World breaking news today (April 11): Brazil building new giant Christ statue, taller than Rio’s

World breaking news today (April 11): Brazil building new giant Christ statue, taller than Rio's. Meanwhile, Cambodian PM threatens quarantine-breakers with jail, India protests against U.S. naval exercise sans consent and gold price also make headlines today.

world breaking news today, world news update, world today update, World today headlines, world breaking news today, world news update, world today update, World today headlines A head and arms have been added to the Christ the Protector statue being built in the southern Brazilian city of Encantado; it stands taller than Rio's iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer SILVIO AVILA AFP/File

Brazil building new giant Christ statue, taller than Rio's

A giant new statue of Christ being constructed in southern Brazil will rise even higher than the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro.

A head and outstretched arms were added this week to the statue, which has been under construction since 2019 in the city of Encantado, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul.

Completion of the monument is scheduled for late this year, according to the Association of the Friends of Christ, which is coordinating the work.

"It is a day for celebration, for devotion," said Gilson Conzatti, a local councillor and son of Adroaldo Conzatti, the politician who conceived the idea.

The elder Conzatti, who was the city's mayor, died in March from complications of Covid-19.

The statue, to be named Christ the Protector, will stand 43 meters (140 feet) tall, including its pedestal, making it one of the world's tallest statues of Christ with outstretched arms.

It will measure 36 meters from hand to hand, and will have an interior elevator and an observation deck near the top.

Christ the Redeemer, in comparison, measures 38 meters high, pedestal included, and spans 28 meters hand to hand. It will mark its 90th birthday this October.

Encantado, a city of 22,000, lies 145 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of the state capital Porto Alegre.

The project is intended both to inspire faith and encourage tourism to the area, its promoters say.

The project's budget of 2 million reals ($350,000) is being entirely financed through donations, according to the volunteer-based Association of the Friends of Christ, France 24 reported.

Cambodian PM threatens quarantine-breakers with jail

Cambodia's strongman premier Hun Sen threatened quarantine-breakers with jail time Saturday and warned civil servants they could lose their jobs if they go unvaccinated, as the country grapples with a growing coronavirus caseload.

In the past two days Cambodia has registered more than 1,000 infections -- many among garment workers and market vendors -- bringing the country's tally to 4,081 cases and 26 deaths.

Authorities this week banned travel between provinces, imposed a night-time curfew in the capital Phnom Penh and shut down popular tourism sites including the famed Angkor Wat archaeological park.

world breaking news today, world news update, world today update, World today headlines, world breaking news today, world news update, world today update, World today headlines (Photo: Strait Times)

Wearing face masks is now mandatory in Phnom Penh and violators face a fine of up to $250.

But Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday threatened harsher measures, saying anyone who flouts a two-week quarantine period would face a "quick trial" and jail time.

"People who break Covid measures must be sentenced," he said on state-run TV.

"I accept being called a dictator, but I will also be admired for protecting my people's lives."

Cambodia has already passed a strict Covid-19 prevention bill that could see people who flout virus rules jailed for up to 20 years.

Hun Sen also announced that being vaccinated was "mandatory" for all state officials and the armed forces, warning them they could be fired if they refuse, according to France 24.

India protests against U.S. naval exercise sans consent

India said on Friday it has protested the U.S. decision to conduct a patrol in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the western Indian Ocean, rejecting the U.S.’s claim that its domestic maritime law was in violation of international law.

Defending its actions, the Pentagon said it was in compliance with the international law. "I can tell you that the USS John Paul Jones, a Navy destroyer, asserted navigational rights and freedoms in the vicinity of the Republic of the Maldives by conducting innocent passage through its territorial sea in normal operations within its exclusive economic zone without requesting prior permission," Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby told Hindu on Friday.

world breaking news today, world news update, world today update, World today headlines, world breaking news today, world news update, world today update, World today headlines (Photo: The Hindu)

"That's consistent with international law. Again, we continue to maintain the right, indeed the responsibility, to fly, sail, and operate in accordance with international law," Mr. Kirby said in response to a question from reporters at a Pentagon news conference.

Earlier, in a rare and unusual public statement, the U.S. Navy announced that its ship the USS John Paul Jones had carried out Freedom of Navigation Operation (FONOP) in the Indian EEZ, adding that its operations had “challenged” what the U.S. called India’s “excessive maritime claims.”

This FONOP upheld the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea recognised in international law by challenging India’s excessive maritime claims, the statement said.

Indonesia earthquake: at least seven dead on Java island

At least seven people were killed after a 6.0 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s main Java island on Saturday, as the country reels from a cyclone disaster.

The afternoon quake hit offshore about 45 kilometres south-west of Malang city in East Java, damaging hundreds of homes as well as schools, government offices and mosques across the region.

“Our latest data shows that seven people died, two are seriously injured and 10 others sustained minor injuries,” said a disaster agency spokesman, Raditya Jati.

world breaking news today, world news update, world today update, World today headlines, world breaking news today, world news update, world today update, World today headlines A collapsed house at Sidorenggo village in East Java, after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast. Photograph: Dahayu Tunggadewe/AFP/Getty Images

Several communities had been evacuated, he added.

The quake struck at a relatively deep 82 kilometres (50 miles) – shallower quakes tend to do more damage.

As reported by Guardian, images from the scene showed a ceiling caved in at a hospital ward and debris strewn across the floor of the local parliament in Blitar, a city south-west of Malang.

Gold price prediction: prices consolidate but end the week up 1.3 percent

Gold prices moved lower on Friday after testing resistance but finishing the week up 1.3%. The dollar moved higher in tandem with U.S. Treasury yields following a stronger than expected U.S. Inflation report. More substantial inflation will eventually force the Federal Reserve to change their tune on interest rates but current levels are unlikely to force their hand.

world breaking news today, world news update, world today update, World today headlines, world breaking news today, world news update, world today update, World today headlines (Photo: Mining News)

Gold prices moved lower after failing to recapture resistance seen near the 50-day moving average at 1,761. Support is seen near the 10-day moving average at 1,727. Additional support is seen near the June lows at 1,670. Short-term momentum is decelerating as the fast stochastic is poised to generate a crossover sell signal.

The current reading on the fast stochastic is 87, above the overbought trigger level which foreshadows a correction. Medium-term momentum has turned positive as the MACD (moving average convergence divergence) index generated a crossover buy signal. This occurs as the MACD line (the 12-day moving average minus the 26-day moving average) crosses above the MACD signal line. The MACD histogram is printing in positive territory with an upward sloping trajectory which points to higher prices, FX Empire said.

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Japanese companies to end use of Chinese drones over security concerns

Illustrative image. Source: ANI There have been concerns that drones made by Chinese companies transmit sensitive data to their manufacturers, However, the US essentially blacklisted drone maker DJI last year over national security… Read more »

Singapore extends stay-home notice, Malaysia suspends travel bubble

Passengers at Changi international airport in Singapore (Photo: AFP/VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Singapore has decided to lengthen the stay-home notice (SHN) period for travellers from higher-risk countries or regions to 21 days, instead… Read more »

International community criticise China's new moves in East Sea

Chinese ships in the East Sea (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The international community has voiced protest against China’s new moves in the East Sea, including its enforcement of a fishing ban that… Read more »

Myanmar parcel bomb blast leaves five dead, one injured

Illustrative image (Photo: AFP) Hanoi (VNA) – The Myanmar media said on May 4 that five were killed and another seriously injured in a parcel bomb blast in the south of the country.… Read more »

EU condemn Russia over travel bans on Brussels officials

Diplomatic tensions have continued to rise since the start of 2021, when Moscow expelled European diplomats during an official visit by the EU’s high representative, according to Politico. European Commission Vice President Věra… Read more »

Thailand’s border trade strongly surges in Q1

Traffic at the Sadao checkpoint in Songkhla province, on the border with Malaysia (Photo: https://www.bangkokpost.com/) Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s border and transit trade value increased by 19.3 percent year on year to 384… Read more »

Philipines: President Duterte got first dose of Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine

Duterte, 76, got inoculated to protect himself from COVID-19 and encourage the public to get vaccinated, Christopher Go, a senator and his closest aide, said in a statement, according to Channel News Asia.… Read more »

Thousands of new COVID-19 cases reported in Southeast Asian countries

A man walks in Klong Toey district of Bangkok on May 2 (Photo:https://www.bangkokpost.com/) Hanoi (VNA) – The Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand on May 3 reported thousands of new COVID-19 cases, while Indonesia announced… Read more »

Indonesia names six armed terrorist groups in Papua

Police Chief Insp. Gen. Mathius D. Fakhiri in Papua, Indonesia (Photo: Antara) Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesian police have determined six armed separatist terrorist groups actively operating in Papua province’s mountainous areas, as military and… Read more »

Covid-19 in India: All arrivals from India banned from Taiwan

The variant, B.1.617, has reached at least 17 countries, from Britain and Iran to Switzerland, sparking global concern and spurring several to close their borders to people travelling from India, according to NDTV.… Read more »

Thailand considers new relief packages amid third COVID-19 wave

A deserted lounge at the Suvarnabhumi airport in Thailand’s Bangkok amid COVID-19. (Photo: AFP/VNA) Bangkok (VNA) – Thailand’s government is considering new relief packages for both individuals and businesses as a part of… Read more »

ASEAN+3 expects economic recovery with help of COVID-19 vaccine rollouts

Finance ministers and central bank governors of the ASEAN+3, which comprises ten ASEAN nations and its three partners, namely Japan, China, the Republic of Korea, hold a videoconference on May 3. (Photo: thoibaotaichinhvietnam.vn)… Read more »

World breaking news today (May 4): Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce after 27 years of marriage

Bill and Melinda Gates in 2017. (Photo: Getty Image) Bill and Melinda Gates to divorce after 27 years of marriage Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced after 27 years of marriage, the… Read more »

US, Japan, South Korea generals hold first meeting in Hawaii since outbreak

The joint chiefs of staff of South Korea, Japan, and the US, center left to right, addressed North Korea in their meeting in Hawaii. (Photo courtesy of Japan’s Ministry of Defense) Gen. Mark… Read more »

COVID-19 complicated in Southeast Asian nations

Many people in Vientiane capital come to centres for COVID-19 testing (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Laos on March 3 added 33 new COVID-19 cases in six out of 18 cities and provinces… Read more »

German newspaper analyses reasons behind Vietnam’s tourism growth

Illustrative photo (Source: VNA) Berlin (VNA) – German newswire Finanzen.net has published an article on Vietnam’s economic achievements despite COVID-19 and explaining reasons behind the nation’s tourism growth. The article said Vietnam has strongly emerged… Read more »

Geetesh Sharma - Indian friend of Vietnam passes away

Geetesh Sharma (Photo: thedailystar.net) Hanoi (VNA) – Geetesh Sharma, an Indian journalist and a close friend of Vietnam, passed away on May 2 due to COVID-19, leaving behind a deep regret in the heart… Read more »

Biden administration disclosed Trump-era rules on terrorism suspects

US Air Force (Photo: Reuters) While the Biden administration censored some passages, the visible portions show that in the Trump era, commanders in the field were given latitude to make decisions about attacks… Read more »

Covid-19 in India: Indian industry body urges to curtail economic activities to save lives

The rate of new infections dipped marginally but deaths kept climbing. Authorities reported 392,488 new cases in the previous 24 hours, pushing total cases to 19.56 million. Deaths jumped by a record 3,689,… Read more »

World breaking news today (May 3): Philippines Vows to Continue Maritime Exercises in South China Sea

A Chinese fishing vessel is anchored next to Filipino fishing boats at the disputed Scarborough Shoal April 6, 2017. (Photo: Reuters) Philippines Vows to Continue Maritime Exercises in South China Sea The Philippines… Read more »

Singapore, Malaysia postpone leaders’ annual meeting due to COVID-19

Singaporean Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan and his Malaysian counterpart Hishammuddin Hussein speaking at Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs after their meeting on May 2. (Photo: MFA, Singapore) Singapore (VNA) – Foreign ministries of… Read more »

Laos sees high jump in COVID-19 infections

Poeple wait in line for COVID-19 testing in Vientiane. (Photo: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – Laos recorded additional 112 new COVID-19 infections in the past 12 hours on May 2, according to the Lao… Read more »

New safety concerns of Russia's Sputnik V Covid vaccine worries Brazil

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the world, the angry exchanges have raised questions about the safety of the shots and doubts about its maker’s willingness to answer them. That poses… Read more »

Covid-19 in India: Warnings of virus mutations that can "evade immune response"

However the advisers said while they were flagging the mutations, there was no reason currently to believe they were expanding or could be dangerous. Scientists are studying what led to the current surge… Read more »

World breaking news today (May 2): Biden frantic after forgetting he put mask in his pocket

Biden’s apparent panic at impending “trouble” still caused a stir online. (Photo: AP) Biden frantic after forgetting he put mask in his pocket President Biden spent 30 seconds frantically looking for a mask… Read more »

Laos, Cambodia see lesser new COVID-19 cases

A deserted street in Laos during a lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 (Photo: Xinhua/VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – Laos reported a decline in the daily number of new COVID-19 cases which stood at… Read more »

Malaysia pilots IATA Travel Pass

Aircraft of Malaysia Airlines at a Malaysian airport (Photo: AFP/VNA) Kuala Lumpur (VNA) – Malaysia Airlines will trial the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass, involving passengers on flights from Kuala Lumpur… Read more »

Eight EU citizens banned from Russia in sanctions retaliation

Russia’s foreign ministry said those banned included Vera Jourova, vice president for values and transparency at the executive European Commission, David Sassoli, the president of the European parliament, and Jacques Maire, a member… Read more »

UNSC appreciates ASEAN's central role in seeking peaceful solution to Myanmar issue

Myanmar police (Photo: VNA) New York (VNA) – All member countries of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have appreciated the central role and efforts of ASEAN in promoting the search for a… Read more »

U.S in " competition with China to win the 21st century", Biden says

Photo: Reuters “He’s deadly earnest on (China) becoming the most significant, consequential nation in the world,” Biden said of Xi. “He and others — autocrats — think that democracy can’t compete in the… Read more »

World breaking news today (May 1): Biden to restrict travel from India to US

People wait at Chhatrapati Shivaji international airport in Mumbai, India. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Biden to restrict travel from India to US The US will restrict travel from India starting next week, the… Read more »

UNSC convenes second in-person meeting at UN headquarters this year

Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy chairs the UNSC’s informal interactive dialogue on April 29 (Photo: VNA) New York (VNA) – Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations, chaired… Read more »

World breaking news today (April 30): WHO says India COVID crisis could 'happen anywhere'

(Photo: WHO) WHO says India COVID crisis could ‘happen anywhere’ The World Health Organization issued a stark warning to European nations Thursday, saying that relaxing COVID measures could spark a “perfect storm” allowing… Read more »

India Covid-19 Daily Update (April 30): India COVID cases cross 18 million

India COVID cases cross 18 million, gravediggers work round the clock Photo: Reuters India’s total COVID-19 cases passed 18 million on Thursday after another world record number of daily infections, as gravediggers worked… Read more »

Singapore’s total employment expands for first time since start of COVID-19

Singapore (VNA) – Singapore’s labour market has continued its recovery from the COVID-19 in the first three months of the year, with total employment growing for the first time since the start of… Read more »

Southeast Asian nations report large number of new COVID-19 cases

COVID-19 testing in Bangkok, Thailand (Photo: AFP/VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Southeast Asian nations continue to report a large number of new COVID-19 cases. Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on April 29… Read more »

Indonesia’s economic growth projected at 5 percent in 2022: ADB

The ADB projects Indonesian economy will return to high growth. (Photo: Antaranews.com) Jakarta (VNA) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected that the Indonesian economy will return to high growth, last seen in… Read more »

Indian COVID-19 Updates (April 29): Indians rush for vaccines as death tops 200,000

Photo: Reuters Indians rush for vaccines as COVID-19 death toll passes 200,000 The last 24 hours brought 360,960 new cases for the world’s largest single-day total, taking India’s tally of infections to nearly… Read more »

Vietnam calls for constructive dialogues to promote political process in Syria

Participants at the debate (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN) has urged all parties concerned to Syria to intensify constructive dialogues… Read more »

Int’l public opinion concerned over China’s coast guard law

Vietnamese naval soldiers on duty to safeguard nation’s sacred sovereignty (Photo: baoquocte.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – International public opinion has criticized the Coast Guard Law of China, saying that China uses the law to… Read more »

World’s mammoth RCEP to benefit Singapore, regional nations

Singapore stands to gain from RCEP by being more deeply plugged into global supply chains. (Photo: straitstimes.com) Singapore (VNA) – The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the world’s largest trade pact, will reduce… Read more »

Laos well prepares for coping with COVID-19 pandemic

Taking samples for SARS-CoV-2 testing in Vientiane (Photo: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – The Lao government has announced that the country  basically completed the preparation of resources to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic in… Read more »

World's largest trade deal RCEP ratified in Japan

A container port in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: AFP/VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Japan’s parliament ratified on April 28 the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) – the world’s largest free trade deal. RCEP will create… Read more »

World breaking news today (April 28): Deadly India Covid-19 outbreak hits US Diplomatic Mission, killing two

(Photo: Yahoo News) Deadly India Covid-19 outbreak hits US Diplomatic Mission, killing two At least two local hires of the U.S. diplomatic mission to India have died and more than 100 personnel, including… Read more »

Covid-19 in India: The real number of cases might go unreported, experts say

Health workers and scientists in India have long warned that Covid-19 infections and related deaths are significantly underreported for several reasons, including poor infrastructure, human error, and low testing levels, according to CNN.… Read more »

Singapore, Malaysia reaffirm defence ties

Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen speaks in a press conference on May 29, 2019. (Photo: APF/VNA) Singapore (VNA) – Singaporean Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and his Malaysian counterpart Ismail Sabri Yaakob… Read more »

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Southeast Asian countries

People wear masks against COVID-19 in Cambodia. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – The authorities in Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang province on April 27 decided to temporarily impose lockdown on two villages after they found… Read more »

One dead, three injured in helicopter crash in central Philippines

The scene of a helicopter crash in the Philippines (Photo: AP) Hanoi (VNA) – A helicopter of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) crashed offshore Getafe city in Bohol province of the Philippines on… Read more »

Thousands of new COVID-19 cases reported in Southeast Asia

A woman undergoes swab test for coronavirus at GSI Lab in Cilandak, South Jakarta, Indonesia in February (Photo: https://jakartaglobe.id/) Hanoi (VNA) – Thousands of new COVID-19 infections were confirmed in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand… Read more »

Minister: Indonesia now world’s largest biodiesel producer

Illustrative image (Photo: Indonesiainside)   Jakarta (VNA) – Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said on April 26 that India is now the world’s largest biodiesel producer with a daily output of… Read more »