Author: Associated Press

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A recent agreement between China and the Philippines regarding the South China Sea aims to de-escalate tensions and avoid clashes. The deal, which does not prejudice each other’s positions in the region, comes after a violent confrontation where Chinese forces seized Philippine navy boats and supplies. Chinese coastguard ships corralling a Philippine civilian boat in the South China Sea. Photo: AFP China’s disputes with neighboring countries have sparked hope for similar agreements to prevent clashes. However, challenges remain in implementing and sustaining such deals due to underlying territorial tensions. The South China Sea remains a hotspot for territorial disputes, with…

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Tyler Bradley Dykes, an active-duty US Marine, has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for his role in storming the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Dykes, who grabbed a police riot shield and pushed his way through police lines during the attack by a mob of Donald Trump’s supporters, pleaded guilty to assault charges. This was not his first brush with the law, as he was previously convicted for his involvement in the 2017 white nationalist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. During the sentencing hearing, Dykes expressed regret for his actions and apologized for his…

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Harvey Weinstein’s retrial for rape and sexual assault charges has been tentatively scheduled to begin on November 12th. Despite Weinstein’s denial of the accusations, prosecutors are actively pursuing new claims against him. During a court appearance in Manhattan, Weinstein wore an American flag pin and his lawyers expressed concerns about his health issues while jailed on Rikers Island. They are pushing for an earlier trial date and seeking better medical care for him. The former Hollywood movie mogul’s conviction in 2020 was thrown out earlier this year, with the appeals court citing unfair testimony. Nonetheless, Weinstein remains incarcerated due to…

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In a controversial ruling, a judge in Milan has ordered Italian journalist Giulia Cortese to pay €5,000 in damages to Premier Giorgia Meloni for “body shaming” her height in social media posts, with an additional suspended fine of €1,200. The dispute began in October 2021 when Cortese posted a digitally altered picture of Meloni, provoking a strong reaction from the politician. Cortese referred to Meloni as a “little woman” in subsequent exchanges, highlighting her height of allegedly 1.2 meters. Meloni’s actual height is estimated to be between 1.58 and 1.63 meters, though she has never officially confirmed this detail. The…

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a drone strike in central Tel Aviv near the U.S. Embassy, resulting in one death and 10 injuries. The attack caused widespread damage and sent shockwaves through the city streets. This strike marked the first successful attack by the Houthis on Tel Aviv, with previous attempts being intercepted by defense forces. According to the Houthi spokesperson, the strike was in retaliation for the conflict in Gaza and aimed at multiple targets. The rebels boasted that their latest drones could bypass Israeli defenses. However, Israeli military dismissed the attack as a result of “human error.”…

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Meet Talent, a 5-year-old in rural Zimbabwe who is searching for fruit to feed his family due to crop failures caused by climate change. His grandmother, Winnie Chihota, struggles to provide for her family as crops wither in the heat. The lack of income from failed crops puts Chihota’s children at risk of dropping out of school, including Talent who never had the chance to attend. Children in Zimbabwe face hunger and malnutrition as a result of the El Nino-induced drought, with many families surviving on just one meal a day. The crisis not only affects food security but also…

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Recent reports reveal that former President Barack Obama and Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi have expressed concerns about President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign. Pelosi has shown Biden polling suggesting he may not be able to defeat Donald Trump. Obama, while not directly addressing Biden, has advised allies to consider the viability of the campaign. Despite pressure to reconsider, Biden remains adamant about staying in the race, supported by data indicating potential losses for Democrats in Congress. Influential Democrats like Chuck Schumer and Hakeem Jeffries have privately discussed concerns with Biden, while calls for him to step aside have been made by…

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Following the attempted assassination of Trump, two duelling conspiracy theories are gaining traction online, reflecting America’s deeply divided political landscape. This split-screen reality is eroding a shared understanding of facts as people choose narratives that align with their beliefs. Online reactions to the shooting at a Pennsylvania rally illustrate how individuals interpret events through their own lenses. Republicans, like Ron Bassilian, question law enforcement’s response to the shooter, Thomas Matthew Crooks, fueling speculation about a possible cover-up. Despite lacking evidence, many doubt official explanations and demand independent reviews for clarity. The flood of misinformation after the incident on social media…

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A recent inquiry revealed that the UK government was ill-prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to significant errors in planning. Retired judge Heather Hallett, heading the investigation, stated that the government wrongly assumed it was well-prepared for an influenza outbreak in 2019, only to face the reality of an unpreparedness for a global emergency like the coronavirus pandemic. The first report highlighted the devastating impact of Covid-19 in the UK, with over 235,000 deaths by the end of 2023, showcasing the failure in process, planning, and policy. Prime Minister Keir Starmer acknowledged the shortcomings and emphasized the need for improved…

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In a historic vote, Ursula von der Leyen was re-elected for a second five-year term as president of the European Commission, gaining 401 out of 707 votes. Her victory came at a crucial time when Europe is facing crises like the war in Ukraine, climate change, and the rise of the far-right. Von der Leyen’s speech focused on uniting the European Parliament against demagogues and extremists, promising to lead with democratic forces. She emphasized strengthening the EU economy, addressing migration issues, and fighting climate change while supporting farmers and criticizing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s recent visit to Russia. Despite…

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