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Updated: 2021-04-23 10:18
India Covid crisis: Hospitals buckle under record surge
Families of Covid patients are pleading for hospital care as emergency rooms and wards overflow.
Stock futures point to a market rebound after concerns over capital gains tax hike prompted sell-off
Futures rose in early morning trade on Friday as investors prepared to end a down week for equities.
Euro zone's economic recovery gathers pace in April with France returning to growth
Business activity in the euro zone expanded again in April, preliminary data showed on Friday, providing some positive momentum for the second quarter.
Kid, I blew up the honey: fallout from nuclear bomb tests detected in US pots
American honey found to contain radioactive element cesiumScientists who took samples say honey is perfectly safe to eat Honey from several regions of the US shows traces of a radioactive element from nuclear testing that took place in the 1950s and 60s, ...
US Dragon crewship launches to space station
Four astronauts leave Florida in a Dragon capsule bound for the International Space Station.
Black ballet dancer Lopes Gomes wins Berlin racism case
Berlin Staatsballett awards compensation after the ballerina complained of racism.
Covid Australia live updates: three more blood clot cases linked to AstraZeneca vaccine including 80-year-old
Western Australian premier Mark McGowan announces a snap three-day lockdown for Perth and Peel after coronavirus spreads from hotel quarantine. Follow the latest Scott Morrison claims future generations will ‘thank us’ despite no new emissions ...
Over $200 billion wiped off cryptocurrency market in a day as bitcoin plunges below $50,000
Bitcoin and other digital currencies plunged on Friday as U.S. President Joe Biden's proposed capital gains tax hike led to a wave of selling.
How JPMorgan Chase got European football so wrong
When JPMorgan Chase agreed to finance a breakaway competition of some of the world's richest soccer clubs, it expected some heated discussions.
Idriss Déby: Chad funeral for president killed by rebels
France's President Macron is among foreign leaders to pay their last respects to Idriss Déby.
Capitol riot: Man accused after Bumble dating app boast
A US man has reportedly been arrested and charged after telling a match "I did storm the Capitol".
UK scientists find evidence of human-to-cat Covid transmission
Researchers in Glasgow find two cases where cats were infected by owners with coronavirus symptomsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo cases of human-to-cat transmission of Covid-19 have been identified by researchers. Scientists ...
Welsh first minister accused of using lockdown easing to influence poll
Opponents say Mark Drakeford is ‘playing politics’ with timing of announcementsThe first minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has insisted he is not using positive announcements about the easing of lockdown restrictions to try to win votes at next month’s ...
Mona Eltahawy: ‘Feminism is not a T-shirt or a 9 to 5 job. It’s my existence’
One of the fiercest voices of Middle Eastern feminism, the author of The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls explains her mission to ‘destroy patriarchy’Every morning, Mona Eltahawy carefully lines her eyes in thick kohl. “It’s a ritual I gift to ...
Shock G: Digital Underground's The Humpty Dance rapper dies, aged 57
He was the co-founder of hip-hop pioneers Digital Underground and produced 2Pac's debut album.
Everest Covid cases shine harsh light on Nepalese decision to open mountain
Norwegian climber airlifted from mountain while Sherpa reported to have also tested positiveThe first cases of Covid-19 have been identified at Everest base camp, renewing the controversy over the decision by Nepal to open the world’s highest mountain to ...
Here are the highest-paying companies in the UK in 2021, according to Glassdoor
Jobs website Glassdoor ranks the highest-paying companies in the U.K. in 2021.
Malta still selling golden passports to rich stay-away ‘residents’
Undercover investigation finds evidence that cash-for-passport practices revealed in Henley & Partners leak continueThe Maltese government continues to sell citizenship to multimillionaires who have minimal genuine links to the country, a Guardian undercover ...
And the winner should be … Peter Bradshaw’s predictions for the 2021 Oscars
Will Nomadland clean up this year? Will Anthony Hopkins get best actor? Our film critic gives the low down on the contenders for the Academy Awards Will win: Nomadland Should win: Nomadland Shoulda been a contender: Quo Vadis, Aida? Continue reading...
'He was like a comedian': Andrew Brown's aunt pays tribute after fatal shooting by police – video
Glenda Brown Thomas has paid tribute to her nephew, Andrew Brown, a day after the 42-year-old was shot dead by police in North Carolina. “He had a good laugh, a nice smile. And he had good dimples ... He did not finish school, but he did encourage his ...
For 2nd day in a row, India posts global record for new COVID-19 cases
India on Friday posted the world's largest daily COVID-19 caseload for a second day, with 332,730 new cases and 2,263 deaths, as the pandemic spiralled out of control.
East Jerusalem clashes leave over 100 injured
Tensions boil over into some of the worst violence in the Israeli-occupied sector for months.
India reports more than 330,000 new Covid cases, setting a fresh global record
As of Friday, India has reported more than 4 million cases in April and at least 24,452 people have died.
US joins race to find stricken Indonesia submarine
Indonesia is trying to rescue 53 crew on board a missing submarine before their oxygen runs out.
India reports record single-day jump in Covid cases, with more than 314,000 new infections
So far in April, India has reported more than 3.78 million new cases and over 22,000 deaths.
Perth to enter snap three-day lockdown after Covid spreads from hotel quarantine into community
WA premier Mark McGowan announces restrictions after Victorian man, who contracted coronavirus at the Mercure in Perth, infected a friendWhat you can and can’t do over the Anzac Day long weekendPerth Covid-19 public exposure sites visited by confirmed ...
A nightmare on repeat - India is running out of oxygen again
Facing a rising wave of coronavirus, and record case numbers, India finds itself battling for breath.
Singapore names new finance minister in cabinet reshuffle after setback in leadership succession
Lawrence Wong, current education minister and second finance minister, will helm the finance portfolio from May 15, the prime minister's office said on Friday.
‘It reeked of hope and ambition’: 30 years of riot grrrl label Kill Rock Stars
Born in the Pacific north-west scene that produced grunge – but often in opposition to it – Kill Rock Stars pushed women to the front of the stage, and also gave Elliott Smith a platformIn 1991, something was brewing under the constant clouds of Olympia, ...
Climate expert calls on China and Japan to end financing of coal plants in poorer nations
Rachel Kyte, who served as a special representative of the U.N. secretary-general, says "coal has no place in the race to net-zero" carbon emissions by 2050.
Op-ed: Germany´s new political star is poised to deliver on Merkel’s original promise
As of 2022, the Greens' Annalena Baerbock is guaranteed to be Germany's most powerful female politician.
Japan to declare targeted state of emergency as Covid cases surge
Yoshihide Suga under pressure to act after sharp rise in infections in Tokyo, only months before OlympicsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJapan is hoping that a short blast of tough coronavirus measures will halt a recent surge in ...
Home Office sued by asylum seeker over baby’s death
Woman claims asylum housing staff ignored pleas for help when she was in pain while 35 weeks pregnantA woman whose baby died is suing the Home Office for negligence over claims that staff at her asylum accommodation refused to call an ambulance when she was ...
China could save $1.6 trillion by replacing coal with clean energy, report finds
There's huge economic incentive for China to move away from coal, according to a report by financial analytics company TransitionZero.
Bones of Black children killed in police bombing used in Ivy League anthropology course
Remains of those killed in 1985 Move bombing in Philadelphia serve as ‘case study’ in Princeton-backed courseThe bones of Black children who died in 1985 after their home was bombed by Philadelphia police in a confrontation with the Black liberation group ...
Oxygen runs low during India’s Covid crisis – photo essay
As a global record for new Covid cases is set in India, hospitals are running out of vital supplies‘The system has collapsed’: India’s descent into Covid hellHospitals in parts of India are using social media to beg for help finding oxygen and key ...
Delhi hospitals issue SOS alerts over oxygen supplies as India’s Covid crisis mounts
Staff posted emergency messages on social media as several hospitals in the capital exhausted oxygen supplies on Thursday nightHospitals in Delhi issued SOS alerts on Friday morning, warning they had just a few hours supply of oxygen left, as another ...
Former subpostmasters expected to have names cleared after court appeal
Dozens appeal against convictions for theft, fraud and false accounting they claim were due to Horizon computing errors Dozens of former subpostmasters who were convicted of theft, fraud and false accounting because of the Post Office’s defective Horizon ...
Mount Everest: Coronavirus reaches world's tallest peak
The cases are a blow to Nepal, which relies on income from Everest climbs as a source of revenue.
Rape victims in south Asia still face vaginal tests, report finds
Unscientific ‘morality’ examination linked to low conviction rates and violates women’s rights, says Equality NowPhysical vaginal tests are still used to determine whether women and girls have been raped in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, according to a new ...
‘Damn! This is a Caravaggio!’: the inside story of an old master found in Spain
Art dealer Giancarlo Ciaroni attempted to buy painting listed at €1,500 for €500,000 – but discovered bewildered owners already had two offers of €3mIt took all of six minutes for Massimo Pulini to realise that the small oil painting due to go under ...
China's fintech giants are hitting roadblocks in planned listings at home
Financial technology stock listings were explicitly discouraged on Shanghai's STAR Market in a recent regulatory watchdog announcement.
'My son should be burying me': Calls for police reform at Daunte Wright's funeral – video
Hundreds of mourners filled a Minneapolis church for the funeral of Daunte Wright after the 20-year-old was killed two weeks ago by a police officer who said she mistook her gun for a Taser. The funeral came two days after the city's streets were filed by ...
Oxford Malaria vaccine proves highly effective in Burkina Faso trial
Vaccine developed by scientists at Jenner Institute, Oxford, shows up to 77% efficacy in trial over 12 monthsA vaccine against malaria has been shown to be highly effective in trials in Africa, holding out the real possibility of slashing the death toll of a ...
UK aid cut seen as unforced error in ‘year of British leadership’
With UK hosting G7 and Cop26 this year, decision threatens Britain’s status as a ‘soft power’ superpowerBoris Johnson is said to be having “queasy second thoughts” about a long-term cut to the UK aid programme, faced both by the surprising ...
Tesla branded as 'arrogant' in China as pressure mounts on the electric carmaker
Tesla has been a poster child for China's efforts to demonstrate it's letting more foreign businesses operate in its market. But with success comes scrutiny.
Automakers show off flying cars in Shanghai — but Warren Buffett-backed BYD stays clear
While some businesses see a future for electric cars in the skies, Chinese automaker and battery company BYD is sticking to ground vehicles for now.
China's best-selling, GM-backed electric car brand launches a mini convertible
The electric car is the latest from the popular Hongguang Mini EV line developed by GM's joint venture with Wuling Motors and state-owned SAIC Motor.
The typhoon that hit my island didn’t make the news. This is what the climate crisis looks like
Palau was hit by Typhoon Surigae last week, but even the typhoons that don’t claim lives or flatten cities are devastating for those who live through themMy adopted home country of Palau, in the northern Pacific, was hit by a typhoon last week. Thankfully no...
U.S. general predicts Afghan military will 'certainly collapse' without assistance
Afghanistan's military "will certainly collapse" without some continued American support once all U.S. troops are withdrawn, the top U.S. general for the Middle East told the U.S. Congress Thursday...
Urgent action on Myanmar is needed but engaging the junta at the Southeast Asian leaders meeting is a risky gamble
The international community is putting its hopes on a meeting between Southeast Asian leaders this weekend to reach a breakthrough on stopping the violence in Myanmar, as the country's ruling military junta continues its brutal and bloody suppression of ...
Tesla's Autopilot 'tricked' to operate without driver
A Model Y made multiple trips on a test track without a human in the driver's seat, engineers found.
Surging Covid cases globally send medical supplier stocks higher in Singapore
The Singapore-listed shares of Top Glove, the world's largest medical glove maker, have risen 18.4% so far this month.
Here’s what countries pledged on climate change at Biden’s global summit
The pledges by U.S. allies and adversaries at the global climate summit come shortly after Biden vowed to reduce U.S. emissions by at least 50% by 2030.
Missing Indonesian submarine: rescuers find unidentified object as oxygen runs low
Race to find missing navy vessel as authorities warn oxygen in KRI Nanggala-402 will run out within 24 hoursIndonesia’s president has ordered an all-out effort to find a missing submarine in a race against time to save the 53 crew, whose oxygen supply was ...
New Zealand’s stance on China has deep implications for the Five Eyes alliance
Analysis: Country has confirmed itself the weak link in the intelligence chain it joined with the US, UK, Canada and AustraliaJacinda Ardern, the New Zealand prime minister from the centre-left Labour party, has offended devotees of the Anglosphere by ...
Tesla cars can drive with nobody in the driver's seat, Consumer Reports engineers find
Consumer Reports said Thursday that in testing this week it found it could "easily" get a 2020 Tesla Model Y to drive "even with no one in the driver's seat."
Russia orders troops back to base after massive buildup near Ukraine border
Russia ordered its top military brass to return troops to their permanent bases from Friday, saying it had concluded a "snap inspection" of its forces in the country's east and west, near the Ukrainian border.
Senior general says US will maintain ability to launch air strikes in Afghanistan following troop withdrawal
The senior US general responsible for US troops in the Middle East made clear Thursday that the US intends to maintain military influence and the ability to carry out air strikes in Afghanistan after American and NATO troops are withdrawn from the country ...
Asteroid’s 22m-year journey from source to Earth mapped in historic first
Flight path of Kalahari’s six-tonne asteroid is first tracing of meteorite shedding rock to solar system originAstronomers have reconstructed the 22m-year-long voyage of an asteroid that hurtled through the solar system and exploded over Botswana, showering ...
Afghanistan: Have things improved since the Taliban?
With foreign forces due to leave later this year, what progress have Afghans seen in their lives?
Africa's week in pictures: 16-22 April 2021
A selection of the week's best photos from across the continent.
The Indonesian island that could host Elon Musk's new SpaceX site
A remote island could host Elon Musk's new Space X project - but its residents are not impressed.
European Super League: Why were there no teams from Germany?
There's growing interest in the German model, where fans hold a controlling stake in the clubs.
More than 100 asylum seekers feared dead after shipwreck off Libya
Dozens of bodies have been spotted near a capsized vessel which had about 130 people on boardAt least 120 asylum seekers are feared dead after their rubber boat capsized in stormy seas off the coast of Libya while they were attempting to reach Europe, ...
Biden to propose capital gains tax of 39.6% to fund education and child care, reports say
Biden will seek an increase in the tax on capital gains to 39.6% for those Americans earning more than $1 million, according to reports.
Cielo review – love letter to the desert’s starry skies
Alison McAlpine’s documentary draws out tales from locals and astronomers to evoke the magic and mystery of Chile’s stargazing hotspotCielo means “sky” in Spanish, and “heaven”, too. And it’s with a sense of humbled wonder at the immense mystery ...
Top U.S. general in Middle East worried about potential collapse of Afghan military after troop withdrawal
Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, is concerned that the Afghan military will collapse after American and other foreign troops leave.
Senators push to secure U.S. drug supply chain after disruptions during Covid-19 pandemic
The U.S. faced shortages for drugs used to treat Covid-19 patients during the pandemic as demand surged but supply.
Intel revenue and profit drop slightly from last year
Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger announced earlier this month that the company plans to invest $20 billion in new microchip manufacturing plants.
Musician records natural sounds from 7 continents for Earth Day
Ted White, a musician from Liverpool, England, has captured sounds of nature on all seven continents. In celebration of Earth Day, he recorded music inspired by his travels and incorporated the sounds to create...
Watch: Moment pet dog runs on to high school race track and wins relay event
Watch the moment Holly the dog joins in the final sprint of a high school relay event in Utah and crosses the line first.
Family, friends, spectators gather to mourn Daunte Wright, the 'Prince of Brooklyn Center'
The 20-year-old was killed by police in Minnesota earlier this month following a traffic stop. His funeral was held not far from where George Floyd died.
Shortage of semiconductors, dubbed the 'new oil,' could dent GDP growth, boost inflation
Economic growth could slow, and inflation is likely to see at least a momentary bump higher as the semiconductor shortage escalates, economists say.
Dow closes more than 300 points lower following reports of Biden eyeing capital gains tax hike
Growth stocks, which could come under selling pressure on higher capital gains taxes, led the intraday decline on Thursday.
Daunte Wright funeral: As Minneapolis mourns, what next for police reform?
A historic verdict followed by a funeral - a community coping with trauma asks what happens next.
David Cameron kept pushing Bank and Treasury to risk £20bn to help Greensill
Former prime minister sent string of emails to Bank officials and argued firm should be a priority for Treasury fundingDavid Cameron repeatedly pushed the Bank of England and the Treasury to risk up to £20bn in taxpayer cash to help Greensill Capital, just as...
China's Xi calls for international collaboration to reduce global carbon emissions at U.S.-led summit
Xi's remarks followed opening remarks from U.S. President Joe Biden and his administration, and the U.N. secretary general.
Apple's $29 AirTag is a coin-sized tracker that helps you find lost things — here's how it works
CNBC's Todd Haselton tries out Apple's AirTag, a metal tracker you can attach to your items to keep track of them.
New Covid variant detected at Texas A&M lab shows signs of antibody resistance and more severe illness in young people
Scientists at Texas A&M say they've detected a new Covid-19 variant that shows signs of causing more severe illness and appears to be resistant to antibodies.
Stranded sailor allowed to leave abandoned ship after four years
Mohammed Aisha had been living on a ship marooned off Egypt's Red Sea coast for four years.
'Existential crisis of our time': Joe Biden pledges to halve US emissions by 2030 – video
The Biden administration on Thursday pledged to slash US greenhouse gas emissions by 50%-52% from 2005 levels by 2030, a new target it hopes will spur other big emitter countries to raise their ambition to combat climate change. The goal, unveiled at the ...
Juror in the Derek Chauvin trial speaks out
Lisa Christensen listened to the whole trial, but as an alternate juror did not deliberate on verdict.
‘No country immune’ from UK’s aid cuts, says Raab
Foreign secretary denies that aid organisations are scared to speak out or people are going hungryThe UK foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has told MPs that “no country is immune” from the impending aid cuts, but failed to clarify when specific plans would ...
Greta Thunberg warns US lawmakers over climate change
Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges US lawmakers to end fossil fuel subsidies, or face catastrophe.
Rich countries are refusing to waive the rights on Covid vaccines as global cases hit record levels
The landmark proposal, which was jointly submitted by India and South Africa in October, has been backed by more than 100 mostly developing countries
European Super League: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says plans are not 'dead' despite withdrawals
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists the European Super League is not "dead."
Rescue teams race against time for Indonesian submarine with 53 aboard
Indonesian navy ships searched Thursday for a submarine that likely sank too deep to retrieve, making survival chances for the 53 people on board slim. Authorities said oxygen in the submarine would run out by ...
Biden urges action to tackle 'existential crisis' at virtual climate summit
US President Joe Biden is urging world leaders to help tackle climate change, calling it an "existential crisis".
Protests across Malawi as mobile phone charges soar
Mobiles are now a luxury in world’s fifth most costly place for data as cooking oil tax adds to rising pricesHundreds of people have taken to Malawi’s streets to protest against rising mobile call and data charges. There were demonstrations in Lilongwe, ...
NASA makes breathable oxygen from thin air on Mars
NASA has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday...
North Carolina: protests after police shooting of Andrew Brown – video
A sheriff’s deputy in North Carolina shot and killed a black man while serving a search warrant, authorities have said, raising tensions over policing after the Derek Chauvin trial and Ma’Khia Bryant killing. The deputy in Elizabeth City was placed on ...
Biden urges countries to meet this 'moment of peril' by stepping up emissions cuts
Saying the United States and other big economies "have to get this done," U.S. President Joe Biden opened a global climate summit Thursday aimed at getting world leaders to dig deeper on emissions cuts. The ...
Coronavirus: What's happening in Canada and around the world on April 22
Nova Scotia brings in new, tougher measures as COVID-19 cases reach highest level seen in the province in a year.
George Floyd: a landmark moment for justice in America? – video
The murder trial of Derek Chauvin drew the attention of the world to Minneapolis, the focal point of the Black Lives Matter movement after the murder of George Floyd. In some parts of the city people have reclaimed the streets, while others are under military ...
Credit Suisse says this could be the beginning of a 'multi-decade' opportunity for clean energy
Phineas Glover of Credit Suisse says countries that have set targets to reach carbon neutrality now account for more than 60% of emissions.
Brazil says it's ready to end deforestation in Amazon. But there's a price tag
As the Biden climate summit gets underway, there is growing focus on Brazil -- a notorious offender of deforestation since Bolsonaro was elected. Now the Brazilian government says it's re-committed to ending illegal logging but wants financial support to speed...
India sees unprecedented daily surge in COVID-19 cases
India reported a global record of more than 314,000 new infections Thursday as a grim coronavirus surge in the world's second-most populous country sends more and more sick people into a fragile health-care ...
Canada's past climate promises have been a flop. Could that change at this summit?
Canada's past climate promises have been a flop. Could this time be different? The U.S. is hosting a climate summit in a rapidly altering world, riven by geopolitical tension, changing technology, and a warming...
Days after celebrating Derek Chauvin verdict, Minneapolis to bury another Black man killed by police
On Tuesday, Minneapolis celebrated Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict. On Thursday, the city buried another Black man killed by police.