The Daily Populous

Wednesday August 4th, 2021 day edition

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The United States is returning more than 17,000 ancient artefacts that were looted and smuggled out of Iraq after the 2003 US invasion, including a 3,500-year-old clay tablet that bears part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, Iraq has said.

Tens of thousands of antiquities disappeared from Iraq after the invasion that toppled its leader, Saddam Hussein.

Many more were smuggled out or destroyed by Islamic State (Isis), which held a third of Iraq between 2014 and 2017 before it was defeated by Iraqi and international forces.

US authorities working to recover the artefacts, recently reached an agreement with Baghdad to return items seized from dealers and museums in the United States, the Iraqi culture and foreign ministries said.

“The US government seized some of the artefacts and sent them to the [Iraqi] embassy.

The Gilgamesh tablet, the important one, will be returned to Iraq in the next month after legal procedures are finalised,” the culture minister, Hassan Nadhim, said.

With the help of international agencies, Iraqi authorities have been trying to track down, return and preserve the country’s archaeological relics. »

'If you aren't going to help, please get out of the way': Biden turns up the pressure on GOP governors as Delta spreads

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Biden cited Texas' rule, saying "state universities or community colleges could be fined if it allows a teacher to ask her unvaccinated students to wear a mask.".

"Florida and Texas account for one third of all new Covid-19 cases in the entire country.

If you aren't going to help, please get out of the way of the people who are trying to do the right thing. »

A Letter From President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Alegre Regarding Blizzard Entertainment

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I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra have been appointed co-leaders of Blizzard.

Most recently Mike was Executive Vice President & General Manager of Platform and Technology at Blizzard overseeing and our Development Services organizations.

With Jen and Mike assuming their new roles, J. Allen Brack is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities. »

Server fired for refusing to serve teens alcohol

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(WSVN) - Being a waiter, waitress or bartender is even tougher during COVID, and one server was stunned to find out a restaurant wanted her to serve alcohol to minors.

“Ashley,” wouldn’t serve alcohol: “It’s easy to be hired, because they’re so understaffed.”.

“Ashley”: “There were two girls who ordered alcohol, and they looked young, but he did not ask for ID at all. »