News brief: 5 big stories of the day

WION Web Team
New Delhi, India Published: May 03, 2018, 08:58 AM(IST)

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Investigations cannot be impeded by closure of Cambridge Analytica: UK Parliament committee

Cambridge Analytica(CA), the firm at the centre of a worldwide data breach of Facebook users, announced today that it was filing for bankruptcy and closing down.

"Despite Cambridge Analytica's unwavering confidence that its employees have acted ethically and lawfully, the siege of media coverage has driven away virtually all of the company's customers and suppliers," the company said in a statement.

"As a result, it has been determined that it is no longer viable to continue operating the business, which left Cambridge Analytica with no realistic alternative to placing the company into administration," it added.

Champions League: Liverpool edge out AS Roma, to meet Real Madrid in final

AS Roma fought hard till the end but it was not enough to stop Liverpool from advancing to the finals of the Champions League at the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday night.

Klopp's team went down 2-4 to a resurgent Roma who were determined to show their home fans they could overcome the 3 goal deficit of the first leg at Anfield as Radja Nainggolan struck late with 2 goals, but it was not to be as the visitors held off to win the game on a 7-6 aggregate.

Justin Langer to be new coach of Australia

Cricket Australia said today former Australian Test opener Justin Langer, 47, will takeover as head coach of the national team.

Langer's coaching job comes after Darren Lehmann stepped down as coach of the Australian team after the ball-tampering row in South Africa which led Steve Smith and David Warner to be banned by Cricket Australia. Cameron Bancroft was also banned for his part in the incident.

"Whilst Darren Lehmann was not due to complete his term until next year, we have had a succession plan in place for this role for some time," Cricket Australia (CA) CEO James Sutherland said.

"We firmly believe Justin is the right person to lead this team and have huge confidence in what he will bring to the role, " Sutherland added.

Macron calls Australian PM's wife 'delicious'

French president Emmanuel Macron left his Australian audience wondering after he called Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's wife "delicious".

"Thank you and your delicious wife for your warm welcome, the perfect organisation of this trip," he said.

"Thanks to you and Lucy, thank you very much, Mr Prime Minister," he added.

Speculation, however, is rife that Macron was referring to the word délicieux, which can be used to describe a very tasty meal.

Gunmen kidnap German nurse in Somalia's Mogadishu

A German nurse working for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was kidnapped on Wednesday evening from a compound in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, the Red Cross said today.

The attack happened around 8.00 pm local time (1700 GMT) when unidentified armed men entered its compound in Mogadishu, the Red Cross said.

Daniel O'Malley, ICRC's deputy Somalia head said the Red Cross was "deeply concerned about the safety of our colleague" and that the nurse was working everyday to save lives.

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