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Pop stars among hundreds of musicians to speak out after rapper Wiley’s anti-Semitic tweets

One Direction star Niall Horan, singer Lily Allen and pop band The 1975 were among hundreds of household names from the U.K.’s music scene to unite against “all forms of racism” after a rapper’s anti-Semitic tirade. Rita Ora, Lewis Capaldi and Little Mix were joined by major U.K. labels like Universal Music, Warner Music and […]

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Israeli writer Amir Haskel emerges as a symbol of anti-Netanyahu protests

A 66-year-old soft-spoken, bespectacled grandfather who shies away from the spotlight has emerged as a new face of the opposition to scandal-plagued Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Retired Brig. Gen. Amir Haskel, who has written books on the Holocaust, said that period had shown him that standing aside was not an option as Netanyahu, in […]

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Glenda Jackson, 84, ‘stunned’ to win BAFTA television award

British actress Glenda Jackson said she was “stunned” during her acceptance of a BAFTA award on Friday at the age of 84 for her performance in the drama, “Elizabeth is Missing.” Jackson, a former politician, won the leading actress BAFTA, beating “Killing Eve’s” Jodie Comer. “Oh my word… I’m absolutely stunned,” the actress said via […]

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Scientists and environmental groups ‘alarmed’ by huge rise in Amazon wildfires

Scientists and environmental groups have expressed alarm after new data revealed there were 28 percent more fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest this July compared with the same time last year. Satellite images released by Brazil’s space research agency INPE on Saturday revealed 6,803 fires in the Amazon last month. There were 5,318 in July 2019. […]

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Two Citgo executives detained in Venezuela moved to house arrest, U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson says

Two of the six former Citgo Petroleum Corp executives detained in Venezuela were moved to house arrest, veteran U.S. diplomat Bill Richardson said late on Thursday, weeks after he visited the country to seek their release. The former New Mexico governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations traveled to Caracas and met with socialist […]

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Growers and producers at odds in France’s ‘champagne wars’

In the champagne vineyards of France, the season of ripening, plumping and sweetening of the grapes ready for harvesting at the end of August, known as the veraison, has begun. Maxime Toubart, a relatively small vigneron who produces 25,000 bottles of bubbly from the 12-acre maison founded by his great-grandparents in 1900, has been cultivating […]

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Ban SUV adverts to meet UK climate goals, report urges

Advertising of sports utility vehicles, which emit more greenhouse gases than other cars, should be banned so the UK can meet its climate goals, a report has said. The large increase in numbers of SUVs in the UK and around the world is the second-largest contributor to the increase in global emissions since 2010, according […]