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Cork, Ireland
DISGUST: Sexual assault survivor Rachel McElroy, pictured at Cork Criminal Court, spoke of her disgust at being assaulted during a night out with college friends, while passers-by recorded the incident and posted footage on social media. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts Limited
 

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Peng Shuai is a former world No 1 in doubles. Photograph: Andy Wong/AP

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has announced the suspension of all tournaments in China amid concerns about the safety of the Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, following weeks of a high-profile row with Beijing over the player’s wellbeing
 

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Marcus Lamb, the co-founder of the leading Christian TV network Daystar who railed against Covid-19 vaccines, has died of Covid-19. He was 64 years old. Lamb, who was the chief executive of the conservative network that reaches an estimated 2 billion viewers worldwide, died on Tuesday, weeks after contracting the coronavirus.
 

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The parents of a 15-year-old boy, Ethan Crumbley, who shot dead four fellow students at his high school in the northern US state of Michigan were charged with involuntary manslaughter today. James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley, were each charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, Oakland County prosecutor Karen McDonald announced at a press conference.

Crumbley, 43, uploaded a letter to then President Trump in 2016, thanking him for “allowing my right to bear arms” and pleading with him to “end Common Core” — an educational standard that details what children should know at a certain age.

“As a female and a Realtor, thank you for allowing my right to bear arms,” the letter continued. “Allowing me to be protected if I show a home to someone with bad intentions. Thank you for respecting that Amendment.”
 

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Beirut, Lebanon
A bank customer clashes with a soldier during a protest in front of a Fransabank branch. Customers are demanding they be allowed to withdraw deposits that have been blocked during an economic crisis in which the Lebanese pound has lost about 90% of its value against the American dollar. Photograph: Wael Hamzeh/EPA
 

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The drawing depicts Maxwell apparently staring directly at the courtroom artist — and sketching her.

The uncanny image is the work of Jane Rosenberg, known for sketching the high-profile trials of El Chapo, Bill Cosby, Bernie Madoff, and Harvey Weinstein. Since 29 November, she has been portraying scenes from Manhattan’s federal courthouse in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell.
 

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An androgynous idol of goddess Laxmi and god Narayan which was stolen around 38 years ago and trafficked to the US has been reinstated at its rightful temple at Patan in Patko Tole today, 5 December 2021, amidst a function.

The unique idol depicting both sexes was lost one night during the month of June or July in 1984. It is said that smugglers had stolen the statue in nexus with security forces.

The idol was returned from Dallas Art Museum which had held the statue for 30 years. However, it is still not clear how the statue reached there. The theft has been documented in Krishna Deva's 'Images of Nepal' and 'Stolen Images of Nepal' (1989) a book written by artist and art historian Lain Singh Bangdel.
 

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People view a total solar eclipse from Polar Union Glacier Camp in Antarctica on Saturday. Photo: AP

A total solar eclipse plunged Antarctica from summer into darkness early Saturday in a rare astronomical spectacle witnessed by a handful of scientists and thrill-seekers – and countless penguins.
 

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The Arctic sea ice extent is actually growing faster than in the latest years.
For this reason, several cargo ships transiting through the Northern Sea Route were caught by surprise. Several of them became frozen in, and are now waiting for icebreakers to free them. Several could be stranded for months as they wait for icebreakers to reach them
 

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Russian soldiers and World War II re-enactors dressed in Red Army World War II uniforms take part in a staged battle to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Moscow, in the Patriot Park outside Moscow, Russia. AP
 

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NO FREE PASS: Policemen check 'green health passes' as passengers board public transport in Rome, on the first day they went into effect. Italian police can now check whether restaurant or bar patrons have passes certifying that they are either vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid-19. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP Photo
 

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Biden/Putin talks

President Putin said NATO was bolstering its military potential near Russia’s borders and “making dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory”, the Kremlin said in a statement. “Therefore, Russia is seriously interested in obtaining reliable, legally fixed guarantees that rule out NATO expansion eastward and the deployment of offensive strike weapons systems in states adjacent to Russia.”

Biden administration officials have dismissed that demand, noting that only NATO members decide when other nations join the security alliance. “NATO member countries decide who is a member of NATO, not Russia. And that is how the process has always been and how it will proceed,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday. Source: Aljazeerai
 

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Itzehoe, Germany
Josef Salomonovic (centre), a witness and concentration camp survivor, sits in court with his wife, Elisabeth, and his lawyer, Christoph Rueckel, during the trial of Irmgard Furchner, 96, a former secretary for the SS commander of the Stutthof concentration camp. She is charged with complicity in the murder of more than 10,000 people at the camp in occupied Poland
Photograph: Marcus Brandt/AFP/Getty Images
 

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Beijing, China
The Olympic flame safety lantern and torches are paraded during a flame exhibition tour in readiness for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics
Photograph: China Daily/Reuters
 


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