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Glock firearms manufacturer billionaire Gaston Glock dies at 94

28 Dec 2023  |  tr.euronews.com
Austrian billionaire Gaston Glock, the founder of the firearms company Glock, has passed away at the age of 94. Glock revolutionized the small arms industry with the introduction of the Glock 17, a lightweight, semi-automatic pistol largely made of plastic. The company expanded globally with a factory in the United States in 1985. Glock pistols are known for their light design, affordability, and reliability, and are used by police, security forces, celebrities, and criminals worldwide. Despite the widespread presence and popularity of his firearms, Gaston Glock led a reclusive life in Austria. In 2021, Forbes reported his net worth to be $1.1 billion. Glock faced criticism from anti-gun groups and survived an assassination attempt by a former business partner, Charles Ewert, in the late 1990s.

Architect of Germany's reunification Wolfgang Schaeuble passes away at 81

27 Dec 2023  |  tr.euronews.com
Wolfgang Schaeuble, a key figure in the negotiations for Germany's reunification in 1990 and known for his role as finance minister in steering Europe out of the debt crisis through austerity policies, has died at the age of 81. Schaeuble, who was shot and paralyzed from the waist down in 1990, was remembered by Chancellor Olaf Scholz for shaping Germany over more than half a century. Angela Merkel referred to him as a 'political teacher' and a mainstay of her cabinet, while Christine Lagarde recognized him as one of the most influential European leaders of his generation. Schaeuble was also noted for pioneering financial reforms, including taxing banks to pay for future crises and implementing international transaction taxes.

What is happening in Beijing? Second high-ranking official dismissed in three months

24 Oct 2023  |  tr.euronews.com
China's Defense Minister Li Shangfu has been dismissed, marking the second high-ranking official's removal in three months, raising questions about the stability of President Xi Jinping's team. Li, who had not been seen publicly for two months, was removed from his position as a state council member, as was Qin Gang, who was dismissed from his role as Foreign Minister in July. The National People's Congress Standing Committee approved both dismissals without providing reasons. Li's dismissal comes amid reports of a corruption investigation, while Qin's removal follows rumors of personal misconduct. These events highlight increasing instability within Beijing's administration during a period of economic slowdown and strained US relations.

Bitcoin surpasses $35,000 after speculation and expectations

24 Oct 2023  |  tr.euronews.com
Bitcoin experienced a significant rise, surpassing $35,000, driven by speculation and expectations of the U.S. SEC potentially approving a Bitcoin ETF. This surge follows a 10% increase on Monday, creating optimism in the crypto market. However, Bitcoin's value fluctuated, dropping below $34,000 later. The anticipation is that a Bitcoin ETF could attract new investors and increase liquidity. Other cryptocurrencies like Ether also saw gains. Companies like Coinbase Global and MicroStrategy experienced stock price increases, while BlackRock's potential ETF approval fueled further speculation.

Tensions between Beijing and Manila rise after collision in the South China Sea

23 Oct 2023  |  tr.euronews.com
Tensions between Beijing and Manila have escalated following a collision between a Chinese coast guard vessel and a Philippine supply ship in the South China Sea. The Philippines accused China of aggressive actions, while China claimed it was preventing illegal construction material transport. The incident has drawn international condemnation and concerns from the U.S. Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. convened a security meeting to address the situation, highlighting the ongoing territorial disputes and the Philippines' call for China to respect the 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration ruling.

Humanitarian Ceasefire in Gaza to be on the Agenda of EU Leaders Summit

23 Oct 2023  |  tr.euronews.com
EU leaders are set to discuss a humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, with calls for increased aid and a pause in hostilities. Josep Borrell emphasized the need for more and faster aid, while Antonio Guterres and other officials highlighted the dire humanitarian situation. The article also covers the ongoing Israeli attacks and the challenges posed by Hamas, with various international leaders weighing in on the crisis.

Swedish young climate activist Greta fined for defying police

24 Jul 2023  |  tr.euronews.com
Greta Thunberg and other activists from the 'Take Back the Future' group blocked the path of oil trucks at the Malmö port on June 19. The Malmö District Court fined Thunberg 2,500 Swedish kronor (approximately $240) for this action. Thunberg, who became the face of climate activists worldwide by organizing weekly protests in front of the Swedish parliament, admitted to defying police orders. She argued in court that her actions were justified due to an urgent situation threatening life, health, and property, stating that numerous people and communities are at risk both short and long term.

Controversial judicial reform package causing major protests in Israel approved

24 Jul 2023  |  tr.euronews.com
The first judicial revision proposal defended by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was approved following a constitutional reform crisis and major protests in Israel. The clause allowing the Supreme Court to invalidate certain government decisions as 'unreasonable' was removed. Opposition members protested the vote and left the parliament hall, resulting in the law being passed with 64 'yes' votes against 0 'no' votes. Political observer groups and opposition leaders announced they would challenge the law in the Supreme Court. The Histadrut labor union, which has been trying to find a temporary agreement and middle ground between the religious-nationalist coalition government and opposition parties, warned of a nationwide strike if the 'unilateral' reform is implemented. Justice Minister Yariv Levin, the architect of the reform package, remains determined, stating that they have taken the first step in a historic and very important process to restore powers taken from the government and parliament and to correct the justice system. Concerns persist that the reforms could significantly reduce judicial independence.

What do the controversial judicial reforms causing major protests in Israel include?

24 Jul 2023  |  tr.euronews.com
The article details the controversial judicial reforms proposed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government in Israel, which have sparked large-scale protests. Key reforms include removing the 'reasonableness' clause that allows judges to invalidate government decisions, increasing government control over judicial appointments, and limiting the powers of legal advisors. Critics argue that these changes undermine liberal democracy and are driven by Netanyahu's personal interests, given his ongoing corruption trial. The reforms have faced significant opposition, with concerns about unchecked legislative power and the erosion of judicial independence.

European Parliament's Turkey rapporteur discusses EU-Turkey relations and Syria conflict

05 Apr 2023  |  ahvalnews.com
Kati Piri, the European Parliament's Turkey rapporteur, discussed the differing priorities of Turkey and the European Union regarding the conflict in Syria, with Europe more concerned about ISIS and Turkey focused on Kurdish militants. Piri expressed concerns about the impact of Turkey's military operations on freedom of expression and human rights within Turkey. She also touched on the potential consequences of Turkey moving to an executive presidential system, which could halt EU accession talks. Piri emphasized the need for Turkey to demonstrate progress on human rights to advance the update of its customs union with the EU. The interview also covered the EU's response to Turkey's referendum on the executive presidency and the importance of the rule of law and an independent judiciary for economic relations.

Past, political experience and key turning points: Who is Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu?

06 Mar 2023  |  tr.euronews.com
Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, born in a remote village in Tunceli, Turkey, has had a distinguished career in public service and politics. He rose through the ranks of the Turkish bureaucracy, eventually becoming the head of the Social Security Institution. His political career began in the Democratic Left Party and later flourished in the Republican People's Party (CHP), where he became a prominent figure by exposing corruption and advocating for transparency. Despite facing numerous challenges, including physical attacks and political rivalries, Kılıçdaroğlu has remained a key player in Turkish politics, leading the CHP and participating in significant political movements and elections.

Landlord in Germany fined for renting out his property at a 'low price'

07 Nov 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
In Munich, Germany, a landlord named Thaddaus Spegel was fined by the municipality for not charging enough rent for his centrally located apartments. Despite the average price in Munich being 20.95 euros per square meter, Spegel asked for 13.50 euros, leading to a 41,445 euro fine from the Munich Finance Office (Finanzamt). Spegel, who considers himself a 'fair landlord,' expressed his feeling of injustice and found the fine unacceptable. The incident went viral among German TikTok users, and some people seeking housing in Munich attempted to contact Spegel for a chance to rent his apartments. The fine was based on German tax laws requiring landlords to charge at least 66% of the average local rent, a rule that contributes to rising rental prices in major cities like Berlin, Munich, and Frankfurt.

Just two minutes of intense exercise every day significantly reduces the risk of death

31 Oct 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
New research from Sydney University suggests that just two minutes of intense exercise daily can significantly reduce the risk of early death. The study analyzed data from over 70,000 British individuals, tracking their exercise levels and health over seven years. Results indicated that those who engaged in at least 15 minutes of vigorous exercise weekly had an 18% lower risk of death compared to those who exercised less. The findings, published in the European Heart Journal, highlight the benefits of short, intense physical activities, especially for busy individuals. Regular exercise is emphasized as crucial for both physical and mental health.

Musk lowers monthly fee for Twitter's blue verification mark to $8

31 Oct 2022  |  euronews
Following rumors and criticism about a proposed $20 monthly fee for verified Twitter users, Elon Musk announced a reduction of the fee to $8 per month. Musk stated that subscribers would have priority in replies, mentions, and searches, and could post longer video and audio content than free users. Additional features such as editing and undoing tweets may be included in this special subscription service. Verified users will have 90 days to subscribe to 'Twitter Blue' to maintain their verification badge. Musk has been known to plan workforce reductions at Twitter, but specific details remain unclear.

Who said what about EU High Representative Borrell's comments described as 'racist'?

18 Oct 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
EU High Representative Josep Borrell's comments, described as 'racist,' have sparked significant backlash. Alice Bah Kuhnke of the European Parliament's Green Party condemned the remarks as unacceptable colonial language. Mohammadbagher Forough from the German Institute for Global and Area Studies criticized the comments for undermining European strategic autonomy. The UAE summoned the EU envoy for an explanation, labeling the remarks as inappropriate and discriminatory. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasır Kenani denounced the metaphor as stemming from a colonial mindset. Despite the controversy, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen's spokesperson expressed continued confidence in Borrell.

NASA's car-sized vehicle will crash into an asteroid, Hera will investigate the 'crime scene'

23 Sep 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
NASA's DART mission aims to crash a car-sized spacecraft into the asteroid moonlet Dimorphos to test planetary defense strategies. The European Space Agency's Hera mission will follow to study the impact site and gather detailed data on the asteroid's properties. The missions are crucial for understanding asteroid composition and behavior, which is essential for future planetary defense and understanding the history of our solar system.

Why is Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei silent?

20 Sep 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has been absent from public view amid ongoing protests over Mahsa Amini's death. Speculations arise due to his silence and reports from various media, including the New York Times and Israeli media, suggest he underwent serious surgery and is in critical condition. The Experts Assembly's annual meeting, responsible for appointing his successor, was canceled, fueling rumors about his health. Khamenei's office typically does not disclose his health status, but past incidents, such as a prostate surgery in 2013, were publicized. His son, Mojtaba Khamenei, is often mentioned as a potential successor.

High concentration of organic matter found in rock on Mars

16 Sep 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
NASA's Perseverance rover has discovered organic molecules on Mars, potentially linked to past microbial life. Over a year and a half, the rover analyzed numerous samples, focusing on the Jezero Crater, an ancient lake bed. The discovery of organic matter in sedimentary rock, particularly in a rock named 'Wildcat Ridge,' is significant. However, confirming past life on Mars requires further analysis on Earth, with plans to return samples by 2033.

Higher Stroke Risk in Blood Group A; Lower in Group O

07 Sep 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
A study conducted in the United States reveals that individuals with blood group A have a higher risk of experiencing a stroke before the age of 60 compared to other blood groups, while those with blood group O have a lower risk. The research, led by Braxton Mitchell from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, analyzed data from 48 genetic studies involving around 17,000 stroke patients and 600,000 healthy individuals. The findings suggest a modest increase in early-onset stroke risk for blood group A, but researchers emphasize that other factors like hypertension and smoking are more significant risk factors. The exact reason for the higher risk in blood group A remains unclear, though it may be related to blood clotting factors.

Gulf countries warn Netflix on 'values' after Saudi Arabia and Turkey

07 Sep 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
Gulf countries, including Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, have warned Netflix to remove content conflicting with Islamic values or face legal action. This follows similar warnings from Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) issued a statement highlighting concerns over content, particularly those involving LGBTQ+ themes. Saudi Al-Ekhbariya cited an example from the animated series Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous. The region has a history of censoring LGBTQ+ content, with recent bans on Disney's Lightyear and Marvel's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Saudi Arabia has also confiscated rainbow-colored items from stores.

NASA prepares to return to the Moon after 50 years with Artemis 1 mission

02 Sep 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
NASA is preparing to test its most powerful rocket ever as part of the Artemis program, aiming to return humans to the Moon for the first time since 1972 and pave the way for a Mars mission. The launch of the 98-meter Space Launch System (SLS) rocket from Kennedy Space Center was postponed twice due to fuel leaks. The mission, planned for over a decade, is unmanned but symbolically important for NASA amidst competition from China and SpaceX. The SLS-Orion spacecraft will undergo a six-week test flight around the Moon, covering 1.3 million miles to ensure its readiness for future manned missions. The launch has attracted significant public interest, with thousands of spectators gathering to witness the event.

Twitter announces: 'Edit button' is coming

01 Sep 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
Twitter, one of the world's largest social media platforms, announced it will introduce an 'edit button' that allows users to correct tweets without deleting them. Initially, the feature will be available to select users, though Twitter has not specified which categories or regions these users will be from. Details on the extent of editing, such as how many times a tweet can be edited or for how long, are still under discussion. Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, who recently retracted his bid to buy Twitter, had been a prominent advocate for this feature. Twitter is currently in legal proceedings with Musk.

UN human rights committee finds Spain unjust in imprisoning Catalan leaders

01 Sep 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
The United Nations Human Rights Committee reported that Spain violated the political rights of former Catalan leaders in connection with the 2017 independence attempt. The committee stated that the Spanish authorities should not have dismissed the officials before convicting them. Oriol Junqueras and three other former regional ministers were imprisoned for their roles in the 2017 independence referendum, which was deemed invalid by the Spanish Constitutional Court. The UN committee found the charges of rebellion and the decision to suspend them from public office without a conviction lacked reasonable and objective justification. The group of 18 experts began preparing the report following a complaint by Catalan regional leaders in 2018. Nine out of twelve individuals sentenced for the failed independence bid were imprisoned and later pardoned in 2021, but they are still banned from active duty. The decision by the UN committee was welcomed by two pro-independence Catalan parties, and former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont called the findings a 'slap in the face' to Spain, highlighting a threat to democracy in Europe.

Historic Discovery by James Webb: Carbon Dioxide Detected on an Exoplanet for the First Time

26 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
The James Webb Space Telescope has made a historic discovery by detecting carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, WASP-39 b, for the first time. This gas giant, located 700 light-years away, orbits very close to its star, providing unique observational opportunities. The discovery, confirmed using Webb's Near-Infrared Spectrograph, marks a significant milestone in exoplanet science and raises expectations for future detections of smaller, rocky planets' atmospheres. The research, involving contributions from NASA, Johns Hopkins University, and Arizona State University, underscores the telescope's unparalleled capabilities in analyzing exoplanetary atmospheres.

Kobe Bryant and Chris Chester's widows awarded $31 million in 'accident photos' lawsuit

25 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
A Los Angeles court jury awarded Vanessa Bryant and Sarah Chester, widows of NBA star Kobe Bryant and Chris Chester respectively, a total of $31 million in damages for emotional distress caused by firefighters taking and sharing photos of the victims' burned bodies from the helicopter crash that killed Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others. The plaintiffs feared the images would appear online. Vanessa Bryant, who left the court in tears, later posted a photo on Instagram with the caption 'All for you! I love you! JUSTICE for Kobe and Gigi!' The crash investigation revealed the helicopter entered fog and lost direction while transporting passengers to a girls' basketball tournament.

Bee population is declining: 5 things you can do to help them

22 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
Bees play a crucial role in ecosystems and human food supply, but their populations are declining due to factors like pesticides, pollution, and habitat loss. Actions to help include creating bee-friendly gardens, choosing vegan honey, aiding tired bees with sugar water, buying local organic products, and supporting bee conservation efforts. Research highlights the detrimental effects of pesticides on bees' nervous systems and the impact of pollution in cities like Bengaluru, India. Organizations like Oxford University and Friends of the Earth are involved in studying and addressing these issues.

Assange's lawyers sue former CIA director Mike Pompeo

16 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
Julian Assange's lawyers and some journalists have filed a lawsuit against former CIA director Mike Pompeo, accusing the CIA of recording conversations and copying data from their phones and computers, thus violating constitutional privacy rights. The lawsuit, filed by lawyers Margaret Ratner Kunstler and Deborah Hrbek, and journalists Charles Glass and John Goetz, claims that the CIA worked with a security firm hired by the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to surveil Assange and his associates. Lawyer Robert Boyle argues that Assange's right to a fair trial has been compromised. The lawsuit also implicates the Spanish security firm Undercover Global in collecting data and sending it to the CIA, with Pompeo allegedly aware and approving these operations.

Miss Universe pageant now more 'inclusive': Married and women with children can also participate

12 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
The Miss Universe pageant is implementing inclusive changes, allowing married women and mothers to participate starting from the 72nd edition in 2023. Previously, only unmarried women aged 18-28 without children could compete. Andrea Meza, Miss Universe 2020, expressed her happiness about the long-awaited change, highlighting that it aligns with societal shifts towards gender equality. Harnaaz Sandhu from India won the previous year's competition.

American actress Anne Heche dies after life support is turned off

12 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
American actress Anne Heche has died after her life support unit was turned off following a severe car accident that left her in a coma with serious anoxic brain damage. Heche, known for films such as 'Psycho', 'Donnie Brasco', and 'Cedar Rapids', was 53 years old. Her family had previously announced that her life support was being withdrawn due to her lack of chances for survival, and that she had long chosen to donate her organs.

Hair transplantation in Turkey becomes a film in Spain

11 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
A Spanish comedy film directed by Nacho G. Velilla, titled 'Por los pelos,' tells the story of three men's journey to Turkey for a low-cost hair transplantation operation and their realization that their problems lie within, not above their heads. The film reflects the growing trend of health tourism in Turkey, especially for hair transplantation, with Spaniards being significant contributors since 2016, leading to the creation of this film.

The number of countries in Europe that do not want Russian tourists is increasing

09 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
Estonian and Finnish leaders have called for a halt to issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens, arguing that Russians should not vacation in Europe while their country is engaged in an aggressive war. Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin expressed their concerns, emphasizing that visiting Europe is a privilege, not a right. The issue of visas for Russians will be discussed at an upcoming EU foreign ministers' meeting. The article highlights the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on European tourism policies and the specific concerns of countries bordering Russia.

Climate deniers use fake data to cast doubt on extreme temperatures

09 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
Climate change deniers are using fake data to cast doubt on extreme temperatures, sharing outdated and often incorrect information on social media. Experts clarify that historical extreme temperatures do not negate the increasing frequency and intensity of heatwaves. Aemet spokesperson Ruben del Campo and other climate experts emphasize the importance of long-term trends and the impact of carbon emissions from fossil fuels on global warming. Viral posts on social media, including old newspaper reports, are misleading and do not provide accurate context.

Aid pours into the home of a child in Brazil who called the police saying he was hungry

09 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
In Brazil, an 11-year-old boy named Miguel Barros called the police because his family had no food. The police responded by bringing groceries, and the story gained national attention, leading to widespread donations of food and money. The Barros family, severely impacted by the pandemic, saw their home turn into a mini-market due to the influx of aid. The United Nations reports that nearly 29% of Brazil's population faces moderate or severe food insecurity, a significant increase from previous years.

Vienna, Austria once again the most livable place in the world

08 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
The Economist Intelligence Unit released its 2022 Global Livability Index, ranking Vienna, Austria, as the most livable city, followed by Copenhagen, Denmark, and Zurich, Switzerland. Scandinavian cities are noted for their stability and infrastructure, contributing to their high rankings. Conversely, Damascus, Syria, is listed as the least livable. The index evaluates cities based on culture, health, education, infrastructure, and entertainment. Notably, no cities from major world powers like the USA, China, or Russia, or from Turkey, are in the top or bottom 10. The worst-ranked cities commonly face serious social issues and security concerns.

Taylor Swift becomes 'the celebrity with the highest carbon dioxide emissions' with her private jet

04 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
Marketing company Yard analysts reported that American singer Taylor Swift's private jet made 170 flights between January 1 and July 19, leading to her being labeled as the celebrity with the highest carbon dioxide emissions this year. Swift's total flight emissions were claimed to be 8,293 tons, significantly higher than the average person's annual emissions. Her manager responded to the criticism by stating that Swift regularly lends her jet to others. Other celebrities like Floyd Mayweather, JAY-Z, Blake Shelton, Steven Spielberg, Kim Kardashian, and Mark Wahlberg were mentioned as borrowers. Additionally, Drake and Kylie Jenner faced criticism for their private jet usage.

Worker shortage in the European Union leaves 1.2 million positions vacant

03 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
A study by the World Travel and Tourism Council reveals a significant worker shortage in the European Union, with 1.2 million positions remaining unfilled. Italy is the most affected, particularly in the tourism sector, while the UK faces challenges post-Brexit, with 128,000 positions vacant. The report suggests solutions like favorable visa policies, flexible work options, and technological innovations to attract more workers.

Condemnation from the European Union came a week after Orban's racist remarks

01 Aug 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
European Union officials condemned Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's racist remarks made during his traditional summer policy speech, a week after the incident. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen emphasized the EU's commitment to equality and non-discrimination, while European Parliament leaders issued a statement denouncing Orban's comments. The article also discusses the potential diplomatic actions under the EU's Article 7 procedure and the economic challenges facing Hungary, including high inflation and energy costs. Orban defended his remarks as cultural, and his spokesperson claimed they were misunderstood. The controversy is seen as a distraction from Hungary's economic issues.

A micrometeoroid strike on the Webb telescope caused 'significant uncorrectable' damage

22 Jul 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
NASA reported that a micrometeoroid strike caused significant uncorrectable damage to one of the panels of the James Webb Space Telescope. Despite this, the telescope, which is located 1.5 million km away from Earth in L2 orbit, continues to exceed performance expectations. It recently captured the deepest and most detailed photograph of the cosmos to date and detected the oldest galaxy seen so far, at 13.5 billion years old. While most of the damage from micrometeoroids can be corrected with mathematical adjustments, the impact between May 22 and 24 resulted in significant uncorrectable changes to the C3 segment. The frequency of such high kinetic energy micrometeoroid strikes is still uncertain.

What does the parity of Euro and Dollar mean, and what could be its effects?

15 Jul 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
The Euro-Dollar parity has reached its lowest level in 20 years, causing concern among European countries struggling with an energy crisis due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The parity reflects the relative value of currencies, with the Euro losing strength due to high energy prices and record inflation. The Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes in response to high inflation in the US are also contributing to the Euro's decline. The situation has various implications, including cheaper costs for American tourists in Europe and more competitive European exports in the US. However, it also poses risks such as potential gas shortages in Europe and economic slowdowns.

China may have caught a signal from an extraterrestrial civilization, report removed from publication

15 Jun 2022  |  euronews
China's Sky Eye telescope, the world's largest radio telescope, may have detected signs of life beyond Earth. The narrow-band electromagnetic signals detected are different from previous ones, and scientists, including Zhang Tonjie from a team formed by Beijing University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences National Astronomical Observatories, and the University of California, Berkeley, are deepening their research. The report, initially published by the Beijing-backed Science and Technology Daily, was quickly removed from their website after gaining attention on Weibo and other media outlets, with no official explanation provided. The Sky Eye has been officially searching for extraterrestrial life since September 2020, and the suspicious signals have been under examination for several years.

Iranian director warns Turks: be careful

25 Apr 2018  |  ahvalnews.com
Iranian filmmaker Keywan Karimi, who faced imprisonment in his home country due to his work, attended a screening of his film in Brussels as part of the 'L'Heure d'Hiver' festival focusing on Iranian cinema. Despite his past challenges, Karimi remains optimistic and committed to living and working in Iran. He discusses the changing Iranian society and how topics that were once taboo, such as border smuggling and child sentencing, have become more open for discussion. Karimi's films, though not screened in Iran, are circulated online and have potentially contributed to societal shifts. His latest work, 'Writing on the City', explores the significance of graffiti on city walls. Moving forward, Karimi plans to shift from documentary to fictional filmmaking, continuing to draw inspiration from his country.

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