1 June 2021 News

United States, Conflict, China, Environment, Brazil were the most important topics in the news of the Tuesday 1 June 2021, but also: Australia, Russia, Afghanistan, Transport, South Korea.

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Huge sinkhole threatens to swallow Mexican home

A giant sinkhole that was expanding by dozens of meters each day has alarmed residents in a rural area of central Mexico where it was threatening...

Kremlin critic Dmitry Gudkov detained

Prominent Kremlin critic Dmitry Gudkov was detained and faced possible jail time Tuesday as authorities ramped up pressure on dissenters ahead...

US to hand Bagram base to Afghan forces in 20 days, says official

The US military will hand over its main Bagram Air Base to Afghan forces in about 20 days, an official said Tuesday, as Washington carries out...

First signs of appeasement in talks between Colombian government, protesters

Colombian protesters made cautious overtures towards the government Tuesday in talks seeking to end weeks of violent social unrest that has left...

Meatpacking giant JBS believes Russia behind hack that hit plants

An American subsidiary of Brazilian meat processor JBS told the US government that it has received a ransom demand in a cyberattack it believes...

Pope updates canon law to address paedophilia by priests

Pope Francis updated the Catholic Church's criminal code Tuesday, reinforcing penalties for priests who sexually abuse minors, measures long...

French ‘bug farm’ thrives on demand for pesticide-free fruit

Farmers in western France are doubling down on an unusual crop: breeding millions of tiny predatory bugs and wasps to protect tomato plants without...

Italians aghast as notorious mafia killer Brusca released

Italians were outraged Tuesday after a notorious mob boss was released from prison, where he served 25 years for a string of grim crimes, including...

Austria far-right party head resigns after infighting

Norbert Hofer, the leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), announced his resignation Tuesday after weeks of infighting and tension...

Australia’s Cormann takes over as head of OECD

Former Australian finance minister Mathias Cormann became head of the influential Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)...

Myanmar journalists who fled to Thailand fined, face deportation : lawyer

Three Myanmar journalists who illegally crossed into Thailand to flee a military crackdown have been fined and could face deportation, a member...

Philippine journalist critical of Duterte says libel case dismissed

Veteran Philippine journalist Maria Ressa has had a cyber libel charge against her dismissed, lawyers involved in the case said Tuesday, in a...

Kremlin critic faces criminal probe after being yanked off flight

A prominent Kremlin critic was facing possible jail time Tuesday after Russian police stopped his foreign-bound plane as it taxied down a runway...

Sri Lanka faces marine disaster as ship fire extinguished after 13 days

A fire aboard a ship that triggered Sri Lanka's worst-ever marine ecological disaster was finally extinguished Tuesday after a 13-day international...

US to hand Bagram base to Afghan forces in 20 days, says official

The US military will hand over its main Bagram Air Base to Afghan forces in about 20 days, an official said Tuesday, as Washington presses on...

Sri Lanka ship fire extinguished after 13 days

A fire aboard a cargo ship off Sri Lanka was finally extinguished Tuesday after a 13-day international operation, the navy said.

New prosecutor’s office joins EU ‘Justice League’

A newly created EU prosecutor's office started work Tuesday, just in time to throw legal-eagle scrutiny on hundreds of billions of euros of Covid...

China rejects torture allegations by Australian academic

China on Tuesday denied an Australian academic's claims that he had been tortured in custody during his two-year detention on espionage charges.

Israel’s Lapid says he formed new coalition to unseat Netanyahu

Israel's opposition leader Yair Lapid said he had succeeded in forming a broad-based coalition to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the...

Heads of global organizations issue joint call for vaccine equality

World leaders must make a "new commitment" to a more equal distribution of coronavirus vaccines to bring the pandemic under control, the heads...

Decade of Syria war killed nearly 500,000 people : new tally

A decade of war in Syria has left nearly half a million people dead, a war monitor said Tuesday, in a new toll that includes 100,000 recently...

WHO switches to Greek alphabet for virus variant names

Covid-19 variants are to be known by letters of the Greek alphabet to avoid stigmatising nations where they were first detected, the World Health...

China jails blogger who ‘slandered’ dead in India border clash

China has jailed a popular blogger for "defaming martyrs" after he suggested the death toll of the China-India border clash last year was higher...

US, Australia scale back war games over Covid fears

A major US-Australia joint military exercise will go ahead this year despite pandemic concerns but will be significantly scaled-back, a senior...

China’s tutoring groups fined millions as scrutiny grows

Fifteen tutoring firms have been hammered with millions of dollars of fines over alleged fraud, Chinese state media said Tuesday, as the government's...

Capital confusion : South Korean video highlights… Pyongyang

A climate change summit hosted by South Korea has drawn ridicule for kicking off with a promotional video suggesting it was taking place in the...

Higher learning : scripture and football at Tibetan college on roof of the world

Maroon-robed Tibetan nuns vigorously debate Buddhist precepts, while monks dash across an astro turf pitch on the roof of the world to kick a...

Ardern tours ‘devastating’ New Zealand floods

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern toured flood-hit areas of the country's South Island on Tuesday, expressing shock at the destruction...

Biden honors victims of ‘forgotten’ Tulsa race massacre, 100 years on

President Joe Biden led emotional commemorations on Tuesday to honor victims of the 1921 race massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma, saying the United...

Malaysia imposes lockdown as Southeast Asia battles virus surge

Malaysia imposed a tough nationwide lockdown on Tuesday to battle a worsening coronavirus outbreak, as countries across Southeast Asia struggled...

US subsidiary of meat-packing giant JBS hit by cyberattack

The American subsidiary of the world's largest meat processing companies said Monday it had been hacked, paralyzing some of its operations and...

Shaken by Covid, some Americans try ‘manifesting’ a positive result

So you want money... love... success? Have you thought about trying to think about it -- really hard -- until your goals materialize? That, at...

School’s out for Myanmar students defying junta threats

Schools in Myanmar will open on Tuesday for the first time since the military seized power, but teachers and students are set to defy the junta's...

OPEC and allies set for another crude output increase

The OPEC group of oil-producing countries and its allies look set to boost production further when they meet Tuesday, as pandemic-hit demand...

Last resort : the seeds kept safe in a South Korean mountain

Hidden in a South Korean mountain tunnel designed to withstand a nuclear blast, the seeds of nearly 5,000 wild plant species are stored for safekeeping...

Polisario leader leaving Spain after court ruling

The leader of Western Sahara's independence movement will leave Spain on Tuesday night, the Spanish government said, after his reception for...

Colombian soldiers given mixed reception in protest center Cali

Inhabitants of Colombia's third largest city reacted with fear and suspicion to the sight of soldiers patrolling the streets of Cali, but others...

Criticism, jokes as Copa America moved to Brazil over Covid

When Covid-19 overwhelmed Argentina too badly to host the South American football championships, officials decided to move the tournament to...

Chad, C. Africa at loggerheads after troops killed at border

Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) were at loggerheads on Monday after the Chadian government accused its southern neighbour of killing...