18 July 2021 News

United States, Weather, Germany, Israel, Europe were the most important topics in the news of the Sunday 18 July 2021, but also: Angela Merkel, Cyprus, Conflict, Brazil, Britain.

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Egypt frees activists amid criticism of rights record

Egypt on Sunday freed six activists including journalist Esraa Abdel-Fattah, a symbol of the 2011 revolution, just days after Washington warned...

Journalists, activists ensnared in Israeli spyware scandal

European politicians and media groups voiced outrage Monday over reports that an Israeli firm supplied phone malware used by governments to spy...

Major US wildfire grows, forcing new evacuations

With oppressively hot, dry weather looming over much of the Western US and Canada on Sunday, the enormous Bootleg Fire in Oregon grew again and...

Protesters attack Cyprus TV over Covid measures, vaccines

Protesters against coronavirus measures and vaccines attacked a Cypriot television station and torched cars outside the building in Nicosia on...

Saudi Arabia stages second scaled-down hajj of coronavirus era

Hajj pilgrims streamed out of the holy city of Mecca towards Mina on Sunday, the second day of a massively scaled-down version of Islam's greatest...

Private Israeli malware used to spy on journalists, activists : report

Activists, journalists and politicians around the world have been spied on using cellphone malware developed by a private Israeli firm, reports...

Families seek justice on anniversary of Argentina Jewish center bombing

Families of the victims of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires that left 85 dead and hundreds wounded, on...

Bolsonaro discharged from hospital after intestinal blockage

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro was discharged from hospital on Sunday having spent four days receiving treatment for an intestinal obstruction.

‘I quit!’ says Britney Spears in new, furious Instagram post

Britney Spears, in a furious Instagram post, said she has "quit" doing live performances and slammed her father's control over her affairs.

Police fire rubber bullets, tear gas at protesters denouncing Thai PM

Thai police on Sunday deployed rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon against protesters who defied Covid-19 restrictions to call for Premier...

UK govt in Covid confusion ahead of ‘freedom day’

The UK government was thrown into turmoil on Sunday by its own rules on Covid self-isolation just as it controversially prepares to ditch pandemic...

Protesters denounce Thai PM for pandemic handling

Thai police deployed water cannon against protestors in Bangkok Sunday as demonstrators defied Covid-19 restrictions to call for Premier Prayut...

S.Africa president rallies base as riot cleanup goes on

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa joined post-riot clean-up efforts on Sunday as his government warned against vigilantism and sought to...

At least 34 killed in landslide, wall collapse in India monsoon rains

At least 34 people were killed after several homes were crushed by a collapsed wall and a landslide triggered by heavy monsoon rains in India's...

Taliban leader ‘favours political settlement’ even as offensive rages

The Taliban's supreme leader said Sunday he "strenuously favours" a political settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan, even as the hardline...

Zuma graft trial to resume despite deadly S.Africa protests

The dragging corruption trial of South Africa's jailed ex-president Jacob Zuma resumes on Monday despite deadly violence that swept the nation...

Merkel visits ‘surreal’ flood zone as death toll rises

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday she was horrified by the "surreal" devastation in the flood-ravaged region of western Germany, as the death...

Tensions flare as Erdogan heads to breakaway north Cyprus

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan heads to breakaway north Cyprus Tuesday, to mark the anniversary of Turkey's 1974 invasion, a visit infuriating...

Three people shot outside baseball stadium in US capital

Three people were shot outside a baseball stadium crowded with thousands of spectators in the US capital on Saturday, causing the game to be...

Invisible wounds : France faces up to war trauma

Christophe came close to death in Afghanistan, Raphael saw one body bag after another in the Sahel region of Africa, while Omar does not even...

Merkel to visit flood zone as western Europe death toll tops 170

Chancellor Angela Merkel is to visit flood-ravaged areas in Germany on Sunday to survey the damage and meet survivors, after days of extreme...

Spanish actress Pilar Bardem, mother of Javier Bardem, dies at 82

Spanish actress Pilar Bardem, the mother of Oscar winner Javier Bardem, has died at the age of 82, her children said in a statement on social...

Environmental concerns grow as space tourism lifts off

After years of waiting, Richard Branson's journey to space this month on a Virgin Galactic vessel was supposed to be a triumphant homecoming....

Earth’s richest man Bezos to blast off into space

Jeff Bezos, the richest person in the world, is set to join the astronaut club Tuesday on the first crewed launch by Blue Origin, another key...

Three Chinese, two Mauritanians kidnapped in Mali

Three Chinese nationals and two Mauritanians were kidnapped in southwest Mali on Saturday, the country's armed forces said, in the latest attack...

Fauci : US might ‘still have polio’ if media back then opposed vaccine

Top US scientist Anthony Fauci on Saturday blasted commentators who sound an anti-vaccination theme, saying America might still be battling smallpox...

Olympic athletes infected as Covid travel woe hits Europe

Two athletes became the first to test positive for the coronavirus in the Tokyo Olympic Village, officials said Sunday, as new border rules in...

Wounded widow of Haiti’s slain president returns home : official

The widow of Haiti's slain president Jovenel Moise returned home Saturday after being treated in Florida for wounds she suffered in the attack,...