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US kills al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri in Afghanistan drone strike
The US has killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a strike in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden said, the biggest blow to the militant group since its founder Osama bin Laden was killed in 2011. Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon who had a $25m (€24m) bounty on his head, helped co-ordinate the 11 September 2001 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said Zawahiri died after a US drone strike in the Afghan capital Kabul at 6.18 am local time yesterday.
Daa taken to task over ‘worsening’ hygiene at Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport operator DAA was challenged by the Government to explain how it planned to deal with the “worsening” hygiene and cleaning situation at the transport hub. Passengers have reported experiencing unhygienic conditions at the airport as DAA struggled to keep terminals clean at the busiest time of the year amid staffing issues. Records released by the Department of Transport show that the issue was raised directly by Minister of State with responsibility for aviation Hildegarde Naughton with DAA chairman Basil Geoghegan at the start of June.
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California governor declares state of emergency over monkeypox outbreak
California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday declared a state of emergency to bolster California’s monkeypox vaccination efforts as the virus spreads nationwide. The declaration comes as more than 5,800 probable or confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in the United States, including nearly 800 in California. While the World Health Organization has declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, the Biden administration has not issued a nationwide public health emergency declaration.
Amber Heard sells California ‘desert home’
Amber Heard has reportedly sold her home in California’s Yucca Valley two months after she lost the multi-million dollar defamation trial brought by her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. According to reports, the three-bedroom, three-bath property was sold off-market for $1.05m (£857, 283). Heard purchased the property for $570,000 (£465,382) in 2019.
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