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13:41 07/05/2022
Chelsea agree sale terms with LA Dodgers' Todd Boehly

Chelsea have agreed terms on the £4.25bn ($5.2bn) sale of the club to a consortium led by Todd Boehly, co-owner of the LA Dodgers baseball team. The club was put up for sale before owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned for his alleged links to Russian president Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine. A Chelsea statement said the new owners will pay £2.5bn for the club's shares. The proceeds will go into a frozen bank account to be donated to charity.


12:52 07/05/2022
CDC investigating deaths of 5 children possibly linked to mysterious liver disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday that it is looking into the deaths of five children, linked to the growing number of mysterious pediatric hepatitis cases across the country. The agency is investigating 109 cases in 24 states and Puerto Rico, Dr. Jay Butler, CDC’s deputy director for infectious diseases, said during a media briefing Friday. Cases date back to October, 2021.


11:52 07/05/2022
Israeli minister touts plans to approve 4,000 settler homes

Israel is set to advance plans for the construction of 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, the interior minister said Friday, drawing warnings of “serious consequences” from the Palestinian Authority. If approved, it would be the biggest advancement of settlement plans since the Biden administration took office. The White House is opposed to settlement growth because it further erodes the possibility of an eventual two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


10:59 07/05/2022
22 dead in apparent gas explosion at hotel in Cuba

At least 22 people are dead, including one minor, from an explosion at a hotel in Havana, Cuba, apparently caused by a gas leak, officials said. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel was at the scene of the Saratoga Hotel in Havana with other officials. The president's office said Friday evening that 64 people hospitalized, including 14 minors.


10:20 07/05/2022
Alcaraz upsets idol Nadal in Madrid

Carlos Alcaraz toppled his idol Rafael Nadal 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Friday. "It means a lot to me," said the 19-year-old Alcaraz. "All the hard work that I put in every day pays off today. To beat Rafa, to beat the best player in history on clay, it means a lot to me." Alcaraz had faced 35-year-old fellow Spaniard Nadal twice and lost on both occasions.


10:00 07/05/2022
Shooting on Dutch care farm leaves two dead

A 16-year-old girl and a woman aged 34 were killed in the shooting at the Tro Tardi farm in Alblasserdam, to the east of Rotterdam. Dutch police later arrested an armed suspect in a nearby park. A 13-year-old boy and a 20-year-old woman were seriously wounded, while a fifth person was slightly hurt. Police said there was no clear motive for Friday's attack. They identified the suspect as a 38-year-old man. Dutch media said he was known to police as "confused and a nuisance".


18:45 06/05/2022
Djokovic awaits Nadal or Alcarez after cruising into Madrid semis

Novak Djokovic reached his seventh Madrid semi-final on Friday, easing past Poland's Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 6-4 to record a 30th career victory in the Spanish capital. The world number one awaits one of two Spaniards, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz, in what will be a highly-anticipated last-four showdown.


18:00 06/05/2022
Dave Chappelle: Stage attacker charged with misdemeanours

The man accused of attacking US comedian Dave Chappelle on stage at the Hollywood Bowl has been charged with four counts of misdemeanour and will no longer face felony charges. Los Angeles City Attorney's Office has now hit Isaiah Lee, 23, with charges including battery and possession of a weapon with intent to assault. Prosecutors concluded that the evidence did not constitute felony conduct. But added that the alleged criminal attack must "have consequences".


17:18 06/05/2022
SpaceX brings 4 astronauts home, then launches 53 satellites

SpaceX brought four astronauts home with a midnight splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, capping the busiest month yet for Elon Musk’s taxi service. The three U.S. astronauts and one German in the capsule were bobbing off the Florida coast, near Tampa, less than 24 hours after leaving the International Space Station. NASA expected to have them back in Houston later in the morning.


16:48 06/05/2022
Man who received landmark pig heart transplant died of pig virus, surgeon says

The 57-year old patient who survived two months after undergoing a landmark pig heart transplant died of a pig virus, his transplant surgeon announced last month. In January, David Bennett, a handyman who suffered from heart failure, underwent a highly experimental surgery at the University of Maryland medical center in which doctors transplanted a genetically modified pig’s heart into him. Shortly after undergoing the surgery, Bennett died in March.


15:52 06/05/2022
Mbappe's mother denies he has agreed deal to stay at PSG

Le Parisien newspaper reported on Thursday that PSG's Qatari owners had offered Mbappe a salary of 50 million euros ($53 million) a season and a loyalty bonus of 100 million euros if he stays. The report said the club had offered a two-year contract with the option of a third year. But Mbappe's mother Fayza Lamari tweeted that the French World Cup-winning forward had not yet come to a decision.


14:54 06/05/2022
Kyrgyzstan reports deaths after Uzbek border troops open fire

Kyrgyzstan has reported the killing of three citizens after Uzbekistan’s troops opened fire at the disputed frontier of the two Central Asian countries. The Kyrgyz National Security Committee did not say in Friday’s announcement whether the dead were civilians or border troops. “Without regaining consciousness, they died from their gunshot wounds,” the statement said, adding that it had taken place on Thursday.


14:09 06/05/2022
Hungary’s Orban rejects EU ban on Russian oil

A European Union embargo on Russian oil would be equivalent to dropping an “atomic bomb” on Hungary’s economy and could thus not be accepted, the country’s nationalist prime minister said on Friday. Speaking on state radio, Viktor Orban reiterated earlier statements from Hungarian officials that Hungary would not support a new round of proposed EU sanctions against Russia if they included a ban on Russian oil exports.


13:23 06/05/2022
Cocaine found in coffee sent to Nespresso plant

Swiss police say they have seized 500kg of cocaine from a shipment of coffee that was sent to a Nespresso factory. Workers at the plant in Romont alerted the authorities after finding white powder in sacks of coffee beans. Police later found more of the drug in five shipping containers. An initial investigation suggested the shipment had come from Brazil. A Nespresso statement said production of coffee capsules at the plant had not been contaminated by the drug.


12:46 06/05/2022
National strike in Sri Lanka to demand govt step down

Sri Lanka's bus and train networks ground to a halt while offices and factories were empty Friday in a nationwide strike demanding the government's resignation over the island's worsening economic crisis. Months of blackouts and acute shortages of food, fuel and pharmaceuticals have seen widespread suffering across the South Asian island nation.


11:51 06/05/2022
Emma Stone in new silent film by Greek director Lanthimos

American actress Emma Stone and Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos have teamed up once again for a new short, silent film shot on a Greek island in black and white. Tackling loss, necrophilia and rugged Greek landscapes, "Bleat" is the pair's first collaboration since their 2019 brush with the Oscars for "The Favourite". The new 30-minute short film, also starring French actor Damien Bonnard, premieres in Athens on Friday and was shot on the hilltops of the Greek island of Tinos.


11:28 06/05/2022
Death toll rises to 26 in central China building collapse

The death toll from the collapse of a building in central China last week has risen to 26, according to state media reports. Ten people have been pulled alive from the building’s rubble as of Friday morning local time, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday. An unknown number of people are still thought to be missing following the incident in the city of Changsha, Hunan province, on April 29.


10:41 06/05/2022
Stolen Nostradamus manuscript is returned to library in Rome

An ancient manuscript by the French astrologer Michel de Nostredame, better known as Nostradamus, stolen from a library in Rome has been returned to the Italian capital. The manuscript, entitled Nostradamus M Prophecies and dating back about 300 years, was rediscovered last year when it was put up for sale by a German auction house. It is unclear exactly when the 500-page manuscript was stolen from the historical studies centre of the Barnabite fathers of Rome, but it is believed to have been in about 2007.



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