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Australia commits to 2050 net zero emissions plan but with no detail and no modelling

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 04:19:25 GMT

Prime minister Scott Morrison says ?€?technology breakthroughs?€? will help country meet reductions targets but Labor calls plan a ?€?scam?€? based on a ?€?vibe?€?

The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has released the government?€?s plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050 and updated Australia?€?s 2030 projection to between 30% and 35% as he prepares to fly to Glasgow for a United Nations climate summit.

Morrison on Tuesday hailed the plan as a ?€?practical way?€? to neutralise Australia?€?s emissions by 2050 but the plan showed almost a third of the abatement task is comprised of cuts via unspecified ?€?technology breakthroughs?€? and ?€?global trends?€? while a further 20% will be achieved through unexplained offsets.

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 Australia commits to 2050 net zero emissions plan but with no detail and no modelling


Sudan coup: US condemns military takeover as protests rage into second day

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 05:38:20 GMT

Criticism of the military mounts as the UN is expected to call an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis

The United States has ?€?strongly?€? condemned the leaders of Sudan?€?s military coup as the United Nations planned an emergency meeting on the crisis and protests entered a second day.

After clashes between pro-democracy protesters and security forces left at least seven people dead on Monday, demonstrators took to the streets of the capital Khartoum again on Tuesday morning chanting ?€?Returning to the past is not an option?€?.

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 Sudan coup: US condemns military takeover as protests rage into second day


‘Dictating what is Indian’: backlash over Urdu phrase in fashion advert

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 00:32:50 GMT

Fabindia brand ad taken down after BJP claims use of Urdu was offensive to Hindu majority

Released just as festival season is kicking off across India, it looked like your average advert for festive attire. Models posed, resplendent in red and gold, showing off the newest collection by Fabindia that was said to ?€?pay homage to Indian culture?€?.

Yet, in just a matter of hours, the poster had sent convulsions through India. A boycott was called against Fabindia, a staple brand in the country, and by the end of the day the advert had been taken down after it was deemed offensive to Hinduism by members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and right-wing Hindu groups.

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 â€˜Dictating what is Indian’: backlash over Urdu phrase in fashion advert


Liverpool headteachers describe ‘sinister’ tactics of anti-vaxx protesters

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 05:00:07 GMT

Groups have entered secondary schools to serve quasi-legal documents and filmed the encounter to post on social media

Headteachers have described the ?€?sinister?€? intimidation tactics being used by protesters against the vaccination against Covid of teenagers in schools.

?€?It started with a few emails from a group calling itself Lawyers for Freedom,?€? the Guardian was told by the headteacher of one of a number of Liverpool schools that have come under pressure from anti-vaccine activists. ?€?An email is relatively easy to ignore.?€?

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 Liverpool headteachers describe ‘sinister’ tactics of anti-vaxx protesters


Halyna Hutchins mourned amid anger at Hollywood ‘cutting corners’ on sets

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 21:38:48 GMT

Somber vigil charged with subdued rage over conditions that many lower-paid crew believe were linked to cinematographer?€?s death

A public vigil for the slain cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in Los Angeles on Sunday evening served both as an unofficial memorial event and an outlet for anger over working conditions in Hollywood that many lower-paid crew believe were linked to the 42-year old mother?€?s death.

Several hundred colleagues gathered outside the local union office for the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) which represents workers on film and TV sets, who had been poised to go on strike to protest about pay, long hours and dangers on sets just days before Hutchins was fatally shot by Alec Baldwin on the New Mexico set of the desert western film Rust last week.

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 Halyna Hutchins mourned amid anger at Hollywood ‘cutting corners’ on sets


Regulating indigenous medicine in Mexico ‘could violate rights’

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 05:00:06 GMT

Academics and traditional medical groups warn against proposed legislation to grant state authority to control practice

Proposed legislation that would grant the Mexican state authority to regulate and control the practice of indigenous medicine could violate the country?€?s constitution and international conventions on the rights of ancestral communities, academics and traditional medical groups have warned.

The bill, introduced by the governing Morena party and unanimously voted through by the lower house in April, sets out to regulate and standardise traditional and complementary healthcare.

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 Regulating indigenous medicine in Mexico ‘could violate rights’


Bat ‘winning by quite a lot’ in New Zealand’s Bird of the Year contest

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 02:48:04 GMT

Trailing the bat in second place was the k?k?p? - a large, flightless parrot and the competition?€?s reigning champ from last year

New Zealand?€?s native birds have long been threatened by mammalian arrivals. Now, they are being thrashed by a mammal in the one arena that they might have expected dominance - the country?€?s annual bird of the year competition.

The election, run by Forest and Bird, allowed a surprise entry this year from the pekapeka-tou-roa, or long tailed bat, one of New Zealand?€?s only land-based native mammals. On Tuesday, Forest and Bird officials confirmed to the Guardian that the bat is winning in current polls by a considerable margin.

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 Bat ‘winning by quite a lot’ in New Zealand’s Bird of the Year contest


Rishi Sunak to scrap public sector pay freeze in autumn budget

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 21:30:50 GMT

Chancellor will also increase minimum wage, but economists warn measures not enough to counteract inflation and cuts

Rishi Sunak will end the public sector pay freeze for millions of workers and increase the national minimum wage in the budget on Wednesday, though economists warned the measures would not compensate for inflation rises and cuts to universal credit.

The chancellor is set to confirm that the yearlong ?€?pause?€? on public sector pay, which affected 2.6 million teachers, police and civil servants during the pandemic, will be lifted as the economy recovers from the pandemic.

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 Rishi Sunak to scrap public sector pay freeze in autumn budget


Hiker lost on US mountain ignored calls from rescuers because he didn’t recognise the number

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 03:09:02 GMT

Repeated attempts to contact the man missing on Mount Elbert for more than 24 hours went unanswered

A man who became lost for 24 hours while hiking on Colorado?€?s highest mountain ignored repeated phone calls from rescue teams because they came from an unknown number, authorities say.

The hiker was reported missing around 8pm on 18 October after failing to return to where he was staying, Lake county search and rescue said.

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 Hiker lost on US mountain ignored calls from rescuers because he didn’t recognise the number


First penny black stamp could fetch up to £6m at auction

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 07:30:02 GMT

Launched in 1840, Sotheby?€?s says the stamp ?€?is the most important piece of philatelic history to exist?€?

It was less than one square inch and cost just a penny but it launched a revolution in communications. Now the first ?€?penny black?€?, the postal stamp bearing an image of Queen Victoria?€?s profile, is expected to fetch up to £6m when it is sold at auction.

The stamp was a runaway success when it went on sale in 1840, allowing people to send a letter weighing up to half an ounce to any destination in the country for a flat rate of one penny. Eventually more than 68m stamps were sold.

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 First penny black stamp could fetch up to £6m at auction


Coronavirus news live: Bulgaria & Ukraine set new record Covid deaths; NZ to set vaccine mandates for 40% of workforce

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 08:24:43 GMT

Surge of Covid in east of Europe appears to continue; New Zealand will announce sweeping vaccine mandates for workers in cafes, bars, hairdressers and gyms

Headteachers have described the ?€?sinister?€? intimidation tactics being used by protesters against the vaccination against Covid of teenagers in schools.

?€?It started with a few emails from a group calling itself Lawyers for Freedom,?€? the Guardian was told by the headteacher of one of a number of Liverpool schools that have come under pressure from anti-vaccine activists. ?€?An email is relatively easy to ignore.?€?

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 Coronavirus news live: Bulgaria & Ukraine set new record Covid deaths; NZ to set vaccine mandates for 40% of workforce


Why people believe Covid conspiracy theories: could folklore hold the answer?

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 07:00:02 GMT

Researchers use AI - and witchcraft folklore - to map the coronavirus conspiracy theories that have sprung up

Researchers have mapped the web of connections underpinning coronavirus conspiracy theories, opening a new way of understanding and challenging them.

Using Danish witchcraft folklore as a model, the researchers from UCLA and Berkeley analysed thousands of social media posts with an artificial intelligence tool and extracted the key people, things and relationships.

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 Why people believe Covid conspiracy theories: could folklore hold the answer?


Heathrow says travel may not return to pre-Covid levels until 2026

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 08:02:11 GMT

Airport reports losses of £3.4bn since start of pandemic but says UK is ?€?on cusp of recovery?€?

Heathrow airport has warned that air travel may not recover to pre-Covid levels until 2026 despite improving passenger numbers in the past three months, as it reported that losses since the start of the pandemic have reached £3.4bn.

The airport said international travel could be ?€?on the cusp of a recovery?€? but it faced a ?€?long road ahead?€?.

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 Heathrow says travel may not return to pre-Covid levels until 2026


‘We are so divided now’: how China controls thought and speech beyond its borders

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 05:00:08 GMT

The arrest of a Tibetan New York city cop on spying charges plays into the community?€?s long-held suspicions that the People?€?s Republic is watching them

It was a pleasant, breezy day in late September 2020 when the FBI showed up outside the home of a man named Baimadajie Angwang. Angwang, who lived in Long Island with his wife and two-year-old daughter, was a community liaison officer with the New York police department, where his role was to build relations with the neighbourhood in the 111th precinct in Queens. He had arrived in the US in 2005, a 17-year-old asylum-seeker from a Tibetan enclave in China. He joined the marines in 2009 and served one tour in Afghanistan. And then, in 2019, he showed up at the Tibetan Community Center in Queens.

He wanted to be part of the community, Angwang told people. He was there to help Tibetan immigrant youth. He was also, according to the charges against him, in regular contact with two members of the Chinese consulate. ?€?Let them know,?€? he had told a consular official in November 2018, ?€?that you have recruited someone in the police department.?€?

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 â€˜We are so divided now’: how China controls thought and speech beyond its borders


Squid Game’s creator: ‘I’m not that rich. It’s not like Netflix paid me a bonus’

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 05:00:08 GMT

The smash hit survival drama has earned Netflix £650m. But the stress of making it cost Hwang Dong-hyuk six teeth - and he hasn?€?t been paid any extra. He reveals the family disaster that inspired his hyper-violent capitalism satire

Hwang Dong-hyuk is laughing at me from his office in Seoul. I?€?ve just asked the creator of Squid Game, Netflix?€?s smash hit show, if its astonishing success has made him rich. In the dystopian survival drama, a mysterious organisation challenges 456 players from all walks of life - each deeply in debt - to play a series of children?€?s games. Win and they go home with 4.6bn won (£28m). Lose and they get a bullet in the head.

Perhaps Hwang is now as rich as the contestant who wins the top prize? ?€?I?€?m not that rich,?€? he says. ?€?But I do have enough. I have enough to put food on the table. And it?€?s not like Netflix is paying me a bonus. Netflix paid me according to the original contract.?€? That seems unfair. After all, the 50-year-old South Korean film-maker has made hundreds of millions for his paymasters. Squid Game earlier this month overtook Bridgerton as the most successful Netflix show ever. According to leaked documents, the nine-episode run cost £15.5m to produce, which works out at £1.75m per instalment. Its return on that has been extraordinary. The series - which Netflix estimates has been watched by 142m households and boosted its subscriber figures by 4.4m - is thought to be worth £650m to the streaming service.

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 Squid Game’s creator: ‘I’m not that rich. It’s not like Netflix paid me a bonus’


‘For 18 months, I thought I was a leper’: Frankie Dettori on his cocaine ban, bulimia and banter with the Queen

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 05:00:06 GMT

He almost quit, but now the champion jockey is riding high. He discusses his second wind, racing?€?s poverty problem - and why he hopes his kids won?€?t enter the sport

All life can be found at Dettori towers. The outside looks forbiddingly formal - a huge new-build mansion, propped up by grandiose pillars, near the Suffolk racing town of Newmarket. Inside, it?€?s a different story. Frankie Dettori?€?s wife, Catherine, is chopping up chicken for the cats, dogs, kids and Dettori. Chilli, the alsatian, is mooching around, chewed-up Frisbee in his mouth, begging for a game of catch. Blue, a friend?€?s 16-week-old working cocker spaniel, is tearing chunks out of Ricky, a Romanian rescue dog three times her size, while the dachshunds Lettie and Possum try to keep up.

In the fields outside, horses and miniature donkeys are grazing happily. Catherine?€?s mother pops over for a natter. Blue?€?s owner is chatting with Catherine, while Catherine is telling me how quiet it is now that three of the five kids have left home, their pet pig has gone to pig heaven and their emus have departed for distant shores.

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 â€˜For 18 months, I thought I was a leper’: Frankie Dettori on his cocaine ban, bulimia and banter with the Queen


Life after loneliness: ‘At school, I was incredibly isolated - then I learned to build deep, thriving friendships’

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 05:00:09 GMT

I knew the pandemic meant long-haul isolation, bringing back terrible teenage memories. But friends rallied round with two-hour calls and freezing park visits

I am sure I was not the only one, when lockdown was announced last March, to wonder if I was more scared of loneliness than I was of the virus. As a disabled person, I knew I was in for the isolation long-haul. Apart from my carers and my parents, I didn?€?t see another soul - not even a stranger in a shop - for eight long weeks.

I?€?ve spent much of my adult life haunted by the spectre of a much longer period of loneliness. It has meant I am often frantically arranging meetups with friends, or other activities. At school, I was incredibly isolated; excluded, sometimes purposefully and sometimes not, from the social lives of my non-disabled peers. There was also a deeper sense - not of loneliness, really, but what I now think of as ?€?aloneness?€?. I simply didn?€?t know anyone like me, which fostered a feeling of difference, shame and segregation that still lurks under my skin.

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 Life after loneliness: ‘At school, I was incredibly isolated - then I learned to build deep, thriving friendships’


Net zero diaries: three people on the climate crisis and the UK’s response

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 05:00:06 GMT

How should the government approach the issue, and how are they willing to change their own lives?

Forty people have kept diaries about their evolving attitudes to the climate crisis and the pursuit of net zero emissions after hearing from experts across the spectrum and reading UK party manifestos. Here some of the participants detail how they expect the government to deal with the issue, and how they are willing to change their own lives.

Sharif, 46, is a homeowner from Leeds who worked for HSBC but lost his job during the pandemic

Conscious of climate change, including saying he has watched the edge of a campsite lose 2 metres to erosion in 10 years

Installed solar panels to power appliances

Cutting down meat consumption

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 Net zero diaries: three people on the climate crisis and the UK’s response


Fauna audio glasses review: fashion shades with built-in speakers

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 06:00:01 GMT

Hi-tech Bluetooth glasses come with clear or tinted lenses and range of frames, but cannot be repaired

True smart glasses may be a way off from being useful, or even wanted, but glasses that double as headphones are getting thinner, lighter and better looking. Now the Austrian firm Fauna wants to beat Bose at its own game.

The Fauna audio glasses come in a range of designs with clear and tinted lenses costing from £199 (?199/$199) - shown here in Spiro transparent brown - and unlike some competitors they can be equipped with prescription lenses and fitted to your head by an optician.

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 Fauna audio glasses review: fashion shades with built-in speakers


The Nigerian fish market where gods and commerce meet

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 06:00:00 GMT

The all-women market appoints a ?€?mother of wealth?€? to pray for their good fortune - and in this recession-hit country the role is more important than ever

Folasade Ojikutu wears a traditional white lace dress for her work at the lagoon dock behind Oluwo market in Epe. The small town is home to one of the largest and most popular fish markets in Lagos - and almost all 300 traders are women. Many are from families who have sold fish here for generations, and Ojikutu, 47, is their ?€?Iya Alaje?€?, meaning the mother or carrier of wealth.

As she strides past a small waterfront shrine, dozens of women fishing waist-deep in the water chant and hail her, calling out ?€?Aje?€?- in part a reference to the Yoruba goddess of wealth. Every day, hundreds of people travel, sometimes for hours, to buy fish at Epe market, as it is commonly known, where the spiritual and commercial merge. And the mainly women traders look to Ojikutu- who acts as an intercessor, praying for good fortune, alongside managing affairs at the market.

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 The Nigerian fish market where gods and commerce meet


Cases of police abusing role for sexual gain have risen sharply, says watchdog

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 07:54:40 GMT

IOPC says 66 officers and staff faced misconduct proceedings in England and Wales in past three years

Police officers and staff abusing their position for sexual gain is now the largest form of police corruption, a watchdog has said.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) revealed the number of cases in England and Wales had ?€?risen sharply?€? in the past three years, warning that perpetrators have ?€?no place in policing?€?.

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 Cases of police abusing role for sexual gain have risen sharply, says watchdog


David Frost says EU close to breaching Brexit deal over science programme

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 18:44:03 GMT

Minister ?€?quite concerned?€? about delay to finalising UK?€?s participation in ?80bn Horizon Europe scheme

A fresh Brexit row has been blown open with Brussels after David Frost accused the EU of being close to breaching the trade deal struck last Christmas.

He said the UK was ?€?getting quite concerned?€? about Brussels delaying ratification of the UK?€?s participation in the ?80bn (£67bn) Horizon Europe research programme, costing British scientists their place in pan-European research programmes.

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 David Frost says EU close to breaching Brexit deal over science programme


Sudan’s army seizes power in coup and detains prime minister

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 17:23:56 GMT

Military declares state of emergency and gunfire reported as protesters flood Khartoum streets

Sudan?€?s military has seized power in a coup, arrested leading civilian politicians including the prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, and declared a state of emergency as thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Khartoum in opposition.

A health ministry official said late on Monday that seven protesters had been killed and 140 people wounded after security forces fired on demonstrators. As night fell in Khartoum, witnesses described gangs of young men armed with sticks reportedly beating anyone found on the streets.

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Buzzards who came to stay bring year of acid vomit and toxic feces to small town

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 07:00:02 GMT

Dozens of vultures descended on Bunn, North Carolina, last year and nothing - not even cannon shot - looks like shifting them

Residents of a North Carolina town have spoken of their dismay after spending more than a year besieged by scores of buzzards.

The birds, which arrived in Bunn in late 2020, quickly staked out their territory in the 344-person town.

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 Buzzards who came to stay bring year of acid vomit and toxic feces to small town


Asia had hottest year on record in 2020 - UN

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 06:03:13 GMT

Every part of the region affected with extreme temperatures displacing millions of people

Asia suffered its hottest year on record in 2020, the United Nations has said ahead of the CoP26 summit, with extreme weather taking a heavy toll on the continent?€?s development.

The mean temperature pushed 1.39C above the 1981-2010 average, according to a report by the UN?€?s World Meteorological Organization.

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 Asia had hottest year on record in 2020 - UN


We’ve spent a year waiting for this 2050 plan and it’s actually just the status quo with some new speculative graphs | Katharine Murphy

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 08:00:51 GMT

To change course radically, the Coalition would have to admit that for a decade it traded the national interest for a handful of regional Queensland seats

There?€?s not a lot of good news, so for the sake of all our sanity, let?€?s start with the good news. The Morrison government has adopted a mid-century target of net zero emissions by 2050.

Now before anyone starts yelling - it is true that Australia already adopted that objective, more or less, when we signed the Paris agreement five years ago.

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 We’ve spent a year waiting for this 2050 plan and it’s actually just the status quo with some new speculative graphs | Katharine Murphy


‘The Taliban killed a midwife who refused to leave a woman in labour’

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 07:00:02 GMT

Zahra Mirzaei pioneered ?€?groundbreaking?€? maternity services in Kabul, but has been forced to flee. She says she won?€?t stop fighting for dignified care for Afghanistan?€?s women and girls

When Afghanistan?€?s first midwife-led birth centre opened in the impoverished district of Dasht-e-Barchi in western Kabul this year it was a symbol of hope and defiance.

It began receiving expectant mothers in June, just over a year after a devastating attack by gunmen on the maternity wing at the local hospital left 24 people dead, including 16 mothers, a midwife and two young children.

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 â€˜The Taliban killed a midwife who refused to leave a woman in labour’


The world was woefully unprepared for a pandemic. Let’s be ready for the next one | Elhadj As Sy

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 05:00:08 GMT

The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board is calling for a coherent action plan to counter future health emergencies

Two years ago, three months before coronavirus erupted, the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB) issued a warning to the international community that a pandemic was only a matter of time, and that the world was not prepared. Tragically, we were proved right.

After 20 months of Covid-19, with nearly five million directly attributed deaths and economic devastation, we say again that the world is not prepared. It has neither the capacity to end the current pandemic in the near future, nor to prevent the next one.

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 The world was woefully unprepared for a pandemic. Let’s be ready for the next one | Elhadj As Sy


‘Countdown to catastrophe’: half of Afghans face hunger this winter - UN

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 13:15:21 GMT

An economic crisis aggravated by conflict and drought have caused a collapse in food security since the Taliban takeover

More than half of Afghanistan?€?s population is facing acute hunger as the country has been thrown into one of the world?€?s largest food crises.

Almost 23 million Afghans will be hungry due to conflict, drought and an economic downturn that is severely affecting livelihoods and people?€?s access to food as a harsh winter looms, the UN has warned; an increase of nearly 35% compared with last year.

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 â€˜Countdown to catastrophe’: half of Afghans face hunger this winter - UN


My father’s senseless murder must be a wake-up call for Nigeria

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 11:00:37 GMT

A surgeon dedicated to his patients, Chike Akunyili was on the frontline of people?€?s suffering. We must address the problems that drove his killers to pull a trigger just because they could

On the afternoon of 28 September 2021 my father was murdered in broad daylight by Nigeria?€?s ubiquitous ?€?unknown gunmen?€?, the name given to unidentified attackers.

His killing, which happened to be on my birthday, was gruesome, cruel and senseless. As he struggled for his life no one helped or comforted him in his hour of need. Worse still, his body was robbed.

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Herbalist’s murder highlights assault on Mayan spirituality in Guatemala

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 09:45:35 GMT

Spiritual guide Domingo Choc Che was tortured and burned by neighbors who accused him of witchcraft - and advocates say Christian churches are stoking prejudice

In meetings, Domingo Choc Che was quiet and reflective, speaking up only once others had said their piece. But he would come alive when he entered the jungles of Guatemala?€?s northern Petén department, sharing his knowledge of traditional medicines with anyone who wanted to learn.

?€?He was more at ease with plants,?€? said Mónica Berger, a sociologist and anthropologist at the University of the Valley of Guatemala who worked closely with Choc Che, a member of the indigenous Maya Q?€?eqchi community.

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 Herbalist’s murder highlights assault on Mayan spirituality in Guatemala


Seeds of Sudan coup sown after fall of Omar al-Bashir

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 14:42:00 GMT

Analysis: democratic transition that followed 30 years of military rule only papered over faultlines

In 2019, in the immediate aftermath of the fall of Sudan?€?s authoritarian leader Omar al-Bashir - who had himself seized power in a military-backed coup in 1989 - the potential for fissures in the country?€?s nascent political settlement were already obvious.

As representatives of the country?€?s rebel movements sent delegations to the huge and sprawling public protests in Khartoum and students discussed the possibilities of democracy at coffee stalls set up on the pavement outside universities, the military - which had removed their backing from Bashir - was keeping a watchful eye with its soldiers manning checkpoints.

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French election polls: who is leading the race to be the next president of France?

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 09:31:16 GMT

Emmanuel Macron and the far-right hopeful Marine Le Pen look set to be joined by numerous other candidates in the French presidential election. We look at the latest polling, and introduce some of the most likely candidates

France will vote to elect a new president in April, and the jostling for position among potential candidates is well under way. The current president, Emmanuel Macron, has yet to declare his candidacy but is expected to run again. His second-round opponent from 2017, the far-right populist Marine Le Pen, has already launched her campaign. Alongside them on the ballot will be Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist candidate, Yannick Jadot, representing the Green movement, and a candidate from the centre-right, to be chosen by Les Républicains, on 4 December. The far-right TV pundit Éric Zemmour, who has no political party, could declare an outsider bid.

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Why is the idea of ‘gender’ provoking backlash the world over? | Judith Butler

Sat, 23 Oct 2021 10:29:38 GMT

Increasingly, authoritarians are likening ?€?genderism?€? to ?€?communism?€? and ?€?totalitarianism?€?

In June, the Hungarian parliament voted overwhelmingly to eliminate from public schools all teaching related to ?€?homosexuality and gender change?€?, associating LGBTQI rights and education with pedophilia and totalitarian cultural politics. In late May, Danish MPs passed a resolution against ?€?excessive activism?€? in academic research environments, including gender studies, race theory, postcolonial and immigration studies in their list of culprits. In December 2020, the supreme court in Romania struck down a law that would have forbidden the teaching of ?€?gender identity theory?€? but the debate there rages on. Trans-free spaces in Poland have been declared by transphobes eager to purify Poland of corrosive cultural influences from the US and the UK. Turkey?€?s withdrawal from the Istanbul convention in March sent shudders through the EU, since one of its main objections was the inclusion of protections for women and children against violence, and this ?€?problem?€? was linked to the foreign word, ?€?gender?€?.

The attacks on so-called ?€?gender ideology?€? have grown in recent years throughout the world, dominating public debate stoked by electronic networks and backed by extensive rightwing Catholic and evangelical organizations. Although not always in accord, these groups concur that the traditional family is under attack, that children in the classroom are being indoctrinated to become homosexuals, and that ?€?gender?€? is a dangerous, if not diabolical, ideology threatening to destroy families, local cultures, civilization, and even ?€?man?€? himself.

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 Why is the idea of ‘gender’ provoking backlash the world over? | Judith Butler


Will Ireland’s corporation tax rise see tech companies leave Dublin?

Sat, 23 Oct 2021 09:00:37 GMT

Analysts question if Dublin?€?s reputation as a leading tech hub could be undermined by new 15% tax rate

Ten years ago Dublin was nicknamed Silicon Valley?€?s ?€?home from home?€? with tech superstars including Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk queueing up to snap up office space, avail themselves of local Irish hospitality and low tax.

But while the decision of Google, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, eBay, Amazon and more recently TikTok to locate their European headquarters in the Irish capital helped cement its reputation as one of the region?€?s leading tech hubs, questions are now being asked about whether they will stay.

Earlier this month Ireland signed up to landmark reforms for a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15%, up from the current level of 12.5% set by Dublin, in the biggest shifts for the country?€?s tax system in almost 20 years.


Some analysts argued the nation?€?s economic model could be badly undermined, while the Irish finance minister, Paschal Donohoe, said earlier this year that up to ?2bn (£1.7bn) a year in tax revenue could be lost by 2025. However, there are hopes the changes might not prove as existential as they first seem.

?€?In the short to medium term, no, there won?€?t be an exodus, the change from 12.5% to 15% is not that significant,?€? said Seamus Coffey, an economist at University College Cork and former chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council.

Ireland had played hardball in global tax talks taking place between 140 countries at the OECD in Paris, following almost a decade of failure among world leaders to agree reforms that would equip the taxation regime for the digital age.

Dublin refused to join an accord earlier this year, and only relented earlier this month at the 11th hour of negotiations after securing a key concession - earlier plans calling for a minimum rate of ?€?at least?€? 15% were dropped, giving the government more certainty that it would not be ratcheted higher in future.

However, the reality is that many big tech firms never paid the 12.5% headline rate set by Ireland in the first place.

A Bloomberg investigation in 2010 showed how Google had cut its overseas tax rate to just 2.4% using an aggressive avoidance scheme dubbed the ?€?Double Irish, Dutch sandwich?€? to effectively shuffle revenues made across Europe offshore to places like Bermuda, where the tax rate was zero.

Those schemes were outlawed in 2015, giving companies five years?€? notice to comply.

However, while such arrangements undoubtedly helped attract Google and Facebook to Ireland in the noughties, they were merely the latest in a wave of more than 1,500 foreign firms - 800 of them American - lured in by the low-tax ethos of the country?€?s Industrial Development Agency since its foundation in 1949.

Before them IBM, Intel, Pfizer and Apple were shown the red carpet. For at least a decade Allergan has been making the world?€?s supply of Botox in Westport, County Mayo, on the country?€?s windswept Atlantic coast.

?€?The low tax rate started in the 1960s at zero and then went to 10%,?€? said Coffey. ?€?The point of it was never to generate corporate tax revenue, but to use relatively low corporate tax to attract the companies to set up in Ireland and let them build big factories and facilities. And then we have employment.?€?

There are other factors tempting in multinationals. Chinese-owned TikTok set up its Dublin HQ in 2018 long after the writing was on the wall for the tax avoidance loophole.

?€?Young companies focus on things that will either kill them or help them scale in the near future. Corporate tax isn?€?t one of them,?€? said Stephen McIntyre, former head of Twitter in Ireland and a partner in Frontline Ventures, a venture capital firm in Dublin and London set up to help US tech firms expand in Europe.

Joe Biden and the OECD want to promote this idea of competing on grounds other than tax, viewing the reforms as ending the ?€?race to the bottom?€? between countries.

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Protesters march in Khartoum after Sudan's military launches coup - video

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 13:15:19 GMT

Demonstrators blocked roads in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Monday after the military launched a coup, arresting leading politicians and declaring a state of emergency. Footage shows anti-military protesters chanting slogans while tyres burn in the streets.

Sudan?€?s prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, and other senior members of its transitional government have been arrested. Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who led Sudan?€?s power-sharing sovereign council, justified the seizure of power by saying infighting between the military and civilian parties threatened the country?€?s stability

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Lava streams continue to pour from La Palma volcano - in pictures

Mon, 25 Oct 2021 06:52:22 GMT

The Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to wreak havoc on the Canary island of La Palma. The eruption has continued for more than a month and is yet to show any sign of easing

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 Lava streams continue to pour from La Palma volcano - in pictures


'People will make the right judgments': Rishi Sunak questioned about not wearing a mask - video

Sun, 24 Oct 2021 11:23:35 GMT

The chancellor has refused to commit to wearing a mask inside a crowded House of Commons, as a leading government scientific adviser said ministers were mistaken to believe that vaccinations alone would keep Covid levels under control

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Iranian regional mayor is slapped in the face during inauguration - video

Sat, 23 Oct 2021 17:35:36 GMT

The new governor of a north-western Iranian province was slapped in the face by an angry man during his inauguration on Saturday in an unusual breach of security in the Islamic Republic during a ceremony attended by the country?€?s interior minister.

The new governor, Brig Gen Abedin Khorram, had taken the podium in the provincial capital of Tabriz when the man strode out from offstage and immediately swung at the official.

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Merkel hesitates over handshake with EU's Ursula von der Leyen - video

Fri, 22 Oct 2021 20:58:28 GMT

Angela Merkel, the outgoing chancellor of Germany, seemed wary of offering her hand for a full handshake with the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, at a Brussels summit. Von der Leyen instead grasped Merkel's hand by way of greeting, at what could be her compatriot's final EU summit as chancellor

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'A role model': Obama pays tribute to Angela Merkel - video

Fri, 22 Oct 2021 16:02:29 GMT

The former US president Barack Obama has paid tribute to Angela Merkel in a farewell video during what was expected to be the outgoing chancellor of Germany?€?s final meeting in Brussels. 'Thanks to you, the centre has held through many storms,' Obama said in the video aired in the summit room in the Europa building. 'So many people, girls and boys, men and women, have had a role model who they could look up to through challenging times. I know because I am one of them. Danke schön'

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Underwater footage shows La Palma volcano ash covering marine life - video

Fri, 22 Oct 2021 12:19:43 GMT

Footage shows how the Cumbre Vieja volcano eruption has affected the marine ecosystem at the lava delta. Habitats are seen covered by volcanic ash and lava landslides down to depths of 400 metres in La Palma. The delta emerged on 29 September when lava from the volcano crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on 19 September, with the eruption showing few signs of abating so far after destroying 2,000 buildings and forcing thousands to leave their homes

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