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  • I believe in an interview the artist said there is no translation, and that it means whatever you wish.

    If you look on the page I posted you can see examples of what appears to be an ancient form of the same language. More chunky and angular than what comes after.

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  • apnews.com Here's what you need to know about the world's largest democratic election kicking off in India

    With a population of over 1.4 billion people and close to 970 million voters, India’s general election pits Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an avowed Hindu nationalist, against a broad alliance of opposition parties that are struggling to play catch up.

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The world’s largest democratic election could also be one of its most consequential.

    With a population of over 1.4 billion people and close to 970 million voters, India’s general election pits Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an avowed Hindu nationalist, against a broad alliance of opposition parties that are struggling to play catch up.

    The 73-year-old Modi first swept to power in 2014 on promises of economic development, presenting himself as an outsider cracking down on corruption. Since then, he has fused religion with politics in a formula that has attracted wide support from the country’s majority Hindu population.

    India under Modi is a rising global power, but his rule has also been marked by rising unemployment, attacks by Hindu nationalists against minorities, particularly Muslims, and a shrinking space for dissent and free media.

    HOW DOES THE ELECTION WORK? The 6-week-long general election starts on April 19 and results will be announced on June 4. The voters, who comprise over 10% of the world’s population, will elect 543 members for the lower house of Parliament for a five-year term.

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    apnews.com Florida Supreme Court upholds state’s 15-week abortion ban, but voters will soon have a say

    The Florida Supreme Court has cleared the way for a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for the state to ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant, while also giving voters a chance to remove restrictions in November.

    The court that was reshaped by former presidential candidate and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis ruled 6-1 to uphold the state’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, meaning a ban on six weeks could soon take effect. But under a separate 4-3 ruling, the court allowed a ballot measure to go to voters that would enshrine abortion rights in Florida’s constitution.

    The 15-week ban, signed by DeSantis in 2022, has been enforced while it was challenged in court. The six-week ban, passed by the Legislature last year, was written so that it would not take effect until a month after the 2022 law was upheld.

    Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and others who challenged the law in court argued the Florida Constitution’s unique privacy clause for more than 40 years has explicitly protected a right to abortion in the state and should remain in force.

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    apnews.com US pushes alternatives to Rafah invasion in Hamas war talks with Israel

    American and Israeli officials are discussing the potential expansion of Israel’s war against Hamas to the southern Gaza city of Rafah.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top American and Israeli officials held virtual talks Monday as the U.S. pushed alternatives to the ground assault against Hamas under consideration by Israelis in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, a move the U.S. opposes on humanitarian grounds and that has frayed relations between the two allies.

    President Joe Biden and his administration have publicly and privately urged Israel for months to refrain from a large-scale incursion into Rafah without a credible plan to relocate and safeguard noncombatants. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted that Israel I forces, which are trying to eradicate Hamas after the Oct. 7 attack on Israel, must be able to enter the city to root out the group’s remaining battalions.

    The more than two-and-a-half-hour meeting by secure video conference was described by both sides as constructive and productive, as Washington encourages the Israelis to avoid an all-out assault on the city, where an estimated four battalions of Hamas fighters are dispersed among more than 1.3 million civilians. The White House has instead pushed Israel to take more targeted actions to kill or capture Hamas leaders while limiting civilian impacts.

    The potential operation in the city has exposed one of the deepest rifts between Israel and its closest ally, funder and arms supplier. The U.S. has already openly said Israel must do more to allow food and other goods through its blockade of Gaza to avert famine.

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  • The Codex Seraphinianus. It's an encyclopedia of an imaginary world 'written' and drawn by an Italian in the 70s.

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  • abcnews.go.com Brazilian police launch investigation into Bolsonaro's 2-night sleepover at Hungarian embassy

    Brazil’s Federal Police on Monday launched an investigation into former President Jair Bolsonaro’s two-night stay at the Hungarian embassy in Brasilia, amid widespread speculation from his opponents that he may have been attempting to evade arrest

    SAO PAULO -- Brazil's Federal Police on Monday launched an investigation into former President Jair Bolsonaro's two-night stay last month at the Hungarian embassy in Brasilia, amid widespread speculation from his opponents that he may have been attempting to evade arrest.

    A Federal Police source with knowledge of the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press that it was undertaken in response to a report from The New York Times, which featured security camera video of the Hungarian ambassador welcoming Bolsonaro on Feb. 12 and footage of Bolsonaro from the rest of his stay. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, one of the leaders of a global far-right movement, is a key international ally of his.

    The visit took place just days after Federal Police seized Bolsonaro’s Brazilian and Italian passports and raided the homes of his top aides as part of a probe into whether they plotted to ignore 2022 election results and stage an uprising to keep the defeated leader in power.

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    www.theguardian.com Indonesian military apologises after West Papuan man filmed being tortured in water-filled barrel

    Footage allegedly filmed during February military raid in Puncak regency renews calls for international intervention in contested regionWarning: this article contains graphic content

    In rare admission, commander of Indonesian military in the province says horrific footage is a ‘violation of the law’, and confirms 13 personnel have been detained

    Warning: this article contains graphic content

    Graphic footage of a West Papuan man bound in a water-filled barrel and being beaten and cut with knives by Indonesian soldiers has drawn a rare apology from the commander of Indonesia’s military in the province.

    Major General Izak Pangemanan confirmed 13 military personnel had been detained and more than 40 questioned as part of an investigation into the torture of the unarmed man.

    “We regret what happened, it shouldn’t have happened,” Pangemanan said, insisting the soldiers’ actions were rogue, and not representative of the Indonesian military.

    “We condemn this action. It’s a violation of the law and it has tarnished the military’s reputation,” he said.

    We apologise to to all Papuans”.

    The two videos of the man being tortured were filmed in early February this year, during a military raid in the Omukia and Gome districts in Puncak regency, in the Central Papua province.

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    apnews.com Senegal’s little-known opposition leader Bassirou Diomaye Faye is named the next president

    Faye’s victory reflected frustration among youth with high unemployment and concerns about governance in the West African nation.

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal’s little-known, 44-year-old opposition leader Bassirou Diomaye Faye appeared set Monday to become the country’s next president, less than two weeks after being released from prison to run in the election.

    While official results of Sunday’s vote were not yet available, the former prime minister who was the other frontrunner, and who was backed by incumbent President Macky Sall, conceded defeat based on preliminary results.

    Faye’s expected victory reflected frustration among youth with high unemployment and concerns about governance in the West African nation.

    Faye, who was backed by popular opposition leader Ousmane Sonko, has vowed to protect Senegal from corruption and interference from foreign powers like former colonial master France. Sonko, who was also released on March 14 after months in prison to jubilant celebrations in the capital, was barred from running due to a prior conviction and Faye ran in his place.

    There was no immediate comment from the winning team, but a news conference was hastily scheduled to take place that evening.

    Sall, who triggered violent protests earlier this year when he unsuccessfully tried to postpone the election until the end of the year, also congratulated Faye in a statement. His former prime minister and the loser in the race, Amadou Ba, wished Faye success in a statement shared by his campaign team.

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    www.ynetnews.com Israel agrees to US-brokered Hamas hostage deal outline, hundreds of prisoners set for early release

    Jerusalem raises offer for return of 40 hostages but demands veto rights over identities of prisoners to be released from Israeli jails; willingness to accommodate daily return of thousands of Palestinians to northern Gaza; ‘We’re waiting for Hamas' response,’ senior official says

    Jerusalem raises offer for return of 40 hostages but demands veto rights over identities of prisoners to be released from Israeli jails; willingness to accommodate daily return of thousands of Palestinians to northern Gaza; ‘We’re waiting for Hamas' response,’ senior official says

    Israel agreed to the American compromise proposal presented to the parties during the talks in Doha for a hostage deal with Hamas, a senior Israeli source said on Sunday. Israel even agreed to double the figures in some categories to which it had already positively responded in the original "Paris Framework," under which Israel agreed to release 400 prisoners while Hamas demanded 800-900.

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    apnews.com Oath Keepers' son emerges from traumatic childhood to tell his own story in a long shot election bid

    The eldest son of one of America's most infamous seditionists is building a new life since breaking from his father's control.

    KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The eldest son of one of America’s most infamous seditionists is building a new life since breaking free from his father’s control — juggling work, college classes and volunteer firefighting.

    And Dakota Adams has tossed one more ball in the air this year: a Democratic campaign for Montana’s Legislature.

    He also plans to sell the rifles, body armor and tactical gear he used to wear to anti-government protests alongside his father — Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers. It’s all part of an effort to push away the last vestiges of what Adams describes as an isolating and abusive upbringing that nearly ruined him, his mother and his siblings.

    “I decided that I’m going to double down on betting on the electoral process,” Adams said in a recent interview.

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    apnews.com Over 130 abducted schoolchildren in Nigeria's northwest are rescued after weeks in captivity

    In recent years, abductions have been concentrated in the northwestern and central regions, where dozens of armed groups often target villagers and travelers for ransom.

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolchildren have been released, local officials said Sunday, more than two weeks after the children were seized from their school in the northwestern state of Kaduna and marched into the forests.

    At least 1,400 students have been kidnapped from Nigerian schools since 2014, when Boko Haram militants kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls from Borno state’s Chibok village in 2014. In recent years, abductions have been concentrated in the country’s northwestern and central regions, where dozens of armed groups often target villagers and travelers for ransom.

    Kaduna state Gov. Uba Sani did not give details of the release of the 287 students abducted from their school in the remote town of Kuriga on March 7, at least 100 of them aged 12 or younger. In a statement, he thanked Nigerian President Bola Tinubu “particularly ensuring that the abducted school children are released unharmed.”

    Tinubu had vowed to rescue the children “without paying a dime” as ransom. But ransoms are commonly paid for kidnappings, often arranged by families, and it is rare for officials in Nigeria to admit to the payments.

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    apnews.com Memorial marks 210th anniversary of crucial battle between Native Americans and United States

    Members of the Muscogee Creek Nation returned to Alabama this weekend for a memorial service on the 210th anniversary of the battle of Horseshoe Bend.

    ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP) — Prayers and songs of remembrance carried across the grassy field where more than 800 Muscogee warriors, women and children perished in 1814 while defending their homeland from United States forces.

    Members of the Muscogee Creek Nation returned to Alabama this weekend for a memorial service on the 210th anniversary of Horseshoe Bend. The battle was the single bloodiest day of conflict for Native Americans with U.S. troops and paved the way for white settler expansion in the Southeast and the tribe’s eventual forced removal from the region.

    “We don’t come here to celebrate. We come here to commemorate, to remember the lives and stories of those who fought and honor their sacrifice,” David Hill, principal chief of the Muscogee Creek Nation, said at the Saturday ceremony.

    One thousand warriors, along with women and children from six tribal towns, had taken refuge on the site, named for the sharp bend of the Tallapoosa River. They were attacked on March 27, 1814, by a force of 3,000 led by future U.S. President Andrew Jackson.

    “They were going to fight to the end. The warriors were going to do what they could do to protect the women and children, protect themselves, protect our freedom, what we had here,” Hill said.

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    apnews.com A pro-West diplomat and an ally of populist premier to meet in runoff for Slovakia's presidency

    A pro-western career diplomat has defeated a close ally of Slovakia’s populist Prime Minister Robert Fico in the first round of the presidential election to set up a runoff vote between the two.

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — A pro-western career diplomat defeated a close ally of Slovakia’s populist Prime Minister Robert Fico in the first round of the presidential election Sunday to set up a runoff between the two to decide who will succeed Zuzana Čaputová, the country’s first female president.

    Former Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok had 42.13% of the votes late Sunday, with nearly all polling stations counted by Slovakia’s Statistics Office. Peter Pellegrini was in second with 37.28%

    Because no candidate won an outright majority, a runoff will be held April 6 in this central European nation of 5.4 million people.

    A former justice minister and judge, Štefan Harabin, 66, who has openly sided with Russia in its war with Ukraine was a distant third with 11.79%.

    In all, nine male candidates sought to become Slovakia’s sixth head of state since it gained independence in 1993 after Czechoslovakia split in two.

    Čaputová, a staunch backer of neighboring Ukraine in its fight against Russia’s invasion, didn’t seek a second term in the largely ceremonial post.

    Korčok called the result “encouraging” and “promising,” but added that “we have to do more to win the runoff.”

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    apnews.com Senegal votes Sunday in a presidential election that has fired up political tensions

    Senegal votes in a tightly contested presidential election that has fired up political tensions and tested one of West Africa’s most stable democracies.

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Senegal votes Sunday in a tightly contested presidential election that has fired up political tensions and tested one of West Africa’s most stable democracies.

    The election will take place after much uncertainty following President Macky Sall’s unsuccessful effort to delay the vote until the end of the year, sparking violent protests.

    In the latest turn of events leading up to Sunday’s vote, opposition leader Ousmane Sonko was released from prison last week, triggering jubilant celebrations on the streets of Dakar and renewed excitement about the contest.

    Sunday’s election is set to be Senegal’s fourth democratic transfer of power since it gained independence from France in 1960. The country is viewed as a pillar of stability in a region that has seen dozens of coups and attempted coups in recent years.

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    apnews.com What we know after the Islamic State group claims responsibility for Moscow massacre

    An Islamic State group affiliate has claimed responsibility for an attack on a suburban Moscow concert hall that killed at least 133 people.

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack on a suburban Moscow concert hall that killed at least 133 people, the most deadly attack in Russia in years. Though the U.S. says it has evidence backing up the jihadists’ claim, that didn’t stop Moscow and Kyiv from pointing the finger at each other Saturday as the war in Ukraine rages on.

    Much remains unknown about the Friday night attack, including whether it related to a security alert the U.S. Embassy in Moscow issued two weeks earlier and whether it signals a resurgence of the group in the West.

    Russia continues to investigate after detaining 11 suspects but it wasn’t possible to confirm the authenticity of statements issued by Russian investigators.

    Here is a look at some of what is known so far.

    WHO CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY

    The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, first Friday and then again Saturday, on the social media channels that they typically use to issue statements. In their Saturday statement they said the attack had come in the “the natural framework” of the ongoing war between the extremist group and countries they accuse of fighting Islam.

    IS is an offshoot of al-Qaida that took over much of Iraq and Syria in 2014. It launched a genocidal campaign against the Yazidis, a religious minority that lives in northern Iraq, as well as other groups. By 2018, it had been largely defeated on the battlefield by a U.S.-led coalition, but it continues to operate in desert hideouts in both countries. Its regional affiliates are also present in Afghanistan, West Africa and the Far East.

    A Pakistani security analyst, Syed Muhammad Ali, said that if it is confirmed that the group carried out the grisly concert hall massacre, it could be seen as revenge for Russian airstrikes against IS hideouts in Syria. He noted that the group has been badly damaged by Russian airstrikes in Syria in recent years.

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    https:// www.reuters.com /world/africa/al-shabaab-launches-deadly-attack-military-base-somalia-2024-03-23/

    MOGADISHU, March 23 (Reuters) - At least 17 people were killed in Somalia on Saturday after Islamist group al Shabaab attacked a military base.

    The Busley base, in the Lower Shabelle region in the country's southwest, was briefly occupied by the attackers, security officials and the group said.

    Armed fighters from al Shabaab battled their way to the facility using suicide car bombs, a Somalia military officer told Reuters. He declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

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    apnews.com Laurent de Brunhoff, ‘Babar’ heir and author, dies at age 98

    "Babar" author Laurent de Brunhoff, who revived his father's popular picture book series about an elephant-king, has died at 98 after being in hospice care for two weeks.

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Babar” author Laurent de Brunhoff, who revived his father’s popular picture book series about an elephant-king and presided over its rise to a global, multimedia franchise, has died. He was 98.

    De Brunhoff, a Paris native who moved to the U.S. in the 1980s, died Friday at his home in Key West, Florida, after being in hospice care for two weeks, according to his widow, Phyllis Rose.

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    www.theguardian.com Blinken: US condemns ‘heinous’ Moscow attack and ‘stands with people of Russia’

    Statement comes after shooting and fire at Russian concert hall kills more than 100 people and injures over 100 more

    Statement comes after shooting and fire at Russian concert hall kills more than 100 people and injures more than 100 more

    The US secretary of state Antony Blinken condemned Friday’s terrorist attack in Moscow in a statement Saturday afternoon, calling the shooting a “heinous crime”.

    “We condemn terrorism in all of its forms and stand in solidarity with the people of Russia in grieving the loss of life from this horrific event,” Blinken said in the statement. “We send our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed and all affected by this heinous crime.”

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    Israeli official: Israel agreed to American ratio proposal for terrorist and hostage exchange, Hamas has yet to answer ■ Hamas: 19 killed, 23 wounded from IDF tank fire while 'waiting for humanitarian aid' ■ Anti-gov't protests, rallies calling for the release of the hostages are taking place across Israel ■ UN chief visits Rafah, says blocked aid for Gaza 'a moral outrage' ■ IDF probes footage of unarmed Palestinians struck from the air, killed in Gaza

    Despite the Purim holiday, thousands are rallying at Hostage Square for the 20th week, calling for a deal to return the hostages.

    After the opening remarks and moments of silence, hostages' relatives gave speeches.

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    https:// www.reuters.com /world/europe/islamic-state-releases-photo-alleged-attackers-behind-russia-shooting-2024-03-23/

    CAIRO, March 23 (Reuters) - Islamic State released on Saturday a photo of what it said were the four attackers behind a shooting rampage that killed at least 143 people in a concert hall near Moscow on Friday, the militant group's Amaq news agency said on Telegram.

    "The attack comes within the context of a raging war between the Islamic State and countries fighting Islam," Amaq added in a statement citing security sources.

    Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack but there were indications that Russia was pursuing a Ukrainian link, despite emphatic denials from Ukrainian officials that Kyiv had anything to do with it.

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  • They finally re-added plagues so that's good. It's one of their most accessible games and the tutorial is actually helpful this time.

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