On May 2022...

Facebook owner Meta has told staff they are banned from talking about abortion on the company’s internal discussion boards over fears of becoming a “hostile work environment”. Employees of Meta, which also owns Instagram, are not permitted to post about abortion on the company’s Workplace tool, a Facebook-style website intended for internal communications. Janele Gale, human resources vice-president, told staff that abortion was “the most divisive and reported topic” on Workplace…

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May 21, 2022...

Russia will cut off natural gas to Finland after the Nordic country refused President Vladimir Putin’s demand to pay in rubles, the Finnish state-owned energy company said Friday. The cutoff, coming the same week that Finland applied for NATO membership, is the latest escalation over European energy amid the war in Ukraine. Finland is the most recent country to be cut off from an energy supply that is used to generate electricity and power industry…

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May 20, 2022...

The European Commission has given more details on how it plans to end Europe’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels. Russia supplies 40% of the EU’s natural gas and 27% of its imported oil. The EU sends the country roughly €400 billion a year in return. Now the EU plans to speed up its shift to green energy but says it must also invest in pipelines in other countries. It has been accused of helping fund the war in Ukraine through its use of Russian energy…

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May 19, 2022...

More than 900 Ukrainian troops who were at Mariupol’s besieged Azovstal steel plant have been sent to a prison colony on Russian-controlled territory, Moscow has said, as their fate remains uncertain. A foreign ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, said on Wednesday evening that of the 959 Ukrainian service personnel Russia said had surrendered since Tuesday, 51 were being treated for their injuries and the remainder had been sent to a former prison colony in the town of Olenivka…

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May 18, 2022...

McDonald’s is closing its doors in Russia, ending an era of optimism and increasing the country’s isolation over its war in Ukraine. The Chicago burger giant has confirmed that it is selling its 850 restaurants in Russia. McDonald’s said it will seek a buyer who will employ its 62,000 workers in Russia, and will continue to pay those workers until the deal closes. McDonald’s said it’s the first time the company has ever “de-arched”, or exited a major market…

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May 17, 2022...

A court in north India on Monday ordered authorities to limit large Muslim prayer gatherings in the historic Gyanvapi mosque after a survey team found relics of the Hindu god Shiva and other Hindu symbols there, lawyers involved in the case said. Earlier this month, the court in Varanasi set up a team to survey the premises after five women sought permission to perform Hindu rituals in one of its quarters saying that a Hindu temple once stood at the present Islamic site…

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May 16, 2022...

Millions of people will starve to death unless Russia allows the export of Ukrainian grain from blockaded ports, foreign ministers from the G7 have said. As Germany’s chancellor, Olaf Scholz, warned that Vladimir Putin was intransigent during their bilateral call on Friday, the ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and US condemned Moscow for stoking a food crisis. The G7 governments said the Russian president was pushing 43 million people towards famine…

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May 15, 2022...

Catastrophic flooding wreaked havoc in South Africa last month, killing at least 448 people, displacing more than 40,000 more and destroying thousands of homes. According to a new analysis published on Friday, the toll of that devastation was made even worse by human-caused climate change. The torrential rainfall bore down on South Africa in mid-April, causing landslides and massive floods in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal…

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May 14, 2022...

For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon collected by Nasa’s Apollo astronauts. Researchers had no idea if anything would sprout in the harsh moon dirt and wanted to see if it could be used to grow food by the next generation of lunar explorers. The results stunned them. “Holy cow. Plants actually grow in lunar stuff. Are you kidding me?” said Robert Ferl of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences…

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May 13, 2022...

North Korea has ordered a strict national lockdown after confirming its first official Covid infections. State media have reported an Omicron outbreak in the capital Pyongyang but did not state the number of cases. KCNA said leader Kim Jong-un had vowed to eradicate the outbreak, which they called a “severe national emergency” that had breached the country’s “quarantine front”. But observers believe the virus has long been present in the country…

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May 12, 2022...

Ukraine prepared to suspend the flow of some Russian gas to Europe through a key transit point on Wednesday, as it claimed battlefield gains over invading Kremlin forces, including the recapture of four villages around the second city of Kharkiv. Ukraine has remained a major route for Russian gas to Europe even after President Vladimir Putin ordered the Feb. 24 invasion. Mounting Western sanctions are seeking to ban or phase out the use of Russian energy…

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May 11, 2022...

A man diving to the ocean floor off the coast of Newcastle’s port to retrieve an estimated $20m worth of cocaine has drowned. Emergency services were called to Heron Rd in Newcastle around 9.30am on Monday following reports of an unconscious diver on the shore. Passers-by found the man unconscious and weighed down by diving equipment near the northern end of the port. They performed CPR until paramedics arrived on the scene, but the man died at the scene…

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May 10, 2022...

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russian forces in Ukraine were fighting for the future of their motherland, in his annual address marking victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two. Despite rumours he would make a major announcement his speech stuck largely to defending Russia’s invasion. He tied the war in Ukraine to victory in 1945, blaming the West and Nato for rejecting security demands. Almost 10 weeks into the invasion, civilian casualties continue to mount…

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May 09, 2022...

At least 11 troops, including an officer, have been killed in a militant attack in the restive northern part of the Sinai peninsula, Egypt’s military said on Saturday. It said in a statement that the militants attacked a water pumping station east of the Suez canal. It did not give further details on the location. The statement said security forces clashed with the attacking militants. It said at least five other troops were wounded in the attack…

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May 08, 2022...

Relatives of the missing in Cuba’s capital desperately searched Saturday for victims of an explosion at one of Havana’s most luxurious hotels that killed at least 27 people. They checked the morgue, hospitals and if unsuccessful, they returned to the partially collapsed Hotel Saratoga, where rescuers used dogs to hunt for survivors. A natural gas leak was the apparent cause of Friday’s blast at the 96-room hotel…

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May 07, 2022...

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has devastated hundreds of hospitals and other medical institutions and left doctors without drugs to tackle cancer or the ability to perform surgery, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said. Zelenskiy said many places lacked even basic antibiotics in eastern and southern Ukraine, the main battlefields. If you consider just medical infrastructure, as of today Russian troops have destroyed or damaged nearly 400 healthcare institutions…

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May 06, 2022...

When a one-person plane powered purely by electricity took to the skies above the village of Little Snoring, it was a remarkable achievement in British engineering. The maiden voyage of the first all-electric light aircraft designed and built entirely in the UK could herald the beginning of a new, homegrown, zero-emissions aerospace manufacturing industry. But its victory lap didn’t last long. The plane was up for just 33 minutes above the airfield in Norfolk…

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May 05, 2022...

Russia has been banned from using British management consulting, accounting and PR services in new sanctions announced by the UK. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said the ban will cut off service exports “critical to the Russian economy”. Ms Truss said the ban will “help ensure Putin fails in Ukraine”. Other sanctions among the 63 introduced on Wednesday target Russian media organisations and those working for them. The government said UK accountancy, management consultancy and PR services…

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May 04, 2022...

The European Union was preparing sanctions on Russian oil sales over its invasion of Ukraine after a major shift on Monday by Germany, Russia’s biggest energy customer, that could deprive Moscow of a large revenue stream within days. The European Commission is expected to propose a sixth package of EU sanctions this week against Russia over its Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine, including a possible embargo on buying Russian oil…

For more details – https://www.reuters.com/

May 03, 2022...

The Japanese gaming company behind Final Fantasy is selling off three studios, including the rights to hit franchises including Tomb Raider, in a $300m (£240m) deal. Tokyo-based Square Enix has sold US-headquartered Crystal Dynamics and Canada-based Eidos Montreal and Square Enix Montreal to the Nasdaq-listed Swedish gaming group Embracer. The deal includes the intellectual property (IP) rights to games such as Tomb Raider, which has sold more than 88m units…

For more details – https://www.theguardian.com/

May 02, 2022...

A long-awaited effort to evacuate people from a steel plant in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol has begun, the International Committee on the Red Cross (ICRC) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Sunday. The operation to bring people out of the sprawling Azovstal steel plant was being done by the ICRC with the United Nations and in coordination with Ukrainian and Russian officials, an ICRC spokesperson told CBS News…

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May 01, 2022...

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