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German government to ban displaying of Hamas flag, after spike in anti-Semitic incidents during Gaza conflict – media - rt

German government to ban displaying of Hamas flag, after spike in anti-Semitic incidents during Gaza conflict – media

Germany’s coalition government has reached a consensus to impose a ban on the flag of Hamas, the Palestinian militant group. The move is intended to send a “clear message to Jewish citizens” amid a spike in anti-Semitic incidents.
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Belgium’s anti-lockdown ‘Rambo’ likely found DEAD in the woods where he was hiding

A body found in the woods in Belgium on Saturday likely belonged to a rogue soldier who fled his unit a month ago with an arsenal of weapons and threatened to assassinate the country’s top virologist, prosecutors said.
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Mum furious after nursery changes Father’s Day to ‘Special’s Day’

‘Her dad's in her life. I don't want her being taught that Daddy isn't as important as me. Father's Day was just brushed aside.'
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The fast food giant said the new jobs are explicitly for new restaurant locations and are not merely replacing jobs lost during the pandemic.
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China passes BILLION Covid shots mark as Beijing ratchets up inoculation drive

China has administered more than a billion Covid-19 shots since the start of its vaccination program, health authorities have said, as the country moves closer to meeting an ambitious target set for the end of the month.
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Boy, 2, in critical condition after ‘eating cannabis’ as five arrested

Police have arrested five people on suspicion of child cruelty, including three women and two men. 
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Brazilians protest Bolsonaro’s rule as country hits 500,000 coronavirus deaths (VIDEO)

Tens of thousands took to the streets across Brazil, protesting the rule of President Jair Bolsonaro as the country hit the half-a-million Covid-19 deaths mark, blamed on the sloppy government handling of the coronavirus crisis.
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Facebook promises to clarify what it considers satire after being reprimanded for flagging meme as hate speech

Facebook has pledged to provide a more detailed explanation of what constitutes satire on its platform, after the company’s oversight board ruled that a meme commenting on the Armenian genocide was wrongfully removed.
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Israel insists near-expired vaccines rejected by PA ‘perfectly sound’ as Palestinian groups demand probe into deal

The Pfizer vaccines, which the Palestinian Authority (PA) rejected on Friday due to close expiration date, were identical to those given to citizens inside Israel, the country’s health ministry said.
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At least 3 injured & evacuation ordered after blasts rock Serbia ammunition factory for 2nd time in a MONTH (VIDEOS)

Evacuation was announced for parts of the Serbian city of Cacak after an explosion hit a local ammunition plant, setting it on fire. A similar blast caused major damage to the facility about two weeks earlier.
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Five dead after primary school under construction partially collapses in Antwerp, Belgium (VIDEO)

Rescuers in the Belgian city of Antwerp have found the bodies of five construction workers after an unfinished school building partially collapsed on Friday, also injuring a dozen people and burying others under rubble.
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Joe Biden pays emotional tribute after dog Champ dies aged 13

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US marks ‘Juneteenth’ with federal holiday for the first time

Today commemorates the 156th anniversary of the end of slavery in the US. For the first time, Americans have marked 'Juneteenth' with a federal holiday, as signed into law this week by President Joe Biden.
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Hard-line judge Ebrahim Raisi wins Iranian presidential election by a landslide

The ultra-conservative judge Ebrahim Raisi has been declared the winner in Iran's Presidential election. But key rivals were barred from standing, turnout was the lowest ever and millions of ballots were spoiled.
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Over-18s in England asked to get Covid jab as mass vaccination events set up across London - channel 4

Over-18s in England asked to get Covid jab as mass vaccination events set up across London

Mass vaccination events have been set up across London so that people over the age of 18 can get jabs for the first time.
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‘Football fan’, 27, arrested after falling from fourth floor of London hotel - metro

‘Football fan’, 27, arrested after falling from fourth floor of London hotel

A total of 30 people were detained on an unruly night in the capital.
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Outrage after Thorpe Park customers compare mask rule to suffering of Rosa Parks - metro

Outrage after Thorpe Park customers compare mask rule to suffering of Rosa Parks

'Not getting the seat you want on nemesis inferno as a public health measure is not in-fact comparable to decades of government enforced racial segregation.'
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Vatican launches approval that might lead to EU ‘founder’ Schuman becoming a saint

Pope Francis has approved a decree recognizing the “heroic virtues” of French politician Robert Schuman, known as an ‘architect’ of the EU. The official decision is one of the first steps to Schuman potentially becoming a saint.
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Pastafarians cry foul after Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster fails to win formal recognition in Australia

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will have to remain an underground pasta-worshipping sect in Australia, after a tribunal ruled that the satirical religion was unworthy of formal recognition.
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Iran issues diplomatic protest over ‘absurd’ accusation of US election meddling

Iran issues diplomatic protest over ‘absurd’ accusation of US election meddling

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Tehran has denied that it is trying to interfere in the US presidential contest, arguing that unlike Washington, it doesnt involve itself in foreign elections. Curiously, the US says Iran is both trying to damage and help Trump.

Iran summoned the Swiss ambassador in Tehran, who serves as a diplomatic go-between for the two rivals, to file a formal complaint against Washington’s “baseless” claim that the Islamic Republic has been meddling in the upcoming election. 

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Members of the far-right group Proud Boys attend a rally in Portland, Oregon, U.S. September 26, 2020. ©  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart
Iran sent fake Proud Boys emails to intimidate American voters & damage President Trump, US spy chief and FBI director claim

Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe announced on Wednesday that Iran and Russia have allegedly obtained US voter data as part of a purported plot to “communicate false information to registered voters” in hopes of “causing confusion” ahead of the American electoral contest. He went on to claim that Iran was behind a series of threatening emails that were sent to Democratic voters, apparently in an attempt to “intimidate voters, incite social unrest and damage President Trump."

A spokesman for Iran’s mission to the United Nations dismissed the allegations as completely unfounded and quipped that Tehran would never mirror Washington’s own tactics. 

“Unlike the US, Iran does not interfere in other country's elections. The world has been witnessing US' own desperate public attempts to question the outcome of its own elections at the highest level,” Alireza Miryousefi said. He described the claims as “absurd” and said Tehran has no interest in trying to influence the outcome of the contest between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden. “The US must end its malign and dangerous accusations against Iran," the spokesman added.

The 2020 election has been fraught with allegations of foreign meddling, following debunked claims of Russian “collusion” with the Trump campaign in 2016. US intelligence agencies have accused Tehran, Moscow and Beijing of trying to tip the scales for their purportedly preferred candidates. Ratcliffe said on Wednesday that Russia has not taken any concrete actions to interfere in the election, but instead has only secured access to some voter information “just as they had in 2016.” 

Washington has been slow to produce concrete evidence of such meddling claims, however, and has struggled to keep its story straight. For example, while Ratcliffe claims that Tehran was trying to damage Trump’s chances in November, the Democrat-controlled House Homeland Security Committee tweeted that the Islamic Republic was interfering in the election in an attempt to “help” the Republican president – a bold allegation considering the open hostility between Trump and Iran. 

The alleged fake email campaign is not the first time US intelligence has asserted Iranian ‘election meddling’ efforts. In August, National Counterintelligence and Security Center head William Eviana warned that Tehran “seeks to undermine US democratic institutions” using “online influence” and “disinformation on social media.” He did not support the incendiary accusations with evidence. 

Eviana also rehashed unsubstantiated claims of Russian meddling, accusing the Kremlin of working to “denigrate former vice president Biden” ahead of the November election. After a two-year probe, Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to uncover “collusion” between Moscow and the Trump campaign during the 2016 race. 

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