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17:48 07/05/2021
German call to ban 'Jewish star' at Covid demos

Germany's anti-Semitism commissioner, Felix Klein, has urged authorities to stop protesters using the Nazis' yellow star forced on Jews in World War Two. Some protesters have replaced the word "Jude" (Jew) with the phrase "ungeimpft" (unvaccinated), equating Covid restrictions with the persecution of Europe's Jewish population. The yellow Star of David has also been seen in protests in London. Mr Klein said he hoped German cities would follow Munich in banning it.

Source: bbc.com

17:00 07/05/2021
The world's highest infinity pool has opened in Dubai

There are few feelings as liberating as swimming in the open air, below blue skies that stretch all the way to horizon -- and now in Dubai you can do it nearly 1,000 feet above sea level. Named in March as the world's tallest infinity pool inside a building, the rooftop bathing spot at the newly opened Address Beach Resort is a vertiginous 293.906 meters high. That's about nine-tenths as tall as the Eiffel Tower.

Source: cnn.com

15:48 07/05/2021
Australia to resume India repatriation flights after backlash

Australia will resume repatriation flights for some citizens in India after a controversial ban on arrivals from the country ends on 15 May. The ban sparked further anger after the government said Australians seeking to fly home could face jail or fines. Mr Morrison later played down this threat. On Friday, he said they would begin by bringing back "vulnerable" citizens. About 900 Australians are registered with the government in this group. More than 9,000 Australians are in India in total.

Source: bbc.com

15:18 07/05/2021
Sixth-grade girl injures three people after opening fire with handgun

Three people have been shot after a young girl brought a gun to her school and opened fire. The girl was in a school hallway on Thursday morning when she pulled a handgun from her backpack and fired multiple rounds at Rigby Middle School in Idaho. Two people were hit inside before she went outside and injured a third. The student - who in sixth-grade and aged 11 or 12 - was disarmed by a teacher who held her until police arrived.

Source: news.sky.com

 

14:16 07/05/2021
California earthquake rattles Lake Tahoe area

A magnitude-4.7 earthquake rattled Northern California near Lake Tahoe and Reno, Nevada, Thursday evening, according to the U.S. Geographical Survey. The quake's epicenter was said to be northwest of Truckee, and the temblor was felt as far away as Sacramento. It hit around 9:35 p.m., preceded by a magnitude 3.2 temblor and followed by a 3.1 aftershock a few miles away near Sierraville. There were no immediate reports of major damage

Source: foxnews.com

13:54 07/05/2021
Colombia enters second week of violent unrest as police crack down on protests

Colombia has entered its second week of violent unrest as riot police continued a brutal crackdown on nationwide protests against poverty and inequality exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 37 people have died in the protests so far according to Temblores, a local NGO that monitors police violence, though that number is expected to rise, with at least 89 people reported missing since protests began on 28 April. Fresh clashes broke out on Wednesday night in Bogotá and other cities across the country as heavily armoured police unleashed their arsenal of flash-bangs, teargas and water cannons on protesters.

Source: theguardian.com

12:46 07/05/2021
At least 25 killed in Rio de Janeiro shootout

At least 25 people including a police officer have been killed in a shootout in Rio de Janeiro, according to local media. The shootout took place during a police operation in a favela in the Jacarezinho area of the city. Police launched the operation after receiving reports that drug traffickers were recruiting children for their gang. Two passengers on a metro train were hit by bullets but survived. Police in the Brazilian city confirmed the death of one of their officers.

Source: bbc.com

12:10 07/05/2021
Morocco recalls its ambassador to Berlin over Western Sahara

Morocco recalled its ambassador to Berlin for consultations on Thursday in protest at what it described as Germany's "destructive attitude" towards Rabat's position on the Western Sahara issue. It accused Germany of engaging in "antagonistic activism" after the United States in December recognised Moroccan sovereignty over the territory, which is also claimed as an independent state by the Algeria-backed Polisario Front movement.

Source: reuters.com

11:42 07/05/2021
Coldplay's new single is out of this world (quite literally)

Coldplay has unveiled the first single from its upcoming album, with the premiere of Higher Power taking place on board the International Space Station. Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion teamed up with French astronaut Thomas Pesquet for the stunt, which saw the track played on the ISS and beamed back to Earth by satellite.

Source: news.sky.com

11:06 07/05/2021
US weighs unfreezing $1 billion in Iranian funds

The Biden administration is weighing unfreezing $1 billion in Iranian funds that the country could use for humanitarian relief, amid the negotiations for the US to reenter the 2015 nuclear deal and bring Iran back into compliance with its terms.

Source: cnn.com

10:32 07/05/2021
Paul McCartney gets own set of Royal Mail stamps

Paul McCartney has numerous hits, awards and even a knighthood to his name. Now the former Beatle can add a personalised set of stamps to his long list of accolades. Britain's Royal Mail (RMG.L) said on Thursday it will issue a set of 12 stamps depicting McCartney and his work, saying it was paying tribute to "one of the most iconic and enduring music artists of all time".

Source: reuters.com

10:03 07/05/2021
Pint-sized Mongolian menace shows dinosaurs loved the nightlife, too

Under the cover of darkness in desert habitats about 70 million years ago, in what is today Mongolia and northern China, a gangly looking dinosaur employed excellent night vision and superb hearing to thrive as a menacing pint-sized nocturnal predator. Scientists said on Thursday an examination of a ring of bones surrounding the pupil and a bony tube inside the skull that houses the hearing organ showed that this dinosaur, called Shuvuuia deserti, boasted visual and auditory capabilities akin to a barn owl, indicating it could it hunt in total darkness.

Source: reuters.com

18:00 06/05/2021
Giant sequoia found still smoldering after 2020 California wildfire

Scientists have discovered a giant sequoia still smoldering in California’s Sequoia national forest, months after wildfires tore through the region last August. Charred tree – which may be thousands of years old – looks like chimney spouting smoke in national forest.

Source: theguardian.com

17:35 06/05/2021
Two US students who butchered newlywed Italian policeman with a seven-inch Rambo knife are jailed for life in Rome

Finnegan Lee Elder, 21, and Gabriel Natale Hjorth, 20, must serve Italy’s stiffest sentence of at least 21 years behind bars for killing Italian cop Mario Cerciello Rega in 2019. Elder had admitted to stabbing Rega 11 times in the attack on July 26, 2019, but argued he acted in self-defence, believing the cop was a thug. His friend Natale-Hjorth, then 18, was convicted of helping him conceal the weapon after the pair hid the seven-inch Rambo knife in a concealed panel in their hotel room. Under Italian law, accomplices can also be charged with murder.

Source: thesun.co.uk

16:36 06/05/2021
ICC sentences Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army leader to 25 years

The international criminal court has sentenced a former militia leader and child soldier from Uganda to 25 years in prison after he was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a landmark judgment. The presiding judge, Bertram Schmitt, said the panel of judges had considered sentencing Dominic Ongwen to life imprisonment, the court’s harshest punishment, but had sided against it due to the defendant’s own personal suffering.

Source: theguardian.com

15:38 06/05/2021
Ancient child grave was Africa's earliest funeral

A glimpse of human grief, at the loss of a child 78,000 years ago, has been revealed in the discovery of the oldest burial site in Africa. The Middle Stone Age grave - of a three-year-old child - was found in a cave in Kenya. The researchers who studied the fragile, ancient remains described how its head appeared to have been laid on a pillow. Scientists have named the child Mtoto, meaning "the kid" in Swahili.

Source: bbc.com

14:52 06/05/2021
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge: William and Kate launch their own YouTube channel

The 25-second clip, posted on their social media channels on Wednesday opens with the couple relaxing on a sofa at home in Norfolk. William quips "Be careful what you say now because these guys are filming everything", and a laughing Kate replies "I know".

Source: news.sky.com

13:57 06/05/2021
Anti-Olympic petition gains tens of thousands of signatures

An online petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be canceled has gained tens of thousands of signatures since being launched in Japan only days ago. The rollout of the petition comes with Tokyo, Osaka and several other areas under a state of emergency with coronavirus infections rising — particularly new variants. The state of emergency is to expire on May 11, but some reports in Japan say it is likely to be extended. The postponed Olympics are to open in just under three months on July 23.

Source: apnews.com

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