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The Guardian, Published in London, UK
The world’s largest painting, split into 70 sections nearly the size of four basketball courts, just sold for $62 million at auction in Dubai. The work, ‘Journey of Humanity’ is by British artist Sacha Jafri and the proceeds are being donated to humanitarian initiatives focused on children in the developing world.
Ottawa Citizen, Published in Ottawa, Canada
As Israel votes in an election for prime minister it is uncertain whether Netanyahu will remain in power. His leading platform is the impressive speed of the vaccination effort in the country. However, simultaneously he is accused of corruption and will be going to trial after the election.
The Fiji Times, Published in Suva, Fiji
The island country Fiji has had a curfew in place every night since March of 2020. A women’s crisis center co-ordinator and human rights activist is calling for the curfew to be lifted due to its potential to exacerbate domestic violence issues. There are currently no coronavirus cases in Fiji.
Star Tribune, Published in Minneapolis, Minnesota
North Korea fired two short-range missiles on Thursday, prompting discussion from American, Russian, South Korean and Japanese authorities. Japan’s prime minister described the testing as a security threat to Japan. North Korea has a history of firing missiles at the beginning of new U.S. administrations.
The Washington Post, Published in Washington, D.C.
A large cargo ship continues to block the passageway of the Suez Canal after weather conditions caused it to run aground Tuesday. The ship is more than a quarter-mile long and experts are saying that it might take weeks to dislodge. This will be an extremely expensive incident as the route is crucial for trade and there are already more than 150 ships piling up behind it.
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