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Middle East crisis live: reports vessel may have been boarded near Strait of Hormuz | Israel-Gaza war
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Middle East crisis live: reports vessel may have been boarded near Strait of Hormuz | Israel-Gaza war

Reports of vessel being boarded near Strait of HormuzA British maritime organisation warned Saturday that a vessel may have been boarded by an unknown party near the crucial strait of Hormuz, reports the Associated Press (AP).The warning from the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) offered no details about the boarding in the Gulf of Oman off the Emirati port city of Fujairah.The incident comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the west, particularly after a suspected Israeli strike on the Iranian consulate in Syria. According to AP, Iran did not immediately acknowledge seizing any vessel, nor was there any report carried by state media about the incident. However, Iran since 2019 has engaged in a series of ship seizures and had attacks on vessels attributed to it a...
Some Arizonans seek abortions before access ends following court ruling
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Some Arizonans seek abortions before access ends following court ruling

PHOENIX — Jordan Johnson, 29, was one of several patients who waded through a half dozen anti-abortion activists on Thursday while making her way into the Acacia Women’s Center. Just two days after the state’s Supreme Court ruled that an 1864 abortion ban was enforceable, the activists were outside the clinic, yelling at women not to go in and running up to cars entering the parking lot.“Walking past those guys was very angering and emotional,” Johnson told NBC News just before her appointment for an abortion. She responded to the activists with an expletive-laden demand to leave her alone. “If they’re going to yell things at me, I’m not holding back.”Johnson was at the clinic to see Dr. Ronald Yunis, a long-time OB-GYN. Just outside his office, protesters stood on the sidewalk with lar...
de los tranvías en llamas a los raíles del futuro
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de los tranvías en llamas a los raíles del futuro

Una ciudad que se puede recorrer a pie pero que lo tiene todo cerca es bastante imposible si no tienes dos buenos pulmones y tiempo. La lucha por la movilidad sostenible tiene dimensiones planetarias y urbanistas, empresarios y políticos han zarandeado los destinos de las gentes de sus ciudades en su batalla por una vida cómoda, por la conciliación entre el trabajo y la familia, por el disfrute del tiempo que nos ha sido dado. Que el tranvía en Barcelona cumpla 20 años consecutivos de servicio, con un futuro despliegue en el horizonte, es extraordinario, como lo es su pasado luminoso, que fue truncado por la fiebre por el motor. La relación de amor-odio de Barcelona con el tranvía no es una anomalía, y ese hilo que nos ata a toda la humanidad y alcanza las antípodas nos lleva también po...
European cities hope jet-setting Taylor Swift fans will splash the cash for Eras tour | Taylor Swift
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European cities hope jet-setting Taylor Swift fans will splash the cash for Eras tour | Taylor Swift

Tim Brown, 44, and his wife, Marcella, 34, may not consider themselves bona fide “Swifties”, but when it was announced last June that Taylor Swift would be visiting their corner of the globe this summer they could not resist joining the scramble for a pair of tickets.A post-pandemic appetite for live music events has fuelled huge worldwide interest in the American singer-songwriter’s Eras tour, which surpassed in $1bn sales in November to become the highest-grossing series of concerts in history.Map of locations for the European leg of the Eras tourThe pop culture event of the summer will arrive in Europe next month, kicking off in Paris on 9 May and wrapping up in London on 20 August with 49 dates in between in Sweden, Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Austria, Spain, Italy, the Neth...
Australia news live: at least four believed to have died after multiple stabbings in Sydney shopping centre | Sydney
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Australia news live: at least four believed to have died after multiple stabbings in Sydney shopping centre | Sydney

Police release statement, confirm man shotPolice have just released this holding statement: Saturday, 13 April 2024 04:36:50 PM A critical incident has commenced following the shooting of male at Bondi Junction. Just before 4pm (Saturday 13 April 2024), emergency services were called to Westfield Bondi Junction following reports of multiple people stabbed. People are urged to avoid the area. Inquiries are continuing in relation to the incident and there are no further details. ShareUpdated at 02.57 EDTKey eventsTamsin RoseThis has just come in from Tamsin Rose, who is on the scene for Guardian Australia at Bondi Junction. She reports the below happened at about 5:30PM. Heavily armed police have entered the Bondi Junction Westfield shopping centre near [the store] Zara with their w...
Ukraine air defences overwhelmed as Russia pounds power stations | Ukraine
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Ukraine air defences overwhelmed as Russia pounds power stations | Ukraine

Ukraine’s air defences are being overwhelmed by concentrated waves of Russian bombing aimed at its power stations, acknowledged a senior presidential adviser after the destruction of an entire plant on Thursday.Mykhailo Podolyak said Moscow was adopting new tactics of attacking power stations with up to “10 or 12 missiles at a time”, bypassing already stretched Patriot and other missile shields.“The system is overloaded,” Podolyak said in an interview. “Now we have to see whether we can keep the system running, whether we need more air defence systems, especially against anti-ultrasonic ballistic missiles, and whether we can restore the destroyed facilities.”On Thursday, Trypilska, a coal and gas fired plant south of Kyiv, was destroyed after Russian bombing caused fire to break out in ...
El poder de tocarnos: estos son los beneficios demostrados para la salud
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El poder de tocarnos: estos son los beneficios demostrados para la salud

«No toques, ¿por qué tocas?», suele preguntar con cara de pocos amigos Amador Rivas, el personaje de 'La que se avecina', cada vez que alguien, normalmente Leo, le toca por la razón que sea. Puede que les resulte raro empezar un artículo sobre una investigación científica mencionando la popular serie televisiva -no se crean, hay estudios universitarios que analizan sus frases más manidas-, pero en seguida verán que tiene sentido. Porque la ciencia ha demostrado hace tiempo que el contacto físico es beneficioso para la salud, tanto la física como la mental. Un abrazo, un masaje, una carantoña… ayudan a los adultos a rebajar la ansiedad o mejorar cuando se está deprimido. En los bebés se sabe que aumentan de peso, por ejemplo. Por sorprendente que parezca, vale incluso que sea un robot el...
Fernando Alonso y Aston Martin: el mejor camino para 2025 y más allá
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Fernando Alonso y Aston Martin: el mejor camino para 2025 y más allá

Fernando Alonso es una anomalía deportiva. A sus casi 43 años, que cumplirá en julio, sigue en activo en un deporte en el que lo habitual es retirarse en la segunda mitad de la treintena, como mucho. Muchos pilotos no lo han hecho por elección, sino porque simplemente han venido empujando otros que les han evacuado de su asiento. No hay que irse muy lejos: el propio Carlos Sainz está en plena búsqueda activa de empleo después de que Ferrari decidiese contratar a Lewis Hamilton para 2025 y formar así una dupla soñada por muchos 'tifosi': el mejor piloto de la historia cuantitativamente (sólo empata con Schumacher en títulos, en el resto de estadísticas le supera) junto a un 'predestinato' a la gloria. Pero el caso de Alonso es especial. Él, pese a que lleva más de 10 años sin una vict...
Tim Dowling: is the dog about to die or does it just hate being on holiday? | Life and style
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Tim Dowling: is the dog about to die or does it just hate being on holiday? | Life and style

It is teatime on our rainy family weekend away. The five of us are sitting around staring at the dog as it attempts to remove mud from between its toes by scrabbling at the sides of its dog bed.“She hates mud,” says the middle one.“She hates the country,” says my wife.The dog snorts and runs a circle round the room. Then it runs out of the room and does a circle round the next room. Then it begins the first of a series of hysterical figure eights through both rooms, tail wagging, pausing only to drag its back paws along the floor.I couldn’t tell you exactly how many laps it took for this behaviour to go from funny to annoying, then from annoying to concerning, then from concerning to upsetting. But more than you’d think – let’s call it 15.“This is getting weird,” says the oldest one. It...
The Chinese émigrés leaving the pressures of home for laid back Chiang Mai | Thailand
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The Chinese émigrés leaving the pressures of home for laid back Chiang Mai | Thailand

Approaching her mid-30s, Xiong Yidan reckons that most of her friends are on to their second or even third babies. But Xiong has more than a dozen. There is Lucky, the street dog from Bangkok who jumped into a taxi with her and never left. There is Sophie and Ben, sibling geese, who honk from morning to night. Boop and Pan, both goats, are romantically involved. Dumpling the hedgehog enjoys a belly rub from time to time. The list goes on.Xiong nurtures her brood from her 8,000 square metre farm in Chiang Dao, a mountainous district in northern Thailand’s Chiang Mai province. Xiong has chronicled her journey from Beijing cryptocurrency marketing executive to farm girl in Thailand on social media; she’s particularly popular on Xiaohongshu, a female-focused app similar to Instagram, where ...