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23:01 15/01/2022

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16:23 World
Pompeii excavation unearths remains of pregnant tortoise

When Mount Vesuvius erupted nearly 2,000 years ago Pompeii's ancient residents were frozen in place by ash. So too it turns out were the city's flora and fauna - including a pregnant tortoise with her egg. Archaeologists found the reptile's remains buried under ash and rock where it had laid undiscovered since 79AD. The 14cm tortoise had burrowed into a tiny underground lair beneath a shop destroyed in that earlier quake.

Source: bbc.com

15:23 World
Israeli forces kill Palestinian teenager in occupied West Bank

Mohammad Abdallah Hamed, 16, died in Israeli custody after being shot near the town of Silwad on Friday evening, Palestinian sources have said.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:03 World
Burkina Faso: 14 days to evacuate before vast army operation

The West African country's army this week ordered civilians to leave two large "military interest zones" to protect them, but did not specify how long they would have to evacuate or where they should go.

Source: usnews.com

12:50 World
Brad Pitt opens up about suffering with prosopagnosia

Brad Pitt apparently thinks that he may suffer from undiagnosed “face blindness,” which he says would explain why he struggles to remember people and can come off as “remote and aloof”. The Lost City star, 58, opened up about his possible medical condition, and the impact it may have on his reputation, in a recent interview with GQ.

Source: independent.co.uk

11:46 Region
Earthquake of magnitude 5.6 strikes southern Iran

An earthquake with a 5.6 magnitude struck in Iran’s southern Gulf waters early Saturday morning, state TV reported. There were no immediate reports of fatalities or damage. The quake occurred between the port of Charak and the island of Kish at a depth of 22 km, it said. Officials told state TV that there had been some 100 quakes and aftershocks over the past 10 days in the same region.

Source: reuters.com

11:00 World
‘Deepest shipwreck’: US WWII navy destroyer found off Philippines

The ship has been found nearly 7,000 metres below sea level off the Philippines, making it the world's deepest shipwreck ever located, an American exploration team said. The USS Samuel B Roberts went down during a battle off the central island of Samar on October 25, 1944 as US forces fought to liberate the Philippines -- then a US colony -- from Japanese occupation.

Source: france24.com

10:33 World
Man City agree transfer for Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips

The verbal agreement with Leeds would see the Premier League champions spend £42m plus add-ons for the midfielder. Talks are in the final stages with progress having also been made on the player’s contract and, all going well, Phillips could complete his move from Elland Road to the Etihad Stadium within the next week.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
2 killed, several wounded in shooting at nightclub in Oslo

Two people were killed and 14 wounded on Saturday in a shooting at a nightclub and in nearby streets in Norway's capital Oslo, police said. A suspect believed to be the sole perpetrator was apprehended, police told reporters.

Source: reuters.com

21:47 World
Wayne Rooney quits as Derby County manager

Wayne Rooney has quit as manager of Derby County with immediate effect after 18 months in charge. A statement on Derby’s website read: “Wayne Rooney has today informed Derby County Football Club that he wishes to be relieved of his duties as first team manager with immediate effect.”

Source: independent.co.uk

18:00 World
Netflix lays off 300 employees in second round of job cuts

The streaming giant said it was cutting roughly 4% of its workforce mostly in the US, after axing 150 people in May. The moves come after the company reported its first subscriber loss in more than a decade in April. The firm is exploring an ad-supported service and cracking down on password sharing as it tries to boost growth.

Source: bbc.com

17:11 Region
Iran refuses Israeli charges of attacks in Turkey

Iran on Friday dismissed as "ridiculous" allegations by Israel's foreign minister while on a visit to Ankara that the Islamic republic was planning anti-Israeli attacks in Turkey. "The baseless allegations... are ridiculous and part of a pre-designed plot to destroy relations between the two Muslim countries," foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement.

Source: france24.com

15:48 World
Toyota recalls electric cars over concerns about loose wheels

Toyota is recalling 2,700 bZ4X crossover vehicles globally for wheel bolts that could become loose, in a major setback for the Japanese automaker’s ambitions to roll out electric cars. Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday the cause is still under investigation, but the whole wheel could come off, risking a crash.

Source: apnews.com

14:23 World
Sharon Stone shares that she has 'lost 9 children' through miscarriages

"We, as females don't have a forum to discuss the profundity of this loss. I lost nine children by miscarriage," revealed Stone, who is the mother of three sons through adoption: Quinn Kelly, Laird Vonne, and Roan Joseph. "It is no small thing, physically nor emotionally yet we are made to feel it is something to bear alone and secretly with some kind of sense of failure."

Source: people.com

13:30 World
Man behind Norway bow-and-arrow attack found guilty

The Buskerud District Court sentenced Espen Andersen Bråthen to compulsory mental health care. Three forensic psychiatric experts who assessed him concluded he has chronic paranoid schizophrenia and was mentally ill at the time of the attack on Oct. 13, 2021. Both the prosecution and the defense had called for compulsory mental health care for Andersen Bråthen. 38-year-old Bråthen also was sentenced to pay compensations to the victims.

Source: apnews.com

12:40 Region
Iran says EU's Borrell to visit Tehran later on Friday

Iran said European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell will travel to Tehran for discussions on efforts to revive the country's 2015 nuclear deal. Borrell would arrive in the Iranian capital at night before meeting Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other officials, foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement.

Source: france24.com

11:41 World
Two killed as Nio electric car falls from third floor office in Shanghai

the company said in a Weibo post on Thursday. The company said after an on-site analysis, it can be preliminarily confirmed that the accident has nothing to do with the vehicle itself. Videos circulating online show medical workers trying to rescue the two passengers in the car. Nio said that it has set up a special team to help the families of the deceased deal with the aftermath.

Source: cnbc.com

10:49 World
The biggest bacteria ever discovered are the size of an eyelash

Scientists have discovered the world’s largest known bacterium, which comes in the form of white filaments in a swamp in Guadeloupe. At about 1cm long, the strange organism, Thiomargarita magnifica, is roughly 50 times larger than all other known giant bacteria and the first to be visible with the naked eye. The thin white strands were discovered on the surfaces of decaying mangrove leaves in shallow tropical marine marshes.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
Buenos Aires apartment building fire kills 5, 30 injured

Two women and three children died in a Buenos Aires apartment building fire Thursday that saw 35 others rushed to several hospitals, emergency services said. The fire broke out at around 6:00 am on the seventh floor of a building in the central Recoleta neighborhood, and spread rapidly to the eighth floor, fire officer Pablo Giardina said.

Source: france24.com

18:50 Region
Iran dismisses IRGC intel chief amid suspicious deaths of Iranian officers

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Thursday replaced its intelligence chief Hossein Taeb, who had held the position for more than 12 years, the Guards said in a statement. “The Guards’ chief Major General Hossein Salami appointed General Mohammad Kazemi as the new head of the IRGC Intelligence Organisation,” Guards spokesman Ramezan Sharif said in the statement.

Source: france24.com

17:53 World
Ancient Inca tomb discovered under home in Peru capital

Scientists have unearthed an Inca-era tomb under a home in the heart of Peru’s capital, Lima, a burial believed to hold remains wrapped in cloth alongside ceramics and fine ornaments. The lead archeologist, Julio Abanto, told Reuters the 500-year-old tomb contained “multiple funerary bundles” tightly wrapped in cloth.


17:35 World
John Williams puts the final notes on what may be his last film score

after more than six decades of making bicycles soar, sending panicked swimmers to the shore and other spellbinding close encounters. “At the moment I’m working on ‘Indiana Jones 5,’ which Harrison Ford — who’s quite a bit younger than I am — I think has announced will be his last film,” Williams says. “So, I thought: If Harrison can do it, then perhaps I can, also.”

Source: apnews.com

16:44 World
Top-scorer Nkunku extends with RB Leipzig until 2026

RB Leipzig have extended the contract of their top-scoring France forward Christopher Nkunku until 2026, it was announced Thursday. The 24-year-old was in stellar form last season, banging in 35 goals, including 20 in the Bundesliga, plus 19 assists in 50 matches in all competitions.

Source: france24.com

15:33 World
Myanmar's ousted leader Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement in prison

The former leader, who is 77, has been held by the military since 1 February last year, when it ousted her democratically elected government, plunging Myanmar into chaos. She has since been charged with at least 20 offences that could lead to her spending the rest of her life in jail, including multiple counts of corruption, which each carry a maximum penalty of 15 years.

Source: theguardian.com

14:15 World
Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega to join Manchester City

Premier League champions Manchester City are on the verge of signing Stefan Ortega from relegated Bundesliga club Arminia Bielefeld as back up for first-choice goalkeeper Ederson, according to reports Thursday. Magazine Kicker and top-selling daily Bild say the 29-year-old will join the Citizens on a free transfer as his Bielefeld contract has expired.

Source: france24.com

12:54 World
Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall to divorce after six years of marriage

The divorce would be a fourth for Media tycoon Murdoch, 91. Ms Hall, 65, was previously married to Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Representatives for Mr Murdoch and Ms Hall, who wed at a mansion in central London in 2016, are yet to comment.

Source: bbc.com

12:06 World
Tension in Iraq as cleric accuses Iran’s allies of meddling

Iraq’s Parliament is set to hold a session Thursday to vote in replacements for 73 lawmakers who resigned earlier this month. The collective walkout by followers of Iraq’s most influential Shiite politician threw Iraq into further uncertainty, deepening a months-long political crisis over government formation. It was not clear whether the extraordinary session requested by 50 members of parliament during a recess would go through.

Source: apnews.com

11:02 World
Samsung Australia fined $9.7 million over fraudulent water-resistance claims

Australia's competition regulator said on Thursday a court has ordered the local unit of Samsung Electronics to pay a penalty of A$14 million ($9.65 million) over misleading claims about a water-resistance feature in some of its smartphones. Samsung Australia admitted to misleading buyers of some of its 'Galaxy' phones about the water-resistance level, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) said.

Source: reuters.com

10:36 World
Portly python: heaviest-ever snake captured in Florida tips scales at 98 kg

A team of biologists recently hauled in the heaviest Burmese python ever captured in Florida, officials said. The discovery was part of the state’s python removal program. The female python was nearly 5 metres and had 122 developing eggs, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida said in a news release.

Source: theguardian.com

10:00 World
Diego Maradona: Medical staff face trial over star's death

Eight medical personnel are to stand trial accused of criminal negligence in the death of legendary Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona. A judge has ordered a culpable homicide trial after a medical panel found Maradona's treatment was rife with "deficiencies and irregularities". Maradona died in November 2020 of a heart attack in Buenos Aires, aged 60. He had been recovering at home from surgery on a brain blood clot earlier that month.

Source: bbc.com

18:10 World
Israeli archaeologists uncover rare early mosque in Negev

The remains of the mosque, believed to be more than 1,200 years old, were discovered during works to build a new neighbourhood in the Bedouin city of Rahat, the Israel Antiquities Authority said in a statement. The mosque located in the Negev desert contains "a square room and a wall facing the direction of Mecca", with a half-circle niche in that wall pointing to the south, the IAA said.

Source: france24.com

17:26 World
Senegal forward Sadio Mane joins Bayern Munich from Liverpool

Mane has completed his move to Germany champions Bayern Munich from Liverpool on a three-year contract. Bayern, who won a record-extending 10th straight league title last season, have reportedly agreed on a transfer worth about 40 million euros, including add-ons, for the 30-year-old, who had a year left on his Liverpool contract.

Source: aljazeera.com

16:44 World
Scientists design bionic robo-fish to remove microplastics from seas

The tiny robot-fish is programmed to remove microplastics from seas and oceans by swimming around and adsorbing them on its soft, flexible, self-healing body. The robo-fish is just 13mm long, and thanks to a light laser system in its tail, swims and flaps around at almost 30mm a second, similar to the speed at which plankton drift around in moving water.

Source: theguardian.com

15:43 World
Naomi Osaka partners with LeBron James to launch new media company

Four-time major winner Naomi Osaka is launching a new media company in partnership with NBA superstar LeBron James, the tennis star has announced. Hana Kuma, which means "flower bear" in Japanese, will produce stories that are "culturally specific but universal to all audiences," a statement read.

Source: cnn.com

14:47 World
X Factor star Tom Mann's fiancée dies on their wedding day

Former X Factor star Tom Mann says he has been left "completely broken" after his fiancee Danielle died hours before they were due to get married. Danielle Hampson, a PR executive and dancer with the likes of Take That and Little Mix, died on Saturday, he said. 34-year-old Hampson's cause of death has not been revealed.

Source: bbc.com

14:21 World
Boehly confirmed as Chelsea chairman, Granovskaia departs

Todd Boehly was Wednesday named as Chelsea's new chairman to replace Bruce Buck and will act as interim sporting director after the club confirmed the departure of Marina Granovskaia.

Source: france24.com

13:40 World
UK inflation rate hit another 40-year high in May, reaching 9.1 per cent

It's the highest rate out of the Group of Seven countries. Historical records from the Office for National Statistics show May’s inflation was the highest since March 1982 – and worse is likely to come.

Source: aljazeera.com

13:06 World
South China floods force tens of thousands to evacuate

The manufacturing hub of Guangdong suspended classes, office work and public transport amid rising waters and the threat of landslides. In the neighbouring province of Jiangxi, almost 500,000 people have seen damage to their homes and their lives uprooted. Roughly the same number have been affected in Guangdong, largely in the cities of Shaoguan, Heyuan and Meizhou.

Source: theguardian.com

12:33 World
Ukrainian drone strikes major oil refinery in Novoshakhtinsk

A fire broke out on Wednesday morning at a heat transfer unit in Russia's Novoshakhtinsk oil refinery, located in the southern Rostov region, which borders Ukraine, the local emergency service reported. No one was injured in the incident at the refinery which has an annual capacity of up to 7.5 million tonnes.

Source: reuters.com

11:25 World
Texas shooting: Robb Elementary School to be demolished - Uvalde mayor

The elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where a teenage gunman killed 19 children and two teachers last month will be demolished, the city's mayor said on Tuesday. Don McLaughlin made the claim on Tuesday at a tense and emotional council meeting with residents demanding answers over the shooting.

Source: bbc.com

10:29 World
Plane catches fire after landing at Miami International Airport

The fire broke out when landing gear inside the airplane collapsed during landing, NBC Miami reported. The Red Air flight had arrived from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, according to a spokesperson from the Miami-Dade aviation department. The plane was carrying 126 people, and three were taken to a nearby hospital for minor injuries, the Associated Press reported.

10:00 World
Singapore confirms first imported Monkeypox case

Singapore has recorded its first recent case of monkeypox in a British flight attendant who entered the country last week. Authorities on Tuesday disclosed the case, saying the 42-year-old man had flown in and out of the city state in mid-June. It marks the first recorded case of monkeypox in South-East Asia linked to a recent global outbreak More than 2,100 cases have been detected in 42 countries since May.

Source: bbc.com

18:00 World
Russian journalist's Nobel medal sold for record-shattering $103.5 million to benefit Ukrainian children

The Nobel Peace Prize auctioned off by Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov to raise money for Ukrainian child refugees sold Monday night for $103.5 million, shattering the old record for a Nobel. A spokesperson for Heritage Auctions, which handled the sale, could not confirm the identity of the buyer but said the winning bid was made by proxy. The $103.5 million sale translates to $100 million Swiss francs, hinting that the buyer is from overseas.

Source: apnews.com

17:32 World
Bangladesh, India floods kill over 100; millions in need of aid

Heavy monsoon rains in India and Bangladesh have flooded an airport and knocked down cellphone towers, bridges and power lines, cutting off communications for millions of people and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands. At least 116 people have been killed in the flooding and lightning strikes, as well as in landslides, which have made rescue operations even more difficult, according to officials.

Source: nytimes.com

16:14 World
Belgium repatriates ISIS children, mothers from

Belgium has flown back six Belgian women and their 16 children born to ISIL fighter fathers from a camp in northeastern Syria, according to officials. The airlift is the largest of its kind by Belgium to bring back the families of ISIL fighters from Syria since the fall of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group in 2019. All the children are under 12 years old.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:02 World
UK's biggest rail strike in 30 years brings nation to standstill

Tens of thousands of staff walked out in a dispute over pay and jobs that could pave the way for widespread industrial action across the economy in coming months. Some of the more than 40,000 rail workers who are due to strike on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday gathered at picket lines from dawn, leaving the network at a standstill and major stations deserted. The London Underground metro was also mostly closed due to a separate strike.

Source: reuters.com

13:44 World
My neighbor Totoro's real forest will become a nature reserve

A Japanese city is launching a crowdfunding campaign to help preserve a special spot of woodland: the forest that inspired the animator of beloved movie "My Neighbour Totoro". The city of Tokorozawa outside Tokyo plans to buy the 3.5-hectare "Totoro Forest" for 2.6 billion yen ($19 million), with crowdfunding covering just a small portion of that, a city official told AFP

12:45 World
South Korea launches domestically-developed space rocket

in the country’s second attempt, months after its earlier liftoff failed to place a payload into orbit. The three-stage Nuri rocket carrying what officials call a functioning “performance verification” satellite blasted from South Korea’s only space launch center on a small island off its southern coast at 4 p.m.

Source: apnews.com

11:43 World
Tesla ex-employees sue company over 'mass lay-off'

The lawsuit was filed late Sunday in Texas by two workers who said they were terminated from Tesla's gigafactory plant in Sparks, Nevada in June. According to the suit, more than 500 employees were terminated at the Nevada factory. The workers allege the company failed to adhere to federal laws on mass layoffs that require a 60-day notification period under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, according to the lawsuit.

Source: reuters.com

10:56 World
Mekong villagers land heaviest ever freshwater fish

A 300kg stingray caught in the Mekong river in Cambodia is the biggest freshwater fish ever documented, scientists say. It unseated the previous record-holder, a 293kg Mekong giant catfish caught in Thailand in 2005. There is no official record-keeping or database of the world's biggest freshwater fish.

Source: bbc.com

10:34 World
Taliban release five UK citizens held in Afghanistan

The detainees were released on Sunday following a series of meetings between Afghan and British officials, said Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban government, in a statement on Monday. “A number of British nationals were released, who were arrested about six months ago for violating the laws and traditions of the Afghan people,” he said.

Source: aljazeera.com

10:00 World
Bus attack by Islamic State kills 13 in northern Syria

Eleven government soldiers and two civilians were killed in an attack on a bus in northern Syria on Monday, the defence ministry said, and the Islamic State militant group later claimed responsibiliy for the action. Syrian state news agency SANA said the attack took place in the Jabal al-Bishri region of Raqqa province. Three soldiers were wounded. 

Source: reuters.com

18:06 World
Greece subsidizes new refrigerators, air conditioners to reduce energy bills

Greece will offer households subsidies to help them replace their old fridges and air conditioners and cut down on soaring power bills, the government said on Monday. Like many other EU countries, Greece has been gripped by soaring energy costs, a trend which has been exacerbated following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its cutting of gas flows to several countries in Europe.

Source: reuters.com

17:16 World
Boris Johnson recovering following minor nose surgery

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had an operation on his sinuses under general anaesthetic on Monday, his office said. Johnson’s spokesman, Max Blain, said the prime minister was back at his 10 Downing Street home and resting after the “routine” procedure.

Source: apnews.com

16:17 World
Israel building regional air defense alliance under U.S.

Israel is building a "Middle East Air Defence Alliance" under the leadership of the United States, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said on Monday, adding that the apparatus has already foiled attempted Iranian attacks. The remarks, which appeared in an official transcript of a briefing Gantz gave parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, did not name any other partners in the alliance.

Source: arabnews.com

14:59 World
Huge wildfire has ravaged about 30,000 hectares in Spain

The fire, which broke out last week during the country's worst mid-June heatwave in over 40 years, would be the largest in terms of surface area damage over the past two decades if estimates are confirmed, according to Environment Ministry data.

Source: reuters.com

13:51 World
North Korea reports thousands more fever cases amid COVID-19 outbreak

18,820 more cases of fever and no new deaths are reported amid North Korea’s first official COVID-19 outbreak, state media said on Monday, as authorities continue to insist infections in the impoverished country are being brought under control. The country has reported more than 4.6 million cases of fever during its first official outbreak, but authorities have not revealed how many of those patients tested positive for the coronavirus.

Source: aljazeera.com

13:10 World
A floating city is being built in the Indian Ocean

In a turquoise lagoon, just 10 minutes by boat from Male, the Maldivian capital, a floating city, big enough to house 20,000 people, is being constructed. The first units will be unveiled this month, with residents starting to move in early 2024, and the whole city is due to be completed by 2027.

Source: cnn.com

12:07 Region
Iran hangs extremist convicted of killing clerics in April attack

Iran on Monday hanged a Sunni extremist who was sentenced to death for killing two Shiite clerics and wounding another in early April, the judiciary said. A 21-year-old national of Uzbek origin carried out the April 5 stabbing attack at the Imam Reza shrine which honours one of the most revered figures in Shiite Islam.

Source: france24.com

11:26 World
Dozens killed and millions stranded by India and Bangladesh floods

At least 59 people are known to have died in lightning strikes and landslides triggered by severe monsoon storms in India and Bangladesh. Millions of people have been stranded while emergency workers have struggled to reach those affected. Forecasters are warning that the flooding is expected to get worse over the next few days.

Source: bbc.com

10:46 World
Germany turns to coal as Russia cuts gas supplies

Germany must reduce natural gas consumption and increase the burning of coal in order to help fill gas storage facilities for next winter, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck announced Sunday as the country moves away from reduced Russian gas supplies.

Source: cnn.com

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