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Hong Kong's outspoken pro-democracy paper Apple Daily announces closure after assets freeze in major blow to media freedom

WHO HERD IT🐄🐮🚨 A herd of cows leads deputies on a chase across Pico Rivera. STORY >>

It's hard to investigate whether Covid-19 leaked from the Wuhan lab when so much of the lab's work is subject to China’s state secrets law. Some records cannot be disclosed to foreigners. Some research reports must stay secret "for up to two decades."

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New British 50 pound note with WW2 codebreaker Turing enters circulation

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BREAKING: Pro-democracy Hong Kong newspaper Apple Daily is closing down after 26 years following the arrest of executives under China's new national security law

India reports 40 cases of Delta Plus variant of the novel coronavirus, most of the cases are from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is still a variant of interest: Government sources

Forced conversions have become a daily phenomenon in Pakistan. We've seen reports of minor girls belonging to religious minorities being abducted, raped, forcibly converted, & married: Pawan Badhe, first secy in India’s permanent mission in Geneva during 47th session of UNHRC

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The Delta Plus variant observed sporadically in Maharashtra, Kerala & MP, with around 40 cases identified so far and no significant increase in prevalence. These States advised for strengthening surveillance, public health measures: Government of India

"A month after the military seized power in Myanmar..., Facebook’s algorithms were still prompting users to view and 'like' pro-military pages with posts that incited and threatened violence" and "praised the military and glorified its abuses."

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BREAKING: Connecticut legalized recreational marijuana, effective July 1. It is the 19th state to do so. Black people in Connecticut are 4x more likely to be arrested for possession than white people, despite similar usage rates, says the ACLU.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announces he is signing a bill requiring high school students to learn about the "evils of communism and totalitarian ideologies." The bill also creates a library that allows students to learn about "real patriots" who escaped communism and socialism.

Subway tuna sandwiches do not contain any tuna DNA, say lab tests commissioned by @nytimes . 2 customers are suing saying its sandwiches have no tuna, which the company denies. Last year, an Irish court ruled Subway bread has too much sugar to be legally considered bread.

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Britney Spears felt forced to stay at a mental health facility and to perform against her will by a conservatorship that controls her affairs, court records obtained by The New York Times reveal. She’s fighting the arrangement in court.

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US lawyer convicted of assaulting Hong Kong police officer

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Australia's Great Barrier reef is "in danger," says UNESCO. The world's biggest reef has lost over 50% of coral in 25 years. In 2020, it experienced its worst mass bleaching, which is caused by rising sea temperatures. Australia is one of the world's biggest CO2 emitters.

PHILIPPINES: President Duterte says, in relation to coronavirus vaccine hesitancy, 'you choose, vaccine or I will have you jailed'.

Here's the latest horrible death and detention toll at the hands of the brutal Myanmar junta: @aapp_burma .

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“As we honour the legacy of the Windrush generation, and the invaluable contribution of Black people in Britain, I dearly hope that we can continue to listen to each other’s stories and to learn from one another.” #WindrushDay 

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Senate Republicans blocked debate on a voting rights bill aimed at expanding voting access. It comes as GOP state lawmakers across the U.S. pass laws that could restrict voter access, citing voter fraud. The risk of ballot fraud is 0.00004% to 0.0009%, says @BrennanCenter .

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Scoops of the Week

VIDEO: Collab ng SB19 at Ben&Ben, ire-release sa June 27

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BTS Have Beaten Their Own Record With Another Week At No. 1 On The Hot 100

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"BTS Army, borahae!" 💜 Benjamin Baetiong got the surprise of his life after his endearing #BTSMeal  post went viral last Friday: Filipino ARMY raised funds for him amounting to more than P45,000! Kuya BJ met up with some of them on Sunday. Find out what happened in this video!

K-pop stars SEVENTEEN, best known for hits such as ‘HOME;RUN’ and ‘Left & Right,’ drop their new EP ‘Your Choice’ and lead single ‘Ready to Love’

“Jail Bolsonaro”: while protesters were marching in Brazil today, this apparently happened at the Tower of London

BREAKING: Supreme Court sides with former college athletes over NCAA rules limiting education-related benefits. The high court ruled unanimously that NCAA limits on computers, graduate scholarships, tutoring, study abroad and internships can’t be enforced.

Israel says it will give 1.4 million COVID-19 vaccines that will soon expire to the Palestinian Authority — with conditions that Palestinians give vaccines to it later. Israel is 85% vaccinated but claims it is not obliged to vaccinate Palestinians living under its occupation.

“In our most joyful moments and in our most grief-stricken days, he was there with us, sensitive to our every unspoken feeling and emotion. We love our sweet, good boy, and will miss him always.” ~Jill Biden

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Sen. @tedcruz : "Critical race theory is bigoted, it is a lie and it is every bit as racist as the Klansman in white sheets."

An illustration of the Myanmar junta's torture: a 17-year-old boy, accused of being a protest ringleader, said he was beaten for days while blindfolded and was forced into a pit, then buried up to his neck in a mock burial.

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