Roman Protasevich "Confesses", Magawa The Hero Rat Retires

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Belarus authorities have released a nearly hour long interview with Roman Protasevich, showing him confessing to organizing anti-government protests and praising long-standing president Alexander Lukashenko.

  • Protasevich’s family and allies say he had been coerced into making the confession. “I know my son very well and I believe that he would never say such things. They broke him and forced him to say what was needed,” Protasevich’s father told AFP.
  • The 26-year-old opposition journalist was arrested by Belarus authorities after they intercepted a plane he was on and forced it to land in Minsk.
  • The “hijacking” caused an international outcry. The EU has banned Belarusian airlines from flying over EU countries and several EU airlines have stopped flying over Belarus.

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For the first time in history, Australian Fashion Week held an all-indigenous runway show, curated by Grace Lillian Lee, a Meriam Mer woman.

  • Lee is the founder of First Nations Fashion + Design (FNFD), a not-for-profit Indigenous corporation that aims to support the growth of the Indigenous fashion industry
  • The show featured all-Indigenous talent, from the designers and models to the stylists and staff.

Magawa, a rat that was awarded a gold medal for his job detecting mines in Cambodia, is retiring after a five year career.

  • During his five-year career, the African giant pouched rat sniffed out 71 mines and 38 explosive items over more than 225,000 square metres of land.
  • Magawa’s handler said “he is slowing down and and we need to respect his needs,” adding that she will miss working with him.
  • He will stay on for a few more weeks to mentor a group of 20 newly trained landmine detection rats before retiring

More Good News For Your Weekend

  • 🇲🇽 More than 100 LGBTQ candidates ran in Mexico’s mid-term election, setting a new record for representation in the country 🌈
  • 🇨🇳 A herd of wild elephants wandering across China finally laid down and took a nap after walking for 500 kilometers 🐘
  • 🇬🇧 Meghan Markle has given birth to a baby girl named Lilibet Elizabeth, her second child with Prince Harry.

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