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Regional News • Europe • United Kingdom
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is buried
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is buried
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On Saturday 17 April at 15:00 BST, starting with a minutes silence nationwide, the Ceremonial Funeral for his Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh was held.

In attendance were only 30 of the closest family members due to UK CoronaVirus restrictions.

HRH Prince Philip, 1921-2021. The grandfather of a nation.

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook account data of over 500 million accounts found available online
Facebook account data of over 500 million accounts found available online
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The details of over 500 million different Facebook accounts have been found on a website available for hackers.

When first reported by Business Insider, it is said that the information may be a couple of years old.

The information available includes phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, and email addresses

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Celebrities & Public Figures
Rapper DMX has heart attack
Rapper DMX has heart attack
Credit: Mika-photography, via Wikimedia Commons (cropped) (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

The actor and US rapper, DMX is in hospital following a heart attack.

The artists' lawyer says he is unaware of the cause of the heart attack at the time of writing.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
The Killers: Mr Brightside sets new UK chart record
The Killers: Mr Brightside sets new UK chart record
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The iconic song, often adorned as the 'epitome of Britishness' has set a new chart record. It has continuously been in the UK's top 100 for an impressive 260 weeks - or a full 5 years.

Despite being 18 years old, the song is streamed an average of 1.2 million times a week. Since it's first release in 2003, it has sold 3.52 million copies. It also features on 20,200 individual Spotify playlists.

Regional News • World
2021 World Happiness Report: Finland gets gold again
2021 World Happiness Report: Finland gets gold again
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In 2021's World Happiness Report, Finland has retained the number 1 position.

In second place, Iceland jumps forward 2 places from 4th last year. Denmark and Switzerland move down 1 to third and fourth place respectively, with The Netherlands and Sweden jumping forward 1 to fifth and sixth place respectively.

Germany makes great strides in 2020, gaining 8 places on last year, moving to 7th place.

Regional News • Europe
The Netherlands surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases

On Saturday, 4,130 new coronavirus cases were announced in The Netherlands by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

With these, the total number of cases since the pandemic started is now 1,001,826.

Lifestyle • Religion
First woman appointed to the Synod of Bishops
Sister Nathalie Becquart
Sister Nathalie Becquart Credit: Peter Potrowl (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

In a world-first, The Pope has appointed a woman to the role of undersecretary to the Synod of Bishops.

The woman, named as Sister Nathalie Becquart from France, will have voting rights in the body which advises the pontiff and debates some of the most controversial issues in the Catholic Church.

Regional News • Europe • France
Couple jailed after accidentally exposing their child abuse

A couple have been jailed in France over the death of a 3 year old boy.

The jailing comes after the mother, Caroline Létoile, inadvertently revealed herself beating the three year old - called Tony - in a call to emergency services.

Loïc Vantal, 28, the mothers boyfriend received a 20 year sentence for dealing the blows that caused the death in 2016.

The mother was recorded on the emergency call saying "I said he fell down the stairs. The stair will do, right? The stairs to the apartment... And I'm hiding all the stuff from the argument."

She received a 3-year jail sentence.

Regional News • Europe • Russia
Russia sends gay men back to Chechnya
Russia sends gay men back to Chechnya
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Russian rights group The Russian LGBT Network has come forward saying that Russia has sent two gay men, who fled to Russia to escape torture, have been returned to Chechnya.

The group said that the men are in "mortal danger".

Reports say the pair were forcibly returned to Chechen authorities.

Technology • Internet & Web
Music label Universal Music revokes music rights from TikTok rival
Triller logo
Triller logo Credit: Triller.co

Universal Music, the biggest record label in the world and the label for some of the most well-known artists in the world like Rihanna, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga and Billie Eilish, has pulled all of its songs from the TikTok rival video-sharing app, Triller.

The company said that Triller has "shamefully withheld payments owed to our artists" and that it refused to negotiate a license to use music legitimately.

Triller - which gained a huge following last year when under Donald Trump, the US threatened to ban TikTok - has been accused by Universal Music of "shamefully withholding payments owed to our artists and refuses to negotiate a licence going forward."

Universal Music continued "We have no alternative except to remove our music from Triller, effective immediately."