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Netanyahu vows to 'stand against the world' to stop the Iran nuclear deal

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RESPECT WOMEN. That's It. That's the Tweet. #IWD2021 

In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered the green mould he was working with produced a substance that could kill many common bacteria that infect humans. He called this new, exciting substance "mould juice". Only after a couple of months, on 7 March 1929, did he name it penicillin.

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On NHS pay rise, Boris Johnson says, "What we have done is try to give them as much as we can at the present time" "Don't forget that there has been a public sector pay freeze, we're in pretty tough times," the PM adds

China's foreign minister says Beijing "is willing to engage with 'all parties' to ease the crisis" in Myanmar. But engagement isn't the issue. Will Beijing put pressure on the junta to reverse the coup? Why is it blocking strong UN Security Council action?

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The Myanmar junta's new lobbyist says "the military was best placed to oversee a return to democracy after the coup it staged." Well yes, it can reverse the coup & allow the elected government to take power. But Gen Min Aung Hlaing instead wants a do-over.

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“They don't want to vote for increased checks, increased minimum wage, an increase in child tax credit,” @mehdirhasan  says of the GOP. “It's absurd for them to claim to be a workers' party when they have no interest in workers."

The Hunger Games salute used to protest against Asia's military regimes

Austria suspends AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine batch after death

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VIDEO: MMTHThousands of members of the #Myanmar  diaspora in Thailand protest on Sunday against the military coup in their home country outside the UN office in #Bangkok  , as the junta intensifies its crackdown on protesters

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Kolkata: People in large numbers gathered at Brigade Parade Ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public rally #WestBengal 

Trying to fight the massive civil-disobedience movement, the Myanmar junta is now threatening to fire civil servants if they don't return to work by Monday. That's hardly going to win converts to the legitimacy of the coup.

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Today Texas launched Operation Lone Star to respond to the border crisis. It deploys Nat'l Guard + DPS Officers + air, ground, marine, & tactical border security assets to deny Mexican Cartels & smugglers the ability to move drugs & people into Texas.

Police in Myanmar’s ancient former capital, Bagan, opened fire today on protesters, wounding "at least five people," reports AP. (Photo is Yangon.)

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BREAKING: Senate passes $1.9T coronavirus relief package that includes $1,400 checks, $300/wk jobless benefits through summer, a child allowance of up to $3,600 for one year, $350B for state aid, $34B to expand ACA subsidies, $14B for vaccine distribution.

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Tamil Nadu: A bus conductor in Coimbatore distributes saplings for free of cost to passengers travelling in his bus "I have been doing this for 34 years. I spend 40% of my salary to take care of these plants, they are my family," said Marimuthu Yoganathan

We've seen what the Myanmar military can do: think about the atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims. If the world doesn't act to reverse the coup -- if China doesn't stop blocking strong UN Security Council action -- the results could be disastrous.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis who is investigating whether former President Donald Trump illegally interfered with Georgia’s 2020 election, hired Atlanta lawyer John Floyd, a national authority on racketeering, to ‘provide help as needed’

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Despite the military junta's lethal brutality, "anti-coup demonstrators returned to the streets of Myanmar on Saturday." Their courage and persistence is deeply impressive.

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When practicing basic democracy (holding an informal primary election) becomes "plotting to overthrow the government," as Beijing has charged 47 pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, a dictatorship reveals its fear of the people.

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Scoops of the Week

Congrats to @NiallOfficial  who has just won the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2020 with No Judgement 🙌 #rtechoiceprize  @RTE2fm  @RTEplayer  @choicemusicprize 

"That looked like a bird!" Watch the amazing moment a murmuration of starlings took on the shape of a giant bird over Lough Ennell in Co Westmeath.

A food store in Belgium was facing closure when an Irish solution to a British problem presented itself, Europe Editor Tony Connelly reports. | Read more:

I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%. EVERYTHING. I also ended the statewide mask mandate.

The "QAnon Shaman" of the January 6th attack on the Capitol tells his story for the first time from jail, as he faces up to 20 years behind bars. Jacob Chansley spoke with @60Minutes +'s @LaurieSegallCNN 

Dr. Sasa says he was with Aung San Suu Kyi on the morning of February 1, when a military coup took over Myanmar’s government. He tells me he had to dress as a taxi driver to escape, and it took him three days and three nights to reach relative safety.

Dems seem to have outplayed GOP on the Covid delay. After the all-night reading, @ChrisVanHollen  simply got up, proposed shortening the debate from 20 hours to 3 and no Republican including @RonJohnsonWI  was around to contest. In the end, the dramatic Bill reading delayed nothing

THIS JUST IN: New IG report shows Elaine Chao apparently violated federal ethics rules in multiple ways, including directing official staffers to do personal tasks. Please read, RT, and share.

Like so many women, 18-year-old Ma Kyal Sin, known as "Angel," was on the front line of the protests on Wednesday. A Myanmar security force member shot her in the head and killed her -- one of three young women shot and killed that day.

K-pop sensation @bts_bighit  scooped the 2020 Global Recording Artist of the Year Award from @IFPI_org 

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