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12:11 World
Birthday celebration for UK PM sparks new party row

Boris Johnson is under renewed pressure after Downing Street admitted staff gathered inside No 10 during the first Covid lockdown to mark his birthday. ITV News reported that up to 30 people attended the June 2020 event, sang Happy Birthday and were served cake. No 10 said staff had "gathered briefly" to "wish the prime minister a happy birthday", adding that he had been there "for less than 10 minutes". Rules at the time - 19 June 2020 - banned most indoor gatherings involving more than two people.

Source: bbc.com

11:33 World
At least 19 killed in fire after karaoke bar brawl in Indonesia

At least 19 people have died after a karaoke bar in Indonesia's West Papua was set ablaze following a brawl between rival gangs of youths in the area, police in the provincial capital of Sorong said on Tuesday. One person was fatally stabbed in the fight early on Tuesday before the venue was set on fire with 18 people trapped inside, a police official said.

Source: cnn.com

10:50 World
North Korea appears to have fired cruise missiles

North Korea fired what appeared to be two cruise missiles into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said, days after a flurry of ballistic missile tests. South Korea's military is assessing the launches to determine the nature of the projectiles, it said. Such a launch would be its fifth missile test of the year.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Africa Cup of Nations: Deadly crush reported at Cameroon stadium

At least eight people are reported to have been killed and dozens hurt in a crush outside an Africa Cup of Nations match in Cameroon. Video footage showed football fans struggling to get access to the Paul Biya stadium in a neighbourhood of the capital Yaounde. One child is among the dead, according to a health ministry report obtained by the AFP news agency.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
'Spider-Man: No Way Home' Swings to Sixth-Highest Grossing Movie in History With $1.69 Billion Globally

Over the weekend, Sony's comic book adventure became the sixth-highest grossing movie in history with $1.69 billion at the global box office (not adjusted for inflation). It passed "Jurassic World" ($1.67 billion) and "The Lion King" ($1.66 billion) to secure that spot. Now in its sixth weekend of release, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" returned to the No. 1 slot in North America, adding $14.1 million between Friday and Sunday, along with $27.7 million overseas.

Source: reuters.com

17:13 World
Stowaway found in South Africa plane wheel at Amsterdam airport

Dutch police say they have found a stowaway alive in the wheel section of a plane that landed at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport from South Africa. Flights from Johannesburg to Amsterdam take about 11 hours, with the cargo plane believed to have made one stop, in Nairobi, Kenya. It is very unusual for stowaways on long flights to survive, due to the cold and low oxygen at high altitudes.

Source: bbc.com

16:31 World
Australian prime minister loses control of WeChat account

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lost control of his account on the Chinese-owned social media platform WeChat and a lawmaker on Monday accused China’s leaders of political interference. Morrison’s 76,000 WeChat followers were notified his page had been renamed “Australian Chinese new life” earlier this month and his photograph had been removed, Sydney’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper reported. The changes were made without the government’s knowledge, the report said.

Source: apnews.com

15:52 World
Pope Benedict XVI admits being at meeting about abuser priest when he ran Munich archdiocese

Pope Benedict XVI admitted Monday that he was at a meeting in 1980 at which an abusive priest was discussed, blaming his earlier denial at having been there on "an error in the editing of his statement." An independent investigation into abuse by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Munich, where Benedict was archbishop from 1977 to 1982, last week showed minutes of the meeting saying he was present and rejected his denial as "barely credible."

Source: cnn.com

14:58 World
NATO sends ships and jets to eastern Europe in Ukraine crisis

NATO said on Monday it was putting forces on standby and reinforcing eastern Europe with more ships and fighter jets in response to Russia's military build-up at Ukraine's borders.

Source: reuters.com

14:20 World
Fashion designer Thierry Mugler dies aged 73

French designer Thierry Mugler, who reigned over fashion in the 1980s and died on Sunday, was as famous for his fantastical couture as for his blockbuster fashion shows. He was 73. Mugler's daring collections came to define the decade's power dressing, with his clothes noted for their structured and sophisticated silhouettes, showcased by his extravagant shows. His agent Jean-Baptiste Rougeot, who said the designer had died of "natural causes", added he had been due to announce new collaborations early this week.

Source: france24.com

13:33 World
Burkina Faso’s President Kabore is held by mutinous soldiers

Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore is being held by mutinous soldiers, two of the soldiers told The Associated Press by phone early Monday. They did not say where Kabore is being held, but said he is in a safe place. Gunshots were heard late Sunday night near the president’s residence and in the early hours of Monday a battle took place at the presidential palace while a helicopter flew overhead.

Source: apnews.com

12:51 World
US orders families of Ukraine embassy staff to leave on war fears

The United States has ordered the families of all American staff at the US Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country amid heightened concern that Russia, which has massed troops on the border, is about to invade. In a statement on Sunday, the State Department also said that non-essential embassy staff could leave Ukraine at government expense and that all Americans should consider departing immediately.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:20 World
Clashes erupt in Brussels as tens of thousands protest Covid rules

Police fired water cannon and tear gas Sunday at stone-throwing protesters after tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Brussels against Covid-19 rules. Authorities estimated that around 50,000 people paraded through the Belgian capital -- the largest in a spate of protests in the city over the past months. 

Source: france24.com

11:34 World
Taliban begin talks with western officials in Oslo

Members of the Taliban are meeting with western officials in Norway for the first talks in Europe since the group took control of Afghanistan. The talks, set to last three days, will cover human rights and the humanitarian crisis in the country. The UN says 95% of Afghans do not have enough to eat.

Source: bbc.com

11:01 World
Thai PM to visit Saudi Arabia for first time since gem theft soured ties

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-cha will this week make the first visit by a Thai leader to Saudi Arabia in more than 30 years following decades of diplomatic tension sparked by a jewel theft from a Saudi palace. Thai-born janitor Kriangkrai Techamong stole $20 million worth of precious gems in 1989 from the home of a Saudi prince, triggering a feud between the countries dubbed the "Blue Diamond Affair" that has yet to be resolved.

Source: france24.com

10:33 World
Italy's Berlusconi in hospital for routine tests, his doctor says

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is in a Milan hospital for routine checks, his personal doctor said on Sunday, a day after the 85-year-old decided not to run for president. Berlusconi, a four-times prime minister of Italy, had major heart surgery in 2016 and has also had prostate cancer. He has been repeatedly admitted to hospital over the past year after contracting COVID-19 in 2020.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
Jacinda Ardern cancels wedding amid new Covid restrictions in New Zealand

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her wedding ceremony with fiancé Clarke Gayford due to new Covid-19 restrictions in the country. The prime minister announced on Sunday that the country will face new restrictions after nine cases of the Omicron variant were detected in a single family that flew to Auckland for a wedding earlier this month.

Source: independent.co.uk

16:54 World
Jack Ma’s Ant Group implicated in corruption scandal by Chinese state media

China’s state broadcaster has implicated Jack Ma’s Ant Group in a corruption scandal, ratcheting up pressure on the billionaire following a crackdown that has wiped billions of dollars from his internet empire. A documentary on state-run China Central Television alleged that private companies made “unreasonably high payments” to the brother of the former Chinese Communist party head of Hangzhou, an eastern city that is home to Ant Group’s headquarters, in return for government policy incentives and support with buying real estate.

Source: ft.com

15:22 World
Wildfire burns near California's Highway 1, prompting evacuations

A wildfire near California's legendary Highway 1, which winds along the Pacific coastline, prompted evacuation orders in Monterey County on Friday night. The Colorado Fire was sparked in Palo Colorado Canyon in the Big Sur region, according to the county's office of emergency services. Due to the blaze, Highway 1 was shut near the Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur, the Department of Transportation said in a tweet early Saturday.

Source: cnn.com

14:39 World
Yemeni rebels say death toll from prison airstrike at 80

The death toll from a Saudi-led coalition airstrike that hit a prison run by Yemen’s Houthi rebels climbed to at least 82 detainees, the rebels and an aid group said Saturday. Internet access in the Arab world’s poorest country remained largely down. The airstrike in northern Saada province Friday was part of an intense air and ground offensive that marked an escalation in Yemen’s yearslong civil war.

Source: apnews.com

13:16 World
‘Catastrophe’: Peru oil spill clean-up to take weeks

Spanish energy firm Repsol said a clear-up operation for a major oil spill on the coast near Peru’s capital Lima would take until the end of February, in an environmental incident declared a “catastrophe” by the government. Dead seals, fish and birds have washed up on the shore covered in oil, while fishing activities in the area have been suspended, the government has said. Repsol said on Friday it had enlisted fishermen to help clear up the oil.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:07 World
Martha Stewart reveals why she broke it off with Anthony Hopkins

Appearing on "The Ellen Show" on Thursday, the 80-year-old lifestyle guru and TV personality said she had to break up with the Welsh Oscar-winner, 84, after recalling his chilling role in the 1991 horror thriller "The Silence of the Lambs." In the film, Hopkins portrayed Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a convicted serial killer who ate his victims. While his critically acclaimed performance earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, it cost him his relationship with Stewart.

Source: cnn.com

11:23 World
Monkeys escape after truck carrying 100 animals to a laboratory crashes in US

Police in Pennsylvania are searching for at least three monkeys that have escaped after a truck carrying about 100 of the animals was involved in a crash. The truck carrying the monkeys collided with a dump truck on Friday afternoon in Montour county.

Source: theguardian.com

10:36 World
Two Canadians shot dead at upscale Mexican resort

Two Canadians have been shot dead and another injured after a dispute among guests at a hotel resort near Cancún, Mexico, local security officials say. Gunfire erupted on Friday at the Hotel Xcaret Mexico in the tourist town of Playa del Carmen, about 70km (45 miles) south of Cancún on the Caribbean coast. Photos of the suspected gunman were posted online by regional police chief Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez. The attacker, a hotel guest, is still at large and a manhunt is underway.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas welcome first child

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and her husband Nick Jonas announced on their Instagram pages Friday that they welcomed their first child together. She said a surrogate gave birth to the couple’s baby on Jan. 15. The couple did not reveal their baby’s name or sex and asked for privacy “during this special time as we focus on our family.”

Source: apnews.com

22:25 World
Airstrikes kill 70 people and knock out internet in Yemen

At least 70 people were killed and more than 130 injured when an airstrike hit a detention center in Yemen on Friday, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said, as the Saudi-led coalition continued to ramp up its deadly offensive on rebels in the war-torn nation. Another airstrike early Friday hit a telecommunications building in the strategic port city of Hodeidah, causing a nationwide internet blackout, according to NetBlocks, an organization that tracks network disruptions. At least three children were killed in that attack, Save the Children said.

Source: cnn.com

18:00 World
Germany wants to attract 400,000 skilled workers from abroad each year

Germany's new coalition government wants to attract 400,000 qualified workers from abroad each year to tackle both a demographic imbalance and labour shortages in key sectors that risk undermining the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Source: reuters.com

17:20 World
117-year-old Polish Roman Catholic church closing this month

The first Polish Roman Catholic church in New Bedford is set to close this month after 117 years, following years of declining membership and the death of its pastor. Less than 30 people attended a recent Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, said John Kearns, spokesperson for the Diocese of Fall River. A retired priest has been filling in until the church’s doors close permanently on Jan. 30, after Rev. Conrad Salach passed away in October, The Standard-Times reported Thursday.

Source: apnews.com

16:35 World
Suspected ISIL fighters kill 11 Iraqi soldiers ‘in their sleep’

Suspected ISIL (ISIS) gunmen have attacked an Iraqi army barracks in Diyala province, killing 11 soldiers as they slept, according to reports citing Iraqi security officials. The sources said the attack took place early on Friday in the al-Azim district, a mountainous area more than 120km north of the capital, Baghdad.

Источник: aljazeera.com

15:51 World
Naomi Osaka: Two-time winner knocked out of Australian Open by American Amanda Anisimova

Defending champion Naomi Osaka has been knocked out of the Australian Open by unseeded American Amanda Anisimova. Osaka, a two time Australian Open champion, had gone a set up in the high quality match on Friday but failed to close it out, with the 20-year-old Anisimova completing her comeback in a third set tie-break to win 4-6 6-3 7-6 (10-5).

Source: cnn.com

14:42 World
UK bans ad showing girl eating cheese while hanging upside down

Britain's advertising regulator has banned a TV ad that showed a girl eating cheese while hanging upside down, saying it could promote behaviour that could lead to choking. The ad for Dairylea cheese, a brand of U.S. snacks giant Mondelez, had been shown on British video-on-demand services in August last year. It featured two girls, aged six and eight, hanging upside down from a soccer goalpost, discussing where food went when you hang upside down. One of the girls then ate a piece of Dairylea cheese.

Source: reuters.com

13:50 World
'Bat Out of Hell' singer Meat Loaf dead at 74

US singer and actor Meat Loaf, famous for his "Bat Out of Hell" rock anthem, has died aged 74, according to a statement on Friday. "Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side," read a statement on his Facebook page. "Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours." No cause of death was given in the statement.

Source: france24.com


12:51 World
Elon Musk’s brain implant company is inching toward human trials

Neuralink is now hiring a clinical trial director, an indication that the company’s longstanding goal of implanting chips in human brains is coming closer. The trial director position would oversee the startup’s long-promised human trials of its medical device, according to the listing. Neuralink’s brain implant — which Musk has said already allows monkeys to play video games with their thoughts alone — is intended to help treat a variety of neurological disorders, such as paralysis.

Source: bloomberg.com

12:31 World
Tearful Adele postpones entire Las Vegas residency

Adele has postponed her entire Las Vegas residency, just 24 hours before the opening night. "I'm so sorry, but my show ain't ready," the star told fans in a tearful update on Instagram. "Half my team have Covid and it's been impossible to finish the show," she said, adding that "delivery delays" had also played havoc with her plans. She was due to play the first of 24 concerts at the Caesars Palace's Colosseum on Friday.

Source: bbc.com

11:30 World
Nestle withdraws Hindu KitKat range in India over accusations of disrespect

The limited range of the well-known chocolate bar had been launched as part of the global “KitKat travel breaks” range, where photos of artwork by local artisans were printed on the wrappers. But the Indian version of the range, which was designed to celebrate the crafts of the Indian state of Odisha, provoked an online backlash as they featured images of Hindu deities Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra and Mata Subhadra. Many expressed outrage that the wrappers might end up in “dustbins, drains, gutters” or trodden underfoot, which would be disrespectful of the gods and the Hindu faith.

Source: theguardian.com

10:46 World
Canada’s Prince Andrew high school announces plan to change name

A Canadian high school named after the Duke of York has announced plans to rename itself, in an attempt to distance itself from the growing controversy surrounding the Queen’s second son. The principal of Prince Andrew high school in the province of Nova Scotia told families on Wednesday to expect the change as the school looks for a name that “upholds our values as a safe and inclusive” space.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
Aubameyang 'completely healthy' after heart scare

Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang insists he is "absolutely fine" after the Gabon star was forced to leave the Africa Cup of Nations following a heart scare. Aubameyang was sent back to Arsenal this week after his national team's medical staff said he had "cardiac lesions". The 32-year-old did not feature in either of Gabon's first two games at the tournament, missing a win over Comoros with the coronavirus before being sidelined for a draw against Ghana due to the heart issue.

Source: france24.com

21:41 World
US jobless claims rise as Omicron weighs on labour market

The number of people in the United States filing claims for unemployment benefits rose sharply last week, signalling that the fast-spreading Omicron variant of COVID-19 is negatively impacting the jobs market recovery. Some 286,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Thursday.

Source: aljazeera.com

18:00 World
Ousmane Dembele: Barcelona tell France forward he must leave club this month

because he is "not committed to the project". Dembele is a free agent at the end of the season and has repeatedly turned down the offer of a new deal. He joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund in 2017 in a deal worth up to £135.5m but will be able to leave for nothing when his contract expires.

Source: bbc.com

17:22 World
Scientists discover one of world’s largest coral reefs in waters off Tahiti

Scientists have discovered a vast reef of "pristine" rose-shaped corals apparently unharmed by climate change in deep water off the coast of Tahiti, UNESCO announced Thursday. Mapping approximately three kilometres long and up to 65 metres wide, UNESCO said it was "one of the most extensive healthy coral reefs on record".

Source: france24.com

16:32 World
19-year-old woman sets record for solo global flight

The 19-year-old Belgian-British pilot Zara Rutherford set a world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world, touching her small airplane down in western Belgium on Thursday — 155 days after she departed. Rutherford will find herself in the Guinness World Records book after setting the mark that had been held by 30-year-old American aviator Shaesta Waiz since 2017.

Source: apnews.com

16:03 World
Pakistan: Deadly bomb blast targets Lahore’s shopping district

At least two people have been killed and dozens more wounded after an explosion in a busy shopping district in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, police say. The explosion took place in the Lohari Gate area, a densely packed neighbourhood consisting of small shops packed into narrow criss-crossing streets, on Thursday afternoon, police spokesperson Nayab Haider told Al Jazeera.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:22 World
China, Russia and Iran to launch joint naval drill on Friday

China, Russia and Iran will hold a maritime joint exercise on Friday, a public relations official from Iran’s armed forces told the semi-official ISNA news agency on Thursday. The wargame will take place in the northern Indian Ocean, Mostafa Tajoldin said, and is the third joint naval drill between the three countries, with the previous one taking place last February.

Source: timesofisrael.com

14:07 World
North Korea threatens to restart nuclear and long-range missile tests to counter America's 'hostile moves'

North Korea has threatened to resume its nuclear and long-range missile tests as it prepares for 'confrontation' with the US. Kim Jong Un has not tested inter-continental ballistic missiles or nukes since 2017 after putting launches on hold, but fears are growing the tests will restart after the US crossed a 'danger line'. A state report said Pyongyang should consider resuming the weapons tests.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

13:12 World
Tonga: First foreign aid plane from New Zealand arrives

The first foreign aid plane has arrived in Tonga, carrying much-needed water and supplies for the Pacific nation. New Zealand said its military plane landed at Tonga's main airport after workers cleared ash from the runway. Other planes and ships sent by New Zealand and Australia are on the way. Saturday's eruption of an undersea volcano and tsunami wave saw volcanic ash blanketing the islands, posing a serious health risk. The ash and sea water have contaminated water supplies.

Source: bbc.com

12:35 World
French champagne houses toast record sales

French champagne sales rebounded last year to reach a record 5.5 billion euros ($6.2 billion) as demand soared despite the lingering impact of Covid restrictions that weighed on restaurants and bars, producers said Wednesday. Around 322 million bottles were sold in 2021, up 32 percent from the previous year, when shipments slumped 20 percent during Covid lockdowns worldwide, the Comite Champagne federation said in its preliminary estimates.

Source: france24.com

11:58 World
Jon Stewart to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Comedian Jon Stewart, whose irreverent brand of political and media satire made him a beloved figure on television, will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington in April, becoming the 23rd recipient of the prize.

Source: reuters.com

11:16 World
Djokovic has 80% stake in biotech firm developing Covid drug

Novak Djokovic is the controlling shareholder in a Danish biotech firm aiming to develop a treatment for Covid-19 that does not involve vaccination, it has emerged. The world No 1, who was deported from Australia this week after the government cancelled his visa in a dispute over a medical exemption relating to his unvaccinated status, bought an 80% stake in QuantBioRes in 2020.

Source: theguardian.com

10:35 World
In the name of God go, David Davis tells Boris Johnson

Former cabinet minister David Davis has joined calls for Boris Johnson to stand down, telling the prime minister: "In the name of God, go." He said the PM had failed to take responsibility for his actions over lockdown parties in Downing Street. Mr Davis's remarks came after backbench Tory MP Christian Wakeford defected to Labour, minutes before Prime Minister's Questions began. The PM batted away repeated calls to quit during the stormy Commons session.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Early works by French master Monet could sell for $50 million in auction

Several early works by one of the world's most renowned Impressionist painters, Claude Monet, are to be put up for sale by the British auction house Sotheby's, with a combined estimate of $50 million. The five paintings, which together chart the French master's shift to Abstract Expressionism over a fifteen-year period, will be offered for auction in London in March, Sotheby's said.

Source: cnn.com

19:22 World
Villagers worship a cow born with a third eye on its forehead because they believe it is the incarnation of Hindu God Shiva

A baby cow has been born in India with three eyes and two sets of nostrils. Some locals are claiming the animal is an incarnation of the Hindu god Shiva. People have made special trips to the farm to see the animal and leave it gifts. It's believed the extra facial features have been caused by a hormonal disorder.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

19:00 World
French actor Gaspard Ulliel dies aged 37 after skiing accident

French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who became world-known for playing Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic, died on Wednesday at the age of 37 from injuries from a skiing accident, his family said in a statement sent to AFP by his agent.

Source: france24.com

18:08 World
Germany tops 100,000 daily COVID-19 cases for first time

Germany reported a record 112,323 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, after the health minister said the peak had not been reached yet and compulsory vaccination should be introduced by May. Germany also recorded 239 deaths in the space of 24 hours, for a cumulative total of 116,081, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious disease said.

Source: reuters.com

16:47 World
Queen launching a royal brown sauce to rival HP for £6.99 a bottle

The “Royal Estate” condiments are produced at the Queen’s place in Sandringham, Norfolk. Sandringham’s Tomato Sauce has dates, apple juice and spices, and is “ideal for breakfast or any time of the day”. It will set you back an eye-watering £6.99 for a 295g bottle. Sandringham’s Brown Sauce is “packed with vinegar and spices”.

Source: thesun.co.uk

16:16 World
Qatar 2022 World Cup tickets go on sale with Final tickets reaching $1,600

In a little over 10 months, the world's best football players will descend on Qatar for the World Cup and tickets have now been made available to the general public. Prices vary depending on the game and what category seat you opt for, with tickets for the Final match ranging from $604 to as much as $1,600. That may seem steep but, in comparison, some official tickets for this year's Super Bowl are starting at $5,950.

Source: cnn.com

14:51 World
Prehistoric fertility symbol that looks like curvy Kim Kardashian sells for staggering £114k

Experts say the 25,000-year-old stone carving has an exaggerated bust and bottom to depict a voluptuous Venus-type figure. A British family, who have owned it for more than 60 years, saw it sell in London’s Mayfair for £114,000 — smashing the pre-sale estimate of between £4,000 and £6,000.

Source: thesun.co.uk

13:44 World
Nursing home fire kills 6 in eastern Spain

Six residents of a nursing home in eastern Spain perished after a fire broke out in the night, authorities said Wednesday. Valencia’s regional head, Ximo Puig, said that 17 more residents were hospitalized, with three in serious condition. Firefighters said that they rescued 25 residents out of a total of 70 that were evacuated from the nursing home in the municipality of Moncada just north of Valencia.

Source: apnews.com

13:05 World
92-year-old Malawian music legend finds fame on TikTok

At 92, Giddes Chalamanda has no idea what TikTok is. He doesn't even own a smartphone. And yet the Malawian music legend has become a social media star, with his song "Linny Hoo" garnering over 80 million views on the video-sharing platform and spawning mashups and remixes from South Africa to the Philippines.

Source: france24.com

12:16 World
Grammy Awards pushed to April due to coronavirus

Music awards ceremony is rescheduled to April 3 in Las Vegas amid rising COVID-19 infections linked to Omicron variant.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:05 Region
Explosion in Turkey shuts down key Iraq oil pipeline

An explosion has shut down a pipeline in southeastern Turkey that carries oil from Iraq to world markets, officials and news reports said. The blast late Tuesday near the town of Pazarcik in Kahramanmaras province caused a huge fire that forced authorities to also shut down a highway, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. No one was hurt in the explosion. The pipeline carries oil from the Kirkuk oil fields in northern Iraq to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.

Source: apnews.com

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