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16:39 31/05/2022
North Carolina man who won $10M lottery prize gets life in prison

A North Carolina man who won a $10 million lottery prize in 2017 has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the 2020 fatal shooting of his girlfriend. The News & Observer reports that Michael Todd Hill, 54, of Leland, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced Friday in the killing of 23-year-old Keonna Graham of Navassa. Graham was reported missing on July 20, 2020. Hill won $10 million from a scratch-off ticket in August 2017.


15:55 31/05/2022
Europe court condemns Turkey over Amnesty activist's 'unlawful' detention

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday condemned Turkey over the arrest in 2017 of the head of the Turkish branch of rights group Amnesty International, ruling his detention was unlawful. The court said there was no indication an offence had been committed. Taner Kilic was detained in June 2017 on charges of links to US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey accuses of staging a failed coup in 2016 against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


15:16 31/05/2022
Hepatitis A outbreak in the US, Canada: What we know so far

The United States and Canada have reported an outbreak of hepatitis A, which is likely to have spread due to contaminated organic strawberries. The strawberries, which were distributed nationwide, were sold under the brand name FreshKampo or HEB between March 5 and April 25, the US Food and Drug Administration said in a statement late on Saturday.


14:32 31/05/2022
Man with rifle nabbed outside Greek parliament

Police in Greece have arrested a 37-year-old man carrying a hunting rifle in front of the country’s parliament building, after a brief standoff with members of a police tactical unit. An officer from the greater Athens police department told the Associated Press that the pre-dawn incident Tuesday lasted a little over an hour, and that no one was injured. The officer said police negotiators were involved in the incident and that traffic around the parliament building had been re-directed shortly before the man was apprehended.

13:35 31/05/2022
Johnny Depp performs second night in UK as Amber Heard verdict looms

Hollywood star Johnny Depp has made an unscheduled appearance at a rock concert in London as he awaits the verdict in the defamation trial involving his ex-wife Amber Heard. The actor appeared with British guitarist Jeff Beck at the Royal Albert Hall. This is the pair's second appearance, after playing Sheffield on Sunday. Jury deliberations in Mr Depp's high-profile battle with Ms Heard are due to resume later on Tuesday.


12:50 31/05/2022
China sends 30 planes into Taiwan air defence zone

China has made its second-largest incursion into Taiwan’s air defence zone this year, as Taipei signalled it planned to deepen security ties with the United States. Taiwan’s defence ministry said that 30 Chinese military aircraft, two-thirds of them fighter jets, entered the southwestern part of its air defence identification zone (ADIZ) on Monday and that it had scrambled its own air force and deployed air defence missile systems in response.


12:17 31/05/2022
Trudeau announces Canada handgun 'freeze'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday a proposed freeze on handgun ownership in Canada that would effectively ban their importation and sale, following recent mass shootings in the United States. The bill must still be passed by Parliament, with the ruling Liberals holding only a minority of seats.


11:31 31/05/2022
At least 91 dead in Brazil floods and landslides with many more missing

The death toll from floods in north-eastern Brazil could rise to more than 100 after authorities in Pernambuco state confirmed 91 deaths with many more people missing. Hundreds of state and federal rescue workers would resume searching on Tuesday for 26 people unaccounted for, said officials. Heavy rains lashed Pernambuco last week, triggering landslides on Friday that wiped away housing in poor neighbourhoods or favelas built on hillsides that are prone to such natural disasters.


11:11 31/05/2022
$2M relic stolen, angel statue beheaded at Brooklyn church

Police say someone busted into the altar at a New York City church, stole a $2 million gold relic and removed the head from a statue of an angel at some point late last week. The incident happened between 6:30 p.m. Thursday and 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, known as the “Notre Dame” of Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood. The church was closed for construction at the time. Camera recordings from the church’s security system were also stolen, the church’s pastor said.


10:27 31/05/2022
German inflation hit another all-time high in May

Driven by soaring energy and food costs, data released Monday showed consumer prices in the continent’s biggest economy jumped 8.7% from a year ago in May. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg predicted an 8.1% advance.


10:00 31/05/2022
Further 71 cases of monkeypox detected in England

Another 71 cases of monkeypox have been confirmed in England, according to the UK’s public health body. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the latest cases, as of 29 May, bring the total number in England to 172. Four cases have been detected in Scotland, two in Northern Ireland and one in Wales, taking the UK total to 179.


18:00 30/05/2022
Lake Chad force says has killed 30 'terrorists'

A multinational force policing the troubled Lake Chad basin said on Monday it had killed more than 30 'jihadists' in two operations. The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) said ground and air attacks in the Tumbun Rago area in the northeastern Nigerian state of Borno had "neutralised more than 25 terrorists". Five more were killed in Kirta Wulgo, also in Borno state, it said in a statement.


17:10 30/05/2022
India to provide scholarships, counselling to those orphaned by COVID-19

India's federal government will provide educational scholarships, mental health counselling and health insurance to children who have been orphaned by the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday. Under the federal government scheme, children who have lost both parents to the coronavirus from March 11, 2020 to February 2022 will be given, among other things, free admission to a nearby school, schoolbooks and a sum of 1 million Indian rupees ($12,899.60) once they turn 23 years of age, according to a government statement.


16:28 30/05/2022
2 people were killed and at least 19 injured when vehicles crashed into pedestrians in Lincoln, Nebraska

At least one of the 19 injured is in critical condition while the others transported to hospitals have non-life-threatening injuries, Lincoln Police Captain Max Hubka told CNN early Monday. Around 10:45 p.m. Sunday, a vehicle was traveling westbound near 52nd and O streets, Hubka said. As another vehicle turned left to go eastbound, a T-bone crash occurred that pushed into pedestrians along the street, he said. Two women who were in one of the vehicles were killed, while the driver of the other vehicle is receiving treatment at a hospital.

15:45 30/05/2022
Nigeria CDC confirms 21 cases of monkeypox in 2022

“Among the 21 cases reported in 2022 so far, there has been no evidence of any new or unusual transmission of the virus, nor changes in its clinical manifestation documented (including symptoms, profile and virulence),” the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control said in a statement late on Sunday. More than 200 suspected and confirmed cases of the virus were detected in mostly Europe since early May.


14:45 30/05/2022
Iran's energy export revenue up 60% in March-May versus a year ago

Iran's energy export revenue is 60% higher in the first two months of the Iranian year (March 21 to May 21) compared to the same period a year ago, an official from the Iranian oil ministry told the ministry's SHANA news agency on Sunday. The official did not give a reason for the jump in revenue which comes as oil prices have nearly doubled from a year ago because of the war in Ukraine and the global post-pandemic economic recovery.


14:19 30/05/2022
Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul arrested for drink-driving

The husband of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in California. Paul Pelosi was held after his Porsche was involved in a collision with another vehicle in Napa County on Saturday night. No-one was injured and the other driver was not arrested. Eighty-two-year-old Mr Pelosi was charged with two misdemeanours and had his bail set at $5,000. He is not listed as being currently in custody.


13:56 30/05/2022
Egypt court jails former presidential candidate for 15 years

An Egyptian court has sentenced Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and several prominent figures from the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to lengthy jail terms on Sunday for “spreading false news” and plotting to overthrow the state, reports Agence France-Presse and the Reuters news agency. Aboul Fotouh, 70, who suffers from several medical conditions according to his family, was sentenced to 15 years in prison subject to appeal, the court ruling said on Sunday.



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