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PARIS, Jan 27 (Reuters) - French authorities are looking into a second, suspicious explosion which occured last month at the Dakar sports car rally, reported French radio station RMC. This second blast, the cause of which is undetermined for now, occurred at the Dakar rally a day after an earlier explosion went off under a vehicle which, France says, might have been a terrorist attack. France's DGSI secret service is looking into the case of an assistance vehicle which had exploded one day after the initial blast seriously injured a French race driver, reported RMC. French prosecutors said earlier this month that they had opened a terrorism investigation into the matter while Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said "there were hypothesis that it was a terrorist attack." read moreRegister now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterReporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Sudip Kar-GuptaOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Jan, France's, Jean, Yves Le Drian, Tassilo Hummel, Sudip Kar Organizations: PARIS, Dakar, RMC, Gupta, Thomson Locations: Dakar, France
Jerusalem's holy sites and West Bank carpeted in rare snow
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
An aerial view shows Jerusalem's Old City covered in snow, January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Ammar AwadJERUSALEM Jan 27 (Reuters) - A rare heavy snowfall covered Jerusalem, some of northern Israel and hilly areas in the occupied West Bank overnight into Thursday, shutting down roads and schools. Worshippers had to trudge through inches of snow to reach the holy sites in Jerusalem's walled Old City, including the snow-capped Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall. Heavy snow is rare in the city, so children went out into the streets to watch the flakes falling and hurl snowballs at each other. Throughout the night, 210 snow ploughs worked to clear the city streets, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion told Israel Army Radio on Thursday morning.
Persons: Ammar Awad JERUSALEM Jan, Abed Shabany, , , Moshe Lion, Ammar Awad, Ronen, Stephen Farrell, Henriette Chacar, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: West Bank, Police, Israel Army Radio, Thomson Locations: Jerusalem, Israel, Old City, , Greece, Turkey, Syria, Haifa
Italy's fourth vote for president seen failing, stakes rising
  + stars: | 2022-01-27 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
Ballot papers are counted after the third day of voting to elect the country's new president, in Rome, Italy, January 26, 2022. I think we will do it tomorrow," former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who heads the centrist Italia Viva party, told Radio Leopolda. Three days of secret ballots in parliament have so far failed to elect a new head of state to replace the outgoing President Sergio Mattarella. A fourth round of voting was due to begin at 1000 GMT on Thursday. He has so far ruled this out, but he topped Wednesday's ballot, winning 125 votes, suggesting many lawmakers are hopeful he might change his mind.
Persons: Alberto Pizzoli, ROME, Jan, Mario Draghi, Matteo Renzi, Sergio Mattarella, Enrico Letta, Letta, Pier Ferdinando Casini, Giuliano Amato, Elisabetta Casellati, Mattarella, Angelo Amante, Giulia Segreti, Crispian Balmer, Timothy Organizations: Register, Italia Viva, Radio Leopolda, Democratic Party, Twitter, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Rome, Italy, Milan
More than 100,000 Russian troops are on the border with Ukraine, raising fears of an invasion. A senior MP said the UK could not 'ignore' hostilities because of its role in money laundering. Tom Tugendhat, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the UK had a responsibility to act because of London's role in global money laundering. Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty ImagesTugendhat's committee of British parliamentarians has long warned that Putin has been emboldened by the inaction of the UK to extensive tackle money laundering in London. He told the Guardian: "We have again to address the issue of the dirty money in the UK.
Persons: Vladimir Putin, Ben Wallace, Tom Tugendhat, Brian Lawless, Putin, Putin's, Tugendhat, Biden Organizations: Service, Conservative, Russia, BBC, Foreign Affairs, BBC Radio, Tonbridge, Foreign, Guardian, American Center for Progress, London Locations: Ukraine, London, Europe, Ukrainian, Berlin, Moscow, Sarajevo, Bosnia, Russia, Edenbridge, Malling, Kremlin, City of London
Masui's own research focuses on what's known as fast radio bursts, which are mysterious single pulses of radio waves from other galaxies that have long mystified astronomers. Fast radio bursts seemingly occur at random, unleashing intense bursts of energy before disappearing. Magnetars are thought to be a possible source of fast radio bursts, but the links haven't always been clear. "That could solve the thorn in the side of the magnetar hypothesis for fast radio bursts." Yet, Hurley-Walker said it could also be an entirely new type of cosmic object that caused the flashes of energy.
Persons: Natasha Hurley, Walker, Hurley, Pete Wheeler, Tyrone O’Doherty, O'Doherty, Walker sifted, Kiyoshi Masui, Masui Organizations: Curtin University, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Locations: Australia, Murchison, Hurley
Minister Conor Burns has said that Boris Johnson did not host a party, but was "ambushed by cake". MPs are mocking the notion of a shock cake encounter, joking about which type is most dangerous. Chris Bryant said this is part of the "complete erosion of the Prime Minister's moral authority." Burns, a long-time ally of the prime minister, told Channel 4 News that rather than having had a "premeditated party", the prime minister was "ambushed by cake". I'm sorry, everybody was working terribly hard, we all had to make sacrifices, and some people clearly think they've above the law."
Persons: Conor Burns, Boris Johnson, Chris Bryant, Johnson, Burns, Simon Hoare, Caroline Nokes, — Simon Hoare, Justin Madders, Jacob Rees, Mogg Organizations: Service, Conservative, ITV, BBC, Labour, BBC Radio Locations: Westminster
Boris Johnson has been under sustained criticism over the partygate scandal. Johnson's supporters have produced a variety of apparent defences for his conduct. Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, told Sky News on Wednesday morning: "Lots of people break the law in small ways, sometimes unintentionally. Grant Shapps, a transport minister working to shore up Johnson's Parliamentary support, told Sky News on Tuesday morning that Johnson "didn't organise to be given cake." Meanwhile Nadine Dorries, culture secretary and one of Johnson's most vocal online supporters, questioned whether the event - with a group of people singing, having cake, and marking a birthday - was a party.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Johnson's, Boris Johnson's, Sue Gray, Downing, Andrew Rosindell, He's, Conor Burns, Johnson, Burns, Crispin Blunt, Theresa Villiers, David Morris, Richard Bacon, Tony Blair, Alex Salmond, Blair, Mark Jenkinson, " Johnson, Michael Ellis, Grant Shapps, Nadine Dorries Organizations: Service, Metropolitan Police, Conservative Party, Downing Street, Downing, Romford, Sky News, Conservative, Reigate, BBC Radio, Chipping Barnet, Scottish, Workington, Parliamentary Locations: Downing Street, Westminster, Northern Ireland, South Norfolk, cahoots
REUTERS/Caitlin OchsLONDON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) says it is "taking a different approach" for its upcoming live-action remake of animated movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", following criticism from actor Peter Dinklage. "Literally no offence to anything, but I was a little taken aback...They were very proud to cast a Latina actress as Snow White - but you’re still telling the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," the "Game of Thrones" and "Cyrano" actor said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Register"Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. You’re progressive in one way..., but you’re still making that fucking backward story about seven dwarfs living in a cave together? The new Snow White movie is scheduled for release next year.
Persons: Peter Dinklage, Caitlin Ochs, Marc Maron's, Dinklage, Snow, Snow White, Cyrano, you’re, Rachel Zegler, White, Gal Gadot, Disney, Marie, Louise Gumuchian, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Radio City Music Hall, REUTERS, Walt Disney Co, Disney, Hollywood, Thomson Locations: New York, U.S, Latina, Israeli
Astronomers found a spinning object emitting ultra-powerful radio waves in our "galactic backyard." It's the latest in a series of mysterious radio signals that may point to new types of dead stars. During its minute-long broadcasts, it was among the strongest radio signals in the sky. The researchers' best guess is that the mysterious object is the collapsed core of a dead star with an unusually powerful magnetic field. In their paper, the Australian researchers write that their nearby spinning object resembles one of these GCRTs, which emitted a radio signal every 10 minutes.
Persons: Natasha Hurley, Walker, ICRAR, Curtin, Hurley, Tyrone O'Doherty, O'Doherty, Sebastian Zentilomo, Hester, Pete Wheeler, ICRAR Hurley, we've, Kiyoshi Masui, She's Organizations: Service, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Curtin University, University of Sydney, Hubble, NASA, ESA, Arizona State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NBC Locations: Western Australia
The Absurdity of National Public Radio
  + stars: | 2022-01-25 | by ( James Freeman | )   time to read: 1 min
In an age of media abundance, U.S. taxpayers are for some reason being forced to fund a news outlet that’s at least as irresponsible as its private competitors. National Public Radio has spent much of the last week trying to overturn traditional standards of journalism in the service of a politically correct narrative. For the purpose of smearing a conservative Supreme Court Justice, the state-sponsored broadcaster now maintains that anonymous sources trump the subjects of a story speaking on the record—even when the anonymous sources don’t even appear to have witnessed any relevant events. Last Tuesday, NPR’s Nina Totenberg claimed that Justice Neil Gorsuch was “prickly” in an account that began with the following story:
Persons: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Neil Gorsuch Organizations: National Public Radio, Court Justice
A minister defended Boris Johnson from claims he broke lockdown with a birthday party. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the Prime Minister 'didn't organise to be given cake.' "The prime minister didn't organise to be given cake," Shapps told Sky News. The prime minister faced particular criticism in light of a resurfaced tweet from March 2020 in which he praised a seven-year-old for postponing her birthday party due to lockdown rules. "It's an indoor social gathering — it lasted 30 mins and the PM apparently stayed for 10," Wagner said on Twitter.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Grant Shapps, didn't, Downing, Johnson's, Carrie Johnson, Lulu Lytle, Shapps, Josephine, Sue Gray, Lytle, Adam Wagner, Wagner Organizations: Transport, Service, ITV News, Sky News, BBC Radio, Times, ITV, Twitter Locations: Downing
JERUSALEM, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Israel's top diplomat said on Tuesday it hopes to build on its 2020 U.S.-brokered accords with four Muslim nations and establish diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, but such deals would take time. Despite the absence of official ties, Saudi Arabia agreed in 2020 to allow Israel-UAE flights to cross its territory. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's El Al Israel Airlines plane flew across Saudi airspace when he visited Abu Dhabi last month. Both Israel and Saudi Arabia share concerns over common foe Iran. Both Saudi Arabia and Indonesia condemned Israel's air strikes in Gaza during 11 days of hostilities with Palestinian militants in May 2021.
Persons: JERUSALEM, Jan, Yair Lapid, Lapid, Naftali Bennett's El, Abu, Benjamin Netanyahu, Henriette Chacar, Stanley Widianto, Jeffrey Heller, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Army Radio, Abraham Accords, United Arab, Naftali Bennett's El Al Israel Airlines, Israeli, Palestinian, Gaza . Rockets, Thomson Locations: U.S, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Sudan, Morocco, UAE, Israeli, Saudi, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Iran, Gaza, Jerusalem, Jakarta
Boris Johnson has ordered an investigation into claims by Nus Ghani that she was sacked as a minister because of her "Muslimness." Number 10 confirmed on Sunday that Ghani had discussed the matter with the prime minister at the time, describing her claims as "extremely serious." This morning, a Number 10 spokesperson confirmed that the prime minister has now asked the Cabinet Office to conduct an inquiry into the allegations. "As he said at the time, the prime minister takes these claims very seriously." One former minister told Insider the implication was that "it's the victim's fault for not making an official complaint".
Persons: Boris Johnson, Nus Ghani, Muslimness, Ghani, Johnson, Downing, Mark Spencer, Zahawi, Sue Gray Organizations: Nus, Conservative Party, Service, Sunday Times, Conservative, Conservative MP, BBC Radio, Downing, BBC Locations: lockdowns
Senior Tory MPs including David Davis have warned Boris Johnson to cancel a planned tax rise in April. Davis said Johnson would be compared to Jeremy Corbyn, the left-wing former Labour leader, if he failed to scrap the tax hike. Chancellor Rishi Sunak, a potential successor to Johnson, reportedly called it 'the prime minister's tax.' In a meeting with Conservative MPs last week, Sunak called it "the prime minister's tax," according to The Daily Telegraph. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Commons leader and another of Johnson's ministers, has also questioned the timing of the tax rise given inflation and soaring energy bills during a Cabinet meeting earlier in January.
Persons: David Davis, Boris Johnson, Davis, Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Sunak, Jacob Rees, Mogg, Robert Jenrick, Downing, Sue Gray Organizations: Labour, Service, Conservative, Insurance, BBC Radio, The Daily Telegraph, Tory, National Insurance Locations: Downing
Chris Bryant, chair of the Commons' standards committee, has said Sue Gray's report must be published "in full". The Sue Gray report must be published in its entirety with all accompanying evidence," she said. Given Case's recusal from the investigation, Gray is believed to be submitting her report directly to Johnson. The Prime Minister's spokesman has previously told reporters that it will be for Gray and the Cabinet Office to publish the report following the terms of reference. But Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab told the BBC on Sunday that the process of publication "will be for the Prime Minister to decide".
Persons: Chris Bryant, Sue Gray's, Boris Johnson, Simon Case, Sue Gray, Bryant, Gray, Downing, I'd, Labour's, Angela Rayner, Zahawi, openDemocracy, Damian Green, Sir Jeremy Heywood, Theresa May, Johnson, Dominic Raab Organizations: Service, Met Police, Police, Telegraph, BBC Radio, BBC Locations: Downing
That changed dramatically earlier this month, when every justice on the bench donned a mask — with the exception of Justice Neil Gorsuch. But let it be said: Friends don’t let friends risk catching Covid. Elsewhere, the Supreme Court takes Covid precautions seriously. Gorsuch has voted against almost every Covid prevention measure that has come before his court, including the two recent federal vaccine mandate cases. But let it be said: Friends don’t let friends risk catching Covid.
Persons: Sonia Sotomayor, Neil Gorsuch, Gorsuch, Sotomayor, don’t, ” Gorsuch, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Sotomayor “, John Roberts, , , Justice Gorsuch, ” Roberts, Roberts “, wasn’t, can’t, It’s Organizations: Health Organization, National Public Radio, NPR, United, for Disease Control Locations: Gorsuch
(CNN) A Turkish journalist has been sent to prison for "insulting" the nation's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Sedef Kabas was arrested in Istanbul on Saturday following a live interview on the opposition TV channel Tele1 last Friday, according to Turkey's state broadcaster Turkish Radio and Television, TRT Haber. Kabas used traditional Turkish proverbs to make references to Erdogan without actually giving the President's name. "A crowned head gets wiser, but we see that it is not true," she said in reference to Erdogan's nearly 20 years in power since becoming prime minister then president. She then said: "When a cattle enters a palace, he will not be a king, but that palace becomes a barn."
Persons: Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Sedef Kabas, TRT Haber, Kabas, Erdogan Organizations: CNN, Turkish Radio, Television, TRT Locations: Turkish, Istanbul
Image A number of the most remote island nations in the world, including Kiribati, are now battling the spread of the Omicron variant. Others that have maintained single-digit caseloads for much of the pandemic are watching with alarm as local outbreaks spread. As of Friday, there were 169 positive cases in the country but only 56 beds available for Covid patients. They are all isolating, and there is no indication yet that the virus has spread into the community. Still, the cases represent the highest number of coronavirus cases that the island nation has seen since the start of the pandemic.
Persons: Josh Haner, , Jugal Patel, , Manasseh Sogavare, Organizations: New York Times, Radio Kiribati, Solomon Islanders, Locations: Kiribati, Alaska, Fiji, Tarawa, Tonga, Solomon, Java, Papua New Guinea, Ontong Java, , Honiara, Palau, Samoa, Australia
REUTERS/Bryan Woolston/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday issued new approvals for additional altimeters that allow about 78% of the U.S. commercial air fleet to perform low-visibility landings at airports where 5G C-band wireless is deployed. Some flights were being affected at San Francisco because of low visibility, with some diverted to other airports or canceled, airlines said. The FAA said it anticipated "some altimeters will be too susceptible to 5G interference" and will be prohibited from performing low-visibility landings near 5G deployments. Register now for FREE unlimited access to RegisterAT&T (T.N) and Verizon Communications (VZ.N) agreed late Tuesday to delay switching on new telecom towers near key airports even as they turned on the new 5G C-Band service. Verizon will temporarily not turn on about 500 towers near airports, sources told Reuters, or less than 10% of their planned deployment, while the carriers and the administration work on a permanent solution.
Persons: Bryan Woolston, Jan, Joe Biden, David Shepardson, Chizu Nomiyama, Jonathan Oatis Organizations: Southwest Airlines, LaGuardia, REUTERS, U.S . Federal Aviation Administration, Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, EMBR3, FAA,, Verizon Communications, Radio, Verizon, Thomson Locations: New York City , New York, U.S, San Francisco
Boris Johnson could be 'only a dozen' letters away from a vote of no-confidence, MPs told Insider. A threshold of 54 out of 360 Tory MPs signalling no-confidence would trigger a leadership challenge. Sources told Insider that supporters of Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak were leading the charge. If 54 of the 360 Tory MPs send no-confidence letters to the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs, it will trigger a formal leadership contest. This morning one former cabinet minister told Insider that Johnson's reaction to the questions was "shockingly awful" and "a sure sign of lying".
Persons: Boris Johnson, Liz Truss, Rishi Sunak, Boris Johnson's, Conservative backbenchers, Johnson, , Alicia Kearns, Kearns, Johnson's, Prince Philip's, William Wragg, Chris Green, Gavin Barwell, Theresa May, it's, Boris, Rishi, Truss, he'll, Sue Gray, James Heappey, Heappey Organizations: Service, Conservative, Tory, BBC, BBC Radio Locations: Rutland, Melton, Westminster, Doom, Downing
"Reporting that Justice Sotomayor asked Justice Gorsuch to wear a mask surprised us. It is false," Sotomayor and Gorsuch said in the statement, which was provided by a court spokesperson. Sotomayor sits next to Gorsuch on the nine-member bench when the court hears oral arguments. Some of the other justices sometimes removed their masks when asking questions during oral arguments. A rift between Gorsuch and Sotomayor would have been at odds with their friendly relationship on the bench.
Persons: Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Harry Reid, Oliver Contreras, Neil Gorsuch, Sotomayor, Justice Gorsuch, Gorsuch, NPR's, John Roberts, Roberts, Joe Biden's, maskless, Andrew Chung, Lawrence Hurley, Will Dunham Organizations: U.S, Capitol, Washington , D.C, REUTERS Companies, Supreme, COVID, National Public Radio, teleconference, NPR, Thomson Locations: Washington ,, COVID, Gorsuch
HOULTON, Maine — Two radio announcers calling a Maine high school girls basketball game were fired after they mocked players for being overweight. Radio station owner Fred Grant told the newspaper he started getting calls about the comments almost immediately. He said he fired announcers Jim Carter and Steve Shaw after the broadcast. Grant said announcers who call basketball games are told to focus on the game play and not comment negatively about players. “I don’t even know what to say,” Carter told the Press Herald.
Persons: Fred Grant, Jim Carter, Steve Shaw, Grant, , It’s, ” Grant, Carter, ” Carter, ” Shaw, WHOU, Organizations: Maine, Central Aroostook, Portland Press Herald, Radio, Press Herald Locations: HOULTON, Maine, Easton
REUTERS/Henry NichollsLONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A claim by a former senior adviser to Boris Johnson that the British prime minister lied to parliament about not knowing about a lockdown party in Downing Street is nonsense, his deputy said on Tuesday. Asked if the prime minister's premiership was over if it could be proved that he had lied to parliament, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said: "Look, the suggestion that he's lied is nonsense. Asked if Johnson should resign if he had lied, Raab said he would not speculate about hypotheticals. Cummings said that after Reynolds was told to cancel the invite by at least two people, Reynolds checked with Johnson if it should go ahead. However, the scandals have seen Johnson's personal ratings plummet and support for his Conservative Party has sunk in opinion polls.
Persons: Dominic Raab, Andrew Marr, Henry Nicholls LONDON, Boris Johnson, he's, He's, Johnson, Dominic Cummings, Raab, Martin Reynolds, Cummings, Reynolds, Sue Gray, Maria Caulfield, Guy Faulconbridge, Michael Holden Organizations: BBC, REUTERS, Times Radio,, European Union, ITV News, Downing Street, Conservative Party, Thomson Locations: London, Britain, Downing
JERUSALEM, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Israel will continue to offer a fourth COVID-19 vaccine shot despite preliminary findings that it is not enough to prevent Omicron infections, a senior health official said on Tuesday, predicting contagions stoked by the variant will wane in a week. The fastest country to roll out vaccinations a year ago, Israel last month started offering a fourth shot - also known as a second booster - to its most vulnerable and high-risk groups. A preliminary study published by an Israeli hospital on Monday found that the fourth shot increases antibodies to even higher levels than the third but "probably" not enough to fend off the highly transmissible Omicron. As elsewhere, Israel has seen COVID-19 cases spiral due to Omicron. Hoping to reduce strain on the economy, Israel on Monday cut the mandatory quarantine period for COVID-19 carriers to five days.
Persons: JERUSALEM, Jan, Nachman Ash, Ash, PCRs, Dan Williams, Andrew Heavens Organizations: Register Health, Army Radio, Health Ministry, Thomson Locations: Israel
Boris Johnson last week insisted he believed the gathering on May 20, 2020, was a 'work event.' It came after a minister directly criticised Johnson's Downing Street operation over the parties. The prime minister is facing another torrid week as reports of more parties in Downing Street continue to emerge. In a further escalation of the prime minister's troubles, a minister openly criticised Johnson's Downing Street operation over the parties. He said that the "prime minister and his office should set the highest standards."
Persons: Boris Johnson, Johnson's, Boris Johnson's, Dominic Raab, Dominic Cummings, Johnson, Raab, Kay Burley, Raab backtracked, hadn't, Cummings, You've, Martin Reynolds, Downing, George Freeman, pollsters Redfield, Wilton, Sue Gray Organizations: Service, Sky News, Downing, Monday, BBC Radio, Labour, Conservatives Locations: Downing, London
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