7 May 2021 News

United States, Japan, Conflict, Britain, China were the most important topics in the news of the Friday 7 May 2021, but also: Police, Australia, Israel, Mexico, Winter Olympics 2018.

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Mexico to ease capital lockdown, resume quake drills

Mexican authorities announced Friday a further easing of pandemic lockdown measures in the capital and the resumption of earthquake simulation...

New protests called after Jerusalem clashes wound over 200

Israel braced for more protests Saturday after clashes at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound wounded more than 200 people and as...

US, EU call for immediate resumption of Afghan peace talks

The United States and the European Union called Friday for an immediate resumption of intra-Afghan talks, and condemned the Taliban for waging...

Indigenous Colombians topple conquistador statue in capital

Indigenous people in Colombia on Friday knocked down a statue of Spanish conquistador Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada, who founded the capital Bogota,...

Demands heard for more permanent members of UN Security Council

Non-permanent members of the UN Security Council on Friday called for the number of permanent seats to be expanded, saying the current limit...

Rio police face fury, calls for probe after bloody raid

Police in Brazil faced outraged protests and a UN call for an investigation Friday after a raid on a Rio de Janeiro favela left 28 people dead...

Deforestation of Brazilian Amazon hits record in April

Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon hit a record last month, the government reported Friday with figures that belie President Jair Bolsonaro's...

US VP, Mexican leader pledge to cooperate on border crisis

US Vice President Kamala Harris and Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador pledged Friday to cooperate on resolving the roots of the...

Russia, US offer opposing visions of multilateral world in UN talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday attacked US and European approaches to multilateralism, including Washington's suggestion of...

‘New energy’ at Iran talks as diplomats reconvene

The fourth round of talks between world powers on Iran's nuclear programme opened in Vienna on Friday, with diplomats voicing hope of progress...

Chauvin, three other officers face new charges for Floyd death

A federal grand jury has charged Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers with civil rights crimes in connection with...

Disappointing April jobs data pose new challenge for Biden agenda

The United States added just 266,000 jobs in April -- a quarter of the number expected -- in a surprise setback for President Joe Biden's efforts...

Nepali climber claims record 25th Everest ascent

Nepali climber Kami Rita Sherpa on Friday reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 25th time, breaking his own record for the most summits...

Blaze rips through London tower with same cladding as Grenfell

Medics treated 44 people on Friday after a fire tore through a London tower block covered in the same cladding blamed for the 2017 Grenfell Tower...

Soul-searching for UK’s Labour after Johnson triumphs

The "crushing" election rout suffered by Britain's Labour party has reopened internecine fighting as the centre-left opposition struggles to...

Record jump in virus cases signals impending crisis in Nepal

Health workers and authorities in Nepal are struggling to contain a massive surge of Covid-19 cases as infections spill over from neighbouring...

Philip Morris to phase out cigarettes in Japan within decade

The head of tobacco giant Philip Morris said the company will phase out conventional cigarettes in Japan within 10 years, in an interview with...

Taiwan court rules against Indigenous hunting rights overhaul

Taiwan's top court on Friday said some hunting restrictions placed on the island's Indigenous inhabitants were unconstitutional, but stopped...

Taiwan court rules against Indigenous hunting rights overhaul

Taiwan's top court on Friday said some hunting restrictions placed on the island's Indigenous inhabitants were unconstitutional, but stopped...

Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano erupts

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted on Friday, spewing a massive column of smoke and ash up to 2,800 metres into the sky.

Mosques full despite Pakistan’s Covid third wave

Schools and restaurants have closed, shops pull down their shutters early every evening, and the military has been mobilised to combat the spread...

China says ‘extremely low’ risk of damage from rocket debris

China said Friday the risk of damage from a rocket falling back to Earth was "extremely low", after the United States warned it could crash down...

Japan extends virus emergency as Olympics approach

A virus state of emergency in Tokyo and other parts of Japan was extended on Friday, less than three months before the Olympics, with restrictions...

China says ‘extremely low’ risk of damage on Earth from rocket re-entry

China said Friday the risk of damage on Earth from a rocket which fell out of orbit after separating from Beijing's space station was "extremely...

Land rights case sparks new east Jerusalem clashes

Fifteen Palestinians were arrested in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem overnight in clashes with police over an eviction threat against four Palestinian...

EU leaders pledge Brussels’ role in fight against poverty

EU leaders stressed on Friday the importance of fighting poverty and inequality as the continent emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic, but member...

Japan Airlines logs $2.6 billion loss over pandemic

Japan Airlines posted an annual net loss of $2.6 billion Friday but did not release a forecast for the current financial year, citing uncertainty...

US calls on Hong Kong to release Tiananmen vigil activists

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for the release Friday of four Hong Kong democracy activists who were jailed for taking part in a...

Australians stranded in India feel abandoned by government

Australian Sunny Joura flew to India to see his dying father and has been stuck there for a year as his home country enforced one of the world's...

India deaths top 4,000 as Macron urges end to vaccine export limits

New Covid-19 deaths surged past 4,000 for the first time in India on Saturday in one of the world's worst outbreaks, as EU pressure mounted on...

Malaysian ex-PM Najib fined for breaking virus rules

Former Malaysian leader Najib Razak, who has been convicted over the mammoth 1MDB scandal, is in trouble with the law again -- this time for...

In US, children return to school — but so do the guns

Students in many US states are just returning to classrooms after months of remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic -- but the move back...

Australia borders could be shut until late 2022 : minister

Australia is likely to remain shut to visitors until late 2022, the country's trade and tourism minister said Friday, as another global coronavirus...

Covid threatens Everest climbing comeback plans

More than 30 sick climbers have been evacuated from the foot of Mount Everest, raising fears that coronavirus may scupper a hoped-for bumper...

Maldives ex-president ‘critical’ after assassination attempt

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was in a "critical" condition on Friday following an assassination attempt, doctors said.

Japan to extend emergency virus measures as Olympics approach

Japan will prolong a virus state of emergency in Tokyo and other regions and impose restrictions in more areas on Friday as cases surge less...

J Balvin, a superstar grappling with fame’s social responsibility

A new documentary about reggaeton superstar J Balvin set out to explore a kid from Medellin's ascent to global fame -- but against the backdrop...

Syrian shepherds suffer with grazing lands a no-go zone

Syrian farmer Mohammad Saasaani grew up grazing sheep in the vast Badia rangelands, but today they are rife with jihadists, a place too dangerous...

US braces for billions of cicadas to emerge after 17 years underground

Some are waiting for their arrival with trepidation, others are curious what they might taste like: Americans are swapping tips on how best to...

Veggie satay : Singapore lab cooks up Asian favourites, minus the meat

From faux-chicken satay to imitation beef rendang, a high-tech Singapore laboratory is replicating popular Asian dishes with plant-based meat...

Johnson hails Conservatives’ crushing win in UK Labour stronghold

Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday welcomed early election results in Britain's first major vote since Brexit and the pandemic, including...

Nature’s GPS : Sharks read magnetic fields for directions

Forget Google Maps -- sharks can read the Earth's magnetic field like a GPS navigator to find their way, a study in Current Biology showed Thursday.

Golden Globes voters approve sweeping reforms after racism row

The scandal-hit organization behind film and television's Golden Globe Awards on Thursday voted for sweeping reforms after being slammed by Hollywood...