• Trade unions representing sailors have claimed that hundreds of thousands are still being prevented from travelling home because of Covid restrictions and border closures. Some seafarers stranded in northern Germany haven’t been able to see their families on the other side of the world for nearly two years. One hundred and thirty men from Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean who…

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  • (CNN) — For many people who work as tour guides, showing people around a new city involves a little bit of getting off the beaten track. But when there is no track at all, you just have to blaze one yourself. That has been the story of Fatima, the only woman working as a tour guide in Afghanistan. The 22-year-old…

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  • President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to the late member of parliament in a statement on Twitter, writing, “Olivier Dassault loved France.” “Captain of industry, deputy, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to enhance its assets,” Macron wrote. “His sudden death is a great loss. Thoughts to his…

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  • A Russian ballerina from the world-renowned Mariinsky Theatre dressed in full costume performs scenes from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake… not on stage though, but on the frozen Gulf of Finland. This is Ilmira Bagrautinova’s way of objecting against the construction of a port in Batareinaya Bay, a popular beach about 100 km west of St Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city. Bagrautinova…

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  • The government postal agency is planning to send about 13.5 million postcards across the county, according to a news release. They are part of the “Write Here Wrote Now” campaign established by the Canada Post in September to encourage letter writing as a means of connection. “Meaningful connection is vital for our emotional health, sense of community and overall well-being,”…

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  • “Olivier Dassault loved France. Captain of industry, lawmaker, local elected official, reserve commander in the air force: during his life, he never ceased to serve our country, to value its assets. His sudden death is a great loss,” Mr Macron said on Twitter. Source link

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  • The result means facial covering will be banned in all publicly accessible places, including on the streets, in public offices, on public transport, in restaurants, shops and in the countryside. The controversial proposal gained support of 51.21% of voters and the majority of the country’s 26 cantons, according to official provisional results published by the federal government. The only exceptions…

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  • Around 300 people have been injured and an unknown number killed in Bata, the health ministry says. Source link

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  • Federer will turn 40 in August Roger Federer says he never seriously considered retirement in his 14 months away from tennis, and is returning as he feels “the story’s not over yet”. The 20-time Grand Slam champion is competing at this week’s Qatar Open. It will be his first tour appearance since losing to Novak Djokovic in last year’s Australian…

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  • But in 2021, like many other things in life, the NBA All-Star Game will be a little different. Only a very limited number of invited guests will be allowed to watch the best the league has to offer on March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta. The main event of the day will still be the All-Star Game —…

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  • Ahead of the vote, Walter Wobmann, chairman of the referendum committee and an SVP lawmaker, described Muslim face coverings as “a symbol for this extreme, political Islam which has become increasingly prominent in Europe and which has no place in Switzerland”. Source link

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  • The route, usually almost 1,000 miles, has been modified to avoid most communities and will be roughly 100 miles shorter than usual. A reduced number of 47 mushers include 13 women and 12 rookies. They will line up in Willow, about 75 miles outside of Anchorage, before hitting a new out-and-back trail. The race usually ends in Nome. Joar Leifseth…

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  • Francis called for “harmonious coexistence” of people from different backgrounds and cultures while leading a prayer at a square overlooking the ruins of the Syro-Catholic Church in Mosul’s Old City. Once an ISIS stronghold, the whole city has been completely destroyed in 2017, during the nine-monthslong battle over its control. “Here in Mosul, the tragic consequences of war and hostility…

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