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Global leaders want answers: Why Belarusian activist was detained



International tensions are growing after a Ryanair flight traveling from Greece to Lithuania was diverted to Belarus, where authorities boarded the aircraft and arrested a Belarusian activist who was onboard.

Raman Pratasevich was living in exile from Belarus and is a vocal critic of the country’s President and his regime.

International leaders are calling for answers.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says he condemns the brazen and shocking act and America demands an international investigation.

The Lithuanian president’s chief adviser on foreign affairs also fronted the media a short time ago.

Ryanair flight 4978 was preparing to descent into Lithuania on Sunday when it was informed about a “security alert” and forced to turn around and land.

Questions remain as to whether this security alert was fabricated… with some governments calling it a “state-sanctioned hijacking”.

In a statement, Ryanair says the flight was informed of a “potential security threat onboard” by Belarus air traffic control and was ordered to make an emergency landing.

The Belarusian Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed that the activist was detained at Minsk airport, the nation’s main international hub.

Pratasevich is the founder of the Telegram channel Nexta – which is often used to criticise Belarusian leaders and organise anti-government protests.

Our resident political expert Bruce Wolpe says the situation is far from over and the world will demand answers.

The President of the country has been in power since 1994, and was inaugurated into office for his sixth term last year, an election that the European Union says was not legitimate.


Germany recalls Tesla models due to emergency fault



Tesla is in the spotlight again, with Germany’s road traffic agency recalling models Y and 3 due to a fault in the automatic emergency call system

It’s a fault that could possibly impact around 59,000 vehicles globally.

Germany’s watchdog says a software flaw is causing a breakdown of the e-Call, a system designed to alert authorities after a serious accident.

The glitch follows the company delivered almost 18 per cent fewer electric vehicles in the second quarter than in the previous.

This is largely due to China’s Covid-19-related shutdowns and the ongoing supply chain crunch.

Meanwhile, CEO Elon Musk says Tesla’s new factories in both Texas and Berlin are “losing billions of dollars”.

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World’s first city to charge tourists for visiting



If you’re lucky to be heading abroad this summer, a visit to the famous canals in Venice, Italy might be on your itinerary, but beware of new fees to come.

Venice will charge most of its visitors an entry fee from next year as it tries to tackle overcrowding.

The city’s tourism chief says Venice are pioneers and will be the first city in the world to apply a measure that could be revolutionary.

From mid January next year, day-trippers must book their visit online before travelling.

They will pay a basic fee of 3 euro, which will rise to 10 euro at peak times.

Tourism is bouncing back in Venice after the pandemic with daily visitors again often outnumbering the 50-thousand residents of the city centre.

The scheme will be closely watched by other popular tourist destinations, overwhelmed with travellers around the world.

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Pubs in UK declining by thousands, new research



It’s no secret Brit’s love their Pub Grub, but plating up Bangers and Mash is a tradition on the decline

The number of pubs in England and Wales is continuing to fall, hitting its lowest level on record this year

After struggling through Covid the industry now faced soaring prices and higher energy costs, it warned.

There were just under 40-thousand pubs in June, down by 7,000 in the past decade, according to new research.

In fact, thousands of pubs have closed as younger people drink less, supermarkets sell cheaper alcohol and the industry complains of being too heavily taxed.

Pubs which had “disappeared” from the communities they once served had either been demolished or converted for other purposes, meaning that they were “lost forever”.

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