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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:46:58 GMT
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Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:24:48 GMT
US threatens to veto UN resolution on rape as weapon of war, officials say

Exclusive: US warns it will reject measure over language on sexual health in latest example of hardline abortion stance

The US is threatening to veto a United Nations resolution on combatting the use of rape as a weapon of war because of its language on reproductive and sexual health, according to a senior UN official and European diplomats.

The German mission hopes the resolution will be adopted at a special UN security council session on Tuesday on sexual violence in conflict.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:40:57 GMT
Donald Trump state visit to UK to take place in June

Confirmation that US president will arrive on 3 June for three-day visit prompts calls for protests

Donald Trump’s postponed state visit to the UK will go ahead in June, it has been confirmed, prompting renewed calls for protests against the trip.

Buckingham Palace said the three-day trip would start on 3 June. The president would then travel to Normandy in France on 6 June to take part in the 75th anniversary commemorations of the D-day landings.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:00:48 GMT
Melting permafrost in Arctic will have $70tn climate impact – study

Study shows how destabilised natural systems will worsen man-made problem

The release of methane and carbon dioxide from thawing permafrost will accelerate global warming and add up to $70tn (£54tn) to the world’s climate bill, according to the most advanced study yet of the economic consequences of a melting Arctic.

If countries fail to improve on their Paris agreement commitments, this feedback mechanism, combined with a loss of heat-deflecting white ice, will cause a near 5% amplification of global warming and its associated costs, says the paper, which was published on Tuesday in Nature Communications.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:04:16 GMT
Lyra McKee: woman, 57, arrested over journalist's killing

Move follows New IRA’s admission of guilt over shooting of 29-year-old in Derry

A 57-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the killing of the journalist Lyra McKee in Derry last Thursday.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said the woman was arrested under the Terrorism Act. She was taken to Musgrave serious crime suite in Belfast for questioning.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:24:57 GMT
MPs may vote on key Brexit legislation next week

Theresa May considers tabling withdrawal and implementation bill in next 10 days

Theresa May is preparing to give MPs a vote on the key piece of legislation enacting Britain’s exit from the European Union next week, as negotiations with Labour continue.

The prime minister will discuss Brexit with her cabinet colleagues, with government sources suggesting one likely way forward is to table the withdrawal and implementation bill (WAB) in the next 10 days.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:01:12 GMT
Politician from Hitler's home town resigns over 'deeply racist' poem

Christian Schilcher’s poem about immigration is described as ‘abominable’, ‘disgusting’ and ‘inhuman’

The deputy mayor of Adolf Hitler’s home town has resigned after publishing a poem about immigration whose imagery was described by Austria’s chancellor as “disgusting, inhuman and deeply racist”.

Christian Schilcher, the deputy mayor of Braunau am Inn, published his poem in the Easter edition of a local newspaper affiliated to his far-right Freedom party.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:59:01 GMT
Japanese city gets its first ever female politician

Misuzu Ikeda becomes first assemblywoman in Tarumizu as record numbers of women elected nationwide

Misuzu Ikeda has struck a rare blow for Japanese women in politics by becoming the first female candidate to be elected to the local assembly in the southern city of Tarumizu.

Ikeda hugged supporters on Sunday night when she finished third out of 17 candidates for the 14-seat assembly in Tarumizu, which is officially recognised as a city despite its relatively small population of 15,000.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:01:57 GMT
Myanmar court rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journalists

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were accused of breaking Official Secrets Act for reporting on Rohingya crisis

The highest court of Myanmar has denied the final appeal of the two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for their reporting on the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, upholding the seven-year prison sentence and dashing the last hope that justice would be served.

The swift ruling, by Myanmar’s highest court, was a devastating blow to Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, who were arrested in December 2017 and accused of breaking a colonial-era Official Secrets Act, and have now been in jail for 16 months.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:54:44 GMT
Spain election: leaders clash on Catalonia during TV debate

Early polls suggest PM and socialist party leader Pedro SĂĄnchez emerged most favourably from the debate

On Monday night the leaders of Spain’s four main political parties went head to head in a 90-minute televised debate in which they hoped to sway the 30% of the electorate who remain undecided as the nation faces an extended period of weak coalition government and instability. The far-right Vox party was excluded on the grounds that it is not as yet represented in parliament.

Aside from two women spotted mopping the studio floor in a cutaway shot prior to the debate, it was an all-male affair that produced neither much heat nor light. It was divided into four segments – taxation and employment, education, pensions and health, territorial issues and possible coalitions.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:15:14 GMT
Tolkien estate disavows forthcoming film starring Nicholas Hoult

Lord of the Rings author’s estate declares it did not ‘approve of, authorise or participate in the making of’ new biopic

The family and estate of JRR Tolkien have fired a broadside against the forthcoming film starring Nicholas Hoult as a young version of the author, saying that they “do not endorse it or its content in any way”.

Out in May, and starring Hoult in the title role and Lily Collins as his wife Edith, Tolkien explores “the formative years of the renowned author’s life as he finds friendship, courage and inspiration among a fellow group of writers and artists at school”. Directed by Dome Karukoski, it promises to reveal how “their brotherhood strengthens as they grow up 
 until the outbreak of the first world war which threatens to tear their fellowship apart”, all of which, according to studio Fox Searchlight, would inspire Tolkien to “write his famous Middle-earth novels”.

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:00:44 GMT
Hong Kong real estate now more expensive for the dead than the living

A tiny nook for an urn can cost up to ÂŁ180,000. With 200,000 sets of ashes waiting for a resting place, the city is running out of options

“Per square foot, it has become more expensive to house the dead than the living,” says Kwok Hoi Pong, chairman of the Hong Kong Funeral Business Association. “A niche for an urn in a private columbarium in the best position can cost up to HK$1.8m. This is the phenomenon in Hong Kong.”

A ground burial plot can cost anywhere between HK$3m (£300,000) and HK$5m, but in the city’s congested cemeteries, vacancies rarely become available. Land is so scarce that 90% of the 48,000 people a year who die in Hong Kong are cremated. But increasingly finding the space even to store ashes is becoming nigh on impossible.

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Thu, 18 Apr 2019 10:30:21 GMT
Quiz: Can you guess the city from the vintage travel poster?

Think you know Chicago from Saint-Tropez? It’s harder than it looks

Which city is this?

Chicago

Saint-Tropez

Malaga

Gold Coast

Which city is this?

Milan

Barcelona

Coventry

Cologne

Which city is this?

Istanbul

Cairo

Manchester

Marrakech

Which city is this?

Genoa

Athens

Hong Kong

Palermo

Which city is this?

Venice

Atlantic City

Blackpool

Nice

Which city is this?

Turin

Tallinn

Tehran

Toledo

Which city is this?

Brussels

Kolkata

Birmingham

Detroit

Which city is this?

Turin

Trieste

Berlin

St Petersburg

Which city is this?

Copenhagen

Amsterdam

Stockholm

Hamburg

Which city is this?

Antwerp

Liverpool

Lille

Belfast

Which city is this?

Budapest

Dubrovnik

Vienna

Barcelona

Which city is this?

Bratislava

Bonn

Baku

Boston

Which city is this?

Tripoli

Gibraltar

Marseille

Singapore

13 and above.

Well done! You deserve a trip

12 and above.

Well done

11 and above.

Well done

10 and above.

Well done

9 and above.

Pretty good

8 and above.

Pretty good

7 and above.

Pretty good

6 and above.

Not bad

2 and above.

Oh dear, you need a holiday

5 and above.

Not bad

3 and above.

Oh dear, you need a holiday

1 and above.

Oh dear, you need a holiday

4 and above.

Not bad

0 and above.

Oh dear, you need a holiday

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Mon, 15 Apr 2019 12:25:20 GMT
‘It’s not just a wolf whistle’: how catcalls became anti-harassment street art

With teenage girls a particular target of street harassment, Farah Benis is on a mission to document incidents and raise awareness

CatcallsofLdn is an Instagram account that raises awareness about street harassment using chalk art. Inspired by and working with @catcallsofnyc, founder Farah Benis collects submissions from the public then chalks them onto the pavement in the place where they happened. The hope is that chalking, documenting and sharing images of the words will help to raise awareness of street harassment and ultimately prevent it.

72% of submissions are from under 17-year-olds, 60% of those were wearing school uniforms and 100% of the perpetrators were adult men

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Wed, 10 Apr 2019 11:05:16 GMT
The scale of ambition: China's changing landscape – in pictures

Photographer Zhang Kechun travelled across China to document how urbanisation is reshaping the country’s natural landscapes. The often dreamlike images of his series Between the Mountains and Water depict tiny figures dwarfed by the immense scale of China’s economic development

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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:00:43 GMT
'They think they are above the law': the firms that own America's voting system

In the US, democracy is conducted by a few private companies that have little oversight and keep information secret

Maryland congressman Jamie Raskin is a newcomer to the cause of reforming America’s vote-counting machines, welcomed through baptism by fire. In 2015, Maryland’s main election system vendor was bought by a parent company with ties to a Russian oligarch. The state’s election officials did not know about the purchase until July 2018, when the FBI notified them of the potential conflict.

The FBI investigated and did not find any evidence of tampering or sharing of voter data. But the incident was a giant red flag as to the potential vulnerabilities of American democracy – especially as many states have outsourced vote-counting to the private sector. After all, the purchase happened while Russian agents were mounting multiple disinformation and cybersecurity campaigns to interfere with America’s 2016 general election.

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