14 May 2021 News

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News from 14/05/2021

15 years in prison for former US Green Beret who spied for Russia

A former officer in the US Army's elite Special Forces unit the Green Berets was sentenced to 15 and a half years in prison on Friday for spying...

Ukraine unveils synagogue at site of Babi Yar Jewish massacre

Ukraine on Friday inaugurated a symbolic wooden synagogue -- built in the shape of a book -- at Babi Yar, site of one of the largest massacres...

Controversial Princess Diana interviewer Bashir leaves BBC

British journalist Martin Bashir, who is being investigated over how he obtained an explosive 1995 interview with Princess Diana, is stepping...

Russia lists US, Czech Republic as ‘unfriendly states’

Russia on Friday formally designated the United States and the Czech Republic as "unfriendly states" amid the biggest crisis in ties between...

Armenia asks Putin for military support after Azerbaijan ‘infiltration’

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said Friday he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin for military support after accusing Azerbaijani...

Hong Kong freezes media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s assets

Hong Kong authorities on Friday announced they had frozen the assets of billionaire pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai, including shares in his media...

Blinken to seek Arctic cooperation in Greenland

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Greenland next week to seek cooperation as climate change rapidly transforms the Arctic, expanding...

Macron, Ardern hold talks in new push against online extremism

French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern were to hold talks Friday by video conference to advance their...

Warring Afghan sides discuss peace talks as deadly blast hits mosque

Negotiators from the Afghan government and Taliban teams met Friday to discuss speeding up stalled peace talks, officials from both sides said,...

India’s Modi says ‘feeling’ his nation’s Covid pain

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he feels the pain of all Indians battling the pandemic, in a televised address Friday following...

Italy’s Salvini avoids trial in one of two migrant cases

Italian far-right leader Matteo Salvini avoided trial on Friday on charges he illegally detained migrants at sea, ending one of his legal troubles...

UK still plans in-person ‘last chance’ COP26 climate summit

Britain still plans to hold an in-person global climate summit in Glasgow later this year despite the pandemic, the event's president said Friday,...

Perseverance, Hope and a fire god : a history of Mars rovers

China's space agency is holding its breath to see if its first Mars rover will make a successful landing over the coming days, as Beijing looks...

China rover to attempt Mars landing over coming days

China's "Zhurong" rover, part of its ambitious space programme to send a probe to Mars, is set to attempt the challenging landing on the Red...

China says US ignoring Palestinians’ plight by blocking UN meet

China on Friday accused the United States of "ignoring the suffering" of muslims, after Washington blocked a scheduled UN Security Council meeting...

Anticipation builds for China’s Mars rover landing

Anticipation mounted Friday for the landing on Mars of China's "Zhurong" rover, a few months behind America's latest probe to the Red Planet,...

India probes death of 18 elephants ‘hit by lightning’

Indian authorities launched a probe Friday into the deaths of at least 18 elephants, as a leading conservationist raised doubts that the animals...

Japanese journalist held in Myanmar arrives in Tokyo

A Japanese journalist arrested while covering the aftermath of the Myanmar coup arrived in Tokyo Friday, after charges against him were dropped...

Japan expands coronavirus emergency as 350,000 sign ‘Cancel Olympics’ petition

Japan expanded a coronavirus state of emergency Friday, just 10 weeks before the Olympics, as campaigners submitted a petition with more than...

Picasso painting sells for $103 mn in New York : auction house

Pablo Picasso's "Woman Sitting Near a Window (Marie-Therese)" sold Thursday for $103.4 million at Christie's in New York, the auction house said.

Myanmar teen describes junta’s brutal treatment of detained women

Beaten, kicked in the groin and threatened with sexual violence -- a young Myanmar teenager detained by the junta's security forces has described...

Huge Titanic replica to open as Chinese tourist destination

The Titanic is being brought back from the deep, more than a century after its ill-fated maiden voyage, at a landlocked Chinese theme park where...

Ousted Nepal PM Oli reappointed

Nepal's ousted prime minister has been reappointed after the political opposition failed to secure the majority of lawmakers' support.

Greece launches tourism season, eyes pandemic recovery

Greece kickstarts its tourism season on Friday, with both the government and travel operators hoping the lure of sun, sand and sea will bring...

Feeling the pressure, Brazil’s Bolsonaro rallies his troops

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has seen happier days: his poll numbers have plunged, his nemesis Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is looming large...

Ferraris for the people : luxury goods now sold in fractions

Anyone can easily own a Basquiat painting, a pair of Yeezy sneakers or even a Ferrari -- at least, that's the promise of a growing number of...

Benghazi bikers rev up to show another side of Libya

Bikers of Libya's Mediterranean city of Benghazi, the cradle of its 2011 revolution and a one-time Islamist bastion, rev up their motors to show...

As poverty bites, Lebanese give up their pets

Ibrahim al-Dika had raised his Belgian shepherd Lexi since she was a tiny pup, but then Lebanon's economic crisis made him jobless and he had...

Russia to send film crew, Japanese billionaire to space

Russia said Thursday it would send an actress and a director into space to make the first feature film in the cosmos and also deliver an eccentric...

Experts call for new standards to combat airborne disease

Building standards need to undergo a "paradigm shift" to better protect against airborne diseases, a group of experts said Thursday, drawing...