6 May 2021 News

China, Diplomacy, United States, Conflict, Israel were the most important topics in the news of the Thursday 6 May 2021, but also: India, Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Justice.

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Relatives of Mexico metro crash victims demand justice

Demands for justice mounted Thursday as relatives buried the victims of Mexico City's metro disaster, accusing the authorities of negligence...

Chile lawmakers take first step towards new copper mining tax

Chile's lower house of parliament on Thursday approved a bill seeking to impose an extra tax on sales of copper and lithium, a move opposed by...

Biden says US must invest because China ‘eating our lunch’

President Joe Biden warned Thursday that Congress needs to adopt his multi-trillion dollar spending plans to renew the US economy because China...

Honduras police unearth 1.5 tons of buried cocaine

Police in Honduras, whose president the United States accuses of being a "co-conspirator" in drug-trafficking, unearthed 1.5 tons of cocaine...

Colombia calls for dialogue with protest leaders

Colombia's government on Thursday invited protest leaders to a dialogue in a bid to defuse tensions following more than a week of deadly demonstrations.

25 killed in police raid on Rio slum

A massive police operation against drug traffickers in a Brazilian favela Thursday left 25 people dead, turning the impoverished Rio de Janeiro...

Belarus opposition leader calls on US to isolate Lukashenko

Belarus' exiled opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya called on the US Thursday to impose more sanctions so as to isolate President Alexander...

Israeli police and Palestinians clash for second night amid land rights

Israeli police and Palestinians clashed for a second night Thursday in annexed east Jerusalem, amid a controversial land rights case over the...

The Franco-British fish feud : How it started

A Franco-British feud over access to prime fishing waters escalated on Thursday as the two countries deployed patrol and navy ships near the...

Blinken presses Russia to pull troops on solidarity trip to Ukraine

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday demanded that Russia end its "aggressive" actions towards Ukraine, warning on a solidarity visit...

Israel’s Lapid faces daunting path to anti-Netanyahu govt

Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid, who has been given 28 days to form a government, has said his goal is to forge a coalition that ends Prime...

Pandemic drove 230 million Indians into poverty : study

Around 230 million Indians fell into poverty due to the pandemic last year with young people and women the hardest hit, and the current second...

Hunger-striking Thai protest leader granted bail

A Thai court on Thursday granted bail to a prominent pro-democracy protest leader who has reportedly been on hunger strike for over a month.

Britain, France send ships to Jersey as fishing spat deepens

Britain and France sent navy and coastal patrol ships to waters near the Channel island of Jersey on Thursday as tensions spiralled between the...

Uganda’s brutal Lord’s Resistance Army, past and present

One of Africa's longest-surviving rebel groups, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has terrorised parts of central Africa for 35 years.

Death toll in Indonesian power plant landslide rises to 10

The death toll from a landslide at a hydroelectric dam project on Indonesia's Sumatra island has risen to 10, an official said Thursday, as authorities...

India’s neighbours close borders over virus rampage

Sri Lanka on Thursday became the latest of India's neighbours to seal its borders with the South Asian giant as it battles a record coronavirus...

Taiwan-Macau gay couple win legal battle for marriage recognition

A Taiwan court ruled in favour of a Taiwanese-Macanese gay couple on Thursday in a legal test case greeted by activists as a first step towards...

Jerusalem clashes wound 22 Palestinians as land rights tensions mount

Twenty-two Palestinians were wounded in overnight clashes with Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem, the Red Crescent said Thursday, as tensions...

China hits back at G7 rights criticism

China on Thursday said it "strongly condemns" a statement by the Group of Seven nations accusing Beijing of rights abuses in Xinjiang, Tibet...

Nintendo logs record pandemic profit but outlook cautious

Nintendo reported its highest ever annual profit Thursday after virus lockdowns caused sales of its blockbuster Switch console to soar, but the...

China slams New Zealand parliament’s Uyghur concerns

China criticised New Zealand Thursday over "groundless" allegations about the ill treatment of Uyghurs, underlining Wellington's struggle to...

US-Germany rift could scupper vaccine patent waiver

A bold US bid to waive patents on much-needed coronavirus vaccines was strongly opposed by Germany on Thursday, threatening to derail the proposal...

Philippines’ Duterte orders arrest of mask violators

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police to arrest anyone not wearing a mask properly, including below the nose, as the country...

Blinken in Ukraine in show of support against Russia

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Ukraine's leadership Thursday in a visible show of support following a massive troop buildup by Russia...

Convicted Hong Kong journalist wins award for investigation

A Hong Kong journalist who was prosecuted over investigating an attack on democracy supporters by government loyalists won a prestigious press...

India sees record Covid-19 deaths, new cases in 24 hours

India saw record new jumps in Covid-19 cases and deaths on Thursday, dashing tentative hopes that a catastrophic recent surge that has stretched...

‘Arena of men’ : The Kosovo women taking on the patriarchy

The rape of Vasfije Krasniqi-Goodman was one of thousands during Kosovo's 1990s war, but she is still the only victim to have spoken out publicly...

Israeli air strikes hit southern Syria : state media

Israel carried out air strikes overnight in the southern Syrian province of Quneitra, Syrian state media and a war monitor said Thursday, though...

New Zealand weightlifter set to be first transgender Olympian

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is poised to become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympic Games, in a move that will...

Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong handed extra jail time for Tiananmen vigil

Jailed Hong Kong dissident Joshua Wong was handed an additional 10-month sentence on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to taking part in an "unlawful"...

Sydney hunts source of Covid outbreak, New Zealand suspends travel bubble

Sydney health authorities were on Thursday hunting the source of their first local Covid-19 cases in more than a month, as New Zealand paused...

China suspends dialogue agreement with Australia

China on Thursday cut off a channel for diplomatic and trade talks with Australia in a largely symbolic act of fury, following clashes over a...

Hong Kong’s Joshua Wong handed extra jail time for Tiananmen vigil

Jailed Hong Kong dissident Joshua Wong was handed an additional 10-month sentence on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to taking part in an "unlawful"...

China suspends economic accord with Australia

China said on Thursday it had suspended an economic agreement with Australia, in an apparent tit-for-tat response to Canberra's scrapping a Belt...

UK ruling party targets shock win in opposition stronghold

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservatives were bidding Friday for an upset victory in a northern industrial seat after Britain held its first...

Brazil court suspends probe against indigenous leader

A Brazilian court Wednesday ordered the Federal Police to suspend a probe into Sonia Guajajara, an indigenous leader accused of "slandering"...

ICC hands Ugandan LRA commander ‘White Ant’ 25-year jail term

The International Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced Dominic Ongwen, a Ugandan child soldier who became a commander in the notorious Lord's...

Drought-hit Jordan ‘critical’ as water sources dry up

Ahmad Daoud surveyed his shrivelled tomato plants near the Dead Sea in Jordan, where severe drought in what is already one of the world's most...

Inside the cut-throat battle to build K-pop’s next superstars

Thirty teenagers, thousands of hours of training, dozens of shattered dreams: it all comes to a head next week when the Blitzers will be launched...

Saudi walks diplomatic high wire on Iran, Yemen

After years of proxy warfare, Saudi Arabia's secret talks with arch-rival Iran signal a high-wire diplomatic act as it scrambles to rein in Tehran-backed...

Australian regulator moves to block Qantas-Japan Airlines deal

Australia's competition regulator on Thursday said it would block a pricing, code-sharing and scheduling deal between Qantas and Japan Airlines...

Mexico president hits back at critics over metro crash

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday rejected any link between his austerity drive and a metro line disaster that left...

Malian woman who gave birth to 9 babies ‘doing well’

A Malian woman who gave birth to nonuplets in Morocco is "doing well" and her nine babies are being treated in incubators because of their weight,...

Trump moves to assert party control despite Facebook ban

Social media has been his weapon of choice for battling Republican dissidents, but Donald Trump is seeking to tighten his iron grip on the party...

Pfizer/BioNTech jab confirmed to protect 95% in largest study yet

The largest real-world study yet of the Pfizer/BioNTec vaccine on Thursday confirmed that the jab provided more than 95 percent protection against...