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Girl dies and eight hurt after wind blows bouncy castle into air in Spain

An eight-year-old girl has died and eight children have been injured after wind gusts lifted a bouncy castle metres into the air at a fair in eastern Spain. Emergency services were called to the fairgrounds in Mislata, a municipality on the outskirts of Valencia, on Tuesday evening. Minutes earlier, horrified witnesses had watched as the fair’s […]
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Emily in Paris: Ukraine complains over Kiev character stereotype

bbc– Ukraine’s culture minister says he has complained to Netflix over the portrayal of a character from Kiev in Emily in Paris. The Netflix show follows a young American, played by Lily Collins, who travels to the French capital for work. In the latest series, Petra, a Ukrainian, shoplifts during a trip with main character […]
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Climate change: Lapland reindeer gone astray in search for food

bbc– Herders in Lapland are struggling to locate thousands of reindeer that have run away after warm weather left the food they graze on covered by a layer of ice. Some reindeer have travelled as far as 100km to the south, in search of ice-free lichen they can access under the snow. Herders are having […]
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UK troops will not be deployed to Ukraine to defend against Russia

bbc– Britain and its allies are “highly unlikely” to send troops to defend Ukraine if Russia invades the country, the UK’s defence secretary has said. “We shouldn’t kid people we would,” Ben Wallace told the Spectator magazine. “The Ukrainians are aware of that.” Russia has moved thousands of troops near Ukraine’s
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Boris Johnson claims he ‘certainly broke no rules’ with Christmas quiz

independent– Boris Johnson has claimed he did not break Covid rules in place during the run-up to last Christmas by hosting a Christmas quiz for staff at Downing Street. The prime minister is facing claims he breached regulations by attending the virtual event on 15 December while tier 2 rules which banned household mixing were in force in London. Responding […]
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Western leaders urge Russia to lower Ukraine tensions

bbc– Western powers have called on Russia to lower tensions with Ukraine, and backed Kyiv against any threats from Moscow. US President Joe Biden spoke with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and the leaders of France, Germany and Italy, agreeing to use “all the tools at their disposal” to prevent aggression. Mr Biden is to […]
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Germany’s Scholz seals deal to end Merkel era

bbc– Olaf Scholz will head a three-party coalition with broad plans for Germany’s transition to a green economy, under a deal to end 16 years of government led by Angela Merkel. Almost two months after his Social Democrat party won federal elections, he will go into power with the Greens and business-friendly Free Democrats. Climate […]
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Merkel: Germany hit by full force of Covid

bbc– Germany is in the grip of a “dramatic” fourth Covid wave, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said on the eve of a crisis meeting with regional leaders. Daily infections hit a new German record of 52,826 on Wednesday as European governments responded to a surge on much of the continent. Belgium announced a series of measures […]