OLYMPIC FLAME ARRIVES IN BRAZIL
The Olympic flame arrived in Brasilia Tuesday aboard a flight from Geneva to embark on a procession across Brazil, culminating in the opening ceremony of the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. The flame was to light the Olympic torch at the presidential palace in the presence of President Dilma Rousseff, who currently faces impeachment and may soon be forced from office.
SCIENTISTS DISCOVER THREE 'POTENTIALLY HABITABLE' PLANETS OUTSIDE SOLAR SYSTEM
An international team of scientists said Monday they had discovered a trio of Earth-like planets that are the best bet so far for finding life outside our solar system. The three orbit an ultracool dwarf star a mere 39 light years away, and are likely comparable in size and temperature to Earth and Venus, they reported in a study, published in Nature journal.
LEICESTER CITY CROWNED ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME
Leicester City completed one of the greatest-ever sporting achievements Monday when the 5,000-1 underdogs won the Premier League for the first time. Leicester players were crowded around a television inside top-scorer Jamie Vardy’s house as they were handed the title by closest challenger Tottenham being held to a 2-2 draw by deposed champion Chelsea. With an insurmountable seven-point lead over Tottenham with two games remaining, Leicester is champion of England for the first time in its 132-year history.
ITALY TO START FINGERPRINTING MIGRANTS AT SEA
Italy is to introduce the fingerprinting of migrants crossing the Mediterranean as soon as they are picked up by rescue boats, officials say. The move could help to reduce mounting tensions between Italy and its EU partners over the large numbers of migrants who arrive in Italy but are not registered here and then travel on to northern Europe. If they are not registered in Italy, neighbouring countries like Austria and France and popular destination states like Germany and Sweden do not have the option of sending them back to Italy.
DEADLY AIR STRIKES HIT MSF-BACKED HOSPITAL IN SYRIA’S ALEPPO
Air strikes hit a hospital in a rebel-held area of Syria’s Aleppo and killed at least 27 people, including three children and the city’s last paediatrician, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Thursday. Escalating violence in Aleppo is pushing people living there to the brink of a humanitarian disaster, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in Geneva.