France’s over-65s will need booster for Covid pass: Macron

Paris (AFP) – People over 65 in France will need to show proof of a Covid-19 booster jab to be able to visit restaurants, attend cultural events and take intercity trains, President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday. The pass has become a routine part of life for many people in France since August, with a complete course … Continue reading France’s over-65s will need booster for Covid pass: Macron

Peter Jackson sells special effects firm in $1.6 bn ‘metaverse’ deal

Wellington (AFP) – New Zealand film director Peter Jackson on Wednesday announced the sale of his Oscar-winning Weta Digital special effects business to a US software firm intent on using it to develop the virtual-reality "metaverse". San Francisco-based Unity Software said the US$1.6 billion acquisition would "shape the future of the metaverse", an immersive 3D version … Continue reading Peter Jackson sells special effects firm in $1.6 bn ‘metaverse’ deal

Brazil, Argentina eye Qatar World Cup qualification

Montevideo (AFP) – Brazil host Colombia in Sao Paulo on Thursday knowing victory will book their ticket to Qatar with six World Cup qualifiers to spare following a near perfect record so far. Even a draw for the Selecao would be enough if Uruguay lose at home to Argentina on Friday, and Brazilian media have reported … Continue reading Brazil, Argentina eye Qatar World Cup qualification

Salah has two goals as African World Cup qualifying intensifies

Johannesburg (AFP) – Liverpool marksman Mo Salah leads Egypt against Angola this weekend with the clear objective of ending his scoring drought to help lift his nation into the final stage of Africa World Cup qualifying. Qualifying for the 2022 tournament in Qatar intensifies on the continent with the last two group rounds, with victory in … Continue reading Salah has two goals as African World Cup qualifying intensifies

Climate change and fires: Bolivia’s forests in peril

Santo Corazón (Bolivia) (AFP) – The road through San Matias, Bolivia, is a no man's land. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of once lush forest are now a wasteland of twisted, carbonized tree stumps. It is a protected area, but San Matias -- which also hosts subsistence farmers, cattle ranches and quartz mines -- burns every … Continue reading Climate change and fires: Bolivia’s forests in peril

it is time for Solskjaer to leave Man Utd – Ferdinand

London (AFP) – Rio Ferdinand has called for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to hand over the Manchester United manager's "baton" after a string of damaging results left the club well off the pace in the Premier League. The Norwegian boss is under intense pressure after a 5-0 home thumping by Liverpool and a one-sided 2-0 defeat at … Continue reading it is time for Solskjaer to leave Man Utd – Ferdinand

US says migrant caravan leaders enriching criminals

Mexico City (AFP) – The US ambassador to Mexico on Tuesday accused the leaders of a migrant caravan marching north towards the Mexican-US border of enriching people smugglers and criminals. The organizers say they are protecting human rights, "when in reality what they're doing is (ensuring that) money goes to traffickers and criminals," Ken Salazar said. … Continue reading US says migrant caravan leaders enriching criminals

US judge rules Trump cannot block congressional investigation of US capitol siege

The US House of Representatives committee investigating the deadly attack on the US Capitol can access former President Donald Trump’s White House records, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday in a clear win for congressional oversight powers. US District Judge Tanya Chutkan in the District of Columbia rejected an argument by Trump’s lawyers that telephone records, … Continue reading US judge rules Trump cannot block congressional investigation of US capitol siege

Nobel Prize winning activist Malala gets married

London (AFP) – Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Pakistani Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, got married on Tuesday in a small ceremony in Birmingham, central England, she announced on social media. "Today marks a precious day in my life. Asser (Malik) and I tied the knot to be partners … Continue reading Nobel Prize winning activist Malala gets married

Facebook parent to take politics, race out of ad targeting

San Francisco (AFP) – Facebook-parent Meta on Tuesday said it will stop letting ads be targeted at users based on "sensitive" topics such as race, religion, sexuality or political party, citing concerns about abuse. The company's deep knowledge about its users' interests is prized by advertisers looking to reach a certain audience -- and is an … Continue reading Facebook parent to take politics, race out of ad targeting

NASA postpones astronaut mission to the moon until at least 2025

NASA will not send astronauts to the moon until 2025 at the earliest, the U.S. space agency’s administrator said on Tuesday, pushing back by at least a year a timeline originally set under former President Donald Trump. Trump’s administration had set the aggressive goal of returning astronauts to the moon in 2024, an initiative named … Continue reading NASA postpones astronaut mission to the moon until at least 2025

Original Apple computer built by Jobs and Wozniak sells for $400k

Los Angeles (AFP) – An original Apple computer, hand-built by company founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak 45 years ago, sold for $400,000 at auction in the United States on Tuesday. The functioning Apple-1, the great-great-grandfather of today's sleek chrome-and-glass Macbooks, had been expected to fetch up to $600,000 when it went under the hammer in … Continue reading Original Apple computer built by Jobs and Wozniak sells for $400k