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.