In North Macedonia, disputes over history extend to statues
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In North Macedonia, disputes over history extend to statues

Related media - Breaking news The center of Skopje, capital of North Macedonia, a Balkan country born just 33 years ago as an independent state, is flooded with history. A statue of Alexander the Great looms over the central square. One of his fathers, Philip II of Macedon, stands on a large pedestal above a nearby square. The city is also dotted with bronze, stone and plaster tributes to generations of other heroes from what the country sees as its glorious and very long history. The problem, however, is that most of the history exposed is claimed by other countries. Modern-day North Macedonia, born out of the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, has no real connection to Alexander the Great, who lived 2,000 years ago down the road in what is now Greece, and many of the other hist...
Amazon fined nearly $6 million over warehouse labor quotas
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Amazon fined nearly $6 million over warehouse labor quotas

Related media - News 24 hours An Amazon spokesperson said in a statement that the company is appealing the sanctions and denied that the company used "fixed quotas." Spokeswoman Maureen Lynch Vogel said that “individual performance is evaluated over an extended period of time, compared to the performance of the entire site team” and that workers can “review their performance whenever they wish.” . California law also prohibits quotas that interfere with employees' ability to take mandatory breaks or use the bathroom, or that prevent employers from following state health and safety laws. Experts said the law was among the first in the country to regulate algorithmically tracked inventory quotas and require employers to make quotas transparent to workers. The fines announced Tuesday...
Health officials tried to circumvent public records laws, lawmakers say
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Health officials tried to circumvent public records laws, lawmakers say

More news - News 24 hours In one of those emails, from June 2021, Greg Folkers, Dr. Fauci's former chief of staff, was discussing global biosafety practices and referenced an EcoHealth fact sheet. Folkers rendered the group's name as "Ec~Health," a misspelling that lawmakers said appeared to be a deliberate attempt to prevent the email from being caught in keyword searches to satisfy FOIA requests related to EcoHealth . In a separate email the same month, Folkers rendered the last name of Kristian Andersen, a prominent virologist who has investigated the origins of the pandemic and faced scrutiny from lawmakers, as “anders$n.” Experts on records retention policies said the comments reflect the lax practices of federal government agencies, with officials strategically misspelling wor...
Middle East crisis: Israel says it will reduce fighting in southern Gaza
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Middle East crisis: Israel says it will reduce fighting in southern Gaza

Related media - News 24 hours The announcement came seemingly out of the blue on Sunday, when it was first publicized across the Israeli army's English- and Arabic-language channels: The army would "pause" daytime fighting along a key corridor for humanitarian aid in southern Gaza until further notice.Amid some immediate confusion about the scope of the pause, a clarification quickly followed, this time in Hebrew and apparently for domestic use. The change does not mean a cessation of fighting in the southern Gaza Strip, the statement said, adding that the campaign in the southernmost city of Rafah continues. Military officials said the daily breaks were intended only to facilitate the increased distribution of food aid in Gaza, where international organizations have issued dire war...
How the Reds’ Joey Votto became a social media star
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How the Reds’ Joey Votto became a social media star

Related media - News 24 hours The outburst, which Votto and Jim Day, the reporter on the sidelines of the Reds broadcasts, had been reminiscing for weeks – even on the team plane, which confused quite a few members of the Reds staff – has gone viral: one of the funniest characters of baseball had acted again. Votto, 40, who didn't embrace social media until March 2020, now regularly posts content to an audience of more than 300,000 followers on Instagram and X, formerly known as Twitter. Like the attack on Russo, Votto's posts are carefully conceived and executed. Last winter, she posed in a flamboyant designer outfit - puffer jacket, furry tracksuit, expensive sunglasses, all purchased for the occasion - before playing in a chess tournament in Toronto. In June, shortly before retu...
Elon Musk got 72% in Tesla shareholder vote on pay
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Elon Musk got 72% in Tesla shareholder vote on pay

Related media - Recent news With the pay package, Musk would own 20.5% of Tesla, up from about 13%. He has said he would like a 25% stake, stressing in January that it would be "enough to be influential, but not so much that it can't be overthrown." If he didn't get such a large stake, he said, "he would rather build products outside of Tesla." Even after this week's rally, Tesla shares are down more than 20% this year, compared with a 14% gain in the broader stock market. The company remains by far the most valuable auto company, with a stock market value of $600 billion, but fears of tougher competition and declining demand for its models have weighed on the stock. At Thursday's shareholder meeting, Musk was characteristically optimistic about Tesla's self-driving technology, in...
Thai legislature passes same-sex marriage law
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Thai legislature passes same-sex marriage law

Related media - Breaking news Thai lawmakers voted to pass a marriage equality bill on Tuesday, a move that puts the country on track to become the first in Southeast Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Thailand's Senate passed the bill on Tuesday afternoon, nearly three months after it passed the House of Representatives. The legislation would come into force after being considered by a Senate committee and the Constitutional Court and receiving royal assent from the king, a formality widely expected to be granted. The bill's passage highlights Thailand's status as a relative haven for gay couples in Asia. Only Taiwan and Nepal have legalized same-sex marriage. Last year, just as India neared the finish line, the Supreme Court sent the decision back to Parliament. In some Asian c...
Disney’s Splash Mountain will reopen with a Princess Tiana theme
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Disney’s Splash Mountain will reopen with a Princess Tiana theme

Related media - Recent news Tiana's Bayou Adventure uses the same trails as Splash Mountain, and riders continue to ride in vehicles made to look like hollowed-out logs. But everything else has been redesigned. Instead of a suspenseful story that sees Br'er Rabbit thrown into a field of brambles, the new attraction focuses on a Mardi Gras party: Tiana and her friend Louis, a trumpet-playing alligator, are on a quest to creatures to form a gang with. Midway through the film, the cheerful Mama Odie, a voodoo queen in "The Princess and the Frog" and now a "fairy godmother of the bayou," casts a spell, supposedly shrinking the knights to the size of fireflies. Tiana's Bayou Adventure also has a new slogan: "Everyone is welcome." While walking Tiana's Bayou Adventure with a reporter dur...
BTS’s Jin completes military service
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BTS’s Jin completes military service

More news - News 24 hours K-pop juggernaut BTS is one step closer to a reunion. The first member of the boy band to enlist in South Korea's army, Jin, 31, was discharged Wednesday morning, BTS' label said. Over the next year, his bandmates are expected to complete their military service, which is required of nearly all South Korean men. BTS shocked their own army – as the seven-member group's fervent following is collectively known – in June 2022 when they said they would take time off to enlist. Jin, the group's oldest member, whose birth name is Kim Seok-jin, began his 18-month stint in the army that December. His enlistment came after a long public debate over whether BTS should get an exemption from the draft, as Olympic medalists and some classical musicians do. However, the ...
Fox News and MSNBC Notch Rating Win After Trump Verdict
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Fox News and MSNBC Notch Rating Win After Trump Verdict

More news - Latest news The jury was unanimous. But the cable news verdict was a split decision. Viewers across the country rushed to television screens Thursday to learn the outcome of the Manhattan criminal case against former President Donald J. Trump. Fox News got the most viewers for breaking coverage of the 34 allegations, drawing 4.7 million viewers from 5 to 6 p.m., according to Nielsen. That's a huge number of viewers for a weekday afternoon and easily surpassed the audiences of CNN, MSNBC and broadcast networks that interspersed regular programming with special reports. In the evening, after the news of the verdict, MSNBC's audience increased. In an extremely rare prime-time victory, the left-leaning channel overtook Fox News, the perennial No. 1 cable news station. 1. ...