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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney visits U.S. capital to talk North American energy security

  • Tuesday’s hearing comes at the invitation of the committee’s chairman, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin – a moderate Democrat and a critical swing vote in the evenly divided Senate – who paid a high-profile visit to Alberta last month.
  • Kenney is meeting with journalists today in advance of his testimony Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
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Climate change: EU emissions surpass pre-pandemic levels

  • Scientists from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have warned that humanity must radically reduce emissions by 2030 in order to have a chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels.
  • In total, greenhouse gas emissions in the EU reached 1,041 million metric tons of CO2 equivalents in the last quarter of 2021, an increase from 1,005 million tons in the same period in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
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Lockdowns cripple Chinese economy

  • The impact of lockdowns in large cities such as Shanghai is also being felt in the real estate market where the value of property sales nearly halved in April year-on-year, the steepest drop since 2006.
  • More and more German firms are complaining about supply bottlenecks concerning raw materials and a range of intermediate products as the world's biggest port in Shanghai struggles to operate at normal levels.
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‘Poisonous pamphlets and pork’: what messages are cutting through to voters in this messy campaign?

By Cait Kelly
  • Last time around the ALP’s policy on franking credits sent him flying into the arms of the Liberals, and he says if Archer ran as an independent he would vote for her again – but he doesn’t want to see the PM keep his job.
  • Held by Liberal Bridget Archer with a 0.4% margin, Bass is known as an “ejector” – for the last 10 federal elections, only once has a sitting member been returned.
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Inside the Dispute Over a High-Profile Psychedelic Study

By Shayla Love
  • The authors of the Doss comment wrote, and McConway agreed, that in the Nature Medicine paper, there wasn’t enough of a difference in the change in modularity between the psilocybin group and the antidepressant group over time to say that the psilocybin had a unique effect on brain functioning, let alone how that mechanism might affect depression.
  • The authors of this paper—several of whom are well-known names in psychedelic research, like UCSF’s Robin Carhart-Harris, formerly of Imperial College London, and neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt—offered a suggestion, writing that psilocybin might lead to a decrease in “brain network modularity,” or an increase in different parts of the brain functionally connecting with each other.
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‘When will it all end?’: Kharkiv counts the cost as Russians pull back

By Daniel Boffey in Kharkiv
  • Standing atop the damaged corrugated metal and asbestos roof of his house on the main road north from Kharkiv to a scattering of villages occupied by Russian forces until a few days ago, Konstantin Kharlamov, 53, had two hours earlier watched black smoke bellow in the distance.
  • Four people were said to have been wounded in strikes around the Shevchenkivskyi region of Kharkiv on Monday and one person was confirmed to have been killed in the liberated northern village of Tsyrkuny.
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Biden approves deployment of hundreds of US troops to Somalia

  • “President Biden has approved a request from the Secretary of Defense to reestablish a persistent US military presence in Somalia to enable a more effective fight against al-Shabab,” a senior administration official told Reuters.
  • United States President Joe Biden has authorised the deployment of American troops to Somalia, reversing a decision by his predecessor Donald Trump last year to remove nearly all forces that had been operating there.
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Mexico to talk to U.S. delegation, insists all countries have to attend Americas summit

By Reuters
  • López Obrador has said he will not attend the summit unless the United States invites all the countries in the Americas.
  • Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Monday that he will receive a delegation on Wednesday of organizers of the U.S.-hosted Summit of the Americas, in which his government will set out why it wants all countries in the region to take part.
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Voices: I’m an expert on extremism. Here’s the hard truth about people like Payton Gendron

By Charlotte McDonald-Gibson
  • They are assisted by social media algorithms promoting extreme content to generate clicks and revenue, deeply polarized online platforms that reward the most outrageous posts, and the anarchic nature of a space that will always elude comprehensive regulation.
  • The brutal, racially motivated killing of 10 people at a supermarket in New York state by a white supremacist has once again highlighted the devastating role of loosely regulated online platforms in the propagation of hate speech and the promotion of extremist violence.
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US gun violence over weekend puts focus on easy access to weapons

By Edward Helmore in Buffalo, New York
  • The shootings, each horrific in their own way, punctuated the weekend’s main horror: an 18-year-old espousing white supremacist ideology who went to an African American neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday and – in less than two minutes – gunned down 13 people at a grocery, killing 10.
  • That shooting – one of the deadliest racist massacres in recent memory – has renewed scrutiny on internet-promulgated hate speech, access to assault-style guns and body armor, and the inability of law enforcement authorities, elected politicians, religious leaders and the commercial sector to stop such violence from recurring.
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Gas is a dangerous distraction for Africa – Al Jazeera English

  • Despite United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres recently warning that investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure is “moral and economic madness”, leaders in Africa are being persuaded that extracting more gas is a prerequisite for the continent’s development.
  • New research shows that investing in renewables now could give the whole continent access to electricity in a decade and by 2050, Africa could completely phase out fossil fuels .
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Revealed: EU plans loans and grants to help rebuild Ukraine

By Jennifer Rankin in Brussels
  • Ukraine could receive loans, grants and possibly the proceeds of seized Russian oligarch property to help pay the multi-billion euro cost of rebuilding the country after the ruinous war launched by the Kremlin, according to a leaked EU reconstruction plan.
  • In the plan drafted in Brussels, the European Commission states that the Ukrainian government will have to take out loans to pay for rebuilding its war-ravaged country.
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‘SMOKE AND MIRRORS’: Ottawa Redblacks player rep Antoine Pruneau explains why CFL offer was bad

By Tim Baines, Postmedia
  • “When the commissioner talks to the player reps and says we have to negotiate in good faith, then you look at their first offer – of course you’re going to be pissed,” said Pruneau.
  • The league probably threw any good will it had with a ridiculous initial offer for a 10-year CBA that included no salary-cap increases and eliminated the Canadian player ratio.
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New poll predicts Allegra Spender will win Wentworth from Liberal MP Dave Sharma

By Anne Davies
  • The poll, which asked about preference intentions, shows that Spender is likely to pick up the lion’s share of preferences from Labor, which is has an 11.7% primary vote support, and the Greens, who have 6.2%.
  • A new poll has the independent Allegra Spender on track to claim the prize blue-ribbon seat of Wentworth in Sydney’s east, with the Liberal MP Dave Sharma’s primary vote at 36%, down from 47% at the 2019 election.
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Anglophones’ concerns over Bill 96 are unfounded, Jolin-Barrette says

By Jason Magder, Montreal Gazette
  • Speaking to reporters during a news conference in Châteauguay via videoconference, a COVID-positive Simon Jolin-Barrette said he acknowledged opposition to the bill, but said anglophones should rest assured that access to services in the domain of health and justice will remain unchanged.
  • Access to courts and health services will remain unchanged, the minister responsible for the French language says.
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Globe Climate: How two chefs are rethinking the local seafood supply chain in Ontario

By Sierra Bein
  • Chefs turned fishmongers Jon Klip and Matt Taylor have spent nearly two years trying to build something they believe is better than the status quo for sourcing and selling local fish from the Great Lakes.
  • For this week’s deeper dive, she speaks with two chefs turned fishmongers whose business, Affinity Fish, aims to better connect shoppers with their seafood.
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Yemen: A glimmer of hope in a devastating war – Al Jazeera English

  • The United Nations-brokered deal between a Saudi-led coalition and the Yemeni government on one side, and the Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, is a significant step towards ending a conflict that has killed tens of thousands and pushed millions into hunger.
  • With much of the attention on the Houthi-held north, many people living in the country’s government-held south talk of facing an “economic war”.
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Sri Lanka down to its last day of petrol, warns new PM

  • Sri Lanka’s newly appointed prime minister has said that the cash-strapped island nation has run out of petrol stock, as he said the country desperately needed to secure $75m in foreign exchange in the next few days to pay for essential imports, including medicine.
  • “We have run out of petrol … At the moment, we only have petrol stocks for a single day,” Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday in an address to the nation, as the country suffers from fuel and medicine shortages.
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Voices: Let’s call the Buffalo shooter what he is — a radical MAGA terrorist

By Skylar Baker-Jordan
  • Yet thanks to people like Carlson and Stefanik, this claim has become so widespread among the GOP base that it is increasingly difficult to divorce the radical conspiracy theorists from the mainstream Republican Party.
  • Over the weekend, a self-described fascist and white supremacist – 18-year-old Payton Gendron – travelled over 200 miles from his home in south central New York to Buffalo, where he killed 10 people at a supermarket and injured three more.
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Western Sydney’s time as a ‘stronghold’ for either major party is over, expert says

By Mostafa Rachwani
  • It says that while the region recorded swings against Labor three times the national average in the 2019 election, it was difficult to predict how voters had shifted since.
  • “Western Sydney’s quiet Australians are restless and its unlikely either of the major parties will be able to claim the region as its own for some time,” the report said.
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Antoinette Lattouf on writing a guide to anti-racism: ‘I was sitting there and sobbing’

By Rafqa Touma
  • The Black Lives Matter movement landed on Australian shores in 2020, and Lattouf, co-founder of Media Diversity Australia and former Network 10 reporter, sensed a shift in public awareness and an appetite for change.
  • Her guide speaks to both white Australians and people of colour, teaching readers to be better advocates and push back against institutionalised racism.
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Australian Conservation Foundation names Mount Isa the most polluted postcode in the country

By Eden Gillespie
  • Glencore said Mount Isa Mines has the “most intensive air quality monitoring network of any city in Australia”, as part of an “industry-leading” framework used to control emissions and dust at the source and prevent contaminates from escaping.
  • “Mount Isa Mines is regulated by over 75 separate permits and authorities, with stringent and transparent reporting of environmental performance and we operate within our environmental limits for sulphur dioxide emissions and lead,” the company said.
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Sri Lanka’s new PM warns ‘most difficult months of our lives’ ahead

By Hannah Ellis-Petersen South Asia correspondent
  • Sri Lanka’s new prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has warned that the financial crisis engulfing the country will get continue to get worse and “the next couple of months will be the most difficult ones of our lives”.
  • In his first address to the country since he was appointed as interim prime minister on Thursday, after Mahinda Rajapaksa stepped down from the role amidst Sri Lanka’s worst economic crash since independence, Wickremesinghe was blunt as he described the conditions of the country’s finances as “extremely precarious”.
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Over 70% of Australia’s aged care workers yet to receive $800 pandemic bonus, poll suggests

  • More than 70% of aged care workers are yet to receive a single payment through the Morrison government’s pandemic bonus scheme four months after it was announced, staff polling suggests.
  • Earlier this year, the aged care minister, Richard Colbeck, said the government was encouraging providers to pay their workers the payment at the time they lodge the application .
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Putin says Russia has ‘no problems’ with Finland, Sweden in NATO

By Victor Jack
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin said Finland and Sweden’s bids to join NATO posed no direct threat to Russia, but warned the Western military alliance against moving weapons into the two countries’ territories.
  • “As for the expansion [of NATO], including through new members of the alliance — Finland, Sweden — Russia wants to inform you that it has no problems with these states,” Putin said on Monday, speaking at a gathering in Moscow of leaders from the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), the Russia-backed military alliance.
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Pentecostalism and the LNP’s fight for its soul in Queensland’s Darling Downs

By Joe Hinchliffe
  • The headline factor has been Queensland’s only “voices of” independent candidate, social worker Suzie Holt, who is running against an incumbent on the right of the Liberal National party, mining engineer Garth Hamilton.
  • At the same time, refugee and women’s rights advocate Gen Allpass has run an unusually strong Labor campaign in an effort to prove the seat is “winnable” for her party, despite 120 years of evidence to the contrary.
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Australia quietly shuts down anti-terror taskforce set up after Christchurch attack

By Josh Taylor
  • In response to the Christchurch attack, the government convened a taskforce made up of government bodies, internet service providers and social media platforms to help tackle online extremism from far right and white supremacy groups in Australia.
  • A taskforce of Australian government agencies and social media companies set up to counter violent extremism online in the wake of the Christchurch terror attack has been quietly disbanded.
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JetBlue goes hostile with reduced Spirit takeover bid – Al Jazeera English

  • made a hostile $3.3 billion cash bid for Spirit Airlines Inc., appealing directly to shareholders in an effort to prevail over a rival offer for the discount carrier by Frontier Group Holdings Inc.
  • JetBlue set up a website — www.JetBlueOffersMore.com — and issued a letter to Spirit shareholders as part of its attempt to derail the Frontier deal, with Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes arguing that his own proposal offers more value, more certainty and more benefits for all stakeholders.
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Buffalo victims of Tops grocery store shooting

By Reuters
  • Patterson, 67, was known as “Jitney” because he drove people to and from the Tops grocery store and helped them with their groceries, according to the Buffalo News.
  • A former police officer, the 86-year-old mother of Buffalo, New York’s former fire commissioner, and a grandmother who fed the needy for decades were among those killed in a racist attack by a gunman on Saturday in a Buffalo grocery store .
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Tesco to pay out more to pig farmers as industry warns of ‘critical’ situation

By Sarah Butler
  • It had called on Tesco to act after rivals including Waitrose, the Co-op, Marks & Spencer, Aldi, Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s agreed to pay more for British pork through their dedicated supply chains.
  • “This is a very welcome boost for beleaguered pig farmers, who are currently facing unprecedented costs of production and need a tangible increase in the price they are being paid in order to stay in business.
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Fauci says he will resign if Trump retakes the presidency in 2024

By Ramon Antonio Vargas
  • Dr Anthony Fauci bluntly said “no” when CNN’s Jim Acosta asked him during an interview Sunday if he would want to stay on as the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases in the event that voters gave Trump a second stint as president.
  • “If you look at the history of what the response was during the administration, I think at best you could say it wasn’t optimal,” Fauci said.
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Gas is a dangerous distraction for Africa

  • Despite United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres recently warning that investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure is “moral and economic madness”, leaders in Africa are being persuaded that extracting more gas is a prerequisite for the continent’s development.
  • New research shows that investing in renewables now could give the whole continent access to electricity in a decade and by 2050, Africa could completely phase out fossil fuels .
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‘He’s like Farage’: how Jim Allister fired up opposition to NI protocol

By Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent
  • Jim Allister is leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice, a one-man band with a simple message that has ensnared Northern Ireland ’s Democratic Unionist party ( DUP ) and by extension the UK government and European Commission.
  • The DUP leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, might have sold a concession on the protocol last year to his party were it not for Allister shouting from the sidelines, said Shirlow.
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‘Apocalyptic’ food prices will be disastrous for world’s poor, says Bank governor

By Larry Elliott Economics editor
  • The Bank of England’s governor, Andrew Bailey, has blamed the war in Ukraine for the highest inflation in the UK for three decades and warned that “apocalyptic” food prices caused by Russia’s invasion could have a disastrous impact on the world’s poor.
  • Giving evidence to MPs, Bailey said that while he was unhappy about the current level of price rises, 80% of the inflation overshoot was down to factors outside the Bank’s control.
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McDonald’s to sell its business in Russia – Al Jazeera English

  • More than three decades after it became the first American fast food restaurant to open in the Soviet Union, McDonald’s said Monday that it has started the process of selling its business in Russia, another symbol of the country’s increasing isolation over its war in Ukraine.
  • Its restaurants in Ukraine are closed, but the company said it is continuing to pay full salaries for its employees there.
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Russians: tell us what the mood is like in your country

By Guardian community team
  • IP addresses will be recorded on a third party webserver, so for true anonymity use our SecureDrop service, however anything submitted on the form below will be encrypted and confidential if you wish to continue.
  • You can get in touch by filling in the form below, anonymously if you wish, or contact us via WhatsApp by clicking here or adding +44(0)7766780300.
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The Cocaine Queen of Honduras Was Just Arrested After a Shootout Killed Her Son

By Deborah Bonello
  • The swift arrest of Bobadilla following the push from the U.S government suggests that the recently-installed administration of President Xiomara Castro in Honduras could be starting to clean house, dismantling the narco state U.S prosecutors allege was overseen by her predecessor, former President Juan Orlando Hernández.
  • Herlinda Bobadilla, also known as “La Cinda,” the 62-year-old leader of the Montes drug cartel in Honduras, has been arrested two weeks after the U.S. placed a $5 million bounty on her head.
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Facebook Struggles to Keep Buffalo Shooting Video Offline

By Matthew Gault
  • Facebook said that any copies or links of any of this content will be removed and that it’s working closely with the GIFCT.
  • The proliferation of horrifying content online is a perennial problem online, and sites like Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube struggle to prevent this sort of thing from spreading, even if the initial upload is quickly taken down.
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Inflation rises in Nigeria amid fuel scarcity and insecurity

  • Inflation in Africa’s most populous country soared to 16.8 percent in April, driven by fuel price increases and accelerating costs for food, including bread and cereals, newly released data from Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has shown.
  • Annual food inflation rose to 18.4 percent from 17.2 percent in March, sending the headline rate to 16.8 percent, the highest in eight months, according to the data released on Monday.
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JetBlue goes hostile with reduced Spirit takeover bid

  • made a hostile $3.3 billion cash bid for Spirit Airlines Inc., appealing directly to shareholders in an effort to prevail over a rival offer for the discount carrier by Frontier Group Holdings Inc.
  • JetBlue set up a website — www.JetBlueOffersMore.com — and issued a letter to Spirit shareholders as part of its attempt to derail the Frontier deal, with Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes arguing that his own proposal offers more value, more certainty and more benefits for all stakeholders.
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Asylum seeker father faces 10 years in Greek jail for son’s death – Al Jazeera English

  • Dimitris Choulis, Hafez’s lawyer, said that as far as he knows, Hafez’s case is the first case of an asylum seeker being charged in Greece for the death of his child in a shipwreck.
  • A 26-year-old asylum seeker from Afghanistan is facing up to 10 years in prison in Greece for the death of his five-year-old son, who drowned after boarding a dinghy from Turkey to Greece with his father on November 8, 2020.
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‘It was terrifying’: Amber Heard testifies Johnny Depp hallucinated during fight

  • Johnny Depp was hallucinating and his sobriety had completely collapsed in the final months of his marriage, his ex-wife – fellow actor Amber Heard – testified on Monday in the civil lawsuit between the two.
  • At the beginning of her testimony on Monday, she corrected herself about the timing of the first time she said Depp slapped her, which revolved around her questioning him about one of his tattoos.
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McDonald’s announces it’s leaving Russia entirely after 3 decades

  • America's fast-food giant McDonald's rolled out on Monday the process to sell its hundreds of restaurants in Russia, joining scores of western companies who are exiting the Russian market amid international sanctions.
  • "The humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, and the precipitating unpredictable operating environment, have led McDonald's to conclude that continued ownership of the business in Russia is no longer tenable," the Chicago-based company said.
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German state election leaves Chancellor Scholz reeling

  • As the federal election last September, the vote in Germany's most populous state was long described as a neck-and-neck race between the center-right CDU and the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), only for a previously unheralded candidate to score a clear victory.
  • And the CDU, humiliated on the federal level last year, now basks in a comfortable win and has the right to make initial approaches to potential coalition partners: The CDU took 37.7% of the vote, well ahead of the SPD on 26.7%.
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E-cigarettes ‘as safe as nicotine patches’ for pregnant smokers trying to quit

By Nicola Davis
  • “Many pregnant smokers find it difficult to quit with current stop smoking medications including nicotine patches and continue to smoke throughout pregnancy,” said Dr Francesca Pesola, an author of the new study who is based at Queen Mary University in London.
  • Only a small number of participants provided saliva samples to confirm smoking abstinence at the end of pregnancy, but once those who used non-allocated products were excluded, the team found higher rates of abstinence among the e-cigarette group.
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Quebec’s public health director should be independent of politics, coroner says

By Andy Riga
  • In a highly anticipated report into COVID-19 deaths in Quebec long-term care homes (CHSLDs), coroner Géhane Kamel recommends that Quebec’s public health director be independent of politics.
  • In the report, published Monday morning, Kamel noted that at the start of the pandemic, Dr. Horacio Arruda, the public health director at the time, did not make the wearing of a mask compulsory in CHSLDs.
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Biden okays plan to redeploy several hundred US ground forces into Somalia

  • President Joe Biden has signed an order authorising the military to once again deploy hundreds of Special Operations forces inside Somalia - largely reversing the decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw nearly all 700 ground troops who had been stationed there, according to four officials familiar with the matter.
  • The Biden administration's strategy in Somalia is to try to reduce the threat from al-Shabab by suppressing its ability to plot and carry out complicated operations, a senior administration official said.
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Jake Daniels becomes first openly-gay active male player in English football

By Telegraph Sport
  • A Blackpool statement read: "Blackpool Football Club has worked closely with Stonewall and the relevant footballing organisations to support Jake and is incredibly proud that he has reached a stage where he is empowered to express himself both on-and-off the pitch.
  • Blackpool striker Jake Daniels has become the first openly-gay active male player in English football.
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PM: Seeking NATO membership is historic shift for Sweden

By Radio Sweden
Ulf Kristersson (left), leader of the conservative Moderates, and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson (right).Lyssna: PM: Seeking NATO membership ishistoric shift for SwedenAt a joint press conference in Stockholm, Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Ulf Kristersson, the leader of the biggest opposition party, announced that Sweden would submit an application to join NATO."The best for Sweden’s security and the security of the Swedish people is for Sweden to join NATO, and to do it with Finland," the Prime Minister said Monday.With general elections just a few months away, the government could change between now and when […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Eurovision winners sing at Polish border on way back to Ukraine

By Angela Giuffrida in Rome
  • Stefania had been among the favourites to win the Eurovision song contest in the northern Italian city of Turin, but decisive victory came from the public, with 439 points from the public vote putting the band in first place among the 25 finalists.
  • Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra gave an impromptu rendition of their Eurovision-winning song, Stefania, at the Polish border as they made their way home on Monday.
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‘Rust’ producer: ‘We’ll be able to complete the movie’

By Reuters
  • Hutchins was killed in October when a revolver that actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing with during filming in New Mexico fired a live round that hit her and movie director Joel Souza.
  • A producer of the movie “Rust,” whose set saw the fatal accidental shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins last year, said the movie will be completed, the Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday.
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Online hate under scrutiny after Buffalo shooter streamed massacre on Twitch

By Alex Hern and Dan Milmo
  • The Buffalo shooting has focused attention on the role of Twitch, the gaming platform used by the gunman to broadcast a live stream of the massacre, amid renewed calls for tighter regulation of social media platforms.
  • In a statement issued to the New York Times, Angela Hession, Twitch’s vice-president of trust and safety, said the site’s reaction was a “very strong response time considering the challenges of live content moderation, and shows good progress”.
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Fiscal Capture at the ECB

By Willem H. Buiter
  • In this interpretation, major central banks have engaged in aggressive low-interest-rate and asset-purchase policies to support their governments’ expansionary fiscal policies, even though they knew such policies were likely to run counter to their price-stability mandates and were not necessary to preserve financial stability.
  • By using all the means at its disposal to support potentially debt-distressed member states, the European Central Bank is not merely serving as a market maker of last resort.
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Western Architecture is Making India’s Heatwaves Worse

By Ciara Nugent
  • As a more standardized international approach to building design emerged, many Indian architects abandoned the vernacular traditions that had been developed over thousands of years to cope with the weather extremes of different regions.
  • It was 1968, and the family was proud to use the material, he says, which was becoming a “status symbol” among villagers: the new home resembled the modern buildings cropping up in Indian cities, which in turn resembled those in images of Western cities.
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‘Wagatha’ is a grotesque symbol of me-me-me Britain

By Camilla Tominey
  • I get that having people hear your “truth” has been all the rage since the Duchess of Sussex produced her own unique series of “facts” in her interview with Oprah, but in what world do any of these women think anyone actually gives a toss?
  • Instead, it was the hashtag #WagathaChristie that was going viral on social media, as the wife of the footballer Wayne Rooney laid out the results of her Miss Marple-like detective work.
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Can Ukraine hold Russia accountable for environmental crimes? – Al Jazeera English

  • Ukraine’s ministry in charge of environmental protection said in a briefing last month that destroyed military equipment and ammunition, as well as exploded missiles and air bombs, pollute the soil and groundwater with chemicals, including heavy metals.
  • Nickolai Denisov, deputy director of the Geneva-based Zoï Environmental Network, is part of a team mapping incidents of war-related damage or disruption.
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Voices: Day five of Wagatha Christie – and the dark heart of the case has been laid bare

By Tom Peck
  • On her second day of cross examination, Coleen Rooney revealed that she had first written it out by hand, as she likes to do, before typing it out on WhatsApp and sending it to her brother to post on her instagram, while she did the same on Twitter.
  • They appear to expect Coleen Rooney, and the wider court, to believe that there’s no way Rebekah Vardy could have known that anyone with access to her account could have been doing anything untoward with it.
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Driver Brady Robertson sentenced to 17 years in deaths of Karolina Ciasullo, three daughters

By Canadian Press
  • But he pleaded not guilty to four counts of operation while impaired by drugs causing death, and his lawyers challenged the constitutionality of Canada’s law setting out a legal limit for THC blood concentration when driving.
  • Robertson pleaded guilty to four counts of dangerous driving causing death in connection with the June 18, 2020 crash that killed Karolina Ciasullo and her daughters Klara, Lilianna and Mila, who were between the ages of six and one.
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Turkish nuclear plant threatened by Russian sanctions – Al Jazeera English

  • The first reactor of the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, located on the Mediterranean coast near Mersin, is due to start production next year, but potential blocks on financing and equipment from third countries have threatened to delay the $20bn project.
  • Unprecedented sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine have led to fresh concerns about Turkey’s first nuclear power plant, which is being built by Moscow’s state-owned nuclear company.
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North Korea’s Kim orders military to help curb COVID-19 outbreak

  • Kim ordered the deployment of the "powerful forces" of the army's medical corps to "stabilize the supply of medicines in Pyongyang City," North Korea's capital, state news agency KCNA reported on Monday.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday the virus may spread rapidly inside the reclusive state but it had yet to receive information about the outbreak directly from local authorities.
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Chile finalises new draft constitution to replace Pinochet-era document

By John Bartlett in Santiago
  • After 10 months of fraught negotiations, Chile has finalised the draft of a new constitution that could replace the document drawn up during Gen Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.
  • “Whether this constitution is rejected or approved [by the plebiscite], I believe that Chile’s Indigenous peoples have already won,” said Rosa Catrileo, who represents the Mapuche, the country’s largest Indigenous group.
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Vladimir Putin’s war slams the brakes on EU recovery

By Tom Rees
  • The squeeze on households from soaring energy bills will cause eurozone GDP growth to weaken from 5.4pc last year to 2.7pc in 2022, a downgrade from the 4pc expansion predicted shortly before war rocked Europe.
  • Vladimir Putin’s war will slam the brakes on Europe’s recovery as surging energy prices risk causing the economy to grind to a halt, the EU has warned in a gloomy set of forecasts.
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Taiwan COVID-19 News Briefs: May 16

  • Taipei, May 16 (CNA) Taiwan reported 61,754 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including 61,697 domestic and 57 infected abroad, as well as 29 deaths, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
  • New Taipei Mayor Hou Yu-ih (侯友宜) said his city will donate 46,000 rapid tests to the 318 long-term care centers in its jurisdiction.
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England’s fast-bowling crisis deepens as Saqib Mahmood ruled out for the season

By Nick Hoult
  • Ollie Robinson only managed eight overs for Sussex, four of them bowling off spin, in the last round of championship matches and has not proved his fitness; while Matt Fisher, who made his debut alongside Mahmood in Barbados, has not played since mid-April due to a back problem.
  • With Jofra Archer and Olly Stone out for the long term and Mark Wood to miss the New Zealand series, England were already struggling for fast-bowling options.
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Cats Actually Know Each Other’s Names, Study Suggests

By Samantha Cole
  • To test their name recognition, the researchers showed each cat a computer monitor displaying a familiar cat’s face, and an audio recording of their owner calling either the displayed cats’ real name, or a name that didn’t match the cat on the screen.
  • When they heard names that didn’t match the individual shown, cats from households with few feline roomies spent more time staring at the screen, supposedly puzzled.
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Chelsea takeover: Government ministers fear sale of club to Todd Boehly consortium could ‘fall apart’

  • However a senior Whitehall source revealed there was now "serious concern" that the oligarch was "willing to let Chelsea go under" over an alleged "refusal to agree to a sale structure that gives ministers confidence that proceeds would go to a good cause".
  • "Two big sticking points remain - where exactly the proceeds of the sale will be held, and what legal guarantees government will be given about the money going to good causes," they said.
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The days of nul points are over! Plucky little Britain has cornered the Eurovision sympathy vote | Zoe Williams

By Zoe Williams
  • So, Eurovision is not so much a song contest as an exercise in international perceptions of justice, set to music.
  • Some years, not much except that we like shiny things; this year, that we all thirst for justice, support the victim against the aggressor, are overwhelmed by the sight of love and courage – and therefore, Ukraine was bound to win.
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New Biopic on Anna Politkovskaya in Pre-Production

  • Australian Luminosity Entertainment will produce a new film that will shed light on the life and tragic death of acclaimed Russian journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya, according to information published by Deadline.
  • I am so thrilled to be working with Miriam and Paul on this extraordinary film,” Luminosity Entertainment CEO Daniel Diamond told Deadline.
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Police chiefs ‘unaware of undercover officers’ sexual relationships with women’

By Rob Evans
  • All of the senior police managers giving evidence to a public inquiry have maintained they did not know that the undercover officers they were supervising had formed sexual relationships with women during their covert deployments.
  • The inquiry, which is scrutinising the covert infiltration of political groups, has heard that the practice of undercover officers deceiving women into relationships was “endemic and common”.
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Lebanon: ‘Preserving the past in hope of building the future’

It's almost two years since a huge explosion devastated Beirut's port. Since then, as journalist Emmanuel Haddad explains in this month's podcast, Lebanon's economic situation has got much worse, a political reckoning has failed to occur and many Lebanese have emigrated. In his article in the May edition of the paper (‘The urgent need to preserve Lebanon's past') Haddad writes about the efforts of people dedicated to excavating and processing their country recent past amid its present economic()

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Scientists Use Gene Editing to Create Mutant Cockroaches In Breakthrough

By Becky Ferreira
  • Researchers led by Yu Shirai, a scientist at Kyoto University, have overcome this constraint by injecting genetic materials into adult female cockroaches, an approach that the team calls “direct parental’’ CRISPR (DIPA-CRISPR), according to a study published on Monday in Cell Reports Methods .
  • For the first time, scientists have edited the genes of cockroaches using CRISPR-Cas9, a technology that can target and change parts of an organism’s DNA, reports a new study.
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Europa League: Filip Kostic and Frankfurt’s fairy-tale run

  • His assists are already legendary, reminiscent of those of Frankfurt legend Uwe Bein, remembered as "the man for the deadly through ball." Last season, the left-footed Kostic assisted on 17 goals.
  • So Kostic stayed put and the Serbian international got down to the business of playing himself back into the hearts of the Eintracht faithful – especially with his performances in the Europa League .
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Greek helicopter pilot found guilty of murdering British wife Caroline Crouch

By Helena Smith in Athens

Tribunal finds Babis Anagnostopoulos culpable of premeditated murder and perverting course of justice

A Greek helicopter pilot who claimed he killed his British wife, Caroline Crouch, 20, in a fit of anger following a row that had “blurred” his senses, has been found guilty of murder at the end of a trial watched closely in Greece and abroad.

The seven-member mixed tribunal of judges and jurors concluded unanimously that Babis Anagnostopoulos was culpable of premeditated murder and perverting the course of justice.

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Higher airfares inevitable due to high oil prices but may come down later this year: IATA chief

  • Higher airfares for now is inevitable with oil prices high and jet kerosene prices even higher at a time when jet fuel manufacturers have yet to return to pre-pandemic levels of production, said the director-general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
  • Mr Walsh said the cost of jet fuel now averages 30 to 33 per cent higher than oil prices in the first quarter of this year.
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Buffalo Shooter’s Racist ‘Great Replacement’ Theory Has Been Mainstreamed By GOP

By Cameron Joseph
  • The “great replacement” theory claims that a global elite cabal (in many versions, Jews) want open borders to allow an “invasion” of non-white immigrants to replace white, native-born citizens and out-breed the the native population.
  • But as alt-right and white supremacist websites brought it to the American far right, more mainstream conservative outlets began adopting some of its rhetoric to push a longstanding GOP claim that Democrats are pro-immigration because they want Latino and Asian-American votes much further into conspiratorial territory.
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Whitehall insiders believe Roman Abramovich could let Chelsea ‘go under’ in dispute over £1.6bn loan

By Tom Morgan
  • With just a fortnight until the final deadline for a deal to go through, Whitehall is ramping up pressure on the Russian to accept a new compromise agreement over a £1.6 billion loan.
  • Despite Chelsea putting pen to paper on a sale agreement to the Todd Boehly-led consortium more than a week ago, talks with Government have stalled over the fate of a £1.6bn loan.
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Uber to launch UK subscriptions as cost of living crisis bites

By James Titcomb
  • The subscription, which costs $9.99 (£8.15) a month in the US, gives users discounts on Uber journeys and free delivery on takeaway orders, as well as perks such as more highlynrated drivers, customer service and compensation for late orders.
  • Uber is launching a UK subscription service in a scramble to lock customers into using its app for taxis and food deliveries as the cost of living crisis bites.
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EU climate legislation faces a divided Parliament

By Zia Weise, Hanne Cokelaere
  • This week, lawmakers in the environment committee (ENVI) will settle on their position for key pieces of the European Commission’s climate package — known as Fit for 55 — that aims to slash the bloc’s emissions by 55 percent this decade.
  • ENVI will tackle seven policy proposals this week — two files setting targets for national emissions reductions (known as the Effort Sharing Regulation) and carbon sinks (LULUCF); aviation emissions; the interlinked tangle of proposals that comprise the Emissions Trading System (ETS) reform, the carbon border tax (CBAM) and the Social Climate Fund; and an opinion on renewable energy.
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India redrawing Kashmir assembly seats to ‘disempower Muslims’? – Al Jazeera English

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has released a list of redrawn electoral constituencies in Indian-administered Kashmir, giving greater representation to the Muslim-majority region’s Hindu areas and drawing condemnation from political parties in the valley.
  • In the new electoral map drawn by the delimitation commission, the average population of an assembly constituency in the Muslim-majority Valley will be 140,000, while it will be only 120,000 in Jammu.
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$7.6bn of ‘stablecoin’ tether redeemed since start of crypto crisis

By Alex Hern
  • Digital investors have withdrawn savings in the “stablecoin” tether worth $7.6bn since the cryptocurrency crisis began last week, suggesting the company has paid out a sum almost twice its total cash holdings to spooked depositors.
  • Tether, the third biggest cryptocurrency by “market cap”, experienced a short-lived crisis on Thursday when its value dropped from $1 to 95¢ as savers feared it would follow its fellow stablecoin terra and collapse.
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Broadway plan will cause ‘transit-oriented displacement’: Tenants union

By Cheryl Chan
  • A survey found a 60 to 70 per cent gap between the median market rate and current median rent paid by tenants in purpose-built rental buildings along the Broadway Corridor.
  • Opposition to Vancouver’s Broadway Plan is ramping up with a renters advocacy group saying the proposed Broadway Plan will put a “dramatic” upward pressure on rent and displace tenants living in purpose-built rental buildings along the Broadway corridor.
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Putin: Nato military infrastructure in Finland or Sweden would provoke response from Russia – video

The Russian president, VladimirPutin, has warned that Russia would respond if Nato began to bolster the military infrastructure of Sweden and Finland, which have both decided to join the alliance after the invasion of Ukraine.

Putin has repeatedly cited the post-Soviet enlargement of Nato eastwards towards Russia's borders as a reason for the invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking to the leaders of a Russian-dominated military alliance of former Soviet states,Putinsaid the enlargement of Nato was being used by the US in an 'aggressive' way, to aggravate an already difficult global security situation.

Russia,Putinsaid, had no problem with Finland or Sweden, so there was no direct threat from Nato enlargement to include those countries.

'But the expansion of military infrastructure into this territory would certainly provoke our response,' Putin said

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Shanghai targets June COVID lockdown exit as China economy slumps

By Reuters
  • SHANGHAI/BEIJING — Shanghai set out plans on Monday for the end of a painful COVID-19 lockdown that has lasted more than six weeks, heavily bruising China’s economy, and for the return of more normal life from June 1.
  • The full lockdown of Shanghai and COVID curbs on hundreds of millions of consumers and workers in dozens of China’s cities have inflicted economic pain across a range of sectors, adding to fears the economy could shrink in the second quarter.
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How Private Oil Companies Took Over U.S. Energy Security

By Gregory Brew
  • Rather than make commercial arguments, though, the companies argued that imports undermined national security by hurting the domestic oil industry and making the United States dependent on “foreign oil.”
  • Despite the looming threat of climate change and the need to decarbonize the economy, Sen. Joe Manchin and other congressional lawmakers argue that the best way for Washington to address the current crisis is to increase domestic oil and gas production.
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After racist shooting in Buffalo, police search for warning signs

  • Authorities said Payton Gendron, 18, carried out an act of “racially motivated violent extremism” when he opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle on May 14 at the Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo, where 11 of the 13 wounded were Black people.
  • An investigation into the weekend shooting of more than a dozen people at a western New York supermarket will turn on Monday to whether authorities missed tell-tale signs and red flags left by the teenage gunman prior to his racist killing spree.
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EU slashes forecast for economic growth as war’s fallout deepens

  • The European Union has slashed its forecasts for economic growth in the 27-nation bloc amid the prospect of a drawn-out Russian war in Ukraine and disruptions to energy supplies.
  • The EU’s gross domestic product (GDP) will expand 2.7 percent this year and 2.3 percent in 2023, the bloc’s executive arm said Monday — its first economic predictions since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.
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Liz Cheney says Republican leadership has ‘enabled white supremacy’

By Richard Luscombe
  • The New York congresswoman, who was swiftly installed to replace Cheney when House minority leader and Trump loyalist Kevin McCarthy orchestrated Cheney’s ouster last year, has used the great replacement theory to make false accusations that Democrats were plotting a “permanent election insurrection” by replacing white voters with immigrants.
  • Cheney, who was removed from her position as the No 3 House Republican last year after she joined the panel investigating the 6 January Capitol attack, urged party leaders in a tweet to “renounce and reject these views and those who hold them”.
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The new baby lynxes at the Biodôme couldn’t possibly be sweeter

By James Mennie, Montreal Gazette
  • A pair of lynxes housed at the Biodôme have successfully produced a trio of kittens, the authority that oversees the nature centre announced on Monday.
  • Between now and the start of summer a “rigorous protocol” to ensure the newborns’ privacy and allow their mother to care for them will be enforced, although the new family will be observed by camera.
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Driver who killed woman and three daughters in Brampton, Ont. sentenced to 17 years

  • But he pleaded not guilty to four counts of operation while impaired by drugs causing death, and his lawyers challenged the constitutionality of Canada’s law setting out a legal limit for THC blood concentration when driving.
  • Robertson pleaded guilty to four counts of dangerous driving causing death in connection with the June 18, 2020 crash that killed Karolina Ciasullo and her daughters Klara, Lilianna and Mila, who were between the ages of six and one.
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Chadians protest as anti-French sentiments hit new highs in Sahel

  • Dozens of Chadian policemen are patrolling the streets of the capital N’Djamena after using tear gas to disperse students protesting against the presence of French troops in the West African state.
  • In recent years, resentment against the presence of France in its former African colonies has been on the increase, especially in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, and now Chad where thousands of French troops have been deployed to fight armed groups linked to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.
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Boris Johnson created this Brexit mess in Northern Ireland – and he should own it | Simon Jenkins

By Simon Jenkins
  • To get hard Brexit into law and topple his predecessor, Theresa May, he told Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist party that he would allow no border in the Irish Sea. He promptly allowed one, and signed a protocol to the Brexit deal to that effect.
  • If Johnson fails to dismantle the EU-ordained border controls at Belfast docks, the DUP will stall power-sharing.
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Malware Can Be Loaded Even Onto Phones That Are Turned Off, Researchers Show

By Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
  • Also, as the researchers point out in the paper, hackers would need to first hack and jailbreak the iPhone to be able to access the Bluetooth chip and exploit it, potentially making it a bit redundant in most cases.
  • The researchers explain in the paper that the Bluetooth chip, as well as other wireless chips—those that run Near Field Communication or NFC, which is used for Apple Pay, for example, and Ultra-wideband (UWB) which is used along with Bluetooth to turn the iPhone into a car key —keep running when the phone is off in what the researchers call Low-Power Mode, noting that it “is different from the energy saving mode indicated by a yellow battery icon.”
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Shanghai to end Covid lockdown and return to normal life in June amid economic slowdown

By Reuters in Shanghai and Beijing
  • In the clearest timetable yet, deputy mayor Zong Ming said on Monday that Shanghai’s reopening would be carried out in stages, with movement curbs largely to remain in place until 21 May to prevent a rebound in infections, before a gradual easing.
  • The full lockdown of Shanghai and Covid curbs on hundreds of millions of consumers and workers in dozens of other cities have hurt retail sales, industrial production and employment, adding to fears the economy could shrink in the second quarter.
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French Prime Minister Jean Castex resigns

  • French Prime Minister Jean Castex resigned Monday in an expected move after the reelection last month of centrist President Emmanuel Macron, who will quickly name a replacement.
  • If Macron’s party wins a majority in the Assembly, the prime minister will then need to ensure that pension changes promised by the president are put into law, including raising the minimum retirement age from 62 to 65.
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Famously Cheerful Trader Joe’s Workers Are Actually Unhappy and Want a Union

By Paul Blest
  • In their letter to Trader Joe’s CEO Dan Bane, workers at the Hadley, Massachusetts, store referenced a March 2020 letter Bane wrote to employees calling then-nascent unionization efforts a “distraction” and that unions “drive discontent” at companies.
  • Employees at a Trader Joe’s store in western Massachusetts are attempting to form the grocery chain’s first union, they told their CEO in a letter this weekend.
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What We Know About the Accused Buffalo Shooter

By David Gilbert
  • A 180-page manifesto was posted online in the days prior to the shooting and claims to be authored by the alleged shooter.
  • This item wasn’t marked as completed, but by the time the suspect took his parents’ car and made the three-hour trip to Buffalo, he had mounted a camera onto his helmet, and proceeded to broadcast the horrific attack on livestreaming service Twitch.
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Hedges: The Israeli Execution of Al Jazeera Reporter Shireen Abu Akleh – Scheerpost.com

  • At least 144 Palestinian journalists have been wounded by Israeli forces in the occupied territories since 2018 and three, including Abu Akleh, have been killed in the same period, according to Reporters Without Borders.
  • The Israeli Prime Minister, Foreign Minister, Defense Minister and Israeli Defense Force (IDF) spokesperson, for example, immediately blamed the killing of Abu Akleh on Palestinian gunmen until video footage examined by B’Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories exposed the falsehood.
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B.C. to launch ‘circle of care’ for neurodiverse kids but parents have many questions

By The Canadian Press
  • British Columbia is set to launch one-stop support centres for children with issues like ADHD, autism and Down syndrome, but parents say promises of a no-wait system that won’t require assessments or a diagnosis seem unrealistic due to a shortage of health-care professionals.
  • Julia Boyle, executive director of Autism BC, said the province has not provided information about staffing and protocols for the “complex transition” to a new system that could have parents of thousands of neurodiverse kids “knocking on the doors of these hubs.”
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