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Activists occupy Paris theater as protesters across France demand cultural venues reopen despite Covid-19 fears (VIDEOS) - rt

Activists occupy Paris theater as protesters across France demand cultural venues reopen despite Covid-19 fears (VIDEOS)

Dozens of demonstrators have taken over Paris's Odeon Theater as part of national protests against the continued closure of cultural venues as the French government brings in tougher Covid-19 curbs.
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Sputnik V beats AstraZeneca in popularity: People in Austria, Germany & Switzerland view Russia’s jab more favorably, study says - rt

Sputnik V beats AstraZeneca in popularity: People in Austria, Germany & Switzerland view Russia’s jab more favorably, study says

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, which still hasn’t been approved in the EU, has nevertheless seemingly won the favor of people in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, beating the already available AstraZeneca jab, a study shows.
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EU blocks shipment of 250,000 Oxford vaccines in supply row - metro

EU blocks shipment of 250,000 Oxford vaccines in supply row

They were due to go to Australia, but will now stay within the EU.
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Republicans Rejected Federal Childcare Money in Idaho Because a Mother’s Place Is in the Home - vice

Republicans Rejected Federal Childcare Money in Idaho Because a Mother’s Place Is in the Home

"Any bill that makes it easier or more convenient for mothers to come out of the home and let others raise their child, I don’t think that’s a good direction for us to be going,” said one GOP lawmaker during debates.
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Derek Chauvin

Derek Chauvin's Murder Trial Starts Next Week and Minneapolis Looks Like a War Zone

The city is putting up prison-style barbed-wire and high-security fences everywhere.
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9 dead & 4 injured in Turkish military helicopter crash, search efforts launched in snowy mountain region - rt

9 dead & 4 injured in Turkish military helicopter crash, search efforts launched in snowy mountain region

At least nine soldiers have died and four more were injured after a Cougar military helicopter crashed in southeast Turkey, the country's defense ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
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New Covid variant under investigation in UK as 16 cases found - metro

New Covid variant under investigation in UK as 16 cases found

The variant has been designated a Variant Under Investigation (VUI).
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Furloughed bartender wins £100,000 on Lottery scratchcard - metro

Furloughed bartender wins £100,000 on Lottery scratchcard

It came after a 'tough year' when they were struggling for cash.
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Looks Like College Students Are Getting $1,400 Stimulus Checks for the First Time - vice

Looks Like College Students Are Getting $1,400 Stimulus Checks for the First Time

Or rather, their parents will get that extra cash, per the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion economic rescue plan, set to be debated by the Senate any minute now.
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Dad had to watch autistic toddler drown in frozen pond after ice gave way beneath him as he rushed to save her - metro

Dad had to watch autistic toddler drown in frozen pond after ice gave way beneath him as he rushed to save her

Josh Haggard rushed to try and save his daughter Carmen - but fell through a different patch of ice too far away, and was unable to climb back out in time
metro - 3 hours ago
Flamboyant Spanish drug lord released from prison after raising €200,000 in bail money through crowdfunding - rt

Flamboyant Spanish drug lord released from prison after raising €200,000 in bail money through crowdfunding

A Spanish drug lord whose high-profile stunts have included appearing in a rap star’s video has now been released from jail after he posted €200,000 ($240,000) in bail money through crowdfunding.
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Italy blocks 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from reaching Australia in first for EU – reports - rt

Italy blocks 250,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from reaching Australia in first for EU – reports

The Italian government has reportedly prevented a shipment of some 250,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University from leaving the country for Australia, in the first such action in the EU.
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Nearly a fifth of all food produced around the world ends up in the bin, UN report says - rt

Nearly a fifth of all food produced around the world ends up in the bin, UN report says

Almost one-fifth of all food that’s produced to be eaten by consumers goes to waste, the UN Environmental Program (UNEP) said in a new report, noting that most of the waste (61 percent) is actually produced by households.
rt - 3 hours ago
Wow a Republican Voted for the George Floyd Bill—Nevermind, Wrong Button - vice

Wow a Republican Voted for the George Floyd Bill—Nevermind, Wrong Button

Rep. Lance Gooden voted for police reform. Except he didn’t.
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FactCheck: how competitive is the UK after Rishi Sunak’s corporation tax hike?  - channel 4

FactCheck: how competitive is the UK after Rishi Sunak’s corporation tax hike? 

It’s a massive change in policy – the first time a UK chancellor has raised the headline rate of corporation tax in decades.
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EU parliament SUSPENDS Brexit deal vote after accusing UK of violating Northern Ireland protocol – reports - rt

EU parliament SUSPENDS Brexit deal vote after accusing UK of violating Northern Ireland protocol – reports

The European Parliament has scrubbed plans for its vote on the post-Brexit trade deal between the UK and EU in protest against Boris Johnson’s unilateral decision to change parts of the Northern Ireland agreement, RTE reports.
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IAEA chief says Iran agrees to technical meeting to clarify unanswered questions over nuclear program - rt

IAEA chief says Iran agrees to technical meeting to clarify unanswered questions over nuclear program

Iran has accepted an invitation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to a technical meeting to clarify “outstanding issues” over its nuclear program and site inspections, the head of the UN body has announced.
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Hero nurse who held hands of dying Covid patients dies after struggling to cope - metro

Hero nurse who held hands of dying Covid patients dies after struggling to cope

'She told us with tear-filled eyes that she was often the last person they saw,' her sister said.
metro - 4 hours ago
Racist called A&E security guard ‘n****r’ while drunk and high on crack - metro

Racist called A&E security guard ‘n****r’ while drunk and high on crack

The man called a security guard a ‘dirty n****r’.
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Cops Keep Shooting Black Men With Cell Phones Assuming They’re Guns - vice

Cops Keep Shooting Black Men With Cell Phones Assuming They’re Guns

The police officer who shot and killed 47-year-old Donnie Sanders won't be charged. Before him, there was Andre Hill, Stephon Clarke, and Flint Farmer.
vice - 5 hours ago
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Facebook reverses Australian ban on sharing news

Facebook reverses Australian ban on sharing news

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epa09020239 An illustration image shows a phone screen with the Facebook logo and Australian Newspapers at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 18 February 2021. Social media giant Facebook has moved to prohibit publishers and people in Australia from sharing or viewing Australian and international news content in response to Australia's proposed media bargaining laws. EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
Facebook will lift the ban on Australian users sharing news in the coming days (Credits: EPA)

Facebook has agreed to lift its ban on users in Australia sharing news links with others after reaching an agreement with regulators.

The tech giant imposed the block last week after a drawn-out battle with lawmakers over paying media organisations for their journalism.

Australias government condemned the decision, which also prevented the sharing of some government communications including messages about emergency services as well as some commercial pages.

However, now a deal has been reached that will see Facebook re-introduce the ability to share news in the coming days.

Australia’s government announced on Tuesday that Facebook has agreed to lift its ban on Australians sharing news after a deal was struck on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.

Aussie treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook both confirmed in statements that they had reached agreement on amendments to the proposed legislation on paying for news.

‘The government has been advised by Facebook that it intends to restore Australian news pages in the coming days,’ Mr Frydenberg and communications minister Paul Fletcher said in a statement.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: In this photo illustration a message is seen on Facebook mobile, on February 18, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. Facebook has banned publishers and users in Australia from posting and sharing news content as the Australian government prepares to pass laws that will require social media companies to pay news publishers for sharing or using content on their platforms. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Facebook initiated the block after the Australian government asked it to start paying for journalism (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Google, meanwhile, has been signing up Australia’s largest media companies in content licensing deals through its News Showcase model.

The platform says it has struck deals with more than 50 Australian titles through Showcase and more than 500 publishers globally using the model which was launched in October.

Facebook said it will now negotiate deals with Australian publishers under its own model, Facebook News.

‘We are satisfied that the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address our core concerns about allowing commercial deals that recognize the value our platform provides to publishers relative to the value we receive from them,’ Facebook’s regional managing director, William Easton, said in a statement.

‘As a result of these changes, we can now work to further our investment in public interest journalism and restore news on Facebook for Australians in the coming days,’ he added.

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