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Israel insists near-expired vaccines rejected by PA ‘perfectly sound’ as Palestinian groups demand probe into deal - rt

Israel insists near-expired vaccines rejected by PA ‘perfectly sound’ as Palestinian groups demand probe into deal

The Pfizer vaccines, which the Palestinian Authority (PA) rejected on Friday due to close expiration date, were identical to those given to citizens inside Israel, the country’s health ministry said.
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At least 3 injured & evacuation ordered after blasts rock Serbia ammunition factory for 2nd time in a MONTH (VIDEOS) - rt

At least 3 injured & evacuation ordered after blasts rock Serbia ammunition factory for 2nd time in a MONTH (VIDEOS)

Evacuation was announced for parts of the Serbian city of Cacak after an explosion hit a local ammunition plant, setting it on fire. A similar blast caused major damage to the facility about two weeks earlier.
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Five dead after primary school under construction partially collapses in Antwerp, Belgium (VIDEO) - rt

Five dead after primary school under construction partially collapses in Antwerp, Belgium (VIDEO)

Rescuers in the Belgian city of Antwerp have found the bodies of five construction workers after an unfinished school building partially collapsed on Friday, also injuring a dozen people and burying others under rubble.
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Joe Biden pays emotional tribute after dog Champ dies aged 13 - metro

Joe Biden pays emotional tribute after dog Champ dies aged 13

The US President said: ‘We love our sweet, good boy and will miss him always’.
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US marks ‘Juneteenth’ with federal holiday for the first time - channel 4

US marks ‘Juneteenth’ with federal holiday for the first time

Today commemorates the 156th anniversary of the end of slavery in the US. For the first time, Americans have marked 'Juneteenth' with a federal holiday, as signed into law this week by President Joe Biden.
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Hard-line judge Ebrahim Raisi wins Iranian presidential election by a landslide - channel 4

Hard-line judge Ebrahim Raisi wins Iranian presidential election by a landslide

The ultra-conservative judge Ebrahim Raisi has been declared the winner in Iran's Presidential election. But key rivals were barred from standing, turnout was the lowest ever and millions of ballots were spoiled.
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Over-18s in England asked to get Covid jab as mass vaccination events set up across London - channel 4

Over-18s in England asked to get Covid jab as mass vaccination events set up across London

Mass vaccination events have been set up across London so that people over the age of 18 can get jabs for the first time.
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‘Football fan’, 27, arrested after falling from fourth floor of London hotel - metro

‘Football fan’, 27, arrested after falling from fourth floor of London hotel

A total of 30 people were detained on an unruly night in the capital.
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Outrage after Thorpe Park customers compare mask rule to suffering of Rosa Parks - metro

Outrage after Thorpe Park customers compare mask rule to suffering of Rosa Parks

'Not getting the seat you want on nemesis inferno as a public health measure is not in-fact comparable to decades of government enforced racial segregation.'
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Vatican launches approval that might lead to EU ‘founder’ Schuman becoming a saint - rt

Vatican launches approval that might lead to EU ‘founder’ Schuman becoming a saint

Pope Francis has approved a decree recognizing the “heroic virtues” of French politician Robert Schuman, known as an ‘architect’ of the EU. The official decision is one of the first steps to Schuman potentially becoming a saint.
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Pastafarians cry foul after Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster fails to win formal recognition in Australia - rt

Pastafarians cry foul after Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster fails to win formal recognition in Australia

The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster will have to remain an underground pasta-worshipping sect in Australia, after a tribunal ruled that the satirical religion was unworthy of formal recognition.
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Illegal 1,500-strong rave kicks off in France after night of clashes that saw 5 police injured & reveler LOSE a hand (VIDEOS) - rt

Illegal 1,500-strong rave kicks off in France after night of clashes that saw 5 police injured & reveler LOSE a hand (VIDEOS)

An unauthorized party in France’s Brittany region has had a truly chaotic start, as it was preceded by a night of clashes between the police and revelers, with five officers injured and one partygoer losing a hand in the violence.
rt - 18 hours ago
What is the meaning behind Juneteenth and how is it celebrated? - metro

What is the meaning behind Juneteenth and how is it celebrated?

Here's all you need to know.
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1 killed & 11 injured after helicopter carrying ballot boxes crashes in Iran – media - rt

1 killed & 11 injured after helicopter carrying ballot boxes crashes in Iran – media

A helicopter transporting ballots cast during Iran’s presidential election has crashed, resulting in one fatality and nearly a dozen injuries, according to media reports.
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Hardliner Raisi wins Iran’s presidential election - rt

Hardliner Raisi wins Iran’s presidential election

Conservative judge Ebrahim Raisi has been declared the victor of Iran’s presidential election. As the clear frontrunner, Raisi received congratulations from rival candidates hours before the results were announced.
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Iran’s Rouhani & rival candidates offer their congratulations as Khamenei ally Raisi poised to win presidential contest - rt

Iran’s Rouhani & rival candidates offer their congratulations as Khamenei ally Raisi poised to win presidential contest

Candidates in Iran’s presidential election have conceded the race to hardliner Ebrahim Raisi. Outgoing President Hassan Rouhani has also issued his congratulations, although the results have not yet been made official.
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‘Expiry date too close’: Palestinian Authority scraps deal for Israel to swap 1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses - rt

‘Expiry date too close’: Palestinian Authority scraps deal for Israel to swap 1 million Covid-19 vaccine doses

Doses of Pfizer’s Covid vaccine pledged by Israel were already too close to their expiration date when deliveries started on Friday, the Palestinian Authority (PA) said, cancelling the deal to exchange 1 million shots.
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Watch Mike Pence Get Called a ‘Traitor’ by Evangelical Christians - vice

Watch Mike Pence Get Called a ‘Traitor’ by Evangelical Christians

Mike Pence’s fellow Christians weren’t too pleased to see him.
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Thousands of fans gather in London ahead of England v Scotland Euro 2020 clash - channel 4

Thousands of fans gather in London ahead of England v Scotland Euro 2020 clash

Large crowds of Scotland and England fans have been gathering in central London ahead of tonight's Euro 2020 clash at Wembley Stadium, despite appeals for anyone without a ticket to stay away.
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Iranians head to the polls to elect new president - channel 4

Iranians head to the polls to elect new president

Iranians are voting to elect a new President, with the hardline judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi widely tipped to win.
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The State That Executed a Black Child Wants to Bring Back the Firing Squad

The State That Executed a Black Child Wants to Bring Back the Firing Squad

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South Carolina, the state that carried out the execution of a Black 14-year-old boy in 1944, now wants to bring back the firing squad.

The House voted 66-43 on Wednesday in favor of adding the option for death-by-firing squad to condemned inmates. The bill passed the state Senate in March, and the governor has said he’s eager to sign it.  

Currently, prisoners on death row in South Carolina are allowed to choose either dying by lethal injection or electric chair—and that chair has a shameful history. In 1944, South Carolina wrongfully executed George Junius Stinney Jr., a young Black teenager, for allegedly killing two white girls, a crime he was proven innocent of 70 years later. 

Stinney’s execution was brought up by opponents of the death penalty during deliberations Wednesday, who discussed the horrors of Stinney’s execution. The boy’s body was so small that his executioners weren’t able to properly tighten straps to his legs before electrocuting him. He had to sit on a stack of books to reach the chair’s headpiece, according to reports at the time. 

“Not only did South Carolina give the electric chair to the youngest person ever in America, but the boy was innocent,” said state Rep. Justin Bamberg, a Democrat, according to the AP.

“These are things that should remain in those dark days of the past,” Rep. Leola Robinson, a Democrat, said during the hearing

Robinson and other Democrats attempted to add amendments to the firing squad bill, like requiring lawmakers to watch executions, and completely abolishing the death penalty—all of which were voted down. Bamberg also condemned state Republicans for being hypocritical, saying their support of anti-abortion laws was in conflict with their death penalty stance. 

“Somehow, here today we find ourselves in the position in this body to once again give a voice to that belief system that in this state, we’re a state about life, while simultaneously taking up a bill that’s not about life. That doesn’t cater to the ‘belief system’ in our state that it's a state of life,” Bamberg said. “This is about death.”

Should the bill be signed into law by Gov. Henry McMaster, South Carolina will become the fourth state to legalize death-by-firing squads, joining Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Utah. 

“We are one step closer to providing victims’ families and loved ones with the justice and closure they are owed by law,” McMaster tweeted on Wednesday night. “I will sign this legislation as soon as it gets to my desk.”

Lethal injection is South Carolina’s default method of execution, but it has been difficult to get the drugs used to put people to death. There’s a nationwide shortage of the deadly cocktail because drug companies are refusing to distribute some of the different components.

Botched executions by lethal injection are also a real problem, according to the Death Penalty Information Center. People who are put to death can be subject to several minutes of excruciating pain and asphyxiation.   

In states like Nevada, where lethal injection is the default method of execution, prisoners are asking to die by firing squad instead. Zane Floyd, who is scheduled to be executed on June 7, has requested to die by firing squad and argued in a lawsuit a lethal injection will cause “"unconstitutional pain and suffering,” according to CNN. A similar lawsuit has been filed by a Georgia prisoner sentenced to death by lethal cocktail. 

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