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Israel's Netanyahu vows unity as thousands decry justice reforms

Israeli divisions over the government's judicial reform programme widened Thursday as police fired water cannon at protesters blocking a highway in Tel Aviv and right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to restore unity.. Tens of thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv and other cities, according to crowd estimates by Israeli media.

Ratcliffe makes revised Man Utd offer as Zilliacus enters bidding

British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe made a revised bid to buy Manchester United on Thursday as Finnish entrepreneur Thomas Zilliacus entered the race to own the Premier League giants.. "Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS can confirm we have submitted a revised bid," INEOS said in a statement when contacted by AFP. Zilliacus entered the race on Thursday, with a bid he said will give fans the chance to own 50 percent of the club.

Montenegro says it has arrested Korean Crypto fugitive Do Kwon

A man suspected of being fugitive South Korean cryptocurrency entrepreneur Do Kwon, accused of orchestrating a multi-billion-dollar fraud that shook global crypto markets last year, has been arrested in Montenegro, the interior minister said Thursday.. Kwon is accused of "orchestrating a multi-billion-dollar crypto asset securities fraud", according to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. 

'He doesn't listen': Macron's method spurs on French protesters

As teargas and smoke wafted through the streets of central Paris and riot police clashed with protesters, many demonstrators felt President Emmanuel Macron only had himself to blame for the seething public anger over his pension reform.. A total of 70 percent felt the government was to blame for nightly clashes around the country since last Thursday, as well as wildcat protests that have seen roads, railways stations and ports blocked. 

Trans women banned from female athletics

Transgender women will no longer be allowed to compete in female track and field events regardless of their levels of testosterone, World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said Thursday, citing fairness over inclusion.. Speaking after a meeting of the global track and field federation's decision-making body, Coe said World Athletics had consulted with stakeholders including 40 national federations, the International Olympic Committee and trans groups about the issue of transgender athletes.

US working to get dozens of Americans from Afghanistan: Blinken

The United States is working to assist 44 Americans who want to leave Afghanistan and several others detained by Taliban authorities, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Thursday.. The United States, despite poor relations with the Taliban rulers, has worked quietly to assist US citizens who wish to leave.

NATO rejects Russian complaints on UK uranium ammo 

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday dismissed Russian complaints about Britain's announcement that it will send Ukraine ammunition containing depleted uranium.. "NATO allies are following international rules and international law in everything they do in their support for Ukraine," Stoltenberg told AFP when asked about the British plans and Russian complaints.

Kyiv threatens Bakhmut counterattack as Zelensky visits Kherson

A top Ukrainian commander on Thursday threatened an impending counterattack against Russian forces in the frontline town of Bakhmut as President Volodymyr Zelensky visited Kherson, still partially controlled by Russia.. Bakhmut -- an eastern town which once had an estimated population of around 70,000 people -- has virtually emptied of civilians over months of fierce fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces.

India's Rahul Gandhi found guilty of defamation over Modi remark

An Indian court Thursday found opposition leader Rahul Gandhi guilty of defamation for a 2019 campaign trail remark implying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a criminal.. Gandhi is the son, grandson and great-grandson of a dynasty of former Indian prime ministers, beginning with independence leader Jawaharlal Nehru.