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  • Volunteer confesses to setting French cathedral on fire

    26 juillet 2020

    A volunteer church assistant has confessed to setting the fire that severely damaged a Gothic cathedral in Nantes, western France, his lawyer said on Sunday. The 39-year-old, an asylum-seeker from Rwanda who has lived in France for several years, was...

  • China launches Mars probe in space race with US

    23 juillet 2020

    China launched a rover to Mars on Thursday, a journey coinciding with a similar US mission as the powers take their rivalry into deep space. The two countries are taking advantage of a period when Earth and Mars are favourably aligned for a short journey,...

  • Liverpool beat Chelsea in thriller before Premier League title party

    23 juillet 2020

    Champions Liverpool geared up to lift the Premier League trophy with a 5-3 win over Chelsea in a goal feast at Anfield on Wednesday to ensure they went an entire league season unbeaten at home. Naby Keita opened the scoring with a thunderous effort, Trent...

  • US gives China 72 hours to shut Houston consulate amid spying charges

    23 juillet 2020

    The United States gave China 72 hours to close its consulate in Houston amid accusations of spying, marking a dramatic deterioration in relations between the world's two biggest economies. The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday the Chinese mission...

  • Humans lived in N. America more than 30,000 years ago: Study

    22 juillet 2020

    Stone tools found in a Mexican cave suggest that people were living in North America as early as about 26,500 years ago, much earlier than most scientists accept, a new study says. It's a new step in the difficult and contentious process of establishing...

  • Ethiopian Airlines cargo plane catches fire at Shanghai airport

    22 juillet 2020

    An Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 777 cargo plane caught fire while loading cargo at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Wednesday, the airline said, adding that fire has been contained and none of the crew or ground staff were harmed. The cause of the...

  • Ukraine gunman arrested, hostages freed after President's call

    22 juillet 2020

    Ukrainian police freed 13 hostages and arrested an armed man who held them on a bus for more than 12 hours on Tuesday, after the country's president agreed to his demand to post a movie recommendation on social media. The SBU security service said a joint...

  • World Health Organization alarmed at spread of coronavirus in Africa

    21 juillet 2020

    The World Health Organization voiced alarm Monday at the spread of Covid-19 in Africa, warning that South Africa's surging numbers could be a "precursor" for outbreaks across the continent. "I am very concerned right now that we are beginning to see an...

  • Nine Colombian military personnel die following helicopter accident

    22 juillet 2020

    At least nine members of Colombia's military died on Tuesday when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying them in operations against FARC guerrilla dissidents in the Andean country's Guaviare province was involved in an accident, the army reported. The...

  • Spain's coronavirus rate triples in three weeks after lockdown easing

    21 juillet 2020

    The prevalence of the novel coronavirus in Spain has risen three-fold over the last three weeks as authorities struggle to contain a rash of fresh clusters, mainly in the Catalonia and Aragon regions, Health Ministry data showed on Monday. After registering...

  • Sudan to try ousted Bashir over 1989 coup

    20 juillet 2020

    Sudan's former autocratic president Omar Al Bashir, ousted amid a popular pro-democracy uprising last year, faces trial from Tuesday over the military coup that brought him to power more than three decades ago. Bashir, 76, who is already behind bars for...

  • More than 40 hurt in bomb blast, clash at Afghan government compound

    14 juillet 2020

    Gunmen clashed with security forces following a car-bomb blast at a government compound in Afghanistan's northern province of Samangan on Monday, officials said, and more than 40 people were wounded. The attack took place at a government facility in Samangan's...

  • China rushes to contain floods after record rainfall

    15 juillet 2020

    Soldiers erected sandbag flood barriers in a city near China's largest freshwater lake after the heaviest rainfall in nearly six decades drenched the swollen Yangtze River basin. The vast Yangtze drainage area has been lashed by torrential rains since...

  • Coronavirus protests in Serbia rage for 4th day as Covid-19 cases spike

    11 juillet 2020

    Thousands protested for a fourth day Friday across Serbia over the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic as officials condemned the demonstrations and announced a record jump in cases. Some demonstrators threw firecrackers and chanted nationalist...

  • Floods, landslides kill 23 in Nepal, dozens missing

    12 juillet 2020

    Heavy rains triggered flash floods and landslides that killed at least 23 people and displaced thousands in western Nepal, officials said on Saturday. Nine people were killed and more than 30 were missing in Myagdi district, 200 km (125 miles) northwest...

  • Nearly 60,000 new coronavirus cases in US in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins

    14 juillet 2020

    The United States on Monday confirmed 59,222 new coronavirus cases in the previous 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University reported in its real-time tally. That put the total number of cases in the US, the nation hardest-hit by the global pandemic, at more...

  • Champions League draw offers possibility Barcelona-Bayern clash in Lisbon

    10 juillet 2020

    Barcelona and Bayern Munich will meet in a blockbuster Champions League quarterfinal should both sides make it through, after Friday's draw for the latter stages of the competition which will be played out in Lisbon in August following a long suspension...

  • Trump wears face mask in public for first time during pandemic

    12 juillet 2020

    President Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday, the first time the president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected...

  • Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 13 million mark

    14 juillet 2020

    More than 13 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 570,000 have died, according to global trackers on Monday. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases...

  • Serbians protest for third day over coronavirus handling

    10 juillet 2020

    Thousands of people protested Thursday for a third day across Serbia against the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic after two nights of violence. Unlike the two previous days, Thursday's protests largely passed off peacefully. Protesters...

  • Congo-Brazzaville: should General Mokoko be released from prison for health reasons?

    10 juillet 2020

    The lawyers of 73-year-old Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko demand his evacuation, following the deterioration of his state of health. Presidential candidate in March 2016, this former chief of staff of the Congolese army and adviser to President Denis Sassou-Nguesso,...

  • Two conjoined twins separated successfully in Italy

    08 juillet 2020

    A hospital in Rome said on Tuesday it had successfully separated two-year-old twins joined above the nape of their necks, after three risky surgeries. Joined skull to skull, sisters Ervina and Prefina were born with a condition the Bambino Gesu (Baby...

  • Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for coronavirus

    08 juillet 2020

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after months minimizing the severity of the pandemic and defying medical experts, even as the virus has killed more than 66,000 people in his country. The...

  • 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia

    07 juillet 2020

    A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia's Java island early Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey said. The strong quake hit at a depth of more than 500 kilometres (300 miles), the USGS said, adding that there was "a low likelihood...

  • Muslims call for French goods boycott to protest Prophet Muhammad caricatures

    27 octobre 2020

    Muslims in the Middle East and beyond on Monday broadened their calls for boycotts of French products and protests, as a clash over depictions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the limits of free speech intensified. Kuwaiti stores pulled French yoghurts...

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