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Trump says he is ‘most persecuted person’ in US history

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Donald Trump has described himself as the most persecuted person in US history. The Independent said that “following a WWE-style entrance onto the stage”, the former president appeared at a student conference to “run through his well-worn list of gripes about the climate crisis, the media, trans people, and Nato”. He then told the audience he was “the most persecuted person in the history [of] our country”.

Diner leaves $3,000 tip on $13 meal

A waitress in a US restaurant was surprised after a diner left a $3,000 (£2,505) tip on a $13.25 (£11) bill. Eric Smith, an out-of-town customer, enjoyed a homemade stromboli at Alfredo’s Cafe in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and was so impressed with it and his service that he wrote in a $3,000 tip for his server, Mariana Lambert. “I’m happy to see that people are giving back,” the restaurant manager told CNN. “It’s a very hard industry to be involved in, especially during Covid.”

Public square from ancient world discovered

Sicilian archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the largest public square from the ancient world. The agora in the Greek colony of Selinunte was discovered after vegetation was cleared, The Times reported. Experts believe it was used for public meetings and religious ceremonies by people who had moved to southwest Sicily from Greece. The remains of stone structures and animal bones suggest ritual animal sacrifices in the settlement that was founded in the 7th century BC.

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