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Murder Me, Monster review – a grisly mystery that stays boldly unsolvable

This convention-defying horror has Guillermo del Toro’s vision and David Lynch’s dreamlike logic. But what does it all mean?Internal affairs takes on new meaning in this distinctively involuted Argentine thriller about a spate of gruesome decapitations in an Andes backwater. Police officer Cruz (Victor Lopez) is already on the case when his lover Francisca (Tania Casciani) becomes the next to have her head apparently chewed off, a mysterious green goo smeared on the stump. Her hollow-eyed husban...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, Culture, Argentina, David Lynch, Horror Films, Guillermo, Thrillers (film, Cruz Victor Lopez, Francisca Tania Casciani, David Esteban Bigliardi


Mexico: López Obrador says pandemic lockdowns are the tactic of dictators

‘The fundamental thing is to guarantee liberty,’ says Mexican president when asked why he almost never wears a maskMexicos’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested on Wednesday that politicians who impose lockdowns or curfews to limit Covid-19 are acting like dictators.The comments came as López Obrador once again fended off questions about why he almost never wears a face mask, saying it was a question of liberty. Continue reading...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, World news, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador, Coronavirus


Mexico: López Obrador says pandemic lockdowns fashionable among dictators

‘The fundamental thing is to guarantee liberty,’ says Mexican president when asked why he almost never wears a maskMexicos’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested on Wednesday that politicians who impose lockdowns or curfews to limit Covid-19 are acting like dictators.The comments came as López Obrador once again fended off questions about why he almost never wears a face mask, saying it was a question of liberty. Continue reading...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, World news, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Lopez Obrador, Coronavirus


Canadian security firm GardaWorld raises G4S takeover offer to £3.7bn

Investors have two weeks to decide whether to accept final offer of 235p a share in cashA Canadian security firm has increased its takeover offer for the UK outsourcing group G4S to £3.68bn in a final bid for its larger rival.GardaWorld said it would pay 235p a share in cash, up 24% from its previous 190p-a-share offer, which would value G4S at £3bn. The Canadian firm has also reached a deal with G4S pension trustees on a £770m funding package for the pension scheme. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, UK, Americas, World news, G4s, Canada, Mergers and Acquisitions, GardaWorld, GardaWorld raises G4S


Coronavirus live news: deaths in the Americas rise nearly 30% in November; Putin orders start of mass inoculation

North America seeing record daily cases; WHO says vaccines won’t stop short-term surges; Russian president says programme should start next week Beware fake coronavirus vaccines, says InterpolRural US hospitals ravaged by surge in casesUS braces for Covid surge after Thanksgiving holidaysJohnson suffers biggest Commons revolt as MPs back tougher Covid tiersUK coronavirus updates - live 5.10pm GMT Morocco hopes to launch an ambitious vaccination campaign against the coronavirus by the end of...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Putin, China, Americas, US, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Morocco, Microbiology, Who


Coronavirus live news: WHO says vaccines won't prevent short-term surge; Putin orders start of mass inoculation

Health body says there won’t be enough doses to prevent new wave in cases in next six months; Russian president says programme should start next week Beware fake coronavirus vaccines, says InterpolRural US hospitals ravaged by surge in casesUS braces for Covid surge after Thanksgiving holidaysJohnson suffers biggest Commons revolt as MPs back tougher Covid tiersUK coronavirus updates - live 4.22pm GMT Covid-19 deaths in the Americas have increased nearly 30% in November compared to the end ...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Putin, Americas, US, Eu, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Canada, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Who


Anything for Jackson review – grieving grandparents do a deal with the devil

In a riotously gory inversion of the Christmas story, an older couple plan to channel the ghost of their dead grandson into an unborn childThere’s something deliciously subversive about the backstory to this offbeat horror film, which was made in Canada. Director Justin G Dyck and screenwriter Keith Cooper have collaborated on a long list of treacly, holiday-themed, made-for-TV movies with titles such as A Very Country Christmas, Christmas With a View and A Christmas Village. Anything for Jackso...
Tags: Film, Americas, World news, Culture, Canada, Jackson, Rosemary, Horror Films, Henry, Shannon, Ruth Gordon, Audrey, Keith Cooper, Sidney Blackmer, Henry Walsh, Josh Cruddas


Home Office proceeds with disputed Jamaica deportation flight

Thirteen of 50 people due to be deported put on controversial flight despite campaigns to prevent itThe Home Office deported 13 men to Jamaica on a controversial charter flight that left in the early hours of Wednesday morning, but a significant number of other offenders were granted a last-minute reprieve after a legal challenge.Documents lodged in the high court by the Home Office stated that its intention was to remove as many as 50 Jamaican nationals, but only a fraction of that number board...
Tags: Politics, Americas, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Jamaica


Photography campaign shows the grim aftermath of logging in Canada's fragile forests

Ancient Forest Alliance’s project underscores the preventions that are needed to protect old-growth trees in areas such as the Caycuse watershedWhen TJ Watt first stood at the base of a towering western red cedar on Canada’s Pacific coast, the ancient giant was surrounded by thick moss and ferns, and the sounds of a vibrant forest ecosystem.When he returned a few months later, all that remained was a massive stump, set against a landscape that was unrecognizable. “To come back and see a place th...
Tags: Environment, Americas, Canada, Trees and forests, Pacific, TJ Watt, Logging and land-clearing, Ancient Forest Alliance


Last-ditch bid to stop many boarding Home Office flight to Jamaica fails

Two children brought the case on behalf of their father ahead of flight scheduled on WednesdayA last-ditch legal attempt by two children to prevent many of those on a controversial Home Office deportation flight to Jamaica from flying on Wednesday has failed, just hours before the charter plane was expected to take off.The children, two siblings, who brought the case on behalf of their father, argued that current deportation policy was unlawful because the Home Office has failed to properly asse...
Tags: Americas, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Jamaica


See the lunar eclipse during the full beaver moon

The moon entered a penumbral eclipse on Monday night, during the full beaver moon. The eclipse was visible throughout the Americas and parts of Asia.
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Brazil: armed robbers raid banks in Criciúma leaving streets littered with banknotes – video

Bank robbers armed with military-grade weapons have laid siege to a city in southern Brazil, torching vehicles, kidnapping government workers, blowing up a bank and engaging in a two-hour gun battle as the mayor begged residents to stay indoors.Mobile phone footage taken by terrified residents showed gunmen patrolling the streets of Criciúma as gunfire echoed across the city. After the ordeal, which lasted over two hours, the group made off, leaving hundreds of thousands of reais in banknotes li...
Tags: Americas, World news, Brazil, Criciuma


Giant Arecibo radio telescope collapses in Puerto Rico

Observatory had been set to close after damage in AugustScientists and Puerto Ricans mourn loss of historic facilityA huge radio telescope in Puerto Rico that has played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century collapsed on Tuesday, officials said. Related: US to shut down famed huge Arecibo space telescope in Puerto Rico jungle Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Americas, US, World news, US news, Puerto Rico, Observatory, Arecibo, Giant Arecibo


'Under siege': armed bank robbers launch assault on Brazilian city

Dozens engage in gun battle, torch vehicles, kidnap workers and blow up bank in CriciúmaBank robbers armed with military-grade weapons have laid siege to a city in southern Brazil, torching vehicles, kidnapping government workers, blowing up a bank and engaging in a two-hour gun battle as the mayor begged residents to stay indoors.Clésio Salvaro, the mayor of Criciúma, told local media he first learned of the “surreal” offensive on social media just after midnight on Tuesday. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, Brazil, Criciuma, CriciúmaBank, Clésio Salvaro


UK imported 1m tonnes of soya with deforestation risk in 2019

New analysis finds 40% was brought in without sourcing checks from Brazil, Argentina and ParaguayMore than 1m tonnes of soya used by UK livestock farmers to produce chicken and other food last year could be linked to deforestation, according to a new analysis.Large areas of forest in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay are being cleared to produce soya, which is then exported to the UK to be used by farmers, mainly to feed chickens and dairy cows. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Environment, Americas, UK News, World news, Conservation, Farming, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Paraguay, Global development, Brazil, Argentina, Argentina Brazil, Brazil Argentina


Revealed: UK imported 1m tonnes of soya with deforestation risk in 2019

Following Guardian investigation, analysis finds 40% was brought in without sourcing checks from Brazil, Argentina and ParaguayMore than 1m tonnes of soya used by UK livestock farmers to produce chicken and other food last year could be linked to deforestation, according to a new analysis.Large areas of forest in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay are being cleared to produce soya, which is then exported to the UK to be used by farmers, mainly to feed chickens and dairy cows. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Environment, Americas, UK News, World news, Conservation, Farming, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Paraguay, Global development, Brazil, Argentina, Argentina Brazil, Brazil Argentina


Zoom’s revenues outside the Americas grew 629% YoY

Video-conferencing company Zoom Video Communications Inc. did not disclose the total number of customers using its platform, but said that around 433,700 organisations with over 10 employees were using its service as of September 2020, growing by 485% YoY. This segment alone made up 62% of revenue. This growth in the user base was higher than the 355% YoY growth reported in the previous quarter. The company has 1,289 customers contributing over $100,000 in revenue, trailing 12 months, up by 136%...
Tags: Travel, Video, News, India, Americas, Earnings, Rakuten, Zoom, Kelly Steckelberg, Research Development, Eric Yuan, Steckelberg, Zoom Video Communications Inc, EMEA Europe Middle East Africa, Iravati Damle, Earnings Sept-20


Owner of French restaurant in Mexico City murdered 'while delivering fine wine'

Police investigating claims killers of Baptiste Lormand stole bottles worth £20,000The grisly killing of a prominent French restaurateur has shaken Mexico City’s foreign community and raised fresh questions over a spiralling nationwide murder crisis that has already claimed more than 29,000 lives this year.Baptiste Lormand, a 45-year-old Parisian, disappeared last Thursday evening in Polanco, an upmarket corner of Mexico’s capital that is home to many of its best eateries as well as many foreign...
Tags: Mexico, France, Americas, World news, Mexico City, Baptiste Lormand


Plastic in paradise: Goldman prize winner's fight to protect Bahamas

Kristal Ambrose had to beat prejudices about class and race to change mindsets on the islandsThe Goldman environmental prize winners 2020 – in picturesWhen the latest Goldman prize winner, Kristal Ambrose, began campaigning against plastic waste in the Bahamas, one of the first obstacles she had to overcome was prejudice about class and race.“You have been around white people too long. We always use plastic bags,” she recalls being told by neighbours in Eleuthera, one of the 30 inhabited islands...
Tags: Environment, Race, Americas, World news, Goldman, Bahamas, Plastic bags, Plastics, Eleuthera, Kristal Ambrose


The Goldman environmental prize winners 2020 – in pictures

The Goldman environmental prize honours the achievements of grassroots activists in six continents, recognising their efforts to protect natural habitats and push for political change, often at great personal riskPlastic in paradise: Goldman prize winner’s fight to protect Bahamas Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Activism, Protest, Climate Change, Mexico, France, Africa, Environment, Americas, World news, South and Central Asia, Conservation, Myanmar, Indigenous Peoples, Ecuador, Goldman


Diego Maradona's personal doctor denies responsibility for death

Leopoldo Luque in tears after officials search his home and office in Buenos AiresDiego Maradona’s personal physician has denied responsibility for his patient’s death after police raided his home and surgery on Sunday, seizing laptops, medical records and mobile devices.Reports in the Argentinian media said the searches were carried out as part of a manslaughter investigation involving the footballer’s doctor, the neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, Football, Sport, World news, Argentina, Diego Maradona, Leopoldo Luque, Buenos AiresDiego Maradona


Argentine prosecutors investigate death of Diego Maradona

Officials order searches of home and office of footballer’s personal doctor, Leopoldo LuqueArgentine justice officials are investigating the death of the footballer Diego Maradona and ordered the search of properties of his personal doctor on Sunday, a local prosecutor’s office said.Maradona died at age 60 of a heart attack on Wednesday. The search order was requested by prosecutors in the affluent Buenos Aires suburb San Isidro and signed by a local judge, according to a statement issued by the...
Tags: Americas, World news, Argentina, Diego Maradona, Buenos Aires, Maradona, San Isidro, Leopoldo LuqueArgentine


Jamaicans who came to UK as children will be left off deportation flight

Exclusive: Home Office quietly agrees deal with Jamaica amid outcry over charter planeA deal has been quietly agreed between the Home Office and Jamaica not to remove people who came to the UK as children on a controversial charter flight to the Caribbean island this week, its high commissioner has said.Seth Ramocan told the Guardian that following diplomatic overtures to the Home Office, officials agreed not to deport Jamaicans who came to Britain under the age of 12. The Home Office has declin...
Tags: Politics, UK, Americas, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Britain, Home Office, Jamaica, Caribbean, The Home Office, Seth Ramocan


China hopes ‘vaccine diplomacy’ will restore its image and boost its influence

Trading allies such as Brazil are at the head of the queue for Beijing’s huge drug distribution programme Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere was no VIP on board the plane from China that arrived in São Paulo airport earlier this month, but the state governor, João Doria, nonetheless led a high-level welcome delegation gathered on the tarmac.The masked dignitaries were there to mark the arrival of seven refrigerated containers of vaccines, posing for official photos...
Tags: Health, China, Americas, Society, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Sao Paulo, Doria, João Doria, Coronavirus


Voters set to punish mayor who ‘made Rio de Janeiro miserable’

A landslide in Sunday’s election is predicted to sweep away the city’s ‘disastrous’ conservative leaderTarcísio Motta is one of Rio’s best-known lefties – but when the city elects its new leader on Sunday, he’ll be voting for the right.“We’ve got a mayor who’s an enemy of the city, and this can’t go on. It’s ludicrous,” complained the socialist councillor, one of millions of exasperated locals desperate to evict the neo-Pentecostal bishop Marcelo Crivella from city hall after what is widely rega...
Tags: Americas, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Rio, Motta, Jair Bolsonaro, Marcelo Crivella


Football was only part of it: Diego Maradona transcended sport | Uki Goñi

Proud, defiant, political. To the world’s neglected and marginalised, he was a figure of hopeFor a nation prone to frequent lamentation over its missed opportunities, crashing from the world’s 10th wealthiest economy per capita in 1913 to a constant teetering at the edge of economic and social collapse for the better part of the past century, Argentina has produced an astonishing array of instantly recognisable global icons.Eva Perón, unanointed queen of Argentina’s “shirtless” working class, wa...
Tags: Americas, Football, World news, Pope Francis, Argentina, Cuba, Fidel Castro, Diego Maradona, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jorge Valdano, Che Guevara, Eva Perón, Tim Rice, Maradona, Uki Goñi, Argentina Maradona


Director Asif Kapadia: ‘Diego and Maradona were two different people’

Film director recalls the long and rocky road to meeting the mercurial subject of his filmFootball is a huge part of my life. I was 14 when Diego Maradona scored the two goals against England – the hand of God and the wonder goal. Despite the first goal, I always thought he was the best player in the world. I’ve always been a fan of outsiders, rebels.Everyone wanted to be Maradona. He was the global phenomenon. The pope wanted to meet him. Fidel Castro would sit and listen to Diego tell a story....
Tags: England, Film, Americas, Football, Sport, World news, Culture, Argentina, Fidel Castro, Diego Maradona, Diego, Asif Kapadia, Maradona, Maradona He


Cuban security forces evict hunger-striking activists in raid on HQ

Dissident San Isidro movement little known until it publicised protest on social mediaCuban authorities have broken up a protest by a group of dissident artists, academics, journalists and activists, evicting them from their headquarters where they had declared a hunger strike against curbs on civil liberties.Authorities said they had to intervene late on Thursday because of violations of hygiene protocols to prevent coronavirus spread. But the group said this was an “absurd” pretext for ending ...
Tags: Protest, Law, Americas, World news, Civil liberties - international, Freedom Of Speech, Cuba, Authorities, San Isidro


Diego Maradona lawyer vows legal action over funeral workers' selfie

‘Devastated’ funeral home owner says trio pictured next to open coffin not full-time staffDiego Maradona’s agent and lawyer has vowed to take action after images emerged of three funeral workers posing next to the late Argentinian footballer’s open coffin.Maradona, who died from a heart attack in Argentina on Wednesday, was buried on Thursday after tens of thousands of fans filed past his body as it lay in state at the presidential palace in Buenos Aires. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, Football, Sport, World news, Argentina, Diego Maradona, Maradona, Buenos Aires Continue


'A precarious point': Covid cases surge in Canada's Prairies after relaxed approach

Infections rising in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, exposing failures in strategy and accusations that officials squandered valuable planning opportunitiesWhen an elderly couple with Covid-19 were admitted to her hospital’s intensive care unit, Laura Marie and her team made sure they were put in the same room.“They were so sweet,” said the nurse, who works in the Canadian province of Alberta. “But they were so scared.” Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, World news, Canada, Alberta, Manitoba, Prairies, Alberta Saskatchewan, Laura Marie, Coronavirus