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12:30 World
Rohingya sue Facebook for $150bn over Myanmar hate speech

Dozens of Rohingya refugees in the UK and US have sued Facebook, accusing the social media giant of allowing hate speech against them to spread. They are demanding more than $150bn in compensation, claiming Facebook's platforms promoted violence against the persecuted minority.

Source: bbc.com

11:46 World
Spain's former king claims immunity from English courts

Spain's former king Juan Carlos I is seeking immunity from the English courts after his ex-lover accused him of spying on and harassing her, a London court was told on Monday. Danish businesswoman Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn is seeking civil personal injury damages claim against the ex-monarch at the High Court. But the 83-year-old Juan Carlos, who ruled from 1975 until his abdication in 2014, denies wrongdoing and argues that as a Spanish royal, English courts have no jurisdiction.

Source: france24.com

11:22 World
Indonesia volcano erupts again as death toll rises to 22

An Indonesian volcano was active again on Monday, spewing out hot clouds of ash. The death toll had risen to 22 by Monday, while 27 were missing, Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency said.

Source: reuters.com

10:54 World
US announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics but will send athletes

"The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games given the PRC's (People's Republic of China) ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

Source: france24.com

10:20 World
Pregnant Jennifer Lawrence dazzles in golden gown at 'Don't Look Up' premiere

The 31-year-old star, who is expecting her first child with husband Cooke Maroney, dazzled in a floor-length gold gown as she posed for pictures at the premiere of her upcoming film "Don't Look Up" in New York on Sunday night. She completed the shimmering effect with Tiffany & Co. Schlumberger earrings and styled her hair in an elegant updo. Lawrence joined co-star Leonardo DiCaprio at the premiere for the film, which gets its streaming debut on Netflix on December 24.

Источник: cnn.com

10:00 World
Ethiopian forces recapture two key towns from rebels, gov’t says

Ethiopia’s government says it has recaptured the strategic towns of Dessie and Kombolcha from Tigrayan rebels.

Source: aljazeera.com

17:35 World
Norwegian archaeologists find late Iron Age longhouses

Norwegian archaeologists said Monday they have found a cluster of longhouses, including one of the largest in Scandinavia, using ground-penetrating radar in the southeastern part of the country — in an area that researchers believe was a central place in the late Nordic Iron Age. The longhouses — long and narrow, single-room buildings — were found in Gjellestad, 86 kilometers southeast of Oslo near where a Viking-era ship was found in 2018 close to the Swedish border.

Source: apnews.com

16:54 World
Iran slams France for selling arms to UAE, ‘destabilising’ region

Iran on Monday accused France of "destabilising" the Gulf region after Paris signed a record 14-billion-euro deal with the United Arab Emirates for 80 Rafale fighter jets. "We must not ignore France's role in destabilising the region," foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told a news conference. "We expected France to be more responsible. "The militarisation of our region is unacceptable and the weapons they sell in the region are the source of turmoil."

Source: france24.com

15:54 World
UAE security official in Iran to discuss ties, regional issues

The United Arab Emirates' senior national security adviser met his Iranian counterpart and hardline President Ebrahim Raisi in a rare visit to Iran on Monday in a move aimed at overcoming their long-standing differences and increasing co-operation. Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed Al Nahyan's visit took place days after Tehran and world powers broke off talks in Vienna as Western officials voiced dismay about Iran's sweeping demands for salvaging the 2015 nuclear pact,

Source: reuters.com

14:57 World
Singapore suspends crypto exchange over row with K-pop band BTS

Bitget has removed the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s logo from its website, the Guardian confirmed. The platform still claims to have licences from Australia, Canada and the United States, according to its website. According to a Financial Times report on Sunday, Bitget was suspended after it got into a high-profile dispute for promoting

Source: theguardian.com

14:24 World
Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar court sentences ousted leader to four years jail

Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been sentenced to four years in prison, the first in a series of verdicts that could jail her for life. She was found guilty on charges of inciting dissent and breaking Covid rules under a natural disasters law. Ms Suu Kyi faces 11 charges in total. She has denied all charges.

Source: bbc.com

13:25 Region
Iran's Raisi says working to lift sanctions

President Ebrahim Raisi vowed to tackle Iran's economic woes and said his government was working to lift sanctions, in a television interview Sunday marking his first 100 days in power.

Source: france24.com

12:48 World
Severe weather warning for UK as Storm Barra set to arrive on Tuesday

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for most of the UK ahead of the arrival of Storm Barra on Tuesday, as thousands of homes remain without power more than a week after Storm Arwen. Yellow wind weather warnings are in place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland for Tuesday, with yellow snow warnings in place in southern and western Scotland.

Source: theguardian.com

11:56 World
Tribal violence kills 24 in Sudan’s Darfur

Tribal clashes between Arabs and non-Arabs killed at least 24 people on Sunday in Sudan’s western Darfur region, an aid group said. The fighting grew out of a financial dispute late on Saturday between two individuals in the Krinding camp for displaced persons in West Darfur province, said Adam Regal, spokesman for the General Coordination for Refugees and Displaced in Darfur.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:19 World
Russia beat Croatia to win third Davis Cup

Russia claimed a third Davis Cup title on Sunday after Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev both won their singles matches to defeat Croatia. Medvedev's 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 victory over Marin Cilic came after Rublev had earlier prevailed 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) over Borna Gojo, giving Russia an unassailable 2-0 lead in Madrid.

Source: france24.com

10:51 World
India Nagaland: Security forces kill 13 civilians amid ambush blunder

Indian security forces have killed at least 13 civilians in a botched ambush near the Myanmar border, officials say. An army patrol mistakenly opened fire on miners returning home after work, killing six. Seven more civilians and an Indian soldier died when angry locals confronted troops. Home Minister Amit Shah said he was "anguished" and vowed to investigate. The army has been battling separatist militants in the north-eastern state of Nagaland for years.

Source: bbc.com

10:27 World
Indonesia Semeru volcanic eruption kills 14; dozens injured

The eruption of Semeru volcano has killed at least 14 people and injured dozens on Java island, Indonesia's disaster agency said on Sunday, as rescue teams searched for victims under layers of ash, sometimes digging with their bare hands. Semeru, the tallest mountain on Java, threw up towers of ash and hot clouds on Saturday that blanketed nearby villages in East Java province and sent people fleeing in panic.

Source: reuters.com

10:15 World
Protesters against vaccine mandate in with police

Belgian police fired water cannon on Sunday to disperse protesters opposed to compulsory health measures against the coronavirus pandemic. Some 8,000 people marched through Brussels towards the headquarters of the European Union, chanting “Freedom!” and letting off fireworks.

Source: aljazeera.com

16:17 World
Indonesia's Semeru volcano spews ash into sky

Indonesia's Semeru volcano on the east of Java island erupted on Saturday, spewing out clouds of smoke and ash and sending residents running in some nearby areas including the district of Lumajang. No damage to buildings or casualties were reported, the country's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said in a statement, adding that the local disaster agency was setting up evacuation tents.

Source: reuters.com

15:44 World
Bolsonaro: Brazilian Supreme Court opens investigation into vaccine comments

Brazil's Supreme Court has opened an inquiry into comments made by President Jair Bolsonaro wrongly claiming that Covid-19 vaccines may increase the chance of contracting Aids. The comments, made during a social media livestream in October saw him temporarily banned from Facebook and YouTube under their fake news policies. Mr Bolsonaro has frequently cast doubt over the effectiveness of vaccines. He is already facing a separate inquiry into his handling of the pandemic.

Source: bbc.com

14:37 World
Pope Francis arrives in Greece to highlight migrants' plight

Pope Francis arrived in Athens on Saturday for the second leg of a visit to the Mediterranean that aims to draw attention to the plight of migrants and refugees.

Source: reuters.com

12:02 World
South Korea sets daily records for new coronavirus cases, deaths

The 5,352 new cases reported by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on Saturday marked the third time this week the daily tally exceeded 5,000. The country’s death toll was at 3,809 after a record 70 virus patients died in the past 24 hours, while the 752 patients in serious or critical conditions were also an all-time high.

Source: apnews.com

11:26 World
Emmanuel Macron accused of trying to ‘rehabilitate’ Mohammed bin Salman

Human rights groups have criticised Emmanuel Macron’s planned meeting with Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, which will mark the first one-on-one public meeting of a major western leader with the crown prince since the state-sponsored assassination of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Source: theguardian.com

10:50 World
Money, money, money: ABBA sues over Abba Mania cover band

The Swedish pop supergroup ABBA on Friday filed a lawsuit to stop a British cover band known as Abba Mania from using that name. In a complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, lawyers for ABBA accused Abba Mania's managers of "parasitic and bad-faith conduct" by trading off ABBA's goodwill and cachet in promoting Abba Mania.

Source: reuters.com

10:21 World
Mali: Dozens of civilians killed after militants attack bus

At least 31 people have been killed in central Mali after militants attacked a bus carrying civilians to a market, local officials have said. Unidentified gunmen opened fire and killed the driver, before setting the bus on fire, according to authorities. Most of the victims were women who were on their way to work at the market, local sources told EFE news agency.

Source: bbc.com

20:45 World
50 Cent apologizes for mocking Madonna's photos

50 Cent is sorry for poking fun at Madonna. The rapper and "Power" star recently mocked the icon for risque photos she posted of herself on Instagram showing her scantily-dressed on her bed. 50 Cent compared one of her photos to when a house falls on the Wicked Witch of the East from the "The Wizard of Oz." But Madonna took to her Instagram Stories on Thursday in response and said he went too far.

Source: cnn.com

18:32 World
India: The granny who learnt to read and write at 104

Kuttiyamma, a 104-year-old woman in the southern Indian state of Kerala, had always wanted to go to school. But an early marriage and a life centred on household chores put an end to that dream. But her dream became realistic when she finally got a chance to join a government-sponsored literacy programme. She made headlines by scoring 89 marks out of 100 in the official literacy test.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
Cyprus police arrest man with knife, say unrelated to Pope visit

Police in Cyprus arrested a man carrying a knife during security screening to an outdoor stadium where Pope Francis was celebrating mass on Friday, but authorities said it appeared unrelated to the pontiff's presence on the island. Two security sources said the knife was found during security screening for thousands seeking access to the stadium on Friday morning. Authorities had taken strict security precautions and most attendees had to be at the venue hours earlier.

Source: reuters.com

16:54 World
Several civilians and Peshmerga killed by ISIL in Iraq’s Makhmour

At least 10 people, including three civilians, killed in latest attack on a village in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

Source: aljazeera.com

16:11 World
Little Mix taking break after '10 amazing years'

Little Mix say they're "taking a break" after their 2022 tour, but insist they're not splitting up permanently. The group shared news of their hiatus on social media on Wednesday evening.

Source: bbc.com

15:31 World
Italian teen with one leg and no hands finds freedom in acrobatic pole dancing

Fifteen-year-old Francesca Cesarini was born with no hands and with only one leg. So her mother was more than a bit surprised when her daughter told her she wanted to be an acrobatic pole dancer. Three years later, in 2021 she competed in the International Pole Sports Federation's virtual world pole and aerial championship.

Source: reuters.com

14:42 World
Cementing ties, UAE buys 80 French-made Rafale warplanes

The United Arab Emirates ordered 80 Rafale fighter jets on Friday, the largest order ever for the warplane, a multi-billion dollar arms contract that deepens economic and political ties with France. French President Emmanuel Macron began a two-day trip to the Gulf on Friday, and will also visit Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Source: reuters.com

13:59 World
Desperate Afghan refugee sets himself on fire in Indonesia

Afghan refugee Ezat Najafi sensed something was wrong when his friend and fellow refugee, Ahmad Shah, began to behave erratically in front of the Indonesian Organization for Migration (IOM) building in the Indonesian city of Medan. For a month, a group of Afghan refugees — some of whom have been living in limbo in Indonesia for almost a decade — had been staging a 24-hour protest in a makeshift camp in front of the IOM office, sleeping in tents pitched in the forecourt.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:32 World
Rain to replace snow in the Arctic as climate heats, study finds

Rain will replace snow as the Arctic’s most common precipitation as the climate crisis heats up the planet’s northern ice cap, according to research. Climate models show switch will happen decades faster than previously thought, with ‘profound’ implications.

Source: theguardian.com

11:53 World
A year on this exoplanet only lasts about 8 hours

If you think there aren't enough hours in the day on Earth, this newly discovered planet will make your head spin. On an exoplanet called GJ 367b that's orbiting a star 31 light-years away from our sun, a year only lasts for about eight hours. The discovery could shed light on these mysterious, rapidly orbiting worlds.

Source: cnn.com

11:27 World
Curious leopard enters classroom in India

A leopard was captured in the northern Indian city of Aligarh after it entered a school and attacked a student. The student, who suffered minor injuries, said he ran out of the classroom when he saw the animal hiding there. The five-year-old leopard was eventually tranquilised and captured after an 11-hour long effort. Officials said the leopard may have strayed into the school from a patch of forest nearby.

Source: bbc.com

10:30 World
Wildfire burns into central Montana town, destroys houses

A late-season wildfire that came amid unseasonably warm weather and was pushed by strong winds ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town overnight, burning 24 homes and four grain elevators that had stood for more than a century. The fire started late Tuesday north of the town of Stanford and it was not initially considered a threat to Denton. About 300 residents of the town were evacuated early Wednesday afternoon.

Source: apnews.com

10:13 World
US, EU, UK and Canada announce new sanctions on Belarus

The two North American countries, Britain and the European bloc announced the sanctions in a joint statement on Thursday, saying they were targeting “certain individuals and entities”.

Soruce: aljazeera.com

19:07 Region
Iran says nuclear deal ‘within reach’ if West shows goodwill

Iran’s top diplomat says an agreement to revive his country’s nuclear deal with world powers was “within reach” but that this depended on the goodwill of the West. Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Twitter on Thursday that negotiations in the Austrian capital, Vienna, were “proceeding with seriousness” and that the removal of sanctions was a “fundamental priority”.

Source: aljazeera.com

18:18 World
School bullies to face jail under law approved by French MPs

The French parliament has voted to make school bullying a criminal offence punishable by up to three years in prison, as MPs said society needed a wake-up call on the seriousness of children targeting their peers. The proposed law was supported by Emmanuel Macron’s education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, Macron’s ruling coalition, as well as the right.

Source: theguardian.com

17:54 World
Austria's ex-chancellor Kurz quits politics

Austria's ex-chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Thursday said he was quitting politics, just two months after resigning as national leader following his implication in a corruption scandal. The announcement caps a spectacular career, which at age 31 saw him become the world's youngest democratically elected head of government in 2017.

Source: france24.com

16:28 World
Peng Shuai 'reconfirms' she is safe and well in second call with IOC, says Olympic organization

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held a second call with Peng Shuai on Wednesday and said that the Chinese tennis star "reconfirmed" that she was safe and well given the "difficult situation" she is in, the sporting organization said on Thursday.

Source: cnn.com

15:30 World
Disney appoints woman as chairman for first time in 98-year history

Walt Disney has elected a woman to chair its board for the first time in the entertainment giant's 98-year history. Susan Arnold, who has been a Disney board member for 14 years, will succeed Bob Iger at the end of this year. She was formerly an executive at global investment firm Carlyle. Mr Iger, who stepped down as Disney's chief executive in 2020 after 15 years in the role, will leave the company by the end of this month.

Source: bbc.com

14:16 World
Enough with Will and Jada! There's a petition to stop media interviewing the Smiths

A petition asking reporters to stop interviewing Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith has garnered more than 2,500 signatures and counting. Appearing on the petition-hosting site Change.org, the appeal was started by user Dexter Morales on November 26, with the caption "Stop interviewing Will and Jada smith!" Signatories expressed their frustration at the celebrity couple's tendency to disclose intimate details of their private lives.

Source: cnn.com

13:34 World
Women’s Tennis Association suspends tournaments in China due to Peng Shuai case

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) on Wednesday announced the immediate suspension of all tournaments in China due to concerns about the well-being of former doubles world number one Peng Shuai and the safety of other players.

Source: france24.com

12:21 World
Dinosaur tail found in Chile stuns scientists

Chilean paleontologists on Wednesday presented their findings on a dinosaur discovered three years ago in Patagonia which they said had a highly unusual tail that has stumped researchers. The remains of the Stegouros elengassen were discovered during excavations in 2018 at Cerro Guido, a site known to harbor numerous fossils, by a team who believed they were dealing with an already known species of dinosaur until they examined its tail.

Source: france24.com

11:32 World
Munich WW2 bomb blows up near station, wounding four

Four people were hurt, one seriously, when a World War Two bomb blew up on a railway construction site in the German city of Munich. The fire brigade says it happened during drilling work near Donnersberger Bridge, close to the main station. As a result rail traffic in much of Munich was brought to a standstill.

Source: bbc.com

11:19 World
Iran and Taliban forces clash in border area

Clashes erupted between Iranian soldiers and Taliban forces near the Afghanistan-Iran border, but appear to have led to no casualties and was later described as a “misunderstanding”. Iranian media say Taliban forces opened fire on Iranian farmers thinking they violated the border, leading Iranian soldiers to intervene.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:53 World
Austria: Doctor fined for amputating wrong leg of patient

A surgeon in Austria has been fined after amputating the wrong leg of a patient earlier this year. The elderly patient's right leg was removed instead of his left, with the mistake only discovered two days later. On Wednesday, the court in Linz found the 43-year-old guilty of gross negligence and fined her €2,700. The widow of the patient, who died before the case came to court, was also awarded €5,000 in damages.

Source: bbc.com

10:30 World
EU launches €300bn fund to challenge China’s influence

The EU’s plan to invest €300bn in global infrastructure will be better than China’s belt and road initiative, the European Commission president has said, as she announced a strategy to boost technology and public services in developing countries.

Source: theguardian.com

21:11 World
Ethiopia's PM, on frontline, urges troops to 'destroy' enemy

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said his foes had been defeated and promised to recapture territory in the region of Amhara from rebellious Tigrayan forces after praising military victories against the Tigrayans in the region of Afar.

Source: reuters.com

17:12 World
Ukraine’s Zelensky calls for direct talks with Russia ‘to end war’

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday called for direct negotiations with Russia to end an eight-year war with pro-Russian separatists in his country’s east. “We must tell the truth that we will not be able to end the war without direct talks with Russia,” Zelensky said during an annual address to lawmakers.

Source: france24.com

16:34 World
Ethiopian gov’t says it retook string of towns from Tigray forces

The Ethiopian government says its forces recaptured Shewa Robit, a town some 220km from the capital Addis Ababa, which was claimed last week by fighters from the northern Tigray region. Government spokesman Legesse Tulu said on Wednesday Shewa Robit was among several small towns retaken by Ethiopia’s army and regional forces loyal to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who last week announced he would head to the battlefield to lead a counteroffensive after the Tigrayan fighters threatened to march on Addis Ababa.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:31 World
Secretary of State Antony Blinken to meet with Russian foreign minister Thursday

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday in Stockholm, according to a State Department official. Blinken will also meet with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on the margins of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Ministerial Council meeting, the official said.

Source: cnn.com

14:40 World
Sword carried by Napoleon in 1799 coup up for auction in US

The dress sword carried by Napoleon Bonaparte when he staged a coup in 1799 will go under the hammer at the weekend with five other weapons that belonged to the French emperor, US auctioneers announced. The lot, which will be put up for auction from December 3 to 5 by the Illinois-based Rock Island Auction Company, is valued at $1.5 million to $3.5 million.

Source: france24.com

13:55 World
Tommy Lane, actor and stuntman in ‘Live and let die,’ ‘Shaft,’ dies at 83

His daughter Kamala reported that he died after a long bout of COPD. In Richard Roundtree’s “Shaft,” his character Leroy could be seen crashing through Richard Roundtree’s Times Square office window. “That’s some cold shit, throwing my man Leroy out the window. Just picked my man up and threw him out the goddamn window,” says Willy in the 1971 blaxploitation classic.

Source: variety.com

12:49 World
Tel Aviv ranked world's priciest city for first time

Tel Aviv is the world's most expensive city to live in as soaring inflation has pushed up living costs globally, according to a survey published on Wednesday. The Israeli city climbed five rungs to score top place for the first time in the authoritative ranking compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Source: france24.com

11:48 World
Lesotho ex-PM Thomas Thabane charged with murdering wife

Lesotho's former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has been charged with the 2017 murder of his estranged wife Lipolelo Thabane. His current wife, Maesaiah, was charged with the same crime last year. She was living with Mr Thabane at the time of the killing and they are accused of hiring hitmen. They have both denied any involvement.

Source: bbc.com

11:10 World
COVID in Europe: Greece to fine over-60s €100 a month for refusing jab

Residents in Greece over the age of 60 will be fined €100 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, under the first general COVID-19 mandate announced by the country’s government. The measure was announced in response to a surge in cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant. It will come into effect on January 16 with the fines to be added to their tax bills, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised announcement on Tuesday. Greece’s death toll exceeded 18,000 this week with confirmed infections at record levels.

Source: euronews.com

10:26 World
Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point in two decades, UN says

Tens of millions are going hungry in Latin America and the Caribbean as the Covid-19 pandemic sharpens a regional malnutrition crisis to its worst levels in decades, according to the United Nations. In just one year -- from 2019 to 2020 -- the number of people living with hunger in the region rose by 30%, or 13.8 million people, a new United Nations Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition report said.

Source: cnn.com

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