7 July 2021 News

United States, Conflict, China, Internet, Police were the most important topics in the news of the Wednesday 7 July 2021, but also: Crime, Afghanistan, India, Diplomacy, UN.

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South Africa’s ex-president Zuma starts serving jail term for contempt

Former president Jacob Zuma turned himself into prison early Thursday to begin serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of the country's highest...

Blaze at Dubai port after loud blast under control

A fire that broke out on a container ship in Dubai's main port following an explosion has been bought under control with no casualties reported,...

Delta variant circulating in Sao Paulo : health official

The highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant "is already circulating" in Brazil's most populated state, Sao Paulo, said authorities Wednesday...

Frida Kahlo exhibition brings her work alive

With larger-than-life projections of her work, music and journal extracts, a new exhibition aims to bring Mexican surrealist Frida Kahlo's paintings...

Trump announces anti-censorship lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter

Former US president Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled a lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google, escalating his years-long free speech...

South Africa’s ex-president Zuma hands himself to prison

South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma turned himself in to prison late Wednesday to begin serving a 15-month sentence for contempt of court,...

Jovenel Moise : Haiti’s assassinated president

Jovenel Moise was a successful entrepreneur before jumping into Haiti's tumultuous politics, but his presidency of the impoverished Caribbean...

Rockets fired at US embassy in Iraq after attacks on bases

Three rockets were fired at the US embassy in Iraq early Thursday, the Iraqi army said, at the end of a day marked by rocket and drone attacks...

Sweden’s parliament reinstates ousted Lofven as PM

Sweden's parliament on Wednesday voted to reinstate Social Democrat party leader Stefan Lofven as prime minister, only weeks after he was ousted...

IMF chief urges G20 to prevent ‘devastating’ blow to poorest

The world's richest nations must do more to help the poorest countries withstand the "devastating double-blow" of the pandemic and the resulting...

China seizes two tonnes of smuggled pangolin scales

Customs agents in southwest China have seized 2.2 tonnes of pangolin scales and busted an endangered wildlife smuggling gang, state media reported.

EU warns Hungary to fix anti-LGBTQ law or face action

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday warned Hungary to reverse course on its controversial LGBTQ law, as pressure mounted...

12 Indian ministers resign in major reshuffle

Twelve Indian ministers, including the health chief, resigned Wednesday following a catastrophic surge in Covid-19 cases earlier this year.

Anger grows over Indian priest’s death in detention

Anger over the death in custody of an 84-year-old Indian priest who had been charged with terrorism offences grew Wednesday as 10 activists arrested...

Taliban launch assault on Afghan provincial capital as US ramps up withdrawal

The Taliban launched a major assault on a provincial capital in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the first since the US military began its final drawdown...

Pope thanks well-wishers as condition improves after surgery

Pope Francis said Wednesday he was "touched" by the many message of support received following his operation, as the Vatican announced that his...

Sri Lanka marks Chinese party century with costliest gold coin

Sri Lanka on Wednesday issued its most expensive gold coin ever to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, underscoring...

Peter R. de Vries, Dutch reporter ‘tirelessly’ chasing justice

Peter R. de Vries, a Dutch journalist hailed as a "national hero" Wednesday after being shot in a brazen assassination attempt, is known as a...

Japan to impose virus emergency in Tokyo during Olympics : reports

The Japanese government plans to impose a virus state of emergency in Tokyo during the Olympics, reports said Wednesday, meaning spectators could...

Haiti police blame Colombian, US suspects in president’s slaying

A 28-member hit squad made up of Americans and Colombians assassinated President Jovenel Moise, Haitian police said Thursday, adding that eight...

Pfizer pushes for 3rd shot as variant drives global outbreaks

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Thursday they would seek authorization for a third dose of their Covid-19 vaccine to boost its efficacy, as the...

Disneyland Paris draws ire after preventing mother from breastfeeding in public

Disneyland Paris, Europe's biggest tourist attraction, on Tuesday apologised to a mother after two members of its security staff ordered her...

Thousands flock to see dwarf cow in Bangladesh

Thousands of people are defying a nationwide coronavirus lockdown in Bangladesh to see Rani, a 51-centimetre (20-inch) tall cow whose owners...

19 bodies found from plane crash in far eastern Russia

A search team found the remains of 19 people Wednesday after a passenger plane crashed in Russia's remote far eastern Kamchatka peninsula and...

Taliban launch assault on Afghan provincial capital as US ramps up withdrawal

The Taliban launched a major assault on a provincial capital in Afghanistan on Wednesday, the first since the US military began its final drawdown...

LGBTQ rights groups blocked on China’s biggest social media app

Social media accounts belonging to major university LGBTQ rights groups in China have been blocked from the popular WeChat app, prompting fears...

Heatwave stokes North America’s warmest June on record

Last month was the hottest June on record in North America, stoked by a deadly heatwave searing across parts of the region, the European Union's...

Indonesia expands nationwide Covid-19 curbs

Indonesia expanded nationwide curbs Wednesday to battle its deadliest Covid-19 wave yet, as the daily death toll rocketed past 1,000 and the...

Finland rallies to save one of world’s most endangered seals

The serene, icy waters of Finland's Lake Saimaa are a boon to fishermen and tourists, but their presence also threatens one of the world's rarest...

Singapore teen gets probation for threatening EPL footballer

A Singaporean teenager was sentenced to nine months probation and 40 hours of community service Wednesday for sending Instagram death threats...

LGBTQ rights groups blocked on China’s biggest social media app

Multiple social media accounts belonging to major university LGBTQ rights groups in China have been blocked from the popular WeChat app, prompting...

Myanmar protesters mark 1962 rallies against first junta

Protesters hit the streets across Myanmar on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of 1962 student protests against the country's first junta, vowing...

Dutch crime reporter ‘fighting for his life’ after shooting

Prominent Dutch crime reporter Peter R. de Vries was fighting for his life in a Dutch hospital on Wednesday after being shot multiple times,...

‘Will I be alive tomorrow?’ : Afghan woman photographer under threat

Photographer Rada Akbar's striking self-portraits are a declaration of her independence and heritage -- but in Afghanistan that comes at a deadly...

Dilip Kumar, Bollywood’s ‘tragedy king’, dies aged 98

Dilip Kumar, one of Bollywood's most accomplished and respected film stars, died on Wednesday aged 98, prompting tributes from across Indian...

China tightens security on Myanmar border over virus fears

A Covid-19 outbreak on China's porous border with Myanmar pushed new cases to the country's highest level in six months, according to official...

North Korea facing ‘harsh lean period’ : UN food body

North Korea is facing a food shortage of around 860,000 tonnes this year, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organisation forecast, warning the country...

Global tax reform plan goes to the G20

G20 finance ministers meeting in Venice on Friday and Saturday could rally the world's top economies behind a global plan to tax multinationals...

US software firm moves to restart after huge ransomware attack

A US software firm hit by a major ransomware attack that crippled hundreds of companies worldwide was working Tuesday to restart its servers...

UK government accused of ‘chumocracy’ in handing out virus contracts

Britain's government is facing growing criticism over how it awarded contracts for virus-related goods and services during the pandemic, its...

Megaship heads out of Suez after Egypt deal

The megaship MV Ever Given which blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March headed out of the waterway on Wednesday as Egypt and the vessel's...

Failure of Libya talks endangers December vote, analysts warn

The failure of UN-led talks on Libya to reach a compromise over December elections could endanger a roadmap that had raised hopes of ending a...

Targeting infidel ‘crusaders’ : DR Congo’s dreaded ADF militia

Mado was worshipping at an evangelical church in the town of Ndalya in February when her life changed forever.

Victims of US-led raids in Mosul still waiting for compensation

It was March 17, 2017. Troops from the US-led coalition fighting jihadists in Iraq were advancing on Mosul's Old City, squeezing out the Islamic...

Sydney extends virus lockdown as Delta cluster grows

More than five million Sydney residents will spend at least another week in coronavirus lockdown, Australian authorities said Wednesday, after...

Pentagon scraps $10 bn cloud contract amid Amazon-Microsoft rift

The Pentagon said Tuesday it has scrapped a massive $10 billion cloud computing contract, sidestepping a bitter dispute between Amazon and Microsoft...

French court orders Twitter to reveal anti-hate speech efforts

A French court on Tuesday ordered Twitter to give activists full access to all of its documents relating to its efforts to fight racism, sexism...

Nicaragua opposition arrests climb to 26

Nicaragua has arrested a sixth presidential contender and four other opposition figures, police said Tuesday, bringing to 26 the number of people...