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      Five people detained after 29 die in daytime fire at Istanbul nightclub

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 15:32

    Venue was closed for renovations when fire broke out with victims believed to have been working in the building

    A daytime fire at a central Istanbul nightclub that was closed for renovations has killed at least 29 people, as five people, including managers, were detained for questioning.

    Firefighters and other first responders surrounded the charred and smoking entrance to the Masquerade nightclub, which occupies two floors underneath a 16-storey residential building in the Gayrettepe area of the Beşiktaş district on the European side of the Turkish city.

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      ‘Hidden in plain sight’: the European city tours of slavery and colonialism

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 15:30

    From Puerta del Sol plaza in Madrid to Place du Trocadéro in Paris, guides reshape stories continent tells about itself

    Dodging between throngs of tourists and workers on their lunch breaks in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol plaza, we stop in front of the nearly 3-tonne statue depicting King Carlos III on a horse. Playfully nicknamed Madrid’s best mayor, Carlos III is credited with modernising the city’s lighting, sewage systems and rubbish removal.

    Kwame Ondo, the tour guide behind AfroIbérica Tours, offers up another, albeit lesser-known tidbit about the monarch. “He was one of the biggest slave owners of his time,” says Ondo, citing the 1,500 enslaved people he kept on the Iberian peninsula and the 18,500 others held in Spain’s colonies in the Americas. As aristocratic families sought to keep up with the monarch, the proportion of enslaved people in Madrid swelled to an estimated 4% of the population in the 1780s.

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      Dutch cargo bike firm Babboe recalls 22,000 cycles over safety fears

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 13:53

    First bikes will be collected in the Netherlands and Germany in mid-April, with other countries following afterwards

    Dutch cargo bike firm Babboe is recalling 22,000 of its popular cycles over safety fears, around one-third of its bikes on the road.

    Babboe had already announced a recall of two models in February but said five more models were now a concern.

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      Ukrainian drone attacks target oil refinery and factory deep inside Russia

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 10:09

    Attacks more than 800 miles from border were first in Tatarstan region since beginning of war

    Ukraine has launched a series of drone strikes against targets in Russia more than 800 miles from the border, in some of its deepest attacks into Russia’s industrial heartland since the beginning of the war.

    The Ukrainian drones targeted one of Russia’s largest oil refineries and a factory that produces Iranian-designed Shahed drones that have been used on the frontlines of the war.

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      Three children injured in Finland school shooting

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 08:10

    Police say suspect who is a minor has been arrested after incident at Viertola school in Vantaa

    Three children were injured in a shooting at a primary school in Finland early on Tuesday, and a suspect, who was also a minor, was apprehended, Finnish police said.

    The injured were taken to hospital, a police spokesperson told Reuters.

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      Russia-Ukraine war live: drones strike Russian factories more than 1,000km from Ukraine

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 07:56

    Factories in Tatarstan attacked overnight

    Ministers and officials from dozens of countries are gathering in the Netherlands on Tuesday for a conference on restoring justice in Ukraine, as the war reaches its third year.

    The Dutch government said in a statement, “The Netherlands believes it is of vital importance that truth and justice be achieved both for Ukraine and for all victims of Russia’s aggression.”

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      Yannick review – Quentin Dupieux goes for laughs in absurdist theatre hijack comedy

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 06:00 · 1 minute

    Dupieux’s melancholic comedy sees a disillusioned audience member pull a gun before demanding a word processor to write the actors a better play

    Quentin Dupieux is one of the vanishingly small number of film-makers on the non-Anglo-American distribution circuit who really is interested in – and allowed to make – straight-up comedy, albeit flavoured with melancholy or violent absurdity. For me, only Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern are comparable. Aki Kaurismäki, for example, is different; although gently and wonderfully comic, his films don’t try to hit the laugh lines in the same way.

    The prolific Dupieux has now created a 67-minute sketch, a one-act cine-play about a mediocre Paris stage company performing a dinner-theatre comedy called The Cuckold to a bored, half-empty house. Just as they are grinding through their tired old routines, a guy called Yannick (Raphaël Quenard) stands up in the auditorium and announces that this so-called comedy is making him sad and he wants his money back. The dumbfounded actors start mocking this jerk but Yannick pulls a gun, clambers on to the stage and demands a word processor and printer so he can write a better play for them. Is he a radical hero for disrupting mediocre bourgeois culture? If this is a hostage situation, he says, well, so is sitting through a bad play.

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      The EU’s great green retreat benefits the far right. For the rest of us, it’s a looming disaster | Arthur Neslen

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 06:00

    Environmental pledges are being shredded to please agribusiness and appease extremists. It’s a terrible mistake

    The EU’s great green deal cave-in has been nothing less than spectacular. As aggressive lobbying and violent farmers protests ramped up in the last year, Brussels has killed plans to cut pesticide use by half, to green farming practices, to ban toxic “forever” chemicals , to rein in livestock emissions and, last week, to restore nature to 20% of Europe’s land and seas.

    The aim may have been to create breathing space. Predictably, that hasn’t worked. The bloc’s anti-deforestation regulation seems likely to be the next green reform for the chop, with 20 agriculture ministers reportedly calling for it to be pared back and suspended on Monday, citing “administrative burdens”.

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      ‘Not even water?’: Ramadan radio show demystifies Dutch Muslim life

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 2 April - 04:00

    All-female lineup of presenters hope to break harmful Islamic stereotypes after Geert Wilders’ election victory

    An hour before dawn in a nondescript building in Hilversum, a sleepy town half an hour south of Amsterdam, Nora Akachar grabs the microphone. There is nothing unique about a radio host summoning the nation out of its slumber. But this is, in her own words, “a big deal”.

    The Dutch Moroccan actor turned radio host is live on air presenting Suhoor Stories, a talk radio show presented by seven Dutch Muslim women, inviting Muslim guests to demystify Ramadan for the wider public. The programme is believed to be Europe’s only daily Ramadan radio and television show aired by a national public broadcaster.

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