Ever Given ship held by Egypt for $900m compensation

The vessel that blocked the Suez Canal has been seized by authorities with the 25 crew members obliged to remain on board until payment is made

6 hours ago
Bernie Madoff, mastermind of biggest investment fraud in US history, dies at 82

Madoff scammed tens of thousands of people of about $65bn and was serving a 150-year prison sentence for his Ponzi scheme

7 hours ago
More delays are likely for Europe’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Europe's medicines agency will issue guidance on J&J after US health agencies recommended pausing use of the vaccine for at least a few days

9 hours ago
Increasing illegal roads clear path for Amazon deforestation in Colombia

Deforestation spiked in Colombia after the government signed a peace deal to end hostilities with the Farc guerrilla group in 2016

11 hours ago
The US has more guns than people

This is unlikely to change as small, rural states where gun ownership is widespread have disproportionate influence in the US Senate

Only 50% of women in developing world are in charge of their own bodies, says UN

Denied access to contraception, female genital mutilation, virginity tests, or married as children, the world is dangerous for most of its women

German succession race gets nasty as snark and insults get personal

Reading out e-mails from some threatening to leave a party; sarcasm; accusations of flip-flopping — German politics is not holding back

Norway nixes support until Brazil reduces Amazon deforestation

Norway has paid $1.2bn into the Amazon Fund so far, but under President Jair Bolsonaro, rainforest destruction has surged

Uproar as Japan wants to release filtered water from Fukushima nuclear plant

South Korea is protesting the move and may refer it to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

Hong Kong’s academic freedom on the line due to national security law diktats

Conforming with the NSL is being mandated for universities, which some say will make it difficult to attract international scholars

Iran to ramp up uranium enrichment in new blow to nuclear talks

Move is in response to the sabotage of its Natanz nuclear site at the weekend, which it has blamed on Israel

Biden to withdraw US forces from Afghanistan by September 11

The US will miss  May 1 deadline agreed to by the Trump administration and the Taliban

Chief economist Andy Haldane to leave after more than 30 years at Bank of England

Prominent economist  to  step down from rate-setting monetary policy committee  after the panel meets in June

UN warns nearly a million face hunger in Mozambique after terror attack

World Food Programme says surge of displaced people from northern Mozambique has worsened food shortages

Burkina Faso former president Compaore to stand trial for predecessor’s murder

Compaore, who ruled Burkina Faso for 27 years, charged in absentia in assassination of Thomas Sankara

Shooting of black motorist sparks unrest in Minneapolis

Mayor calls for police officer to resign after fatal shooting of Daunte Wright

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