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GCHQ chief warns UK faces cyber threat from China and Russia - metro

GCHQ chief warns UK faces cyber threat from China and Russia

Jeremy Fleming, the head of GCHQ, says 'the rules are changing'.
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‘Your Tags of Police Brutality Have Expired’: Daunte Wright Funeral Calls for Change in Policing

Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the main eulogy, and was joined by several politicians.
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Israel and Bahrain hail ‘world’s first’ deal for mutual Covid-19 vaccine passport scheme allowing quarantine-free travel - rt

Israel and Bahrain hail ‘world’s first’ deal for mutual Covid-19 vaccine passport scheme allowing quarantine-free travel

A new bilateral agreement has been reached between Bahrain and Israel to mutually recognize each other’s Covid-19 vaccine documentation, the countries’ foreign ministries have announced.
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Three of the protesters spoke to us in their first broadcast interview. 
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David Cameron’s attempts to lobby top officials on behalf of Greensill revealed

The Treasury's most senior civil servant has told MPs that he received text messages and a phone call from David Cameron on behalf of the failed financial firm Greensill Capital.
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Government apologises for failure to commemorate Black and Asian troops - channel 4

Government apologises for failure to commemorate Black and Asian troops

They fought in the name of Britain, but in death "pervasive racism" meant at least 100,000 troops, mainly from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, were not commemorated in the same way as their white comrades, a review by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has found.
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Vaccine producers could have funded jabs for all of Africa, instead shareholder payouts & sluggish ‘charity’ efforts are priority

The three largest producers of Covid-19 vaccines could have funded the entire cost of vaccinating Africa with the money they paid stockholders this year – and vaccine-sharing charity COVAX isn’t bridging the gap, analysis shows.
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It was an unenviable in-tray: dismal poll ratings, bitter party infighting and the Scottish parliament elections just weeks away.
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An inquest has heard a man died in hospital after a "violent struggle" with six police officers, who were trying to restrain him.
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Climate crisis: Biden pledges to cut carbon emissions – but will it make a difference?

It was an astonishing turnaround from the days of Donald Trump, who thumbed his nose at climate change science and pulled out of the Paris Accord.
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For the nomadic people of Ethiopia's Afar region, an area known as the "cradle of humanity" and once famed for the discovery of a three-million-year-old fossil named Lucy, action on climate change can not come soon enough.
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An airborne turtle crashed through the windshield and hit a 71-year-old woman in the passenger seat
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Peak of France’s 3rd Covid-19 wave ‘behind’ it, PM Castex says, blames UK variant for extent of infections - rt

Peak of France’s 3rd Covid-19 wave ‘behind’ it, PM Castex says, blames UK variant for extent of infections

France is through the worst part of its third wave of Covid-19 infections, Prime Minister Jean Castex has said, as the country prepares for the easing of health measures designed to curb the spread of the virus.
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Cops Killed a Black Man in North Carolina. Protesters Are Demanding Answers. - vice

Cops Killed a Black Man in North Carolina. Protesters Are Demanding Answers.

Andrew Brown Jr. was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy early Wednesday.
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Niurka Aguero had the live stream running as she stuck a syringe into a man’s butt while waiting for her case to be called
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Spider Silk Could Save the World

Scientists are attempting to engineer a synthetic version of spider silk that could be woven into biodegradable clothing.
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What We Know About the Columbus Cop Who Killed Ma’Khia Bryant

Nicholas Reardon has been taken off street duty pending investigation, which is being handled by Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. 
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European Commission says 'no decision taken' on AstraZeneca legal action after Irish minister said case 'initiated'

The European Commission has said it hasn't launched legal action against AstraZeneca after the drugmaker fell short of Covid-19 vaccine delivery targets, despite Ireland's health minister saying a case had been started.
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford gives teary apology for Covid clampdown, but critics aren’t buying it - rt

Ontario Premier Doug Ford gives teary apology for Covid clampdown, but critics aren’t buying it

Ontario Premier Doug Ford broke down and issued a tearful apology after his province implemented, then relaxed, the strictest coronavirus restrictions in North America. His critics weren’t appeased.
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An Iraqi Refugee Falsely Accused of Being an ISIS Killer Can Stay in the US, for Now - vice

An Iraqi Refugee Falsely Accused of Being an ISIS Killer Can Stay in the US, for Now

Omar Ameen was accused of killing an Iraqi police officer for the Islamic State. But he was in Turkey at the time.
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Confirmed: Andrew Yang Writes His Own Bad Tweets About New York

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

vice - 1 month ago

First, there was the bodega tweet that launched a thousand discourses. It was followed a few weeks later by the revelation that Andrew Yang is a dog person. Then there was a tweet that spring was just around the corner, quicikly followed by a tweet that simply announced it was March 1

Yesterday brought us a deeply confused tweet about the A train, and the observation that some trains run express.

Andrew Yang has lived in New York City for 25 years, going back to when he started law school at Columbia University, but as he tries to win over voters for his mayoral campaign, he’s really trying to sell it. And while his Twitter account appears to be trying to burnish his big city credentials, his posts are bewildering 

The answer is Yang himself, according to co-campaign manager Chris Coffey. “Andrew Yang tweets for Andrew Yang,” Coffey told VICE News Tuesday. 

In some instances such as a policy rollout or endorsement, Coffey said, the campaign will collaborate on what Yang’s Twitter account should post. But more often than not, Yang is in charge, such as Monday’s ruminations on the subway. “I love going express from 59th to 125th,” Yang tweeted. 

Prior to that, Yang—a tech entrepreneur-turned-politician-turned-CNN pundit—had posted that he was “on the A train Bronx bound.” Technically, this tweet was a comma away from being true. Andrew Yang could be “Bronx-bound” on the A-Train, but the train itself isn’t. You’re going to need to transfer to the B or the D train to get to the Bronx.

Nonetheless, Yang’s tweet drew mockery from the press and other Twitter users. “Someone get Andrew Yang a subway map,” the New York Daily News roasted

“The A train doesn’t go to the Bronx,” Jeffrey LeFrancois, the executive director of the Meatpacking Business Improvement District in Manhattan, tweeted at Yang. “Please step aside to speed the ride for other candidates who get and know NYC already. Thanks!”

It’s almost as if Yang was intentionally doing a bit of online comedy. But according to Coffey, the tweets were earnest thoughts from Yang himself.

“It’s a fun express shot. I like doing it too, on the A train (for me),” Coffey said in a text message. “I don’t understand the weirdness there.”

“Andrew gets around by taking subways and buses,” Coffey said in reference to the A train tweet, noting that last week Yang helped break up a fight on the Staten Island ferry. “How do ‘authentic’ New Yorkers get around? They get around by subway or bus.”

The Yang campaign has sought to dispel the narrative that he’s not a real New Yorker since the beginning of the campaign. Salon, for example, ran a piece last month about a widely-derided Yang tweet about Shake Shack with the headline: “Andrew Yang fails to show his authentic ‘New Yorker-ness’ in a revealing tweet about Shake Shack.”  

It’s not just because of his tweets, either. Shortly after entering the race, Yang came under fire for admitting that he and his family had spent more time in their second home in New Paltz than in New York City during the pandemic. 

“We live in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan,” Yang told the New York Times in January. “And so, like, can you imagine trying to have two kids on virtual school in a two-bedroom apartment, and then trying to do work yourself?”

Yang’s comments were widely mocked, including by his fellow mayoral candidates. “I spent all of 2020 in NYC, living with THREE generations under one roof, AND running a campaign from home,” nonprofit executive Dianne Morales tweeted after Yang’s admission. 

“Asking whether that person is an authentic New Yorker, I think New Yorkers will answer that question, and so far we have more donors than any other campaign and more volunteers,” Coffey said, citing the “outpouring of support for Yang.”

Thought there’s still more than three months remaining until the mayoral primaries, Yang has emerged as an early frontrunner in the race to replace term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio with a campaign centered around making New York an “anti-poverty city” with policies like universal basic income and COVID relief. 

One poll last month showed Yang getting the support of 28 percent of voters surveyed, a more-than-double-digit lead over the next most-popular candidate, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, according to Politico

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