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North Korea claims it successfully tested new ‘HYPERSONIC’ missile system – state media - rt

North Korea claims it successfully tested new ‘HYPERSONIC’ missile system – state media

Pyongyang has fired off a newly developed “hypersonic missile” off its east coast, North Korean state media reported, claiming the system’s inaugural test was a success, as Seoul confirmed a launch took place. 
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‘Build back better. Blah blah blah’: Greta Thunberg mocks leaders at youth climate summit - channel 4

‘Build back better. Blah blah blah’: Greta Thunberg mocks leaders at youth climate summit

The teenage Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg had three words for world leaders – blah, blah, blah – in a blistering takedown of their response to the climate crisis at the Youth4Climate summit in Milan.  
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Labour ‘is united’ shadow minister says despite frontbench resignation - channel 4

Labour ‘is united’ shadow minister says despite frontbench resignation

Sir Keir Starmer will be rehearsing his lines for his keynote speech tomorrow. It's his first in-person conference as leader, so it'll be a big day. 
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‘R.Kelly’s predatory behaviour was an open secret’, author Koa Beck says

The R&B star R.Kelly has been found guilty of running a decades-long scheme to recruit and traffick women and children for sex, after a jury in New York convicted him on all nine of the counts he faced. 
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Covid inquiry: Johnson promises bereaved families chair appointed by Christmas

Boris Johnson has promised bereaved family members that he'll appoint a chair of the public inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic by Christmas.
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Former Liverpool and England striker Roger Hunt dies at 83

Tributes have flooded in for the man known as "Sir Roger" by fans. 
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Mali accuses France of abandoning country by reducing troops fighting jihadists

Barely a month after the Afghan debacle, lleaders in Mali have accused France of abandoning it in the fight against jihadist insurgents by reducing its forces there. 
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US military chiefs quizzed over Afghanistan withdrawal and final days of Trump - channel 4

US military chiefs quizzed over Afghanistan withdrawal and final days of Trump

In Washington, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other top Pentagon officials are testifying at a Senate hearing into the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan. 
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UK fuel crisis ‘stabilising’ says Boris Johnson

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Where Is Miya Marcano? 19-Year-Old Missing and Person of Interest Found Dead. - vice

Where Is Miya Marcano? 19-Year-Old Missing and Person of Interest Found Dead.

Authorities are still looking for Miya Marcano, the 19-year-old Orlando woman who was reported missing Friday evening.
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Starmer defends Labour rule changes amid party divisions - channel 4

Starmer defends Labour rule changes amid party divisions

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has defended his decision to introduce changes to the party’s rules despite a backlash from members and MPs. 
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Ex-reality television star and bounty hunter Duane “Dog” Chapman says he received a “very good lead” and decided to look for Brian Laundrie himself.
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‘Blah, blah, blah’: Greta Thunberg rips ‘empty’ slogans like ‘Build Back Better’ in climate change speech

Climate awareness activist Greta Thunberg tore into “empty” slogans from world leaders in a speech on Tuesday, singling out ‘Build Back Better’ and ‘green economy’, and calling on politicians to take genuine environmental action.
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YouTube deletes 2 channels of RT’s sister project RT DE with 600K subscribers over alleged community guidelines violation

YouTube has permanently deleted both of RT’s German-language channels, the news outlet has announced. RT DE was listed among top News & Politics channels on the social media platform, with hundreds of millions of views.
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WHO officials ‘horrified’ after report blames Congo sex abuse claims on ‘structural failures’ at UN agency

An independent investigation into allegations of sexual abuse perpetrated by World Health Organization (WHO) staff in the Democratic Republic of Congo has criticized the agency for “clear structural failures” over the complaints.
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Biden rejected alternative sites floated by Israeli PM for reopening of US Jerusalem consulate closed by Trump – reports - rt

Biden rejected alternative sites floated by Israeli PM for reopening of US Jerusalem consulate closed by Trump – reports

US President Joe Biden reportedly rejected a proposal by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that would have seen Washington re-establish its Palestinian diplomatic mission in a location beyond the flashpoint city of Jerusalem.
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La Palma declared ‘disaster zone’ as Spanish govt pledges €10mn & island awaits potential toxic cloud from volcanic lava (VIDEOS)

The Spanish government has declared the Canary Island of La Palma a disaster zone and pledged millions in support as intense volcanic activity continues to devastate the island, which sits off the North African coast.
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Audio of a 911 call revealed a dispatcher saying, 'This is not a test', repeatedly.
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This Dangerous TikTok Challenge Just Killed a 12-Year-Old

This Dangerous TikTok Challenge Just Killed a 12-Year-Old

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A dangerous trend from years past is making a deadly comeback with some young TikTok users—and it’s already claimed the lives of at least three kids in the U.S. this year alone.

It’s called the Blackout Challenge, a viral act that involves users choking themselves until they pass out.

On Monday, local law enforcement in Bethany, Oklahoma found a 12-year-old boy in his apartment, not breathing and unresponsive with marks around his neck. The boy was rushed to University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, but it was too late: he died the following morning. 

Police say they believe that he was taking part in the challenge. 

“It all basically comes down to is where a kid tries to asphyxiate themselves to the point of unconsciousness, and then once they start to gain their consciousness back is when they get a euphoria-like feeling," Bethany Police Department official Angelo Orefice told WMUR about the Blackout Challenge.

The young boy from Oklahoma is not the only life that has been allegedly lost because of the trend. In June, the family of a 9-year-old in Memphis discovered their son unresponsive in his closet with a belt around his neck after they said he took part in the challenge. In March, the twin brother of a 12-year-old in Aurora, Colorado found his sibling passed out on his bathroom floor after he attempted the challenge. After 19 days on life support, the pre-teen died of his injuries. Back in January, a young girl in Italy died after taking part in the challenge, prompting the country to block TikTok users under the age of 13.

“Now more than ever due to the lockdowns, kids are bored and looking to occupy their time. Social media is a very influential part of a child’s life and should be heavily scrutinized by parents,” a Bethany police department spokesperson said in the news release. 

TikTok did not immediately reply to requests for comment. 

The Blackout Challenge is far from anything new. The deadly game has taken several names over the years including “the choking game,” “flatliner,” and “California high,” according to GASP, a national organization founded in 2005 dedicated entirely to building awareness about it. It’s been surprisingly pervasive over the years, dating as far back as the 1930s, the organization told the Washington Post in 2015. Between 1995 and 2007, as many as 82 children and teens between the ages of 6 and 19 have died playing the game, according to a 2010 report by the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.

The #BlackoutChallenge is far from the only dangerous challenge to become popular on social media platforms in recent years. The 2018 fire challenge, which involves covering oneself in a flammable liquid and setting yourself on fire, has left dozens of young social media users injured, some as recently as this summer. In 2018, the #TidePodChallenge, which saw kids, teens and even some adults taking a bite out of the popular laundry detergent item, became a popular trend and meme despite the danger of poisoning its participants.

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