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"Hope To Be Right": UN Chief "Convinced" Russia Won't Invade Ukraine

01/22/22 4:54 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be against international law and said he was confident that it would not happen.

"Weathered Omicron Storm": Ireland Lifts Most Covid Curbs As Cases Fall

01/22/22 4:23 AM

Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin announced Friday most pandemic restrictions will be scrapped, including early closing times and other curbs on hospitality venues, declaring the country had...

'Desperate' Prince Andrew pushing accuser's psychologist to acknowledge 'false memory syndrome': report

01/21/22 3:07 PM

On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that Prince Andrew's legal defense is attempting a new strategy to defend against the rape allegations of Virginia Roberts Giuffre: seeking to question her psychologist about whether she may be suffering from "false memory syndrome.""The source added that Andrew’s effort to portray Giuffre, who accuses Andrew of raping her three times when she was 17, as an enthusiastic recruiter of underage girls for Epstein’s pedophile ring is likely to backfire as it 'looks like victim-blaming,'" reported royals correspondent Tom Sykes. The source added, "It tells you they are desperate."Andrew's case at trial appears to be weakening, as Giuffre reportedly has a witness who claims to have seen Andrew in a nightclub with another "young girl." Meanwhile, the Queen has stripped Andrew of his military titles ahead of the trial.READ: ‘Ginni Thomas is behaving horribly’ — and harming the Supreme CourtEpstein himself, a billionaire wealth manager who ran a wide-spanning child sex trafficking operation that may implicate hundreds of political and business leaders, died by suicide in a New York prison awaiting trial in 2019.His main accomplice, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was convicted on five sex trafficking related charges at the end of last year.You can read more here (requires subscription).

'Hannibal' star Gaspard Ulliel dies at 37 after ski accident

01/19/22 4:32 PM

French star Gaspard Ulliel, who played a young Hannibal Lecter and had a top role in a new Marvel TV series, died on Wednesday at 37 following a skiing accident, his family said.Ulliel was already in the top rank of French actors, and gained international attention for his performance as the famous cannibal in "Hannibal Rising" in 2007.He also had a leading role as Midnight Man in the new Marvel TV series "Moon Knight" starring Oscar Isaac, which launches on Disney+ in March.His family confirmed the death -- which followed a skiing accident in southeast France on Tuesday -- in a statement given to AFP by his agent.A spokesperson from the ski station said another skier crashed into Ulliel at the meeting of two slopes.He was airlifted to a hospital in Grenoble where he died on Wednesday, the agent said.Ulliel won a Cesar, the French equivalent of an Oscar, for best actor in 2017 for "It's Only the End of the World" in which he starred alongside Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux.He had already taken home a Cesar in 2005 for most promising actor after appearing in the World War I drama "A Very Long Engagement" alongside Audrey Tautou.He starred in "Saint Laurent", one of two biopics about the legendary designer to be released in 2014, though he lost out at the Cesars to the star of the rival film, Pierre Niney.Niney was one of the first to react on Twitter, saying: "Broken heart. Gaspard was benevolence and kindness. Beauty and talent."Ulliel was born just outside Paris on November 25, 1984 and picked up a small scar from a dog bite as a child.He said it helped him because it looked like a dimple.He was just 11 when he started working on screen and picked up two Cesar newcomer nominations in 2003 and 2004 before finally winning the following year.There were also some major modeling gigs, including a contract as the face of a Chanel aftershave.One of his directors described him as something of an enigma."He's a strange boy, difficult to penetrate," said Rodolphe Marconi, who directed him in one of his early films, "The Last Day".© 2022 AFP

'I thought of God and my family': Tongan survivor on spending 24 hours at sea – video

01/21/22 3:31 PM

Lisala Folau, a survivor of the Tonga tsunami, spoke on Friday of being swept to sea from the island of Atata. 'The scariest part of the ordeal for me was when the waves took me from land into the sea,' he told Sky News. The 57-year-old was swept away by a tsunami generated by a volcanic eruption on 15 January. Folau, a retired carpenter with a motion disability, managed to stay afloat for more than a day and make his way across the sea to the main island of Tongatapu. He said his faith in God and his family were the two things that occupied his thoughts while he was helpless at sea‘Absolutely amazing’: Tongan man swept away by tsunami stayed afloat for 24 hours Continue reading...

'Master Of Mindfulness', Poetic Peace Activist Thich Nhat Hanh Dies At 95

01/22/22 4:31 AM

Thich Nhat Hanh, the Zen Buddhist monk, poet and peace activist who in the 1960s came to prominence as an opponent of the Vietnam War, died on Saturday aged 95 surrounded

'Remarkable' giant coral reef with rose-shaped corals found off Tahiti

01/20/22 12:14 PM

Scientists have discovered one of the world's largest coral reefs off the coast of Tahiti, a vast area of "pristine" rose-shaped corals deep under water apparently unharmed by climate change, UNESCO announced Thursday.The area of healthy coral in cooler waters between 30 and 65 meters (98 to 213 feet) deep is a "highly unusual" find, UNESCO said, and could suggest there are more reefs in the ocean depth that may be safer from the impacts of warming waters."The discovery of this reef in such a pristine condition is good news and can inspire future conservation," said Laetitia Hedouin, a marine biologist at French research agency (CNRS)."We think that deeper reefs may be better protected from global warming."The reef is approximately three kilometers (two miles) in length and up to 65 meters wide in places, which UNESCO said "makes it one of the most extensive healthy coral reefs on record".Most of the world's known reefs have been found at depths of up to 25 meters and the UN heritage body said the Tahiti reef could suggest there are more areas of healthy coral in the ocean's unmapped "twilight zone"."To date, we know the surface of the moon better than the deep ocean," said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, adding that only 20 percent of the world's seabed had been mapped."This remarkable discovery in Tahiti demonstrates the incredible work of scientists who, with the support of UNESCO, further the extent of our knowledge about what lies beneath."French Polynesia suffered a significant bleaching event back in 2019 however this reef does not appear to have been significantly affected.The giant rose-shaped corals are each up to two meters in diameter."These corals do not show signs of stress or disease," Hedouin told AFP.Bleaching occurs when healthy corals become stressed by spikes in ocean temperatures, causing them to expel algae living in their tissues, leaving graveyards of bleached skeletons where vibrant ecosystems once thrived.© 2022 AFP

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17 dead as rural community flattened

01/21/22 11:35 AM

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2 Canadians killed, 1 wounded in Mexico resort shooting

01/21/22 9:41 PM

Mexican state authorities say two Canadians have been killed and one more wounded in a shooting at a hotel along Mexico’s Caribbean coast

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