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5 things you need to know this morning: June 15, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. IKEA fined for spying on staff

IKEA in France has been ordered to pay a fine of a million euros after being found guilty of spying on staff in the country. A mass surveillance apparatus was used to vet job applicants and check up on employees.

2. NATO is slandering China, communist giant claims

NATO has defamed China's "defensive' military build-up and should concentrate more on creating positive dialogue, China has warned. It comes after the alliance said that the communist giant threatens the "international order."

3. US athlete blames burrito after 4-year ban for prohibited substance

An American athlete who tested positive for a prohibited substance has blamed a burrito. Olympian Shelby Houlihan has been banned from athletics for four years.

4. Congresswoman apologizes for likening Holocaust to mask mandates

A US Congresswoman who referred to the Holocaust in the context of mask rules has apologized. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican, said her remarks were "offensive" and a "mistake."

5. Thousands flock to South African village amid 'diamond rush'

Treasure hunters have flocked to a South African village after a man discovered an unknown stone during a dig. The local government has expressed concerns about the "diamond rush" to the area.

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