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Citizens group decides fate of heiress’ fortune

[ad_1] A citizens group has decided how the fortune of an Austro-German heiress will be given away.Earlier this year, Marlene Engelhorn set up a group of 50 people to work out how to distribute the millions she inherited from her grandmother.The money will go to 77 organisations, including social and climate groups, as well as prominent left-wing ones.Ms Engelhorn, who is 32, made headlines in January, when she announced she
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Bread and other tax proposals axed amid public outcry

[ad_1] Kenya’s government has scrapped some proposed taxes in this year's controversial finance bill after a public outcry.The announcement by MPs came as police fired tear gas and used water cannon to try to disperse angry protesters in the capital, Nairobi.The parliamentary finance committee has axed what would have been a 16% levy on bread as well as higher taxes on cooking oil and mobile money services.Since coming to office
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UK’s richest family on trial in Switzerland for human trafficking

[ad_1] 2 hours agoBy Imogen Foulkes, BBC Geneva Correspondent EPAAjay Hinduja (L) and his wife Namrata arrive with their lawyer Robert Assael at a court house in GenevaFour members of the UK's richest family are on trial in Switzerland amid allegations they spent more money caring for their dog than their servants. The Hinduja family, worth an estimated £37bn ($47bn), is accused of exploitation and human trafficking.The family own a villa in
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Eamon Ryan to step down as Irish Green Party leader

[ad_1] The leader of Ireland's Green Party, Eamon Ryan, is to step down from the position, Irish broadcaster RTE reports.The announcement will mean Mr Ryan is the second leader of the Republic's coalition government to step down this year. Former taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar stepped down as Fine Gael leader in April.Mr Ryan's decision comes after the local and European elections, which saw the Green Party lose both of
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Voice of Marge Simpson in Latin America, Nancy MacKenzie, dies

[ad_1] 59 minutes agoBy Vanessa Buschschlüter, BBC NewsAlamyNancy MacKenzie was the voice of Marge Simpson in Latin AmericaNancy MacKenzie, the actress who lent her voice to Marge Simpson in the dubbing of The Simpson for the Latin American market, has died.The Peruvian-Mexican voice-over artist was 81.MacKenzie had a long an illustrious career, dubbing hundreds of characters in films and TV series, including Trinity in The Matrix.The news of her death was announced
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North Korea soldiers cross border prompting warning shots from South

[ad_1] North Korean soldiers briefly crossed the demilitarised zone (DMZ) on Tuesday, South Korea has said, ahead of a rare state visit to Pyongyang by Russian President Vladimir Putin.The soldiers retreated after the South Korean military fired warning shots, but Seoul believes their violation of the border was not intentional. South Korea said it believed the soldiers accidentally crossed as they were fortifying the border, the second such incident in
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Biden to give legal status to undocumented spouses of US citizens

[ad_1] President Joe Biden is set to announce a new policy that would protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented spouses of US citizens from deportation, according to administration officials. The action will apply to those who have been in the country for at least 10 years and will allow them to work in the US legally. It marks the most significant relief programme for undocumented migrants already in the US
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NBA Finals: Boston Celtics beat Dallas Mavericks 106-88 to win record 18th title

[ad_1] Sam Harris, BBC Sport JournalistWith the best regular season and a fine play-off run, the Boston Celtics have earned the right to hang banner 18 in the rafters.Their Finals performance had a hiccup in game four with a blowout loss, but they found a way to get the job done at home.The triumph is the culmination of a lot of hard work from a team who have developed a
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Vladimir Putin heads to North Korea with war and weapons on the agenda

[ad_1] Firstly, Putin needs ammunition to sustain his war machine in Ukraine.“We have to remember that he started this relationship based upon his need for artillery, ammunition and rockets for his invasion of Ukraine and he will retain these needs for some time,” says Bruce Bennett, a senior defence analyst at RAND Corp in the US.Jeffrey Lewis, a North Korea expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, agrees saying:
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India Congress leader to contest election

[ad_1] Priyanka Gandhi, sister of India's main opposition Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, is set to contest her first election, ending decades of anticipation by her supporters. Ms Gandhi is a descendant of the Nehru-Gandhi family, India's most famous political dynasty, and her electoral debut will be closely watched.The 52-year-old will contest the Wayanad seat in the southern Indian state of Kerala after her brother relinquishes it.A win for Ms Gandhi