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Police say officer who shot and killed unarmed Daunte Wright intended to fire Taser

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:37:10 GMT

Brooklyn Center police chief describes fatal shooting of Black man, 20, as result of ?€?accidental discharge?€? from handgun

Police in a Minneapolis suburb said an officer accidentally shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man on Sunday afternoon during a traffic stop, releasing graphic body-camera footage they say shows an officer intended to use a Taser not a handgun during the death of unarmed Daunte Wright.

Related: Derek Chauvin trial: doctor says George Floyd?€?s death ?€?absolutely preventable?€? - live

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 Police say officer who shot and killed unarmed Daunte Wright intended to fire Taser


Natanz nuclear plant attack ‘will set back Iran’s programme by nine months’

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 17:11:41 GMT

US intelligence sources believe Israel was behind Saturday?€?s cyber-attack on heavily guarded facility

The cyber-attack on the heavily guarded Natanz plant in Iran will set back Tehran?€?s nuclear programme by nine months, US intelligence sources have claimed.

Iran?€?s foreign ministry has blamed Israel for sabotaging Iran?€?s main uranium enrichment facility, and although Israel has not formally confirmed responsibility its officials have done little to dispel the notion.

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 Natanz nuclear plant attack ‘will set back Iran’s programme by nine months’


Revealed: the Facebook loophole that lets world leaders deceive and harass their citizens

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 08:00:59 GMT

A Guardian investigation exposes the breadth of state-backed manipulation of the platform

Facebook has repeatedly allowed world leaders and politicians to use its platform to deceive the public or harass opponents despite being alerted to evidence of the wrongdoing.

The Guardian has seen extensive internal documentation showing how Facebook handled more than 30 cases across 25 countries of politically manipulative behavior that was proactively detected by company staff.

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 Revealed: the Facebook loophole that lets world leaders deceive and harass their citizens


Greensill scandal: government orders inquiry into Cameron lobbying

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 12:23:43 GMT

Independent investigation launched into former PM?€?s lobbying for now-collapsed firm

No 10 is to a launch an independent investigation into former prime minister David Cameron?€?s lobbying for the now-collapsed Greensill and the role of the scandal-hit financier Lex Greensill in government.

The independent review, commissioned by Boris Johnson, will be led by the legal expert Nigel Boardman, a non-executive board member of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

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 Greensill scandal: government orders inquiry into Cameron lobbying


Prince Philip would want royals to get on with the job, says William

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:04:49 GMT

Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry pay tribute to ?€?extraordinary?€? grandfather in separate statements

The Duke of Edinburgh would want family members ?€?to get on with the job?€?, Prince William said, as he and his brother paid tribute to a ?€?grandpa?€? and ?€?an extraordinary man?€?.

Prince Harry, who has flown from California to attend Saturday?€?s ceremonial royal funeral, described Philip as ?€?master of the barbecue, legend of banter, and cheeky right ?€?til the end?€?.

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 Prince Philip would want royals to get on with the job, says William


Largest Chinese breach of Taiwan air zone in a year after US warning

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:59:46 GMT

China sends 25 military jets a day after US secretary of state?€?s comments about Beijing?€?s aggression

Twenty-five Chinese military jets breached Taiwan?€?s defence zone on Monday, the island?€?s government has said, after a senior US official warned of an ?€?increasingly aggressive?€? Beijing.

The defence ministry scrambled aircraft to broadcast warnings to leave after Chinese jets, including 18 fighters, entered the island?€?s southwest air defence identification zone for a 10th straight day.

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 Largest Chinese breach of Taiwan air zone in a year after US warning


St Vincent residents urged to evacuate after volcano eruption

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:12:34 GMT

Fears increase for those refusing to leave homes as La Soufrire eruptions continue for fourth day

Three days after La Soufrire volcano began to erupt on St Vincent, the eastern Caribbean island remains under a shower of ash and subject to severe water restrictions as authorities grow increasingly concerned for the safety of those who refused to evacuate.

La Soufrire, which last erupted in 1979, has been firing an enormous amount of ash and hot gas into the air since Friday morning. In the early hours of Monday, the largest explosion of the current eruption sent pyroclastic flows down the volcano?€?s south and south-west flanks.

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 St Vincent residents urged to evacuate after volcano eruption


Ecuador election: former banker Lasso is surprise winner

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 16:26:05 GMT

Voters in presidential race reject leftist movement, while Peru vote heads for second round

A conservative businessman has unexpectedly won Ecuador?€?s presidential election as voters rejected the leftist movement started by the former president Rafael Correa more than a decade ago.

Preliminary results showed that Guillermo Lasso took 52% of the vote in the runoff following a campaign that pitted free-market economics against the social welfare plans of Andrs Arauz, an economist.

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 Ecuador election: former banker Lasso is surprise winner


Cambodia condemns Vice for edited photos of Khmer Rouge victims smiling

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 11:11:56 GMT

Colourised images from Tuol Sleng prison during 1970s genocide were manipulated, media group says

Cambodia has condemned images published by Vice media group that featured victims of the Khmer Rouge genocide, colourised and with some apparently edited to add smiles to their faces.

The artist Matt Loughrey modified images taken at the notorious Tuol Sleng prison, where thousands of people were tortured and interrogated before they were sent on to the killing fields of Choeung Ek.

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 Cambodia condemns Vice for edited photos of Khmer Rouge victims smiling


Tommy Robinson asked wealthy US backers to help him claim asylum

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:00:04 GMT

British far-right activist?€?s team also approached Republican senator Ted Cruz?€?s office about securing a visa

The anti-immigration activist Tommy Robinson asked wealthy American backers to help him claim asylum in the US, the Guardian has learned, while his team approached the Republican senator Ted Cruz?€?s office about securing a visa.

Court documents released in the US show the English Defence League founder discussed moving his family to Texas in 2019, where he would earn money by speaking at venues ?€?including evangelical churches?€?.

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 Tommy Robinson asked wealthy US backers to help him claim asylum


UK and EU edge closer to deal on Brexit checks in Northern Ireland

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:11:22 GMT

Efforts are focused on removing ?€?rolling deadlines?€? from border control implementations, sources say

The UK is edging towards a new deal with the EU on Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland with the potential for easing border checks on certain goods.

Officials in London and Brussels have been involved in intense ?€?technical talks?€? in the past two weeks over the future checks on food, plants and parcels going from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

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 UK and EU edge closer to deal on Brexit checks in Northern Ireland


Covid pandemic still growing exponentially, WHO says

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 16:29:14 GMT

World Health Organization says ?€?confusion and complacency?€? prolonging global situation

The global coronavirus pandemic is still growing exponentially, the World Health Organization said on Monday, as it reported 4.4m cases in the last week, the seventh straight week of rising numbers.

The latest global figures represent a 9% increase in infections on last week and a 5% rise in deaths.

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 Covid pandemic still growing exponentially, WHO says


Coronavirus live news: WHO warns world needs ‘a reality check’ as ‘trajectory of pandemic is growing’

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:47:22 GMT

WHO technical chief says people need ?€?a reality check?€? as global case numbers grow to 4.4m last week

A scientist has described ?€?a joyous day?€? as people in England enjoyed a relaxation of restrictions, but warned that people should remain cautious.

Lawrence Young, a virologist and professor of molecular oncology at Warwick Medical School, stressed that the virus and its variants is ?€?still out there?€?.

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 Coronavirus live news: WHO warns world needs ‘a reality check’ as ‘trajectory of pandemic is growing’


Asthma drug helps older people cope with Covid at home - study

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:00:06 GMT

Inhaling budesonide found to shorten recovery for over-65s, and over-50s with underlying conditions

A relatively cheap, inhaled asthma drug helps older people struggling at home with Covid to recover three days faster, according to a landmark study.

A trial in people over 65, and over 50 with underlying health conditions, found that inhaling budesonide twice a day for two weeks shortened their recovery time and helped them stay well and feel better than those who were not given the drug in subsequent weeks.

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 Asthma drug helps older people cope with Covid at home - study


Ganges crowds highlight distancing challenges as Covid cases soar in India

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:37:08 GMT

New infections passed 160,000 a day over the weekend, and vaccine shortages are being reported

More than two million devotees bathed in the River Ganges on Monday despite soaring rates of new Covid-19 cases across India, a second wave that has struck down Bollywood stars, sent migrant workers fleeing from cities and contributed to the slowing of vaccination programmes around the world.

The largest bathing day of the Hindu religious festival Kumbh Mela in the northern Indian city of Haridwar highlighted the immense challenge facing officials in trying to implement social distancing as the daily rate of new Covid-19 cases crossed 160,000 over the weekend, India?€?s highest point since the beginning of the pandemic.

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 Ganges crowds highlight distancing challenges as Covid cases soar in India


‘Get the biggest cardboard box you can find …’ How to declutter your home as lockdown eases

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:07:18 GMT

Desperate to have a proper clearout after more than a year of semi-confinement? These expert tips will help you reclaim your living space

Now that we?€?ve all had more than a year of staring at nothing but the inside of our own homes, it?€?s becoming very apparent that we own far too much stuff. But, while a household clearout is a good idea in theory, it?€?s one that usually requires a bit of a run-up. If you?€?re struggling to get started, here are some expert tips.

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 ‘Get the biggest cardboard box you can find …’ How to declutter your home as lockdown eases


Greta Van Fleet on critics: ‘They’re pissed off that we’re doing something’

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:31:54 GMT

The Grammy award-winning rock band have received commercial success yet critics haven?€?t been quite as receptive - can their new album change that?

Talk to Josh Kiszka, lead singer of the band Greta Van Fleet, about his time growing up in a small town in the American midwest and you?€?d think he was describing the life of Huckleberry Finn. ?€?We were outside most of the time, building rafts and taking them down the river,?€? the 24-year-old told the Guardian. ?€?There wasn?€?t a lot of television in the house. And when all the other kids wanted cellphones, I fought that. I preferred to take a hike.?€?

Kiszka?€?s parents strongly encouraged him and his two brothers in that pursuit. ?€?My mother even took the clocks off the wall at one point,?€? he said. ?€?They were the opposite of helicopter parents. They taught us to do things independently.?€?

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 Greta Van Fleet on critics: ‘They’re pissed off that we’re doing something’


Military buildup near Ukraine sows confusion over Russian intentions

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:32:25 GMT

Analysis: there are several reasons Russia would want to raise tensions, but an attack appears unlikely

Russia?€?s fortnight-long military buildup to the east and south of Ukraine has helped it mass an estimated 80,000 troops in the border region in an attention-grabbing exercise that is increasingly occupying western thinking.

Tanks and other artillery units have also been arriving at Voronezh, east of Ukraine, according to Janes, a military intelligence firm, and a staging ground for about 3,000 troops been established to the south of the city.

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 Military buildup near Ukraine sows confusion over Russian intentions


‘My son could die’: the disabled Syrian refugees on the sharp end of UK aid cuts - photo essay

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 11:08:38 GMT

Two centres in Lebanon are among the casualties of cuts to British aid, with devastating consequences for thousands of patients and families

In January, the British government told its diplomats to start finding 50-70% cuts in aid funding. In March, it was revealed it was slashing aid funding to Syrian refugee projects by a third. Among the many casualties of those cuts is a project in Lebanon.

Two centres - in Zahl and in Beirut - offer specialised services, such as speech and physiotherapy, for disabled Syrian refugees who can?€?t afford to pay for them.

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 ‘My son could die’: the disabled Syrian refugees on the sharp end of UK aid cuts - photo essay


Moby on fame and regret: ‘I was an out-of-control, utterly entitled drink and drug addict’

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 05:00:56 GMT

He declared his intention to go away for a while after pointed criticism of his second memoir. But now the musician is back with a new album - and a visceral documentary

Moby is considering the question he is often asked in interviews: ?€?Do I think I?€?ve been treated unfairly??€? muses the 55-year-old musician, who, let?€?s face it, is hardly a stranger to terrible press. ?€?Honestly, I don?€?t think I have been. I?€?m sure there are times when I?€?ve been portrayed badly and it was accurate. And even with some of the bad stuff I?€?ve been through, I don?€?t have any right to complain. When you look at the 8 billion people on the planet, a reasonably affluent caucasian cis-gendered male public figure musician is not necessarily the first person you think of as having valid criticisms about how they?€?re being treated.?€?

Moby is upbeat today - ?€?I can?€?t think of many things to complain about besides baldness and mortality?€? - which is perhaps surprising given that the last time he was in the public eye, it involved rather a lot of the aforementioned terrible press. To summarise: in among the shocking confessions, rampant addiction and grotty sex of his second memoir, 2019?€?s Then It Fell Apart, was the claim that the ?€?beautiful actress?€? Natalie Portman had asked him out when she was 20, at which point he would have been in his mid-30s.

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 Moby on fame and regret: ‘I was an out-of-control, utterly entitled drink and drug addict’


How Facebook let fake engagement distort global politics: a whistleblower's account

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 08:00:59 GMT

The inside story of Sophie Zhang?€?s battle to combat rampant manipulation as executives delayed and deflected

Shortly before Sophie Zhang lost access to Facebook?€?s systems, she published one final message on the company?€?s internal forum, a farewell tradition at Facebook known as a ?€?badge post?€?.

?€?Officially, I?€?m a low-level [data scientist] who?€?s being fired today for poor performance,?€? the post began. ?€?In practice, in the 2.5 years I?€?ve spent at Facebook, I?€?ve ?€? found multiple blatant attempts by foreign national governments to abuse our platform on vast scales to mislead their own citizenry, and caused international news on multiple occasions.?€?

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 How Facebook let fake engagement distort global politics: a whistleblower's account


Property developer plans 5,000 UK retirement homes on urban sites

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:41:15 GMT

French-owned Retirement Villages Group aims to spend 2bn across 4o locations over the next decade

A property developer owned by a French investment management group has announced an ambitious 2bn plan to build 5,000 retirement homes across 40 urban sites in the UK over the next decade.

As town and city centres are being reshaped as a result of the changes to UK high streets accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic, Retirement Villages Group (RVG) said it had won planning permission for a 110m retirement community of 196 one and two-bed apartments to rent or buy in central West Byfleet in Surrey, on the site of a 1960s office block with shops and a car park, which will be knocked down.

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Catholic church says Haiti faces ‘descent into hell’ after clergy kidnappings

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:12:01 GMT

Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince condemns government inaction and says violence by ?€?armed gangs?€? is now ?€?unprecedented?€?

The Catholic church has warned that Haiti is facing a ?€?descent into hell?€? and condemned government inaction after 10 people, including seven members of the clergy, were abducted by kidnappers demanding $1m ransom.

?€?For some time now, we have been witnessing the descent into hell of Haitian society,?€? the archdiocese of the capital Port-au-Prince said in a statement, adding that ?€?violence by armed gangs?€? was taking on ?€?unprecedented?€? proportions.

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A wistful yearning for home and family | Brief letters

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 16:41:28 GMT

Nesrine Malik?€?s columns | Ex-leaders compared | Love for Guardian letters | A mother?€?s place

Your columnist Nesrine Malik writes (11 April) that the pandemic has made her reflect wistfully on the bargain she made when she left Sudan to find success far from home. Nesrine?€?s columns, expressing subtle thoughts with admirable lucidity, have been something I?€?ve looked forward to reading all during lockdown. Perhaps we in her adopted country are not the audience she most longs for, but her eloquence has surely touched many readers.
Susan Tomes
Edinburgh

- It?€?s been suggested that there?€?s little to distinguish between the main parties. But what former leaders do with their time may be instructive: David Cameron?€?s delayed self-justification for his use of networks to lobby for a company (Report, 12 April) should be weighed against Gordon Brown?€?s call for the G7 to develop a vaccination plan for the poorest countries (Opinion, 12 April).
Les Bright
Exeter

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Derek Chauvin trial: doctor says George Floyd’s death ‘absolutely preventable’ - live

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 18:51:37 GMT

The Guardian?€?s Oliver Laughland is in Minnesota and has a new report on the death of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center on Sunday.

Laughland reports:

Mourners and outraged community members in the Minneapolis area made their way on Monday to the site where police shot and killed a Black man in the suburb of Brooklyn Center during a traffic stop the day before.

The killing sparking clashes between hundreds of protesters and officers in an area already on edge during the murder trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, under whose knee George Floyd, a Black man, died nearly one year ago, sparking international protests and outrage.

Nearly one year after Black Lives Matter demonstrations prompted Americans to re-think and re-address racial inequality across the US, there has been significant pushback from predominantly Republican lawmakers; 29 states are now seeing efforts to enact stifling anti-protest laws, reports The Guardian?€?s Adam Gabbatt.

These demonstrations were spurred by the death of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin, a White former Minneapolis police officer, placed his knee against the neck of Floyd, who is Black, for more than nine minutes during an arrest on 25 May. Chauvin is now on trial on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, in Floyd?€?s death.

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 Derek Chauvin trial: doctor says George Floyd’s death ‘absolutely preventable’ - live


The Guardian view on the Tokyo Olympics: must the show go on?

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 17:25:10 GMT

With coronavirus surging in Japan and internationally, this summer?€?s Games are a risky prospect

As coronavirus swept the globe last spring, Japan portrayed the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics until this summer as an opportunity as well as a necessity. The delayed Games would be the light at the end of the tunnel; a celebration of humanity?€?s victory over Covid.

With around 100 days to go, that promise now looks not merely optimistic, but flat wrong. The Olympics are approaching amid a resurgence of the virus and the opposition of the vast majority of the host nation. Grumbles are a familiar part of the Games cycle, dispelled as momentum builds in the final weeks. But the current concerns go far beyond the usual worries about slow ticket sales or uncompleted venues.

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 The Guardian view on the Tokyo Olympics: must the show go on?


More than half of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is too slow, poll suggests

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 17:30:10 GMT

Essential poll finds Scott Morrison?€?s approval at lowest level in a year and approval of Coalition management of pandemic down eight points in a month

Voter approval of the Morrison government?€?s handling of the pandemic has dropped eight points in a month, and more than half of voters in the Guardian Essential poll sample think the Coalition needs to step up and take more responsibility for ensuring Australians are vaccinated against Covid-19 as quickly as possible.

The latest survey of 1,368 voters suggests the government is in a vulnerable political position as it attempts to recalibrate the vaccination program, with just over half of respondents believing they are being vaccinated more slowly than they would like, and nearly a third (27%) of the sample feeling vaccinations are progressing a lot more slowly than they would like.

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 More than half of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is too slow, poll suggests


‘Out of Trump playbook’: UK accused of ‘abandoning’ women with cuts to aid

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 05:15:55 GMT

Charity warns of 22,000 additional deaths in poorest countries if Wish reproductive health programme ends

The director of a leading sexual and reproductive health charity has accused the government of ?€?abandoning?€? women and girls it promised to help, as aid cuts derail a leading Tory programme to reduce maternal deaths and prevent unsafe abortions in poor countries.

The threat to the women?€?s integrated sexual health (Wish) programme could mean 7.5m additional unintended pregnancies, 2.7m unsafe abortions and 22,000 maternal deaths over the next year, said Dr Alvaro Bermejo, director general of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

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 ‘Out of Trump playbook’: UK accused of ‘abandoning’ women with cuts to aid


‘People don’t want any of them’: Peru election sees unpredictable contest

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 00:21:18 GMT

About 28% of Peruvians wouldn?€?t choose any of the candidates, poll shows ahead of Sunday?€?s vote

An ultra-conservative millionaire who admits to scourging himself daily to repress sexual desire is just one of an assortment of low-polling candidates who all have a shot at becoming Peru?€?s next president.

Rafael Lpez Aliaga is technically tied with five other contenders in an unpredictable contest to make a runoff vote in June, including a former goalkeeper, a Sorbonne-educated socialist and the daughter of the country?€?s jailed former leader Alberto Fujimori.

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 ‘People don’t want any of them’: Peru election sees unpredictable contest


Sassou rules like an emperor while Congolese die from extreme poverty | Vava Tampa

Sat, 10 Apr 2021 06:15:58 GMT

The world has turned a blind eye to Denis Sassou Nguesso?€?s controversial re-election, which will extend his iron-fisted reign to more than 40 years

The result of last month?€?s presidential election in Congo-Brazzaville brought no surprises. After 36 years in power, Denis Sassou Nguesso, 77, clinched 88% of the vote with a turnout of more than 67%. Accusations of vote irregularities, including ballot box stuffing, were widespread. His closest rival, who had urged for a ?€?vote for change?€? died of Covid on the day of the vote.

Television showed a triumphant Sassou at home with his smiling henchmen, as the interior minister, Raymond Zphirin Mboulou - instead of the head of the electoral commission - announced the win. The question now is whether or not the African Union, the US, the EU, the UK and former colonial power France will simply turn a blind eye to another disputed election result while Congolese are dying from extreme poverty?

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‘Kill the bill’ and trans visibility: human rights this fortnight in pictures

Sat, 10 Apr 2021 06:05:58 GMT

A round-up of the coverage on struggles for human rights and freedoms, from Mexico to China

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The ‘forgotten’ people picking your Brazil nuts - for a fraction of the price

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:00:36 GMT

Rich profits from the prized nut have failed to benefit those finding them. Now cooperatives hope to shake up the system

On a steamy March morning, Edivan Kaxarari walks with a few other villagers in single file down a trail in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil?€?s Rondnia state, near the border with Bolivia.

His sister-in-law Cleiciana carries her 11-month-old son in one arm and a rifle in the other, and his brother Edson clears the path ahead with a machete. It is hunting season for the seeds of the Amazonian Brazil nut tree.

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Natanz ‘sabotage’ highlights Iran’s vulnerability to cyber-attacks

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:59:33 GMT

Analysis: Apparent attack by Israel is a reminder of the weaknesses of industrial control systems

The apparent attack by Israel on Iran?€?s nuclear enrichment facility appears to be the latest episode in an increasing tit-for-tat cyberwar. Both sides have already targeted so-called industrial control systems [ICS], which have emerged as a key weakness for countries across the globe.

While Iran described the latest attack as ?€?sabotage?€?, Israeli media called it a cyber-attack.

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How an arcane budget provision could let Democrats advance their agenda

Sat, 10 Apr 2021 10:00:03 GMT

Senate parliamentarian?€?s decision widens path for Democrats to enact Joe Biden?€?s sprawling infrastructure plan

A novel interpretation of an arcane parliamentary procedure has presented congressional Democrats with an unexpected - and tantalizing - new opportunity to advance some of their most ambitious legislative goals despite their slim majorities and fierce Republican opposition.

Related: Biden urges Republicans to back $2tn infrastructure plan: ?€?Inaction is not an option?€?

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Closed borders and Cyclone Harald showed that locals are the best first responders in a disaster | Jill Aru

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 21:00:48 GMT

When the storm hit Vanuatu last year, the lack of international support gave local aid workers a chance to be heard

If someone had told me this time last year that Vanuatu was about to weather one of the worst cyclones of our recent history with our borders closed, I may not have believed you.

After Cyclone Pam in 2015, hundreds of aid workers rushed in from overseas, eager to deliver lifesaving aid to communities who had lost everything.

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 Closed borders and Cyclone Harald showed that locals are the best first responders in a disaster | Jill Aru


Georgia corporations tried to interfere with our democracy. We didn’t let them | Nsé Ufot

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 12:00:43 GMT

When Coca-Cola and Delta backed bigoted lawmakers, we organized, rose up, used our voices to make change - and it worked

In the last general election, Georgians delivered our country from the hands of fascism by securing Democrats in the White House and the Senate. As payback for doing so, Republicans are waging an unholy war against voting rights in the state, pushing Jim Crow-style measures like SB 202 into law, which will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of Georgians to cast their ballots. This dangerous bill impacts specific communities the most: Black, brown, young, and new voters in Georgia.

Many voters don?€?t know that Republicans aren?€?t working alone to disenfranchise us. Their accomplices were some of the most powerful corporations in our state. In fact, Georgia-based companies like Delta, Coca-Cola and Home Depot previously bankrolled the backers of voter suppression bills to the tune of over $7.4m.

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Black army officer pepper-sprayed by police during traffic stop in December 2020 - video

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 14:28:04 GMT

One of two police officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black US army officer during a traffic stop has been fired, a Virginia town announced late on Sunday, hours after the governor called for an independent investigation.

In the December 2020 encounter, two officers are accused of drawing their guns, pointing them at army second lieutenant Caron Nazario and using a slang term to suggest he was facing execution.

Nazario, who is Black and Latino, was also pepper-sprayed and knocked to the ground by the officers, Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker, according to the lawsuit he filed earlier this month against them. The two sides in the case dispute what happened but Crocker wrote in a report that he believed Nazario was ?€?eluding police?€? and he considered it a ?€?high-risk traffic stop?€?. Attorney Jonathan Arthur said Nazario was trying to stop in a well-lit area

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 Black army officer pepper-sprayed by police during traffic stop in December 2020 - video


Baltimore is burning trash, so we're starving the fire - video

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 11:23:59 GMT

?€?Residents in South Baltimore are fighting to 'starve' their nearby Bresco incinerator due to health concerns over the amount of pollution it creates. Of the 72 remaining facilities in the US, the vast majority are located in predominantly low-income or minority communities, raising concerns about compounding pollutants in already overburdened neighbourhoods

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Covid vaccine passports: what can we learn from Israel? - video explainer

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 09:58:22 GMT

Israel became the first country in the world to test vaccine passports when it announced the 'green pass' scheme in February. The passes allow people who have had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine to return to restaurants, theatres and sport events.  With many countries planning to reopen after their vaccination campaigns, the Guardian's Jerusalem correspondent, Oliver Holmes, examines the lessons that could be learned from Israel's rollout

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Paint, Easter eggs and watermelons - Myanmar’s creative protests in pictures

Mon, 12 Apr 2021 09:45:17 GMT

Protesters in Myanmar have become creative in their opposition to military takeover in February

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Streets coated with ash after Caribbean volcano eruption - video

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 13:23:44 GMT

Video from Georgetown, a community several kilometres away from La Soufrire volcano on the Caribbean island of St Vincent, shows buildings blanketed in a layer of ash after the volcano spectacularly erupted after decades of inactivity.

The eruption of La Soufrire on Friday caused dark clouds of ash to blow about 10km into the air, prompting an evacuation request from the government. Assessing the thick ash covering parts of St Vincent, the disaster response team predicted things may not return to normal for a 'very long time'


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‘Accident’ at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility - video

Sun, 11 Apr 2021 12:05:41 GMT

Iran announced on Saturday that it had started up advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges at Natanz, in breach of its undertakings under a 2015 nuclear deal and days after the start of talks on rescuing the accord. The following day a spokesperson for Iran?€?s civilian nuclear programme said an 'accident' had happened at the facility's electrical distribution grid. Behrouz Kamalvandi says the reason for the loss in power is unknown and will be investigated but there were no injuries and no contamination

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St Vincent rocked by explosive eruptions of La Soufrière volcano - video report

Fri, 09 Apr 2021 22:41:41 GMT

An explosive eruption rocked La Soufrire volcano on the eastern Caribbean island of St Vincent on Friday following mandatory evacuation orders from the local government. There were no immediate reports of casualties from the burst that occurred just four days short of the 42nd anniversary of the last eruption.

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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!