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19:53 23/07/2021

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21:07 World
China condemns Britain for Taiwan Strait warship mission

China strongly condemned Britain on Monday for sailing awarship through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, saying it was behaviour that "harboured evil intentions" and that the Chinese military followed the vessel and warned it away.

Source: reuters.com

20:19 World
Richard Gere may testify in Matteo Salvini trial over rescue ship standoff

Richard Gere has agreed to testify against Italy’s far-right former interior minister Matteo Salvini, who is standing trial for refusing to let a Spanish migrant rescue ship dock in an Italian port in 2019. Actor helped deliver food to people onboard NGO vessel that was refused entry to Italian port by then minister.

Source: theguardian.com

20:00 World
Man killed as Crete struck by 5.8-magnitude earthquake

At least one person has been killed and nine injured after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the Greek island of Crete, local officials say. The man died when the dome of a church that was being renovated in the town of Arkalochori caved in. People were sent rushing out on to the streets when the earthquake struck at 09:17 (06:17 GMT). Several aftershocks followed.

Source: bbc.com

17:34 World
San Marino voters overwhelmingly back legal abortion

San Marino residents on Sunday voted overwhelmingly to legalize abortion, rejecting a 150-year-old law that had criminalized it and making the tiny republic the latest majority Catholic state to approve the procedure under certain circumstances. Some 77% of voters approved making abortion legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It will also be legal beyond that point if the woman’s life is in danger or if her physical or psychological health is at risk because of fetal anomalies or malformations, according to official returns broadcast on San Marino RTV.

Source: apnews.com

16:22 World
Lewis Hamilton takes 100th win in Russian Grand Prix as Lando Norris spins in rain

Lewis Hamilton won his 100th Formula 1 race as a frantic last few laps in the Russian Grand Prix caused by heavy rain dashed Lando Norris' hopes of a maiden victory. And the rain helped Hamilton's title rival Max Verstappen vault from seventh to second in his Red Bull after timing his change to wet tyres perfectly. Hamilton already held the record for most F1 wins with Michael Schumacher next in the all-time list with 91 victories.

Source:  bbc.com

15:17 World
Israeli troops kill five Palestinian gunmen in West Bank clash with Hamas

Five Palestinian gunmen were killed in shootouts with Israeli security forces during a sweeping West Bank arrest operation cracking down on the Islamic militant group Hamas on Sunday. It was the deadliest violence between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks and came amid heightened tensions following this year’s 11-day war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Source: france24.com

14:11 World
Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar released from Israeli prison

Palestinian political and civil society leader Khalida Jarrar, 58, has been released after close to two years in Israeli prisons. Israeli authorities released Jarrar, a left-wing figure and member of the now-defunct Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC), at the Salem checkpoint west of Jenin city on Sunday afternoon. The Israeli army arrested Jarrar from her home in Ramallah on October 31, 2019, eight months after she was released following 20 months in administrative detention without trial or change.

Source: aljazeera.com

13:36 World
Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits south of Philippines capital

An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 has struck south of the Philippines capital, Manila. The deep quake struck off Batangas province on Luzon island at 1:12am (17:12 GMT), with residents in the nearby capital of Manila woken by their buildings shaking.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:33 World
Hurricane Sam becomes Category 4 storm far from land

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect for Sam, which was about 1,595 kilometers east-southeast of the northern Leeward Islands in the Caribbean Sea on Saturday night. It was moving west-northwest at 13 kph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Sam had maximum sustained winds of 230 kph. Forecasters said Sam could get even stronger Sunday morning with winds of 240 kph.

Source: apnews.com

11:52 World
Iceland elects Europe's first female majority parliament

Iceland has made history by becoming the first European country to elect a female majority to parliament. Some 33 of the 63 seats in the Althingi parliament, or 52%, have been won by women. This marks an increase of nine seats from the last election in 2017.

Source: bbc.com

10:25 World
Amtrak train derails in remote part of Montana, killing at least 3 people

An Amtrak train traveling from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest derailed in a remote part of Montana on Saturday afternoon, killing three people and hospitalizing five others, authorities said.

Source: cnn.com

10:00 World
Status Quo bassist Alan Lancaster dies aged 72

Status Quo founding member and bassist Alan Lancaster has died aged 72, the band's manager has confirmed. Lancaster had several international hits with the group during the 60s and 70s including Rockin' All Over The World and Whatever You Want.

Source: bbc.com

16:51 World
Suicide car bomb targeting convoy in Somali capital kills at least 8 –official

A suicide car bomb killed at least eight people in the Somali capital on Saturday at a street junction near the president's palace, police said, and al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab said it was behind the attack which targeted a convoy going into the palace. Police spokesperson Abdifatah Aden Hassan told reporters at the scene of the blast the casualties could be higher, since some of the dead and wounded had been taken away by their relatives.

Source: reuters.com

16:40 World
Music company buys NFT of 'Side-eyeing Chloe' meme

An image of a popular internet meme, featuring a two-year-old girl, has been sold as a non-fungible token (NFT) for about $74,000. The picture, dubbed Side Eyeing Chloe, shows young Chloe Clem giving a disapproving look after her mother reveals a surprise trip to Disneyland. NFTs are digital tokens which demonstrate ownership of electronic art. The Clem family auctioned their NFT for 25 Ethereum - a form of cryptocurrency.

Source: bbc.com

15:33 World
Scientists create artificial intelligence that can suggest where to apply makeup to a person's face to fool facial recognition systems

Data scientists at Ben-Gurion University developed an AI software that tells you where to apply makeup to throw off facial recognition. Unlike other approaches, the AI was limited to natural hues to allow the person to blend in. Participants wearing the 'adversarial makeup' recommended by the program  tricked the system 98.8 percent of the time. Wearing the makeup lowered the FR success rate from 42.6 percent to 0.9 percent for women, compared to from 52.5 percent for 1.5 percent in men.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

14:44 World
China releases two Canadians held since 2018 as Huawei executive freed in Canada

Two Canadians detained in China on spying charges were released from prison and flown out of the country on Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday, hours after a top executive of Chinese communications giant Huawei Technologies resolved criminal charges against her in a deal with the US Justice Department.

Source: france24.com

13:21 World
Japan's Princess Mako to give up one-off payment in controversial marriage

Japan's Princess Mako is set to forego a one-off million-dollar payment for giving up her royal status to wed a college classmate, media said on Saturday, clearing the way for a marriage delayed for years by controversy over her fiance. The 29-year-old grand-daughter of then-Emperor Akihito and her former college classmate, Kei Komuro, announced their engagement in 2017. But the marriage was put off after reports of a financial dispute between Komuro's mother and her former fiance.

Source: reuters.com

12:46 World
Nicaragua's presidential campaign kicks off, with no rivals

Nicaragua's presidential election campaign officially kicks off on Saturday with incumbent Daniel Ortega's main rivals all under arrest. The 75-year-old, in power since 2007, will be seeking a fourth consecutive term in the November 7 vote despite international condemnation of his government's detention of 37 opposition figures since June.

Source: france24.com

12:34 World
Prosecutors in Mexico seeking arrest warrants for more than 30 scientists

Mexico’s scientific community has reacted with outrage after the country’s chief prosecutor requested arrest warrants for 31 scientists, researchers and academics on accusations of organised crime, money laundering and embezzlement – charges that could land them alongside drug cartel kingpins in one of the country’s most notorious lockups.

Source: theguardian.com

11:36 World
Actor Michael K Williams died of accidental drug overdose, coroner confirms

US actor Michael K Williams died after overdosing on a combination of heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and p-fluorofentanyl, the New York Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed. Williams, 54, was found unconscious and unresponsive by his nephew at his home in New York on 6 September. The Chief Medical Examiner's office confirmed to BBC News that it had determined his death was accidental.

Source: bbc.com

10:54 World
3 people killed in courtroom shootout in Indian capital

Three people including a gangster were killed Friday in a shootout inside a courtroom in the Indian capital city Delhi, police said. The shootout took place at Rohini court complex in north Delhi. According to the police, two men dressed as lawyers fired upon gangster Jitender Gogi inside a courtroom, killing him on the spot. However, the attackers were immediately shot dead by security personnel on duty. The police said the attack on the Gogi was a result of a gang war.

Source: news.cn

10:07 World
India raises tone as Pakistan appeals to work with Taliban

India on Friday upbraided Pakistan both in Washington and at the United Nations as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan appealed to the world to work with Afghanistan's triumphant Taliban. Prime Minister Narendra Modi raised concerns about Pakistan during talks with US President Joe Biden as well as a broader four-way summit with the leaders of Australia and Japan, according to Indian officials, who said the others concurred.

Source: france24.com

19:02 World
India salon fined $271,000 for 'botching' model's haircut

A consumer court in India has ordered a salon to pay 20m rupees ($271,000) in damages to a model for giving her the wrong haircut. It said the woman used to get jobs from hair product firms because of her long hair. But the salon chopped her hair short against her instructions, causing her a huge loss, the consumer court noted.The salon, which is part of a prominent hotel chain in Delhi, is allowed to appeal against the verdict. But it is yet to make a statement on the ruling.

Source: bbc.com

18:01 World
Bad Bunny tops Billboard Latin Music Awards with 10 trophies

Bad Bunny is the champion of the Billboard Latin Music Awards, taking home artist of the year honors and a whopping 10 trophies. Among the awards received Thursday by the urban music superstar were Hot Latin Song of the Year for “Dákiti” and album of the year for “YHLQMDLG.”

Source: apnews.com

17:00 World
Oldest bone tools for clothesmaking found in Morocco

Archaeologists in Morocco have identified clothesmaking tools fashioned from bone dating back 120,000 years, the oldest ever found, one of the researchers said. The international team discovered more than 60 tools in Contrebandiers (Smugglers) Cave, less than 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the North African country's capital.

Source: france24.com

15:50 World
Tom Felton: Harry Potter star collapses during celebrity golf match

Harry Potter star Tom Felton was carried off a Wisconsin golf course after collapsing during a celebrity match ahead of the Ryder Cup. The actor, who turned 34 on Wednesday, experienced a "medical incident" and was sent to a "local hospital for treatment", the PGA of America said. Pictures showed him conscious while being removed in a cart.

Source: bbc.com

15:29 World
US House approves $1bn for Israel’s Iron Dome after uproar

The US House of Representatives has approved $1bn in additional funding for Israel’s Iron Dome missile defence system after days of controversy around the push. Legislators passed the bill in a 420 to nine vote on Thursday, paving the way for a significant increase in US support for the system.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:26 World
Kim Yo-jong says North Korea open to ending war if conditions met

The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says they are willing to resume talks with the South if it ends its "hostile policies". Kim Yo-jong was responding to a renewed call from the South to officially declare an end to the Korean War.

Source: bbc.com

13:41 World
Earliest definitive evidence of people in Americas

Humans reached the Americas at least 7,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new findings. The topic of when the continent was first settled from Asia has been controversial for decades. Many researchers are sceptical of evidence for humans in the North American interior much earlier than 16,000 years ago. Now, a team working in New Mexico has found scores of human footprints dated to between 23,000 and 21,000 years old.

Source: bbc.com

12:46 World
Derek Chauvin to appeal his conviction, sentencing in death of George Floyd

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has filed an intent to appeal with the Minnesota state appellate court in his murder conviction for the death of George Floyd. Chauvin was jailed for 22-1/2 years in June.

Source: reuters.com

12:24 World
Romelu Lukaku calls for summit with social media giants to tackle racism

The Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku feels football should adopt “stronger positions” than just taking the knee, calling for a players’ summit with social media companies, governments and stakeholders to help combat online racism.

Source: theguardian.com

11:53 World
Wild boar on streets of Rome are being used against me, says mayor

A group of wild boar strutting along a traffic-filled road in Rome has catapulted the issue of the Italian capital’s state of decay to the top of the debate ahead of mayoral elections. Much to the bemusement of onlookers, about 13 boar, distinguished by their coarse hair, sturdy bodies and sharp tusks, walked among the traffic on Via Trionfale, a busy road in the northern suburb of Monte Mario.

Source: theguardian.com

11:20 World
Roger Michell, acclaimed film and stage director, dies aged 65

Roger Michell, the much-admired director of films including Notting Hill, Venus and My Cousin Rachel, has died. A statement from Michell’s publicist confirmed the news, saying: “It is with great sadness that the family of Roger Michell, director, writer and father of Harry, Rosie, Maggie and Sparrow, announce his death at the age of 65 on 22 September.” A cause of death was not given.

Source: theguardian.com

10:51 World
US Haiti envoy quits over 'inhumane' deportations

The US special envoy for Haiti has resigned in protest over the deportation of Haitian migrants. The decision to return migrants fleeing an earthquake and political instability was "inhumane", senior diplomat Daniel Foote said in a damning letter. Last weekend, the US started deportation flights from a Texas border town, where about 13,000 migrants had gathered under a bridge.

Source: bbc.com

10:03 World
Ukrainian lawmakers pass law on oligarchs after assassination attempt

Ukraine's parliament passed a law on Thursday to order "oligarchs" to register and stay out of politics, a day after an attempt to kill a top aide to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which officials said could have been a response to the reform. The law provides a definition for an oligarch and gives a body headed by the president, the National Security and Defence Council, the power to determine who meets the criteria.

Source: reuters.com

19:11 World
Cinema returns to Somalia with first public screening in 30 years

Somalia has hosted its first movie screening in 30 years under heavy security as the conflict-ravaged country hopes for a cultural renewal. The event was held at the National Theatre of Somalia, which has a history that reflects the tumultuous journey of the Horn of Africa nation. It has been targeted by suicide bombers and used as a base by warlords – and until Wednesday it had never screened a Somali film.

Source: theguardian.com

18:41 World
Sri Lanka shaman dies of COVID after touting ‘blessed’ water cure

A high-profile shaman who tried to end Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 outbreak with “blessed” water has died of the virus, according to his family. Eliyantha White, 48, who treated sports stars and top politicians, including the country’s prime minister, claimed in November he could end the pandemic in Sri Lanka and neighbouring India by pouring pots of his “blessed” water into rivers.

Source: aljazeera.com

17:38 World
Nobel prize banquet postponed again in 2021 due to pandemic

There will be no banquet in Stockholm this year and laureates will receive their Nobel Prize medals and diplomas in their home countries, the Nobel Foundation said on Thursday. The traditional festivities were replaced last year as well with a mainly digital celebration as the pandemic raged Europe and the rest of the world. The Foundation said the ceremony will be broadcast on television and live streamed via its Nobel Prize digital platforms.

Source: reuters.com

16:53 World
The epic adventures of the Gilgamesh Dream tablet

An ancient clay tablet displaying part of the story of a superhuman god will be returned to Iraq by the US on Thursday. Known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, the 3,600-year-old religious text shows a section of a Sumerian poem from the Epic of Gilgamesh. It is one of the world's oldest works of literature and was looted from an Iraqi museum during the Gulf War in 1991.

Source: bbc.com

15:54 World
Johnny Depp: ‘Not one of you’ is safe with ‘cancel culture’

Taking center stage in a prestigious Spanish film festival to receive a top career award, actor Johnny Depp presented himself as a victim of the “cancel culture” that, he said, has spread across the cinema industry. Depp was addressing questions on Wednesday by reporters at the San Sebastian International Film Festival about the loss of Hollywood’s favor for new roles ever since his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, went public with allegations of domestic violence against him.

Source: apnews.com

14:52 World
Britney Spears court filing says conservatorship should end

Britney Spears said in a court filing Wednesday that she agrees with her father that the conservatorship that has controlled her life and money since 2008 should be terminated. The filing in Los Angeles Superior Court from Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart says she “fully consents” to “expeditiously” ending the conservatorship, which her father James Spears, who has controlled it for most of its 13 years, asked for in a Sept. 7 petition.

Source: apnews.com

14:15 World
Croatian police solve mystery of woman with no memory found on rock

A woman rescued from a Croatian island with no memory of how she got there, where she came from or who she was, has been identified as a Slovakian former designer who had lived in the US and made jewellery for celebrities including Diana Ross. Croatian police on Wednesday named the woman as Daniela or Dana Adamcova, 57, adding that her identity had been established after friends and acquaintances from Croatia and Slovakia recognised her from a photograph released on Monday.

Source: theguardian.com

13:14 World
Lithuania urges people to throw away Chinese phones

Consumers should throw away their Chinese phones and avoid buying new ones, Lithuania’s Defence Ministry has warned. A report by its National Cyber Security Centre tested 5G mobiles from Chinese manufacturers. It claimed that one Xiaomi phone had built-in censorship tools while another Huawei model had security flaws. Huawei said no user data is sent externally and Xiaomi said it does not censor communications.

Source: bbc.com

12:19 World
Frida Kahlo self-portrait set to smash records at auction

A Frida Kahlo self-portrait featuring her husband Diego Rivera is tipped to sell for more than $30 million at auction in New York, Sotheby's said Wednesday. "Diego y yo" (Diego and I), painted in 1949, "is poised to shatter" Kahlo's current auction record of $8 million set in 2016, the auction house said in a statement. The artwork, which will be the star lot of Sotheby's big November sale, is also expected to smash the record for a painting by a Latin American artist.

Source: france24.com

11:51 World
Robert Fyfe: Last of the Summer Wine actor dies at 90

Actor Robert Fyfe, best known for playing Howard in sitcom Last of the Summer Wine for 25 years, has died at the age of 90. Fyfe joined the long-running BBC show in 1985 and remained until its final episode in 2010.

Source: bbc.com

11:05 World
Ethnic Serbs dig in for long protest over Kosovo ban

Ethnic Serbs dug in Wednesday for a long protest over the Kosovo government's decision to ban vehicles with Serbian plates as they formed a tent camp on the border with Serbia. They started blocking border traffic after the ethnic Albanian-led government decided on Monday to oblige drivers with Serbian registration plates to put on temporary ones when entering Kosovo. A few hundred ethnic Serbs were camping in tents by trucks parked in the middle of the roads leading to the border.

Source: france24.com

10:38 World
Algeria closes airspace to Morocco over 'provocations and hostile' actions

Algeria has closed its airspace to all Moroccan planes, the presidency said on Wednesday, in the latest dispute between the two countries at odds mainly over Western Sahara.

Source: france24.com

10:06 World
Over 30 dead during Guinea-Bissau health worker strike, union says

More than 30 people have died because a health workers' strike in Guinea-Bissau has paralysed the healthcare system, a spokesperson for the nurses' union said on Wednesday. The boycott over working conditions, pay and other issues was launched on Monday in the small West African nation where chronically under-equipped hospitals and clinics have long angered workers and endangered patients.

Source: reuters.com

19:14 World
German auto giants place their bets on hydrogen cars

Battery power may be the frontrunner to become the car technology of the future, but don't rule out the underdog hydrogen. That's the view of some major automakers, including BMW and Audi, which are developing hydrogen fuel-cell passenger vehicle prototypes alongside their fleets of battery cars as part of preparations to abandon fossil fuels.

Source: reuters.com

18:44 World
Trump sues niece and New York Times over tax story

Former US President Donald Trump is suing his niece and the New York Times over a 2018 article that alleged he was involved in "dubious tax schemes". The lawsuit, filed in New York, accuses Mary Trump and newspaper reporters of being "engaged in an insidious plot" to obtain confidential documents. It alleges that Ms Trump, 56, breached a settlement agreement barring her from disclosing the documents. In response, Ms Trump said the lawsuit was a sign of "desperation".

Source: bbc.com

17:48 World
Rare rhino horns go up in flames in India anti-poaching campaign

Nearly 2,500 rare rhino horns were destroyed Wednesday in the first ceremony of its kind in northeastern India as part of an anti-poaching drive to mark World Rhino Day. The endangered one-horned rhinoceros used to be widespread in the region but hunting and habitat loss have slashed its numbers to just a few thousand, with most now found in India's Assam state. Trade in rhino horn has been banned since 1977 by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

Source: france24.com

17:19 World
Tunisian democracy now in the hands of its solemn president

Described by those who know him as set in his opinions and trusting of only a tight circle, a former constitutional law professor now holds the future of Tunisia's young democracy in his formally suited grasp. When President Kais Saied addressed supporters on Monday in the town that began Tunisia's 2011 revolution, he swore he would not turn back from the July intervention that his critics called a coup.

Source: reuters.com

16:43 World
Most infants in 91 countries are malnourished, warns Unicef

Only a third of children under two in many developing countries are fed what they need for healthy growth and no progress has been made on improving their nutrition over the past decade. Unicef, the UN’s children’s agency, said in a report published on Wednesday that a combination of crises from Covid-19 to conflict and the climate breakdown had stunted progress on children’s nutrition in 91 countries.

Source: theguardian.com

15:24 World
Global sea levels are rising at an 'alarming rate' of 0.12 inches a year thanks to melting ice

Global average sea levels are rising by about 0.12 inches (3.1mm) every year. This is according to the fifth annual report by the Copernicus Marine Service. The report used ocean measurements and satellite observations over a year. The annual report includes contributions from 150 scientists from more than 30 renowned European institutions and is backed by the European Comission.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

14:37 World
Will Smith mansion: Fire trucks rush to actor’s Malibu home amid reports of blaze

Fire trucks and an ambulance were seen going to the $42 million dream home Will Smith built in Calabasas, Calif., after a blaze there caused smoke damage, officials confirmed Tuesday. Video footage from the sprawling estate on Cold Canyon Road showed an ambulance with flashing lights entering just after 3:30 p.m. Monday, followed by an ambulance, several other cars and a utility vehicle. Despite the presence of an ambulance, there were no injuries, the fire official said.

Source: pagesix.com

13:15 World
Rolling Stones resume live shows with emotional Charlie Watts tribute

The Rolling Stones have played their first concert since the death of their drummer Charlie Watts last month. The small warm-up show took place in Massachusetts Gillette Stadium, to an audience of about 300 people. Singer Sir Mick Jagger dedicated the show to Watts, who died of an unspecified illness at the age of 80.

Source: bbc.com

12:38 World
Eruption on Spanish island could last 3 months, experts say

The volcanic eruption on a Spanish island and its aftermath could last for up to 84 days, experts said Wednesday. The Canary Island Volcanology Institute said it based its calculation on the length of previous eruptions on the archipelago, which like the latest eruption were followed by heavy lava flows and lasting seismic activity.

Source: apnews.com

12:04 World
Manila mayor announces bid for president of the Philippines

Former actor Isko Moreno takes aim at President Duterte for his ‘failures’ in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and alleged corruption. The election is due to take place in May 2022 and Duterte is barred from running for a second term.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:11 World
Rare Australia earthquake triggers panic in Melbourne

A rare quake rattled southeastern Australia early Wednesday, shaking buildings, knocking down walls and sending panicked residents running into the streets of Melbourne. The shallow quake hit east of the country's second-largest city just after 9:00am local time and was felt hundreds of kilometres away. The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.8, later revised up to 5.9, and said it struck at a depth of 10 kilometres.

Source: france24.com

10:06 World
Huge Maya pyramid in El Salvador was built just 5–30 years after an enormous volcanic eruption as

a 'guard against future eruptions', study finds. Tierra Blanca Joven was the largest eruption in Central America in 10,000 years. It devastated the local area, covering it in volcanic deposits some 1.6 feet thick. It was thought that the disaster caused the area to be abandoned for some time. Yet a University of Colorado Boulder expert found evidence to dispute this. The Campana pyramid at San Andrés was built from volcanic rock shortly after.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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