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Iran declares five days of mourning after president killed in helicopter crash – live updates »»

Supreme leader also appoints Mohammad Mokhber as acting president following death of Ebrahim Raisi

Reuters has put together a list of reactions from around the world, with Iranian ally Russia among those expressing concern and offering to help search for the president. Others also offered help or well wishes, while the US merely said that President Joe Biden was “closely following reports”. Here’s a rundown of reactions from around the world:

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“I convey my best wishes to our neighbour, friend and brother Iranian people and government, and I hope to receive good news from Mr Raisi and his delegation as soon as possible,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a post on X. Turkey’s disaster and emergency management authority said in a statement that Iran had requested a night vision search-and-rescue helicopter from Turkey.

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Environmental advocates heartbroken over sale of Florida seabird preserve »»

Bird Key, a nesting sanctuary bought for a song in mid-1980s, is for sale for $31.5m as ‘a golden opportunity for a developer’

Environmental advocates in Florida say they are heartbroken that a wealthy investor who once intended to save a historic private island as a seabird preserve now wants to sell it for development into “Miami’s most exclusive address”.

Bird Key, one of only two natural islands in upper Biscayne Bay, was named by British surveyors in 1770 during the reign of George III for its abundant wildlife, and has served as an unspoiled nesting sanctuary since then to scores of species of native birds, including egrets, cormorants, herons and pelicans.

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Russia-Ukraine war live: Ukraine still controls 60% of Vovchansk, says local official »»

Deputy governor of Kharkiv border town, Roman Semenukha, told national television on Monday that ‘the assaults do not stop’

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana, the Russian state news Tass agency reported on Monday.

It said the ministers were meeting to discuss the implementation of Russian-Chinese agreements reached during Vladimir Putin’s state visit to China last week, and events in Iran, whose president and foreign minister were killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

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Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi dies in helicopter crash »»

Foreign minister also dead after helicopter went down in mountains close to Azerbaijan border

The hardline Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, has died in a helicopter crash in foggy weather in the mountains near the border with Azerbaijan.

The charred wreckage of the helicopter, which crashed on Sunday carrying Raisi, as well as the foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and six other passengers and crew, was found early on Monday after an overnight search in blizzard conditions.

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‘We’ve got to give these people justice’: infected blood report could lead to prosecutions, minister says – UK politics live »»

Rishi Sunak expected to offer apology on behalf of state after inquiry delivers final report

GB News has described the Ofcom ruling against it today (see 10.51am and 11.01am) as an “alarming development” that should “terrify” anyone who believes in a free media. Here is its response to the judgment in full.

Ofcom’s finding against GB News today is an alarming development in its attempt to silence us by standing in the way of a forum that allows the public to question politicians directly.

The regulator’s threat to punish a news organisation with sanctions for enabling people to challenge their own prime minister strikes at the heart of democracy at a time when it could not be more vital.

In considering whether the programme was duly impartial, we took into account a range of factors, such as: the audience’s questions to the prime minister; the prime minister’s responses; the presenter’s contribution; and whether due impartiality was preserved through clearly linked and timely programmes. Our investigation found, in summary, that:

-while some of the audience’s questions provided some challenge to, and criticism of, the government’s policies and performance, audience members were not able to challenge the prime minister’s responses and the presenter did not do this to any meaningful extent;

Given the very high compliance risks this programme presented, we found GB News’s approach to compliance to be wholly insufficient, and consider it could have, and should have, taken additional steps to mitigate these risks.

We found that an appropriately wide range of significant viewpoints were not presented and given due weight in the People’s Forum: The Prime Minister, nor was due impartiality preserved through clearly linked and timely programmes. As a result, we consider that the prime minister had a mostly uncontested platform to promote the policies and performance of his government in a period preceding a UK general election.

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First Thing: Iran’s president and foreign minister dead in helicopter crash »»

Iran declares five days of mourning after president killed in a crash in fog-covered mountains. Plus, the film enfant terrible Harmony Korine on mowing lawns after burning out

Good morning.

Iran has declared five days of mourning after its president, Ebrahim Raisi, and foreign minister, Hossein Amir-abdollahian, died in a helicopter crash near the border with Azerbaijan.

What is Iran’s leader saying? The country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – who holds ultimate power – told Iranians that “no disruption will occur in Iran’s state affairs”.

What does it mean for the country? Raisi had been considered a possible successor to Khamenei – now, Khamenei’s son, Mojtaba Khamenei, could potentially take his place.

What will happen now? Iran’s first vice-president, Mohammad Mokhber, will take over presidential duties, according to its constitution, and presidential elections should be organized within 50 days.

Will Trump testify in his defense? It’s uncertain, though he has suggested he wants to.

When will the jury begin deliberations? If Trump does not testify, Tuesday could see closing arguments and the jury could begin deliberating on Thursday, as the court is not in session on Wednesdays.

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UK general election opinion poll tracker: Labour leading as election looms »»

Find out who’s up and who’s down in the latest polls – and how many seats each party is likely to win in the next general election

The next UK general election is looming, with most analysts expecting it to be called late this year.

After 13 years of Conservative rule, Keir Starmer’s Labour has been consistently ahead in the polls since the start of 2022.

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Poet Ali Cobby Eckermann wins book of the year at the NSW premier’s literary awards »»

Her first novel in eight years, She is the Earth, also claims the Indigenous writers category, netting writer a combined $40,000

A metaphysical verse novel by Yankunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann has won book of the year at the New South Wales premier’s literary awards.

She is the Earth, the first work published by Eckermann in eight years, was awarded the book of the year on Monday night, as well as the Indigenous writers category, worth a combined $40,000.

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Trump allies push bill to bar non-citizen voting, even though it’s already illegal »»

Hyping conspiracy theory that Democrats are bringing people into US to vote for Biden, extremists try to tie immigration to elections

Dozens of Donald Trump’s allies and election denialists, including extremists like lawyer Cleta Mitchell and ex-adviser Stephen Miller, are promoting a bill to bar non-citizens from voting in federal elections, even though it’s already illegal and evidence that non-citizens have voted in federal races is almost nil.

The push for the bill is seen as further evidence of extremist tactics used by ex-president Trump and his Maga movement to rev up his base of supporters for the 2024 election with outlandish claims designed to scare-monger over election fraud and far-right rhetoric detached from reality.

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Revealed: Meta approved political ads in India that incited violence »»

Exclusive: Ads containing AI-manipulated images were submitted to Facebook by civil and corporate accountability groups

The Facebook and Instagram owner Meta approved a series of AI-manipulated political adverts during India’s election that spread disinformation and incited religious violence, according to a report shared exclusively with the Guardian.

Facebook approved adverts containing known slurs towards Muslims in India, such as “let’s burn this vermin” and “Hindu blood is spilling, these invaders must be burned”, as well as Hindu supremacist language and disinformation about political leaders.

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Jacob Zuma not eligible to run for South African parliament, court rules »»

Ex-president’s jail sentence precludes him from standing for new MK party in decision that could affect general election results

South Africa’s top court has ruled that the former president Jacob Zuma is not eligible to run for parliament in the general election on 29 May, a closely watched decision as it could affect the outcome.

Zuma, who was forced to quit as president in 2018, has fallen out with the governing African National Congress (ANC) and has been campaigning for a new party called uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), named after the ANC’s former armed wing.

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London-listed Keywords Studios says it will accept £2bn offer »»

Video game services company backs EQT private equity bid in latest foreign move on UK-listed firm

The video game services company Keywords Studios has said it would be willing to accept a £2bn buyout offer, in the latest foreign takeover of a London-listed business.

Shares in the Dublin-headquartered Keywords jumped 62% on Monday morning after it said it would be minded to recommend an offer from the Swedish private equity investor EQT Group.

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Weather tracker: Tornado and hail risk as US storm season ramps up again »»

Low pressure also expected to raise temperatures in eastern Canada and north-east US, while temperatures plummet in west

After a lull in recent weeks, storm season in the US has begun to ramp up again, with 100mph winds and tennis ball-sized hail hitting Kansas on Sunday. It has been a busy season so far in terms of severe storms, with late spring into early summer typically bringing the greatest risk for tornadoes across the plains and midwest. An area of low pressure moving in across the central US, combined with rich moisture streaming in from the Gulf of Mexico, will probably continue the threat of tornadoes and large hail across numerous states. On Tuesday in particular, this severe weather risk may extend from Oklahoma all the way up to the Great Lakes.

This setup of low pressure could lead not just to a large outbreak of severe weather across the US later this week, but also to a sharp temperature gradient across the US and Canada as the warm air is fed into higher latitudes. In eastern Canada and the north-eastern US, temperatures are likely to reach 10C above the average for the time of year. Cities such as Ottawa and Detroit could have daytime maximum temperatures of 30C by Wednesday.

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Evacuation flights unable to reach tourists stranded in New Caledonia amid unrest »»

Hundreds of Australian and New Zealand travellers are stuck in the French Pacific territory where protests and violence are preventing access to the airport

Hundreds of Australian and New Zealand tourists stranded in New Caledonia amid deadly unrest are anxiously waiting on French authorities to allow air travel out of the territory, as their governments stand by to bring them home.

French security forces are working to retake control of the highway to the international airport in New Caledonia, shuttered because of violent unrest in the French Pacific territory.

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AEC warns it doesn’t have power to deter AI-generated political misinformation at next election »»

Senate committee told of potential for deepfakes or cloned robocalls of Anthony Albanese and Peter Dutton, which may not be illegal under current laws

The Australian Electoral Commission has said it expects AI-generated misinformation at the next federal election, potentially from overseas actors, but warned that it doesn’t have the tools to detect or deter it.

A parliamentary committee into artificial intelligence heard on Monday that the new technology could pose risks to “democracy itself”, with concerns voters might encounter deepfakes and voice clones of Anthony Albanese or Peter Dutton before the next poll.

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University of Queensland bans chants as pro-Palestine camp in Melbourne threatened over fire safety rules »»

Student activists in Brisbane have been warned of disciplinary action for chanting ‘out, out, Israel out’ at protests

Universities are ramping up crackdowns on pro-Palestine protesters camped on campuses, with the University of Queensland warning students could face disciplinary action for chanting “out, out, Israel out” or using the word “intifada”.

Students at multiple universities have been defying administrators’ orders to pack up encampments, vowing to continue their protests against institutions’ ties to weapons manufacturers linked to Israel’s war in Gaza.

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Taiwan’s new president takes office and calls on China to cease hostile actions »»

Lai Ching-te uses inauguration speech to push for peace in the region and says future of Taiwan important to future of the world

Lai Ching-te has been sworn in as Taiwan’s new president, urging China to “cease their political and military intimidation against Taiwan” and to keep the world free from the fear of more war.

Lai was inaugurated on Monday morning at the Japanese colonial-era presidential office in central Taipei, taking over from Tsai Ing-wen, whose eight years in power saw a deterioration in relations with Beijing.

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PM says Dutton yet to detail ‘a single costed policy’ in three budget replies – as it happened »»

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The NSW police minister, Yasmin Catley, was on ABC News Breakfast earlier to discuss the state’s four-day domestic violence blitz.

She said it was the sixth operation in 18 months, with “thousands of arrests” in that time.

[The operations] are scheduled about every quarter, so police have been doing this for quite some time. NSW police [utilise] the DV registry, where they accumulate information about [alleged] high-risk offenders and it’s that intelligence that they use to then go out and undertake these operations.

We will debate it when we return. I would really urge the opposition to get behind it and support those bail laws that we have before the parliament.

Everything is on the table. We are all worried about this, I’m a parent as well myself. Social media companies are not doing enough and we need to seriously look if we need to change the law in order to keep your young people safe.

We need to get all the experts in one place. The premier [Chris Minns] has called this emergency summit. We are just seeing too many cases where the worst possible thing has occurred because of bullying online. We banned phones in schools in NSW and that has worked an enormous amount in the school day inside the school gates, but we need to look beyond that now.

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Ryanair reports record €1.9bn profit as Amber Rudd joins board »»

Budget airline says summer ticket prices will be lower than expected

Ryanair has reported record annual profits of €1.9bn (£1.6bn) as the Irish airline announced the appointment of former UK home secretary Amber Rudd to its board and said summer fares would be lower than previously expected.

Profits after tax increased by more than a third in the year to the end of March compared with the previous year as the number of passengers increased by 9% to 184 million – 23% above the heights reached before the pandemic.

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Queensland police and premier warn against vigilantism after former LNP MP allegedly assaulted »»

Public urged not to ‘engage in methods of disrupting criminal activity or reprisal’ after alleged attack on Michael Trout in Holloways Beach

Queensland police and political leaders are urging people not to intervene in crime matters after alleged vigilantism.

Police were called to a disturbance in Holloways Beach near Cairns on Friday where officers seized weapons and arrested two people.

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Peter Dutton’s migration cuts would cost budget $34bn over coming decades, thinktank calculates »»

Grattan Institute estimate backs Jim Chalmers’ claim move would cost ‘billions’ – but opposition leader labels treasurer’s statement ‘voodoo economics’

Peter Dutton’s cuts to migration over four years would cause a $34bn hit to the federal budget over coming decades, an independent thinktank has said.

The Grattan Institute estimate backs the treasurer Jim Chalmers’ statement that Dutton’s proposed migration cuts would cost “billions”, which the opposition leader dismissed on Monday as “voodoo economics”.

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‘Free Bella’: campaigners fight to save lonely beluga whale from Seoul mall »»

Five years after her last companion died and the aquarium’s owner pledged to free her, Bella still languishes in a tiny tank amid shops

In the heart of Seoul, amid the luxury shops at the foot of the world’s sixth-tallest skyscraper, a lone beluga whale named Bella swims aimlessly in a tiny, lifeless tank, where she has been trapped for a decade.

Her plight is urgent, with campaigners racing to rescue her from the bare tank in a glitzy shopping centre in South Korea’s capital before it is too late.

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Infected blood inquiry to publish final report in seismic moment for victims »»

Chair to share findings of investigation into NHS infection of thousands with HIV or hepatitis C over more than 20 years

The infected blood public inquiry is to publish its final report on the failings that led to the deaths of more than 3,000 people in the UK and ruined many more lives.

The report will detail how more than 30,000 haemophiliacs or transfusion recipients were infected with HIV and/or hepatitis C over more than two decades, and is seen as a seismic moment for the victims and their families.

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Death of president in helicopter crash comes as Iran already faces huge challenges »»

Iran faces western opposition over its nuclear programme, a dire economy and tense relations with other Middle Eastern states

The death of the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, in a helicopter crash comes at a time when the country, faced by unprecedented external challenges, was already bracing itself for a change in regime with the expected demise in the next few years of its 85-year-old supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

In the country’s hydra-headed leadership where power is spread in often opaque ways between clerics, politicians and army, it is the supreme leader, and not the president, that is ultimately decisive.

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Counterfeit goes cool: high-end brands urged to embrace rise of #dupe »»

Gen Z are flaunting their knockoffs and imitations – so experts say companies should play along

High-end brands should “lean in” and embrace the #dupe subculture that feeds off recommending duplicates or cheaper alternatives to luxury products, social media experts have advised.

Dupes, knockoffs and brand imitators are not new: the first wave of beauty YouTubers were highlighting cheaper products as far back as 2010. But in the past, buying imitation goods was mostly done with the aim of passing the item off as the real thing.

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Monday briefing: The history of the contaminated blood scandal; Iranian president confirmed dead »»

In today’s newsletter: After years of failure to recognise how badly the victims were treated, their stories are finally being heard. But is it enough for the families who have fought for years?

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Good morning. At about 8am in Tehran, Iranian state media reported that president Ebrahim Raisi was killed in a helicopter crash along with his foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. The two had been in a helicopter that came down on Sunday in heavy fog in Iran’s mountainous northwest.

You can follow the latest updates on the situation on the live blog, and read Patrick Wintour’s analysis and Peter Beaumont’s profile. Today’s newsletter, though, is about the public inquiry on the contaminated blood scandal, which will publish its final report at 1230pm, almost seven years after it was ordered by Theresa May.

Universities | Vice-chancellors and former ministers are warning that the cash crisis facing universities is so serious that the next government will have to urgently raise tuition fees or increase funding to avoid bankruptcies within two years. Some said increases of £2,000 to £3,500 a year for each student would be needed to stabilise the sector.

US news | The rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs admitted that he punched and kicked his ex-girlfriend in 2016 in a hotel after CNN released footage of the attack, saying he was “truly sorry” and his actions were “inexcusable”. Combs previously settled a lawsuit with Cassandra Ventura after she sued him over what she said was years of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

Labour | The chief constable of the police force examining claims against Angela Rayner has defended the decision to investigate the Labour party deputy leader, vowing it would be done “fairly and impartially”. Stephen Watson, who leads Greater Manchester police, told the Guardian the investigation would “not necessarily” conclude with a file going to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Slovakia | Slovakia’s prime minister, Robert Fico, is out of immediate danger but remains in intensive care four days after he was shot by a gunman, the country’s deputy prime minister has said. Robert Kalinák, Fico’s closest political ally, told reporters: “We all feel a bit more relaxed now.”

Brexit | Post-Brexit border checks will cost UK businesses £470m a year, the government’s public spending watchdog has said. The National Audit Office warned that there were “significant issues” ahead of the introduction of border checks last month, including critical shortages of inspectors.

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Biden: what would Trump have done if the Capitol riots had been led by Black Americans? »»

The US president Joe Biden asks at civil rights event: ‘what do you think he would have done … if Black Americans had stormed the Capitol?’

Joe Biden has launched one of his most scathing attacks yet on Donald Trump’s record of racism, suggesting that the former US president would have acted differently to the January 6 2021 insurrection if was led by Black people.

The remarks, at a dinner hosted by a civil rights organisation in a critical swing state, pointed to an intensifying battle between Biden and Trump for African American voters ahead of November’s presidential election.

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‘China’s threats to annex Taiwan will not simply disappear,’ says Taiwan’s new president – as it happened »»

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The Guardian’s Helen Davidson and Chi Hui Lin are at the inauguration in Taipei. They have this report:

It is a sea of bucket hats outside the Presidential Office.

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G7 leaders to discuss €30bn loan for Ukraine using Russian assets »»

Finance ministers will debate legality of using €270bn in frozen state assets as collateral for loan

Divisions over whether Ukraine can lawfully be handed an extra €30bn (£26bn) loan drawn from €270bn in seized Russian state assets are likely to be aired at a meeting of G7 finance ministers this week in Stresa, northern Italy.

In another test of political will over Ukraine, the US has been canvassing support for the plan, with the money intended to help with Ukraine’s reconstruction or pay for badly needed arms.

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‘Only Hamas can defend us’: Israeli raids and Fatah failures boost support in West Bank »»

Settler attacks and arrests of Hamas supporters create climate of fear and distrust in ruling Fatah party

Shuffling around his family home in the hills around Ramallah, Khalil was nervous after his release from prison the day before. His mother was also terrified that he would be rearrested.

Khalil, a shy 21-year-old whose name has been changed, was arrested in a pre-dawn raid last October for his allegiance to Hamas. But when Israeli forces smashed through the door of his family home, they didn’t tell him why they were detaining him. He was imprisoned for six months without charge, in conditions he described as “unbelievable”.

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‘Modi builds highways but where are our jobs?’: rising inequality looms over India’s election »»

While the number of Indian billionaires soars, growing unemployment has become a big problem for the BJP as it campaigns for a third term

It wasn’t even the real wedding, just the pre-wedding party. But that didn’t stop India’s richest billionaire, Mukesh Ambani, whose son is set to marry the daughter of a millionaire, from throwing an affair so ostentatious that no one could question just how wealthy they are.

The pop star Rihanna was paid about $8m to perform. The catering alone cost $25m and the final bill for the glittering soiree, held in March, reportedly came in at about $150m.

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Helicopter carrying Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi crashes in mountains »»

Rescuers struggle with search operation to find president and foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian because of poor weather conditions

A helicopter carrying the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, and his foreign minister crashed on a fog-covered mountainside, with search and rescue teams rushing to the area as state media called for nationwide prayers.

State TV reported that the helicopter had been found on Sunday evening, well after dark, and quoted an official as saying that at least one passenger and one crew member had been in contact with rescuers.

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DRC army says it stopped attempted coup involving three US citizens »»

Coup leader killed and 50 people, including Americans, arrested after men reportedly attacked presidency in capital Kinshasa

The leader of an attempted coup on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been killed and some 50 people including three American citizens arrested, a spokesperson for the Central African country’s army told Reuters.

Gunfire rang out around 4am in the capital Kinshasa, a Reuters reporter said. Armed men attacked the presidency in the city centre, according to spokesperson Sylvain Ekenge.

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Marco Rubio says he would not accept 2024 election results ‘if it’s unfair’ »»

Republican senator’s comments come as he is considered among Trump’s top candidates for vice-president

The Republican Florida senator Marco Rubio said on Sunday he would not commit to accepting the 2024 presidential election results, insisting that “if it’s unfair” his party will “go to court and point out the fact that states are not following their own election laws”.

Rubio’s statements on Meet the Press come as he is considered among former president Donald Trump’s top candidates for vice-president. Trump has continuously said falsely that the 2020 election was stolen.

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Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly tourist attack in Afghanistan »»

Taliban says four arrested over attack at Bamiyan heritage site that killed three Spanish visitors and an Afghan

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack by gunmen in Afghanistan’s central Bamiyan province that killed three Spanish tourists on Friday.

The Taliban’s interior ministry spokesperson, Abdul Mateen Qani, said on Sunday that four people had been arrested over the attack. One Afghan citizen was also killed and four foreigners and three Afghans were injured in the attack, he added.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs admits he beat ex-girlfriend Cassie: ‘I take full responsibility’ »»

Music mogul says in video statement that he is ‘truly sorry’ after CNN released clip of him attacking Cassie in hotel hallway in 2016

The rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs admitted in a video apology that he punched and kicked his ex-girlfriend in 2016 in the hallway of a hotel after CNN released footage of the attack, saying he was “truly sorry” and his actions were “inexcusable”.

“I take full responsibility for my actions in that video. I was disgusted then when I did it. I’m disgusted now,” he said in the video statement, posted Sunday on Instagram and Facebook.

In the US, the domestic violence hotline is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). In the UK, call the national domestic abuse helpline on 0808 2000 247, or visit Women’s Aid. In Australia, the national family violence counselling service is on 1800 737 732. Other international helplines may be found via www.befrienders.org

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European far-right leaders gather ahead of EU elections »»

Le Pen, Orbán and Meloni rail against socialism and ‘massive illegal migration’ at ‘great patriotic convention’ in Madrid

International far-right leaders, including France’s Marine Le Pen, Hungary’s Viktor Orbán, Italy’s Giorgia Meloni and Argentina’s Javier Milei, came together in Madrid to rail against socialism and “massive illegal migration” three weeks before hard-right parties are expected to see a surge in support in June’s European elections.

Sunday’s “great patriotic convention”, which was organised by Spain’s far-right Vox party, offered conservatives and far-right populists a chance to congregate and take aim at a variety of familiar targets, from the welfare state to “wokeness” and the agendas of Brussels-based bureaucrats.

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Rwanda denies entry to senior human rights researcher »»

Human Rights Watch says Clementine De Montjoye’s case raises fresh questions about UK’s asylum seeker scheme

The Rwandan government has barred a senior human rights researcher from entering the country, prompting accusations that officials are seeking to dodge independent scrutiny just weeks before the UK government is due to send asylum seekers there for the first time.

Rwandan immigration authorities denied entry to Clementine de Montjoye, a senior researcher in Human Rights Watch’s Africa division, when she arrived at Kigali International Airport on 13 May.

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Slovak PM Robert Fico out of immediate danger four days after shooting, says deputy »»

Fico remains in intensive care but has ‘emerged from immediate threat to his life’, Robert Kalinák tells reporters

Slovakia’s prime minister, Robert Fico, is out of immediate danger but remains in intensive care four days after he was shot by a gunman, the country’s deputy prime minister has said.

“He has emerged from the immediate threat to his life, but his condition remains serious and he requires intensive care,” Robert Kalinák, Fico’s closest political ally, told reporters.

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‘Proud and happy’: Ukrainians embrace Oleksandr Usyk’s boxing victory »»

People in Kyiv and Kharkiv celebrate win in world heavyweight unification fight as symbolic achievement for the country

From the capital, Kyiv, to the heavily attacked region of Kharkiv, news of Oleksandr Usyk’s win over Tyson Fury brought war-weary Ukrainians a rare and very welcome moment of victory and celebration.

Usyk, who became the first undisputed world heavyweight champion this century after his victory in Riyadh in the early hours of Sunday, said his triumph did not belong to him alone.

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Two dead and five missing after boat collision near Budapest »»

Hungarian police called to scene of accident on shore of the River Danube near Veroce

Hungarian police say two people have died and five are missing following a boat collision on the Danube.

Hungarian police received a report late on Saturday night that a man had been found bleeding from his head on the shore of the river near the town of Veroce, about 30 miles (50km) north of the capital, Budapest.

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‘One hell of a storm is coming’: Canadian graphic novel about Indigenous identity sparks outrage »»

Book prompts conflict over claims of Métis identity in eastern Canada where group doesn’t have a homeland or deep historic ties

A graphic novel investigating Indigenous identity in Canada has prompted outrage from Métis groups, who say the book undermines their history and represents an attack on their sovereignty.

The work is the result of a third-year history seminar at Dalhousie University, where students collaborated on a book examining thorny questions over ancestry and identity.

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Brazil counts cost of worst-ever floods with little hope of waters receding soon »»

Death toll in southern state of Rio Grande do Sul increasing daily as authorities plan four ‘tent cities’ for 77,000 displaced people

Three weeks after one of Brazil’s worst-ever floods hit its southernmost state, killing 155 people and forcing 540,000 from their homes, experts have warned that water levels will take at least another two weeks to drop.

The death toll across Rio Grande do Sul is still increasing daily, and more than 77,000 displaced people remain in public shelters, prompting the state government to announce plans to build four temporary “tent cities” to accommodate them.

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Home Office in threat to deport disabled man to Nigeria after 38 years in UK »»

Anthony Olubunmi George, 61, has been refused leave to remain despite living most of his adult life in Britain

A disabled man who has lived in the UK for 38 years has been threatened with removal from the UK by the Home Office.

Anthony Olubunmi George, 61, came to the UK at the age of 24 in 1986 from Nigeria. He has not left the UK since and has no criminal convictions. In 2019, he had two strokes, which left him with problems with speech and mobility.

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Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ ubiquitous in Great Lakes basin, study finds »»

PFAS chemicals present in air, rain, atmosphere and water in basin, which holds nearly 95% of US freshwater

Toxic PFAS “forever chemicals” are ubiquitous in the Great Lakes basin’s air, rain, atmosphere and water, new peer-reviewed research shows.

The first-of-its-kind, comprehensive picture of PFAS levels for the basin, which holds nearly 95% of the nation’s freshwater, also reveals that precipitation is probably a major contributor to the lakes’ contamination.

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Fresh floods in Afghanistan kill at least 60 after heavy rain brings devastation »»

Thousands of homes and farming land damaged in Ghor province, a week after over 300 people killed in flash floods

At least 60 people have been killed in a fresh bout of heavy rain and flooding in central Afghanistan, according to an official.

Dozens others remained missing, said Abdul Wahid Hamas, spokesperson for Ghor’s provincial governor, on Saturday. He said the province had suffered significant financial losses, with thousands of homes and properties damaged and hundreds of hectares of agricultural land destroyed in the floods on Friday, including in the province’s capital city, Feroz Koh.

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Netflix’s One Hundred Years of Solitude brings fame to Gabriel García Márquez’s Colombian hometown »»

Locals hope TV adaptation of One Hundred Years of Solitude will bring new life to Aracataca, birthplace of author’s magical realism

In sweltering mid-afternoon heat, children splash in the clear water of the canal that threads through town as elderly neighbours look on from rocking chairs on the porches of their sun-washed houses. Butterflies spring from every bush, sometimes fluttering together in kaleidoscopes.

At the foot of Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountains, about 20 miles from the Caribbean coast, Gabriel García Márquez’s fictional world of Macondo lives on.

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Fans queue round the block as tiny Mexican taco stand wins Michelin star »»

There was more business than usual and some bemused regulars after El Califa de León was rewarded for its ‘exceptional’ offering

El Califa de León, an unassuming taco joint in Mexico City, measures just 3 metres by 3 metres and has space for only about six people to stand at a squeeze. Locals usually wait for 5 minutes between ordering and picking up their food.

All that changed on Wednesday, however, when it became the first Mexican taco stand ever to win a Michelin star, putting it in the exalted company of fine dining restaurants around the world, and drawing crowds like it has never seen.

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Three Spanish tourists and an Afghan shot dead in Afghanistan attack »»

Four suspects arrested at the scene of attack in Bamiyan, as local hospital says other tourists wounded were in a stable condition

Three Spanish tourists and an Afghan civilian have been killed in a shooting attack in Bamiyan province, central Afghanistan.

The Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, wrote on social messaging platform X that he was “shocked by the news of the murder of Spanish tourists in Afghanistan”.

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Binance executive denied bail in Nigeria over money laundering charges »»

Tigran Gambaryan faces allegations of ‘serious criminality’ on behalf of world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange

A Nigerian court has ruled that Tigran Gambaryan, the Binance executive detained on charges of tax evasion and money laundering, can face trial on behalf of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange.

In a judgment in Abuja on Friday – Gambaryan’s 40th birthday – the presiding judge, Emeka Nwite, denied the American national bail, saying he was likely to abscond.

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‘Bullet wounds are common’: crime rife in DRC’s rebel-besieged city of Goma »»

Robberies, shootings, extortion and rapes have surged since the Rwandan-backed M23 militia cut off the eastern Congolese capital

In broad daylight on 16 April, three armed and uniformed men held up a city centre mobile phone shop.

Threatening staff, they helped themselves to about £700 worth of goods, before making off on a motorbike, disappearing into the busy streets of Goma, in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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China to cut mortgage rates as part of plan to prop up property market »»

Local authorities will be allowed to turn unsold homes from developers into affordable housing

China will cut mortgage rates and allow local authorities to turn unsold homes from developers into affordable housing, in a series of drastic measures by Beijing aimed at propping up the country’s faltering property market.

The People’s Bank of China said it would scrap the minimum rate of interest and reduce down-payment ratios to 15% for first-time buyers and 25% for second homes. It will also create a 300bn yuan (£32.8bn) facility to support local state-owned companies to buy homes at reasonable prices, it said in a series of statements on Friday.

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New Caledonia riots: parts of territory ‘out of state control’, French representative says »»

Days of unrest in the French Pacific territory – sparked by a plan to change voting rules – have left five dead

Tensions remained high in Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia, on Friday after days of riots as the French government’s representative said areas of the Pacific territory have “escaped” state control.

Louis Le Franc, high commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia, announced new security deployments. The number of police and gendarmes on the island will rise to 2,700 from 1,700 by Friday evening.

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‘Impossible’ heatwave struck Philippines in April, scientists find »»

Human-caused climate crisis brought soaring temperatures across Asia, from Gaza to Delhi to Manila

The record-breaking heatwave that scorched the Philippines in April would have been impossible without the climate crisis, scientists have found. Searing heat above 40C (104F) struck across Asia in April, causing deaths, water shortages, crop losses and widespread school closures.

The extreme heat was made 45 times more likely in India and five times more likely in Israel and Palestine, the study found. The scientists said the high temperatures compounded the already dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where displaced people are living in overcrowded shelters with little access to water.

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