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Kenya elections: Raila Odinga and William Ruto in tight race for president

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 15:21:05 GMT

Analysts say result too close to call, with poor turnout amid cost of living crisis and soaring unemployment

Kenya?€?s veteran opposition politician Raila Odinga and the deputy president, William Ruto, are locked in a tight race for the country?€?s highest office, according to early results from Tuesday?€?s election.

National media updates put Ruto in the lead, at roughly 52%, with Odinga a close second at 47%. The deputy president is performing better than polls had predicted, with a number having placed Odinga in both clear and marginal leads.

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 Kenya elections: Raila Odinga and William Ruto in tight race for president


US and DRC to work together on protection of rainforest and peatlands

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 13:58:22 GMT

Antony Blinken announces formal working group during Kinshasa visit, while voicing concerns over auction of oil and gas permits

The US and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have agreed to form a working group to protect the enormous Congo basin rainforest and peatlands, which are threatened by oil and gas exploration.

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, made the announcement in Kinshasa on Tuesday while expressing his concern over the sale of dozens of oil and gas permits in the DRC that included blocks in Virunga national park and the Cuvette Centrale tropical peatlands, part of an area described as ?€?the worst place on the planet?€? to drill for oil and gas.

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 US and DRC to work together on protection of rainforest and peatlands


Kenyans go to polls against backdrop of soaring cost of living

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 12:51:02 GMT

Tough economic realities have pushed campaigns beyond ethnic and personality-driven politics

Millions of Kenyans have been voting in an election that pits the longtime opposition politician Raila Odinga against the deputy president, William Ruto.

In Kayole, a poor neighbourhood in the capital, Nairobi, residents woke up to the sound of vuvuzelas and whistles from 4am - a rallying call to get out and vote.

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 Kenyans go to polls against backdrop of soaring cost of living


Kenya election: shifting alliances and economic woe to fore

Mon, 08 Aug 2022 04:00:02 GMT

Raila Odinga is leading William Ruto in the polls but the latter hopes his ?€?hustler?€? image will win him votes among the poor

Kenyans are heading to the ballot box on Tuesday after a campaign season marked by a shift in ethnic alliances and two big-ticket issues: the cost of living crisis and high unemployment.

The race pits presidential frontrunners Raila Odinga, the former prime minister, and deputy president William Ruto against each other in a hotly contested race. Polls place Odinga in the lead.

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 Kenya election: shifting alliances and economic woe to fore


London museum to return 72 Benin treasures to Nigeria

Sun, 07 Aug 2022 21:31:21 GMT

Horniman museum is first government-funded institution to hand back artefacts looted by British forces in 1897

A London museum is to return 72 treasured artefacts, including its collection of Benin bronzes, to Nigeria in what experts described as an ?€?immensely significant?€? moment.

The Horniman museum said it would transfer the ownership of the historic objects to the Nigerian government after an unanimous vote by its board of trustees.

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 London museum to return 72 Benin treasures to Nigeria


Russia’s private military contractor Wagner comes out of the shadows in Ukraine war

Sun, 07 Aug 2022 15:41:55 GMT

Mercenary group does not officially exist but is playing a more public role and openly recruiting in Russia

Three billboards in the Ural city of Ekaterinburg shine a light on what was once one of Russia?€?s most shadowy organisations, the private military contractor Wagner.

?€?Motherland, Honour, Blood, Bravery. WAGNER?€?, one of the posters reads.

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 Russia’s private military contractor Wagner comes out of the shadows in Ukraine war


Global heating has caused ‘shocking’ changes in forests across the Americas, studies find

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 15:00:17 GMT

Trees are advancing into the Arctic tundra and retreating from boreal forests further south, where stunting and die-offs are expected

Forests from the Arctic to the Amazon are transforming at a ?€?shocking?€? rate due to the climate crisis, with trees advancing into previously barren tundra in the north while dying off from escalating heat farther south, scientists have found.

Global heating, along with changes in soils, wind and available nutrients, is rapidly changing the composition of forests, making them far less resilient and prone to diseases, according to a series of studies that have analyzed the health of trees in north and South America.

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 Global heating has caused ‘shocking’ changes in forests across the Americas, studies find


Worst blaze in Cuba’s history finally under control at oil depot

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 22:38:21 GMT

Fire destroyed 40% of island?€?s main fuel storage facility over five days and caused blackouts

Firefighters have finally overcome what officials described as the worst blaze in Cuba?€?s history that over five days destroyed 40% of the Caribbean island?€?s main fuel storage facility and caused blackouts.

Raging flames that ravaged a four-tank segment of the Matanzas super tanker port had died down on Tuesday and the towering plumes of thick black smoke streaming from the area were diminished and now mostly gray.

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Fire spreads at Cuba oil storage facility as fourth tank erupts

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 17:08:03 GMT

The blaze in Matanzas province raises fears that the damaged facility will worsen the island?€?s energy shortage

Flames have engulfed a fourth tank at an oil storage facility in western Cuba as a raging fire consumes critical fuel supplies on an island grappling with a growing energy crisis.

Firefighters and specialists from Mexico and Venezuela helped fight the blaze in the province of Matanzas with boats, planes and helicopters as they sprayed foam on the containers, a first for crews since broiling temperatures had prevented them from doing so earlier.

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 Fire spreads at Cuba oil storage facility as fourth tank erupts


WHO stresses monkeypox surge not linked to monkeys amid attack reports

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 16:36:12 GMT

World Health Organization issues statement after reports of animals being poisoned in Brazil

The World Health Organization has stressed that monkeypox outbreaks are not linked to monkeys, following a number of reported attacks on the primates in Brazil.

?€?What people need to know is that the transmission we are seeing is happening between humans,?€? a WHO spokesperson, Margaret Harris, told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday.

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 WHO stresses monkeypox surge not linked to monkeys amid attack reports


Spyware is huge threat to global human rights and democracy, expert warns

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 12:16:49 GMT

Cybersecurity expert Ron Deibert to testify to Canadian MPs about troubling spread of invasive surveillance tools

The mercenary spyware industry represents ?€?one of the greatest contemporary threats to civil society, human rights and democracy?€?, a leading cybersecurity expert warns, as countries grapple with the unregulated spread of powerful and invasive surveillance tools.

Ron Deibert, a political science professor at the university of Toronto and head of Citizen Lab, will testify in front of a Canadian parliamentary committee on Tuesday afternoon about the growing threat he and others believe the technology poses to citizens and democracies.

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 Spyware is huge threat to global human rights and democracy, expert warns


Colombian narco militia seeks peace talks after calling ‘unilateral’ ceasefire

Mon, 08 Aug 2022 21:59:06 GMT

Feared Gulf Clan has unleashed terror campaign since arrest of leader in May but keen to talk to leftist president Gustavo Petro

One of Colombia?€?s most feared armed groups has announced a ?€?unilateral?€? ceasefire in the hopes of entering peace talks with the government of Colombia?€?s new leftist leader, Gustavo Petro.

The Gulf Clan, a notorious drug-trafficking militia, has unleashed a campaign of terror following the May extradition to the US of its leader - Dairo Antonio suga, or ?€?Otoniel?€?, assassinating dozens of police and holding large swaths of the country hostage.

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 Colombian narco militia seeks peace talks after calling ‘unilateral’ ceasefire


Liz Truss summons Chinese ambassador over aggression towards Taiwan

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 15:29:46 GMT

Beijing blames its actions on US House speaker Nancy Pelosi?€?s visit to Taiwan

Taiwan has become the latest focal point in the fraught relationship between London and Beijing, with the foreign secretary, Liz Truss, summoning China?€?s ambassador to explain his government?€?s recent actions over the self-ruled democracy.

?€?I instructed officials to summon the Chinese ambassador to explain his country?€?s actions. We have seen increasingly aggressive behaviour and rhetoric from Beijing in recent months, which threaten peace and stability in the region,?€? Truss said in a statement.

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 Liz Truss summons Chinese ambassador over aggression towards Taiwan


Woman at centre of China #MeToo case vows not to give up after appeal rejected

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 15:03:15 GMT

Zhou Xiaoxuan, who alleges TV host groped her, hopes case proves ?€?difficulty of being a woman?€? in China

The woman at the centre of a landmark case in China?€?s #MeToo movement has vowed not to give up after a court rejected her appeal for an apology and damages.

In 2018 Zhou Xiaoxuan accused a high-profile state TV presenter, Zhu Jun, of forcibly kissing and groping her during a 2014 internship. The case inspired many others to share their experiences of sexual assault and caused a social media storm.

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 Woman at centre of China #MeToo case vows not to give up after appeal rejected


Japanese PM shakes up cabinet amid anger over Unification church links

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 10:17:58 GMT

Reshuffle comes after murder of Shinzo Abe put spotlight on ruling party?€?s ties with religious movement

Japan?€?s prime minister, Fumio Kishida, has removed ministers associated with the Unification church in a cabinet reshuffle aimed at reviving his fortunes amid a public outcry over his party?€?s ties to the religious movement.

The reshuffle comes just over a month after the murder of Shinzo Abe by a man who has said he targeted the former prime minister over his links to the church, which he blamed for his family?€?s financial ruin.

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 Japanese PM shakes up cabinet amid anger over Unification church links


China halts military drills around Taiwan but ‘war preparation’ continues

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 09:50:31 GMT

Beijing repeats resolve to annex Taiwan by force if peaceful means prove unsuccessful

Beijing has announced an end to its military drills surrounding Taiwan but said further ?€?training and war preparation?€? would continue.

It made the announcement shortly after reaffirming its commitment, in a major policy paper, to use force against Taiwan if it could not take control ?€?by peaceful means?€?.

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 China halts military drills around Taiwan but ‘war preparation’ continues


Researchers decode metal-making recipes in ancient Chinese text

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 09:00:47 GMT

Study identifies mystery elements in Kaogong ji, shedding light on how early bronzes were produced

Researchers have deciphered enigmatic recipes for metal-making contained in an ancient Chinese text, revealing unexpected complexity in the art at the time.

Six chemical formulas are given in a Chinese text from 300BC known as the Kaogong ji. The manuscript, known as The World?€?s Oldest Encyclopedia of Technologies, forms part of a detailed archive of early imperial rule, which archeologists have been trying to decode since the 1920s.

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 Researchers decode metal-making recipes in ancient Chinese text


Covid lockdown boredom inspires New Zealand teenager to build world-record 25-metre Lego train

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 06:25:48 GMT

Alexander Blong smashed the previous world record for the most carriages in a Lego train

A New Zealand teenager has broken a Guinness World Record for the most carriages in a Lego toy train, beating the previous record by 32 carriages, after he was inspired to break a record during boring Covid lockdowns.

It took 14-year-old Aucklander Alexander Blong roughly 50 hours to build the 101-carriage locomotive. When finished, it measured 25 metres long.

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 Covid lockdown boredom inspires New Zealand teenager to build world-record 25-metre Lego train


NSW agent general to UK approved ad attacking Labor tax policy before 2019 election

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:30:20 GMT

Exclusive: In former role leading NSW Business Chamber, Stephen Cartwright approved campaign targeting a business policy in three key seats

The man appointed by the New South Wales government to a senior London trade role approved negative television ads that targeted a Labor business tax policy at the last state election in his previous job as head of the NSW Business Chamber.

Separately, a NSW parliamentary inquiry heard testimony this week that the NSW agent general to the UK, Stephen Cartwright, went over the head of his manager, Investment NSW chief Amy Brown, and messaged Liberal trade minister Stuart Ayres directly in a dispute about a cost of living allowance.

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 NSW agent general to UK approved ad attacking Labor tax policy before 2019 election


GPs ditching bulk billing as costs rise and Medicare rebates lag, survey shows

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:30:20 GMT

Nearly a quarter of doctors surveyed said they recently changed billing model, as peak body calls for higher rebates

Doctors are increasingly scrapping bulk billing, according to a survey of almost 500 GPs, with stalling Medicare rebates and the costs of running a practice cited as key reasons.

HealthEd, a private professional education company for doctors, surveyed 477 GPs on 2 August and found more than one in five - 22% - had recently changed their billing model.

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 GPs ditching bulk billing as costs rise and Medicare rebates lag, survey shows


Energy ministers’ reforms to Australia’s electricity market could be path to a carbon price, experts say

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:30:20 GMT

Federal, state and territory ministers are set to make emissions reduction a priority for the national electricity market

Australia?€?s main electricity market will prioritise cutting emissions as part of its objectives for the first time since its creation a quarter of a century ago, a shift that could set up conditions for a carbon price, experts said.

Federal, state and territory energy ministers are scheduled to meet in Canberra on Thursday for a dinner before holding formal talks on Friday. It will be the first gathering since the national electricity market (NEM) was suspended in June after the market operator had to resort to whiteboards and spreadsheets to order generators online.

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 Energy ministers’ reforms to Australia’s electricity market could be path to a carbon price, experts say


Australian electricity companies not reducing emissions in line with Paris agreement goals, study finds

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:30:20 GMT

AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin among businesses study says not on track to meet global climate goals to limit heating to well below 2C

Nine out of 10 major Australian electricity companies are failing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fast enough to meet the goals of the landmark Paris climate agreement, a study has found.

Businesses not acting in accordance with the 2015 Paris agreement goal of limiting global heating to well below 2C since pre-industrial times included the generators and retailers AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin, according to the study led by University of Queensland researchers.

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 Australian electricity companies not reducing emissions in line with Paris agreement goals, study finds


Intruder who broke into monkey enclosure in Tasmania at risk of ‘potentially fatal’ herpes

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 09:48:45 GMT

Launceston council urges person who entered enclosure to seek medical attention urgently as monkeys can carry herpes B virus

Authorities are urging an intruder who broke into a monkey enclosure in Tasmania to seek medical attention as they may have been exposed to a ?€?potentially fatal?€? herpes virus.

The enclosure, which houses macaque monkeys, was broken into on Tuesday night with the intruder causing damage to the electric fence before stealing coins from a surrounding moat.

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 Intruder who broke into monkey enclosure in Tasmania at risk of ‘potentially fatal’ herpes


Australia should abandon goal to limit global heating to 1.5C, says gas company eyeing Beetaloo Basin

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 08:54:42 GMT

Tamboran Resources, which received $7.5m to explore Beetaloo Basin, argues target may hinder ?€?climate improving?€? gas projects

A gas company with interests in the Beetaloo Basin is calling on the federal government to rewrite its climate change legislation to abandon the ?€?unattainable?€? objective of trying to limit global heating to 1.5C.

The call comes despite Australia being a signatory to the Paris agreement that aims to limit global warming to well below 2C - and preferably to 1.5C - compared to pre-industrial levels.

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 Australia should abandon goal to limit global heating to 1.5C, says gas company eyeing Beetaloo Basin


Ukraine air force claims up to a dozen Russian jets destroyed in Crimea raid

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:38:18 GMT

Attack on Saky military base in Novofedorivka on Tuesday afternoon killed one and wounded 13

Ukraine?€?s air force said it believed that up to a dozen Russian aircraft were destroyed on the ground following Tuesday?€?s dramatic explosions at the Saky airbase in Crimea, which Russia said killed one, wounded 13 and damaged dozens of nearby houses.

Political sources in Ukraine said the country had carried out the attack - but no public claim of responsibility was made by Kyiv of the incident that one expert believes may have been the product of a daring raid rather than a missile strike.

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Russia-Ukraine war: Kyiv says nine Russian planes destroyed in past 24 hours - as it happened

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:00:25 GMT

The claim by Ukraine?€?s general staff of the armed forces comes after widely reported explosions at Russia?€?s Saki air base. This live blog is now closed

Ukrainian officials are reporting that 11 people were killed and 13 wounded by Russian shelling in the Nikopol district in Ukraine?€?s Dnipropetrovsk region overnight.

Residential homes were reportedly damaged in the attack and as many as 1,000 people are without gas, the regional regional military administration said.

Russia likely plans to resource a large proportion of 3 AC from newly formed ?€?volunteer?€? battalions, which are being raised across the country, and which group together recruits from the same areas.

Russian regional politicians have confirmed that potential 3 AC recruits are being offered lucrative cash bonuses once they deploy to Ukraine.

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 Russia-Ukraine war: Kyiv says nine Russian planes destroyed in past 24 hours - as it happened


Dozens feared dead as migrant boat sinks off the coast of Greece

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:32:58 GMT

Officials say navy and air force efforts to rescue up to 50 people has shown no signs of progress

Dozens of people are feared to have died off the coast of Greece after their boat sank while attempting to make the perilous crossing from Turkey.

Efforts by Greece?€?s navy and air force to rescue up to 50 people who went down with the vessel in stormy waters off Rhodes had shown no signs of progress by late Wednesday, coast guard officials said.

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Thousands evacuated as smouldering French wildfire reignites

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:14:33 GMT

High temperatures and drought in the wine-growing region of Gironde force partial closure of motorway

About 10,000 people have been evacuated to save them from wildfires in the Gironde region of south-west France after a massive blaze that destroyed more than 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of pine forest in July sparked up again and tore through woodland.

?€?The fire is rampant and has now spread to the Landes dpartment,?€? local authorities in the wine-growing dpartment said. The French government doubled the number of firefighters to 1,000 on Wednesday afternoon, supported by planes dropping water.

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EU under pressure to ban Russian tourists from Europe

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:23:49 GMT

Ukrainian president says Russians ?€?should live in their own world until they change their philosophy?€?

The EU has been urged to introduce a travel ban on Russian tourists with some member states saying visiting Europe was ?€?a privilege, not a human right?€? for holidaymakers.

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in an interview with the Washington Post that the ?€?most important sanction?€? was to ?€?close the borders, because the Russians are taking away someone else?€?s land?€?. Russians should ?€?live in their own world until they change their philosophy?€?, he said.

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Berlusconi plots another comeback ‘to make everyone happy’

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 15:06:35 GMT

Disgraced former PM will run as Forza Italia candidate for senate in alliance led by far-right Brothers of Italy

Italy?€?s disgraced former prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, is plotting a political comeback in next month?€?s national elections, saying the move ?€?would make everyone happy?€?.

Berlusconi, the 85-year-old leader of Forza Italia, said he would run as a senator in the ballot on 25 September. ?€?That way everyone would be happy,?€? he told Rai radio. ?€?I?€?ve received pressure [to do so] from many, even outside Forza Italia.?€?

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 Berlusconi plots another comeback ‘to make everyone happy’


Biden: US knows ‘with certainty’ Syria holding missing journalist Austin Tice

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:06:55 GMT

President urges regime, which denies involvement, to release Tice, who disappeared in 2012 covering Syrian war

Joe Biden has said that the US knows ?€?with certainty?€? that the Syrian government is holding Austin Tice - an American journalist who has been missing for a decade - and called on Damascus to release him.

Ten years after the freelance reporter disappeared while reporting on the Syrian war, Biden said the US government knows ?€?that [Tice] has been held by the Syrian regime?€?.

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 Biden: US knows ‘with certainty’ Syria holding missing journalist Austin Tice


US charges Iranian man over alleged plot to kill ex-Trump aide John Bolton

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 16:53:36 GMT

Shahram Poursafi, who US says belongs to Revolutionary Guards, offered money to hitman to avenge Suleimani death, DoJ alleges

The US has charged an Iranian man it says is a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) with attempting to hire a hitman for $300,000 to kill John Bolton, the former national security adviser in the Trump administration.

The Department of Justice said Shahram Poursafi, also known as Mehdi Rezayi, offered the money in November 2021 to an unidentified person in the US to ?€?eliminate?€? Bolton, apparently to avenge the drone killing of the IRGC commander Qassem Suleimani, in January 2020.

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 US charges Iranian man over alleged plot to kill ex-Trump aide John Bolton


Ex-Twitter employee found guilty of spying on Saudi dissidents

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 00:32:39 GMT

Ahmad Abouammo found to have given users?€? personal information to Mohammed bin Salman?€?s aide

A former Twitter employee has been found guilty of spying on Saudi dissidents using the social media platform and passing their personal information to a close aide of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

A jury in a federal court in California found Ahmad Abouammo, a dual US-Lebanese national, had acted as an unregistered agent of the Saudi government.

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Iranian satellite launched by Russia could be used for Ukraine surveillance

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 14:29:17 GMT

Tehran denies Khayyam satellite will be under Russian control, despite reported admission by Moscow

Russia has launched an Iranian satellite from Kazakhstan amid concerns it could be used for battlefield surveillance in Moscow?€?s invasion of Ukraine.

Iran has denied that the Khayyam satellite, which was delivered into orbit onboard a Soyuz rocket launched from Baikonur cosmodrome, would ever be under Russian control.

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 Iranian satellite launched by Russia could be used for Ukraine surveillance


Funerals and Islamic Jihad battle songs: Gaza after the ceasefire

Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:30:15 GMT

Many areas are still without water and electricity following three days of Israeli airstrikes

In Shujaiya, a neighbourhood of Gaza City already scarred by several rounds of war, men passed around coffee and dates under the shade of a colourful mourning tent while Palestinian Islamic Jihad battle songs blared from a sound system.

Men carrying AK-47s, their faces shielded by black balaclavas, lined the entrance to the tent, and the militant group?€?s black and yellow flag flew overhead.

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 Funerals and Islamic Jihad battle songs: Gaza after the ceasefire


EU team submit ‘final text’ at talks to salvage 2015 Iran nuclear deal

Mon, 08 Aug 2022 18:25:31 GMT

Revival of agreement awaits ?€?political decisions?€? in Tehran and Washington after negotiators in Vienna agree text

The European Union has submitted a ?€?final text?€? at talks to salvage the 2015 deal aimed at reining in Iran?€?s nuclear ambitions.

The revival of the agreement now awaits ?€?political decisions?€? in Tehran and Washington after negotiators in Vienna agreed the text thrashed out between Iranian and European representatives over the past five days was the final text and could not be amended further.

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‘The US let him go free’: release of terrorist who killed unarmed Australian soldiers shows contempt for ally, family says

Tue, 09 Aug 2022 17:30:29 GMT

Exclusive: Father of one of three soldiers slain by Hekmatullah says Australia was ?€?sidelined?€? in deal between US and Taliban to release terrorist from prison

The family of one of the Australian soldiers killed by rogue Afghan national army sergeant Hekmatullah says Australia was treated with contempt by its closest ally, the US, after it agreed to release the self-professed terrorist from prison.

The Guardian revealed on Monday that the former Afghan national army sergeant, and Taliban plant, Hekmatullah, is again at liberty, and housed under Taliban protection, in the former diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital Kabul.

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 ‘The US let him go free’: release of terrorist who killed unarmed Australian soldiers shows contempt for ally, family says


‘I will continue killing foreigners’: soldier who shot dead unarmed Australians treated as ‘returning hero’ by Taliban

Sun, 07 Aug 2022 17:30:04 GMT

Exclusive: Hekmatullah, who killed three Australian soldiers, is living in a heavily protected luxury Kabul home after being freed from prison

Hekmatullah, the rogue Afghan soldier who killed three unarmed Australian diggers in Afghanistan a decade ago, is living in a luxury home in the capital Kabul, treated as a ?€?returning hero?€? by the Taliban who released him from prison.

He has said he does not regret killing Australian soldiers, and has vowed he would again kill Australians, or anyone who opposes the Taliban.

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 ‘I will continue killing foreigners’: soldier who shot dead unarmed Australians treated as ‘returning hero’ by Taliban


‘They beat girls just for smiling’: life in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban’s return

Sun, 07 Aug 2022 09:00:39 GMT

Despite their promises of peace and stability, the country is on its knees, and its people are desperate

Maryam* is near the top of her sixth grade class in Kabul, which under Taliban rule means that her education should be ending in a few months.

But the 10-year-old, whose name we have changed to protect her identity, has a strategy to stay in school for another year, and her eyes dance with satisfaction as she explains her plan. ?€?I will make sure I don?€?t answer too many questions right. I have decided to fail, so I can study sixth grade again.?€?

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 ‘They beat girls just for smiling’: life in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban’s return


‘Shameful’: Afghans who helped UK abandoned to a life of fear under the Taliban

Sun, 07 Aug 2022 05:00:35 GMT

Home Office accused of failing to ensure safety of thousands including teachers and translators

Thousands of Afghans who worked for the UK have been abandoned and remain at risk from the Taliban a year after the evacuation from Kabul, a coalition of human rights groups has said.

In a parliamentary briefing, nine expert groups on Afghanistan criticised the British government?€?s resettlement schemes as ?€?unjustifiably restrictive?€?. They said it was deeply concerning that the government is currently not offering a safe route for many Afghan women and girls or to oppressed minority groups.

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Afghanistan: bomb in Kabul shopping street kills eight people

Sat, 06 Aug 2022 14:18:42 GMT

The explosion happened in a western district where the minority Shia Muslim community regularly meet

A bomb exploded in a busy shopping street in Afghanistan?€?s capital Kabul on Saturday killed eight people and injured at least 22, hospital officials and witnesses said.

The blast occurred in a western district of the city where members of the minority Shia Muslim community regularly meet.

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 Afghanistan: bomb in Kabul shopping street kills eight people


Third member of Cardiff family dies from ‘poisoning’ in Bangladesh

Sat, 06 Aug 2022 10:35:06 GMT

Death of Samira Islam, 20, follows deaths of Rafiqul, 51, and Mahiqul, 16, during holiday

A woman has become the latest family member of a British family of five on holiday in Bangladesh to die from a suspected poisoning.

Samira Islam, 20, died on Friday after she was discovered unconscious in a locked room by police officers on 26 July. Her father, Rafiqul Islam, 51, a taxi driver, and his 16-year-old son, Mahiqul, also died in the rented flat in the eastern city of Sylhet.

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Sunak accuses Truss of major U-turn after she says she will do ‘all I can to help struggling households’ with fuel bills - UK politics live

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 19:06:18 GMT

Tory leadership contender says rival had previously dismissed direct support as ?€?handouts?€?

Suella Braverman, the attorney general, is giving a speech to the Policy Exchange thinktank on equalities and rights. There is a live feed here.

In a preview of the speech published in the Daily Telegraph, Braverman says she wants to clarify the law on trans rights as it applies in schools. She says:

When it comes to gender-questioning children, we should always have compassion. At the same time, our compassion should never blind us to the harm it is possible to do to children by misplaced affirmation. Many schools and teachers believe - incorrectly - that they are under an absolute legal obligation to treat children who are gender questioning according to the preference of the child. Many are scared of the consequences of not doing so.

I want to make it clear that it is possible, within the law, for schools to refuse to use the preferred opposite-sex pronouns of a child.

The UK and partners have condemned in the strongest terms China?€?s escalation in the region around Taiwan, as seen through our recent G7 statement.

I instructed officials to summon the Chinese ambassador to explain his country?€?s actions.

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CCTV footage shows last known images of missing student nurse

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:19:45 GMT

Police are appealing for information from anyone who saw Owami Davies, who was last seen in West Croydon at 12.30pm on 7 July

New CCTV footage showing the last known images of a student nurse who went missing last month has been released by police.

Owami Davies was last seen about 12.30pm on Derby Road in West Croydon, south London, on 7 July.

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With Keir Starmer on holiday, Labour treads water on cost of living

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:10:29 GMT

Analysis: Gordon Brown, Martin Lewis and Ed Davey are the voices being heard, as the opposition is left with the same policy as Sunak

Gordon Brown has thrown down the gauntlet with his plan to halt a winter energy crisis - but not just to the Tory leadership candidates. The call to revoke the energy price cap and consider nationalising energy firms will attract a lot of attention but fundamentally it is also a chance for Labour to choose to be radical. It is likely to compound calls from activists for the party to find a new sense of urgency.

In the middle of August, politicians can often afford to take long breaks away from Westminster to recharge - and sometimes get a valuable dose of perspective. But the extent to which politicians - including those in the Labour party - have gone missing this summer is particularly striking.

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 With Keir Starmer on holiday, Labour treads water on cost of living


UK energy bills - six ways to reduce the impact of soaring prices

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:55:31 GMT

Be it a loft insulation drive or a lower price cap, there are many ways to help - but action must be swift and extensive

The UK government has been urged to take further action to alleviate the impact of soaring energy prices, and there are a number of measures it could take.

Any rescue package would need to be swift and extensive to prevent households being plunged into poverty this winter as home energy prices surge. Ministers will also need to dig deep to prevent more businesses hit by rising energy costs from defaulting on loans and declaring themselves bankrupt.

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 UK energy bills - six ways to reduce the impact of soaring prices


One dead and three injured after suspected shootings on Skye and in Wester Ross

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:44:04 GMT

Police arrest 39-year-old man after series of incidents being treated as linked in west Scotland

A man has died on Skye and three others were injured after a series of incidents, some involving a firearm, on Skye and in Wester Ross in west Scotland.

Police Scotland said they had arrested a 39-year-old man who was one of the casualties after receiving reports on Wednesday morning that a woman, 32, had been seriously injured at a property in the Tarskavaig area of southern Skye.

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 One dead and three injured after suspected shootings on Skye and in Wester Ross


Brexit stage left: British band tells of farcical barriers encountered on EU tour

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:32:03 GMT

Groups such as Walt Disco are struggling to make ends meet - or giving up - because of new obstacles, a musicians?€? charity says

Night after night, the Beatles honed their harmonies in the clubs of Hamburg.

But now, British bands trying to fine-tune their sound by playing in Europe are struggling to make ends meet - or giving up entirely - because of the barriers created by Brexit, a charity for musicians has said.

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 Brexit stage left: British band tells of farcical barriers encountered on EU tour


Pro-Trump brand fined for using fake ‘Made in USA’ labels

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:53:15 GMT

Utah-based company Lions Not Sheep was first cited by the FTC in May for replacing ?€?Made in China?€? tags on their clothing

A pro-Donald Trump brand was fined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for using fake ?€?Made in USA?€? labels on items that were imported from other countries.

The Utah-based apparel company Lions Not Sheep was first cited by the FTC in May for replacing ?€?Made in China?€? tags on their clothing with bogus ?€?Made in USA?€? labels.

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 Pro-Trump brand fined for using fake ‘Made in USA’ labels


Record Death Valley flooding ‘a once-in-1,000-year event’

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:50:40 GMT

Hundreds were marooned in the downpour as the climate crisis increases the likelihood of extreme weather

Recent severe rains in Death Valley that flushed debris across roadways, damaged infrastructure and carried away cars are being described by meteorologists and park officials as a once-in 1,000-year event.

The arid valley was pelted with roughly an inch and a half of rain on Friday, near the park?€?s rainfall record for a single day.

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 Record Death Valley flooding ‘a once-in-1,000-year event’


Trump says he invoked fifth amendment in New York attorney general’s investigation: ‘I declined to answer’- live

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:49:22 GMT

In lengthy statement, Trump says he refused to answer questions during deposition as part of inquiry into real estate dealings

The justice department has announced charges against a Tehran-based member of Iran?€?s Revolutionary Guards for attempting to hire someone in the United States to kill John Bolton, a national security adviser under Donald Trump.

According the department, 45-year-old Shahram Poursafi last year promised an unnamed person in the United States $300,000 to kill Bolton, probably as retaliation for Washington?€?s assassination of Qassem Suleimani in January 2020. The goal was apparently to have Bolton killed by the 3 January anniversary of Suleimani?€?s death in Baghdad, but the person Poursafi allegedly hired for the job was actually a confidential informant.

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Trump declines to answer questions in New York business investigation

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:20:34 GMT

Ex-president pleads the fifth two days after the FBI raided his Florida home, seeking classified documents

Donald Trump declined to answer questions under oath on Wednesday in New York state?€?s civil investigation into his business dealings, pleading the fifth two days after the FBI raided his Florida home in a criminal case, seeking classified documents taken from the White House.

The former US president?€?s decision to exercise his fifth amendment constitutional right against self-incrimination was delivered during a closed-door deposition in Manhattan, where the New York state attorney general, Letitia James, is examining the Trump family real estate empire.

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Domino’s retreats from Italy having failed to conquer the home of pizza

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 17:01:49 GMT

After seven years and an ambitious plan to open 880 outlets, US chain?€?s local franchise files for bankruptcy

Domino?€?s Pizza has pulled out of the Italian market after failing in its mission to conquer the home of pizza.

The US fast food chain?€?s departure from Italy after seven years followed a period in which the business was badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, which in turn forced traditional Italian pizzerias to adopt their own delivery services.

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 Domino’s retreats from Italy having failed to conquer the home of pizza


Progressive Ilhan Omar wins closer-than-expected House primary in Minnesota

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 15:50:07 GMT

Democrats select progressive Becca Balint for Vermont House seat while Trump-backed candidate nominated for Wisconsin governor

Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a member of the select progressive group in the House of Representative dubbed the Squad, eked out a closer-than-expected Democratic primary victory on Tuesday night against a centrist challenger who questioned the incumbent?€?s support for the ?€?defund the police?€? movement.

The evening went far smoother for another progressive, Becca Balint, who won the Democratic House primary in Vermont - positioning her to become the first woman representing the state in Congress.

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 Progressive Ilhan Omar wins closer-than-expected House primary in Minnesota






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Peace demonstrations in the US October 26-28 2007
29.10 - 2007

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Large number of US citizens demonstrated against the war in Iraq (and the possible war in Iran) during this October weekend. Massive turnout in Boston and San Fransisco, and also in Chicago, LA and DC people took to the streets.
The message was: NO more war in Iraq! NO to a war with Iran!