African peace envoys were due to meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Friday, a day after he said the military was beginning the "final phase" of an offensive in the northern Tigray region that rights groups fear could bring huge civilian casualties. The government had given the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) until Wednesday to lay down their arms or face an assault on Mekelle, the regional capital of 500,000 people. The United Nations says 200 aid workers are also in the city.
French President Emmanuel Macron was "very shocked" by images purporting to show a Black music producer being beaten up and racially abused by Paris police, BFM TV reported, quoting comments given to it by the presidency. French authorities are investigating allegations that the music producer was physically assaulted and racially abused during a police check after CCTV footage of the incident was released. The beating inside the entrance of a building was captured on closed circuit television and mobile phone footage which circulated online and was headline news on French TV channels.
Online retailers are prepared for the busiest-ever Black Friday event, with £2.8 million predicted to be spent every minute over the weekend. The discount shopping bonanza kicks off today, although a number of companies have been running promotions throughout the month. A surge in online sales is forecast, as people flock to buy online while much of the high street remains closed due to lockdown restrictions.
Wearing a yellow turban and white overalls, Jitender Singh Shunty and three of his coworkers carefully pulled the body of a 57-year-old COVID-19 victim out of his bedroom in a house in New Delhi's west and onto an ambulance waiting downstairs. Before the novel coronavirus engulfed India, the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Sewa Dal helped cremate the unclaimed bodies of homeless people and others. The disease has killed more than 2,000 people this month in the city slammed by its third, and most severe, surge of infections.
Kaori Sakamoto dominated the women’s short program Friday at the NHK Trophy, the final event of a figure skating Grand Prix series that has been shortened because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 2018 Four Continents champion opened her routine with a double axel and added a triple lutz and a triple flip-triple toe-loop combination for 75.60 points. Japanese skater Wakaba Higuchi, the 2018 world silver medalist, fell on her opening triple axel but landed all her remaining jumps to finish second with 69.71 points.
Craig Gibbs, 32, was disqualified from driving when he led police on the high-speed chase through Bridgwater, Somerset.
Kylie Moore-Gilbert arrived in Canberra, Australia, on November 27, after being released from prison in Iran as part of an exchange for three Iranians imprisoned abroad, local media reported.Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who lectures at Melbourne University and was traveling on an Australian passport, was detained at Tehran airport in September 2018 and accused of espionage on behalf of Israel. She was tried in secret and denied all charges against her, the ABC reported, before being handed a 10-year sentence by an Iranian court.Iranian state media said Moore-Gilbert had been released in exchange for “an economic activist and two Iranian citizens who were detained abroad.” This video was released by Iranian state broadcaster IRIB and shows Moore-Gilbert boarding an airplane in Tehran. Credit: IRIB NEWS via Storyful
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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd have each held separate talks with Baidu Inc to acquire a controlling stake in video streaming service iQIYI Inc, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Another Chinese tech giant, TikTok owner ByteDance has also internally looked at the possibility of acquiring a controlling stake in iQIYI, three sources said.
"Jurassic World: Dominion," "War of the Worlds," "First Day: On Set" and "The Pursuit of Love" were among the productions commended at the 2020 Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) Innovation Awards on Thursday. Presented in association with Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, the awards recognize the achievements of PGGB members working in film and high-end […]
Ofgem has publicly threatened Utilita with a ban on new customers. The energy regulator said the challenger supplier will face the sanction if it does not stop installing cheaper first-generation smart meters (SMETS1), which are known to stop working properly when customers switch suppliers, "at volume". Ofgem said Utilita's actions are undermining the smart meter rollout, which will help enable the UK to "transition to a more flexible energy market and the move to a low carbon economy".
Taylor Swift’s music has always been the most interesting thing about Taylor Swift, and she’s rarely more interesting than when she’s talking about her music. You would think this would be obvious, considering she’s one of the defining singer-songwriters of her generation, but for large portions of her decade and a half career, the conversations […]
A small neighbourhood Indian restaurant in Reading has taken the concept of delivery to new heights by delivering its curries nationwide. Clay’s Hyderabadi Kitchen is well-known to locals around London Street in the Berkshire town but, using an overnight courier service, is now delivering food across the country, from Devon to Scotland. ‘People told us we were taking a massive risk and that it was foolish,’ co-owner Nandana Syamala tells William Sitwell on the latest edition of the podcast Biting Talk. ‘But we know that we cook great food so we thought we would give it a try,’ she adds. Aside from a kitchen porter there are no other staff apart from Nandana and her husband Sharat. Each dish is vacuum-packed and insulated, leaves the restaurant at 5pm and arrives at its destination the following morning, to be reheated for dinner or frozen for future meals. The innovation, spurred by lockdown, has stunned friends and neighbours. ‘We have done no marketing. It’s only word of mouth and sales now are massive,’ she says, adding that the furthest they have dispatched their food so far is to 'an aristocratic family in Scotland.’ The couple plan to continue the service after lockdown in addition to serving regular customers at the restaurant and have no plans to take reduce their 15-hour days, although they do both take Saturdays off. You can hear the full interview on Biting Talk which this week also features London restaurant Blacklock’s Gordon Kerr on his passion for chops, Cardiff-based former bad-boy chef Tommy Heaney, co-founder of Pizza Pilgrims Thom Eliot, and mixologist Farhad Heydari of the House of Heydari mixology emporium. Click on the audio player above to hear more.
An Australian-British academic released after two years imprisoned in Iran on spying charges returned to Australia on Friday, local media reported.
Turkey on Friday rejected a call by the European Parliament for sanctions against Ankara over President Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit to the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state in north Cyprus, calling the demand "disconnected from the realities". On Thursday, the European Union's parliament agreed a non-binding resolution in support of EU member Cyprus urging EU leaders to "take action and impose tough sanctions" against Turkey, a move likely to bolster support for France's push for sanctions on Ankara at an EU summit next month.
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Tennis Australia (TA) has been granted permission by the Victoria state government to allow players to train during their 14-day quarantine ahead of the Australian Open, local media reported on Friday. Organisers have been in lengthy discussions with authorities over the COVID-19 protocols to be established for those arriving in Australia ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year, which is slated to be held from Jan. 18-31. State officials on Wednesday confirmed the Melbourne Park tournament would go ahead, though it would likely take place a week or two after the scheduled start date and that players would have to undergo quarantine.
Thailand expects to receive 1,200 foreign visitors in both November and December, after a slight easing of travel curbs aimed at generating some income until a ban on mass tourism is lifted, its tourism authority chief said on Friday. The country is gradually opening up to a limited numbers of visitors during the coronavirus pandemic to give some support to a tourism-dependent economy that the government expects to shrink by 6% this year. Thailand recorded 1,201 foreign visitors in October, all on special 90-day visas requiring a 14-day quarantine period, compared to 3.07 million arrivals last October.