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Facebook promises to clarify what it considers satire after being reprimanded for flagging meme as hate speech - rt

Facebook promises to clarify what it considers satire after being reprimanded for flagging meme as hate speech

Facebook has pledged to provide a more detailed explanation of what constitutes satire on its platform, after the company’s oversight board ruled that a meme commenting on the Armenian genocide was wrongfully removed.
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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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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

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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

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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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

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

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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

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)

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.
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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

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

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

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

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

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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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Ghislaine Maxwell Is Fighting to Get a Teenage Epstein Victim’s Diary

Ghislaine Maxwell Is Fighting to Get a Teenage Epstein Victim’s Diary

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Jeffrey Epstein’s—even though Maxwell isn’t mentioned in the diary at all.

On Tuesday, prosecutors pushed back against the request for the diary, which belongs to “Minor Victim-2” in the federal indictment against Maxwell; her attorneys have identified her as Annier Farmer. Farmer has said in a 2019 lawsuit that, at 16, Maxwell exposed her breasts and groped her during a topless massage at Epstein’s infamous ranch in New Mexico. Maxwell let Epstein watch, according to the lawsuit.

Farmer didn’t write about Maxwell in the diary, which is partly why Maxwell’s legal team believes it could clear British former socialite’s name, as one of her attorneys wrote in a late April filing. They also want to have its authenticity analyzed.

“Inspection of the entire journal is necessary to establish whether the journal is authentic and complete and whether or not spoliation has occurred,” Maxwell’s lawyer, Jeffrey S. Pagliuca, wrote. “This examination requires the services of a qualified forensic document examiner and cannot be performed in the middle of trial without a significant disruption in the proceedings.”

But prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in the Tuesday filing that Farmer stopped writing in the diary shortly after she met Epstein. Moreover, they added,  there’s no reason to doubt the diary’s authenticity.

The request for the diary is, prosecutors wrote, nothing short of a “fishing expedition” by the defense. 

Farmer’s older sister, Maria, has also said that she was sexually assaulted by Epstein and Maxwell. Maria Farmer reported the alleged abuse to the New York Police Department and the FBI, according to the 2019 lawsuit.

“To the extreme detriment of Maria and Annie—and also countless other victims who came after them—authorities ignored Maria’s reporting efforts and took no action,” the lawsuit reads.

Maxwell has denied wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty to several sex trafficking and perjury charges. She’s currently detained at a Brooklyn jail, despite repeated, failed bids for bail. Her legal team has spent months arguing with the feds over the conditions of her confinement, alleging at various points that jail guards have abused her, wrongly confiscated her legal papers, and checked on her at 15-minute increments throughout the night—preventing her from being able to sleep. (In a filing last week, Maxwell’s attorney suggested that the lack of sleep may have something to do with a black eye Maxwell had mysteriously acquired.)

Prosecutors have insisted that Maxwell remains healthy and is treated similarly to other people incarcerated at the jail.

Maxwell was originally scheduled to go to trial this summer. However, her case was recently pushed back, since prosecutors filed a new, expanded indictment against her.

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