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Macron slapped in the face during walkabout in southern France

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A man slapped President Emmanuel Macron in the face on Tuesday during a walkabout in southern France, an incident which his prime minister denounced as an affront to democracy. In a video circulating on social media, Macron reached out his hand to greet a man in a small crowd of......

Father pleads to keep sick daughter alive and take her to Israel

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The father of a 2-year-old Israeli girl who has been in hospital in Britain with a serious brain injury since birth pleaded to be allowed to take his daughter to Israel, after a UK court ruled her life-sustaining care should be withdrawn. “I want to keep my daughter, I want......

Save Fairy Creek: The battle over Western Canada’s ancient forests

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Nolan Paquette started working part-time at his local sawmill more than 20 years ago while still at school, pushing a broom on the clean-up team. Now 38, Paquette drives trucks and operates machinery at the same Western Forest Products-owned (WEF.TO) mill in Duke Point, Nanaimo, the third generation of his......

Jamming with the cicadas in New Jersey: a once in 17 years event

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For some in the U.S., the emergence of billions of red-eyed cicadas this spring after a 17-year slumber has been met with annoyance – particularly over their loud buzzing calls. But for David Rothenberg, a professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, it has presented......

Survivors remember Tulsa race massacre 100 years later as Biden marks anniversary

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Hughes Van Ellis, 100, Lessie Benningfield Randle, 106, also known as Mother Randle, and Viola Fletcher, 107, the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre and older sister of Van Ellis, attend the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival 2021 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., May 28, 2021. REUTERS/Polly Irungu Lessie......

Biden marks son Beau’s death with grave visit, remarks to military families

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President Joe Biden marked the sixth anniversary on Sunday of his son Beau’s death with a visit to his grave site and a speech about grief to military families and veterans, on the eve of the Memorial Day holiday commemorating the country’s military dead. Biden and his wife, Jill, visited......

Paris venue hosts indoor rock concert – with masks and virus tests

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French rock band Indochine performed at a concert venue in central Paris on Saturday before a crowd of 5,000 fans in a welcomed return to pre-pandemic life, with the exception of masks and mandatory tests. The show at the Bercy arena was part of an experiment launched by the Paris......

Why you may see a NYPD motorcade in Sao Paulo’s streets

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Stunned by the swirl of red lights and blaring sirens, confused pedestrians who spot a New York City Police Department motorcade screaming down the streets of Brazil’s biggest city may need a second to get their bearings. Behind the spectacle is a group of Brazilian fans obsessed with one of......

Mississippi’s ‘Pink House’ becomes ground zero in U.S. abortion battle

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For eight years, Derenda Hancock has ushered women from their cars to the doors of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, donning a rainbow vest as she shields them from protesters waving religious pamphlets and shouting “turn back!” through bullhorns. Hancock, a 62-year-old part-time waitress, grew accustomed to repeated attempts by lawmakers......

Chinese artist creates animals and mushroom-headed figures out of wool felt

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Using a long needle, Chinese artist Yin Yue diligently pokes a piece of wool onto a pink-purple elephant made out of wool felt in her studio in Beijing. She stumbled onto wool felt art about a decade ago, and has turned it into a career. Her current exhibition at an......

At least eight dead in Italian cable car accident

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At least eight people have died and two are seriously injured after a cable car connecting Italy’s Maggiore lake with a mountain close by plunged on Sunday, the national alpine rescue service said. The Stresa-Mottarone cable car takes tourists and locals from the famous town of Stresa, on lake Maggiore,......

Indian villagers turn to unlicensed clinics as COVID spreads to the countryside

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An Indian former hospital worker with no medical education is running a small unlicensed clinic, tending to patients with breathing difficulties and checking their oxygen levels as they lie on cots on the mud floor. India has been hard hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections which has overwhelmed......

Braving COVID risks, Indian volunteers tend to the sick and the dead

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Every day after he wraps up the online classes he teaches at a Bengaluru college, Akshay Mandlik puts on his mask, gloves and overalls and heads out to help bury the COVID dead. The 37-year-old professor of social work is one of many citizen volunteers across India who have stepped......

Sudanese turn to solar energy amid electricity shortages

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A solar panel is seen on the roof of a house of Bank manager, Abdel Maged Khougly, in Khartoum, Sudan May 17, 2021. REUTERS/El Tayeb Siddig Sudanese farmer Mohammed Mahgoub used to spend more than $12 per day on gasoline to keep his farm in Nile River State operating, braving......

Police move Barcelona crowds along amid post-curbs parties

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People gather in front of police officers patrolling Barceloneta beach, as the state of emergency decreed by the Spanish Government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) was lifted a week ago in Barcelona, Spain, May 15, 2021. Picture taken May 15, 2021. REUTERS/Nacho Doce Police intervened to move......

‘Like New Year’s Eve’: Polish bars celebrate midnight reopening

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Champagne corks popped at the stroke of midnight on Friday as bars and restaurants in Poland opened their outdoor terraces for the first time in over six months and many Poles went out to celebrate. Bars and restaurants can now offer outdoor service, with indoor service due to reopen with......

Russia picks cast for movie to be shot in space

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The Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft is seen before docking to Rassvet module of the International Space Station (ISS), October 14, 2020, in this picture taken by Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner from the International Space Station (ISS). Ivan Vagner/Russian space agency Roscosmos/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo Russia has picked four people to serve......

Ohio governor offers chance at $1 million prize to get vaccinated

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Stefanie Dunahay, 39, and Matt Dunahay, 39, wait to receive their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine as vaccine eligibility expands to anyone over the age of 16 at the Bradfield Community Center through Health Partners of Western Ohio in Lima, Ohio, U.S., March 29, 2021. REUTERS/Megan Jelinger/File Photo As U.S. political......

Indian doctors warn against cow dung as COVID cure

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Doctors in India are warning against the practice of using cow dung in the belief it will ward off COVID-19, saying there is no scientific evidence for its effectiveness and that it risks spreading other diseases. The coronavirus pandemic has wrought devastation on India, with 22.66 million cases and 246,116......

Obama family dog Bo, a ‘constant, gentle presence’, dies

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s family dog Bo, a male Portuguese Water Dog with a mop of black and white fur who became a familiar playful sight around the White House, has died. Obama announced the death late on Saturday, saying the dog had been “a constant, gentle presence in......

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