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India lightning strike kills 11 people taking selfies on top of watchtower during downpour

The victims were reportedly taking selfies of themselves at the top of a watch tower at the 12th Century Amer Fort. As many as 27 people are believed to have been on the tower as the lightning struck. A number were injured as they jumped off the tower in panic.

The state of Rajasthan saw a number of thunder storms on Sunday, with another nine people reportedly killed by lightning strikes.

Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, expressed his deep condolences to the families of those involved.

“Many people have lost their lives due to lightning in some areas of Rajasthan,” he wrote.

“Deeply saddened by the demise of people.

“I express my deepest condolences to the families of those killed: PM @narendramodi.”

The state’s chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, promised financial assistance of up to 500,000 rupee (£4,800) for the families of the dead.

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Extreme weather is not unusual in the country, with various incidents in 2020 leaving at least 2000 people dead.

Cyclone Amphan caused much destruction and loss of life last year.

The storm, which ravaged Sunderbans in the southern fringe of West Bengal and hinterland including Kolkata in May 2020, led to “the biggest displacement” in world in 2020 caused by a natural calamity.

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Copa America: Stunning Diaz strike sees Colombia finish third

Luis Diaz scored a second-half double, the second an unstoppable 25-metre strike in injury time, to give Colombia a 3-2 win over Peru on Friday and secure them third place in the Copa America.

Yoshimar Yotun put Peru ahead on the stroke of half-time when he took Christian Cuevas’ pass and lifted it over the advancing goalkeeper.

However, Colombia captain Juan Cuadrado curled a free-kick through the wall to draw Colombia level after 49 minutes and then Diaz got his third goal of the tournament 17 minutes later.

Gianluca Lapadula headed an equaliser for Peru eight minutes from time but Diaz’s sensational last-gasp goal gave Colombia their fifth third-place finish and first since 2016.

Luis Diaz (far left) celebrates after his stunning injury time winner
Luis Diaz (far left) celebrates after his stunning injury time winner

Messi’s moment with Argentina?

Graffiti adorns the wall at the southern end of Copacabana beach on Avenida Atlantica by the old fort. It commemorates Germany’s win over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, schadenfreude for Brazilians, taking comfort in their neighbours falling short.

That evening in the Estadio do Maracana will always be part of the Lionel Messi story. He could never hope to eclipse what Diego Maradona had done in Mexico in 1986 but this was his opportunity to hold a mirror up to it by bringing the World Cup back from Brazil.

His big chance came at the start of the second half. Manuel Neuer was well beaten but the ball drifted past the far post. Nobody had as many shots in that final, nobody created more chances and nobody completed even half as many dribbles. Nobody cared.

Lionel Messi has shone for Argentina in this year’s Copa America and faces Brazil in the final on Saturday

It felt like failure. Accepting the World Cup’s Golden Ball, a perverse joke. Twice, Messi has reached the final of the Copa America since then. Twice, Argentina have been beaten on penalties. Twice, Messi has been close to retiring, bereft, seemingly accepting of his fate.

On Saturday evening, three nights short of seven years since Messi’s date with destiny in the Maracana, he is set to return. A fourth Copa America final looms. Another shot at glory and redemption for the game’s most celebrated player, now 34 years young.

The Maracana will look and feel different. This Copa – moved to Brazil just weeks before it began – has been played out without crowds. It has taken some Messi magic to ignite it and there has been plenty of that on show. He has been the player of the tournament.

Read more of Adam Bate’s expert analysis on Messi HERE

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Joe Biden warns Iran will ‘never’ get nuclear weapon after US base strike reports

The US President sent a clear warning against Iran as tensions in the Middle East flared up. He made the remarks during a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in the White House.

The 46th President said: “What I can say to you Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch as they say.”

He also told the Israeli president the US had an “ironclad” responsibility toward Israel’s defence.

Mr Biden added: “We’re committed to – unwavering commitment to your self defence.

“It’s real. It’s something that I often say: If there weren’t an Israel we’d have to invent one.”

On Sunday, Mr Biden ordered a round of airstrikes against Iran-backed militia in response to strikes by the militia on US facilities in Iraq.

The US military addressed the airstrikes in a statement.

It confirmed that “operational and weapons storage facilities” at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq were targeted.”

It is the second time Mr Biden has responded to Iran-backed militia since taking office at the beginning of the year.

In February, strikes were ordered on a location in Syria in retaliation to rocket attacks from Iraq.

A statement from The Pentagon pointed out that the response showed “President Biden has been clear that he will act to protect US personnel”, and that taking “necessary, appropriate, and deliberate action” is “designed to limit the risk of escalation”.

It is not known whether there were fatalities or if anyone had been injured.

John Kirby, Pentagon press secretary, said: “At President Biden’s direction, US military forces earlier this evening conducted defensive precision airstrikes against facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups in the Iraq-Syria border region.

“The targets were selected because these facilities are utilized by Iran-backed militias that are engaged in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) attacks against US personnel and facilities in Iraq.”

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PC gone mad! Pupils go on strike as 'unfair' headteacher bans 'inappropriate' PE shorts

Several pupils have gone on “strike” after Notre Dame School in Plymouth said they could not wear shorts for PE lessons for their own “modesty” and would be required to wear leggings. Students gathered in the school playground with placards, with one reading: “Keep your rules off my body.”

Headteacher Kate White said pupils who attended school wearing shorts would be subject to an after school detention.

In a letter to parents sent out on Wednesday, June 16, education chiefs said the school “isn’t a place for sunbathing” and isn’t “a holiday camp.”

Pupils have hit out at the letter from the All-Girls School, claiming the clothing is “extremely short” and “inappropriate”.

One student also claimed they were “being sexualised for not wanting to be hot” because of the ban.

They added: “As students have had to take this into our own hands to feel safe at school wearing what we want.

“Having to protest for our rights at a school is wrong but we have to do this to make sure we’re not getting sexualised.

“This will be happening from the start of the school day to the end! We will all be wearing shorts to support our word.”

One parent told the Plymouth Herald: “It’s really unfair. It’s quite disgusting. The head was so dismissive.

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“As a consequence, Notre Dame’s uniform appears to have slipped dramatically and looks very untidy on some days.

“Therefore on Monday, we removed the right to wear shorts to school on PE days.”

Ms White said pupils could now only wear plain black leggings to help maintain “smart uniform standards.”

In the initial letter sent out, Ms White said the school did not offer “a PE activity where shorts are essential for participation,” adding: “Our school is a place of work and education.”

But in a later statement after being approached for comment, Ms White said that students will still be able to change into shorts for PE, but must wear leggings and tracksuits for the rest of the day.

It continues: “While we are permitting PE kits to be worn in the classroom during the pandemic, we require students to wear leggings and tracksuits as opposed to shorts.

“However, students are still able to change into PE shorts for their PE lesson only.

“This is to maintain our high standard of uniform wearing.

“Our PE kit is very smart when worn correctly and we want to ensure that students can retain pride in their uniform.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: UK Feed

Is Apex Legends DOWN: EA server status news

Is Apex Legends servers are down tonight, with gamers reporting a large EA status outage across PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Thousands of reports are coming in regarding matchmaking issues when trying to play EA games.

Gamers have revealed that they can login but they can’t get past server queues or complete games tonight.

One affected user reports: “It’s funny how the message says to check “my internet” and try again….yeah, this is my fault.”

Another adds: “For once it doesn’t seem to be affecting origin. guess it’s just Apex. Just got into the Dallas server, but none of the modes is loading… at least not yet.”

It’s unclear what is causing tonight’s outage or how long it might last on Apex Legends servers. From what has been shared so far, it looks like most reports are coming in from North America.


Developers Respawn Entertainment has not shared any updates regarding what is causing tonight’s Apex issues, but more news is expected if the problems continue.

The most recent update for Apex Legends was released on June 3 and included the following changes:

  • Re-enables leaver penalties for Arenas.
  • It fixes some voice chat issues on Switch.
  • Grants all players the aforementioned #Pride badge.
  • Leaver penalties may take some time (up to 24 hours) to activate fully. Play on, Legends.

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Why is Apex Legends servers not functioning properly?

Apex Legends is most likely being blocked by Windows Firewall, which explains why the game isn’t launching properly. Make sure that Apex Legends connections are permitted through the Windows Firewall by running a check on it.

1) Open Control Panel in your computer.

2) Click Windows Firewall (or Windows Defender Firewall).

How to Check Apex Legends servers working or not

Apex server status is displayed on the EA Help page for game servers running on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC. Major issues will be present and players should check here first.

The Apex Twitter account will also often broadcast connection and server problems. This is a good resource to verify, as it’s reliable and up-to-date. Specific difficulties are rarely made public, so smaller issues aren’t frequently discussed.

Apex’s popular servers are monitored by Down Detector, a third-party website. The outage map, timelines, and recent issues are available to the players. Players can let others know if they are still having troubles, or if the issue has been fixed.

EU cracks show after China’s ‘friend’ Hungary breaks ranks to strike deal with Beijing

The European Parliament voted to suspend the ratification of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) earlier this year after relations between the two sides plunged. It came after the EU joined the US, UK, and Canada in placing sanctions on Chinese officials involved in alleged human rights violations in the region of Xinjiang. But Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with counterparts from Hungary, Ireland, Serbia and Poland this week and reportedly agreed to “reflect on problems in China-Europe relations”.

It came after Mr Wang praised Hungary’s “friendly attitude” towards China in a bilateral meeting in Guiyang in southwestern Guizhou province.

Beijing said “four goals” for the bilateral relationship were agreed on with Budapest during Wang’s meeting on Monday with Peter Szijjarto, Hungarian minister of foreign affairs and trade.

The four goals are said to relate to deepening strategic mutual trust, pursuing high-quality economic cooperation together, encouraging cultural and people-to-people exchange and co-defending international institutions and multilateralism.

After the meeting between the ministers, the Hungarian government also announced a deal was struck to produce the Chinese-developed Sinopharm vaccine locally too.

Hungary is the only EU country to vaccinate its citizens with the Chinese jab after domestic regulators approved its use, breaking with an EU consensus that any COVID-19 shot used inside the bloc would be authorised by the European Medicines Agency.

This week marked Mr Wang’s first meeting with his European counterparts since the stalling of the CAI.

Serbia is not a member of the EU, but the other three – Hungary, Ireland and Poland – are.

But Mr Wang insisted China was not trying to divide Europe.

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He added: “The current difficulties between China and Europe is something China does not wish to see, and it does not serve the fundamental and long-term interests of both sides.

“On the level of China-Europe relations, China’s cooperation with Hungary was never, and will never be, about dividing Europe.

“Instead, it is to boost mutual understanding and tolerance, to stand against moves that destroy China-Europe cooperation and to stand against conspiracies that divide the world.”

Hungary’s warming relations with China appear to be in contrast with the atmosphere between Beijing and the EU.

A statement by the Chinese foreign ministry quotes Hungarian Foreign Minister Szijjarto supporting the signing of the CAI, backing the Beijing narrative that China has never interfered with Europe and stating that Hungary welcomed Huawei.

It comes after many European countries were called on by the US to block the Chinese telecoms investment because of “security concerns”.

The EU has no blanket ban on Huawei being used within the bloc but individual members, including Poland, have issued domestic embargoes.

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5 Austin-area Juiceland locations close, limit hours amid workers strike

UPDATE 5 p.m. Monday

The Juiceland Workers Rights group announced the end of an initial meeting with Juiceland officials at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Additional statements regarding strike actions and meeting happenings will be provided later this evening.

A second meeting between the workers and Juiceland officials is scheduled for Friday, per the Instagram announcement.


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Four Juiceland shops are closed and one is running on limited operations in Austin amid an ongoing strike between workers and company leaders.

Juiceland’s Domain Northside, Saltillo Plaza, Mueller and Balcones locations are closed Monday, according to both the company’s website and each shop’s respective answering machine. The 29th & Guadalupe shop is running on limited hours Monday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The closed and limited hour locations were listed on the Instagram account Juiceland Workers Rights as operational changes affiliated with the strike. Monday’s hour changes follow an initial list of shops closed or running on limited hours published on Sunday.

The account, launched on Sunday, details an ongoing dispute between some workers and Juiceland officials over wages and alleged accounts of racism and sexism within the company.

“For too long the juiceland (sic) production facility workers have endured unsanitary, rough working conditions, and no hazard pay during the pandemic,” read an Instagram statement posted Sunday. “As a result, we have made a list of demands and are currently not working as we negotiate with juiceland (sic).”

Juiceland Workers Rights has not yet responded to an interview request by KXAN regarding current worker conditions and alleged mistreatment. We will update this story if a response is received.

Negotiation demands include a starting pay increase to $ 17 an hour, heightened sanitation measures and improved workplace conditions and $ 50 monthly bonuses for employees who worked throughout the pandemic as a form of hazard pay. Other demands include worker-led managerial evaluations and transparency in workers’ pay and management salaries.

Juiceland Workers Rights launched a GoFundMe on Sunday to help support workers impacted by the strike-driven closures and limited shop hours. More than $ 4,600 of a total $ 8,000 goal has been raised as of noon on Monday.

A meeting between Juiceland officials, drivers and workers was scheduled for Monday morning, according to an Instagram post. Details following that meeting were not yet available at the time of publishing.

In a May 16 statement, Juiceland representatives said they have increased wages to a “guaranteed $ 15/hr” beginning Sunday. Officials defined the guaranteed $ 15 per hour as the starting amount employees will make, after tips per pay cycle are factored in.

“In a perfect business world, we would not be making this commitment until we could stabilize our operational costs and heal more fully from our losses incurred due to the pandemic,” the statement read. “We still have shops closed and have to cover those costs, along with stores operating with lower sales than previous years.”

An updated statement published on Juiceland’s Instagram account Monday addressed alleged “discrimination and safety issues. In the statement, Juiceland officials said the company began drafting a diversity, equity and inclusion tactical plan in March “as a lens through which we view every decision the business has to make.”

“Discrimination and safety issues must be addressed appropriately as a business,” the Monday statement read, adding, “We are truly committed to addressing unacceptable behavior that has been reported and encourage anyone to report any experiences of this nature to HR immediately.”

Officials said additional feedback methods will be implemented for employees to access, infrastructure improvements are scheduled for a 2021 completion and officials will add further “employee education about evaluation and pay raise cadence.”

Author: Kelsey Thompson
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

China tornado: One dead and over 60 injured after tornadoes strike Wuhan and Suzhou

The extreme weather hit the central Hubei province and east China’s Jiangsu province, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Dramatic videos depicts large items being blown down streets due to the strong winds. In Wuhan, six people were reportedly missing and 41 were being treated in hospitals.



The tornado in the central province ripped through the Caidian District at 8.39pm, according to Xinhua.

The news agency added that none of the people being treated were in a life-threatening condition.

The local government in Wuhan said the tornado snapped trees and toppled some construction site sheds.

A second tornado blasted Shengze town in the city of Suzhou.

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The city of Wuhan is possibly best known to the international community as the place where COVID-19 is said to have originated.

The coronavirus disease spread worldwide and became a global pandemic.

According to Johns Hopkins University, over three million people have died due to COVID-19 across the globe.

There have been more than 161 million cases of the disease internationally, according to the data.

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Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny tells court ‘I’m a creepy skeleton’

Author: Vicky Lytaki
This post originally appeared on World News – breaking international headlines and exclusives | The Sun

KREMLIN critic Alexei Navalny has been seen in public for the first time since going on hunger strike, telling a court: “I’m a creepy skeleton”.

Shaven-headed Navalny stopped eating a month ago when he was denied medical care after being jailed on probation breach charges he says were “trumped up”.

Alexei Navalny is seen for the first time in public since going on hunger strike


Alexei Navalny is seen for the first time in public since going on hunger strikeCredit: AP

Gaunt Navalny, 44, who is being held in a penal colony near Moscow, was appealing against a fine over a charge of slandering a war veteran of 94.

Navalny, now 11st, said: “Yesterday I was taken to the bathhouse. There is a mirror. I looked and I am a creepy skeleton.”

The opposition leader, arrested after a near-fatal poisoning attack thought to have been sanctioned by Vladimir Putin, has agreed to start eating.

His appeal was rejected but before leaving court Navalny described president Putin as Russia’s “naked king” after his corruption was laid bare.

Russina opposition leader Navalny, 44, before going on hunger strike


Russina opposition leader Navalny, 44, before going on hunger strikeCredit: Reuters

The Kremlin critic, now 11st, told a Russian court: 'I'm a creepy skeleton'


The Kremlin critic, now 11st, told a Russian court: ‘I’m a creepy skeleton’Credit: AP

Navalny has overtaken Vladimir Putin as Russia’s most talked-about politician for the first time, according to new analysis.

The Russian opposition leader was said to have been mentioned on social media 1.3 million times more than Putin after being detained at a Moscow airport on January 17, having recovered from a Novichok nerve agent attack.

Navalny was later sentenced to two-and-a-half years in a prison labour camp.

Russian women form human chain in pro-Navalny Moscow protest