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California to decide fate of controversial desalination plant amid brutal drought

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California officials are poised to decide the fate of a controversial desalination plant planned along its southern coast, in a vote that comes as the American west battles an increasingly perilous drought. California...

Section 40: government to repeal controversial media law

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A controversial law that could force publishers to pay the costs of the people who sue them, even if they win, is to be repealed, the government has announced. Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, which was dr...

Banana splits: inner-Melbourne council won’t commit to returning controversial fruit sculpture

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A 1.8-metre public sculpture of an anthropomorphic banana in Melbourne that was removed for repairs may never be reinstated, with the council unable to commit to its return. The artwork, which features a menacing skul...

Ricketts family’s controversial bid for Chelsea prompts government concern

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The government is worried about the controversy surrounding the Ricketts family’s bid to buy Chelsea and does not want a group unpopular with supporters to purchase the club. The owners of the Chicago Cubs have seen t...

TV tonight: controversial Falklands war gravely revisited to mark anniversary

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Considering the state of the world, revisiting the Falklands war might feel badly timed, but this documentary is to mark the 40th anniversary of the biggest amphibious operation the UK had undertaken since D-day. The ...

DP World’s controversial history of P&O ownership

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When Dubai Ports Ltd first bought up the ports and ships of P&O 16 years ago, the question that preoccupied a country reeling from the 2005 Islamist terrorist attacks was Britain’s physical security. Now, the ques...

Star senior manager ‘utterly misled’ bank over use of controversial credit cards at casino, inquiry told

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A senior manager at Star Entertainment Group “utterly misled” the National Australia Bank about a controversial credit card used by high-rollers at the casino giant’s gambling venues, an inquiry has been told. The NSW...

Whips, manacles and a bedazzled dildo – the ICA’s controversial show on sex work

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“This is Not for Clients”, proclaims the title of a two-screen video installation. The significance of these words soon becomes clear as two nine-minute films – one silent – simultaneously unspool the story of a sex w...

Louisiana candidate burns Confederate flag in his latest controversial ad

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A Louisiana candidate for the US Senate has burned a Confederate flag in a powerful campaign ad about racial injustice in Louisiana and America. Democrat Gary Chambers is also known for a viral ad where he smokes mari...

Kate Clanchy’s controversial memoir reissued by independent publisher

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An independent publisher, Swift Press, has acquired Kate Clanchy’s Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, after she and her original publisher Picador “part[ed] company” last month following controversy over the ...

Joe Rogan: rise of a highly controversial cultural power

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Some 20 years ago, Joe Rogan was a reality TV host, fronting Fear Factor on NBC, in which hapless contestants faced dangerous, scary or gross stunts. Now he’s one of the most powerful figures in American media, thoug...

Note from Aldo Moro kidnappers sells for €26,000 at controversial auction

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A leaflet claiming responsibility for the 1978 kidnapping of the Italian statesman Aldo Moro by the ultra-left Red Brigades has been sold at auction, despite criticism the sale was in poor taste. Rome’s Bertolami auct...

Jihad Rehab review – eye-opening documentary on a controversial program

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“Jihad is for teenagers. Now I am too old.” It’s not exactly the answer you’d like to hear when asking a supposedly reformed fundamentalist if they have an interest in rejoining al-Qaida, but it’s better than nothing....

New York will allow non-citizens to vote under controversial law

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More than 800,000 non-citizens and “Dreamers” could vote in New York City municipal elections as early as next year, after Mayor Eric Adams allowed legislation to become law on Sunday. Opponents have vowed to challeng...

French MPs pass controversial Covid vaccine bill with large majority

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French MPs have passed the government’s controversial vaccine pass bill after three days of an angry stop-start debate. The legislation, which requires people to be fully vaccinated to enjoy social, sporting and cultu...

Alarm as Texas quietly restarts controversial voting program

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Texas officials have quietly restarted a controversial program to ask people on the voter rolls to prove their citizenship, sparking alarm that thousands of eligible voters could be wrongfully targeted. The Texas sec...

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