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Lyra McKee, killed in Northern Ireland, remembered as ‘inspiring’ journalist
McKee's reporting and writing, inextricably linked to the tense and volatile period of history in which she grew up, had led to international recognition and a high-profile book deal. "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about," Forbes magazine wrote in 2016, naming the journalist as one of the "30 Under 30" talents to watch in the media. Laura Hassan, editorial director at Faber & Faber,…
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Footballers boycott social media in protest at racist abuse
That is the strapline being championed on Friday by professional footballers in England and Wales as they stage a 24-hour boycott of social media platforms, in protest against the lack of action being taken in response to racism. Multiple players have been subjected to abuse this season both from the stands during matches, as well as through messages on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. However, this campaign -- led by England's…
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Trump will be new Japanese Emperor’s first foreign guest
Current Emperor Akihito, 85, will step down at the end of this month, becoming the first Japanese emperor to abdicate in modern history. He will be replaced by his 59-year-old son, Crown Prince Naruhito. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will pay a state visit to Japan in late May, becoming Naruhito's first official foreign guest, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed in a press release Friday. Trump's trip…
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How Chinese internet trolls go after Beijing’s critics overseas
By James Griffiths, CNN Updated 0037 GMT (0837 HKT) April 19, 2019 Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. "My phone was going 'bring, bring, bring,'" said the 31-year-old English teacher. "I was like, What the hell's going on?" A Facebook page he helps run which focuses on the Uyghur ethnic minority was being flooded by thousands of comments in a…
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Skeleton DNA reveals surprising backgrounds of Crusader soldiers
Christians invaded and attempted to claim the Near East during the Crusades, a series of religious wars between 1095 and 1291. Although the armies were led by nobility, the soldiers themselves were ordinary men lost to history, and not much is known about them. "We know that Richard the Lionheart went to fight in the Crusades, but we don't know much about the ordinary soldiers who lived and died there,…
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Americans must render final verdict on Trump
What will citizens do about a presidency that may not be criminal, but is incessantly contemptuous of ethical and legal constraints, and may be the knowing product of an attack on America democracy by a hostile foreign power? The special counsel's redacted final report released Thursday is unlikely to drive Donald Trump from office in disgrace -- and that may be the only thing the President really cares about. "I'm…