The Daily Populous

Friday July 1st, 2022 day edition

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A Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft is seen at the ILA Air Show in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2018.

ATHENS, June 30 (Reuters) - Greece has sent an official request to the United States for the purchase of 20 Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jets, the country's prime minister said on Thursday.

NATO member Greece spends more than 2% of its gross domestic product on defence spending.

It has beefed up its military purchases in recent years as tensions with its neighbour, historic rival and NATO ally Turkey, have resurfaced.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Greece is also examining the purchase of a second group of the jets.

Mitsotakis first referred to the purchase of F-35 jets during a visit in May to the United States.

According to state ERT TV, the defence ministry also wants to proceed with the upgrade of 38 F-16 fighter jets. »

Twitter suspends Jordan Peterson's account after comments about Elliot Page

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A post by Jordan Peterson about transgender actor Elliot Page that broke Twitter's "against hateful conduct" guidelines reportedly resulted in his suspension from the social media site.

Screenshots of the offending tweet from the account of the Canadian clinical psychologist have been posted online.

In 2020, Page came out as transgender and said he would now go by the name Elliot. »

Historic Rotterdam bridge won't be dismantled for Jeff Bezos superyacht worth €430M

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A bridge in Rotterdam that has monument status will not be dismantled so that a new superyacht belonging to Jeff Bezos can reach the sea.

The company said it was blindsided by the social unrest the plans caused, and shipyard workers felt threatened as a result.

He told NL Times, "It started more as a joke among friends after we heard the news about the possible dismantling of the bridge." »

Spellbreak Developer to be Acquired By Blizzard to Work on World of Warcraft, Spellbreak to Shut Down

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Spellbreak developer Proletariat will seemingly be acquired by Blizzard to work on World of Warcraft, with a major consequence being that the wizard-based Battle Royale be shut down.

The team, which has reportedly been working with Blizzard since May, will focus on World of Warcraft and its upcoming Dragonflight expansion.

In its statement released yesterday, Proletariat thanked the millions of people who played Spellbreak since it launched in Early Access. »

Star Minecraft creator Technoblade has died following battle with cancer

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Minecraft streamer and content creator Technoblade has died following an extended battle with stage four cancer, his family announced today in a public statement and video.

Techno previously revealed he had been diagnosed with cancer last August and had been sporadically updating his community on his situation while continuing to receive treatment and create content on YouTube.

In the video, posted on June 30, Techno’s father narrated a final, posthumous message titled “so long nerds,” written for such an occasion. »