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  • Brazil: same-sex couples rush to the altar ahead of Bolsonaro inauguration

    Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right politician who will be the country’s next president, has called himself a ‘proud homophobe’ On the night of the Brazilian election, Bianca Gama cried as it became clear that the country’s next president would be Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right politician whose career has been marked by homophobia. As the official result was announced, Gama’s girlfriend Priscilla Cicconi turned to her and said: “You were right. We should get married – before he takes office. Let’s do...

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  • Turkey train crash: four killed, dozens injured in high-speed Ankara collision

    Emergency services work to free passengers after one train crashed into another then hit pedestrian overpass A Turkish high-speed train collided with another rail egine and crashed into a pedestrian overpass at a train station in Ankara on Thursday, killing four people and injuring 43. Video footage showed emergency workers at the scene, working to free people from carriages trapped beneath the mangled metal wreckage of the overpass at the Marsandiz train station. Continue reading

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  • Forever prisoners: were a father and son wrongly ensnared by America’s war on terror?

    Saifullah Paracha, the oldest prisoner in Guantánamo Bay, will probably die in detention without ever being charged. His son is currently in a US prison. Both have been in custody for almost 15 years, accused of aiding al-Qaida. But did they? By Saba Imtiaz On a summer day in 2003, a wealthy middle-aged businessman arrived at Karachi airport to board a flight to Bangkok. Saifullah Paracha was heading to the Thai capital to join his American business partner for a meeting with buyers for Kmart,...

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  • How to create a leaderless revolution and win lasting political change

    In an age of insurgency, from gilets jaunes to Extinction Rebellion, non-violence is key to harnessing the energy of protest The gilets jaunes movement in France is a leaderless political uprising. It isn’t the first and it won’t be the last. Occupy, the Arab spring and #MeToo are other recent examples of this new politics. Some of it is good. Some of it is not: a leaderless movement, self-organised on Reddit, helped elect Donald Trump. But leaderless movements are spreading, and we need to...

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  • The untold story of how India's sex workers prevented an Aids epidemic

    Beating Aids is India’s greatest public health achievement. A new book says it wouldn’t have happened without women In 2002, a major report predicted an Aids catastrophe in India. The country would have 20-25m Aids cases by 2010. People were being infected at the rate of about 1,000 a day. Aids orphans numbered 2 million. This scourge would ravage families, society, and the economy. India was going to be the Aids capital of the world. But 2010 came and went. India averted an Aids epidemic. That...

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  • Gilbert Rozon: Just for Laughs founder charged with rape and indecent assault

    The Canadian comedy festival creator is also facing a C$10m class-action lawsuit Gilbert Rozon, the founder of Canadian comedy festival Just For Laughs, has been charged with rape and indecent assault. Quebec’s director of criminal prosecutions announced the charges on Wednesday, which relate to incidents that are alleged to have occurred in June and September 1979, in Saint-Sauveur. Continue reading

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  • 'Tired of eating human flesh': South African court jails two men in cannibal case

    Judge said men were guilty of ‘most heinous crime’ over murder of 24-year-old woman Two South African men accused of cannibalism were given life sentences for murder on Wednesday, with the judge saying they were guilty of “the most heinous crime”. Judge Peter Olsen sentenced Nino Mbatha, 33, and Lungisani Magubane, 32, to life in prison for the killing last year of Zanele Hlatshwayo, the Witness newspaper said. Continue reading

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  • Life in limbo: the Manus babies who face a stateless future

    Up to 39 children have been born to Papua New Guinean women and refugee men originally detained on Manus. Their families claim the children have been denied birth certificates leaving their future uncertain The children of Manus Island refugees and local women are being denied birth certificates, according to their families, potentially leaving up to 39 of them stateless. A number of refugee men detained in the Australian-run Manus Island regional processing centre and Papua New Guinean women...

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  • Two technicians at Antarctica station dead after being found unconscious

    Technicians had been working on a fire-suppression system at a scientific station on Ross Island Two technicians at a scientific station in Antarctica have died after being found unconscious, according to the National Science Foundation. Related: East Antarctica glacial stronghold melting as seas warm Continue reading

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  • Markets rally as hopes for breakthrough in US-China trade dispute rise

    Donald Trump says talks between Washington and Beijing are progressing Financial markets around the world have rallied amid early signs of progress in the bitter trade standoff between the US and China, as hopes rise for a breakthrough in the dispute. Wall Street shook off days of volatility to post broad gains in early trading after Donald Trump said that talks between Washington and Beijing were progressing, while reports suggested that China was on the brink of redrawing its economic plans to...

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  • Turkey primed to start offensive against US-backed Kurds in Syria

    President Erdoğan’s planned attack on militias he sees as terrorists risks row with Trump The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said that Turkey will launch a military operation against the Kurds in northern Syria within days, in a decision that could signal a shift in Turkish-US relations and have far-reaching consequences for Syria’s future. Long frustrated by US support for Kurdish militias Turkey views as terrorists, Erdoğan has threatened to push deeper into north-eastern Syria...

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  • The Guardian view on global warming: time is running out

    Rightwing nationalism threatens the global solidarity needed to avoid a climate catastrophe Global warming is a crisis for civilisation and a crisis for life on Earth. Human-caused climate change was behind 15 deadly weather disasters in 2017, including droughts, floods and heatwaves. The world’s leading climate scientists, in a special report for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), have warned that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of...

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  • Yahoo parent Verizon cuts value of media brands by $4.6bn

    US telecom firm’s Oath, which includes Huffington Post and AOL, is now worth $200m The collective value of digital media brands including Huffington Post, Yahoo and AOL, which once had a stock market capitalisation of more than $200bn (£158bn), has been slashed to only $200m by their parent Verizon. The US telecoms company has taken a $4.6bn charge on the goodwill value of Oath, the digital media subsidiary that houses properties including HuffPo, Yahoo and AOL, leaving it worth about $200m on...

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  • Any boost to sterling if the PM survives is not likely to last

    Brexit’s unresolved problems mean the pound will still be vulnerable even if the PM stays News that Theresa May was facing a confidence vote from her own MPs broke just before trading began in the City. But those expecting a market meltdown were swiftly proved wrong. Shares had one of their better recent days and the pound rose on the currency markets. If, as the old cliche has it, financial markets react badly to uncertainty it was hard to tell as much. The upbeat mood in the equity markets was...

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  • More than 200 women accuse famous Brazilian spiritual healer of sexual abuse

    Prosecutors received flood of complaints against João Teixeira de Faria in country’s first major #MeToo scandal More than 200 women have accused Brazil’s most famous medium and spiritual healer of sexual abuse in a case that is becoming the country’s first major post-#MeToo scandal. João Teixeira de Faria, 76, known as João de Deus, or John of God, has attended Brazilian presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff and Michel Temer, pop stars and celebrities. But in television interviews...

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  • Chérif Chekkat: who is the Strasbourg shooting suspect?

    French police say the gunman is one of 12,000 ‘gangster-jihadists’ who exist under the radar French investigators call them the “gangster-jihadists” – young men, often from poor immigrant backgrounds, who start with petty crime, drug dealing and robbery and graduate to terrorism. Related: Strasbourg shooting: French and German police hunt gunman Continue reading

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  • Nicolás Maduro accuses White House of direct role in assassination attempt

    Venezuelan president also claimed ‘ultra-right locos’ within Brazil’s incoming government were plotting to invade his country Venezuela’s embattled president Nicolás Maduro has accused the White House of playing a direct role in an attempt to assassinate him and claimed “ultra-right locos” within Brazil’s incoming government were plotting to invade his country. Related: Venezuela: is a US-backed 'military option' to oust Maduro gaining favour? Continue reading

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  • Calls for end to gilets jaunes protests in wake of Strasbourg shooting

    French ministers line up to appeal for calm after three die in Tuesday night’s attack French government ministers have appealed for the nationwide gilets jaunes protests to stop in the wake of the Strasbourg attack. After a gunman opened fire near a Christmas market in Strasbourg city centre on Tuesday night, killing three people and injuring several more, the justice and interior ministers suggested that the anti-government tax revolt should wind up its nationwide protests and street marches....

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  • Hakeem Al-Araibi: Australian Interpol office alerted Thailand to arrival of refugee

    Department of Home Affairs confirms alert came from Australia but cannot explain how red notice was issued The Department of Home Affairs has confirmed it was the Australian bureau of Interpol that alerted Thailand to the arrival of Hakeem Al-Araibi but has not explained how an Interpol red notice came to be issued against the refugee in the first place. The timeline of Al-Araibi’s travel, Bahrain’s actions and the subsequent arrest have raised questions about potential communication breakdowns...

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  • UN chief attempts to revive flagging climate change talks

    António Guterres returns to Katowice to urge China to intervene as globe is ‘running out of time’ The UN secretary general, António Guterres, has made a dramatic intervention to revive flagging climate talks in Katowice, Poland by flying back to the conference and preparing a personal call to the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. Related: US accused of obstructing talks at UN climate change summit Continue reading

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  • China says it suspects ex-Canadian diplomat of 'harming national security'

    Michael Kovrig, who works for thinktank, being held in BeijingMove follows arrest of Chinese Huawei executive in CanadaThe former Canadian diplomat who was detained in China days after the arrest of a senior Huawei executive is being questioned on suspicion of engaging in “activities that harmed China’s national security”, according to state-run media. Beijing News said on Wednesday that Michael Kovrig, who works for the International Crisis Group (ICG), had become the subject of an...

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  • Nobbled: Cork spends €6,000 polishing door handles to impress Prince Charles

    County’s ‘rebel’ reputation tarnished by €203,761 cleaning splurge before prince’s visit It has long been known as Ireland’s “rebel county” for its resistance to authority, especially English authority, but Cork’s reputation may be somewhat tarnished after it emerged the city council spent almost €6000 polishing door handles before a visit by Prince Charles. It was part of a €203,761 splurge on cleaning and refurbishment to make a good impression on Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, and...

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  • An Elephant Sitting Still review – on the edge of despair in the new China

    In his arresting final film, Hu Bo follows a string of characters struggling against injustice – and dreaming of escape Hardly anyone smiles during An Elephant Sitting Still’s four-hour running time – and when they do, every smile is bitter. A burning fuse-wire of injustice and despair runs through this formidable debut feature by Hu Bo, who killed himself aged 29 shortly after completing it in 2017. Adapting from his own short story, Hu compiles a kind of befogged Chinese Magnolia, following...

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  • Sweden suspends funding for UN Aids agency as Britain urged to follow suit

    Swedish minister calls for Michel Sidibé to step down after report alleging harassment and favouritism at agency The Swedish government has announced it is to withhold funding to a UN agency until its director resigns in a row over his “dysfunctional leadership”. UNAids, which spearheads the global fight against Aids and HIV, will receive no further funding until its executive director, Michel Sidibé, stands down, said Isabella Lövin, Sweden’s minister for international development cooperation...

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