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Weather tracker: Cyclone Freddy leaves trail of devastation

Fri, 17 Mar 2023 09:00:37 GMT

Hundreds killed in Madagascar, Mozambique and Malawi in what may be longest-lasting tropical cyclone on record

Cyclone Freddy, which developed over the Indian Ocean more than a month ago, has dissipated this week, after making landfall a second time in southern Africa. The death toll had exceeded 300 across Madagascar, Mozambique, and Malawi by Thursday, with more than 700 people injured, 40 missing and 80,000 displaced.

The devastation was caused by severe flooding and landslides, which swept away roads and buried homes in mud. Power outages in Mozambique have affected small villages since last weekend, hindering rescue efforts as people await food and medical assistance.

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 Weather tracker: Cyclone Freddy leaves trail of devastation


Libyan general says 2.5 tonnes of missing uranium found near storage base

Thu, 16 Mar 2023 16:34:30 GMT

UN nuclear watchdog raised alarm hours earlier amid concerns about radiological and security risks

More than 2 tonnes of natural uranium reported missing by the UN?€?s nuclear watchdog in war-torn Libya have been found, a general in the country?€?s east has said.

Gen Khaled al-Mahjoub, the commander of eastern warlord Khalifa Haftar?€?s communications division, said the containers of uranium had been recovered barely 5km (3 miles) from where they had been stored in southern Libya, and after the International Atomic Energy Agency reported their disappearance earlier on Thursday.

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 Libyan general says 2.5 tonnes of missing uranium found near storage base


Cyclone Freddy death toll passes 200 as rescue workers warn more victims will be found

Wed, 15 Mar 2023 01:24:16 GMT

People in Malawi and Mozambique picking up the pieces after fierce storm swept through at the weekend

The death toll from Cyclone Freddy in Malawi and Mozambique has risen past 200 on Tuesday, after the record-breaking storm triggered floods and landslips.

Rescue workers warned that more victims were likely as they scoured destroyed neighbourhoods for survivors even as hopes dwindled.

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 Cyclone Freddy death toll passes 200 as rescue workers warn more victims will be found


‘Trail of war crimes’ left by DRC rebel group as recent attacks leave 300,000 displaced

Tue, 14 Mar 2023 14:20:56 GMT

After a year of murder, rape, disease and looting, aid workers ask the international community: ?€?Where the hell have you been??€?

More than 300,000 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have had to abandon their homes because of fighting between the M23 rebel group and the government last month.

According to the UN?€?s refugee agency, UNHCR, more than 800,000 people have now been displaced by the conflict since last March, and there is a humanitarian crisis that regional and international powers have allowed to fester.

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 ‘Trail of war crimes’ left by DRC rebel group as recent attacks leave 300,000 displaced


LGBTQ+ groups face crackdowns in Uganda as environment turns hostile

Tue, 14 Mar 2023 06:00:38 GMT

Activists fear a systematic ?€?witch-hunt?€? against sexual minorities by parliament, police and religious conservatives

A dramatic surge in attacks on LGBTQ+ people in Uganda has been recorded by rights groups this year, as the environment for sexual minorities turns increasingly hostile.

More than 110 people reported incidents including arrests, sexual violence, evictions and public undressing, to advocacy group Sexual Minorities Uganda (Smug) in February alone. Transgender people were disproportionately affected, said the group.

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 LGBTQ+ groups face crackdowns in Uganda as environment turns hostile


More than 100 killed as Storm Freddy returns to Mozambique and Malawi

Mon, 13 Mar 2023 21:19:12 GMT

One of the strongest storms recorded in the southern hemisphere hit region for second time in a month

Mozambique and Malawi have been left counting the cost of Tropical Storm Freddy, which killed more than 100 people, injured scores and left a trail of destruction as it ripped through southern Africa for the second time in a month over the weekend.

Freddy is one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the southern hemisphere and could be the longest-lasting tropical cyclone, according to the World Meteorological Organization.

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 More than 100 killed as Storm Freddy returns to Mozambique and Malawi


At least 15 dead after strong earthquake hits Ecuador and northern Peru

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 02:22:34 GMT

Magnitude 6.8 quake shakes area 50 miles south of Ecuador?€?s second city, Guayaquil, with one death reported so far in Peru

A strong earthquake shook southern Ecuador and northern Peru on Saturday, killing at least 15 people, trapping others under rubble, and sending rescue teams out into streets littered with debris and fallen power lines.

The US Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a magnitude of about 6.8 in the country?€?s coastal Guayas region. Its centre was about 50 miles (80km) south of Guayaquil, which has a metropolitan area of more than 3 million people.

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 At least 15 dead after strong earthquake hits Ecuador and northern Peru


Two new species of yeast named after Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips

Sat, 18 Mar 2023 21:18:36 GMT

Discoveries that could help diabetics titled in honour of activist and journalist murdered in Amazon

Scientists in Brazil have found two new species of fermenting yeasts and named them after journalist Dom Phillips and activist Bruno Pereira, the two men murdered last year in the Amazon rainforest.

The discovery came from four isolates of the Spathaspora species, according to a paper published in the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

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 Two new species of yeast named after Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips


Puerto Rico 4-5 Mexico: World Baseball Classic quarter-finals - as it happened

Sat, 18 Mar 2023 02:34:17 GMT
  • Mexico defeat Puerto Rico to reach WBC semi-finals

Puerto Rico 0-0 Mexico, top 1st inning

Lindor is in the box against Uras and takes ball one to start the game. Uras gets ahead of Lindor 1-2, Lindor fouls off a pitch and then strikes out. Uras begins his outing with a k.

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 Puerto Rico 4-5 Mexico: World Baseball Classic quarter-finals - as it happened


Mexican president blames US fentanyl crisis on ‘lack of hugs’ among families

Fri, 17 Mar 2023 19:09:32 GMT

Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador cites a lack ?€?of hugs and embraces?€? for 70,000 annual overdose deaths attributed to synthetic opioid

Mexico?€?s president has said that US families were to blame for the fentanyl overdose crisis because they don?€?t hug their kids enough.

The comment by President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador caps a week of provocative statements from him about the crisis caused by fentanyl, a synthetic opioid trafficked by Mexican cartels that has been blamed for about 70,000 overdose deaths per year in the United States.

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 Mexican president blames US fentanyl crisis on ‘lack of hugs’ among families


‘I came here to escape’: Toronto tackles caste-based discrimination in schools

Fri, 17 Mar 2023 09:30:37 GMT

Activists hopeful as Canada?€?s largest school district takes first step towards banning caste discrimination

When Vijay Puli arrived in Toronto with his wife and baby daughter, he thought they had finally left behind the discrimination, violence and social rejection they had faced in India.

Puli identifies as a Dalit, a member of a group who in India are considered to be at the very bottom rung, often deemed ?€?untouchable?€?.

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 ‘I came here to escape’: Toronto tackles caste-based discrimination in schools


Indigenous children suffer most from illegal miners’ Amazon invasion

Fri, 17 Mar 2023 09:15:36 GMT

The influx of heavily armed gangs, now being tackled by President Lula, has had a catastrophic effect on infant health

The severely malnourished Yanomami baby girl is about eight months old but weighs just 2.75kg (6lbs) - less than half the average for her age. A catheter runs into her tiny right foot, delivering a blood transfusion doctors hope will save her life.

?€?This is a really difficult moment for us,?€? says Francinete Rodrigues, the director of the Santo Antnio children?€?s hospital in Boa Vista, an institution on the frontline of an Indigenous health catastrophe Brazil?€?s president calls an attempted genocide.

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 Indigenous children suffer most from illegal miners’ Amazon invasion


Former Taiwan president to visit China in unprecedented trip

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 06:14:54 GMT

Ma Ying-jeou?€?s tour is the first since the end of the civil war in 1949 and comes amid intensifying efforts by Beijing to subsume Taiwan as a province

Ma Ying-jeou, Taiwan?€?s former president, will visit China this month in the first visit by a current or former leader since the defeated Nationalist Chinese government fled to the island at the end of the civil war in 1949.

The high profile visit has been presented by Ma and his party, the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), as a chance to boost friendly cross-strait exchanges at a time of extreme disconnection, which has been driven by Beijing?€?s plans to annex Taiwan and exacerbated by the pandemic. However it is also likely to fuel domestic political division between the KMT and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over relations with China.

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 Former Taiwan president to visit China in unprecedented trip


New Zealand foreign minister to visit counterpart in China

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 04:50:49 GMT

Nanaia Mahuta says she will raise concerns over Ukraine and human rights issues as well as ways the two countries can cooperate

New Zealand?€?s foreign minister, Nanaia Mahuta, will leave for China on Tuesday in the first visit to Beijing by a New Zealand minister since 2019.

Mahuta, who will meet her counterpart Qin Gang, said she would raise New Zealand?€?s concerns about key security challenges at the meeting, such as the ?€?illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine?€?, and advocate for outcomes reflecting New Zealand?€?s values on human rights issues.

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 New Zealand foreign minister to visit counterpart in China


‘Good old friend’: Putin offers praise for Xi ahead of first trip to Russia since Ukraine invasion

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 01:00:08 GMT

Russian president lauds Xi ahead of meeting, while Beijing calls for a ?€?rational way?€? out of the crisis

Vladimir Putin has praised ?€?good old friend?€? Xi Jinping in a newspaper article published in China on the eve of a state visit by the Chinese president that will reaffirm the leaders?€? strong ties and provide Moscow with an opportunity to emphasise that it has not been isolated by the global community.

The two leaders, who are believed to share a strong personal relationship, will meet one-on-one on Monday, followed by an informal lunch, Putin?€?s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said.

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 ‘Good old friend’: Putin offers praise for Xi ahead of first trip to Russia since Ukraine invasion


Samoa PM urges world to save Pacific people from climate crisis obliteration

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 11:00:39 GMT

Fiame Naomi Mata?€?afa pleads for action before landmark IPCC report is expected to issue ?€?final warning?€?

The world must step back from the brink of climate disaster to save the people of the Pacific from obliteration, the prime minister of Samoa has urged.

On the eve of a landmark report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which is expected to deliver a scientific ?€?final warning?€? on the climate emergency, Fiame Naomi Mata?€?afa, Samoa?€?s prime minister, issued a desperate plea for action.

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 Samoa PM urges world to save Pacific people from climate crisis obliteration


North Korea continues run of weapons tests with ballistic missile launch

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 04:55:10 GMT

Firing of short-range weapon comes as the US and South Korea stage major military drills

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile, Seoul?€?s military has said, in the fourth such weapons test in a week, which comes as South Korea and the United States stage major military drills.

?€?Our military detected one short-range ballistic missile fired from around the Tongchang-ri area in North Pyongan province at 11.05 am towards the East Sea,?€? South Korea?€?s joint chiefs of staff said on Sunday, referring to the body of water also known as the Sea of Japan.

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 North Korea continues run of weapons tests with ballistic missile launch


Australia has ‘absolutely not’ committed to join US in event of war over Taiwan, Marles says

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 02:11:55 GMT

Defence minister says Aukus deal does not include arrangement to join US in a potential future conflict with China

Australia has ?€?absolutely not?€? given the US any commitment as part of the Aukus negotiations that it would join its top security ally in a potential future war over the status of Taiwan, the deputy prime minister has said.

Richard Marles made the comment as he continued to defend Australia?€?s multi-decade plan to acquire nuclear-powered submarines, with help from the US and the UK, at a total cost of up to $368bn between now and the mid-2050s.

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 Australia has ‘absolutely not’ committed to join US in event of war over Taiwan, Marles says


Star pleads guilty to new charges of breaching Queensland casino law - as it happened

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 07:24:41 GMT

This blog is now closed.

Half of all school principals at risk of serious mental health issues

One in two principals risk serious mental health concerns amid escalating threats, violence and staff shortages in the sector, new research shows.

Our research shows abuse and intimidation towards principals and the associated health risks suffered by school leaders continues to grow and it must stop. Such a significant shift in red flag warnings in a short space of time suggests the situation is more serious than first thought. For the past 12 years we have looked at trends and this year they are stark - the scale and the rate has intensified, and we are seeing a severe escalation in stress levels.

There is an urgency in our call for action as the time to redress these concerns diminishes. We may see a mass exodus from the profession, and the implication for Australian education would be devastating.?€?

My amendments will require all new, expanded, or extended fossil fuel facilities to have net zero carbon emissions at commencement, and for the life of the facility. In this scenario:

A new gas project would be required to enter the safeguard mechanism at net zero, and stay there for its operational life.

A coalmine seeking to expand the area of its mining operations would need to ensure the expanded area operates carbon neutrally and remain that way for its operational life.

A company seeking to extend the life of a coal seam gas project would need to ensure the project is net zero from the day of the project?€?s extension and stay there for its operational life.

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 Star pleads guilty to new charges of breaching Queensland casino law - as it happened


John Howard’s 2003 march to war with Iraq appears to have taught our current parliament little

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 07:07:39 GMT

Coalition senators offered both vague laments and staunch justifications, while the Greens found an unlikely ally

As Australian politicians weighed in on the 20th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq, there was precious little proof they had absorbed any major lessons from the controversial war.

Almost as soon as the Senate opened at 10am on Monday, the Greens tried to suspend standing orders to debate a motion that ?€?in 2003, Australia was a part of a United States-led coalition which illegally invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq, with catastrophic consequences for Iraq and the broader region?€?.

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 John Howard’s 2003 march to war with Iraq appears to have taught our current parliament little


Coalition lags Labor in election promises that bolster NSW budget, official costings reveal

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 06:40:26 GMT

State Parliamentary Budget Office estimates Labor?€?s pledges would improve bottom line by $1.4bn compared to the Coalition?€?s $97.2m

Labor?€?s election promises would deliver a $1.3bn improvement to the New South Wales budget over four years compared with the Coalition?€?s promises, according to the Parliamentary Budget Office.

Assessments of the policies announced on Monday come less than a week before polls close on the state?€?s election on 25 March. Pledges made after today may alter the relative standings.

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 Coalition lags Labor in election promises that bolster NSW budget, official costings reveal


Moira Deeming vows to fight expulsion push over involvement in protest attended by neo-Nazis

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 06:32:35 GMT

Liberal MP says she has ?€?done nothing wrong?€? after Victorian opposition leader John Pesutto calls her position ?€?untenable?€?

Victorian Liberal MP Moira Deeming has vowed to fight opposition leader John Pesutto?€?s push to expel her from the Liberal party room and says she?€?s done nothing wrong after she attended a rally she claims was ?€?gate-crashed?€? by neo-Nazis.

Pesutto released a statement on Sunday night announcing he had met with Deeming to inform her he would move a motion to expel her from the parliamentary Liberal party, after she attended the rally in support of British anti-transgender activist Kellie-Jay Keen, who was speaking as part of a national tour.

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 Moira Deeming vows to fight expulsion push over involvement in protest attended by neo-Nazis


Warmer autumn than usual forecast after scorching weekend smashes Australian weather records

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 06:20:17 GMT

New highs reached in NSW, Victoria and South Australia while above-average temperatures predicted from April to June

Dozens of Australian heat records were smashed over the weekend, as the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts a warmer than average autumn ahead.

Miriam Bradbury, a senior meteorologist at the weather bureau, said many locations in New South Wales recorded their hottest March day ever on Sunday.

NSW: Wagga Wagga (39.9C), Dubbo (39.6C), Goulburn (37.6C)

Victoria: Mildura (42.5C)

South Australia: Roxby Downs (43.3C), Leigh Creek (42.3C)

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 Warmer autumn than usual forecast after scorching weekend smashes Australian weather records


Victorian doctor banned from practising for failing to ‘ensure safe care’ amid baby deaths at hospital

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 05:49:07 GMT

Tribunal makes misconduct findings against Dr Lee Gruner, saying she failed to ensure clinical services were delivered safely at Bacchus Marsh hospital

A doctor has been barred from practising medicine for 10 years for professional misconduct during a cluster of potentially preventable stillbirths and newborn baby deaths at a Victorian hospital.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Vcat) found Dr Lee Gruner failed to ensure the safe delivery of clinical services at Bacchus Marsh hospital between 2009 and 2015, during which time a number of babies were stillborn or died. The hospital was operated by Djerriwarrh Health Service at the time and Gruner was the hospital?€?s consultant medical services director.

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 Victorian doctor banned from practising for failing to ‘ensure safe care’ amid baby deaths at hospital


Russia-Ukraine war live: Xi Jinping heads to Moscow; ICC to plead for funding to pursue war crimes inquiry

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 08:27:16 GMT

China?€?s president seeks role of global peacemaker as well as Putin ally; UK co-hosts conference to raise cash to fund investigation

Associated Press reports that European Union ministers will meet today to try to finalise a plan to supply Ukraine with artillery shells, replenish their own national stocks and ramp up Europe?€?s defence industry.

The 27-nation bloc?€?s foreign and defense ministers will discuss the plan at a joint session in Brussels. Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba is due to provide an update of the latest developments in the war and set out his country?€?s military needs.

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ICC to plead for extra money to pursue Russian war crimes in Ukraine

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 05:00:13 GMT

International court?€?s prosecutor to make case at conference in London after Putin warrant issued

Karim Khan, the prosecutor of the international criminal court, will plead on Monday for extra cash to pursue Russian war crimes in Ukraine, including the potential prosecution of Vladimir Putin for overseeing the abduction of children from Ukraine to Russia.

Khan made his dramatic move against the Russian president last week ahead of a conference in London co-hosted by the UK and the Dutch government aimed at raising cash to fund the ICC?€?s war crimes investigatory work inside Ukraine. The ICC?€?s budget has not been increased even though it has 40 investigators working inside Ukraine.

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Covid has not affected people’s happiness around world, study reveals

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 00:01:06 GMT

World Happiness Report finds higher levels of benevolence in all global regions than before the pandemic

It claimed 6.7 million lives, locked down entire countries and triggered a global economic slump, but Covid-19 has not affected humankind?€?s happiness, an international study has found.

Interviews with more than 100,000 people across 137 countries found significantly higher levels of benevolence in all global regions than before the pandemic. And when asked to evaluate their lives on a scale of one to 10, people on average gave scores just as high in the 2020-22 Covid years as in 2017-19.

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UBS agrees to takeover of stricken Credit Suisse for $3.25bn

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 19:29:16 GMT

Swiss government forces through takeover at well below market value amid fears of global banking crisis

The Swiss government has forced through the takeover of stricken bank Credit Suisse by rival UBS for almost $3.25bn (2.65bn) - well below its market value - amid fears that a failure to protect depositors would trigger a new global banking crisis.

After a weekend of frantic talks, the Swiss government and the banking regulator brokered a deal once it became clear a $54bn loan to Credit Suisse from the Swiss central bank had failed to halt the precipitous slide in its share price.

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Russia-Ukraine war live: Putin visits Mariupol in first trip to occupied eastern Ukraine - as it happened

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 19:12:28 GMT

Russian president flew in by helicopter and then drove a car in several districts of the city, site of one of the war?€?s bloodiest battles


The Financial Times?€? Moscow bureau chief Max Seddon has tweeted that, according to the Kremlin, Putin visited the restored Mariupol philharmonic

Russian state media is reporting that Vladimir Putin has today visited a command post in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. Russian state-owned news agency TASS said Putin held a meeting at a military command and control post in the Russian city.

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Vladimir Putin pays surprise visit to occupied Mariupol in Ukraine

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 18:04:33 GMT

Russian president makes first trip to Donbas region since invasion, in show of defiance after ICC arrest warrant

Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the occupied Ukrainian port city of Mariupol on Saturday night in a show of defiance after the international criminal court issued an arrest warrant for him on war crimes charges.

Russian state media released footage showing the president on his first trip to Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine?€?s Donbas region since he launched a full-scale invasion last year.

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 Vladimir Putin pays surprise visit to occupied Mariupol in Ukraine


UK ambassador to Yemen took part in opening of Jordanian cigarette factory

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 12:38:34 GMT

Michael Aron praised facility part-owned by British American Tobacco at ribbon-cutting event in 2019

A UK ambassador took part in the opening ceremony of a Jordanian cigarette factory part-owned by British American Tobacco (BAT) and praised the new facility in a televised interview, in the latest example of British diplomats breaching strict guidelines against mixing with the tobacco industry overseas.

The envoy stood at the ribbon as it was cut and later appeared in promotional material on the tobacco company?€?s website, but no record of his presence at the event was kept by the British embassy in Amman because the event was not considered a ?€?formal meeting?€?.

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Palestinians enraged after Israeli forces shoot prone militant in head in Jenin

Fri, 17 Mar 2023 16:55:40 GMT

Nidal Hazem among three men and a boy killed in ?€?intelligence-based counter-terrorism activity?€?

The shooting in the head of a motionless Palestinian militant during an Israeli raid on Jenin in which three other people were killed has enraged Palestinians as images of the incident spread across social media.

Ahmad Majdalani, a member of the PLO executive committee, condemned the shooting on Thursday of Nidal Hazem, who was face down at the time. ?€?This is a crime in the full sense of the word,?€? he said.

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A bloody delusion: how Iraq war led to catastrophic aftermath in Middle East

Fri, 17 Mar 2023 13:00:41 GMT

The 2003 invasion?€?s legacy reverberates in the emboldenment of Iran, Islamic State?€?s violence and the disintegration of Syria

In Baghdad?€?s heart of power, Iraq?€?s prime minister arrives at work each day in a building once used by Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein?€?s close adviser and foreign minister. The ruins of a Saddam-era defence building still teeter next door, 20 years after an American bomb crashed through its roof at the start of the invasion.

Not far away, the green dome of the Republican Palace - built on the orders of King Faisal II, then used by Iraq?€?s dictator before being occupied by the US army - sits on top of the still-standing totem of Iraq?€?s history.

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‘It never goes away’: three Britons on how the Iraq war changed their lives

Fri, 17 Mar 2023 06:30:33 GMT

A mother whose son was killed in Basra, a senior non-commissioned officer with PTSD and a psychiatric nurse reflect 20 years on

The Iraq war left a profound mark on the UK. It forced the country to face up to its role, having initially helped rid Iraq of a brutal dictator, in the years of deadly chaos that followed. At home, meanwhile, it acted as the catalyst for one of the most popular domestic antiwar movements the country has seen.

The conflict also left many people in the UK asking: could they ever really trust their political leaders at a time of national crisis again? And could it ever be right to send young men and women to war without having first exhausted all peaceful means - and without a clear idea of what they were even meant to achieve once they got there?

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 ‘It never goes away’: three Britons on how the Iraq war changed their lives


Israeli president warns of civil war as Netanyahu rejects judicial compromise

Thu, 16 Mar 2023 16:43:02 GMT

Herzog offers alternative to far-right coalition?€?s changes but PM says it perpetuates current situation

What are the Israeli protests about and what happens next?

A compromise proposal presented by Israel?€?s president, Isaac Herzog, on controversial legislative changes has been rejected by the governing coalition, putting a swift end to hopes that the country?€?s political crisis can be immediately resolved.

In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday night, Herzog revealed what he called ?€?the people?€?s directive?€? aimed at ending the 10-week standoff between Israel?€?s new hardline government and the large protest movement opposed to the plans, which would give politicians much greater control of the judiciary.

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Brother of man executed by Saudi Arabia says F1 legitimises ‘heinous crimes’

Thu, 16 Mar 2023 09:17:27 GMT
  • Yasser al-Khayyat?€?s brother one of 81 men executed on single day
  • ?€?If you truly want to be an agent for change, end F1?€?s silence?€?

The brother of a man executed by the Saudi Arabian authorities last year has accused Formula One of being complicit in ?€?heinous crimes?€? perpetrated by the state, which he insists is using F1 to sportswash an increasingly oppressive crackdown on dissent.

When F1 returns to the Jeddah circuit this weekend it will be just over a year since the Saudi state executed 81 men in one day, shortly before last year?€?s grand prix. Afterwards the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, reported the UN believed that, of the 81 convicted of ?€?terror offences?€?, 41 were from the Shia minority who had taken part in anti-government protests, calling for greater political participation.

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Court cancels Imran Khan’s arrest warrant after clashes in Pakistan capital

Sat, 18 Mar 2023 17:57:29 GMT

Supporters of ex-prime minister and police fight outside court where he was addressing charges of unlawfully selling state gifts

A court in Islamabad has cancelled Imran Khan?€?s arrest warrant after intense clashes between police and the former prime minister?€?s supporters outside the judicial complex.

Khan officially appeared before the court in Pakistan?€?s capital on Saturday, complying with a judicial order that led to a failed attempt to arrest him on Tuesday. He is facing various legal challenges including unlawfully selling state gifts given to him by foreign dignitaries while in office from 2018 to 2022. Khan says he followed legal procedures in acquiring the gifts.

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 Court cancels Imran Khan’s arrest warrant after clashes in Pakistan capital


Myanmar is a failing state, led by a junta fuelled by Russian arms, says UN rights envoy

Wed, 15 Mar 2023 19:00:06 GMT

Civilians are being killed by Russian weapons just like in Ukraine, says special rapporteur Tom Andrews in call for global action

Myanmar is a ?€?failing state?€? and the crisis is getting exponentially worse, a UN special rapporteur for the country has warned, urging countries to adopt the same unified resolve that followed the invasion of Ukraine.

?€?The same types of weapons that are killing Ukrainians are killing people in Myanmar,?€? Tom Andrews, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, told the Guardian in an interview, citing the supply of Russian weapons to the junta since the coup two years ago. The junta relies heavily on aircraft from China and Russia, and has increasingly resorted to airstrikes to attempt to quell determined resistance forces.

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 Myanmar is a failing state, led by a junta fuelled by Russian arms, says UN rights envoy


Pakistan court orders police to halt efforts to arrest Imran Khan

Wed, 15 Mar 2023 14:00:55 GMT

High court move follows violent clashes between police and supporters outside former PM?€?s house in Lahore

A court in Pakistan has ordered police to suspend an operation to arrest Imran Khan, after violent clashes between the former prime minister?€?s supporters and law enforcement outside his house.

The vicinity of Khan?€?s residence became a battleground on Tuesday, when police arrived after a lower court in Islamabad issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for not appearing before it despite several summonses.

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Indian state to open new Asiatic lion sanctuary as numbers soar

Wed, 15 Mar 2023 11:14:07 GMT

Gujarat accused of being possessive after conservationists pleaded for more of the endangered lions to be moved to other areas

Lion conservation efforts in the Indian state of Gujarat have been so successful that a new sanctuary will be opened to house the abundant numbers of big cats.

Gir national park is home to the world?€?s only Asiatic lion population and the only place outside Africa where a lion can be seen in its natural habitat.

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Virus outbreak in West Bengal leaves 19 children dead and thousands in hospital

Wed, 15 Mar 2023 06:00:02 GMT

Indian state in crisis after adenovirus hits 12,000 people this year and families with sick children camp outside Kolkata hospital

Nineteen children have died of acute respiratory infections in West Bengal this year, and thousands more are in hospital as India grapples with an adenovirus outbreak.

More than 12,000 cases of adenovirus have been recorded in the state since January. More than 3,000 children have been admitted to hospital with severe flu-like symptoms.

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 Virus outbreak in West Bengal leaves 19 children dead and thousands in hospital


Pakistan: riot police fire teargas on crowds trying to prevent arrest of Imran Khan

Wed, 15 Mar 2023 02:27:07 GMT

It is the second time in recent weeks that police have been dispatched to serve an arrest warrant to the former prime minister

Pakistan riot police have used water cannon and teargas to push back supporters of former prime minister Imran Khan who gathered outside his house to prevent officers from arresting him.

Khan was ousted from office by a no confidence vote last year, and has been snarled in a series of legal cases as he campaigns for early elections and his return to office.

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 Pakistan: riot police fire teargas on crowds trying to prevent arrest of Imran Khan


Watchdog to block shareholder payouts if UK water companies miss targets

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 08:20:34 GMT

Ofwat says new powers will be used if firms fail to reach performance and environmental goals

The UK water regulator is to use new powers to block companies from shareholder payouts if they fail to hit performance and environmental targets.

Ofwat, which in December heavily criticised some of the country?€?s biggest suppliers over the size of dividend payments relative to their financial performance, said the new rules will also mean water companies will ?€?maintain a higher level of overall financial health?€?.

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South Swindon voters lean to Labour after ‘kick in the teeth’ Tory budget

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 06:00:03 GMT

Focus group of people living in Tory constituency suggests party?€?s electoral recovery has not emerged

Voters in a bellwether south-west England constituency are willing to back Labour at the next election as the ?€?dead-walking Conservative government?€? has failed to ease the pressure on working people and struggling public services.

In Sir Robert Buckland MP?€?s South Swindon seat, Jeremy Hunt?€?s spring budget felt like a ?€?kick in the teeth?€? as the highest earners were rewarded with a huge pensions giveaway, while the working class received no gains.

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Four in 10 NHS hospitals in England found to use outdated equipment in Lib Dem study

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 06:00:02 GMT

Party calls for urgent extra funding as it finds there are hundreds of old X-ray machines, CT scanners and radiotherapy machines in use

Four in 10 NHS hospitals in England are using outdated medical equipment including 37-year-old X-ray machines, according to research from the Lib Dems, who are calling for extra funding to replace outdated devices.

NHS hospitals are using hundreds of old X-ray machines, CT scanners and radiotherapy machines, with some dating back to the 1980s, according to research based on freedom of information requests to 69 hospital trusts. Of these, 41 said they had at least one X-ray machine that was more than 20 years old.

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 Four in 10 NHS hospitals in England found to use outdated equipment in Lib Dem study


Top police chief says Met has no ‘God-given right’ to exist without public trust

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 06:00:02 GMT

Martin Hewitt, outgoing NPCC chair, says new leader deserves time to turn things around after series of scandals

The Metropolitan police has no ?€?God-given right?€? to exist in its current size and form if it cannot regain the trust and confidence it has haemorrhaged after a series of scandals, the leader of Britain?€?s police chiefs has said.

Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chiefs?€? Council, said that the new Met commissioner, Mark Rowley, had been unflinching in taking on the challenges facing Britain?€?s biggest force and deserved time to turn it around.

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Man arrested after window smashed at Indian high commission in London

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 21:48:58 GMT

Crowds outside building believed to be supporters of a Sikh separatist movement appeared to be encouraging man?€?s actions

A man has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder after crowds gathered and a window was smashed at the Indian high commission in London.

Metropolitan police officers were called to the building in Aldwych, Westminster at about 1.50pm on Sunday, and two security guards sustained minor injuries.

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 Man arrested after window smashed at Indian high commission in London


Kwarteng: Johnson could survive Partygate grilling and lead Tories again

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 20:37:06 GMT

Ally says he would ?€?never rule out?€? former PM?€?s return as he prepares to face the privileges committee

Boris Johnson may emerge from a televised grilling next week over claims he misled parliament about Partygate unscathed and go on to lead the Conservative party again, a former cabinet minister has said.

Kwasi Kwarteng, who was made business secretary by Johnson before a short-lived stint as chancellor under Liz Truss - which ended after his notorious mini-budget - said he would ?€?never rule out?€? a return by Johnson to frontline politics.

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Florida considers ban on discussion of menstruation before sixth grade

Mon, 20 Mar 2023 03:26:31 GMT

Planned Parenthood advocates say the ?€?absurd?€? draft legislation regarding periods would present a ?€?reductive and binary view of sex?€?

Florida lawmakers are considering a draft law to strengthen state control over sex education that its sponsor says would ban any instruction in schools about menstrual cycles before the sixth grade.

The proposal comes as Florida?€?s Republican-dominated legislature, backed by Governor Ron DeSantis, has already passed a raft of laws limiting discussion in schools of gender and sexuality and reducing the emphasis on diversity in public schools.

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Trump in panic mode as he braces for likely charges in Stormy Daniels case

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 19:30:36 GMT

Manhattan district attorney expected to file criminal charges against ex-president for payment to adult film star in 2016

Donald Trump is bracing for his most legally perilous week since he left the White House, with the Manhattan district attorney likely to bring criminal charges against him over his role in paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels, as he huddled this weekend to strategize his legal and political responses.

The former US president has posted in all-caps on his Truth Social platform that he expected to be ?€?ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK?€? and called for his supporters to engage in protests - an ominous echo of his tweets urging protests in the lead-up to the January 6 US Capitol attack.

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Alex Jones reportedly concealing funds to avoid $1.5bn payout to Sandy Hook families

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 19:03:41 GMT

The conspiracy theorist was ordered to pay the families of the victims damages for claims that 2012 shooting was a hoax

Rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones appears to be moving his money to friends and family in an attempt to avoid paying out nearly $1.5bn in damages to the families of the victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, a new report reveals.

Last year, Jones was ordered to pay the huge damages following his years-long claims on his digital platform Infowars that the mass shooting was a hoax staged by the government to take away guns from Americans.

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 Alex Jones reportedly concealing funds to avoid $1.5bn payout to Sandy Hook families


Manhattan DA warns of ‘attempts to intimidate’ after Trump calls for protest

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 16:53:16 GMT

Alvin Bragg is expected to bring an indictment against Trump this week over hush payments to adult actor Stormy Daniels in 2016

The Manhattan district attorney widely expected to bring an indictment against Donald Trump this week has vowed that his staff will not be intimidated after the former US president called for his supporters to protest any action against him.

Trump triggered a flurry of frantic headlines and statements from his political allies on Saturday when he posted a message on social media claiming he was set to be arrested this Tuesday on charges of hush payments to adult actor Stormy Daniels.

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Elizabeth Warren says Fed chair ‘failed’ and calls for inquiry into bank collapse

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 16:34:04 GMT

Progressive Democrat launches offensive on politicians on the left and the right who supported Trump-era deregulation of US banks

Political fall-out in the US from the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank continued on Sunday when leftwing Senator Elizabeth Warren hit the morning talk shows and repeatedly called for an independent investigation into US bank failures and strongly criticised Federal Reserve finance officials.

The progressive Democrat from Massachusetts, who has positioned herself as a consumer protection advocate and trenchant critic of the US banking system, told CBS?€?s Face the Nation that she did not have faith in San Francisco Federal Reserve president Mary Daly or Fed chairman Jerome Powell.

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 Elizabeth Warren says Fed chair ‘failed’ and calls for inquiry into bank collapse


Body of teenager found dead near Murdaugh property to be exhumed

Sun, 19 Mar 2023 14:35:03 GMT

Death of Stephen Smith, 19, was ruled a hit-and-run but case was reopened after Murdaugh?€?s conviction of murder of wife and son

Two weeks after South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh was convicted in the brutal murders of his wife and son, the body of a teenager who was found dead on a country road near the murder scene six years earlier is now set to be exhumed.

Sandy Smith confirmed that the remains of her son Stephen, 19 at the time of his death, will undergo a private autopsy after a GoFundMe campaign raised $43,000 to pay for exhumation.

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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!