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'This is blood money': Tate shuns Sacklers – and others urged to follow

Pressure builds on other institutions to disavow Sackler family over OxyContin, powerful painkiller linked to opioid deathsEarlier this year at the Guggenheim in New York, activists objecting to donations from the Sackler family draped protest banners from the museum’s famous spiraling balconies, dropped flyers down through the atrium and pretended to die all over the floor. A gobsmacked public looked on.Tate Modern has just escaped a similar fate. Continue reading...
Tags: Art and design, Culture, Opioids crisis, US news, Opioids, Society, World news


'The water took everything': Buzi evacuees tell of Cyclone Idai ordeal

People rescued by boat are arriving at Beira in hope of first aid, shelter and reunion with their familiesStanding in the fishing port in Beira, Mozambique, Jose Mala scans the faces of those evacuated by boat from Buzi – one of the towns hardest hit by Cyclone Idai – searching for anyone he knows.He had hopeful news the day before, says Mala, 27. He met a neighbour at the port who told him his sister and two nephews had survived the cyclone that destroyed large parts of their hometown. Continue...
Tags: Global development, Cyclone Idai, World news, Mozambique, Africa, Aid, Society, Humanitarian response


Charities condemn UK over refusal to endorse Gaza deaths report

Foreign Office said it could not support inquiry that failed to investigate role of HamasA coalition of UK charities has accused the British government of “a dereliction of responsibility” after ministers refused to endorse a UN-mandated commission of inquiry report into 187 deaths in Gaza that placed responsibility in almost all cases on the Israel defence forces.At a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Foreign Office instead abstained, saying it could not support an investiga...
Tags: Gaza, United Nations, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, World news, Charities, Society, Voluntary sector


Dirty water 20 times deadlier to children in conflict zones than bullets – Unicef

World Water Day study highlights lethal nature of unsafe sanitation and hygiene for children, especially under-fivesChildren under five who live in conflict zones are 20 times more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases linked to unsafe water than from direct violence as a result of war, Unicef has found.Analysing mortality data from 16 countries beset by long-term conflict – including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen – the UN children’s agency also found that unsafe water, sanitation and hygi...
Tags: Global health, Global development, Access to water, Water, Environment, World news, Children, Society


Parties and passion in Burkina Faso by Ibrahima Sanlé Sory – in pictures

Vibrant youth culture and a flourishing music scene leap out of the west African photographer’s Peuple de la Nuit, featuring the musicians, dancers and lovers who graced his hometown’s hottest venues Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Music, Africa, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Exhibitions, Young People, Burkina Faso, Clubbing, Art and design books, Ibrahima Sanlé Sory, Peuple de la Nuit


Shamima Begum family challenge Javid's citizenship decision

Relatives say it was unfair to remove UK citizenship when others who went to Isis territory were allowed backThe family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the teenager of her citizenship is unfair because hundreds of Britons who went to Islamic State territory have been allowed back.Begum fled her east London family for Syria in February 2015, aged 15, along with two school friends after reading terrorist prop...
Tags: Politics, UK, Isis, London, Law, Islamic State, UK News, World news, Syria, Immigration and asylum, Sajid Javid, Shamima Begum, Javid, Begum, Special Immigration Appeals Commission


Activists project 'refugees welcome' on Acropolis to show crisis not over

Amnesty says calling migration deal successful ‘flies in face of reality’ given plight of people trapped on Greek islandsActivists have marked the third anniversary of a controversial migration deal between the EU and Turkey by projecting a slogan on to the walls of the Acropolis.Two weeks after Brussels claimed the migration crisis was over, Amnesty International projected the words “humanity first: refugees are welcome” on to the ancient citadel above Athens to highlight the plight of thousand...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Greece, Law, Eu, European Union, World news, Turkey, Migration, Refugees, Athens, Amnesty International, Brussels, Amnesty


Report calls for reform of 'unhealthy' land ownership in Scotland

Commission set up by Scottish government recommends new powers to split monopoliesScottish land ownership rules must be radically reformed to reverse the concentration of the countryside in the hands of a small number of ultra-wealthy individuals and public bodies, a major review has warned.The study by the Scottish Land Commission, a government quango, says that in extreme cases where landowners abuse their power they could face compulsory purchase or community buyouts. Continue reading...
Tags: Money, Scotland, Animals, Environment, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Property, The National Trust, Hunting, Land Rights, Scottish Land Commission


No-deal ferry plans to protect NHS supplies to be triggered

Action to safeguard imports of medicines to begin this week despite likely Brexit delayNo-deal contingency plans to safeguard medicine imports are set to be triggered on Wednesday, despite the potential delay to Brexit, with approved suppliers told to book space on the government’s emergency ferry service.Although the prime minister is to request an extension to article 50 which would postpone Britain’s departure from the EU, Whitehall will enact plans to ensure the flow of critical supplies sho...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, Politics, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Infrastructure, Britain, Foreign Policy, NHS, Transport, Water transport, Transport policy, Article 50


FIFA Foundation Community Programme – in pictures

Star striker Samuel Eto’o represented the UNHCR Sport and Cooperation Network in Cameroon to coach child refugees from neighbouring Central African Republic, part-funded by the Fifa Foundation Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Football, Sport, Society, World news, Football politics, Cameroon, Fifa, Central African Republic, Philanthropy, Samuel Eto'o, FIFA Foundation Community Programme, UNHCR Sport and Cooperation Network, Fifa Foundation Continue


School climate strikes: 1.4 million people took part, say campaigners

Activist Greta Thunberg, 16, says action proved ‘no one is too small to make a difference’More than 1.4 million young people around the world took part in school strikes for climate action, according to environmental campaigners.Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish student whose solo protest last August prompted the global movement, said: “We proved that it does matter what you do and that no one is too small to make a difference.” Continue reading...
Tags: Protest, Education, Climate Change, Environment, Society, World news, Schools, Young People, Environmental Activism, Greta Thunberg


Social workers can do so much more than just pick up the pieces

At its best, social work can break cycles of crisis, and help people change their lives and communitiesGuardian Jobs: see the latest vacancies in social care Too often, social services are designed as rotating doors. They focus on individuals in crisis who, when the symptoms of the emergency have eased, are sent directly back to the stressful situation that caused all the damage – a painful, costly and tragic cycle.There is little focus in formal social services on helping people to transform th...
Tags: Children, Drugs, Africa, Communities, Society, World news, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Social Care, Bangladesh, Zambia, Society Professionals, Aids and HIV


'Systemic Islamophobia' fuels terror attacks, say Muslim leaders

Letter to Guardian calls for action on ‘bigotry’ as Lady Warsi demands more security funds for UK mosques• Letter: anti-Muslim bigotry must not go uncheckedMuslim leaders from around the world have accused the mainstream media, politicians and academics of contributing to the conditions fuelling terrorist violence against their community such as Friday’s attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, which claimed 50 lives.More than 350 leading Islamic figures from countries including the UK, US and Sout...
Tags: Politics, UK, Police, Religion, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Public finance, South Africa, Islam, UK security and counter-terrorism, The far right, Counter-terrorism policy, Hate Crime, Islamophobia


China says it has arrested 13,000 'terrorists' in Xinjiang

Beijing launches propaganda campaign to counter abuse claims by human rights groupsChina claims it has arrested 13,000 “terrorists” in Xinjiang over the last five years, it has claimed, as it launched an aggressive propaganda campaign in defence of its restrictive measures in the far-western region.Human rights advocates and researchers believe more than 1 million Muslim minorities, mostly Uighurs as well as Kazakhs and other groups, are being systematically imprisoned in internment camps where ...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Xinjiang


UK Muslim leaders seek funding for mosque security

Christchurch attack prompts call for government support equal to that pledged for Jewish communities Muslim leaders have called on the government to provide funding for mosque security in the wake of the New Zealand shootings.Harun Khan, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, will be writing to the prime minister raising the “palpable sense of fear” felt by Muslim communities after the attack in Christchurch which claimed 50 lives, and warning of the risk of copycat attacks in t...
Tags: Politics, UK, Police, Religion, Communities, Society, UK News, World news, Public finance, Britain, Islam, New Zealand, UK security and counter-terrorism, Muslim, The far right, Counter-terrorism policy


Victims of forced sterilisation in Japan to receive compensation and apology

About 16,500 people were targeted by law that aimed to stop the birth of children described as ‘inferior’Thousands of victims of forced sterilisation in Japan will finally be offered compensation for their suffering under a now-defunct eugenics law.About 16,500 people, mostly women with disabilities, were targeted between 1948 and 1996 under a Japanese law that aimed to stop the birth of children described as “inferior”. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, Society, World news, Asia Pacific, Reproductive Rights


Red Nose Day will raise millions, but ‘white saviours’ don’t help Africa | Amanda Khozi Mukwashi

As a leader in the aid sector I accept it has perpetuated problematic myths. Celebrity hugs won’t solve global inequalityTonight will see Comic Relief raise millions, which will go towards poverty alleviation around the world. As the chief executive of Christian Aid, there aren’t many people more in favour of helping the world’s most marginalised groups than me. But as a black African woman, I regularly have to face up to the challenges highlighted in the recent exchange between TV presenter Sta...
Tags: Politics, Africa, Race, Society, World news, Charities, Voluntary sector, David Lammy, Comic Relief, Stacey Dooley, Amanda Khozi Mukwashi


Doctors in Zimbabwe 'sending patients away to die' as drug shortages bite

Senior doctors go on strike as president is warned that lack of medicine could lead to collapse of emergency servicesA doctors’ strike in Zimbabwe entered its second day on Wednesday with health workers claiming patients in the biggest state hospital are dying due to a lack of drugs and medical supplies.Dozens of doctors picketed outside Parirenyatwa hospital demanding improvements and claiming government promises to improve the health service had come to nothing. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Society, World news, Global development, Zimbabwe, Global Health, Parirenyatwa


UN plan for Syria should take priority | Letters

While there is no clear picture of what next for the situation inside of Syria, donors should not write blank cheques for reconstruction, writes Cafod’s Anne StreetThe third EU and UN conference being held in Brussels this week to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria has the optimistic title of “Supporting the future of Syria and the region” (Divisions over forced return of refugees to Syria expected at conference, 12 March).However, the future is bleak for millions of Syrians who fled the confli...
Tags: Eu, Society, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, United Nations, Refugees, Aid, Global development, Un, Brussels, Cafod, Anne StreetThe


Anish Kapoor: 'If I was a young Muslim, would I feel angry enough to join Isis? I would at least think about it'

Britain has gone through the looking glass and the artist’s new show follows it into the abyss. He talks about the upsurge in racism, fighting for Shamima Begum – and his clash with France’s presidentAt 7.30 on the morning after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Anish Kapoor left his London flat for an appointment with his analyst. On the street, he heard two men talking. “Bet he doesn’t even speak English,” said one. “I turned around and they were talking about me. I was so furious.”Si...
Tags: Art, Isis, London, France, Religion, Race, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture


Anish Kapoor: 'If I was an angry young Muslim, I would think about joining Isis'

Britain has gone through the looking glass and the artist’s new show follows it into the abyss. He talks about the upsurge in racism, fighting for Shamima Begum – and his clash with France’s presidentAt 7.30 on the morning after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Anish Kapoor left his London flat for an appointment with his analyst. On the street, he heard two men talking. “Bet he doesn’t even speak English,” said one. “I turned around and they were talking about me. I was so furious.”Si...
Tags: Art, London, France, Religion, Race, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Culture, Britain, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Islam


‘I could be myself, not a patient’: the Norwegian hospital offering respite in a woodland cabin

Patients at Oslo University hospital can escape the gruelling reality of medical treatment at a custom-built woodland retreatIt’s a cold snowy winter’s day in Norway, but the Skogen Tangeraas family sitting around a bonfire in some woodland don’t seem to care. They’re too busy drinking hot chocolate and cooking sausages. Their dog is splashing around in the stream. The three daughters – aged 7, 10 and 12 – alternate between chopping wood, archery and popping into a nearby cabin to practise gyota...
Tags: Health, Europe, Children, Cancer, Society, World news, Mental Health, Hospitals, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Society Professionals, Norway, Albertine, Oslo University, Maren Østvold Lindheim


Netanyahu is right: Israel is a nation with no interest in equality | Amjad Iraqi

As a Palestinian citizen of Israel, I am subject to insidious discrimination that is enshrined by law – and no major party sees it as an issueAs a Palestinian citizen of Israel, it is a strange experience to watch your humanity become a subject of national debate between a prime minister and a model. Responding to criticism by the well-known Israeli actor Rotem Sela this week, Benjamin Netanyahu took it upon himself to declare, via Instagram: “Israel is not a state of all its citizens. According...
Tags: Hollywood, Law, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Gal Gadot, Reuven Rivlin, Sela, Rotem Sela


Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – as it happened

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 12.24am GMT We’re going to close down this live blog now, so here’s a summary of the day’s events: Related: MPs ignore May’s pleas and defeat her Brexit deal by 149 votes 12.01am GMT The UK is moving closer to crashing out of the European Union without a deal, the German...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Law, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Britain, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons


Chance of no-deal Brexit has 'significantly increased', says EU – Politics live

Statement from Donald Tusk’s spokesman comes after Theresa May’s Brexit deal suffers second heavy defeatFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?What happens next? 10.20pm GMT An interesting line – unconfirmed, of course – from ITV News’ Robert Peston:I am hearing that @theresa_may and most - but not all - cabinet will vote to cancel no deal on 29 March. Interestingly ministers think former Remainer @Jeremy_Hunt will vote in other directi...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, Law, Eu, Spain, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland


Brexit: May defeated by 391 votes to 242 as MPs reject revised deal – Politics live

Speaking after defeat, May says there will be free vote on Wednesday on no-deal BrexitFull story: MPs defeat May’s Brexit deal by 149 votesHow did your MP vote on May’s Brexit deal?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 8.05pm GMT Andrea Leadsom, the leader of the Commons, is still taking questions. MPs have been repeatedly trying to get her to say what length article 50 extension the government will propose, if the debate goes ahead on Thursday, but she has refused to say. 8.04pm GMT This i...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Law, Buzzfeed, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland


Brexit: May faces fresh defeat as MPs vote on revised deal – Politics live

PM puts new plan to Commons after Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’ERG lawyers reject backstop concessions May deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votesAfternoon summary 7.14pm GMT This is from the Labour MP Paul Sweeney.Massive majority from across the House of Commons voting down the Prime Minister's deal yet again. pic.twitter.com/FuWvNX7QjJ 7.11pm GMT From the Telegraph’s Christopher HopeDUP MPs have now voted in the No lobby. One MP w...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Telegraph, Northern Irish politics


Brexit: DUP and ERG say they cannot support May as MPs debate deal – Politics live

PM puts new plan to Commons as Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’ERG lawyers reject backstop concessions May deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votesAfternoon summary 5.11pm GMT Sinn Fein has accused the DUP of ignoring the interests of Northern Ireland. Commenting on the DUP’s decision not to vote for the deal tonight, Michelle O’Neill, the Sinn Fein leader in Northern Ireland, said:The business community, the farming community, the civil ser...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Sinn Féin, Northern Irish politics


Brexit: May opens debate as DUP and ERG say they cannot back deal – Politics live

PM to put new plan to cabinet and Commons as Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’Full story: Risk of indefinite backstop remainsMay deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 2.14pm GMT John Lamont, a Scottish Conservative, says he voted against the deal in January. But he implies he is backing May now. He says businesses need certainty. 2.13pm GMT The DUP has confirmed it will not back the PM’s deal at this point. This is from Arlene Foster, ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Northern Irish politics, Scottish Conservative


Brexit: ERG says it cannot recommend voting for May's deal – Politics live

PM to put new plan to cabinet and Commons as Geoffrey Cox says legal risk over backstop ‘remains unchanged’Full story: Risk of indefinite backstop remainsMay deal: has anything changed?Guide to this week’s crucial votes 1.10pm GMT The ERG’s “star chamber” has published its assessment of the new assurances. And it is not convinced, my colleague Jessica Elgot reports.NEW - The “Star Chamber” has reported on the Government’s latest legal advice. The advice does not meet the tests the Government...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Law, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Ireland, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Labour, United Kingdom, House Of Commons, Northern Ireland, Michael Gove, Northern Irish politics



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