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Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will be indicted for royal defamation, prosecutors say

Thai prosecutors said Wednesday former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will be indicted for defaming the monarchy, three months after he was freed on parole on other charges. Thaksin will not yet be indicted because he had filed a request to postpone his original appointment on Wednesday with proof that he has COVID-19, Prayuth Bejraguna, a spokesperson for the Office of the Attorney General, said at a news conference. The attorney general’s office scheduled a new appointment for Thaksin’s indictment on June 18, Prayuth said, adding that Thaksin will also be
Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will be indicted for royal defamation, prosecutors say

Colombia's congress votes to ban bullfights, dealing a blow to the centuries-old tradition

Colombia’s congress voted Tuesday to ban bullfights in the South American nation, delivering a serious blow to a centuries-old tradition that has inspired famous songs and novels but has become increasingly controversial in the countries where it is still practiced. The bill calls for the banning of bullfights in a three-year span, making the tradition illegal by the start of 2028. The new law now needs to be signed by President Gustavo Petro, who has been a longtime opponent of these events. Bullfighting originated in the Iberian Peninsula and is still legal in
Colombia's congress votes to ban bullfights, dealing a blow to the centuries-old tradition

Transitional council in Haiti selects new prime minister for a country under siege by gangs

U.N. development specialist Garry Conille was named Haiti’s new prime minister Tuesday evening, nearly a month after a coalition within a fractured transitional council sought to choose someone else for the position. The long-awaited move comes as gangs continue to terrorize the capital of Port-au-Prince, opening fire in once peaceful neighborhoods and using heavy machinery to demolish several police stations and prisons. Council member Louis Gérald Gilles told The Associated Press that six out of seven council members with voting power chose Conille earlier Tue
Transitional council in Haiti selects new prime minister for a country under siege by gangs

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Rapper Sean Kingston agrees to return to Florida, where he and mother are charged with $1M in fraud

Rapper and singer Sean Kingston on Tuesday waived his right to fight extradition in a California court and agreed to be turned over to authorities in Florida, where he and his mother are charged with committing more than a million dollars worth of fraud. Kingston, 34, did not make a public court appearance but signed papers agreeing to skip extradition hearings, representatives from San Bernardino courts and sheriff told The Associated Press. He remained in a Southern California jail Tuesday afternoon, but sheriff's officials will coordinate with the Broward Count
Rapper Sean Kingston agrees to return to Florida, where he and mother are charged with $1M in fraud

Wu-Tang Clan's unreleased 'Once Upon a Time in Shaolin' is headed to an Australia museum

The sole physical copy of Wu-Tang Clan's unreleased “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" is headed to Australia’s Museum of Old and New Art. Only a handful of ears have listened to Wu-Tang Clan’s seventh studio album to date. But next month, lucky MONA visitors may be able to hear part of it, too. In addition to putting the famed piece of music history on display, MONA said it would host private listening sessions featuring select tracks from the album between June 15 and June 24. Tickets, set to be released Thursday, are free — but there's only a small number ava

Albert Ruddy, Oscar-winning producer of 'The Godfather' and 'Million Dollar Baby,' dies at 94

Albert S. Ruddy, a colorful, Canadian-born producer and writer who won Oscars for "The Godfather" and "Million Dollar Baby," developed the raucous prison-sports comedy "The Longest Yard" and helped create the hit sitcom "Hogan's Heroes," has died at age 94. Ruddy died “peacefully” Saturday at the UCLA Medical Center, according to a spokesperson, who added that among his final words were, “The game is over, but we won the game.” Tall and muscular, with a raspy voice and a city kid's swagger, Ruddy produced more than 30 movies and was on hand for the very top
Albert Ruddy, Oscar-winning producer of 'The Godfather' and 'Million Dollar Baby,' dies at 94

Robert De Niro calls Trump a 'clown' outside trial in Biden campaign message

Actor Robert De Niro called Donald Trump a "clown" who is bent on destroying American democracy on Tuesday outside the New York City courtroom where the Republican presidential candidate's hush money trial is being held.De Niro, a longtime Democrat who recently voiced an ad for Democratic President Joe Biden, attended a Biden campaign event outside the Manhattan courtroom with two former law enforcement officers, Harry Dunn and Michael Fanone, who were at the U.S. Capitol when it was attacked by Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021.The remarks are part of the Biden campaign's attempt to use w

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Farmers must kill 4.2 million chickens after bird flu hits Iowa egg farm

More than 4 million chickens in Iowa will have to be killed after a case of the highly pathogenic bird flu was detected at a large egg farm, the state announced Tuesday. Crews are in the process of killing 4.2 million chickens after the disease was found at a farm in Sioux County, Iowa, making it the latest in a yearslong outbreak that now is affecting dairy cattle as well. Last week, the virus was confirmed at an egg farm west of Minneapolis, Minnesota, leading to the slaughter of nearly 1.4 million chickens. Overall, 92.34 million birds have been killed since the
Farmers must kill 4.2 million chickens after bird flu hits Iowa egg farm

New Jersey and wind farm developer Orsted settle claims for $125M over scrapped offshore projects

Danish wind farm developer Orsted will pay New Jersey $125 million to settle claims over the company's cancellation of two offshore wind farms last year — a little over a third of what the company once was required to pay. The state's Board of Public Utilities said Tuesday that New Jersey and Orsted have settled claims against each other stemming from the company's decision last October to scrap two wind farms off the state's southern coast. The state said the $125 million it will receive will be used to support investments in wind energy facilities, component ma

Factbox-Over 939,000 customers without power in Texas, other states from storms

Over 939,000 homes and businesses in Texas, Kentucky and other states were without power on Tuesday as storms continued to batter the region since the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, according to meteorologists and data from PowerOutage.us.That is up from around 754,000 customer outages earlier on Tuesday.Tornado-spawning thunderstorms that swept the Southern Plains and the Ozark Mountains killed at least 21 people across four U.S. states over the long Memorial Day weekend.Texas power company Oncor, a unit of California-based energy company Sempra Energy, has the most outages with over
Factbox-Over 939,000 customers without power in Texas, other states from storms

Hollywood movies rarely reflect climate change crisis. These researchers want to change that

Aquaman might not mind if the oceans rise, but moviegoers might. That's one of the takeaways from a new study conducted by researchers who set out to determine if today's Hollywood blockbusters are reflective of the current climate crisis. The vast majority of movies failed the “climate reality check” proposed by the authors, who surveyed 250 movies from 2013 to 2022. The test is simple — the authors looked to see if a movie presented a story in which climate change exists, and whether a character knows it does. One film that passed the test was the 2017 supe

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US Treasury official visits Ukraine to discuss sanctions on Russia and seizing Russian assets

US Treasury official visits Ukraine to discuss sanctions on Russia and seizing Russian assets

Stock market today: Asian shares decline after a mixed post-holiday session on Wall Street

Shares have fallen across Asia after a mixed session on Wall Street

IMF upgrades its forecast for China's economy, but says reforms are needed to support growth

IMF upgrades its forecast for China's economy, but says reforms are needed to support growth

What's at stake in the European Parliament election next month

Around 400 million European Union citizens go to the polls next month to elect members of the European Parliament, or MEPs, in one of the biggest global democratic events

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College in Detroit suspends in-person classes because of pro-Palestinian camp

College in Detroit suspends in-person classes because of pro-Palestinian camp

UN report says that education, social safety nets vital for Asia to grow rich, cope with aging

UN report says that education, social safety nets vital for Asia to grow rich, cope with aging

Trevino wins grant from MLB Players Trust for charity that teaches art to those with special needs

Trevino wins grant from MLB Players Trust for charity that teaches art to those with special needs

Military labs do the detective work to identify soldiers decades after they died in World War II

Military labs do the detective work to identify soldiers decades after they died in World War II

Arts

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Jessica Stone, who knits Broadway and circus in thrilling 'Water for Elephants,' enjoys a Tony nod

Jessica Stone, who knits Broadway and circus in thrilling 'Water for Elephants,' enjoys a Tony nod

La Scala's French manager leaves theater financially fit as Meloni government turns to Italians

La Scala's French manager leaves theater financially fit as Meloni government turns to Italians

US vows more returns of looted antiquities as Italy celebrates latest haul of 600 artifacts

US vows more returns of looted antiquities as Italy celebrates latest haul of 600 artifacts

Mexican government says the arm of a 19th century mummy came off after mishandling by museum staff

Mexican government says the arm of a 19th century mummy came off after mishandling by museum staff

World

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US condemns loss of life, but says no policy changes after civilian deaths in Israeli strike

US condemns loss of life, but says no policy changes after civilian deaths in Israeli strike

US-built pier will be removed from Gaza coast and repaired after damage from rough seas

US-built pier will be removed from Gaza coast and repaired after damage from rough seas

Hundreds mourn gang killings of a Haitian mission director and a young American couple

Hundreds mourn gang killings of a Haitian mission director and a young American couple

A look at Pope Francis' comments about LGBTQ+ people

A look at Pope Francis' comments about LGBTQ+ people

Technology

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Europe's cybersecurity chief says disruptive attacks have doubled recently, sees Russia behind many

Europe's cybersecurity chief says disruptive attacks have doubled recently, sees Russia behind many

North Korean leader Kim doubles down on satellite ambitions following failed launch

North Korean leader Kim doubles down on satellite ambitions following failed launch

US judge rejects Amazon bid to get FTC lawsuit tossed over Prime program

US judge rejects Amazon bid to get FTC lawsuit tossed over Prime program

AI darling Nvidia's market value surges closer to Apple

AI darling Nvidia's market value surges closer to Apple

Science

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Venus has more volcanism than previously known, new analysis finds

Venus has more volcanism than previously known, new analysis finds

Russia not currently planning to restart Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, TASS says

Russia not currently planning to restart Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, TASS says

OpenAI forms safety committee as it starts training latest artificial intelligence model

OpenAI forms safety committee as it starts training latest artificial intelligence model

Heat-related monkey deaths climb in Mexico, as environmentalists report deaths of birds and bats

Heat-related monkey deaths climb in Mexico, as environmentalists report deaths of birds and bats

Lifestyle

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The art of drag has become a target. With Pride Month nigh, performers are organizing to fight back

The art of drag has become a target. With Pride Month nigh, performers are organizing to fight back

Doctors alarmed by TikTok-inspired tic epidemic among teens

Doctors alarmed by TikTok-inspired tic epidemic among teens

Analysis: Korda is head and shoulders over her peers. She hopes winning is enough to help golf grow

Analysis: Korda is head and shoulders over her peers. She hopes winning is enough to help golf grow

What is Manhattanhenge and when can you see it?

What is Manhattanhenge and when can you see it?