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    AI candidate running for Parliament in the U.K. says AI can humanize politics

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    1. An artificial intelligence candidate, "AI Steve", is on the ballot for the U.K.'s general election next month. The AI is represented by Sussex businessman Steve Endacott, who is also the chairman of Neural Voice, a company that creates personalized voice assistants for businesses.
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    El Pais

    Panda diplomacy returns as China and US announce deal with Washington Zoo

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    1. The Washington Zoo has announced that a pair of pandas, Bao Li and Qing Bao, will arrive from China later this year. The enclosure built for these animals had remained empty since Beijing repatriated the last pair, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, and their son Xiao Qi Ji, in November last year.
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    CNN

    Mount Everest climber sets record for fastest ascent by a woman

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    1. Phunjo Lama from Nepal has set a new world record for the fastest ascent of Mount Everest by a woman, completing the climb in 24 hours and 26 minutes without sleep. Her ascent from Everest Base Camp to the summit took 14 hours and 31 minutes, and the descent nine hours and 18 minutes.
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    NPR

    Air travel has gone to the dogs — literally

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    1. Bark Air, a new boutique airline, has launched as the world's first air travel experience designed specifically for dogs and their human companions. The airline, a subsidiary of Bark -- the company behind dog-focused brands like BarkBox -- aims to provide a luxurious, curated experience for dogs, treating them as VIPs from booking to arrival.
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    AP News

    Paris' traffic-clogged Champs-Elysees turned into a mass picnic blanket for an unusual meal

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    1. The Champs-Élysées, Paris's most famous street, was transformed into a giant picnic area on Sunday. Around 4,000 people enjoyed the unique opportunity to enjoy an outdoor meal on the normally traffic-filled avenue.
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    AP News

    We can't have nice things! Japan imposes new rules to climb Mt. Fuji

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    1. The Yamanashi prefecture in Japan has introduced new rules for climbing Mount Fuji, one of the country's most popular trails, due to issues with overtourism, littering and safety concerns. The rules will be in effect for the climbing season from July 1 to Sept. 10.
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    Politico

    World Bank’s climate plan: Pricier red meat and dairy, cheaper chicken and veggies

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    1. In a new paper, the World Bank claims that one of the best ways to save the planet from climate change is to shun red meat and dairy products in favor of poultry, fruit and vegetables.
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    CNN

    French bakers claim world record for longest baguette

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    1. French bakers have set a new Guinness World Record for the longest baguette ever made, measuring 140.53 meters (461 feet). That surpassed the previous record held by Italy of 132.62 meters.
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    CNN

    The near-silent sport which has become the latest focus of Saudi Arabia’s imagination

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    1. The World Snooker Championship has been hosted by the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England, since 1977. However, the tournament may soon be relocated to another country.
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    CNN

    This airport says it hasn’t lost a single piece of baggage in 30 years

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    1. Japan's Kansai International Airport (KIX) claims that it hasn't lost a single piece of luggage since it opened in September 1994, despite handling 20-30 million passengers per year.
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    El Pais

    The cycling revolution in Paris continues: Bicycle use now exceeds car use

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    1. Bicycles have surpassed cars as a means of transport in Paris, accounting for about 11% of trips, according to a study by the Paris Région Institute. The trend is similar for trips between the suburbs and the city center, with 14% made by bicycle.
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    NBC

    Venice launches world first tourist entrance fee in bid to fight overcrowding

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    1. Venice has introduced a 5 euro ($5.5) charge for day-trippers to the city, which is expected to be in place for 80 days of the year. The charge is aimed at reducing the number of tourists on the busiest days.
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    CNN

    Private rooms coming to some of Japan’s bullet trains

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    1. Japan's Shinkansen trains will be upgraded to include private rooms in the upper class section on some trains from 2026. They will initially be introduced on theTokaido line, Japan's busiest, which connect Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka.
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    CNN

    Indian teenager becomes youngest challenger for world chess title

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    1. Indian chess prodigy Gukesh D, aged 17, has become the youngest player to win the men's Candidates Tournament in Toronto, Canada. This victory sets him up to challenge reigning world champion Ding Liren of China at the 2024 World Chess Championship.
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    CNN

    The week that life in Dubai ground to a halt

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    1. Dubai experienced its heaviest rainfall in at least 75 years lat week, causing significant disruption and damage in the city. The storm led to a near halt of life in the city, with emergency services working round the clock to manage the situation.
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    CNN

    The UK just moved a step closer to banning smoking. Here’s the sticking point

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    1. The U.K. House of Commons has voted in favor of a proposed smoking ban, which would prevent anyone born on or after January 1, 2009, from ever being able to buy tobacco. The bill easily cleared its first parliamentary hurdle this week.
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    CBS

    John Lennon and Paul McCartney's sons Sean and James release first song together

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    1. James McCartney and Sean Ono Lennon, sons of Beatles legends Paul McCartney and John Lennon respectively, have released a new single titled "Primrose Hill."
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    AP News

    Paris prepares for 100-day countdown to the Olympics. It wants to rekindle love for the Games

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    1. The Paris Olympics and Paralympics will leave a legacy of new and refurbished sports infrastructure in the disadvantaged Seine-Saint-Denis region, including an Olympic pool that will be dismantled and moved to the area after the Games. The region is mainland France's poorest and has a diverse population of 1.6 million people.
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    CNN

    Why Scotland’s ‘ghost’ whisky distilleries are coming back to life

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    1. The Port Ellen distillery on the Isle of Islay in Scotland has reopened after staying closed for four decades due to a global recession and overproduction of Scotch. The distillery, owned by international drinks giant Diageo, has been refurbished following a boom in demand for single malt whisky.
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    CBS

    Vietnam property tycoon Truong My Lan sentenced to death in $27 billion fraud case

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    1. Truong My Lan, a top Vietnamese property tycoon and chair of major developer Van Thinh Phat, was sentenced to death for swindling cash from Saigon Commercial Bank for a decade. This is one of the biggest corruption cases in history.
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