Afghanistan mosque explosion, largest vaccine warrant, Banksy’s record
Welcome to Friday, where a deadly explosion hits a mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan, during Friday prayers the death toll in Lebanon rises and Banksy sells 15 times better when shredded. Meanwhile, the German daily Die welt journalists take us on a strange tour of the deserted Marmal camp, the former headquarters of the German army in Afghanistan.
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• Explosion hits Afghan mosque during prayers: Development: An explosion rocked a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan southern city of Kandahar during Friday prayers. At least 32 people were killed.
• Norwegian bow and arrow suspect converts to Islam: The Norwegian security service said the deadly bow and arrow attack that killed five people in Konsberg “appears to be terrorism”. The suspect, a 37-year-old Danish citizen named Espen Andersen Brathen, is a convert to Islam and had previously been reported to the police for showing signs of radicalization.
• COVID update: Italy’s COVID ‘green pass’ takes effect, with all public and private sector workers now required to be vaccinated or undergo frequent coronavirus testing to enter their workplace, a first for a Western democracy. During this time, Israel sees sharp drop in new COVID-19 infections helped by his use of vaccine passports, vaccine reminders and masks.
• Linkedin withdraws from China: Citing a “difficult operating environment”, Microsoft decided to replace LinkedIn in China with an application-oriented version, without networking features.
• Beirut on edge, the death toll drops to six: The Lebanese capital remained tense on Friday after the worst violence in a decade on the left at least six dead people and 30 injured. The shootings were sparked by requests to replace a judge investigating the deadly explosion at the port last year. Friday the the country’s association of judges again rejected any attempts to interfere with the conduct of the investigation.
• Michelin awards stars to Russian chefs for the first time: The Michelin Guide has awarded nine Moscow restaurants with its star as they released the first edition of their gastronomic bible in the country.
• Adele drops new music after six years: After a slow PR campaign, Adele’s first new songs in six years have arrived with the release of his new music video “Easy On Me” directed by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan. The London singer will release the full album, her fourth, next month.
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“The dramatic minutes”, headlines the Norwegian daily Aftenposten reporting the attack in the town of Konsberg, where a man armed with a bow and arrow killed five people and injured two others “in 35 minutes”, writes the daily. The suspect, a 37-year-old Dane who converted to Islam, confessed to the killings in what authorities are calling an apparent “act of terror”.
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Ghosts of defeat at deserted German base in Afghanistan
New Taliban commander shows Alfred Hackensberger, Sebastian Backhaus, Ricardo Vilanova, journalists from the Berlin daily Die welt, around the abandoned Marmal camp, former headquarters of the German army in Afghanistan.
🇦🇫 On June 29, the German army finally withdrew from Afghanistan, leaving its largest military base, at the foot of the Hindu Kush, deserted. It was only two weeks before the Taliban captured it. “During this time, when the base was not guarded, all the machines were looted,” said Taliban commander Abdullah Sajjad. The 30-year-old is now responsible for security at the former German base. Today, he says, the camp is absolutely secure.
⏸️ Walking through the long and wide streets, the former German military base looks like a ghost town. A strange calm reigns, interrupted from time to time by the songs of birds, the barking of dogs or one of the few planes taking off or landing at the nearby airport of Mazar-i-Sharif. Inside the buildings, everything is as the German army left it. Without the thick layer of dust all over, you could be forgiven for thinking that the German soldiers were about to return. It’s amazing how everything has been arranged with precision, with typical German thoroughness. Looks like they wanted to hand the base over to its next occupants as easily as possible.
➗ Camp Marmal is the symbol of a reality that still seems elusive, although it is already written in history. The West has lost its fight against fundamentalist Islam and has turned its back on Afghanistan and its people. Mohammed, the interpreter of the German army, is torn. He still cannot accept that they are gone. He feels disappointed with the people he considered to be comrades and friends. They abandoned him to the Taliban, who began to hunt down residents who worked with NATO troops. He is just one of the hundreds who worked for the German army and were left behind in Afghanistan.
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Banksy Love is in the trash sold at Sotheby’s in London on Thursday for a record £ 18.5million ($ 21.9 million). The half-ragged work of art is what remains of the elusive artist Girl with balloon, which became a work of art when it began to self-destruct in the same auction house three years ago, moments after being put under the hammer for $ 1.4 million.
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Fart at famous spa sparks 12-person brawl, three arrested
Close your eyes. You have arrived in the lush and peaceful micro-state of Andorra, known the world over for its natural spas. Flanked by majestic mountains, you admire the deep valleys and sparkling lakes of this landlocked nation nestled between Spain and France as you settle into one of the largest spas in Europe. You spent the day relaxing with this special someone in the thermal waters at 70 ° C. Maybe you just got a nice massage.
And then someone farts.
It was exactly such a windbreaker (and such a windbreaker) that sparked a major brawl last Monday night at the Caldea spa, resulting in three arrests and two injured, reports the local French-language daily The Independent.
The scene was set just northeast of the capital Andorra la Vella, as several groups of people gathered in the spa locker rooms at the end of a relaxing day. A man dropped one, apparently a little too close to another man – insults were exchanged, and two groups of friends quickly came to blows, with a dozen in total involved in the kerfuffle.
According to the Catalan language information site Altaveu, overwhelmed security personnel at the facility were forced to call the police and four patrols were dispatched to the scene.
Three people, including the original “guilty” part, were taken into police custody before being published.
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