The Cannes film festival ends today with the race for the Palme d’Or wide open and a cracking crop of movies vying for the top prize. With the jury now deliberating in secret in a villa overlooking the Mediterranean, four films have emerged as the favourites from a field The Guardian described as “outstanding”. IMAGES
The French police are hunting down a suspect following a blast in the heart of the city of Lyon which left 13 people injured. They called upon witnesses on Twitter while they search for the suspect, a man believed to be in his early 30s on a mountain bicycle caught on security cameras in the area immediately before the explosion.
Police and civilians are seen in front of an Acarigua police station where at least 23 inmates were killed and 14 police wounded in clashes. IMAGES
Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in as the South African president during his inauguration in Pretoria. The 66-year-old leader was unanimously elected by parliament after his African National Congress (ANC) won legislative elections on May 8, winning 230 of the 400 seats. The victory was earned with 57.5 percent of the vote — the party’s lowest share of the ballot since it overturned apartheid 25 years ago. SOUNDBITE
Security is increased a day after a blast in a pedestrian street in the heart of Lyon lightly wounded 13 people. 1ST IMAGES
Counting starts in Ireland where the people voted in local elections and for a change to the Irish Constitution regarding the legal divorce procedure. At present, couples must live separately for four out of five years before they may be granted a divorce, a hangover condition from the 1995 referendum that legalised the dissolution of marriage. IMAGES
France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner meets the police forces present on the scene of the explosion that wounded at least 13 people in Lyon, according to the latest assessment of the prefecture. IMAGES
US actor Sylvester Stallone arrives for the screening of “Homage to Sylvester Stallone – Rambo : First Blood” at the 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. IMAGES
For generations, Kenya’s herders would study the sky over the country’s arid north for any sign of rain — some wind here, a wisp of cloud there — to guide their parched livestock to water. But such divination has been rendered hopeless by intensifying droughts. Today, many of them rely on detailed rainfall forecasts received via text message from a Kenyan tech firm, a simple but life-changing resource.
Indian housewife, Sejalben Shah, has found a quirky solution to the scorching heat in Gujarat state: harvesting traditional wisdom and cow dung, she mixed the material with red mud to cover her car.