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A 15-year-old girl, whose identity has not yet been released, was attacked by a shark near Grassy Island off Keaton Beach in Taylor County

Girl, 15, seriously injured after being attacked by a shark in Florida in 5ft of water

Girl, 15, loses leg after being attacked by a shark while turning into 5ft of water in Florida: A family member jumped into the water and knocked the predator off A 15-year-old girl lost her leg after Thursday’s violent shark attack A family member jumped into the water to knock the 9-foot-long predator off her …

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Threat to Irish gas supplies from UK a cause for concern – The Irish Times

European heads of state and government are urgently trying to deal with the Ukraine crisis and the consequences for the entire European economy. If Russian gas supplies, which cover 30 to 40 percent of Europe’s needs, were cut off, the impact would be dramatic. Such a step could reduce German incomes by up to 5 …

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President Xi: No need to change the system under which Hong Kong is governed | world news

China’s president now likes what he sees in Hong Kong Tom Cheshire Asia correspondent @chesh China had promised to keep Hong Kong’s way of life unchanged until 2047. Critics say it ended 25 years early, with the draconian national security rule and suppression of dissent. But Mr. Xi’s speech was surprising in his long-term view …

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A woman pushing a stroller walks past the police checkpoint in front of West Kowloon High Speed ​​Rail Station ahead of the arrival of President Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping swears in new Hong Kong leader on 25th anniversary of inauguration | Hong Kong

Xi Jinping has sworn in former security chief John Lee as Hong Kong’s new chief executive amid scathing assessments from the UK and US about the erosion of China’s rights and freedoms on the 25th anniversary of the end of British rule. China’s president, on his first trip outside the mainland since the pandemic began, …

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A sign depicting a scene of medical supplies being transported amid mounting fears about the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pyongyang.  May 2022. Image: Kyodo

North Korea claims to have identified source of COVID outbreak: ‘Alien Things’ near border with South Korea | world news

North Korea says it has identified the source of its COVID-19 outbreak – citizens touching “stranger things” near the border with South Korea. State-run media company KCNA reported: “An 18-year-old soldier surnamed Kim and a five-year-old kindergartener surnamed Wi were known to have encountered extraterrestrial things in early April on a hilltop near barracks and …

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NATO leaders in the conference hall in Madrid.

NATO will hold on to Ukraine for as long as necessary, says Joe Biden | NATO

Joe Biden has declared that US and NATO allies will hold on to Ukraine “for as long as it lasts” at the end of a two-day summit at which the military alliance pledged hundreds of thousands more troops to defend Eastern Europe. The US President also announced a further US$800m (£660m) in military aid to …

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Mysterious creature “like an orc from Lord of the Rings” with two pairs of jaws is found on Egyptian beach

The gruesome remains of a creature that “looks like an orc from Lord of the Rings” have washed up on the shores of Egypt. Andrea Jud, 39, found the mysterious eyeless body baring its sharp teeth on a Gabr el-Bint beach in the Sinai Peninsula. And just like the Alien movie monster, it had two …

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Polish police block migrants gathering at the Belarusian-Polish border to cross at Kuznica Bialostocka-Bruzgi border crossing, Poland, in this photo released by police, November 15, 2021. Policja Podlaska/Handout via REUTERS NO RESALE.  NO ARCHIVES.  MANDATORY CREDIT.  THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.  TPX PICTURES OF THE DAY

‘Double standard’: Poland faces criticism as steel wall on border with Belarus is completed | world news

A controversial steel wall on the Belarus-Poland border has been completed. The wall is 5.5 m high and is intended to stop asylum seekers Fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa. Human rights activists have accused Poland‘s government double standards as the country has welcomed millions of mostly white, Christian refugees from …

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Russian salad on a menu at the Nato Summit restaurant in the media center

“I’m a bit surprised”: NATO summit in Madrid serves “Russian salad” | Spain

As Nato leaders gather in Madrid for a summit coming in the shadow of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the spotlight has landed on a ubiquitous staple found in bars and restaurants across Spain: Russian salad. International officials and journalists were puzzled when they found the salad – a combination of potatoes, mayonnaise and vegetables known …

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Students walk in front of a TV screen showing footage of Xi Jinping's previous visit to a handover exhibition ahead of the 25th handover anniversary in Hong Kong

Hong Kong tightens security ahead of Xi’s visit to mark 25th anniversary of handover | Hong Kong

In downtown Hong Kong, huge barriers were erected around the convention center, creating a tight two-level security zone with no civilian access. Hundreds of Hong Kong’s distinctive red taxis, decorated with red Chinese flags and red holiday banners, were parked in the shape of the number “25” in the city’s central district on Wednesday. Across …

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