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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 17:07:58 GMT
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Africans still have stronger preference for democratic governance than many other parts of the world

Support for democracy is falling in Africa amid a string of military coups and dissatisfaction with corruption and mismanagement, according to a report by Afrobarometer. However, Africans still have a stronger preference for democratic governance than many parts of the world.

Two-thirds of people in 30 African countries prefer democracy, surveys conducted in 2021 or 2023 found, down seven percentage points from a decade earlier.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 16:08:40 GMT
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President wins 99.15% of the vote, allowing him to extend authoritarian rule by further five years

Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, has swept to another overwhelming election victory, winning more than 99% of votes in a provisional count in the east African country’s elections that will extend his near quarter of a century in power.

The poll on Monday was seen as a formality, with just two other candidates allowed to compete in a country that is kept under tight control by its longtime leader.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 04:00:08 GMT
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Where Chad, Cameroon and the Central African Republic meet, people are turning vigilante to fight back

Tired of waiting for the authorities to come to their aid, young men in the Mayo-Kebbi Ouest region of south-west Chad are banding into vigilante groups, using bows, arrows and spears to fight gunmen who have turned kidnapping into a professional pastime.

“We guide the gendarmes in the bush, but we are also the first to go after the criminals after a kidnapping,” said Amos Nangyo, head of one of the units in Pala, capital of the region, which borders Cameroon, told Agence France-Presse earlier this month.

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Mon, 15 Jul 2024 15:39:11 GMT
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Campaigners applaud decision not to repeal law in west African country with one of the highest rates of FGM

MPs in the Gambia voted on Monday to retain a law outlawing female genital mutilation (FGM), sparking joy and relief among campaigners.

Thirty-four out of 53 lawmakers voted to maintain the ban, which was introduced in 2015, aid workers told the Guardian. The remainder voted to repeal it.

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Mon, 15 Jul 2024 14:08:25 GMT
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Incumbent since 2000 is seeking fourth term after winning more than 90% of votes in last three ballots

People in Rwanda have gone to the polls for elections in which Paul Kagame is widely expected to extend his rule of the central African country.

This is the fourth presidential ballot since more than 800,000 people, mostly members of the Tutsi ethnic minority, were killed in a genocide in the country 30 years ago.

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Mon, 15 Jul 2024 12:58:55 GMT
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Suspect was ‘in the process of luring another victim’ when he was arrested in Nairobi, police say

Kenyan police say they have arrested a suspected serial killer who has confessed to murdering 42 women including his wife and dumping their dismembered bodies in a Nairobi rubbish tip.

Since Friday, nine butchered bodies trussed up in plastic bags have been pulled from the dump site in the Mukuru slum area in the south of the capital.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 17:46:16 GMT
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Head of security for María Corina Machado detained weeks before election in string of arrests of opposition staffers

Less than two weeks before Venezuela’s presidential election, the head of security for a key opposition figure has been arrested, further raising concerns that the country will not see a fair contest on 28 July, when Nicolás Maduro will seek a third term.

María Corina Machado, the opposition’s outspoken figurehead, wrote on X that her security chief, Milciades Ávila, had been detained early on Wednesday, the latest in string of arrests of opposition activists and staffers.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 13:00:05 GMT
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At the lawless triple border between Brazil, Colombia and Peru, drug trafficking, illegal logging and gangs jeopardise the ecological and social fabric of the rainforest

The area of the Amazon where Brazil, Colombia, and Peru meet – referred to as Tres Fronteras (triple frontier) – brims with wildlife and natural resources. It is also a hotbed of illicit activity. Criminal groups are clearing the forest to plant coca and erect laboratories to turn the crop into cocaine. In the process of making coca paste, these labs discharge chemical waste – including acetone, gasoline and sulphuric acid – into rivers and soil.

Increasingly, these outfits are branching into illegal logging, gold dredging and fishing, in part because these activities allow them to launder money made from drug trafficking. These activities compound the environmental harm the groups are inflicting.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 09:04:15 GMT
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Rapper films muddy water pouring through 50,000 sq ft home, quipping ‘this better be espresso martini’

The Toronto mansion of rap superstar Drake has been seriously flooded following record-breaking storms in the city.

He shared footage on Instagram of ankle-deep muddy water rushing into an area of his home, with the caption “this better be espresso martini”.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 17:38:44 GMT
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Mashco Piro sighted coming out of rainforest more frequently, apparently moving away from loggers

Rare images of the Mashco Piro, an uncontacted Indigenous tribe in the remote Peruvian Amazon, have been released by Survival International, showing dozens of the people on the banks of a river close to where logging companies have concessions.

The reclusive tribe has been sighted coming out of the rainforest more frequently in recent weeks in search of food, apparently moving away from the growing presence of loggers, said the local Indigenous rights group Fenamad.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 07:00:09 GMT
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Human Rights Watch says ill-treatment of some minors arbitrarily held in gang crackdown amounts to torture

About 3,000 children – including some as young as 12 – have been swept up in El Salvador’s mass detentions since President Nayib Bukele began his crackdown on gangs two years ago, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The report, which draws on case files and almost 100 interviews with victims, police and officials, documents the arbitrary detention of children and ill-treatment that in some cases amounted to torture.

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Mon, 15 Jul 2024 09:30:41 GMT
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Edmundo González Urrutia, who has never before run for office, hopes for a more ‘democratic and peaceful country’

The soft-spoken septuagenarian who could be on the brink of leading Venezuela into a new political era has promised to build a country of prosperity, democracy and peace if he is elected president, and vowed to govern for all citizens – including supporters of his authoritarian rival Nicolás Maduro.

Retired diplomat Edmundo González Urrutia is leading the polls ahead of the South American country’s 28 July presidential election, despite never having sought elected office and, until recently, being unknown to voters.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 15:23:29 GMT
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Selina Cheng says she believes her termination is linked to her taking up the position at the embattled union

The chair of the Hong Kong Journalists Association has been fired by her employer, the Wall Street Journal, weeks after being appointed as the head of the embattled union.

Selina Cheng said she was “appalled” that her first press conference as HKJA chair was to announce that she had been “fired for taking up this position in a press union”.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 08:24:09 GMT
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Victims at Grand Hyatt Erawan drank poison-laced beverage in murder-suicide plot, Thai police believe

Police investigating the deaths by poisoning of six people found in the room of a luxury hotel in central Bangkok believe one member of the group took their own life and murdered the rest by lacing cups of tea with cyanide.

Tests detected the deadly chemical that interferes with the body’s ability to use oxygen in a tea flask and six cups, with the signs of its poisoning revealed in autopsies of the six bodies . Based on interviews with a relative, police believe the deaths could be related to a business dispute.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 03:22:17 GMT
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Travellers say the popular seasoning mix by the US brand has been the subject of increased confiscation by authorities, because it contains poppy seeds

A popular US food seasoning mix created for “yummifying the tops of bagels” is the subject of an intensifying crackdown in South Korea, where poppy seeds – one of its key ingredients – are banned.

Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning blend – a crunchy mix of sesame seeds, salt, dried garlic, dried onion and poppy seeds – has been on South Korea’s list of restricted foods since 2022, but travellers say it has been the subject of increased confiscation in airports in recent weeks.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 02:57:48 GMT
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The bodies of Sydney man David Fisk, his partner Lucita Cortez and a relative of Cortez were found tied up in a hotel resort south of Manila

The suspect in the killings of two Australians and their Filipina companion at a hotel in a popular resort city south of Manila was a former pool cleaner who allegedly wanted to retaliate against the hotel for firing him.

The suspect claimed that he randomly barged into the victims’ room last week because its window was open, Philippine officials said on Wednesday.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 20:43:18 GMT
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Guo Wengui, who gained fans for criticizing Communist party in China, found guilty in US of nine criminal counts

Guo Wengui, a self-exiled Chinese business tycoon whose criticism of the Communist party won him legions of online followers and powerful friends in the American conservative movement, was convicted by a US jury on Tuesday of engaging in an enormous multi-year fraud that ripped off some of his most devoted fans.

Once believed to be among the richest people in China, Guo was arrested in New York in March 2023 and accused of operating a racketeering enterprise that stretched from 2018 through 2023.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 16:28:21 GMT
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Bodies of three men and three women, two of whom were US citizens, discovered in locked suite at Grand Hyatt Erawan

Six people have been found dead at a luxury hotel in central Bangkok, in what authorities say could be a case of poisoning.

The bodies of three women and three men were found inside a hotel suite on the fifth floor of the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel by a hotel worker late on Tuesday afternoon.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 04:51:28 GMT
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A drone delivery service will launch in Melbourne today.

Food delivery service DoorDash is working with Wing – a subsidiary of Alphabet, AKA Google – to deliver the service.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 04:26:41 GMT
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Transport Workers Union outraged at conditions on National Jet Express flight to Perth chartered by Fremantle Dockers

Cabin crew were forced to scoop human waste out of onboard toilets and other passengers were left to urinate directly into basins, a union says, after a charter flight carrying an AFL team ran out of water, making flushing impossible.

The National Jet Express (NJE) plane was chartered by the Fremantle Dockers to fly the team to Perth after their loss to Hawthorn in the Tasmanian city of Launceston on Saturday. It reportedly ran out of water just 30 minutes into the four-hour flight.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 04:24:10 GMT
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Report highlights evidence of ‘broad dysfunction’ which could see council placed under independent administration, government says

One of Sydney’s largest and fastest-growing councils could be placed in the hands of an independent administrator after an investigation revealed evidence of broad dysfunction.

The New South Wales government has ordered a public inquiry into Liverpool city council and will move to postpone its September elections after an investigation into alleged staff conflicts of interest and its general operations.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 03:45:03 GMT
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Law Enforcement Conduct Commission makes two findings of serious misconduct including for allegedly leaving crash scene in NorthConnex ‘to avoid being breath-tested’

The New South Wales police watchdog has made two findings of “serious misconduct” against a high-ranking detective who crashed a work car while allegedly drunk in the NorthConnex tunnel in May 2023.

The police officer, whose identity is secret due to a 40-year court order, pleaded not guilty in December to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and high-range drink-driving, nearly seven months after the incident happened last May.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 01:57:39 GMT
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Anthony Albanese says the government had acted fast in taking ‘strongest possible action’ against alleged corruption

Labor’s federal governing body has voted to suspend the construction branch of the CFMEU from the New South Wales, Victorian, South Australian and Tasmanian branches of the party “until further notice”.

The decision came as union boss Sally McManus said it could take years to restore the CFMEU after allegations of criminal elements within the union’s construction arm.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 01:55:42 GMT
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Jobless figure up from 4% in May, despite 50,100 new roles being created across the economy, raising prospect of higher RBA interest rates

Australia’s jobless rate rose in June even as employers added the most new positions since February as more people started looking for work.

The unemployment rate in June was 4.1% seasonally adjusted, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday. That compared with the 4.1% pace expected by economists and the 4% rate previously reported for May.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 04:00:24 GMT
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On paper the European Commission president has much support – but the bloc could fall into crisis if she loses

The European parliament will decide whether to confirm Ursula von der Leyen as European Commission president in a knife-edge vote on Thursday that will either result in a second term for the EU executive’s first female leader or tip the bloc into a summer crisis.

Von der Leyen was nominated by EU leaders last month for a second five-year term leading the EU executive, which is responsible for drafting and enforcing EU law. Now she needs to secure the backing of at least 361 MEPs, a simple majority of the newly elected, more right-leaning parliament.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 23:14:34 GMT
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PM and taoisech Simon Harris seek reset in UK-Irish relations on eve of UK-hosted European Political Community summit

Keir Starmer has pledged to repeal the controversial Legacy Act, which offered immunity to Troubles-era crimes in Northern Ireland, and discussed replacement legislation with the Irish prime minister during a wide-ranging discussion over dinner at Chequers on Wednesday night.

In December the Irish government began a legal challenge against the UK government over the act, introduced by the Conservatives, which was opposed by all five main parties in Northern Ireland, action that is now likely to be abandoned.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 21:30:16 GMT
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Prime minister says he will renew relationship with Europe as he seeks defence and security agreements

Keir Starmer will put immigration and border security at the centre of his first summit with European leaders, as he races to agree changes to the asylum system to replace the defunct Rwanda scheme.

The prime minister will host 45 European leaders at Blenheim Palace for the European Political Community meeting on Thursday, the first opportunity for him to begin lobbying for new arrangements for dealing with asylum seekers trying to cross the Channel.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 15:53:15 GMT
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Fifteen people forced to flee hours after erecting makeshift camp as tents reportedly slashed and thrown in river

People with knives and pipes have reportedly attacked 15 asylum seekers sheltering in tents in central Dublin, forcing them to flee.

The attack happened at about 11.30pm on Tuesday night, three hours after asylum seekers from Somalia and Palestine had erected a makeshift camp on City Quay in the Irish capital, local media reported on Wednesday.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 14:55:19 GMT
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Petr Fiala says Hungarian PM’s trip to Moscow recalls appeasement of Hitler and is not in Europe’s interests

Viktor Orbán’s efforts to style himself as a high-level peacemaker by meeting world leaders including Vladimir Putin are “wrong” and “not in the interest of Europe”, the Czech prime minister, Petr Fiala, has said, recalling lessons from attempts to appease Adolf Hitler before the second world war.

The Hungarian prime minister has stoked controversy in recent weeks for embarking on what he has termed a “peace mission” while his country holds the Council of the EU’s rotating presidency. The international trips have involved meetings with Putin, China’s Xi Jinping and Donald Trump.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 13:56:34 GMT
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Speaking to German media ahead of Munich concert residency, singer says she ‘wants to do other creative things’ and has no plans for new material

Adele has announced she intends to go on hiatus from music after a forthcoming concert residency in Munich.

The British singer told German broadcaster ZDF: “My tank is quite empty from being on stage every weekend in Las Vegas. I don’t have any plans for new music, at all.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 22:38:59 GMT
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Samir Ousman al-Sheikh, 72, who oversaw notorious Adra prison, detained at LAX on immigration fraud charges

A former Syrian military official who oversaw a prison where human rights officials say torture and abuse routinely took place has been arrested in Los Angeles, court documents show.

Samir Ousman al-Sheikh, 72, was taken into custody last week at Los Angeles international airport on immigration fraud charges, specifically that he denied on his US visa and citizenship applications that he had ever persecuted anyone in Syria, according to a criminal complaint filed on 9 July. Investigators are considering additional charges, the complaint shows.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 17:50:51 GMT
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PM tells parliament he wants to ‘beat Hamas’ before investigation into deadliest attack in Israel’s history

The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has rejected calls for an immediate independent inquiry into the security failures that allowed the deadliest attack in his country’s history.

Speaking to Israel’s parliament, Netanyahu told lawmakers: “First, I want to beat Hamas.”

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 17:14:49 GMT
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Targets include ‘humanitarian zone’ and school harbouring displaced people, where IDF says there were Hamas fighters

At least 60 people have been killed in Israeli airstrikes across the Gaza Strip, health officials have said, including in an attack on a school sheltering displaced people and another on an Israeli-designated “humanitarian zone”, as ceasefire talks in the nearly 10-month-old conflict appeared to stall again.

The Red Crescent said on Tuesday that 17 people were killed in a bombing near a petrol station in Mawasi, an area on the Mediterranean shoreline packed with hundreds of thousands of displaced people that Israel had previously declared an evacuation zone. Another 16 were killed in a strike that targeted the UN-run al-Awda school in central Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp, medics at a nearby hospital said.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 16:53:44 GMT
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Three groups that have prevented humanitarian supplies reaching the Palestinian territory have raised over $200,000

Under American pressure, Israel has pledged to deliver large quantities of humanitarian aid into the war-ravaged Gaza Strip. But at the same time, the US and Israel have allowed tax-deductible donations to far-right groups that have blocked that aid from being delivered.

Three groups that have prevented humanitarian aid from reaching Gaza – including one accused of looting or destroying supplies – have raised more than $200,000 from donors in the US and Israel, the Associated Press and the Israeli investigative site Shomrim have found in an examination of crowdfunding websites and other public records.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 15:00:03 GMT
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The US secretary of state reportedly told senior Israeli leaders they must do more to reduce civilian casualties

At least eight Palestinians were killed and several were wounded in an Israeli air strike on a school in central Gaza on Tuesday, Gaza health officials said.

The strike hit Al-Awda school in Al-Nuseirat camp, the ministry said.

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Tue, 16 Jul 2024 14:30:06 GMT
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Exclusive: Pouria Zeraati ‘no longer felt safe in UK’ as Tehran regime steps up threats and attacks on critics in exile

An Iranian television presenter, who was attacked in London by men believed to be acting for the Tehran regime, has moved abroad, saying that he no longer felt safe in the UK.

Pouria Zeraati said the UK’s approach to the threat posed by Iran on British soil could not guarantee his safety.

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Mon, 15 Jul 2024 14:17:52 GMT
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Move comes after supreme court ruling makes PTI largest party in parliament

Pakistan’s government is seeking to ban the party of the imprisoned former prime minister Imran Khan.

The move comes days after a supreme court ruling made the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) the largest party in the country’s parliament.

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Sat, 13 Jul 2024 14:32:24 GMT
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Supporters of former Pakistan PM, who is serving seven years in prison, hope acquittal paves way for release

A court in Pakistan has acquitted the former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife on charges of unlawful marriage, just a day after his party won the majority of reserved seats in the supreme court.

Syed Zulfi Bukhari, an adviser to Imran Khan on international affairs and media, said: “The court has not only thrown out the case but the judge has ordered for the immediate release of Imran Khan and his wife.”

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Wed, 10 Jul 2024 23:01:07 GMT
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Hugh Bayley says NGOs would also benefit as he releases report on impact of UK programme in Afghanistan

The UK should consider restoring its diplomatic presence in Afghanistan to support Afghan women and to help monitor the impact of British aid, a commissioner for the official UK aid watchdog has suggested.

Hugh Bayley, who visited Kabul in May, said he believed Afghan women and NGOs would welcome more western diplomats to represent the opinions of women to the Taliban as he released a report by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) on the effectiveness of the UK programme, which is the second largest operated by Britain.

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Wed, 10 Jul 2024 02:00:44 GMT
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Seventh and most recent victim was ambushed while driving, as most cases thought likely to be work-related

Seven reporters have been killed in Pakistan in the first six months of 2024, a record annual number with half a year still to go.

The most recent victim was Khalil Jibran, a former president of a local press club in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan. He died in June when the car he was driving was ambushed by two men who dragged him out and shot him multiple times.

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Tue, 09 Jul 2024 14:25:08 GMT
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Indian prime minister travelled to Moscow for two-day summit and ‘chit-chat’ amid diplomatic complexities

As India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, landed in Moscow on Monday, it was straight into the warm embrace of Vladimir Putin. Modi said the visit – his first since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine – was to cement the “bonds of friendship” between the two countries, and later effusively described Russia as India’s “all-weather friend and trusted ally”.

The India-Russia relationship runs deep, dating back to the cold war, and Russia has long been the largest supplier of arms to India. Since he was elected in 2014, Modi has built up a much-publicised rapport with Putin, the two leaders having had more than 20 meetings.

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Mon, 08 Jul 2024 07:00:30 GMT
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Doctors deplore decision and point to country’s high neonatal mortality rate as bank, which opened in June, forced to close without taking a single deposit

When he heard a hospital in Karachi was setting up a milk bank for babies, the news was a “huge relief” to Mohammad Munawwar.

With his wife very sick and their premature son Ayan in hospital, the 52-year-old father had had to collect milk five or six times a day from different female relatives who were breastfeeding their own babies.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 04:00:24 GMT
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David Cameron, George Osborne and Matt Hancock to face criticism about priorities in years running up to pandemic

The impact of austerity and Brexit on the UK’s readiness for Covid will be spelt out at noon on Thursday when the statutory public inquiry into the pandemic gives its first verdict on the country’s response.

Politicians including David Cameron, George Osborne and Matt Hancock are braced to face criticism about their decision-making and priorities in the years running up to the arrival of Covid in early 2020 sparking a pandemic that claimed at least 230,000 lives across the UK.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 23:01:18 GMT
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Women have been left unable to access treatment or forced to pay for it privately

The NHS has significantly reduced the amount of IVF procedures it provides across the UK, leaving infertile women either unable to access treatment or forced to pay for it privately.

Barely one in four (27%) of cycles of IVF during 2022 were paid for by the health service – the lowest figure since 2008 and a sharp fall on the 40% which it provided in 2012.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 23:01:17 GMT
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Warning on ‘cycle of low wages’ comes as government pledges in king’s speech to introduce fair pay agreement

A specific minimum wage for social care is needed if England is to avert a staffing crisis, according to leading thinktanks.

Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation have also called for the introduction of of national pay banding to tackle pernicious low pay in adult social care and encourage key workers to stay in the industry.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 21:30:22 GMT
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Boy and younger brother, whose parents died in the house fire, remain in hospital

A woman has revealed how her partner saved a four-year-old boy from a house fire in Blackpool that killed the child’s parents.

The mother and father of the boy died in the fire in the early hours of Wednesday and their two children remain in hospital. The youngest child, a boy, is in a “very poorly condition”, police said.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 20:39:12 GMT
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Issac Calderon, who was said to be working ‘with the secret service’, faces possible extradition hearing at a later date

A US citizen who allegedly left a mental health nurse unable to walk for six weeks after a car crash in the UK has appeared in a Texas court a year on from the collision.

Issac Calderon, who gave his name to the authorities as Isac Alejandro Calderon, appeared in a federal court in the southern district of Texas on Monday regarding a potential extradition to the UK.

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Wed, 17 Jul 2024 19:34:30 GMT
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New PM promises ‘patient work and serious solutions’ to restore trust in British politics

Keir Starmer has pledged to “fix the foundations” of the country for the long-term by boosting economic growth with reforms to energy and planning in Labour’s first king’s speech in a decade and a half.

The new prime minister said the government would require “patient work and serious solutions” to restore trust in British politics and rebuild the country, with 40 bills in the government’s new legislative programme.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 04:45:01 GMT
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Junior senator of Ohio leaned into his own background and attacked Biden in Republican national convention address

JD Vance formally accepted the Republican vice-presidential nomination on Wednesday with a deliberate, and at times divisive, pitch to re-elect Donald Trump in November.

Addressing delegates in Milwaukee on the third night of the convention, Vance, the junior senator of Ohio, presented the Republican party as a champion of working-class Americans while denouncing Democrats as out of touch and ineffective. The populist-tinged rhetoric offered the latest sign of how Trump has reshaped the Republican party and rejected much of the traditional conservatism of its past.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 04:40:23 GMT
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Trump’s running mate formally accepts nomination and attacks Biden’s record as crowd cheers

In his speech to the Republican convention, Greg Abbott gave a strenuous and well-received defense of his state’s forays into immigration enforcement, and vowed to keep up his controversial practice of bussing migrants from the state to cities nationwide.

“When Biden took 50 acres of Texas border property to illegally process up to 5,000 illegal immigrants a day, I directed the Texas National Guard to take back our land and wire it shut,” Abbott said, in an apparent reference to a legal clash between the state government and the Biden administration earlier this year.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris refused to even come to Texas and to see the border crisis that they created. I took the border to them. I began bussing illegal immigrants to Washington DC, and we have continued bussing migrants to sanctuary cities across the entire country, and those busses will continue to roll until we finally secure our border.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 04:22:19 GMT
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Tensions amid party members rise as Biden tests for positive for Covid and will be in self-isolation in Delaware

Pressure for Joe Biden to step aside as the Democrats’ presidential pick to face Donald Trump had eased since the Republican survived an assassination attempt last weekend, but began to rise again on Wednesday.

The tension rose as Biden was diagnosed with Covid and cancelled events to self-isolate at his home in Delaware.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 04:00:25 GMT
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Leon Panetta says lapses ‘particularly disturbing’ given reports of threats from Iran towards former president

The former CIA director Leon Panetta decried security failings around the attempted assassination of Donald Trump in Pennsylvania last Saturday, particularly given reports of Iranian threats to the former president.

Speaking on the One Decision podcast, which he co-hosts with Sir Richard Dearlove, a former head of the British intelligence service MI6, Panetta said: “It’s particularly disturbing because of what we found out: that the intelligence community provided information to the Secret Service that there’s … assassination threats from Iran, on former President Trump as well as others, but they as a result of that supposedly increased the deployment of Secret Service protection.”

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 02:45:25 GMT
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Vance gave first major address as Trump’s running mate amid day’s theme of ‘Make America Strong Once Again’

JD Vance gave his first major address as Donald Trump’s running mate on Wednesday as Republicans turned their focus to foreign policy during the third day of the Republican national convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Vance was preceded by Donald Trump Jr and introduced by his wife, Usha. The theme for Wednesday – “Make America Strong Once Again” – came amid internal divisions on how to handle the war in Ukraine. Earlier this year, the House speaker, Mike Johnson, only narrowly passed a bill to provide additional funding for Ukraine over the loud objection of some Republicans.

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Thu, 18 Jul 2024 02:29:06 GMT
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American chefs mourn death of chef and cookbook author, 49, who appeared on Top Chef Masters and Iron Chef

Days after award-winning Portland chef Naomi Pomeroy drowned in an accident on the Willamette River, Oregon authorities said they had recovered her body.

Other American chefs have mourned the passing of the 49-year-old self-taught chef and cookbook author, with José Andrés calling her “an amazing chef, better person and a great overall talent”.

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