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New Zealand celebrates Māori New Year as an official public holiday for the first time

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For the first time, New Zealanders are enjoying an official public holiday this June 24 to celebrate Matariki -- also known as Māori New Year. Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars, also known as the Ple...

New Zealand celebrates Māori New Year as an official public holiday for the first time

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For the first time, New Zealanders are enjoying an official public holiday this June 24 to celebrate Matariki -- also known as Māori New Year. Matariki is the Māori name for a cluster of stars, also known as the Ple...

China’s coastal ecosystems still unhealthy despite recent progress, official says

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Most of China's marine ecosystems are still in poor health despite recent improvements, and more efforts are needed to restore, protect and monitor coastal waters, an environment ministry official said on Thursday. "...

Texas official: Uvalde shooter driven by social media fame, ‘abhorrent behavior’ went unchecked for months

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During his testimony, Col. Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, also acknowledged how social media — and the lure of instant worldwide notoriety — may have motivated 18-year-old Salvador R...

FINA medical official hopes transgender-athlete policies are model for other sports

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The "gender inclusion policy" will only permit swimmers who transitioned before the age of 12 to compete in women’s events. FINA members voted 71.5% in favor of the new policies with the possibility of the organizati...

New Mexico county official convicted of January 6 trespassing refuses to certify 2022 primary results based on debunked conspiracy

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A New Mexico county commissioner, awaiting sentencing for his January 6 conviction, said Thursday that he plans to defy a state Supreme Court order and will not vote to certify the results of a recent primary electi...

Brittney Griner prisoner swap for ‘Merchant of Death’ not being considered right now, Russian official says

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A Moscow court extended Griner’s detention until July 2. It was the third time her detention has been extended, Russian state-run media TASS reported. She was arrested in February for allegedly trying to bring vape c...

India’s ruling party suspends official over comments about Islam

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(Reuters)India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Sunday it had suspended its spokeswoman Nupur Sharma in response to comments she made during a TV debate about the Prophet Mohammed. The BJP said in a sta...

‘No threat’ after Bidens temporarily moved from Delaware beach house following airspace incident, official says

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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden were moved from their Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, home as a precautionary measure on Saturday afternoon after a small private plane entered restricted airspace, a White Ho...

Uvalde students’ reported 911 calls should have prompted a ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’: Former FBI official

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Former assistant bureau director Chris Swecker said the school district authorities should have shifted their tactics immediately upon hearing of the 911 calls. He underlined that the blame should not fall on the Tex...

Former Trump official warns Biden not to ‘poke the dragon’ when discussing Taiwan

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During a joint press conference with Japanese officials, Biden responded in the affirmative when asked about defending Taiwan, which critics said ran counter to the U.S. policy of "strategic ambiguity" related to Tai...

Baby formula shortage: Former FDA official rips Biden for ‘smoke and mirrors’ response

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BIDEN INVOKES DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT, ‘OPERATION FLY FORMULA’ TO ADDRESS SHORTAGE Former FDA associate commissioner Peter Pitts ripped President Biden's decision to invoke the Defense Production Act over the crisis, ...

Arizona Democrat latest official to try tying Roe v. Wade to the economy

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Rep. Greg Stanton, D-Ariz., claimed the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide made the largest impact on the advancement of women in the workplace in a video of him during a Jewish Democrats Week Of A...

Trump appointed State Department official met with election deniers on January 6

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A top Trump appointee at the US State Department met on January 6, 2021, with two activists who were pushing false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. The meeting took place on the same day that t...

Biden will travel to Buffalo on Tuesday following mass shooting, official says

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President Joe Biden will travel to Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday to meet with the families of victims after a racially motivated mass shooting Saturday at a grocery store left 10 people dead, the White House announc...

Colorado county bars indicted pro-Trump official from overseeing 2022 elections

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Washington Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, along with her deputies Belinda Knisley and Julie Fisher, will not be allowed to oversee 2022 elections in the county, a Colorado district judge ruled Tuesday, marking the se...

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