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English local polls: Voters set to punish Conservatives over Brexit delay

English voters are expected to use local government elections on Thursday to punish Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party over its failure to deliver Brexit, revealing a divided and dissatisfied electorate.

More than 8,000 seats on English councils – administrative bodies responsible for day-to-day decisions on local policy ranging from education to waste management – are up for grabs in the first elections since Britain missed its March 29 Brexit date.

The results will paint a picture, albeit an imperfect one, of how that has affected support for May’s centre-right Conservative Party, and the leftist opposition Labour Party.

The Conservatives are forecast to lose hundreds of seats, and, according to one analysis, the final toll could top 1,000. Labour, which rejects May’s vision of Brexit but still supports leaving the bloc, are expected to make gains, as are the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats.

That would heap more pressure on May to resign, showing that the deep dissatisfaction with her handling of Britain’s EU exit extends beyond party members into the wider population, angering both those who want to leave and those who want to stay.

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Sirens wail as Israel stands still for Holocaust remembrance

Israel ushered in its Holocaust Remembrance Day in memory of the 6 million Jews killed by Nazi Germany and its collaborators in World War II, as leaders voiced concerns about a rising tide of anti-Semitism worldwide.

Israelis stand still next to their cars as a siren sounds in memory of victims of the Holocaust, in Tel Aviv on May 2, 2019.

Israelis stand still next to their cars as a siren sounds in memory of victims of the Holocaust, in Tel Aviv on May 2, 2019.  
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In moving speeches to hundreds of Israeli politicians and Holocaust survivors at the country’s national Holocaust memorial, Israel’s ceremonial president warned the government against warming up to far-right parties in Europe, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed to last weekend’s deadly synagogue shooting in San Diego as evidence of growing anti-Semitic hatred.

The 24-hour remembrance period began at sundown with the main ceremony at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, held just hours after Israeli researchers reported that violent attacks against Jews rose significantly last year. This spike, highlighted by the San Diego attack, was most dramatic in western Europe.

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Swift opens Billboard awards with eye-popping performance

Brendon Urie, left, and Taylor Swift perform “Me!” at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1, 2019.

Brendon Urie, left, and Taylor Swift perform “Me!” at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1, 2019.
 
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Taylor Swift kicked off the start of her next musical era with a pastel-colored performance of her new upbeat single “ME!” at the Billboard Music Awards. The pop star was joined by Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, who dropped in from above, along with aerialists hanging from umbrellas, drummers and dancers during the song’s debut at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Swift, a 23-time Billboard Award winner, could continue her run as the most decorated winner in the show’s history.

Mariah Carey performs a medley at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1, 2019.

Mariah Carey performs a medley at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1, 2019.
 
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Mariah Carey demonstrated her icon status with a medley of her hits across the decades and showed off her five-octave range. Covering hits like “Always Be My Baby,” “Emotions,” “We Belong Together,” and “Hero,” fans at the MGM Grand Arena waved their arms in the air and sang along with the global star, who accepted the ceremony’s Icon Award. Dabbing her eyes with tissue, she shouted out to her children in the crowd. She acknowledged both her mistakes and the memes she inspired, but said the fans carried her through the highs and lows.

She accepted the award from presenter Jennifer Hudson.

A list of winners in the top categories

Top Hot 100 song- “Girls Like You,” Maroon 5 featuring Cardi B

Top Billboard 200 album- Drake, “Scorpion”

Top artist- Drake

Top new artist- Juice WRLD

Top female artist- Ariana Grande

Top male artist- Drake

Top duo/group- BTS

Top R&B artist- Ella Mai

Top rock artist- Imagine Dragons

Icon award- Mariah Carey

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Thailand’s king appoints his consort as queen

Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who will have his official coronation on May 4, has appointed his consort as the country’s queen. An announcement on May 1 in the Royal Gazette said Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya is legally married to the 66-year-old king, and is now Queen Suthida. Although she has been in the public eye for about three years, there has been little official information released about her and the news was a surprise to many Thais.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort, General Suthida Vajiralongkorn named Queen Suthida attend their wedding ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand on May 1, 2019.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his consort, General Suthida Vajiralongkorn named Queen Suthida attend their wedding ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand on May 1, 2019.
 
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Clashes between protesters and Armed Forces in Venezuela

An anti-government protester winds up to throw a rock at security forces during clashes between the two, in Caracas, Venezuela on May 1, 2019.

An anti-government protester winds up to throw a rock at security forces during clashes between the two, in Caracas, Venezuela on May 1, 2019.  
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Demonstrators clashed with police on the streets of the Venezuelan capital on Tuesday, spurred by Opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s call on the military to rise up against President Nicolás Maduro — who said he had defeated an attempted coup. An apparently carefully planned attempt by Mr. Guaidó to demonstrate growing military support disintegrated into rioting as palls of black smoke rose over eastern Caracas.

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2019 Billboard Music Awards: Drake wins 12 awards

US rapper Drake poses in the press room during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

US rapper Drake poses in the press room during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
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The 2019 Billboard Music Awards ceremony was held at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1. It was hosted by American singer-songwriter, Kelly Clarkson.  Cardi B was leading the nominees with 21 noms in 18 categories. Drake became the most-awarded artist in BBMAs history by winning 12 awards.

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Champions League semifinal: Barcelona beats Liverpool

Barcelona players celebrate after Lionel Messi scored his side's third goal during the Champions League semifinal, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Liverpool at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, on May 1, 2019.

Barcelona players celebrate after Lionel Messi scored his side’s third goal during the Champions League semifinal, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Liverpool at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, on May 1, 2019.
 
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Lionel Messi hit the 600-goal mark for Barcelona after scoring twice to lead the Spanish club to a 3-0 victory over Liverpool in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal on Wednesday.

Liverpool dominated long stretches of the match but failed to finish its chances when it had the hosts on their back foot, especially early in the second half. Mohamed Salah still almost grabbed a valuable away goal for Liverpool late when he hit the post.

(With inputs from agencies)

Source: thehindu.com

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