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Prince Harry wildlife NGO under fire after elephants kill three in Malawi

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 06:00:02 GMT

African Parks, of which the prince is president, is one of three parties accused of rushing a mass translocation of the mammals


Two wildlife organisations, including one headed by Prince Harry, have been accused of caring about animals more than people after three men died following an elephant translocation in Malawi.

In July, more than 250 elephants were moved from Liwonde national park in southern Malawi to the country?€?s second-largest protected area, Kasungu, in a three-way operation between Malawi?€?s national park service and the NGOs African Parks and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw).

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 Prince Harry wildlife NGO under fire after elephants kill three in Malawi


Burkina Faso’s military leader ousted in second coup this year

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 20:36:37 GMT

Army officer Captain Ibrahim Traore has overthrown Paul-Henri Damiba, eight months after he took power

Members of Burkina Faso?€?s army have seized control of state television, declaring that they had ousted military leader Paul-Henri Damiba, dissolved the government and suspended the constitution and transitional charter.

In a statement read on national television late on Friday, Captain Ibrahim Traore said a group of officers had decided to remove Damiba due to his inability to deal with a worsening Islamist insurgency. He announced that borders were closed indefinitely and that all political and civil society activities were suspended.

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 Burkina Faso’s military leader ousted in second coup this year


Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga found guilty of inciting violence

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 21:51:24 GMT

Novelist given suspended sentence after staging peaceful protest calling for political reform

Renowned Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga has been given a suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of inciting violence by staging a peaceful protest calling for political reform.

Dangarembga and co-accused Julie Barnes were convicted of participating in a public gathering with intent to incite public violence at Harare magistrates court on Thursday. The pair were also each fined 70,000 Zimbabwe dollars (200).

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 Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga found guilty of inciting violence


UK government faces court challenge in Nigerian rendition case

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 12:51:57 GMT

Family of Nnamdi Kanu granted judicial review over failure of Britain to intervene after arrest last year

The family of a British citizen who was allegedly taken to Nigeria in an act of extraordinary rendition has been granted a court hearing to challenge the UK government for not intervening in his case.

Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob), a prominent separatist movement proscribed in Nigeria, was arrested in Kenya in June last year before being transported against his will to Nigeria, where he has been held ever since.

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 UK government faces court challenge in Nigerian rendition case


Cop27: Egyptian hosts urge leaders to set aside tensions over Ukraine

Wed, 28 Sep 2022 18:01:18 GMT

Organisers call on nations to carry on crucial climate negotiations despite differences on geopolitical issues

The Egyptian hosts of the next UN climate summit have issued a plea for countries to set aside tensions and animosity over the Ukraine war for the sake of focusing on the climate crisis.

Egypt will host the Cop27 conference in Sharm El-Sheikh in November, intended as a forum for companies to fulfil the promises they made at the landmark Cop26 summit in Glasgow last year.

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 Cop27: Egyptian hosts urge leaders to set aside tensions over Ukraine


Saudi foreign minister defends role in securing Ukraine prisoner swaps

Fri, 23 Sep 2022 10:11:21 GMT

Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud decries as ?€?cynical?€? accusations his country was trying to improve its image after Khashoggi killing

It would be cynical to see Saudi Arabia?€?s efforts to secure the release of international prisoners held by Russian proxies in Ukraine as an attempt to improve the country?€?s image after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, its foreign minister has said.

Prince Faisal bin Farhan al Saud said on Friday that Riyadh had first approached the UK government in April, shortly after Aiden Aslin, a British citizen, and others were captured at Mariupol, and had acted for compassionate reasons, hoping to negotiate their release.

This story was amended on Friday 23 September 2022 to correct the name of the Saudi foreign minister.

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 Saudi foreign minister defends role in securing Ukraine prisoner swaps


Brazil football star Neymar backs far-right Bolsonaro days before election

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 17:12:26 GMT

Paris Saint-Germain forward posts video in support of far-right president, who is trailing badly in polls ahead of Sunday?€?s vote

The Brazilian football star Neymar has come out in support of President Jair Bolsonaro, three days before the far-right leader looks set to lose a bitter re-election race against his leftist rival Luiz Incio Lula da Silva.

Lounging in a gaming chair, the Paris Saint-Germain forward recorded a video singing along to a Bolsonaro jingle and making V signs with both hands to signify 22, the number of Bolsonaro?€?s party as it appears on Brazil?€?s electronic ballots.

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Canada’s Robert Munsch marathon aims to honour much-loved children’s author

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:00:36 GMT

Actor M John Kennedy will read all 75 books in a single day during Toronto?€?s Nuit Blanche art festival

Children?€?s author Robert Munsch has sold more than 82m copies of his books and entertained generations of readers with his tender and sharp sense of humour.

His stories have been translated into 45 languages, including 20 Indigenous languages and dialects. He still receives about 10,000 fan letters a year, and has two public schools named after him.

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 Canada’s Robert Munsch marathon aims to honour much-loved children’s author


Venezuela’s mining region a hotbed of sex trafficking and violence, UN says

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 09:30:35 GMT

Fact-finding mission reports brutal massacres and sexual slavery in gold-rich arc where armed gangs fight for control

Struggling to get by amid Venezuela?€?s runaway inflation, widespread shortages and rampant unemployment, a young woman left the city of San Flix for the promise of a job deep in the forests of Bolvar state.

The offer made on Facebook promised a good salary in exchange for working in a booming mining town.

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 Venezuela’s mining region a hotbed of sex trafficking and violence, UN says


Weather tracker: Typhoon Noru wreaks havoc across south-east Asia

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 08:59:17 GMT

As Hurricane Ian hits the Americas, Noru has been ripping through the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand

Hurricane Ian has been in the headlines but it is not the only storm that has been causing havoc in the past week.

On Tuesday, Typhoon Noru struck south of the city of Da Nang in Vietnam, heading westwards to Thailand. Initially a tropical storm, Noru originated in the Philippine Sea on 23 September, propagating westwards while gathering moisture and strengthening.

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 Weather tracker: Typhoon Noru wreaks havoc across south-east Asia


Eighteen Cuban migrants missing after boat sinks during Hurricane Ian

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 19:26:12 GMT

Search and rescue effort under way after vessel sank in Stock Island, in the Florida Keys, hours before hurricane made landfall

Eighteen people are missing after a boat carrying Cuban migrants sank off Florida due to Hurricane Ian, further underlining the human cost of the storm.

US border patrol said on Wednesday that it responded to a migrant landing in Stock Island, in the lower Florida Keys, Reuters said.

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 Eighteen Cuban migrants missing after boat sinks during Hurricane Ian


Hurricane Ian: more than 2m without power as Florida hit with ‘catastrophic’ wind and rain

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 07:44:29 GMT

?€?Major, major?€? storm, estimated to be 140 miles wide, sweeps inland after causing huge flooding on coast, with millions of residents in its path

Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever to strike the US mainland, has battered south-west Florida with high winds, rain and storm surges as it weakened and moved inland.

More than 2m homes and businesses were left without power as the storm swept ashore in south-west Florida on Wednesday afternoon, bringing ?€?catastrophic?€? 150mph (240km/h) winds and a deadly storm surge of up to 18ft. Hours later, the storm - estimated to be about 140 miles (225km) wide - was downgraded from a category 4 to a category 1 storm as it moved slowly north-east, causing major flooding.

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 Hurricane Ian: more than 2m without power as Florida hit with ‘catastrophic’ wind and rain


North Korea fires ballistic missiles in fourth launch in a week after naval drills

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 02:43:03 GMT

Launch follows joint military drills by South Korea, Japan and the US and visit by Kamala Harris

North Korea has fired two more ballistic missiles, South Korea?€?s military said, its fourth such launch this week as Seoul, Tokyo and Washington ramp up joint military drills.

The launch early on Saturday came after the navies of South Korea, the United States and Japan staged trilateral anti-submarine exercises on Friday for the first time in five years, and the US vice-president, Kamala Harris, made a visit to the region this week.

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 North Korea fires ballistic missiles in fourth launch in a week after naval drills


BBC accused of endangering World Service Vietnamese staff

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:41:52 GMT

Cost-cutting plan to move staff from London to Bangkok will put them at risk of abduction, reporters say

Journalists at the BBC World Service have said plans to move its Vietnamese service from London to Thailand pose a danger to press freedom.

Several reporters at the World Service raised concerns that the Vietnamese state had a history of abducting journalists from Thailand. They also suggested that BBC bosses failed to comprehend that just because both countries were in south-east Asia, it did not mean Vietnamese people were naturally at home in Thailand.

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 BBC accused of endangering World Service Vietnamese staff


Anger after Thai court rules 2014 coup leader can carry on as PM

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 12:28:46 GMT

Threats of mass protests after former general Prayuth Chan-ocha judged not to have exceeded term limit

Thailand?€?s constitutional court has allowed the prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, to remain in his job after suspending him in August while it considered whether he had overstayed his term limit.

The court ruled Prayuth, a former army general who first came to power in a military coup in 2014, had not yet reached the limit of his term, even though prime ministers are barred from serving for more than eight years under Thailand?€?s constitution. The case had been brought by opposition MPs who argued Prayuth had violated the limit.

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 Anger after Thai court rules 2014 coup leader can carry on as PM


Australia-New Zealand refugee deal: UN blames mental health toll after just 36 people take up offer

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 07:12:27 GMT

UN refugee agency says many refugees have been traumatised by years in Australian detention camps, hampering uptake of the offer

In nearly six months, just 36 people have taken up New Zealand?€?s offer to resettle refugees held in Australian detention camps such as Nauru, with UN?€?s refugee agency saying the brutality of Australia?€?s immigration regime is partly to blame.

In March 2022, Australia?€?s government accepted a longstanding offer from New Zealand to resettle up to 450 refugees from Australia?€?s regional processing centres over the next three years, at a rate of up to 150 per year. But after nearly six months, uptake has been slow - stymied by the dire mental health of prospective applicants.

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 Australia-New Zealand refugee deal: UN blames mental health toll after just 36 people take up offer


Thumbs down to ‘middle finger’ health campaign in New Zealand

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 01:37:50 GMT

Hepatitis C awareness ads that feature smiling actors raising their middle fingers are deemed too offensive to be aired

A New Zealand health campaign designed to help curb hepatitis C has hit a stumbling block after one of its advertisements showing people raising the middle finger was deemed too offensive to air.

The associate health minister, Ayesha Verrall, launched the ?€?Stick it to Hep C?€? campaign in July, to raise awareness over the virus, which kills roughly 200 New Zealanders a year.

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 Thumbs down to ‘middle finger’ health campaign in New Zealand


Could a digital twin of Tuvalu preserve the island nation before it’s lost to the collapsing climate?

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 17:30:17 GMT

With rising seas expected to submerge the nation by 2100, official says ?€?we should always be able to remember Tuvalu as it is, before it disappears?€?

When Tuvalu vanishes beneath rising seas, its diaspora still want somewhere to call home - and that could be a virtual version of the tiny Pacific nation.

Global heating is threatening to submerge Tuvalu by the end of the century, and its 12,000 inhabitants are considering the future.

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 Could a digital twin of Tuvalu preserve the island nation before it’s lost to the collapsing climate?


Peter FitzSimons to step down as ARM chair; protesters picket CPAC - as it happened

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 07:26:31 GMT

FitzSimons says a new generation is stepping up to lead republic campaign. This blog is now closed

?€?I managed to crawl right under the skin of Penny Wong?€?: Price

Price has bragged that her first speech to parliament ended in Penny Wong fleeing the chamber.

I managed to crawl right under the skin of Penny Wong.

I put it to Wong we need to co-design an Asian voice to parliament.

So that policies that affect Asian Australians can be their responsibility and any time I need expert advice on how to better improve Wong?€?s life, I can consult with the Asian voice.

I thought ?€?thank you Lord for strategically placing me after my Labor colleague to deliver my first speech?€?.

There could be no better contrast.

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 Peter FitzSimons to step down as ARM chair; protesters picket CPAC - as it happened


Peter FitzSimons to step down as ARM chair as Abetz attacks republic campaign’s ‘elitism’

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 06:50:25 GMT

The author and journalist says his exit will pave the way for younger, more diverse voices

The chairman of the Australian Republic Movement, Peter FitzSimons, has announced he will step down from the role, paving the way for younger, more diverse voices to take the reins.

But the Australian Monarchist League says a change of leadership won?€?t revive the campaign or change how ?€?elite?€? it is.

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 Peter FitzSimons to step down as ARM chair as Abetz attacks republic campaign’s ‘elitism’


Tony Abbott tells CPAC an Indigenous voice to parliament would promote ‘discrimination’

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 06:02:06 GMT

Former Australian prime minister, senator Jacinta Price and former senator Amanda Stoker attack voice at conservative conference

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has claimed the Labor government?€?s proposed Indigenous voice to parliament would ?€?institutionalise discrimination?€? in a speech to a conservative political conference that focused heavily on criticisms of the Aboriginal consultation body.

The Coalition senator and Warlpiri woman Jacinta Price, who also spoke at CPAC in Sydney, described the voice as ?€?racial separatism?€?, telling attendees they would be ?€?called a name?€? if they opposed the change. Former Liberal senator Amanda Stoker described the concept of the voice as ?€?terrifying?€?.

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 Tony Abbott tells CPAC an Indigenous voice to parliament would promote ‘discrimination’


Australian woman deported from US says border agency told her questions about abortion were policy

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 01:30:31 GMT

Madolline Gourley says a special agent in the office of professional responsibility told her the questions she was asked were in line with Customs and Border Protection procedures

An Australian woman says the US border agency told her that asking travellers about terminating a pregnancy is in line with their policies after she was detained at an airport and then deported.

Madolline Gourley says she was asked whether she?€?d had an abortion while detained at Los Angeles airport in June. It came days after Roe v Wade - the landmark court case that legalised abortion - was overturned in the United States.

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 Australian woman deported from US says border agency told her questions about abortion were policy


Victorian Greens say 30% of homes in new developments should be cheaper for first-time buyers

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 20:01:48 GMT

Party to announce election policy to build 200,000 affordable and public homes and reintroduce social housing levy on developers

A plan to build 200,000 affordable and public homes will be at the heart of the Victorian Greens election campaign, with its leader, Samantha Ratnam, claiming major parties have ?€?given up?€? on addressing the housing crisis due to their relationships with developers.

The party will on Saturday launch its election platform, proposing the reintroduction of a social housing levy on property developers and a requirement that 30% of homes in large developments are set aside for first-home owners.

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 Victorian Greens say 30% of homes in new developments should be cheaper for first-time buyers


Renting to the highest bidder: calls for federal laws to ban practice amid Australia’s cost-of-living crisis

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 20:00:51 GMT

It?€?s a landlord?€?s market, as hundreds queue to rent properties with negotiable prices that many simply can?€?t afford

Peak housing bodies are calling for nationally consistent rental laws to crack down on bidding wars putting pressure on tenants in a shrinking market.

Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania have introduced reforms to ban rent bidding - the process of negotiating the price of a rental by advertising a property within a ?€?range?€? or without a fixed cost.

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Russia-Ukraine war: Ukrainians advance on Lyman after Putin’s illegal annexations - live

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 07:36:33 GMT

President Volodymyr Zelenskiy says Ukrainians will take back their land regardless of Kremlin?€?s proclamation

Here are the latest photos from Ukraine and elsewhere:

The Ukrainian director general of the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant was detained by a Russian patrol, according to Energoatom, the Ukrainian state agency in charge of the plant.

He was taken out of the car, and with his eyes blindfolded he was driven in an unknown direction.

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 Russia-Ukraine war: Ukrainians advance on Lyman after Putin’s illegal annexations - live


‘This is hell’: two years and no power in Europe’s largest shantytown

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 06:00:01 GMT

In the Caada Real, close to Madrid, residents adapt to survive, but there is fear as they look ahead to winter

The struggle to survive without electricity for two whole years has left its mark on the flesh and fabric of sector six of the Caada Real. It is there in the second-degree burns on the leg of the little boy who got too close to a gas heater, and in the dry, cracked hands of the woman who does the family?€?s washing with a stone and a bar of soap.

It is there in the solar panels that have appeared on the roofs of the luckier residents, and in the fires that burn in the cold, dark homes of the less fortunate. And it is there in the memories of the people of Europe?€?s largest shantytown, which lies half an hour?€?s drive from the centre of Madrid.

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 ‘This is hell’: two years and no power in Europe’s largest shantytown


Russia-Ukraine war latest: what we know on day 220 of the invasion

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 00:54:40 GMT

Putin signs ?€?accession treaties?€? illegally claiming parts of Ukraine; Zelenskiy applies for Ukraine to join Nato; Russians hit civilian convoy, killing dozens

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What happened in the Russia-Ukraine war this week? Catch up with the must-read news and analysis

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 23:32:36 GMT

Vladimir Putin signs illegal annexation of Ukrainian regions; Volodymyr Zelenskiy applies for Ukraine to join Nato; drafted Russians must flee or fight

Every week we wrap up the must-reads from our coverage of the Ukraine war, from news and features to analysis, visual guides and opinion.

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 What happened in the Russia-Ukraine war this week? Catch up with the must-read news and analysis


Russia-Ukraine war live: Putin annexes Ukrainian regions; Kyiv applies for Nato membership - as it happened

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 22:05:43 GMT

Volodymyr Zelenskiy makes the announcement hours after Russia declares annexation of Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk. This blog is now closed

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, an adviser to the Ukrainian presidency, has said of the attack on the civilian convoy: ?€?The terror continues. The killings continue. Sixteen missiles were launched using S-300 air defence.?€?

Confirming the number, he said four missiles hit near a car parts market where the convoy had gathered.

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Russia’s consulate in New York vandalized in apparent protest

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 21:54:56 GMT

Building defaced hours before Putin announced annexation of Ukrainian territories and Russian forces killed 30 civilians

The Russian consulate in New York has been vandalized with red spray paint, in an apparent protest against Vladimir Putin?€?s invasion of Ukraine.

Officers said they responded to an emergency call just after 1.30am on Friday reporting that paint had been sprayed across the facade of the consulate on Manhattan?€?s Upper East Side.

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Nine foreign nationals arrested in Iran as protests and violence continue

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 19:35:30 GMT

Detainees accused of being ?€?agitators?€?, as death toll rises and tribunal says 2019 repression was crime against humanity

Iran?€?s ministry of intelligence has said that nine foreign nationals have been arrested in a round up of ?€?agitators?€? allegedly linked to a wave of anti-government demonstrations that have now reached their third week. It said the detainees included nationals from Germany, Poland, Italy, France, the Netherlands and Sweden.

In a lengthy statement on Friday, the ministry also accused the US of trying to break the Iranian government?€?s control on the internet.

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Arab diplomats urge Liz Truss not to move British embassy to Jerusalem

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 04:00:28 GMT

Private letter says ?€?illegal?€? plan could jeopardise free trade deal between UK and Gulf Cooperation Council

Arab ambassadors in London are urging Liz Truss not to go ahead with ?€?an illegal and ill-judged?€? plan to move the British embassy to Jerusalem.

Some Arab diplomats have even said the plan could jeopardise talks on a highly prized free trade deal between the UK and the Gulf Cooperation Council due to be completed this year.

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 Arab diplomats urge Liz Truss not to move British embassy to Jerusalem


Iran puts pressure on celebrities and journalists over Mahsa Amini protests

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 21:48:13 GMT

Tehran says film-makers, athletes and actors who have backed demonstrations ?€?fanned flames of riots?€?

Iran has stepped up pressure on celebrities and journalists over the wave of women-led protests sparked by outrage over the death of Mahsa Amini, after she was arrested by the Islamic republic?€?s morality police.

Film-makers, athletes, musicians and actors have backed the demonstrations, and many saw it as a signal when the national football team remained in their black tracksuits when the anthems were played before a match in Vienna against Senegal.

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 Iran puts pressure on celebrities and journalists over Mahsa Amini protests


Iran launches airstrike against Kurdish group in northern Iraq

Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:35:13 GMT

Deadly attack comes in response to KDPI support for ongoing protests over Mahsa Amini death in custody

Iran has launched a deadly cross-border airstrike into northern Iraq to punish Kurds for their role in supporting demonstrations over the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman in Iranian police custody that are still rattling the Tehran regime.

As many as 13 people were killed and 58 injured in the Iranian drone strikes on military bases in northern Iraq that belong to the exiled Kurdish Democratic party of Iran.

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Human rights lawyer in Israeli prison goes on hunger strike

Wed, 28 Sep 2022 15:38:14 GMT

Salah Hamouri stages protest against being imprisoned without charge for the last six months

A prominent Palestinian-French human rights lawyer has gone on hunger strike in protest against his imprisonment without charge by Israeli authorities for the last six months.

Salah Hamouri, 37, a father of two from occupied East Jerusalem, has been held in administrative detention since 7 March, and his detention order has been renewed until at least early December based on undisclosed evidence.

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Mohammed bin Salman named prime minister ahead of Khashoggi lawsuit

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 22:19:13 GMT

New role likely to grant prince sovereign immunity in case concerning journalist murdered in Saudi Arabian embassy

Mohammed bin Salman has been named prime minister of Saudi Arabia in a move that experts said would probably shield the crown prince from a potentially damaging lawsuit in the US in connection to his alleged role in the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that King Salman was making an exception to Saudi law and naming his son as prime minister, formally ceding the dual title of king and prime minister he had personally held until now.

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Bollywood under siege as rightwing social media boycotts start to bite

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 14:38:54 GMT

Laal Singh Chaddha is the latest film to face targeted attacks from anti-Muslim, Hindu-nationalist trolls who some claim are beginning to impact box office performance

In August this year, a week after the release of Laal Singh Chaddha, Bollywood?€?s adaptation of Forrest Gump, a Twitter account with about 280,000 followers, tweeted: ?€??€??€?#Urduwood is trending. Thanks to all who have accepted this term to accurately define the anti-national, anti-Hindu paedophile cabal that takes your money to destroy you.?€? The tweet received more than 1,700 retweets and about 5,800 likes.

For those not familiar with the term ?€?Urduwood?€?, it is a pejorative popular among far-right social media and politicians. Urdu is an Indian language with a Perso-Arabic script, and the national language of Pakistan; hence it is associated with Muslims and its use is a way to claim the film industry is ?€?Hinduphobic?€?.

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Afghanistan blast: 19 killed and dozens wounded at Kabul education centre, say police

Fri, 30 Sep 2022 05:57:23 GMT

No immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in which suicide bomber detonated explosives, say police

A suicide blast at an education institute in the Afghan capital of Kabul has killed 19 people and wounded 27, police said on Friday.

The explosion happened inside the centre in the Dashti Barchi neighborhood of Kabul, said Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief.

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 Afghanistan blast: 19 killed and dozens wounded at Kabul education centre, say police


Narendra Modi’s BJP bans Indian Islamic group for ‘terrorist’ links

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 12:56:01 GMT

Popular Front of India, which says it fights for rights of minorities, victim of ?€?political vendetta?€? by Hindu nationalist government

An Islamic organisation that says it fights discrimination against minorities in India has disbanded after the government declared it and its affiliates unlawful, accusing them of involvement in terrorism.

The government of Narendra Modi?€?s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) accused the Popular Front of India (PFI) group of having been involved in ?€?terrorism?€? and ?€?anti-national activities?€?.

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Aung San Suu Kyi and Australian adviser handed three years’ jail after secret trial

Thu, 29 Sep 2022 04:49:59 GMT

Myanmar junta?€?s sentencing of ousted leader and economic adviser Sean Turnell described as ?€?cruel injustice?€?

Aung San Suu Kyi and the Australian academic Sean Turnell, who served as her adviser, have been sentenced to three years in prison after a closed trial in Myanmar, according to reports.

Turnell, an economist at Sydney?€?s Macquarie University, was first detained on 6 February last year, a few days after the military ousted Myanmar?€?s elected government, plunging the country into chaos.

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Body of missing US mountaineer Hilaree Nelson found in Nepal

Wed, 28 Sep 2022 16:21:30 GMT

Nelson, 49, fell down narrow slope on ski back to camp after scaling Nepali peak of Manaslu with partner

The body of the renowned US big-mountain skier Hilaree Nelson was found on Wednesday morning after she fell down a narrow 5,000ft slope during a trek in the Himalayas two days earlier.

Nelson and her partner, Jim Morrison, had scaled the 26,781ft peak of Manaslu on Monday morning. They reached the summit at 10.42am ?€?in tough conditions?€?, Morrison wrote in an Instagram post on Wednesday. The pair transitioned from climbing to skiing down to regroup with their sherpa team.

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 Body of missing US mountaineer Hilaree Nelson found in Nepal


Apple shifts some iPhone 14 production from China to India

Tue, 27 Sep 2022 17:38:38 GMT

Move taken against background of China?€?s Covid lockdowns and geopolitical tensions between Beijing and Washington

Apple has begun making iPhone 14s in India, as it moves some production away from China for the first time against a backdrop of Chinese Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns and geopolitical tensions between the US and the country?€?s communist government.

A production line in Chennai has begun operation, assembling the iPhone 14 for the domestic Indian market. The move, which marks the first time the company has assembled iPhones outside of China in the same year they were released, is part of a plan to disentangle its manufacturing operations from the Chinese state.

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Kwasi Kwarteng defends tax policies as markets reel, saying he had ‘no other choice’ - UK politics live

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 07:51:46 GMT

Chancellor admits his proposals are not ?€?universally popular?€? but says he ?€?had to do something different?€?

The Green party is midway through its annual conference today and co-leader Adrian Ramsay is on BBC Breakfast.

He says the party?€?s call for a tax on the richest 1% in society would pay for a green fund aims to ?€?make our society more equal?€?.

We?€?re calling for this at a time of economic and political crises.

We?€?ve seen economic chaos caused by a mini-budget that has been making our society more unequal.

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Ex-BBC presenter Mark Mardell reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 07:50:59 GMT

Mardell, 65, who was Europe and North America editor, said he first noticed symptoms when he struggled to open packaging

The former BBC presenter Mark Mardell has revealed he has been diagnosed with Parkinson?€?s disease.

Mardell, 65, who was the BBC?€?s Europe and North America editor, said he was first alerted to the symptoms when he struggled to open Waitrose packaging.

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Soldier, 18, found dead at army barracks in London

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 07:46:41 GMT

Jack Burnell-Williams, who served in Household Cavalry, was found unresponsive at Hyde Park Barracks on Wednesday

An 18-year-old soldier has been found dead at an army barracks in London.

Jack Burnell-Williams, 18, who served in the Household Cavalry, died on Wednesday after being found unresponsive at Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge just before 4pm, the army said.

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British artists recreate ‘A Great Day in Harlem’ photo for Black History Month

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 07:00:02 GMT

Project marks 40th anniversary of British black arts movement and features emerging black talent

Established and up and coming black artists are to be photographed together, marking the 40th anniversary of the start of the British black arts movement, as part of a series of events for Black History Month in October.

The Black Cultural Archives, based in south London, will be commemorating the occasion by paying homage to the classic 1958 A Great Day in Harlem photograph by organising a group photograph featuring black artists who were part of the original movement alongside emerging talents.

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‘It’s about keeping places alive’: Wales’s radical second-homes policy

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 07:00:02 GMT

Measures aim to preserve communities and keep more homes available for locals but critics say they are ?€?anti-tourist?€?

Mared Llywelyn Williams, a 29-year-old education officer at a heritage site on Pen Ll?n in north Wales would love to be able to afford her own home. ?€?But there?€?s no chance,?€? she says. ?€?A terraced house perfect for a first-time buyer goes for 300k, a one bedroom fisherman?€?s cottage, 250,000. That?€?s outside the price range for me and most young people here.?€?

Llywelyn Williams left the Gwynedd village of Morfa Nefyn where she grew up for university, but after graduating wanted to return - and found she had no choice but to move back in with her family. Many of her contemporaries, even those with well-paid jobs - teachers, health professionals, lawyers - have left, squeezed out by second-home owners and property investors who have sent prices soaring.

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Truss admits mini-budget caused disruption, but says there is ‘clear plan’

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 06:41:24 GMT

?€?Not everyone will like what we are doing?€?, PM says of tax cut pledges but says she is determined to see them through

Liz Truss has admitted that the mini-budget delivered by her government last week did cause ?€?disruption?€?, after it was followed by a series of economic shocks, including the pound falling to an all-time low against the dollar.

The prime minister said the government had a ?€?clear plan?€? and acknowledged that the policies may be unpopular.

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‘Our entire community is wiped out’: low-income Americans likely to be hit hardest by Hurricane Ian

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 06:30:01 GMT

After the storm knocked out power and destroyed property, people scramble for shelter, funds and news of missing loved ones

For Connie Irvin, 82, and her partner, Cheryl Lange, the cost of Hurricane Ian?€?s devastating tear across Florida was clear. ?€?Our entire community is wiped out,?€? said Irvin.

The pair lost their mobile home on Sanibel Island off the state?€?s west coast and are now homeless, staying in a motel inland about 35 miles away near Naples, Florida, that currently has no electricity.

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Michigan man charged with shooting elderly woman in abortion altercation

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 05:01:00 GMT

Richard Harvey, 74, says he ?€?accidentally?€? shot Joan Jacobson, 84, as she campaigned on his doorstep but faces assault charges

Michigan authorities have filed criminal charges against a man accused of shooting an elderly woman campaigning against abortion rights in the shoulder while she argued with his wife last week.

Richard Alan Harvey, 74, had publicly claimed it was an accident when he shot the 84-year-old woman. But prosecutors from Ionia county, Michigan, charged him on Friday with one count each of assault with felonious assault, careless discharge of a gun causing injury, and reckless use of a firearm in a case that appears to serve as an extreme example of how heated the debate surrounding abortion in the US can become.

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Elon Musk unveils humanoid ‘Optimus’ robot at Tesla’s AI Day

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 02:24:25 GMT

Prototype walks onstage and waves at event as company looks to future beyond vehicles

Tesla CEO Elon Musk showcased his much-touted humanoid robot ?€?Optimus?€? at the electric vehicle maker?€?s ?€?AI Day?€? event on Friday.

The billionaire has said a robot business will be worth more than its cars, hoping to expand beyond self-driving vehicles that have not yet become a reality despite his repeated promises.

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Puget Sound floatplane crash: bodies of six of 10 victims recovered

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 01:34:33 GMT

Five bodies identified after crash, with 80% of the plane itself recovered, officials say

The bodies of six of the 10 victims in a floatplane crash in Washington state?€?s Puget Sound have been recovered and five have been identified, officials said on Friday.

Eric Brooks, deputy director of Island county emergency management, confirmed that four additional victims had been identified, the Seattle Times reported. Gabby Hanna of Seattle, whose body was found shortly after the Labor Day weekend crash near Whidbey Island, was previously identified.

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 Puget Sound floatplane crash: bodies of six of 10 victims recovered


Hurricane Ian moves into South Carolina after rampage in Florida

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 01:20:17 GMT

Twenty-one people dead with toll expected to rise after mega-storm carves wide path of devastation and moves north

The coast of South Carolina was hit on Friday with a direct strike from Hurricane Ian, the deadly mega-storm that carved a wide path of destruction on its earlier rampage through Florida.

The eye of the hurricane crossed over land at Georgetown, between Myrtle Beach and the historic city of Charleston, after strengthening overnight in the Atlantic.

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Hurricane Ian latest updates: storm makes second US landfall in South Carolina - as it happened

Sat, 01 Oct 2022 00:47:39 GMT

Lee and Charlotte counties in Florida have around 15% of their power restored, governor Ron DeSantis said at a news briefing on Friday morning.

?€?There is going to be some that require rebuilds,?€? DeSantis said, adding that the utilities in those counties plan to carry out the restoration process as soon as possible.

?€?Ian is moving toward the north near 14 mph (22 km/h). Ian is forecast to move more quickly toward the north today followed by a turn toward the north-northwest by tonight,?€? the advisory said.

?€?On the forecast track, the center of Ian will reach the coast of South Carolina today, and then move farther inland across eastern South Carolina and central North Carolina tonight and Saturday,?€? it added.

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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!