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🥀Daft Punk announce split after 28 years together (1993-2021)



Daft Punk, the iconic French electronic music duo, have announced the decision to call it quits after 28 years together.

Members Guy-Manuel and Thomas Bangalter announced their split in a new video titled “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film "Electroma", where musicians bid each other farewell in the desert, before one of them blows the other up
Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: Suspect pleads guilty
One of three men accused of assassinating investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in 2017 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Vincent Muscat admitted involvement on Tuesday in the car bombing that killed the reporter.
Many suspect it was ordered by top Malta establishment figures.
Called a "one-woman Wikileaks", Caruana Galizia's work uncovered networks of corruption in the country and abroad.
Muscat changed his plea on Tuesday in a dramatic turn of events and agreed to provide information about the murder. He must also pay €42,000 in court expenses.
The two other defendants, brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, were also in the courtroom on Tuesday but did not speak.
Malta journalist Caruana Galizia: Anti-corruption warrior
Caruana Galizia, who was 53 when she died, spent 30 years as a journalist and relentlessly accused Maltese politicians and other officials of corruption in her popular Running Commentary blog.
Iran talks 'avert' impact of nuclear inspection deadline
Iran and the global nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, have agreed to temporary measures to offset Iran's decision to restrict access to inspectors.
These would enable the agency to retain the "necessary degree of monitoring and verification work", IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said, without going into detail.
The move comes ahead of a deadline set by Iran to stop intrusive checks of sites unless US sanctions are lifted.
Tensions have soared since the US left a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018.
Then-President Donald Trump reimposed crippling economic sanctions to force Iran to renegotiate the accord. Iran refused and retaliated by rolling back a number of key commitments.
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🔫South Mississippi man creates desk to keep children safe during school shootings

Мужчина из Миссисипи разработал бронированную парту, которая сможет спасти детей и учителей во время очередного "колумбайна"

This school desk is designed for students to hide from school shooting. It is made of bullet-proof material and equipped with a lockable cell
Melissa Caddick: Missing fraud suspect's foot found on Australian beach
Australian police say they have found the partial remains of a fraud suspect who vanished from her Sydney home four months ago.Businesswoman Melissa Caddick's disappearance has captivated public attention, amid allegations she stole millions of dollars from her clients.Police had found no trace of her until last week when campers spotted a shoe containing a decomposed foot on a beach 400km (250 miles) south of Sydney.DNA testing matched it to Ms Caddick.The financial adviser's "time and cause of death" would now be determined by a coroner, New South Wales Police assistant commissioner Mick Willing said on Friday."It remains a mystery as to when and how she came into the water," he told reporters."At this point we can't rule out anything. We have kept an open mind, however given the circumstances of her disappearance... we have always considered the possibility that she may have taken her own life.
US President Joe Biden has talked by phone with King Salman of Saudi Arabia as he seeks to put relations with America's old ally on a new footing.
He "affirmed the importance" the US "places on universal human rights and the rule of law", the White House said.
Mr Biden made the call after reading a forthcoming US report into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Mr Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, pursued closer ties with Saudi Arabia.
The White House says Mr Biden will "recalibrate" the relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi, a US-based journalist and critic of Saudi Arabia's government, was murdered in 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, and his body dismembered.
Saudi authorities blamed his death on a "rogue operation" by a team of agents sent to return him to the kingdom, and a Saudi court tried and sentenced five individuals to 20 years in prison last September, after initially sentencing them to death.
Nigeria's Zamfara attack: Hundreds of schoolgirls feared kidnapped
Hundreds of schoolgirls are feared to have been kidnapped in the north-western state of Zamfara.
A teacher told the BBC that at least 300 students were unaccounted for after the Friday morning attack by gunmen.
A spokesman for the state's governor has confirmed the attack but did not give details.
This is the latest mass abduction targeting schools in recent weeks. Armed gangs often seize schoolchildren for ransom.
At least 42 people, including 27 students, who were kidnapped last week in the central state of Niger, are yet to be released.
In December, more than 300 boys were kidnapped by gunmen and later released after negotiations.
Some of the gunmen were dressed as government security forces, the report said, adding that they forced the schoolgirls in the vehicles.
But other witnesses have told the BBC that the armed men arrived on foot at the school.
A group of Russian diplomats and their families made an unusual exit out of North Korea on a hand-pushed rail trolley due to strict Covid measures.The eight people travelled by train and bus before pushing themselves across the Russian border for about 1km (0.6miles) over train tracks.North Korea has blocked most passenger transport to limit the virus' spread.The country maintains it has not had any confirmed cases, but observers dispute this claim.Since early last year, trains and wagons have been forbidden to enter or leave the country. Most international passenger flights have stopped as well.The Russian diplomats were thus left with little choice."Since the borders have been closed for more than a year and passenger traffic has been stopped, it took a long and difficult journey to get home," Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a Facebook post.Photos shared by the ministry showed the diplomats on the trolley with their suitcases amid a wintry landscape.
A former US Olympics gymnastics coach has killed himself hours after he was charged with sexual assault and human trafficking, officials say.
Michigan's attorney general confirmed the death of John Geddert, hours after outlining 24 charges against him.
Geddert was head of the women's gymnastics team in 2012 and worked closely with team doctor Larry Nassar.
Nassar was sentenced to up to 300 years in jail in 2018 for abusing more than 250 girls from his position.
The widespread abuse revelations have caused intense scrutiny of USA Gymnastics and criticism of how it safeguards athletes.
Geddert, 63, had owned the training facility in Michigan where Nassar had served as the gym's doctor. A number of gymnasts accused him of abusive behaviour when they testified during Nassar's trial.
The French government says older people with pre-existing conditions can now get AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, revising its stance on the issue.
"People affected by co-morbidities can be vaccinated with AstraZeneca, including those aged between 65 and 74," the health minister said.
Last month France approved use of the vaccine for under-65s only, citing lack of data for older people.
Since then studies have shown the jab is highly effective among the elderly.
The EU drugs regulator has approved it for all adults, but it is up to each member to set its own roll-out policy.
In a further development, Canada's immunisation commission on Monday advised against giving the AstraZeneca vaccine to over-65s, saying clinical trial data for that age group was too limited.
Streaming platform Twitch has backtracked on a new policy to change its spelling of "women" after criticism from transgender communities.The company had said it would use the term "womxn" in order to be more gender neutral in its language.But LGBT communities online called the change transphobic because it suggested trans women were not women."We're committed to growing from these experiences... and ensuring we're inclusive to all," the company tweeted."Womxn" has become a popular alternative word for people who say that the term "women" has patriarchal roots. Some believe the term is inclusive of trans women and some non-binary people, but that is contested.The spelling "stems from a longstanding objection to the word woman as it comes from man, and the linguistic roots of the word mean that it really does come from the word man," fellow at King's College London
It echoes a trend in some Spanish-language communities that use the word "Latinx" to move away from the traditional use of genders in the language.
A group of nearly 300 girls who were kidnapped from a school in north-western Nigeria last week have been released, a local official says.
The girls were abducted by unidentified gunmen from their boarding school in Jangebe, Zamfara state, on Friday and taken to a forest, police said.
The state's governor said on Tuesday that the group had been freed and the girls were now safe.
Such kidnappings are carried out for ransom and are common in the north.
Dozens of the girls were seen gathered at a government building in Zamfara after they were taken there in a fleet of mini-buses.
"It gladdens my heart to announce the release of the abducted students... from captivity," Governor Bello Matawalle wrote on Twitter.
"This follows the scaling of several hurdles laid against our efforts," he added. "I enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians to rejoice with us as our daughters are now safe."
The highlight of most children's eighth birthday is blowing out the candles on their cake.
However, for Joseph Deen, it was blowing the ink dry on his freshly-signed contract to be a professional gamer.
Joseph is the youngest-ever paid Fortnite player, after signing with Team 33 in December last year.
The Californian esports team invited him to their headquarters to give him a $33,000 (£23,600) signing-on bonus, and high-speed computer system.
"I felt amazing when I got offered the contract," Joseph told the BBC. "I've thought about being a professional gamer a lot, but no-one took me seriously until Team 33 came along."
"One of my scouts got in touch and said 'I've got to know this kid called Joseph and he is insanely good'," explained Tyler Gallagher, Team 33's chief executive and co-founder.
"So they started playing one v one matches as much as they could every day. After a while my scout said 'you've got to sign this kid. If we don't, someone else will!'."
A painting by former British prime minister Sir Winston Churchill, which was owned by Angelina Jolie, has sold for £7m at auction in London.
The sale price was almost four times the top pre-sale estimate and beat the previous record for a Churchill painting, which was just under £1.8m.
The Tower Of The Koutoubia Mosque, painted in Marrakesh during World War Two, was sold to an anonymous buyer.
A Christie's spokesperson called it "Churchill's most important work".
"Aside from its distinguished provenance, it is the only landscape he made during the war," the spokesperson added.
Churchill, a keen artist, took inspiration from the Moroccan city and painted The Tower Of The Koutoubia Mosque oil work following the Casablanca Conference in 1943.
He went on to give the finished piece to fellow wartime leader, US president Franklin Roosevelt.