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Criminal complaint filed against Mohammed bin Salman in German court

Reporters without Borders accuses Saudi heir of crimes against humanity over persecution of journalistsSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials have been accused of committing crimes against humanity in a criminal complaint filed in Germany by Reporters without Borders (RSF), the press freedom group.The 500-page complaint, filed with the German public prosecutor in general in the federal court of justice in Karlsruhe, centres on the “widespread and systematic...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Media, Law, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Germany, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Journalist safety, Karlsruhe, Mohammed bin Salman, Jamal Khashoggi, Biden Administration


Biden under pressure from progressives as he prepares to pick first judges

President has chance to mitigate some of Trump’s judicial efforts as vacancies ariseDonald Trump’s historic shakeup of the roster of US federal judges will not soon be reversed, despite his exit from the White House. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, White House, US, Joe Biden, US news, US justice system, Biden, Donald Trump, US supreme court, Trump, Law (US, Biden Administration


‘There’s so much gratitude’: engineer who created viral vaccine site for $50

Huge Ma built TurboVax , a bot that finds available appointments, after discovering how complicated it was to book one for his motherHuge Ma first came up with the idea for his much-needed vaccination appointment-finding bot after discovering how complicated it was to book one for his mother.“You had to basically open three tabs, one for each major government vaccine portal, and then refresh all day until you got an appointment,” said the 31-year-old software engineer from New York. Continue rea...
Tags: Health, New York, Society, US news, Vaccines and immunisation, Ma, Coronavirus


Criticism builds over Biden's failure to lift Trump sanctions on ICC prosecutors

Trump targeted officials for launching war crimes investigations, as reports say Israel is lobbying to keep sanctions in placeThe Biden administration is facing growing criticism for failing to lift US sanctions imposed last year on war crimes prosecutors at the international criminal court, amid reports that Israel is lobbying to keep them in place. Related: Democrats' $15 minimum wage rise under threat after Senate parliamentarian ruling – live Continue reading...
Tags: Law, Senate, Israel, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, International criminal court, Biden, Icc, Trump, Biden Administration


Will I have to wear a mask after getting the Covid vaccine?

With Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine close to distribution in the US, the end of the pandemic seems a big step closer. But not everything will return to normal right awayPublic health authorities want people to keep wearing masks and social distancing, even after they receive a vaccine. This might seem counterintuitive – after all, if someone gets a vaccine, aren’t they protected from the coronavirus?The answer is complicated: the vast majority of people who are vaccinated will be protected...
Tags: Health, Science, US, Society, US news, Infectious Diseases, Vaccines and immunisation, Johnson Johnson, Coronavirus, COVID


Falling sperm counts 'threaten human survival', expert warns

Epidemiologist Shanna Swan says low counts and changes to sexual development could endanger human speciesFalling sperm counts and changes to sexual development are “threatening human survival” and leading to a fertility crisis, a leading epidemiologist has warned.Writing in a new book, Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, warns that the impending fertility crisis poses a global threat comparable to that of the clima...
Tags: Health, New York, US, Society, World news, US news, Fertility problems, Mount Sinai, Icahn School of Medicine, Shanna Swan


Claudette Colvin: the woman who refused to give up her bus seat – nine months before Rosa Parks

It was a spring afternoon in 1955 when a teenager’s spontaneous act of defiance changed US history. Why did it take 40 years for her to get any credit?It was 2 March 1955, and an unusually humid spring day when students at Booker T Washington high school, a segregated school in the heart of the Jim Crow south, had been let off early to make their way home. A group boarded a segregated public bus, which wound through segregated neighbourhoods gradually filling up with passengers.A 15-year-old gif...
Tags: US, Society, World news, US news, Martin Luther King, Civil rights movement, Jim Crow, Rosa Parks, Claudette Colvin, Booker T Washington


Supreme court rejects Trump bid to block tax records from prosecutor

Court’s order is a win for the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr, who has been seeking Trump’s tax records since 2019US politics – live coverageIn a significant defeat for Donald Trump, the supreme court on Monday declined to step in to halt the turnover of his tax records to a prosecutor in New York City. Related: Trump to tell CPAC he is Republican 'presumptive 2024 nominee' – report Continue reading...
Tags: New York, Law, New York City, World news, US news, Manhattan, Donald Trump, US supreme court, Trump, CPAC, Cyrus Vance Jr, Law (US


'Longest week of our lives': Texas food banks in crisis as storm disrupts supplies

With grocery stores empty and school meals suspended, the need for food is soaring – even as weather forces pantries to closeFood banks in Texas have gone into disaster mode as they ramp up operations to tackle a surge in hunger after unprecedented freezing conditions disrupted almost every part of the food supply chain in the state.Grocery stores are empty, school meal programs suspended, and deliveries disrupted by untreated treacherous roads that have left millions of Texans trapped in precar...
Tags: Texas, Snow, Society, US news, Food Banks, US weather, Extreme Weather


Johnny Pacheco, co-founder of New York's Latin label Fania, dies aged 85

The Fania All-Stars player and record-label impresario worked with Latin music giants including Celia Cruz and fostered a more intense, political salsa soundJohnny Pacheco, the co-founder of trailblazing salsa label Fania Records, has died aged 85. The cause was complications from pneumonia.A representative for Fania said Pacheco was “the man most responsible for the genre of salsa music. He was a visionary and his music will live on eternally.” Continue reading...
Tags: Music, New York, Americas, Society, US news, Culture, Pop and rock, Jazz, Social history, Grammys, Dominican Republic, Pacheco, Celia Cruz, Fania Records, Fania, Johnny Pacheco


Accused Ghosn accomplices lose high court bid to avoid extradition to Japan

Authorities say Michael and Peter Taylor helped former Nissan boss flee the country tucked in a box on a private jetThe US supreme court on Saturday cleared the way for the extradition of an American father and son wanted by Japan in the escape of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn. Related: Impeachment trial deal ends move for witnesses and brings final vote near – live Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Japan, Law, US, World news, US news, Automotive Industry, Nissan, US supreme court, Michael, Ghosn, Carlos Ghosn, Peter Taylor, Law (US


British barrister Karim Khan elected ICC's new chief prosecutor

Khan, 50, won on second round of voting by 131 member states and replaces Fatou Bensouda, who was hit with US sanctionsA British QC has been elected as the new chief prosecutor for the international criminal court in an election by the court’s 131 member states at the UN in New York. Karim Khan will replace Fatou Bensouda from the Gambia, and as he starts his nine-year term he faces a daunting task trying to secure more convictions and spread acceptance of the court’s jurisdiction across the glo...
Tags: Law, US, UK News, World news, US news, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Un, Khan, Gambia, Icc, Karim Khan, Fatou Bensouda, New York Karim Khan


Saudi Arabia's release of Loujain al-Hathloul an overture to Biden

Analysis: Mohammed bin Salman views the move as an attempt to engage the new US administrationAs Loujain al-Hathloul marked her first day outside prison in nearly three years, Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, Mohammed bin Salman, was bracing for a reaction from Washington to what amounts to a peace offering on his part.Prince Mohammed views the decision to release the women’s rights activist as an attempt to belatedly engage the new administration, whose strident tone on human rights issues in it...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Washington, Saudi Arabia, US, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Biden, Mohammed, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Loujain, Hathloul, Biden Administration


Activist Catherine Flowers: the poor living amid sewage is 'the final monument of the Confederacy'

In rural Alabama where Martin Luther King marched for civil rights, Flowers has waged a long fight for environmental justiceHave you faced sanitation issues? We want to hear from youCatherine Flowers stumbled upon the defining cause of her life by accident. She was working as an economic consultant for Lowndes county, the historic African American community through which the Selma to Montgomery marchers passed in 1965, lighting a flame under the civil rights movement. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Alabama, Society, World news, US news, Poverty, Pollution, Selma, Martin Luther King, Montgomery, Catherine Flowers


'It is so much bigger than Trayvon': how bereaved mother Sybrina Fulton fought back

She had a joyful life before the killing of her teenage son, Trayvon Martin, in 2012. Since then, she has been determined to change laws and minds – as an activist, an author and by running for officeFew people have acquired such a high-public profile as reluctantly as Sybrina Fulton. Before February 2012, she was content to be an anonymous Floridian, working for the Miami housing department and raising her two sons with her ex-husband, Tracy Martin. Then one of her sons, 17-year-old Trayvon, wa...
Tags: Race, Society, World news, US news, Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, Miami, Trayvon, Black Lives Matter Movement, Sybrina Fulton, ZIMMERMAN, TRACY MARTIN


Digested week: falling ice, and other perils of New York's high life | Emma Brockes

This week, while most New Yorkers feared death by icefall, others had more rarefied concernsIn his novel Upstate, the critic and novelist James Wood characterises the experience of walking through New York City as a feeling, mild but insistent, “that something is going to fall on my head”. In the summer, traditionally, the threat is from air conditioning units. (The Village Voice, Gawker, and the New York Times have all looked into this urban legend over the years, without coming up with much da...
Tags: Health, New York, Media, Film, New York City, Society, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Culture, New York Times, Bill De Blasio, Angelina Jolie, US weather, Vaccines and immunisation, Golden Globes, Gawker


'Q Shaman' Capitol attacker Jacob Chansley moved to Alexandria, VA jail, federal judge orders authorities to give him organic food while in custody

That jerk who wore horns and a bare chest in the US Capitol attack on January 6 has been moved to a Virginia jail, after a federal judge ordered authorities to provide him with organic food while he's in custody. The judge said jail officials in nearby Alexandria could accommodate the special diet, reports AP: Jacob Chansley was transferred to the Alexandria Detention Center after his attorney argued that his client had gone nine days without eating because organic food wasn't served at th...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Justice, Law, Washington, Virginia, US news, Donald Trump, Alexandria, Trump, Alexandria Va, US Capitol, Alexandria Detention Center, Capitol insurrection, Capitol Riot


Sia apologises over autism depiction in her movie Music

Musician’s Golden Globe-nominated directorial debut, which stars Kate Hudson as guardian to an autistic sister, angered autism rights activists with scenes of restraintSia, the musician whose debut film earned two Golden Globe nominations on Wednesday, has addressed concerns about the movie’s depiction of autism.Writing on her Twitter account, which she shortly afterwards deleted, the artist said that she has “been listening” to the criticism surrounding the film’s portrayal of a nonverbal autis...
Tags: Music, Film, Society, US news, Autism, Culture, Carers, Sia Furler, Kate Hudson, Golden Globe, Maddie Ziegler, Music (2021 film


US supreme court sides with Germany in Nazi art dispute

Court ruled unanimously that Germany had sovereign immunity in US courts from claims over the Guelph collectionThe US supreme court rejected Wednesday a suit by the heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers for compensation from Germany for a storied collection of medieval art treasures. Related: Nazi art dispute goes to US supreme court in landmark case Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Law, Germany, US, World news, US news, Nazi, US supreme court, Guelph, Law (US


New claims of migrant abuse as Ice defies Biden to continue deportations

Ice condemned as ‘rogue agency’ after rights groups allege torture by agents and man deported to Haiti who had never been thereUS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) has been denounced as a “rogue agency” after new allegations of assaults on asylum seekers emerged, and deportations of African and Caribbean migrants continued in defiance of the Biden administration’s orders.Joe Biden unveiled his immigration agenda on Tuesday, and his homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was confi...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Senate, Africa, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Cameroon, US immigration, Biden, Haiti, Caribbean, Alejandro Mayorkas, Customs Enforcement ICE, Biden White House, Biden Administration


Trump found some new sleazeball lawyers for his impeachment defense team, after the last ones all ran off

Reuters: "Former U.S. President Donald Trump's office on Sunday said trial lawyers David Schoen and Bruce L. Castor will lead Trump's legal team during his Senate impeachment trial." This announcement follows the not-entirely-surprising news just yesterday that Trump and *all of the lawyers* on his legal team had suddenly parted ways. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Senate, US news, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, David Schoen, Impeachment, Bruce L Castor, Trump Impeachment


Biden to visit Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland to visit with wounded service members

President Joe Biden tomorrow afternoon (Friday, January 29th) will travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to visit with wounded service members. [via] President Biden and VP Harris will have an economic briefing with Treasury Sec. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Joe Biden, US news, Military, Veterans, Treasury, Biden, Walter Reed, HARRIS, Bethesda Maryland, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Wounded Vets


Black on both sides: the African diaspora around the world – in pictures

Sasha Phyars-Burgess’s Untitled features essays, poems and stunning photographs that delve into the black experience and the true meaning of ‘home’ Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Poetry, Race, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Social history, Black Lives Matter Movement


Senate impeachment trial of Trump to begin week of February 8, says Schumer

The impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump trial will begin during the week of February 8, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Friday. The House of Representatives is expected to formally deliver the impeachment charge to the chamber on Monday. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Law, Senate, US news, House Of Representatives, Donald Trump, Trump, Schumer, Chuck Schumer, Trump Impeachment


'Eye watering': top police officer laments rate of stop and search on young black men

Exclusive: Mike Cunningham, who has just retired as head of College of Policing, calls for ‘humility’ from former colleaguesThere is “widespread dissatisfaction” with the police among black communities with it being clear young black men are being disproportionately stopped and searched at an “eye-watering” rate, a former senior police chief has said.Mike Cunningham, who retired last month as chief executive of the College of Policing which sets standards for law enforcement, said stop and searc...
Tags: Law, Police, Race, UK News, World news, US news, UK criminal justice, College of Policing, Stop and search, Mike Cunningham, George Floyd


We're on the verge of breakdown: a data scientist's take on Trump and Biden

Peter Turchin, an entomologist-turned-historian, offers insight into the battle between elitesPeter Turchin is not the first entomologist to cross over to human behaviour: during a lecture in 1975, famed biologist E O Wilson had a pitcher of water tipped on him for extrapolating the study of ant social structures to our own.It’s a reaction that Turchin, an expert-on-pine-beetles-turned-data-scientist and modeller, has yet to experience. But his studies at the University of Connecticut into how h...
Tags: Business, Science, Republicans, Race, Economics, Society, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Biden, Donald Trump, Wilson, Trump, University of Connecticut


US supreme court reinstates restrictions on abortion pill

Justices lift order that had suspended rule requiring in-person visits during Covid crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US supreme court has reinstated a requirement that women visit a hospital or clinic to obtain a drug used for medication-induced abortions, lifting an order by a lower court allowing the drug to be posted or delivered during the coronavirus pandemic.The justices granted a request by the Trump administration to lift a federal judge’s July order ...
Tags: Health, Law, Women, US, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, US politics, Food And Drug Administration, Abortion, US healthcare, Fda, Women's Health, US supreme court, Trump


Aid spending in Africa must be African-led – it needs a Black Lives Matter reckoning | Dedo Baranshamaje and Katie Bunten-Wamaru

If we use this pivotal moment to shift funding to grassroots groups we could unlock transformational changeWhile the US continues to reckon with its long-simmering struggle against racial injustice, it is important to remember that racism is not just a homegrown problem – we are also exporting it.As we begin 2021, global philanthropy has an opportunity to address this. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Race, US, Society, World news, US news, Global development, Philanthropy, Dedo Baranshamaje, Katie Bunten Wamaru


San Francisco rents are plummeting – but its housing crisis could get worse

The city remains the nation’s priciest for renters, and the pandemic has dealt a new economic blow to residentsApartment rental prices in San Francisco – a city mocked for being so unaffordable that residents pay more than a grand each month to sleep in a bunk bed and share space with strangers – have plummeted during the coronavirus crisis, falling roughly 24% over the last year, according to new data.It might seem like good news for a city long known for its dizzying rents. But the drop wasn’t...
Tags: Housing, San Francisco, Society, US news


Julian Assange refused bail despite judge ruling against extradition to US

Judge had rejected arguments that Assange would not get a fair trial in US but blocked extradition on health groundsJulian Assange has been refused bail in the wake of a legal ruling that he should not be extradited to the US .The co-founder of Wikileaks has been held at Belmarsh prison in south-east London for the past 18 months after he was evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy, where he sought asylum for seven years. Continue reading...
Tags: Media, Law, US, UK News, World news, US news, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Extradition, South East London, Assange, Belmarsh



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