April 20th, 2021

World News

‘Downton Abbey’ cast returns for sequel opening in December

By The Associated Press on April 19th, 2021

NEW YORK – The original principal cast of “Downton Abbey” are returning for a second film that will arrive in theatres December 22 this year, Focus Features announced Monday. “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes has written the sequel’s screenplay, and Simon Curtis (“My Week With Marilyn”) is directing. Joining the original cast are Hugh Dancy, ... Read More »

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Police: Albanian man with knife wounds 5 at mosque in Tirana

By The Associated Press on April 19th, 2021

TIRANA, Albania – An Albanian man with a knife attacked five people Monday at a mosque in the capital of Tirana, according to police. A police statement said Rudolf Nikolli, 34, entered the Dine Hoxha mosque in downtown Tirana about 2:30 p.m. and wounded five people with a knife. Police reacted immediately and took him ... Read More »

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Greens bid for German chancellery as Merkel’s bloc squabbles

By Geir Moulson, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2021

BERLIN – Germany’s environmentalist Greens announced Monday that co-leader Annalena Baerbock will make the party’s first bid for the chancellery in the September national election, while Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc was mired in a power struggle. Baerbock’s nomination was unveiled by the party’s other co-leader, Robert Habeck, at a smoothly staged event that contrasted ... Read More »

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NASA’s Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet

By Marcia Dunn, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2021

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NASA’s experimental helicopter Ingenuity rose into the thin air above the dusty red surface of Mars on Monday, achieving the first powered flight by an aircraft on another planet. The triumph was hailed as a Wright Brothers moment. The mini 4-pound (1.8-kilogram) copter even carried a bit of wing fabric from ... Read More »

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Officials: Hunger-striking Navalny to go to prison hospital

By Daria Litvinova, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2021

MOSCOW – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike, will be admitted to a hospital in another prison, the Russian state penitentiary service said Monday, after the politician’s doctor said he could be near death. The prison service, FSIN, also said that Navalny had agreed to take ... Read More »

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1 dead, 100,000 displaced as typhoon blows near Philippines

By Jim Gomez, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – An approaching typhoon has left at least one person dead, another missing and prompted the evacuation of more than 100,000 people as a precaution in the eastern and central Philippines, although the unusual summer storm is not expected to blow into land, officials said Monday. Typhoon Surigae was about 500 kilometres (310 ... Read More »

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Residents evacuated as mountain fire spreads in Cape Town

By Gerald Imray, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2021

CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Residents are being evacuated from Cape Town neighbourhoods Monday as a wildfire spreading on the slopes of the city’s famed Table Mountain was fanned by strong winds overnight and houses came under threat. City authorities said residents of parts of the Vredehoek suburb were being evacuated as a “precautionary” measure ... Read More »

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German Greens launch chancellor bid as Merkel bloc squabbles

By Geir Moulson, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2021

BERLIN – Germany’s environmentalist Greens announced Monday that they’ve chosen co-leader Annalena Baerbock to make the party’s first bid for the chancellery in the country’s September election, while a power struggle in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc entered its second week. Baerbock’s nomination was unveiled by the party’s other co-leader, Robert Habeck, in a smoothly ... Read More »

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Bitter experience helps French ICUs crest latest virus wave

By John Leicester, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2021

ROUEN, France – Slowly suffocating in a French intensive care ward, Patrick Aricique feared he would die from his diseased lungs that felt “completely burned from the inside, burned like the cathedral in Paris,” as tired doctors and nurses laboured day and night to keep gravely ill COVID-19 patients like him alive. A married couple ... Read More »

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Australia-New Zealand travel bubble opens with joy, tears

By Nick Perry, The Associated Press on April 19th, 2021

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – As the passengers walked a little dazed through the airport gates, they were embraced one after another by family members who rushed forward and dissolved into tears. Elation and relief marked the opening of a long-anticipated travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand at the Wellington Airport on Monday. Children held ... Read More »

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