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Heavy Shelling On Dnipro & Kyiv, 10 Downing St. Attack, “Slavery Simulator”

Heavy Shelling On Dnipro & Kyiv, 10 Downing St. Attack, “Slavery Simulator”

The Met Police arrested a man after a car crashed into Downing Street gates on Thursday. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was in Downing Street at the time, but the incident is not being treated as terror-related.

Yannick Champion-Osselin, Sophie Jacquier & Chloé Touchard

👋 নমস্কার*

Welcome to Friday, where Ukraine’s Kyiv and Dnipro were targeted by dozens of Russian strikes overnight, an investigation is ongoing after a car crashed into the residence of the UK prime minister, and Google removes a very racist game from its app store. Meanwhile, Guadalupe Rivero in Argentine daily Clarín writes about the release of a new edition of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl, tailored for people with cognitive difficulties.

[*Nômôskar - Bengali]

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• Russian missiles hit Dnipro hospital and Kyiv, at least one dead: Missiles hit a hospital in Dnipro with one reported death and 15 people injured, including children under seven. Another strike hit a shopping center in Kyiv with no casualties. Ukraine claims to have shot down another 10 missiles and 25 drones overnight. Meanwhile, Russia has sent nuclear warheads to Belarus.

• Biden and McCarthy closing in on a debt ceiling deal: U.S. President Joe Biden and Republican Kevin McCarthy seem near a deal to raise the government's $31.4 trillion debt ceiling for two years. They would set spending limits on some items, like housing and education, and increase funding for the military and veterans.

• Rare gun attack in Japan kills four:Four people were killed in a rare shooting and stabbing attack in Japan’s Nagano prefecture. The assailant, the 31-year-old son of a local politician, has been arrested. He chased and stabbed a woman, shot two police officers with a hunting rifle and an elderly woman also died in unclear circumstances.

• Parisian climate protesters face police ahead of oil giant meeting: Hundreds of climate activists in Paris were met with riot police and tear gas, as they tried to stop shareholders accessing their annual meeting at oil major TotalEnergies. Police wound up escorting shareholders into the building.

• Elon Musk’s brain implants cleared for human trials: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink for the first human clinical study of brain implants. The coin-sized devices placed in the skull would allow the brain to directly connect with computers.

• American’s plot to kill the Queen revealed: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released documents showing that Queen Elizabeth II was threatened with assassination during a visit to the U.S. in 1983. Worried about Irish Republican Army (IRA) threats amid the Troubles in Northern Ireland, the FBI remained vigilant to potential attacks against England’s late Queen during her visits.

• Racist game in Brazil removed by Google: A game called Simulador de Escravidão (“Slavery Simulator”) was removed from Google’s app store just five days after it launched. The game triggered backlash in Brazil for its premise and contents, as it allowed players to buy and sell black slaves.

🗞️  FRONT PAGE

South Korean daily The Dong-a Ilbo celebrates on its front page the successful launch of the country’s first domestically built rocket to put a satellite into orbit. The “Nuri” rocket lifted off on Thursday, after a first flight was canceled on Wednesday due to technical difficulties. South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said “this will greatly change how the world sees South Korea’s space science technology,” as the country is increasing its efforts to compete with its neighbors in the space race.

#️⃣ BY THE NUMBERS

3,586

Italian police recovered 3,586 pieces of stolen artifacts and arrested 21 suspects as part of a large-scale operation in the southern region of Puglia. Among the items were miniature vases, oil lamps or archaeological coins, all of “inestimable historical, artistic and commercial value” according to Vincenzo Molinese, head of Italy’s Carabinieri art police.

📰 STORY OF THE DAY

The diary of Anne Frank made inclusive for people with cognitive difficulties

An Easy Reading adaptation of Anne Frank’s legendary The Diary of a Young Girl has been created by the The Anne Frank Center in Argentina, a branch of the Anne Frank House in the Netherlands. Made in association with Visibilia Publishing and the Eudeba Foundation, the adaptation is tailored to people with cognitive difficulties, reports Guadalupe Rivero in Argentine daily Clarín.

📖 This version of El Diario de Ana Frank was written in collaboration with people with intellectual and learning disabilities. Easy Reading is a support technique that helps readers better understand a book through adapted text, images and formatting. “For us, the challenge is to make the diary more accessible without compromising any fidelity (to the original)," Héctor Shalom, director of the Anne Frank Center in Argentina, says. "We've been very careful that The Diary of Anne Frank isn't trivialized, misrepresented and doesn't lose its essence."

📝 A team of validators with various cognitive difficulties also worked on the book, to obtain the best results. They gave feedback on whether they understood each paragraph, and highlighted necessary corrections where they did not. The museum assures that the latest version is faithful to the original text, allowing Anne’s words to inspire and give hope in a new way.

⚠️ The Anne Frank Museum invites its visitors to reflect on the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism and discrimination, as well as on the importance of freedom, equal rights and democracy. Thus, leaning on their belief in the value of young people in the transmission of history, they turn to "peer education."

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📣 VERBATIM

“This conflict will last a very long time, most likely decades.”

— Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, now deputy head of the Russian Security Council, said during his visit to Vietnam that the war in Ukraine could involve years of fighting, halted here and there by periods of truce, according to Russia’s RIA news agency. Known for his blunt remarks about the war, Medvedev had also declared earlier this year that a Russian defeat could trigger a nuclear war.

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We tend to think of Buddhism as a religion devoid of commandments, and therefore generally more accepting than others. The author, an Australian researcher — and "genderqueer, non-binary Buddhist" themself — suggests that it is far from being the case.

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I’m a genderqueer, non-binary Buddhist myself and I was curious about others’ experiences in Australia since there has been no research done on our community before. So, in 2020, I surveyed 82 LGBTQIA+ Buddhists and have since followed this up with 29 face-to-face interviews.

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