17 May 2021 News

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News from 17/05/2021

Wrongfully convicted US brothers to receive $84 mn

Two African-American half-brothers who spent 31 years in prison in the southern US state of North Carolina for a crime they did not commit have...

ICC warns foreign fighters in Libya they could face prosecution

The International Criminal Court on Monday warned mercenaries and foreign troops in war-torn Libya that they could face prosecution, demanding...

Blinken urges Israel, Palestinians to ‘protect civilians’ and children

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday urged Israel and Palestinians to "protect civilians, especially children", reiterating that Israel...

Spain steps up pressure on Morocco after record migrant influx

Spain stepped up diplomatic pressure on Rabat Tuesday as its prime minister flew into Ceuta, vowing to "restore order" in the North African enclave...

Record 2,700 migrants reach Spain’s Ceuta enclave in one day

At least 2,700 migrants, some 1,000 of them minors, reached Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta on Monday, Spanish officials said, a record...

Biden surges international vaccines aid in riposte to Russia, China

President Joe Biden announced Monday that the United States is surging exports of Covid vaccines to other countries to reclaim "American leadership"...

Separatist parties agree on new Catalan government

More than three months after regional elections, Catalonia's two main separatist parties said Monday they had reached agreement on forming a...

US hits Myanmar ministers, central bank chief with sanctions

The US Treasury slapped sanctions on 16 senior Myanmar officials and family members Monday, citing their support for the government's "violent...

Blinken welcomes Danish Arctic military boost

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday welcomed Denmark's plans to boost its military presence in Greenland and the North Atlantic.

Separatist parties agree on new Catalan government

More than two months after regional elections, Catalonia's two main separatist parties said Monday they had reached agreement on forming a ruling...

Russia warns West against Arctic encroachment ahead of talks

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday warned Western countries against staking claims in the Arctic, as global warming makes the region...

Tropical cyclones in the Arabian Sea : Why are they increasing?

A powerful cyclonic system, Tauktae, is expected to make landfall in the Indian state of Gujarat late Monday after barrelling up the Arabian...

Rakuten Viber expands group video calls for up to 30 participants

The feature will be beneficial for student groups and school classes, mid-size teams and online

Working 55-hour week increases risk of death : UN

Working more than 55 hours a week increases the risk of death from heart disease and strokes, according to a United Nations study out Monday.

Thailand virus cases soar with prison clusters

Thailand reported a new daily high of nearly 10,000 coronavirus cases on Monday, more than two-thirds of them in prisons, as the kingdom battles...

Russian court postpones start of Navalny extremism case

A Russian court on Monday postponed the first hearing in the "extremism" case against the political network of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny,...

Britain eases lockdown as Asia outbreaks fuel concern

Britons hugged their loved ones and streamed into pubs, gyms and other indoor venues on Monday as the country eased pandemic restrictions, but...

Colombia govt to consider protesters’ conditions for talks

The Colombian government said Sunday it would consider protesters' demands to "guarantee the right to protest" as a condition for negotiations...

Monster cyclone makes landfall in Covid-stricken India

A deadly cyclone blasted ashore in western India late Monday with fierce winds and drenching rains that turned streets into rivers, disrupting...

Singapore shuts schools, Taiwan bars foreigners to battle outbreaks

Singapore will close schools from Wednesday as authorities warned new coronavirus strains such as the one first detected in India were affecting...

Samoa opposition claims election win after court ruling

Samoa's opposition claimed victory in an election standoff Monday after court rulings backed its bid to form a new government and install Fiame...

Macron hosts summit to boost Sudan post-Bashir

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday hosts African leaders, diplomats and lenders at a summit aimed at helping Sudan after years of conflict-riven...

Hugs and indoor pints on UK ‘Freedom Monday’ despite variant fears

From pints indoors to cinema screenings and hugs with loved ones, most of Britain saw a significant easing of coronavirus restrictions on Monday,...

‘Through the looking glass’ : How conspiracy theories wreck lives

Suddenly a loved one becomes a stranger. A dad, a mom or a friend lost to a parallel world made up of conspiracy theories and dangerous fantasies...

Conspiracy epidemic, born in US, spreads in Europe

"It's not a virus, it's a tool to use power," says Monique Lustig in the Netherlands, while in Germany, Hellmuth Mendel argues that "Covid is...

Miss Mexico crowned Miss Universe 2021

Miss Mexico was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday in Florida, after fellow contestant Miss Myanmar used her stage time to draw attention to the...

‘I want to study’ : Lebanon crisis cancels school for many

In a camp for Syrian refugees in east Lebanon, Mohammad and his three sisters fear they will be out of school for a third consecutive year because...

Gaza reels under Israeli strikes as violence enters second week

Israeli jets kept up a barrage of air strikes against the Palestinian enclave of Gaza Monday evening, as a week of violence that has killed more...

Gates left Microsoft board amid probe into relationship : report

Bill Gates left the Microsoft board in 2020 as the board pursued an investigation into the billionaire's romantic relationship with a female...

Russia seeks to outlaw Navalny movement

A Russian court is set to hear an "extremism" case against the political network of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Monday as Moscow...

Over 80 percent in Japan oppose Olympics this year : poll

More than 80 percent of Japanese polled oppose hosting the virus-postponed Olympics this year, a new survey showed on Monday, underlining public...

French hope bad weather won’t rain off virus reopening

With coronavirus vaccinations accelerating and infections down, the French are looking forward to the loosening of many coronavirus restrictions...

Iraqis find escape, success on a virtual battleground

Bashar Abo Khalil's PUBG character dashes around a wall in a pink dress and samurai helmet, thwacking an enemy with a frying pan -- standard...

Media caught in crossfire of Israel-Hamas escalation

Media offices reduced to rubble, alleged "manipulation" of the press to trick the enemy: Many are concerned truth could become yet another casualty...