19 May 2021 News

China, United States, Israel, Russia, Diplomacy were the most important topics in the news of the Wednesday 19 May 2021, but also: Conflict, Germany, Crime, India, Police.

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US waives sanctions on Nord Stream 2, builder of Russia-Germany pipeline

US President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday waived sanctions against Nord Stream 2, the Russian-controlled builder of a Russia-Germany...

US waives sanctions on Nord Stream 2, builder of Russia-Germany pipeline

US President Joe Biden's administration on Wednesday waived sanctions against Nord Stream 2, the Russian-controlled builder of a Russia-Germany...

Belgium on alert after rogue soldier threatens virus expert

Police stepped up a manhunt Wednesday for a Belgian soldier with suspected extreme-right views and access to rocket launchers who went missing...

Highest bid for Blue Origin’s maiden voyage $2.6 million and climbing

An online bid for a seat aboard Blue Origin's first crewed spaceflight was going for $2.6 million on Wednesday afternoon as the company prepares...

US and France tangle at UN over Middle East

The conflict in the Middle East has stirred up a diplomatic stand-off at the United Nations between France and the United States, the first open...

After swimming to Ceuta, migrants turned back or left in limbo

It was only 200 metres from the Moroccan beach to Spain's Ceuta enclave but swimming fully clothed is exhausting, with many calling for help...

Israeli bombs pound upscale Gaza district to rubble

Gaza City's Rimal district was long a place of relative calm and prosperity in the crowded enclave -- until Israeli bombing pounded much of it...

Galapagos policeman given three years for tortoise trafficking

An Ecuadorian policeman was sentenced to three years in prison for trying to traffic 185 baby giant tortoises off the Galapagos Islands.

EU to reopen borders to fully vaccinated travellers

EU member states agreed Wednesday to reopen the bloc's borders to travellers who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, European...

Chinese Mars rover beams back first photos

Solar panels against an alien landscape, ramps and rods pointing at the Martian horizon -- China's first probe on the Red Planet has beamed back...

Brazil environment minister probed for timber trafficking

Brazil's Supreme Court ordered an investigation of Environment Minister Ricardo Salles as police raided ministry offices Wednesday, targeting...

Italy judge rejects case against migrant ship captain

An Italian judge on Wednesday dropped the case against a German captain arrested for forcibly docking her ship with migrants on board, the NGO...

Cancelling the Olympics? Huge consequences and a financial quagmire

Cancelling the Tokyo Olympics in response to mounting public opposition in Japan to holding the Games during the Covid-19 pandemic would be an...

French police demand greater protection after officer’s killing

Thousands of French police officers rallied in Paris on Wednesday demanding better protection and harsher punishment for attacks against them,...

Putin, Xi hail ties at launch of work on nuclear plants in China

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Wednesday hailed close ties between their countries as they launched...

Italy police dismantle drug ring sending opioids to US

Italian police said Wednesday they had dismantled a Sicilian drug ring that illegally shipped the doctor-prescribed opioid oxycodone to the United...

Myanmar town pleads for help as thousands flee fighting

Desperate residents of a Myanmar town hit by clashes between the military and an anti-junta defence force pleaded for help Wednesday as the UN...

China prepares to launch rocket carrying space station supplies

China is preparing to launch a rocket carrying supplies for its new space station just days after landing a rover on Mars, as it hustles ahead...

Hopefuls for Merkel’s crown diverge on China, Russia

The two leading candidates to succeed Angela Merkel are presenting a distinct choice about Germany's role in the world, between pragmatic continuity...

Engineers inspect Chinese skyscraper after shaking triggers panic

Engineers inspected a skyscraper in southern China on Wednesday, a day after it triggered widespread panic when it suddenly began shaking, as...

Japan troll fined $12,000 in Netflix suicide case

A man who tweeted insults at a Japanese reality TV star after her suicide was fined $12,000 on Wednesday after his comments had sparked concern...

China hits back at Pelosi ‘lies’ over Beijing Olympics boycott call

China on Wednesday branded US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "full of lies" after she called for a diplomatic boycott of next year's Beijing Winter...

Pandemic triggering orphan crisis in India

Three days after their father died of coronavirus, six-year-old twins Tripti and Pari were found sleeping next to their mother, unaware that...

Singapore summons Indian envoy in virus row

Singapore called in India's envoy Wednesday to protest "unfounded" claims by New Delhi's chief minister that a coronavirus strain from the city-state...

Bitcoin tumble slows with help from Elon Musk

Bitcoin's value plunged on Wednesday after China signaled a new crackdown on the cryptocurrency, but its losses were cushioned after Tesla head...

Widow charged over alleged murder of Japan’s ‘Don Juan’

The young widow of an ageing Japanese real estate mogul was charged Wednesday with murdering the self-described "Don Juan" just months into their...

Israel accuses China state TV of ‘blatant anti-Semitism’

The Israeli embassy in Beijing has accused China's state broadcaster of "blatant anti-Semitism" in a report on US policy during the ongoing deadly...

Spain accuses Morocco of ‘disrespect’ after record migrant influx

Migrants tried to cross from Morocco into the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Wednesday after a record 8,000 people poured over the border this week,...

Most at Tokyo Olympic village to be vaccinated by Games : IOC chief

Most athletes and team members staying at Tokyo's Olympic village will be vaccinated by the Games, IOC chief Thomas Bach said Wednesday, as organisers...

Islamic State remains ‘potent’ force in Afghanistan, says US envoy

The jihadist Islamic State group remains a "potent" force in Afghanistan and was responsible for a recent attack that killed dozens of schoolgirls,...

India cyclone death toll jumps as navy searches for dozens missing

The number of fatalities from a major cyclone that slammed into India jumped to at least 91 on Wednesday as the navy searched for 49 people still...

Bitcoin tumbles below $39,000 after China issues warning

Bitcoin plunged below $39,000 for the first time in more than three months Wednesday after China said cryptocurrencies would not be allowed in...

Crossing through forest, Belarusians flee ‘the horror’

Shivering on a cool night on the border between Belarus and Lithuania, a 19-year-old Belarusian has just fled his homeland through a forest,...

India reports record 4,529 daily Covid-19 deaths

India on Wednesday reported a record 4,529 coronavirus deaths in a single day even as the number of new cases in its devastating new wave fell.

Chile’s Palestinian community, largest outside Mideast, protests airstrikes

Chile's Palestinian community -- the largest outside the Middle East with more than 300,000 people -- protested Tuesday in Santiago against the...

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. Last week everything fell apart, leaving a man dead, a synagogue...

‘No one left but you’ : Bereaved Gaza father clutches wounded baby boy

Inside a Gaza hospital, Mohammad al-Hadidi cradled his baby boy Omar -- his only surviving child after Israeli air strikes killed his wife and...

Malnutrition strikes children in DR Congo’s fragile Kasai region

Claudine Kamwanya's twins are barely two but have the ethereal look of the very old.

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...

Russia asserts presence in Arctic with northern military base

"The enemy shall not pass," exclaims commander Ivan Glushchenko, standing in the glistening white snow that surrounds an ultra-modern Russian...

US, Russia seek to ease tensions in first meeting under Biden

The US and Russian foreign ministers have sought to ease tensions in their first meeting since President Joe Biden took office, saying they were...

France savours new freedoms as cafes, museums reopen

The French on Wednesday joyfully made their way back to cafes, cinemas and museums as the country loosened restrictions in a return to semi-normality...

NY attorney general investigating Trump Organization in ‘criminal capacity’

The Trump Organization is being investigated in a "criminal capacity", the New York state attorney general's office said Tuesday, as prosecutors...

In occupied West Bank, Palestinians cry ‘resistance’

Charred car tyres, shards of glass and piles of rubble lie scattered on roads winding through the occupied West Bank, where one word in this...

French cafes reopen and EU to allow in vaccinated travellers

The French returned to their beloved cafe terraces on Wednesday, while the EU said its borders will be opened to vaccinated travellers as life...

All eyes on Hezbollah as tensions rise on Israel border

Israel's deadly Gaza offensive has many eyes trained on the Lebanese border for a Hezbollah reaction, but observers argue the Iran-backed movement...

Forced sterilisation and Xinjiang’s shrinking population

She was already beyond child-bearing age, but Qelbinur Sedik says Chinese authorities still forcibly sterilised her, part of what she describes...

Power struggle on Afghanistan’s frontline over key dam

In the heart of territory under siege from the Taliban, one of Afghanistan's most important hydroelectric dams is at the centre of a power struggle...

Saudi foreign minister ‘hopeful’ over exploratory Iran talks

Saudi Arabia is "hopeful" after exploratory talks with its nemesis Iran, its foreign minister told AFP, in a rare comment on delicate discussions...

Hurricanes and Covid heap misery on impoverished Central America

Orlando Chavez tucks into his lunch of five corn tortillas and a piece of cheese but admits that "some days I don't eat."

Engineers inspect Chinese skyscraper after shaking triggers panic

Engineers were inspecting a skyscraper in southern China on Wednesday, a day after it triggered widespread panic when it suddenly began shaking,...

Brazil’s MV Bill raps politics, pandemic in new album

Brazilian rapper MV Bill's new album is both fresh and old-school, full of rhymes on 2021 politics and the pandemic, but also the same problems...

Longtime car fan Biden lives his electric dreams

Joe Biden, sporting aviator sunglasses, looked out from the driver's seat of Ford's new electric truck and delivered a presidential proclamation:...

Amazon to extend ban on police use of face recognition tech

Amazon said Tuesday it is extending its ban on the use of its facial recognition tools for law enforcement, amid persistent concerns of bias...