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Migrants travel from Nigeria to Canary Islands balanced on ship’s rudder

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 23:02:03 GMT

The three stowaways were rescued by the Spanish Coastguard in Las Palmas on Monday after an 11-day voyage

The Spanish coastguard has rescued three migrants who stowed away on a tanker that arrived in the Canary Islands from Nigeria by balancing on its rudder just above the waterline.

In a photograph distributed on Twitter by the coastguard on Monday, the three stowaways are shown perched on the rudder of the oil and chemical tanker Alithini II.

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 Migrants travel from Nigeria to Canary Islands balanced on ship’s rudder


Gangs of cybercriminals are expanding across Africa, investigators say

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 15:39:13 GMT

Online scams such as banking and credit card fraud are the most prevalent cyberthreat, says Interpol

Police and investigators fear organised gangs of fraudsters are expanding across sub-Saharan Africa, exploiting new opportunities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the global economic crisis to make huge sums with little risk of being caught.

The growth will have a direct impact on the rest of the world, where many victims of ?€?hugely lucrative?€? fraud live, senior police officials have said.

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 Gangs of cybercriminals are expanding across Africa, investigators say


Forgotten photos show how Kenyan archaeologists unearthed secrets of their own country

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 10:00:05 GMT

Exhibitions in UK and Africa rewrite history by celebrating discoveries of overlooked black excavators in colonial era

The photographs are rare, the subject choice unusual, but what the photographer captured was a common sight in the early 20th century: a team of colonised people, hard at work under a hot sun, excavating an ancient monument.

Today, without these photos, taken in Kenya in the 1940s and 50s, there would be scarcely any evidence that African Kenyans were present at archaeological digs. Their contributions and priceless finds were credited to their European bosses - and their important role in unearthing the history of their own continent has been all but forgotten.

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 Forgotten photos show how Kenyan archaeologists unearthed secrets of their own country


Tanzania drops murder charges against 24 Maasai leaders

Fri, 25 Nov 2022 12:27:35 GMT

The pastoralists had been detained over the death of a police officer during protests against government plans to evict them from ancestral land

Prosecutors in Tanzania have dropped murder charges against 24 Maasai pastoralists who were detained over the death of a police officer earlier this year.

The officer died in June during protests against government plans to evict them from their ancestral land in Loliondo, in Ngorongoro District, to make way for a conservation and a luxury hunting reserve.

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 Tanzania drops murder charges against 24 Maasai leaders


Starvation being used as a weapon of war in South Sudan, report reveals

Fri, 25 Nov 2022 10:01:50 GMT

International community urged to intervene as hundreds of thousands forced into refugee camps as homes and crops destroyed and aid workers attacked

Starvation is being used as a weapon of war by South Sudan government forces against their own citizens, an investigation has found.

Deliberate starvation tactics used by government forces and allied militia, and by opposition forces, are driving civilians out of their homes, exacerbating Africa?€?s largest refugee crisis, according to the report published on Thursday.

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 Starvation being used as a weapon of war in South Sudan, report reveals


49 people sentenced to death for mob killing in Algeria

Fri, 25 Nov 2022 05:01:21 GMT

The murder in 2021 came after a man was falsely accused of lighting deadly wildfires that he had come to help fight

An Algerian court has sentenced 49 people to death for the brutal mob killing of a painter who was suspected of starting devastating wildfires - but had actually come to help fight them, according to defence lawyers and the state news agency.

The killing in 2021 in the Kabyle region of north-east Algeria shocked the country after graphic images of it were shared on social media. It came soon after wildfires in the mountainous Berber region that killed about 90 people, including soldiers trying to tame the flames.

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Canadian man arrested for 1983 killings of two women after DNA breakthrough

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 19:05:58 GMT

Police announce arrest of suspect in pair of 40-year-old sexual assaults and slayings in Toronto

A 61-year-old Canadian man has been charged in the cold case killings of two women who were found dead in their Toronto homes within months of each other almost four decades ago.

The Toronto police chief, James Ramer, said Joseph George Sutherland, of Moosonee, Ontario, was arrested on Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in the killings of Erin Gilmour and Susan Tice in 1983.

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Mexico requests extradition of American charged in tourist death

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 17:14:38 GMT

Shanquella Robinson reportedly died while on holiday after viral video shows her being beaten, apparently by an American woman

The US is weighing an extradition request from Mexico after authorities in the country charged an American woman with murdering another US woman shown being beaten while they vacationed in a viral video.

Prosecutors in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur have not named the suspect in the death of North Carolina?€?s Shanquella Robinson, who reportedly died of a severe spinal cord or neck injury while on holiday in Mexico on 29 October.

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Tories will not reach ‘embarrassingly poor’ nature targets by 2030, Labour says

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 14:13:51 GMT

Opposition to unveil plan to reverse biodiversity loss rather than simply halting it, which is government?€?s current target

The government will not be able to achieve its nature targets by 2030, even though they are ?€?embarrassingly poor?€?, the shadow environment minister and leading wildlife groups have said.

Next week at the Cop15 biodiversity conference in Montreal, Alex Sobel will be discussing Labour?€?s ?€?science-led, joined-up plan to tackle the climate and ecological emergency?€?. The plan will aim to reverse biodiversity loss by 2030, rather than simply halting it, which is the government?€?s current target.

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 Tories will not reach ‘embarrassingly poor’ nature targets by 2030, Labour says


Barbados plans to make Tory MP pay reparations for family’s slave past

Sat, 26 Nov 2022 17:16:51 GMT

Richard Drax reported to have visited Caribbean island for meeting on next steps, including plans for former sugar plantation

The government of Barbados is considering plans to make a wealthy Conservative MP the first individual to pay reparations for his ancestor?€?s pivotal role in slavery.

The Observer understands that Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset, recently travelled to the Caribbean island for a private meeting with the country?€?s prime minister, Mia Mottley. A report is now before Mottley?€?s cabinet laying out the next steps, which include legal action in the event that no agreement is reached with Drax.

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‘The sheer scale is extraordinary’: meet the titanosaur that dwarfs Dippy the diplodocus

Sat, 26 Nov 2022 13:00:27 GMT

One of the largest creatures to have walked the Earth is to become the Natural History Museum?€?s new star attraction

It will be one of the largest exhibits to grace a British museum. In spring, the Natural History Museum in London will display the full cast of a skeleton of a titanosaur, a creature so vast it will have to be shoehorned into the 9-metre-high Waterhouse gallery.

One of the most massive creatures ever to have walked on Earth, Patagotitan mayorum was a 57-tonne behemoth that would have shaken the ground as it stomped over homelands which now form modern Patagonia. Its skeleton is 37 metres long, and 5 metres in height - significantly larger than the museum?€?s most famous dinosaur, Dippy the diplodocus, which used to loom over its main gallery.

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 ‘The sheer scale is extraordinary’: meet the titanosaur that dwarfs Dippy the diplodocus


Canadian pop star Kris Wu sentenced to 13 years in jail for rape in China

Fri, 25 Nov 2022 11:23:10 GMT

Beijing court finds Chinese-born singer raped three women in November and December 2020

A Beijing court has sentenced the Chinese-born Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in jail after finding him guilty of crimes including rape, just over a year after his arrest in China, where he was born and built a lucrative career.

The court in Chaoyang district said investigations showed that from November to December 2020, Wu, also known as Wu Yifan, raped three women.

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 Canadian pop star Kris Wu sentenced to 13 years in jail for rape in China


China police move to deter zero-Covid demonstrations and trace protesters

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 02:40:43 GMT

Police reportedly demand information from Beijing protester as show of force appears to largely prevent fresh demonstrations

Police are out in force in China to stamp out zero-Covid protests amid reports some demonstrators have been interrogated by authorities over the phone after attending the rare street gatherings in cities across the country.

On Monday police stopped and searched people at the sites of weekend protests in several Chinese cities, after a show of civil disobedience unprecedented since president Xi Jinping assumed power a decade ago.

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 China police move to deter zero-Covid demonstrations and trace protesters


Vanuatu officials turn to phone books and typewriters, one month after cyber attack

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 01:17:45 GMT

Government websites and email still offline, leading to delays in payments and services across the country

One month after a cyber-attack brought down government servers and websites in Vanuatu, frustrated officials were still using private Gmail accounts, personal laptops, pen and paper, and typewriters to run the government of the prime minister, Ishmael Kalsakau, who came into office just a few days after the crash.

The malware attack on state networks has caused delays in communication and coordination in the Pacific island nation of 314,000 people and 80 islands.

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 Vanuatu officials turn to phone books and typewriters, one month after cyber attack


New Zealand ‘suitcase’ murders: South Korea hands over 42-year-old suspect

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 00:20:53 GMT

Seoul says unidentified woman was transferred to New Zealand authorities on Monday evening

South Korea has extradited a 42-year-old murder suspect to New Zealand, two months after she was arrested over her possible connection to the discovery of the bodies of two long-dead children in abandoned suitcases in August.

South Korea?€?s justice ministry said on Tuesday the unidentified woman was handed over to New Zealand authorities on Monday evening at Incheon international airport near Seoul. The ministry said it also has provided New Zealand with unspecified ?€?important evidence?€? on the case.

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Covid’s still a big issue for China - and that’s trouble for global economy

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 16:49:34 GMT

The economic outlook for China is not good however its leaders respond to anti-lockdown protests

For much of the world there has been hope for some time that the worst economic shocks from the Covid pandemic are in the rearview mirror. In China, however, there are important reminders that risks to the world economy still remain.

Three years since the virus first spread, protests in several Chinese cities against the Beijing government?€?s strict zero-Covid policies have reignited concerns in financial markets over the economic costs of the pandemic. Global oil prices have fallen back, while the Chinese yuan and stock markets across Asia have taken a hammering.

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Chinese police out in force in attempt to deter Covid lockdown protests

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 15:19:50 GMT

Barriers erected on street where demonstrations have been held against rigid coronavirus policies

Chinese police have launched a show of force across the country in an effort to head off further protests against the government?€?s rigid zero-Covid policies and tackle what have become the most extraordinary acts of civil disobedience in the country for decades.

Dozens of police cars lined the streets around a central Beijing subway station and patrolled surrounding blocks on Monday evening, while uniformed and plain-clothed officers stood guard at station exits and stopped passersby for questioning. Hours after the scheduled start of a protest organised via encrypted messaging apps there were few apparent participants.

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 Chinese police out in force in attempt to deter Covid lockdown protests


Chinese bots flood Twitter in attempt to obscure Covid protests

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 14:07:05 GMT

Activity indicates ?€?first major failure?€? to stop government interference under ownership of Elon Musk

Twitter has been flooded with nuisance posts designed to obscure news of the coronavirus lockdown protests in China, in an apparent state-directed attempt to suppress footage of the demonstrations.

Chinese bot accounts - not operated by humans - are being used to flood the social networking service with adverts for sex workers, pornography and gambling when users search for a major city in the country, such as Shanghai or Beijing, using Chinese script.

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Australia politics live: Dutton says Coalition won’t support motion to censure Morrison - but Archer says she is ‘inclined to’

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 03:24:52 GMT

The censure motion against Scott Morrison over multiple ministries scandal will be debated in House of Representatives tomorrow. Follow the day?€?s news live

Bipartisanship cedes to brinkmanship in battle over integrity commission

Meanwhile, Mark Dreyfus is preparing to stare down the Liberals and the Greens over an amendment to the national anti-corruption commission legislation which Dreyfus says risks establishing the commission and the Liberals and Greens say will ensure it won?€?t be political.

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 Australia politics live: Dutton says Coalition won’t support motion to censure Morrison - but Archer says she is ‘inclined to’


More than 33,000 Covid fines withdrawn in NSW after adverse court ruling

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 02:58:25 GMT

Court victory by Redfern Legal Centre prompts government to cancel half of all fines issued for breaching pandemic restrictions

The New South Wales government has been forced to cancel 33,121 Covid restriction-related fines after a court case found they were too vague.

On Tuesday Revenue NSW announced it had cancelled the Covid-era fines, which is about about half of the total number of fines issued by the government for breaches of Public Health Orders during the height of pandemic restrictions.

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 More than 33,000 Covid fines withdrawn in NSW after adverse court ruling


National party ‘out of touch’ with regional Australia on Indigenous voice, campaigner says

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 02:52:51 GMT

Thomas Mayor has spent 18 months travelling around the country speaking about the Uluru statement and says rural people agree with it

A key campaigner for the yes vote says the National party is ?€?out of touch?€? with regional Australia after the party announced it would not support a referendum on the Indigenous voice to parliament.

The Torres Strait Islander man Thomas Mayor spent 18 months travelling around Australia speaking to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people about the Uluru statement and the proposal for a voice, addressing large crowds in cities and small groups in country halls.

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Jimmy Barnes to undergo surgery to address ‘constant and severe pain’ in hips and back

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 02:52:11 GMT

The 66-year-old musician postpones six months of gigs, saying ?€?stomping around stages for nearly 50 years [has] finally caught up with me?€?

Jimmy Barnes is in ?€?constant and severe pain?€? and will undergo back and hip surgery as soon as possible to address it, meaning he will postpone half a year of performances while he recovers.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the 66-year-old musician said: ?€?I?€?ve been jumping off PA?€?s and stomping around stages for nearly 50 years, but it?€?s finally caught up with me. I?€?ve had niggling back and hip issues for years, but things suddenly got a lot worse over the last few weeks and I?€?m now in constant and severe pain.

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 Jimmy Barnes to undergo surgery to address ‘constant and severe pain’ in hips and back


‘Naccflip’: Greens back down on threat to overhaul national anti-corruption commission bill

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 01:55:43 GMT

Minor party resolves to support a crossbench amendment instead of Coalition on key appointment

The national anti-corruption commission bill is set to pass after Labor successfully stared down a Greens threat to support a Coalition amendment on the appointment of the Nacc commissioner.

On Monday Guardian Australia revealed the Greens?€? threat to combine with the Coalition to require a super majority of three-quarters of the Nacc oversight committee to appoint a commissioner, in a move that could have derailed the bill.

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 ‘Naccflip’: Greens back down on threat to overhaul national anti-corruption commission bill


David Littleproud is a ‘kindergarten kid’ whose Nationals will be ‘left behind’ on voice, Noel Pearson says

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 00:00:33 GMT

Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price caught in a ?€?tragic redneck celebrity vortex?€? and ?€?punching down on other Blackfellas?€?, Cape York leader says

The Cape York leader Noel Pearson has called the National party leader, David Littleproud, a ?€?kindergarten kid?€? whose party is in danger of being ?€?left behind in history?€? after it decided to oppose an Indigenous voice to parliament.

In a blistering interview with ABC radio on Tuesday, Pearson also accused the Northern Territory Country Liberal party senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price of being drawn into a ?€?a tragic redneck celebrity vortex?€?.

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 David Littleproud is a ‘kindergarten kid’ whose Nationals will be ‘left behind’ on voice, Noel Pearson says


Owen Paterson’s lawyers admit irony of his seeking ECHR’s help

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 21:06:56 GMT

Representatives of Eurosceptic insist he had been left with no option but to appeal to European court of human rights

Lawyers for Owen Paterson have admitted the irony of the former MP bringing a case against the UK government at the European court of human rights, despite having previously called on Britain to ?€?break free?€? of the court entirely.

Representatives for Paterson, a prominent Eurosceptic Conservative who resigned last year in the midst of a lobbying scandal, issued a statement on Monday insisting he had been left with no option but to appeal to a court whose authority he had previously questioned.

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Ukraine braced for new Russian missile strikes targeting power grid as sporadic shelling of cities continues - as it happened

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 19:00:08 GMT

Ukraine officials say Russia is continuing to shell cities with no strategic aim other than to cause casualties as it prepares for new mass strikes. This live blog is closed

The Kremlin?€?s spokesperson has denied reports that Russian forces were planning to leave the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine, telling reporters they should not look for signs where there were none.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin said it welcomed a Vatican offer to provide a negotiating platform to resolve the Ukraine conflict, but that Kyiv?€?s position made this ?€?impossible?€?.

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 Ukraine braced for new Russian missile strikes targeting power grid as sporadic shelling of cities continues - as it happened


30 tonnes of cocaine seized in raids against European ‘super cartel’

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 15:59:02 GMT

Arrests made in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Dubai, including one ?€?extremely big fish?€?

A ?€?super-cartel?€? that controlled one-third of the cocaine trade in Europe has been taken down in six countries, police have said.

The EU police agency, Europol, announced that 49 suspects were arrested during the investigation, after raids in Europe and the United Arab Emirates targeting the cartel?€?s ?€?command and control centre?€? and logistics network.

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 30 tonnes of cocaine seized in raids against European ‘super cartel’


US awaits ‘serious response’ from Russia over Brittney Griner release proposal

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 14:28:14 GMT

Diplomat in Moscow says US has ?€?put a significant proposal on the table?€? in effort to free basketball star jailed on drugs conviction

The US is waiting for a ?€?serious response?€? from Russia to a series of proposals regarding the release of the basketball star Brittney Griner, a senior US diplomat said.

Elizabeth Rood, the US charge d?€?affaires in Moscow, told Russia?€?s state-owned RIA news agency that talks about freeing Griner - who was sentenced to nine years in a penal colony on charges of possessing and smuggling drugs - were ongoing. But Rood said Russia was yet to seriously engage.

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Calls for crackdown on construction in Italy after Ischia disaster

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 12:47:09 GMT

Officials warned last year more than 90% of municipalities were at risk from landslides, floods and erosion

There have been calls to limit and crack down on both legal and illegal construction in Italy after the head of the country?€?s civil protection office said more than 90% of Italian municipalities were at risk from landslides and other natural disasters.

Fabrizio Curcio made the comments in an interview with La Stampa after travelling to the southern Italian island of Ischia, where eight people including a 22-day-old baby are so far confirmed to have been killed in a landslide on Saturday.

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Pegasus spyware inquiry targeted by disinformation campaign, say experts

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 12:14:29 GMT

European parliament is investigating powerful surveillance tool used by governments around the world

Victims of spyware and a group of security experts have privately warned that a European parliament investigatory committee risks being thrown off course by an alleged ?€?disinformation campaign?€?.

The warning, contained in a letter to MEPs signed by the victims, academics and some of the world?€?s most renowned surveillance experts, followed news last week that two individuals accused of trying to discredit widely accepted evidence in spyware cases in Spain had been invited to appear before the committee investigating abuse of hacking software.

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UK condemns ‘abhorrent’ torture of death row inmate in Saudi Arabia

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 20:35:27 GMT

Foreign Office minister says case of Hussein Abo al-Kheir raised ?€?at highest level?€? and demands end to executions

The British government has condemned as ?€?abhorrent?€? what it said was the clear torture of a Jordanian national on death row in Saudi Arabia for drug offences, and demanded an end to a sudden spate of executions in the Gulf monarchy.

It was the first time the British government has made the allegation.

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OneLove armband sends ‘very divisive message’, says Qatar official

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 15:28:54 GMT

Head of World Cup organising committee says he sees rainbow armband as protest against Islamic values

The head of Qatar?€?s World Cup organising committee has accused teams who wanted to wear the OneLove armband at the World Cup of sending a ?€?very divisive message?€? to the Islamic and Arab world.

Hassan al-Thawadi?€?s comments came as the UK sports minister Stuart Andrew said he would wear the rainbow-coloured armband at the England v Wales match on Tuesday.

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Netanyahu strikes Israeli coalition deal with far-right homophobic leader

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 14:03:14 GMT

Ex-PM poised to form one of most hardline religious and nationalist governments in country?€?s history

The former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has struck a coalition deal with a far-right leader known for his homophobic rhetoric and disparaging remarks about non-Orthodox Jews, a sign of the prospective government?€?s hardline makeup.

Netanyahu?€?s Likud party announced on Sunday that the agreement named Avi Maoz, the leader of the ultra-nationalist Noam party, as a deputy minister, whose portfolio includes an office bolstering Jewish identity among Israelis.

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Iranian artists call for boycott of cultural institutions with links to regime

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 08:41:51 GMT

Art activism has increased in and outside the country since death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini

Dozens of Iranian artists have called for an international boycott of cultural institutions run by or affiliated with the Islamic Republic in protest against the regime?€?s worsening human rights abuses.

The call by artists, writers, film-makers and academics living in Iran and among its diaspora comes amid growing anti-government art activism by Iranians inside and outside the country after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

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How many migrant workers have died in Qatar? What we know about the human cost of the 2022 World Cup

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 17:12:07 GMT

This year?€?s tournament has been dominated by off-field matters. We look at the issues around the labor used to build the tournament?€?s infrastructure

The deaths of migrant workers in Qatar in the build-up to this year?€?s World Cup have drawn criticism across the world. While the tournament?€?s organizers put the official count at 40, estimates by the Guardian put the figure in the thousands. Here we explore the key questions around an issue that has tarnished the World Cup for many fans.

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Niece of Iran’s supreme leader calls on other countries to cut ties with regime

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 16:40:50 GMT

Rights activist Farideh Moradkhani releases video describing government as ?€?murderous and child-killing?€? after her arrest

A niece of Iran?€?s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has called on foreign governments to cut all links with Tehran?€?s ?€?murderous and child-killing?€? regime in a video posted online two days after she was arrested.

The video of a statement by Farideh Moradkhani, a well-known rights activist, has been circulating online after it was shared by her France-based brother Mahmoud Moradkhani on Friday. Mahmoud Moradkhani said his sister had been arrested on Wednesday after going to a prosecutor?€?s office following a summons.

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Pakistan’s Imran Khan vows to fight to ‘last drop of blood’ in first rally since being shot

Sun, 27 Nov 2022 01:42:03 GMT

Ousted PM calls off march on Islamabad to avoid further chaos but continues to press for early elections, possibly by pulling his PTI party out of regional assemblies

Pakistan?€?s former prime minister Imran Khan told tens of thousands of supporters on Saturday that he would fight until his ?€?last drop of blood?€? in his first public address since being shot in an assassination attempt this month.

The shooting was the latest twist in months of political turmoil that began in April when Khan was ousted by a vote of no confidence in parliament.

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Putin’s grip on regional allies loosens again after Armenia snub

Fri, 25 Nov 2022 14:08:46 GMT

Damaging optics of ?€?family?€? photo at CSTO summit highlights fragility of Russia?€?s influence in wake of war in Ukraine

Armenia has asked the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to chair peace talks with Azerbaijan in a fresh challenge to Vladimir Putin?€?s increasingly loose grip on Russia?€?s regional allies in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

The snub from a traditional ally to Putin, who had hosted an inconsequential meeting of the warring countries?€? leaders last month, comes immediately on the back of his disastrous summit with six former Soviet states.

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UK aid to Afghanistan entrenched corruption and injustice, report finds

Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:01:12 GMT

Government watchdog says 3.5bn aid in 20 years to 2020 failed to achieve aim of stabilising Afghan government

The UK?€?s 3.5bn aid to Afghanistan between 2000 and 2020 was implicated in corruption and human rights abuses and failed to achieve its primary objective of stabilising the country?€?s government, an assessment by the UK government?€?s aid watchdog has found.

Describing the two-decade aid project as the UK?€?s single most ambitious programme of state building, the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) says decisions to spend aid on counterinsurgency operations were flawed, adding that efforts to reduce gender inequality are likely to be wiped out by the Taliban.

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US blogger’s killers escape on motorbikes from Bangladeshi court

Mon, 21 Nov 2022 12:33:45 GMT

Men on death row for murder of secular writer snatched by bikers who sprayed police with chemical

Two Islamist militants who were on death row in Bangladesh for the killing of a US blogger critical of fundamentalist Islam have made a dramatic escape on motorbikes while being escorted to a court hearing in the capital, Dhaka.

The two men were among those convicted of the murder of Avijit Roy, an American-Bangladeshi writer and blogger who was hacked to death with machetes in the streets of Dhaka in 2015.

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‘We couldn’t fail them’: how Pakistan’s floods spurred fight at Cop for loss and damage fund

Sun, 20 Nov 2022 16:24:54 GMT

With the deadly devastation fresh in the world?€?s mind, Pakistan pushed for damage funds with other frontline countries

In early September, after unprecedented rainfall had left a third of Pakistan under water, its climate change minister set out the country?€?s stall for Cop27. ?€?We are on the frontline and intend to keep loss and damage and adapting to climate catastrophes at the core of our arguments and negotiations. There will be no moving away from that,?€? Sherry Rehman said.

Pakistan brought that resolve to the negotiations in Sharm el-Sheikh and, as president of the G77 plus China negotiating bloc, succeeded in keeping developing countries united on loss and damage - despite efforts by some rich countries to divide them. Its chief negotiator, Nabeel Munir, a career diplomat, was backed by a team of savvy veteran negotiators who had witnessed the devastation and suffering from the floods, which caused $30bn (25bn) of damage and economic losses. Every day, Munir repeated the same message: ?€?Loss and damage is not charity, it?€?s about climate justice.?€?

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‘A remarkable man’: Anthony Albanese confirms release of Sean Turnell from Myanmar jail

Thu, 17 Nov 2022 14:12:51 GMT

PM pays tribute to foreign minister Penny Wong for diplomacy that led to freeing of Australian economist after 650 days

Anthony Albanese has paid tribute to his foreign minister Penny Wong and to regional neighbours while confirming that the economist Sean Turnell has been released from prison in Myanmar and is on his way home to Australia.

Australia?€?s prime minister spoke to Turnell - a former adviser to the democratically elected civilian government led by ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi - after arriving in Bangkok on Thursday night.

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Senior media figures call for law to stop oligarchs silencing UK journalists

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 00:01:11 GMT

Editors urge ministers to end ?€?endemic?€? use of Slapps - legal cases designed to hinder investigations

A coalition of senior journalists and editors from across the political spectrum are calling on the justice secretary, Dominic Raab, to back a proposed law to tackle the global super-rich?€?s use of ?€?abusive legal tactics to shut down investigations?€?.

More than 70 newspaper editors, publishers and media lawyers wrote to Raab on Tuesday demanding that the government take urgent action to stop oligarchs and kleptocrats from using their fortunes to exploit British courts, intimidating and silencing investigative journalists with strategic lawsuits against public participation (Slapps).

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 Senior media figures call for law to stop oligarchs silencing UK journalists


Calls for UK ban on pre-payment meter installations made under court warrants

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 00:01:11 GMT

End Fuel Poverty Coalition fears energy suppliers are using warrants to disconnect poorest ?€?by the back door?€?

Campaigners have called for an immediate ban on pre-payment meter (PPM) installations made under court warrants because of fears that energy suppliers are using them to disconnect the poorest, most indebted customers ?€?by the back door?€?.

Energy firms?€? licence conditions protect many vulnerable people from formal disconnection over the winter, but the End Fuel Poverty Coalition said transferring households on to PPMs, which require regular top-ups and charge for energy at a higher rate, often prompted people in debt to ?€?self-disconnect?€?.

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 Calls for UK ban on pre-payment meter installations made under court warrants


Social media firms face big UK fines if they fail to stop sexist and racist content

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 22:30:09 GMT

Revised online safety bill proposes fines of 10% of revenue but drops harmful communications offence

Social media platforms that breach pledges to block sexist and racist content face the threat of substantial fines under government changes to the online safety bill announced on Monday.

Under the new approach, social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter must also give users the option of avoiding content that is harmful but does not constitute a criminal offence. This could include racism, misogyny or the glorification of eating disorders.

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 Social media firms face big UK fines if they fail to stop sexist and racist content


Just Stop Oil activists face new penalties if they obstruct M25 motorway

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 22:16:35 GMT

National Highways has obtained an injunction to ?€?prevent unlawful protests?€? until November 2023

A high court injunction has been granted that would impose fresh penalties on Just Stop Oil activists for demonstrating on the country?€?s busiest motorway until November next year.

National Highways said it had secured the civil order to ?€?prevent unlawful protests?€? on the M25, after a series of actions by the environmental group caused significant traffic disruption.

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 Just Stop Oil activists face new penalties if they obstruct M25 motorway


Stalker who left Claire Foy ‘terrified in her home’ illegally entered UK, court hears

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 21:43:06 GMT

Jason Penrose launched a ?€?campaign of consistent stalking?€? against The Crown actor, making her fear for her life, court told

A persistent stalker who left Claire Foy ?€?terrified in her own home?€? and fearing he would kill her and her daughter entered the UK illegally, a court has heard.

Jason Penrose, 49, launched a ?€?campaign of consistent stalking?€? and even turned up at the The Crown star?€?s home on 17 December last year and repeatedly rang the doorbell, Wood Green crown court was told on Monday.

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 Stalker who left Claire Foy ‘terrified in her home’ illegally entered UK, court hears


Rishi Sunak searches for Tory compromise over onshore wind U-turn

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 21:38:39 GMT

PM is stuck between two wings of party and at risk of Commons defeat on pro-renewables amendment

Rishi Sunak is scrambling to find a compromise on permitting onshore wind amid a growing backbench Conservative rebellion, though No 10 remains fearful of a backlash from MPs who oppose windfarms.

The U-turn on backing onshore wind projects would directly contradict a pledge by Sunak during his leadership campaign but Downing Street has sought to frame it as government policy.

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 Rishi Sunak searches for Tory compromise over onshore wind U-turn


Arizona secretary of state sues after Republican officials refuse to certify county election results

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 03:22:05 GMT

Cochise county officials have endorsed claims of voter fraud despite no evidence of any problems

Republican officials in a rural Arizona county refused on Monday to certify the results of the 2022 midterm election, despite no evidence of anything wrong with the count from earlier this month.

Some officials who have embraced voter fraud theories held out, defying a state deadline and setting the stage for a legal battle.

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 Arizona secretary of state sues after Republican officials refuse to certify county election results


Virginia candlelight vigil pays tribute to six Walmart workers killed in shooting

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 03:02:26 GMT

Governor attends Monday ceremony as Chesapeake residents mourn diverse group

Hundreds gathered on Monday in Virginia?€?s second-largest city to honor six people killed in a mass shooting at a Walmart, with the state?€?s governor pledging to confront a ?€?mental health and a behavioral health crisis?€?.

Chesapeake?€?s candlelight vigil paid tribute to a diverse group of third-shift workers, ages 16 to 70, who unloaded trucks, broke down cardboard boxes and stocked shelves in this sprawling but tight-knit community near the coast.

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 Virginia candlelight vigil pays tribute to six Walmart workers killed in shooting


Biden asks US Congress to block railroad strike that could ‘devastate economy’

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 01:24:38 GMT

With 9 December deadline fast approaching, business groups also push US government to intervene in labor dispute before holidays

Joe Biden called on Congress to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month?€?s deadline in the stalled contract talks, saying a strike would ?€?devastate our economy?€?.

Biden?€?s move comes as business groups have warned that the looming strike would hit just before the holiday season and worsen the US?€?s inflation problems.

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 Biden asks US Congress to block railroad strike that could ‘devastate economy’


Triple homicide suspect was sheriff’s deputy who drove across US to meet girl, police say

Tue, 29 Nov 2022 01:16:12 GMT

Suspect met teen online and ?€?catfished?€? her before killing three members of her family, according to officers

The suspect in a triple homicide in southern California who died in a shootout with police was a Virginia law enforcement officer who police believe drove across the country to meet a teenage girl before killing three members of her family.

Austin Lee Edwards, 28, also probably set fire to the family?€?s home in Riverside, California, on the day of the shooting on Friday before leaving with the girl, the Riverside police department said in a news release.

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 Triple homicide suspect was sheriff’s deputy who drove across US to meet girl, police say


Donald Trump ‘shied away from criticising Nick Fuentes’

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 21:53:05 GMT

Advisers wanted ex-president to distance himself from white supremacist with whom he dined but Trump feared alienating supporters - insiders

Donald Trump repeatedly refused to disavow the outspoken antisemite and white supremacist Nick Fuentes after they spoke over dinner at his Mar-a-Lago resort, rejecting the advice from advisers over fears he might alienate a section of his base, two people familiar with the situation said.

The former US president was urged publicly and privately to denounce Fuentes in the aftermath of the dinner, which included the performer Ye, previously known as Kanye West, who has also recently been propagating antisemitic remarks.

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 Donald Trump ‘shied away from criticising Nick Fuentes’


Congress returns after holiday break to face lengthy to-do list - as it happened

Mon, 28 Nov 2022 21:09:46 GMT

Here?€?s more on Arizona?€?s election controversy, from the Hill.

Maricopa residents can cast a ballot at any of the county?€?s vote centers, so poll workers print customized ballots on demand to match one of more than 12,000 ballot styles, depending on where a voter lives.

But after previously testing the printers, county officials say they began hearing at 6:30 a.m. on Election Day that some machines were printing ballots too light for tabulators to read.

Republican supervisors in Mohave County said last week that they will sign off Monday but wanted to register a protest against voting issues in Maricopa County.

In Cochise County, GOP supervisors demanded that the secretary of state prove vote-counting machines were legally certified before they will approve the election results.

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 Congress returns after holiday break to face lengthy to-do list - as it happened






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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!