12 May 2021 News

Conflict, United States, India, Japan, Israel were the most important topics in the news of the Wednesday 12 May 2021, but also: China, Afghanistan, Justice, France, Russia.

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News from 12/05/2021

Afghans mark Eid as ceasefire pauses deadly violence

A three-day ceasefire agreed by the warring Taliban and Afghan government came into force on Thursday as the country celebrated Eid al-Fitr after...

Napoleonic jewels dazzle in Geneva auction

A jewellery set worn by French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's adopted daughter sold for $1.65 million in Geneva on Wednesday, soaring way above...

UN Yemen envoy named humanitarian chief

Martin Griffiths, the UN envoy struggling to end the bloody war in Yemen, was named Wednesday to be the global body's humanitarian chief.

Italy hopeful on reviving EU migrant burden sharing deal

Italy is pushing EU partners to revive migrant burden-sharing deals as it seeks to stave off a summertime surge in landings from North Africa,...

Sierra Leone government moves to abolish death penalty

Sierra Leone's government will move to abolish the death penalty in the West African state, deputy justice minister Umaru Napoleon Koroma said...

Cooked at 1,000 degrees Celsius : Guatemala’s volcanic pizza

Guatemala's Pacaya volcano has been erupting since February, keeping local communities and authorities on high alert.

TV giant Ellen DeGeneres to end her long-running talk show

Ellen DeGeneres, a star of daytime American talk show culture, on Wednesday said she was calling it quits after 19 seasons anchoring a TV staple...

Manhunt underway in southern France after sawmill murders

A manhunt was underway Wednesday in southern France for a man who shot dead his boss and a colleague at a sawmill in the mountainous Cevennes...

Rockets and fear descend on Tel Aviv

In the Tel Aviv suburb of Givatayim, shell-shocked residents were assessing the damage Wednesday after a rocket shattered their district's leafy...

Brazil carnival artist rises above pandemic — on stilts

Raquel Poti barely stands five feet tall, but the diminutive stilt-walker used to tower over the crowd at Rio de Janeiro's carnival -- whose...

Maldives bans South Asia travellers as virus cases soar

The Maldives on Wednesday banned travellers from across South Asia in a bid to contain surging Covid-19 infections despite having one of the...

Palestinian Territories : fragmented and walled in

With fears growing of a "full-scale war" between Israel and the Palestinians, here is a look at the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Russia mourns shooting victims, suspect remanded

A Russian court on Wednesday ordered that a teenager accused of killing nine pupils and staff in a school shooting spree be held in pre-trial...

Taliban seize district on outskirts of Afghan capital

The Taliban have seized a district from Afghan government forces on the outskirts of Kabul, ahead of a three-day ceasefire agreed between the...

Hong Kong legislature approves China loyalty laws

Hong Kong's opposition-devoid legislature approved new powers on Wednesday allowing the government to sack public office holders and bar election...

US returns $452 mn in 1MDB funds to Malaysia

The United States has returned $452 million to Malaysia related to the scandal-hit sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, authorities said Wednesday, as...

Russians mark day of mourning after school shooting

Mourners laid flowers Wednesday at the gates of a Russian school where a day earlier a lone gunman killed nine people, mostly children, in one...

Hunger-striking Thai protest leader vows to keep fighting for royal reform

A severely ill hunger-striking Thai democracy activist released from prison vowed Wednesday to keep fighting for reform to the country's monarchy,...

SoftBank beats Japanese record for annual net profit

Investment giant Softbank Group on Wednesday reported the best ever annual net profit for a Japanese company, reaping the rewards of tech share...

Doubts surround India’s official Covid-19 death toll

India's coronavirus death toll passed 250,000 on Wednesday but comparisons of official data with those from people on the frontlines suggested...

Myanmar beauty queen takes up arms against junta

A former Myanmar beauty queen has joined ethnic rebels to take up arms against the country's military junta, posting photos of herself with an...

SoftBank posts $45 bn net profit, Japan’s highest ever

Investment giant Softbank Group on Wednesday reported an annual net profit of $45.8 billion, the best ever for a Japanese company, reaping the...

Toyota annual net profit jumps 10.3%, further growth forecast

Toyota's full-year net profit jumped 10.3 percent even as the pandemic hit the auto industry, the Japanese firm said Wednesday, projecting growth...

Still no justice a year after Afghan hospital massacre

It has been a year since Atiqullah Tanha's wife was murdered during a cold-blooded killing spree at a Kabul maternity ward, leaving their twin...

Experts blast early pandemic failures as India deaths top 250,000

An expert panel on Wednesday blamed bad coordination as well as dithering by national governments and international organisations for the failure...

Lessons from 2011 disaster help Toyota ride out chip shortage

The global microchip shortage dragging on the auto industry has put barely a dent in production at Toyota, the world's biggest automaker, thanks...

Millions at risk as cities fail to adapt to climate change : report

Hundreds of cities have no climate adaptation plans in place despite rising threats like floods, heatwaves and pollution, according to a report...

Nauru vaccinates all its adults in ‘world record’ effort

The tiny Pacific nation of Nauru has congratulated itself on a "world record" Covid-19 vaccination drive which resulted in all its adult population...

Libya’s latest unity government faces uphill battle

A new unity government in Libya had raised hopes the war-ravaged North African nation had turned a corner towards peace -- but analysts warn...

Family marks 18th birthday of missing Madeleine McCann

The parents of missing British girl Madeleine McCann are marking the 18th birthday of their daughter on Wednesday, just over 14 years since she...

Money sent home helps Mexicans survive pandemic recession

Like millions of Mexicans struggling during the pandemic, the money sent home by her father from the United States became a lifeline for Maria...

French court to rule on Air France, Airbus trial over Rio-Paris crash

A French court will rule Wednesday whether Air France and Airbus should stand trial over the 2009 crash of a Rio de Janeiro to Paris flight that...

EU court to decide on Amazon tax appeal

An EU court will rule Wednesday on an appeal by online giant Amazon against an order that Luxembourg recoup 250 million euros ($295 million)...

City of centenarians points the way for China’s ageing future

Gu Bin leans over a desk as he carefully adds strokes to the Chinese character for "fortune", before signing off in a flourish with his age --...

Meet China’s elderly influencers cashing in on the internet

Exquisitely garbed in a traditional cheongsam dress, 76-year-old Sang Xiuzhu is one of an unlikely vanguard of elderly influencers storming Chinese...

Republicans oust Trump critic Cheney from leadership

US House Republicans on Wednesday ousted conservative Liz Cheney, a fierce critic of Donald Trump, from her powerful leadership role in a move...

Organisation of Islamic Cooperation condemns Israel as violence flares

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation has condemned Israel and reiterated support for Palestinians, as fatal unrest escalates.

Indian Covid-19 variant found in 44 countries : WHO

The World Health Organization said Wednesday that a variant of Covid-19 behind the acceleration of India's explosive outbreak has been found...

NASA’s giant Webb telescope succeeds in key pre-launch test

The world's largest and most powerful space telescope unfolded its giant golden mirror for the last time on Earth on Tuesday, a key milestone...

Death penalty, hate crime charges sought in Georgia spa shootings

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty and file hate crime charges against the man accused of shooting dead eight people, including six women...

Higher antibiotic doses may make bacteria ‘fitter’ : study

Using higher doses of antibiotics in a bid to tackle the growing problem of drug resistance may end up strengthening certain bacteria, according...