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Harvey Weinstein jury carries weight of #MeToo into deliberations

The jury began deliberating their verdict Tuesday, asking to see emails with names of women Weinstein allegedly tried to silenceThe jury at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial in New York have asked to see emails in which the movie mogul highlighted the names of potential accusers and handed them to investigators he employed, to try and silence the women and prevent them going public with their allegations.Just hours after the seven men and five women of the jury began deliberating their verdict on Tu...
Tags: New York, Film, World news, Culture, Harvey Weinstein, Weinstein, MeToo Movement


No 10 under pressure to say whether it vetted 'racist' Andrew Sabisky

Cummings’ strategy under fire after exit of adviser who argued intelligence is linked to raceDowning Street has come under intense pressure to say whether it vetted a No 10 adviser who argued that intelligence is linked to race, amid fresh questions about chief aide Dominic Cummings’ drive to employ “misfits and weirdos” to work under him.A day after Andrew Sabisky said he would step down as a “contractor” to Downing Street because of the furore about his posts online, Labour wrote to Boris John...
Tags: Politics, Race, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Labour, Boris Johnson, Cummings, Dominic Cummings, Andrew Sabisky, Sabisky


China's handling of coronavirus is a diplomatic challenge for WHO

Beijing’s draconian measures to contain outbreak have delayed global transmissionThe World Health Organization is having to perform a diplomatic balancing act over the new coronavirus outbreak, caught between China – whose draconian measures to contain the disease have delayed transmission to the rest of the world –and China’s critics, who say its behaviour is typical of its disregard for human rights.At every press briefing, WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has defended China’s h...
Tags: Health, Science, China, US, Society, World news, Taiwan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, United Nations, Who, World Health Organization, Tedros, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Coronavirus outbreak


Trump falsely declares himself 'the chief law enforcement officer' of the US – live

Trump is incorrect – attorney general is chief law enforcement officerTrump approves two more pardons, Rod Blagojevich and Bernard KerikBloomberg has qualified for Wednesday’s Democratic debateHelp us cover the critical issues of 2020. Consider making a contribution 7.20pm GMT In addition to the commutation of Rod Blagojevich, Trump has also offered a pardon to former New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik, who pleaded guilty to eight felony charges in 2009.Kerik confessed to tax fraud a...
Tags: New York, Republicans, White House, Elizabeth Warren, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, US politics, Fox News, Amy Klobuchar, Donald Trump, Doj, Bernard Kerik, Bernie Sanders


The Guardian view on Europe after Brexit: unity is strength | Editorial

In challenging times, the world needs the EU to be at the top of its game. This week’s budget negotiations are a first testThese are strange and somewhat disorientating times for the European Union. A multipolar world in which China’s influence grows, and Donald Trump’s United States is at best an erratic ally, has created new dilemmas and dangers. Closer to home, Brexit, whatever eventual form it takes, is already transforming the political landscape. For the 27 remaining EU member states, life...
Tags: Europe, China, Germany, Eu, European Union, World news, Hungary, Britain, United States, European Commission, Denmark, The far right, Donald Trump, Brexit, Charles Michel


Justin Trudeau urges 'dialogue and mutual respect' to end rail blockade

Canadian prime minister: ‘I know patience is running short’Indigenous activists are protesting against C$6.6bn gas pipelineJustin Trudeau has called for patience and dialogue as his government seeks a peaceful end to a rail blockade that has shut down freight and passenger traffic. But the Canadian prime minister is under increasing pressure from the Conservative opposition to clear the tracks.For almost two weeks, protesters across the country have taken up the cause of the Wet’suwet’en indigen...
Tags: Energy, Protest, Environment, Americas, World news, Canada, Fossil Fuels, Rail transport, Indigenous Peoples, British Columbia, Justin Trudeau, Trudeau, Coastal GasLink


Spain risks US ire after approving digital services tax

Similar levy on tech firms in France provoked threats of retaliation from WashingtonSpain’s government has approved a digital services tax, after a similar move by France that prompted threats of retaliation from the US.The levy will place a 3% tax on earnings from online ads, deals brokered on digital platforms and sales of user data by tech companies with at least €750m (£623m) in global revenue such as Facebook and Google. Continue reading...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, France, US, Spain, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Digital Media, Google Continue


Danish social worker jailed for stealing £13m of government funds

Britta Nielsen embezzled funds intended for vulnerable people by creating fictitious projectsA Danish social worker has been sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for stealing 117m Danish kroner (£13m) of government funding intended for vulnerable people.The case against Britta Nielsen has shaken the self-image of a state that has for years been ranked the country with the perceived lowest corruption in the world. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, World news, Denmark, Britta Nielsen


Michel Barnier rejects UK call for Canada-style trade deal

EU Brexit negotiator makes thinly-veiled warning to Boris Johnson not to break his word Michel Barnier has rejected British demands for a Canada-style trade deal that would free the UK from EU rules as he made a thinly-veiled warning to Boris Johnson not to break his word.Speaking in response to a landmark speech by David Frost, Britain’s Brexit negotiator, Barnier said the prime minister had agreed only six months ago to stick to the EU’s state aid rules and current social and environmental reg...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Canada, Britain, Foreign Policy, Belgium, Boris Johnson, Brexit, Sadiq Khan, Guy Verhofstadt, David Frost


Ashraf Ghani wins Afghan presidential election

Incumbent gained just over 50% of September votes but Abdullah’s team reject resultsFive months after Afghans went to the polls to choose a new president, election authorities have declared the incumbent, Ashraf Ghani, the winner, but key opposition figures have already warned they will not accept the result.After a heavily contested poll, Ghani has officially scraped just over 50% of votes, meaning he avoids a second round run-off. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Afghanistan, South and Central Asia, Ashraf Ghani, Abdullah Abdullah, Abdullah, Ghani


Gezi park verdict may be mere political ploy of isolated Ankara

Acquittals are welcome but not necessarily a signal of change at heart of governmentOne defendant in the Gezi park trial grimly predicted the expected results of Tuesday’s hearing would be the “funeral of civil society in Turkey”. Instead, the surprise verdict led to applause and tears of joy as nine of the activists charged with terrorism offences for their roles in organising the 2013 protests walked free from the Istanbul courthouse.The unexpected acquittals of nine of the 16 defendants – law...
Tags: World news, Turkey, Syria, Gezi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, Ankara


After Suleimani: Iran's scramble to recover from general's death

Loss of revered Quds Force commander and his aides has derailed country’s momentum in regionIn the early hours of 3 January, Iraq’s prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, frantically phoned his advisers. “Something big has happened,” he said, summoning them to a meeting in his office. “You need to come now.”Like their boss, the advisers had heard the boom of the explosions that crunched into the airport road just after 1am, and their phones had been ringing incessantly. Each call had brought the unth...
Tags: Iraq, Israel, World news, Iran, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Middle East, Lebanon, Hezbollah, Saddam Hussein, Adel Abdul Mahdi, Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, Suleimani


Netanyahu trial to begin on 17 March, says Israeli court

Prime minister is expected to attend initial hearing, where indictment will be readThe corruption trial of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will begin on 17 March, just two weeks after national elections are held, an Israeli court has said.Netanyahu is charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust under a number of cases in which he is alleged to have accepted lavish gifts from billionaire friends and exchanged regulatory favours for more positive media coverage. He has denied a...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu


Netanyahu trial to begin on 17 March, says Israel's justice ministry

Ministry says prime minister must be present at session, where indictment will be readThe corruption trial of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, will begin on March 17, two weeks after a national election, the justice ministry said on Tuesday.In a statement, the ministry said Netanyahu would be required to be present at the session, at which an indictment against him would be read. The rightwing leader has denied any wrongdoing in three corruption cases. He is the first sitting Isra...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu


Health experts question coronavirus quarantine measures on cruise ship

Keeping passengers on ship may have helped spread of coronavirus, says one lawyerQuarantine conditions imposed on a stricken ship in Japan are both morally dubious and appear counterproductive, according to health experts who fear the vessel has become an incubator for the coronavirus Covid-19.Thousands of people have spent the past two weeks stuck onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which now accounts for the biggest cluster of cases outside mainland China. More than 540 passengers in the...
Tags: Japan, China, World news, Infectious Diseases, Yokohama, Coronavirus outbreak


Global health experts question cruise ship quarantine measures

Keeping passengers on ship may have helped spread of coronavirus, says one lawyerQuarantine conditions imposed on a stricken ship in Japan are both morally dubious and appear counterproductive, according to health experts who fear the vessel has become an incubator for the disease.Thousands of people have spent the past two weeks stuck onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which now accounts for the biggest cluster of cases outside mainland China. More than 540 passengers in the Japanese por...
Tags: Japan, China, World news, Infectious Diseases, Yokohama, Coronavirus outbreak


Pompeii's House of Lovers reopens to public after 40 years

Jewel of ancient Roman city was severely damaged by destructive earthquake in 1980One of Pompeii’s most celebrated buildings, the House of Lovers, will reopen to the public on Tuesday, 40 years after it was severely damaged in an earthquake.The domus, considered to be among the jewels of the ancient city that was buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79, was discovered in 1933 with its second floor and decorations almost completely preserved. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, World news, Italy, Archaeology, Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius, House of Lovers


Jailed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's health is improving, and he's out of solitary - spokesman

Julian Assange, the jailed founder of Wikileaks, is no longer being held in solitary confinement and his health is improving, said his spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson to reporters on Tuesday. “I saw him about 10 days ago - he has improved thanks to the pressure from his legal team, the general public, and amazingly, actually from other inmates in Belmarsh Prison to get him out of isolation,” Hrafnsson told the press. Assange's extradition hearing begins next week. From Reuters: Assange, 48, is i...
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UK Brexit negotiator accused of treating Britain and EU as 'two different planets'

Verhofstadt says it would be a ‘hell of a job’ to achieve success using David Frost’s approachBoris Johnson’s chief Brexit negotiator has been accused of treating the EU and the UK as if they are “living on two different planets” after vowing to break all regulatory ties with Brussels.Guy Verhofstadt, the former Belgian prime minister who has led the European parliament’s approach to Brexit, said it would be a “hell of a job” to secure a successful outcome from the negotiation using the British ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Belgium, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Brexit, Sadiq Khan, Guy Verhofstadt, David Frost


Trump seems to call for new Roger Stone trial – live updates

Billionaire Bloomberg will face opponents on debate stage in Las VegasDemocratic rules were changed, opening door to former NY mayor’s participationBloomberg facing criticism over past policies and alleged commentsHelp us cover the critical issues of 2020. Consider making a contribution 1.17pm GMT Trump goes on to recap some of his grievances against the Mueller investigation, concluding: “If I wasn’t President, I’d be suing everyone all over the place ... BUT MAYBE I STILL WILL. WITCH HUNT!...
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Syrian father teaches daughter to cope with shelling noise through laughter – video

In video posted on social media, Abdullah Muhammed and his daughter Selva, four, can be heard laughing at the sound of shelling in Syria. Muhammed, who moved his family from Idlib to Sarmada district, has tried to insulate his daughter from trauma by telling her the noise of bombs is part of a game. In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are prohibited, but since then more than 1,800 civilians have been killed in attacks by...
Tags: Children, Russia, World news, Turkey, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Assad, Idlib, Muhammed, Selva, Sarmada, Abdullah Muhammed


Turkey acquits nine activists held over 2013 Gezi park protests

Arrest warrants lifted for seven other defendants being tried over nationwide protestsA Turkish court has acquitted nine activists accused of terror charges over their alleged involvement in Istanbul’s Gezi park protests, a landmark ruling in a case that has given new hope to Turkey’s beleaguered civil society in a country where many fear the rule of law is being steadily eroded.Applause erupted in the courtroom and some people cried in disbelief when the decision was announced at a courthouse n...
Tags: World news, Turkey, Gezi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, Silivri


Turkish Gezi park activists acquitted of terror charges in surprise ruling

Arrest warrants lifted for seven other defendants being tried over nationwide protestsA Turkish court has acquitted nine activists accused of terror charges over their alleged involvement in Istanbul’s Gezi park protests, a landmark ruling in a case that has given new hope to Turkey’s beleaguered civil society in a country where many fear the rule of law is being steadily eroded.Applause erupted in the courtroom and some people cried in disbelief when the decision was announced at a courthouse n...
Tags: World news, Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul, Silivri


Coronavirus: Japan to trial HIV antiretroviral drugs on patients – latest news

UK prepares evacuation flight for cruise ship passengers. Follow the latest newsBritish couple on Diamond Princess test positiveSenior doctor dies in WuhanWhat is the coronavirus?Share your experiences 12.18pm GMT The UK accounting watchdog has called on all British businesses to flag up the full extent of the risks posed by the coronavirus outbreak to their companies, PA Media reports.The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) said companies had a duty to make “up-to-date and meaningful” disclos...
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Julian Assange: Australian MPs call on UK to block US extradition

Politicians from WikiLeaks founder’s home country have flown to UK to visit him in jailBoris Johnson should block attempts to extradite Julian Assange to the US, say two Australian MPs who have flown to the UK to visit the Wikileaks founder.Andrew Wilkie, an independent federal MP, said the extradition of Assange, who has been charged by the US with conspiring to hack into a secret Pentagon computer network, would set a dangerous precedent. Continue reading...
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Rose McGowan says she regrets Natalie Portman Oscars dress comments

McGowan tweets that she ‘lost sight of the bigger picture’ after calling fellow actor a ‘fraud’Rose McGowan has expressed regret for her attack on Natalie Portman over the latter’s Oscar dress “protest”, which took aim at the exclusion of women from the best director Academy Award nominations. Related: Rose McGowan: Natalie Portman's Oscars dress protest 'deeply offensive' Continue reading...
Tags: Protest, Film, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Feminism, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Natalie Portman, McGowan, Rose McGowan, Oscars 2020


French prosecutors investigate Russian artist over sex video

Pyotr Pavlensky and girlfriend face possible charges over scandal involving politicianFrench prosecutors have placed a Russian artist and his girlfriend under investigation over the leaking of a sex video that brought down a close ally of Emmanuel Macron.Pyotr Pavlensky and Alexandra de Taddeo are facing charges of invasion of privacy and publishing images of a sexual nature without consent over the leaking of the video that forced Benjamin Griveaux to end his campaign to become mayor of Paris. ...
Tags: Europe, France, Russia, World news, Paris, Pyotr Pavlensky, Benjamin Griveaux, Emmanuel Macron Pyotr Pavlensky, Alexandra de Taddeo


Germany: senior CDU figure announces surprise leadership candidacy

Norbert Röttgen throws hat in ring to replace Merkel after Kramp-Karrenbauer steps asideThe senior German conservative politician Norbert Röttgen has put himself forward as a surprise candidate to take over as leader of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), further complicating the party’s chaotic succession planning.Last week, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Merkel’s protege, threw the party into turmoil by saying she would not stand as chancellor in the next federal election, due by October 2...
Tags: Europe, Germany, Angela Merkel, World news, Merkel, Cdu, Christian Democrats CDU, Norbert Röttgen, Kramp Karrenbauer, Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer Merkel


Hindu god Shiva given seat on Kashi-Mahakal Express

Authorities say move was to ‘seek blessings’ for train taking people to pilgrimage sitesIndian rail authorities allocated a berth on a train on Sunday for the Hindu god Shiva, raising eyebrows in a country led by Narendra Modi’s hardline Hindu nationalist BJP party.Officials in charge of the Kashi-Mahakal Express, which was flagged off by the Indian prime minister, booked the upper berth in a second-class, air-conditioned compartment for the god known as the cosmic destroyer on the train’s inaug...
Tags: India, Religion, BJP, Narendra Modi, World news, South and Central Asia, Rail transport, Hinduism, Shiva, Hindu god Shiva, Kashi Mahakal Express


Will green technology kill Chile's deserts? – video

The Atacama in northern Chile is the driest desert in the world, and may be the oldest. It also holds 40% of the world's lithium – an essential ingredient in the rechargeable batteries used in green technology. Indigenous leaders and scientists say Chile's plans to feed a global green energy boom with Atacama lithium will kill the desert. As violent protests rock the country, they are fighting for the mining to stop  Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Americas, World news, Chile, Global development, Indigenous Peoples, Atacama, Deserts