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Boris Johnson, Britain’s prime minister, has resisted calls to resign, even as a delegation of cabinet members traveled to Downing Street yesterday to beg him to quit. More than 30 ministers and government aides have so far quit – but Johnson has vowed to keep fighting, insisting he has a mandate from the voters to steer Britain towards its post-Brexit future.

UK lawmakers yesterday considered – and then postponed, for at least a few days – a change to party rules that would allow another confidence vote, possibly next week, against the Prime Minister, who survived such a vote. barely a month ago. But the consensus is growing that Johnson’s time in office is most likely coming to an end.

Given how quickly Johnson’s government is falling apart, many conservative lawmakers believe he should be replaced quickly to mitigate electoral damage to the party. Johnson has not ruled out calling a snap election to cast his spell on British voters. Such a move would require the assent of Queen Elizabeth II and could precipitate a political crisis.

Departures: Johnson last night sacked one of his closest advisers, Michael Gove, from a powerful economics post after Gove urged him to quit. This dramatic moment was followed by the belated resignation of another cabinet minister, Simon Hart, the Welsh secretary.

It is estimated that more than 11 million Ukrainians – a third of the population – have been driven from their homes since Russia invaded in February, including more than 6.27 million who are still in the country, the data shows. official. Nearly 5 million people have fled to Europe as refugees, UN says

Most of Ukraine’s IDPs now come from the east, as this region becomes the center of the conflict. The majority are women and children, and many face shortages of food, water and basic necessities, according to UN experts. Five months into the war, many began to fear they would never return home. The few who remain usually have sick family members, are too poor to move, or have stayed to protect their property.

Helping displaced people return home – or find new ones – emerges as one of Ukraine’s greatest challenges, regardless of the outcome of the war. Some of their hometowns may not return to Ukrainian control. Others were pulverized by the scorched earth tactics of the Russian army.

In a historic vote, the European Parliament yesterday approved the ‘green’ labeling of certain gas and nuclear power projects, giving them access to hundreds of billions of euros in cheap loans and even grants of State. It immediately proved controversial, prompting boos from opponents inside and outside the parliament building in Strasbourg, France.

Critics said it would lock in and prolong Europe’s reliance on fossil fuels, while supporters of the measure, including members of the European Commission, said it was part of a pragmatic approach to transition to renewable energy, especially as Europe seeks to wean itself off Russia. fuel imports following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The war is forcing European countries to source gas from elsewhere than in Russia or to double their renewable resources such as wind and solar. The vote signaled an intention to prolong their dependence on gas, the main component of which is methane, a greenhouse gas. Europe aims to more than halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Quoteable: “It will delay a real sustainable transition that we desperately need and deepen our reliance on Russian fuels,” said Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. “The hypocrisy is striking, but unfortunately not surprising.”

Over the years, the Claddagh ring has been a token of love and a ring of friendship. In modern times it has become a symbol of Ireland itself.

Minions — lawless yellow “underground mole-like creatures,” as one of their creators put it — are everywhere. Online, they lead TikTok trends and play in beloved Boomer memes. Offline, their merchandise is ubiquitous.

While some of that cultural saturation may have to do with Universal’s lenient attitude toward copyright enforcement, the Minions’ cheerful brand of simple, streamlined comedy is no less significant, the reviewer writes. Calum Marsh. “In his burlesque zest and non-verbal brio”, he writes, he “achieves a kind of comic nirvana without borders”.

The Minions communicate in melodious, Minionese gibberish that is both indecipherable and eerily coherent. With few punchlines, they instead use slapstick action for comedic effect. “What the Minion movies end up looking most like are silent-era comedies,” Calum writes.

Perhaps because of this, they have a kind of timelessness — that doesn’t require incisive pop culture references, famous voice artists, or even human-oriented subplots. “The Minions just hit gag after gag: pure physical comedy without borders,” as Calum puts it. “And that’s how the Minions took over the world.”

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