arnold completed a new deal last month. "I'm delighted to have signed a new contract with the club," Fabinho told liverpoolfc.com, with British media reporting his contract would run until before the start of the 2026/27 campaign.

Source: france24.com

16:05 Region
Incoming president says Iran will seek end to 'tyrannical' US sanctions

Iran's hardline incoming president Ebrahim Raisi said on Tuesday he would take steps to lift "tyrannical" sanctions imposed by the United States, after winning the formal endorsement of the country's supreme leader to take office later this week. Raisi, who is under personal U.S. sanctions over allegations of human rights abuses in his past as a judge, promised to improve the living conditions of Iranians, which have worsened since 2018 when Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran after abandoning a nuclear deal.

Source: reuters.com

15:39 World
India to deploy naval task force into South China Sea and beyond

India is sending a task force of four warships into the South China Sea on a two-month deployment that will include exercises with Quad partners the United States, Japan and Australia, India's Defense Ministry announced Monday. The warships will depart India early this month, the Defense Ministry statement said, without giving a specific departure date.

Source: cnn.com

14:23 World
Trial to test if cannabis-based mouth spray can treat brain tumours

Cancer charities and the NHS are preparing to investigate whether a cannabis-based mouth spray can treat brain tumours and help patients to live longer. Doctors will give patients across the UK with a recurrent brain tumour called a glioblastoma the drug, which is known as Sativex, alongside a chemotherapy medication – temozolomide – in a clinical trial in an attempt to kill off cancerous cells. It will be the first such study in the world.

Source: theguardian.com

13:53 World
Giant panda twins born in French zoo

A giant panda has given birth to twin cubs at the ZooParc de Beauval in central France - in what officials say is an "exceptional" event. Huan Huan's cubs were born in the early hours of Monday, weighing just 149g (0.3lb) and 129g respectively. "They are very lively, pink and plump," the zoo said in a statement. Panda reproduction - both in captivity and in the wild - is notoriously difficult, experts say, as few of the bears native to China get in the mood.

Source: bbc.com

13:12 World
Several killed in Djibouti as communal violence erupts

At least three people died after a rare outbreak of intercommunal violence in Djibouti during which the police intervened, the public prosecutor said. Fighting broke out on Sunday in several parts of the capital Djibouti, between the ethnic Afar group, which straddles Djibouti’s borders with Ethiopia and Eritrea, and the Issa, Djibouti’s other main ethnic group.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:45 World
Wuhan: Chinese city to test entire population after virus resurfaces

Authorities in the Chinese city of Wuhan will begin testing its entire population, after a handful of positive coronavirus cases were detected there. Wuhan has recorded seven locally transmitted cases - the first local infections in more than a year. The city of 11 million people shot into the spotlight after the coronavirus was first detected there in 2019. China is currently seeing one of its biggest outbreaks in months, with 300 cases detected in 10 days.

Source: bbc.com

11:56 World
Memorial sculpture at Beirut port blast site draws mixed reviews

A sculpture of a giant angular figure made from the wreckage of last summer's Beirut port blast was unveiled at the site on Monday, drawing support from some but also stoking anger among other Lebanese who believe justice should come before memorials. The artwork dubbed “The Gesture” is the creation of Lebanese architect Nadim Karam, a Beirut resident and artist who says he wanted to pay tribute to the families of the victims of the explosion. It was funded by a number of private companies. The Beirut port blast left more than 200 dead, thousands injured, and large swathes of the city destroyed.

Source: reuters.com

11:21 World
Four officers who responded to Capitol riot have died by suicide

Since the attack by a pro-Trump mob, four officers who defended the site that day have died by suicide. More than 100 D.C. and Capitol police officers were injured defending the Capitol on Jan. 6.

Source: nbcnews.com

10:46 World
33 killed as bus hits fuel truck in DR Congo

Thirty-three people died in a horrific collision between a fuel truck and a crowded bus in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the weekend, police said Monday. The victims were engulfed by a “huge fire sparked by the collision” overnight Saturday in the west of the country, local police captain Antoine Pululu told AFP.

Source: guardian.ng

10:16 World
EU sanctions Nicaragua’s first lady and vice-president over human rights violations

The European Union has slapped sanctions on Nicaragua’s first lady and Vice-President Rosario Murillo and seven other senior officials accused of serious human rights violations or undermining democracy, amid a sweeping crackdown on opposition politicians in the Central American country. EU headquarters said in a statement that the sanctions, which include asset freezes and bans on travel in Europe, “are targeted at individuals and are designed in this way not to harm the Nicaraguan population or the Nicaraguan economy”.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
Euro hero Chiellini signs two-year deal with Juventus

Giorgio Chiellini has signed a new two-year contract with Juventus, the Serie A club announced on Monday, a few weeks after the Italy captain led his country to triumph at Euro 2020. Chiellini, 36, was out of contract after his previous deal with Juve expired at the end of June, while Italy were still on their charge to European Championship victory.

Source: france24.com

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

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