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Matteo Salvini, Italy's populist strongman
He came out of local politics, evolved an anti-EU and anti-immigrant position that was outside Italy's previous norms, and has taken that position nationwide. What will he do now?- 2019/06 / articleThe imperial magazine
The Economist, when founded in 1843, was all about free trade, small government and no social welfare. Then its editor James Wilson began promoting British government intervention across the world for profit.- 2019/11 / articleThe expulsion of the Palestinians re-examined
Fifty years ago the UN decided to partition Palestine into two states, one Arab, one Jewish. The ensuing Arab-Israeli war ended with Israel expanding its share of the land by a third, while what remained to the Arabs was occupied by Egypt and Jordan. Several thousand Palestinians fled their homes, becoming the refugees at the heart of the conflict. Israel has always denied that they were expelled, either forcibly or as a matter of policy. Israel's “new historians” have been re-examining that (...)- 1997/12 / Israel, Palestine, Arab-Israeli conflict, History, Refugees, halte_bio, articleThe heritage of us all
It's hard to choose what should make it onto Unesco's list of humanity's Intangible Cultural Heritage. Do nationalism and tourism weight the choices? And who benefits when different music genres are listed?- 2019/12 / articleNorthern Ireland's deep state
The British government has never accepted responsibility for its collusion with Northern Irish loyalist paramilitary forces during the Troubles. This historical legacy issue will not go away and has lasting effects.- 2019/12 / article, 2019/12 Northern IrelandBen Bella: ‘It protected us from hatred'
Ahmed Ben Bella was one of the leaders of the Algerian revolution. In October 1956, in the first act of aerial piracy in history, the French airforce hijacked a flight he was on. He was imprisoned until 1962, and became the first Algerian president from 1962 to 1965.- 2000/09 / Exclusive, Newly translatedHicham Yezza on what went wrong for the UK's Labour Party
This month, Hicham Yezza, editor-in-chief of Ceasefire Magazine, discusses what caused the Labour Party's worst election result since 1935. Was it all about Brexit? Or leadership, or a hostile media? And where does the party go from here?- 2020/01 / Podcasts, 2020/01 BrexitPower to decide who's guilty
In 2007 Jeffrey Epstein struck a secret deal with prosecutors to avoid serious charges that could have brought a life sentence. His case demonstrates what's wrong with the US justice system.- 2019/10 / article
China coronavirus death toll passes 130 as US considers flight banThe death toll from a new coronavirus in China rose sharply to 132 on Wednesday with nearly 1,500 new cases, heaping pressure on Beijing to control the disease as U.S. officials said the White House was weighing whether to suspend all flights to the country.Trump's US Middle East peace plan delights Israelis, enrages PalestiniansPresident Donald Trump unveiled his long-awaited Middle East plan Tuesday, winning immediate praise from a beaming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but a swift rejection from the Palestinians, who called it “nonsense.”Chinese tourist in 'serious condition' in France's fourth coronavirus caseAn elderly Chinese tourist in a "serious condition" in a Paris hospital is France's fourth confirmed case of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 100 people since it emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, France's top health official said Tuesday.Renault chooses VW's Luca De Meo as new CEORenault's Tuesday named Luca de Meo, the former head of Volkswagen's Seat brand, as its next chief executive, as the carmaker looks to draw a line under a year of turmoil by finalising a long-awaited management shake-up.Peru court orders opposition leader Keiko Fujimori to return to prisonAs Peruvian authorities detained opposition leader Keiko Fujimori on Tuesday night for a new 15-month jail term, the politician published a pre-recorded video alleging "persecution" and vowing to "end her silence" on the case.'It sounded like rape': Weinstein accuser's ex-roommate backs up sexual assault allegationThe former roommate of Mimi Haleyi, one of the women who has accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, took the stand on Tuesday in the former Hollywood mogul's rape trial.Economic anxiety vies with ‘Brexit fatigue’ as UK's Birmingham readies to leave EUBirmingham voted for Brexit by a trifling margin in 2016, defying the narrative that ethnically mixed, economically buoyant cities don’t want to leave the EU. Ahead of the UK’s departure from the bloc on January 31, there is concern here about Brexit’s impact on business and jobs – but also a sense of relief that Brexit is finally happening.French cities and NGOs sue oil giant Total over 'climate inaction'A group of French cities and advocacy groups said Tuesday they had filed a lawsuit against oil giant Total, claiming it was not doing enough to limit carbon emissions and prevent climate change.
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Deutsche Welle: DW.com - Top Stories
Countries evacuate citizens from China as coronavirus infections riseThousands of foreigners are among those quarantined in Wuhan as countries scramble to evacuate their citizens from China. The number of confirmed cases in the deadly viral outbreak has risen to nearly 6,000.Germany confirms three further cases of coronavirusThe disease, which has killed more than 100 people in China, has now infected four people in Bavaria. All four instances are thought to be connected to the recent visit of a Chinese worker to the area.Opinion: Coronavirus paranoia is outpacing its actual dangerThe fear of viruses, just like the price of shares, often has less to do with reality than with irrational expectations. The latest coronavirus epidemic will taper off, just like those before it, says Fabian Schmidt.Coronavirus vaccine — a race against timeResearchers in China and the US are developing a vaccine for the new Coronavirus. If all goes well, they may run the first tests in three months. A vaccine would be available mid-year — at the very earliest.Trump reveals Israeli-Palestinian peace planThe deal makes more concessions to Palestinians than anticipated but asks that they accept West Bank settlements. Palestinian leaders have already vowed to reject the plan.UK allows role for Huawei in shaping 5G networkThe UK government says it will allow a restricted role for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in developing Britain's 5G network. The US had said it might rethink intelligence sharing with countries that use the technology.Bundeswehr commissioner calls for 'Ikea' approach to army's procurement woesThe parliamentary commissioner for Germany's army wants to mimic the furniture giant's "choose, pay, and take away" model when buying gear. The Bundeswehr has long suffered "massive" equipment and personnel shortages.Berlin court rules hostel at North Korean Embassy must closeA court in Berlin has ruled that a hostel located on the grounds of the North Korean Embassy should be shut down. City authorities said that the payment of rent to Pyongyang was in breach of UN sanctions.
- (Germany)DER SPIEGEL - International
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A Psychotherapy Program to Help Traumatized Children in IraqThousands of victims of Islamic State's reign of terror suffer continue to suffer from psychological trauma, but there is a shortage of adequate care in northern Iraq. A German trauma expert hopes to change that.Two Soldiers Recall the Liberation of Dachau and AuschwitzSeventy-five years ago, Auschwitz was liberated, with Dachau to follow a couple of months later. Here, a Soviet soldier and an American soldier recall the moment they first set eyes on the camps.China: A Visit to the Coronavirus Epicenter in WuhanThe Chinese city of Wuhan, with a population of 11 million, is considered the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. DER SPIEGEL went there.Heiko Maas: "For A Long Time Now, Words Have Not Been Enough"Speeches and warnings are insufficient when it comes to anti-Semitism in Germany and Europe. We need concrete programs to counter the hatred of Jews, including better education and harsher penalties.Fresh Viral Threat Emerges in ChinaA terrifying virus is spreading from China around the world. It appears to have been transmitted to humans through a wild animal. Where did it come from and how dangerous is it for Asia and the rest of the world?Facebook: How To Fake Friends and Influence PeopleA network comprised of hundreds of fabricated Facebook profiles disseminates political propaganda and also coaxes real users to reveal as much about themselves as they are willing. The social network appears to be impotent in its response to the professional saboteurs.Interview with Kenneth Rogoff on European Central BankU.S. economist Kenneth Rogoff, 66, believes the European Central Bank should lower interest rates further if it becomes necessary, but argues that private savers should be protected from negative rates.Researchers Pin Hopes on California's 'Survivor' TreesCalifornia's forests are home to around 130 million dead trees, which have been killed by long droughts and bark beetles. Researchers are now growing a new generation of more resilient pines they hope will make forests more sustainable.
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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
China virus: Repatriations ASAP says foreign minRome, January 28 - The head of the foreign ministry's Chinese coronavirus crisis unit Stefano Verrecchia said Tuesday Italians living in Wuhan would be voluntarily repatriated as soon as possible. "There are procedures which must be implemented and do not wholly depend on us but we are doing our utmLeonardo buys Kopter from Lynwood (2)Rome, January 28 - Italian aerospace giant Leonardo on Tuesday bought the Swiss Kopter Group from multinational Lynwood for 185 million dollars, the Italian group said in a statement. Leonardo CEO Alessandro Profumo said the company was consolidating its core business with the deal.Atlantia stock surges on rumours license won't be strippedMilan, January 28 - Shares in Atlantia, the Benetton-controlled motorway group, surged 6.3% on Tuesday on rumours its highway unit Autostrade per l'Italia (ASPI) won't have its concession stripped after the 2018 Genoa bridge disaster that killed 43 people. Until now the ruling anti-establishment 5-SFacebook removes Salvini 'pusher' doorbell stunt videoBologna, January 28 - Facebook on Tuesday removed a video of rightwing strongman Matteo Salvini ringing a doorbell in an electoral stunt in Bologna and asking if a pusher lived there. Facebook said it had taken the video down due to a privacy breach. The video was removed at the request of the victiMan in molotov attack on bank that refused to open accountVibo Valentia, January 28 - A 42-year-old unemployed man threw a molotov cocktail against a bank in this Calabrian town Tuesday after it reportedly refused to open a bank account for him. The entrance to the branch of the Banca Popolare dell'Emilia Romagna (BPER) was slightly damaged. An employee waSoccer: Buffon says may carry on on 42nd birthdayTurin, January 28 - Gianluigi Buffon said as he turned 42 Tuesday that he might carry on as Juve's back-up keeper if a self-assessment in the spring turns out OK. "For the future I'm ready and open to all ideas," he said. "Let's see who I get to March/April". "The important thing," he told Sky SportBurglars who brutally beat pensioner took selfiesCagliari, January 28 - Two burglars who tied up and brutally beat a 78-year-old pensioner before robbing his home in Sardinia in October took numerous selfies inside the property, police said Tuesday. The selfies of the burglars wearing ski masks and gloves helped police nail down charges against th10 risk trial in Rome stadium caseRome, January 28 - Ten people risk trial in a graft case involving Roma's new stadium, prosecutors said after winding up a collateral probe Tuesday. Among those facing possible indictments are: the president of the Rome city assembly, Marcello De Vito; lawyer Camillo Mezzacapo, already on trial for
- (Spain)In English Section | EL PAÍS
In English Section | EL PAÍS
Spain trying to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan along with French, British nationalsChina has recommended that foreigners stay put in the quarantined city, but added that it will not prevent them from leavingJailed 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 powersIranian exile group paid salaries for two leaders of Spain’s far-right VoxDonations from the National Council of Resistance of Iran also funded other party expenses such as rent and computer equipment in 2013 and 2014Catalan premier challenges regional parliament by refusing to give up seatQuim Torra got his Together for Catalonia party to abstain from the day’s voting after the speaker warned him that his own vote would not be countedCivil Guard colonel slams actions of Mossos chief during independence driveDiego Pérez de los Cobos tells court he would have removed Josep Lluís Trapero from his role as head of the regional police force for his leadership in 2017Spanish 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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Talks with Spain and UK are intensifying as Gibraltar leaves the EU this FridayTALKS between Gibraltar, UK and Spain are gathering pace as the countries enter the transitional period following Friday's EU exit.Costa Blanca towns away from the coast MUST work together to improve tourism potential, says Vega Baja councillorSAN FULGENCIO councillor, Darren Parmenter, attended last week’s International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid, and had nothing but high praise for the event. Indeed, he sees a bright future for the Costa Blanca South and the Vega Baja area, in particular. Of hundreds of issues discussed, Parmenter commented on how positive meetings were, especially between […]German man arrested for sexual assault and violence in a Costa del Sol nightclubThe victim was taken to a healthcentre for her injuriesIsraeli startups could help soften Brexit business blow by using Gibraltar as ‘stepping stone’ to UKIsraeli companies could help Gibraltar overcome the Brexit fallout, the Gibraltar-Israel Chamber of Commerce has claimed.Launch of low cost €5 AVLO tickets collapses RENFE websiteA second batch of low fare tickets will be launched today at 8pmBREAKING: Homophobic rugby star Israel Folau signs with Catalans Dragons after being sacked from Australia club for saying ‘hell awaits’ gay peopleISRAEL Folau has rejoined rugby league after signing with Super League club Catalans Dragons. It comes after he was released from his contract with Australia Rugby in December for homophobic posts he made on social media. Folau wrote in April that ‘hell awaits’ gay people after already having been warned for his social media posts. […]British consul says Withdrawal Agreement passing into UK law is ‘positive news’ for expat rights – read why hereBORIS Johnson’s Brexit deal last week received royal assent from the Queen, allowing it to become UK law. Once the European Parliament ratifies the deal, the UK will be set to leave the EU on January 31. British Consul Charmaine Arbouin has said the passing of the deal is ‘positive news’ for UK nationals resident […]Investors are buying apartments in Madrid that house tenants paying €7 per monthIN Madrid, investors have been eyeing up tenants who still pay €7 a month.
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Disabled man starved to death after DWP stopped his benefits
MPs call for inquiry into case of Errol Graham, 57, who weighed 28.5kg when he was found dead
MPs and campaigners have called for an independent inquiry after it emerged a disabled man with a long history of mental illness starved to death just months after welfare officials stopped his out-of-work and housing benefits.
Errol Graham, a 57-year-old grandfather, and in his younger days a keen amateur footballer, weighed just four and a half stone (28.5kg) when his emaciated body was discovered by bailiffs who had broken down his front door to evict him for non-payment of rent.Continue reading...Urgent inquiry ordered into 'witch-hunt' at West Suffolk hospital
Hospital bosses under fire for trying to find whistleblower who wrote to patient’s family
The government has ordered an urgent inquiry into the local hospital of the health secretary, Matt Hancock, after the Guardian revealed its unprecedented “witch-hunt” for a whistleblower.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has told NHS England to commission a “rapid review” of the actions of bosses at West Suffolk hospital.Continue reading...Costa prize: Jack Fairweather wins book of the year with The Volunteer
Biography of Witold Pilecki, a Polish resistance fighter who infiltrated Auschwitz, hailed as extraordinary
The former war reporter Jack Fairweather has won the Costa book of the year award for The Volunteer, his biography of a Polish resistance fighter who voluntarily entered Auschwitz in order to reveal its horrors to the world.
Fairweather’s life of Witold Pilecki, a member of the Warsaw resistance who infiltrated the concentration camp and encouraged rebellion, was hailed as “a book that needs to be read” by the chair of judges, Sian Williams.Continue reading...Homeless families putting budgets under strain, say councils
More than 86,000 households are currently in temporary accommodation
Growing numbers of homeless families and the increasing cost of putting them up in bed and breakfast hotels caused two-thirds of English local authorities to break their homelessness budgets last year, say councils.
Analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) found that councils collectively spent £663m on homelessness services in 2018-19 – a 28% overspend amounting to a £140m excess budget.Continue reading...UK Huawei decision appears to avert row with US
US sources say special relationship too important to jeopardise over Chinese tech firm
- Decision takes UK down path of least resistance
Boris Johnson appears to have averted a full-blown confrontation with the White House over Huawei, after the government designated the Chinese technology firm a “high-risk vendor” and imposed a cap on its involvement in building the UK’s 5G telecoms network.
The Trump administration had given a series of strongly worded warnings about the security risks in the run-up to the decision, but was preparing to soften its stance after a phone call between the British prime minister and the US president on Tuesday afternoon.Continue reading...Police tasering of man with mental health issues 'contributed to his death'
Truro inquest hears Marc Cole was hit three times as family calls for review of stun guns
- ‘Horrendous sound’: family of man who died after Tasering demand answers
The use of a Taser stun gun by police on a man who had mental health issues played a part in his death, an inquest jury has concluded.
Marc Cole, 30, died after a police officer Tasered him for more than 40 seconds on a street in Falmouth, Cornwall, in 2017.Continue reading...Ministers reject calls for immediate compensation for infected blood victims
Thousands of people got HIV or hepatitis C from blood transfusions in 1970s and 1980s
Calls for immediate compensation for thousands of victims contaminated by infected NHS blood have been rejected by ministers at a meeting with campaigners and survivors – but more health support may be made available.
Despite one person dying every four days on average from HIV, hepatitis C or other conditions, the government on Tuesday turned down a request for a national compensation scheme.Continue reading...Rochdale child sex offender who fled to Pakistan during trial extradited
Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain has been returned to UK to serve 19-year jail term
A child sex offender who sexually exploited an underage girl in Rochdale has been returned to the UK to serve a 19-year jail sentence after fleeing to Pakistan halfway through his trial.
Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain, 42, was extradited on Tuesday after being arrested in January last year in the province of Punjab, Greater Manchester police (GMP) said.Continue reading...
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China coronavirus: London and NYC among cities most at riskExperts at the University of Southampton mapped the global threat using travel data. Experts say millions of Chinese people would have travelled before cities in Hubei province were put into lockdown.Just one dose of magic mushrooms can reduce depression and anxiety in cancer patients, study findsA new study from New York University Grossman School of Medicine has found that cancer patients who took one dose of psilocybin had more positive feelings and less death anxiety.7.7-magnitude earthquake hits Jamaica and Cuba: tsunami riskThe mammoth 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck at 2.10pm EST Tuesday in the strait between Jamaica and Cuba - prompting a tsunami warning in surrounding islands.Mum slammed after packing 'too much' food for her kids' lunchboxesAn Australian mother-of-four has been slammed for 'overpacking' her children's lunchboxes with sandwiches, chips, lamingtons, pretzels and fruit, but she insists they eat it all.Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth finalize their divorce following just eight months of marriageThe divorce settlement began in December. Because they had a strong prenup and they never had children, the proceedings were smooth sailing. They wed in December 2018.Lord Lucan 'FOUND by son of nanny he murdered' in AustraliaNeil Berriman's mother Sandra Rivett was murdered by Richard John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, in November 1974. The 52-year-old now thinks he's found Lucan in Perth, Australia.Prince Andrew tells pals he WILL talk to the FBIA US prosecutor accused the Duke of York of 'zero co-operation' with their investigation, but a source close to Andrew claimed: 'Nothing could be further from the truth.'Veteran COLLAPSES on Antiques Roadshow after being told his Rolex is worth up to $700kA veteran (right) collapsed to the ground when he was told on Antiques Roadshow that the Rolex (inset) he bought for less than $400 in the '70s and never wore is actually worth up to $700,000.