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    Fire at lithium battery plant in South Korea kills at least 22 people

    Related media – News 24 hours Workers who fled the fire said the fire started when a single battery cell caught fire, triggering a series of explosions among some of the 35,000 lithium battery cells stored on the second floor of the factory, according to Kim. Fires can occur in lithium batteries when the internal layers are compressed, causing a short circuit. The layers can be compressed by a sudden impact, such as during a vehicle collision, or by the gradual swelling of the batteries from regular use. Lithium is a metal capable of storing large amounts of energy in…

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    Shahjahan Bhuiya, hangman turned TikTok sensation, passes away in Bangladesh

    Related media – Latest news Shahjahan Bhuiya, who became notorious for executing some of Bangladesh’s most infamous criminals in exchange for a reduced sentence for his own crimes, and later gained brief fame on TikTok, died on Monday in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The National Police announced on Tuesday that the cause of his death, which occurred in a hospital, has not yet been confirmed. Abul Kashem, Bhuiya’s landlord, reported that he took Bhuiya to the hospital on Sunday after Bhuiya experienced chest pains. Last year, Bhuiya claimed to be 74 years old in local media, but his national…

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    American travelers in Europe face phone outage

    More news – Breaking news U.S. mobile carriers AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile experienced an outage that impacted travelers in Europe. Many vacationers lost access to essential phone features like data, calls, and texts. Social media buzzed with frustrated travelers from Britain to Turkey, unable to connect for up to 24 hours. The cause of the outage remains unclear, but it seems to be related to a problem with a third-party vendor used for international roaming. Carriers acknowledged the issue: AT&T claims their network is functioning normally, but some international customers might face disruptions due to an external issue. They are working with…

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    A birdwatcher’s paradise emerges from Colombia’s Peace Agreement

    Related media – Latest news The 2016 peace treaty, which concluded decades of civil conflict in Colombia, has turned the country into a haven for birdwatchers. This agreement has freed vast stretches of forests previously dominated by armed groups, making them accessible for wildlife enthusiasts and researchers alike. For years, Colombia’s rich biodiversity was hidden behind the barriers of a long-standing civil war. The nation’s forests, home to an astonishing variety of bird species, were largely off-limits due to the presence of guerrilla fighters and the associated dangers. However, the peace agreement has opened up these once-inaccessible areas, revealing a…

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    Julian Assange nears freedom after guilty plea in leaked documents case

    Related media – Breaking news Ending a years-long legal saga, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is poised to return to Australia after pleading guilty to a single charge related to the publication of classified US documents. The 52-year-old Australian national avoided a lengthy prison sentence by admitting guilt in a remote court hearing on a US territory in the Pacific. This agreement marks a significant development in a case that has become a battleground for press freedom and national security concerns. From Celebrated Whistleblower to Legal Standoff Assange rose to prominence in the 2010s when WikiLeaks published a trove of sensitive…

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    Saudi Arabia’s Next Billion-Dollar Sports Play: A Boxing Takeover

    More news – Recent news Each class would include around 15 fighters each, allowing top talent to face off against each other regularly. The move would effectively create a single boxing entity that would replace the sometimes chaotic and frustrating system of warring fight promoters and sanctioning bodies. The new entity would have the resources and fighters to stage high-profile cards around the world. And unlike many of the sports that Saudi Arabia has previously attempted to revolutionize, professional boxing may be ripe for reinvention. The sport has lost its luster and some of its allure in recent decades and…

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    A Swiss court condemns the richest family in the United Kingdom for exploiting domestic staff

    More news – Breaking news Prosecutors had said the Hinduja family confiscated the domestic workers’ passports and told them not to leave the villa, where they slept in bunk beds in a windowless basement. The workers should have been available at all times, the indictment says, including during trips to France and Monaco, where they worked under the same conditions. Mr Jordan, the Hinduja family’s lawyer, had rejected what he called “exaggerated and biased allegations”. “Members of the Hinduja family vigorously deny these allegations,” he said in a statement before the verdict. According to the Swiss press, a civil case…

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    Putin’s presidential planes: what we know

    Related media – Recent news When President Vladimir V. Putin travels abroad — as he did this week to North Korea and Vietnam to strengthen alliances and cultivate security ties amid Russia’s war in Ukraine — he usually flies on Ilyushin-series jets Il-96 dated to Soviet design. With his latest trip coming shortly after plane crashes that killed two other world leaders, President Ebrahim Raisi of Iran and Vice President Saulos Chilima of Malawi, a Kremlin spokesperson found it necessary recently to reassure the Russian public that Putin’s planes were “very reliable. “ Although Russian airlines have abandoned Ilyushin models…

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    When the only way out of the war in Gaza is to buy your way out

    Related media – News 24 hours In February, when Dr. Ghayyda traveled to the Egyptian capital to register his parents, sister and nephew, he took his 23-year-old son with him to avoid carrying more than $10,000. By then he had raised about $25,000. “The whole process was quite long, complex and uncertain,” he said. In an interview in his office in Cairo, Mr. Organi spoke at length and in detail about Hala’s activities, although he said his role in the company was limited and that he was just one of many shareholders. Hala has long been listed on Organi Group’s…

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    As Ukraine expands its military draft, some men are in hiding

    Related media – Breaking news Tymofii Brik, a sociologist at the Kyiv School of Economics, said polls “suggest that the willingness to defend the nation among Ukrainians has remained constant” throughout the war, with about a third of people indicating a willingness to serve. However, Ukraine’s mobilization has opened up painful divisions in society. Vitaliy Bondarenko, a 29-year-old conscript officer from Lviv, said the men ran away every time his vehicle stopped. “They see us and run away,” he said. Many Ukrainian soldiers resent those who try to avoid the draft, arguing that their actions weaken their country’s war effort.…