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SpaceX Inspiration4: Amateur astronauts splash down in the Atlantic Ocean after three days in space

Four private citizens splashed down successfully in the Atlantic Ocean after three days in space. They are the first private, all-civilian team ever to orbit the Earth. The Inspiration4 crew left on a SpaceX capsule from Florida on Wednesday, and landed off the state’s coast after 7pm local time on Saturday. Four parachutes slowed the […]

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Gabby Petito: Body of woman matching description of missing influencer found in Wyoming

The body of a woman matching the description of Gabby Petito has been found by search crews at a national park in the US state of Wyoming. “As every parent can imagine, this is an incredibly difficult time for her family,” FBI agent Charles Jones told the media. “The cause of death has not been […]

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British boxer Amir Khan removed from US flight for not wearing facemask ‘high enough’

British boxer Amir Khan has been removed from a flight in the US after a reported row over face coverings. Mr Khan, 34, said he had been taken off the American Airlines plane along with a colleague by police when someone complained his friend’s mask “was not high enough”. The airline said the flight from […]

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United States: Police and media outnumber protesters at rally supporting pro-Trump rioters

A few hundred protesters gathered around the US Capitol on Saturday, for a rally in support of the pro-Trump rioters who ransacked the building on 6 January. But the group were easily outnumbered by the police and journalists present. Ahead of the event, police said they had detected “threats of violence” and security was tightened […]

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Brian Laundrie: Police are searching for boyfriend of missing influencer Gabby Petito

The family of a US man whose fiancée disappeared during a road trip say he is now missing too. Brian Laundrie, 23, is a person of interest in the case but police say he is not wanted for any crime. He and Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, 22, set out on a cross-country campervan trip in July, […]

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United States: Police detect ‘some threats of violence’ at Capitol pro-Trump rally

Police say they have detected “some threats of violence” ahead of a planned right-wing rally in Washington DC on Saturday. Event organisers say it is aimed at supporting those arrested for taking part in the Capitol riots on 6 January. Security has been tightened in Washington ahead of the rally, at which 700 people are […]

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United States: FDA recommends boosters for people aged above 65

A panel advising the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended boosters of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for people 65 and over, and those at high risk. But it voted against recommending a shot for everyone aged 16 and over. The outcome is a blow for President Joe Biden, who said widespread jabs would be […]

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France recalls envoys from Australia and United States in protest over ‘Aukus’ security pact

France has recalled its ambassadors in the US and Australia for consultations, in protest at a security deal which also includes the UK. The French foreign minister said the “exceptional decision” was justified by the situation’s “exceptional gravity”. The alliance, known as Aukus, will see Australia being given the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines. The […]

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Nona Gaprindashvili: Georgian chess icon sues Netflix for Queen’s Gambit portrayal

Georgian chess icon Nona Gaprindashvili has filed a defamation lawsuit against Netflix, saying she was incorrectly portrayed in the hit series The Queen’s Gambit. The case refers to a sequence in the drama’s final episode which says Gaprindashvili, now 80, had never played competitive chess with men. The document says that by 1968, the year […]

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Afghanistan War: United States admits to killing 10 civilians in Kabul drone strike days before military pullout

The United States admitted that one of its drone strikes in Kabul days before its military pullout killed 10 civilians. A US Central Command investigation found that an aid worker and nine members of his family, including seven children, died in the 29 August strike. The youngest child, Sumaya, was just two years old. The […]

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Priyanka Chopra issues apology for her role in activism reality TV show ‘The Activist’

Actress Priyanka Chopra said US activism reality TV show The Activist “got it wrong” and has apologised for her planned role as a judge. The Activist was a challenge show for people involved in health, education and environmental issues to win a place at the G20 summit. The makers have issued an apology for the […]

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Police issue warning for ‘aggressive’ mink in Stonington

Stonington Point in Connecticut is a place where visitors come to be by the water or enjoy the beach, but police are now warning them to stay away from aggressive minks. “Please be advised that minks have been spotted in the area of Stonington Borough Point,” an audio warning sent by Stonington Police said. “The […]