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Youth movement: NBA’s 20-something stars set to battle in conference finals

LOS ANGELES: The NBA conference finals starting Tuesday will showcase a new generation of stars as the Boston Celtics take on Indiana in the East and Dallas clash with Minnesota in the West for a place in the NBA Finals.

Boston’s 26-year-old Jayson Tatum and 27-year-old Jaylen Brown are already experienced hands after the Celtics reached the conference finals in each of the past two seasons.

They made it to the championship series in 2022 but fell to the Golden State Warriors then were stunned by eighth-seeded Miami in the conference finals last year.

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Siblings trying to make US water polo teams for Paris Olympics

WALNUT, California: Chase Dodd started swimming when he was just a kid. Once he began playing water polo, he was hooked.

When Ryder Dodd got a chance to follow his older brother, he was in.

“When I was around 6 years old, my mom was just like, ‘You want to hop in and play?’” Ryder Dodd said. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, of course I do.’”

That’s how it started for the Dodds, the very beginning of their road to USA Water Polo and, quite possibly, the Paris Olympics this summer. For Dylan, Quinn and Ella Woodhead, it’s a similar story.

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OpenAI to 'pause' voice linked to Scarlett Johansson

Movie star Scarlett Johansson said Monday she was “shocked” by an OpenAI synthetic voice that sounds like her, which was released after she declined to work with the ChatGPT-maker on such a project.

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Netanyahu accuses ICC of ‘anti-Semitism’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the International Criminal Court (ICC) of setting a “dangerous precedent” Read Full Article at RT.com

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Yale graduates stage pro-Palestinian walkout of commencement

NEW HAVEN, Connecticut: Scores of graduating students staged a walkout from Yale University’s commencement exercises on Monday, protesting the Israeli war in Gaza, Yale’s financial ties to weapons makers and its response to pro-Palestinian demonstrations on the Ivy League campus.
The walkout began as Yale President Peter Salovey started to announce the traditional college-by-college presentation of candidates for degrees on the grounds of Yale’s Old Campus, filled with thousands of graduates in their caps and gowns.

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🔴 Live: Biden slams ICC warrant request, says war in Gaza 'not a genocide'

US President Joe Biden denied Monday that Israel’s war in Gaza was genocide, as he slammed an “outrageous” request by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor for an arrest warrant against Israeli leaders. “What’s happening is not genocide,” said Biden during a Jewish American Heritage Month event at the White House as he discussed the conflict. Follow our liveblog for the latest developments in the war on Gaza.

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There is no genocide in Gaza – Biden

US President Joe Biden has rejected any notion that Israel’s ongoing military operation in Gaza could be described as genocide Read Full Article at RT.com

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What is the ICC and why it is considering arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: The International Criminal Court could soon issue arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, more than seven months into the war between the two sides, based on a request by the court’s chief prosecutor.
Karim Khan said that he believes Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and three Hamas leaders — Yehia Sinwar, Mohammed Deif and Ismail Haniyeh — are responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaza Strip and Israel.

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Pro-Palestinian protesters at Drexel ignore call to disband as arrests nationwide surpass 3,000

PHILADELPHIA: Pro-Palestinian protesters ignored a request by Drexel University’s president to disband their encampment on Monday as arrests linked to campus demonstrations against the Israel-Hamas war surpassed the 3,000 mark nationwide.
Drexel’s campus remained on lockdown, with classes being held virtually as police kept watch over the demonstration on the school’s Korman Quad. Many Drexel employees were told to work from home.

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US Congress threatens ICC with sanctions

House Republicans are working on a bill to sanction the ICC after its prosecutor sought arrest warrants for Israeli and Hamas leaders Read Full Article at RT.com

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China sanctions US weapons-makers

Beijing has sanctioned military subsidiaries of Boeing, General Dynamics and General Atomics for selling weapons to Taipei Read Full Article at RT.com

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India votes 2024: Uttar Pradesh voters weigh whether to stick with Modi

India’s mammoth six-week general election entered its fifth voting phase on Monday, May 20, with some parts of the country’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, heading to the polls. Last time, Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party scored a commanding victory here, but, with some resenting the prime minister’s divisive and at times inflammatory politics, will things go the same way this time around?

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China warns US over Ukraine

The US is profiting from the fighting in Ukraine and has no right to lecture China, which seeks peace, Beijing’s envoy to the UN has said Read Full Article at RT.com

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International Criminal Court seeks Gaza 'war crimes' arrest warrant against Netanyahu

The International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor is seeking an arrest warrant against Netanyahu for Gaza “war crimes.”   The charges against the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israel’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant, include “causing extermination, causing starvation as a method of war, including the denial of humanitarian relief supplies, deliberately targeting civilians in conflict,” […]
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ICC seeks arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Hamas leaders for crimes against humanity

The International Criminal Court is seeking arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and three Hamas leaders, the court’s chief prosecutor announced on Monday. US President Joe Biden called the move “outrageous”, saying there was “no equivalence” between Israel and Hamas.

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Iran: Khamenei appoints Vice President Mohammad Mokhber as interim president

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday appointed Vice President Mohammad Mokhber as the country’s interim president, following the death of President Ebrahim Raissi in a helicopter crash. “In accordance with Article 131 of the Constitution, Mokhbar is responsible for leading the executive branch” and he must, in consultation with the heads of the […]
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Iran President Raisi declared dead after helicopter crash

Iranian media declared President Ebrahim Raisi dead on Monday after his helicopter crashed in a mountainous northwestern region. “The president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, had an accident while serving and performing his duty for the people of Iran and was martyred,” Iran’s Mehr agency said. The Iranian Red Crescent said […]
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi dies at 63 in helicopter crash

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line protégé of the country’s supreme leader who helped oversee the mass executions of thousands in 1988 and later led the country as it enriched uranium near weapons-grade levels and launched a major drone-and-missile attack on Israel, has died. He was 63.

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Reactions pour in after death of Iranian President Raisi in helicopter crash

Iran’s powerful allies on Monday mourned the death of its President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash, while regional militants hailed him as a supporter of the Palestinian cause. The United States expressed its condolences but said the deceased ultraconservative leader “had blood on his hands”, Russia and China called him a “friend”, and Iran’s arch-foe Israel slammed the United Nations Security Council’s decision to hold a minute of silence in a mark of respect. Read the live blog to see how events developed.

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Spain’s far-right Vox holds mass rally with Argentina’s Milei, France’s Le Pen

Spanish far-right party Vox held a mass rally in Madrid on Sunday ahead of the European election, touting the support of international allies including Argentinian President Javier Milei, France’s presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, the prime ministers of Italy and Hungary and rightwing leaders from France and Portugal.

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India votes 2024: ‘The rich get richer, the poor get poorer’

It has been dubbed ‘Modinomics’ and, at first glance, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic policy appears to be paying dividends. India’s GDP is rising and the country is on track to boast the world’s third-largest economy by 2027. However, as India’s super-rich see their wealth sharply rise, critics say the country’s poorest are being left behind. A recent report suggests there is more inequality in the country today than there was under the colonial British Raj period.

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Israel-Hamas talks ‘stopped’ – media

Peace negotiations between Israel and Hamas have been “stopped” over major disagreements, Israeli broadcaster Kan has reported Read Full Article at RT.com

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US issues gay events terror-attack warning

The US State Department has issued a warning over potential terrorist attacks “against LGBTQI+ persons and events” during Pride month Read Full Article at RT.com

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Sanchez: Date of Palestinian state recognition to be announced Wednesday

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday that he will announce on Wednesday when Spain will recognize the Palestinian state, ruling out a May 21 date. Sanchez said in a television interview to explain why he did not go ahead with the recognition on Tuesday, the date mentioned by EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell: […]
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EU will not recognize Taiwan – Borrell

The self-governing island is part of “one single China,” the bloc’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has asserted Read Full Article at RT.com

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NATO chief allies with gays

NATO’s purpose is to defend its people, including the LGBTQ community, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said Read Full Article at RT.com

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EU state vetoes Ukraine resolution

Hungary has vetoed the Council of Europe’s resolution on Ukraine which promoted only President Vladimir Zelensky’s peace plan Read Full Article at RT.com

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EU hits Meta with new investigation

The European Commission has opened formal proceedings against Meta over suspected failure to protect children Read Full Article at RT.com

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US: 10 year old dies by suicide after suffering horrific bullying

A US 10-year-old boy killed himself on the night of May 5, after being bullied at school several days. His family has now claimed that they complained to the school at least 20 times last year. Sammy’s father, Sam Teusch, spoke to WTHR, his voice heavy with sorrow, “I held him in my arms. I […]
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US completes aid pier at Gaza beach

The temporary dock was anchored in place days before the first aid deliveries are set to arrive Read Full Article at RT.com

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Pentagon sounds alarm over Ukraine corruption

The conflict with Russia has created new opportunities for bribes, kickbacks and theft in Ukraine, the Pentagon’s inspector-general has said Read Full Article at RT.com

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NATO tells members to put Ukraine first

The bloc’s militaries should send more arms to Ukraine, even if it means neglecting their own needs, Admiral Rob Bauer has said Read Full Article at RT.com

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Xi identifies major global threats

Chinese President Xi Jinping has identified “Cold War mentality” and “one-sided hegemony” as the major threats to global security Read Full Article at RT.com

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Report: A record 76 million internally displaced people worldwide

An annual report published by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) reveals that conflicts in Sudan, Gaza and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have pushed the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) to an all-time high of 75.9 million by the end of 2023. This number represents a 50% increase in five years, according […]
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Putin and Xi meet in Beijing

The leaders of Russia and China are holding a meeting in Beijing on Thursday Read Full Article at RT.com

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