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    BBC

    Finnair sparks controversy by weighing its passengers

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    1. Finnair has launched a voluntary programme to weigh passengers and their hand luggage before boarding to gather more accurate data on the weight of its flights. The Finnish Pilots Association supports the initiative, saying that it will provide more accurate values for performance calculations, including takeoff, landing, climb performance and fuel usage.
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    Politico

    EU boasts easier repairs for everyday gadgets — but there’s a catch

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    1. The EU's "right to repair" legislation aims to address the issue of expensive and cumbersome repairs for electronic gadgets and appliances, reducing electronic waste.
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    BBC

    Climbing Everest? You’ll need to bing your own poo back

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    1. Authorities in the Everest region have introduced a rule requiring climbers to bring their excrement back to base camp for disposal. The move is part of wider measures to address the issue of waste on the mountain.
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    Man who built Eiffel Tower with 700,000 matchsticks is awarded world record after all

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    1. Frenchman Richard Plaud has been awarded the Guinness World Record for the tallest matchstick sculpture, a 23-foot model of the Eiffel Tower made from 700,000 matchsticks over eight years.
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    AP News

    The Paris Olympics medals are made with pieces of the Eiffel Tower

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    1. The medals for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics will contain a hexagonal, polished piece of iron taken from the Eiffel Tower. This is the first time a host city has included pieces of a famous monument in the medals.
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    CBS

    Paris is poised to triple parking charges for SUVs to almost $20 per hour

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    1. Parisians have voted in favor of tripling the cost of parking an SUV in the city, as part of Mayor Anne Hidalgo's efforts to reduce car usage and promote cycling and walking. The cost of parking an SUV on a Paris street will increase to $19.50 per hour if the nonbinding public referendum results are implemented.
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  7. CBS

    Discovery of bones and tools in German cave could rewrite history of humans and Neanderthals

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    1. An international team of researchers has discovered human bones and tools in a German cave, indicating that Homo sapiens settled in northern Europe more than 45,000 years ago, potentially living alongside Neanderthals. This is the oldest evidence of Homo sapiens found so far in the north.
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    Politico

    Bloodlust, pragmatism or politics? Europe is going hunting again

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    1. Momentum is growing across Europe to relax hunting rules for large carnivores, a move that is angering environmentalists but is seen as a way to gain support from rural voters ahead of the EU election on June 9.
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    AP News

    Franz Beckenbauer was a graceful and visionary 'libero' who changed the face of soccer

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    1. Franz Beckenbauer, a revolutionary soccer player known for his role as a "libero" or "sweeper", has passed away at the age of 78.
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    Euronews

    What’s the best - and worst - train station in Europe?

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    1. The annual European Railway Station Index ranks the 50 largest railway stations in Europe based on factors such as waiting times, delays, ticket offers, accessibility and availability of ride-sharing services. According to the latest ranking, the top three stations are all located in German-speaking cities.
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  11. Euronews

    Why are Europe's night trains struggling to pick up speed?

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    1. European Sleeper, a Dutch-Belgian startup, is part of a revival of night train travel in Europe, offering a lower-emissions alternative to air travel. However, the company faces challenges such as competition from low-cost airlines, securing funding, and running reliable services on Europe's overcrowded and ageing rail network.
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    CBC News

    Ukraine army chief says war with Russia moving to 'stalemate' phase

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    1. Ukraine's commander-in-chief, Gen. Valery Zaluzhnyi, has described the ongoing war with Russia as entering a new phase of static and attritional fighting in its 21st month.
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    CNN

    Analysis: Anti-Jewish riot in Russia’s Dagestan shows risks of Putin’s balancing act on Hamas

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    1. Anti-Semitic rioters in Dagestan, Russia, stormed Makhachkala Uytash Airport due to rumors that Jews and Israelis were aboard a flight from Tel Aviv, leading to international outrage and concern within Russia's Jewish community.
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    DW

    After Afghanistan quakes, women and children need urgent aid

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    1. The cold nights in Afghanistan are increasing the risk of contagious diseases in the crowded tent camps where over 154,000 people affected by a series of earthquakes in the western Herat province are awaiting humanitarian aid.
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    El Pais

    Urban warfare in Gaza: Tunnels, hostages, tall buildings and civilian casualties

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    1. The Israeli army is preparing for a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip with the goal to eliminate the political and weapons infrastructure of Hamas. However, experts predict that it's unlikely to achieve this quickly, and with minimal loss of life.
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    CNN

    Dinosaur footprints uncovered on beach on England's Isle of Wight

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    1. A set of well-preserved dinosaur footprints have been discovered on a beach off the south coast of England. The footprints were found by engineers from the government’s Environment Agency who were investigating how to reinforce sea defenses on the Isle of Wight.
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    CNN

    Time Out reveals the ‘world’s coolest’ neighborhoods for 2023

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    1. Time Out has published its annual list of the 40 coolest neighborhoods in the world, with the top spot going to Laureles in Medellin, Colombia.
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    CNN

    'The middle seat was the toughest': Japan Airlines adds extra flight to carry heavy sumo wrestlers

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    1. Japan Airlines was forced to make last-minute changes to its flight plans because of a group of sumo wrestlers travelling to a sports festival on Amami Oshima island. The airline realised two of its planes risked exceeding their weight limits due to the wrestlers, who were significantly heavier than the average passenger.
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    Newsweek

    New York's giant rat problem

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    1. A study by a pest-control firm estimated that there were around 3 million rats living in New York City in 2022, a 50% increase from 2010. The coronavirus pandemic and climate change are believed to have contributed to the rise in the rat population.
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  20. Al Jazeera

    In Britain, the Israel-Hamas war ignites old tensions between communities

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    1. The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has reignited tensions in the UK between supporters of Israel and advocates for Palestinian rights. Pro-Palestine campaigners claim they are increasingly being condemned as anti-Semitic, with accusations of anti-Jewish racism being used to silence them.
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