Scientists have detected evidence of a colossal explosion in space – five times bigger than anything observed before. The huge release of energy is thought to have emanated from a supermassive black hole some 390 million light years from Earth. The eruption is said to have left a giant dent in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster. Researchers reported their findings in The Astrophysical Journal.
At least 33 Turkish soldiers have been killed in an airstrike carried out by Syrian government forces, officials in Ankara say. Thursday night’s attack in Idlib marks a serious escalation in the direct conflict between Turkish and Russia-backed Syrian forces. The airstrike came after a Russian delegation spent two days in Ankara for talks with Turkish officials on the situation in Idlib.
Iran said on Thursday its death toll from coronavirus had risen to 26, by far the highest number outside China, and the total number of infected people now stood at 245, including several senior officials. The outbreak prompted authorities to call off Friday prayers in the capitals of 23 of Iran’s 31 provinces. Iran’s state news agency IRNA said Iran had banned Chinese citizens from entering.
Hong Kong police arrested three veteran pro-democracy figures for taking part in an unauthorized anti-government march last year amid the city’s most serious political crisis for decades. Jimmy Lai, the 71-year-old founder of Next Media, which publishes the popular, anti-government Apple Daily newspaper, was picked up by police on Friday morning for taking part in a march banned by police on 31 August.
The Canadian government will no longer pay for Prince Harry and Meghan’s security, it said in a statement Thursday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have been living on picturesque Vancouver Island in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, where their security has been provided in part, by officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. While the couple has been welcomed in Canada, there has been public opposition to taxpayers paying for their security.
Five people were killed after an employee opened fire at the Molson Coors headquarters in Milwaukee on Wednesday, police said. Milwaukee police said they responded to reports of a shooting in the area just after 2 p.m. and found the gunman, a 51-year-old Milwaukee man, dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities also found five employees of the “old Miller brewery” who had been killed in the attack.
Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would ban advertisements for products offering any cures or prevention around the coronavirus outbreak, and those that create a sense of urgency around the situation. The announcement by the social-media giant comes as it faces increasing regulatory scrutiny over the type of content posted on its platform, specifically items reflecting extreme ideologies and fake news.
Donald Trump’s re-election campaign said on Wednesday it had filed a libel suit against the New York Times accusing the newspaper of intentionally publishing a false opinion article related to Russian interference in the 2016 US election. A statement from the campaign said the aim of the litigation was to “hold the news organization accountable for intentionally publishing false statements against President Trump’s campaign”.
More than 60 people have been hurt, many of them riot police, in clashes with protesters on Lesbos and Chios over plans to build new migrant camps. Stones were hurled at police as protests intensified at three Lesbos sites where the centers are to be built. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has called for calm and is due to meet the regional governor and local mayors to discuss the crisis.
A visiting mini-moon is circling Earth, according to astronomers who discovered the cosmic squatter in our planet’s orbit. The tiny asteroid, dubbed 2020 CD3, was spotted by astronomers in Tucson, Arizona, on Feb. 15. “BIG NEWS,” Kacper Wierzchos, a researcher with the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Lab, tweeted Tuesday. “Earth has a new temporarily captured object/Possible mini-moon called 2020 CD3.”