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Lyon burns for 3rd night in a row, as unrest and violence continues (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - rt

Lyon burns for 3rd night in a row, as unrest and violence continues (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

At least five people were arrested, two cars incinerated, one police car damaged, as street furniture and public bins were also destroyed, in the third consecutive night of violence in the French city of Lyon.
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Teachers tell pupils ‘We Want You Back For Good’ in hilarious Take That parody - metro

Teachers tell pupils ‘We Want You Back For Good’ in hilarious Take That parody

'Whatever we said, whatever we did, we've been through it, we just want you back for good.'
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WATCH: Scientists image newborns’ lungs as they take their first breaths - rt

WATCH: Scientists image newborns’ lungs as they take their first breaths

A team of researchers has developed a new system to image newborn babies’ chests as they take their first breaths, in a breakthrough which could prevent unnecessary interventions, mitigate potential damage and save lives.
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China’s FM hails joint effort by Beijing and Moscow to fight ‘political virus’ and ensure global stability - rt

China’s FM hails joint effort by Beijing and Moscow to fight ‘political virus’ and ensure global stability

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has hailed Beijing-Moscow cooperation as playing a critical role in maintaining international stability, adding that the two nations were starting a new chapter in bilateral relations.
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Queen ‘will not watch’ Harry and Meghan’s ‘circus’ interview with Oprah - metro

Queen ‘will not watch’ Harry and Meghan’s ‘circus’ interview with Oprah

Harry and Meghan's much-anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, which has fuelled tensions within the monarchy, will air in the US on Sunday night before being broadcast on ITV on Monday.
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‘Kurz must go’: Austrians lash out at govt as thousands of anti-lockdown demonstrators march through Vienna (VIDEO) - rt

‘Kurz must go’: Austrians lash out at govt as thousands of anti-lockdown demonstrators march through Vienna (VIDEO)

Thousands of protesters flooded Austria’s capital amid growing anger over the government’s remaining coronavirus restrictions. The rally resulted in scuffles and several arrests, according to reports.
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South Korean government investigates 7 deaths that followed Covid-19 vaccination with AstraZeneca

South Korean government investigates 7 deaths that followed Covid-19 vaccination with AstraZeneca's jab

South Korea finished its first week of rolling out long-awaited Covid-19 inoculations in the country with thousands of suspected adverse reactions to AstraZeneca's vaccine, seven of which resulted in deaths.
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Is there a more climate-friendly way to assess the state of our economies? - channel 4

Is there a more climate-friendly way to assess the state of our economies?

When we want to know how well economies are doing, there’s one measure that’s been used around the world for more than three quarters of a century – GDP. But in the face of looming climate catastrophe, is there a better way to assess the state of our economies? The United Nations is voting on…
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UK government faces increased pressure over one per cent pay rise offer to NHS staff - channel 4

UK government faces increased pressure over one per cent pay rise offer to NHS staff

The Government is coming under increasing pressure over NHS pay as more unions joined the calls for staff to be offered a bigger increase. NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts in England, said the one per cent rise was a disappointment but ministers insist their recommendation is all the public finances can afford. Nurses say…
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Pope makes powerful plea for peaceful coexistence in historic meeting with top Shi’a cleric - channel 4

Pope makes powerful plea for peaceful coexistence in historic meeting with top Shi’a cleric

The Pope has held an historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shi’a cleric where he made a powerful appeal for peaceful coexistence. Pope Francis thanked the Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani for speaking up “in defence of the weakest and most persecuted” during some of the most turbulent times in Iraq’s history.
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More than 100 UK charities condemn aid cuts to Yemen - channel 4

More than 100 UK charities condemn aid cuts to Yemen

More than a hundred charities have written a joint letter to the Government condemning the decision to slash humanitarian aid to Yemen. They said it was a “misjudgement” to think the public was in favour of stepping away from helping those most in need. A leaked Foreign Office document seen by this programme suggests officials…
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Laurence Fox to run for London Mayor to fight ‘extreme political correctness’ - metro

Laurence Fox to run for London Mayor to fight ‘extreme political correctness’

The actor claims he will ‘offer a voice to those who are being dominated into silence’
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WATCH: Scientists unveil new rapid 3D organ printing method which is 10-50 times faster than current techniques - rt

WATCH: Scientists unveil new rapid 3D organ printing method which is 10-50 times faster than current techniques

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have unveiled their novel 3D printing method with an incredible video showcasing what could soon be the future of rapid, artificial organ manufacture.
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Venezuelan President Maduro gets first shot of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine - rt

Venezuelan President Maduro gets first shot of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is the latest world leader to take his first dose of Russia’s Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine. The vaccine, once maligned by the Western media, is gaining popularity in Europe too.
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WATCH massive fire consume Iran-Afghanistan border post - rt

WATCH massive fire consume Iran-Afghanistan border post

A customs office on Iran’s border with Afghanistan went up in flames, sending torrents of black smoke into the desert sky. The blaze, which was captured on video, is believed to have started at a fuel reservoir.
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China sets goal of sending 12 astronauts to space by 2023, opening of space station by 2022 - rt

China sets goal of sending 12 astronauts to space by 2023, opening of space station by 2022

Hot on the heels of its recent successes reaching the Red Planet, China’s space agency has announced the lofty goal of executing 11 launch missions and sending a dozen astronauts to space within the next two years.
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Saudi Arabia to lift most Covid-19 restrictions on Sunday – state media - rt

Saudi Arabia to lift most Covid-19 restrictions on Sunday – state media

Restaurants, shopping centers, and gyms will reopen in Saudi Arabia on Sunday in a major easing of coronavirus restrictions by the Gulf nation, a government source told state-run SPA news agency.
rt - 23 hours ago
Hunt for woman who spat at bus passenger in row over mask - metro

Hunt for woman who spat at bus passenger in row over mask

Another bus passenger asked her to put a mask on and she spat at him.
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EU to seek AstraZeneca doses from US amid Covid-19 vaccine supply shortfalls – media - rt

EU to seek AstraZeneca doses from US amid Covid-19 vaccine supply shortfalls – media

The European Union will reportedly ask Washington to allow the export of millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine as Brussels struggles with supply shortages.
rt - 1 day ago
Blind trust in social media perpetuates, and resurrects, conspiracy theories says new study - rt

Blind trust in social media perpetuates, and resurrects, conspiracy theories says new study

People with a higher degree of trust in information on social media are more likely to not only believe new conspiracy theories, but to resurrect old, repeatedly debunked ones as well, according to the latest research.
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Senate Republicans Just Showed They

Senate Republicans Just Showed They're Not Going To Back Trump’s Impeachment

vice - 1 month ago

Welp, so much for consequences.

The Senate voted 55-45 on Tuesday to go ahead with former President Trump’s impeachment trial, proving that there’s nowhere near the 67 votes needed to convict him.

Just five of 50 Senate Republicans agreed with Democrats that Trump’s impeachment trial was even constitutional on a vote that knocked down a motion from Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul to dismiss the trial on procedural grounds.

Paul called the trial to determine whether Trump incited an insurrection against Congress an “unconstitutional sham.”

He was joined by nearly all of his colleagues—including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who previously said that the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol and endangered the lives of lawmakers was “provoked by the president.” McConnell had promised to seriously consider the Senate trial on its merits, but Tuesday’s vote reveals his acceptance of the theory that Trump can’t be impeached.  The only way a critical mass of  Republicans would vote for conviction is if McConnell decided to back it and brought along other establishment-minded lawmakers.

The only Republicans to vote with Democrats on the bill were the ones who had already been critical of his role in stirring up his supporters with lies about election fraud before they ransacked the Capitol on Jan. 6: Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. 

The vote came after Trump spent the weekend warning GOP lawmakers that he might come after them in primaries if they voted to impeach, amidst threats that he might leave the GOP and start his own Patriot Party.

The Republicans’ argument that only current office-holders can’t be impeached don’t match with historical precedent. 

The Senate has held multiple impeachment trials for private citizens, and there’s at least one example of them trying a former government official. In 1876, the House impeached Secretary of War William Belknap after he’d already resigned. The Senate voted that he was still eligible to be tried — but failed to reach the two-thirds majority needed to convict him, as a sizable minority of senators decided the Senate didn’t have the authority to try him after he’d left office.

It always looked like long odds that enough Republican senators would vote to convict Trump of his impeachment charge and then vote to bar him from running for office again in the future. But Tuesday’s vote all but guaranteed that Trump won’t face any legal consequences for his role in the attacks on the Capitol.

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