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  • Foreign Office official raised ‘stark’ criticisms of Rwanda plan, court hears

    Publisert Wednesday August 17, 2022
    Guardian, BBC and Times seek release of documents about policy of sending asylum seekers abroadA Foreign Office official raised concerns about plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, citing state surveillance, arbitrary detention, torture and killings by the country’s government, the high court has heard.The court has been asked to consider an application by the foreign secretary to keep parts of certain government documents secret for fear the contents could damage international relations and threaten national security. Continue reading...
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  • Kenya opposition leader rejects election result as ‘null and void’

    Publisert Tuesday August 16, 2022
    Raila Odinga’s comments on poll he was declared to have lost come after some officials disown final tallyThe Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has rejected as “null and void” the result of a presidential election that he was declared to have lost, and pledged to challenge the outcome with “all constitutional and legal options”.Odinga said he would channel his complaints through “appropriate authorities”, in his first comments since William Ruto, the deputy president, was declared the winner with 50.49% of ...
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  • William Ruto declared winner of Kenya presidential election amid dispute

    Publisert Monday August 15, 2022
    Electoral commission chair declares deputy president winner of tight race as other senior officials disown resultsWilliam Ruto has been declared the winner of Kenya’s presidential election, amid last-minute chaos as four senior election officials denounced the week-long count and disowned the result.Official results showed that Ruto, the current deputy president, won 50.5% of the vote, beating the longtime opposition leader Raila Odinga and narrowly avoiding a run-off. Continue reading...
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  • At least 41 people killed in Egypt church fire, say officials

    Publisert Sunday August 14, 2022
    Security sources say majority of dead are children after blaze breaks out at Coptic Abu Sifin church in GizaA fire sparked by an electrical fault at a packed church in a working-class district of Greater Cairo has killed at least 41 people and injured another 45, Egyptian officials have said.About 5,000 people had gathered at the Coptic Abu Sifin church in Imbaba, Giza, for Sunday morning services, when a fire broke out just before 9am local time (7am BST). Continue ...
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  • Police chief quit after abuse by British colonial troops in Kenya covered up

    Publisert Sunday August 14, 2022
    Documentary reveals how Britain was not only involved in rape and torture but tried to suppress evidenceA former police commissioner resigned after attempts to expose rape and torture by British colonial forces in Kenya during the Mau Mau uprising were covered up, a documentary shows.During the 1950s, Britain fought a war in Kenya against the Mau Mau, a movement that fought for independence from colonial rule. The movement was brutally suppressed through the use of widespread detention camps and systemic ...
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  • Mali’s prime minister, Choguel Maïga, ‘ordered to rest’ by doctor

    Publisert Saturday August 13, 2022
    Politician’s office says move comes after ‘intense exertion’, while adviser denies reports of a strokeThe 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 ...
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  • US issues western water cuts as drought leaves Colorado River near ‘tipping point’

    Publisert Wednesday August 17, 2022
    Arizona, Nevada and Mexico affected as federal government steps in after states failed to reach agreementAfter western US states failed to reach agreements to reduce water use from the beleaguered Colorado River, the federal government stepped in on Tuesday, issuing cuts that will affect two states and Mexico.Officials with the Bureau of Reclamation declared a “tier 2” shortage in the river basin as the drought continues to pummel the American west, pushing its largest reservoirs to new lows. The waning ...
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  • Journalist found dead in northern Mexico in bloody year for media

    Publisert Tuesday August 16, 2022
    Body of Juan Arjón López, 14th journalist to be killed in Mexico in 2022, identified by tattoos in border city of San Luis Río ColoradoAn independent journalist has been found dead in northern Mexico, bringing to 14 the number of reporters and media workers killed so far this year, which has been one of the deadliest ever for the profession.Prosecutors in the northern border state of Sonora said on Tuesday that tattoos on a body found in the border city ...
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  • Lula says Bolsonaro ‘possessed by devil’ as he launches Brazil election campaign

    Publisert Tuesday August 16, 2022
    Leftwing frontrunner counters far-right president’s efforts to demonize him with evangelical voters in bitterly divided countryBrazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has formally launched his campaign to reclaim the presidency with a ferocious broadside against his rival, Jair Bolsonaro, who he claimed was “possessed by the devil”.Lula’s rebuke came on the first official day of campaigning before Brazil’s October election when 156.5 million citizens will choose the next leader of a bitterly divided nation. Continue reading...
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  • Cuban doctor among three shot dead at hospital in Mexico

    Publisert Tuesday August 16, 2022
    Doctor killed along with a nurse and another woman at a hospital in the suburb of Ecatepec, on the outskirts of Mexico CityA Cuban doctor has been shot dead at a hospital in a rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City, prosecutors in the state of Mexico confirmed late on Monday.The doctor, whose name was not provided, was killed on Friday along with a nurse and another woman at a hospital in the suburb of Ecatepec. Continue reading...
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  • Brazil’s presidential campaign launches amid fears of violence and upheaval

    Publisert Tuesday August 16, 2022
    Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is trailing in the polls and has hinted he will not cede power if defeated Campaigning in Brazil’s most important election for years formally gets under way this week amid fears of political violence on the campaign trail and possible turmoil before and after the October ballots.Far-right president Jair Bolsonaro is trailing in the polls and has hinted he will not give up power if defeated by the leftist frontrunner and former president Luiz Inácio Lula ...
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  • Ecuador city declares state of emergency amid dramatic rise in gang bombings

    Publisert Monday August 15, 2022
    Gangs in Guayaquil use increasingly violent tactics in battle for dominance of cocaine trafficking routes to Europe and the USEcuador’s embattled president, Guillermo Lasso, has declared a fourth state of emergency in the violence-racked city of Guayaquil after a deadly bomb attack killed at least five and injured 17 people.Ecuador’s interior minister, Patricio Carrillo, described Sunday’s explosion as a “declaration of war on the state” by organised crime in the country’s largest city and it has been classified as a ...
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  • Indonesian boys wrongly imprisoned by Australia ask attorney general for new appeal

    Publisert Wednesday August 17, 2022
    Exclusive: Lawyers for two Indonesian children wrongly jailed for people smuggling ask Mark Dreyfus to refer case for appeal, calling Christian Porter’s ruling on the case a ‘mockery of justice’Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastTwo Indonesian children who were imprisoned as adult people smugglers using deeply flawed evidence have asked attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, to use his mercy powers and resolve the “mockery of justice” overseen by his predecessor Christian Porter.Earlier this year, Guardian ...
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  • Japan tax office launches campaign to help encourage drinking

    Publisert Wednesday August 17, 2022
    Contest asks young adults for ideas to revitalise popularity of alcoholic drinks after big fall in tax revenuesThe Japanese government has launched a nationwide competition calling for ideas to encourage people to drink more alcohol after a change in attitudes among the young resulted in a slide in tax revenues.The Sake Viva! campaign, which is being run by the National Tax Agency (NTA), asks 20- to 39-year-olds to come up with proposals to help revitalise the popularity of alcoholic drinks, ...
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  • Chinese government attempts to boost birth rate with new policies

    Publisert Wednesday August 17, 2022
    Measures include improved maternal healthcare and efforts to reduce abortions as China seeks to reverse declining population growthThe Chinese government has pledged to improve pre- and post-natal services to encourage more people to have children and reiterated its intent to “discourage” abortions as it seeks to turn around a declining birth rate.The measures announced by the country’s national health commission include a pledge to make fertility treatments more accessible. For several years authorities have flagged expanding IVF access to single ...
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  • North Korea – a model for Grant Shapps’ bicycle licence plate proposal?

    Publisert Wednesday August 17, 2022
    The secretive state demands each cycle display a registration number – although officially women are banned from bikes• UK cyclists could be made to have registration platesIf the British transport secretary, Grant Shapps, is looking for a “model” for his bicycle registration plates proposal he could turn to one of the world’s most illiberal countries: North Korea.After decades of being frowned upon as a primitive means of transport for citizens of a modern, socialist paradise, cycling gained official acceptance in ...
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  • Thai instant noodle makers seek government approval for first price hike in 14 years

    Publisert Wednesday August 17, 2022
    Plea to government, which controls prices on some essentials, to allow rise as war in Ukraine and extreme weather drive up costsFive major producers of instant noodles have urged the Thai government to allow them to increase their prices within a week, warning of soaring production costs affecting one of the country’s most popular grocery items.The war in Ukraine, as well as droughts and floods over the past year, have caused the cost of wheat, energy and transport costs to ...
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  • Chinese navy vessel arrives at Sri Lanka port to security concerns from India

    Publisert Tuesday August 16, 2022
    Yuan Wang 5 is officially described as a ‘scientific research ship’ but India suspects it has military functionsA Chinese navy vessel has arrived at a southern Sri Lankan port that Beijing leases from the government, prompting renewed security fears from India.On Tuesday morning, the Yuan Wang 5 sailed into the Hambantota port, which was built by Beijing, and was welcomed by senior Sri Lankan and Chinese officials in a traditional ceremony that involved red carpet and a massive banner that ...
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  • Australia news live updates: Albanese flies north to build Indigenous voice momentum, emissions cuts proposed

    Publisert Wednesday August 17, 2022
    Prime minister will travel to the Torres Strait with the minister for Indigenous affairs, Linda Burney, for a ‘come one, come all’ forum. Follow the day’s news liveGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcast‘Dumping ground’: Chris Bowen flags emissions standards for carsLast night the climate change minister, Chris Bowen, signalled that Labor could introduce emissions standards for cars.I have said that emissions standards for new cars – that is on the table. I do recognise ...
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  • Digging in: Matthew Guy’s gamble on scrapping Victoria’s suburban rail loop

    Publisert Wednesday August 17, 2022
    Analysis: Liberal leader says health will be prioritised, but Labor is happy for an election on the issueIt was three months out from the 2018 state election when Victoria’s premier, Daniel Andrews, took to Facebook with a slick promotional video accompanied by a soundtrack worthy of a Christopher Nolan film.“The biggest public transport project in history is coming to Victoria,” a voiceover said, describing a proposed 90km underground railway running between Cheltenham in the south-east and Werribee in the south-west ...
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