Priest stabbed in Polish church

A priest was stabbed by a man in a church in the Polish city of Wroclaw on Monday, local media reported. “The priest was taken to hospital with lung injuries and is in a stable condition,’’ a police spokesperson told Polish news agency PAP, adding that the attacker had been arrested save for his motive was as yet unclear. Police said the attack occurred at 7 a.m (0500 GMT). Polish news website TVP.info reported that the attacker spoke to the priest, who was on his way to the altar to…

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Michael Gove: Cocaine ‘mistake’ a ‘deep regret’

Michael Gove Tory leadership candidate Michael Gove has said he “deeply regrets” taking cocaine more than 20 years ago. He told the Daily Mail that he had taken the drug at several “social events” while working as a journalist. The environment secretary said he believed the “mistake” should not be held against him in his bid to become prime minister. Members of the party are due to vote for a new party leader after Theresa May stepped down from the role. Mr Gove, who served as justice secretary from 2015-16,…

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Former UEFA President Lennart Johansson dies aged 89

Late UEFA President Johansson Lennart Johansson, a Swede who presided over European soccer for 17 years as its Champions League turned into a global commercial juggernaut, has died after a short illness aged 89, Sweden’s Football Association said on Wednesday. Johansson, president of European football association UEFA from 1990 to 2007, was a driving force behind the formation of the Champions League, giving the continent’s championship a new identity and a huge revenue stream for big clubs. “Swedish football is in mourning,” the Swedish FA said in a statement. UEFA…

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Israel’s first lady Nechama Rivlin dies after recent lung transplant

Late Nechama Rivlin Israel’s first lady, Nechama Rivlin, 73, died on Tuesday morning after battling with a respiratory disease for years, the Presidential Residence announced. She died at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. Three months ago, Rivlin underwent a lung transplant. Rivlin suffered from pulmonary fibrosis and required the constant use of a portable oxygen tank, which was attached to her even during official ceremonies she attended with her husband. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement: “Together with all the citizens of Israel, my wife Sara and I…

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Jonas Savimbi: Angola’s former Unita leader reburied after 17 years

Jonas Savimbi’s coffin was carried to its final resting place in Lopitanga The former leader of Angola’s Unita rebel group, Jonas Savimbi, is being reburied 17 years after his death. Thousands of former Unita fighters wearing white T-shirts emblazoned with images of Savimbi attended the ceremony in his home village of Lopitanga. His 2002 death brought an end to one of Africa’s longest civil wars. His remains were finally handed over to his family on Friday following confusion earlier in the week. Unita says the funeral ceremony will be an…

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Smoking kills 8,000 people every year in Israel: report

Not fewer than 22 Israelis per day die from smoking-related sicknesses, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Israel Cancer Association (ICA). According to the ICA and the Israeli Ministry of Health, about 8,000 people die every year in Israel from smoking-related sicknesses, of which 800 are passive smokers. The diseases include lung cancer, throat cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart attacks, stroke and sudden death. According to a new survey initiated by the ICA, 40.2 per cent of smokers in Israel are considering quitting smoking following the…

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Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote

Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, whose People’s party got the largest share of the country’s vote in the European elections. Photograph: Leonhard Föger/Reuters. Austria’s chancellor has been ousted in a no-confidence vote just a day after his centre-right party enjoyed a triumphant night in the European elections, after opposition politicians lost faith in his handling of a corruption scandal that has engulfed his former far-right coalition partner. Austria will be governed by a technocratic administration of experts and senior civil servants until fresh elections scheduled for early September. During a debate in which…

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South Africa’s Ramaphosa sworn into office

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, right, takes the Oath of Office alongside Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, at the Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, May 25, 2019. Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn into office Saturday as South Africa’s president before regional leaders and some 30,000 spectators in Pretoria, the capital. “I am humbled by the trust you have bestowed upon me,” Ramaphosa said, “and I am also aware of the challenges our country faces, but I’m also alive to the fact that our people are filled with hope for a…

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Trump Begins State Visit to Japan

U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive aboard Air Force One at Tokyo Haneda Airport in Tokyo, May 25, 2019. U.S. President Donald Trump has arrived in Japan for a four-day state visit heavy on ceremony and sports, although a senior White House official promises “there’ll be some substantive things to announce.” Trump went directly from the airport on Saturday evening to the U.S. ambassador’s official residence to address several dozen top Japanese business leaders. “The relationship with Japan and the United States I can say for…

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Binyavanga Wainaina: Kenyan author and gay rights activist dies

    Late Binyavanga Wainaina Prize-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina has died in Nairobi after a short illness at the age of 48. He won the Caine Prize for African writing in 2002 and was best known around the world for his satirical essay How to Write About Africa. Wainaina was also named among Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014 for his gay rights activism. He “demystified and humanized homosexuality” author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote at the time. Wainaina was one of the first high-profile Kenyans to openly declare he…

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