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  1. An armed man using a stand-up scooter has robbed famed Parisian jeweller Chaumet in an audacious evening heist.The robber stole almost €2 million (US$2.37 million) worth of jewellery and precious stones after bursting into the shop near the Champs-Elysees avenue around 5pm on Tuesday, according to reports.Without using his weapon, the man also made his getaway on the scooter from the store on Rue Francois 1, a source said.The prosecutor’s office said it had opened an investigation. It did not…
  2. England’s High Court will begin hearing arguments on Wednesday from lawyers for four Russian billionaires including Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich and state-owned oil firm Rosneft about a book on President Vladimir Putin which they say defames them.In the 2020 book, British journalist Catherine Belton chronicles Putin’s rise to power and how many of his associates from the former Soviet spy services rose to positions of wealth and influence after he won the top Kremlin job in 1999.Lawyers…
  3. US multinational sponsors of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics deflected tough questions by lawmakers on Tuesday over alleged Chinese human rights violations, saying their primary focus was on the athletes and breaking down global barriers.Under persistent questioning by members of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China, executives with Coca-Cola, Airbnb, Intel, Procter & Gamble and Visa declined to commit to lawmaker calls to condemn Beijing’s actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong…
  4. A fraud and embezzlement trial over alleged mismanagement of the Holy See’s investments began on Tuesday in Vatican City, with a once-powerful cardinal among the 10 defendants saying he remains “obedient” to Pope Francis, who stripped his privileges to bring him before the tribunal.“He wanted me to be on trial, and I’m coming to the trial. I’m serene. I feel tranquil in my conscience,” Cardinal Angelo Becciu, one of two defendants who attended the largely procedural, seven-hour session, told…
  5. An explosion in a German industrial estate on Tuesday killed at least two people and injured 31, setting off a fierce blaze that sent a pall of smoke over the western city of Leverkusen. Several people were still missing.Emergency services took three hours to extinguish the fire at the Chempark site, home to chemicals companies Bayer and Lanxess, that flared up after the blast at 9.40am local time, park operator Currenta said.Five of the injured are receiving intensive medical care, police said…
  6. Swedish prosecutors said on Tuesday they were charging an Iranian man for “war crimes and murder” over the execution of more than 100 political prisoners in 1988 in Karaj, Iran.The case against 60-year-old Hamid Noury, who was arrested in Sweden in 2019, concerns his alleged part in the mass killings of prisoners towards the end of the 1980-1988 war between Iran and Iraq.Noury was arrested upon his arrival at the airport in Stockholm, with Swedish media reporting at the time that he was…
  7. The British government is planning to press ahead with its flagship Sizewell C nuclear project even without Chinese funding, according to a person familiar with the situation.The proposed £20 billion (US$27.5 billion) plant in eastern England is still viable, despite the government exploring ways to remove state-owned China General Nuclear Power (CGN) from all future projects in the UK, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity.The government committed in December to financing at…
  8. Undocumented Asian migrants in Britain are travelling hundreds of kilometres to get coronavirus vaccine shots in London’s Chinatown instead of local doctors. On Monday, about 1,500 people were offered jabs at a pop-up vaccination centre at the China Exchange building in Gerrard Street. It was the sixth vaccination event organised by the Chinese Information and Advice Centre (CIAC). The first one in May had to be halted after hundreds of people turned up for only 150 vaccines available. Police…
  9. About 1,000 Hungarians protested on Monday over allegations that the government used Israeli-made Pegasus spyware for illegal surveillance of public figures in Hungary, drawing comparisons with the country’s communist past.Protesters gathered at the House of Terror Museum in the capital, Budapest, which commemorates victims of Nazism and Communism, and marched to the headquarters of the governing Fidesz party.Criticising Prime Minister Viktor Orban, some chanted: “Victator”.“This [allegations…
  10. The quintessential French pate delicacy of foie gras cannot be called as such if it is grown in a laboratory, an association said on Monday, after a start-up launched a high-profile bid to grow the food from duck cells.Gourmey, a Paris-based venture, has raised US$10 million (€8.5 million) from European and US investors this month to perfect its recipe for making fattened duck liver in a lab.Its bid has come amid growing international concern over the methods used to make the delicacy…