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Italy shuts all schools in Covid-19 hotspots, toughens travel rules until after Easter amid spread of variants - rt

Italy shuts all schools in Covid-19 hotspots, toughens travel rules until after Easter amid spread of variants

The Italian government has ordered all schools to close in the areas with the highest Covid-19 infection rates as part of a series of new measures set to last until after Easter amid the threat of more contagious viral variants.
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It Sure Looks Like This Cop Played Country Music to Avoid Being Filmed - vice

It Sure Looks Like This Cop Played Country Music to Avoid Being Filmed

Cops around the country are trying a new “hack”: play copyrighted music to prevent activists posting video to Instagram or YouTube.
vice - 31 minutes ago
Hedge fund boss takes home UK’s biggest ever salary of £343 million - metro

Hedge fund boss takes home UK’s biggest ever salary of £343 million

His salary breaks the previous record of £323 million in 2018 for Bet365 founder Denise Coates.
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Roads blocked at fiery protests in Lebanon as currency crashes to record low against US dollar (VIDEOS) - rt

Roads blocked at fiery protests in Lebanon as currency crashes to record low against US dollar (VIDEOS)

Fresh protests have erupted in Lebanon on Tuesday, following the record crash of the Lebanese pound against the US dollar on the black market, as the country lurches further into crisis.
rt - 1 hour ago
Confirmed: Andrew Yang Writes His Own Bad Tweets About New York - vice

Confirmed: Andrew Yang Writes His Own Bad Tweets About New York

He likes dogs. It's March 1. He's on the A train.
vice - 2 hours ago
Brazil Covid-19 variant may reinfect up to 61% of those who recover from virus – study - rt

Brazil Covid-19 variant may reinfect up to 61% of those who recover from virus – study

Up to 61 percent of people who previously had Covid-19 could be reinfected with the highly contagious Brazilian 'P1' variant, a new study has found. Scientists say it's too early to know if it's harder for vaccines to tackle.
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‘Undiscovered Titian painting’ had been hanging on wall of church for 100 years - metro

‘Undiscovered Titian painting’ had been hanging on wall of church for 100 years

The discoloured painting hung there for more than 100 years, without anyone realising the potential link to the Renaissance master.
metro - 3 hours ago
US sanctions leaders of Yemen

US sanctions leaders of Yemen's Houthi rebels for 'prolonging civil war and exacerbating humanitarian crisis'

The US has slapped sanctions on two key figures of Yemen's Houthi rebel movement following the Biden administration's recent calls for the Iran-backed group to help end the Yemeni Civil War.
rt - 4 hours ago
Another 343 people die with Covid in UK as 6,391 cases are recorded - metro

Another 343 people die with Covid in UK as 6,391 cases are recorded

Another 200,000 people received a first dose of the vaccine
metro - 4 hours ago
France backs AstraZeneca Covid jab for older recipients, but only 24% of available doses have been administered - rt

France backs AstraZeneca Covid jab for older recipients, but only 24% of available doses have been administered

The French health authorities have granted permission for the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to be given to people aged 65 to 75. However, a much lower number of doses of the jab than projected have been administered so far.
rt - 5 hours ago
Healthcare workers subjected to more than 400 attacks while trying to tackle Covid-19 – report - rt

Healthcare workers subjected to more than 400 attacks while trying to tackle Covid-19 – report

An NGO report has found there were 1,172 violent acts against healthcare workers globally in 2020, with over 400 incidents of medical staff working to tackle Covid-19 being subjected to beatings, verbal insults and even detention.
rt - 5 hours ago
‘System of abuse’? At least 10,000 children sexually abused at hands of French Catholic Church since 1950s - report - rt

‘System of abuse’? At least 10,000 children sexually abused at hands of French Catholic Church since 1950s - report

At least 10,000 children have fallen victim to sex abuse by clergy and other officials of the Catholic Church in France since the 1950s, an independent commission set up to investigate such crimes said in its preliminary report.
rt - 5 hours ago
Skiers, parties and nightlife blamed for Serbia’s soaring Covid rate as health expert calls for immediate lockdown - rt

Skiers, parties and nightlife blamed for Serbia’s soaring Covid rate as health expert calls for immediate lockdown

Serbia’s health system is at a tipping point amid an overwhelming rise in Covid-19 infections, the nation’s medical experts warned Tuesday, urging the government to impose an immediate lockdown and state of emergency.
rt - 5 hours ago
Cats are just as disloyal as we always suspected, study confirms - metro

Cats are just as disloyal as we always suspected, study confirms

Unlike dogs, cats won't avoid people that upset their owners
metro - 6 hours ago
Erdogan outlines legal reforms, vows to improve freedom of expression in Turkey ahead of EU membership push - rt

Erdogan outlines legal reforms, vows to improve freedom of expression in Turkey ahead of EU membership push

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged to improve the country's human rights protections and bolster freedom of expression, as he set out a series of sweeping new legal reforms on Tuesday.
rt - 6 hours ago
Democrats Just Introduced the First Major Gun Safety Bill of the Biden Era - vice

Democrats Just Introduced the First Major Gun Safety Bill of the Biden Era

The new legislation would close loopholes on background checks.
vice - 6 hours ago
Baby’s feet turned blue as she battled life-threatening Covid complication - metro

Baby’s feet turned blue as she battled life-threatening Covid complication

Madelyn Grant was rushed to hospital after her heart became inflamed and raced at double the rate of a healthy child.
metro - 7 hours ago
Racist who bit taxi driver is spared jail after judge is told she has PTSD from death of dog - metro

Racist who bit taxi driver is spared jail after judge is told she has PTSD from death of dog

Rebekha D'Stephano, 43, blamed PTSD for punching the driver and biting him twice after a night out with friends.
metro - 8 hours ago
Chaos at Heathrow as passengers queue for seven hours at border - metro

Chaos at Heathrow as passengers queue for seven hours at border

Only a handful of staff were on duty to process hundreds of arrivals amid the chaos.
metro - 8 hours ago
Brussels says EU-wide Covid-19 vaccine strategy ‘not unravelling’ despite nations turning away from joint program - rt

Brussels says EU-wide Covid-19 vaccine strategy ‘not unravelling’ despite nations turning away from joint program

The European Union has denied reports that its bloc-wide vaccination program against Covid-19 is falling apart, adding that the European Medicines Agency ensures the efficacy and safety of the inoculation strategy.
rt - 8 hours ago
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MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Banned From Twitter For Good

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Banned From Twitter For Good

vice - 1 month ago

Even his pillow’s “patented, interlocking fill” won’t be enough to give MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell a peaceful night’s sleep right now.

His friend Donald Trump lost the election and is no longer president. Major retailers have dropped his products over his support of the Capitol riots. He is embroiled in legal action against a newspaper over a report he was romantically involved with “30 Rock” actor Jane Krakowski. He is facing a potential billion-dollar lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems for spreading baseless conspiracy theories about election fraud. 

And now Twitter has permanently banned him, cutting him off from his 500,000 followers.

Late on Monday night, Twitter announced Lindell had been banned for repeatedly spreading lies claiming that Trump won the presidential election.

“The account you referenced has been permanently suspended due to repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told VICE News.

The decision is part of a sweeping effort by Twitter targeting users who spread misinformation about the election result and those who helped incite the Capitol riots on Jan. 6. Earlier this month, the company permanently banned Trump as part of its crackdown. 

Lindell’s ban could have an impact on his plans to run for governor in Minnesota in 2022, hindering his ability to communicate with supporters and voters.

But the Twitter ban is just the latest fallout from Lindell’s unflinching support for Trump and pushing of conspiracy theories about the election being stolen.

Last week a raft of retailers announced they were cutting ties to Lindell and MyPillow, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl's, Kroger, H-E-B, and BJ’s. While the retailers maintained publicly that the decisions were linked to poor sales, Lindell himself said it was linked to his support for Trump and part of a wider trend of  “cancel culture.” 

“The [retailers] were afraid of being boycotted by customers because they live in fear of all these attack groups," Lindell told Business Insider last week. "And they're not their customers. What's going to happen to them now is that all the real customers are going to be very upset.”

Dominion Voting Systems, which announced a $1.3 billion lawsuit against Rudy Giuliani on Monday, has warned Lindell that a lawsuit is “imminent” if he doesn’t stop sharing baseless conspiracy theories about the company’s machines. 

Those theories originated among QAnon supporters but were quickly spread widely by Trump and his allies as part of their effort to overturn the election.

Lindell has never wavered in his support for Trump, and in recent weeks he has funded and participated in “Stop the Steal” rallies across the country, though he claimed he did not fund trips in support of the protests on Jan. 6 that turned violent with the storming of the Capitol.

Despite the violence at the Capitol, Lindell continues to support Trump and called the Jan. 6 incident “very peaceful,” blaming “undercover antifa that dressed as Trump people” for the riots.

“Donald Trump will be our president for the next four years," Lindell claimed in an interview on Newsmax earlier this month.

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