5 May 2021 News

United States, France, India, Diplomacy, Britain were the most important topics in the news of the Wednesday 5 May 2021, but also: Donald Trump, Colombia, China, Justice, Military.

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Americans handed life sentences in Italy for cop murder

An Italian court convicted two young Americans Wednesday for the murder of a police officer while they were on a summer holiday in Rome, with...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro links pandemic to ‘germ warfare’

President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday the novel coronavirus may have been made in a laboratory to wage "biological warfare," in the latest...

Abducted Nigerian college students freed

Nearly 30 abducted Nigerian college students have been freed, government officials said on Wednesday, two months after heavily armed gunmen kidnapped...

Pressure mounts on Colombia as protests begin second week

Thousands of demonstrators poured onto Colombia's streets Wednesday, the eighth straight day of protests despite clashes that have left at least...

US announces support for Covid-19 vaccine patent waiver

US President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday announced its support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, and...

UK govt condemns French threats over post-Brexit fishing

Britain on Wednesday called French threats to cut off electricity to the Channel Island of Jersey "unacceptable" in an escalating row over post-Brexit...

WTO calls for agreement for fair access to Covid jabs

The World Trade Organization chief called Wednesday for international agreement on how to ensure more equal access to Covid-19 vaccines, amid...

Napoleon’s bath meets its Waterloo

One of the many things Napoleon Bonaparte was famous for was taking long soaks in the bath, during which he read newspapers and held forth to...

Pandemic, war, climate change fuel food fears

The economic cost of the global pandemic as well as conflict and climate change are fueling food security fears that in 2020 reached their highest...

India warned to brace for new coronavirus waves

India, gripped by one of the most deadly coronavirus surges seen by any country, will have to be ready for new waves and badly needs more oxygen...

Colombia braces for eighth day of anti-government protests

Colombia braced on Wednesday for a new day of protests against President Ivan Duque following a week of deadly clashes between demonstrators...

US warplanes help Afghan forces fend off Taliban offensive

American warplanes were backing Afghan forces against a major Taliban offensive in the south of the country even as the US military pressed on...

Facebook oversight board affirms Trump ban — for now

Facebook's independent oversight board on Wednesday upheld a ban on former US president Donald Trump while ordering further review of the case,...

Right’s Madrid win a warning for leftist Spain government

Just two years ahead of general elections, Spain's right-wing opposition has set its sights on repeating its Madrid triumph on a national scale,...

Facebook oversight board upholds Trump ban, calls for more review

Facebook's independent oversight board on Wednesday upheld the platform's ban on former US president Donald Trump but called for a further review...

Israel opposition head Lapid tapped to form government

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid was tasked Wednesday to form a government, after veteran premier Benjamin Netanyahu failed to cobble a coalition...

Iran diplomat’s 20-year sentence for France bomb plot confirmed

An Iranian diplomat's 20-year sentence in Belgium for plotting to bomb an opposition rally outside Paris was confirmed on Wednesday after he...

Anxious families await end to Iran ‘hostage’ ordeal

Mixing hope with fears of more disappointment, families of Western nationals held in Iran are anxiously following intense diplomatic contacts...

Ousted Myanmar lawmakers announce ‘people’s defence force’

A shadow government of ousted Myanmar lawmakers said Wednesday it has set up a "people's defence force" to protect civilians, as the police and...

French journalist kidnapped by jihadists in Mali

A missing French journalist said he was kidnapped in Mali by a jihadist group with links to Al-Qaeda, according to a video circulating on social...

Indian FM to join G7 virtually after possible Covid exposure

India's foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, in Britain for G7 meetings, said on Wednesday he would hold his talks virtually after being...

Israel president eyes new candidate to form government

The Israeli president met with party leaders Wednesday to determine if any lawmaker can form a government to end an unprecedented gridlock after...

Belarusians file case in Germany against Lukashenko regime

Ten Belarusians have filed a criminal complaint in Germany against President Alexander Lukashenko and members of his regime for crimes against...

US backs plan to waive Covid-19 vaccine patents

US President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday announced support for a global waiver on patent protections for Covid-19 vaccines, offering...

Australian court to examine contentious India travel ban

An Australian court on Wednesday agreed to hear a challenge to the country's controversial ban on citizens returning home from coronavirus-hit...

New Zealand declines to call China’s Uyghur treatment genocide

New Zealand shied away from labelling China's treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority genocide on Wednesday, once again leaving Wellington out...

India announces $6.7 billion to help vaccine, health firms boost pandemic battle

India released $6.7 billion in cheap financing for vaccine makers, hospitals and other health firms on Wednesday, to counter the devastating...

European, US stocks mostly rise on improving economic data

Global equities rebounded Wednesday as investors focused on bright earnings and data pointing to an economic recovery, narrowly lifting the Dow...

Venezuela appoints new, pro-president electoral council

Venezuela on Tuesday installed a new national electoral council that has a majority favorable to President Nicolas Maduro's government, setting...

Indigenous tribes hope Taiwan court will protect hunting traditions

Before heading into Taiwan's mountains with his homemade rifle, Indigenous hunter Tama Talum often chants prayers and makes offerings of rice...

Ancient Mesopotamian marshes threatened by Iraqi sewage, pollutants

In southern Iraq, putrid water gushes out of waste pipes into marshes reputed to be home to the biblical Garden of Eden, threatening an already...

Bobby Sands : Hunger strike that changed history

Forty years ago Bobby Sands was the first of 10 Irish republican hunger strikers to die after refusing food for 66 days.

Egypt and Turkey draw closer as regional interests align

Turkey and Egypt have begun slowly warming ties as they vie for regional primacy a decade after the Arab Spring, but analysts say deep-seated...

Macron negotiates politically charged Napoleon commemoration

French President Emmanuel Macron is to lay a wreath at the tomb of Napoleon Bonaparte to mark the 200th anniversary of his death on Wednesday...

G7 talks vaccines after pleas to help poor

The Group of Seven wealthy democracies will discuss coronavirus vaccines Wednesday as they face growing pressure to share stockpiles and know-how...

Hospitalized Cuban dissident artist appears healthy in video

A Cuban dissident artist who has been hospitalized since the weekend in Havana after going on hunger strike, appeared in a video released Tuesday...

Fears of militarization as Colombian soldiers confront protesters

In Colombia, a country still reeling from six decades of civil war and battling ongoing spurts of violence, fears have been raised of a creeping...

Free contraception helps fight high Venezuela teen pregnancy rate

The news that she wasn't pregnant came as a relief to 17-year-old Deiglis, already the mother to a five-month-old baby.

Ruling on Trump ban marks defining moment for Facebook panel

Facebook's independent oversight board rules Wednesday on the platform's ban of former US president Donald Trump in a case that could set a precedent...