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Greek bishops hurt in acid attack in Athens

Priest in disciplinary hearing at capital suspected of attack that put seven clerics in hospitalSeven bishops from the Greek Orthodox Church have been hurt in an acid attack by a priest undergoing a disciplinary hearing in Athens, police said.Three of the bishops were still in hospital following the attack late on Wednesday, while a police officer who was at the scene was also being treated, police added. Local media in Greece reported that those attacked had suffered burns, mostly on their face...
Tags: Europe, Greece, Religion, World news, Athens, Greek Orthodox Church


Belgian police hold man ‘99 or 100 years old’ over retirement home death

Elderly man detained on suspicion of killing fellow resident in DestelbergenBelgian authorities have detained an elderly man, reportedly 99 or 100 years old, on suspicion of killing a fellow resident of the retirement home where he lived, the Belga press agency has said.No details of the fatal assault which took place on Monday were immediately available, but the Ghent prosecutor’s office confirmed in a statement that a resident of the home was in custody. Continue reading...
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Kamala Harris to visit US-Mexico border for first time as vice-president – live

Vice-president under pressure from Republicans over lack of visitBiden and Harris criticized for not doing more to help voting rightsPresident to discuss gun crime prevention with attorney generalDemocrats seek way ahead after voting rights bill hits roadblock 8.15pm BST Michigan state senate Republicans who investigated Michigan’s 2020 presidential election for months concluded there was no widespread or systemic fraud and urged the state attorney general to consider probing people who have...
Tags: Republicans, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, Gop, US politics, US Senate, Michigan, US Congress, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, US voting rights, Us-mexico Border


Hong Kong’s last pro-democracy paper publishes final edition

By ZEN SOO and MATTHEW CHENG HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s sole remaining pro-democracy newspaper published its last edition Thursday after five editors and executives were arrested and millions of dollars in its assets were frozen as part of China’s increasing crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous city. The board of directors of Apple Daily parent company Next Media said in a statement Wednesday that the print and online editions would cease due to “the current circumstances prevailing in ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, News, China, Berlin, Eu, Sport, World news, Beijing, Britain, Soccer, Associated Press, Lai, Foreign Ministry, Apple Daily, Mishra


Royal Navy ship off Crimea sparks diplomatic row between Russia and UK

MoD and Moscow disagree over whether shots were fired at destroyer near disputed territoryBritain was unexpectedly embroiled in a diplomatic and military dispute with Russia on Wednesday after Royal Navy destroyer HMS Defender briefly sailed through territorial waters off the coast of the disputed territory of Crimea.The warship sailed for about an hour in the morning within the 12-mile limit off Cape Fiolent on a direct route between the Ukrainian port of Odesa and Georgia, prompting Russian co...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, Georgia, UK News, World news, Military, Foreign Policy, Defence policy, Crimea, Royal Navy, Moscow, Odesa


Libya talks set December date for national elections

Conference in Berlin also calls for phased withdrawal of all foreign forces from the countryForeign powers and Libya’s new interim government of national unity have called for nationwide elections on 24 December and the phased withdrawal of all foreign forces, starting with some mercenaries in a matter of days.There are thought to be as many as 20,000 foreign fighters in the country on both sides of its civil war, including Syrians under Turkish control, Turkish government forces, Russians in th...
Tags: Berlin, Africa, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Libya, Wagner


Brazil police use teargas and rubber bullets against indigenous protesters

• Three protesters injured and three police hit by arrows• Congress mulls diluting protection for indigenous territoriesRiot police have fired teargas and rubber bullets at indigenous activists protesting outside Brazil’s congress against new legislation that would undermine legal protections for indigenous territories, and open them up to commercial agriculture and mining.Thick clouds of teargas enveloped the demonstrators, including children and the elderly, as police attempted to clear the ca...
Tags: Congress, Americas, World news, Global development, Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, BRASILIA


Riot police use teargas on indigenous protesters for land rights in Brazil – video

Riot police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of indigenous people protesting on Tuesday outside Brazil's Congress against a bill that lawmakers were about to debate that would undermine the recognition of protected reservation lands. The bill, known as PL 490 and backed by Brazil's powerful farm caucus in Congress, seeks to open up protected indigenous lands to commercial agriculture and mining Continue reading...
Tags: Congress, World news, Brazil, Indigenous Peoples, Jair Bolsonaro


Freed Catalan leader calls on Spain to ‘think about future generations’

Jordi Cuixart and eight others leave prison after being pardoned for their roles in the failed bid to secede in 2017The head of one of Catalonia’s biggest pro-independence groups has urged the Spanish government to think about “future generations and not just parliamentary stability” as he and eight other separatist leaders were released from prison after being pardoned for their roles in the failed bid to secede almost four years ago.Jordi Cuixart, the president of the influential grassroots as...
Tags: Spain, Catalonia, World news, Pedro Sanchez, Jordi Cuixart, Òmnium Cultural


French state sued for failing to protect woman who killed rapist husband

Lawyers say Valérie Bacot, on trial for murder, is victim of authorities’ gross negligenceLawyers representing a woman who killed her stepfather husband after 24 years of violence that started when he raped her at 12 are taking legal action against the French state for what they call “gross negligence” after the authorities failed to act on reports she was being abused.Valérie Bacot’s defence team said a summons for liability has been filed with the Paris tribunal. Her lawyers point out that her...
Tags: Europe, France, World news, Paris, Bacot, Valérie Bacot


Covid live: Delta variant likely to represent 90% of infections in EU by September, says disease agency

European centre for disease control warns it is vital for people to get fully vaccinated as the summer holiday season beginsAll UK arrivals in EU should be quarantined, says Angela Merkel WHO voices concerns over Sputnik V Covid vaccine plantAustralia plans to shelve AstraZeneca vaccine by October 5.17pm BST Switzerland will scrap most of its remaining coronavirus restrictions this weekend, the government has confirmed, including for entry into the country, but non-Schengen arrivals will nee...
Tags: UK, France, Angela Merkel, Eu, World news, Thailand, Switzerland, European Commission, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Olympic Games, Afp, Ursula von der Leyen, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Coronavirus, Sputnik V Covid


EU plan to fund Turkey border control ‘risks refugees’ forced return’

Critics say EU is building ‘fortress Europe’ that rides roughshod over rights of asylum seekersA proposal for the EU to fund controls at Turkey’s eastern border is “really problematic” and could lead to refugees being forced back into Syria, Iran and Iraq, critics have warned.According to a leaked plan seen by the Guardian, the European Commission wants to fund “border control” at Turkey’s eastern frontier as part of efforts to deter refugees and migrants from coming to Europe. Continue reading....
Tags: Europe, Greece, Iraq, Eu, European Union, World news, Turkey, Migration, Refugees, European Commission, Europe Continue, Syria Iran


Death of Romany man knelt on by Czech police must be ‘investigated urgently’

Council of Europe and human rights groups demand answers after footage shows man being pinned to the ground Human rights organisations are leading calls for an urgent investigation into the death of a Czech man who died after being restrained by police, after footage of the incident went viral on social media.The neck restraint technique used during the arrest of a Romany man was “reckless, unnecessary and disproportionate, and therefore unlawful”, according to Amnesty International, who also ca...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, World news, Czech Republic, Global development, Amnesty International, Roma, Council of Europe, Gypsies And Travellers, Romany


WHO voices concerns over Sputnik V Covid vaccine plant

WHO reports issues with quality control data and test results as Slovakia announces it is offloading 160k dosesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe World Health Organization has said it has concerns about the methods used at one plant producing the Sputnik V vaccine, as Slovakia announced it would sell or donate 160,000 of the 200,000 doses it has ordered of the Russian shot.The WHO, which along with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is reviewing Sputnik V for eventu...
Tags: Health, Europe, Russia, Society, World news, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Slovakia, European Medicines Agency EMA, Coronavirus


All UK arrivals in EU should be quarantined, says Angela Merkel

German leader’s comments come as disease control agency says Delta variant will account for 90% of EU cases by end of AugustCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAngela Merkel has said travellers from the UK should be quarantined wherever they arrive in the EU, as the union’s that the Delta variant of Covid will account for 90% of cases in member states by the end of August.Ahead of Thursday’s summit with fellow EU leaders, the German chancellor said she wanted better coor...
Tags: UK, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Delta, Merkel, Coronavirus


Irish couple to receive damages over advice that led to unnecessary abortion

Rebecca Price terminated pregnancy after being mistakenly told foetus had fatal abnormalityA couple in Ireland are to be awarded damages for being mistakenly told their unborn baby had a fatal foetal abnormality, which led them to terminate the pregnancy.The high court in Dublin will consider the damages to be paid to Rebecca Price and Patrick Kiely on Wednesday after medical personnel and institutions involved in the case admitted liability. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Europe, Women, Society, World news, Ireland, Abortion, Dublin, Rebecca Price, Patrick Kiely


Scientists identify 29 planets where aliens could observe Earth

Astronomers estimate 29 habitable planets are positioned to see Earth transit and intercept human broadcastsFor centuries, Earthlings have gazed at the heavens and wondered about life among the stars. But as humans hunted for little green men, the extraterrestrials might have been watching us back.In new research, astronomers have drawn up a shortlist of nearby star systems where any inquisitive inhabitants on orbiting planets would be well placed to spot life on Earth. Continue reading...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, World news, Earth, UFOs


Supreme court sides with cheerleader punished by high school over Snapchat post – live

Teen suspended after using swear words on social media postBiden and Harris criticized for not doing more to help voting rightsPresident to discuss gun crime prevention with attorney general Democrats seek way ahead after voting rights bill hits roadblock 3.46pm BST The Supreme Court is issuing a slate of opinions today. One just released is an 8-1 ruling against a Pennsylvania school that punished a student for cursing the school on social media after she did not make the school’s varsity c...
Tags: Supreme Court, Republicans, Senate, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Cnn, Pennsylvania, Democrats, US politics, Maine, US Senate, Capitol Hill, US Congress, King, Kamala Harris


Climate crisis: dangerous thresholds to hit sooner than feared, UN report says

Species extinction, more widespread disease, unliveable heat, ecosystem collapse, and other climate impacts are accelerating Climate change will fundamentally reshape life on Earth in the coming decades, even if humans can tame planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, according to a landmark draft report from the UN’s climate science advisers obtained by AFP.Species extinction, more widespread disease, unliveable heat, ecosystem collapse, cities menaced by rising seas – these and other devastati...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, World news, Earth, United Nations, Un, AFP Species


Covid live: Merkel says all EU states should quarantine UK arrivals; 10% of new French cases are Delta variant

German chancellor says other member states should adopt German restrictions on travellers from UK; Delta variant cases rise in France Australia plans to shelve AstraZeneca vaccine by OctoberMorgan Stanley to bar unvaccinated staff from New York officesNew Zealand reintroduces restrictions in WellingtonTokyo Olympics organisers ban alcohol sales after public outcry 3.15pm BST Poland has announced that from midnight, the country will introduce a mandatory 10-day quarantine for travellers from ...
Tags: UK, Eu, World news, Thailand, Delta, Poland, Merkel, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Olympic Games, Schengen Area, European Union Continue, France Australia, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Andrea Ammon, Coronavirus


Hungary’s Orbán cancels Euro 2020 trip to Munich after rainbow row

Hungarian PM pulls out of attending match in Germany as Uefa criticised over ban on stadium illuminationThe Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has cancelled a trip to Munich for the Euro 2020 match between Hungary and Germany in response to widespread criticism of his government over anti-LGBTQ+ legislation it passed last week.Orbán made his announcement hours after the European football governing body, Uefa, turned down a request from Munich city council, to illuminate the Allianz Arena in...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Football, Sport, World news, Hungary, Munich, Football politics, LGBT rights, Uefa, Lgbtq, Allianz Arena, Viktor Orban, Orban, Euro 2020


Sadia Hussein: the FGM survivor who is saving girls from the knife

Being cut, aged 10, led to extraordinary pain and complications in childbirth. Now Hussein’s campaign to end mutilation has led to a staggering change in attitudesSadia Hussein had been in labour for three days when she felt she could take no more. She could hear her mother crying in the distance, pleading with God to save her daughter’s life.But even though things were clearly not progressing as they should have been, the women in her small Kenyan village were resistant to the idea of sending h...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Africa, Women, Society, World news, Islam, Kenya, Fgm, Hussein, Female genital mutilation (FGM, Women's rights and gender equality, Sadia Hussein


‘The blackest day’: Apple Daily’s demise comes as no surprise

Analysis: a palpable chill has run through the Hong Kong media, amid warnings about ‘fake news’The fate of Apple Daily, one of Hong Kong’s bestselling tabloids, should not come as a surprise. On the day Jimmy Lai, its founder, was sentenced to 14 months in prison in April, a commentary in the pro-Beijing newspaper Ta Kung Pao called for a ban on Apple Daily in order to “close national security loopholes”.The 72-year-old media tycoon and his 26-year-old newspaper have been among the most high-pro...
Tags: Hong Kong, Media, China, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Press freedom, Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai, Ta Kung Pao


AI helps return Rembrandt’s The Night Watch to original size

Rijksmuseum reproduces Dutch master’s work in all its glory, 300 years after it was cut to fit between doorsThe Night Watch by Rembrandt has enraptured millions visiting Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum and its previous homes over the centuries, dazzling with its scale and fine detail.But it is only from today, thanks to the use of artificial intelligence to recapture some of the Dutch master’s genius, including the sweep of his brush strokes and perspective of his eye, that it can for the first time in ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Rembrandt


Democrats take aim at Biden and Harris over voting rights failure – US politics live

Duo could have done more to prevent Senate defeat, critics sayBiden to discuss gun crime prevention with attorney general GarlandDemocrats seek way ahead after voting rights bill hits roadblock 2.13pm BST Good morning – this is Lauren Aratani kicking off today’s politics live blog. After the Democrats’ major voting rights bill was killed in the Senate by a GOP filibuster yesterday, some Democratic progressives are hinting that the White House should have done more to prevent the defeat. They...
Tags: Republicans, Senate, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, Gop, US politics, US Congress, Biden, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, Lauren Aratani, GarlandDemocrats


Call to speed up Covid jabs as Delta variant spreads across Europe

ECDC says too many vulnerable people not yet fully vaccinated, with Delta on course to make up 90% of casesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe EU’s disease control agency has called for swifter vaccination in Europe as the highly transmissible Delta variant of Covid is forecast to account for 90% of all cases in member states by the end of August.Dr Andrea Ammon, the director of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), said people who have had a ...
Tags: Europe, Eu, World news, Delta, ECDC, Andrea Ammon, Coronavirus, COVID


UK denies Russia fired warning shots at Royal Navy ship off Crimea

MoD contradicts Moscow’s assertion that shots were fired at destroyer and bombs dropped nearbyThe UK has rejected claims from Russia that warning shots were fired at the British warship HMS Defender in the Black Sea on Wednesday morning, as it sailed off the coast of the disputed territory of Crimea.Britain’s Ministry of Defence said “no warning shots have been fired” at the destroyer, contradicting a statement made by its Russian equivalent which said that shots had been fired and a warplane dr...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Russia, UK News, World news, Military, Foreign Policy, Defence policy, Ministry Of Defence, Crimea, Royal Navy, Moscow, Black Sea, Crimea Britain


Sweat review – the loneliness of the social media influencer

Magnus von Horn’s contrived Polish drama about a fitness guru promises more in shock and character than it deliversIn theory, it should be possible to create a drama about a social media influencer and motivational fitness celebrity that isn’t all about the hidden loneliness and shame of her shallow existence. It should be possible to show such a person being a huge hit in public and perfectly content in private. But this movie from Polish director Magnus von Horn pretty much goes for route one,...
Tags: Europe, Technology, Media, Instagram, Film, Social Media, World news, Culture, Digital Media, Poland, Thrillers, World cinema, Jackson, Magnus Von Horn, Drama films, Sylwia Magdalena Koleśnik


Draft EU policy to cut shipping emissions condemned as ‘disaster’

Exclusive: leak reveals law promotes liquified natural gas and will lock in fossil fuel use for decades, says NGOA leaked draft of a key EU policy designed to cut carbon emissions in shipping, one of the world’s biggest polluters, has been described as an environmental disaster for “promoting” liquified natural gas, a fossil fuel, as an alternative to heavy oil.The decision, says an NGO that has analysed the plans, will ‘lock in the use of fossil fuels for decades to come and make the EU’s targe...
Tags: Europe, Environment, Eu, European Union, World news, Pollution, Shipping Industry, NGOA, Shipping emissions


Coronavirus news: Delta variant behind 9-10% of new French cases, up from 2-4% in week; Taiwan measures extended

Delta variant cases rise sharply in France; Taiwan case numbers rise again, delaying easing of rulesAustralia plans to shelve AstraZeneca Covid vaccine by OctoberMorgan Stanley to bar unvaccinated staff from New York officesNew Zealand reintroduces restrictions in WellingtonTokyo Olympics organisers ban alcohol sales after public outcrySee all our coronavirus coverage 1.26pm BST Slovakia plans to sell or donate 160,000 doses of the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine to other countries, offering up m...
Tags: France, Eu, World news, Taiwan, Thailand, Delta, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Slovakia, Houston, Olympic Games, Reuters, Texas US, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Coronavirus, Igor Matovic