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- (France)Le Monde diplomatique - English edition
Map sources: US Energy Information Administration; libya.liveuamap.com; Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (Acled), August 2020- Africa / Map, 2020/09 LibyaThe era of the icebreaker
Icebreakers are crucial to developing Arctic trade routes being opened up by global warming. Russia is expanding its nuclear fleet, China invites tenders for its own and neighbours vie to control passage.- 2020/05 / article, 2020/05 IcebreakersLosing Tibetanness
China has moderated its once repressive policy on Tibet, with conditions. Local people are now free to observe their religion and culture, provided they don't try to challenge China's overall control.- 2019/12 / articleAustralia's angry summers
Last year was the world's second hottest, closing the warmest decade on record. Australia's summer 2019-20 began with unprecedented heat and drought and uncontrollable wildfires across millions of hectares, putting all life in danger. Will this latest warning of environmental catastrophe be heard?- 2020/02 / article, 2020/02 AustraliaThe labour we really need
Suddenly what used to be classed as unskilled labour has proved in our global emergency to be crucial to modern life; truck drivers, shelf stackers, Amazon warehouse workers are now respected as key workers.- 2020/05 / articleThe feminist ‘plot'
A major study into violence against women in France in 2001 came under fierce attack, along with the entire notion of feminism. Its detractors even brought back tired old stereotypes of women as oppressors of men. The publication of an important ‘Investigation into Violence against Women in France' (Enquête sur les violences envers les femmes en France, Enveff) in 2001 prompted a backlash in France, from all directions, targeting feminism. Books and noisy manifestos, with approbation from (...)- 2003/08 / article, Newly translated, ExclusivePolitics in the age of evangelical megachurches
In this month's podcast, George Miller talks to Le Monde diplomatique's deputy editor, Akram Belkaïd, about the global rise of evangelical Christianity. Why are evangelical churches growing so rapidly and what does their uncompromisingly conservative political agenda mean for progressive politics?- 2020/09 / 2020/09 evangelicals, PodcastThe meritocrats shall inherit the earth
The word ‘meritocracy' was used in the 1950s as a warning of a tyranny in which the cleverest, or rather most educated, ruled society and passed on their privilege. That dystopia has now arrived.- 2020/08 / article
Trump refuses to commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses US electionPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday refused to clearly guarantee a peaceful transfer of power should he lose the upcoming US election in November to Joe Biden.Covid-19: France to shut bars and restaurants in hard-hit MarseilleFrance will order bars and restaurants shut in Marseille and restrict their opening hours in other cities including Paris as part of efforts to stem a continuing rise in the daily number of infections, Health Minister Olivier Véran announced on Wednesday.Iconic French singer and actress Juliette Gréco dies at 93Legendary French singer Juliette Gréco, whose career spanned over half a century, has died aged 93, her family told AFP.Mourners pay homage to Ruth Bader Ginsburg at US Supreme CourtMourners quietly filed past the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's flag-draped coffin outside the white marble court building on Wednesday as the United States began three days of tributes to the liberal icon.US officer charged over Breonna Taylor shooting, but not for her deathA Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single former police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death.United Nations, Britain to co-host climate summit in DecemberThe United Nations and Britain will co-host a global climate summit on December 12, the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement, the world body said Wednesday.‘The Gluers’: French group denounces femicide with a poster campaignOver the past year, anti-femicide posters have been appearing on walls all around France and across Paris. The campaign, which denounces violence against women and aims to raise awareness, has been praised but also criticised. FRANCE 24 met some members of “the Gluers” group running the campaign.French media sign open letter backing Charlie Hebdo following new death threatsMore than 100 French news outlets on Wednesday called on people to support satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by gunmen in 2015, after its staff received new death threats.
- (Germany)Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
After Moria, EU to try closed asylum camps on Greek islandsA "closed camp" for displaced people is being set up on Samos as part of the EU's strategy for fortifying its external borders. Neither residents of the island nor the people who will be held there want the camp.EU plans tougher controls in migration policy overhaulA plan to fix migration polices with a system of "mandatory solidarity" by all states is likely to face heavy debate. New proposals include tougher border checks and new rules on deportation.Opinion: EU migration pact is victory for the nationalistsThe EU's new proposed migration pact puts an end to asylum quotas. Member states reluctant to provide refuge to displaced people can now do as they will. This is a victory for the nationalists, DW's Barbara Wesel writes.Belarus: Alexander Lukashenko sworn in as president, state media reportsAfter weeks of protest surrounding the disputed August election, the inauguration was unexpectedly brought forward. Belarus state media report that it took place in a secret ceremony.US: Police officer charged over Breonna Taylor raid — but not for her deathA police officer was charged over the botched raid that led to the killing of a Black woman in Kentucky — but the grand jury decided to bring no charges directly related to her death.Joe Biden's economic plan: Will it convince American voters?The Democratic Party's White House nominee is polling ahead of Trump, but the president is seen as stronger on the economy. Joe Biden has six weeks to convince voters he can beat the pandemic and turnaround US fortunes.Alexei Navalny leaves hospital in BerlinBerlin's Charite hospital has said that the Russian opposition leader has been discharged and that a complete recovery is possible. Several lab results confirm Navalny had been poisoned with a powerful nerve agent.Coronavirus digest: Belgium to scrap face mask rulesThe Belgian prime minister has announced that wearing masks will not be mandatory throughout the country starting next month.
- (Germany)DER SPIEGEL - International
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Predicting Refugee Movements? There's an App for That - A New Approach to Humanitarian AidAccording to an algorithm, the coronavirus pandemic could trigger a million people to leave their homes in the Sahel region. Such forecasts could help humanitarian organizations recognize developments before they happen and react more quickly.Mushroom Expert Merlin Sheldrake: "Fungi Can Teach Us a New Way of Looking at the World"Fungi's role in our world has been vastly underestimated, says biologist Merlin Sheldrake. They can even make decisions, just like us.Spain’s COVID Resurgence: The Difficult Fight against the Second WaveThe Spanish government imposed a tough coronavirus lockdown in the spring, but now, new infections are rising faster than anywhere else in the EU. The economy is facing potential collapse even as new lockdown measures go into effect.The Tesla Factory Near Berlin: Elon Musk Shows the Germans How to Move QuicklyTesla is racing ahead with construction of its new factory just outside of Berlin. All that's left for German carmakers is to watch and learn.Harvard Philosopher Michael Sandel on the Trump PhenomenonCritics of U.S. President Donald Trump claim he has brought ruin to the United States. For Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel, that charge is too easy. He argues that liberal hubris has also played a significant role in the decay of American society.Europe's Refugee Disaster: Merkel Losing Her Patience with Lack of EU SolidarityThe German government feels it has been left in the lurch by most of its EU partners on asylum policy. Even refugee hardliner Horst Seehofer, Germany's interior minister, has some choice words for Austria.German Health Expert on Second Wave of COVID-19: More Deaths in 6 To 8 WeeksGerman politician Karl Lauterbach, a member of parliament and one of the country’s leading voices on the coronavirus, warns in an interview that cases of COVID-19 are about to increase dramatically in Germany. Politicians, he says, will need to tighten the reins again.Bill Gates on COVID-19: "It's Mind-Blowing That We're Not Further Along!"He has invested vast sums of money in the search for a coronavirus vaccine, but is also a favorite target of conspiracy theorists. In an interview, Bill Gates discusses the progress toward a vaccine and what the U.S. has done wrong in the coronavirus pandemic.
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Vatican invested in Lapo Elkann and Elton John filmInvestments in Malta involving capital held by the Vatican’s Secretariat of State – in real estate, mineral water and websites – have led to investigations by Holy See prosecutors. At the heart of the operations is the Centurion investment fund, based in VallettaJudges acquit Salvini: “NGOs should go to their own country”The Court of Ministers on the migrant case: the “first-contact country” is that whose flag the ship fliesGiovanni Evangelisti and his medal for rigged long jumpThirty-two years after being unfairly awarded a medal at the Athletics World Championships, the former long-jumper recalls: “I was one of the few athletes who was clean; the use of illegal substances was covered up”. His new passions are painting and sculptureLiliana Segre “ready to head anti-hate commission”The senator said she was tired but had no intention of giving up. She talked to us about the insults, her police escort, and how her life has changed at the age of 89Ceramics company set to move to Armenia bought out by staffWorkers made redundant by company in Città di Castello due to relocation use severance pay to buy the machinery and rent the premises. After winning back their old customers, business is boomingEscort for Liliana Segre following insults and threatsCarabinieri to provide escort for senator, who receives an average of 200 hate messages a day on social media platformsTask forces, seizures and arrests to fight drugs in RogoredoBuyers down from a thousand a day to about thirty. The drug selling marketplace of the Rogoredo woods, the largest in northern Italy, with rock-bottom prices, has, at least temporarily, been emptied, thanks to constant surveillanceCouncil approves Milan’s new stadium, with 16 conditionsMilan’s city council decides that new stadium is matter of public interest. The mayor: “Now negotiations can begin.” Inter and AC Milan: “We’ll assess the council’s conditions; the Sesto alternative is still an option”
- (Italy)La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
Suspect identified for murder of soccer ref, partnerROME, SEP 23 - Investigators in Lecce are questioning a 37-year-old man suspected of murdering a soccer referee and his partner in their home in the southern city late on Monday, sources said on Wednesday. Daniele De Santis, 33, and his partner, Eleonora Manta, were stabbed several times, sources saNew cases up to 1,640 in Italy, 20 more deathsROME, SEP 23 - The health ministry said Wednesday that Italy has registered 1,640 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, up by around 250 with respect to Tuesday. It said 103,696 swab tests were taken, around 16,000 more than Tuesday and the highest number in Italy in a single day since the startCracco, Beck and 9 others create 'Chef Box' to reduce waste(ANSAmed) - ROMA, 23 SET - Eleven of the most well-known chefs working in Italy, including Carlo Cracco and Heinz Beck, are creating a ''Chef Box'' as part of a drive to combat food waste. They are thus taking part in the collective action launched by Too Good To Go as part of the first InternationaSoccer: Milan defender Duarte tests positive for COVIDROME, SEP 23 - AC Milan said Wednesday that Brazilian defender Léo Duarte has tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing a swab test on Tuesday. The club said the player is in self-isolation. It said other players and staff members have all tested negative. (ANSA).Conte welcomes proposed EU migration pactROME, SEP 23 - Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday welcomed the European Commission's proposed new Pact on Migration and Asylum to replace the current system based on the Dublin Regulation. Under the Dublin Regulation, migrants must register in the EU country where they arrive.. Successive IM5S in turmoil after poor regional-election showingROME, SEP 23 - The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) is in turmoil after its poor showing in elections in seven regions staged on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday influential M5S member Alessandro Di Battista said the movement had an identity crisis after its "worst-ever defeat". He also complaiDon't just listen to pharmaceutical companies on COVID -popeROME, SEP 23 - Pope Francis warned leaders against consulting only pharmaceutical companies as they seek to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic. "The large pharmaceutical companies are listened to more than the healthcare workers employed on the front lines in hospitals or in refugee camps," theSporting probe opened into 'fixed' Suarez Italian examROME, SEP 23 - Italian Soccer Federation (FICG) prosecutors have opened a sporting probe into allegations that the Italian language exam Uruguay and Barcelona forward Luis Suarez took in Perugia last week was fixed, ANSA sources said Wednesday. FIGC Chief Prosecutor Giuseppe Chinè has requested the
- (Spain)In English Section | EL PAÍS
In English Section | EL PAÍS
Catalan premier announces snap election amid dispute over role as deputyIn a surprise institutional statement, Quim Torra said the date will not be set until the regional budget is passed in parliamentDeià: The Spanish village with more tourist accommodation than residentsThe picturesque spot in Mallorca is home to just over 600 people, but the high number of visitors in the summer is putting a strain on resourcesIn photos: Easter in Spain under the coronavirus lockdownReuters photographer Jon Nazca has traveled to Ronda in the southern Spanish city of Málaga to compare this year’s empty streets to the festivities seen in 2019 and 2018Spaniard in Wuhan faces tough choice: Stay with husband or evacuateSpain is planning to repatriate citizens who are trapped in the Chinese city due to a coronavirus outbreak, but for Dácil Sánchez that means leaving her partner behindJailed Catalan leader speaks in parliament on Article 155: “It did nothing to stop us”Oriol Junqueras, who is serving a 13-year sentence for his role in the 2017 breakaway bid, appeared at an investigation commission into the suspension of the Catalan government’s regional powersSpanish dentist caught secretly filming colleague undress given three yearsThe female employee discovered a pen drive that had been used to record her when she got changed at the Madrid clinic where she worked. The victim has also won compensationIn Madrid, investors eye tenants who still pay just €7 a monthDespite soaring rent prices, there are still a few lucky residents on old Franco-era contracts. Real estate trusts are buying these properties as they wait for the occupants to pass awayThe shoestring superpowerSome nations have acquired the capacity to cheaply and stealthily intervene in the domestic politics of rivals, exacerbating their social conflicts, undermining their institutions and making the country harder to govern
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Spain registers 11,289 COVID-19 cases Wednesday as certain regions risk hospitals becoming overwhelmedNationally 9.21% of hospital beds are being occupied by COVID-19 patients but some regions are reaching dangerous levelsAngry wife sets up blackmail plot against cheating husband on Spain’s Costa BlancaA WOMAN was arrested on the Costa Blanca for setting up a blackmail plot involving sex photos of her husband. Two other people were roped into the extortion plan and also detained by the Policia Nacional in Alicante. The angry wife wanted revenge on her partner who she discovered had a phone relationship with another […]REVEALED: How Rifaat Al-Assad brutally ‘plundered Syria’ and spent millions of black cash on property, yachts and a PLANE while setting up businesses on Spain’s Costa del SolA former general told investigators: “Rifaat was the superior head of the entire intelligence system...in Syria he was almost God”New Sexual Freedoms Act could spell an end to Spain’s brothelsSPAIN’s long standing grey area when it comes to brothels or salons could well come to an end if a new bill is passed in congress. For many years, roadside brothels have been allowed to operate as there is currently no specific law that prohibits the operation of an establishment that sells sex. The only […]Dutch football fans who humiliated Roma beggars in Madrid ordered to pay €1,500 damagesDUTCH football fans who humiliated and goaded four Roma women begging for money in Madrid’s iconic Plaza Mayor have been ordered to pay €1,500 in damages each. The four men had travelled to the city in 2016 to watch PSV Eindhoven take on Atletico de Madrid. They were caught on video tossing coins to the […]Ryanair extends flight change fee waiver for flights to and from SpainBudget airline giant Ryanair have announced they will extend their exemption for flight change fees for passengers booking who book European this October and November. The exception first came into place earlier this year to give passengers greater confidence in booking with the airline in the wake of COVID-19. The waiver, which was previously enforced […]Leading train operator RENFE faces stiff new competition as French rival enters SpainSPAIN’S number one train operator Renfe is to face fresh competition as a French company has announced its intentions to enter the market in 2021. French railway operator SNCF, under the brand name Ouigo, announced its plans to begin journeys on Spain’s high speed lines from March 15, 2021. Ouigo will make its first outing […]Andalucia announces grants to cover rental costs for self-employed workers affected by COVID-19It is expected to benefit some 9,400 self-employed workers; with nightclub owners and child care businesses being the principal recipients of the aid.
- (UK)UK news | The Guardian
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Fear of contacting GPs during Covid outbreak 'fuelling missed diagnoses'
Study of GP records in Salford shows diagnoses up to 50% lower than expected in spring
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Concerns around contacting GPs during the coronavirus outbreak could be fuelling a rise in missed or delayed diagnoses, researchers have said.
A growing body of research has suggested that patients have avoided seeking medical attention because of the pandemic. Figures have revealed a large increase in the numbers of people dying at home, while visits to A&E have been markedly reduced.Continue reading...UK universities recruit record numbers of international students
Ucas says institutions have seen a 9% increase, as 44,300 students are set to start studies
UK universities are on course to recruit record numbers of international students during the global pandemic, defying predictions of financial disaster, the latest admissions figures reveal.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) said UK universities enjoyed a 9% increase in the number of undergraduate students from outside the UK and the EU starting their studies this autumn, rising to a new record total of 44,300.Continue reading...Covid means UK needs EU deal to avoid calamity, says Lord O'Donnell
Former head of the civil service to accuse government of range of failures in IFS lecture
The combination of a no-deal Brexit and a second wave of Covid-19 represents such a serious threat to the UK that a trade deal with Brussels is needed to avoid a “calamitous outcome”, according to the former head of the civil service.
In a withering attack on the government’s handling of the pandemic over the past six months, Gus O’Donnell – who headed the civil service under three prime ministers – will say on Thursday that the UK faces a perfect storm and that a trade agreement with the EU is “absolutely imperative” to head off serious disruption.Continue reading...UK set to introduce bill allowing MI5 agents to break the law
Government says bill is not a ‘licence to kill’ but critics call for limits on agents’ activities
A bill allowing confidential informants working for MI5 and the police to break the law will be introduced on Thursday amid a row about whether committing crimes such as murder and torture should be explicitly banned.
The government says that the covert human intelligence sources bill does not amount to a “licence to kill” because it will be compliant with the European convention on human rights, which safeguards the right to life and prohibits torture.Continue reading...Lorry drivers will face de facto Brexit border in Kent, Gove confirms
International hauliers will need ‘Kent access permit’ to get into county from 1 January
A de facto Brexit border is to be introduced for lorry drivers entering Kent to travel on to the EU, Michael Gove has confirmed.
The minister for the Cabinet Office and chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster told the Commons that lorry drivers would need a “Kent access permit” to get into the county from 1 January with “police and ANPR cameras [automatic number plate recognition]” enforcing the system.Continue reading...Murder suspect held after Met police called to reports of man on fire
Postmortem records head injury as preliminary cause of death for London crime victim
A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after police were called to reports that a man was on fire.
Metropolitan police officers attending the scene in Mitcham in south-west London found the body of 23-year-old Loeike Guei.Continue reading...Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney make shock bid for Wrexham AFC
- Actors try to invest in Welsh club in fifth tier of English football
- ‘Mr McElhenney and Mr Reynolds will put forward their vision’
Wrexham AFC have announced that the actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney are in talks to invest in the Welsh football club.
Reynolds, the Hollywood A-lister of Deadpool fame, and McElhenney, best known as the creator and star of the US television show It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, will now have an opportunity to “put forward their vision” for the club after the Wrexham Supporters Trust Board voted in favour of allowing the pair’s bid to progress.Continue reading...Up to 200 workers could face redundancy at Ocado call centre
Firm looks to shift jobs to Sunderland in a cost-cutting measure despite record profits
Ocado could make up to 200 workers at its Hatfield call centre redundant as it shifts the roles to Sunderland in an apparent cost-cutting move at a time when the online grocer is recording record profits.
One call centre worker involved in a 45-day redundancy consultation process which started this week described the cuts as “quite brutal” for staff who had worked throughout lockdown as Ocado responded to a huge surge in orders.Continue reading...
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Protesters gather in Louisville as anger mounts after only one cop is charged Breonna Taylor deathHundreds of people took to the streets of Louisville on Wednesday afternoon after a Kentucky grand jury announced that three officers would not face charges for the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance has £600,000 of shares in vaccine maker GSKSir Patrick has already sold more than £5 million in shares he received during his tenure as president of GlaxoSmithKline from 2012 to 2018.Coronavirus: SAGE experts tell students they should stay at university over ChristmasThe warnings are expected to be published in the latest minutes from meetings of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).Westpac is ordered to pay $1.3billion for breaching anti-money laundering rulesAustralia's second biggest bank has told the share market it had reached an agreement with AUSTRAC, the federal government agency charged with tackling organised crime.Video of woman washing her boyfriend's pillows for the first time in 10 YEARS horrifies social mediaThe TikTok user claimed that her boyfriend refuses to replace his decade-old pillows, noting that he never washed them once in all the time he's had them.EU wants each state to take in migrants or pay for their removal in new plans to deal with crisisThe bloc plans to impose a legal obligation on each state to host an assigned number of refugees or provide support, proposals many nations are against.PAUL THOMAS on... our military Covid marshals'We're only here to check the police don't get overloaded disciplining Covid flouters'New 'traffic-light' lockdown system that will send automatic alerts to phones is set to be usedLocal infection rates will be used to split parts of England into one of three categories that will determine the restrictions in place in the region under the plan.