Bombing, looting and skirmishes persisted in parts of Ethiopia's Tigray on Saturday, a rebellious force in the northern region said after government troops declared they were within days of capturing the group's leaders. A month of fighting between Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's federal army and the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) is believed to have killed thousands of people and driven some 46,000 refugees into neighbouring Sudan. Abiy's government has said the conflict is winding down a week after it seized Tigray's regional capital, Mekelle, but TPLF leader Debretsion Gebremichael told Reuters in a text message on Saturday there was still fighting outside the city.
One of the army officers behind an August coup in Mali was named on Saturday to lead a new transitional legislative body, a spokesman for the authorities said. The appointment boosts the number of military figures in key roles, something that has dismayed some political factions. After the ouster of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Aug. 18, hopes of a civilian-led transition were dashed by the appointment of the junta's leader as vice president, while retired colonel Bah Ndaw became president.
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"This (BE-7) is the engine that will take the first woman to the surface of the Moon," Bezos said in a post on Instagram with a video of the engine test this week at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The BE-7 engine, which Blue Origin has been developing for years, has tallied 1,245 seconds of test-fire time and will power the company's National Team Human Landing System lunar lander. Blue Origin leads a "national team" as the prime contractor that it assembled in 2019 to help build its Blue Moon lander.
Rapper and singer Jeremih has been released from the hospital after undergoing treatment for COVID-19. According to ABC 7 Chicago, Jeremih was discharged from Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Friday night, accompanied by his mother. "First and foremost, I would like to thank God and the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Northwestern Memorial Hospital […]
Boris Johnson and EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen this evening failed to make a breakthrough in deadlocked Brexit trade talks and instructed the chief negotiators to meet again tomorrow. The announcement came after the Prime Minister and Ms von der Leyen held a crucial phone call as they sought to secure a deal ahead of Britain's departure from the EU next month. The Prime Minister and the the president of the European Commission said in a joint statement: "In a phone call today on the on-going negotiations between the European Union and the United Kingdom, we welcomed the fact that progress has been achieved in many areas. Nevertheless, significant differences remain on three critical issues: level playing field, governance and fisheries. Both sides underlined that no agreement is feasible if these issues are not resolved. “Whilst recognising the seriousness of these differences, we agreed that a further effort should be undertaken by our negotiating teams to assess whether they can be resolved. “We are therefore instructing our chief negotiators to reconvene tomorrow in Brussels. “We will speak again on Monday evening.” It came after the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator left London on Saturday and told reporters the two sides "would see" if a deal was still possible. Michel Barnier and Mr Johnson have been in crunch talks to try to strike a trade agreement, but Mr Barnier admitted there were still "significant divergences". Mr Barnier, who has been negotiating with the Prime Minister and his team for the last week, said as he departed his hotel in the capital: "We will keep calm as always and if there is still a way, we will see". The French politician said on Friday evening that despite "intense negotiations", conditions for an agreement had not been met due to "significant divergences on level playing field, governance and fisheries". It is thought the Prime Minister will resume discussions with Mr Barnier on Sunday. A spokesman for Mr Johnson said: "There are still some issues to overcome. Time is in very short supply and we are at a very difficult point in the talks. "What is certain is we will not be able agree a deal that doesn't respect our fundamental principles on sovereignty, fishing and control."
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Fans of English Championship club Millwall appeared to boo as players took a knee in support of the fight against racial injustice on Saturday.
Under-pressure Zinedine Zidane said Real Madrid's 1-0 win at Sevilla on Saturday, their first in La Liga since October, was significant after a testing recent period for the Frenchman.
"What’s the difference between English Christmas and Swedish Christmas?" my son Finn, 6, pipes up when Santa Claus - the real one - lets the children ask questions over the Zoom connection to the Santa Claus Office deep in Finnish Lapland. "I don’t see so many differences," he responds in a baritone as fruity as a Christmas pudding. "I think sometimes in Sweden I meet you at home, but mostly in England I will visit during the night when people are sleeping and leave gifts there." With travel to Finland now restricted to just seven countries, none of them - including Rwanda and Vatican City - big markets for its €500m-a-year Santa Claus industry, Saint Nick has been reduced to flogging five-minute calls over Zoom, Whatsapp and Skype for €79 (£71) a pop. To Santa's right, there's a Christmas tree decorated in the tasteful Scandinavian style and behind him a plush red curtain. But what makes the five-minute call special is the grandfatherly warmth he exudes right from the first, "now I can see you both. That's wonderful."
Five San Francisco Bay Area counties have new stay-at-home orders that will take effect Sunday. — Jobless Americans face a bleak predicament if Congress fails to extend two unemployment programs that are set to expire the day after Christmas. — Doctors, teachers and others in high-risk groups have signed up for a coronavirus vaccination in Moscow.
“Morichales,” an experimental mocumentary about a geographer and explorer working in Venezuela's Guyana, won the recent 35th Mar del Plata Festival work in progress showcase. “Morichales” is produced by Felipe Guerrero and Chris Gude at Colombia’s Mutokino (“Los Conductos”). A jury including producers Montse Triola, Zsuzsanna Kiràly and Sandra Gómez hailed Gude “for making a […]
Former "Glee" cast members are rallying together to raise money in honor of the late Naya Rivera. On Friday, Dianna Agron, Heather Morris, Chord Overstreet, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Matthew Morrison and other former stars of the show took part in launching a GoFundMe for Alexandria House, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that Rivera supported. "The […]
Produced and showrun by Vanessa Ragone, an Oscar-winner for “The Secret of Her Eyes,” the Argentinian true crime miniseries dives deep into the still ongoing case of the murder of María Marta García Belsunce. “Carmel, Who Killed Maria Marta?” was released on Netflix reigniting the public’s attention and curiosity. What was deemed an accident quickly […]
The governing FIA has given the Spaniard a dispensation to participate in the post-season test in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 15, upsetting some rival teams. Alonso last raced for McLaren in 2018 and said he needed every kilometre before he returns to a Renault team renamed as Alpine. Alonso pointed out that former F1 drivers Robert Kubica and Sebastien Buemi would also be taking part for Alfa Romeo and Red Bull respectively -- although neither will be racing next year -- and there was "not much talk about those guys".
President Donald Trump is venturing out of Washington on Saturday for his first political appearance since his election defeat to Joe Biden, campaigning in Georgia where two run-off races will decide the fate of the US Senate.
As a journalist for one of New Zealand's biggest media outlets, Carmen Parahi is used to holding power to account. But recently she's turned attention towards her own employer - Stuff, which runs the country's biggest news website and a collection of newspapers - and how it has presented Maori throughout its 160-year history. This week, after a months-long investigation into its reporting by Parahi, herself Maori, and 20 other journalists, Stuff issued an apology. "We've been racist, contributing to stigma, marginalisation and stereotypes against Maori," it said, in an extraordinary acknowledgement. The investigation found, in the words of Stuff's Editorial Director Mark Stevens, that "Our coverage of Māori issues over the past 160 years ranged from racist to blinkered." One front page article from the 1800s described Maori as "an inferior race" but even recent content had issues, Stevens wrote in an editorial, pointing to its coverage of the 2004 Foreshore and Seabed Act as an example. The publication had reported, among other things, that “Debate over Māori customary rights to the foreshore and seabed is making New Zealanders nervous," implying that Maori and New Zealanders were two separate groups, Stevens wrote. That "monocultural" approach meant its journalism had not always been "trustworthy", he added. After a 20-year career in journalism, Parahi says she was ready to leave the profession over its representation of Maori unless something changed. “Just as we hold the power to account, we've got to remember that we're actually very powerful [ourselves], the media, that we actually have influence and shape the lives of New Zealanders as well,” she told TVNZ's morning talk show Breakfast. Stuff is now pledging to "rebuild trust" by using "a multicultural lens to better represent... all people of Aotearoa" - the Maori name for New Zealand. For the most part, the move seems to have gone down well with readers, with Stuff achieving its most successful day ever for donations after the apology was issued. Ella Henry, director of Maori advancement at the Auckland University of Technology, said she saw it as "a very positive move forward." "Will it play out? Will the editorial commitment remain? I don't know, but it's a very good start and it's a very good standard to hold them against in the future," she said.
A Russian pipe-laying ship sailed into position Saturday to resume construction of a German-Russian gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea that the United States has vehemently opposed. The Akademik Cherskiy vessel reached the area off the coast of Poland where a section of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline remains uncompleted, according to ship monitoring data. Another Russian pipe-laying ship, Fortuna, sailed off from the German port of Wismar, apparently heading to a different location where another pipeline section is to be built.
Ventana Sur, which wrapped Friday, was, on many counts, quite extraordinary. With Buenos Aires, the market’s normal location, still under COVID-19 lockdown, Latin America’s biggest movie mart-meet spread out film screenings over five cities in two continents - Madrid, Mexico City, Bogotá, São Paulo and Santiago de Chile - complemented by digital screenings for the […]
A father and daughter both working for the same Kentucky police department shared an emotional radio call on November 30, as former police sergeant Mike Gross called daughter Kylie Gross in dispatch to sign off for the last time before retirement.Radioing in from his vehicle, Mike thanked his colleagues at the Fort Mitchell Police Department for their support, and told his daughter that officers would be in “good hands” with her on the “other side of the mic.”Announcing her dad’s retirement over radio, Kylie says: “Thank you for your 20 years of service, you’ve always been my hero, and I love you to the moon and back, daddy.” Credit: Erin Gross/Fort Mitchell PD via Storyful