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Hagia Sophia in Turkey's culture wars
A historical reading of Erdogan's decision shows how competing narratives and culture wars between pro-West modernising elites and counter-elites imbued with Ottoman nostalgia have played out in the symbolic attribution of Hagia Sophia.- Outside in / CommentLooking without blinking
The artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen has been using the camera in fresh and original ways for over 20 years to develop a poetic imagery of the human condition. Exhibitions of his work were on at London's Tate Britain and Tate Modern until sudden closure due to Covid-19.- 2020/04 / article, 2020/04 Steve McQueenPilgrimage routes- Arab world / Map, 2020/08 MeccaBolivia's shrinking glaciers- South America / Map, 2020/08 BoliviaIt's the healthcare system, stupid
‘Populist' is now an insult in the US, especially when applied to anti-expertise reactions to the current pandemic. But the true history of US populism is of a long fight to place medical experts at the service of the wellbeing of ordinary people.- 2020/08 / articleThe Twenty Years' war
Donald Trump was already tweeting in 2012 that it was ‘time to get out of Afghanistan' , though it remains to be seen if he will manage any better than Barack Obama: 18-year-old US soldiers setting off to fight there today were not born when the war started. Every attempt to disengage the US militarily — from Syria, Libya, South Korea or Germany — draws loud protests in Washington, with the war lobby crying that the Russians are coming. The US defence budget, $738bn in 2020, may be 10 times (...)- 2020/08 / editorialGovernment by the worst
Donald Trump made his presidential office serve his personal financial interests. He wasn't the first.- 2020/08 / articleThe eternal Johann Sebastian
The music of JS Bach has never not been heard since his death 270 years ago, although there were times it fell out of fashion. Today hardly anyone would dare not to like it; most of us love him unreservedly.- 2020/08 / article
A strange August in Paris: How the city is adapting to keep visitors safe during the pandemicSummer 2020 in Paris will be one for the history books, likely remembered as the summer of masks and hand sanitizers. It will also be one of the quietest summers in decades, with dramatically reduced numbers of international tourists and many locals also away on holidays around France.France halts ratifying extradition treaty with Hong Kong in wake of security lawFrance on Monday said it was halting ratification of an extradition treaty with Hong Kong after Beijing introduced a controversial new security law in the former British colony.Former king Juan Carlos to leave Spain amid probe over financial scandalSpain's former king Juan Carlos has told his son, King Felipe, that he has decided to leave the country, the Royal House said on Monday, after corruption allegations about him surfaced in recent weeks.Rules on outdoor mask-wearing go into effect for parts of France hardest hit by Covid-19Rules on wearing masks outdoors in the hardest-hit parts of France take effect on Monday, the latest move to tighten coronavirus restrictions after a nationwide decree last month required people to wear masks in all indoor public places. Pressure is growing on the government to mandate the use of masks outdoors nationwide.Dozens killed in IS group raid on prison in AfghanistanAt least 29 people were killed in a raid on an Afghan prison claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group, officials said Monday, as the country waited to see if a government ceasefire with the Taliban would rupture after its formal expiration.John Hume, who won Nobel Prize for Northern Ireland peace process, dies at 83John Hume, the Northern Irish politician who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998 for his pivotal role in ending decades of violence in the British province, has died aged 83, his family announced Monday.Spared from fire, Notre-Dame's organ set for lengthy restorationWorkers started dismantling Notre-Dame's grand organ on Monday in the hopes that experts can restore it in time for the fifth anniversary of the devastating fire that severely damaged the Paris cathedral.Global coronavirus cases top 18 million as WHO warns of 'response fatigue'The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide passed the 18-million mark on Monday, with the World Health Organization warning that the effects of the pandemic "will be felt for decades to come".
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Germany debates curbing freedom of assembly after coronavirus protestsGerman politicians have lined up to condemn Saturday's protests against COVID-19 measures. There is a heated debate as the freedom of assembly is enshrined in the constitution — but so is protecting public safety.There may never be COVID-19 'silver bullet': WHOThe World Health Organization has warned that, despite a rush to develop an effective vaccine against the coronavirus, there may never be a "silver bullet." The WHO chief has urged all nations to enforce health measures.Spain's ex-king Juan Carlos leaves country amid suspicions of briberyAs Spain investigates former king Juan Carlos I for alleged money laundering, the retired monarch has decided to move out of the country. In his letter, he says he had "always wanted the best for Spain and the Crown."Italy inaugurates new Genoa bridge, two years after tragedyGenoa's Morandi motorway bridge collapsed in 2018, killing 43 people and injuring hundreds. The new bridge has been designed by a star architect and built in record time — but feelings were mixed ahead of its opening.Yazidi children abused by 'IS' urgently need helpThey have been liberated from captivity but not from their trauma: Yazidi children, kidnapped, enslaved, abused by “Islamic State,” urgently need help. A report by Amnesty International throws light on their fate.Poland Supreme Court validates presidential election resultsThe court weighed thousands of complaints of voting irregularities and media favoritism — but decided to strike most down. The validation confirms conservative President Andrzej Duda's narrow victory in the delayed vote.Islamic State deadly prison attack in Afghanistan kills at least 29A high number of prisoners have escaped an Afghan jail following a deadly IS assault, local sources have said. The prison houses over 1,500 inmates, mostly captured members of IS and the Taliban.Hong Kong election delay may be 'unlawful'The Hong Kong bar association expressed "grave concern" over the delay of elections that were to be held in September. It said invoking emergency legislation to postpone the vote could prove to be unlawful.
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Foreign Ministry State Minister Michael Roth: China as a Systemic Rival to the EUHow should the EU stand up to China's power? Europe must demonstrate greater unity and use the single market as a lever, argues top German government official Michael Roth. When it comes to 5G, Europe must rely on domestic suppliers.The Great Coronavirus Experiment: Are German Schools Ready to Reopen?Schools in Germany are to begin reopening next week, despite the coronavirus pandemic. But many teachers say that too much time has been wasted and that there is still a lack of clear guidelines.Mary Trump: "People Are Dying Alone Because of Donald's Failure to Lead"In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, Mary Trump, the U.S. president's niece, discusses her family's chilling history, her grandfather's ruthlessness and what it would mean if Donald was re-elected.German Health Expert Karl Lauterbach: "The Authorities Should Focus Their Efforts on Super-Spreaders"German parliamentarian and health expert Karl Lauterbach says Germany's coronavirus strategy must change. Instead of contact tracing, he demands that more attention be focused on super-spreaders.Did European Leaders Cave to Hungary and Poland to Reach a Deal?Despite undermining the rule of law in their countries, the leaders of Poland and Hungary were spared when the EU pushed through its landmark coronavirus recovery package. Now, it’s up to the European Parliament to decide whether it wants to increase the pressure.Can COVID-19 Lead to a Sea Change in Italy?Will Italy manage to reboot the country's economy through sorely needed government and economic reforms or will COVID-19 drive it into a long-term recession? A summer journey across a country that is laden with fear but still filled with hope.What Europe Can Learn from Scotland in Fighting the PandemicGlobal health expert and government adviser Devi Sridhar explains Scotland's ambitious “zero COVID” strategy, which aims to completely eliminate the virus within the country’s borders. She argues that the plan should also be applied to the rest of Europe.Trump’s Handling of the Coronavirus Could Cost Him PresidencyWith the infection rate exploding and the economy in collapse, Donald Trump has failed spectacularly as a crisis manager. It would probably take a massive shock for him to get re-elected, but it appears he’s trying to make that happen, too.
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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
>>>ANSA/ Victims mourned as new Genoa bridge inauguratedROME, 03 AGO - President Sergio Mattarella and Premier Giuseppe Conte on Monday took part in the ceremony for the inauguration of Genoa's new viaduct, two years after its predecessor, the Morandi Bridge, collapsed in a disaster that claimed 43 lives. The national anthem was played, the names of theCoronavirus: 159 new cases in Italy, 12 more deathsROME, 03 AGO - The health ministry said Monday that Italy has registered 159 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. That is down from 239 new cases on Sunday. However, Monday's results were based on just 24,036 swabs, almost 20,000 fewer than Sunday's The ministry said five regions did not regiCoronavirus: tests suggest 1.4m in Italy have antibodiesROME, 03 AGO - The results of serological tests conducted and analysed by the health ministry and statistics agency ISTAT suggest that 1.482 million people in Italy, 2.5% of the resident population, have developed antibodies for SarsCov2. The estimate suggests that six times as many people have comeHomophobia bill reaches floor of Lower HouseROME, 03 AGO - The floor of the Lower House on Monday started debating a new bill with measures to prevent and combat discrimination and violence based on motives linked to a person's sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. The session was kicked off by the bill's rapporteur, Alessandro Zan of tCoronavirus: confusion continues for train passengersROME, 03 AGO - Confusion continued for rail passengers in Italy on Monday, with the coronavirus-linked restrictions applied differently for various types of trains. At the weekend, Health Minister Roberto Speranza signed an order stopping Italy's high-speed trains running at full capacity, after comSoccer: Di Francesco takes over at CagliariROME, 03 AGO - Serie A side Cagliari said Monday that Eusebio Di Francesco is their new coach. The former Sassuolo, AS Roma and Sampdoria boss replaces Walter Zenga and has signed a contract until June 2022. The 50-year-old former midfielder will be seeking to bounce back after his last job, at Samp50 escape from Porto Empedocle migrant centreROME, 03 AGO - (see related stories on migrants) Around 50 Tunisians have managed to climb over the fence of a migrant centre in the Sicilian town of Porto Empedocle and escape, sources said on Monday. It is the second big break from the tensile-structure centre after around 100 people managed to geRaggi rules out museum devoted to Fascism in RomeROME, 03 AGO - Rome's Mayor Virginia Raggi on Monday ruled out allowing a museum about Fascism to be established in the Italian capital and blocked a motion for this signed by a member of her 5-Star Movement (M5S), Gemma Guerrini. "Rome is an anti-Fascist city," Raggi said. "There must be no misunde
- (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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ASK GRANNY: Support Your Local Community during the PandemicThe Covid 19 pandemic continues to impact all of our lives in numerous ways. But rather than feeling like victims in this trying time, we can search for ways to be part of the solution. We can help others get through to the time when the virus is under control and we all return to […]Proven Ways to Recover Faster After an AccidentThroughout the year, a lot of accidents happen all over the world. Many people suffer from injuries that need treatments and doctors to perform several surgeries in order just to stay alive. However, undergoing surgery successfully does not mean that you have already overcome the problem. The most critical part of having an injury is […]Former King Juan Carlos imposes self-exile as he vows to leave Spain ‘to let his son rule in peace’ following scandalThe royal Juan Carols de Borbon will not be giving up his title but will be leaving the Zarzuela palace, and the countrySpain adds more than 8,500 COVID-19 cases over weekend – but data missing on Madrid and Catalunya due to ‘technical issues’Since Friday, there have been 77 new official outbreaks across the country, bringing the total to 680 since lockdown endedLive bands contest planned to boost “severely punished” music sector on Spain’s Costa BlancaA free-to-enter live music competition is being staged in Alicante this September to act as a fillip for new bands that have not been able to perform due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Emerge Alicante” aims to promote musical projects in the area with a brand new contest for up and coming groups that come from, […]Spain’s Andalucia sees 72.5% drop in foreign tourists in first six months of 2020According to figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), the region only saw 1.5 million foreign tourists between January and JuneJune’s foreign tourist figures show record collapse on Spain’s Costa BlancaFIGURES from Spain’s National Statistics Institute(INE) have shown that international visitor numbers to the Valencian Community in June were massively down by 96.6 per cent compared to the same month in 2019. The statistics were marginally better than the national drop of 97.7 per cent. Border restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic were not […]Scammers used moonshine to make fake sterilising gels for hospitals in SpainTWO people have been arrested for selling sterilising hydro-alcohol gels they made out of moonshine. They supplied hospitals and health centres who used the useless gels in their fight against coronavirus. It was only when staff complained about the distinctive whiff of ‘aguardiente’ coming from the fake sterilising gel that it was realised something was […]
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Manchester Covid outbreak 'a warning to complacent white middle class'
Exclusive: health chief says declaration of major incident shows spread not just in BAME groups
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The declaration of a major incident in Greater Manchester should jolt a “complacent white middle class” into realising that Covid-19 is not just spreading in ethnic minority households, one of the region’s health chiefs has said.
Eleanor Roaf, the director of public health in Trafford, said 80% of its infections in the last week were in the white community, and she urged the region’s 2.8 million residents to concentrate “much harder on what we can do to stop the wider spread”.Continue reading...UK high streets get boost as 'eat out to help out' scheme begins
Data shows nearly 30% more people visited high streets compared with same time last week
British high streets received a boost from the launch of the government-backed discount dining scheme on Monday, according to industry figures, as restaurants also reported a rise in interest from customers.
Data on shopper visits showed that by 3pm on Monday the number of people hitting the high street was up nearly 30% on the same day last week, while across all destination including retail parks and shopping centres the rise was 19%. Although the numbers from the retail specialist Springboard capture all shopping outlets, they will have covered many of the 72,000 cafes, pubs and restaurants that have signed up to the half-price “eat out to help out”...Accrington murder trial: boy killed woman and moved body in bin, court told
Teenager goes on trial accused of killing Lindsay Birbeck, 47, in August 2019
A 16-year-old boy killed a teaching assistant in broad daylight, moved her body in a wheelie bin and buried her in a makeshift grave in Lancashire, a court has heard.
The body of Lindsay Birbeck, 47, was discovered by a passing dog walker in Accrington cemetery on 24 August 2019, the jury was told during the first day of a trial at Preston crown court on Monday.Continue reading...TikTok ponders HQ in London after Donald Trump’s hostility
Video app’s owner ByteDance already has 800 of its European workforce in UK and Ireland
The Chinese firm behind the TikTok video app is weighing up plans to open a headquarters in London, with Boris Johnson reportedly prepared to risk Donald Trump’s anger by rolling out the red carpet for the company.
The US president has been openly hostile to TikTok, amid widespread concern in the country about Chinese companies’ ties to the Communist party and the risk posed to customers’ personal information.Continue reading...Russians hacked Liam Fox's personal email to get US-UK trade dossier
Labour queries why MP used insecure account for classified government business
A personal email account belonging to Liam Fox, the former trade minister, was repeatedly hacked into by Russians who stole classified documents relating to US-UK trade talks, the Guardian understands.
The security breaches last year, which are subject to an ongoing police investigation, pose serious questions for the Conservative MP who is currently the UK’s nominee to become director general of the World Trade Organization.Continue reading...Man feared murdered is found alive in woods after nearly five years
Ricardas Puisys found hiding in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, after Facebook account set up in his name
A man feared by police to have been murdered has been found living in woods, almost five years after he disappeared amid fears he was being exploited.
The last confirmed sighting of Ricardas Puisys, now 40, was on 26 September 2015 at his workplace, 20 miles from where he lived in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. He unexpectedly failed to return to work two days later and in November of that year police launched a murder investigation. The following month a man was arrested on suspicion of his murder before being released without charge.Continue reading...Tributes paid to John Hume, former SDLP leader and Nobel peace prize winner
Hume, who has died aged 83, won acclaim for his efforts towards achieving Good Friday agreement in Northern Ireland
- ‘Hero and peacemaker’: John Hume remembered
World leaders have paid tribute to John Hume, the former SDLP leader, Nobel peace prize winner and leading player in the Northern Ireland peace process, who has died aged 83.
His death marks the passing of one of the most important Irish political leaders of the 20th century whose ideas of compromise, opposition to violence and cross-community outreach underpinned the principles of the 1998 Good Friday agreement.Continue reading...Cabinet minister 'lobbied Boris Johnson to help Charlie Elphicke'
Exclusive: PM ‘initially sympathetic’ but was warned against helping MP who was last week convicted of sexual assault
A cabinet minister lobbied the prime minister to help Charlie Elphicke after the Conservative MP was charged with sexual assault, the Guardian has been told.
Questions resurfaced about the Tory party’s handling of the case last week after Elphicke was convicted of three counts of sexual assault against two women in 2007 and 2016. He is due to be sentenced later this year and could face a jail term.Continue reading...
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Microsoft adds $77 BILLION in market value after confirming TikTok interestTrump's comments on Monday came as Microsoft added $77 billion in market value less than 24 hours after confirming it was in talks to by the US portion of the popular Chinese-owned video app.Agony for singer Will Young as his twin brother Rupert dies aged 41Will Young's twin brother Rupert has died after years of battling mental health issues.Jeffrey Epstein's 'secret' UK girlfriend's family 'knew' they datedEXCLUSIVE Shelley Anne Lewis, 43, was in a relationship for three years with Epstein when Prince Andrew is accused of sleeping with sex trafficked teenager Virginia Roberts.Staff call Ellen DeGeneres 'Talk Show Karen' as insiders says James Corden will NOT be replacing herSources tell DailyMail.com Sean Hayes, Kristen Bell, Melissa McCarthy and the ultimate A-lister Jennifer Aniston are in the running to take over Ellen DeGeneres' spot.Aristocrat and interior designer locked in court battle over refurbishment of Notting Hill mansionLord James Russell claims designer Lucinda Sanford let project run more than a year past the completion date and more than £1m over budget. The designer blames issues on family's indecision'Fury' in Melbourne over spike that ruined Australia's COVID-19 recovery: and it's set to get worsePrime Minister Scott Morrison said he understands the anger and fury of Victorians facing tough coronavirus lockdown measures, as a frontline nurse warns the situation will get worse.8588871Spain's former king Juan Carlos has told his son, King Felipe, that he decided to leave Spain, the royal house said in a statement on Monday.Meghan Markle's royal biography STRIPS her of her HRH title and is edited to downplay her workThe page's bio, which details senior members of the royal family's background and duties, now refers to Meghan Markle, 38, as 'she' or the 'Duchess', instead of 'Her Royal Highness'.