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- TB Joshua: YouTube blocks Nigerian preacher over gay cure claimon 2021-04-16 at 11:58
TB Joshua is one of Africa’s most influential evangelists, with top politicians among his followers.
- In crisis-hit Lebanon, Hezbollah opens supermarkets for eligible shoppersby Zeina ANTONIOS on 2021-04-16 at 11:58
The Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah has launched a chain of supermarkets that are stocked with Syrian, Iraqi and Iranian products at reduced prices that are accessible with a party-issued card. It’s a welcome initiative in a country crippled by a financial crisis and food shortages. But critics say it’s yet another bid by the powerful Shiite movement to win loyalty by providing services in a weak state and oversee a parallel economy.
- Post-Cotonou: EU reaches agreement with African, Caribbean and Pacific Stateson 2021-04-16 at 11:55
The EU and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States have sealed a new agreement. DW speaks with the chief negotiators about finding common ground on issues including migration and human rights.
- Hong Kong: Jimmy Lai sentenced to 14 months for pro-democracy protestson 2021-04-16 at 11:53
Jimmy Lai, the owner of Hong Kong’s last opposition newspaper, is a fierce critic of Beijing.
- Footballer and family robbed at home in Italyon 2021-04-16 at 11:27
Roma defender Chris Smalling and his family were victims of an armed robbery at their home in the early hours of Friday.
- Could Japan still cancel Tokyo Olympics over coronavirus?on 2021-04-16 at 10:59
Recent comments from a high-ranking Japanese politician have driven speculation that the Summer Games will be called off. COVID infections are rising and public support for the Games is dropping.
- Indianapolis mass shooting: ‘Emotions are very high’ after shooting at FedEx facilityon 2021-04-16 at 10:40
A police spokesperson said “emotions are very high” following the late night shooting.
- US broadcaster asks European court to halt Russian fineson 2021-04-16 at 10:28
The Moscow-based Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is raising a case with the ECHR against Russian penalties that it says is part of a crackdown on press freedom.
- Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai among democracy leaders jailed for protestsby FRANCE 24 on 2021-04-16 at 10:23
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was jailed for 12 months on Friday for helping to lead one of the city’s biggest-ever protests. He was one of several leading activists to be sentenced, including Hong Kong’s so-called “father of democracy” Martin Lee.
- China’s economy grows 18.3% in post-Covid comebackon 2021-04-16 at 10:14
The record figures for the first quarter of the year are skewed due to last year’s nationwide lockdown
- Opponents of Myanmar’s junta set up national unity governmentby FRANCE 24 on 2021-04-16 at 09:28
Opponents of Myanmar’s junta on Friday announced the formation of a national unity government, which includes ousted lawmakers, members of ethnic minority groups and figures in the anti-coup protest, according to a video statement read out on Public Voice Television.
- Indianapolis mass shooting: Eight dead at FedEx facilityon 2021-04-16 at 09:03
Many people are also injured as a gunman opens fire at a FedEx site before reportedly killing himself.
- ‘Whitest ever’ paint reflects 98% of sunlighton 2021-04-16 at 08:37
Researchers hope their “ultra-white” paint can save energy by reflecting sunlight from buildings.
- Jimmy Lai: The Hong Kong billionaire’s last interview as a free manon 2021-04-16 at 08:37
Jimmy Lai is the billionaire owner of Hong Kong’s last opposition newspaper, Apple Daily, and an outspoken critic of Beijing. On Friday he was jailed for 12 months.
- Pakistan blocks social media access after violent anti-France protestsby FRANCE 24 on 2021-04-16 at 08:30
Pakistan’s government ordered the country’s telecoms agency to temporarily shut down social media and instant messaging platforms on Friday after days of violent anti-France protests.
- Adam Toledo: Chicago police release video of officer shooting boyon 2021-04-16 at 08:30
Bodycam footage shows an officer shouting “drop it” before fatally shooting Adam Toledo in the chest.
- Hong Kong: Pro-democracy activists jailed for illegal assemblyon 2021-04-16 at 08:28
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai is among those sentenced for their role in a pro-democracy march in 2019. The defendants were found guilty this month of organizing and participating in unauthorized assemblies.
- Iran says it has enriched uranium with 60% purityon 2021-04-16 at 08:25
The Islamic Republic made the "proud" announcement via Twitter. The news comes amid rising tensions in the Middle East in the wake of an attack at a nuclear plant south of Tehran.
- Pakistan blocks social media platforms amid protest crackdownon 2021-04-16 at 07:14
Sites including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube will be unavailable until Friday afternoon in the country. The move comes amid fears that a radical group could use social media to perpetuate violent protests.
- Russia tensions on menu as Macron holds talks with Ukraine’s Zelenskyby FRANCE 24 on 2021-04-16 at 06:23
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold talks on Friday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a show of support for the former Soviet state, which fears a Russian invasion.
- US: Shooter kills 8 and himself at FedEx facilityon 2021-04-16 at 06:01
Indianapolis police said they believe the suspected gunman shot and killed himself after the incident. Multiple other people were injured in the shooting.
- Titanic: Searching for the ‘missing’ Chinese survivorson 2021-04-16 at 06:00
When the Titanic sank, six Chinese men were rescued – but their ordeal didn’t end there.
- Coronavirus digest: Tokyo Olympics chief commits to Games as infections surgeon 2021-04-16 at 05:18
As a fourth wave of infections has hit Japan, doubts grows over whether the Olympics can be held in Tokyo in fewer than 100 days. DW has the latest.
- China: Economy grows at record pace in COVID reboundon 2021-04-16 at 05:03
Strong foreign trade has helped the world’s second-largest economy recover from the coronavirus crisis since lockdown measures were eased.
- A page turns in Cuba as Raul Castro makes way for next generationby Cyrielle CABOT on 2021-04-16 at 04:46
Raul Castro is due officially to step down from Cuban political life during the country’s Communist Party congress that begins Friday. He is expected to cede the post of party secretary-general, the country’s most powerful role, to Miguel Diaz-Canel, who took over from Castro as Cuba’s president in 2018. The move represents a new step in the transition of power from the Castro family to a new generation born after the 1959 revolution.
- Blinken vows ‘enduring’ US support for Afghanistan in surprise Kabul visitby NEWS WIRES on 2021-04-16 at 03:59
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unannounced visit to Kabul on Thursday to show support for the Afghan government and civil society a day after President Joe Biden said he was pulling out American forces after nearly 20 years of war.
- China posts record GDP growth in first quarter as Covid-19 recovery acceleratesby NEWS WIRES on 2021-04-16 at 03:35
China’s economy expanded at its fastest pace on record in the first quarter, data showed Friday, in a sharp turnaround from the historic contraction caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
- Tigray crisis worsening with no withdrawal of Eritrean troops in sight: UNon 2021-04-16 at 02:58
The UN humanitarian chief has said that sexual violence and starvation were being used as weapons of war in Ethiopia’s Tigray. He urged Eritrea to make good on its pledge and recall its troops.