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Google IO: Pixel 6a, Pixel Watch and Android 13 unveiled  


New Pro earbuds and upcoming Pixel 7 phones, tablet and software shown off during virtual event

Google has announced a series of new products as it looks to compete with Apple on tablets and smartwatches. It has unveiled a lower-cost smartphone, high-end earbuds and a watch due later this year, as well as Android updates.

During the keynote kicking off its IO developer conference, Google set out its intention to build a broader collection of own-brand devices rather than rely on third parties such as Samsung using its software.

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When is the Queens Platinum Jubilee?  


The monarch will mark 70 years on the throne with a four-day bank holiday weekend in June


Jimmy Kimmel roasts smug b*****ds at Netflix over switch to ad model   35%


‘You know, every year I say ‘f*** Netflix’. And this year it came true’


Nikhat Zareen: From requesting a 'fair trial' to becoming world champion   20%


Three years ago, Nikhat was pleading for a "fair trial" against Mary Kom ahead of the Tokyo Olympics after being denied a chance to compete in the trials for this very tournament and today she stands as a world champion.


Zelensky opens Cannes Film Festival, links war and cinema   15%


After a canceled 2020 edition and a scaled back gathering last year, the Cannes Film Festival kicked off on May 17 which what organizers hope will be a fully resuscitated French Riviera spectacular


Milky Way photographer of the year 2022 in pictures  


The Milky Way photographer of the year winners are selected every year by the travel blog Capture the Atlas. The Milky Way season ranges from February to October in the northern hemisphere and from January to November in the southern hemisphere

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South-east Queensland communities inundated by floodwaters again  

South-east Queensland communities have been inundated with floodwaters for a second time this year.


How does Disneyland rate a year after its COVID-era reopening?   50%


The Disneyland Resort reopened a year ago after an extended pandemic-forced closure. What's changed? We rate the new ticket system, the wait times, the food and more.


Israeli Government Loses Parliament Majority, Raising Prospect of Election  


Increasing tensions between Israeli authorities and Palestinians have put pressure on the government, leading to the possibility of a fifth election in three years.


NHS prescription charges in England to be frozen   12%

Not raising the fees for the first time in 12 years puts money back in people's pockets, ministers say.


Buried treasure: Divers surface trash and data at Lake Tahoe   -7%

Scuba divers at Lake Tahoe spent a year retrieving 25,000 pounds of trash from off its shores and sorting it by type and location. It’s a first-of-its-kind effort to learn more about the potential harm caused by plastics and other pollutants found in its waters.


Everton mount stunning fightback to clinch Premier League survival in Palace win   80%

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s diving header five minutes from time extended Everton’s proud stay in the top flight to 69 years with a 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace on a night for the ages at Goodison Park.



Israel advances tax relief for returnees and immigrants in high-tech  

Government-backed benefit package meant to entice returning Israelis who have lived abroad between one and five years


Tel Aviv is heading toward an explosion, says the mayor of the world's most expensive city   -18%

Ron Huldai, Tel Aviv’s mayor for the past 20 years, calls on the state to take responsibility for lowering real estate prices. 'Tel Aviv will become increasingly more expensive'


Saudi Aramco weighs IPO of trading unit amid oil boom  


Saudi Aramco is considering an initial public offering of its trading arm amid a boom in oil prices in what could be one of the world’s biggest listings this year, according to people with knowledge


Midterm Stakes Grow Clearer: Election Deniers Will Be on Many Ballots   11%


In primaries so far, Republican voters have appeared willing to nominate proponents of Donald Trump’s election falsehoods, making clear that this year’s races may well affect future elections.


Saudi Arabia aims to exceed 70 mln tourism visits this year: Official  


Saudi Arabia aims to exceed 70 million tourist visits this year after drawing 62 million last year, a tourism official said on Monday, underlining the Kingdom’s concerted push to boost its travel


Mavis Staples & Levon Helm: Carry Me Home review | Alexis Petridis's album of the week   17%


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On poignant yet defiant recordings made in 2011 shortly before Helm’s death, Staples’ commanding vocals give enormous vibrancy to blues, folk and soul standards

In the early noughties, Levon Helm began hosting live shows he called Midnight Rambles in a studio at his home in Woodstock, NY. It was a rare bright moment in the story of what happened to the members of the Band who weren’t Robbie Robertson in the years following the quintet’s split, a grim saga involving bitter enmity, addiction, suicide, bankruptcy and jail. The Midnight Rambles shows reinvigorated the drummer and vocalist’s career, led to two Grammy-winning solo albums and attracted a vast array of guests: Dr John, Drive-By Truckers, Elvis Costello, Donald Fagen, My Morning Jacket, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson.

But perhaps no performer was quite as appropriate to the event as Mavis Staples, who played a Midnight Ramble with Helm and his band in 2011. Helm had prosaic reasons for starting the shows – after suffering with throat cancer which left him unable to sing for five years, he had medical bills to pay – but his stated aim was to recreate the atmosphere of the travelling tent shows he’d seen as a child in Arkansas. The “midnight ramble”, he explained, was a second, adults-only performance, “where the songs would get a little bit juicier, the jokes would get funnier and the prettiest dancer would really get down and shake it”.

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Why are Black goalkeepers still the rarest sight in elite European soccer?   23%

Over the years, many pseudoscientific and unfounded theories have been spouted in an attempt to solve the ‘mystery.’ But the real answer remains painfully obvious


'Youre afraid of forgetting who you are': The American prisoners who spend years in solitary confinement   -6%

They are held alone in a cell the size of an elevator, sometimes with no window. They’re denied contact with other people. Thousands of American prison inmates are held for years in solitary confinement, cut off from the world. A few of them tell Haaretz their stories


Scandal-hit former king returning to Spain after 2 years   8%


Spain’s former king is set to return to the country for his first visit since leaving nearly two years ago amid a cloud of financial scandals


Middle East travel and tourism sector expected to generate $246 billion in 2022   -3%


The Middle East’s travel and tourism sector is expected to generate $246 billion in revenues this year, organizers of the Arabian Travel Market in Dubai said in a statement on Tuesday.The total


Egypt outlines state ownership policy in draft document  


Egypt’s government has identified activities it will withdraw from or reduce its presence in over the next three years as part of a plan to expand the private sector, according to a draft document


An Israeli search for a South African icon: A sons biography of his father   16%

Journalist-author Roy Isacowitz lost his father, a prominent anti-apartheid activist, when he was 10. More than 50 years later he went back to South Africa to ‘discover’ him


Rory McIlroy takes lead at US PGA as Tiger Woods struggles with leg pain   40%


  • McIlroy at five under and happy with ‘a great start’
  • Lee Westwood reported to have lost sponsor over Saudi links

Tiger Woods was suffering enough without being afforded front-row viewing as Rory McIlroy raced into the lead at the 104th staging of the US PGA Championship. As McIlroy was rolling back the years – a 65 is the Northern Irishman’s finest start to a major since the 2011 US Open, which he won easily – Woods provided a grim reminder of the scale of his ongoing physical struggles.

Woods, playing in just his second event since his right leg was shattered in a car crash in February last year, actually opened brightly at Southern Hills. He birdied the 10th hole, his 1st, and sat two under par after five. Yet by the time Woods limped heavily towards post-round media duties, he had signed for a 74 and was in obvious pain.

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Ex-nurse convicted of injecting patient with wrong drug gets probation   -20%


RaDonda Vaught, who worked at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, faced up to eight years in prison for giving 75-year-old Charlene Murphey a fatal dose of the wrong medication in December 2017.


Tony Awards 2022: Who Will Win (and Who Should)   -12%


A critic’s picks in a hard-to-predict Broadway year, plus nods to shows from Off Broadway and other, odder corners.



This scientist isn't warning of impending disaster. She's proving it's already here  

For years powerful entities with vested interests, whether petroleum giants or conservative politicians, tried to deny a connection between human activity and extreme weather events. Dr. Friederike Otto, a trailblazing scientist from Oxford, provides the missing link


Deepika Padukone and Co.: Meet This Years Cannes Jury  


Each year, the jury chooses the festival’s top prizes, including the Palme d’Or. This year it’s led by the actor Vincent Lindon.


Boeing hopes third time the charm for Starliner test flight  


The company hopes to send a manned crew to the International Space Station later this year after two prior test flights failed

Boeing’s crew capsule rocketed into orbit Thursday on a repeat test flight without astronauts, after years of being grounded by flaws that could have doomed the spacecraft.

Only a test dummy was aboard. If the capsule reaches the International Space Station on Friday and everything else goes well, two or three Nasa test pilots could strap in by the end of this year or early next for the company’s first crew flight.

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Scenes From Svalbard  


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The Svalbard archipelago is a Norwegian group of islands located in the Arctic Ocean, about 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) from the North Pole. It is home to the northernmost year-round settlements on Earth, with an overall population of about 2,900. In recent years, Svalbard has been moving its economy more toward tourism and scientific research and away from coal mining, which supported much of the economy since the early 20th century. Gathered below are recent images of the landscapes and inhabitants of Svalbard.


What we know about Spains cyber-espionage spyware scandals   1%


Spain’s Pegasus spyware revelations have come to a head with the sacking of the country’s spy chief

Two years after a joint investigation by the Guardian and El País revealed the apparent use of Pegasus spyware to target senior pro-independence Catalan politicians, the Spanish government finds itself beset by internal and external cyber-espionage scandals that have led to the sacking of the country’s intelligence chief.

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Sudan arrests communist party figures as thousands protest coup   -5%


Sudanese security forces arrested leading anti-coup figures on Thursday, their party said, during protests by thousands against last year’s military takeover.“Security forces raided the house of the


Chinese Communist Party warns retired members not to make negative political comments   -5%


The instruction – issued in the run-up to the year’s main political set piece – warns that violations of the disciplinary rules will be ‘dealt with seriously’.


Meet the volunteers maintaining the Appalachian Trail   50%

Dedication. Love. Humility. Those are just a few of the qualities volunteers who maintain the Appalachian Trail bring to the paths year after year.


Seven medals, four gold: Israel becomes powerhouse at Tokyo Paralympics   43%

Israeli swimmers have claimed six medals so far in Tokyo, setting three world records, as country easily surpasses medal haul from Rio five years ago