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Five killed in shooting at July 4 parade in Chicago suburb of Highland Park

Five people were killed and several more were injured in a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in the wealthy Chicago suburb of Highland Park on Monday, officials said, as panicked spectators fled the scene. The city of Highland Park reported on its website that five people were dead and 16 transferred to hospital. “Numerous law enforcement officers are responding and have secured a perimeter around downtown Highland Park,” the statement said. The shooting comes with gun violence fresh on the minds of many Americans, after a massacre on May 24 killed 19 school children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and the May 14 attack that killed 10 people at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. Witness Amarani Garcia, who was at the parade with her young daughter, told t...
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Big Ben’s bongs will soon ring out again across London

For five years, the most famous clock tower in Britain was hidden behind an ugly fortress of scaffolding, and its hourly bong was rendered mute. But the restoration work is done, and this summer, a sound familiar to Londoners for more than 1 1/2 centuries will again ring out across the British capital — Big Ben is back. The clock tower — officially known as the Elizabeth Tower since 2012 when it was renamed in honor of the queen’s diamond jubilee — stands tall over the Palace of Westminster, which houses the British Parliament and is one of the world’s most instantly recognized constructions. But it is the nickname of the biggest bell in the belfry that draws the most name recognition: Big Ben. Indeed, when Parliament is in session, there is a special illumination above the dials, whi...
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Macron appoints COVID minister to be new face of government policy

President Emmanuel Macron on Monday turned to the health minister who steered France through COVID to sell the government’s policies to an electorate worried about a spike in inflation as he carried out a limited reshuffle. Key roles such as the prime minister and finance minister remained unchanged in the reshuffle that signalled no policy changes and was criticised by the opposition as being tone-deaf after elections in which Macron’s centrist alliance lost control of parliament. “We have so much to do to rebuild trust,” the new government spokesman, Olivier Veran, acknowledged as he took over his portfolio, referring to comments made by unhappy voters during June’s election campaign. Having lost the absolute majority in the lower house of parliament, Macron and his government will n...
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Iran TV: Sandstorm shuts offices, schools in Tehran, region

Schools and government offices closed in Iran’s capital and several other cities in the country on Monday, after yet another sandstorm blanketed Tehran and the surrounding region. State-run TV warned of poor air quality and advised the elderly, those sick and children to take precautions. Banks and the Tehran Stock Exchange would remain open, the report said. This is the second time that Tehran shuttered schools and government offices and the fourth bad sandstorm since mid-April. Schools and government offices in Tehran were closed for the first time on account of a sandstorm in May. However, the country’s west, along the border with Iraq, has seen frequent closures of schools and offices due to sandstorms. Tehran is among the most polluted cities in the world. Experts blame poor govern...
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Australia, India strengthen clean energy deal

Australia and India on Monday agreed to a partnership to strengthen their co-operation in developing critical metal projects and supply chains, Australia’s resources minister said. Demand for critical metals like lithium and cobalt has soared in recent times due to their usage in electric vehicles amid a global push towards cleaner sources of energy to tackle climate change. At the same time, countries like the United States, Australia and India are pushing to develop new sources of critical minerals to counteract China’s dominance over those supply chains. Minister Madeleine King said Australia would commit A$5.8 million ($3.98 million) towards a three-year investment partnership, while signing an agreement between critical minerals firm Khanij Bidesh India Ltd and the Critical Minera...
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Several hit by gunshots at shopping mall in Copenhagen: Danish police

Danish police said several people had been hit by gunshots at a shopping centre in the capital Copenhagen on Sunday, and one person had been arrested. Copenhagen police tweeted that officers had been sent to the Field’s mall after reports of a shooting. They advised people inside the centre to stay put and await police assistance. An ambulance and armed police stand outside Field’s shopping centre, after Danish police said they received reports of shooting, in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 3, 2022. (REUTERS) Local media published images showing heavily armed police officers at the scene, as well as people running out of the mall. British singer Harry Styles was due to perform later in the evening, at 8 p.m. (1800 GMT), at a concert venue less than a mile from the mall. The concert promoter...
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3 dead, 3 critically wounded in shooting at Denmark mall

A gunman opened fire inside a busy shopping mall in the Danish capital Sunday, killing three people and critically wounding three others, police said. A 22-year-old Danish man was arrested after the shooting, Copenhagen police inspector Soren Thomassen told reporters, adding there was no indication that anyone else was involved in the attack, though police were still investigating. Gun violence is relatively rare in Denmark. Thomassen said it was too early to speculate on the motive for the shooting, which happened in the late afternoon at Field’s, one of the biggest shopping malls in Scandinavia and located on the outskirts of the Danish capital. When the shots rang out, some people hid in shops while others fled in a panicked stampede, according to witnesses. “It is pure terror. This ...
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Czech PM: Our fighter jets will guard Slovakia’s air space from Sept

Czech fighter jets will guard neighbouring Slovakia’s air space as of September, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala said on Sunday. Slovakia asked its NATO allies to patrol its skies as it decided to ground its Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets, which could be sent to neighbouring Ukraine to help Kyiv defend itself against Russia’s invasion. “I don’t see any problem there, the government will certainly approve it,” Fiala said in a televised debate with his Slovak counterpart Eduard Heger. Slovakia ordered F-16 fighter jets from the United States in 2018. The first planes were expected to arrive this year and the shipment to be completed in the next year, but the delivery is now assumed to take place in 2024.   JULY 4 SALE! Only for our international readers, monthly pricing s...
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Glacier collapses in Italian Alps, at least 6 reported dead

Parts of a mountain glacier collapsed in the Italian Alps on Sunday amid record high temperatures, local authorities said, with local media reporting that at least six people had been killed. “Rescue operations are in progress following a large ice avalanche involving excursionists”, the Trento provincial government said, adding that there was likely to be a “heavy toll” of injuries or deaths. #UPDATE An avalanche sparked by the collapse of a glacier in the northern Italian Alps killed at least five people and injured eight others on Sunday, an emergency services spokeswoman said pic.twitter.com/WP3mTQD3EQ — AFP News Agency (@AFP) July 3, 2022   The avalanche took place on the Marmolada, a mountain of more than 3,300 metres in the Dolomite range in the eastern part of the Italian Alps,...
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Elon Musk Meets Pope Francis In Vatican. Viral Image Shows He Was There With His 4 Children

Elon Musk on Twitter: Tesla CEO Elon Musk, along with his four children, met Pope Francis on Friday. He took to Twitter, the social media platform he is trying to buy, to announce the audience.   “Honored to meet @Pontifex yesterday,” Musk posted about the meeting, along with a photo of him and his teen children with the Pope. There has been, however, no announcement by the Vatican about Musk's meeting with Pope Francis.  Honored to meet @Pontifex yesterday pic.twitter.com/sLZY8mAQtd — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 2, 2022 The Pope often meets eminent personalities in private at the Vatican hotel where he lives, in a special reception room, according to an AP report, which also said he usually appeals for use of wealth and technology to help the poorest when he...
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Visionary British theatre director Peter Brook dies aged 97

Peter Brook, one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors who perfected the art of staging powerful drama in bizarre venues, has died aged 97, his publisher said on Sunday. The British director used the world as his stage mounting productions ranging from challenging versions of Shakespeare through international opera to Hindu epic poems. Brook put on plays in gymnasiums, deserted factories, quarries, schools and old gas works in towns around the world. His 1970 Stratford production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, played all in white and with a huge garlanded swing, secured his place in the annals of theatre history. According to Le Monde, Brook – who had been based in France since 1974 – died in Paris on Saturday. A statement from his publisher confirmed his death...