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UN urges Israel and Hamas to ‘step back from brink’ as fighting escalates in Gaza

Tzachi Hanegbi, an Israeli minister, warned that the “gloves are coming off”. “The situation is that Hamas has repeatedly ignored our warnings, both private and public,” Mr Hanegbi said. The escalation comes after months of growing tensions in Gaza as Palestinians mounted large, and often violent, demonstrations and Israeli forces opened fire on both armed […]

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Is eating bananas whole gay? Fragile masculinity’s bizarre new ‘hetiquette’ | Arwa Mahdawi | Life and style

Rapper Wiz Khalifa thinks heterosexual men shouldn’t eat bananas straight out of the peel. Khalifa shared his fruity thoughts on the Breakfast Club radio show earlier this week, telling host Charlamagne Tha God, that men should break their bananas into little bits. It’s simple “hetiquette”. “If you bite into a banana, you sus,” Khalifa said. […]

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Missouri duck boat accident: What we know

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Divers searched a Missouri lake Friday for four people still missing after a duck boat packed with tourists capsized and sank in high winds, killing at least 13 people in the tourist town of Branson. Authorities blamed stormy weather for the accident Thursday evening on Table Rock Lake. Winds at the […]

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APNewsBreak: Pennsylvania demands $10K from abuse accusers

Pennsylvania is forcing three former state university students who say they were sexually abused by a high-ranking administrator to pay $10,000 in court costs after a jury ruled against them in their federal lawsuit nearly four years ago. The state attorney general’s office, representing East Stroudsburg University, said it’s “standard procedure” to seek repayment of […]

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Locations of Brisbane’s container-refund depots revealed

Applications seeking approval to build two of the Brisbane depots have already been submitted to Brisbane City Council for approval, but the further three applications are yet to be submitted. West End TOMRA submitted the application to the council on July 17 proposing a container-refund depot be built at 281 Montague Road. Currently, a two-storey […]

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How the decline of unions will change America

EVEN before the Supreme Court piled in, American unions were in a bad way. In their heyday in the mid-1950s, more than 30% of workers were members. Today just 11% are. With only a toehold in the private sector—where they cover a mere 7% of workers—unions have become increasingly reliant on faithful public-sector employees, 34% […]

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At least 11 drown as ‘duck boat’ capsizes in Missouri: police

(Reuters) – At least 11 people including children drowned when an amphibious “duck boat” carrying 31 people capsized and sank in stormy weather on a lake in Missouri on Thursday. Divers will resume searching for other victims on Friday, police said. Seven people were taken to hospital following the incident on the “Ride the Ducks” […]

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