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At least 3 dead in Madrid after building explosion

By Aritz Parra and Manu Fernandez | Associated Press MADRID — A powerful gas explosion tore through a residential building in central Madrid on Wednesday, killing at least three people and ripping the facade off the structure. A tower of smoke rose from the building, where repairs were being done to a gas boiler, and billowed through Toledo Street, near the city’s center. Aerial footage shared by Spain’s National Police showed rubble covering a nearby schoolyard — though Madrid’s mayor said no o...
Tags: News, Accidents, Spain, Sport, World news, Soccer, Associated Press, Madrid, The Associated Press, National Police, Paul White, TVE, National News, Manu Fernández, ARITZ PARRA, José Luis Martínez Almeida

Indian village cheers for Kamal Harris before swearing-in as US Vice President

By RISHI LEKHI and AIJAZ RAHI | The Associated Press THULASENDRAPURAM, India — People in a tiny Indian village surrounded by rice paddies flocked to a Hindu temple, burst crackers and uttered prayers Wednesday hours before its descendant, Kamala Harris, takes her oath of office to become the U.S. vice president. Groups of women in bright saris and men wearing white dhotis thronged the temple with sweets and flowers, offering special prayers for Harris’ success. “We are feeling very proud that an...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Washington, White House, India, Narendra Modi, US, California News, America, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Fbi, Soccer, Muslim

Indian village cheers for Kamala Harris before swearing-in as US Vice President

By RISHI LEKHI and AIJAZ RAHI | The Associated Press THULASENDRAPURAM, India — People in a tiny Indian village surrounded by rice paddies flocked to a Hindu temple, burst crackers and uttered prayers Wednesday hours before its descendant, Kamala Harris, takes her oath of office to become the U.S. vice president. Groups of women in bright saris and men wearing white dhotis thronged the temple with sweets and flowers, offering special prayers for Harris’ success. “We are feeling very proud that an...
Tags: Politics, News, California, Washington, White House, India, Narendra Modi, US, California News, America, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Fbi, Soccer, Muslim

Olympic gold winner's sexual abuse case is a turning point for Greece

Action brought by sailor Sofia Bekatorou likely to end patriarchal country’s taboo on discussing treatment of womenWhen the Olympic gold medallist Sofia Bekatorou appears before a public prosecutor on Wednesday to reveal the sexual abuse she allegedly endured at the hands of a senior sport official, all of Greece will be watching.For the sailing champion who shot to fame in the 2004 Athens Olympics, the court proceedings will mark the official end of the fear she says has kept her silent for mor...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Sport, World news, Athens, Sailing, Olympic Games, Sexual Harassment, Sofia Bekatorou

Parler reappears with help from Russian-owned security service

By Nate Lanxon and Amy Thomson | Bloomberg Parler, the free-speech social network, reappeared with the help of a Russian-owned web security service as the website hunts for a way around bans that took it offline earlier this month. “Our return is inevitable due to hard work, and persistence against all odds,” Chief Executive Officer John Matze wrote in a new post, the latest since Amazon Web Services stopped hosting the site and it was banned from Apple Inc. and Google’s app stores. “Despite the...
Tags: Apple, Google, Business, Politics, Technology, Cook, News, Microsoft, Russia, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Social-media, Fbi, Soccer, Tim Cook

Simple change to fishing gear saves thousands of birds in Namibia

Birds that became tangled in baited lines appear to be scared off by coloured pipesA cheap and simple change to the equipment used by Namibian fishing boats is saving tens of thousands of vulnerable seabirds annually, researchers have estimated.Some industrial fleets often use long lines fitted with thousands of baited hooks, which attract seabirds. In attempting to snatch away the bait, the birds can become tangled in the lines and die. Continue reading...
Tags: Animals, Africa, Environment, World news, Birds, Wildlife, Conservation, Marine Life, Fishing, Namibia

Greek president praises Sofia Bekatorou for reporting alleged sexual assault

Olympic sailing gold medallist alleges assault occurred in 1998Katerina Sakellaropoulou praises athlete’s ‘brave revelation’Greece’s president, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, has praised Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou for dissolving a potential “conspiracy of silence” by reporting a historic allegation of sexual assault by a sports official.Bekatorou, who won a gold medal at the Athens Games in 2004, told the Greek edition of Marie Claire last month that she suffered the assault in 1998, wh...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Sport, World news, Marie Claire, Sailing, Olympic Games, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, Sakellaropoulou, Athens Games, Sofia Bekatorou, Bekatorou

Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny returns to Moscow and is jailed for 30 days

By DARIA LITVINOVA | Associated Press MOSCOW — A Russian judge on Monday ordered opposition leader Alexei Navalny jailed for 30 days, a ruling that comes after the leading Kremlin critic returned to Russia from Germany where he was recovering from nerve agent poisoning that he blames on President Vladimir Putin’s government. The ruling concluded an hours-long court hearing at a police precinct where Navalny was being held since his arrest at a Moscow airport on Sunday evening sparked sharp react...
Tags: Politics, News, Sweden, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Germany, Russia, Berlin, Eu, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Ap, Soccer, European Commission, Moscow

Belarus axed as host of ice hockey tournament over 'security concerns'

Sponsors of IIHF championships had begun to drop out after violent government crackdown on protestsThe international ice hockey federation (IIHF) has said it will not hold this summer’s world championship in Belarus, amid concerns that it would be a propaganda coup for the country’s hockey-mad dictator, Alexander Lukashenko.In a statement, the federation said it had made the decision “in the face of the growing safety and security concerns related to both the rising political unrest and Covid-19...
Tags: Europe, Protest, Sport, World news, Belarus, Ice Hockey, Riga, Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko, IIHF

Uighur campaigners to target 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics sponsors

Activists will write to companies in bid to persuade them to use their influence with Chinese governmentCampaigners fighting against the persecution of Uighur Muslims in China are to target private companies sponsoring the Beijing Winter Olympics in an attempt to persuade them to use their influence with the Chinese government ahead of the 2022 event.Uighur campaigners in 10 different countries are coming together to write to companies asking them to use their platforms to educate and inform the...
Tags: Coca-cola, China, Religion, Samsung, Sport, World news, Intel, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Islam, Winter Olympics, Airbnb, Panasonic, Xinjiang, Atos, Uighurs

Amazon city having to ration oxygen to COVID patients

By Mauricio Savarese and David Biller | Associated Press SAO PAULO — Doctors in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city are having to choose which COVID-19 patients can breathe amid dwindling oxygen stocks and an effort to airlift some of the infected to other states. Some hope for Manaus, an isolated city of 2 million people, landed in a Brazilian air force plane on Friday with 6,000 liters of oxygen that are being distributed to hospitals. But as the pandemic hits hard, locals wonder how long th...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Politics, News, US, Los Angeles, Sport, World news, Ap, Soccer, Brazil, Venezuela, Associated Press, North America, Disneyland, Lima

Joe the pigeon escapes death sentence in Australia

By ROD McGUIRK | Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia — A pigeon that Australia declared a biosecurity risk has received a reprieve after a U.S. bird organization declared its identifying leg band was fake. The band suggested the bird found in a Melbourne backyard on Dec. 26 was a racing pigeon that had left the U.S. state of Oregon, 8,000 miles away, two months earlier. On that basis, Australian authorities on Thursday said they considered the bird a disease risk and planned to kill it. But Deo...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Australia, Oregon, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Birds, Soccer, United States, Wildlife, Yorkshire, San Diego, Johnny Depp, Associated Press, Victoria

An American pigeon named Joe made his way to Australia — and now the government wants him dead

By ROD McGUIRK | Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia — A racing pigeon has survived an extraordinary 8,000-mile Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to find a new home in Australia. Now authorities consider the bird a quarantine risk and plan to kill it. Kevin Celli-Bird said Thursday he discovered the exhausted bird that arrived in his Melbourne backyard on Dec. 26 had disappeared from a race in the U.S. state of Oregon on Oct. 29. Experts suspect the pigeon that Celli-Bird has named ...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Australia, France, Oregon, Uncategorized, America, Sport, World news, Soccer, United States, Wildlife, Yorkshire, San Diego, Johnny Depp, Associated Press

Coronavirus live news: Lebanon begins 11-day, 24-hour curfew; WHO team arrives in Wuhan

; ; England officials underestimated number of rough sleepers needing helpHow and why is the virus mutating?Recovering from Covid gives similar level of protection to vaccineChina records first Covid death since May as WHO team arrives in WuhanSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.15am GMT Twenty of Europe’s biggest clubs lost more than €1bn in revenue over the past year while almost 10% has been knocked off players’ average values as the game struggles with the economic impact of the Covid...
Tags: Europe, England, Science, Africa, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Kpmg, Madrid, Lebanon, Porto

US tennis player Tennys Sandgren flying to Australian Open despite positive Covid test

The United States player says he first tested positive in November and tournament organisers argue he is therefore not infectious United States tennis player Tennys Sandgren appears bound for Melbourne after Tennis Australia reportedly intervened so he could board a charter flight despite testing positive for coronavirus.In a series of tweets on Thursday, Australian time, Sandgren initially suggested he would not be able to board the flight for the Australian Open, writing “Covid positive over t...
Tags: Australia, US, Sport, World news, Australia news, United States, Tennis, Australia sport, Victoria, Melbourne, Australian Open, Tennys Sandgren, Sandgren

Olympic swimming champion Klete Keller charged over US Capitol invasion

Two-time gold medallist charged on three counts over unrest38-year-old was teammate of Michael Phelps on US relay teamsOlympic swimming champion Klete Keller has been charged over the invasion of the US Capitol by a pro-Donald Trump mob last week.The 38-year-old won two relay gold medals as a teammate of Michael Phelps at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. Charges of knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building, disorderly conduct in the Capitol building and impeding law enforcement were fi...
Tags: US, Sport, World news, US news, US sports, Washington Dc, Michael Phelps, Swimming, Olympic Games, Donald Trump, Keller, Capitol, US Capitol, US Capitol breach, Klete Keller

Tokyo's Covid outbreak adds to doubts over hosting Olympic Games

Emergency measures expanded to cover more than half of Japan’s populationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA dramatic rise in coronavirus cases in Tokyo has reignited speculation about the Olympic Games, which are due to open in the city in just over six months’ time.Japan widened its coronavirus state of emergency to cover more than half the population on Wednesday as surging infections sparked warnings of intense pressure on hospitals. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Sport, World news, Asia Pacific, Tokyo, Olympic Games, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Coronavirus

Japan extends Covid restrictions amid fears for Olympics

Emergency measures to be expanded to cover more than half of country’s populationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJapan has widened its coronavirus state of emergency to cover more than half the country’s population, as surging infections sparked warnings of intense pressure on hospitals.The prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, said anti-virus measures introduced in the greater Tokyo region – the centre of the latest wave of cases – would be expanded to include seven other ...
Tags: Japan, Sport, World news, Asia Pacific, Tokyo, Olympic Games, Yoshihide Suga, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Coronavirus

President Trump travels to Texas to tour his border wall

By Priscilla Alvarez | CNN President Donald Trump bookended his administration’s focus on immigration with a trip to his signature border wall on the US-Mexico border, a visit on the heels of a deadly riot on Capitol Hill incited by the President as House Democrats prepare a second impeachment vote. On Tuesday, Trump traveled to Alamo, Texas, near the border, to mark the completion of more than 450 miles of wall — a trip that caters to the supporters who put him in office in 2016 despite heighte...
Tags: Politics, Texas, News, Mexico, White House, Environment, US, America, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Dhs, Cnn, Soccer, Military, House

Report details grim toll at Church-run homes in Ireland

By Pedraic Halpin and Clodagh Kilcoyne | Reuters DUBLIN – Thousands of infants died in Irish homes for unmarried mothers and their offspring mostly run by the Catholic Church from the 1920s to the 1990s, an inquiry found on Tuesday, an “appalling” mortality rate that reflected brutal living conditions. The report, which covered 18 so-called Mother and Baby Homes where over decades young pregnant women were hidden from society, is the latest in a series of government-commissioned papers that have...
Tags: Crime, News, Church, Religion, Sport, World news, Soccer, Ireland, Pope Francis, Courts, Catholic Church, Reuters, Martin, Micheal Martin, County Cork, Tuam

Acting US homeland security secretary Chad Wolf resigns – as it happened

Wolf, who called Capitol riot ‘sickening’, to step down at midnightTrump set to become first US president to be impeached twiceBiden: ‘Trump should not be in office. Period’House to begin debating article of impeachment on WednesdayRepublicans block call for Pence to invoke 25th amendment 1.17am GMT 1.11am GMT Donald Trump has suffered yet another rebuke from a former ally, with the New England Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick, saying he will not accept the presidential medal of free...
Tags: Republicans, US, NFL, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, House Of Representatives, US Senate, Bill Belichick, New England Patriots, US Congress, Donald Trump, Trump, Wolf, Capitol

Ford to shut down Brazilian auto plants

By Ban Klayman and Alberto Alerigi | Reuters DETROIT – Ford Motor Co said on Monday it will close its three plants in Brazil this year and take pretax charges of about $4.1 billion as the COVID-19 pandemic amplified the company’s under use of its manufacturing capacity. Production will cease immediately at Ford’s plants in Camaçari and Taubaté, with some parts production continuing for a few months to support inventories for aftermarket sales. The Troller plant in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will co...
Tags: Business, News, Sport, World news, Soccer, Ford, Brazil, Argentina, Autos, South America, Uruguay, Sao Paulo, Bahia, Reid, Dearborn Michigan, Economy Ministry

Spain struggles to dig out, get vaccinations up to speed

By Aritz Parra | Associated Press MADRID — The Spanish capital of Madrid was still trying to get back on its feet Monday after a 50-year record snowfall that paralyzed large parts of central Spain and hampered the delivery of coronavirus vaccines. The blizzard dumped over 20 inches of snow in some areas and a cold front was turning mounds of fluffy white into sheets of ice and crusted drifts. At least 700 roads were still not clear enough, half of them unfit for driving without chains. Temperatu...
Tags: Politics, News, Spain, Sport, Barcelona, World news, Soccer, Madrid, Martinez, Interior, Alba Martinez, National News, Health Ministry Health, Filomena, ARITZ PARRA, Fernando Grande Marlaska

Festivals, holidays, Euro 2020… will summer's big events still go ahead?

Burgeoning hopes for a normal sporting and cultural calendar are now in question again as infections increaseCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAs Covid-19 cases rise across the world, hopes that life could get back to some semblance of normality by summer are fading. What chance do we have of going to a festival, flying off for a holiday or attending a major sporting event? Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Football, Sport, World news, Culture, Infectious Diseases, Festivals, Olympic Games, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Euro 2020, Coronavirus

Olympics official says he is not certain Tokyo Games will go ahead

IOC’s Dick Pound voices concern after host city declared state of emergency due to third wave of coronavirusCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageDick Pound, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee, has said he “can’t be certain” that the delayed Tokyo 2020 Games will go ahead this summer, as a coronavirus state of emergency was declared in the host city.Asked about the prospects that the Games will open on 23 July, the Canadian told the BBC: “I can’t be cert...
Tags: Japan, Sport, World news, Bbc, Asia Pacific, Tokyo, Olympic Games, Ioc, International Olympic Committee, Dick Pound, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Coronavirus

Making waves: the hit Indian island radio station leading climate conversations

With its unique blend of gossip, jokes and songs mixed with serious global issues, Kadal Osai has built a devoted audienceSelvarani Mari is a fisher and seaweed collector who lives on Pamban Island of Tamil Nadu, on the southernmost tip of India.Every day she helps her husband cast the fishing nets, maintains rafts for cultivating seaweed, and dives into the ocean to gather sargassum. But she always makes time to listen to the radio. Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, India, Environment, World news, Radio, Culture, South and Central Asia, Conservation, Marine Life, Television & radio, Global development, Fishing, Tamil Nadu, Mari, Pamban Island, Kadal Osai

21 things to look forward to in 2021 – from meteor showers to the Olympics

From finally seeing the back of Donald Trump to being in a football stadium – the new year is full of promiseYou probably found a few things to enjoy about last year: you rediscovered your bicycle, perhaps, or your family, or even both, and learned to love trees. And don’t forget the clapping. Plus some brilliant scientists figured out how to make a safe and effective vaccine for a brand new virus in record time. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Food, Space, Music, Politics, Science, Television, Film, Sport, Life and style, UK News, World news, US news, History, Culture, US politics

Where is Jack Ma? Chinese billionaire hasn’t been seen in months

By Jill Disis and Selina Wang, CNN Business (CNN) — Jack Ma’s businesses are under enormous pressure right now. And the co-founder of China’s most successful tech empire and legendary billionaire entrepreneur hasn’t been heard from in months. Ma hasn’t made a public appearance or social media post since late October, just over a week before a much anticipated stock market listing of Alibaba’s financial affiliate, Ant Group, was blocked at the last minute by Chinese regulators. Ant Group has gon...
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Washington, China, Ipo, Africa, US, Sport, World news, Cnn, Beijing, Soccer, Shanghai, Alibaba, Jack Ma

US, Iran ratchet up military activity ahead of Soleimani killing anniversary

By Nicole Gaouette | CNN The US and Iran charged each other with ratcheting up tensions in the Persian Gulf as concerns about potential conflict build days before Iran marks one year since the US assassinated its most powerful military figure and less than three weeks before President-elect Joe Biden takes office. Iran appealed to the UN Security Council on Thursday to stop the US from conducting what it called heightened “military adventurism” in the Gulf and the Oman Sea, including dispatching...
Tags: Politics, News, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Russia, Israel, US, Sport, World news, Joe Biden, Iran, Cnn, Soccer, Military, Middle East

Football, flights and food: how the EU reshaped Britain

As Brexit’s tangible effects kick in, we look at the impact the EU’s most far-reaching project has had on British societyHistorians of the future will judge the politics of the half century before the Brexit transition ended on 1 January 2021. What, though, of social and cultural historians, those who study how we live?Perhaps the most symbolic cultural artefacts of the last 50 years will turn out not to be a blue flag but a bottle of Blue Nun, a block of mozzarella, a Ryanair boarding printout ...
Tags: Food, Europe, Business, Politics, Football, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Foreign Policy, Manchester City, Food & drink industry, Air transport, Ryanair

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