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NO BIG SHIPS: Activists stage a protest as the MSC Orchestra cruise ship leaves Venice, Italy on Saturday. The 92,409-ton, 16-deck MSC Orchestra cruise ship, the first cruise ship leaving Venice since the pandemic, was set to depart on Saturday amid protests by activists demanding that the enormous ships be permanently rerouted out the fragile lagoon, especially the Giudecca Canal through the city's historic centre, due to environmental and safety risks. The ship passed two groups of protesters: pro-cruise advocates whose jobs depend on the industry as well as protesters who have been campaigning for years to get cruise ships out of the lagoon. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP
 

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NORMANDY: D-Day veteran Joe Cattini raises his walking stick like a machine gun as he and other veterans are welcomed to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Normandy Landings on June 6th. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
 

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In a Trumpian outburst at a meeting of his Likud party members in Jerusalem this afternoon, Binyamin Netanyahu called the government about to be formed “the biggest election fraud in the history of the state, and I think in the history of democracies.”

He was referring to the coalition expected to be sworn in within a week, lead by his former aide turned right-wing party leader Naftali Bennett. The incoming government is relying on a wafer-thin majority of members from right-wing, centrist, left-wing and Arab parties and Netanyahu promised that Likud would “forcefully oppose this dangerous government of fraud and surrender and if it is formed, we will topple it very soon”.


Source: The Times
 

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From left: Anthony Loyd’s portrait of Shamima Begum when he found her in the al-Hawl camp in 2019; Begum, now 21, photographed in Roj camp in northeast Syria in March this year

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A new documentary reveals what daily life is like for the ‘Isis brides’ now held in camps in Syria, including the Bethnal Green schoolgirl Shamima Begum who has been denied the right to return to Britain.

Source: The Times
 

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Patients stricken with Alzheimer's disease participating in a study on the drug Aducanumab showed some slowing of mental decline [Charles Krupa/AP Photo]
7 Jun 2021

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had granted approval to a drug called aducanumab for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

It is the only drug approved by US regulators to treat the underlying cause of the disease, the build-up of fatty plaque in the brain. Clinical trials of the new drug, developed by Biogen Inc, showed a reduction in the plaque, thus helping to slow mental decline.

However, the FDA’s approval of the drug is controversial because of warnings from independent experts that the treatment does not work. The FDA is requiring Biogen to conduct additional clinical trials to verify the drug’s expected benefits.
Source: Aljazeera
 

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SUN SMILES ON REOPENING: Summer sun settles on the streets in Dublin's Temple Bar as people eat outside marking the reopening of outdoor dining at pubs and restaurants there following the lengthy Covid-19 lockdown in Ireland. Photograph: : Tom Honan
 

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From left: Anthony Loyd’s portrait of Shamima Begum when he found her in the al-Hawl camp in 2019; Begum, now 21, photographed in Roj camp in northeast Syria in March this year

ANTHONY LOYD, SAM TARLING/THE TELEGRAPH

A new documentary reveals what daily life is like for the ‘Isis brides’ now held in camps in Syria, including the Bethnal Green schoolgirl Shamima Begum who has been denied the right to return to Britain.

Source: The Times
Each and every country should follow Britain's lead and ban all from every returning to their land!

I hope they all rot in Syria!
 

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Tourists arrive at Palma de Mallorca airport. Spain is allowing all vaccinated visitors to enter the country in an attempt to revitalise the tourism sector. European travellers, who were required to have a negative PCR test to enter the country, are now allowed to enter with a cheaper antigen test. Photograph: Cai Cladera/EPA
 

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Jeff Bezos will be joined by his brother Mark for the flight, who he called his “best friend”

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, has said he plans to fly into space in one of his own rockets on the anniversary of the 1969 moon landing next month. He will be joined by his brother Mark and the winner of an ongoing auction on board Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft for the launch on July 20, 52 years after the lunar landing
 

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Joe Biden is expected to tell Boris Johnson that the United States sees the Northern Ireland Brexit deal as an integral part of maintaining long-term peace in Northern Ireland
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President Biden will warn Boris Johnson not to renege on the Northern Ireland Brexit deal when they meet for the first time at the G7 summit this week. He will use a bilateral meeting with the prime minister before the gathering of world leaders in Cornwall to explicitly express America’s support for the Northern Ireland protocol. President Biden is expected to tell Johnson that the United States sees the deal, agreed by the prime minister in 2019, as an integral part of maintaining long-term peace in Northern Ireland and in particular the Good Friday agreement of which America is a guarantor. He will also warn that the prospects of the US trade deal with the UK will be damaged if the situation remains unresolved. Source: The Times
 

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Russia has announced tit-for-tat sanctions against nine senior Canadian officials, including the justice minister, following similar measures from Canada over the treatment of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny.

The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday that the nine Canadians had been banned from entering Russia “for an undetermined period”.
 

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UN war crimes judges have upheld a genocide conviction and life sentence against former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, rejecting all grounds of his appeal. Mladic, 78, led Bosnian Serb forces during Bosnia's 1992-95 war. He was convicted by trial and ordered to serve a life sentence, but appealed both the verdict and the sentence. He will remain in custody until arrangements are made to transfer him to a country where he will serve his sentence,

He was convicted in 2017 on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes including terrorising the civilian population of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo during a 43-month siege, and the killing of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995.
 

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Writing good picture books for small children is far harder than it looks. A fact only reinforced after reading The Bench, the debut from Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, who follows Sarah Ferguson and Queen Victoria in the grand tradition of royals who have given it a go. The story, so lacking in action and jeopardy you half wonder if the writing job was delegated to a piece of furniture, charts the relationship between a father and son seen through the eyes of a mother.
Source: The Times
 

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Hakan Ayik had no idea what he was getting himself into.

The 42-year-old Australian drug kingpin with links to the Comanchero bikies and Asian triads thought he was doing a favour to criminal associates when he passed along an encrypted communications app. What he did not know was that he had fallen head first into a trap set by Australian Federal Police officers and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ayik had been handed a device from undercover agents who told him it was the perfect way to communicate with criminal associates and arrange drug imports without detection. Their conversations were untraceable, he was told.

In reality, the FBI and the AFP would be watching every conversation………….


https://www.news.com.au/national/cr...n/news-story/7a782c2647b386062d9beaaad5bc324b
 

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BEST BUDDIES: Irish twin sisters Kathleen Galligan and Margaret Gilna celebrated their 90th birthday, which fell on May 30th last, by travelling on the 13.25 train to Heuston, Dublin, from Galway. Born in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, in 1931, they are both more than 63 years married, having wed their respective husbands on April 15th, 1958. Photograph: Jason Clarke
 

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UN war crimes judges have upheld a genocide conviction and life sentence against former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, rejecting all grounds of his appeal. Mladic, 78, led Bosnian Serb forces during Bosnia's 1992-95 war. He was convicted by trial and ordered to serve a life sentence, but appealed both the verdict and the sentence. He will remain in custody until arrangements are made to transfer him to a country where he will serve his sentence,

He was convicted in 2017 on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes including terrorising the civilian population of the Bosnian capital Sarajevo during a 43-month siege, and the killing of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica in 1995.
They sure dragged their feet on this on, didn't they! :mad:
 

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China has cracked down on the wild animal meat trade since it was blamed for the outbreak of coronavirus
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Siberian weasels, Amur hedgehogs, flying squirrels and pit vipers were among the live wild animals sold in markets in Wuhan before the pandemic, according to a study. Although the work did not find any evidence of live bats or pangolins being sold, its authors said that it showed the plethora of animal hosts available to the coronavirus, and through which the pandemic may have begun. The authors, whose work is published in the journal Scientific Reports, had coincidentally been researching the animal markets of Wuhan between 2017 and 2019.
Source: The Times
 

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A Haitian migrant reaches out for help while emerging from a rocky canal close to a gap in the border wall in Arizona. Photograh: Eugene Garcia/AP
 

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Medical students perform an exercise on an electronic dummy after some face-to-face classes resumed at the University of Santo Tomas. Photograph: Aaron Favila/AP
 

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A woman has her wedding photos taken on the shore of Namtso lake during a government-organised visit for journalists. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty
 

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Ben Roberts-Smith is suing three newspapers over allegations that he carried out unlawful killings and bullied younger soldiers in Afghanistan
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An Australian veteran accused of carrying out multiple murders while serving with the SAS in Afghanistan has described his devastation at the allegations for the first time.

Ben Roberts-Smith, 42, who is suing three Australian newspapers for defamation, told a court in Sydney: “I spent my life fighting for my country and I did everything I could to ensure I did it with honour.”

Appearing in the witness box, he said that claims he was complicit in six unlawful murders had broken his heart. “I listened to that and I really cannot comprehend how people on the basis of rumour and innuendo can maintain that [accusations of war crimes] in a public forum. It breaks my heart actually.”
 

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Joe Biden has given Boris Johnson a new US-made bicycle – and helmet – to mark their first ever meeting.

The Prime Minister is a keen cyclist who asked for a new bike for Christmas in the wake of the 2019 general election. However, for security reasons he is now rarely allowed to cycle. Mr Biden is also known for his unorthodox travel preferences: for decades, he travelled from Washington to his home in Delaware by train every day.

The President and his wife Jill also gave Mr Johnson’s wife Carrie a gift at the G7 summit: she received a leather tote bag made by the wives of American troops, and a presidential silk scarf.
 


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