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National News

The cyber attack that never was…

by Mark Blacklock, Global Times

The British media went into a feeding frenzy last week, accusing China of hacking into a Ministry of Defence (MoD) computer system. However, one crucial aspect was largely downplayed. The defence secretary himself, Grant Shapps, not only pointedly refused to blame China, but also gave a thoroughly plausible explanation of why he did not.

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Something Completely Different

by New Worker correspondent

As the holiday season looms ever closer the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) are threatening strike action at budget airline EasyJet after pilots rejected a deal which would have brought experienced pilots presently on £164,000 a year up to £190,000 in October and nearly to £200,000 next April

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Scottish Political News

by our Scottish political affairs correspondent

John Swinney, our new First Minister, is back in the saddle and though he may have always dreamt of a come-back he may not be relishing the circumstances of his current elevation. When Humza Yousaf dumped the Greens he set the stage for his own departure leaving his successor with a minority government that will have to rely on the whims of the opposition, or at least some of them, to get anything through Holyrood in future

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International News

Class nature of violence against the students

by Monica Moorehead, Workers World (USA)

The student uprising that began at Columbia University in New York on 17th April has evolved into a global phenomenon, reaching even Antarctica.

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More anti-Chinese spy hysteria

Global Times

China’s central government and the local authorities in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) have dismissed the arrest of three men on espionage charges as a “malicious fabrication” and “unwarranted accusations”.

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Mastering Mandarin in school

Xinhua

The UK hosted regional finals for a global Chinese language competition here Thursday, with contestants from schools across the country proving their prowess in the language. Students from 37 secondary schools across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland competed in the regional finals of the 17th “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition for Foreign Secondary School Students.

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An historic victory for the Vietnamese people

People’s Democracy (India)

All over the world, the 70th anniversary of the battle of Dien Bien Phu was celebrated on 7th May. Dien Bien Phu in Vietnam witnessed one of the greatest battles of the 20th Century. Beginning on 13th March 1954, the 55-day siege of the French fortified garrison in a valley in the north-western part in the Vietnam near the Laos border became an epic battle between the Communist-led People’s Army (Vietminh) and the French colonial forces.

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More American lies

by Guillermo Alvarado , Radio Havana Cuba

What a surprise! The United States government, led by President Joe Biden, assures us that genocide is not being committed in the Gaza Strip despite all evidence of an extermination programme planned and executed by Israel.

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Chinese leader Xi remembers bomb victims in Belgrade

by Jörg Kronauer, Junge Welt

China’s President Xi Jinping landed in the Serbian capital of Belgrade last week to mark the 25th anniversary of the American bombing of Beijing’s embassy in what was then the capital of Yugoslavia. “We must not forget that NATO brazenly bombed the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia 25 years ago” Xi said, in an article in the Serbian daily Politika, stressing that the Chinese people would “never allow historical tragedies to happen again”. The Americans have officially claimed that the attack, in which three Chinese died and 20 others were injured, was an “accident”.

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Russians advance into northern Ukraine

Southfront

The ongoing Russian offensive in the Kharkov region is bringing new results every day. Russian troops crossed the northern Ukrainian border several days ago and they are continuing their successful assault towards Kharkov, the provincial capital and the second largest city in Ukraine. The Russians have taken the strategic village of Lukyantsi and Russian assault units are approaching the town of Liptsy – the control of which will pave the way for a further advance to the west on a wide front while the retreating Ukrainians are attempting to build a defence line in the town to slow down the pace of the Russian offensive.

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Features

China’s new journey into space

Xinhua

On 25th April China launched the Shenzhou-18 spaceship that will send three taikonauts to the orbiting Tiangong space station for a six-month mission. The spaceship, atop a Long March-2F carrier rocket, blasted off at 20:59 Beijing Time from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in north-west China

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Youth rebellion illuminates the wretchedness of capitalism

by Vijay Prashad , People’s World (USA)

It was inevitable that global North governments’ full-throated support for Israel’s genocide against Palestinians would result in furious retribution from their citizenry.

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