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Female trafficking survivor targeted for UK removal to Rwanda, says charity Exclusive: Women for Refugee Women says it is in touch with first woman considered for removalA woman in immigration detention has been targeted for removal to Rwanda, a UK refugee charity has said.Women for Refugee Women said it was in touch with a survivor of trafficking who was recently issued with a notice of intent that she was being considered for removal to Rwanda. Continue reading...👇
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Hongkongers who fled to UK criticise lack of mental health support Advocacy groups and BNO passport holders say not enough is being done to help them after arriving in BritainThe UK is not doing enough to provide mental health support to thousands of Hongkongers who have fled China’s increasingly authoritarian grip, according to advocacy groups and those politically displaced.Following China’s introduction of a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong and swift clampdown on dissent, tens of thousands of residents with British national (overseas) (BNO) passports and their dependants were granted the right to live and work in the UK in 2021. Continue reading...👇
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Anger as families of US detainees in Middle East left off Blinken call ‘Infuriating’ exclusions made just weeks before Joe Biden’s Saudi visit and expected rapprochement with the crown princeFamily members of several US nationals who are being held in Saudi Arabia and Egypt were not invited to attend a recent call with Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, in a move that was called “infuriating and discriminatory” by one critic.The apparent decision to exclude the families from a 22 June call between Blinken and relatives of US nationals who are hostages or otherwise wrongfully detained in Russia, Venezuela, Rwanda and other countries, was made just weeks before Joe Biden’s controversial trip to the Middle East and an expected rapprochement between the US president and Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince. Continue reading...👇
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Neglect Africa now and we will face labour shortages globally, IMF warns West’s response to effects of Covid and Ukraine war condemned as shortsighted ‘collective failure’ to invest in future human capitalThe international community would be “playing with fire” if it failed to help Africa recover from Covid and the impact of the Ukraine war, the International Monetary Fund’s director for the continent has said.Failure to invest and support the continent was shortsighted and detrimental to the global economy, as half of the new entrants into the global workforce over the next decade would come from sub-Saharan Africa, Abebe Aemro Selassie, director of the IMF’s Africa department, told the Guardian. Continue reading...👇
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Japan deploys artificial intelligence to detect rip currents as beach season hots up AI system identifies currents and bathers, and sends a warning to lifeguards via a smart watchEarly July is the cue for Japanese surfers and sun seekers to descend on beaches across the country – and one beach on the Pacific coast is turning to artificial intelligence to ensure that their time in the water is without incident.Officials in Kanagawa prefecture, south of Tokyo, have introduced an AI system to identify rip currents – which cause 60% of drowning deaths – and send a warning to bathers and lifeguards, according to the Mainichi Shimbun. Continue reading...👇
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New Zealand faces new Covid wave as experts say moving on from pandemic is ‘wishful thinking’ Signs that Omicron surge is becoming ‘more intense’, with cases rising steadily and more people in hospital than at any time since AprilNew Zealand is on the brink of another Omicron wave, experts warn, with average cases rising as immunity wanes, more infectious variants arrive, and winter sets in.Public health experts, however, are concerned that the public and government are primarily focused on “moving on” from the virus, after the country transitioned out of its Covid elimination strategy – and are not taking the necessary steps to try to reduce transmission. Continue reading...👇
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North Korea dam water release forces South Koreans near border to evacuate Rising water levels on the Imjin River caused by suspected release prompts holidaymakers and residents to leaveNorth Korea appears to have released water from a dam near its border with South Korea, prompting vacationers in the neighbouring country to evacuate over rising water levels on the Imjin River.The water level at a bridge across the river in the South’s border county of Yeoncheon surpassed 1 metre on Monday afternoon, requiring visitors on the riverbank to evacuate. Continue reading...👇
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Family of activist jailed in Egypt urge Liz Truss to pressure counterpart Family of Alaa Abd El Fattah join wife of Karim Ennarah, under travel ban, in demanding more action from foreign secretaryThe family of a British national jailed in Egypt and the British wife of an Egyptian rights defender under a travel ban are demanding that Liz Truss do more to pressure her Egyptian counterpart when they meet this week.The foreign secretary is expected to meet Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, in London after telling parliament in June that she would seek a meeting with him and raise the case of detained British-Egyptian activist Alaa Abd El Fattah. “We’re working very hard to secure his release,” she said. Continue reading...👇
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Twin brothers named as armed robbers killed in Canada bank heist Heavily armed 22-year-olds died in shootout that left six police officers injured in Saanich, British ColumbiaPolice in Canada have identified the heavily armed culprits of a brazen bank robbery last week as twin brothers whose social media posts showed an obsession with guns and fears of government “tyranny”, and an interest in infamous bank heists.On Saturday, police identified Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, 22, as the two men killed after they attempted to rob a bank in the municipality of Saanich, British Columbia. Continue reading...👇
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Shireen Abu Aqleh: Israeli gunfire probably killed journalist, say US investigators But forensic analysis of bullet that killed Palestinian-American journalist found to be inconclusiveUS investigators believe Israeli army gunfire probably killed the Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, although a forensic analysis of the bullet was inconclusive.A statement released by the State Department spokesperson Ned Price said “detailed forensic analysis, independent, third-party examiners … could not reach a definitive conclusion regarding the origin of the bullet”, which was badly damaged. Continue reading...👇
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Bolsonaro’s ‘surrender of Amazon to crooks played role in murders of Phillips and Pereira’ Brazilian president’s dismantling of environmental safeguards partly to blame, says politician leading inquiryJair Bolsonaro’s demolition of Brazil’s Indigenous and environmental protection services and “surrender of the Amazon to crooks” played a direct role in the murders of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, the politician leading a congressional inquiry into the crime has claimed.One month after the British journalist and Brazilian Indigenous advocate were killed on the River Itaquaí, three men are in custody: two local fishermen and a third man called Jeferson da Silva Lima. Continue reading...👇
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Hacker claims to have obtained data on 1 billion Chinese citizens Personal information allegedly taken from Shanghai police database would be one of biggest data breaches in historyA hacker has claimed to have stolen the personal information of 1 billion Chinese citizens from a Shanghai police database, in what would amount to one of the biggest data breaches in history if found to be true.The anonymous hacker, identified only as “ChinaDan”, posted on hacker forum Breach Forums last week offering to sell the more than 23 terabytes (TB) of data for 10 bitcoin, equivalent to about $200,000 (£165,000). Continue reading...👇
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Fears for British Council staff trapped in Afghanistan despite breakthrough Exclusive: Contractors at ‘high risk’ of Taliban reprisals still have no idea how to get out of country safelyMore than 180 British Council contractors left trapped in Afghanistan have been given immediate permission by the UK government to apply online to come to Britain, but no hint of how to get out of the country safely.The partial breakthrough came after a campaign led by MPs and former colleagues of the staff that had been horrified that they had been left behind, and exposed to retribution by the Taliban for teaching values of diversity and openness. Continue reading...👇
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Tycoon who disappeared from Hong Kong hotel in 2017 stands trial in China Canadian-Chinese businessman Xiao Jianhua will finally stand trial in case linked to President Xi’s corruption driveChina has formally put Canadian-Chinese tycoon Xiao Jianhua on trial, more than five years after his alleged abduction in Hong Kong, which rattled the city and sparked fears about residents being forcibly disappeared.The Canadian embassy in Beijing confirmed on Monday that Xiao’s trial had begun this week. “Canadian consular officials are monitoring this case closely, providing consular services to his family and continue to press for consular access,” it said in a statement, without providing the location of the trial and charges against him. Continue reading...👇
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Sri Lanka limits fuel to essential services with supplies set to run out in days Miles-long queues outside petrol stations despite ban on sales for private vehicles for at least a weekSri Lanka’s energy minister has said the country’s fuel supplies will run out in a few days, forcing nationwide school closures and prolonged power cuts, as the worst economic crisis in its history continues.Kanchana Wijesekera said fuel stocks were enough to last less than a day under current demand, and petrol and diesel was being limited to essential services such a healthcare and public transport in order to stretch out the remaining supplies for a few more days and ensure the country did not shut down entirely. Continue reading...👇
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Uzbekistan imposes regional state of emergency after deadly unrest Government U-turns over plans to curtail autonomy of Karakalpakstan but fears rise tensions may escalateEighteen people were killed and 243 wounded during unrest in Uzbekistan’s autonomous province of Karakalpakstan over plans to curtail its autonomy, Uzbek authorities said.Security forces detained 516 people while dispersing protesters on Friday but have released many of them, the national guard press office told a briefing. Continue reading...👇
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Xi Jinping in Covid scare during Hong Kong handover trip Hong Kong legislator tests positive after meeting Chinese president, and city-wide testing begins in Macau to contain its worst outbreakA Hong Kong legislator who appeared in a group photo with Xi Jinping during his visit to the territory has said he has tested positive for Covid, as Macau kicks off a new round of city-wide coronavirus testing.In his first trip outside mainland China since the pandemic began, the Chinese president stayed for less than 24 hours in Hong Kong and met only people who had undergone quarantine. Continue reading...👇
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Call to tighten New Zealand law that allows public pooing if no one watching Camping association wants overhaul of law to ensure that waste is properly buried and at least 50 metres from nearest waterway A New Zealand law allowing people to poo in public – so long as they do not think they are being watched – must be tightened, says a freedom camping association, amid long-running allegations that campers are to blame for much of the human waste in the natural environment.It is currently an offence to defecate or urinate in a public place (other than in a public lavatory), but, if the person can show they had reasonable grounds for believing they were not being observed, they may be able to escape a $200 fine. Continue reading...👇
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China calls on Myanmar junta to hold talks with opponents Foreign minister tells regime Beijing expects it to seek ‘political reconciliation’, amid regional concerns over spiralling civil violenceChina’s foreign minister has called for Myanmar’s junta to hold talks with its opponents, during his first visit to the country since the 2021 coup that plunged it into turmoil.Beijing is one of the Myanmar military’s few international allies, supplying arms and refusing to label the power grab that ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s government a coup. Continue reading...👇
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Two women killed in shark attacks in Egypt’s Red Sea A Romanian and an Austrian die within 600 metres of each other south of city of HurghadaTwo women have been killed in shark attacks in Egypt’s Red Sea, south of the city of Hurghada, the Egyptian environment ministry has said.Two sources told Reuters that the body of a Romanian tourist in her late forties was discovered hours after an attack that left a 68-year-old Austrian woman dead. Both attacks happened within 600 metres of each other, off the coast of Sahl Hasheesh, according to the sources. Continue reading...👇
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India bars Pulitzer-winning Kashmiri photojournalist from flying to France Sanna Irshad Mattoo says she was stopped by immigration officials at Delhi airport despite holding valid visa Indian authorities have blocked a Pulitzer prize-winning Kashmiri photojournalist from taking a flight to Paris where she was to take part in a book launch and photography exhibition displaying her photos from Kashmir.Sanna Irshad Mattoo, who works with Reuters as a multimedia journalist from Indian-administered Kashmir, was stopped at the Delhi airport by immigration officials on Saturday, despite holding a valid French visa. Continue reading...👇
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UK Home Office plans second flight to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda Flight could take off within weeks and before court has ruled on whether scheme is lawfulThe Home Office is planning a second flight to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda, which could take off before the courts have ruled on whether the scheme is lawful, the Guardian has learned.It is understood that a second flight could take off in a matter of weeks despite the fact that the full high court hearing to examine the government’s Rwanda plans does not begin until 19 July. Continue reading...👇
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Liz Cheney won’t rule out criminal referral against Donald Trump January 6 committee vice-chairwoman says ‘a man as dangerous as [him] can never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again’The vice-chairwoman of the congressional committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol is not ruling out a criminal referral against Donald Trump, saying “a man as dangerous as [him] can never be anywhere near the Oval Office ever again”.Liz Cheney’s remarks Sunday came after the committee’s chairman, Bennie Thompson, once said he did not expect the panel to indicate whether or not it would make a recommendation for federal prosecutors to charge the former president with an alleged role in the Capitol attack. Continue reading...👇
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UN secretary general urges calm in Libya as protests spread Tripoli sees biggest rallies in years on weekend of demonstrations over political deadlock and living conditionsThe UN secretary general, António Guterres, has appealed for calm as street demonstrations spread across Libya in protest over power cuts and the failure to hold national elections.Talks between the Libyan factions in Geneva convened by the UN special adviser Stephanie Williams made progress last week but without agreement on a constitution for the elections. Continue reading...👇
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Judge puts Biden on the spot over immunity for Saudi crown prince Court invitation to clarify prince’s status comes as president faces criticism for ditching promise to turn Saudi Arabia into a ‘pariah’A US judge has asked the Biden administration to weigh in on whether Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, should be granted sovereign immunity in a civil case brought against him in the US by Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist who was killed by Saudi agents in 2018.John Bates, a district court judge, gave the US government until 1 August to declare its interests in the civil case or give the court notice that it has no view on the matter. Continue reading...👇
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Fresh row as Israel to conduct forensic tests on bullet that killed Shireen Abu Aqleh Dispute threatens to derail apparent breakthrough in standoff over investigation into Al Jazeera reporter’s deathIsrael has said it will conduct forensic tests on the bullet that killed the Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh, a day after Palestinian officials handed over the evidence to a US security coordinator for examination on what they said was the condition that Israel would not be involved.The testing will be carried out by Israeli investigators in the presence of US observers, the Israeli military spokesperson Brig-Gen Ran Kochav told Army Radio on Sunday. Continue reading...👇
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‘People want me dead’: abortion providers fear violence after Roe overturned Danger is a daily reality for the health workers, and moments of upheaval raise the risk, expert saysBoulder, Colorado, has for decades made its abortion providers feel welcome. The city council passed one of the country’s first laws regulating how close demonstrators could get to patients seeking reproductive care, and residents took to the streets in protest when it became clear that the supreme court was ready to overturn the constitutional right to abortion, as it did last month.“Boulder is probably the most pro-choice community in the country,” said Warren Hern, director of the Boulder Abortion Clinic. “But there are people in the community who want me dead.” Continue reading...👇
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The Nigerian gas deal, the Irish impresario and the £8bn ruling amid claims of bribery Officials allege contract was corruptly procured by business duo behind P&ID as saga of energy project and secretive tribunal heads for high courtIt has been described as one of the most extraordinary cases ever to come before the high court, involving an Irish impresario, an alleged $50,000 bribe stuffed into a bag and potentially one of the biggest payouts in legal history.The saga of two Irish businessmen, Michael Quinn and Brendan Cahill, who promised to revolutionise Nigeria’s energy sector, will be at the centre of a high court trial early next year. Continue reading...👇
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India tailor murder: police arrest two alleged ‘masterminds’ Authorities say total of four men in custody after Kanhaiya Lal Teli was killed amid Hindu-Muslim tensionsIndian police have made fresh arrests over the murder of a Hindu tailor in Rajasthan, which sparked tensions between the Hindu majority and Muslim minority and a clampdown on protests and the internet to prevent them from escalating.Three senior police officials said on Saturday that two Muslim men based in Rajasthan were being held for planning Teli’s murder in his shop in Udaipur, a popular tourist destination. Two other Muslim men were already under arrest. Continue reading...👇
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Person with flamethrower sets fire to Pan-African flag at activist headquarters Flag was outside Florida home of the Uhuru movement, a Black international socialist groupA person using a flamethrower set fire Saturday to a Pan-African flag flying on a pole outside the headquarters of the Uhuru Movement, a Black international socialist group based in Florida.Security video released by the group shows the driver of a white Honda sedan pulling up outside the group’s St Petersburg headquarters, removing a flamethrower from the trunk and shooting a tower of fire at the flag flying about 30ft (9 meters) above the ground. Continue reading...👇
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Environmentalists condemn Biden administration’s offshore drilling plan Policy would ban new ocean drilling but allow up to 11 lease sales in Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s south coastJoe Biden’s administration on Friday unveiled a five-year offshore oil and gas drilling development plan that blocks all new drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans within US territorial waters while allowing some lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s south coast.The plan, which has not been finalized, could allow up to 11 lease sales but gives the interior department the right to make none. It comes two days after the US supreme court curbed the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to respond to the climate crisis. Continue reading...👇
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Shireen Abu Aqleh: bullet that killed journalist given to US forensic experts Palestinian Authority hands over bullet in move to end standoff with Israel over investigationThe Palestinian Authority on Saturday said it has given the bullet that killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh to American forensic experts, taking a step toward resolving a standoff with Israel over the investigation into her death.Abu Aqleh, a veteran correspondent who was well known throughout the Arab world, was fatally shot while covering an Israeli military raid on 11 May in the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. Continue reading...👇
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Libya’s rival leaders under pressure as protests grow Demonstrators storm Tobruk’s legislature over political deadlock and deteriorating living conditionsLibya’s rival leaders were under growing street pressure on Saturday after protesters stormed parliament as anger exploded over deteriorating living conditions and political deadlock.Libyans, many impoverished after a decade of turmoil and sweltering in the soaring summer heat, have been enduring fuel shortages and power cuts of up to 18 hours a day even as their country sits atop Africa’s largest proven oil reserves. Continue reading...👇
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Dozens feared dead as ship sinks in South China Sea At least three people rescued from ship that broke in two during typhoon but more than two dozen still missingMore than two dozen crew members are unaccounted for after their ship broke in two during a typhoon in the South China Sea on Saturday, with rescuers scrambling to find them, officials have said.Authorities dispatched planes and helicopters to help with the rescue. At least three people from the crew of 30 had been brought to safety as of 5.30pm local time (1030 GMT). Continue reading...👇
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‘We want it to come alive’: architect’s plan to transform Notre Dame area Bas Smets’ project, featuring trees and a cooling system, aims to create a more pedestrian-friendly space around Paris landmarkFor most of the last year, the Belgian landscape architect Bas Smets could be found walking purposefully around the Île de la Cité in central Paris staring at and thinking about Notre Dame Cathedral.On a blazing hot day in the French capital he is back there, pointing at the landmark, still shrouded in scaffolding after it was ravaged by a devastating fire in April 2019. Continue reading...👇
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Iran earthquakes: at least five killed and village flattened, state media says Rescue work carried out after 12 also injured in magnitude-6.1 quake followed by two others and more than dozen aftershocksAt least five people were killed by a magnitude-6.1 earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, state media reported, with the area also hit by two later strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitude.“Five people have died in the earthquake … and so far 12 are hospitalised,” Mehrdad Hassanzadeh, the head of emergency management in Hormozgan province on Iran’s Gulf coast, told state TV. Continue reading...👇
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Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 129 of the invasion Ukraine nuclear plant surveillance systems restored; at least 14 Russian arms companies ‘have not been sanctioned’; warning on war’s environmental costAll our Russia-Ukraine war coverage Continue reading...👇
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Russia-Ukraine war: 19 dead after Odesa strike; Zelenskiy says EU membership should not take ‘years or decades’ – live This blog is closed. All the Guardian’s Ukraine coverage can be found hereTwo children are among 18 people killed by a missile strike in Odesa, according to the latest update from regional governor Maksym Marchenko.He posted to Telegram to say:As a result of a night missile strike by Tu-22 strategic aircraft from the Black Sea in the Belgorod-Dniester district of Odesa region, three X-22 missiles hit an apartment building and a recreation centre.As of 9am, 18 victims were identified, including 2 children, and 31 people were hospitalised, including 4 children and a pregnant woman. Another 8 sought medical help. 8 people were rescued from the rubble, including 3 children. Rescue work continues. Continue reading...👇
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Indigenous leader who defended the Amazon shot dead in Venezuela Virgilio Trujillo Arana, a 38-year-old indigenous Uwottuja man, was shot in the head three times in the city of Puerto AyacuchoA Venezuelan indigenous leader who was an opponent of armed groups and illegal mining has been shot dead in the Amazonas state capital, a non-governmental organization and three people with knowledge of the case said.Virgilio Trujillo Arana, a 38-year-old indigenous Uwottuja man, was a defender of the Venezuelan Amazon and had set up community groups to act as guardians of the Autana municipality of Amazonas. Continue reading...👇
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Guardian Essential poll shows NSW Coalition’s primary vote falling below 40% About 37% of respondents intend to give the Coalition their first preference vote, while Labor’s primary vote remains the same​​Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcastThe New South Wales Coalition faces a tough road to re-election, with the latest Guardian Essential poll showing its primary vote falling below 40% as it defended the controversial appointment of former deputy premier John Barilaro to a New York trade role.However, 49% of voters approve of Dominic Perrottet’s performance as premier since he took over the job from Gladys Berejiklian, who resigned amid a corruption investigation last year. Continue reading...👇
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Papua New Guinea to head to polls amid election violence fears Election-related deaths plague lead-up to voting day in election closely watched by China and AustraliaWhat’s at stake in Papua New Guinea’s polls?Papua New Guinea is heading to the polls on Monday and there are fears the vote could be more violent than the 2017 elections, in which more than 200 people died.Violence has plagued the lead-up to the vote. Local media reports that through May and the campaign period, there have been 28 election-related deaths, several injuries, an assassination attempt on a possible candidate, the shooting of an election official and burning of five vehicles. Continue reading...👇
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Germany hands over two Benin bronzes to Nigeria Two countries sign restitution agreement covering more than 1,000 items in German handsGermany has physically handed over two Benin bronzes and put more than 1,000 other items from its museums’ collections into Nigeria’s ownership, more than a century after they were looted by British soldiers from the once powerful kingdom in west Africa.The German foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, and the culture minister, Claudia Roth, signed a restitution agreement with their respective Nigerian counterparts, Zubairu Dada and Lai Mohammed, in Berlin on Friday afternoon. Continue reading...👇
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Peruvian firefighters contain blaze near Machu Picchu after three days Forest fire broke out on Tuesday and destroyed around 100 acres of land – the equivalent of about 50 football pitchesPeruvian authorities say firefighters have managed to control a forest fire near the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu after three days battling the flames.The blaze near one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites broke out on Tuesday, destroying around 100 acres of land – the equivalent of about 50 football pitches. Continue reading...👇
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‘Napalm girl’ Phan Thi Kim Phuc receives final burn treatment after 50 years Phuc, pictured in 1972 running from napalm attack during Vietnam war, has final laser treatment in MiamiPhan Thi Kim Phuc, whose photograph became a symbol of the horrors of the Vietnam war, has had her final skin treatment with a burn specialist, 50 years after her village was struck by napalm.Phuc was photographed aged nine as she ran, unclothed and screaming in agony, after napalm was dropped by a South Vietnamese Skyraider attack aircraft. Nick Ut, the photographer who captured the image in June 1972, drove her away to find medical treatment. Continue reading...👇
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Xi’s vision for patriotic and prosperous Hong Kong a hard sell for foreign firms Analysis: Chinese president emphasises new era of stability but businesses balk at political risksPresident Xi Jinping, in his first trip outside mainland China since the Covid pandemic began, declared a new era for Hong Kong, which, in his words had “risen from the ashes”. New priorities have been set for a city that until two years ago was engulfed in street protests: political loyalty, social stability and economic development.Xi praised the “one country, two systems” policy, and said there was no reason to change it, and it must be “upheld for the long term”. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, his speech, as well as one by new chief executive, John Lee, overwhelmingly emphasised Hong Kong’s convergence with Beijing rather than its divergence. Continue reading...👇
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Singapore craft beer uses recycled sewage to highlight water scarcity Collaboration between national water agency and craft brewer described as ‘highly quaffable’ It is a beer made with only the finest ingredients: premium German barley malts, aromatic Citra and Calypso hops, farmhouse yeast from Norway – and reclaimed sewage.NewBrew, a collaboration between Singapore’s national water agency and the local craft brewery Brewerkz, has already proved popular and has sold out on tap at the brewery’s restaurants, according to reports. Continue reading...👇
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Palestinian Authority routinely tortures detainees, says rights group Human Rights Watch calls for donors to cut off funding to security forces and urges international court to investigatePalestinian authorities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip systematically torture critics in detention, a practice that could amount to crimes against humanity, an international rights group has said.In its report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for donor countries to cut off funding to Palestinian security forces that commit such crimes and urged the international criminal court to investigate. Continue reading...👇
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Xi Jinping hails China’s rule over Hong Kong on 25th anniversary of handover Chinese president says ‘one country, two systems’ will endure and democracy flourishes after unprecedented unpicking of freedoms25th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong – in picturesWe were too lenient on pro-democracy politicians – Regina IpThe ‘unofficials’ who advised UK on handover – and were ignoredTimeline: the Hong Kong handoverXi Jinping has hailed China’s rule over Hong Kong as he led 25th anniversary celebrations of the city’s handover from Britain, insisting democracy was flourishing despite a political crackdown that has silenced dissent.After swearing in a new hardline chief executive, John Lee, in a solemn ceremony on Friday morning, the Chinese president laid out his vision for the city and its administrators. Continue reading...👇
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Afghan embassy staff remain in hiding despite being eligible for UK relocation UK government accused of leaving former employees and their families ‘in limbo’ in Afghanistan, where they are targets for the TalibanMore than 170 people who worked for the British embassy in Kabul remain in hiding in Afghanistan in fear for their lives, almost a year after the Taliban retook the country.A list of Afghans currently in hiding, seen by the Guardian, shows almost 200 former interpreters, security guards and local staff waiting for a response from the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office, the departments responsible for relocating people at risk. All of those on the list are eligible for transfer to the UK under the Afghan relocations and assistance policy (Arap), intended to bring those formerly employed by the UK government, and their family members, to safety in Britain. Continue reading...👇
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‘Talk with us, not for us’: fishing communities accuse UN of ignoring their voices Developing countries’ delegates at UN conference seek recognition of small fisheries’ role in protecting oceans and fighting hungerSmall-scale fishermen and women from coastal nations in the frontline of the “ocean emergency” have accused world leaders and other decision-makers at the UN oceans conference of ignoring their voices in favour of corporate interests.More than half of the world’s fish caught for human consumption comes from small-scale fishing communities, yet their contribution to food security and ocean protection is not being sufficiently recognised, they say. Continue reading...👇
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Anthony Albanese raises case of jailed Australian engineer Robert Pether with Iraqi PM Exclusive: Pether, who has been imprisoned for 14 months in Baghdad, has become ‘gravely ill’ according to his familyFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcastThe prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has raised the case of jailed engineer Robert Pether with the Iraqi leader, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, as the Australian’s family warns he has become “gravely ill” and is rapidly deteriorating in his Baghdadi jail cell.Pether has now been imprisoned for more than 14 months following a commercial dispute between his engineering firm and Iraq’s central bank, which had hired Pether’s company to help build its new Baghdad headquarters. Pether’s family say he is innocent and the trial was unfair and compromised.Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...👇
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Peru wildfire threatens Machu Picchu as remote location hampers efforts to control blaze Twenty hectares near Inca ruins affected in blaze started by farmers burning grass before sowing cropsPeruvian firefighters were fighting to contain a forest fire near the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu as the blaze threatened to close in on the ancient city in the Andean mountains on Thursday.The fire, which had engulfed an area about half the size of Vatican City, was started on Tuesday by farmers burning grass and debris to prepare to sow crops. Continue reading...👇
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Iran accused of making ‘maximalist demands’ in nuclear deal talks Talks to save 2015 agreement on brink of collapse as Tehran is also accused of testing missiles capable of delivering nuclear weaponsIran has been accused of making “maximalist demands” in the latest unsuccessful round of talks on reviving the nuclear non-proliferation deal at a grave session of the UN security council in which it was widely acknowledged that the talks – and the whole 2015 deal – were on the brink of collapse.Iranian and US officials, with the EU acting as mediators, held two days of talks in Doha in a bid to break a months-long impasse, but no progress was made on Iran’s central demand that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps be removed from US sanctions and its list of foreign terrorist organisations. Continue reading...👇
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DRC buries independence hero Patrice Lumumba’s tooth, his only remains Coffin containing tooth is buried in ceremony on 62nd anniversary of DRC’s independenceThe family of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s murdered independence hero Patrice Lumumba buried his only known remains – a tooth – in the capital, Kinshasa, on Thursday, 61 years after his death at the hands of Belgian-backed secessionist rebels.Hundreds gathered in a vast square for the occasion, waving flags and looking upon a large photo of Lumumba, with his trademark horn-rimmed glasses and side-swept hair, framed by white flowers. Continue reading...👇
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‘A bloodbath’: refugees reel from deadly Melilla mass crossing Human rights groups say there have been no autopsies or identification of the 23 people killed trying to cross into SpainSeconds after Mohamed stepped on to Spanish soil, he turned around to see how his friends had fared along the metres-high chain link fence that slices off the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco.“It was horrible,” said the 20-year-old from Sudan. “It was a bloodbath; many of them appeared dead and many were injured.” Continue reading...👇
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Serious defects discovered in patrol boats Australia supplied to Pacific Islands Potentially serious faults in Guardian-class patrol boats may force some countries to pause use of vesselsFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcastPacific island countries may halt the use of Australian-provided patrol boats after potentially serious defects were discovered, in a blow to a $2.1bn maritime security program.The Australian government is now considering how to work with Pacific nations to close any gap in their maritime surveillance activities while the issues – including carbon monoxide entering part of the boat – are resolved. Continue reading...👇
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Mystery as Canadian radio station plays Rage Against the Machine song nonstop Was it a protest by staff or marketing for a change of programming? Listeners to Kiss Radio 104.9 FM had plenty of time to wonderEarly on Wednesday morning, someone at a pop and soft rock station in Vancouver, Canada, began playing the song Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine.Then they played it again. Continue reading...👇
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Ferdinand Marcos Jr praises dictator father during swearing in as Philippines president Son says family has legacy of achievement as he completes clan’s return to power 36 years after father’s oustingFerdinand Marcos Jr has promised a government that will deliver for all Filipinos during his inauguration speech, even as he paid tribute to the legacy of his dictator father, whose rule was marked by widespread corruption and rights abuses.Marcos Jr, who began his term as president of the Philippines on Thursday, said he would emulate his father. “I once knew a man who saw what little had been achieved since independence in a land of people with the greatest potential for achievement. And yet they were poor. But he got it done. Sometimes with the needed support, sometimes without. So will it be with his son. You will get no excuses from me,” he said. Continue reading...👇
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Ottawa braced for Canada Day protest by ‘freedom convoy’ supporters Members of anti-vax convoy have vowed to maintain a presence over the summer initially mingling with the annual celebrationsResidents of downtown Ottawa are bracing for a Canada Day unlike any other, after “freedom convoy” protesters vowed to return to Parliament Hill on 1 July, and maintain a presence over the remainder of the summer.Every Canada Day, people congregate on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to watch musical performances and fireworks on the anniversary of Canadian confederation. This year, it will probably be difficult for police to distinguish between celebrators and convoy members – which is what protesters are banking on. Continue reading...👇
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North Korean hackers thought to be behind $100m cryptocurrency heist If confirmed, last week’s attack would be the eighth this year – involving $1bn in stolen funds – that could be confidently attributed to North KoreaNorth Korean hackers are thought to be behind last week’s theft of as much as $100m in cryptocurrency from a US company, as the regime steps up attempts to secure funding for its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.The assets were stolen on 23 June from Horizon Bridge, a service operated by the Harmony blockchain that allows assets to be transferred to other blockchains, three digital investigative firms have concluded. Continue reading...👇
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Hong Kong handover: timeline On 30 June 1997, Hong Kong was returned to China, ending over a century of British rule 1842: Hong Kong was ceded “in perpetuity” - for good - to Britain after China lost the first opium war. This is how the Manchester Guardian told its readers the news.1860: Peace was short lived though. A second opium war, and another defeat for China, saw the British take the Kowloon peninsula. Continue reading...👇
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Reporter shot to death in Mexico, the 12th journalist killed there this year Attacks on the press have increased 85% in the three years since president Andrés Manuel López Obrador took powerYet another Mexican reporter has been shot to death, bringing to 12 the number of journalists killed this year in the country, one of the world’s most dangerous for media workers.Antonio de la Cruz, 47, was shot on Wednesday as he was leaving his house with his 23-year-old daughter, who was seriously injured, according to state prosecutors and the newspaper that employed him. Continue reading...👇
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Erdoğan gains from lifting Sweden and Finland Nato veto with US fighter jet promise Analysis: deal between Biden and Erdoğan is sealed in Madrid after Nordic countries vow to control support for Kurdish terrorismRussia-Ukraine war: latest updatesThe Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, immediately started to reap the rewards for lifting the block on allowing Sweden and Finland to join Nato when the Biden administration said it backed the potential sale of F-16 fighter jets to Turkey.Speaking at a briefing call on Wednesday, Celeste Wallander, the assistant secretary for defence for international security affairs at the Pentagon, told reporters that strong Turkish defence capabilities would reinforce Nato’s defences. Continue reading...👇
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Two more migrants dead from Texas trailer, bringing toll to 53 Authorities are struggling to identify victims who have no IDs as families in Central America wait in anguish for newsThe number of dead migrants found in a stifling trailer in Texas rose to 53 on Wednesday after two more people died, according to the Bexar county medical examiner’s office.Forty of the victims were male and 13 were female, it said. Continue reading...👇
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Unilever sells off Ben & Jerry’s in Israel to avoid West Bank row Move follows ice-cream brand’s decision to stop selling in Palestinian territories as it was ‘inconsistent’ with its valuesUnilever has sold off its Ben & Jerry’s business in Israel in an attempt to extricate itself from a row over sales of the ice-cream in settlements in the West Bank.Ben & Jerry’s independent board announced last summer that the brand would no longer sell its products in the occupied Palestinian territories, saying to do so was “inconsistent with our values”. Continue reading...👇
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Human rights fears affecting China’s standing globally, Pew survey finds Negative views of China at highest level in years in many of the 19 countries that took part in survey Concerns about China’s policies on human rights have led to negative views towards the world’s most populous nation, a Pew public opinion survey has found.Negative views of China remain at or near historic highs in many of the 19 countries polled in this year’s survey, which spoke to people in North America, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. The findings are largely consistent with Pew’s previous study in 2020, but with some countries now reporting even more unfavourable views of China. Continue reading...👇
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Canadian woman loses her home amid government payroll debacle Fiasco involves automated system that has led to 200,000 government workers being overpaid, underpaid or not paid at allA woman in Newfoundland has lost her house after the government of Canada stopped paying her while she was on contract with its own revenue agency.Joanne Nemec Osmond’s ordeal is the latest case in a debacle surrounding an automated payroll system which has led to 200,000 government workers in the country being overpaid, underpaid – or not paid at all. Continue reading...👇
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Israel delays travel restrictions on West Bank in apparent gesture to Joe Biden New rules limiting ability of foreigners to enter occupied territory are postponed before US president’s Middle East visitIsrael has delayed the implementation of strict rules limiting the ability of foreigners to enter and stay in the occupied West Bank, in what is believed to be a gesture to Joe Biden before the US president’s visit to the Middle East next month.A statement from the high court on Wednesday said the new rules would be shelved until early September, as a decision had not yet been made regarding objections to the proposed policy. Continue reading...👇
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El Salvador to escalate its security crackdown after death of police officers President Nayib Bukele vowed to step up its ‘war on gangs’ even as 2% of the country’s population is jailedEl Salvador’s president, Nayib Bukele, has vowed to escalate his controversial “war on gangs” after three police officers were killed in what appeared to be the first major reaction to a security crackdown that critics have called one of the most dramatic in recent Latin American history.Bukele’s government claims more than 43,000 Salvadorians have been thrown in jail since it imposed a “state of exception” in late March – leaving almost 2% of the country’s entire adult population behind bars. Continue reading...👇
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‘It’s a sham’: Egypt accused of restricting protest in run-up to Cop27 Climate activists say plight of jailed Alaa Abd El Fattah shows protesters’ voices will be ignored at Sharm el-Sheikh summitFive months before a pivotal UN climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, one of Egypt’s most prominent political prisoners remains behind bars. Now on his 89th day of a hunger strike, Alaa Abd El Fattah is subsisting on just a hundred calories a day, normally in the form of skimmed milk or a spoonful of honey in his tea.Abd El Fattah, a figurehead of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, has spent most of the past decade in prison. First jailed for organising demonstrations against a law that in effect banned protest altogether, he was re-arrested in 2019 during anti-government protests in which he had no involvement, and last year was sentenced to a further five years in a maximum security prison on charges of “spreading false news undermining national security”, for comments about torture on social media. Continue reading...👇
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Israel braces for fifth election in less than four years Poll set for October after collapse of short-lived coalition that ousted Benjamin Netanyahu from officeIsrael is set for its fifth election in less than four years after the approval of a bill to dissolve parliament, following the collapse of a short-lived coalition government that banded together to oust the longtime prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office.Members of the Knesset voted unanimously on Tuesday in favour of the bill, with a deadline of midnight on Wednesday for it to be finalised as law. Continue reading...👇
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Chinese invasion of Taiwan ‘would be catastrophic miscalculation’ Trade should be directed at countries who can be trusted, says British foreign secretary Liz TrussChina would be making “a catastrophic miscalculation” if it invaded Taiwan, Liz Truss has said, telling the Nato summit that the UK and other countries should reconsider trading relationships with countries that used economic power in “coercive” ways.In a sign of how far UK government attitudes towards China have shifted since the self-declared “golden decade” under David Cameron, the British foreign secretary said trade should be directed at countries that could be trusted. Continue reading...👇
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UK to lift import restrictions on food from Fukushima Remaining curbs on food imports imposed after 2011 nuclear disaster to be scrappedFood from Fukushima will be freely available in the UK from Wednesday, weeks after Boris Johnson snacked on popcorn from the Japanese prefecture hit by a triple nuclear meltdown in March 2011.Britain restricted Fukushima imports after the disaster, the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, but has gradually lifted them, even as other countries limit or ban produce from the region. Continue reading...👇
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North Korea accuses US of building an ‘Asian Nato’ ahead of security talks Biden due to meet Japanese PM Kishida and South Korean leader Yoon for talks amid escalating missile tests by Pyongyang North Korea has accused the US and its allies of launching a “sinister” attempt to form an “Asian Nato” to contain the regime, hours before Joe Biden and his Japanese and South Korean counterparts meet for security talks.“The US is hellbent on the military cooperation with its stooges in disregard of the primary security demand and concern by Asia-Pacific countries,” North Korea’s state news agency, KCNA said, on Wednesday. Continue reading...👇
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Nobel laureate Maria Ressa vows to fight Philippines order shutting Rappler site ‘Kill’ order to revoke news website’s certificates of incorporation made in final days of Rodrigo Duterte’s ruleThe Nobel prize-winner Maria Ressa has said she will challenge an order shutting down Rappler, the news website she co-founded, vowing the outlet will not succumb to harassment and intimidation.Rappler, which has been widely praised for scrutinising the administration of the outgoing Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has faced relentless legal charges and investigations. Continue reading...👇
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Jubilation and hope as convention puts final stamp on Chile’s new draft constitution Draft shifts country away from Pinochet-era document, enshrining cultural rights and laying out path of autonomy for Indigenous peoplesThe process of drafting Chile’s new constitution has come to an abrupt, jubilant end as the final votes were held quickly by the 154-member, gender-equal constitutional convention.Huddling between the colonnades at the former congress building in Santiago, which has played host to Chile’s constitutional process, the delegates hugged and cheered as the draft was finalised. Continue reading...👇
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War on drugs prolonged Colombia’s decades-long civil war, landmark report finds Truth commission’s report, touted as a chance to heal after half a century of bloodshed, called for a ‘substantial change in drug policy’ The punitive, prohibitionist war on drugs helped prolong Colombia’s disastrous civil war, the country’s truth commission has found, in a landmark report published on Tuesday as part of an effort to heal the raw wounds left by conflict.The report, titled “There is a future if there is truth” was the first instalment of a study put together by the commission that was formed as part of a historic 2016 peace deal with the leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc). Continue reading...👇
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Early human ancestors one million years older than earlier thought Fossils from South African cave are 3.4 to 3.6m years old and walked the Earth at same time as east African relativesThe fossils of our earliest ancestors found in South Africa are a million years older than previously thought, meaning they walked the Earth around the same time as their east African relatives like the famous “Lucy”, according to new research.The Sterkfontein caves at the Cradle of Humankind world heritage site northwest of Johannesburg have yielded more Australopithecus fossils than any other site in the world. Continue reading...👇
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More than 100 murders in 18 months in Syria’s al-Hawl camp, UN says Many victims at detention facility for families of Islamic State fighters have been women, top official saysMore than 100 people, including many women, have been murdered in a Syria’s al-Hawl detention camp in 18 months, according to the UN.The camp is becoming increasingly unsafe and child detainees are being condemned to a life with no future, said Imran Riza, the UN resident coordinator in Syria, who called on countries to repatriate their citizens from the sprawling facility. Continue reading...👇
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Fifty-one migrants found dead inside abandoned Texas trailer truck Mexican foreign minister mourns ‘huge tragedy’ as US investigates effort to smuggle people across border San Antonio: what we know about the trailer truck deathsFifty-one people believed to be migrants were found dead and at least a dozen others were hospitalized after being found inside an abandoned tractor-trailer rig on Monday on a remote back road in south-west San Antonio, officials have said.The discovery in Texas may prove to be the deadliest tragedy among thousands of people who have died attempting to cross the US border from Mexico in recent decades. Continue reading...👇
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Hamas releases video of Israeli citizen held captive since 2015 Hisham al-Sayed seen lying in bed wearing a mask, with what appears to be an oxygen canister next to himGaza’s Hamas rulers have released a video of a captive Israeli citizen held incommunicado since 2015, showing the man lying in a hospital bed wearing an oxygen mask.It was the first image of Hisham al-Sayed to be released since he wandered across the frontier from southern Israel into Gaza. Its release came a day after Hamas said the condition of one of the Israelis it was holding captive had deteriorated. Continue reading...👇
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Fifty-one inmates die in Colombia prison riot Prisons agency boss says fire broke out after inmates lit mattresses during protest at jail in TuluáFifty-one inmates have died during a riot in a prison in the Colombian city of Tuluá in one of the worst recent incidents of its kind in the country.The director of the national prisons agency said a fire had started during a protest by prisoners overnight. Continue reading...👇
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Cop15: lack of political leadership leaves crucial nature summit ‘in peril’, warn NGOs Nairobi biodiversity talks end in stalemate, prompting open letter to world leaders calling for action before Montreal conferenceUN biodiversity negotiations have reached crisis point due to a lack of engagement from governments, leading NGOs have warned, three years after experts revealed that Earth’s life-support systems are collapsing.Last week, countries met in Nairobi for an extra round of talks on an agreement to halt the human-driven destruction of the natural world, with the final targets set to be agreed at Cop15 in Montreal. Governments have never met a target they have set for themselves on halting the destruction of nature despite scientists warning in 2019 that one million species face extinction, and that nature is declining at rates unprecedented in human history. Continue reading...👇
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Malaysian foreign minister says concerns remain about Aukus pact after meeting with Penny Wong Saifuddin Abdullah points to risk of regional arms race but pledges increased trade and cooperation on cybersecurity with AustraliaFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingMalaysia’s foreign minister, Saifuddin Abdullah, has said that his country’s concerns about the Aukus nuclear submarine pact remain unchanged, after a meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday with his Australian counterpart, Penny Wong.Saifuddin told reporters he communicated Malaysia’s ongoing concern about the security deal between Australia, the UK and the US during a “very candid” discussion with Wong on her first visit to the Malaysian capital as Australia’s foreign minister. Continue reading...👇
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V&A to display its first African fashion exhibition Galleries will showcase designers who are often overlooked, in an effort to acknowledge colonial histories within the museumThe Victoria and Albert Museum will open its first African fashion exhibition this week, more than 170 years after it was founded.Featuring designers who have worked with names including Beyoncé and architect David Adjaye, Africa Fashion aims to look across the fashion of the continent, exhibiting designs, photographs and films from 25 of the 54 countries. Continue reading...👇
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Delhi police arrest Muslim journalist Mohammed Zubair over tweet from 2018 Journalists demand release of co-founder of Alt News after he was accused of insulting HindusThe co-founder of a factchecking website has been arrested by police in Delhi weeks after he highlighted derogatory comments made by a spokesperson for Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) about the prophet Muhammad.Mohammed Zubair, who set up the Alt News website, flagged the remarks made during a television debate at the end of May on Twitter, bringing them attention they may not otherwise have had. Continue reading...👇
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‘The Punisher’: Rodrigo Duterte’s violent reign as Philippines president to end Analysis: Duterte’s popularity remains undented among people in poorer areas despite attacks on human rights, rule of law and mediaSix years ago, the tough-talking mayor of Davao City, known as “the Punisher” because of his merciless approach to crime, was on the brink of taking national power in the Philippines. He promised to move power away from Manila elites, tackle poverty, corruption, and drugs. “When I become president,” Rodrigo Duterte told one rally, “I will order the police to find those people [involved in drugs] and kill them. The funeral parlours will be packed.”The latter prediction was, at least, correct. When Duterte steps down on 30 June, having reached the end of his term limit, he will leave behind a country in which human rights, the media and rule of law have been weakened, say analysts. Continue reading...👇
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Sri Lanka suspends fuel sales for two weeks as economic crisis worsens Ban on sales to everything except essential services comes as nation tries to conserve fuel supplies that are barely enough to last a single dayCash-strapped Sri Lanka has announced a two-week halt to all fuel sales except for essential services and called for a partial shutdown as its unprecedented economic crisis deepened.The south Asian nation is facing its worst economic meltdown since gaining independence from Britain in 1948, and has been unable to finance even the imports of essentials since late last year. Continue reading...👇
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Ecuador: Indigenous protesters agree to meet president to discuss demands President Guillermo Lasso announces cut to gas prices in effort to quell protests demanding lower fuel and food pricesEcuadorian Indigenous organizations have said they will meet with the government to discuss demands for lower fuel and food prices which have sparked two weeks of protests, hitting the country’s weakened economy and threatening its oil production.President Guillermo Lasso late on Sunday announced a 10-cent per gallon cut to gasoline and diesel prices, the latest concession to try to quell the sometimes-violent demonstrations, which began on 13 June. Continue reading...👇
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Israel eases abortion regulations in response to ‘sad’ Roe v Wade ruling New rules will remove abortion approval committees and grant access to abortion pills at local health clinicsIsrael has eased its regulations on abortion access, in what the health minister said was a response to last week’s “sad” US supreme court ruling overturning Roe v Wade.The new rules, approved by a parliamentary committee, grant women access to abortion pills through the country’s universal health system and remove a longstanding requirement that women appear physically before a special committee before they are permitted to terminate a pregnancy. Continue reading...👇
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Toxic gas leak in Jordan leaves 13 dead and hundreds injured Leak at port of Aqaba happened after tank filled with gas fell while being transported, says state news agencyThirteen people have died and 251 have been injured in a toxic gas leak from a storage tank at Jordan’s Aqaba port, state television reported, as authorities called on residents to shut windows and stay indoors.The leak on Monday came after a cable lifting a tank filled with 25 tonnes of chlorine snapped, sending the container crashing down. Continue reading...👇
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Moroccan authorities accused of trying to cover up Melilla deaths Concern at apparent plan to bury victims without investigating cause of death or trying to identify themThere are growing calls for an investigation into the deaths of up to 37 people who died trying to scale a fence to enter Melilla, Spain’s enclave in north Africa.About 2,000 people stormed the heavily fortified border between the Moroccan region of Nador and the Spanish enclave on Friday. The Moroccan authorities say 23 people died and 140 police were injured during the attempt, while several NGOs say the number of dead is 37. Continue reading...👇
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Israel and Saudi Arabia ‘in talks over joint defence against Iran’ US-brokered summit discusses shared threat of Tehran’s growing missile and drone capabilitiesTop military officials from Israel and Saudi Arabia have met in secret US-brokered talks to discuss defence coordination against Iran, according to a report.Delegations from Riyadh, as well as Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan and Egypt, met the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) chief of staff in the Egyptian town of Sharm el-Sheikh in March, the Wall Street Journal revealed on Sunday, citing US and regional officials. Continue reading...👇
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Weather tracker: Japan swelters as ‘heat dome’ pushes up temperatures Trapped warm air and high pressure result in country recording temperature of 40C for first time in month of JuneThere were scorching conditions across Japan over the weekend, with the 40C threshold breached for the first time in the month of June. A temperature of 40.2C was recorded on Saturday in Isesaki, Gunma prefecture, north-east of Tokyo, which beat the previous June record of 39.8C set in 2011.Several heatstroke alerts were in place across the region with people taken to hospital for heat-related illnesses, with many older and young people succumbing to heat exhaustion. Continue reading...👇
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Alarm in Beijing after announcement zero-Covid policy may last five years Communist party official posts notice saying mass mandatory testing and travel curbs will continueAuthorities in Beijing have sparked confusion and alarm after announcing the strict zero-Covid policy could be in place for the next five years, including mass mandatory testing and travel restrictions.The notice, published on Monday afternoon, was attributed to Cai Qi, the Beijing secretary of the Chinese Communist party. The original text said: “In the next five years, Beijing will unremittingly grasp the normalisation of epidemic prevention and control.” Continue reading...👇
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Japanese told to turn off lights to save energy amid Tokyo heatwave Extreme temperatures forecast for capital this week after premature end to rainy seasonJapan’s government has warned millions of people in the Tokyo region to save energy or face power cuts, as the capital battles record June temperatures after a premature end to the rainy season.Temperatures of 35C (95F) were forecast in the city throughout the day, with similarly extreme weather expected for the rest of the week, according to the Japanese meteorological agency. Continue reading...👇
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Ukrainian spouses in Gaza suffer from double conflict Women who relocated to Gaza are unable to visit or contact family, and face similar problems in their adoptive homeFor more than a decade, Natalya Hassoumi’s family in Ukraine have worried about her safety in the Gaza Strip; they have been unable to reach her for days at a time while airstrikes have pummelled the isolated Palestinian territory. Now, Hassoumi is experiencing something similar. She has not heard from her parents and siblings in Russian-occupied Kherson for three weeks.“I think the Russians must be making people switch to using Russian networks and sim cards, but I don’t know what’s happening,” the 41-year-old doctor said. “It’s very hard not knowing.” Continue reading...👇
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Collapse of bullfight stands in Colombia leaves four dead, hundreds injured Chaos overtakes city of Espinal after wood and bamboo stands collapse during cultural festivalAt least four people were killed and hundreds injured in Colombia on Sunday after spectator stands at a bullfight collapsed, authorities said.The bull reportedly escaped from the plaza hosting the spectacle and was causing panic in the streets of Espinal, Tolima, a city of nearly 60,000 people about 145km (90 miles) south-west of Bogotá, the capital. Continue reading...👇
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Gold miner in Canada finds mummified 35,000-year-old woolly mammoth Discovery in the Klondike ranks as the most complete mummified mammal found in the AmericasIt was a young miner, digging through the northern Canadian permafrost in the seemingly aptly named Eureka Creek, who sounded the alarm when his front-end loader struck something unexpected in the Klondike gold fields.What he had stumbled upon would later be described by the territory’s palaeontologist as “one of the most incredible mummified ice age animals ever discovered in the world”: a stunningly preserved carcass of a baby woolly mammoth thought to be more than 35,000 years old. Continue reading...👇
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Murdered British journalist Dom Phillips laid to rest in Brazil My brother was killed because he tried to tell the world what was happening to the rainforest, says Sian PhillipsThe British journalist Dom Phillips has been laid to rest in Brazil, exactly three weeks after he was gunned down while journeying through the Amazon with the Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira.Pereira and Phillips, a longtime Guardian contributor, disappeared while travelling on the Itaquaí River on Sunday 5 June. Continue reading...👇
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