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WATCH: Riot police push protesters away as they try to erect barricades in central Minsk  - rt

WATCH: Riot police push protesters away as they try to erect barricades in central Minsk 

Riot police have deployed flashbang grenades against protesters, who tried to erect barricades in central Minsk, as thousands of people across Belarus poured into the streets furious over preliminary presidential election results.
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Teargas, clashes with riot police in Belarus capital as protestors rally over Lukashenko’s projected victory

Belarus police used teargas, flash grenades to disperse protesters in the capital Minsk, disagreeing with the incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko’s victory in elections, according to preliminary results.
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Macron styles himself as Lebanon’s savior, ready to reshape country’s system in Western image

French President Emmanuel Macron has rallied a host of international donors to support Lebanon, and promised that the country’s future “is being decided now.” The French leader, it seems, will be the one making the decisions.
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Fire breaks out as protesters attempt to storm Beirut parliament in second night of demonstrations (VIDEO)

A fire has broken out near the parliament in Beirut as protesters and police clash for the second night in a row. Police deployed tear gas as demonstrators demanding the resignation of the government hurled rocks at officers.
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Polls close in Belarus presidential election that saw a record turnout

The polls have closed in the presidential election in Belarus, which took place amid large-scale anti-government protests and accusations of a crackdown on the opposition by longtime President Alexander Lukashenko.
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Do you have to wear a face mask in the cinema? All the places you now have to wear a covering

You might want to rethink that three-hour film.
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Israel’s parliament will vote on a bill that would ban an indicted prime minister from forming a government. If passed, the law could put an end to the political career of Benjamin Netanyahu, who is charged with fraud and bribery.
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Another 8 people die with coronavirus in UK bringing total to 46,574

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WATCH military vehicles deployed near Minsk on Belarusian presidential election day after authorities warned of ‘provocations’

Army jeeps were filmed standing on guard near the Belarusian capital on presidential election day. The country’s longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko earlier warned foreign forces may try to incite violence on the day of the vote.
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An explosion in Kabul has killed two people and left several others injured, according to local media citing officials. The violence comes amid an ongoing rocky peace process with the Taliban.
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Lebanese officials ‘do not expect’ to find survivors in Beirut rubble, Russian rescue team says, as death toll reportedly hits 220

A first-response team from Russia has finished looking for survivors of powerful blasts in Beirut. They say Lebanese officials don’t think anyone is still alive under the rubble, while the death toll has jumped from 158 to 220.
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‘Large wave’ of DDoS attacks hits KGB & Interior Ministry websites in Belarus on presidential election day

Cyber-attacks on state institutions and widespread problems with internet access were reported in Belarus on Sunday, as citizens go to the polls to elect the country’s president.
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Moving US troops ‘closer to Russia’s border’ is necessary to ensure ‘collective security’, Pentagon claims - rt

Moving US troops ‘closer to Russia’s border’ is necessary to ensure ‘collective security’, Pentagon claims

Criticisms of the US troop reduction in Germany are unwarranted, Mark Esper has said, claiming that many of these forces are simply being relocated further east in order to serve as a more effective ‘deterrent’ against Russia.
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Lebanese information minister announces resignation – reports

Lebanon's Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad has stepped down from her post within the embattled government, local media has reported.
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Reopening schools in September is a ‘moral duty’ says Boris

The Prime Minister fears the children of lower income families could 'tumble out of education, employment or training altogether, never to return'.
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What is the Battle of the Boyne and when did it take place?

What is the Battle of the Boyne and when did it take place?

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The Battle of the Boyne takes place on July 12 each year (Picture: Getty)

Today, Sunday 12 July, marks the anniversary of the Battle of Boyne – a day which is commemorated with a bank holiday in Northern Ireland.

Because the date falls on a Sunday this year, the holiday will instead be observed tomorrow.

Northern Ireland’s First Minister Arlene Foster has asked people to celebrate the twelfth of July at home this year, telling the Orange Order’s Radio Boyne station the day was not ‘cancelled.’

So, what happened at the Battle of the Boyne, when did it take place and why are its celebrations considered controversial?

When was the Battle of the Boyne – what happened?

The Battle of Boyne was fought in July 1690 between the armies of the deposed Catholic King James II of England, Scotland and Ireland and the Protestant King William III, formerly Prince of Orange in Holland.

The battle took place across the River Boyne near the town of Drogheda in the Republic of Ireland, which was at the time the Kingdom of Ireland.

William’s forces reigned victorious against King James II’s army which was a small military victory but a large symbolic defeat. To this day, James II remains the last Catholic monarch of England.

It was the second time the Dutchman had defeated James after he was originally overthrown in the ‘Glorious Revolution’ of 1688 when he was replaced on the throne by James and his Protestant daughter, Mary.

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An Orangewoman, pictured in Belfast in 2017 (Picture: Paul FAITH / AFP)

Although the Battle of the Boyne took place on 1 July, it is commemorated on the 12 – the day when James army was destroyed.

The battle’s annual commemorations by The Orange Order, an international Protestant fraternal order, are a topic of controversy, particularly in Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland where sectarian tensions remain high. 

The anniversary of the battle is typically celebrated by Orange Order members by city-wide parades, where they dress in orange, carry banners and play pipes and drums.

The typical attire of Orangemen consists of bowler hats, gloves and orange sashes.

Although marches are often peaceful, many others have been marred with violence, ending in confrontation between Irish nationalists and British unionists.

The conflict is in part stoked by the fact that some marches go through traditionally Catholic and Irish nationalist neighbourhoods.

This year’s parades have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with people instead urged to celebrate at home.

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