Despite the opening ceremony being scaled down due to coronavirus restrictions it appears to have delighted both fans at the stadium and viewers alike. It began with a performance by a marching band and levitating drummers, followed by famous opera singer Andrea Bocelli. The ceremony ended with a massive round of fireworks.
The US earlier expressed concerns regarding media reports about two Iranian warships in the Atlantic Ocean possibly trying to deliver weapons to Venezuela. The online publication Foreign Policy noted, however, that Washington's options to legally stop them are severely limited.
At least 13 people were wounded when an unknown person opened fire in Austin, Texas, according to authorities. Two of the victims are in critical condition, according to preliminary reports from the medics, but no fatalities have been reported so far.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday awarded state prizes to the scientists who developed the country's flagship vaccine against the coronavirus, Sputnik V, and commended the achievement as a triumph of Russian science.
A large cake was prepared to mark The Big Lunch at the Eden Project, a huge indoor rainforest near the G7 conference site in Carbis Bay.
The Dutch capital has relaxed some of its coronavirus-related curbs, reopening most locations, on condition that city dwellers and tourists continue to observe basic rules and follow the city's guidelines.
Back in December, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un intensified the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) culture war against South Korean media by introducing heftier labor camp sentences for individuals caught indulging in such entertainment. While the maximum punishment was set at five years of hard labor, it is now five to 15 years.
The global death toll from the coronavirus has reached 3.78 million, while the overall number of confirmed cases is around 175 million, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.