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Top 10 world news today: US asks Israel for justification over media office destruction, UK eases Covid rules, and more

WION Web Team
New Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 17, 2021, 08:11 PM IST

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Top 10 world news today: We bring to you the biggest headlines of May 17, from the latest updates on the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict which has now killed almost 200 people, to all the Covid-related stories coming in from across the globe including news from Singapore about the new variant causing more sickness among children. Today, we have a shark-related surprise for you towards the end of this newsletter and a space odyssey through the lens of a French astronaut from the International Space Station. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom is now reopening its cafes and pubs, and India's daily Covid cases continue to drop. The United States is now questioning Israel's motive over the destruction of a media building in Gaza, which housed the offices of Associated Press and Al Jazeera. This and more below. Want the expanded story? Simply click on the headline. 

Amid continued fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas, US secretary of state Anthony Blinken on Monday asked Israel to provide "justification' for the strike on media building while asking for details.

Singapore government have announced new coronavirus curbs shutting down schools while warning that the new virus variant first found in India was affecting children.

After months of lockdown over the virus, pubs, restaurants and cafes reopened in EnglandWales and parts of Scotland with cinema halls, theatres and sports venues set to open.

A Malaysian teenager is facing major backlash for speaking out against the passivity shown towards rape culture in the country’s schools. Ain took to TikTok to point to excesses teachers take with words, especially while referring to traumatic crimes like rape.

According to the leading medical journal Lancetconvalescent plasma therapy is ineffective in the treatment of patients hospitalised with coronavirus.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has started dredging work to extend a second lane that allows for two-way traffic in a southern section of the canal near to where a giant container ship got stuck for six days in March, it said on Saturday.

Working long hours is killing hundreds of thousands of people a year in a worsening trend that may accelerate further due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Monday. 

Now, a new study sheds light on how the mighty creatures navigate the seas in the absence of modern technology like ours to guide them. Ever wondered what it would be like to find your way across alien territory with dangers lurking everywhere? Well, that's a regular day in a shark's life.

Thomas Pesquet, a French astronaut is making headlines for his eye-grabbing images of our beloved planet Earth taken from the International Space Station.