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9 april 2021

Buckingham Palace said: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle”

8 april 2021

Eight officers were injured at an interface between loyalist and nationalist areas in west Belfast

It is likely that paramilitary organisations were involved and had planned the rioting, according to Police Service of Northern Ireland

28 March 2021

Earth Hour is an annual global event organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature.

This year’s event highlights the link between the destruction of nature and increasing outbreaks of diseases like COVID-19.

27 march 2021

The country’s Friday statement, issued through state media outlet KCNA, says the two weapons struck a test target 600km (373 miles) off North Korea’s east coast, disputing Japanese assessments that they flew just over 400km.

Under United Nations Security Council resolutions, North Korea is banned from testing ballistic missiles.

Mr Biden has said the US will “respond accordingly”. The US, Japan and South Korea have condemned the tests.

23 March 2021

Colorado officials have identified the gunman and 10 victims aged between 20 and 65, who were killed in a mass shooting inside a grocery store

15 march 2021

The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over the man’s death in police custody, even as jury selection continued in a former officer’s murder trial.

12 March 2021

Wayne Couzens, 48, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday charged with her murder.

Sarah Everard ‘s body was found in woodlands in Kent more than a week after she was last spotted on 3 March.

11 March 2021

The Chinese parliament approved on Thursday a draft decision to change Hong Kong’s electoral system, a move that will ensure further reductions of democratic representation in the city’s institutions and introducing a mechanism to vet politicians’ loyalty to Beijing

10 March 2021

Danish authorities ruled that the security situation around Damascus has improved, despite evidence of dire living conditions and continued persecution by Bashar al-Assad’s regime. As a result, they stripped 94 refugees of their right to stay in the country. Another recently introduced proposal would move all asylum applicants outside Denmark.

The first country to sign the U.N. refugees Convention in 1951 — has now adopted an asylum policy that’s less like that of its Scandinavian neighbors than of nationalist countries like Austria or Hungary .

10 march 2021

Around 5,000 people took to the streets of Athens on Tuesday evening in response to a video that appeared to show a man being beaten on Sunday in the Nea Smyrni district.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has condemned the violence.

10 March 2021

Roscosmos, together with China’s National Space Administration, have signed an agreement to develop research facilities on the surface of the moon , in orbit or both.

The International Scientific Lunar Station will carry out a wide range of research, including exploration and utilisation of the moon, a statement from both agencies said.

9 march 2021

During the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, this city alone was generating up to 280 tonnes of extra medical waste per day.

Environmental groups warn that the plastic inside face masks is breaking down and being consumed by marine wildlife. They’re urging governments to improve their handling of medical waste, to prevent further pollution of the seas.

8 March 2021

In a letter to the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Mr Blinken called for a 90-day reduction in violence and a transitional government formed from both sides

This would be followed by national elections, as well as a UN-led peace conference in Turkey attended by foreign ministers and envoys from Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and the US.

However, the disagreement and distrust between the two sides is still wide and Afghans worry that a deal brokered in haste could quickly break down, our correspondent adds.

7 March 2021

The measure to amend the Swiss constitution passed by a 51.2-48.8% margin, provisional official results show.

The proposal does not mention Islam directly and also aims to stop violent street protesters from wearing masks, yet local politicians, media and campaigners have dubbed it the Burqa Ban.

4 March 2021

In the first such intervention since the EU introduced new vaccine shipment rules outside the bloc, Rome has decided to prevent the export of 250,000 doses of the vaccine, officials said, as it moves to keep doses inside the union. 

Italy notified Brussels of its proposed decision at the end of last week under the EU’s vaccine export transparency regime. The European Commission had the power to object to the Italian decision and did not, officials said.

3 March 2021

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party on Wednesday quit the center-right bloc in the European Parliament after a vote that paved the way for it to be suspended or excluded from the group (148 MEPs voted in favor, and 28 against).

Orbán responded quickly with a letter, making clear his party would not stick around for a vote to kick it out of the group.

2 March 2021

On Tuesday, dozens of the girls were seen gathered at a government building in Zamfara after they were taken there in a fleet of mini-buses.

“They said they [would] shoot anybody who did not continue to walk,” one of the girls said. “We walked across a river and they hid us and let us sleep under shrubs in a forest.”

22 February 2021

The US Supreme Court has today rejected a last-ditch bid by former President Donald Trump to keep his financial records, including years of his tax returns, out of the hands of the Manhattan district attorney, Cy Vance Jr.