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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. 
channel 4 - 7 hours ago
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.
channel 4 - 7 hours ago
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.
channel 4 - 7 hours ago
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.
channel 4 - 7 hours ago
‘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.
metro - 7 hours ago
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.
metro - 7 hours ago
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.
vice - 7 hours ago
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.
rt - 8 hours ago
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
metro - 9 hours ago
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’

rt - 9 hours ago
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.
channel 4 - 9 hours ago
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.
rt - 10 hours ago
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Saudi Arabia accepts UN call for coronavirus ceasefire in Yemen – reports

Saudi Arabia accepts UN call for coronavirus ceasefire in Yemen – reports

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The Saudi-led coalition has reportedly agreed to a truce in Yemen five years to the day of launching an intervention there as part of a United Nations call for a global armistice among the Covid-19 pandemic.

Riyadh’s decision to stand down follows the acceptance of the ceasefire by the pro-Saudi followers of ousted President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebels that have controlled the capital since January 2015.

The chair of the Houthi rebels' Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, welcomed Riyadh’s support for the ceasefire, while expressing hopes in a tweet later on Wednesday that it would “translate [into] practice.” It remains to be seen whether the ceasefire will hold, since numerous previous attempts by the UN to broker one have all faltered. In an earlier post, al-Houthi slammed the Saudi-led coalition, stating it had increased its strikes on Yemen since the UN’s initial call for the truce, launching some 40 air raids.

UN special envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths appealed for such a ceasefire last week, and Secretary General Antonio Guterres sent another letter to the warring parties on Wednesday, calling for an “immediate” halt to the hostilities:

More than five years of conflict have devastated the lives of tens of millions of Yemenis. 

It was on March 25, 2015 that Saudi Arabia and its allies intervened in Yemen, first with air strikes against the Houthis and later with a ground campaign. Despite its overwhelming advantage on paper, the coalition has not been able to defeat the Houthis, though the war has caused enormous civilian suffering in the impoverished country on the southern end of the Arabian peninsula.

UN reports have estimated that by the end of 2019, over 100,000 Yemenis have died as a direct result of the fighting, with another 130,000 more perishing from famine and disease, in the country of some 30 million people.

The US has provided logistical support for the Saudi coalition, accusing the Houthis as being “proxies” of Iran. Both are followers of Shia Islam. Attempts by the US Congress to limit the involvement in Yemen have not managed to overcome the presidential veto threshold.

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