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Tuesday May 18th, 2021 evening edition

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A GameStop store is seen in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of New York City, New York, U.S. January 27, 2021.

Investors are estimated to have lost $930 million on their short positions in meme stocks GameStop (GME.N) and AMC Entertainment (AMC.N) over the last five trading days, data from financial analytics firm Ortex showed on Tuesday.

Shares in GameStop, which was at the heart of the so-called "stonks" retail trading mania earlier this year, have risen by a third in the last one week, while shares in cinema operator AMC are up 39%.

Ortex said short interest in AMC is currently estimated to be 18.3% of freefloat and in GME it is estimated at 21.8% of freefloat.

Yesterday alone, short-sellers lost over $200 million each in both of those stocks, Ortex data shows.

GameStop closed 13% higher at $180.6, the highest level since April 30. »

‘Massive destruction’: Israeli strikes drain Gaza’s limited health services

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The shops below the building where her family lived had been hit by an Israeli munition, and Aya and her parents were left trapped in the rubble.

“There has been a depletion of resources over the course of the year of the corona pandemic, and now this aggression has drained our limited health capacities significantly.

Even before that strike, the MSF medical coordinator, Dr Natalie Thurtle, had warned of the danger facing Gaza’s already depleted health system. »

DOJ Says Capitol Rioter Carried Semi-Auto Handgun After Republicans Claim They Weren't Armed

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The DOJ indictment accuses defendant Christopher Alberts of carrying a Taurus G2C semi-automatic handgun on Capitol grounds on January 6.

Despite the arrest and others like it, at least two Republicans have suggested that firearms weren't a part of the January 6 Capitol riots.

Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson has said the event "didn't seem like an armed insurrection.". »

Zack Snyder Says Warner Bros. Passed on His Third ‘300’ Movie, an Alexander the Great Romance

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“300” was the first movie Zack Snyder made at Warner Bros., and it marked the start of a partnership that lasted 15 years between the filmmaker and the studio.

However, Snyder tells The Playlist that Warner Bros. was apparently interested in continuing the “300” franchise to the point that he wrote a script for the third entry during the pandemic.

I was writing this thing about Alexander the Great, and it just turned into a movie about the relationship between Hephaestion and Alexander. »