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Macron says ‘Lebanon is not alone’ as he visits devastated Beirut, gets quickly blasted for hypocrisy - rt

Macron says ‘Lebanon is not alone’ as he visits devastated Beirut, gets quickly blasted for hypocrisy

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted in solidarity with people of Lebanon following the massive explosion in its capital. It did not go over well and just reminded critics of the troubled history the two countries share.
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Trips to Botswana, Yachts, and Golf Outings: How Wayne LaPierre Allegedly Grifted the NRA - vice

Trips to Botswana, Yachts, and Golf Outings: How Wayne LaPierre Allegedly Grifted the NRA

“It’s clear that the NRA has been failing to carry out its stated mission for many, many years,” New York State Attorney General Letitia James said in a press conference Thursday.
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Israel strikes ‘underground terror infrastructure’ in Gaza in retaliation for ‘explosive balloons’ (VIDEOS) - rt

Israel strikes ‘underground terror infrastructure’ in Gaza in retaliation for ‘explosive balloons’ (VIDEOS)

The Israel Defense Forces have announced they had targeted multiple “underground terror infrastructure” installations in the Gaza Strip, in retaliation for several “explosive balloons” launched into Israel earlier in the day.
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Hostage taker who demanded ‘freedom for Palestinians’ surrenders to police in France’s Le Havre - rt

Hostage taker who demanded ‘freedom for Palestinians’ surrenders to police in France’s Le Havre

The 34-year-old armed assailant who kidnapped six people inside a La Havre bank in France’s Normandy and demanded freedom for Palestinians has surrendered to police and is now in custody after an hours-long standoff with police.
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Donald Trump calls Thailand ‘Thighland’ during speech about washing machines - metro

Donald Trump calls Thailand ‘Thighland’ during speech about washing machines

President Trump made the gaffe while visiting a Whirlpool washing machine factory in Clyde, Ohio, on Thursday
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Coroner finds Caroline Flack took her own life after learning of prosecution - channel 4

Coroner finds Caroline Flack took her own life after learning of prosecution

A coroner has found the television presenter Caroline Flack took her own life after learning she would be prosecuted for assaulting her boyfriend.
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Britain’s seaside towns struggle after coronavirus – despite boost in tourism - channel 4

Britain’s seaside towns struggle after coronavirus – despite boost in tourism

Britain's beaches have been packed recently, as coronavirus prompts millions to swap foreign holidays for a staycation. But there has been precious little benefit for our struggling seaside towns. 
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Bank of England governor: Coronavirus is ‘bigger immediate shock to the economy’ - channel 4

Bank of England governor: Coronavirus is ‘bigger immediate shock to the economy’

The relaxation of the planning rules is meant to give the economy a boost - and it certainly needs it if the Bank of England is correct.
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Automatic permission for new homes in ‘growth’ areas part of England’s planning laws overhaul - channel 4

Automatic permission for new homes in ‘growth’ areas part of England’s planning laws overhaul

The government has revealed plans for sweeping changes to planning laws in England.
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Fifty million face masks will not be used in NHS due to safety concerns - channel 4

Fifty million face masks will not be used in NHS due to safety concerns

They were bought to protect people on the frontline. But 50 million face masks, purchased by the government in England as part of a £252 million contract, will not be used in the NHS due to safety concerns.
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‘Total scandal’ children have been out of education in the state sector for months – Dr Anthony Costello - channel 4

‘Total scandal’ children have been out of education in the state sector for months – Dr Anthony Costello

We spoke to Anthony Costello, a former director of the World Health Organization.
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Lebanon in crisis after explosion, as hunt for survivors continues - channel 4

Lebanon in crisis after explosion, as hunt for survivors continues

Today was a day of national mourning in Lebanon, but the hunt for survivors of Tuesday's explosion continues. As do the bitter recriminations.
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‘Drafting error’ in NHS report likens LGBT+ staff to disabled workers - metro

‘Drafting error’ in NHS report likens LGBT+ staff to disabled workers

The NHS People Plan has now been amended after critics voiced their anger online.
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Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra added to UK quarantine list - metro

Belgium, Bahamas and Andorra added to UK quarantine list

The three countries have been removed from the 'safe list' following a spike in coronavirus cases.
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New Video and Documents Show How Police Fired 55 Shots at a Black Rapper in Less than 4 Seconds - vice

New Video and Documents Show How Police Fired 55 Shots at a Black Rapper in Less than 4 Seconds

Willie McCoy was passed out in his car in a Taco Bell drive-thru. His February 2019 killing sparked national outrage.
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Belarus president claims he was INTENTIONALLY infected with Covid-19 - rt

Belarus president claims he was INTENTIONALLY infected with Covid-19

Days after the puzzling announcement that he’s been fighting Covid-19 without leaving his post, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko told a Ukrainian journalist that someone had intentionally infected him with the virus.
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Woman ‘had to slash cop boyfriend’s bicep with a knife to stop him raping her’ - metro

Woman ‘had to slash cop boyfriend’s bicep with a knife to stop him raping her’

Humberto Zuniga allegedly ignored his girlfriend's pleas to stop until she hacked at him with the blade
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Armed man holds 6 people hostage in France’s Le Havre, reports claim he demands ‘free passage to Al Aqsa Mosque for Palestinians’ - rt

Armed man holds 6 people hostage in France’s Le Havre, reports claim he demands ‘free passage to Al Aqsa Mosque for Palestinians’

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FactCheck: a Lord’s daily expenses could be higher than a month of Universal Credit  - channel 4

FactCheck: a Lord’s daily expenses could be higher than a month of Universal Credit 

Members of the House of Lords are not paid a salary, but they can claim a daily attendance rate of £323.
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Twitter will label RT & Sputnik but NOT BBC & NPR as it launches blitz on state media staff & govt officials - rt

Twitter will label RT & Sputnik but NOT BBC & NPR as it launches blitz on state media staff & govt officials

Twitter has declared war on certain state-affiliated media entities, announcing accounts belonging to senior staff will be labeled and their tweets will not be amplified or recommended. The UK’s BBC and the US’ NPR are exempt.
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Here's How Much Cash You'll Really Get From the Coronavirus Stimulus

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WASHINGTON — The massive new economic stimulus package grinding through Congress includes a provision to send four-figure checks to regular folks like you. But the details matter.

The idea is to get checks into the hands of Americans as quickly as possible to stave off the worst of the damage to the U.S. economy from the spiraling coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered businesses and sent unemployment numbers through the roof.

Generally speaking, the $2 trillion rescue bill calls for $1,200 payments to individuals earning $75,000 or less, and $500 for children under the age of 17. While there’s no minimum-earning amount to qualify for the money, there are plenty of crucial details to consider. And mailed checks could reportedly take up to four months to arrive.

To qualify a payout, you’ll have to be a U.S. resident with a social security number. You don’t need to have actually paid any taxes recently, but you must have at least filed your paperwork.

READ: Here’s the $2 Trillion Plan to Save the U.S. Economy From Collapse

After a certain point, the more you normally make, the less you’ll get from this emergency rescue measure.

If you earn more than $75,000 (or $150,000 for a couple), your payment will be reduced at a rate of $5.00 for each $100 you earn over that benchmark.

That gradual phase-out means that, for example, an individual earning an Adjusted Gross Income of $85,000 would receive a check for $700. An individual who reported an AGI of $95,000 would get a check for $200.

Some people make too much to qualify for any payout at all. That includes individuals with incomes over $99,000, or head-of-household filers with one child who earn more than $146,500, and joint filers with no children who earn $198,000 or more.

READ: Democrats Blocked Trump From Handing Himself a Chunk of the $500 Billion Coronavirus Bailout

The government will calculate your payment based on your tax returns for the year 2019 if you’ve already filed them this year, or for the year 2018 if you haven’t gotten around to doing that yet.

When are the checks coming? Unfortunately, that’s still a really good question. Bottom line: It could take weeks or months. Here, again, your personal details matter.

Democratic House Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said earlier on Wednesday that the goal is to cut the checks on April 6.

Anyone with direct-deposit bank account information on file with the Internal Revenue Service should see their payments arrive within a few weeks of the bill being signed into law, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing Democratic aides. That’s about 70 million people.

But those who don’t will reportedly get a check by mail that might take up to four months to arrive, the Times reported.

There’s another factor, too: How long it takes Congress to fully approve the new proposal.

The Senate announced an agreement on the plan after midnight Wednesday, following days of hard-fought negotiations between Republicans and Democrats.

But fresh political feuding on Wednesday afternoon between three GOP Senators and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over select provisions in the bill raised questions about the next steps, even though the White House and Congressional leaders all say they want the measure finalized as quickly as possible.

Cover: A view of people wearing masks in Times Square amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 24, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: John Nacion/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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