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North Korea apologizes for shooting of South Korea official

The death of a goverment employee was an unfortunate event that should never happened, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said. Troops reportedly shot the man more than 10 times as part of coronavirus control measures.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued an apology Friday over the shooting of a South Korean government official.

In comments carried by South Korean news agency Yonhap, Kim said he was “greatly sorry,” and expressed his hope that “confidence between the two Koreas” was not damaged.”

Military officials from the South say that troops interrogated, shot and then burned the body of a government employee found in North Korean waters earlier this week. Seoul said the man may have been trying to defect.

The 47-year-old, an official from the South Korean Fisheries Ministry, had...

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Get to Know Your Favorite Podcasts Even Better With New Polls Feature

Ever wish you could communicate directly with your favorite podcast hosts—maybe to share who you think their next guest should be, or weigh in on a debate that took place during the episode? Now, you may just get your chance. Spotify is testing a new Polls feature that gives podcasters the opportunity to ask their audience questions within the app. Both the host and listeners will be able to see the responses in real time, opening up an entirely new way for creators and listeners to interact.

Through Polls, listeners can share feedback and opinions as requested by the show’s hosts, who can use that information to better connect with their fans in future episodes—whether it’s discovering what topics listeners want more of, or learning about the type of guests they love to hear from...

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Deuxmoi: The Mystery Gossip Queen Exposing Celebs During the Pandemic

Leonardo DiCaprio loves having sex with his headphones on. A Real Housewife runs a NXIVM-style diet program. Jay Cutler is dating “White Power Barbie.” Vince Vaughn is quite rude to his fans. And Senator Lindsey Graham goes maskless in airports. I owe all of this juicy gossip to Deuxmoi, a highly addictive Instagram account that’s become the go-to source for celebrity tea-spilling during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, providing a light tonic of sorts to our daily doomscroll.

“People are home and looking for another entertainment outlet,” Deuxmoi tells The Daily Beast. “If there was no quarantine, it wouldn’t have grown at all.”

And grown it has...

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Fridays for Future protests — live updates

School students around the world have returned to the streets for a global day of climate action. It’s the first Fridays for Future strike since the coronavirus pandemic forced activists to move their protests online.

  • Students in Asia and Australia have kicked off protests
  • Climate strikes are planned in more than 3,000 locations around the world
  • Activist Greta Thunberg has vowed to keep up the pressure “for as long as it takes”

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06:57 Protests are set to take place in more than 450 cities and towns across Germany.

Several thousand people are expected to attend a sit-in at Berlin’s Brandenburg gate, with organizers urging demonstrators to keep their distance and wear masks.

Protesting cyclists are also expected to ride through the capital in groups.

A planned rally...

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“Thank you, marshals!” BMW Motorsport and ILN thank the marshals at the Nürburgring 24 Hours.

50 years of the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER), 50 years since the first overall victory for BMW. The fact that this year’s event on the Nordschleife is able to celebrate these two special anniversaries is largely down to the support of the marshals. Through their voluntary work around the circuit and their passion for the Nürburgring, they have been instrumental in ensuring that there has been a 24-hour race since 1970. To recognise their commitment, BMW Motorsport and Interessengemeinschaft Langstrecke Nürburgring (ILN) presented around 1000 marshals with a gift package as a gesture of gratitude ahead of the race weekend.

Representing the marshals was Walter Hornung, Nürburgring 24 Hours Race Director and board member Sport of ADAC Nordrhein, who received one of the gift packages fro...

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Trump Campaign Uses Russian Footage in Ad—Again

An advertisement for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign emphasizes that he is the only candidate whose economic plan will be “made in the USA”—but part of the ad itself was made in Russia.

Eight seconds into Trump’s latest ad boosting his work on the economy, wordily titled “We built the greatest economy in world history and now we’re doing it again!”, the spot cuts from standard images of factory workers in hard hats and children playing in fields to a conveyor belt with cardboard boxes digitally superimposed with the label “MADE IN USA.”

That animation, according to a review of Shutterstock, was actually made—along with “MADE IN IRAN” and “MADE IN UAE” versions—by Russia-based photographer and illustrator Novikov Aleksey.

The Trump campaign, whi...

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Coronavirus makes ‘modern slaves’ of ship crews, UN told

Long trapped on ships by COVID-19 travel curbs, 400,000 seafarers are desperate for crew changes, a special UN meeting has been told. The global ITF union warns that fatigue could lead to accidents and oil spills.

Shipping sector unions and executives, joined by UN chief Antonia Guterres, on Thursday urged governments hesitant over coronavirus risks to grant freer “essential” travel to crews needing to visit home, rest up and seek fresh assignments.

Stuck on board since early 2020 due to interlinked issues such as coronavirus-induced trade slowdowns, many had been left feeling like “second-class citizens,” Captain Hedi Marzougui told a video conference on the fringe of the UN General Assembly, coinciding with World Maritime Day.

“Not knowing when or if we would be returning home [had] ...

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LEO Pharma strengthens global leadership team with appointment of new Executive Vice President, Global Therapeutic & Value Strategy

LEO Pharma A/S today announced that Becki Morison will join the Global Leadership Team as Executive Vice President, Global Therapeutic & Value Strategy, effective October 1.

Morison joins LEO Pharma from Eli Lilly, where she was VP, US Immunology. Prior to that, she held several leadership positions in the US, Australia as well as in the United Kingdom and the Nordics. In addition to her international experience, Morison has a proven track record in building and growing innovative pharmaceutical franchises in different therapeutic areas including orphan diseases.

“Becki Morison’s broad knowledge in immunology, dermatology and specialty pharma will help us to strategically develop our innovative portfolio and execute global launches of best or first-in-class medicines, which is essential...

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Fox’s Judge Nap: ‘I Would Have Indicted All Three’ Cops in Breonna Taylor Case

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano diverged from the consensus opinion of his colleagues on the Breonna Taylor decision, saying Thursday that he would have personally “indicted all three” police officers involved in her death.

After a Kentucky grand jury decided not to charge any of the three Louisville Metro police officers with killing Taylor during a botched late-night raid on her apartment, Fox News hosts and pundits quickly defended the lack of charges, essentially calling it an unfortunate “tragedy” that couldn’t be helped.

Napolitano, however, saw things just a bit differently.

During an interview on The Daily Briefing, host Dana Perino brought up the widespread and fiery protests over the decision, noting that only one officer was charged with want...

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Brazil: Rio postpones carnival over coronavirus

For the first time in over 100 years, the famous street parade has been suspended. The celebration was due to be held in February and officials have not yet set a new date.

Rio de Janeiro’s world famous carnival parade will not take place in February 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Thursday.

“We came to the conclusion that the event had to be postponed,” said Jorge Castanheira, the president of the group that organizes the annual parades, the Independent League of Rio de Janeiro Samba Schools (LIESA).

“We just can’t do it in February. The samba schools won’t have the time or financial and organizational resources to be ready,” he said.

Brazil currently has the second-highest coronavirus death rate in the world.

More to come…

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