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Amazon accused of ‘absurd and unacceptable’ censorship after book questioning transgender movement vanishes
Author Ryan T. Anderson said his book, "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment," has been removed from Amazon – and critics pointed out that the online retailer has a history of censoring books that don’t coincide with the company’s liberal political views.

"I hope you’ve already bought your copy, cause Amazon just removed my book "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment" from their cyber shelves.... my other four books are still available (for now)," Anderson tweeted.


"When Harry Became Sally," which has previously been on Amazon’s bestseller list, aimed to provide "thoughtful answers to questions arising from our transgender moment" and offered a "a balanced approach to public policy on gender identity, and a sober assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong."

Author Ryan T. Anderson said his book, "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment," has been removed from Amazon.
Author Ryan T. Anderson said his book, "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment," has been removed from Amazon. (Reuters)

A search of Amazon for "When Harry Became Sally" on Monday doesn’t find Anderson’s book, instead suggesting books with the opposite view such as "The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society," "Understanding Gender Dysphoria: Navigating Transgender Issues in a Changing Culture" and "Let Harry Become Sally: Responding to the Anti-Transgender Moment."

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"While you can’t buy the book on Amazon, you can still get it (for now?) at Barnes and Noble. Given the aggressive push on trans policies coming from the Biden admin, now is a great time to read it. Buy it before you no longer can," Anderson added in a follow-up tweet.

Dispatch writer David French blasted the move as "absurd and unacceptable," while New York Times columnist Ross Douthat suggested Amazon was "conducting an experiment in what they can get away with."


Target also sparked an outcry among critics last year when the big box retailer announced it was pulling "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," because one Twitter user deemed the book transphobic. Target reversed its decision amid backlash.
Prince Philip has infection and is set to stay in hospital 'for several days'
The Duke of Edinburgh is being treated for an infection and is not expected to leave hospital for several days, Buckingham Palace has said.
Prince Philip, 99, was admitted to the King Edward VII's Hospital in London last Tuesday as a precaution after feeling unwell.
The reason for his admission was not initially given but the palace has now said he has an infection.
He is "comfortable and responding to treatment", a short statement said.
Both the duke and the Queen, 94, received Covid-19 vaccinations last month.
A palace source previously said that the duke, who turns 100 in June, had walked into the hospital in Marylebone unaided.
Scotland's roadmap out of lockdown unveiled
The reopening of Scotland's economy - including shops, bars, restaurants, gyms and hairdressers - is expected to start in the last week of April, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
She said there would be a "progressive easing" of restrictions before then, with four people from two households allowed to meet outdoors from 15 March.
All primary and more secondary school pupils could return from that date.
It is hoped to lift the stay at home restriction on 5 April.
Ms Sturgeon said it would be necessary to "rely very heavily" on restrictions to suppress the virus for "a bit longer".
The rules on outdoor mixing would also be relaxed on that date, with up to four people from two households allowed to meet, and non-contact sports for under-18s resuming.
North Korea man wandered for hours in DMZ amid South's security blunders
South Korean troops failed to notice a North Korean man who crossed the heavily fortified border this month even though he appeared on TV cameras eight times and triggered alarms.
South Korea's army said it would take this moment to make necessary changes.
The man swam in from the sea in a wet suit, walked 5km and spent three hours undetected before troops finally took action on his ninth TV appearance.
It is unclear why he made the crossing via such a dangerous route.
At one point the man passed through a drainage tunnel in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) the South Korean military did not even know existed, the Yonhap news agency reported.
Covid: Biden calls 500,000 death toll a heartbreaking milestone
President Joe Biden has addressed the nation as the US passed the figure of 500,000 Covid-related deaths, the highest number of any country.
"As a nation, we can't accept such a cruel fate. We have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow," he said on Monday.
The president and vice-president, and their spouses, then observed a moment of silence outside the White House during a candle-lighting ceremony.
Confirmed US infections now stand at 28.1 million, also a global record.
What 500,000 US deaths look like
"Today I ask all Americans to remember. Remember those we lost and remember those we left behind," President Biden said, calling for Americans to fight Covid together.
China is hosting one of the few in-person technology trade shows since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 200 companies and about 20,000 people are expected to attend Mobile World Congress Shanghai.
But the three-day event has been scaled back from previous years - 60,000 were at the last MWC Shanghai, in 2019.
Faces masks are obligatory at the show. And exhibitors have been told they must observe "strict" capacity limits at their stands.
The event's organiser said the combination of Covid-prevention measures and the country's vibrant technology sector meant it was the only place that could host such an exhibition at this time.
"We believe this congress will help strengthen the confidence of the global industry," GSMA trade association head of Greater China Sihan Bo Chen added.
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🥀Daft Punk announce split after 28 years together (1993-2021)

Daft Punk, the iconic French electronic music duo, have announced the decision to call it quits after 28 years together.

Members Guy-Manuel and Thomas Bangalter announced their split in a new video titled “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film "Electroma", where musicians bid each other farewell in the desert, before one of them blows the other up
Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: Suspect pleads guilty
One of three men accused of assassinating investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in 2017 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Vincent Muscat admitted involvement on Tuesday in the car bombing that killed the reporter.
Many suspect it was ordered by top Malta establishment figures.
Called a "one-woman Wikileaks", Caruana Galizia's work uncovered networks of corruption in the country and abroad.
Muscat changed his plea on Tuesday in a dramatic turn of events and agreed to provide information about the murder. He must also pay €42,000 in court expenses.
The two other defendants, brothers George and Alfred Degiorgio, were also in the courtroom on Tuesday but did not speak.
Malta journalist Caruana Galizia: Anti-corruption warrior
Caruana Galizia, who was 53 when she died, spent 30 years as a journalist and relentlessly accused Maltese politicians and other officials of corruption in her popular Running Commentary blog.
Iran talks 'avert' impact of nuclear inspection deadline
Iran and the global nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, have agreed to temporary measures to offset Iran's decision to restrict access to inspectors.
These would enable the agency to retain the "necessary degree of monitoring and verification work", IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said, without going into detail.
The move comes ahead of a deadline set by Iran to stop intrusive checks of sites unless US sanctions are lifted.
Tensions have soared since the US left a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018.
Then-President Donald Trump reimposed crippling economic sanctions to force Iran to renegotiate the accord. Iran refused and retaliated by rolling back a number of key commitments.
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🔫South Mississippi man creates desk to keep children safe during school shootings

Мужчина из Миссисипи разработал бронированную парту, которая сможет спасти детей и учителей во время очередного "колумбайна"

This school desk is designed for students to hide from school shooting. It is made of bullet-proof material and equipped with a lockable cell
Melissa Caddick: Missing fraud suspect's foot found on Australian beach
Australian police say they have found the partial remains of a fraud suspect who vanished from her Sydney home four months ago.Businesswoman Melissa Caddick's disappearance has captivated public attention, amid allegations she stole millions of dollars from her clients.Police had found no trace of her until last week when campers spotted a shoe containing a decomposed foot on a beach 400km (250 miles) south of Sydney.DNA testing matched it to Ms Caddick.The financial adviser's "time and cause of death" would now be determined by a coroner, New South Wales Police assistant commissioner Mick Willing said on Friday."It remains a mystery as to when and how she came into the water," he told reporters."At this point we can't rule out anything. We have kept an open mind, however given the circumstances of her disappearance... we have always considered the possibility that she may have taken her own life.
US President Joe Biden has talked by phone with King Salman of Saudi Arabia as he seeks to put relations with America's old ally on a new footing.
He "affirmed the importance" the US "places on universal human rights and the rule of law", the White House said.
Mr Biden made the call after reading a forthcoming US report into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Mr Biden's predecessor, Donald Trump, pursued closer ties with Saudi Arabia.
The White House says Mr Biden will "recalibrate" the relationship with Saudi Arabia.
Khashoggi, a US-based journalist and critic of Saudi Arabia's government, was murdered in 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, and his body dismembered.
Saudi authorities blamed his death on a "rogue operation" by a team of agents sent to return him to the kingdom, and a Saudi court tried and sentenced five individuals to 20 years in prison last September, after initially sentencing them to death.
Nigeria's Zamfara attack: Hundreds of schoolgirls feared kidnapped
Hundreds of schoolgirls are feared to have been kidnapped in the north-western state of Zamfara.
A teacher told the BBC that at least 300 students were unaccounted for after the Friday morning attack by gunmen.
A spokesman for the state's governor has confirmed the attack but did not give details.
This is the latest mass abduction targeting schools in recent weeks. Armed gangs often seize schoolchildren for ransom.
At least 42 people, including 27 students, who were kidnapped last week in the central state of Niger, are yet to be released.
In December, more than 300 boys were kidnapped by gunmen and later released after negotiations.
Some of the gunmen were dressed as government security forces, the report said, adding that they forced the schoolgirls in the vehicles.
But other witnesses have told the BBC that the armed men arrived on foot at the school.
A group of Russian diplomats and their families made an unusual exit out of North Korea on a hand-pushed rail trolley due to strict Covid measures.The eight people travelled by train and bus before pushing themselves across the Russian border for about 1km (0.6miles) over train tracks.North Korea has blocked most passenger transport to limit the virus' spread.The country maintains it has not had any confirmed cases, but observers dispute this claim.Since early last year, trains and wagons have been forbidden to enter or leave the country. Most international passenger flights have stopped as well.The Russian diplomats were thus left with little choice."Since the borders have been closed for more than a year and passenger traffic has been stopped, it took a long and difficult journey to get home," Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a Facebook post.Photos shared by the ministry showed the diplomats on the trolley with their suitcases amid a wintry landscape.
A former US Olympics gymnastics coach has killed himself hours after he was charged with sexual assault and human trafficking, officials say.
Michigan's attorney general confirmed the death of John Geddert, hours after outlining 24 charges against him.
Geddert was head of the women's gymnastics team in 2012 and worked closely with team doctor Larry Nassar.
Nassar was sentenced to up to 300 years in jail in 2018 for abusing more than 250 girls from his position.
The widespread abuse revelations have caused intense scrutiny of USA Gymnastics and criticism of how it safeguards athletes.
Geddert, 63, had owned the training facility in Michigan where Nassar had served as the gym's doctor. A number of gymnasts accused him of abusive behaviour when they testified during Nassar's trial.