28 May 2021 News

Russia, Germany, Diplomacy, China, Police were the most important topics in the news of the Friday 28 May 2021, but also: United States, Hong Kong, Conflict, France, Attack.

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News from 28/05/2021

Most Argentines are against hosting imminent Copa America

A large majority of people in Argentina, where football is like a religion, are against hosting the Copa America amid a deadly surge in the coronavirus...

2 dead, 10 missing as Cuban migrant vessel sinks off Florida

The US Coast Guard was searching Friday for 10 people missing off Florida after a migrant vessel with 20 Cubans capsized.

Russia insists CAfrica ‘instructors’ are unarmed

Six hundred Russian soldiers requested by the Central African Republic this month are "unarmed instructors," Moscow's deputy ambassador to the...

Remains of 215 children found at closed Canada indigenous boarding school

The remains of 215 children have been discovered on the grounds of a former boarding school set up more than a century ago to assimilate Canada's...

Biden follows Trump, shuts door on airspace treaty with Russia

US President Joe Biden's administration announced Friday it will not return to the Open Skies Treaty, which Donald Trump withdrew from, signaling...

Mali constitutional court declares Goita transitional president

Mali's constitutional court on Friday named Colonel Assimi Goita, leader of the post-coup junta, as the country's transitional president.

Myanmar junta sentences 28 for attacks on Chinese-owned factories

Myanmar's junta has handed out lengthy prison sentences to almost 30 people for torching Chinese-owned factories, state media said.

Plane of Romania’s ex-dictator’s fleet sold at auction

With "Socialist Republic of Romania" once emblazoned on its side, a Rombac plane, part of ex-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's fleet, went under the...

US says goodbye to Open Skies accord with Russia

US President Joe Biden's administration announced Friday it has decided not to return to the Open Skies Treaty, which Donald Trump left, saying...

Pope orders probe of German diocese over child sex abuse

Pope Francis has ordered an apostolic visitation of the archdiocese of Cologne, which has been rocked by a damning report on child sex abuse,...

Erdogan inaugurates mosque in Istanbul’s Taksim Square

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated the first mosque in Istanbul's Taksim Square, transforming the landscape of the...

Malaysia announces national lockdown to battle virus surge

Malaysia announced on Friday it will impose a nationwide lockdown for the first time in over a year as it battles a rapidly escalating coronavirus...

Countries demand answers from WHO on sex abuse claims

Dozens of countries voiced alarm on Friday at reports that World Health Organization leaders knew of sexual abuse allegations against the UN...

Kazakhstan sees rare antelope rebound after mass die off

The population of the critically endangered Saiga antelope has more than doubled since 2019, Kazakhstan said Friday, giving conservationists...

‘Known radical’ killed in shootout after knife attack on French police

A "known radical" suspected of carrying out a knife attack in France died from injuries sustained in a shootout with police Friday, hours badly...

Ex-policemen jailed for planting drugs on Russian journalist

A Moscow court on Friday sentenced five former police officers to lengthy prison terms for planting drugs on an investigative journalist, in...

Germany’s Steinmeier to run for second term as president

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Friday he will stand for a second five-year term in the largely ceremonial role, seen as providing...

US targets Belarus with sanctions amid Western outcry over plane

The United States on Friday announced punitive measures against Belarus targeting the regime of strongman President Alexander Lukashenko, who...

Manhunt in France after knife attack on policewoman

A man attacked a policewoman with a knife in western France on Friday, seriously wounding her and sparking a manhunt, local police said.

1,000-year-old ‘stolen’ artefacts to return to Thailand from US

Two ancient sandstone artefacts believed to have been stolen from Thailand during the Vietnam War are set to return from the United States Friday...

Ex-policemen jailed over false drug arrest of Russian journalist : reports

A court in Moscow on Friday sentenced five former policemen to several years in jail for planting drugs on a prominent investigative journalist,...

Hong Kong tycoons offer $1 million flat to boost Covid jabs

Hong Kongers reluctant to get the coronavirus jab have been given a million-dollar reason to roll up their sleeves after property tycoons donated...

Germany’s genocide recognition ‘step in right direction’ : Namibia

Namibia said Germany's acknowledgement on Friday that it had committed genocide during its colonial occupation of the southwest African country...

Nearly 400,000 flee DR Congo city over fears volcano could erupt again

The eastern DR Congo city of Goma was eerily deserted after nearly 400,000 of its inhabitants fled following warnings that nearby Mount Nyiragongo...

Delhi announces ‘very, very slow’ easing of lockdown

Indian authorities Friday announced a tentative easing of the lockdown in the capital New Delhi as coronavirus infections fall in major cities...

Fear in Iraq’s Mosul as IS families return from Syria

The return of dozens of Iraqi families suspected of links to the Islamic State group from Syria to Mosul has sparked fears among residents who...

Germany’s colonial-era massacre of Namibia’s indigenous tribes

Germany on Friday took a historic step by acknowledging that the massacre of Namibia's indigenous Herero and Nama peoples by colonial-era troops...

German Greens’ honeymoon over after series of gaffes

Germany's resurgent Green party, its sights set on the chancellery in September's election, has stumbled on the campaign trail over undeclared...

Australia shutters embassy in Afghanistan, sparking exodus fears

Australia closed its embassy in Afghanistan on Friday, highlighting security fears for foreign missions and their local workers as US-led troops...

DR Congo city empties over fears volcano could erupt again

The eastern DRCongo city of Goma was almost deserted Friday after residents fled following a warning that the Mount Nyiragongo volcano might...

Hong Kong activist Figo Chan says jail will make him ‘a better man’

Hong Kong democracy campaigner Figo Chan wore an "Avengers" hoodie into court for his jail sentence in a nod to his love of the comic series...

Sri Lanka battles waves of plastic waste from burning ship

Tonnes of plastic pellets from a burning container ship swamped Sri Lanka's west coast Friday, prompting a ban on fishing as international efforts...

‘Poor people’s route’ : Why migrants are heading for Romania

Inside an abandoned house, onions sizzle as mother-of-four Seror struggles to cook an Iraqi speciality over an open fire, trying to maintain...

Mexico sees glimmer of light at end of Covid tunnel

A steady decline in coronavirus cases and rising levels of immunity from vaccination or infection suggest that the worst of the pandemic may...

Nike says split with Neymar over refusal to cooperate with sex assault probe

Nike said Thursday it parted ways with Neymar last year after the superstar Brazil attacker "refused to cooperate in a good faith investigation"...

Jimmy Lai among eight more Hong Kong democracy activists jailed

Jailed Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was among eight democracy activists handed new prison sentences on Friday for attending protests on the...

Tycoon Jimmy Lai, 7 others handed new jail terms over Hong Kong protests

Jailed Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was among eight democracy activists handed new prison sentences on Friday for attending protests on the...

Pandemic takes centre stage in Macron’s SAfrica trip

French President Emmanuel Macron is expected in South Africa on Friday for a lightning trip dominated by the coronavirus pandemic and its widening...

Japan extends virus emergency until month before Games

Japan's government on Friday extended a coronavirus emergency in Tokyo and other parts of the country until just a month before the Olympics,...

Germany admits Namibia genocide, but critics want more

Germany on Friday acknowledged it had committed genocide in colonial-era Namibia and promised a billion euros in financial support to descendants...

Same morbid fate despite different Covid approaches in Uruguay, Argentina

Uruguay adopted a hands-off approach to the coronavirus pandemic while Argentina applied strict lockdowns but the fate of the South American...

Misinformation thrives in Iraq’s virtual battlegrounds

Conspiracy theories, fake reports and mudslinging -- in Iraq, false news thrives and risks real-life consequences as authorities struggle to...

Millions in Myanmar struggle to buy food as coup price hike bites

Aye Mar sits with her seven children in their Yangon kitchen and worries whether their meal of rice and stringy vegetables -- all she can afford...

Australia’s Covid success under threat as Melbourne goes into lockdown

Five million weary Melbourne residents were put back under lockdown on Friday, straining local resolve and testing Australia's "zero-Covid" strategy...

‘Boys’ Love’ dramas dance around China’s LGBTQ censors

Two men exchange longing glances, a frisson of sexual tension in an on-screen relationship which must otherwise go unspoken -- China's "boys'...

No end in sight as Colombia marks full month of protests

Colombia on Friday marks a full month of anti-government protests that have claimed dozens of lives and invited international condemnation of...

UN body orders probe of ‘systematic’ abuses in Israel, Palestinian areas

The UN Human Rights Council decided Thursday to create an open-ended international investigation into violations surrounding the latest Gaza...