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Texas student arrested after report of person walking near school with a weapon

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Police have arrested a Texas high school student after semi-automatic weapons were found in his car, a day after 21 people were murdered by another high school student in the state. The police department in Richardson...

Zelenskiy compares Russian laser threat to nonexistent Nazi ‘wonder weapon’

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Russia’s promise to use lasers to shoot down drones in Ukraine has prompted widespread scepticism that the novel and possibly nuclear-powered weaponry could be deployed on the battlefield or have any significant impac...

Putin could use nuclear weapon if he felt war being lost – US intelligence chief

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Vladimir Putin could view the prospect of defeat in Ukraine as an existential threat to his regime, potentially triggering his resort to using a nuclear weapon, the top US intelligence official has warned. The warning...

Man jailed for 30 years for using car as murder weapon

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A driver who left another man for dead in the road after dragging him more than half a mile in a “cruel” revenge attack will spend at least 30 years behind bars. Martin Eastwood, 22, killed Liam Dent, 25, using a stol...

Russia to go to UN with its claims of US-backed biological weapon plot

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Russia is preparing to put before the UN unfounded claims of a US-orchestrated biological weapon plot in Ukraine, as the Kremlin announced 16,000 foreign fighters from the Middle East would be sent to the eastern Euro...

‘Their weapon is your shame’: toxic abuse from Nigeria’s loan sharks

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Shayo Adebayo, 28, an unemployed medical physiology graduate from south-west Nigeria, read from scores of abusive WhatsAapp messages and voice notes sent to her by debt collectors from quick loan companies. “I will de...

The phone has become the Ukrainian president’s most effective weapon

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In a string of phone calls from a besieged Kyiv, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has persuaded the west to agree to a set of sanctions against Russia that were inconceivable a week ago. Sensing how European ...

America’s anti-abortion movement has a secret dirty weapon: gerrymandering

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America is at a crossroads when it comes to abortion. In 2021, state legislatures have passed an unprecedented 106 anti-abortion bills. State lawmakers in five states are preparing legislation similar to Texas’s SB 8,...

Germany investigates possible ‘sonic weapon attack’ against US embassy staff

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German police are investigating an “alleged sonic weapon attack” against staff of the US embassy in Berlin, in the latest in a growing number of incidents of “Havana syndrome” around the world. The police statement, w...

Australia’s secret weapon at the Tokyo Olympics – good coffee, of course

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Team Australia have had an upbeat start to their Tokyo 2020 campaign. With nine gold medals as of Friday lunchtime, they have already surpassed their overall Rio haul of five years ago – with more than a week of compe...

Revealed: leak uncovers global abuse of cyber-surveillance weapon

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Human rights activists, journalists and lawyers across the world have been targeted by authoritarian governments using hacking software sold by the Israeli surveillance company NSO Group, according to an investigation...

Hard Like Water by Yan Lianke review – language as a weapon

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In the opening chapters of Hard Like Water, Yan Lianke’s 2001 novel now published in English, a soldier watches a young woman undo the five buttons of her shirt; she appears to him like an erotic, immortal being. They...

Jacinda Ardern’s global news presence was a powerful weapon – until it wasn’t

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Jacinda Ardern rarely repeats her mistakes. When she rose to power in 2017 New Zealand’s newly elected prime minister became a subject of fascination for progressives around the world; they regarded her as a kind of a...

Is Russia’s Covid vaccine anything more than a political weapon?

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Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine has yet to win EU regulatory approval and is likely to play little part in the bloc’s rollout, but it has already achieved what some observers say is one of its objectives – sowing division ...