Second Spring

Commerce and public services ground to a halt in Tunisia recently as the country’s massive Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) went on strike to protest President Kais Saied’s economic plan. Saied has proposed wage freezes, subsidy cuts and other steps that the International Monetary Fund requires...

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The Loaded Swimsuit

France’s top administrative court ruled against the wearing of full-body swimwear, including the burkini, in public pools this week, amid an intense national debate about the country’s principle of secularism and the respect for fundamental rights, Reuters reported. The case began when the city of Grenoble...

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Ukraine, Briefly

Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia were unanimously accepted as EU candidates by the European Parliament on Thursday, the Independent wrote. The vote comes about four months after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine. Although it demonstrates popular support for the nations' applications...

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Prehistoric Copycats

The early human ancestors in Africa were sharing knowledge and communicating across vast distances more than 60,000 years ago, according to a recent study. A research team discovered that the early Homo sapiens made a 65,000-year-old stone tool in exactly the same shape and using the...

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Loathed, Loved

When he announced his resignation as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ethics advisor, Lord Christopher Geidt complained that Johnson had put him in the “impossible and odious” position of trying to justify how to break the rules of conduct for Her Majesty’s government. The prime minister...

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Capsized

Sri Lanka’s economy has “completely collapse,” according to the country’s prime minister, who warned that the South Asian island is in such a dire state it cannot pay for essential oil imports, Sky News reported Wednesday. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told parliament Wednesday that the country...

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Ukraine, Briefly

Russian and Russian proxy troops in Ukraine's Donetsk area have sustained substantial fatalities, according to British intelligence officials, the BBC noted. Officials believe that the Donetsk militia has lost 55 percent of its initial force. According to Ukrainian commanders, Russian soldiers are intent on...

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Overheated

A new study discovered that being “hot-headed” is a sign of a healthy brain, according to Cosmos magazine. A research team found that normal human brain temperatures can change based on age, gender, menstrual and sleep cycles. For their paper, they analyzed the brains of 40 healthy...

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Drawing in Pencil

Three years ago, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi unilaterally abolished the limited autonomy that India’s portion of the disputed region of Kashmir enjoyed. At the time, Modi claimed the move would reduce violence in the region. Kashmir is the only Muslim-majority region of India. Pakistan has...

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We Rise, We Fall

Israel will hold its fifth election in three years after the country’s diverse but fragile ruling coalition collapsed amid internal disputes over the future of Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, NPR reported. The government dissolved after lawmakers from Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s nationalist party...

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Getting Clean

Canada will ban the production and importation of single-use plastics by the end of the year as part of an effort to boost its fight against pollution and climate change, the Washington Post reported Tuesday. The Environment Ministry said most plastic grocery bags, cutlery and straws...

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We, Too!

Tens of thousands of Georgians marched in the streets of the capital, Tbilisi, this week to demand closer relations with the European Union, just days after the European Commission recommended deferring Georgia’s candidacy, Agence France-Presse reported. Roughly 60,000 people rallied outside the Georgian parliament waving Ukrainian,...

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Jurassic Belly Buttons

All mammal species, including humans, have belly buttons. one dinosaur species had them as well, according to Smithsonian Magazine. In a new study, scientists studied the remains of a Psittacosaurus, a non-avian dino species that lived more than 100 million years ago in what is now...

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Country First

At a recent demonstration against foreigners in South Africa, Mary Lowe said she was marching because an undocumented immigrant killed her nephew. "We are basically fighting against all the crime committed by foreigners who are illegally in the country," Lowe, a member of the anti-immigrant...

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Turning Left

Leftist Senator Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s presidential elections Sunday, making him the first leftwing candidate and first former insurgent to be elected as president of the US’ key ally in Latin America, the Wall Street Journal reported. Petro secured slightly more than 50 percent of the...

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