13 May 2021 News

United States, Conflict, Israel, Diplomacy, China were the most important topics in the news of the Thursday 13 May 2021, but also: Japan, Germany, UN, Winter Olympics 2018, Colombia.

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News from 13/05/2021

In pandemic milestone, US lifts indoor mask guidance for vaccinated people

The top US health agency on Thursday said it was lifting mask-wearing guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a watershed...

Australia calls for empowering WHO after Covid panel

Australia called Thursday for the World Health Organization to be given greater powers to investigate outbreaks after an independent panel found...

Armenian leader accuses Azerbaijan of fresh ‘infiltration’

Armenia's leader on Thursday accused Azerbaijani troops of crossing the southern border and trying to stake claim to territory, in a new escalation...

Outcry over Brazil bill relaxing environmental rules

Environmentalists accused Brazilian lawmakers Thursday of further threatening the country's disappearing rainforests after the lower house passed...

Israel calls on UN to condemn attacks from Gaza

Israel called Thursday on the United Nations to condemn what it called "indiscriminate attacks" from Gaza on the Jewish state.

Yusaku Maezawa : Japan’s billionaire spaceman with a taste for art

Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who will travel to the International Space Station as a tourist in December aboard a Russian spacecraft, is a former...

Muslims mark grim Eid in shadow of Israel-Palestinian crisis

Muslims around the world marked a sombre Eid al-Fitr on Thursday amid rising hostilities between Israel and Palestinians, in the second celebration...

Champions League final moved from Istanbul to Porto

UEFA announced on Thursday that the Champions League final between Manchester City and Chelsea had been moved from Istanbul to Porto.

‘Impossible’ to hold Olympics during pandemic, Japan doctors union warns

Holding the Tokyo Olympics safely as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage would be "impossible", a union of Japanese hospital doctors warned...

Nepal reels from Covid ‘crisis situation’ as infections soar

Five people suffocated in a Nepal hospital after oxygen ran out this week, just the latest victims of a vicious Covid surge that risks devastating...

‘Extinction’ warning to UK’s Labour as Europe’s centre-left struggles

Britain's Labour party is licking its wounds after another electoral drubbing, and can look to the decaying remains of once-great movements in...

China says US trampling on right of athletes to compete in Winter Games

China on Thursday accused the United States of "holding hostage" the right of athletes to participate in the Winter Olympics after Washington...

Venezuela leader Maduro ‘ready’ to restart talks with Guaido

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has indicated he is ready to restart halted talks with opposition leader Juan Guaido, according to state...

China urges UN to act on Israel-Palestinian conflict

China on Thursday expressed a "high degree of concern" over deadly clashes between Israel and Palestinians and urged the United Nations Security...

Israel’s ‘mixed’ Jewish-Arab cities pay price of conflict

For years, Jews and Arabs have lived together in the central Israeli city of Lod. This week everything fell apart, leaving a man dead, a synagogue...

Saudi releases Bin Laden patriarch held in ‘Ritz crackdown’ : sources

Saudi Arabia has released construction magnate Bakr bin Laden, more than three years after his detention in a purge of the kingdom's elite that...

In Colombia, cattle farmer declares truce with jaguar

On the plains of eastern Colombia, an age-old conflict between man and beast plays out near-daily. Jaguars attack cattle. Farmers retaliate with...

From Belarus to Syria, victims look for justice in Germany

From accusations of torture in Belarus and Syria to alleged genocide in Iraq, claimants in some of the world's most serious legal cases are increasingly...

Ex-Maldives president flown to Germany after assassination bid

Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed, who was seriously wounded in an assassination attempt, was flown to Germany Thursday for treatment,...

New constitution, new dawn for Chile?

Nineteen months after Chileans took to the streets to demand fundamental change in weeks-long protests that claimed dozens of lives, the fight...

Two foreign climbers die on Everest

A climber from the United States and another from Switzerland have died on Mount Everest, the first fatalities of this year's season, expedition...

Race for jabs in India’s vaccination drive exposes digital divide

It's 2:00 am and Ananya Maskara's face is lit up by her smartphone as she nervously scrolls through a list -- looking for a green or yellow tab...

US track and field scrap Japan pre-Olympics camp over virus : officials

The US track and field team has scrapped plans for pre-Olympic training in Japan over concerns about safety during the pandemic, Japanese officials...

Ex-UK leader Cameron faces MP grilling over Greensill lobbying

British lawmakers will on Thursday get their first chance to quiz former prime minister David Cameron about his controversial lobbying for collapsed...

Crisis-hit city of Cali emblematic of Colombian anger

Poverty, long-simmering racial tension, drug trafficking and a recent outbreak of violent anti-government protest: the Colombian city of Cali...

Buddhist monks in Myanmar split on anti-junta movement

Myanmar's Buddhist monkhood led an earlier struggle against military rule but is split on the coup that ended the country's nascent democracy,...

Rampant fishing industry abuses dull Taiwan’s rights record

Taiwan's lucrative fishing industry has come under fire for subjecting its migrant workforce to forced labour and other abuses, contrasting with...

Biden says spoke to Netanyahu, hopes Israel violence ending ‘sooner than later’

US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that Israel has a right to defend itself but after speaking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he hopes...

Bad behavior on planes drawing bigger fines in US

As coronavirus restrictions ease and people get back on planes, they are learning of a new travel development -- passengers who behave badly...

Imprisoned pro-Haftar fighters freed in Libya

Seventy-eight prisoners who fought on the side of eastern Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar in his year-long offensive against the capital Tripoli...

Mob ‘lynching of Arab’ aired live on Israeli TV

Footage of a far-right Israeli mob attacking a man near Tel Aviv they believed to be an Arab was aired live on television Wednesday night, as...

Panic buying shuts down US gas stations as pipelines begin to reopen

The major US pipeline network forced offline by a cyber attack began to reopen Wednesday, its operator said, after a five-day shutdown prompted...

99 of 100 cities most at risk environmentally in Asia

Of the 100 cities worldwide most vulnerable to environmental hazards all but one are in Asia, and four-fifths are in India or China, according...