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    A restaurant challenges the president of Venezuela by selling empanadas

    Related media – Recent news Representatives from the tax agency did not respond to an email seeking comment. The Hernández sisters were initially devastated. But they had filmed their interaction with regulators and sent it to one of their daughters. The young woman decided that she could share the family’s experience with some friends. The video quickly spread online and soon outraged supporters were visiting the restaurant as if they were making a pilgrimage. Donations appeared at the door: spices to season the filling of empanadas, a 33-pound bag of cornmeal. Then funds began to arrive from Colombia, Brazil, Mexico…

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    Iran votes in presidential election amid low turnout

    Related media – Latest news Iran’s presidential election on Friday saw a notably low turnout, with early estimates indicating that only about 25% of eligible voters participated. This is a significant drop from the 70% turnout seen in previous elections and falls short of the 50% goal set by the ruling clerics, who view voter participation as a measure of their legitimacy. Years of economic hardship and strict social restrictions have left many Iranians disillusioned with politicians’ unfulfilled promises. For some, abstaining from voting is a way to express their rejection of the government. Reports from Tehran indicated empty polling…

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    A Hungarian rapper’s bandwagon finds an unlikely new driver

    More news – News 24 hours “I’m in the middle of this whole thing, and even I find it hard to explain what happened,” Mr. Toth said. “People cheer for him like they cheer for the Hungarian national football team.” Politics, however, dashed Azahriah’s chances of representing her country in Europe’s musical equivalent of the World Cup, the Eurovision Song Contest. Authorities, alarmed by Eurovision’s reputation as Europe’s biggest gay event, in 2020 ended Hungary’s participation in the annual competition. “It would have been amazing if I could have won Eurovision as a straight white guy,” Azahriah said. David Sajo,…

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    Middle East crisis: Israel orders evacuations amid strikes on Gaza City

    Related media – News 24 hours Israel ordered evacuations in eastern Gaza on Thursday as heavy strikes hit the region, leading to numerous casualties, according to Palestinian officials and residents. Those in the area described a desperate rush to escape amidst ongoing explosions. The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the attacks, which reportedly targeted the Shajaiye neighborhood, a heavily damaged area from previous intense fighting. Israel’s public broadcaster, Kan, noted the army was conducting a ground operation to eliminate Hamas, based on intelligence suggesting the group was regaining control in the neighborhood. A human rights organization witness reported…

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    Iranian presidential candidates united on one thing: Trump’s return

    Related media – Breaking news During the Iranian presidential campaign, a recurring theme has dominated debates, rallies, and speeches: the anticipated return of Donald J. Trump. The six presidential candidates have repeatedly suggested that Trump’s victory in the 2024 U.S. presidential election is inevitable. The central issue for Iranian voters, as they head to the polls on Friday, is determining which candidate is best equipped to handle Trump’s presidency. Interestingly, President Biden is scarcely mentioned, and the numerous polls indicating a close U.S. election are ignored. Instead, Trump’s name is frequently invoked. “You wait and see what will happen when…

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    Kenyan parliament pushes through tax bill amidst uproar

    More news – Latest news Kenyan lawmakers approved a contentious financial bill on Tuesday, sparking outrage from thousands who marched on Parliament in Nairobi. Protesters pleaded with the government to reject the proposed tax hikes, arguing they would disproportionately burden ordinary Kenyans. Clashes erupted as police deployed tear gas to disperse the crowds. Footage captured by international media outlets showed the chaotic scene, including the use of force against demonstrators. Reports also surfaced of human rights activists being abducted ahead of the protest, raising concerns about freedom of expression. The proposed legislation has ignited a firestorm across Kenya. The East…

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    The number of victims of attacks on churches and synagogues in Dagestan is rising, officials say

    Related media – News 24 hours “We understand who is behind these terrorist acts,” Sergei Melikov, Dagestan’s top official, said in a speech to its residents. He drew a comparison between the victims of the assault and Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine, saying they were facing the same enemy. “We must understand that war enters our home,” Melikov added. Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, in his daily press conference on Monday appeared to draw a link between the violence in Dagestan and Ukraine’s separate attack on Sunday on occupied Crimea. Local officials declared a three-day mourning period in Dagestan, a multi-religious…

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    Crisis in the Middle East: Israeli airstrikes hit Gaza City; Victims are reported

    More news – Recent news A UN-run school in Khan Younis, southern Gaza, in May. Most of these schools are now used as shelters.Credit…Haitham Imad/EPA, via Shutterstock Karim al-Masri was due to start his final exams on Saturday morning, just weeks after graduating. Instead, he spent the morning filling bags of water to freeze into ice, which he sold to support his family. “I was supposed to study and prepare for final exams,” said al-Masri, 18. But, more than eight months into the war, “I am spending my days working to provide for my family to cope with the situation.”…

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    During Eid al-Adha, Gazans find little to celebrate

    More news – Breaking news Now, due to the lack of electricity and higher costs in the markets, Mr Abdul Aziz has to buy food every day, depending on what is available and what he can afford. But the party isn’t the only thing he’ll miss this year, he said. “There are family visits and gatherings, giving money to children, buying new clothes for everyone, baking sweets, saying Eid prayers,” he said. “None of this is feasible this year. Everyone is sad and has lost someone or something.” Aya Ali Adwan, 26, had become engaged before the war began. Her…

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    In North Macedonia, disputes over history extend to statues

    Related media – Breaking news The center of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, a Balkan country born just 33 years ago as an independent state, is flooded with history. A statue of Alexander the Great looms over the central square. One of his fathers, Philip II of Macedon, stands on a large pedestal above a nearby square. The city is also dotted with bronze, stone and plaster tributes to generations of other heroes from what the country sees as its glorious and very long history. The problem, however, is that most of the history exposed is claimed by other…