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A painter has revealed an 80-foot mural of New Zealand’s prime minister comforting woman after mosque attacks
The mural shows the two figures towering across a silo in the suburb of Brunswick, on the northern edge of Melbourne, Australia. It's 25 meters tall, or just over 80 feet, according to SBS News. The photo of Ardern embracing a woman in a hijab at Christchurch's Kilbirnie Mosque has previously been projected on landmarks throughout the world, including on Dubai's Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. Through GoFundMe, organizers…
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FIFA decides not to add 16 teams for 2022 World Cup finals
FIFA had considered expanding the field for the 2022 finals, to be held in Qatar, to 48 teams. In March, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said a feasibility study showed it was possible to increase the size of the competition to 48 teams for Qatar "providing certain conditions are met." Infantino also said doing so would require some neighboring countries to share hosting duties and that FIFA was "working very closely"…
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Juncker lashes out at ‘stupid nationalists’ on eve of European elections
In an interview with CNN on Wednesday, the outgoing president said he was only too aware of the threat that nationalist politicians pose to European solidarity, which Juncker called the "main objective of the EU." Some polls project that populists may become the most powerful group in the parliament following this week's elections in all 28 EU nations, resulting in a lasting impact on the future of the bloc and…
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Queen learns how to use self-service checkout
Staff demonstrated the checkout, now a ubiquitous sight in shops in many countries, to the British monarch, although she didn't have a go at using it herself, CNN affiliate ITV reported. However the Queen gamely joked around with staff, asking them if it was possible to cheat the machine. The monarch was on a tour of a replica 1860s-style Sainsbury's supermarket in Covent Garden, London, near the retailer's first shop…
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Kenyan author and gay rights activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies at 48
Wainaina died in a Nairobi hospital on Tuesday night following a short illness, the friend who did not want to be named said. Wainaina, the founder of the literary magazine Kwani, had previously suffered a stroke in 2015. He was a prolific author who won the Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story "Discovering Home" in 2002. Before he suffered a stroke, Wainaina had been awarded a one-year…
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One of Europe’s most ‘prolific’ criminal groups busted — Europol
The criminal network run by Lithuanian and other EU nationals earned an estimated $760 million from its crimes between 2017-19, the European Union's law enforcement agency said in a statement. Police searched 40 houses and arrested 22 suspects in four countries on May 15-16, with raids involving more than 450 police and customs officers from Lithuania, Poland, the United Kingdom and Spain. Officials seized nearly $9 million in cash, diamonds,…
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Japan wants you to say its leader’s name correctly: Abe Shinzo
In Japanese, people are referred to by their family name first, followed by a given name, the same pattern as used by Chinese and Korean. For almost a century and a half, however, Japanese names have been written in English the opposite way round, with the given name first. This practice was adopted during the Meiji Era as a part of broader attempts at internationalization and has now become standard,…
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Angry Trump slams Democrats’ investigations after cutting meeting short
The episode, meant to shame his political rivals, also placed into clear relief how Democrats' recent subpoenas and information requests have rattled the President. And it raised the stakes on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is facing louder calls from members of her party to begin impeachment proceedings. Speaking minutes after abruptly cutting short a meeting at the White House with Pelosi and her Senate counterpart Sen. Chuck Schumer, Trump…
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Theresa May faces growing calls to quit: live updates
TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images Backbenchers in Theresa May's Conservative Party will decide today on whether to allow another vote of no confidence in her leadership, in a move that could set up the final days of the embattled prime minister's tenure. MP Nigel Evans told CNN that the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs will discuss changing the party's rules to allow for a second challenge against May in the space of…