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Taiwan considers coronavirus lockdown as island registers record 16 domestic transmissions - rt

Taiwan considers coronavirus lockdown as island registers record 16 domestic transmissions

Taiwan is tightening its coronavirus restrictions after 16 new domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases were detected, marking the highest-ever daily increase on the island, which has largely kept the pandemic under control.
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Japan’s booking platform for Covid vaccine appointment crashes as Tokyo struggles to kick-start inoculation program - rt

Japan’s booking platform for Covid vaccine appointment crashes as Tokyo struggles to kick-start inoculation program

Japan’s platform for booking Covid-19 vaccinations has crashed in parts of the country because of a technical issue with US cloud computing vendor Salesforce, compounding frustration with the government’s handling of the pandemic.
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WATCH: Maori Party co-leader kicked out of New Zealand parliament after performing HAKA in protest over ‘racist propaganda’ - rt

WATCH: Maori Party co-leader kicked out of New Zealand parliament after performing HAKA in protest over ‘racist propaganda’

Maori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi was ejected from New Zealand’s parliamentary chambers after accusing a fellow MP of engaging in racist rhetoric, and then performing a ceremonial dance to express his displeasure.
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Remains of Grenfell Tower may be pulled down after fire that killed 72 - metro

Remains of Grenfell Tower may be pulled down after fire that killed 72

Survivors, bereaved relatives and the community will be consulted.
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‘Our intel was better’: IDF brags about killing top Hamas spies, as retaliatory strikes blamed for deaths of Arab woman & 7yo girl - rt

‘Our intel was better’: IDF brags about killing top Hamas spies, as retaliatory strikes blamed for deaths of Arab woman & 7yo girl

The Israeli military has claimed to have “neutralized” two high-level Hamas intelligence officials during air raids on the Gaza Strip, as local officials claim Palestinian rocket fire killed two Arab-Israelis, a woman and a child.
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The Domestic Abuse Act, a bittersweet victory for women?

At the end of April, the Domestic Abuse Act was signed into law closing loopholes around rough sex claims that favoured defendants in court and strengthening the laws on revenge porn.
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ANOTHER Gaza tower reportedly goes down, Israeli Iron Dome intercepts dozens of missiles in night of tit-for-tat strikes (VIDEOS)

An Israeli air strike has reportedly leveled another major high-rise in the Gaza Strip – the second in the span of 24 hours – as a barrage of Palestinian rocket fire continues to rain down on Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.
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Canada's Ontario province halts use of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine after risk of blood clots proves higher than expected

Health officials in Canada's Ontario province have suspended use of AstraZeneca/Vaxzevria Covid-19 vaccine, saying that escalating concerns over risks of blood clots merited a review amid increasing supplies of competing jabs.
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UN Middle East envoy warns of ‘full scale war’ in Gaza as diplomats claim US is holding up Security Council statement - rt

UN Middle East envoy warns of ‘full scale war’ in Gaza as diplomats claim US is holding up Security Council statement

An eruption of violence in Israel and the Gaza Strip is headed for “full scale war,” a top UN envoy warned, even as Washington reportedly resists efforts to issue a similar call for deescalation in the UN Security Council.
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Greta Thunberg tries to walk fine line of neutrality on Israeli-Palestinian clash, but Twitter mob demands that she take a side

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, normally a figure revered by her protective left-wing allies, has learned the hard way that rocket attacks over Israel are a touchier subject than solar panels and carbon-trading schemes.
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Teenager in court accused of murdering man, 21, in Brent Cross shopping centre - metro

Teenager in court accused of murdering man, 21, in Brent Cross shopping centre

Gedeon Ngwendema (pictured), who was described as a 'wonderful boy', was stabbed to death in front of shoppers.
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Rare ‘footballfish’ washes up whole on beach from deep sea

It uses bioluminescent lures on the tips of a fishing pole-looking projection from its head to draw in prey
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UK records another 20 Covid deaths and 2,474 new cases - metro

UK records another 20 Covid deaths and 2,474 new cases

The latest government data shows that 53,675,733 vaccinations have now been administered.
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‘Civil war’: Lod mayor laments ‘Kristallnacht’ in Israeli city as Netanyahu sends troops to stop rioting & clashes

As IDF jets bomb Gaza and Palestinian militants fire rockets into Israel, the city of Lod has erupted in violence its mayor compared to a Nazi pogrom. PM Benjamin Netanyahu is pulling troops from the West Bank to restore order.
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Turkey & Saudi Arabia agree to keep mending relations during Turkish FM

Turkey & Saudi Arabia agree to keep mending relations during Turkish FM's first visit to Kingdom since Khashoggi's murder

The foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Turkey met in Mecca on Tuesday, expressing readiness to keep working on improving ties between the states which deteriorated after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.
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Cameron’s Greensill lobbying texts published - channel 4

Cameron’s Greensill lobbying texts published

The scale of David Cameron's lobbying efforts on behalf of the finance company Greensill were laid bare today, revealing the former prime minister sent 62 texts and 11 emails to ministers and officials including Michael Gove and the chancellor. 
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Israel and Hamas attacks escalate with airstrikes and rockets fired - channel 4

Israel and Hamas attacks escalate with airstrikes and rockets fired

Israel has halted flights at Ben Gurion Airport, after a Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza hit a building in a suburb of Tel Aviv.
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WATCH: Huge BLAZE at Israeli oil pipeline reportedly hit by rocket strike from Gaza

An energy pipeline between the Israeli cities of Eilat and Ashkelon has been hit by a rocket fired from Gaza, setting a large oil tank on fire for several hours, according to the Channel 12 TV broadcaster.
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‘All parties culpable on social care’ – Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham - channel 4

‘All parties culpable on social care’ – Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham

We spoke to Andy Burnham, who was re-elected Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester by a landslide last week.
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Boris Johnson says UK must turn ‘jabs into jobs’ after pandemic - channel 4

Boris Johnson says UK must turn ‘jabs into jobs’ after pandemic

A promise to "level up" and redistribute spending after the inequalities exposed by the pandemic might sound like an excerpt from a Labour manifesto.
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Tucker Carlson’s New Favorite Enemy Is...GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy?

Tucker Carlson’s New Favorite Enemy Is...GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy?

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Tucker Carlson has a new favorite enemy: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

On Monday, for the second show in a row, the right-wing Fox host went after the top Republican in the House for his friendship with Frank Luntz, the longtime pollster for conservative politicians, corporations, and news organizations, including VICE

Last week, Carlson said McCarthy’s friendship “gives Frank Luntz outsized influence over the Republican Party’s policy positions,” and on Monday Carlson followed up on that by saying his show was tipped off that McCarthy lives with Luntz in D.C. 

“The top Republican in the House lives with a Google lobbyist? Come on,” Carlson said. “Even by the sleazy and corrupt standards of politics in Washington, that didn’t seem possible. In fact, it sounded like a joke.”

After initially denying that McCarthy lived with Luntz, a spokesperson confirmed to Fox News that during the pandemic, McCarthy has “rented a room in Washington at a fair market price from Frank.” McCarthy’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from VICE News, nor did Luntz. Carlson claimed McCarthy could be paying Luntz as much as $5,000 a month to live in his home in D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. 

That one of the most influential figures in the conservative movement right now is effectively accusing the House Republican leader of being a corrupt fraud at best is just the latest example of the ongoing split between the leadership of the Republican Party and its populist base. Carlson, the highest-rated host on cable news, talks directly to that base every weeknight as he broadcasts to more than 3 million people on average.

McCarthy knows the uneasy relationship between the GOP and its base better than most. In 2015, as McCarthy was set to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House, dozens of House Republicans opposed his candidacy before McCarthy ultimately and unexpectedly dropped out of the running. 

And McCarthy has attempted to shore up support on the right by cosigning Carlson’s attacks on Big Tech and so-called censorship of conservatives. McCarthy regularly used to promote Google and as late as 2017 said he wanted to “have government as innovative as Google, as customer-centric as Apple, and as quick as Amazon.” 

But by 2018 he was singing a different tune, blaming the search engine for a Wikipedia entry for the California Republican Party which labeled “Nazism” as one of its ideologies.

Still, McCarthy’s own broadsides against Google specifically aren’t enough to satisfy Carlson. Nor, apparently, is the fact that McCarthy backed former President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the election. To indicate how deep the conservative skepticism of McCarthy runs, the New York Times reported in January—days after a mob invaded the Capitol to stop the election results—that McCarthy’s constituents in Bakersfield were slamming him for not supporting Trump hard enough, One told the Times McCarthy was a “RINO traitor,” a sentiment Carlson is tapping into by highlighting McCarthy’s ties to Luntz. 

For Carlson, who has long advocated for a more adversarial relationship between Republicans and corporations he views as too “woke,” McCarthy’s friendship with Luntz—who publicly split from the Republican Party earlier this year after feuding with Trump, working for him, then feuding with him again—illustrates the coziness between Republican politicians and big business.

But McCarthy’s coziness has existed for years; now that big business is wading into social issues like voting rights, immigration, and LGBTQ rights—all things Carlson opposes—he’s finding out that’s no longer kosher. 

“Kevin McCarthy's real crime is mocking his voters,” Carlson said Monday. “Voters believe Kevin McCarthy… they sent him back to Washington every two years, they send him money. And at the end of the day, he goes back to Frank Luntz’s apartment in Penn Quarter and he laughs at them.”

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