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Israel hits Gaza with airstrikes after more incendiary balloon launches

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Israel hit Islamist militant sites in Gaza with airstrikes on Friday in retaliation for incendiary balloon launches from the Palestinian enclave, in the latest unrest since a ceasefire ended May’s conflict. Security s...

‘It’s a tastemaker’: how Love Island launches musicians’ careers

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As a singer-songwriter, Hana Lili mines the depths of her emotions to write heartfelt acoustic songs in her bedroom about her personal relationships. So she found it surreal to watch as her latest single, Stay, was us...

Facebook launches Reels globally, betting on ‘fastest growing’ format

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Facebook has launched its short video feature Reels globally, its owner Meta Platforms said on Tuesday, in a move to expand its fastest growing content format after reports that overall user numbers are down. The soc...

Israel launches airstrikes in Lebanon in response to rockets

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Israel escalated its response to rocket attacks this week by launching airstrikes on Lebanon, the Israeli military has said. The military said in a statement that jets struck the launch sites from which rockets had be...

Prince of Wales charity launches inquiry into ‘cash for access’ claims

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A charity founded by the Prince of Wales has launched an ethics investigation into “cash for access” claims that middlemen took cuts for setting up dinners involving wealthy donors and the heir to the throne. The Prin...

Notting Hill carnival launches fund for bands and artists hit by cancelled event

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The Notting Hill carnival has launched a fund to ensure that it can go ahead next year, after the Covid-19 pandemic forced organisers to cancel the live event in west London for the second year in a row. Organisers sa...

Ofgem launches £450m fund to help homes and businesses go green

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Great Britain’s energy regulator has launched a £450m fund aimed at innovative projects that will help the country meet its net zero climate targets. Ofgem will make the money available to energy network companies tha...

‘I got my weed from California’: Justin Bieber launches joints named after song

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Justin Bieber has entered the cannabis industry launching $32 (£23.50) packs of pre-rolled joints named Peaches after his recent hit song. Bieber, 27, on Monday announced a partnership with the Los Angeles based canna...

Lula launches campaign to reclaim Brazilian presidency from Bolsonaro

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Brazil’s former leader Luiz Inació Lula da Silva has kickstarted what he hopes will be a sensational finale to one of Latin America’s most extraordinary political careers, publicly declaring his intention to challenge...

SpaceX launches world’s first ‘amateur astronaut’ crew to orbit Earth

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SpaceX has launched the world’s first crew of “amateur astronauts” on a private flight to circle Earth for three days. Wednesday night’s successful launch marked the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism. It’s the ...

Cycling charity launches ambitious plan to boost UK-wide path network

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A masterplan for a UK-wide traffic and barrier-free national cycling and walking network (NCN) suitable for “a sensible 12-year-old travelling alone” is to be launched on Wednesday. The ambitious plan would link most ...

Widow of South Africa’s Zulu king launches legal succession bid in court

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One of the six widows of South Africa’s Zulu king launched a legal succession bid on Tuesday, arguing that she is the monarch’s only legitimate widow as they had a civil marriage, while he wed his five other wives onl...

UK launches trial of drug to tackle fatigue in long Covid patients

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The first trial of a drug to target the fatigue and muscle weakness experienced by more than half of people with long Covid has been launched in the UK. It is also the first drug trial in long Covid patients who were ...

‘Wings of Song’: China launches ‘idyllic’ musical set in Xinjiang – video

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A new Chinese state-produced musical set in Xinjiang portrays a rural idyll of ethnic cohesion devoid of repression, mass surveillance and even the Muslim religion of its majority Uyghur population. The musical appear...

Humza Yousaf launches legal action against Dundee nursery ‘discrimination’

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The Scottish government’s health secretary and his wife have initiated legal proceedings against a nursery near Dundee which they claim discriminated against their two-year-old daughter. Humza Yousaf, one of Scotland’...

Lords watchdog launches inquiry into Michelle Mone over ‘VIP lane’ contract

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The House of Lords commissioner for standards has launched an investigation into the Conservative peer Michelle Mone, relating to the PPE company awarded £203m government contracts via the “VIP lane” after she referre...

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