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Rising cost of living sparks massive protests in UK and Ireland

Thousands of protesters marched in London on Saturday, accusing the government of failing to tackle the rapidly rising cost of living in the UK. Similar marches took place in multiple Irish cities, where citizens are facing the same struggles. Demonstrators marched from Portland Place to Parliament Square in the British …

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Flight ban for Russia’s Lavrov sparks Montenegro row

The head of the Montenegrin parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Miodrag Lekic, has criticized the lack of transparency around a decision to close the Balkan state’s airspace to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Sunday. The move, which was supported by Bulgaria and North Macedonia, derailed the Russian diplomat’s planned …

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Nadal sparks retirement fears amid Djokovic comments

Spanish great Rafael Nadal says that he could be set for his French Open swan song on Tuesday against world number one Novak Djokovic as the 21-time Grand Slam winner stokes retirement rumors ahead of the pivotal quarter-final clash at Roland Garros. Nadal, 35, has dominated the French Open throughout …

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Police ‘gassing’ video sparks unrest

Protests broke out in the Brazilian city of Umbauba on Thursday following the death of a man in police custody. Video footage purportedly shows police pushing the man into the trunk of a vehicle and filling it with gas, before he appears to stop moving. The cops say he “fell …

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Pop star sparks protests over insult to Islam

Iconic Turkish singer Sezen Aksu has come under fire from government and religious officials who accuse her of insulting Adam and Eve in lyrics to her 2017 song ‘Sahane Bir Sey Yasamak’ (which roughly translates to ‘Living is a wonderful thing’). The controversy erupted after the pop diva shared the …

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Police meme about beating ‘dirty hippies’ sparks investigation

The Portland Police Bureau has launched an investigation after a ‘right wing meme’ about officers beating a “dirty hippy” with dreadlocks was included in a police training presentation. The meme – which was turned over to lawyers for the Black Lives Matter group ‘Don’t Shoot Portland’ last year – was …

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UK govt’s lockdown-breaching party sparks ‘WTF?’ reaction

Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has blasted the UK government for holding a drinks event in the Downing Street garden during the first lockdown, declaring, “what tf were any of these people thinking?” The prime minister’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, sent an email to over 100 employees at …

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Elon Musk sparks debate with controversial Covid meme

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk received mixed reaction after he shared a meme appearing to criticize both sides of the Covid-19 vaccine debate – vaccinated and unvaccinated – for taking things too seriously. The meme showed an unvaccinated man alongside a vaccinated man with dozens of needles jabbed into …

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Sparks fly between EU and Trump envoy over Kosovo border stunt

Grenell, who was Trump’s acting director of national intelligence and special envoy for Serbia-Kosovo talks, held a press conference on Thursday at Merdare, a “border crossing” between the Balkans state and its renegade province. Kosovo, which was occupied by NATO after the 1999 air war, declared independence in 2008 with …

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