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Middle East travel by Blinken to discuss Gaza post-war plan

The United States secretary of state has embarked on a mission in the Middle East to deliberate on a post-conflict strategy for the administration and protection of Gaza. What the United States refers to as "an architecture for lasting peace" will be the focus of Antony Blinken's discussions with Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia and Egypt (first).

England Women win first T20 of New Zealand tour

England captain Heather Knight led her team to a 27-run victory over New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 international by paving the way. Before dismissing New Zealand to 160 for four in Dunedin, Knight amassed 63 runs off 39 deliveries as the visiting attack halted the hosts' response. Knight bowled two tight overs in total.

Andy Farrell keeps Ireland team unchanged for Scotland

Andy Farrell, the head coach of Ireland, has selected an unaltered squad to face Scotland in Dublin on Saturday in a season-deciding Six Nations match.  Farrell decides against a reorganisation even though Ireland's prospects of securing consecutive Grand Slams were dashed by England's defeat last week.

After winning nominations, Biden and Trump will face off

Both former US President Joe Biden and current nominee Donald Trump have secured their parties' nominations by surpassing the delegate thresholds. Both candidates secured multiple state victories in primary elections on Tuesday, which secured their victory. The United States will witness its first rematch in a presidential election since 1970 between the two candidates in 2020.

Taylor Swift-led vinyl renaissance noticed by price data experts

Those who compute the escalating cost of living have acknowledged the extraordinary success of Taylor Swift in the realm of vinyl music sales. Vinyl records have been reintroduced to the basket of products utilized by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to monitor prices and calculate the inflation rate, marking their return after over three decades.

Rachel Reeves argues Labour won’t save failing councils

When queried whether she would permit local governments to increase taxes or advise them to perish or swim, the shadow chancellor responded, "I have no qualms regarding the magnitude of the challenge I will assume upon assuming the role later this year, and I must be forthright with the public." Insolvent councils will not be bailed out by Labour, according to the shadow chancellor. "I'm not going to be able to fix all the problems straightaway," Reeves admitted.

Five agencies withdraw Kate’s photo over ‘manipulation’ concerns

The fifth picture service to withdraw a photograph of the Princess of Wales and her children due to concerns about the image is PA, a prominent news agency in the United Kingdom. Concerns that the image had been "manipulated" had already prompted four international photo agencies to retract the image. The Mother's Day photograph, which Prince William captured, marked the initial public appearance of Catherine since her January surgery, as announced by Kensington Palace.

Premier League hustles for £836m football deal

On Monday, the twenty clubs comprising the English Premier League will be urged to endorse a revised agreement with the lower divisions, which shall consist of two repayable installments totaling £44 million. Premier League executives are in a rush to conclude an £836 million financial settlement this weekend, mere days before legislation to establish the first statutory regulator of English football is published.

Biden: Freedom, democracy attacked globally and domestically

The president of the United States also addressed the January 6 rioting in his State of the Union address, where he accused Trump and "certain members present in the chamber" of an attempt to "bury the truth." As part of one of the most pivotal addresses of his presidency, Joe Biden asserted that democracy and freedom are "under attack" both domestically and internationally. "History is watching" as the president of the United States urged Congress in his State of the Union address to continue supporting Ukraine's war effort against Russia.

Families of Uvalde school shooting victims condemn new study

Families of the victims have expressed their anger following the acquittal of police officers in a report regarding the mass shooting that occurred in Uvalde, Texas, in 2022. An independent investigator, Jesse Prado, stated that the officers acted in good faith, contrasting with earlier findings criticizing the tardy response. "You refer to that as good faith?" "They stood for seventy-seven minutes," Veronica Mata, whose daughter was slain at the age of ten, remarked.

Drone assault sinks Russian ship, kills seven in Ukraine war

According to the Ukrainian military intelligence service, the Black Sea fleet vessel sustained right and left side damage in addition to damage to its aft.

Pakistan-born cricketer Sikandar Raza controls Zimbabwean hearts

Since 2022, Zimbabwe's Sikandar Raza, who was born in Pakistan, has been on a runaway. In addition to finishing as the first player to amass five consecutive fifty-plus scores in Twenty20 internationals (T20I), the 37-year-old has been nominated for the ICC Twenty20 International Player of the Year award for two consecutive years.

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Police threaten arrest of ‘openly Jewish’ man near pro-Palestine march

Last Saturday in London, the leader of the Campaign Against Antisemitism was prevented from crossing a road near a pro-Palestine demonstration. A supporter of antisemitism was threatened with arrest mere yards from a pro-Palestine march, with one Metropolitan Police officer characterising his presence as "antagonising."

G7 nations criticise Chinese funding for Russia’s weapons industry

The "strong concern" expressed by foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) nations regarding transferring weapon components and materials from Chinese enterprises to Russia in preparation for its military offensive in Ukraine has been documented. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken exhorted his counterparts on Friday at a meeting on the Italian island of Capri to increase pressure on China, which the United States accuses of assisting Russia's war effort by supplying critical components for weaponry.

Israel’s attack on Iran: Crisis demonstrates Iran-Israel miscommunication

The Israeli assault on Iran did not elicit the severe reaction that Western leaders, including US President Joe Biden, had anticipated. They have been advocating for Israel to establish a clear boundary in the perilous sequence of occurrences that commenced on April 1 with the assassination of a senior Iranian general in Damascus by Israel. The conflict in Gaza has persisted for over six months after the Hamas assaults on Israel, and it has extended to the vicinity encompassing the Lebanon-Israel border and the Gulf.

Saga boosted by ocean and river cruise demand

New results indicate that Saga's cruise and travel divisions returned to profitability in 2018 due to a significant increase in demand. According to preliminary annual results, the group's ocean cruise division generated an underlying pre-tax profit of £35.5 million in the year ending in January, compared to a loss of £700,000 in the prior year. The organisation stated, "Bookings for ocean cruises continue to be exceptionally robust, and we have already secured a 78% load factor and £3,679 per diem for 2024/25."