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18:00 World
Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister's kidnap case

The captive daughter of Dubai's ruler, has appealed to UK police to re-investigate the kidnap of her older sister from a Cambridge street more than 20 years ago. In a letter Latifa tells Cambridgeshire police this could help free Princess Shamsa, who was captured on the orders of their father. Shamsa, who was just 18 then and is now 39, has not been seen in public since.

Source: bbc.com

17:37 World
Italian ambassador died in gun battle in DRC, not execution, prosecutor says

Italian ambassador Luca Attanasio and Italian carabiniere, or paramilitary police officer, Vittorio Iacovacci, died on Monday after their car was attacked as they traveled in a UN convoy in the eastern part of the Central African country. A third man, Congolese driver Moustapha Milambo, was also killed.

Source: cnn.com

 

17:09 World
Liverpool's Alisson suffers death of father in tragic drowning

The Brazil international's former club Internacional has confirmed that the father of Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has died after drowning in a lake in a tragic accident. The body of  57-year-old Jose Agostinho Becker was found after he had been reported as missing.

Source: goal.com

16:34 World
Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking legal immigration to US

President Joe Biden on Wednesday lifted a freeze on green cards issued by his predecessor during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration to the United States.

Source: nbcnews.com

15:54 World
WHO says vaccine passports should not be used for foreign travel as there are 'critical unknowns' around how jabs protect people

It said proof of a jab should not be required because there remain 'critical unknowns regarding the efficacy of vaccination in reducing transmission'.

Source: dailymail

 

 

15:34 World
Social media giant Facebook has banned Myanmar's military and its affiliates from its platforms.

The company said it acted after deciding "the risks of allowing the Tatmadaw [Myanmar military] on Facebook and Instagram are too great".

Source: bbc.com

14:33 World
Iraqi Christians, decimated by Islamist violence, prepare for pope's visit

The minority community of several hundred thousand was decimated first by al Qaeda’s rise in the early 2000s and later by Islamic State, the extremist group that brutally persecuted them and other minority faiths and sects from 2014-2017. Pope Francis’ visit from March 5-8 is welcome recognition of how they have suffered for their beliefs.

Source: reuters.com

13:50 World
A month of 10-minute phone calls could make you feel 20% less lonely, a new study has found.

Talking to someone on the phone for 10 minutes multiple times a week - if you're in control of the conversation - can decrease loneliness. Half of the 240 study participants were selected to receive brief phone calls from volunteers over the course of a month, and they reported feeling 20% less lonely on average.

Source: cnn.com

13:05 World
Why India's Covid cases are plummeting

Daily new cases have plummeted, dropping from a peak of over 90,000 infections in September down to just over 10,000 a day in February. On February 9, the capital Delhi reported zero virus deaths for the first time in nearly nine months. Experts speculate that several factors are likely behind the decline in India's case numbers, such as the country's younger population or the possibility of rising immunity in urban areas. But there's also the possibility that the case count doesn't reflect reality.

Source: cnn.com

12:33 World
Cocaine 'worth billions' seized in record Germany and Belgium haul

Customs authorities in Germany and Belgium have seized a record of more than 23 tonnes of cocaine that was destined for the Netherlands. German officials discovered 16 tonnes in five shipping containers that had arrived in the port of Hamburg from Paraguay earlier this month. Further in the Netherlands 7.2 tonnes of cocaine was seized by the police at the Belgian port of Antwerp.

Source:  bbc.com

11:58 World
After two doses of Pfizer’s Covid jab 90% of Brits have ‘high level of immunity’

More than 90 per cent of people who have had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine have high levels of Covid antibodies, a major study has found. New data from Imperial College London also showed that those who have previously had Covid had a strong immune response after a single dose.

Source: thesun

11:14 World
Last statue of dictator Francisco Franco removed from Spanish soil

The last public statue of Spain's former dictator, Francisco Franco, was removed from Spanish soil on Tuesday. Workers took away the statue, which stood on a street in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco.

Source: cnn.com

10:43 World
Vincent van Gogh Paris painting from 1887 to make public debut

A major Paris work by Vincent van Gogh that has been part of the same French family’s private collection for more than a century is to go on public display for the first time since it was painted in the spring of 1887. Acquired by a French collector in 1920, it has remained in the same family ever since and never been shown in public. It will be exhibited in London, Amsterdam and Paris before being sold by Sotheby’s in March.

Source: theguardian

10:12 World
Bruce Springsteen fined $500 over drinking charge

The 71-year-old rock star admitted drinking two shots of tequila on Sandy Hook beach in his home state. But prosecutors dropped drink-driving and reckless driving charges against the star, who had initially pleaded not guilty to all three charges. The singer was arrested in November and must also pay $40 (£28) in costs.

Source:  bbc.com

17:55 World
Prison riots in Ecuador sparked by rival gangs leave 62 dead

Ecuador's prisons were designed for some 27,000 inmates but house about 38,000.

Source: nbcnews.com

17:09 World
Mars rover’s giant parachute carried secret message

Systems engineer Ian Clark used a binary code to spell out “Dare Mighty Things” in the orange and white strips of the 70-foot (21-meter) parachute. He also included the GPS coordinates for the mission’s headquarters at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Source: apnews.com

16:34 World
Oklahoma man accused of cutting neighbor’s heart out, feeding it to his family

An Oklahoma man suspected of murdering three people has confessed to killing his neighbor, cutting her heart out, and then cooking it to feed his family, authorities said. Lawrence Anderson allegedly stabbed Andrea Lynn Blankenship, 41, to death in her Chickasha home on Feb. 9.

Source: foxnews.com

15:59 World
Mitch McConnell to support Garland for attorney general

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will support Merrick Garland’s nomination for attorney general, five years after blocking the judge's path to the Supreme Court.

Source: politico.com

15:18 World
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the Beat poet, publisher and founder of San Francisco's beloved City Lights bookstore, has died aged 101.

He passed away from lung disease on Monday evening, confirmed the store's vice president and director of marketing and publicity, Stacey Lewis.

Source: cnn.com

14:34 World
Tokyo 2020 Olympics has become an exercise in damage limitation amid scandal and public dissent

The people of Tokyo have voiced their disapproval of this summer’s rearranged Olympic Games as the pandemic grips Japan, and chaos continues to follow a beleaguered organising committee.

Source: independent

 

14:02 World
Malaysia deports Myanmar nationals despite court order

Malaysia has deported 1,086 people back to Myanmar, defying a court order and appeals from human rights groups to halt the process. Rights organisations say the group includes some ethnic minorities which have suffered persecution in Myanmar. They say sending them back to Myanmar, where the army took power in a coup, could put them at even greater risk.

Source: bbc.com

13:46 World
Hyundai Motor to replace battery systems in costly electric car recall

Hyundai Motor Co will replace battery systems in some 82,000 electric vehicles globally due to fire risks, a problem which combined with an earlier recall is likely to cost the automaker an estimated $900 million. Most of the latest recall applies to its best-selling electric car, the Kona EV, which was first recalled in October for a software upgrade after a series of fires.

Source: reuters.com

12:52 World
Tiger Woods is "awake and responsive" following surgery on serious leg injuries suffered in a car crash in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The 15-time golf major champion, 45, had to be "extricated from the wreck" by firefighters and paramedics. A statement said he had suffered "open fractures affecting the tibia and fibula bones" in his lower right leg and a rod had been inserted.

Source: bbc.com

12:18 World
China court orders man to pay wife for housework in landmark case

A Beijing divorce court has ordered a man to compensate his wife for the housework she did during their marriage, in a landmark ruling. The woman will receive 50,000 yuan ($7,700) for five years of unpaid labour. The case has generated a huge debate online over the value of domestic work, with some saying the compensation amount was too little.

Source: bbc.com

11:46 World
Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo Reunite on Set of Their New Film: 'Reconnecting with an Old Pal'

The two actors will star alongside Ryan Reynolds in the upcoming movie The Adam Project.

Source: people.com
 

11:12 World
Japan regions push to end state of emergency as virus infections fall

Regional authorities in Japan have urged that emergency pandemic measures be lifted before a scheduled date of March 7, as new COVID-19 cases trend lower, the economy minister said, adding that the government would consult experts before it agreed.

Source: reuters.com

10:49 World
French actor Depardieu placed under formal investigation for rape

French actor Gérard Depardieu has been placed under formal investigation for rape and sexual assault allegedly committed in 2018. An initial investigation into the rape accusations against Depardieu, 72, was dropped in 2019 for lack of evidence but reopened last summer, leading to a formal investigation filed on December 16.

Source: france24.com

 

10:19 World
Hillary Clinton to write a political thriller with Canadian author Louise Penny

The book, to be called State of Terror, will follow a novice secretary of state who is working in the administration of a rival politician and trying to solve a wave of terrorist attacks. The novel comes out Oct. 12.

Source: cbc
 

10:07 World
EU tells six countries to lift Covid border restrictions

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary and Sweden have been given 10 days to respond to the European commission’s concerns that they have breached commonly agreed coronavirus guidelines.

Source: theguardian

18:07 World
Cancer survivor to become youngest American to go to space

Hayley Arceneaux, who beat cancer at 10-years-old, will be joining SpaceX's first private trip to orbit.

Source: foxnews.com

17:19 World
Tennessee man leaves $5 million to pet border collie

It won’t be a dog’s life for a Tennessee canine whose owner recently died. Lulu, an 8-year-old border collie, will be living the good life in Nashville after inheriting $5 million in her owner’s will.

Source: apnews.com

16:43 World
Dogs turn blue and green with suspected chemical pollution in Russia

Animals living close to abandoned chemical plant take on unusual colouring. Vets were left puzzled after stray dogs covered with bright blue and green fur turned up in two Russian towns hundreds of miles apart within days of each other earlier this month.

Source: independent

15:50 World
Covid-19 lockdown: Up to 10,000 fans could return to stadiums by mid-May

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a four-part plan to lift the coronavirus lockdown. Outdoor sports including football, golf and tennis will be allowed to resume in England from 29 March.

Source: bbc.com

14:47 World
Mick Jagger narrates film to mark Royal Albert Hall anniversary

A short film featuring crowds, happiness and the sheer thrill of being together has been released to kick off the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall. The Rolling Stones frontman reads from WH Auden’s poem For Friends Only in the 90-second clip, an emotional tribute to live music after a year without it. The film, directed by Tom Harper, intersperses poignant images of the empty venue with more than 40 pieces of concert archive footage dating back to 1933.

Source: theguardian

14:06 World
El Chapo's wife Emma Coronel Aispuro arrested in US over 'drug trafficking'

The wife of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was detained at Dulles International Airport outside Washington DC. She is charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana.

Source: bbc.com

13:29 World
Stevie Wonder is moving to Ghana

The iconic, award-winning performer spoke to Oprah Winfrey in an interview explaining his decision, citing the political turmoil in the United States. This isn't the first time he has said he was considering moving to Ghana. In 1994, he said he felt there was "more of a sense of community" than in the US.

Source: cnn.com

12:53 World
French labour minister urges companies to boost remote working to avoid lockdown

“In recent days (COVID) data are not good. We all want to avoid a new lockdown and working from home is a good answer,” said French Labour Minister Elisabeth Borne.

Source: reuters.com

12:24 World
Video shows Perseverance rover's dramatic Mars landing

Nasa has released stunning video of its Perseverance rover landing on Mars. The movies cover the final minutes of last week's hair-raising descent, up to the point where the robot's wheels make contact with the ground.
The sequence shows a whirl of dust and grit being kicked up as the vehicle is lowered by its rocket backpack to the floor of Jezero Crater.

 

11:41 World
Israel beaches covered in tar after oil spill

From Nitzanim near the Gaza Strip to the shores bordering Lebanon, 106 miles of the Mediterranean coast have been covered with tar. The pollution was noticed first on Wednesday, but stormy weather the following day carried out the oil and tar to Israel’s beaches.

Source: foxnews.com

10:54 World
Beach volleyball stars boycott Qatar tournament over bikini ban

German beach volleyball stars Karla Borger and Julia Sude have said they will boycott a tournament in Qatar because it is “the only country” where players are forbidden from wearing bikinis on court.

Source: theguardian

10:34 World
Virginia Legislature sends death penalty repeal to Northam's desk

State lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill that will end capital punishment in Virginia, a dramatic turnaround for a state that has executed more people in its history than any other.

Source: nbcnews.com

10:02 World
Daft Punk, French electronic music duo, split up after 28 years

Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo do not explain end of collaboration that produced hits including Get Lucky and One More Time.

Source: theguardian

17:53 World
Czech PM Andrej Babiš under fire for ‘chaotic’ coronavirus response

The government loses lead in polls as infection rate rises.

Source: politico

16:47 World
People with extremist views less able to do complex mental tasks, research suggests

Cambridge University team say their findings could be used to spot people at risk from radicalization. The study, built on previous research, included more than 330 US-based participants aged 22 to 63 who were exposed to a battery of tests – 37 neuropsychological tasks and 22 personality surveys – over the course of two weeks.

Source: theguardian

15:43 World
UK universities plead to keep EU cash post-Brexit

British universities are lobbying hard to stay fully involved in a flagship EU scheme aimed at bringing higher education institutions closer together. As Brussels wrestles with the future of education cooperation on the Continent, U.K. institutions fear they could lose both funding and the vital academic links they gain from the European Universities Initiative (EUI).

Source: politico

15:09 World
US coronavirus death toll approaches milestone of 500,000

A year into the pandemic, the running total of lives lost was about 498,000 — roughly the population of Kansas City, Missouri, and just shy of the size of Atlanta. The figure compiled by Johns Hopkins University surpasses the number of people who died in 2019 of chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, Alzheimer’s, flu and pneumonia combined.

Source: apnews.com

14:08 World
United Airlines is removing all of its Boeing 777 planes currently in service that are powered by

Pratt & Whitney 4000 series engines after the Federal Aviation Administration called for stepped-up inspections. The airline announced Sunday it was immediately removing the planes "out of an abundance of caution." The 24 aircraft are part of the 52 777s in the United fleet. The other 28 remain in storage.

Source: cnn.com

13:27 World
Saudi defence firm SAMI targets $5 billion annual revenue by 2030

State-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) aims to generate annual revenue of $5 billion by 2030, its chief executive said on Monday, part of a drive to build more defence equipment inside the kingdom.

Source: reuters

12:46 World
Woman who lived through 1918 pandemic gets Covid-19 vaccine

Maria Aulenbacher is the oldest known person to receive the coronavirus vaccine in South Carolina. CNN spoke to the 111-year-old who shared her secret to a long life.

 

11:58 World
Matt Hancock claims UK won’t offer to host Euro 2020

The Euros will take place between 11 June and 11 July, assuming there are no more postponements.

Source: independent

11:48 World
Seven members of the electoral commission in Niger have been killed in a landmine explosion.

The team's car drove over an improvised explosive device in the Tillaberi region in the country's south-west.

Source: bbc.com

11:12 World
UK aiming to vaccinate every adult by end of July, government says

That’s a month earlier than its previous target. It also wants everyone over the age of 50, or with an underlying health condition, to get a vaccine shot by April 15, rather than May 1. Pfizer and AstraZeneca, the two producers of the vaccines the UK is using, have experienced supply problems in Europe.

Source:  euronews.com

10:29 World
Novak Djokovic eases past Daniil Medvedev to claim 9th Australian Open title

He keeps gaining on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings, now up to 18 overall, two away from the men’s record shared by his two rivals. Serb has won 6 of the last 10 major tournaments and is assured of remaining at No. 1 in the rankings at least through March 8.

Source: nbcnews.com

10:04 World
Iran pushes ahead with plan to cut UN nuclear inspections

Restrictive regime will be imposed this week, including removing access to camera feeds at nuclear sites.

Source: theguardian

14:23 World
Republicans criticize Biden plan for sanctions over Russian pipeline

The Biden administration on Friday told Congress it would impose sanctions on a Russian ship and company helping to finish a Russian natural gas pipeline, but Republican lawmakers said the move fell far short of what was required to halt Moscow’s project.

Source: nbcnews.com

14:10 World
An Asian-American man suffers a severed finger after an unprovoked attack

A man on a bicycle approached Matthew Leung, who is Asian-American, at a bus stop in Rosemead, a suburb of Los Angeles, just after 1 p.m. They exchanged hellos, but about 10 minutes later, the man, unprovoked, attacked Leung, said May Cun, Leung's colleague at Gates Street Elementary School.

Source: cnn.com

13:23 World
Animal cruelty cases are surging in freezing Texas

On a normal day, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals gets 25-30 calls reporting animal cruelty. But since winter storms have pummeled Texas with power and water outages, that number has spiked to around 150 per day.

Source: cnn.com

12:30 World
Indonesian capital slammed by monsoon floods, more than 1,000 forced to evacuate

Severe flooding across several areas in the Indonesian capital forced more than a thousand people to flee their homes on Saturday, with the country’s meteorology agency warning the conditions were set to continue for the next week.

Source: reuters.com

12:11 World
Ryoyu Kobayashi became Japan's most successful male World Cup ski jumper on Friday

when he registered his 18th career win at Rasnov in Romania. The 24-year-old soared to victory on the normal hill with jumps of 94m and 98.5m for a total of 257.9 points. His 18th win took him ahead of veteran countryman Noriaki Kasai, who captured 17 victories on the World Cup circuit.

Source: france24.com

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