A town in New Zealand has asked children to compete to kill the most feral cats. No one thought that would backfire? It did.
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🐻 Italy is grappling over what to do with a bear that killed a runner earlier this month. Authorities have caught the bear but animal rights groups are appealing to a court not to kill it. The bear, Jj4, was brought to Italy from Slovenia as part of a bear repopulation program.
The United Nations and The Economist are highlighting that Ethiopia is the bloodiest war of the year, not Ukraine.
According to figures from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), over 600,000 people have died in the war in the Tigray region of Ethiopia between 2020 and 2022. By some estimates, nearly 100 million people have been forced to flee their homes due to this conflict.
The United Nations has said that aid to this region has been halted, although many say that is not true. Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed had brokered a peace deal with Tigray leaders months ago.
By comparison to the war in Ukraine, the U.N. suggests that approximately 8,000 civilians have died and more than 14,000 injured. Those numbers are also contested.
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Mexico Tells The U.S. To Stop Threatening Invasion
Mexico is warning the United States to stop the rhetoric about invading its neighbors. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in no uncertain terms that this was a non-starter.
In recent weeks, American politicians have been floating the idea of invading Mexico to put an end to drug cartel crime with military force. Senator Lindsey Graham even introduced a bill to authorize U.S. troops into Mexico.
“There can’t be foreign agents in our country, no,” said President Lopez Obrador. He said that Mexico will decide who can intervene. His main concern, he said, was keeping civilians safe from so-called U.S. assistance. The U.S. does not have a good track record of keeping civilians safe in places it intervenes.
President Lopez Obrador said that he would consider cooperating with DEA assistance but not handing full authority over to the U.S.
31 minutes. That is how much shorter the average MLB game has been this season due to new rules that get rid a lot of the fooling around between plays. Also many parks are now extending last call from the 7th inning till the end of the game. Beer vendors are very happy.
$787.5 million. That is the size of the settlement that Fox News came to with Dominion Voting Systems over a defamation suit related to the 2020 elections.
2.5 miles. That is how long one ultra marathon runner allegedly rode in a car during a recent race. She was disqualified because you’re not supposed to do that in a foot race.
Germany didn't listen to Greta Thunberg. The country shut down their nuclear power plants and will move forward with a return to coal.
Remember a few months ago when the activist was arrested in Germany? She was protesting the building of a new coal plant and insisting that Germany reverse course on its plan to shut down nuclear power. In this case, we think she was correct. There is no sense in closing down affordable energy with that has no carbon footprint in favor of coal. Nearly 70% of Germans wanted to keep nuclear energy but apparently they don’t get a say.
Meanwhile, Finland has made a big-time investment in nuclear. The Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) nuclear plant went online this weekend making it the largest nuclear power plant in Europe. They are calling it the greatest single climate act in Finland. It will power 30% of Finland’s electricity from one island.
Twitter launched a new feature that will limit visibility to content it finds hateful. The new hate speech rules will flag offending Tweets and warn users before clicking through to them.
The warning will read: “Visibility limited: this Tweet may violate Twitter’s rules against Hateful Conduct.” Users can click to see them if they want but those Tweets will not be included in search results, trends or recommendations and no advertising will appear with them.
Twitter says that this is part of the company values to promote “freedom of speech, not freedom of reach.”
If users disagree with the hate tag, they can submit feedback.
Aaron Carter is trending because a coroner ruled that his cause of death was drowning in a bathtub after taking sedatives and inhaling cleaning products.
“Keanu Reeves and girlfriend” is trending because the actor and his girlfriend Alexandra Grant shared a smooch in public on the red carpet at a gala this weekend.
Prime the drink is trending because the energy drink that is popular in the U.S. is now just as popular in the U.K., even though doctors are warning about the high caffeine content of the Hydration version. Prime Hydration has 200 mg of caffeine. A can of Monster Energy has 86 mg. Yikes!
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This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris.
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