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‘Suspicious death’ of Rwandan journalist prompts calls for investigation

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 07:00:40 GMT

Two weeks on from the death of government critic John Williams Ntwali, police have failed to answer questions over the alleged road accident in which they say he was killed

Calls are growing for an investigation into the apparent accidental death two weeks ago of a prominent Rwandan journalist and government critic.

John Williams Ntwali, a regular critic of the authorities, was found dead on 18 January. According to reported police accounts, he was killed when a speeding vehicle rammed a motorcycle on which he was riding pillion in the capital, Kigali. A US senate committee said he had been ?€?silenced?€?. Human rights organisations have joined other activists in raising doubts about the cause of the death of the 44 year-old editor of The Chronicles newspaper.

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 ‘Suspicious death’ of Rwandan journalist prompts calls for investigation


Violence in Nigeria risks derailing forthcoming presidential elections

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 05:00:36 GMT

At least 50 attacks against staff and facilities of the electoral commission have been recorded between 2019 election and end of 2022

Routine violence in south-east Nigeria including attacks on the offices of the electoral commission threatens to derail next month?€?s presidential elections, experts have said.

At least 50 attacks by armed groups against staff and facilities of the electoral commission (Inec) have been recorded between the last election in 2019 and the end of 2022. Most have taken place in the south-east, which is in the grip of secessionist agitation by various elements, especially the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob).

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 Violence in Nigeria risks derailing forthcoming presidential elections


Eight people shot dead at birthday party in South Africa

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 09:54:12 GMT

Sunday?€?s attack in Eastern Cape province highlights country?€?s problems with violent crime


Eight people were killed and three others wounded when gunmen opened fire at a birthday party in South Africa?€?s Eastern Cape province, local officials said.

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 Eight people shot dead at birthday party in South Africa


Pope and Justin Welby to visit South Sudan amid tensions over LGBTQ+ rights

Sun, 29 Jan 2023 06:00:40 GMT

Head of Anglican church in South Sudan said archbishop of Canterbury was ?€?failing to defend biblical truth?€?

Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury will begin a historic joint visit to South Sudan on Friday against the backdrop of potential tensions over LGBTQ+ rights.

The leaders of the global Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, whose numbers are growing in sub-Saharan Africa in contrast to the west, will be joined on their ?€?pilgrimage of peace?€? by the leader of the Church of Scotland.

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 Pope and Justin Welby to visit South Sudan amid tensions over LGBTQ+ rights


Weather tracker: Cheneso restrengthens to bring flooding to Madagascar

Fri, 27 Jan 2023 09:18:00 GMT

Tropical storm upgraded to cyclone status, hitting Indian Ocean island with 75mph winds and intense rainfall

Madagascar continued to be hit by intense rainfall this week, resulting in serious flooding and several landslides. Severe Tropical Storm Cheneso made landfall in the north-east last week, and had weakened as it pushed south-west across the island. But after reaching the warm waters of the Mozambique channel on Monday, Cheneso restrengthened, achieving tropical cyclone status by Wednesday with sustained wind speeds of 75mph, equivalent to a category 1 hurricane.

Unusually, the system remained near-stationary for almost four days, stalling just off the west coast of Madagascar and bringing more than 100mm of rain each day to some coastal areas. Cheneso?€?s lack of movement resulted in weakening of the system on Thursday, as upwelling of cooler water beneath the storm reduced the energy available to the cyclone, and sustained winds decreased to about 55mph. The storm has now started to accelerate to the south, and begun the process of curving out towards the southern Indian Ocean. Cheneso may briefly restrengthen during this period, before becoming extratropical by Monday.

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 Weather tracker: Cheneso restrengthens to bring flooding to Madagascar


US military raid kills key Islamic State regional leader in Somalia, officials say

Thu, 26 Jan 2023 23:13:17 GMT

Bilal al-Sudani, ?€?responsible for fostering the growing presence of IS in Africa?€?, was killed in strike approved by Joe Biden

A US military raid in Somalia ordered by President Joe Biden this week killed a key regional leader of the Islamic State group, Bilal al-Sudani, according to US officials.

Sudani was killed on Wednesday during a gunfight after US troops descended on a mountainous cave complex in northern Somalia hoping to capture him.

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 US military raid kills key Islamic State regional leader in Somalia, officials say


Key suspects in killing of Haiti president Jovenel Moïse ‘sent to US for trial’

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 01:52:03 GMT

Investigations in Haiti have reached a virtual standstill after threats and intimidation against judges

Four key suspects in the killing of the Haitian president Jovenel Mose were transferred to the US for prosecution, according to officials, as the case stagnates in Haiti amid death threats against local judges.

The suspects in custody include James Solages, 37, and Joseph Vincent, 57, two Haitian-Americans who were among the first arrested after Mose was shot 12 times at his private home near the capital of Port-au-Prince on 7 July 2021.

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 Key suspects in killing of Haiti president Jovenel Moïse ‘sent to US for trial’


Canada: PM’s residence is falling to bits - but who’s willing to pay for repairs?

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 11:15:01 GMT

The once grand 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa, with leaky roof and mould after decades of negligence, is in dire need of an upgrade

Once home to Canada?€?s powerful lumber barons, 24 Sussex Drive, tucked away in a forested enclave of the capital, is one of the country?€?s most symbolically important homes.

But decades of negligence have left the official residence of the prime minister plagued with mould, cracked windows, failing plumbing and an electric system widely seen as a fire hazard.

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 Canada: PM’s residence is falling to bits - but who’s willing to pay for repairs?


Jair Bolsonaro applies for six-month tourist visa to stay in US

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 22:16:55 GMT

Ex-Brazil president who has been in Florida since 30 December is being investigated for attempt to topple country?€?s government

Brazil?€?s former president Jair Bolsonaro, who is facing investigation as part of an inquiry into an alleged attempt to topple the country?€?s government, has filed a request for a six-month visitor visa to stay in the US.

The former leader is understood to have entered the US on an A-1 visa reserved for sitting heads of state, which would expire on Tuesday, 30 days from the end of his presidential term.

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 Jair Bolsonaro applies for six-month tourist visa to stay in US


Venezuela: fears new bill will put stranglehold on civil society

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 10:30:14 GMT

Legislation would force organisations to provide financial records to government with threat of bans for political or security reasons

New legislation proposed by the Venezuelan government to regulate civil society groups would kill the last functioning remnant of the country?€?s democracy and take it a step closer to a police state, leading NGOs have warned.

The bill passed its first reading in the country?€?s legislature on Tuesday and, if approved in a second reading, will obligate NGOs to provide the government with all their financial records so that their political agendas and funding can be scrutinised.

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 Venezuela: fears new bill will put stranglehold on civil society


Peru’s president renews call for elections this year to bring end to protests

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 05:00:11 GMT

Dina Boluarte threatens constitutional reform if lawmakers fail to bring forward national vote

Peru?€?s president, Dina Boluarte, has made a renewed appeal for congress to hold early elections as a way to end weeks of deadly protests, warning that otherwise she would seek constitutional reform to make a vote happen.

The South American country has been embroiled in a political crisis with near-daily protests since 7 December, when then-president Pedro Castillo was arrested after attempting to dissolve congress and rule by decree.

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 Peru’s president renews call for elections this year to bring end to protests


Peru’s beleaguered president urges congress to bring 2024 elections forward

Fri, 27 Jan 2023 22:15:20 GMT

Dina Boluarte calls for vote to be held in December after weeks of anti-government protests since overthrow of former president

Peru?€?s beleaguered president, Dina Boluarte, has urged Congress to bring forward elections scheduled for April 2024 to the end of this year as anti-government protests and blockades intensify across the country.

Boluarte, who has refused to step down despite furious nationwide protests calling for her to resign, said on Friday that elections should be brought forward to December in an attempt to ease the seven weeks of unrest that has claimed 57 lives - mostly civilians killed in clashes with the security forces.

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All countries must help prevent ‘catastrophic’ war amid China-US tensions, Australian minister says

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 20:33:21 GMT

In a speech in London, Penny Wong calls on nations to examine how they use power and networks to avoid conflict

The Australian foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong, is calling on all countries to play their part to prevent a ?€?catastrophic?€? war in the Indo-Pacific region.

Amid increasing tensions between the US and China, Wong warned in London on Tuesday that the region was becoming ?€?more dangerous and volatile?€?.

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 All countries must help prevent ‘catastrophic’ war amid China-US tensions, Australian minister says


China attacks ‘unscrupulous’ US after reports of further crackdown on Huawei

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 16:11:38 GMT

Beijing reacts angrily to reports that Washington has moved to restrict American exports to hi-tech company

China has reacted angrily to reports that the United States has stopped approving licences for American companies to export most items to China?€?s hi-tech company Huawei, accusing the US of deliberately targeting Chinese companies under the pretext of national security.

US officials are creating a new formal policy of denial for shipping items to Huawei that would include items below the 5G level, including 4G items, wifi 6 and 7, artificial intelligence, and high-performance computing and cloud items, according to a Reuters report that quoted unnamed sources.

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 China attacks ‘unscrupulous’ US after reports of further crackdown on Huawei


Bizarre ‘whirlpool’ appears in night sky above Hawaii

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 15:11:56 GMT

Phenomenon believed to have origins in launch of military GPS satellite from SpaceX in Florida

A camera on top of Hawaii?€?s tallest mountain has captured what looks like a spiral swirling through the night sky.

Researchers believe the strange phenomenon is linked to a military GPS satellite that launched from a SpaceX rocket in Florida.

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 Bizarre ‘whirlpool’ appears in night sky above Hawaii


China claims Covid wave is ‘coming to an end’ as tourism and factory activity rebound

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 08:50:36 GMT

Government figures, which cannot be verified, showed big rises in travel and hospitality activity during lunar new year compared to the same time last year

China?€?s wave of Covid is ?€?coming to an end?€?, health officials have claimed, saying there had been no sign of a new surge from the lunar new year holiday period, despite a big increase in travel compared to last year.

Government figures released on Tuesday showed big rises in tourism and hospitality activity compared to the same time last year. Factory activity has also rebounded for the first time in four months, an early sign of economic return after the country reported its slowest growth in about half a century during strict Covid controls.

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 China claims Covid wave is ‘coming to an end’ as tourism and factory activity rebound


Chinese province ends ban on unmarried people having children

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 14:12:24 GMT

Sichuan measures aim to encourage more people to have children after population fell for first time in 60 years

A Chinese province of more than 80 million people will lift restrictions on unmarried people having children and remove caps on the number of babies as part of a national drive to increase the country?€?s birth rate.

Sichuan?€?s health commission announced on Monday it would allow all people to register births with the provincial government from 15 February. It will also remove limits on the number of birth registrations for any parent.

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Australia vows to keep raising human rights concerns with China despite ambassador’s warning

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 14:00:19 GMT

Xiao Qian implies resumption of dialogue conditional on Australia taking a ?€?constructive attitude?€? and not ?€?trying to smear China?€?

The Australian government has vowed to keep raising human rights concerns ?€?at the highest levels?€? after Beijing?€?s ambassador urged the country to avoid ?€?trying to smear China?€?.

After a thaw in the diplomatic relationship between the two countries, China has signalled its openness to resuming a dedicated human rights-focused dialogue for the first time in nine years.

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 Australia vows to keep raising human rights concerns with China despite ambassador’s warning


Australia news live: Pell lying in state in Sydney; ACT government announces details of Lehrmann case inquiry

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 02:27:03 GMT

Inquiry will report back by June and examine whether police and prosecutors breached duties during investigation and trial of Brittany Higgins?€? allegations. Follow the day?€?s news

The deputy prime minister and defence minister, Richard Marles, spoke to ABC AM Radio from London following a meeting with the UK prime minister, Rishi Sunak.

Marles would not be drawn into whether he discussed with Sunak the possibility of Australia acquiring British built nuclear submarines under the Aukus deal but said when the announcement is made it will be a ?€?genuinely trilateral effort.?€?

Prime Minister Sunak commented on just how full the agenda is between our two countries and how much that is making - perhaps our oldest and most historic relationship - one which is deeply relevant in in the contemporary moment and certainly Aukus is central to that.

And we?€?re close to announcement and I?€?m not about to preempt that now. But I think what you?€?ll see is when we ultimately do announce the optimal pathway that we?€?ve been working on with both the United States and United Kingdom, that what it really is, is a genuinely trilateral effort to see by the UK and the US provide Australia with a nuclear powered submarine capability.

We?€?re confident that what we will be announcing in the coming weeks is a pathway that will be able to be delivered by all partners on time.

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 Australia news live: Pell lying in state in Sydney; ACT government announces details of Lehrmann case inquiry


ABC defamed former commando Heston Russell in Afghanistan articles, court rules

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 02:15:53 GMT

Federal court finds public broadcaster defamed the former soldier by linking him to war crimes

The former commando Heston Russell was defamed by the ABC in a series of articles that linked him to war crimes and alleged he left ?€?fire and bodies?€? in his wake during his service in Afghanistan, the federal court has ruled.

Justice Michael Lee on Wednesday found a series of ABC articles and broadcasts defamed Russell by conveying that he was ?€?the subject of an active criminal investigation into his conduct as a commando in Afghanistan?€? and ?€?reasonably suspected?€? of committing a crime or crimes when he was a commando in Afghanistan?€?.

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Inquiry into handling of Bruce Lehrmann case to examine conduct of police and prosecutors

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 01:43:17 GMT

ACT government confirms retired Queensland judge Walter Sofronoff will lead independent inquiry

The independent inquiry into the handling of the Bruce Lehrmann case will deliver a report in less than four months, exploring whether police and prosecutors breached their duties during the high-profile investigation and trial.

The ACT government on Wednesday confirmed earlier reports that it had appointed Walter Sofronoff KC, an eminent retired Queensland judge, to lead its inquiry into the handling of the case.

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 Inquiry into handling of Bruce Lehrmann case to examine conduct of police and prosecutors


Clive Palmer’s mining company pumped $116m into UAP at 2022 election, helping it outspend major parties

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 01:34:09 GMT

Revelation likely to add to transparency stakeholders calls?€? for caps on political donations

Clive Palmer?€?s mining company, Mineralogy, donated $116m to the United Australia party in the last financial year, helping it outspend the two major parties at the 2022 election.

Annual returns, released by the Australian Electoral Commission on Wednesday, show the UAP spent $123.5m in 2021-22, more than both Labor ($116m) and the Liberals ($118m).

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 Clive Palmer’s mining company pumped $116m into UAP at 2022 election, helping it outspend major parties


New Zealand PM welcomes change to Australia’s ‘corrosive’ deportation policy

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 00:39:11 GMT

Length of time someone has lived in Australia will be taken into account when considering whether to deport Kiwis who have been sentenced to a year or more in prison

New Zealand?€?s prime minister, Chris Hipkins, has welcomed Australia?€?s announcement it will overhaul its approach to deporting NZ citizens who have spent more than one year in an Australian prison.

The deportations of the New Zealanders - despite in some cases tenuous connections to New Zealand - have provoked frustration in the trans-Tasman relationship for years.

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Prescription powers and Medicare rebate up for debate as premiers push for healthcare reform

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 21:14:32 GMT

State and territory leaders outline their wishlists before national cabinet meets on Friday

State and territory leaders will push the commonwealth to restore 50-50 hospital funding and increase the Medicare rebate while New South Wales will champion changes to expose doctors to greater competition.

The premiers?€? wishlists come before a national cabinet meeting on Friday to consider the Strengthening Medicare taskforce report, which aims to improve the commonwealth-funded primary care system to take stress off state-funded hospitals.

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US accuses Russia of violating key nuclear arms control treaty

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 21:56:44 GMT

Washington condemns Moscow for what it says is a ?€?refusal to facilitate inspection activities?€? regarding New Start treaty

The United States has accused Russia of violating the New Start treaty, the last major pillar of post cold-war nuclear arms control between the two countries, saying Moscow was refusing to allow inspection activities on its territory.

The treaty came into force in 2011 and was extended in 2021 for five more years. It caps the number of strategic nuclear warheads that the United States and Russia can deploy, and the deployment of land- and submarine-based missiles and bombers to deliver them.

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Strike action over Macron’s pensions plan brings major disruption to France

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 19:17:26 GMT

Over 1.27 million workers across transport, school and energy sectors rally against government plan to raise retirement age to 64

More than 1.27 million people have taken part in street demonstrations across France in a second round of coordinated strike action against Emmanuel Macron?€?s unpopular plan to raise the retirement age to 64.

Transport, schools and the energy sector were hit by strike action on Tuesday. Local buses, trains and trams in cities from Paris to Nice, as well as regional and high-speed trains across the country, were ?€?very significantly disrupted?€?, according to rail operators.

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Russia-Ukraine war: France to send extra howitzers; military casualties from both sides ‘total 200,000’ - as it happened

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 18:55:12 GMT

This live blog has now closed, you can read the latest from the war in Ukraine here

Ukraine?€?s state broadcaster Suspilne offers this summary of events of the last 24 hours in its Telegram bulletin today. It writes:

At night, Russian troops shelled the Nikopol district of the Dnipropetrovsk region. Three private houses, farm buildings and a power line were damaged. There are no injured.

Over the past day, three people were injured in Donetsk region due to Russian shelling. In the Zaporizhzhia region, 14 settlements were shelled during the day, seven in the Kherson region.

In the last three days, Russia has likely developed its probing attacks around the towns of Pavlivka and Vuhledar into a more concerted assault. Russian commanders are likely aiming to develop a new axis of advance into Ukrainian-held Donetsk Oblast, and to divert Ukrainian forces from the heavily contested Bakhmut sector. There is a realistic possibility that Russia will continue to make local gains in the sector. However, it is unlikely that Russia has sufficient uncommitted troops in the area to achieve an operationally significant breakthrough.

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 Russia-Ukraine war: France to send extra howitzers; military casualties from both sides ‘total 200,000’ - as it happened


US and UK rule out sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 18:30:29 GMT

Refusals deal significant blow to Kyiv?€?s efforts to bolster military capability in war with Russia

Western allies appear to have retreated from supplying F-16 and other western fighter jets to Ukraine over the past 24 hours, with the UK joining the US in quashing Kyiv?€?s hopes it could obtain the jets soon after the west agreed to send it tanks.

US president, Joe Biden, when asked at the White House late on Monday if his country would provide F-16s, answered simply ?€?no?€?, although he emphasised on Tuesday morning he would remain in discussions with Ukraine about its weapons requests.

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EU committee votes to lift immunity from two MEPs amid ‘Qatargate’ inquiry

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 16:41:43 GMT

European parliament expected to back committee and strip Marc Tarabella and Andrea Cozzolino of immunity from prosecution

A European parliament committee has voted to lift immunity from two MEPs after a request from Belgian authorities investigating the ?€?Qatargate?€? bribery and corruption scandal that has shaken the EU assembly.

MEPs on the European parliament?€?s legal affairs committee voted unanimously with no abstentions on Tuesday to strip immunity from Belgium?€?s Marc Tarabella and Italy?€?s Andrea Cozzolino.

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 EU committee votes to lift immunity from two MEPs amid ‘Qatargate’ inquiry


Belgian buyer of Europe’s spare tanks hopes they see action in Ukraine

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 16:00:02 GMT

OIP built up a huge private arsenal, banking on there one day being demand for the weapons again

On the outskirts of Tournai, a sleepy medieval town in the gentle, Brueghelian landscape of the French-speaking part of Belgium, there is an unassuming grey hangar, barely hidden behind a fence. Inside are rows upon rows of German-made Leopard 1 tanks and other heavy fighting vehicles - some of the same types of weapons that top Ukraine?€?s military wishlist.

The hangar belongs to the Belgium defence company OIP and contains one of the biggest privately owned reserves of weapons in Europe. ?€?Many of these tanks have been sitting here for years. Hopefully, now it is the time they finally see some action in Ukraine,?€? said Freddy Versluys, the head of OIP, as he toured the hangar.

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Antony Blinken ends Middle East tour with no breakthrough

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 16:46:54 GMT

US secretary of state says it is up to Israelis and Palestinians to find way to end recent violence

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has finished his Middle East tour with no breakthrough in reducing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, saying that it was ?€?fundamentally up to them?€? to end the violence after days of bloodshed.

Blinken said he had heard ?€?deep concern about the current trajectory?€? during meetings in Israel and the occupied West Bank but, beyond calling for a ?€?de-escalation?€?, he offered no new US initiative.

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Iranian couple filmed dancing in Tehran are jailed for 10 years

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 15:21:12 GMT

Couple convicted of ?€?encouraging corruption and public prostitution?€? after video of dance at landmark tower went viral

An Iranian court has handed jail sentences of more than 10 years each to a young couple who danced in front of one of Tehran?€?s main landmarks in a video seen as a symbol of defiance against the regime, activists have said.

Astiyazh Haghighi and her fiance, Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, both in their early 20s, were arrested in early November after a video went viral showing them dancing romantically in front of the Azadi Tower.

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Campaigners seek to overturn Liz Truss’s resumption of Saudi arms sales

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 06:00:38 GMT

Lawyers will argue the then trade secretary ignored Saudi air force?€?s bombing of civilians in Yemen

Anti-arms trade campaigners will seek to overturn a decision made by Liz Truss to resume UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia, arguing she ignored a pattern of bombing civilians by the country?€?s air force in Yemen.

A judicial review brought by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) starts in the high court on Tuesday, the latest step in a long-running battle over the legality of a lucrative trade worth more than 23bn since the war in Yemen began.

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Met police urged to prosecute Iranian accused of backing Rushdie fatwa

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 17:15:17 GMT

Officers are reviewing a dossier accusing Sayed Ataollah Mohajerani, who lives in London, of encouraging terrorism

The Metropolitan police is being urged to crack down on Iranian terrorism in the UK by prosecuting a former senior Iranian government official accused of advocating the fatwa against Sir Salman Rushdie.

The Metropolitan police has been studying a legal dossier accusing Sayed Ataollah Mohajerani, who lives in Britain, of encouraging terrorism contrary to the 2006 Terror Act. He denies the claims.

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Shares in 888 fall as it removes CEO and suspends Middle East VIP accounts

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 16:53:40 GMT

Online betting firm finds best practices not followed in some areas, including anti-money laundering processes

Online betting group 888 has removed its chief executive and suspended VIP customer accounts in the Middle East amid an internal investigation into a failure to follow anti-money laundering processes.

Shares in the Gibraltar-headquartered group, which last year acquired William Hill?€?s operations outside the US in a 2.2bn deal, plunged by more than a quarter as investors fuelled 888?€?s biggest drop in share price since 2006. Its market value has slumped more than 70% over the last year.

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Blinken calls for calm on Jerusalem visit amid days of Israeli-Palestinian violence

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 14:40:37 GMT

US secretary of state meets Israel?€?s prime minister and reaffirms support for two-state solution

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has called for calm after days of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, as he visited Jerusalem for talks with the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

A Palestinian man died on Monday after an altercation with Israeli troops, as violence in the region continued to spiral.

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Tory peer withdraws ‘racially charged’ comments

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 18:18:47 GMT

Exclusive: Rami Ranger criticised over comments about Pakistani journalists

A Conservative peer has apologised and withdrawn comments that were criticised for being ?€?racially charged?€?, as a second referral about his conduct was made to the House of Lords standards watchdog.

Rami Ranger, a major Conservative party donor, admitted that remarks unearthed by the Guardian that he made in a letter regarding Pakistani journalists and a later TV interview about grooming and drug dealing had ?€?caused offence?€?.

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North-west Pakistan in grip of deadly Taliban resurgence

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 10:29:18 GMT

Misguided government efforts to rehabilitate militants have helped fuel recent terrorist activity

The bomber struck shortly before afternoon prayers, when the mosque in Peshawar?€?s bustling Police Lines district would be at its busiest. Hundreds of people, including many police officers, were inside as the device detonated, creating a blast so strong the roof and wall collapsed and 100 people were killed.

The attack on Monday was among the worst in years to hit Peshawar, a city in north-west Pakistan that has been ravaged relentlessly by deadly terrorist violence over decades. Hours after the attack, responsibility was claimed by a low-level commander from one faction of the Pakistan Taliban, known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), as revenge for the death of a fighter in Afghanistan.

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Pakistan: dozens killed in mosque blast in Peshawar

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 23:24:21 GMT

At least 83 people dead and many more wounded in suicide bombing that Pakistan Taliban says it is not responsible for, in contradiction of earlier admission

At least 83 people have been killed and many more injured in a suicide bombing carried out at a mosque in the city of Peshawar, as the security situation in the country continues to deteriorate.

The blast struck as 300 worshippers were praying in the mosque, located in the Police Lines area of the Peshawar, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where the city?€?s police headquarters and counter-terrorism officers are based. The death toll rose to 83 after the recovery of more bodies from the site, a spokesperson from Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar said. Police said at least 27 of the dead were police officials.

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 Pakistan: dozens killed in mosque blast in Peshawar


Tory peer accused of ‘racially charged’ attack on BBC Modi documentary

Mon, 30 Jan 2023 12:22:19 GMT

Exclusive: Rami Ranger faces criticism over ?€?deplorable?€? comments about Pakistani journalists at the corporation

A Conservative peer has been accused of using ?€?deplorable?€? and ?€?racially charged language?€? in a scathing attack on the BBC?€?s recent documentary about the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi.

Rami Ranger, who is already under investigation by the standards commissioners in the Lords, was criticised for comments made about Pakistani journalists at the corporation.

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Dozens die including children in Pakistan bus and boat crashes

Sun, 29 Jan 2023 09:09:32 GMT

Multiple fatalities after bus plunges into ravine in Balochistan province and boating accident in north-west

At least 51 people have been killed in two separate transport crashes in western Pakistan, when a bus plunged off a bridge and a boat carrying a class of children capsized.

Forty-one people are so far confirmed dead after their bus crashed into a ravine in south-western Balochistan province on Sunday, while at least 10 students died in the boating accident in north-western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, officials said.

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 Dozens die including children in Pakistan bus and boat crashes


Myanmar opium production surges since coup, UN finds

Fri, 27 Jan 2023 02:48:05 GMT

Conflict and economic hardship force farmers to rely on opium, with poppy cultivation rising by 33% in 2022

Production of opium has flourished in Myanmar since the military?€?s seizure of power, with the cultivation of poppies up by a third in the past year, according to a UN report.

In 2022, in the first full growing season since the military wrested control from the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi in 2021, Myanmar saw a 33% increase in the cultivation area to 40,100 hectares, according to the report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime released on Thursday.

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UK supermarket price inflation hits record high, adding £788 to annual bills

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 00:03:15 GMT

Milk, eggs and dog food were grocery items with fastest price rises, figures from Kantar show

Britain?€?s retailers have said shop price inflation has yet to peak this year, with the cost of basic essentials expected to remain high, after figures showed grocery prices accelerating at the fastest rate on record.

The British Retail Consortium said the price of food and drink, clothing and other items sold in shops and online would continue to rise at a rapid pace, even if the UK?€?s official inflation rate for all goods and services fades over the coming months.

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 UK supermarket price inflation hits record high, adding £788 to annual bills


Royal Navy orders investigation into nuclear submarine ‘repaired with glue’

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 00:02:37 GMT

Claims made that broken bolts on HMS Vanguard?€?s reactor chamber were stuck on instead of replaced

The Royal Navy has ordered an urgent investigation amid claims that workers on a Trident nuclear armed submarine fixed broken bolts in the vessel?€?s reactor chamber using glue.

The faulty repairs on the cooling pipes aboard the HMS Vanguard were found after one of the bolts fell off during an inspection, the Sun reported.

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Almost 13,000 offshore companies with UK property fail to declare owners

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 00:01:00 GMT

The companies may now face fines and a ban on selling their land, the government has said

Almost 13,000 offshore companies holding UK property have failed to declare their ultimate owners and may now face fines and a ban on selling their land, the government has said.

Martin Callanan, a business minister, praised the introduction of the new register of overseas owners of UK properties, saying it had been ?€?invaluable for tax and revenue services, bringing transparency to opaque offshore trusts often used to obscure assets for tax purposes?€?.

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 Almost 13,000 offshore companies with UK property fail to declare owners


Met commander accused of drug use asks panel hearing case to stand down

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 22:18:25 GMT

Lawyer for Julian Bennett files recusal application against three-person panel after it refused to dismiss case

A senior Metropolitan police commander who is facing misconduct proceedings over his alleged drug use has called for the members of the hearing panel to remove themselves from the case due to alleged bias.

Julian Bennett - who has previously chaired misconduct hearings, wrote a drug testing strategy for the Met and oversaw the dismissal of two officers for drug misuse - is facing three allegations of discreditable conduct.

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Up to half a million to strike across UK as talks go ‘backwards’

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 22:02:38 GMT

Action by teachers, civil servants, Border Force staff and train drivers to go ahead, with ministers accused of ?€?stonewalling?€?

Up to half a million workers will go on strike on Wednesday with thousands of schools shut, rail lines closed down and significant border disruption, as unions said negotiations on ending strikes were ?€?going backwards?€?.

Ministers have been accused of ?€?hoodwinking the public?€? and freezing any moves towards a settlement with NHS workers and rail unions. Government sources privately conceded that optimism at the beginning of the month about bringing an end to strike action had faded.

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 Up to half a million to strike across UK as talks go ‘backwards’


Four-year-old girl dies after being attacked by dog in Milton Keynes

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 21:57:52 GMT

Child was in a garden when attack happened and the dog has now been destroyed

A four-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a dog in Milton Keynes.

Officers were called just after 5pm on Tuesday after reports a dog had attacked the child in the back garden of a home in Broadlands, Netherfield. The dog has since been humanely destroyed, Thames Valley Police has confirmed.

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Missing Dallas zoo monkeys recovered but other incidents still a mystery

Wed, 01 Feb 2023 01:13:30 GMT

Other puzzling happenings - a dead vulture, an escaped clouded leopard and a damaged monkey cage - have authorities on edge

A mystery is unfolding at the Dallas zoo as two emperor tamarin monkeys were reported missing on Monday in what is now the fourth recent incident involving animals at the popular attraction in Texas.

Previously a vulture was apparently killed and a clouded leopard escaped after its cage was cut open. Before that another monkey cage was deliberately damaged.

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 Missing Dallas zoo monkeys recovered but other incidents still a mystery


‘Can’t make this stuff up’: California sinkhole devours cars despite warning signs

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 23:40:18 GMT

California highway patrol: ?€?This was 100 percent preventable. There is no excuse. The signs are clear, visible, and unobstructed?€?

For the second time in two weeks, a sinkhole in a collapsed road in California has swallowed a vehicle after a driver ignored road closure signs, according to law enforcement.

The two-lane road near Tracy, a city in the Central valley, collapsed earlier this month following weeks of destructive storms that wreaked havoc across the state. The damage and signs warning of the road?€?s closure didn?€?t stop drivers from attempting to traverse Kasson Road, which commuters use to travel to nearby Stockton, Manteca and Modesto, according to the local California highway patrol (CHP) office.

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Charges filed against Alec Baldwin for ‘extremely reckless acts’ on Rust set

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 22:48:06 GMT

The actor maintains his innocence and plans to fight the charge of involuntary slaughter of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins

Actor Alec Baldwin and a weapons specialist have been formally charged with involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a cinematographer on a New Mexico movie set, according to court documents filed by prosecutors Tuesday.

The charges come with two alternate sanctions, one with a penalty of up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 (4,061) fine, and another that could bring a mandatory minimum prison term of five years.

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Man shot dead by police after opening fire with AR-15 in Target store in Omaha

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 22:07:11 GMT

Police responded with deadly force against 30-year-old white man with semi-automatic rifle ?€?and plenty of ammunition?€?

A man who entered a Target store in Omaha, Nebraska, and fired a rifle was shot dead by law enforcement officers on Tuesday.

The Omaha police chief, Todd Schmaderer, spoke to reporters about the shooting, which happened shortly before 12 noon local time.

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Andrea Riseborough’s Oscar nomination upheld after academy review

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 22:04:06 GMT

British actor?€?s surprise inclusion in the best actress category will not be disqualified after accusations of unfair tactics although ?€?responsible parties?€? will be dealt with

Andrea Riseborough?€?s controversial Oscar nomination will not be taken away after an Academy review.

The British actor had been a surprise inclusion in this year?€?s best actress category for her performance in low-budget drama To Leslie after a last-minute campaign from celebrities including Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow. Accusations of unfair tactics were raised and the Academy announced an internal review of campaign procedures.

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Arizona’s top election official seeks investigation into Republican Kari Lake

Tue, 31 Jan 2023 21:49:49 GMT

Losing gubernatorial candidate may have violated a state law that protects voter?€?s signatures, Democrat Adrian Fontes says

The Arizona secretary of state, Adrian Fontes, asked the state attorney general Monday to investigate and potentially charge the losing Republican candidate for governor with a felony for sharing images of voters?€? signatures online.

Fontes, a Democrat, said GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake may have violated a state law that protects a voter?€?s signature from being accessed or shared by anyone other than the voter or an ?€?authorized government official in the scope of the official?€?s duties?€?. Violations of this law carry a class six felony charge, the lowest-level felony in Arizona.

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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!