Author: Agence France-Presse - AFP

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Bangladesh faced the aftermath of the deadliest day of student protests with at least 39 lives lost, triggering a nationwide internet blackout. Clashes in 32 out of 64 districts led protesters to set fire to government buildings, including the Dhaka headquarters of Bangladesh Television. Over 100 policemen were injured, and reports indicated the burning of 50 police booths. Despite significant unrest, the police issued a warning that they would take severe action if the destruction continued unchecked. Hospital staff reported that police fire caused the majority of the reported deaths. The chaos extended into the early morning with deserted streets…

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French lawmakers have reelected a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist bloc as the speaker of the lower house amid deadlock following snap elections. The National Assembly met for the first time since the inconclusive election, with Yael Braun-Pivet, 53, winning the election with 220 votes in the third round. While Macron congratulated Braun-Pivet, left-wing candidate Andre Chassaigne claimed the vote was stolen. The seats in the assembly are divided between three blocs, with the New Popular Front leading but falling short of an absolute majority. Future Prospects The left-wing alliance aims to form a government but struggles to agree…

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European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen clinched a second term amidst vows to address the challenges facing the 27-nation bloc. As the first female leader of the European Commission since 2019, Von der Leyen secured votes from 401 MEPs, surpassing the 361-vote majority required to retain her position. Following the secret ballot in Strasbourg, Von der Leyen expressed her elation and determination to navigate the crises that lie ahead, including the possibility of former U.S. President Donald Trump returning to the White House and ongoing conflicts in and near Europe. The European leaders, including British Prime Minister Keir Starmer…

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British Prime Minister Keir Starmer is taking steps to reset U.K.’s relationship with Europe, following the strained ties brought on by Brexit. At a summit attended by more than 45 European leaders, Starmer emphasized the U.K.’s commitment to being a “friend and partner” in rebuilding trust and friendship with the EU. Issues such as supporting Ukraine, tackling illegal migration, ensuring energy security, and defending democracies are at the forefront of the discussions at Blenheim Palace. Starmer has pledged to play a more active role in international partnerships and prioritize border security as part of the U.K.’s new approach to Europe.…

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Discover the story of Palestinian landowner Olayan Olayan and the illegal outpost being established by young Israeli settlers near the olive groves on a UNESCO-protected hillside. Despite the international illegality of settlements in the West Bank, Israeli construction has increased significantly, threatening sites like Battir with its ancient stone terraces. An eviction notice for the outpost has not been enforced due to ongoing conflict, while a future nearby settlement of Heletz poses even greater concerns for the Olayan family. The situation may jeopardize the territorial continuity of a future Palestinian state, with far-right politician Bezalel Smotrich openly aiming to prevent…

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The conflict in Ukraine has drastically altered the landscape of Russian language and literature by introducing euphemisms for death, military jargon, patriotic poetry, and self-censorship, ushering in a significant transformation over the last two and a half years. President Vladimir Putin’s declaration of a “Special Military Operation” (SMO) in Ukraine on Feb. 24, 2022, marked a pivotal moment. The acronym SMO has become pervasive in Russia, featured in political speeches, social media posts, literature, and even illuminated billboards in Moscow. Initially banning the use of the word “war,” it has now resurfaced but solely to depict the conflict as Ukraine…

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Kenyan police made a chilling discovery in the Mukuru slum as they recovered nine mutilated bodies from a landfill, leading to the arrest of a suspected serial killer who confessed to murdering 42 women, including his wife. The 33-year-old suspect, Collins Jumaisi Khalusha, was apprehended near a Nairobi bar where he was watching a football match. Authorities described him as a “psychopath” with no respect for human life. Khalusha confessed to luring, killing, and disposing of his victims at the dump site, stating that his first victim was his wife. Police found disturbing items in his house, linking him to…

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Israeli airstrikes in Gaza have resulted in the deaths of 32 more individuals, with Gaza’s Health Ministry confirming the majority were women and children. The conflict, ongoing for nine months, saw increased violence across the region from north to south. Negotiations for a cease-fire and hostage release are ongoing following the capture of hostages by Hamas during a recent incursion into southern Israel. Hamas media reported over 70 airstrikes in various parts of Gaza, with Israeli troops continuing operations near the Egyptian border. In central Gaza, Hamas members were killed, and weapons production workshops were discovered. The discovery of bodies…

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President Ruto of Kenya took drastic action by dismissing most of his cabinet after facing violent protests over tax increases. The peaceful demonstrations turned chaotic, with police clashing with protesters and even setting part of the parliament building on fire. Mainly organized by young Kenyans online, the protests led to Ruto abandoning the finance bill with the tax hikes. In a move to ease tensions, Ruto removed almost all ministers from their positions, excluding a few key members. The decision came after Ruto listened to the public’s feedback and evaluated his cabinet’s performance. The protests, spearheaded by Gen-Z activists, have…

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Bosnian Muslims paid tribute to the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide on the inaugural memorial day established by the U.N. in their honor. This day commemorates the tragic events that occurred on July 11, 1995, when Bosnian Serb forces killed 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the town of Srebrenica, marking one of Europe’s worst massacres since World War II. Despite the passage of time, the wounds are still fresh for Mevlida Hasanovic, who lost multiple male relatives in the genocide. She continues to search for the remains of loved ones, longing to give them a proper burial. The…

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