Dutch King Willem-Alexander Apologises – Today Top Ten News, 3 July 2023

Here are some of the top ten news from around the world today:

France faces another night of unrest as hundreds of people are arrested for rioting over the police shooting of a teenager in Paris.

The mayor of Marseille says his home was rammed by a car and set on fire, while protesters clashed with police in other cities. The authorities are investigating the circumstances of the shooting, which sparked outrage among the youth and immigrant communities.

Ukraine’s president says Russia has deployed 21,000 mercenaries and is preparing for a long and bloody war, as the CIA director visits Kyiv to show support.

Volodymyr Zelensky says he has evidence that Russian-backed fighters have killed thousands of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, and accuses Moscow of committing “ecocide” by destroying the environment. He also says he is ready to meet with Vladimir Putin to de-escalate the crisis.

South Korea plans to reduce the difficulty and duration of its college entrance exam, which some blame for the country’s low birth rate and high suicide rate.

The education ministry says it will cut “killer questions” that are too hard or obscure, and shorten the exam from eight hours to six hours. The exam is seen as a crucial factor in determining one’s future prospects and social status in South Korea.

Dutch King Willem-Alexander apologises for his country’s role in the transatlantic slave trade during a visit to Ghana.

He says he is “deeply sorry” for the “unbearable suffering and humiliation” inflicted on millions of Africans who were enslaved and transported to the Americas by Dutch traders. He also praises Ghana for its efforts to promote democracy and development in Africa.

A California man is convicted of smuggling a Byzantine-era mosaic depicting Hercules from Syria and trying to sell it for $20 million.

Mohamad Yassin Alcharihi was found guilty of illegally importing the mosaic, which dates back to the third or fourth century AD and was looted from a Syrian archaeological site. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A Canadian teenager survives 54 hours in the wilderness after getting lost during a hike, thanks to her survival skills and a whistle.

Anaya Singh, 15, went missing on Sunday after she got separated from her family in Jasper National Park. She managed to find water, shelter and food, and used a whistle to signal for help. She was found by a helicopter on Wednesday, suffering from hypothermia but otherwise in good condition.

A bus carrying a wedding party bursts into flames in India, killing at least 25 people and injuring 15 others.

The incident happened on Friday morning in the state of Uttar Pradesh, when the bus collided with a truck and caught fire. The bride and groom were among the survivors, but many of their relatives died in the blaze.

A European Space Agency mission aiming to unravel the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy blasts off into orbit.

The Euclid spacecraft will use a powerful telescope and camera to map the shape and distribution of billions of galaxies across the universe. It will also measure how fast they are moving away from each other, to shed light on the nature and origin of the dark forces that shape the cosmos.

A road accident involving a fuel tanker and several vehicles in western Kenya kills at least 48 people and injures dozens more.

The accident happened on Thursday night on a busy highway near Malava town, when the tanker lost control and exploded. Many of the victims were passengers in minibuses that were engulfed by flames.

A new portrait of the Milky Way reveals ghostly lights from ancient stars that were torn apart by our galaxy’s gravity.

The image, created by combining data from several telescopes, shows streams of stars that were once part of smaller galaxies that merged with the Milky Way over billions of years. The streams trace out the shape and history of our galaxy’s halo, which extends far beyond its visible disk.

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