21 May 2021 News

Israel, Diplomacy, Japan, China, Military were the most important topics in the news of the Friday 21 May 2021, but also: India, Conflict, Italy, Brazil, Pakistan.

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News from 21/05/2021

Roman Kent, eloquent Auschwitz survivor, dies in New York

International Auschwitz Committee President Roman Kent, who survived the horrors of the Nazi death camp as a teenager, has died in New York after...

Latin America passes 1 million Covid deaths as IMF proposes $50 bn plan

Latin America and the Caribbean passed one million coronavirus deaths on Friday as the IMF proposed a $50 billion plan to end the pandemic, aiming...

Alabama lifts ban on yoga in schools — but meditation is still a no-no

Students in Alabama can now learn yoga at school -- but they still can't deliver the traditional "namaste" greeting to their teacher.

In Gaza village, family home reduced to a crater

Walking down a sandy path in the northern Gaza Strip, father of six Ramez Al-Masri points to a huge crater where his home used to be.

Brazil rivals Lula, Cardoso hold anti-Bolsonaro meeting

Brazilian ex-presidents and longtime rivals Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Fernando Henrique Cardoso said Friday they had met to discuss their...

Rogue Belgian soldier lurked near potential target’s home

A Belgian soldier with suspected extreme-right views who absconded with military weapons spent two hours lurking near the home of a potential...

G7 to end state financing for coal power plants this year

The Group of Seven wealthy nations on Friday agreed to end state financing of coal-fired power plants by the end of this year, and to "mostly...

Ceasefire in Israel-Gaza conflict : what’s next?

A ceasefire in the conflict between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip, controlled by Islamist group Hamas, came into effect...

‘We’re not animals’ : The Mexican girls sold as brides

Eloina Feliciano begged her mother not to sell her into marriage aged 14 under an ancestral tradition in their indigenous community in southern...

Pharma firms, G20 leaders pledge vaccines for poorer nations

Coronavirus vaccine producers promised billions of doses for poorer countries at a G20 health summit Friday, where leaders vowed to expand access...

Strong quakes rattle two regions of China

A series of strong earthquakes rattled northwest and southwest China, leaving at least two people dead, local officials and seismologists said...

IMF vows pandemic recovery, as vaccine firms pledge billions of doses

The IMF on Friday proposed a $50 billion plan to end the Covid-19 pandemic, aiming to expand immunisation drives around the world, while vaccine...

New Catalan leader vows to keep up independence fight

Moderate separatist leader Pere Aragones pledged to keep up Catalonia's fight for independence as he was elected Friday president of the northern...

UK govt mulls action against BBC after Diana cover-up

The British government on Friday warned of potential action against the BBC, after unprecedented criticism from the royal family about its use...

What is ‘black fungus’ and why India?

Several thousand coronavirus patients in India have contracted a deadly and aggressive fungal infection, compounding the country's woes as it...

Six killed by blast at pro-Palestinian rally in southwest Pakistan

A bomb blast Friday at a pro-Palestinian rally killed at least six people and injured 14 in a Pakistani city bordering Afghanistan, officials...

Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka nearly out of Covid vaccines : officials

Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka are close to running out of coronavirus vaccines, authorities said Friday, and are hoping China and Russia will...

Migrants scrape by in Libya limbo, Europe hopes on hold

Driven from home by desperation and blocked from European shores, hundreds of stranded migrants are resigned to staying in conflict-hit Libya,...

No leader, no purpose? The crisis of Italy’s Five Star

Italy's Five Star Movement (M5S) once threatened to upend the political order, but today the party founded by a stand-up comedian has little...

Jihadist gets life for deadly attack on German gay couple

A Syrian jihadist received a life sentence on Friday for stabbing a German tourist to death and severely wounding his life partner in a homophobic...

Greek firefighters ‘cautiously optimistic’ of subduing forest fire

Hundreds of Greek firefighters fought for a second day on Friday to bring a large forest blaze under control, with better weather conditions...

China slams EU’s ‘confrontational approach’ after investment deal blocked

China on Friday slammed the European Union's "confrontational approach" after MEPs voted to block a landmark investment deal over Beijing's tit-for-tat...

Great spot : rare Persian leopard pair sighted in Pakistan

A pair of rare Persian leopards sighted in Pakistan for the first time last year have been filmed and photographed in the wild, officials said...

Myanmar detainees tell of ‘torture’ : freed Japan journalist

Political prisoners in a notorious Myanmar jail told a Japanese journalist briefly detained with them that they were tortured with beatings and...

China welcomes Gaza ceasefire, calls for return to peace talks

Beijing on Friday welcomed a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement which controls the Gaza Strip, saying China...

Australian schoolchildren cut class to renew climate protest

Thousands of Australians marched in nationwide climate protests Friday, with many schoolchildren skipping classes to voice their anger at a massive...

Former top magazine editor acquitted of rape in India

An Indian court Friday acquitted the former editor of a leading news magazine accused of raping a female colleague seven years ago in a high-profile...

Uncertain outlook for Chile with political change afoot

Chile, Latin America's richest country but deeply unequal, faces an uncertain economic future after mostly left-leaning independents swept elections...

Covid probe captivates Brazil, menaces Bolsonaro

Brazil has spent the past three weeks immersed in wall-to-wall coverage of a Senate inquiry into why Covid-19 exploded so horribly in the country...

Greek firefighters hopeful of containing forest blaze

Hundreds of Greek firefighters fought for a second day on Friday to bring a large forest blaze under control, with better weather conditions...

Australia urges over-50s to get jabbed as vaccine hesitancy grows

Australia on Friday pressed over-50s to get their coronavirus shots, as fears mounted that vaccine hesitancy could be priming the country for...

Samoa court okays first power handover in a generation

Samoa's appeals court on Friday rejected a last-minute bid to prevent the opposition from taking power, paving the way for the Pacific nation's...

Everest hopefuls ‘camp’ at home to avoid Covid-19 in Nepal

Mountaineer Akash Neggi is fully prepared to take on the world's highest mountain -- after spending several weeks sleeping in a tent in his living...

Africa has much higher mortality rate for very ill Covid patients : study

Seriously ill Covid-19 patients in African countries are more likely to die than those on other continents, which could be because of a lack...

Japan bullet train driver left controls for high-speed toilet dash

The driver of a speeding Japanese bullet train handed over the controls to an unqualified conductor so he could answer an urgent call... of nature,...

China’s ‘shaking building’ to stay closed for inspection

A skyscraper in southern China that caused panic when it started to shake earlier this week will stay closed for the foreseeable future, the...

Japan could freeze all Myanmar aid, foreign minister warns

Tokyo could freeze all aid to Myanmar, Japan's foreign minister warned in an interview published Friday, as the military junta continues to use...

IOC veteran Pound says Tokyo Games ‘a go’

The International Olympic Committee's longest serving member assured Thursday that the Tokyo Games are "a go," as IOC officials huddled with...

Biden meets SKorean president in bid to shore up Asia alliances

US President Joe Biden hosted South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the White House on Friday to underscore his strategic focus on Asia, while...

Vietnam’s first openly gay candidate seeks change with parliament run

As an LGBTQ activist, legal whizz-kid and Vietnam's first openly gay candidate running for a seat in its rubber-stamp parliament, Luong The Huy...

El Salvador ex-cop had 14 victims buried at his home

A team of forensic specialists on Thursday took out the remains of at least 14 people murdered and buried in the home of a former police officer...

In new docuseries, Prince Harry again insists his family lacks empathy

In a new documentary series set for release Friday Prince Harry is once again emphasizing that his family turned a blind eye to the struggles...

Greek villages evacuated as forest fire rages

More than a dozen Greek villages were evacuated Thursday as firefighters battled the country's first major blaze of the year on a mountain range...