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14:06 19/01/2022

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19:20 World
Home that inspired horror movie sold for more than $1.5M

The Rhode Island farmhouse where the paranormal happenings that inspired the 2013 horror movie “The Conjuring” occurred has been sold to a Boston developer who plans to keep it open to the public. The 18th century home in Burrillville sold for $1.525 million on Thursday, far higher than the $1.2 million asking price. “This purchase is personal for me,” buyer Jacqueline Nuñez, owner of WonderGroup LLC told The Boston Globe. “It’s not a real-estate development. It’s around my own beliefs.”

Source: apnews.com

18:34 World
Ibrahimovic intends to continue playing, says Maldini

Zlatan Ibrahimovic intends to continue playing despite the end of his contract with AC Milan and a lengthy layoff in store following knee surgery, club director Paolo Maldini said Friday. "From what I understand, his intention is to continue," Maldini told Gazzetta dello Sport, two days after the striker, who turns 41 in October, underwent surgery that is expected to sideline him for eight months.

Source: france24.com

17:40 World
Geetanjali Shree is first Indian winner of International Booker Prize

Geetanjali Shree has become the first Indian writer to win the International Booker Prize. Her novel Tomb of Sand, a family saga set in the shadow of the partition of India, follows an 80-year-old woman after the death of her husband. It was the first Hindi-language book to be shortlisted for the £50,000 prize.

Source: bbc.com

16:12 Region
Iran lodges protest over ship seized in Greek waters

Iranian state media reported Friday that Tehran has demanded the release of a ship seized by Greek authorities in their waters allegedly under pressure by Washington last month. The foreign ministry summoned the Swiss envoy, who represents the United States in Tehran as they have no embassy there, to lodge a diplomatic protest over the incident. Greek media has described the ship as a tanker carrying Iranian crude oil in breach of international sanctions. Iran called the move a “violation of international maritime law and international conventions” in its protest, the IRNA news agency reported.

Source: apnews.com

15:21 World
Iraq passes law to criminalise relations with Israel

Iraq’s parliament has passed a law that makes it a crime to normalise ties with Israel, and violations of the law can be punishable with a death sentence or life imprisonment. The law, titled “Criminalising Normalisation and Establishment of Relations with the Zionist Entity”, was approved on Thursday with 275 legislators voting in favour of it in Iraq’s 329-seat assembly.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:29 World
Justin Timberlake sells song catalogue to Hipgnosis

Justin Timberlake has sold the rights to his songs including hits such as "Cry Me A River" and "Rock Your Body" to Hipgnosis Song Management, the latest pop star to cash in on his body of work in the red-hot market for music streaming. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although a report by the Wall Street Journal said the transaction was valued at just above $100 million.

Source: reuters.com

13:44 World
China and Russia veto new sanctions on N. Korea

A U.S.-led push to impose more United Nations sanctions on North Korea was vetoed by China and Russia on Thursday. The veto publicly split the U.N. Security Council for the first time since it started punishing Pyongyang in 2006. Eve Johnson reports.

Source: reuters.com

12:32 World
Ancient DNA reveals secrets of Pompeii victims

Researchers studying human remains from Pompeii have extracted genetic secrets from the bones of a man and a woman who were buried when the Roman city was engulfed in volcanic ash. This first "Pompeian human genome" is an almost complete set of "genetic instructions" from the victims, encoded in DNA extracted from their bones. Ancient DNA was preserved in bodies that were encased in time-hardened ash. The findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports.

Source: bbc.com

11:42 World
Zsa Zsa Gabor museum opens in Budapest

A museum dedicated to the glamourous Hungarian-born actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, who died in 2016, was opened in Budapest on Thursday by her widower Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt. The permanent exhibition, located in the Origo film studio on the outskirts of the capital, celebrates Gabor's flamboyant Hollywood lifestyle and personality.

Source: france24.com

11:03 World
K-pop band BTS and Biden to meet to discuss Asian inclusion

The Grammy-nominated South Korean boy band, will join President Joe Biden next week to talk about “Asian inclusion and representation” and to address hate crimes and discrimination against Asians, the White House announced Thursday. The musical group’s White House visit next Tuesday follows Biden’s trip last week to South Korea, a U.S. ally. Biden has been outspoken about being committed to combating a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes. Last year, the Democratic president signed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act into law.

Source: apnews.com

10:26 World
Aston Villa to sign Sevilla defender Diego Carlos

Aston Villa have agreed to sign Brazilian defender Diego Carlos from Sevilla in a reported £26 million ($32 million) deal. Carlos is set to travel to England for a medical before agreeing personal terms with the Premier League club. The 29-year-old centre-back played 136 matches for Sevilla, helping them win the 2020 Europa League.

Source: france24.com

10:00 World
Ray Liotta, 'Goodfellas' star, dead at 67

Ray Liotta, the actor known for his roles in "Field of Dreams" and the Martin Scorsese mob classic "Goodfellas," has died. He was 67. "Ray was working on a project in the Dominican Republic called 'Dangerous Waters' when he passed. He passed in his sleep. He is survived by his daughter, Karsen and his fiancée, Jacy Nittolo," his publicist Jennifer Allen told CNN.
 

18:00 World
Bob Dylan rerecords Blowin’ in the Wind for Christie’s auction

Bob Dylan has rerecorded his classic protest song Blowin’ in the Wind for the first time since it was tracked in July 1962. The new version is the debut release for Ionic Original, a new analogue format developed by Dylan’s long-term collaborator T Bone Burnett. It is also highly exclusive: Ionic will produce one-of-a-kind aluminium discs painted with lacquer that features “a spiral etched into it by music”. Only one copy of the Dylan recording will be released, and is set to be auctioned by Christie’s in London on 7 July. It is expected to sell for between £600,000 and £1m.

Source: theguardian.com

17:13 World
Louvre ex-director charged in art trafficking case

A former director of the Louvre Museum in Paris has been charged with conspiring to hide the origin of archaeological treasures that investigators suspect were smuggled out of Egypt in the chaos of the Arab Spring, a French judicial source said Thursday. Jean-Luc Martinez was charged Wednesday after being taken in for questioning along with two French specialists in Egyptian art, who were not charged, another source close to the inquiry told AFP.

Source: france24.com

16:05 World
French Open: No. 3 Badosa into 3rd round in Paris

Paola Badosa has become the first woman seeded in the top 10 to reach the third round at Roland Garros this year. Badosa went down a break to open the third set of her match against 68th-ranked Kaja Juvan before regrouping to grab four games in a row and was on her way to a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 victory at Court Suzanne Lenglen that took more than two hours. Badosa’s best showing at a Grand Slam tournament was a quarterfinal appearance at the 2021 French Open. She will face No. 29 Veronika Kudermetova next.

Source: apnews.com

15:11 World
Two more Conservatives pull support from UK PM over 'partygate'

Two lawmakers from Britain's governing Conservative Party pulled their support for Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday over a damning report that detailed a series of alcohol-fuelled lockdown-breaking parties at his 10 Downing Street office. Their voices add to a growing list of Conservative lawmakers who have called for Johnson to resign over what has been dubbed 'partygate', despite the prime minister's repeated apologies.

Source: reuters.com

14:30 Region
Death toll from Iran tower block collapse rises to 18

The death toll from the collapse of a tower block in southwestern Iran rose to 18, state media reported on Thursday, making it the country's deadliest such disaster in years. A large section of the 10-storey Metropol building that was under construction in the city of Abadan, Khuzestan province, crashed to the ground on Monday, with initially dozens feared trapped.

Source: france24.com

13:39 Region
Iran TV says accident at military complex kills engineer

An unexplained incident struck a major Iranian military and weapons development base east of Tehran, the country’s state TV reported on Thursday, killing an engineer and injuring another employee. Iran’s Defense Ministry said the “accident” occurred on Wednesday afternoon at a research center at the Parchin military complex. It did not elaborate on the cause of the accident or provide any further details, but said that an investigation was underway. It identified the engineer who died as Ehsun Ghadbeigi.

Source: apnews.com

12:31 World
Ellen DeGeneres ends pioneering talk show under cloud

For nearly two decades, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and its host have beamed into homes across America, busting stereotypes and charming daytime TV audiences with a feel-good blend of quirky comedy and celebrity cameos. But after more than 3,000 episodes, a talk show that came to rival even Oprah Winfrey's in terms of its cultural impact departs Thursday under a cloud, after allegations of a toxic workplace at stark odds with its "be kind" mantra.

Source: france24.com

12:02 World
Two years after Floyd, Biden signs police reform executive order

US President Joe Biden has signed an executive order that aims to advance “effective, accountable policing” in the United States and strengthen public safety, as the nation marks the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Wednesday’s order directs a revision of use-of-force policies for 100,000 federal law enforcement officers, creates a national registry of police misconduct and limits the resale of US military equipment to state and local police departments, among other measures.

Source: aljazeera.com

11:20 World
A terrified mum fears she'll need both her legs amputated after being bitten by a gnat

Jorja Austin, 40, was bitten by a tiny insect on her right leg while mowing the lawn - and now her kids have been taken into care because of her condition. Now doctors have said the former admin assistant may need both legs amputated after suffering a life-threatening bout of sepsis. Jorja was bitten by a gnat in 2009 while cutting the grass at her home in Basildon, Essex. Despite being just a "pinhole" size, the bite never healed and two years later Jorja was diagnosed with pyoderma gangrenosum, a rare skin condition that causes excruciating ulcers.

Source: thesun.co.uk

10:35 World
Venezuelan man, crowned world's oldest, marks 113th birthday Friday

Venezuelan Juan Vicente Perez Mora, declared the oldest person in the world by Guinness World Records last week, will hit 113 years old on Friday. Perez Mora, who enjoys good health and a cup of strong aguardiente liquor every day, has 41 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren, Guinness said in a press release. Apart from slightly elevated blood pressure and hearing problems due to his age, Perez Mora is in very good health and does not take medication.

Source: reuters.com

10:00 World
11 babies killed in Senegal hospital fire

Eleven newborn babies died in a hospital fire in the western Senegalese city of Tivaouane, the president of the country said late Wednesday. Just before midnight in Senegal, Macky Sall announced on Twitter that 11 infants had died in the blaze.

Source: france24.com

18:44 World
India, the world's largest producer of sugar, is restricting exports

India has decided to restrict the sale of sugar on international markets, just days after it banned wheat exports. In a statement on Wednesday, the Indian government said it will limit sugar exports to 10 million tons for the marketing season that runs through September to keep prices in check. Sellers have also been asked to seek "specific permission" from authorities for any export of sugar between June 1 and October 31.

Source: cnn.com

18:00 World
Neymar wants to stay at PSG despite rumours over his future

Neymar says he would like to stay at French champions Paris Saint-Germain despite rarely justifying his world record fee of 222 million euros ($236 million) and amid rumours the club would like him to leave. The 30-year-old Brazilian signed an extension to his contract last year taking him up to 2025. However, another disappointing season blighted by injury has placed question marks over his future at the Qatari-owned club.

Source: france24.com

17:03 World
Aerosmith cancel gigs as singer Steven Tyler goes into rehab

Rock band Aerosmith have cancelled part of their forthcoming Las Vegas residency after frontman Steven Tyler checked himself into rehab. The star, who had been sober for more than a decade, relapsed after taking pain medication for foot surgery. The 74-year-old "voluntarily entered a treatment program to concentrate on his health and recovery", his bandmates said in a statement. Aerosmith had been due to start their Deuces Are Wild shows on 17 June.

Source: bbc.com

15:48 World
Five Turkish soldiers killed in northern Iraq

Five Turkish soldiers fighting Kurdish fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq have been killed, the Turkish defence ministry has said in a statement. Another two soldiers were wounded during clashes that occurred on Tuesday near Iraq’s border with Turkey, the statement added.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:47 World
75 people missing, one dead, after migrant boat sinks off Tunisia

Seventy five people were missing after a crowded boat of migrants sank off Tunisia on Wednesday, the International Organization for Migration said and a security official said, as the numbers risking the dangerous crossing to Europe increase. The IOM said 24 people had been rescued from the boat, which departed from the beaches of Zawara in Libya and sank off the coast of Sfax. A Tunisian security official told Reuters that the coastguard had recovered a body as they continue to search for 75 others who were missing.
 

13:42 World
Europa Conference League final: Police injured as Roma and Feyenoord fans clash in Albania

Ten police officers were injured as supporters clashed in the build-up to the Europa Conference League final. Italian club Roma take on Dutch side Feyenoord in Albania's capital Tirana on Wednesday. Fans wielded glass bottles, sticks, stones and other objects as local police tried to break up trouble on Tuesday. "Police have taken 60 people from both fan groups, 48 Italians and 12 Dutch, to the station," the police said.

Source: bbc.com

12:53 World
Male domestic violence survivors say they feel the Depp-Heard trial is a turning point

As the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation case nears its conclusion, some men who say they have experienced domestic violence pinpointed a defining moment in the trial that, for them, felt pivotal in changing what it means to be a male survivor. “When I initially heard [about the case], I was a little shocked. I was like, ‘Wow. Who would’ve thought this could happen to Johnny Depp?’” recalled Tony Enos, a Philadelphia pop singer who said he survived domestic violence.

Source: nbcnews.com

12:20 World
Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in West Bank clashes, Palestinian health ministry says

A 16-year-old Palestinian shot in the head by Israeli forces died early on Wednesday after clashes in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the Palestinian health ministry said. The ministry identified the teen as Gaith Yamin. It said Israeli forces shot him near Joseph's Tomb, a flashpoint site. The Israeli military said on Twitter that it responded with live fire to hundreds of Palestinians who hurled rocks and petrol bombs at soldiers during a visit by Jewish worshippers to Joseph's Tomb on Tuesday night.

Source: reuters.com

11:48 World
North Korea fires three ballistic missiles, Seoul military says

North Korea fired three ballistic missiles towards the Sea of Japan early Wednesday, Seoul's military said, just one day after President Joe Biden wrapped up his first Asia visit as US leader. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that it had "detected at around 06:00, 06:37 and 06:42 the firings of ballistic missiles launched from Sunan area."

Source: france24.com

11:10 World
Gunman kills 19 children in Texas school rampage

An 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at a Texas elementary school, killing at least 19 children as he went from classroom to classroom, officials said, in the deadliest school shooting in nearly a decade and the latest gruesome moment for a country scarred by a string of massacres. The attacker was killed by law enforcement. The death toll also included two adults, authorities said. Gov. Greg Abbott said one of the two was a teacher.

Source: apnews.com

10:33 World
World's shortest teenager - just 73.43cm at the age of 18 - is recognised by Guinness World Records in Nepal

The world's shortest teenager has been crowned in Kathmandu, Nepal as he arrived to collect his award from Guinness World Records. Dor Bahadur Khapangi, who measures just 73.43cm, was carried by a relative to the location in the Nepalese capital. The official certificate names Khapangi as the 'shortest teenager living (male)' on 23 March.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

10:00 World
21 killed in latest police raid on Rio favela

An anti-crime operation in a Rio de Janeiro slum left 21 people dead Tuesday, officials said, a year after the bloodiest-ever favela raid in the city's history. Military police said they came under gunfire as they approached the northern Rio slum called Vila Cruzeiro in the early morning hours with the mission of locating and arresting "criminal leaders." Police said at least 11 of the dead were "suspects."

Source: france24.com

22:52 World
Boat carrying Rohingya fleeing Myanmar capsizes, killing 16

At least 16 people from Myanmar’s Rohingya minority have died after a storm capsized the boat they were traveling on to seek refuge in another country, officials and a recovery team member said Tuesday. There were 35 survivors of the accident that took place Saturday off Myanmar’s southwestern coast and four people were missing, the officials said. The boat left the western state of Rakhine last Thursday and encountered bad weather two days later off Ayeyarwaddy Region on Myanmar’s southwestern coast, causing it to capsize, the statement said.

Source: apnews.com

16:45 World
World's fastest passenger jet goes supersonic in tests

The race to resume supersonic passenger flights nearly two decades after the retirement of Concorde was offered a glimmer of excitement on Monday when plane manufacturer Bombardier revealed high speed achievements while confirming the launch of its new business jet. The Canadian company said the in-development Global 8000 will be "the world's fastest and longest-range purpose-built business jet." With a capacity for up to 19 passengers, a range of 14,800 kilometers and a top speed of Mach 0.94, the upcoming plane is expected to enter service in 2025, according to a statement from Bombardier.

Source: cnn.com

16:23 World
French Open: Second seed Daniil Medvedev begins with comfortable win at Roland Garros

World number two Daniil Medvedev booked his place in the French Open second round with a comfortable straight-set win over Argentine Facundo Bagnis. US Open champion Medvedev, 26, won 6-2 6-2 6-2 against Bagnis, ranked 103rd. The Russian former world number one reached his first quarter-final at Roland Garros last year - having lost in the first round in each of his four previous appearances in Paris.

Source: bbc.com

15:54 Region
Two pilots dead after fighter jet crash in Iran’s Isfahan

Two pilots have died after their fighter jet crashed during a training run in Iran’s Isfahan province. State media confirmed on Tuesday that an F-7 aircraft crashed in Anarak, approximately 200 kilometres east of the city of Isfahan, killing both pilots. Mohammad Reza Jannesari, a security official from the province, told the semi-official Tasnim news website that the aircraft, which belonged to the army, went down at about 8:10am local time. “This fighter jet faced technical issues during the training operation and crashed,” he said.

Source: aljazeera.com

15:12 World
Several injured in train, bus collision in southern Germany

A train collided with a bus and derailed at a railroad crossing in southern Germany on Tuesday, police said. Several people were injured, some of them severely. The train struck the bus, which was carrying no passengers, at Blaustein, near the city of Ulm, German news agency dpa reported. The bus driver was thrown from the vehicle and severely injured. The driver and two passengers on the train were also seriously injured and several other passengers were slightly injured. Police said a total of 74 passengers were on the train.

Source: apnews.com

14:30 World
Argentine president pays 'fine' for birthday dinner during Covid lockdown

Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez and the first lady on Monday paid a fine of three million pesos (about $24,000), in the form of a charitable donation, in return for legal proceedings against them being dropped over a birthday dinner during the pandemic lockdown that caused a scandal.

Source: france24.com

13:41 Region
Erdogan says Turkey to launch military operations on its southern borders

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Ankara would soon launch new military operations along its southern borders to create 30-km deep safe zones to combat terrorist threats from these regions. The operation will likely target north of Syria, where Turkey has launched several military operations since 2016 to undermine the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG), an armed Syrian offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

Source: reuters.com

13:17 World
Kate Moss expected to be called by Johnny Depp's legal team as a witness

Kate Moss, who dated Johnny Depp in the 1990s, is expected to be called to testify as a rebuttal witness by his legal team in the ongoing trial between Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard, a source close to Depp tells CNN. A source close to Depp confirmed that Moss and Depp remain close to this day. Depp has sued Heard for $50 million alleging that a 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post defamed him, alleging the piece -- which did not mention him by name -- falsely painted him as an abuser.

 

12:30 World
Nadal cruises into French Open second round

Rafael Nadal began his pursuit of a record-extending 14th French Open title with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Australian world number 82 Jordan Thompson on Monday. Fifth seed Nadal, who could meet reigning champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals, improved his Roland Garros record to 106 wins and just three losses since his 2005 title-winning debut.

Source: france24.com

12:26 Armenia
Taguhi Tovmasyan held a meeting in the Parliament

''I recently hold a meeting in the National Assembly with Lila Pieters Yahia, the Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia and Vladimir Shkolnikov, the Senior Human Rights Advisor of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for the South Caucasus. The meeting was significant, especially in the light of recent events. Issues of mutual interest and human rights violations discussed, ''- Chair of the RA NA Standing Committee on Protection of Human Rights and Public Affairs Taguhi Tovmasyan said on her social media page.
 

11:06 World
Turkey’s Erdogan says he will no longer talk to Greek PM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday he would cease talking to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and cancel a key meeting between their two governments, accusing the Greek leader of antagonizing Turkey. In a televised address following a Cabinet meeting, Erdogan accused neighboring Greece of harboring followers of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey says was behind a 2016 failed coup attempt, and of establishing military bases against Turkey.

Source: apnews.com

10:38 World
Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger's second child has arrived

The "Guardians of the Galaxy" actor and his author wife took to their respective Instagram accounts on Sunday night to share that they had welcomed a baby girl on Saturday. "We are so excited to announce the birth of our second daughter, Eloise Christina Schwarzenegger Pratt. Mama and baby are doing well," the caption read.

Source: cnn.com

10:00 World
Denmark, Scotland detect first monkeypox virus cases

Denmark has registered its first incidence of infection with monkeypox in an adult male who had returned from a trip to Spain, according to the Danish health ministry. The man is currently in isolation and authorities are in touch with any close contacts, the ministry said. Also on Monday, Scotland announced its first case of monkeypox. In the rest of the United Kingdom, England currently has 20 confirmed cases, according to its latest update on Friday.

Source: aljazeera.com

18:00 World
Security guard killed in Qatar Embassy in Paris

The killing of a guard at the Qatar Embassy in Paris in the early hours of Monday was a "heinous and unjustified" crime, the embassy said, as French prosecutors opened an investigation. The incident did not appear to have any links to terrorism, a source close to the probe said. The incident took place at around 06:30, the source said, adding that the suspect had entered the embassy and had a row with the security guard, who died after being punched.

Source: reuters.com

17:19 World
Nearly 8,000-year-old skull found in Minnesota River

A partial skull that was discovered last summer by two kayakers in Minnesota will be returned to Native American officials after investigations determined it was about 8,000 years old. The kayakers found the skull in the drought-depleted Minnesota River about 180 kilometers west of Minneapolis, Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable said. Thinking it might be related to a missing person case or murder, Hable turned the skull over to a medical examiner and eventually to the FBI, where a forensic anthropologist used carbon dating to determine it was likely the skull of a young man who lived between 5500 and 6000 B.C..

Source: apnews.com

16:57 World
South Korea's new leader says age of appeasing North Korea is over

The age of appeasing North Korea is over and any new talks between Seoul and Pyongyang must be initiated by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's new conservative President Yoon Suk Yeol said on Monday. Speaking exclusively to CNN in his first media interview since taking office two weeks ago, Yoon said: "I think the ball is in Chairman Kim's court -- it is his choice to start a dialogue with us."
 

15:44 World
Horror moment zoo keeper has finger ripped off by lion after sticking his hand into cage

A zoo keeper ended up getting his finger ripped off by a lion as the beast attacked him in front of terrified visitors. Video shows the moment the man at Jamaica Zoo is left screaming after sticking his hand into the beast's cage.  "When it happened, I thought it was a joke. I didn’t realise the seriousness of it because it’s their job to put on a show," one witness told The Jamaica Observer. “Obviously, when he fell on the ground everybody realised that it was serious. Everybody started to panic."

Source: thesun.co.uk

14:40 World
At least seven dead after blaze on Philippine passenger ferry

The ship caught fire on Monday just before reaching the port of Real in Quezon province, about 60km east of the capital Manila. It had left Polilio Island at 5am local time and made a distress call at 6:30am. Five women and two men died, 120 passengers rescued, 23 of them treated for injuries, the coast guard said.

Source: aljazeera.com

14:20 World
Floods in Bangladesh and India affect millions

Days of flooding and landslides in parts of Bangladesh and eastern India, have affected millions of people and left more than 50 people dead. Bangladesh's north-east region has seen some of the worst flooding for nearly two decades. The two countries are prone to flooding and experts say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of events like this around the world.

Source: bbc.com

13:06 Region
Iran IRGC Quds Force officer assassinated in Tehran: State media

Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says one of its officers has been assassinated in the capital Tehran by gunmen riding on two motorcycles, according to the state news agency IRNA. The IRGC issued a statement on Sunday saying Hassan Sayyad Khodayari was assassinated by enemies of the revolution. He said that Khodayari was a member of the Quds Force (which is responsible for the IRGC’s foreign operations) and that he served in Syria in past years.

Source: aljazeera.com

12:28 World
Kylian Mbappé agrees to three-year contract extension with Paris Saint-Germain, snubbing Real Madrid

French superstar Kylian Mbappé has decided to stay at Paris Saint-Germain rather than join Real Madrid, ending one of football's biggest transfer sagas. With Mbappé's contract at the French giants running out at the end of the season, the 23-year-old's next destination had been uncertain for months: Would he choose to stay at PSG or move to Madrid, the club he fell in love with as a kid? But after months of speculation, Mbappé announced he would continue playing for the Parisian club, signing a three-year contract extension until 2025.

Source: cnn.com

12:07 World
Canada storms: Nearly a million homes lose power in high winds

Nearly 900,000 homes in southern Canada were left without power on Saturday after a severe storm hit the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Four people were killed by falling trees and a woman died when a boat capsized in the Ottawa River. Wind gusts reached 132km/h during the storm, according to Environment Canada. Power company Hydro One, which covers Ontario, said it would take several days to reconnect every home.

Source: bbc.com

11:06 World
AC Milan win first Serie A title since 2011

AC Milan won their first Serie A title in 11 years on Sunday after beating Sassuolo 3-0 in Reggio Emilia to snatch the crown from local rivals Inter Milan. Needing just a point to claim the Scudetto Milan swept their hosts aside thanks to an Olivier Giroud brace and another from Franck Kessie in the first half in front of an army of away fans at the Mapei Stadium. Stefano Pioli's Milan finished two points ahead of Inter, who beat Sampdoria 3-0 at the San Siro.

Source: france24.com

10:34 World
Monkeypox detected in three more countries

Israel, Switzerland and Austria are the latest countries to confirm cases of monkeypox, bringing the total number of nations reporting outbreaks to 15. Israel and Switzerland both said they identified one infected person who had recently travelled abroad. Israel is investigating other suspected cases. Monkeypox does not tend to spread easily between people and the illness is usually mild.

Source: bbc.com

10:00 World
Man City retain Premier League title with dramatic late comeback

Manchester City retained the Premier League title in the most dramatic of fashion as they hauled themselves back from 2-0 down to beat Aston Villa 3-2 with three goals in the final 15 minutes on Sunday.

Source: france24.com

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