20 May 2021 News

United States, Diplomacy, Russia, Germany, China were the most important topics in the news of the Thursday 20 May 2021, but also: Conflict, Britain, Police, Crime, Lifestyle.

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News from 20/05/2021

Mexico detains suspected serial killer after remains found

A Mexican judge on Thursday ordered the detention of a suspected serial killer after a woman's body and other skeletal remains were found in...

Women fall victim to their own success in Chile vote

A strong showing for women in weekend elections for a body to write a new constitution for Chile ended up benefiting men, an analysis of the...

EU lines up Covid travel pass, Eiffel Tower to reopen

EU member states reached a deal Thursday paving the way for a Covid-19 certificate to open up travel in Europe, just as the operators of the...

Belgian authorities scour national park for rogue soldier

Belgian security forces on Thursday were combing a national park for a soldier suspected of extreme-right views who went missing after stealing...

Kremlin critic Navalny says found ‘recipe for happiness’ in prison

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said Thursday he successfully eased out of his hunger strike and has discovered the recipe for being "happy"...

French court blocks police filming ban in Macron security law

France's top constitutional authority said on Thursday it had rejected a key article of a new security law that could see prosecutions of people...

Panic, pity and anger in Spain’s Ceuta over migrant wave

When she first heard that thousands of people were flooding across the border from Morocco into Spain's Ceuta enclave, Gloria Nisrin admits she...

Kremlin hails US pipeline sanctions waiver ahead of summit

The Kremlin on Thursday praised the waiving of US sanctions against the Russian-controlled builder of a Russia-Germany gas pipeline, while Ukraine's...

William and Harry hit out at BBC over ‘deceitful’ Diana interview

Princes William and Harry on Thursday hit out at the BBC and journalist Martin Bashir over "the deceitful way" Bashir obtained his explosive...

Trans candidates fight for rights in Mexico election

Fighting discrimination, challenging stereotypes and striving for greater rights for the LGBT community, dozens of Mexican transgender candidates...

World’s largest iceberg breaks off Antarctica : European Space Agency

A huge ice block has broken off from western Antarctica into the Weddell Sea, becoming the largest iceberg in the world and earning the name...

BBC tricked princess Diana into 1995 TV interview : inquiry

Journalist Martin Bashir tricked princess Diana into giving an explosive BBC television interview where she lifted the lid on her troubled marriage...

French ex-president Sarkozy on trial over campaign financing

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy went on trial Thursday over claims of illicit financing for his failed 2012 re-election campaign, just...

‘Roof knocking’ : Israel warning system under scrutiny in Gaza conflict

A text message, a phone call, or an initial strike on the roof. Israel says it gives Gaza civilians warnings to evacuate before bombardment,...

Clashes on Morocco border as Madrid accuses Rabat of ‘blackmail’

Spain accused Morocco of "blackmail" on Thursday for allowing a record 8,000 migrants to reach the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta, sparking...

Campaign for DR Congo’s war victims puts Rwanda’s Kagame on defensive

A growing campaign for justice for war victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo has caused fresh tensions with neighbouring Rwanda and its...

Zhang Yiming : The billionaire tech visionary behind TikTok

Armed with pioneering AI and a sharp nose for youth trends, Zhang Yiming revolutionised internet video with popular app TikTok and minted himself...

German ‘refugee’ soldier in dock over far-right attack plot

A German soldier who posed as a Syrian refugee denied plotting an attack on high-ranking politicians as he went on trial in Frankfurt on Thursday...

Syrians abroad kick off vote on new term for Assad

Thousands of Syrians flocked to their embassy in Lebanon Thursday as expatriates and refugees kicked off voting for next week's presidential...

New India cyclone warning as death toll rises

A major new storm was brewing in the Bay of Bengal off India's east coast on Thursday, forecasters warned just days after the biggest cyclone...

Key arrest over attempted assassination of Maldives ex-president

Police arrested a key suspect in the attempted assassination of Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed, officials said Thursday as the well-known...

Sweden’s snowy forests provide setting for Arctic warfare training

In a snow-draped forest in northern Sweden, hundreds of soldiers in white-camouflage uniforms built dugouts, patrolled on skis and laid mock...

China says US ‘creating risks’ with South China Sea warship sail-bys

China on Thursday branded the United States an "out-and-out security risk creator" in the South China Sea, after an American warship sailed through...

New India cyclone warning as death toll rises

A major new storm was brewing in the Bay of Bengal off India's east coast, forecasters warned Thursday, just days after the biggest cyclone to...

Hong Kong court backs no-jury security law trials

The first Hong Konger to be charged under Beijing's national security law can be tried without a jury, a senior judge said Thursday in a ruling...

Myanmar junta fires protesting diplomats in Tokyo : report

Two officials at Myanmar's embassy in Tokyo have become the latest diplomats dismissed by the junta after protesting the military coup in their...

Six beheaded in Guatemala prison clashes

At least seven inmates were killed, most of them beheaded, in clashes between rival gangs at a prison in western Guatemala on Wednesday, officials...

Slovenia PM faces impeachment vote ahead of EU presidency

Less than two months before Slovenia takes over the EU's rotating presidency, conservative Prime Minister Janez Jansa is battling fires at home...

London’s V&A reopens with Alice in Wonderland exhibition

After a year of the coronavirus pandemic's mind-bending assault on normal life, London's Victoria & Albert Museum reopens this week, taking...

Arctic nations pledge to fight global warming despite rising tensions

Arctic countries on Thursday pledged to fight global warming, which is happening three times faster in the Far North, and to preserve peace in...

Record 55 million people internally displaced worldwide

Conflicts and natural disasters forced someone to flee within their own country every second of last year, pushing the number of people living...

WWII bomb found in Frankfurt safely detonated

A massive World War II bomb found in Germany's financial capital Frankfurt was safely detonated in the early hours of Thursday, the city's fire...

Japan must ‘radically’ speed defence build-up : minister

Tokyo must boost its military at a "radically different pace" than in the past to counter Beijing's growing capacity, Japan's defence minister...

Covid-19 vaccines have spawned nine new billionaires : campaign group

Profits from Covid-19 jabs have helped at least nine people become billionaires, a campaign group said Thursday, calling for an end to pharmaceutical...

Labour-starved Australia offers cash to ‘work in paradise’

Facing a pandemic-induced labour shortage, one sun-drenched Australian state on Thursday began offering a bundle of cash to anyone willing to...

Twitter drops image-cropping algorithm after finding bias

Twitter said Wednesday it was scrapping an automated image-cropping system after its review found bias in the algorithm controlling the function.

Gaza strike kills disabled Palestinian man, wife and child

Disabled Palestinian Eyad Saleha, 33, was waiting for lunch Wednesday when a missile fell on his family home in Gaza, killing him, his pregnant...

Invasive species costing Africa $3.66 tn a year : study

Invasive species introduced by human activity are costing African agriculture some $3.66 trillion every year -- around 1.5 times the combined...

Colombians protest ahead of talks with government

Colombians took to the streets Wednesday, on the eve of talks with the government, in a third week of demonstrations that have been marked by...