31 May 2021 News

China, United States, Australia, France, Diplomacy were the most important topics in the news of the Monday 31 May 2021, but also: Military, Winter Olympics 2018, Environment, UN, Iran.

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News from 31/05/2021

Aussie softball team first to arrive in Japan for Olympics

Australia's softball team on Tuesday became the first athletes to land in Japan for the Tokyo Olympics, in a major step forward for the pandemic-postponed...

Dissident Cuban artist to ‘continue the struggle’ after hospital release

Dissident Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcantara vowed Monday to "continue the struggle" after spending almost a month in hospital following...

Trudeau pledges ‘concrete action’ after mass indigenous student grave found

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday expressed Canada's grief while pledging "concrete action" in support of indigenous communities after...

UN nuclear watchdog ‘concerned’ over undeclared Iran sites

The UN nuclear watchdog Monday voiced concern that Iran had not clarified queries over possible undeclared nuclear activity, adding that its...

Myanmar journalist to seek asylum in Spain

Myanmar correspondent Mratt Kyaw Thu will arrive in Madrid on Tuesday to ask for asylum after fleeing the military junta in Yangon, said the...

Canada to help indigenous search for more student graves

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged Monday more support for indigenous communities, including to expand excavations at old boarding schools...

Mali strongman home after ECOWAS issues rebuke but no sanctions

Malian strongman Colonel Assimi Goita returned home on Monday after West African leaders condemned a second coup that cemented his grip on power,...

Turkey snatches nephew of Erdogan foe in Kenya

Turkish spies snatched a nephew of a longtime foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Kenya and brought him back to Turkey, media and family...

Frenchman held by Iran ‘tourist caught in trap’ : sister

A Frenchman held in Iran for over a year is an innocent tourist caught in a trap that has nothing to do with him, his sister said on Monday,...

US, EU leaders call for more action at climate summit

Top US and EU representatives on Monday urged other countries to do more in the global initiative towards a greener planet, stressing the world...

Copa America 2021 moved to Brazil : CONMEBOL

South America's largest football tournament, the Copa America, was moved Monday to Brazil after a Covid-19 surge in Argentina and social unrest...

Thai museum unveils 1,000-year-old artefacts returned from US

Two ancient sandstone artefacts believed to have been stolen from Thailand during the Vietnam War were unveiled Monday at a Bangkok museum, greeted...

Indian economy contracted by record 7.3% in 2020-21

India's economy contracted 7.3 percent in 2020-21, official data showed Monday, its worst recession since independence as coronavirus lockdowns...

Vietnam to suspend incoming international flights to Hanoi over Covid

The international airport of Vietnam's capital will suspend inbound flights from abroad beginning Tuesday, the country's aviation body announced,...

French police capture fugitive ex-soldier after huge manhunt

Police in southwest France on Monday detained a former soldier who fled into a forest after firing on security forces in an incident that sparked...

No news on US journalist detained in Myanmar one week on : employer

The employers of an American journalist detained by Myanmar authorities said Monday they were yet to receive any information on his whereabouts...

Europe demands answers after US-Danish spying claims

France, Germany and other European countries demanded answers Monday following reports the US spied on its allies using Danish underwater cables,...

Singapore to vaccinate schoolchildren against Covid

Singapore will start vaccinating schoolchildren against the coronavirus soon, the prime minister said Monday, after officials warned that new...

Australian writer says ‘tortured’ in Chinese prison

An Australian academic on trial in China for espionage has told supporters he has been tortured in detention and still does not know which country...

China limits travel in most populous province over Covid-19 cases

Chinese authorities imposed fresh travel limits, cancelled flights and tested thousands of residents in Guangdong Monday after the Indian variant...

France opens Covid jabs for all adults in race against variants

France on Monday opened up Covid-19 vaccines to all adults, a week before Germany, as Europe races to avoid another wave of infections caused...

China allows couples to have three children as birthrate falls

China will allow couples to have three children after a census showed its population is rapidly ageing, state media said Monday, further unwinding...

Hong Kong prosecutors seek up to life in prison for ‘subversive’ activists

Dozens of leading Hong Kong democracy activists could face up to life in prison for organising an unofficial primary election, prosecutors confirmed...

Australia softball team to be first at virus-hit Tokyo Olympics

Australia's softball team flew out on Monday destined for Japan, where they will become the first overseas competitors to arrive for the coronavirus-plagued...

French investigators probe ex auto chief Ghosn in Lebanon

French investigators started interrogating former Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn Monday in Lebanon, where he has sought refuge since a dramatic...

The great jab giveaway : enticements offered to boost vaccine take-up

Even as many countries around the world struggle to secure vaccine doses, in other places, governments, companies and causes have had to entice...

Thousands of Rohingya protest against conditions on Bangladesh island

Several thousand Rohingya staged "unruly" protests Monday against living conditions on a cyclone-prone island off Bangladesh where they were...

Democrat walk-out scuppers Texas vote overhaul

Democrats in the Texas legislature used a dramatic walk-out late Sunday to torpedo Republican plans for a restrictive voting bill that President...

China allows couples to have three children : state media

China has relaxed its family planning policy to allow couples to have three children after a census showed its population is rapidly ageing,...

Senior Australian minister drops lawsuit against broadcaster

A senior Australian cabinet minister on Monday dropped a high-profile defamation suit against public broadcaster ABC over its publication of...

Sri Lanka questions burning ship crew after marine disaster

Sri Lankan criminal investigators began questioning the crew of a burning cargo ship Monday, as the Singapore-registered carrier smouldered for...

New Zealand military called in as hundreds flee floods

New Zealand's military was deployed to evacuate hundreds of residents from flood-hit areas of the South Island Monday as heavy rains washed away...

Hong Kong’s ‘Grandma Wong’ arrested for solo Tiananmen protest

Hong Kong police have arrested an elderly democracy activist as she made a solo demonstration over China's deadly Tiananmen crackdown in a vivid...

Climate talks resume online as pressure to act grows

For the first time since 2019 and following a flurry of net-zero pledges from the world's largest emitters, UN climate negotiations resume Monday...

New Zealand, Australia play down differences on China

New Zealand and Australia downplayed policy differences on China Monday, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern denying Wellington was taking a soft...

Tokyo Olympics fans to need vaccination or virus test : report

Tokyo Olympics fans may have to be vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus before being allowed into venues, a Japanese newspaper report...

Ryanair passenger jet makes emergency landing in Berlin

Polish police said Monday they were investigating a fake bomb threat that forced a Ryanair passenger plane travelling from Dublin to Krakow to...

Searching for Gertrude Bell, colonial ‘mother’ of modern Iraq

For someone credited with being an architect of the nation, the grave of British archaeologist, writer, diplomat and spy Gertrude Bell in the...

Kuwaiti breeder hopes superworms will become new superfood

Kuwaiti businessman Jassem Buabbas has spent years breeding "superworms" for animal feed and now hopes the creatures will find their way into...

Scores of children abducted from Islamic seminary in Nigeria

Gunmen kidnapped scores of children from an Islamic seminary in central Nigeria, officials said, the latest mass abduction to hit Africa's most...

Tarzan actor Joe Lara among 7 presumed dead in US plane crash

All seven passengers aboard a plane, including Tarzan actor Joe Lara and his diet guru wife, are presumed dead after it crashed in a lake near...

100 years after Tulsa race massacre, African Americans still feel outcast

At the foot of modern buildings on an anonymous street, a few discreet metal plaques catch the eye.

Scores of children abducted from Islamic seminary in Nigeria : authorities

Gunmen on Sunday kidnapped scores of children from an Islamic seminary in central Nigeria's Niger state, police and residents said.