Ethiopian troops take control of Tigray’s capital Mekelle, national government says | World News

Ethiopian troops have taken “full control” of the Tigray region’s capital Mekelle, the government has said. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said in a statement posted on his Twitter page police were searching for the leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), who have been fighting federal forces in the northern region since 4 November. … Read more

New UK-France agreement to tackle migrant crossings after thousands make journey this year | UK News

The UK and France have reached a new agreement to tackle migrants crossing the Channel with more officers patrolling beaches and “cutting edge” surveillance technology deployed, the Home Office has said. More than 8,000 people have reached the UK after making the dangerous crossing on small boats this year as numbers have rocketed, latest figures … Read more

France protests turn violent as people demonstrate against new filming law and police brutality | World News

Thousands of people have taken part in protests in France against a proposed new law that would ban the filming of police. The demonstrations, at numerous sites across the country, took on an additional significance as they came in the hours after President Emmanuel Macron said footage showing Paris police attacking a black man was … Read more

Maradona: Funeral worker who posed for photo with footballer’s body is fired | World News

A funeral worker who took a selfie next to the open casket of Argentine football icon Diego Maradona as his body lay in state in Buenos Aires has been fired and begged for forgiveness. The images, which were shared widely online, sparked international outrage – including death threats. Claudio Fernandez told Radio Diez on Friday … Read more

Emmanuel Macron says video of Paris police beating black man is ‘shameful for all of us’ | World News

French President Emmanuel Macron has said footage showing Paris police attacking a black man was “unacceptable” and “shameful”. An investigation has been launched into the violent arrest of Michel Zecler, a music producer who says he was racially abused by officers on Saturday. The incident was captured on CCTV and mobile footage, and was circulated … Read more

Soldiers could one day ‘communicate through brainwaves’, say researchers | Science & Tech News

A breakthrough in decoding brain signals could be the first step towards soldiers communicating without having to speak aloud during military operations. New research has “successfully” separated brain signals that influence behaviour and actions from those that do not, according to the publication C4ISRNET, which covers emerging trends in military warfare technology. Funded by the … Read more

New US execution rule could see injections replaced by firing squad or poison gas | US News

The US Justice Department is quietly amending its execution protocols, to possibly end the use of lethal injection – and clear the way for firing squads and poison gas. The amended rule, published on Friday, allows the US government to conduct executions by lethal injection or use “any other manner prescribed by the law of the … Read more

Iranian president vows to retaliate over nuclear scientist’s assassination | World News

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to retaliate for the killing of one the country’s prominent nuclear scientists. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was injured after gunmen fired at his car in an ambush near Tehran. He died later in hospital. And in a televised speech, Mr Rouhani has accused Israel of the killing. “Our people are wiser … Read more

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh: Senior Iranian nuclear scientist assassinated | World News

There are “serious indications” that Israel was involved in the killing of a senior Iranian nuclear scientist, Iran’s foreign minister has said. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was injured after gunmen fired at his car and he died later in hospital, Iranian state media reported. “Unfortunately, the medical team did not succeed in reviving him, and a few … Read more

Mbappe speaks out after Paris police officers suspended over beating of black man | World News

A French minister has ordered the suspension of police officers filmed beating and racially abusing a black music producer in Paris on Saturday. The incident was captured on CCTV and made headline news on French television channels. Videos first published on Thursday by French news website Loopsider show the violent arrest of Michel Zecler, in … Read more

World’s most expensive handbag – priced at £5.3m – is created to help ‘save the oceans’ | World News

The world’s most expensive handbag has been created to help raise awareness of ocean pollution. The item costs €6m (£5.3m), with €800,000 (£714,000) of the proceeds going towards operations to clean the seas. Made of semi-shiny alligator, the bag is embellished with a diamond pavé accessory and 10 white gold butterflies with sapphires, diamonds and … Read more

Thailand’s $1bn ketamine bust turns out to be cleaning agent | World News

Thailand’s claim to have seized almost $1bn in ketamine was a “misunderstanding”, the country’s justice minister has said. Tests so far show the bags confiscated by authorities contain trisodium phosphate, a common cleaning agent. Somsak Thepsuthin said a “technical error” in field testing had caused the initial false claim. “This was a misunderstanding that our … Read more

COVID-19: Six Pakistan cricket players test positive for coronavirus in New Zealand | World News

Six Pakistan cricket players have tested positive for COVID-19 while on tour in New Zealand. The whole squad has been issued with a “final warning” by the New Zealand government for breaching rules while in isolation in Christchurch. The six team members with coronavirus have been moved into quarantine and the side’s exemption to train … Read more

Bitcoin hopes of record value of over $20,000 dashed after cryptocurrency falls again | Science & Tech News

Bitcoin fell 8.7% on Wednesday – just as it neared its highest-ever price – passing $19,000 (£14,241) for the first time since its 2017 collapse. It was joined by other cryptocurrencies in the drop, all of which had been buoyed in recent weeks by strong demand from institutional investors. Despite the losses, Bitcoin – which remains … Read more

Ethiopia conflict: Military begins ‘final offensive’ against rebel forces in Tigray capital | World News

Ethiopia’s prime minister has said the army is moving in on the capital of the northern Tigray region after his 72-hour ultimatum for rebel leaders to lay down their arms expired. Abiy Ahmed said government troops had been ordered to attack the regional capital, Mekelle, in a “final phase” of a law enforcement offensive, adding … Read more

Donald Trump pardons former aide Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI | US News

Donald Trump has pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI during an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Retired Army general Flynn was one of several former aides to the outgoing president to plead guilty or be convicted at trial in former Special Counsel … Read more

Kylie Moore-Gilbert: Iran releases British-Australian academic ‘in exchange for three Iranians’ | World News

Iran has released a British-Australian academic it had accused of spying in exchange for three Iranians being held abroad, according to the country’s state TV. Kylie Moore-Gilbert had gone on hunger strikes and spent long stretches in solitary confinement after being sentenced to 10 years behind bars. She had vehemently denied the charges and maintained … Read more

<a href='https://www.skysports.com/football/story-telling/11095/12142135/diego-maradona-iconic-images-of-argentina-legend-from-1976-to-1986' target='_blank'>Pictured: An icon in his prime – Maradona from 1976 to 1986</a>

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Maradona dead: Tributes paid to football legend as Lineker hopes he will ‘find some comfort in the hands of God’ | World News

Tributes are pouring in for legendary footballer Diego Maradona, who has died at the age of 60. Former England star Gary Lineker, who famously played against Maradona in the World Cup quarter-final in 1986, described his opponent as “the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time”. Maradona’s infamous “hand of … Read more

Maradona dead: Three days of national mourning in Argentina for football star | World News

Argentina’s president has said there will be three days of national mourning following the death of the country’s most famous footballer. Diego Maradona, who captained the 1986 World Cup-winning team, died from a heart attack at the age of 60 on Wednesday. Argentina’s President Alberto Fernandez said: “Diego was Argentina in the world. He gave … Read more

Maradona dead: Argentina legend and one of world’s greatest footballers dies aged 60 | World News

The legendary Argentinian footballer Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60, the Argentinian football association has said. Maradona, who captained Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning team, is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time – if not the greatest. Brazil’s Pele said: “Certainly one day we’ll kick a ball together … Read more

COVID-19: No hugs or kisses and a warning to St Nick – how Europe is spending Christmas | World News

Accounting for a quarter of the world’s coronavirus cases and deaths, it was inevitable Europe would be having a much more muted Christmas this year. The UK has announced up to three households can form a “bubble” for five days over the Christmas period, meaning families will be able to come together over the festive … Read more

COVID-19: World’s biggest latex glove maker warns prices may rise after thousands of factory workers get coronavirus | World News

The price of medical rubber gloves could go up after thousands of workers at the world’s biggest manufacturer caught coronavirus. Malaysia’s Top Glove Corp warned of the potential price hike, saying it expected some shortages but that it hoped to have the situation contained within a month. Its factories and dormitories in Klan, about 25 … Read more

Justin Trudeau: Canadian PM called by prankster impersonating Greta Thunberg | World News

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was caught out by a prankster impersonating climate campaigner Greta Thunberg. Mr Trudeau took the call – orchestrated by Russians Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov – in January, which the pair have just released on YouTube alongside an animated video. Fake Greta begins in earnest fashion, saying she is concerned … Read more

Fungus-farming ants evolving biomineral body armour, scientists discover | Science & Tech News

Scientists have accidentally discovered a species of fungus-farming ant is growing its own body armour using biominerals, something never previously seen in insects. Leaf-cutting ants are an extremely unusual evolution of the ant line, as they have – for the past 60 million years – co-evolved with the fungi that they cultivate for food. A … Read more

Scientists discover fungus-farming ants evolving biomineral body armour | Science & Tech News

Scientists have accidentally discovered a species of fungus-farming ant is growing its own body armour using biominerals, something never previously seen in insects. Leaf-cutting ants are an extremely unusual evolution of the ant line, as they have – for the past 60 million years – co-evolved with the fungi that they cultivate for food. A … Read more