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Mayor’s Fund for London reports Naomi Campbell’s charity over debt of £50,000

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Regulator to investigate Fashion for Relief after charity for young Londoners says promised sum never paid

A charity whose patron is the mayor of London says the fashion charity founded by the supermodel Naomi Campbell owes it tens of thousands of pounds.

The Mayor’s Fund for London, whose figurehead is the current mayor, Sadiq Khan, says it is owed £50,000 from a pop-up shop created by Campbell’s Fashion for Relief two years ago to raise money for the mayor’s causes.

This article was updated on 27 November to include a statement from Fashion for Relief

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November 27th 2021, 5:56 pm

Niger: two killed and 17 injured in clash with French military convoy

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Force used against protesters who blocked vehicles amid rising anger over France’s presence in former colonies

At least two people were killed and 18 injured in western Niger on Saturday when protesters clashed with a French military convoy they blocked after it crossed the border from Burkina Faso, Niger’s government said.

The armoured vehicles and logistics trucks had crossed the border on Friday after being blocked in Burkina Faso for a week by demonstrations there against French forces’ failure to stop mounting violence by Islamist militants.

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November 27th 2021, 4:12 pm

While Americans mark Thanksgiving, Republicans panned over Harris attack

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Criticism of vice-president over French cookware purchase backfires as people point out Donald Trump’s presidential largesse

An attack on Kamala Harris for buying expensive French cookware rebounded on the Republican party over Thanksgiving, moving social media users to compare the vice-president’s culinary outlay with the cost to taxpayers of Donald Trump’s four years in power.

On a visit to Paris earlier this month, Harris reportedly spent more than $500 on cookware at E Dehillerin, a shop near the Louvre museum. She told reporters she was making the purchase with Thanksgiving cooking in mind, prompting laughter when she said her husband, Doug Emhoff, was her “apprentice” in the kitchen.

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November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

Ilhan Omar: Lauren Boebert’s ‘Jihad Squad’ bigotry is ‘no laughing matter’

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Islamophobic remarks by Lauren Boebert are “no laughing matter”, Ilhan Omar said, demanding action from congressional leaders – after the Colorado Republican said sorry.

“Saying I am a suicide bomber is no laughing matter,” the Minnesota Democrat tweeted. “[House Republican leader] Kevin McCarthy and [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi need to take appropriate action, normalising this bigotry not only endangers my life but the lives of all Muslims. Anti-Muslim bigotry has no place in Congress.”

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November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

Fundraiser for US man exonerated after 43 years in prison tops $1.4m

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By mid-afternoon on Saturday, a fundraiser for a man who spent 43 years in prison before a judge in Missouri this week overturned his conviction in a triple murder had raised more than $1.4m.

The Midwest Innocence Project set up the GoFundMe page as it fought for the release of Kevin Strickland, 62, noting that he would not receive compensation from the state and would need help paying basic living expenses while struggling with extensive health problems.

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November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

WTA still ‘deeply concerned’ over Peng Shuai’s ability to communicate freely

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Statement says Chinese player’s responses to chief of sport body were ‘clearly’ influenced by others

The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has said it remains “deeply concerned” about the Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, weeks after she disappeared following her allegations against a high-ranking Chinese former politician.

The WTA said in an email statement on Saturday that its chief executive, Steve Simon, had attempted to contact Peng through “various communication channels” including two emails. It said it was concerned about her welfare and ability to communicate freely and that her responses were “clearly” influenced by others.

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November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

Kurdish woman is first victim of Channel tragedy to be named

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Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin from northern Iraq was messaging her fiancé when dinghy started sinking

A Kurdish woman from northern Iraq has become the first victim of this week’s mass drowning in the Channel to be named.

Maryam Nuri Mohamed Amin was messaging her fiance, who lives in the UK, when the group’s dinghy started deflating on Wednesday.

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November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

Widow of former South Korean dictator Chun Doo-hwan offers ‘deep apology’ for brutal rule

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During the final funeral service Lee Soon-ja says sorry for the pains suffered during her husband’s reign

The widow of South Korea’s last military dictator has issued a brief apology over the “pains and scars” caused by her husband’s brutal rule as dozens of relatives and former aides gathered at a Seoul hospital to pay their final respects to Chun Doo-hwan.

Chun, who took power in a 1979 coup and violently crushed pro-democracy protests a year later before being jailed for treason in the 1990s, died at his Seoul home Tuesday at the age of 90.

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November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

Succession’s plot twist prompts surge of interest in leaving money in wills to Greenpeace

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When Cousin Greg was disinherited by his grandfather in favour of the environmental group, inquiries about such legacies soared

In one bewildering and painful scene in the hit TV drama Succession, Cousin Greg sees his future of ease and wealth turn to dust. His grandfather, Ewan, announces he is giving away his entire fortune to Greenpeace, depriving Greg of his inheritance.

Now Greenpeace is hoping to benefit in real life as well as in the fictional world of the media conglomerate Waystar Royco. Thousands of people have looked into leaving money to the environmental group since the darkly comic storyline about Cousin Greg losing his inheritance and then threatening to sue the organisation was broadcast. More than 22,000 people have accessed online advice about making donations in their wills to Greenpeace. The group’s legacy webpage has also seen a tenfold surge in traffic since the episode was first broadcast earlier this month.

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November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

‘A core threat to our democracy’: threat of political violence growing across US

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Republicans’ muted response to Paul Gosar’s behavior has intensified fears about where incendiary rhetoric may lead

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood on the House floor and implored her colleagues to hold Paul Gosar accountable for sharing an altered anime video showing him killing her and attacking Joe Biden.

“Our work here matters. Our example matters. There is meaning in our service,” Ocasio-Cortez said in her speech last week. “And as leaders in this country, when we incite violence with depictions against our colleagues, that trickles down into violence in this country.”

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November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

Covid live: PM announces new measures after two cases of Omicron variant detected in UK

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Masks mandatory in shops and on public transport; PCR tests reintroduced for travellers to UK

The UK should cut the gap between the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination and the booster jab from six to five months, the Labour party said on Saturday, Reuters reports.

As the new Omicron variant sparked concern around the world, Alex Norris, Labour’s junior health spokesperson, said:

This new variant is a wake-up call.

The pandemic is not over. We need to urgently bolster our defences to keep the virus at bay.

If you look at where most of the mutations are, they are similar to regions of the spike protein that have been seen with other variants so far and that tells you that despite mutations existing in other variants, the vaccines have continued to prevent very severe disease as we’ve moved through Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta.

At least from a speculative point of view we have some optimism that the vaccine should still work against this variant for severe disease but really we need to wait several weeks to have that confirmed.

The processes of how one goes about developing a new vaccine are increasingly well oiled.

So if it’s needed that is something that could be moved very rapidly.

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November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

UK officials still blocking Peter Wright’s ‘embarrassing’ Spycatcher files

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A documentary-maker has accused the Cabinet Office of defying the 30-year rule in withholding details of the MI5 exposé

The Cabinet Office has been accused of “delay and deception” over its blocking of the release of files dating back more than three decades that reveal the inside story of the intelligence agent Peter Wright and the Spycatcher affair.

Wright revealed an inside account of how MI5 “bugged and burgled” its way across London in his 1987 autobiography Spycatcher. He died aged 78 in 1995.

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November 27th 2021, 3:26 pm

UK ministers urged to ‘stop playing politics’ over Channel crossings

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Aid groups say more deaths are likely and Britain must allow safe routes for asylum seekers

More lives will be lost in the Channel unless urgent action is taken to stop “playing politics with people’s lives”, ministers have been warned as desperate refugees vowed to keep attempting the perilous journey.

The grim prediction came as investigators tried to identify the bodies of at least 27 people, including a pregnant woman and three children and thought to be predominantly Kurds from Iraq, who drowned on Wednesday.

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November 25th 2021, 6:01 pm

Covid live: England and Israel ban flights from southern Africa

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England and Israel ban travel from countries in southern Africa following detection of new variant

Alberto Nardelli (formerly of this parish) and John Follain have a story leading the Bloomberg site at the moment, claiming that the EU is to propose a nine-month limit on Covid vaccine validity for travel. They write:

The European Union will recommend a nine-month time limit for the validity of Covid-19 vaccinations for travel into the bloc and also propose prioritising vaccinated travellers.

The European Commission will propose that member states should continue welcoming all travelers inoculated with shots approved by the bloc, according to a document seen by Bloomberg. It also calls for countries to reopen as of 10 January to all those who have used vaccines approved by the World Health Organization.

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November 25th 2021, 6:01 pm

Scientists call for travel ‘code red’ over Covid variant found in southern Africa

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Variant causing concern because of ‘extremely high’ number of mutations thought to be present across South Africa

Leading scientists have called for immediate “code red” international travel restrictions following reports that a new Covid-19 variant is driving a surge in cases in southern Africa.

The variant, which was only identified on Tuesday, initially sparked concern because it carries an “extremely high number” of mutations that could allow it to evade immunity. The latest data, presented by South African scientists on Thursday, revealed the variant also appears to be more transmissible and is already present in provinces throughout the country.

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November 25th 2021, 3:33 pm

Google to pay £183m in back taxes to Irish government

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Tech giant’s Irish arm to pay €218m (£183m) in a tax settlement in addition to corporation tax

Google’s Irish subsidiary has agreed to pay €218m (£183m) in back taxes to the Irish government, according to company filings on Thursday.

The US tech giant, which had been accused of avoiding hundreds of millions in tax across Europe through loopholes known as the “Double Irish, Dutch Sandwich”, said it had “agreed to the resolution of certain tax matters relating to prior years”.

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November 25th 2021, 2:20 pm

National Geographic green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’ evacuated to Italy

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Sharbat Gula left Afghanistan after Taliban takeover that followed US departure from country

National Geographic magazine’s famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl” has arrived in Italy as part of the west’s evacuation of Afghans after the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government has said.

The office of the prime minister, Mario Draghi, said Italy organised the evacuation of Sharbat Gula after she asked to be helped to leave the country. The Italian government would help to get her integrated into life in Italy, the statement said on Thursday.

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November 25th 2021, 2:20 pm

‘I’ve done 332 so far’: man aims to visit England’s 10,449 civil parishes

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Andy Smith, who documents his travels on YouTube, estimates task will take ‘best part of 25 to 30 years’

When Andy Smith moved from the Lincolnshire countryside where he grew up, to Rotherham, he immediately longed for a return to his rural life.

“For the first 24 years of my life I lived in a village, and living in a town is a big difference,” said 37-year-old Smith, who was born in Saxilby. “It made me miss village life. So I thought, how can I combine the missing of village life with my passion for geography?”

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November 25th 2021, 1:05 pm

French fishers to block Channel tunnel in Brexit licences row

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Members of industry association say large number of vehicles will be used to block key artery between nations

French fishers plan to block the Channel tunnel and the port of Calais on Friday in protest at Britain’s failure to issue them with more fishing licences since Brexit.

Members of the fishers’ association told an online news conference on Thursday that a large number of vehicles would be used to block the tunnel, which is used to ship goods by rail between Britain and France.

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November 25th 2021, 1:05 pm

Priti Patel says it is up to France to stop refugees crossing Channel

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Home secretary reiterates offer to send more police to France after 27 people drown trying to reach UK

It is up to France to stop refugees crossing the Channel in small boats, Priti Patel has said after 27 people, mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, drowned trying to reach the UK in an inflatable boat.

Making a statement to MPs, the home secretary said that while there was no rapid solution to the issue of people seeking to make the crossing, she had reiterated a UK offer to send more police to France.

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November 25th 2021, 1:05 pm

Warning on tackling HIV as WHO finds rise in resistance to antiretroviral drugs

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Nearly half of infants have drug-resistant HIV in 10 African countries, study finds, underlining need for new alternatives

HIV drug resistance is on the rise, according to a new report, which found that the number of people with the virus being treated with antiretrovirals had risen to 27.5 million – an annual increase of 2 million.

Four out of five countries with high rates had seen success in suppressing the virus with antiretroviral treatments, according to the World Health Organization’s HIV drug-resistance report.

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November 25th 2021, 11:01 am

Dozens trapped underground in Siberia after fatal coalmine fire

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Rescue operation halted amid fears of explosion, after fire in ventilation shaft kills at least 11 people

At least 11 miners died in a coal mining accident in Siberia, Russia, on Thursday and an operation to rescue dozens more people stuck underground has been suspended due to the risk of an explosion, the region’s governor has said.

Coal dust caught fire in a ventilation shaft in the Listvyazhnaya mine in the snowbound Kemerovo region early on Thursday, filling the mine with smoke, the TASS news agency cited local emergency services as saying.

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November 25th 2021, 11:01 am

Naomi Campbell’s fashion charity investigated over finances

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Regulator examines potential mismanagement at Fashion for Relief and payments to trustee

The fashion charity established by the supermodel Naomi Campbell has come under formal investigation from the charities watchdog over misconduct concerns relating to its management and finances.

Campbell created Fashion for Relief in 2005 to raise funds for children living in poverty and adversity around the world, and says it has raised millions over the years for good causes through its annual charity fashion show.

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November 25th 2021, 11:01 am

Apple tells Thai activists they are targets of ‘state-sponsored attackers’

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At least 17 people including protest leaders have received alerts about devices possibly being compromised

Thai activists who have called for reform of the monarchy are among at least 17 people in Thailand who say they have been warned by Apple that they have been targeted by “state-sponsored” attackers.

Warnings were sent to the prominent activists Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul and Arnon Nampa, according to Panusaya’s sister May and the administrator of Arnon’s Facebook page. Panusaya and Arnon are in pre-trial detention after leading demonstrations calling for the power of the monarchy to be curbed.

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November 25th 2021, 11:01 am

Spanish police recover rare 2,000-year-old Iberian sword

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Double-edged, curved falcata particularly sought after because of the original condition of its blade

More than 2,000 years after it was last wielded by a warrior somewhere on the Iberian peninsula, a rare, magnificent – and plundered – sword has been recovered by Spanish police who tracked it down before it was sold online.

The pre-Roman falcata, a double-edged, curved sword used by the Iberians between the fifth and first centuries BC, was seized along with 202 other archaeological pieces after it appeared on what Policía Nacional officers termed “a well known social media site”.

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November 25th 2021, 7:46 am

Unruly passengers on flights to be prosecuted swiftly, says US attorney general

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Airlines report more than 5,000 incidents involving passenger behaviour on flights this year

The US attorney general Merrick Garland has directed the swift prosecution of federal crimes on commercial flights as officials face a large increase in the number of investigations into passenger behaviour.

Airlines and their unions have pressed the US government to push more aggressively for criminal prosecution. Airlines have reported more than 5,000 incidents involving unruly passengers this year, with more than 3,600 of those involving people who refused to wear face masks.

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November 25th 2021, 7:17 am

Turkey accused of using Interpol summit to crack down on critics

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Campaigners claim Ankara is abusing its position as host, by pressuring the police body to harass dissidents living abroad

Human rights activists have accused Turkey of using its role as host of Interpol’s general assembly to push for a crackdown on critics and political opponents who have fled the country.

The alert came after the Turkish interior minister, Süleyman Soylu, said his government would use the three-day event in Istanbul to persuade the international criminal police organisation’s officials and delegates to find, arrest and extradite Turkish dissident citizens particularly those it labels terroristsabroad.

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November 25th 2021, 7:17 am

‘Un grand monsieur’: Lula challenge to Bolsonaro finds welcome in Europe

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva gets a fist bump from Olaf Scholz and an invitation to the presidential palace from Macron

It was a welcome fit for a president.

Republican Guards at the Élysée Palace. A standing ovation at the European Parliament. A front-page interview in Spain’s top newspaper in which the visiting dignitary was hailed as a “cyclone” of energy.

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November 25th 2021, 7:17 am

Priti Patel faces three legal challenges over refugee pushback plans

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Charities say home secretary’s policy for small boats in Channel is unlawful under rights and maritime laws

Priti Patel is facing three legal challenges over her controversial plans to push back refugees on small boats in the Channel who are trying to reach the UK.

Several charities including Care4Calais and Channel Rescue are involved in two linked challenges arguing that Patel’s plans are unlawful under human rights and maritime laws. Freedom from Torture is involved in a third challenge.

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November 25th 2021, 7:17 am

HMRC to relocate to Newcastle office owned by Tory donors via tax haven

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Exclusive: Deal is part of north-east regeneration scheme developed by property tycoons David and Simon Reuben

HM Revenue and Customs has struck a deal to relocate tax officials into a new office complex in Newcastle owned by major Conservative party donors through an offshore company based in a tax haven, the Guardian can reveal.

The department’s planned new home in the north-east of England is part of a regeneration scheme developed by a British Virgin Islands (BVI) entity controlled by the billionaire property tycoons David and Simon Reuben.

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November 25th 2021, 7:17 am

Pregnant women and three children among 27 drowned in Channel

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Victims mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, say French authorities, as criminal investigation begins


Pregnant women and three children were among the 27 people, mostly Kurds from Iraq or Iran, who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat, French authorities have said.

Two male survivors, an Iraqi and a Somali, were being treated for exhaustion and hypothermia in a Calais hospital. A criminal investigation has been opened by the public prosecutor in Lille, with four men suspected of “direct involvement” in the attempted crossing arrested on Wednesday and a fifth detained early on Thursday morning.

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November 25th 2021, 7:17 am

Channel drownings: UK and France trade accusations after tragedy at sea

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Boris Johnson renews calls for France to agree to joint patrols along its coast, while Emmanuel Macron urges UK not to politicise the flow of migrants

British and French leaders have traded accusations after at least 27 people died trying to cross the Channel in the deadliest incident since the current migration crisis began.

In a phone call with Boris Johnson on Wednesday night, French president Emmanuel Macron stressed “the shared responsibility” of France and the UK, and told Johnson he expected full cooperation and that the situation would not be used “for political purposes”, the Élysée said.

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November 25th 2021, 4:01 am

Interpol appoints Emirati general accused of torture as president

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Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of United Arab Emirates elected despite concerns of human rights groups and MEPs

An Emirati general accused of torture has been elected president of Interpol, the global police agency said, despite the concerns of human rights organisations and members of the European parliament.

“Mr Ahmed Nasser al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates has been elected to the post of president,” Interpol tweeted.

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November 25th 2021, 4:01 am

South Korea trials robots in preschools to prepare children for high-tech future

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The 25cm-tall robots that sing, dance and do kung-fu used as teaching aids in 300 childcare centres across Seoul

Seoul has started trialling pint-sized robots as teaching aids in kindergartens – a pilot project the city government said would help prepare the next generation for a hi-tech future.

The “Alpha Mini” is just 24.5 centimetres tall and can dance, lead sing-a-longs, recite stories and even teach kung fu moves as children mimic its push-ups and one-legged balances.

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November 25th 2021, 4:01 am

Australia sends police and troops to Honiara as violent protests continue in Solomon Islands

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Protesters reportedly from neighbouring island, which opposed government’s 2019 decision to switch allegiance from Taiwan to China

Australia is deploying more than 100 police and defence force personnel to the Solomon Islands amid reports of fresh protests in the capital Honiara.

The Australian government on Thursday said the deployment would support “riot control” and security at critical infrastructure, a day after demonstrators attempted to storm parliament and topple the prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare.

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November 25th 2021, 4:01 am

New Zealand opposition leader Judith Collins ousted after move to demote rival backfires

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New National party leader will be chosen next week, with former Air New Zealand boss Chris Luxon a favourite for the job

Judith Collins, leader of New Zealand’s opposition National party, has been toppled after months of poor polling and a shock move to strip a political rival of his portfolios.

MPs voted to end Collins’ leadership at a crisis caucus meeting on Thursday. The meeting was prompted after Collins demoted Simon Bridges, a former party leader and one of her rivals. Late on Wednesday night, she stripped Bridges of all of his portfolios, citing an inappropriate comment made by Bridges in 2017 in front of a female colleague– where Bridges says he discussed “old wives tales” about how he and his wife might produce a female child. Collins described the comment as “serious misconduct”.

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November 25th 2021, 4:01 am

‘A long fight’: relief across the US as men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery

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‘I never thought this day would come,’ says Ahmaud Arbery’s mother as some say it’s ‘not true justice’

Relief, emotion and a sense of hope came flooding out in Brunswick, on social media, from the White House and across the US as the nation came to terms with the Ahmaud Arbery verdicts and their place in history.

Outside the Georgia courthouse, a joyous, flag-waving crowd repeatedly chanted: “Ahmaud Arbery! Say his name!” as the Arbery family, surrounded by their attorneys, emerged to address them.

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November 25th 2021, 4:01 am

Pakistan orders Monday closure of schools and offices in Lahore to cut smog

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Officials hope three-day weekend will help reduce toxic pollution levels in country’s second largest city

Pakistan has ordered private offices and schools to remain closed on Mondays in Lahore in the hope that a three-day weekend will help reduce toxic levels of smog in the country’s second-largest city.

The directive, issued by Punjab relief commissioner Babar Hayat Tarar, aimed to act “as a preventive and speedy remedy” during the winter smog season and will last until 15 January.

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November 25th 2021, 4:01 am

Logbooks linked to Antarctic explorers Shackleton and Scott found in storage room

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‘Priceless’ artefacts recording details of the famed expeditions of the 1910s were discovered in the vaults of New Zealand’s meterological service

“Priceless” artefacts linked to Antarctic explorers Ernest Shackleton and Capt Robert Falcon Scott have been unearthed in a surprise discovery within the dark storage room of New Zealand’s meterological service.

Metservice staff came across a set of logbooks from some of the most famous Antarctic expeditions while preparing to move buildings in Wellington.

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November 24th 2021, 7:13 pm

Bosnia and surrounding region still heading for crisis, says top official

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International community’s high representative calls for diplomatic engagement from US and Europe

The top international official in Bosnia has said that the Serb separatist threat to re-establish their own army had receded for now, but the country and surrounding region were still heading for crisis without substantial diplomatic engagement from the US and Europe.

Christian Schmidt, a German former minister serving as the international community’s high representative to Bosnia-Herzegovina, said the Serb separatist leader, Milorad Dodik, had been persuaded by regional leaders to suspend his plans to pull Serb soldiers out of the Bosnian national army and reconstitute a Bosnian Serb force.

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November 24th 2021, 7:01 pm

‘It’s as if we’re in Mad Max’: warnings for Amazon as goldmining dredges occupy river

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Hundreds of illegal goldmining dredges converge in search of metal as one activist describes it as a ‘free-for-all’

Environmentalists are demanding urgent action to halt an aquatic gold rush along one of the Amazon River’s largest tributaries, where hundreds of illegal goldmining dredges have converged in search of the precious metal.

The vast flotilla – so large one local website compared it to a floating neighbourhood – reportedly began forming on the Madeira River earlier this month after rumours that a large gold deposit had been found in the vicinity.

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November 24th 2021, 7:01 pm

Court cases threatening human rights group Memorial start in Russia

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Cases under ‘foreign agents’ law mark attack on civil society and attempt to recast Soviet history

Russia may dissolve Memorial, the country’s premier human rights group, in an attack on civil society and symbolic reversal of the freedoms won by dissidents at the fall of the Soviet Union.

A supreme court case, to be heard on Thursday, may mark a watershed in Vladimir Putin’s campaign to recast Soviet history by banning International Memorial, which began meeting in the late 1980s to shed light on atrocities and political repression under Stalin and other Soviet leaders.

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November 24th 2021, 3:16 pm

Roman Abramovich wins first round of libel battle over Putin’s People book

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UK judge rules some passages convey a defamatory meaning, including claim Putin told him to buy Chelsea

A judge has ruled that a number of passages in the bestselling book Putin’s People convey a defamatory meaning against Roman Abramovich, including a claim that he bought Chelsea football club on Vladimir Putin’s orders.

The Russian oligarch said he was defamed by 26 specific passages in the book by the journalist Catherine Belton, all of which he says convey untrue meanings about him.

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November 24th 2021, 3:16 pm

Ahmaud Arbery verdict: three men found guilty of murdering Black man as he jogged

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Travis McMicheal, Greg McMichael and William ‘Roddie’ Bryan all face the possibility of life in prison

The three white men who chased and killed Ahmaud Arbery have been found guilty of murder, following his 2020 shooting death in south Georgia, which led to a wave of racial justice protest and a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.

Travis McMicheal, his father, Greg McMichael, and their neighbour William “Roddie” Bryan were each convicted for murdering Arbery, who was unarmed, after pursuing him in February last year and claiming, without evidence, he had been involved in a spate of burglaries in their neighborhood.

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November 24th 2021, 3:16 pm

Former soldier charged with murdering couple at their Somerset home

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Collin Reeves, 34, is accused of killing Stephen and Jennifer Chapple as their children slept upstairs

A former soldier has been charged with the murder of a husband and wife who died at their home in a Somerset village as their children slept upstairs.

Collin Reeves, 34, is accused of murdering his neighbours Stephen Chapple, 36, a teacher, and Jennifer Chapple, 33, who worked in a coffee shop.

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November 24th 2021, 3:16 pm

Sweden’s first female prime minister resigns after less than 12 hours

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Magdalena Andersson quits on day one after the Green party withdraws support for her budget

Sweden’s first female prime minister, the Social Democrat Magdalena Andersson, has resigned less than 12 hours into the job when her coalition collapsed, plunging the country into further political uncertainty.

Andersson said a decision by the Green party, the junior party in the coalition, to quit had forced her to resign. She added that she had told the speaker of parliament she hoped to be appointed prime minister again as the head of a single-party government.

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November 24th 2021, 3:16 pm

More than 20 refugees believed to have died after boat sinks in Channel; Boris Johnson to hold Cobra

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UK PM to hold emergency meeting after reports say an inflatable dingy capsized near Calais

The MP for Calais Pierre Henri Dumont told Sky News that he believes 29 bodies have been found.

British Red Cross chief executive Mike Adamson said: “Reports of more lives lost today in theChannel are truly heartbreaking and come far too soon after other recent deaths on this route.

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November 24th 2021, 1:02 pm

Met officers guilty of misconduct after sharing photos of murdered sisters

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Jamie Lewis and Deniz Jaffer referred to Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman as ‘dead birds’ on WhatsApp

Two Metropolitan police officers who shared photos of two murdered sisters and referred to them as “dead birds” have been found guilty of gross misconduct.

PC Jamie Lewis, 33, will be instantly dismissed from the force, while former PC Deniz Jaffer, 47, had already resigned.

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November 24th 2021, 12:02 pm

Several people dead after migrant boat capsizes in Channel

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Reports of at least five deaths after French interior minister confirms sinking of vessel in Channel

Several people have died while trying to cross the Channel to Britain in an inflatable dinghy, French authorities have said.

An interior ministry official told French news agencies that the national marine services had recovered “several bodies, including five people who had died and five people who were unconscious, according to initial estimations”.

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November 24th 2021, 12:02 pm

Haile Gebrselassie says he is joining Ethiopian army to fight insurgency

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Two-time Olympic gold medallist enlists as alarm grows over war that threatens to engulf Addis Ababa

The two-time Olympic gold medallist Haile Gebrselassie has announced he is enlisting in the Ethiopian military to fight an insurgency that threatens to attack the capital, Addis Ababa.

Gebrselassie, who set 27 long-distance running records, told Reuters he was joining up on Wednesday. The Olympic silver medallist runner Feyisa Lilesa would also enlist, local media reported.

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November 24th 2021, 12:02 pm

UN nuclear watchdog fails to reach access deal with Iran

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IAEA head says failure to gain renewed access to sites casts doubt over chances of restoring 2015 deal

The head of the UN’s nuclear watchdog has said he has failed to reach a deal with Iran over renewed access to key nuclear sites after talks in Tehran.

Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said the failure was seriously affecting the agency’s ability to do its work and the chances of a restoration of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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November 24th 2021, 12:02 pm

Belgian court awards damages to couple who had twins after IVF mix-up

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Parents wanted second child to act as bone marrow donor to their son but ended up with three

A hospital in Belgium has been ordered to compensate a couple for their “shock” and “impoverishment” after they ended up having three children by IVF treatment due to a mistake in its fertility clinic.

It is the first time the Belgian courts have found that a healthy child can be the cause of loss to parents.

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November 24th 2021, 8:46 am

German parties agree coalition deal to make Olaf Scholz chancellor

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Social Democrat, Green and liberal parties agree to form government after two months of talks

Germany’s Social Democrat, Green and liberal parties have agreed on a deal to form a new government that will see Olaf Scholz, the current finance minister, succeed Angela Merkel as the country’s new leader, local media has reported.

The three parties, known collectively as the “traffic light coalition” due to their colours – red, green and yellow – are due to present their agreement on Wednesday afternoon in Berlin.

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November 24th 2021, 8:46 am

Boris Johnson accused of flouting request to wear mask at theatre

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Exclusive: Audience member at Almeida theatre says PM was not wearing mask during Macbeth performance

Boris Johnson once again flouted official requests to wear a mask as he watched a performance of Macbeth at a busy theatre in north London on Tuesday night, witnesses say.

The prime minister was in the audience to see the Shakespearean tragedy at the Almeida theatre in Islington, after a torrid few days in which backbench Tories have accused him of losing the plot.

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November 24th 2021, 8:46 am

French footballer Karim Benzema guilty in sex tape extortion scandal

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Real Madrid star given suspended jail sentence and €75,000 fine for complicity in attempted blackmail

The French international footballer Karim Benzema has received a one-year suspended jail sentence and been fined €75,000 (£63,000) for his involvement in a sex tape extortion scandal that shocked French sport.

A Versailles court on Wednesday found Benzema guilty of complicity in attempted blackmail against his French teammate Mathieu Valbuena over a video thought to have been stolen from Valbuena’s mobile phone.

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November 24th 2021, 8:46 am

Norwegian journalists reporting on World Cup workers arrested in Qatar

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Pair investigating conditions for labourers detained as they tried to fly home

Two Norwegian journalists investigating conditions for migrant workers in Qatar ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup were arrested and detained for 36 hours as they tried to leave the country, Norwegian media have reported.

The VG newspaper reported that Halvor Ekeland, a sports journalist for the public broadcaster NRK, and Lokman Ghorbani, an NRK cameraman, were picked up by police late on Sunday as they were preparing to leave for Doha airport.

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November 24th 2021, 8:46 am

Covid live: France to announce new measures as cases surge; social distancing mandatory in Netherlan

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France is to announce new Covid measures on Thursday; leading Dutch intensive care physician calls for even tougher measures

The health service in the UK is considering “radical ideas” to help tackle the backlog of care that has built-up over the last few years and been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic. That includes the idea of sending patients to different regions for treatment, the chief executive of NHS Providers has said.

But Chris Hopson told Times Radio it is more likely that people will be asked to go to neighbouring hospitals rather than different parts of the country. PA Media quote him saying:

Everybody across the NHS recognises that having patients wait for their care is not an acceptable situation. There is a moral obligation on trusts and their leaders to make sure that they do everything they can, no stone unturned, to get through those care backlogs as quickly as possible.

What we’re working on at the moment is a really comprehensive plan to get through those backlogs as fast as possible. And some of it will be all the traditional things that we do, which is: we will expand temporary capacity; we will ensure that we use overtime as much as possible; we will ensure that we use the capacity that sits in the independent sector.

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November 24th 2021, 8:46 am

NFT beats cheugy to be Collins Dictionary’s word of the year

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The abbreviation of ‘non-fungible token’ tops a shortlist also including pingdemic, climate anxiety and metaverse

In a year that has seen the musician Grimes sell a collection of digital artworks for almost $6m (£4.4m), and the original photo behind the 2005 Disaster Girl meme go for $473,000 (£354,000), Collins Dictionary has made NFT its word of the year.

The abbreviation of non-fungible token has seen a “meteoric” rise in usage over the last year, said Collins, up 11,000% in the last year. Any digital creation can become an NFT, with the term referring to a certificate of ownership, registered on a blockchain, or digital ledger of transactions. The most valuable NFT to date is a collage by digital artist Beeple, which sold for £50.3m at Christie’s in March.

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November 24th 2021, 3:00 am

Nasa launches Dart mission to deflect asteroid in planetary defence test

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Spacecraft heads off on 6.8m-mile journey to crash into moonlet Dimorphos in world-first test to see if asteroids can be diverted from collision with Earth

A spacecraft that must ultimately crash in order to succeed lifted off late on Tuesday from California on a Nasa mission to demonstrate the world’s first planetary defence system.

Carried aboard a SpaceX-owned Falcon 9 rocket, the Dart (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) spacecraft soared into the sky at 10.21pm Pacific time from the Vandenberg US Space Force Base, about 150 miles (240km) north-west of Los Angeles.

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November 24th 2021, 3:00 am

China accuses US of ‘mistake’ after Biden invites Taiwan to democracy summit

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Beijing urges Washington to stick to the ‘one China’ principle amid rising tensions over Taiwan

China’s government has accused Joe Biden of “a mistake” in inviting Taiwan to participate in a democracy summit alongside 109 other democratic governments.

Taiwan was included in a list of participants for next month’s Summit for Democracy, published by the state department on Tuesday. Taiwan is a democracy and self-governing, but Beijing claims it is a province of China and has accused its government of separatism.

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November 24th 2021, 3:00 am

South Korea Covid cases hit daily record as pressure on hospitals rises

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Prime minister Kim Boo-kyum says emergency measures may be imposed as cases spike just weeks after the country reopened

South Korea reported a new daily record of 4,116 new coronavirus cases as the country battles to contain a spike in serious cases requiring hospitalisation, health authorities said.

South Korea this month switched to a “living with Covid-19” plan aimed at lifting rigid distancing rules and ultimately reopening after reaching vaccination goals last month.

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November 24th 2021, 12:01 am

New Zealand interest rate hike raises pressure on central banks over inflation

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RBNZ could lift borrowing costs to 3% by 2023, economists say, as focus shifts to policymakers in US, UK and Europe

New Zealand’s central bank has lifted interest rates for the second time in as many months to 0.75%, with many forecasters expecting borrowing costs to rise to at least 2% by next year and possibly higher.

In a warning signal for central banks around the world as they struggle to contain inflationary pressures, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) raised the official cash rate by 25 basis points to 0.75% as expected in its final policy meeting of the year on Wednesday.

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November 23rd 2021, 11:01 pm

Climate crisis pushes albatross ‘divorce’ rates higher – study

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Researchers say warmer waters mean birds are travelling further for food and becoming more stressed, triggering relationship breakdowns

Albatrosses, some of the world’s most loyally monogamous creatures, are “divorcing” more often – and researchers say global heating may be to blame.

In a new Royal Society study, researchers say climate change and warming waters are pushing black-browed albatross break-up rates higher. Typically after choosing a partner, only 1-3% would separate in search of greener romantic pastures.

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November 23rd 2021, 11:01 pm

New Zealand to reopen borders to vaccinated visitors from new year

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Border will first open to New Zealand citizens coming from Australia, then from the rest of the world, and finally to all other vaccinated visitors from April

New Zealand has announced it will reopen its borders to vaccinated visitors in the opening months of 2022, for the first time since prime minister Jacinda Ardern announced their snap closure in the first month of the Covid-19 pandemic. The country’s borders have been closed for more than a year and a half.

The border will initially open to New Zealand citizens and visa holders coming from Australia, then from the rest of the world, and finally to all other vaccinated visitors from the end of April. They will still have to self-isolate at home for a week, but will no longer have to pass through the country’s expensive and highly-space limited managed isolation facilities.

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November 23rd 2021, 9:29 pm

Dart mission: why is Nasa crashing a spacecraft into an asteroid?

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The spacecraft will travel 6.8 million miles through the solar system in an attempt to nudge moonlet Dimorphos a fraction off course

Nasa is preparing to launch its $330m Double Asteroid Redirection Test (Dart) probe, testing the space agency’s ability to alter an asteroid’s trajectory with kinetic force.

The plan is to crash a robot spacecraft into the moonlet Dimorphos at 15,000 mph and change its path just a fraction. If the mission is successful, it will mean that Nasa and other space agencies could deflect an asteroid heading towards Earth and avert an Armageddon-style impact.

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November 23rd 2021, 9:29 pm

A child injured in the Waukesha parade has died, bringing the toll to six

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Driver has been charged with five counts of intentional homicide and more charges are pending

Prosecutors in Wisconsin on Tuesday charged a man with intentional homicide in the deaths of five people who were killed when an SUV was driven into a Christmas parade earlier this week that also left 62 people injured, including many children.

Prosecutors say a sixth person, a child, has died and more charges are pending. Several of those injured remain in critical condition.

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November 23rd 2021, 8:00 pm

Einstein’s notes on theory of relativity fetch record €11.6m at auction

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Manuscript handwritten by physicist and a colleague in 1913-14 fetched nearly four times estimate

Albert Einstein’s handwritten notes on the theory of relativity fetched a record €11.6m (£9.7m) at an auction in Paris on Tuesday.

The manuscript had been valued at about a quarter of the final sum, which is by far the highest ever paid for anything written by the genius scientist.

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November 23rd 2021, 8:00 pm

US expected to remove Farc from international terrorist list

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The announcement comes five years after the demobilised rebel group signed a peace deal with the Colombian government

The US is expected to remove the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) from its international terrorist list, five years after the demobilised rebel group signed a peace deal with the Colombian government and formed a political party.

The announcement is expected to bolster the struggling peace process, which has been implemented haltingly as violence from dissident rebel groups and drug traffickers continues to trouble the South American nation.

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November 23rd 2021, 8:00 pm

Jury awards $25m in damages over deadly 2017 Charlottesville far-right rally

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Nine people who were physically or emotionally injured during the two days of demonstrations will receive payment

A jury has awarded more than $25m in damages against white nationalist leaders for violence that erupted during the deadly 2017 far-right rally in Charlottesville.

The defendants were accused of promoting and then carrying out racially motivated violence during the “Unite the Right” rally. After a nearly monthlong civil trial, a jury in US district court in Charlottesville deadlocked on two claims but found the white nationalists liable on four other counts in the lawsuit that was filed by nine people who suffered physical or emotional injuries during the two days of demonstrations.

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November 23rd 2021, 5:44 pm

Somerset couple stabbed to death as young children slept upstairs

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Two arrested as neighbours say there had been disputes about parking in area

A husband and wife were stabbed to death at their Somerset home as their children slept upstairs, police have said.

Paramedics tried to save Stephen Chapple, 36, a teacher, and Jennifer Chapple, 33, who worked in a coffee shop, but they died of their wounds in their house in the village of Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton.

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November 23rd 2021, 5:44 pm

French fishers plan to block freight to UK in Brexit licences dispute

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With talks between governments deadlocked, fishers to decide on taking their own action, reports say

French fishers are set to take action within days, including blocking road and sea freight bound for the UK through Calais and other Channel ports, as a months-long dispute over licences to operate in British waters intensifies.

French media reported on Tuesday that with talks between the two governments and the European Commission over post-Brexit fishing rights seemingly deadlocked, angry fishers in northern France would decide on Thursday what steps to take.

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November 23rd 2021, 3:46 pm

Brian Laundrie killed himself with a gunshot wound to the head, autopsy report reveals

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23-year-old Florida man’s disappearance sparked a nationwide hunt after the disappearance and death of Gabby Petito

Brian Laundrie, whose disappearance sparked a nationwide manhunt in September after his fiancee, Gabby Petito, went missing and was later found murdered, killed himself with a single gunshot wound to the head, an autopsy report released on Tuesday revealed.

Laundrie’s remains were found in a Florida nature preserve last month, one month after Petito, 22, was found strangled to death on the edge of Wyoming’s Grand Teton national park where the couple had been travelling together in a van.

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November 23rd 2021, 3:46 pm

Boris Johnson is not unwell and has not lost his grip, says No 10

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Downing Street spokesperson responds to questions about PM’s health after rambling speech to CBI on Monday

Boris Johnson is physically well and has a full grasp on the prime ministership, Downing Street has said following his rambling speech to business leaders on Monday in which he lost his place for about 20 seconds.

People who watched the speech Johnson gave to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference were impressed with it, his spokesman argued, adding that cabinet ministers could speak freely if they had any concerns.

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November 23rd 2021, 3:46 pm

Man who murdered Meredith Kercher released from jail in Italy

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Rudy Guede freed after completing 13 years of 16-year sentence for 2007 murder of British student

Rudy Guede, the only person definitively convicted of the murder of the British student Meredith Kercher, has been freed from prison after completing 13 years of a 16-year sentence.

A judge in the Italian town of Viterbo agreed to further reduce Guede’s sentence, which had been due to end on 4 January, by an additional 45 days due to good behaviour.

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November 23rd 2021, 3:46 pm

Apple sues Israeli spyware firm NSO Group for surveillance of users

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iPhone-maker also seeks to ban firm behind Pegasus spyware from using any Apple software, services or devices

Apple has launched a lawsuit against NSO Group, the Israeli spyware company that was recently blacklisted by the Biden administration for acting “contrary to the foreign policy and national security interests of the US”.

The move marks a sharp turnaround for the technology giant, which previously downplayed the threat posed by the spyware, and underscores growing concern and frustration among technology companies about the proliferation of attacks against its customers.

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November 23rd 2021, 3:46 pm

EU threatens to blacklist airlines linked to border influx

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Draft law proposes sanctions whether or not involvement in attempts at destabilisation is intentional

The EU has published a draft law that would blacklist airlines and travel operators that fly people to countries on its borders as part of attempts to destabilise the bloc, in its latest response to the crisis at the Poland-Belarus border.

The proposal does not specifically mention Belarus, whose authoritarian leader, Alexander Lukashenko, is accused of engineering the arrival of thousands of people at the Polish border, where a desperate humanitarian situation has played out in recent weeks.

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November 23rd 2021, 3:46 pm

Covid deaths in Europe to top 2 million by March, says WHO

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Dr Hans Kluge describes situation as ‘very serious’ with increasing strain on health services

Total deaths across Europe from Covid-19 are likely to exceed 2 million by March next year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said, adding that the pandemic had become the number one cause of death in the region.

Reported deaths have risen to nearly 4,200 a day, double the number being recorded in September, the agency said, while cumulative reported deaths in the region, which includes the UK, have already surpassed 1.5 million.

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November 23rd 2021, 3:46 pm

Jeffrey Epstein documents reveal master manipulator who claimed he couldn’t kill himself

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Sex trafficker’s final days detailed in more than 2,000 pages of never-before-seen records obtained by the New York Times

The financier and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein told a psychologist he was too much of “a coward” to ever kill himself, two weeks before he was found dead in his jail cell in a death that was ruled a suicide.

The claim was contained in a detailed analysis of Epstein’s final days compiled from more than 2,000 pages of never-before-seen documents and jail records obtained under freedom of information laws and published by the New York Times on Tuesday.

In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is at 800-273-8255 and online chat is also available. You can also text HOME to 741741 to connect with a crisis text line counselor. In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. In Australia, the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14. Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org

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November 23rd 2021, 3:46 pm

US, France and Germany tell nationals to leave Ethiopia as PM commits to battle

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Western nations urge citizens to fly out as Abiy Ahmed vows to lead troops in war against advancing Tigray rebels

The US, France and Germany have called on their nationals to leave Ethiopia immediately as the prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, vowed to lead his country’s troops “from the battlefront”, the latest turn in a devastating year-long war with rebel groups.

The Nobel Peace prize winner said in a statement posted to Twitter: “I will mobilise to the front to lead the defence forces. Those who want to be among the Ethiopian children who will be hailed by history, rise up for your country.”

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November 23rd 2021, 3:46 pm

Jennifer Lawrence defends Leonardo DiCaprio’s higher pay for Don’t Look Up

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Despite their equal billing on the forthcoming Adam McKay disaster comedy, Lawrence says she is ‘extremely fortunate and happy with my deal’

Jennifer Lawrence has defended the higher salary paid to Leonardo DiCaprio for Don’t Look Up, their forthcoming film for which they receive equal billing.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Lawrence said: “Leo brings in more box office than I do. I’m extremely fortunate and happy with my deal.” A recently published report in Variety suggested that DiCaprio will receive $30m (£22.5m) for the movie, and Lawrence will be paid $25m ($18.7m) – meaning DiCaprio’s fee is 20% higher.

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November 23rd 2021, 9:31 am

Hong Kong activist Tony Chung jailed under national security law

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Judge sentences 20-year-old to three years and seven months in prison for secession and money laundering

A 20-year-old student activist who was arrested while attempting to seek asylum at the US consulate in Hong Kong has become the youngest person sentenced under the city’s draconian national security law.

Tony Chung was sentenced to three years and seven months in prison after being convicted of secession and money laundering.

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November 23rd 2021, 9:31 am

Chinese birthrate falls to lowest since 1978

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Official statistics show 8.5 births per 1,000 people in 2020, the first time under 10 in decades

China’s birthrate has plummeted to its lowest level since 1978 as the government struggles to stave off a looming demographic crisis.

Data released by the country’s national bureau of statistics shows there were 8.5 births per 1,000 people in 2020, the first time in decades that the figure has fallen below 10. The statistical yearbook, released at the weekend, said the natural rate of population growth – taking in births and deaths – was at a new low of 1.45.

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November 23rd 2021, 9:31 am

Priti Patel under ‘immense pressure’ from No 10 over Channel crossings

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Downing Street declines to praise home secretary over attempts to stop crossings in small boats

Priti Patel is being put under “immense pressure” from Downing Street and Conservative MPs over government efforts to halt Channel crossings in small boats, with No 10 refusing to say the home secretary had done a good job.

As figures revealed, the number of people making perilous crossings has tripled since 2020, Boris Johnson’s spokesperson twice declined to praise Patel’s strategy on Monday. He said the prime minister had “confidence in the home secretary” but would only say she has “worked extremely hard and no one can doubt this is a priority for her”.

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November 23rd 2021, 9:31 am

Post-Brexit scheme to lure Nobel winners to UK fails to attract single applicant

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Programme to allow those with prestigious global prizes to get fast-track visas dismissed as ‘elitist’ and a ‘joke’

A post-Brexit scheme to draw the world’s most celebrated academics and other leading figures to the UK has failed to attract a single applicant in the six months since it opened, it has been reported.

The visa route open to Nobel laureates and other prestigious global prize winners in the fields of science, engineering, humanities and medicine – among others – was described as a joke by experts after ministers admitted its failure to garner any interest.

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November 23rd 2021, 9:31 am

UK will press governments to stick to climate pledges, says Cop26 president

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Alok Sharma says shared goals must be steered to safety by ensuring countries deliver on their promises

The UK will continue to press governments around the world to cut greenhouse gas emissions urgently in the next year to limit global heating to 1.5C, after the UN climate talks that concluded last week, the president of the summit has pledged.

Alok Sharma, the cabinet minister who led the Cop26 talks, said the world had shown in Glasgow that countries could work together to establish a framework for climate action but the next year must focus on keeping the promises made there.

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November 23rd 2021, 9:31 am

Covid live: Europe death toll ‘could pass 2 million by March’; UK public urged to take rapid test be

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Latest updates: WHO says Europe remains ‘in firm grip’ of pandemic; people in UK urged to take lateral flows before mixing in crowded indoor spaces

Here’s the latest from Reuters on the situation in Germany, where the acting health minister called on Tuesday for further restrictions to contain a “dramatic” surge in coronavirus cases as the country’s infection rate hit a record high and the United States advised against travel there.

The seven-day incidence rate - the number of people per 100,000 to be infected over the last week - hit 399.8 on Tuesday, up from 386.5 on Monday, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed.

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Lack of roads is no barrier to their work. If they cannot reach the communities by car, they switch to an older form of transport: camel. In the past three years Chat has reached more than 100,000 people with behaviour-changing messages that focus on family planning but include TB, HIV and Covid prevention services across 14 counties in Kenya.

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November 23rd 2021, 9:31 am

China condemns ‘malicious hyping’ over Peng Shuai

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Foreign ministry takes unrepentant stance to concerns in west over wellbeing of tennis player

China’s foreign ministry has accused unnamed people of “malicious hyping” in the case of the tennis star Peng Shuai, in a hardline and unrepentant response to questions in the west over her wellbeing.

The whereabouts and wellbeing of Peng, a former doubles world number one, has become a matter of international concern over the past three weeks, after she alleged in a message on the Chinese social media site Weibo that the country’s former vice-premier, Zhang Gaoli, had sexually assaulted her. Peng ceased to be seen in public shortly after she made her allegation on 2 November.

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November 23rd 2021, 9:31 am

Kevin Spacey to pay House of Cards studio more than $30m over alleged misconduct losses

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Court ruling made public on Monday finds Spacey violated his contract’s demands for professional behaviour

Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the studio behind House of Cards more than $30m because of losses brought on by his firing for alleged sexual misconduct, according to an arbitration decision made final on Monday.

A document filed in Los Angeles superior court requesting a judge’s approval of the ruling says that the arbitrators found that Spacey violated his contract’s demands for professional behaviour by engaging in “certain conduct in connection with several crew members in each of the five seasons that he starred in and executive produced House of Cards”.

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November 23rd 2021, 2:32 am

As China threat rises, can Aukus alliance recover from rancorous birth?

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Questions mount about pact’s ultimate purpose and implications for other Asean countries

It was initially seen as an audacious enlistment by Joe Biden of Australia into the 21st-century struggle against China, elevating the country in the process to a significant regional military power and finally giving substance to Global Britain and its tilt to the Indo-Pacific.

But since then the “ruckus” about Aukus, as Boris Johnson described it, has not stopped. If this was the start of a new “anti-hegemonic coalition” to balance China’s rise, it has not quite blown up on the launchpad, but nor has it taken off as smoothly as intended.

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November 23rd 2021, 2:32 am

Whey too expensive: New Zealand cheese lovers forced to eke out supplies as prices jump

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Range of issues blamed for spike in cost to $20 a block, including inflation, Covid-related supply issues and high milk prices

Facing decades-high cheese prices, cheddar-loving New Zealanders are being forced to chase specials, downgrade their flavour expectations, or abandon the blocks entirely in favour of grated substitutes.

A mixture of inflation, Covid-19 supply pressures and high milk prices was sending prices for hunks of cheddar through the roof, with blocks ranging from $11 to over $20 a block.

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November 23rd 2021, 2:32 am

Thai student accused of mocking king with crop top protest denied bail

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Lawyers say judgment demonstrates increasingly harsh stance taken by authorities over lese-majesty law

It was last December that Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, a Thai student activist, and her friends strolled into a shopping mall in Bangkok wearing crop tops. They ate ice cream and carried dog-shaped balloons. Phrases such as “I have only one father” were written in marker pen on their skin.

Now, four of them are in pre-trial detention over the outing, which royalists say was an insult to the monarchy.

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November 23rd 2021, 2:32 am

Bulgaria bus crash kills at least 45 people

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Ministry officials say children are among the dead after a bus from North Macedonia crashed and caught fire on highway

At least 46 people have died, including 12 children, after a bus caught fire on a highway in western Bulgaria on Tuesday, officials have said.

“We have an enormous tragedy here,” Bulgarian interim prime minister Stefan Yanev, who travelled to the scene, told reporters. His interior minister, Boyko Rashkov, said: “The picture is terrifying, terrifying. I have never seen anything like that before.”

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November 23rd 2021, 2:32 am

South Korean horror Hellbound takes over Squid Game as most popular Netflix series globally

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Violent fantasy series tops streaming ratings in more than 80 countries within 24 hours of its debut

Another South Korean fantasy horror series from Netflix has become an overnight global phenomenon, with Hellbound toppling Squid Game as the most-watched TV show on the streaming platform.

According to FlixPatrol analytics, Hellbound became the world’s most watched Netflix television series on 20 November, topping the streaming ratings in more than 80 countries within 24 hours of the show’s debut.

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November 23rd 2021, 2:32 am

Former South Korean dictator Chun Doo-hwan dies aged 90

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Chun ruled for eight years after seizing power in a coup in 1979, and presided over the infamous 1980 Gwanju student massacre

Former South Korean president, Chun Doo-hwan, who presided over the infamous Gwanju massacre during his iron-fisted eight-year rule, has died aged 90.

Chun had multiple myeloma, a blood cancer which was in remission, and his health had deteriorated recently, his former press secretary Min Chung-ki told reporters. He passed away at his Seoul home early in the morning and his body will be moved to a hospital for a funeral later in the day.

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November 23rd 2021, 2:32 am

Roger Stone and Alex Jones among five to receive Capitol attack subpoenas

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House select committee expands investigation into planning and financing of rally that preceded 6 January insurrection

The House select committee investigating the Capitol attack on Monday issued new subpoenas to five political operatives associated with Donald Trump, including Roger Stone and the far-right media star Alex Jones, as the panel deepens its inquiry into the “Save America” rally that preceded the 6 January insurrection.

The subpoenas demanding documents and testimony expand the select committee’s inquiry focused on the planning and financing of the rally at the Ellipse, by targeting operatives who appear to have had contacts with the Trump White House.

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November 22nd 2021, 8:32 pm

Diego Maradona: Cuban woman alleges footballer raped her when she was 16

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Mavys Álvarez, a Cuban woman who had a relationship with the late footballer Diego Maradona two decades ago, has alleged the Argentine player raped her when she was a teenager and “stolen her childhood”.

Álvarez, now 37, gave testimony last week to an Argentine Ministry of Justice court that is investigating her allegations of trafficking against Maradona’s former entourage, linked to events when she was 16.

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November 22nd 2021, 8:32 pm

China must answer serious questions about tennis star Peng Shuai, Australia says

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Human rights activists step up calls for diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

Chinese authorities must answer serious concerns about the tennis star Peng Shuai’s welfare, the Australian government has said.

The intervention comes as human rights activists and an independent senator step up calls for Australia to join a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics over broader allegations of rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.

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November 22nd 2021, 8:32 pm

Priceless Roman mosaic spent 50 years as a coffee table in New York apartment

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Long-lost mosaic commissioned by Emperor Caligula disappeared from Italian museum during second world war

A priceless Roman mosaic that once decorated a ship used by the emperor Caligula was used for almost 50 years as a coffee table in an apartment in New York City.

Dario Del Bufalo, an Italian expert on ancient stone and marble, described how he found the mosaic in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday.

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November 22nd 2021, 8:32 pm

Johnson ‘losing the confidence’ of Tory party after rambling CBI speech

World news | The Guardian

Senior party members concerned after chaotic fortnight, with PM said to be losing his grip over key policies

Conservative MPs are increasingly worried about Boris Johnson’s competence and drive after he gave a rambling speech to business leaders and was accused of losing his grip over a series of key policies from social care to rail.

Senior members of his own party said they needed Johnson to get the government back on track after a disastrous two weeks amid dismay about his performance at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference, where he lost his place in his speech for about 20 seconds and diverted into a lengthy tangent about Peppa Pig.

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November 22nd 2021, 5:15 pm

Germany and Netherlands face fresh Covid rules as Austria enters lockdown

World news | The Guardian

Reintroduction of restrictions has led to violent protests in European cities

Germany and the Netherlands have been told they should face still tougher Covid restrictions as the German health minister, Jens Spahn, made the startling prediction that most of his compatriots would be “vaccinated, cured or dead” by the end of winter.

With Europe again the centre of the pandemic, ushering in tighter controls mainly on the unvaccinated across the continent, on Monday Austria became the first west European country to re-enter lockdown since vaccination began earlier this year.

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November 22nd 2021, 3:46 pm
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