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.
Wales were given a major fright before beating Italy 38-18 at Llanelli on Saturday to finish fifth in the Autumn Nations Cup.
In a streak of light across the night sky, samples collected from a distant asteroid arrived on Earth on Sunday after being dropped off by Japanese space probe Hayabusa-2.
Johnny Sexton admitted Ireland are not at the top table of rugby yet, but the Irish captain was confident they are on the right track under head coach Andy Farrell.
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Valtteri Bottas bounced back from a dismal Friday to claim his fifth pole position of the season on Saturday when he outpaced his stand-in Mercedes team-mate George Russell in an intense qualifying for Sunday's Sakhir Grand Prix.
Wales beat Italy 38-18 in Llanelli on Saturday to finish fifth in the inaugural Autumn Nations Cup.
"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."
"It's fantastic. I thought it was truly fantastic."
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".