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Technology • Smartphones, Hardware & Gadgets
Next Apple event apparently on April 20, according to Siri
Next Apple event apparently on April 20, according to Siri
Credit: Apple

The date for this Spring's Apple event will take place on April 20, according to Siri. When asked about the date of the next Apple, Siri responded with "The special event is on Tuesday, April 20, at Apple Park in Cupertino, CA. You can get all the details on Apple.com," MacRumors reported.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
German moves to uniform Covid-19 measures nationwide
German moves to uniform Covid-19 measures nationwide
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The federal government has said "emergency brake" measures to combat rising case numbers are legally mandated in all federal states, replacing a patchwork system. The change needs to be approved by the Bundestag.

If approved, the new system means that any region in any state with a high Covid-19 case incidence will be legally required to implement a uniform set of rules set out by the federal government.

Regional News • Europe • Austria
Vienna extends hard lockdown until May 2
Vienna extends hard lockdown until May 2
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The hard lockdown in Austria's capital of Vienna has been extended until at least May 1, Vienna Mayor Michael Ludwig announced on Monday. While Covid-19 infections have decreased in the past weeks, the city's hospitals are at capacity with a new record of 611 patients in the ICU as of Monday.

The measures include a 24-hour curfew, closure of all non-essential shops and mandatory FFP2 masks in all rooms where more than one person is present.

Regional News • Europe • Germany
CDU supports Armin Laschet for chancellor candidacy
Armin Laschet
Armin Laschet Credit: Christliches Medienmagazin pro (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

The leaders of Germany's biggest conservative party will support Armin Laschet to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor candidate at the next election.

CSU's Markus Söder told the party leadership meeting that he was against a hasty decision, and called for talks with the CDU at the end of the week.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Meghan Markle not to attend Prince Philip's funeral due to pregnancy
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with other members of the Royal family going to church at Sandringham on Christmas Day 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with other members of the Royal family going to church at Sandringham on Christmas Day 2017. Credit: Mark Jones (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Meghan Markle will not attend Prince Philip's funeral as she's been advised not to travel to the United Kingdom by her physician due to her pregnancy. Prince Harry is set to attend the service in the St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Business • Markets
Microsoft buys speech recognition firm Nuance in a $16 billion deal
Satya Nadella
Satya Nadella Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft announced on Monday it would buy Nuance for $56 per share, about a 23% premium over Nuance’s closing price Friday.

Nuance has a strong reputation for its voice recognition technology, and it has been considered an acquisition target for companies like Apple, Microsoft and more for several years.

In an interview on CNBC's " Squawk on the Street" Monday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted Nuance's health care tools as the key driver behind the acquisition.

Regional News • World
North Korea will not participate in Tokyo Summer Olympics over fear of Covid-19
North Korea will not participate in Tokyo Summer Olympics over fear of Covid-19
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North Korea will not attend the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the North's Olympic Committee announced, saying it "decided not to participate in the 32nd Olympic Games during the general assembly to protect our athletes from the global health crisis situation related to the coronavirus as proposed by committee members."

The country, which has a history of no transparency, claims that it has not had any confirmed cases nor deaths related to Covid-19.

Regional News • Europe • France
France bans domestic flights along many TGV routes
France bans domestic flights along many TGV routes
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The French parliamentarians voted by a majority for a ban on domestic flights on routes that can be covered by train in less than two and a half hours. Flights from Paris to Lyon or Bordeaux could thus soon be a thing of the past.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire had already voiced such ideas in May 2020, when state aid for AirFrance-KLM was decided. The weekend's vote picks up on these plans and aims to help reduce CO₂ emissions permanently - even if the air travel industry picks up again after the global pandemic. The ban is part of a broader climate law that aims to reduce French carbon dioxide emissions by 40 per cent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Fashion
Saks Fifth Avenue to stop selling fur by 2023
Saks Fifth Avenue to stop selling fur by 2023
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Saks Fifth Avenue has announced it will "no longer offer products from animals raised for the use of their fur, including but not limited to mink, fox, chinchilla and sable, as well as fur products derived from wild animals, such as coyote and beaver" by 2023, both online and in stores.

"We evaluate a number of factors when making decisions about our assortment, including customer preferences and societal shifts," so Saks Fifth Avenue Chief Merchandising Officer Tracy Margolies on Wednesday. "We recognize that trends constantly evolve, and that the sale of fur remains a significant social issue."

Regional News • Asia • India
India's struggle with Coronavirus: 142,879 new daily cases, shortage of vaccines

India reported 142,879 new daily cases on Sunday. This new trend makes the outbreak in the country the fastest growing outbreak worldwide. The country is experiencing a vaccine shortage, even though it's the world's largest manufacturer of Coronavirus vaccines.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
'Indiana Jones 5' casts Phoebe Waller-Bridge to star with Harrison Ford
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Phoebe Waller-Bridge Credit: Film Codex (Twitter Reproduction)

Disney announced Friday that British actress Phoebe-Waller Bridge has signed on to appear in the upcoming fifth "Indiana Jones" movie alongside Harrison Ford, who's been wearing Indy's familiar fedora since 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark." The British writer-producer-actress created the acclaimed Amazon Studios dramedy Fleabag and was the showrunner of the first season of BBC America's Killing Eve.

James Mangold (Ford v Ferrari) is taking over directing duties from Steven Spielberg, who helmed the first four films in the franchise.

Science • Medicine
BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to offer protection against Covid-19 for at least 6 months
BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine to offer protection against Covid-19 for at least 6 months
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According to a published research by Pfizer, the BionTech-Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine offers protection against Covid-19 for at least 6 months.

"Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE today announced updated topline results from analysis of 927 confirmed symptomatic cases of COVID-19 observed in their pivotal Phase 3 study through March 13, 2021, showing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, BNT162b2, was 91.3% effective against COVID-19, measured seven days through up to six months after the second dose," so the statement.

Albert Bourla, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer said that the data confirmed "the favorable efficacy and safety profile of our vaccine", adding that the "high vaccine efficacy observed through up to six months following a second dose and against the variant prevalent in South Africa provides further confidence in our vaccine’s overall effectiveness."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
Paramount announces new Star Trek movie to be released on 2023
Paramount announces new Star Trek movie to be released on 2023
Credit: StarTrek (Twitter Reproduction)

Paramount announced the studio would release a new movie in the Star Trek Universe movie on June 9, 2023. The studio did not announce a title or any other detail.

This will be the first new Star Trek film since the last instalment in the Kelvin-verse series, Star Trek Beyond, released in 2016.

Regional News • Africa
Archaeologists discover a 3,000-year-old city in Egypt

A group of archaeologists led by Zahi Hawass have discovered a 3,000-year-old Egyptian city, named "The Rise of Aten." The city, which is the largest ancient city found, dates back to the reign of the ninth king of the 18th dynasty King Amenhotep III, who ruled Egypt from 1391 and 1353 BCE.

“Within weeks, to the team’s great surprise, formations of mud bricks began to appear in all directions,” Hawass said. “What they unearthed was the site of a large city in a good condition of preservation, with almost complete walls, and with rooms filled with tools of daily life.”

Regional News • Americas • United States
Puerto Rico to close schools amid Covid-19 surge
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico Credit: Tasha Jolley

The closures would go into effect April 12, roughly a month after some 100 of the island's 858 public schools were authorized to reopen for the first time in a year amid the pandemic. The announcement was praised by some health experts, teachers and parents who worried about an increase in infections and had warned that reopening schools was a rushed decision. Health Secretary Carlos Mellado said that while no COVID-19 breakouts were identified at any of the schools, the move is necessary given the recent spike in cases.

Climate & Environment
Volcano on Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupts
Volcano on Caribbean island of St. Vincent erupts
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The volcano La Soufrière has erupted on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. An explosive eruption was registered on the mountain in the north of the island, the disaster control authority Nemo announced on Friday. A column of smoke up to eight kilometers high was building up over the volcano. A shower of ash is to be expected, it said. Subterranean tremors had previously been detected at the volcano, indicating that magma was moving towards the earth's surface.

The government of the island state of St. Vincent and the Grenadines had already begun evacuating the so-called Red Zone around the volcano on Thursday. In 1902, an eruption of La Soufrière killed about 1,500 people. The current volcanic activity began last December, according to Nemo.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Rapper-actor DMX dead at 50
DMX in 2001
DMX in 2001 Credit: Mika-photography (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

DMX has died after suffering a heart attack at his home on April 2 that left him in a coma for seven days. The multiplatinum-selling rapper and actor was 50 years old.

DMX made his mark as one of hip-hop's most recognizable names for his rap artistry, and as an actor, the rapper was personally stifled by his legal battles - he was repeatedly arrested and jailed within a decade - and drug addiction.

Regional News • Europe • France
Macron dissolves French elite university École Nationale d'Administration
École Nationale d'Administration
École Nationale d'Administration Credit: Fred Romero (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

French President Emmanuel Macron is closing the elite French university École Nationale d'Administration, or Ena for short, as he announced on Thursday. The elite cadre school is to be replaced by the Institute of Public Service (ISP).

The aim of the reform is to make the French civil service "more efficient, more transparent and more benevolent", according to sources close to the president. In addition, more young people from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds are to be recruited for the civil service. The "social lift" works "less well today than it did 50 years ago", Macron had complained at the beginning of this year.

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook tests flagging satire articles because users don't recognize them
Facebook tests flagging satire articles because users don't recognize them
Credit: Courtesy of Facebook via Twitter

To help Facebook users better distinguish satire media from real news in the future, the social medium is now introducing a matching marker. Facebook announced the feature on Wednesday, rolling it out only in the U.S. for now.Satire, officials and fans

Posts that originate from officials, fan pages and satire pages will also be marked as such in the future. Some users seem to fall for contributions from satirical magazines like "The Onion" in particular, as they imitate the tone of real news media. Last year, such markings were already introduced for state-controlled media.

Science • Medicine
EMA reviewing possible link between Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and blood clots
EMA reviewing possible link between Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and blood clots
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The European Medicines Agency announced Friday that it is reviewing a possible connection between the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine and blood clots, Reuters reports.

"Four serious cases of rare blood clots with low platelets, one of which was fatal, have been reported after inoculation with J&J’s vaccine from its Janssen unit, the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) said," Reuters wrote.