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Your Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times
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Your Wednesday Briefing – The New York Times

Days into new government, Israeli planes bomb GazaThe Israeli military conducted airstrikes in the Gaza Strip early on Wednesday, in response to incendiary balloons sent into southern Israel from Gaza by the militant group Hamas. There were no immediate reports of casualties.The day of rising tensions started after the Israeli government permitted a far-right Jewish march to pass through Palestinian areas of Jerusalem on Tuesday night, over the objections of Arab and leftist parties in the coalition, and despite threats from Hamas that it would retaliate.Gaza has barely begun to recover from last month’s fighting, which killed at least 250 Palestinians and 13 people in Israel and damaged more than 16,000 homes, according to the U.N. Over 11 days, Gaza militants fired more than 4,000 roc...
Court cancels tycoon’s acquittal over Slovakia murders
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Court cancels tycoon’s acquittal over Slovakia murders

Kuciak worked for aktuality.sk as an investigative reporter. He wrote about corrupt businessmen in Slovakia, EU subsidy and VAT fraud, as well as Italy's notorious 'Ndrangheta mafia and its attempts to cultivate relationships with Slovak politicians. Source link
Activists not happy with frontrunner in Iran’s presidential election
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Activists not happy with frontrunner in Iran’s presidential election

Ultra-conservative candidate Ebrahim Raisi is topping the polls ahead of Iran's presidential election on June 18, 2021. © Morteza Fakhri Nezhad, AFPEbrahim Raisi, the favourite in Iran's presidential election, has used his position at the heart of the judiciary for rights violations, including mass executions of political prisoners, activists say.They say Raisi -- who now has victory in his sights on Friday after even conservative rivals were disqualified in vetting -- should face international justice rather than lead his country.At 60, the mid-ranking cleric is still relatively young for a figure who has held a succession of key positions, starting almost immediately after the fall of the shah in the Islamic revolution of 1979.At just 20, he was appointed prosecutor for the dis...
Hungarians protest against Orban’s LGBTQ rights crackdown
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Hungarians protest against Orban’s LGBTQ rights crackdown

Protesters waved the rainbow flag, some visibly agitated."This is horrible and inhumane," said kindergarten assistant Dominika Pandzsa. "They are trying to strip people of all their rights. This would lock some kids in the closet, and they should be given the opportunity to come out."Hardline nationalist Orban has grown increasingly radical in his social policy, railing against immigrants and LGBT people in his self-styled illiberal regime, which has deeply divided the central European nation.The second protest this month after more than a yearlong hiatus due to the coronavirus has shown that Orban is not without an opposition, with six parties banding together to unseat him next year.Orban's government has redefined marriage in the constitution as the union between one man and one woma...
What Are The Roadblocks to a Covid Vaccine Passport?
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What Are The Roadblocks to a Covid Vaccine Passport?

With all American adults now eligible for Covid-19 vaccines and businesses and international borders reopening, a fierce debate has kicked off across the United States over whether a digital health certificate (often and somewhat misleadingly called a “vaccine passport”) should be required to prove immunization status.Currently, Americans are issued a white paper card as evidence of their Covid-19 shots, but these can easily be forged, and online scammers are already selling false and stolen vaccine cards.While the federal government has said it will not introduce digital vaccine passports by federal mandate, a growing number of businesses — from cruise lines to sports venues — say they will require proof of vaccinations for entry or services. Hundreds of digital health pass initiatives...
Pangolin: How do you save the ‘world’s most trafficked mammal’?
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Pangolin: How do you save the ‘world’s most trafficked mammal’?

Growing up in Vietnam, Thai witnessed a mother and baby pangolin being caught and killed by neighbours in his village. Since then he has dedicated his life to stopping poaching and educating the Vietnamese public about the importance of pangolin conservation. His partnerships with the government, scientists, veterinarians and fellow activists has meant that over 1,500 pangolins have been rescued since he founded Save Vietnam's Wildlife in 2014. Video produced by Daniel South, Huong Ly and Jasmin Souesi Source link
Joe Biden pushes NATO to adapt to ‘new challenges’ from Russia, China
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Joe Biden pushes NATO to adapt to ‘new challenges’ from Russia, China

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, France's President Emmanuel Macron, and US President Joe Biden wait for the meeting to start of the North Atlantic Council at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels on June 14, 2021. Photo: AFPBRUSSELS: US President Joe Biden warned Monday that NATO must adapt to new challenges posed by China and Russia as he met fellow leaders to renew Washington's "sacred" bond with its allies.Arriving at NATO headquarters in Brussels for a summit with his 29 counterparts, Biden stressed that the alliance was "critically important" to US security.His first visit as president to the summit has been billed as a renewal of bonds after his predecessor Donald Trump called the US commitmen...
Christian Eriksen: Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite criticizes UEFA for resuming game following teammate’s collapse
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Christian Eriksen: Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite criticizes UEFA for resuming game following teammate’s collapse

The match was suspended following prolonged efforts from the medical staff to resuscitate Eriksen with CPR and a defibrillator. Players from both teams were visibly distressed as he was being attended to by medics.When it was announced the match would be restarted, UEFA said in a statement the decision was made "following the request made by players of both teams," but Braithwaite says that the players were not prepared to play the match."We had two choices from UEFA, to go out and play the match immediately or play the next day at noon," he said during a press conference on Monday. "None of those choices were good. We took the lesser of two evils to finish the match. Many of the players were not in a condition to play this match. We were in a different space."It was not our wish. Those...
Israel’s Frail New Coalition Gets a Quick First Test
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Israel’s Frail New Coalition Gets a Quick First Test

“We call on our people in Jerusalem and the occupied interior to mobilize in order to resist the groups of settlers by way of different means and tools,” Mr. al-Qanou added.Publicly, the new government projected an image of unity Monday morning, as its ministers gathered at the residence of the largely ceremonial president, Reuven Rivlin, for a formal photograph with the head of state. Mr. Bennett was also expected to meet later in the day with Mr. Netanyahu for a formal handover in private.The government also made its first major move: Benny Gantz, the defense minister, issued a formal call for a commission of inquiry into the stampede at a holy Jewish site on Mt. Meron, northern Israel, in early May, which killed 45 worshipers. Mr. Gantz said it had not been possible to push for such ...
Ethiopian migrants face robbery, extortion and starvation
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Ethiopian migrants face robbery, extortion and starvation

Every year tens of thousands of Ethiopians begin the perilous 2,000km (1,200-mile) trek from their home country to Saudi Arabia, attempting to cross mountains, deserts, the Red Sea and even a war zone.Some of these migrants describe how they face robbery, extortion and starvation in temperatures of around 50 Celsius.Many die along the way, while others fall short and end up begging in the streets.BBC Africa Eye brings you the story of some of those who risk it all. Source link
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