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Shocking photo of drowned father and daughter highlights migrants' border peril

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:39:10 GMT

The toddler?€?s arm was still draped around her father?€?s neck after bodies were found in the Rio Grande as they sought asylum

  • Warning: contains graphic images

The grim reality of the migration crisis unfolding on America?€?s southern border has been captured in photographs showing the lifeless bodies of a Salvadoran father and his daughter who drowned as they attempted to cross the Rio Grande into Texas.

The images, taken on Monday , show Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 26, and his daughter Valeria, lying face down in shallow water. The 23-month-old toddler?€?s arm is draped around her father?€?s neck, suggesting that she was clinging to him in her final moments.

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 Shocking photo of drowned father and daughter highlights migrants' border peril


Hong Kong protesters call on foreign leaders to raise crisis at G20

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:04:51 GMT

Demonstrators march on consulates to petition overseas governments to assist in fight against ?€?authoritarian regime?€?

Hundreds have gathered at a rally in Hong Kong and marched to foreign consulates to lobby international governments about the city?€?s political crisis during the G20 summit this week.

President Xi Jinping of China and the US president, Donald Trump, are expected to meet at the summit in Japan amid heightened trade tensions between the world?€?s two largest economies.

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 Hong Kong protesters call on foreign leaders to raise crisis at G20


Boris Johnson could ignore efforts to block no deal, says Raab

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:24:51 GMT

Ex-candidate says any motion against no-deal Brexit would have ?€?zero legal effect?€?

Boris Johnson would be able to ignore parliament?€?s efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit and blame the EU if it refuses to give the UK a better deal, one of his supporters has said.

Dominic Raab, who is backing the frontrunner after being knocked out of the leadership contest, said any motion from MPs against a no-deal Brexit would have ?€?zero legal effect?€? and could be overridden.

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 Boris Johnson could ignore efforts to block no deal, says Raab


Democrats prepare for first showdown as 2020 debates loom

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:05 GMT

Twenty candidates will take the stage over two nights this week in clash that could help whittle down a huge field

Ten of the leading Democrats competing for their party?€?s presidential nomination will face off in Miami on Wednesday for the first of two primetime debates that could help to clarify an enormous and unsettled field.

The back-to-back debates, which will air on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo, are the first of the 2020 contest and will give the 20 candidates who qualified for the events a national platform to offer their vision for the country.

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 Democrats prepare for first showdown as 2020 debates loom


Pacific nations are 'victims' of Australian and New Zealand appetite for drugs, experts say

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 23:31:43 GMT

Australia urged to take action to stop cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking from Latin America through Pacific region

Australia and New Zealand have been urged to do more to fight the drug trade across the Pacific and take responsibility for the fact that the demand for drugs in cities such as Sydney and Auckland was having devastating effects on small Pacific nations.

Drug traffickers transport cocaine and methamphetamines through Pacific nations from the US and Latin America to Australia and New Zealand, where drug users pay the highest price per gram (about A$300 or £180) for cocaine and have the highest cocaine use per capita in the world.

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 Pacific nations are 'victims' of Australian and New Zealand appetite for drugs, experts say


Super funds and investors with $34tn urge leaders to speed up climate action

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 03:17:28 GMT

Fund managers call on world leaders to bring in carbon pricing and phase out coal power ahead of G20

Superannuation funds and investors representing US$34tn in assets - nearly half of the total under management across the globe - have called on world leaders to bring in carbon pricing and phase out coal power to limit global heating to 1.5C.

Released ahead of a G20 leaders meeting in Osaka, Japan, the statement by 477 institutional investors urges world leaders to accelerate their response to the climate crisis to ensure the goals of the 2015 Paris climate deal can be met.

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 Super funds and investors with $34tn urge leaders to speed up climate action


Mueller to testify before House committees in July

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 06:40:19 GMT

Special counsel agrees to testify in open session on 17 July, chairmen of judiciary and intelligence committees say

The special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before Congress next month.

Mueller agreed to testify before the House judiciary committee and House permanent select committee on intelligence in an open session on 17 July, the chairmen of the committees announced on Tuesday, in what is likely to be the most highly anticipated congressional hearing in years.

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 Mueller to testify before House committees in July


Synthetic opioid use booms worldwide amid Africa 'crisis', UN says

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:57:08 GMT

Death in US are still rising due to fentanyl addiction, but report highlights alarming take-up of painkiller tramadol in Africa

Synthetic opioid use is booming around the world, acccording to a United Nations report that showed deaths in the United States from overdoses are still rising and a ?€?crisis?€? of tramadol use is emerging in parts of Africa.

The estimated number of people using opioids - an umbrella term for drugs ranging from opium and derivatives such as heroin to synthetics like fentanyl and tramadol - in 2017 was 56% higher than in 2016, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said in the report published on Wednesday.

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 Synthetic opioid use booms worldwide amid Africa 'crisis', UN says


Timor-Leste rejects report it is taking $16bn loan from China's Exim bank for gas project

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 04:37:17 GMT

State-owned company seeks partners to develop $50bn of untapped reserves in Timor Sea

Timor-Leste?€?s state-owned gas company has rejected reports it is set to take a $16bn loan from China?€?s Exim bank to finance the Greater Sunrise project.

The Timor-Leste government recently took majority ownership of the project after buying out its former partners - ConocoPhillips and Shell - with the aim of ensuring the gas is piped to its shores instead of Australia?€?s.

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 Timor-Leste rejects report it is taking $16bn loan from China's Exim bank for gas project


Denmark's youngest prime minister leads new leftist government

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 23:20:12 GMT

Mette Frederiksen?€?s Social Democratic party forms minority government

Denmark has became the third Nordic country this year to form a leftist government after the Social Democratic party leader, Mette Frederiksen, finalised terms for a one-party minority government. Aged 41, she becomes the country?€?s youngest ever prime minister.

?€?It is with great pleasure I can announce that, after three weeks of negotiations, we have a majority to form a new government,?€? Frederiksen said on Tuesday.

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 Denmark's youngest prime minister leads new leftist government


Phase one of US Middle East peace plan greeted with scepticism

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 17:25:51 GMT

No Israelis or Palestinians present for launch of plan that shreds decades of diplomacy

?The first phase of the Trump administration?€?s long-awaited peace plan for Israel and Palestine has been rolled out to scepticism, anger and outright derision.

A conference hall of regional officials - with no Israelis or Palestinians present - was the first to hear details of the US-brokered deal, an economic blueprint that shreds decades of diplomacy and which even its mooted financial backers seemed reluctant to embrace.

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 Phase one of US Middle East peace plan greeted with scepticism


How apartheid killed Johannesburg's cycling culture

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:30:06 GMT

Racial segregation meant cycling lost status in South Africa earlier and more intensely than in the rest of the western world

?€?The writer counted, in the space of only four minutes, 93 native cyclists riding past the Astra theatre,?€? wrote a journalist for the Star newspaper in July 1940. Standing almost 80 years later on the same corner of Louis Botha Avenue at the same time and day of the week - 6.30pm on a Monday - it is hard to imagine. The theatre is long gone and not a single cyclist is to be seen on the car-choked thoroughfare.

What happened to Johannesburg?€?s once vibrant commuter cycling culture? The dominance of the automobile marginalised the bicycle in many cities around the world through the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s but that process was accelerated in South Africa by apartheid. When policies of spatial segregation forcibly moved black people to faraway townships at the periphery of the city, the distance between work and home increased dramatically and cycling collapsed as an everyday practice.

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 How apartheid killed Johannesburg's cycling culture


Dublin disappoints: what happened to city cycling's great hope?

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:15:50 GMT

In 2013 the Irish capital was ranked among the world?€?s top 20 bike-friendly cities, but only a small part of the promised cycle network was ever built

One sunny May afternoon in Dublin, as the Spice Girls prepared to kick off their Spice World 2019 tour at Croke Park stadium, the coaches bringing their fans unwittingly sparked another reunion - the city?€?s cycle activists.

It had been two years since the direct action group I Bike Dublin had mobilised to protect cycle tracks from car parking - uniting around twice a week under the hashtag #freethecyclelanes - but as police officers directed coach drivers to park in the bike lane by Dublin Bay, blocking the track, the protesters were back.

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 Dublin disappoints: what happened to city cycling's great hope?


‘I think therefore I cycle’: 50 years of Dutch anti-car posters - in pictures

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 05:00:41 GMT

We rounded up half a century of protest posters and stickers from campaigns which helped Amsterdam become the ?€?cycle capital of the world?€?

Bike City Amsterdam by Fred Feddes and Marjolein de Lange is published by Bas Lubberhuizen

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 â€˜I think therefore I cycle’: 50 years of Dutch anti-car posters - in pictures


Humans v the city: the staggering scale of Chongqing - in pictures

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 10:00:09 GMT

Chongqing?€?s population is estimated at just below 10 million but that rises to more than 31 million if the built-up surroundings are included. Belgian photographer Kris Provoost finds that in a city so large, individuals can get lost

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 Humans v the city: the staggering scale of Chongqing - in pictures


Creature comforts: has the US's emotional support animal epidemic gone too far? - video

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:30:11 GMT

Emotional support animals, or ESAs, have exploded across the US in recent years, with rising numbers of pet owners getting their animals certified online. Unlike in the UK, ESAs have legal status in the US on a tier below traditional service animals, but the backlash has begun - with critics complaining the system is being abused by regular pet owners who want to take their animals into unsuitable public spaces. The Guardian's Richard Sprenger - animal lover but pet sceptic - meets ESA owners and their animals across North America.

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 Creature comforts: has the US's emotional support animal epidemic gone too far? - video


Woman, 93, arrested as a dying wish after being ‘good all her life’

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 20:07:54 GMT

Josie Birds said to have ?€?thoroughly enjoyed?€? gesture by Greater Manchester police

One of the UK?€?s largest police forces apparently arrested a 93-year-old woman who had committed no crime because it was her ?€?dying wish?€?.

In a tweet that received more than a thousand likes, Pam Smith wrote to Greater Manchester police to thank them for the gesture towards her grandmother, Josie Birds.

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 Woman, 93, arrested as a dying wish after being ‘good all her life’


Brexit is political poison, and it’s green policies that are suffering | Molly Scott Cato

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:00:12 GMT
The spat over VAT on solar batteries shows how Brussels-bashing is taking precedence over urgent social priorities

- Molly Scott Cato is a Green MEP

As pro-European MEPs we grow weary of the government claiming credit for European achievements while blaming Brussels for its own inaction or mismanagement. The capping of credit card charges is a sterling example. We battled for this in the European parliament while our government tried to block the move in the European council. Once passed, and finding that customers rather liked the idea of lower bills, ministers claimed the credit, suggesting that ?€?rip-off charges have no place in a modern Britain?€?.

Conversely, finger wagging at Brussels to deflect from British government failure is a well-rehearsed strategy. The latest blame game is about household solar batteries, which HMRC claims must be subject to the higher rate of VAT because of EU state aid rules. So let?€?s firmly hit the off switch on the misinformation being peddled on this issue and get to the truth of the matter.

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 Brexit is political poison, and it’s green policies that are suffering | Molly Scott Cato


Faces of war: Kurdistan’s armed struggle against Islamic State

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 07:18:33 GMT

Since March 2015, the photographer and author Joey Lawrence has had unprecedented access to Kurdish guerrilla organisations fighting Isis, embedding himself into the Iraq and Syrian civil war. His powerful portraits of the fighters give a different perspective to the conflict

We came from fire, and we will return to fire

The war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has flooded our daily news with troubling statistics of massacres and mass migrations, yet there are faces and human stories at the heart of the conflict. Joey L wrote: ?€?From Iraq, one crosses the Tigris River into war-torn Syria, and is catapulted into a worldview crafted by the guerrilla.?€?

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 Faces of war: Kurdistan’s armed struggle against Islamic State


'They wanted the American dream': reporter reveals story behind tragic photo

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 01:38:34 GMT

Julia Le Duc gives details of the father and his toddler daughter who died trying to cross the Rio Grande Warning: graphic images

Julia Le Duc is a reporter for La Jornada in Matamoros, the Mexican city directly across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas.

Her shocking photographs showing the bodies of Salvadoran migrant Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria cast a fresh spotlight on the migration crisis at America?€?s southern border. Here she describes how the images came into being.

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 'They wanted the American dream': reporter reveals story behind tragic photo


Papua New Guinea PM announces inquiry into $1.2bn government loan scandal

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 09:19:49 GMT

James Marape, prime minister for less than a month, is among those found to have engaged in ?€?improper conduct?€?

Papua New Guinea?€?s prime minister has announced a commission of inquiry into a scandalous $1.2bn loan borrowed by his predecessor?€?s government, after an ombudsman?€?s report made damning findings against nine individuals including himself.

James Marape, prime minister for less than a month after political turmoil resulted in the resignation of Peter O?€?Neill, was among those investigated by the ombudsman and found to have engaged in ?€?wrong and improper conduct?€?.

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Christopher Pyne takes job with consulting firm EY to help grow defence business

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 08:59:06 GMT

Former defence minister accepts advisory role a little more than a month after leaving parliament

The former defence minister Christopher Pyne has taken a job with consulting giant EY to help grow its defence business.

The appointment was announced little more than a month after Pyne left federal parliament. Pyne - who has held the defence and defence industry portfolios - joins EY as the firm attempts to capture a bigger portion of Australia?€?s vast and growing expenditure on defence.

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 Christopher Pyne takes job with consulting firm EY to help grow defence business


Illegal drug classifications are based on politics not science - report

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 06:00:12 GMT

Global Commission on Drug Policy calls for a reclassification of drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis

Illegal drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis should be reclassified to reflect a scientific assessment of harm, according to a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy.

The commission, which includes 14 former heads of states from countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and New Zealand, said the international classification system underpinning drug control is ?€?biased and inconsistent?€?.

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Lift 'unfair' ban on ivory trade, southern African leaders urge summit

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:09 GMT

Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia call for embargo suspension to allow sale of hugely valuable stockpiles

Southern African leaders have renewed calls for a lifting of the ban on the ivory trade as debate over the ?€?unfair?€? embargo escalates.

At a wildlife economic summit in Zimbabwe, leaders of the five countries that make up the Kavango-Zambezi conservation area - Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia - raised the issue ahead of the August conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in Geneva, Switzerland.

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 Lift 'unfair' ban on ivory trade, southern African leaders urge summit


'Most complex health crisis in history': Congo struggles to contain Ebola

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 04:00:32 GMT

Political, security and cultural complications - not least a refusal to believe that Ebola exists - have thwarted efforts to overcome DRC?€?s deadly outbreak

Moise Kitsakihu-Mbira has lost his brother, his grandson and 11 other family members to Ebola. When he himself fell sick he sought treatment in secret. His family don?€?t believe the virus exists and think a man in their village poisoned them.

Refusal to believe in the existence of Ebola is one difficulty for doctors who say the current outbreak of the deadly virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the ?€?most complex public health emergency in history?€? and warn it could drag on for months.

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 'Most complex health crisis in history': Congo struggles to contain Ebola


'I've seen terrible, terrible violence': cocaine and meth fuel crime and chaos in Fiji

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 17:59:22 GMT

The Pacific island nation best known as a holiday destination is grappling with a growing drug problem

In the early hours of a Saturday morning in the city of Nadi, on the west coast of Fiji?€?s main island, Isaiah* is sitting in a Burger King drinking Fanta through a straw and explaining how he became a drug dealer.

He started five years ago, aged 13, selling cigarettes and marijuana. Now he sells cocaine and methamphetamines.

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 'I've seen terrible, terrible violence': cocaine and meth fuel crime and chaos in Fiji


Home Office finally allows stranded mother and baby home from Pakistan

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 11:10:02 GMT

Visa decision overturned for British resident Nina Saleh, 48 hours after Guardian and others published her story

A woman who was refused a visa to return to London after travelling to Pakistan to adopt a baby has been told she can come home.

Nina Saleh has a Norwegian passport but full UK residency rights after living in London for 20 years. She was refused a visa to return home with baby Sofia three times, despite going through a stringent and lengthy adoption process in the UK with British authorities?€? involvement.

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Democratic debates 2019: everything you need to know

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 05:00:06 GMT

20 presidential hopefuls will go head-to-head in Miami on 26-27 June - but what will they discuss, and who needs it the most?

The Republican primary debates in 2015 featured 17 candidates - a number interpreted as unwieldy at best and, at worst, a bit ridiculous.

Well step aside, Republicans, because this year Democrats have gone one better. Or three better: over the next two nights 20 presidential hopefuls will have it out on stage, as they attempt to sell themselves as the one Democratic candidate to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential election.

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The USA is imprisoning people it finds undesirable. Australia has already lived this nightmare | Jason Wilson

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 04:53:52 GMT

To disestablish these camps anywhere, we need to oppose them everywhere

Australia?€?s economy is increasingly in the doldrums, but our leaders can point to a successful export of their own devising. In the US, the Trump administration is bedding down and expanding its network of punitive refugee camps. Like Australia?€?s, they have a dual function: as a deterrent to pursuing the right of political asylum, and as a political weapon.

Australia?€?s nightmare, like the USA?€?s, has been long in the making. It is a bipartisan creation. Labor, under Paul Keating, instituted the policy of mandatory detention. John Howard did much of the work of shaping it into permanent nightmare, and of turning the issue of refugees into a cudgel with which to smite political opponents.

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 The USA is imprisoning people it finds undesirable. Australia has already lived this nightmare | Jason Wilson


The Pacific is in danger of becoming a semi-narco region

Wed, 26 Jun 2019 00:44:55 GMT

Caught in the middle of a drug trafficking route, island countries are in danger of falling under the control of drug cartels

Four years ago I stood in front of a top level security conference and warned that we have just a few years to get on top of the problem of drugs being trafficked through the Pacific region or it could turn into a semi-narco region, controlled by criminal syndicates.

In the four years since I gave that speech, things have gotten worse.

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 The Pacific is in danger of becoming a semi-narco region


Kushner plan leaves Middle East deal seeming further away than ever

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:44:22 GMT

Plan demands Palestinians put a price on their surrender or risk losing even more ground

In the long, lamented history of Israeli-Palestinian peace plans, rarely have expectations been so low. As Jared Kushner took to the stage in Bahrain to effectively lay waste to decades of doctrine on how to solve the conflict, a solution seemed more out of reach than ever.

Kushner?€?s proposal has been put together by hardliners who have tossed out the rulebook and written a formula of their own serving the interests of the Israeli rightwing.

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'This is where we live our truth': visiting America's gay bars - video

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 05:00:38 GMT

The Guardian visits three gay bars in Texas, Mississippi and Indiana, where the owners and punters share how important those spaces remain for a community threatened by Trump


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Donald Trump announces new sanctions targeting Iranian leader - video

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 17:57:15 GMT

The US president has signed an executive order placing ?€?hard-hitting?€? new sanctions on Tehran amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran. Trump said the measures were a ?€?strong and proportionate response to Iran?€?s increasingly provocative actions?€? after a US drone was shot down last week

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 Donald Trump announces new sanctions targeting Iranian leader - video


What has changed since the Stonewall rebellion? - podcast

Mon, 24 Jun 2019 02:00:59 GMT

The Stonewall rebellion in 1969 started a revolution in LGBT rights in the US. Ed Pilkington revisits the story 50 years on with those who were there. Plus: Lucy Siegle on the rise of fast fashion

On the evening of 27 June 1969, gay men and their trans and lesbian peers gathered as usual at a bar called the Stonewall Inn. What followed would change the course of LGBT rights in the US and the wider world. A police raid on the bar in the early hours of the following day descended into violence as supporters came out on to the streets and stayed there defiantly.

The Guardian?€?s Ed Pilkington has tracked down some of those who took part in the rebellion and joins Anushka Asthana to discuss what happened and the growing recognition of LGBT rights in the decades that followed.

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Trump official: detained children do not need soap and blankets - video

Sun, 23 Jun 2019 13:55:34 GMT

Soap, toothbrushes and blankets are some of the items migrant children detained in the US do not need, a Trump administration official has claimed. Sarah Fabian, a lawyer for the US Department of Justice, argued at the US court of appeals for the ninth circuit that such children do not always require certain sanitary products

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Scamp the Tramp wins World's Ugliest Dog contest - video

Sat, 22 Jun 2019 14:34:49 GMT

A bug-eyed, dreadlocked pooch called Scamp the Tramp took top honours on Friday at the 31st annual World's Ugliest Dog contest. Scamp beat 18 other contestants at the event, held in Northern California. Organisers say the contest is about bringing attention to the needs of rescue dogs.

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Trump says he stopped airstrike on Iran in latest escalation of tensions - video report

Fri, 21 Jun 2019 19:56:50 GMT

Donald Trump has said the US air force was 'cocked and loaded' to attack three Iranian targets, but he withdrew the order with 10 minutes to spare after being told the airstrikes might kill as many as 150 people. The strikes were planned in retaliation for Iran shooting down an unmanned US surveillance drone

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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!