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Catalonia crisis escalates as Spain set to impose direct rule within days

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:13:12 GMT
Spanish prime minister says Catalan government?€?s powers will be returned to Madrid, as tensions rise between supporters and opponents of independence

Spain was plunged into political crisis on Saturday after the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, announced that he was stripping Catalonia of its autonomy and imposing direct rule from Madrid in an attempt to crush the regional leadership?€?s move to secede.

The decision, which prompted anger across Catalonia, has escalated Spain?€?s deepest constitutional crisis since the restoration of democracy in 1977. Observers say the move could resurrect the spectre of Basque nationalism, and have repercussions across a Europe facing the rise of separatist movements.

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 Catalonia crisis escalates as Spain set to impose direct rule within days


Rise and fall of Isis: its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now?

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:51:17 GMT
Islamic State?€?s last stronghold, Raqqa, has fallen. But the world?€?s attention must now focus on what it or other Islamist groups will plot next

For a group with such spectacular ambitions, Islamic State?€?s last stand took place in surroundings of almost shocking banality: a hospital and sports stadium in Raqqa, the Syrian town that was the political capital of its self-styled caliphate. After weeks of street-to-street battles and bombing, these final strongholds fell to Kurdish fighters last week. More than three years after Isis surged to global infamy with a stunning campaign of conquest, the end came with a whimper, not a bang.

?€?Once purported as fierce, now pathetic and a lost cause,?€? Brett McGurk, the US special presidential envoy for coalition forces tweeted. Such triumphant claims have become familiar since the 9/11 attacks. I heard them in Afghanistan in 2002, but US troops are still engaged in the fight against the Taliban. I heard them in Iraq in 2003, 2004, and then year after year until the US pulled out in 2011.

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 Rise and fall of Isis: its dream of a caliphate is over, so what now?


Kurds defeated, displaced and divided after Iraq reclaims oil-rich Kirkuk

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:01:35 GMT
An independence referendum supposed to strengthen the Kurds?€? position ended in a retreat in which Iranian influence was key

When the guns fell silent on the Kirkuk-Erbil road, just after noon on Friday, a fresh border had been scythed through the oil-rich soil - and a new line of influence carved across northern Iraq.

Their gun barrels still hot, vanquished peshmerga forces began another withdrawal a few miles closer to the seat of government in the now shrunken boundaries of Iraqi Kurdistan. A few miles south, closer to Kirkuk, Iraqi forces were digging in, their conquest of the entire province complete, and their five-day sweep through the rest of the north having seized up to 14,000 sq km from the Kurds, with a minimum of bother.

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 Kurds defeated, displaced and divided after Iraq reclaims oil-rich Kirkuk


At least 54 police killed during raid near Cairo, according to officials

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:33:00 GMT

The firefight is said to be one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years

At least 54 police, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout south-west of Cairo was ambushed, according to officials. The ensuing firefight was one of the deadliest for Egyptian security forces in recent years.

Two police officials told the Associated Press on Saturday that the exchange of fire began late Friday in the al-Wahat al-Bahriya area in Giza province, about 135km (84 miles) south-west of Cairo. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief media.

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 At least 54 police killed during raid near Cairo, according to officials


Trump-style billionaire populist on brink of power in Czech Republic

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:05:36 GMT

Andrej Babis stands accused of buying up Czech media to stifle criticism

The Czech Republic stood on the brink of a populist new era on Saturday , after voters heavily backed a billionaire businessman who has drawn comparisons with Donald Trump, while overwhelmingly rejecting establishment parties.

Amid public disdain towards ?€?politics as usual?€?, the ANO (Action for Dissatisfied Citizens party) led by Andrej Babis, the country?€?s second-richest man, won 30% of the vote, according to projections, with nearly 95% of all ballots counted. That leaves ANO - which means yes in Czech - as the biggest party in parliament and in prime position to form a coalition government.

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 Trump-style billionaire populist on brink of power in Czech Republic


Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition expected to win decisively in Japan election

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:43:39 GMT

Uncertainly over North Korea and its growing nuclear arsenal heightens underlying conservatism

Voting is underway in Japan?€?s general election and polls indicate prime minister Shinzo Abe?€?s ruling coalition will win handily, possibly even retaining its two-thirds majority in the more powerful lower house of parliament.

Japanese voters may not love Abe, but they appear to want to stick with what they know, rather than hand the reins to an opposition with little or no track record. Uncertainly over North Korea and its growing missile and nuclear arsenal may be heightening that underlying conservatism.

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 Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition expected to win decisively in Japan election


Russia puts British Putin critic on Interpol wanted list

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:03:35 GMT
Vladimir Putin said to have agreed to move against Bill Browder, who has battled Moscow over ?€?Magnitsky Act?€?

Russia has placed a prominent British businessman on the Interpol wanted list. President Vladimir Putin is understood to have sanctioned the move against Bill Browder, who has led an international campaign against Russia over the killing of the jailed Moscow lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.

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WHO ‘rethinking’ naming Robert Mugabe as goodwill ambassador

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 21:55:10 GMT

Decision will be re-evaluated after appointment of Zimbabwean despot provokes global anger

The head of the World Health Organization has said he is rethinking his decision to name Zimbabwe?€?s president, Robert Mugabe, as a goodwill ambassador after the move provoked global outrage.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director general of the UN health agency, had this week asked Zimbabwe?€?s 93-year-old authoritarian leader to serve in the role to help tackle non-communicable diseases such as heart attacks, strokes and asthma across Africa.

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 WHO ‘rethinking’ naming Robert Mugabe as goodwill ambassador


Indian village run by teenage girls offers hope for a life free from abuse

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:05:35 GMT
In Thennamadevi young daughters are forging a new destiny beyond their alcoholic fathers and human traffickers

Each afternoon the men of Thennamadevi leave their village and head for the surrounding fields, many carrying bottles of high-strength home-brewed alcohol. Hours later they stagger back home through the paddy fields of the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India.

Thennamadevi is racked by alcoholism. Most of its 150 male inhabitants participate in ruinous daily drinking sessions. Around 90 women with families in the village have been widowed. The youngest husband to die was 21.

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Trump does not plan to block release of JFK assassination documents

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:12:53 GMT

Donald Trump does not plan to block the scheduled release of thousands of never publicly seen government documents related to the assassination of President John F Kennedy.

Related: JFK at 100: Trump comparisons fuel nostalgia for 'Camelot'

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 Trump does not plan to block release of JFK assassination documents


Malta offers €1m for information on Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:13:21 GMT

Government says death of investigative journalist, whose work had targeted Maltese PM, is ?€?case of extraordinary importance?€?

Malta?€?s government has offered an ?€?unprecedented?€? ?1m (890m) reward and full protection for anyone with information on who killed an investigative reporter with a car bomb.

A government statement, issued on Saturday, called the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, whose reporting on corruption targeted the Maltese prime minister and other senior political figures, a ?€?case of extraordinary importance?€?.

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 Malta offers €1m for information on Daphne Caruana Galizia murder


Trump more optimistic on Isis after Raqqa than key advisers

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 20:18:58 GMT

President hails step toward lasting peace and political transition but advisers say militants remain a threat and Assad government newly strengthened

Donald Trump on Saturday issued a statement on the Islamic State?€?s expulsion from Raqqa that ran counter to warnings in recent days from his national security aides that the militants remain fully capable of striking American interests.

Events in Raqqa were a milestone in the fight against terrorism and a step toward a political transition and lasting peace in Syria, Trump said in a White House statement.

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 Trump more optimistic on Isis after Raqqa than key advisers


Harvey Weinstein: a list of the women who have accused him

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:45:17 GMT

A growing number of actors and others in the film industry have made accusations against the Hollywood film producer

- La Seydoux: the night Harvey Weinstein jumped on me
- Could Harvey Weinstein be jailed?

More than 50 women have made allegations against Harvey Weinstein and the number continues to grow each day. Among the Hollywood mogul?€?s accusers are household names who were still looking to establish themselves when the alleged offences took place. Below are some of the allegations made public so far.

Related: What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world | Thomas Frank

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 Harvey Weinstein: a list of the women who have accused him


Czech billionaire’s ANO party set to win elections

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:35:42 GMT

Projections show party led by Andrej Babi? to benefit from voters?€? desire for change over tax, immigration and EU relations

The billionaire businessman Andrej Babi? is in line for a big win in parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic, projections have shown.

With voting taking place over Friday and Saturday, Babi??€?s ANO party, which has vowed to cut taxes, increase investments and curb immigration, is expected to win 29.7% of the vote, more than twice that of any other party.

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 Czech billionaire’s ANO party set to win elections


Republican official 'would have shot' Guardian reporter attacked by Gianforte

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:35:21 GMT

Montana Republican official Karen Marshall told radio program she would have shot reporter Ben Jacobs if ?€?that kid had done to me what he did to Greg?€?

A Montana Republican party official ?€?would have shot?€? Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs if he had approached her as he did Greg Gianforte, who assaulted Jacobs one day before he was elected to Congress.

Jacobs approached Gianforte in May, in a room where he was about to give a television interview. The Republican slammed Jacobs to the floor, breaking his glasses, and then punched him several times.

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 Republican official 'would have shot' Guardian reporter attacked by Gianforte


Georgia politician Betty Price asks if people with HIV can be quarantined

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 18:02:51 GMT
  • Wife of ex-health secretary Tom Price seeks to ?€?curtail the spread?€?
  • Republican doctor asks committee meeting: ?€?What are we legally able to do??€?

A Georgia state lawmaker who is married to former Trump health secretary Tom Price asked during a legislative committee meeting about the possibility of quarantining people with HIV.

Related: Steve Bannon blasts George Bush and calls for Republican 'revolt'

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 Georgia politician Betty Price asks if people with HIV can be quarantined


Evening Standard sorry for airbrushing out Solange Knowles' braids

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:45:04 GMT

Crown of braids was digitally removed from cover of magazine in which singer discusses cultural legacy of braiding

The London Evening Standard has apologised to Solange Knowles for airbrushing her crown of braids from an image on the cover of its magazine.

The singer, whose songs include Don?€?t Touch My Hair, was featured in the magazine discussing her upcoming album, as well as the ?€?art form?€? and cultural legacy for black women of braiding their hair.

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 Evening Standard sorry for airbrushing out Solange Knowles' braids


Air France boss says UK must play by the EU court’s rules after Brexit

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 16:07:41 GMT
Jean-Marc Janaillac says he is happy to see British airlines fly on the continent - as long as they accept European Court of Justice control

As the head of Europe?€?s largest intercontinental airline, Jean-Marc Janaillac can speak with authority on the complexities of cross-border travel. He carries some political insight, too, because he is chief executive of a business, Air France-KLM, that is 17%-owned by the French government.

At the intersection of pan-European travel and politics lies Brexit, of which Janaillac is a dispassionate observer. After all, it is not his business that will be most affected by a split between London and Brussels. Janaillac says Britain leaving the EU is neither ?€?an opportunity nor a catastrophe?€? for a business created by the merger of the French and Dutch national airlines in 2004.

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 Air France boss says UK must play by the EU court’s rules after Brexit


Steve Bannon blasts George Bush and calls for Republican 'revolt'

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:55:12 GMT
  • Former White House adviser slams former president at California event
  • Bush ?€?embarrassed himself?€? in speech decrying ?€?bullying and prejudice?€?

The former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has launched a scathing attack on George W Bush, portraying him as a buffoon whose presidency was as ?€?destructive?€? as any in American history.

Related: Khizr Khan: the patriotic American Muslim who called out Donald Trump

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 Steve Bannon blasts George Bush and calls for Republican 'revolt'


Suspect arrested after four people injured in Munich stabbings

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 12:00:20 GMT

German police work to determine whether suspect is man who fled scene of attack on black bicycle

A man with a knife fled after attacking four people in Munich on Saturday, police have said.

A suspect was arrested a few hours after the incident and authorities were working to determine whether he was the culprit.

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 Suspect arrested after four people injured in Munich stabbings


Aziýanyň iň awtoritar şäheri bolan Aşgabatda: 'Adamlar söz aýtmakdan hem gorkýar'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:36:24 GMT

Haan-da Stanislav Volkov Alternatiw Trkmenistan Habarlar gullugyna habary bolup hyzmat etmge ba?landa, howpsuzlyk gullugy onu? internetini kesdi we onu? stne kislota dkdi - hlisi hem aramaz abraa ee bolan patagtdaky gndelik agyr a?ay?y baradaky hakykaty bean etmge garaty atany in

Me? aga wagtym, A?gabat ?€?baglyk ?her?€? hkmnde tanalardy Ol gk wsrdi, kanallarda dagdan gelen suwlar akardy, agalar bolsa iul we awgust aynda hem klege salyp salkynlyk berrdi. Go??ular ag?amlaryna a ba?ynda ?erdiler.

Trkmenistan Sowet Souzyndan 1991-nji ylda Gara?syzlygyny gazanyndan so? A?gabat ikinji gezek drn aly boldy. Hzirki gnmizde A?gabat ?herine degi?me hkmnde ?€?lleri? ?heri?€? hem diilr, sebbi ak mermerli tze gurlan erlerde adam grp bolmaar dilen derejede. ?her Gines rekordlar kitabynda dn? znde i? kp ak mermer bolan ?her hkmnde hasaba alnan. Aslynda onu? hasaba alnan eneme ugurlary bar: dn? znde i? uly apyk karusel, i? uly fontan, i? uly yldyz ?ekli. Tze aeroportda olagylary? esasy terminalyny bezen dn? znde i? uly haly ?ekli bar. akyn wagta enli, patagtda dn? i? uly badak stni derejesini hem saklapdy. hli bu tze jjekler, jalar, parklar we keler, hamala adamlar in gurlupdy. Olar muny? bahasyny dymmaklyk bilen der.

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Men A?gabat ?herinde 1987-nji ylda doguldym we 1994-nji ylda okuwa ba?ladym Men birinji klasa gidenimde her gn gemeli bolan tarketka bilen prezident Saparmyrat Nyazowy? suraty bolan sagady? berleni adyma d?r. ?ol a?da, men ?ahsyet kultuny? nmedigine d?nmerdim, ene-atam hem ma?a ony d?ndirmeki bolup baranokdylar.

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‘The decline of Russian dominance is striking’: readers respond from the Stans

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:41:36 GMT

Guardian Cities readers on the rise of the shopping mall, rivalry between oil-rich Kazakhstan and its rural neighbours - and even a defence of dictatorship

We received many responses to our callout for readers?€? contributions to our special report on the Stans - thanks to all who sent us words or images. While we read and appreciated each submission, we chose to prioritise the voices of those who are from Central Asia, or have lived there.

Guardian Cities is exploring in depth the oft-ignored - and exceedingly difficult to report from - cities of the five Central Asian ?€?Stans?€?: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, a quarter of a century after they became independent from the former Soviet Union.

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 ‘The decline of Russian dominance is striking’: readers respond from the Stans


Душанбеи харобшаванда: чӣ гуна собиқ шаҳри Сталинобод аз гузаштаҳои шӯравии тоза мегардад

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:40:17 GMT

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 Душанбеи харобшаванда: чӣ гуна собиқ шаҳри Сталинобод аз гузаштаҳои шӯравии тоза мегардад


Биз баарыбыз кайсы бир даражада курмандыктарбыз':Эмнеге Бишкектеги гей клубтар жабылды

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:27:18 GMT

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 Биз баарыбыз кайсы бир даражада курмандыктарбыз':Эмнеге Бишкектеги гей клубтар жабылды


A puppy for Putin - but for dogs in Turkmenistan it's open slaughter

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:30:05 GMT

Berdymukhamedov?€?s presentation of a puppy to Vladimir Putin is ironic, given the bloodbath of stray dogs and cats over which he has presided in Ashgabat

The Turkmenistan president?€?s present to his Russian counterpart last week suggested a twist on the oft-quoted saying: if you want a friend in politics, give them a dog.

At a much-documented meeting in Sochi, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov gave Vladimir Putin a Central Asian shepherd puppy for the Russian president?€?s 65th birthday (and perhaps to see if Putin might not feel like resurrecting Turkmen natural gas exports).

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 A puppy for Putin - but for dogs in Turkmenistan it's open slaughter


'All of us will be victims at some point': why Bishkek's only gay club closed

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:04:58 GMT

The Kyrgyz capital was long a liberal beacon in Central Asia - until a ban on ?€?LGBT propaganda?€?. With attacks and rapes on the rise, the community is scared

Anara had never been in love before. Pacing nervously outside the house of the girl she?€?d just started seeing, overwhelmed by emotions, she forgot the need for caution.

Dating a member of the same sex can be dangerous in Kyrgyzstan?€?s capital city, Bishkek. Their budding relationship was already the subject of whisper and rumour.

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 'All of us will be victims at some point': why Bishkek's only gay club closed


Demolishing Dushanbe: how the former city of Stalinabad is erasing its Soviet past

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:30:16 GMT

The Tajik capital?€?s Soviet-era buildings are being systematically razed and replaced by multistorey apartments and malls. Most residents seem pleased

?€?Once this shop was one of the most beautiful buildings in the city,?€? says Nematullo Mirsaidov as he gazes up at an old department store now dwarfed by new towers. He has been struck by how much Dushanbe has changed since he started visiting from the northern city of Khujand more than a decade ago, but sees change as a positive. ?€?Dushanbe?€?s architecture has changed significantly,?€? he adds. ?€?Its residents should be proud.?€?

Dushanbe was a village of only a few thousand people when it was made capital in 1924 but it has grown rapidly since then and continues to do so at speed. The city?€?s territory is expected to triple in size and its population to grow from around 800,000 to more than 1.2 million by 2030 according to the new strategic urban development plan recently adopted by the Tajik authorities.

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Astana's plan to stay warm in the winter? Build a ring of one million trees

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:00:01 GMT

In 1997 the Kazakh president launched a plan to protect his new capital from the icy winds of the featureless steppes with a ring of trees. Twenty years on, his scientists are still struggling to grow forests in a spot where no trees stood

?€?Do you know why women in Astana don?€?t get expensive haircuts??€? asked television presenter Dinara Tursunova. ?€?Because no sooner do you leave the beauty salon, the wind blows away your hairdo, and with it all the money you spent.?€?

Looking good in the capital city of Kazakhstan is hard work. When Tursunova moved to Astana three years ago for a job with a local broadcaster, what first struck her was the cold and the wind. ?€?In winter I go around the city in skiing outfits and fur-lined sneakers. It probably wouldn?€?t hurt to put spikes on my shoes. When the wind starts whipping up, you will see people on the ice literally flying away,?€? she says.

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Будущее статусного города? Может ли Алматы отбросить систему контроля

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:04:17 GMT

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??????? ?€???????? ???€?? ?? ????????? ???? ??? ??????? - ??? ????? ????? ??? ??€????? ????, ??? ???€?????? ??????€?????? ?????? ??€???????? ????€?? ????. ?? ???? ???????????? ??????? ????? ????€?????????, ? ?? ????????????, ???€?????€. ?€??? ?????€??? ??????? ???€???? ? ?€??????? ???€??? ? ???????????? ? ?????? ??€????????,?€? - ?????? ?????????.

????????????? ???€?? ?????? - ?????????? ?????€ ??€????? ????, ?€?????, ????????? ?? ???? ?????? - ?????? ????????? ?€????????, ?????€?? ???????? ????????????? ? 1991 ????. ?????? ????????? ??? ???? ??€???? ??????????? ??????? ??????, ?????€?? ?? ????????? ? ???????? ???€????, ? ? ????????? ???? ???? ?????€??€?????, ???? ????????????.

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 Будущее статусного города? Может ли Алматы отбросить систему контроля


‘Men qutida yashashni istamayman’: Odamlar Toshkent obod bo’lishi uchun o’z uyidan ko’chirilmoqda

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:53:03 GMT

Toshklent-Sitida hashamatli mehmonxonalar, xonadonlar va ofislar joylashadigan kumushrang osmono?€?par binolarni qurishdan maqsad O?€?zbekiston poytaxtini ?€?bizners uchun ochiq?€? deb e?€?lon qilishdir. Biroq taraqqiyot shaharning tarixiy mahallalarida yashovchi aholi uchun qimmatga tushadi

Abdujalil Azimov stulda o?€?tirib olib, radiopriyomknigidan o?€?zbek estrada qo?€?shig?€?ini tinglamoqda, uning qo?€?ylari esa kunbotar payti O?€?zbekiston poytaxti Toshkent shahri markazidagi maysazorda bemalol o?€?tlab yuribdi.

Old tarafda muhtasham yangi xonadonlardan iborat ko?€?zni qamashtiruvchi oq marmar uylar qad rostlagan. Azimovning ort tarafida Olmazor mahallasi, uning betartib qurib tashlangan paxsa uylari ko?€?zga tashlanadi. Bu uylar bir vaqtlar Buyuq ipak yo?€?li manzillaridan biri bo?€?lgan Markaziy Osiyo shahrining ko?€?hna tarixini gavdalantirardi.

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The fall of Raqqa - in pictures

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 11:52:59 GMT

Photographer Blent K?l? entered the former Islamic State stronghold with the Syrian Democratic Forces and documented the elation of the victory over the jihadists and the price paid by the ancient city

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 The fall of Raqqa - in pictures


Bradford baby death: woman held for murder after fall from sixth floor

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 02:22:17 GMT

Boy of 18 months died at scene and suspect aged 23 was taken into custody following incident that left witnesses and family ?€?traumatised?€?

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 18-month-old baby died following a fall from a sixth-floor window.

Officers were called to Barkerend Road, Bradford, at about 5.10pm on Saturday following a report that a child had suffered life-threatening injuries. It quickly became apparent that the 18-month-old boy had died, West Yorkshire police said.

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Divorce bill cannot be agreed until Brexit deal is finalised, says Liam Fox - video

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:02:07 GMT

Britain can only come up with a figure for a financial settlement with the EU when a Brexit deal has been agreed, said the international trade secretary, Liam Fox, warning leaders not to believe London was bluffing over the possibility of no deal. Speaking on ITV?€?s Peston on Sunday, Fox said Britain would offer the other 27 EU members ?€?further assurance?€? on its divorce before the next summit in December to push talks forward to a discussion of a future trading relationship

- Britain not bluffing on no-deal Brexit, says Liam Fox

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Robert Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill ambassador after outcry

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:18:36 GMT

World Health Organization chief says he has listened to concerns over appointment of Zimbabwean president

The World Health Organization says it has removed the Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, as a goodwill ambassador following outrage among donors and rights groups at his appointment.

The WHO?€?s director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who made the appointment at a high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Uruguay on Wednesday, said in a statement that he had listened to those expressing concerns.

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Conspiracy theorists - in the Oval Office and out of it - await release of JFK files

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 12:50:42 GMT

Kennedy assassination documents are set to be released on Thursday. Experts?€? weary testimony cannot dampen the ardor of those who say Oswald didn?€?t do it

?€?What happened in the window is not true,?€? said Ron Washington, holding a magazine containing grisly autopsy photographs of the 35th president of the United States. ?€?It was only a decoy. Here?€?s the evidence.?€?

Related: Trump does not plan to block release of JFK assassination documents

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 Conspiracy theorists - in the Oval Office and out of it - await release of JFK files


Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli - review

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:00:02 GMT
These devastating essays document the terrifying experiences of unaccompanied Mexican children crossing the US border

In 2012, the Mexican writer Luiselli caused a sensation with her haunting debut novel, Faces in the Crowd, in which her unhappy protagonist craved ?€?narrative order.?€? In this sobering essay, based on Luiselli?€?s experience as an interpreter for undocumented Mexican children crossing into the US, the phrase ?€?narrative order?€? reappears, this time to describe what?€?s lacking in their chaotic stories. Trauma, exhaustion, youth and mistrust make it difficult to make sense of the children?€?s experiences as she tries to help them fill out the intake questionnaires and piece together a defence against deportation.

Most have lost friends and relatives; 80% of girls and women have been raped (US civilian vigilantes and private ranch owners are known to ?€?go out to hunt?€? undocumented migrants). In this compelling, devastating book, Luiselli documents the huge injustices done to the children by both the American and Mexican governments, and by the public who treat them as ?€?illegal aliens?€?, rather than as what they truly are: refugees of war.

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 Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli - review


Thailand: thousands to attend extravagant cremation for King Bhumibol

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:52:49 GMT

Artisans finish 50-metre three-tiered golden royal crematorium for ceremony for world?€?s longest-serving monarch

Thailand is finishing preparations for an elaborate cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, part of a five-day ceremony marking the end of a year of mourning that has engulfed the nation.

For weeks, local newspapers have run front-page stories on the tiniest details of the ceremony, a sign of national reverence and obsession towards a man who became known as the ?€?father of all Thais?€?. Many considered the king, whose seven-decade rule made him the world?€?s longest-serving monarch, to be a demigod.

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 Thailand: thousands to attend extravagant cremation for King Bhumibol


Turnbull, Frydenberg and Abbott's electorates back 50% renewables target

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 06:09:25 GMT

ReachTel poll finds majority in three Liberal-held seats support carbon pricing, and more ambitious renewable policy

Voters in the electorates held by Malcolm Turnbull, Josh Frydenberg and Tony Abbott would be more likely to support the government?€?s new energy policy if it ensured Australia had at least 50% renewable energy by 2030, according to a new opinion poll.

The ReachTel poll, commissioned by progressive thinktank the Australia Institute, shows a majority of voters in those Liberal-held seats support carbon pricing, and would support more policy ambition in driving renewable energy into the power grid.

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 Turnbull, Frydenberg and Abbott's electorates back 50% renewables target


Shinzo Abe secures strong mandate in Japan's general election

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 11:33:28 GMT

The Japanese prime minister?€?s hard line on North Korea helped him to crush opposition parties, according to exit polls

Japan?€?s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has secured a strong mandate for his hard line against North Korea and room to push for revision of the country?€?s pacifist constitution after his party crushed untested opposition parties in Sunday?€?s general election.

Abe?€?s Liberal Democratic party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner Komeito were on course to win 311 seats, keeping its two-thirds ?€?supermajority?€? in the 465-member lower house, an exit poll by TBS television showed. Some other broadcasters had the ruling bloc slightly below the two-thirds mark.

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 Shinzo Abe secures strong mandate in Japan's general election


Spain calls on Catalans to respect its decision to impose direct rule

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:20:59 GMT

Foreign minister says government is trying to reinstate order in Catalonia following unilateral independence referendum

The Spanish government has called on people in Catalonia to respect its decision to strip the Catalan government of its autonomy and impose direct rule from Madrid as it embarks on an unprecedented attempt to prevent the region from seceding.

On Saturday, the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said he was invoking article 155 of the constitution to ?€?restore the rule of law, coexistence and the economic recovery and to ensure that elections could be held in normal circumstances?€?.

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 Spain calls on Catalans to respect its decision to impose direct rule


Catalan president says his people will not accept direct rule from Madrid - video

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:18:58 GMT

Carles Puigdemont says Catalans will not accept the Spanish government?€?s plans to impose direct rule on the region. He describes it as the worst attack on Catalonia?€?s institutions since General Franco?€?s 1939 to 1975 dictatorship, under which autonomy was dissolved. He says Mariano Rajoy?€?s government is acting against the democratic will of the Catalan people by refusing all offers of dialogue, and that he will call for a session of the regional parliament to debate a response to the Spanish prime minister?€?s plans. Police say 450,000 people took part in protests in Barcelona on Saturday

Catalan separatists prepare for war of attrition against Madrid

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 Catalan president says his people will not accept direct rule from Madrid - video


Protests in Barcelona against suspension of Catalan autonomy - in pictures

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 09:58:22 GMT

Supporters of Catalan independence rallied on Saturday night to demand the release of the jailed secessionist leaders Jordi Snchez and Jordi Cuixart after the Spanish government announced it would implement article 155 to impose direct rule from Madrid

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 Protests in Barcelona against suspension of Catalan autonomy - in pictures


Russia accused of supplying Taliban as power shifts create strange bedfellows

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 07:00:45 GMT

An Afghan army commander is the latest to allege that Moscow is providing arms to the Islamist group that grew out of the 1980s anti-Soviet resistance

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 Russia accused of supplying Taliban as power shifts create strange bedfellows


Jacinda Ardern warns Australians could lose New Zealand study rights

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 02:37:12 GMT

Incoming PM says if Malcolm Turnbull restricts New Zealanders?€? access to universities ?€?there will be flow-on effects?€?

The incoming New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, hopes the Turnbull government does not go ahead and restrict New Zealanders from university courses in Australia as she may be forced to end a reciprocal arrangement.

Ardern told Sky News on Sunday she hoped the mutual access continued. ?€?But if we do find New Zealanders aren?€?t able to access tertiary education the same way as Australians currently do, there will be flow-on effects here,?€? she said.

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 Jacinda Ardern warns Australians could lose New Zealand study rights


Gunmen kill 13 Niger police in attack near Mali border

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 01:14:18 GMT

Attack happened close to where four US soldiers were killed in ambush on 4 October that highlighted US counter-terrorism mission

Gunmen on pick-up trucks and motorcycles coming from Mali killed 13 gendarmes and wounded five more in an attack on their base in western Niger, security sources said on Saturday.

The village is a few dozen kilometres from where militants killed four US soldiers in an ambush on 4 October that has thrown a spotlight on a US counter-terrorism mission in Niger, a country that straddles an expanse of the Sahara.

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 Gunmen kill 13 Niger police in attack near Mali border


France charges eight over alleged plot targeting politicians and mosques

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:39:07 GMT

Eight men, including three minors, charged following investigation into far right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques

France has charged eight men, including three minors, following an investigation into far right activists allegedly plotting to target politicians and mosques, prosecutors announced on Saturday in Paris.

The men, aged between 17 and 29, are accused of being party to a ?€?criminal terrorist conspiracy?€?, and of links to Logan Alexandre Nisin, a militant who was arrested near Marseille in June.

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 France charges eight over alleged plot targeting politicians and mosques


Peru legalises medical marijuana in move spurred by mother's home lab

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:57:40 GMT

Proposal to decriminalise the drug came after police raided a makeshift laboratory where a group of women made cannabis oil for their sick children

Lawmakers in Peru have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill to legalise medical marijuana, allowing cannabis oil to be locally produced, imported and sold.

With a vote of 68-5, Peru?€?s Congress approved the bill which will be written into law in 60 days, once regulations for producing and selling cannabis have been set out.

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 Peru legalises medical marijuana in move spurred by mother's home lab


Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as 'morally wrong'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:14:22 GMT

Ministry of Health declines to endorse proposals to tackle teen pregnancy rates, with distribution of contraceptives to 15-year-olds branded an ?€?erosion of morals?€?

A row has broken out in Uganda over proposals to extend sex education to 10-year-olds and give some 15-year-olds access to family planning services.

The Ministry of Health has refused to endorse the guidelines, which were designed to tackle the country?€?s high teenage pregnancy rate, objecting that they are morally wrong and would encourage promiscuity and abortions.

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 Uganda condemns sex education for 10-year-olds as 'morally wrong'


President's iron-fist methods raise fears for future of democracy in Sierra Leone

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:00:44 GMT

March elections prefaced by misgiving as Ernest Bai Koroma?€?s failure to put party leadership to vote rekindles memories of former dictator Siaka Stevens

A unilateral decision by the president of Sierra Leone to choose his successor as leader of the ruling All People?€?s Congress has raised fears about the future of democracy in the country.

Civil society organisations, including the government watchdog group Institute for Governance Reform (IGR), have voiced concerns that Ernest Bai Koroma?€?s failure to allow party members to vote for their new leader echoes the actions of former dictator Siaka Stevens, who on standing down in 1985 ushered Joseph Momoh into office.

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 President's iron-fist methods raise fears for future of democracy in Sierra Leone


'It is a dangerous moment': Madagascar plague death toll reaches 74

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:16:44 GMT

Health officials struggle to contain spread of disease after virulent pneumonic strain infects 800 people across island since August

The first fatality of Madagascar?€?s deadly plague outbreak - which has now claimed at least 74 lives - initially went unnoticed.

In late August, according to researchers with the World Health Organization (WHO), a 31-year-old man was visiting the island?€?s central highlands when he developed what appeared to be the symptoms of malaria.

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 'It is a dangerous moment': Madagascar plague death toll reaches 74


'Absolutely unacceptable': UK accused of failing to protect domestic workers

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:00:15 GMT

Campaigners warn foreign workers continue to suffer abuse and exploitation in UK households after failure of safeguards designed to protect them

Campaigners have warned that thousands of foreign domestic workers remain enslaved behind the closed doors of some of Britain?€?s wealthiest neighbourhoods after the government failed to implement safeguards designed to protect them from abusive and exploitative employers.

In the past year, the Home Office has issued 18,950 visas under its domestic workers in private households scheme, which allows foreign families to bring domestic staff with them when staying in the UK.

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 'Absolutely unacceptable': UK accused of failing to protect domestic workers


'Unconscionable': 7,000 babies die daily despite record low for child mortality

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 23:24:24 GMT

Research shows that, despite ?€?remarkable progress?€? on child mortality, many of the 5.6 million deaths last year among children aged under five were preventable

The number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday has fallen to an all-time low, yet children around the world continue to die at an alarming rate, with 5.6 million deaths recorded last year.

In its annual report on child mortality, the UN said many of the deaths - which averaged 15,000 a day in 2016 - were from preventable diseases.

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 'Unconscionable': 7,000 babies die daily despite record low for child mortality


For the price of a few warships, we could end slavery once and for all

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:29:07 GMT

With fewer slaves in the world today than there have ever been, it would cost just 650 a head to usher it into extinction - so why hasn?€?t that happened?

How much will it cost to end slavery? About 26.7bn, the cost of five and a half aircraft carriers or the current market value of Snapchat. That works out to about 650 for every enslaved person.

In poor countries, where most slaves live, the cost of liberation and reintegration can be lower than this; in rich countries, it can be much higher. Unfortunately, in 2014 the world?€?s governments were spending about 95m a year on anti-slavery. That is likely to be higher today, but still far below what is needed to achieve change. If we are serious about slavery we will need to bring three key tools to the job: money, people, and knowledge.

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 For the price of a few warships, we could end slavery once and for all


Inequality threatens social stability, warns new UN population chief

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:00:01 GMT

Natalia Kanem vows to take fight for women?€?s reproductive health to boardrooms and beyond as she rues ?€?faulty and erroneous?€? Trump funding cuts

The new head of the UN population fund has vowed to be more aggressive in promoting the agency?€?s message to business that protecting women?€?s reproductive health not only saves lives, but can boost earnings.

On her first visit to London after taking up the post of executive director of the UNFPA on 3 October, Natalia Kanem said she would take the message of no deaths in childbirth, no unintended pregnancies and no violence against women and girls ?€?into the boardroom, cafeteria, wherever it is, so people understand that life-threatening consequences multiply into societal and economic consequences?€?.

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 Inequality threatens social stability, warns new UN population chief


'My dream is coming true': the Nepalese woman who rose from slavery to politics | Kate Hodal

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:00:43 GMT

Sita Chhaudry was sold as a slave at 10 years old. Starved, beaten and denied an education, she has since been elected to local government - and is determined to fight poverty and human rights abuses

Sita Chhaudry became a slave for the first time just after her 10th birthday. Almost every year over the next decade, her parents would sell her again and again to wealthy landowner families, for the small annual fee of $50 (38), to clean floors, cook meals and look after children.

As a ?€?kamlari?€? - domestic bonded labourer - Chhaudry was beaten, starved and forced to work 12-hour days for families across the country, many of whom had travelled long distances to ?€?recruit?€? a young servant as cheaply as her poor, lower-caste parents would sell her.

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 'My dream is coming true': the Nepalese woman who rose from slavery to politics | Kate Hodal


Catalan separatists prepare for war of attrition against Madrid

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:21:56 GMT

Spain?€?s government will not give way on Catalonia. The next step may ruin the province or boost the rebel cause

For years there were warnings of the impending ?€?train crash?€? in Catalonia, but nothing was done to prevent it. As a result, horrified Spaniards have now spent three weeks watching a slow-motion collision that became dramatically worse with the decision to impose direct rule from Madrid.

While leaders on both sides blame each other, there is growing anger at the inability of either to swallow their pride and take a step back. ?€?Now that we are at the cliff edge, it seems that there is no option but to step over it,?€? Fernando Garea, a veteran commentator at El Confidencial online newspaper, wrote. ?€?We can then continue arguing from the bottom of the gorge.?€?

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 Catalan separatists prepare for war of attrition against Madrid


The floodgates have opened on outing bad men | Jessica Valenti

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 10:00:20 GMT

I hope in the weeks ahead, as more of these stories come out, we can learn to listen instead of interrogate. Women have been through more than enough

Oh, you thought things couldn?€?t get worse? I?€?m sorry - have you not met 2017? As more women come forward about Harvey Weinstein, so do countless others sharing their stories of harassment and abuse by powerful - and sometimes not so powerful - men.

Whether through #metoo or new accusations and firings, it seems the floodgates have opened on outing shitty men. I suppose that?€?s a good thing - let?€?s let the truth come out, as horrible as it may be. But for a lot of women, the constant recounting of just how bad it is and can be means reliving a lot of our own worst memories.

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 The floodgates have opened on outing bad men | Jessica Valenti


Tracking Trump: president gives himself top marks for military bereavement calls

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 07:00:16 GMT

President claimed he ?€?called every family of someone who?€?s died?€? as tensions flared with sergeant?€?s relatives and later gave himself 10/10 on Puerto Rico

It was unclear exactly what Donald Trump hoped to achieve when he decided to cut a key element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - subsidies to insurance companies to help them cover those on low incomes - except perhaps a sense of pure destructive joy in damaging something his predecessor built that Republicans in Congress seemed unable to dismantle. On Saturday, he, crowed that he had ended a ?€?Dems windfall?€? for insurance companies.

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 Tracking Trump: president gives himself top marks for military bereavement calls


#metoo is raising awareness, but taking sexual abuse to court is a minefield

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 23:06:06 GMT

Attitudes to harassment may be changing, but there are still huge hurdles for women around the world wanting to take cases to court

Global fascination with the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein revelations has focused on Hollywood, as well as parallel scandals in international sport and the music industry, but the #metoo stream on Twitter has dragged attention to less glamorous workplaces, highlighting how difficult it is for women to raise these cases, even in countries with strong legislation on sexual harassment.

The outrage has already prompted women in all sectors to seek legal advice about how to pursue sexual harassment claims. ?€?We?€?re getting many more calls since the recent scandals; women are standing up in solidarity,?€? said Silvia Stanciu, an employment attorney specialising in discrimination for New York law firm Phillips & Associates.

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 #metoo is raising awareness, but taking sexual abuse to court is a minefield


After Weinstein, our trauma has turned to rage. Let's use it | Steph Harmon

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:30:03 GMT

#MeToo has women sharing their stories of sexual violence. Is this a social media blip or can it really be a watershed moment?

As I walked home through Melbourne last Friday night, two men harassed me on the street. It was nothing notable, just your garden-variety harassment that most women are used to. One denigrated my appearance audibly to the other, who turned to him, laughed, high-fived him. ?€?Good call, man!?€?

My face burned and my pace quickened, and they watched, laughing, as I walked away. Thanks, mates. Good call.

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 After Weinstein, our trauma has turned to rage. Let's use it | Steph Harmon


#MeToo: how a hashtag became a rallying cry against sexual harassment

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:13:36 GMT

Actor Alyssa Milano?€?s online call after the Harvey Weinstein revelations became a conversation about men?€?s behaviour towards women and power imbalances

It started with an expos detailing countless allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. But soon, personal stories began pouring in from women in all industries across the world, and the hashtag #MeToo became a rallying cry against sexual assault and harassment.

The movement began on social media after a call to action by the actor Alyssa Milano, one of Weinstein?€?s most vocal critics, who wrote: ?€?If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ?€?Me too?€? as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.?€?

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 #MeToo: how a hashtag became a rallying cry against sexual harassment


Was Donald Trump right to blame terrorism for rising UK crime figures?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 13:54:51 GMT

The US president got the 13% right, but not the cause - and he risks contributing to another increase: in hate crime

A US study of Donald Trump?€?s tweets this week concluded they tell you about him more than they spark deep, insightful policy debates.

But his sudden interest in the annual crime rate in England and Wales and his conflation of this week?€?s 13% jump in offences with ?€?radical Islamic terror?€? attacks in Britain is likely to fuel another ugly statistic published by the Home Office this week.

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 Was Donald Trump right to blame terrorism for rising UK crime figures?


The 7%: Jacinda Ardern joins select group of women in power

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:14:51 GMT

New Zealand?€?s new prime minister is one of 13 female heads of government in the world

Almost one month after voting day in New Zealand, 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern has become the country?€?s new prime minister. Ardern?€?s victory, which was a surprising coup for the country?€?s left, makes her New Zealand?€?s third female prime minister and its youngest leader in 150 years.

Related: How reluctant leader Jacinda Ardern charmed New Zealand

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 The 7%: Jacinda Ardern joins select group of women in power


Catalonia: what next for the independence movement?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:58:49 GMT

Spain?€?s government has said it will push ahead with suspending Catalonia?€?s autonomy after the region?€?s leader refused to abandon secession plans

A little more than two weeks after the Catalan independence referendum, which plunged Spain into its worst political crisis in 40 years, the Madrid government has announced it will take the unprecedented step of suspending Catalonia?€?s regional autonomy and imposing direct rule.

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 Catalonia: what next for the independence movement?


Daphne Caruana Galizia: We knew establishment was out to get her - family

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:00:13 GMT

Murdered investigative journalist?€?s sons tell of attempts on their mother?€?s life, and why they blame a ?€?takedown of the rule of law?€? in Malta for her death

Looking back, they had known - perhaps for a long time - that it might end like this. With hindsight, says Matthew Caruana Galizia , red-eyed from emotion and lack of sleep, it seems obvious. ?€?This wasn?€?t an aberration,?€? he says. ?€?It was a culmination.?€?

The air in the family home in the hamlet of Bidnija, half an hour?€?s drive from the Maltese capital, Valletta, is thick with grief and quiet anger. Police guard the entrance to the gravel driveway and the cast-iron gates in front of the house.

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 Daphne Caruana Galizia: We knew establishment was out to get her - family


Five former US presidents attend hurricane benefit - video

Sun, 22 Oct 2017 07:33:45 GMT

Jimmy Carter, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barack Obama appear on stage in Texas to help raise money for victims

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Storm Brian causes flooding in Ireland - video

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:47:17 GMT

The latest extreme weather event to hit Ireland is causing floods in the south-west as winds reach up to 50mph and the river Shannon bursts its banks in Limerick city. The entire country is expected to be affected by the storm later on Saturday before it passes across the Irish Sea towards Britain, where  the Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for parts of Wales and England


Storm Brian causes flooding in south-west Ireland

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Rajoy pushes to remove Catalan government and calls for regional elections - video

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 14:18:10 GMT

The Spanish government has suspended Catalonia?€?s autonomy and will introduce direct rule from next Saturday. Spain?€?s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, says he is invoking article 155 of the constitution to ?€?restore the rule of law, coexistence, the economic recovery and so that elections could be held in normal circumstances?€?. Pending senate approval next week, the government of Carles Puigdemont will be stripped of its powers, with its functions assumed by the relevant ministries in Madrid. Thousands of demonstrators are expected to take to the streets to protest against the imposition of direct rule

Spain government to impose direct rule over Catalonia

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Putin says 'Mr Trump should be respected' by the American people - video

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 13:03:27 GMT

Russia?€?s Vladimir Putin has said the US president, Donald Trump, should be respected because he has a democratic mandate. Speaking to an audience of foreign Russia scholars, Putin said an unprecedented anti-Russia campaign was being conducted in the US in which every domestic failure was being blamed on Moscow. But the Russian president said he believed the problems in his country?€?s relations with Washington could be resolved.

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'Bush embarrassed himself' says Bannon at California GOP meeting - video

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 09:18:04 GMT

Steve Bannon hits out at George W Bush in a speech at a California Republican party convention in New York. The far-right editor depicts the former president as bumbling and inept, faulting him for presiding over a 'destructive' presidency during his time in the White House. He says Bush embarrassed himself, didn?€?t know what he was talking about, and had no idea whether he was coming or going 'just like it was when he was president'

Steve Bannon blasts George Bush and calls for Republican 'revolt'

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 'Bush embarrassed himself' says Bannon at California GOP meeting - video


Hillary Clinton talks about Trump's inauguration on the Graham Norton Show - video

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 08:21:42 GMT

The almost-holder of the US presidency tells The Graham Norton Show how she didn't feel like attending Donald Trump's inauguration in her role as a former first lady, and jokes about George W Bush's reaction to her campaign rival's speech.

- Watch the entire interview on The Graham Norton Show


- Why does nobody mention that Hillary Clinton is perfectly nice?

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 Hillary Clinton talks about Trump's inauguration on the Graham Norton Show - video


Emmanuel Macron: UK is bluffing over no-deal Brexit option - video

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:02:33 GMT

French president says speculation that Theresa May could walk away from Brexit talks without a deal is ?€?noise, bluff or fake news?€?. Speaking at this week?€?s European council summit, Macron says negotiations have not even reached the halfway point and there is still ?€?a lot of progress to achieve?€?

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 Emmanuel Macron: UK is bluffing over no-deal Brexit option - video






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A tool for them long posts ..
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I wrote this tool some months ago while developing on the xPresso publishing system (NO), and has done some rewriting this week to implement further functionality.

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It won't boil your coffee or knit you a warm sweater for the winter, but it may help you to be more efficient when you're online discussing politics.
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AnoBBS - free BBS software
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For fix of existing installation, download the package, then extract progs/cFunctions.php to replace your current versions.
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AnoChat is an opensource 3DES-encrypted chat where users encrypt their messages before submit with a common known phrase, using javascript. The server does not know the key, so this is end-to-end encryption where the key is never submitted. The technology used is JX, similar to Ajax.
The chat is very simple to install and even simpler to use. It requires only a standard php distro on the server and a javascript enabled browser to function.

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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!