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Mali’s prime minister, Choguel Maïga, ‘ordered to rest’ by doctor

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 18:46:19 GMT

Politician?€?s office says move comes after ?€?intense exertion?€?, while adviser denies reports of a stroke

The prime minister of Mali, Choguel Maïga, has been ordered by his doctor to rest after months of intense exertion, his office said on Saturday, while an adviser denied media reports that he had been hospitalised after having a stroke.

?€?After 14 months of working without a break, the prime minister, head of government, Choguel Kokalla Maïga was placed on forced rest by his doctor,?€? his office said on its Facebook page. ?€?He will resume his activities next week, God willing.?€?

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 Mali’s prime minister, Choguel Maïga, ‘ordered to rest’ by doctor


Kenya presidential election: Raila Odinga slightly ahead in early results

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 15:03:34 GMT

Odinga has 52.54% of the vote against 46.76% for William Ruto, as country waits for final count

Kenya?€?s one-time opposition leader Raila Odinga is slightly ahead in the race for the presidency against the incumbent deputy president, William Ruto, partial official results showed.

Odinga has 52.54% of the vote against 46.76% for Ruto, according to figures issued by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission in the early afternoon based on results from about 30% of polling stations.

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 Kenya presidential election: Raila Odinga slightly ahead in early results


Count for Kenya’s presidential election enters fourth day

Fri, 12 Aug 2022 20:35:45 GMT

Head of election commission blames slow progress on political parties treating process like a ?€?forensic audit?€?

Kenya?€?s election count has dragged into its fourth day, after an election this week that pitted former prime minister Raila Odinga against the deputy president, William Ruto.

On Friday, the head of Kenya?€?s election commission blamed the slow progress on disruptions by political parties, who he said were treating the process like a ?€?forensic audit?€?.

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 Count for Kenya’s presidential election enters fourth day


Blinken raises concerns over Hotel Rwanda dissident trial with Kagame

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 15:14:07 GMT

US secretary of state on last stop of African tour has been clear about US misgivings related to Paul Rusesabagina?€?s conviction

The US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, has raised US concerns about the trial of the jailed dissident Paul Rusesabagina with Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, and other senior Rwandan officials during a visit to the capital Kigali.

Blinken is in Kigali on the last stop of a tour of sub-Saharan Africa that aims to regain the diplomatic initiative across a continent that received little attention under the Trump administration.

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 Blinken raises concerns over Hotel Rwanda dissident trial with Kagame


Sierra Leone rocked by deadly violence at cost of living protests

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 14:41:42 GMT

Six police officers and at least 21 civilians killed, as hundreds take to streets in frustration at economic hardship and rising prices

At least 27 people have died in anti-government protests in Sierra Leone, police and other sources said on Thursday, sharply raising the death toll from the previous day?€?s clashes as shocked citizens stayed mostly behind closed doors in the capital, Freetown.

Six police officers and at least 21 civilians were killed, the sources said, as hundreds took to the streets in frustration at economic hardship and a perceived failure by the government to cushion the impact of rising prices.

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 Sierra Leone rocked by deadly violence at cost of living protests


Kenya elections: Raila Odinga and William Ruto in tight race for president

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 15:21:05 GMT

Analysts say result too close to call, with poor turnout amid cost of living crisis and soaring unemployment

Kenya?€?s veteran opposition politician Raila Odinga and the deputy president, William Ruto, are locked in a tight race for the country?€?s highest office, according to early results from Tuesday?€?s election.

National media updates put Ruto in the lead, at roughly 52%, with Odinga a close second at 47%. The deputy president is performing better than polls had predicted, with a number having placed Odinga in both clear and marginal leads.

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 Kenya elections: Raila Odinga and William Ruto in tight race for president


Colombian government and ELN rebels meet in Havana to restart peace talks

Fri, 12 Aug 2022 21:09:45 GMT

Government pledges ?€?judicial and political steps?€? to enable talks to resume with nation?€?s last guerrillas broken off three years ago

Colombia?€?s new government and members of the nation?€?s last guerrilla group have taken steps towards restarting peace talks that were suspended three years ago in Cuba.

Newly elected President Gustavo Petro, a former member of the M-19 guerrilla group, has promised to establish ?€?total peace?€? in Colombia and sent a high-level delegation to Cuba this week to meet with National Liberation Army (ELN) representatives there.

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Mexico prison cartel clash spills on to streets of border city leaving 11 dead

Fri, 12 Aug 2022 15:08:13 GMT

Four radio station employees among dead as alleged gang members rampaged through Ciudad Juárez

A prison confrontation between members of two rival cartels spilled on to the streets of the border city Ciudad Juárez, where alleged gang members have killed nine more people, including four employees of a radio station.

The violence began on Thursday, when Los Chapos, members of the infamous Sinaloa cartel formerly led by Joaquín ?€?El Chapo?€? Guzmán, clashed with the local group Los Mexicles, in a Juárez prison, the deputy security minister, Ricardo Mejía, said.

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Discovery of small armoured dinosaur in Argentina is first of its kind

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 20:10:42 GMT

Jakapil kaniukura was about 5ft long and probably walked upright in then-steamy Patagonian landscape about 100m years ago

Palaeontologists have announced the discovery of a previously unknown small armoured dinosaur in southern Argentina, a creature that probably walked upright on its back legs roaming a then-steamy landscape about 100m years ago.

The Cretaceous period dinosaur, named Jakapil kaniukura, would have been well-protected with rows of bony disc-shaped armour along its neck and back and down to its tail, they said. It measured about 5ft (1.5 meters) long and weighed only 9-15lb (4-7kg), similar to an average house cat.

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 Discovery of small armoured dinosaur in Argentina is first of its kind


Toronto blackout puts top businesses in the dark and forces mall evacuation

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 19:59:06 GMT

Power utility Hydro One said the outage, which started at about noon on Thursday, affected 10,000 customers

A power outage in Toronto?€?s downtown core has left the offices of Canada?€?s top businesses in the dark, forced the evacuation of one of the city?€?s biggest shopping malls, and caused some bank branches to be locked.

The power utility Hydro One said the outage, which started at about noon on Thursday, affected 10,000 customers in downtown Toronto, Canada?€?s biggest city. Hydro One was investigating but gave no details on the cause.

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Citizens’ manifesto declares Brazilian democracy facing ‘immense danger’

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 14:47:07 GMT

Declaration comes amid fears Jair Bolsonaro could attempt January 6-style coup to retain power if voted out in October

Brazilian democracy faces a moment of ?€?immense danger?€?, a manifesto signed by almost a million citizens has warned amid growing fears president Jair Bolsonaro could refuse to accept defeat in October?€?s election.

The declaration - whose backers include major figures in business, politics, science and the arts - comes after Bolsonaro escalated his attacks on Brazil?€?s voting system and summoned hardcore supporters to hit the streets ?€?for the last time?€? before the 2 October vote.

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Global heating has caused ‘shocking’ changes in forests across the Americas, studies find

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 15:00:17 GMT

Trees are advancing into the Arctic tundra and retreating from boreal forests further south, where stunting and die-offs are expected

Forests from the Arctic to the Amazon are transforming at a ?€?shocking?€? rate due to the climate crisis, with trees advancing into previously barren tundra in the north while dying off from escalating heat farther south, scientists have found.

Global heating, along with changes in soils, wind and available nutrients, is rapidly changing the composition of forests, making them far less resilient and prone to diseases, according to a series of studies that have analyzed the health of trees in north and South America.

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 Global heating has caused ‘shocking’ changes in forests across the Americas, studies find


Tropical storm Meari unleashes heavy rains on Japan

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 13:16:36 GMT

Warnings of floods and mudslides on Honshu island south-west of Tokyo as storm heads towards the capital

Tropical storm Meari unleashed heavy rains on Japan?€?s main Honshu island as it headed northward towards the capital, Tokyo, according to Japanese weather officials.

The national meteorological agency said Meari made landfall in Shizuoka prefecture south-west of Tokyo on Saturday afternoon, bringing sudden heavy rains and blasting winds to a widespread area and prompting warnings about mudslides and flooding.

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 Tropical storm Meari unleashes heavy rains on Japan


Xi Jinping faces stumbling blocks, as crucial Communist party meeting looms

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 11:00:38 GMT

At a time when he wants to project stability, China?€?s president is grappling with a long-term crisis over Taiwan, a faltering economy and ongoing Covid outbreaks

Having presided over a grand celebration of the party?€?s centenary and suppressed mass Covid outbreaks last year, China?€?s president, Xi Jinping, told his countrymen and women in his 2022 New Year address that the Chinese nation was ?€?making confident strides on the path toward the great rejuvenation?€?.

But so far, the Year of the Tiger has been full of stumbling blocks. First, the draconian Covid lockdowns in major cities such as Xi?€?an and Shanghai, the commercial capital, sparked outcry and disrupted global supply chains. Then the economy showed signs of a serious slowdown, leading to growing unemployment among the young. Xi?€?s ?€?no limit?€? partnership with Vladimir Putin also made China a target of western criticism.

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 Xi Jinping faces stumbling blocks, as crucial Communist party meeting looms


US and Chinese officials discuss Biden-Xi meeting amid Taiwan friction

Fri, 12 Aug 2022 19:39:24 GMT

Two leaders raised possibility of in-person encounter when they last talked by phone in late July, US official confirms

US and Chinese officials have been discussing a face-to-face meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, amid a significant escalation in friction over Taiwan.

Kurt Campbell, the coordinator for Indo-Pacific affairs in Biden?€?s national security council, confirmed on Friday that the two leaders had raised the possibility of an in-person meeting when they last talked by phone in late July ?€?and agreed to have their team?€?s follow up to sort out the specifics?€?.

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Australian-born judge released from immigration detention in Kiribati, after being held overnight

Fri, 12 Aug 2022 08:28:32 GMT

David Lambourne, who serves on the high court of Kiribati, was detained on Thursday after a failed attempt by the Kiribati government to deport him

Kiribati?€?s Australian-born high court justice David Lambourne was released from immigration detention on Friday night, with the government belatedly complying with an order from the country?€?s court of appeal.

The court had ordered Lambourne?€?s release on Friday morning, after he was detained on Thursday following the government?€?s unsuccessful attempt to deport him, contrary to court orders.

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 Australian-born judge released from immigration detention in Kiribati, after being held overnight


Weather tracker: deadly floods in South Korea and drought in China

Fri, 12 Aug 2022 07:00:06 GMT

While Seoul experienced torrential downpours, rainfall levels are down in China?€?s Yangtse River basin

Extreme flooding in South Korea this week submerged streets, cars and buildings, as torrential downpours brought more than a month?€?s worth of rainfall in the space of a few days. Between Monday and Wednesday a cumulative total of 525mm - a little over 20 inches - was recorded in Seoul.

At least nine people are confirmed to have died from the floods and many more are reported injured or missing. High rainfall rates and flooding during the monsoon season in South Korea is common, with average rainfall of up to 10mm a day and 250mm in the month of August. However, this week rainfall accumulations far exceeded these typical conditions.

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 Weather tracker: deadly floods in South Korea and drought in China


US and allies should move to protect ‘freedom of navigation’, says Taiwan envoy

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 17:56:48 GMT

Kelly Wu-Chiao Hsieh called for operations to uphold the ?€?median line?€? in the Taiwan Strait in response to China?€?s military exercises

The US and its allies should jointly respond to China?€?s live ammunition drills designed to intimidate Taiwan by holding ?€?freedom of navigation?€? operations in the Taiwan Strait, Taipei?€?s official representative to the UK has said.

In an interview with the Guardian, Kelly Wu-Chiao Hsieh also called on the UK to uphold the principles of rules-based international order and forge closer trade and investment relations with Taiwan. He welcomed the decision of the foreign secretary, Liz Truss, to condemn the unprecedented Chinese military exercises in the wake of the visit of the US House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, to the island, the most senior US official to visit Taiwan in 25 years.

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 US and allies should move to protect ‘freedom of navigation’, says Taiwan envoy


Australia live news updates: Canberra airport evacuated after gunshots; Daniel Andrews backs federal plan to boost migration

Sun, 14 Aug 2022 06:01:25 GMT

One person arrested after shots heard at Canberra airport as authorities work to resume flights. Labor?€?s plan to tackle skills shortages would lift the annual migration cap from 160,000 to between 180,000 and 200,000. Follow the day?€?s news, live

Bowen says climate reforms will help Australian industry avoid carbon tariffs

Bowen says how this will work has yet to be determined and gives a nod to an upcoming discussion paper, with the details to be hammered out in consultation with industry. But he raises some interesting points that this needs to happen as there is a growing risk Australian industry will be exposed to carbon tariffs if nothing changes.

This will help us avoid these, by showing the EU and the rest of the world, you don?€?t need to slap tariffs on our manufacturers and our producers because Australia is working with industry to get emissions down in a very sensible way.

The safeguard mechanism is taking the 315 biggest emissions and working with them to reduce emissions, because if we don?€?t, we will continue the 10 years of no reductions from those facilities and it won?€?t cut the mustard.

Any facility which emits more than 100,000 tonnes ?€? whether it is new or existing, which is just increasing its activity, we are not having the same architecture. They will be put on a trajectory to net zero, facility by facility. We have designed this in a very sensible way.

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 Australia live news updates: Canberra airport evacuated after gunshots; Daniel Andrews backs federal plan to boost migration


Gunman detained after shooting incident at Canberra airport, with no injuries reported

Sun, 14 Aug 2022 05:08:03 GMT

Police say six shots were fired in the check-in area of the city?€?s airport, with passengers evacuated

A gunman has been detained at Canberra airport after firing shots inside the terminal.

ACT policing said one person was taken into custody and a firearm was recovered after Sunday afternoon?€?s shooting. No injuries were reported.

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Two women shot dead in Sydney’s south-west killed in targeted ‘assassination’, police say

Sun, 14 Aug 2022 03:12:59 GMT

The women - aged 48 and 39 - died after the offender opened fire on them as they sat in a car in Revesby on Saturday night

New South Wales police say the shooting that killed two women on a Sydney street was a planned and methodical ?€?assassination?€?.

Two women - aged 48 and 39 - died after the offender opened fire on them as they sat in a car in Revesby. Two people in the back seat - a girl aged 16 and man aged 20 - were not seriously injured.

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Why is the Reserve Bank of Australia exploring digital currency options?

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 20:00:51 GMT

The RBA is looking into the idea of a central bank digital currency as cryptocurrencies continue to gain popularity

Last week the Reserve Bank of Australia announced a year-long research project with the Digital Finance Cooperative Research Centre to explore ?€?use cases?€? for a central bank digital currency (CBDC). Here is what?€?s going on.

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Hobart divided over statue of man who stole Indigenous skull, as council votes on removal

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 20:00:50 GMT

William Lodewyk Crowther, later premier of Tasmania, mutilated the corpse of Aboriginal man William Lanne in 1869

Hobart city councillors will decide on Monday whether to remove the city?€?s controversial statue of William Lodewyk Crowther, who in 1869 mutilated the body of the Aboriginal man William Lanne.

On 4 August, the council?€?s community, culture and events committee voted unanimously to recommend the removal of the statue from Franklin Square in central Hobart. The vote followed years of requests from the Tasmanian Aboriginal community and an art project designed to foster public discussion about the statue?€?s future.

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Long Covid clinic wait times blow out to five months as Australia’s health experts call for national approach

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 20:00:49 GMT

Hospitals across the country are bracing for increased demand for specialised treatment and rehabilitation after winter Omicron wave

Waiting lists at long Covid rehabilitation clinics have blown out to more than five months, as experts call for a nationally coordinated approach to managing the condition.

An estimated 5% to 12% of people infected with Covid go on to develop long Covid symptoms - which in Australia could amount to more than 1 million people. Hospital clinics are bracing for an increase in demand from people still experiencing symptoms more than 12 weeks after an initial diagnosis.

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Ukraine says it will target Russian soldiers at Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant

Sun, 14 Aug 2022 04:45:44 GMT

Volodymyr Zelenskiy vows attacks on troops based in Europe?€?s largest nuclear power station and those who fire upon the site

Ukraine?€?s president has said his forces will target Russian soldiers who shoot at Europe?€?s largest nuclear power station or use it as a base from which to launch attacks, as G7 nations called on Moscow to withdraw its forces from the plant, fearing a nuclear catastrophe.

?€?Every Russian soldier who either shoots at the plant, or shoots using the plant as cover, must understand that he becomes a special target for our intelligence agents, for our special services, for our army,?€? President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said in a video address on Saturday night.

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Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 172 of the invasion

Sun, 14 Aug 2022 00:41:21 GMT

Volodymyr Zelenskiy warns Russian troops against shooting from nuclear plant; blasts heard in Melitopol; Ukraine claims to have shot down Russian fighter jet

Ukraine says it will target Russian soldiers who shoot at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant or use it as a base to shoot from, as both sides again accused the other of shelling the facility. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Saturday that Russian soldiers who shot at the plant or used it as cover would become a ?€?special target?€?, Reuters reported. He repeated accusations that Moscow was using the plant - Europe?€?s largest - as nuclear blackmail. The exiled mayor of the town where the plant is located in south-eastern Ukraine said it had come under fresh shelling.

An explosion was heard in the north-eastern part of Melitopol, the mayor of the city, Ivan Fedorov, Melitopol, posted on Telegram. ?€?We?€?re waiting for good news about Russian losses,?€? he added. The city, which is east of the Dnipro river and north-east of the Crimean peninsula, has been occupied since March.

The two primary road bridges giving access to the pocket of Russian-occupied territory on the west bank of the Dnipro in Ukraine?€?s Kherson region are now probably out of use for the purposes of substantial Russian military resupply, British military intelligence said on Saturday, which the UK?€?s defence ministry has described as a key vulnerability.

The number of fatalities after a Russian missile strike on Kramatorsk, in Ukraine?€?s Donetsk region, has grown to three, the Kyiv Post reports. It cites a report by Ukrinform giving the Kramatorsk mayor, Oleksandr Honcharenko, as the source.

The US has said it is concerned by reports of British, Swedish and Croatian nationals being charged by ?€?illegitimate authorities?€? in eastern Ukraine. ?€?Russia and its proxies have an obligation to respect international humanitarian law, including the right and protections afforded to prisoners of war,?€? the secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said.

Russia has warned the US that potentially placing Russia on the US State Department?€?s list of state sponsors of terrorism could be a diplomatic ?€?point of no return?€?, and trigger a total breakdown of relations between the two countries.

The Ukrainian military has reportedly shot down a Russian fighter jet, as well as four Russian drones, over the past day, according to Ukrainian media.

Two Russian missiles hit Kharkiv overnight on Saturday, the region?€?s governor, Oleh Synehubov, said on national television. He said there were no casualties but one missile damaged a technical college while the other landed in a residential area, Reuters reported.

Ukrainian presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Saturday the war could only end with the return of the Crimea peninsula and the punishment of the Russian leaders who ordered the military invasion.

Russian forces have taken full control of Pisky, a village on the outskirts in Ukraine?€?s Donetsk region, Interfax cited the Russian defence ministry as saying on Saturday. Ukraine?€?s military command said later that ?€?fierce fighting?€? continued in the village.

Ukraine?€?s health minister has accused Russian authorities of committing a crime against humanity by blocking access to affordable medicines and hospitals in occupied areas.

The Estonian prime minister, Kaja Kallas, has again complained that the lack of comprehensive Schengen zone travel restrictions for Russians puts an ?€?unfair?€? burden on countries neighbouring Russia, reiterating calls on the European Union to introduce visa bans for Russian nationals.

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Brexit threatening endangered species as red tape hits zoo breeding programmes

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 20:41:23 GMT

Transferring critically endangered species within Europe to broaden the gene pool is more difficult with Britain outside the EU

Breeding programmes designed to save critically endangered species are being jeopardised by Brexit, with zoos warning they are being prevented from transferring animals such as rhinos and giraffes by red tape created by the UK?€?s departure from the EU.

The animal health regulation was passed in 2016 before the EU referendum, but came into force in April 2021. There have been no reports that the UK dissented from the regulation.

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Moscow warns US over diplomatic ‘point of no return’ - as it happened

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 17:34:00 GMT

Foreign ministry warns US not to place Russia on its list of state sponsors of terrorism. This blog is now closed

Ukrainian president Zelenskiy?€?s adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said on Saturday the war could only end with the return of the Crimea peninsula and the punishment of the Russian leaders who ordered the military invasion, saying on Twitter:

The Kyiv Independent reports that the Ukrainian military has shot down a Russian fighter jet, as well as four Russian drones.

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 Moscow warns US over diplomatic ‘point of no return’ - as it happened


Europe’s rivers run dry as scientists warn drought could be worst in 500 years

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 14:09:42 GMT

Crops, power plants, barge traffic, industry and fish populations devastated by parched waterways

In places, the Loire can now be crossed on foot; France?€?s longest river has never flowed so slowly. The Rhine is fast becoming impassable to barge traffic. In Italy, the Po is 2 metres lower than normal, crippling crops. Serbia is dredging the Danube.

Across Europe, drought is reducing once-mighty rivers to trickles, with potentially dramatic consequences for industry, freight, energy and food production - just as supply shortages and price rises due to Russia?€?s invasion of Ukraine bite.

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One dead and dozens hurt as stage collapses in high winds at Spanish festival

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 09:41:27 GMT

Strong gusts hit the Medusa electronic music festival in Cullera south of Valencia in the early hours of Saturday

One person was killed and dozens were injured when high winds caused part of a stage to collapse at a dance music festival near the Spanish city of Valencia in the early hours of Saturday, regional emergency services said.

Other infrastructure was also damaged when gusts battered the Medusa festival, a huge electronic music festival held over six days in the east coast town of Cullera, south of Valencia.

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Jerusalem shooting: eight wounded as gunman fires at bus near Western Wall

Sun, 14 Aug 2022 03:02:31 GMT

Two victims including pregnant woman in serious condition, according to Israeli hospital officials, while police say suspected attacker turned himself in

A gunman opened fire at a bus near Jerusalem?€?s Old City early on Sunday, wounding eight Israelis in a suspected Palestinian attack that came a week after violence flared between Israel and militants in Gaza, police and medics said.

Two of the victims were in serious condition, including a pregnant woman with abdominal injuries and a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck, according to Israeli hospitals treating them.

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Salman Rushdie attack: Iranians react with mixture of praise and concern

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 11:11:15 GMT

Praise for attack on writer targeted by decades-old fatwa comes as some fear incident will leave Iran more isolated

Iran has reacted cautiously to the attack on Salman Rushdie, with some citizens offering praise for the brutal stabbing, others claiming it harmed free speech, and several senior officials claiming it was a conspiracy to damage Iran?€?s global image.

Nuclear talks between the US and Iran were cited as a reason for the assault, which has left the acclaimed author on a ventilator in a New York hospital. Several state-aligned news organisations, meanwhile, linked the fatwa issued by late Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khomeini to the violent attack 33 years later.

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Lost Banksy piece sprayed in Palestine reappears in Tel Aviv gallery

Fri, 12 Aug 2022 13:34:02 GMT

The removal of Slingshot Rat has sparked debate over the legality of taking cultural artefacts from occupied land

A lost Banksy piece originally spray painted to protest against Israel?€?s separation barrier in the West Bank has resurfaced in a Tel Aviv gallery, sparking debate over the role of public art and the legality of removing cultural artefacts from occupied land.

Slingshot Rat, a stencil painting, appeared on a concrete block at an abandoned Israeli army position in Bethlehem next to a section of the wall in 2007, one of several works in the Palestinian town created in secret. Some time later, the painting was obscured and graffitied with the words, ?€?RIP Banksy Rat?€?, and eventually cut out and removed by unknown persons.

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Man who took hostages demanding his own money becomes public hero in Lebanon

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 16:57:17 GMT

Public rallies around gunman who surrendered after bank agreed to give him funds for father?€?s medical bills

An armed man has emerged as an unlikely hero in Lebanon after holding hostages in a central Beirut bank and demanding access to his own money - a move that generated broad public support.

Brandishing a rifle and threatening to douse himself with petrol, Bassam al-Sheikh Hussein, entered the Federal Bank branch about noon on Thursday and insisted on withdrawing part of his frozen savings of $210,000 (£172,000) to help pay for his father?€?s hospital bill.

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Tehran museum unveils western art masterpieces hidden for decades

Thu, 11 Aug 2022 07:44:29 GMT

?€?Deviant?€? works by artists including Picasso and Warhol return to display at exhibition in Iranian capital

Some of the world?€?s most prized works of contemporary western art have been unveiled for the first time in decades in Tehran.

The Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline cleric, rails against the influence of the west. Authorities have condemned ?€?deviant?€? artists for ?€?attacking Iran?€?s revolutionary culture?€?. And the Islamic Republic has plunged further into confrontation with the US and Europe as it rapidly accelerates its nuclear programme and diplomatic efforts stall.

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Biden: US knows ‘with certainty’ Syria holding missing journalist Austin Tice

Wed, 10 Aug 2022 18:06:55 GMT

President urges regime, which denies involvement, to release Tice, who disappeared in 2012 covering Syrian war

Joe Biden has said that the US knows ?€?with certainty?€? that the Syrian government is holding Austin Tice - an American journalist who has been missing for a decade - and called on Damascus to release him.

Ten years after the freelance reporter disappeared while reporting on the Syrian war, Biden said the US government knows ?€?that [Tice] has been held by the Syrian regime?€?.

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‘They’d come to kill me’: The Afghan tax reformer hunted by the Taliban and abandoned by the Britain he served

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 16:08:35 GMT

A year after the fall of Kabul, Abdullah Sayyid is in hiding, his wife has been murdered and the Home Office seems to have lost his case file

Abdullah Sayyid often thinks about the moment the Taliban broke down his door, burst inside and shot his wife. The gunmen left, but would soon redouble their efforts to kill him because of his work for the British government.

Sayyid?€?s wife was murdered during the chaotic aftermath of Operation Pitting, the UK?€?s emergency mass airlift from Kabul that began on 13 August last year.

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Female protesters beaten by Taliban fighters during rare Kabul rally

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 13:34:15 GMT

Shots fired into air and rifle butts used to attack dozens of women protesting outside Afghan education ministry

Taliban fighters beat female protesters and fired into the air on Saturday as they violently dispersed a rare rally in the Afghan capital, days before the first anniversary of the hardline Islamists?€? return to power.

Since seizing control on 15 August last year, the Taliban have rolled back the marginal gains made by women during two decades of US intervention in Afghanistan.

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An Afghan girl’s despair over school ban: ‘We are wilting away at home’

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 12:00:39 GMT

Since returning to power the Taliban have banned secondary school-aged girls from getting an education. Here Farzana*, 16, tells her story

Last year I was in 11th grade, the second highest-placed student in my class, with an average grade of 95%. Now I sit at home all day doing almost nothing. Sometimes I help my mum with housework, but really there are no distractions for me.

I can?€?t even read books, because I have lost the will to continue. After you lose 11 years of effort all at once, you can?€?t hold on to your dreams to make something of your life.

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 An Afghan girl’s despair over school ban: ‘We are wilting away at home’


‘She asked me, will they kill you if they discover you?’: Afghan girls defy education ban at secret schools

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 07:00:34 GMT

Girls forced to stop attending school under Taliban are taking huge risks to keep studying - as are the teachers helping them

When inspectors arrive at the school gate, which is most weeks now, the older girls know the drill. They slip away from their classes, race to a musty room and huddle together for long minutes that sometimes stretch into hours, hoping they won?€?t be discovered by the men who want them shut up at home.

The Taliban have banned secondary education for girls, the only gender-based bar on studying in the world.

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 â€˜She asked me, will they kill you if they discover you?’: Afghan girls defy education ban at secret schools


Man overcharged 20 rupees for India train ticket wins 22-year legal battle

Fri, 12 Aug 2022 05:55:10 GMT

Lawyer Tungnath Chaturvedi took on the might of Indian Railways after being charged 20 rupees - or 21p - too much

An Indian lawyer has won a 22-year legal battle with Indian Railways for overcharging him by 20 rupees (21p or 25c).

When Tungnath Chaturvedi, 66, bought a ticket at Mathura station in Uttar Pradesh in 1999 to go to Moradabad, he was charged 90 rupees instead of 70. He complained there and then but did not receive a refund.

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India’s HIV patients say shortages leaving hundreds of thousands without drugs

Fri, 12 Aug 2022 05:00:02 GMT

Campaigners say many people have had to stop or switch antiretroviral medication regimes - but the government denies supply crisis

Hundreds of thousands of people living with HIV in India are struggling to access treatment because of a shortage of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, according to campaigners.

Up to 500,000 people have not been able to get hold of free ARVs from government health centres and hospitals over the past five months, they say, as the country experiences stock shortages of key drugs.

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Ministers reject attempt to curb political influence over the allocation of levelling-up funds

Sun, 14 Aug 2022 06:00:02 GMT

Analysis shows half of the most-deprived areas in England have not benefited from investment

A proposal to curb ministerial influence over the £4.8bn levelling up fund after claims of possible bias in favour of Tory seats has been rejected by the government.

Analysis has revealed more than half of the 100 most deprived areas of the country have not yet benefited from the fund. The awards are under fresh scrutiny after former chancellor Rishi Sunak told an audience in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, that he changed funding formulas to divert money from ?€?deprived urban areas?€?.

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‘A sweatshop in the UK’: how the cost of living crisis triggered walkouts at Amazon

Sun, 14 Aug 2022 05:00:00 GMT

Inside the protests taking place at the online giant which is accused of exploiting workers and awarding derisory pay offers

Amazon workers say they are working in a ?€?sweatshop?€? as safety concerns and worries about the cost of living crisis have triggered walkouts at warehouses around the country.

The Observer has spoken to four staff involved in the walkouts, who work at three Amazon warehouses, including Tilbury in Essex, where protests began on 4 August. All say they will struggle to survive this winter with pay rise offers between 35p and 50p an hour - far less than the rate of inflation, which is currently at 13%.

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British minister accused of trying to hide reports on impact of Tory welfare reforms

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 23:00:53 GMT

Thérèse Coffey ?€?set out to minimise evidence?€? on studies including research into deaths of benefit claimants and help for vulnerable

Ministers have been accused of deliberately attempting to hide the impact of the government?€?s wide-ranging welfare reforms by concealing a range of official reports on benefits.

Thérèse Coffey, the work and pensions secretary, said she would not publish five reports or research on the benefit cap, deaths of benefits claimants, the impact of universal credit (UC), and benefit sanctions, and that she had no plans to publish two further reports on unpaid carers and work capability assessments.

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Body recovered from South Yorkshire lake after reports of man in difficulty

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 21:31:49 GMT

Emergency services search scene after man in 20s said to have been in stretch of water in Lakeside, Doncaster

A body has been found in a lake in South Yorkshire after emergency services responded to reports that a man had got into difficulty, police have said.

Emergency services were contacted at about 4.30pm about the man, aged in his 20s, being in the stretch of water in Lakeside, Doncaster.

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 Body recovered from South Yorkshire lake after reports of man in difficulty


Jerry Sadowitz Edinburgh fringe standup show axed due to complaints

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 21:16:26 GMT

Pleasance theatre cancels Scottish comic, saying his material ?€?does not align with our values?€?

The Scottish comedian Jerry Sadowitz has had his Edinburgh fringe show cancelled by the venue after complaints from staff and audience members.

Sadowitz played just one night, on Friday, before the Pleasance banned him from performing again. His show was entitled Jerry Sadowitz: Not for Anyone and carried a warning that it contained ?€?strong language and themes some may find distressing?€?.

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Nicola Sturgeon calls Boris Johnson ‘disgrace to office of prime minister’

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 19:26:51 GMT

First minister of Scotland also jokes she never thought she would look back fondly on Theresa May as PM

Nicola Sturgeon has said Boris Johnson is the only prime minister she has worked with who was ?€?a disgrace to the office?€?.

Speaking at a panel event at the Edinburgh fringe on Saturday afternoon, hosted by broadcaster Ayesha Hazarika, she said: ?€?I disagreed with David Cameron, I disagreed with Theresa May, I disagreed with Boris Johnson, but he?€?s the only one who?€?s actually disgraced the office of prime minister. The sooner he?€?s gone, the better.?€?

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Salman Rushdie is off ventilator and able to talk, agent says

Sun, 14 Aug 2022 01:57:59 GMT

Author seriously injured in New York stabbing remains in hospital, as Joe Biden praises his courage and suspect denies attempted murder

Salman Rushdie has been taken off a ventilator and was able to talk on Saturday, his agent has confirmed, as the US president hailed the writer?€?s courage and voiced horror at the attack on him.

The Indian-born British novelist remains hospitalised with serious injuries, but fellow author Aatish Taseer tweeted on Saturday evening that he was ?€?off the ventilator and talking (and joking)?€?. Rushdie?€?s agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that information without offering further details.

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 Salman Rushdie is off ventilator and able to talk, agent says


Salman Rushdie attack: suspect pleads not guilty to attempted murder charge

Sun, 14 Aug 2022 00:24:38 GMT

Suspect from New Jersey is accused by prosecutors of ?€?preplanned?€? attack on author in New York before being remanded without bail

The man suspected of stabbing the novelist Salman Rushdie at a literary festival in western New York pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault at a court appearance on Saturday.

District attorney Jason Schmidt alleged on Saturday that Hadi Matar, 24, took steps to purposely put himself in position to harm Rushdie, getting an advance pass to the event where the author was speaking and arriving a day early bearing a fake ID. ?€?This was a targeted, unprovoked, preplanned attack on Mr Rushdie,?€? Schmidt alleged.

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Emmett Till accuser received protection from police, she says in memoir

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 20:05:30 GMT

Recently emerged book sheds new light on lynching after grand jury declined to charge Carolyn Bryant Donham

By her own telling, Carolyn Bryant Donham received preferential treatment rather than prosecution by Mississippi authorities after her encounter with Emmett Till led to the lynching of the Black teenager in the summer of 1955.

Instead of arresting Donham on a warrant that accused her of kidnapping days after Till?€?s abduction, an officer passed along word that relatives would take her and her two young sons away from home amid a rising furor over the case, Donham said in a 2008 memoir made public last month. The sheriff would later claim Donham, 21 at the time, could not be located for arrest.

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Salman Rushdie had started to believe his ‘life was normal again’

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 19:00:48 GMT

Before he was stabbed, the author said ?€?a lot of people today live with similar threats?€? to those made against him

Salman Rushdie believed his life was ?€?very normal again?€? and that fears of an attack were a thing of the past, he had told an interviewer just two weeks before he was stabbed on stage in New York on Friday.

The novelist, who remained in hospital on Saturday, was knifed several times, including in the neck and abdomen. His agent, Andrew Wylie, said his liver had been damaged and that he was likely to lose an eye.

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 Salman Rushdie had started to believe his ‘life was normal again’


Salman Rushdie attack: details emerge about New Jersey suspect

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 18:49:01 GMT

Motive for violence at New York event remains unclear, with author in hospital

Details have begun to slowly emerge about Hadi Matar, the man who has been charged with the attempted murder of the author Salman Rushdie.

Matar, 24, was arrested on Friday after allegedly storming the stage of a literary event in New York and stabbing Rushdie as he prepared to speak. Rushdie?€?s agent said the novelist suffered stab wounds to his arm and liver in the attack, would probably lose an eye and couldn?€?t speak because he had been put on a ventilator.

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 Salman Rushdie attack: details emerge about New Jersey suspect


Rushdie attack prompts questions over security at New York event

Sat, 13 Aug 2022 15:56:48 GMT

Suspect had a ticket for Chautauqua event but some say protections should have been enhanced given sensitivities

A day after the bloody attack on Salman Rushdie in western New York, questions are being asked about how the perpetrator gained untrammeled access to the event with apparently minimal security precautions.

Rushdie, 75, was attacked at 10.47am on Friday, moments after he had sat down on stage in the Chautauqua Institution, a historic community of artists and thinkers about 15 miles south of Lake Erie. The auditorium, which accommodates about 4,000 people, was two-thirds full.

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