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Canary Islands sandstorm: Flights disrupted as dust cloud strands tourists

A vast sandstorm from the Sahara has shrouded Spain’s Canary Islands, disrupting travel plans for tourists flying in and out. Spain’s airport operator Aena cancelled, suspended or diverted all flights to and from the islands on Sunday, citing low visibility. But on Sunday night, Aena said operations had resumed at all airports, except Tenerife South. […]

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Coronavirus: Venice Carnival closes as Italy imposes lockdown

Media playback is unsupported on your device Italian officials have cut short the Venice Carnival as they try to control what is now the worst outbreak of the coronavirus in Europe. Authorities in the Veneto region said the event would end later on Sunday, two days earlier than scheduled. Italy has by far the highest […]

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From The Strategist: the 13 Best Travel Mugs

If you’re an avid coffee drinker and you’re toying with the idea of a zero-waste (or lower-waste) lifestyle, your first step should be bringing your own thermos or mug to your local java spot. Trading your daily paper to-go cup for a more eco-conscious reusable mug isn’t just about sustainability. Experts like Natalie Slavutsky of […]

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Medical masks at Philippines mass wedding

An annual mass wedding ceremony in the Philippines saw face masks and health checks included in the proceedings this year. The precautions have been brought in due to the threat of coronavirus. The city of Bacolod, Philippines saw 220 couples married in the government-sponsored event. Let’s block ads! (Why?)

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Donald Trump ads will take over YouTube for Election Day

YouTube’s homepage will feature ads in support of Donald Trump’s reelection campaign on election day 2020, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Trump’s reelection campaign bought out YouTube’s masthead ad space for “early November” including election day, November 3, according to Bloomberg. By purchasing this highly trafficked ad space, the Trump campaign is betting that the visibility […]

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L’Arche founder Jean Vanier sexually abused women – internal report

A religious leader who founded a celebrated organisation for people with learning difficulties sexually abused six women in France, an internal report says. Canadian Jean Vanier set up the global network L’Arche in France in 1964 and died last year aged 90. None of the women he abused were themselves disabled, the report says. An […]

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Coronavirus: South Korea confirms huge rise in cases

South Korea says the number of new coronavirus cases in the country has more than doubled in one day. Officials said on Saturday that 229 new cases had been confirmed since Friday, raising the total to 433. In a televised address, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun described the situation as “grave”. Many of the new cases […]

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Saudi rapper faces arrest for Mecca Girl music video

Saudi officials have called for the arrest of a female rapper who released a music video for her song Mecca Girl that praises women from the holy city as “powerful and beautiful”. Social media users reacted angrily, calling the authorities “hypocritical”. In 2018 the crown prince of the conservative country began a programme of reforms. […]