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Group of 17 missionaries and family members kidnapped in Haiti

Five children were among group of 16 US citizens and one Canadian abducted by gang members after orphanage visitA group of 17 missionaries, including five children, have been kidnapped by an armed criminal gang in Haiti.The group – 16 Americans and one Canadian citizen – were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a statement from the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, which supports 9,000 children in Haitian schools and sent out a message asking supporters to pray for its ...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, US news, Ohio, Haiti, Christian Aid Ministries


Covid news live: UK records 45,140 new cases; daily jump is UK’s highest since July; Russia sees 997 deaths as cases continue to soar

Follow all the latest on the coronavirus pandemic from the UK and around the worldUK records highest daily jump in Covid cases since mid-JulyEngland plans walk-in vaccine clinics for children aged 12 to 15Gordon Brown urges emergency Covid vaccine airlift to AfricaRussia records record level of coronavirus casesSee all our coronavirus coverageSri Lanka Sri Lankan authorities are allowing the reopening of cinemas and restaurants and also permitting wedding receptions as a part of the easing of Co...
Tags: UK, Russia, UK News, World news, Boris Johnson, Associated Press, Coronavirus


US urges UK to rebuild relations with Paris after submarine contract row

Exclusive: diplomatic effort by US following Australia cancelling $66bn deal with France not matched by LondonThe US has urged Britain to follow its example and try to repair its relations with Paris in the wake of the row over France’s loss of its submarine contract with Australia.Australia pulled out of the $66bn (£48bn) contract for 12 diesel electric-powered submarines, signed in 2016, to opt instead for nuclear-powered submarines to be developed with America and the UK. The secretive and su...
Tags: Europe, Politics, UK, Australia, Washington, France, US, America, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Paris, Boris Johnson


Chinese military condemns US and Canada over warships in Taiwan Strait

Countries ‘colluded to provoke and stir up trouble’ in region that China claims as its territoryThe Chinese military has condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying they were threatening peace and stability in the region.China claims democratically ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and has mounted repeated air force missions into Taiwan’s air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the past year, provoking anger in Taipei. Contin...
Tags: China, Americas, US, World news, US news, Taiwan, Canada, United States, Asia Pacific, Taiwan Strait, Taipei Continue


Kidnap of foreign missionaries confirms the power held by gangs in Haiti

Analysis: about half the capital, Port-au-Prince, is controlled by criminals, many of whom do dirty jobs for business and politiciansThe kidnapping of 17 foreign missionaries in Haiti marks the latest escalation in a wave of criminality in the impoverished and politically fragile Caribbean state, which has long seen waves of gang-related crime coincide with heightened political turmoil.According to some estimates, Haiti’s powerful gangs, numbering about 90 criminal organisations in total, contro...
Tags: Americas, World news, Haiti, Caribbean, Port Au Prince


Covid news live: UK records 45,140 cases; Russia sees 997 deaths as cases continue to soar

Follow all the latest on the coronavirus pandemic from the UK and around the worldSee all our coronavirus coverageSri Lanka Sri Lankan authorities are allowing the reopening of cinemas and restaurants and also permitting wedding receptions as a part of the easing of Covid-19 related restrictions.The Associated Press reports:Many of [the vaccines] may go to waste - and that would be criminal - which could immediately be airlifted out to those countries where the level of vaccination is so low tha...
Tags: UK, Russia, UK News, World news, Boris Johnson, Associated Press, Coronavirus


Little Amal in Britain: giant puppet of Syrian girl reaches her journey’s end

Three-metre tall figure will land on Folkestone beach after walking thousands of miles across EuropeThe transcontinental odyssey of Little Amal will begin its final stage this week when the giant puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian girl reaches the shores of the UK after walking thousands of miles across Europe.Bells will chime and choirs will sing as Little Amal appears on the beach on Tuesday in Folkestone, Kent, after making the same cross-Channel journey that has been taken so far this year by ...
Tags: UK, London, Theatre, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Culture, Britain, Stage, Oxford, Refugees, Yorkshire, Birmingham, Kent, Puppetry, Folkestone


Pro-military protesters turn out for second day in Sudanese capital

Protesters say post-dictatorship interim government has failed them politically and economicallyHundreds of pro-military Sudanese protesters have rallied for a second day in Khartoum, in an escalation of what the prime minister, Abdalla Hamdok, called the “worst and most dangerous crisis” of the country’s precarious transition.The protesters are demanding the dissolution of Sudan’s post-dictatorship interim government, saying it has failed them politically and economically. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Sudan, Khartoum, Abdalla Hamdok


Macron: police violence at 1961 Algerian protest ‘unforgivable’

French president attends memorial for those killed and lays flowers at bridge over the SeineEmmanuel Macron has described a bloody police crackdown on Algerian pro-independence demonstrators 60 years ago that led to many deaths as an “unforgivable” crime.Attending a memorial for those killed, Macron laid flowers at a bridge over the River Seine which marked a starting point for the protests in October 1961 that led to one of the darkest chapters of French postwar history. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, World news, Algeria, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, River Seine, SeineEmmanuel Macron


Macron: crackdown on 1961 Algerian protest ‘unforgivable’

French president attends memorial for those killed and lays flowers at bridge over the SeineEmmanuel Macron has described a bloody police crackdown on Algerian anti-war demonstrators 60 years ago that led to many deaths as an “unforgivable” crime.Attending a memorial for those killed, Macron laid flowers at a bridge over the River Seine which marked a starting point for the protests in October 1961 that led to one of the darkest chapters of French postwar history. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, France, World news, Algeria, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, River Seine, SeineEmmanuel Macron


Group of 17 US missionaries and family members kidnapped in Haiti

Children were among those abducted by gang members on their way home from an orphanageA group of 17 US missionaries, including children, have been kidnapped by an armed criminal gang in Haiti.The missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage, according to a statement from the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, which supports 9,000 children in Haitian schools and sent out a message asking supporters to pray for its members. Continue reading...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, US news, Ohio, Haiti, Christian Aid Ministries


Covid news live: Russia sees 997 deaths as cases continue to soar; Melbourne to lift stay-at-home orders

Follow all the latest on the coronavirus pandemic from the UK and around the worldSee all our coronavirus coverageGordon Brown had some strong words about rich nations wasting vaccines (see 8.37) this morning, speaking to Trevor Philips on Sky News. Brown said that a failure to send unused coronavirus vaccines from Europe and America to developing countries would be an act of “criminal” neglect. Many of [the vaccines] may go to waste - and that would be criminal - which could immediately be airl...
Tags: Europe, UK, Russia, America, UK News, World news, Boris Johnson, Melbourne, Trevor Philips, Coronavirus, Sky News Brown


Polygenic screening of embryos is here, but is it ethical?

The first child born using the technique arrived last year. But can it really help reduce diseases in a new generation, or is it ‘techno-eugenics’?The birth of the first IVF baby, Louise Brown, in 1978 provoked a media frenzy. In comparison, a little girl named Aurea born by IVF in May 2020 went almost unnoticed. Yet she represents a significant first in assisted reproduction too, for the embryo from which she grew was selected from others based on polygenic screening before implantation, to opt...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, California, World news, Genetics, Medical Research, Ethics, Louise Brown, Aurea, Center for Genetics and Society CGS


The US has a silent pig pandemic on its doorstep once again

As America readies to protect its pork industry, the Dominican Republic has been accused of using an outbreak of African Swine Fever to wipe out smaller producersA pandemic is silently sweeping across the globe – and it is not Covid-19. Since African Swine Fever (ASF) was confirmed in the Americas more than two months ago, the deadly pig disease is now on six continents and on the doorstep of the US.Samples taken in the Dominican Republic tested positive for ASF in July and in neighbouring Haiti...
Tags: Food, Science, Environment, Americas, US, America, World news, Infectious Diseases, Farming, Haiti, Dominican Republic, ASF, African Swine Fever


Covid news live: Gordon Brown urges rich nations to send vaccines to Africa; UK cases stay high

Follow all the latest on the coronavirus pandemic from the UK and around the worldSee all our coronavirus coverageGermany has reported 4,373,789 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase of 8,682 and a total of 94,618 deaths, an increase of 17 according to the Robert Koch Institute. This piece from Der Ziet is in German, but the RKI is warning of a new wave of new infections after the autumn holidays. In the autumn and winter that lie ahead of us we must assume that the infection rate will worsen...
Tags: UK, Africa, UK News, World news, Gordon Brown, Coronavirus, Robert Koch Institute This, Der Ziet


Slaughter in Indonesia: Britain’s secret propaganda war

Declassified documents reveal how in 1965 a shadowy dirty tricks arm of the Foreign Office incited anti-communist massacres that left hundreds of thousands deadIn early 1965 Ed Wynne, an official from the Foreign Office in London in his late 40s, arrived at the door of a two-storey villa set in the discreet calm of a genteel housing estate in colonial Singapore. But Wynne was no ordinary official. A specialist from the Foreign Office’s cold war propaganda arm, the Information Research Department...
Tags: London, Indonesia, Singapore, Cold War, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Foreign Office, Wynne, Ed Wynne, Information Research Department IRD


Revealed: how UK spies incited mass murder of Indonesia’s communists

Newly declassified papers show shocking role played by Britain in slaughterA propaganda campaign orchestrated by Britain played a crucial part in one of the most brutal massacres of the postwar 20th century, shocking new evidence reveals.British officials secretly deployed black propaganda in the 1960s to urge prominent Indonesians to “cut out” the “communist cancer”. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Indonesia, Gchq, Cold War, UK News, World news, Britain, Asia Pacific, Communism, UK security and counter-terrorism, Espionage


‘Nobody ever put hands on me before’: flight attendants on the air rage epidemic

Although travelers’ hissy fits are nothing new, incidences of bad behavior have spiked amid the tense landscape of Covid-19Alexander Clark had only just boarded the Los Angeles-bound United airliner when the man seated behind him became incensed. As Clark tells it, a flight attendant had repeatedly asked the passenger to alternately stop talking on his phone or don a face mask when, after the fourth ask, the passenger snapped.“I will find your name, date of birth, and address! I will know your s...
Tags: Travel, Los Angeles, Life and style, World news, US news, United, Clark


Gandhi in heels? Maria Callas statue hits the wrong note

Critics compare figure of famous soprano erected in Greek capital to an Oscar statuette Drama in life, drama in posterity. For Maria Callas, Greece’s greatest diva, there is, even 44 years after her death, no let up from the artistic wrangling that was her lot.But this time the uproar is focused on a statue erected at the foot of the ancient Acropolis, opposite the Roman theatre where the world-renowned opera singer made her debut. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, Greece, World news, Culture, Art and design, Sculpture, Acropolis, Roman, Gandhi, Maria Callas


Hawks on all sides ready to swoop if Iran drags feet on nuclear talks

The regime in Tehran says discussions will resume ‘soon’, but Israel has already ‘greatly accelerated’ plans for military actionCoordinated warnings last week from the US, Israel and the EU that “time is short” to revive an agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear activities raise a disturbing question: what will opposing governments do if, as seems likely, Tehran’s hardline regime continues to drag its feet while accumulating the wherewithal to build a nuclear weapon?Israel’s leaders, as usual, are not...
Tags: Saudi Arabia, Israel, Eu, World news, US foreign policy, Iran, Middle East and North Africa, Tehran, Iran's Nuclear Programme, Yair Lapid, US Israel


French villagers bid to stop Tory donor Aquind laying cable under Channel

Energy firm and director Alexander Temerko have given £1.1m between them to ConservativesFrench mayors and residents along the Normandy coast are campaigning to block a project for a cross-Channel electricity cable backed by a Ukrainian-born businessman who has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Conservative party.Kwasi Kwarteng, Britain’s business secretary, is due to decide this week on whether to give the go-ahead to a £1.2bn project for the 148-mile cable between Normandy and Ham...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, France, Russia, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Energy industry, Britain, Normandy, Portsmouth, Hampshire, Alexander Temerko, Kwasi Kwarteng


Facing chaos and needing a scapegoat, the Tories seek an endless fight with Europe | Fintan O’Toole

The EU’s proposals on the Northern Ireland protocol offered what business leaders wanted, but the prime minister prefers failure and grievanceLast week, Boris Johnson, with his paintbrush and easel at his holiday villa in Marbella, touched up his self-portrait as the reincarnation of Winston Churchill. Meanwhile, another bodysnatcher, Johnson’s Brexit tsar, David Frost, was also in sunny Iberia. In Lisbon on Tuesday evening, he channelled the intellectual father of modern conservatism, the 18th-...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, UK, Eu, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Foreign Policy, Winston Churchill, Northern Ireland, Boris Johnson, Tories, Johnson, Iberia


Macron and the ‘French Trump’ trap Gaullism’s heirs in a political vice

With just months to go before presidential polls, the centre-right Les Républicains, under pressure from both flanks, are scrambling for a suitable candidateSix months before a presidential election and France’s mainstream right finds itself squeezed – between the hammer and the anvil as they say here – without a candidate and facing an existential threat from either side.On one flank are the far-right Marine Le Pen and Éric Zemmour, a polarising television pundit who wants to talk about immigra...
Tags: Europe, France, World news, Islam, The far right, Marine Le Pen, Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Le Pen, Macron, Les Républicains, Michel Barnier


‘Brutal aggression’: Venezuela halts talks with opposition after envoy extradited to US

Alex Saab, an ally of president Nicolás Maduro, was extradited to face money laundering charges after a 16-month legal battle Venezuela’s government is halting negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the US of a close ally of president Nicolás Maduro, who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South American country.Jorge Rodríguez, who has been heading the government’s delegation, said his team wouldn’t travel to Mexi...
Tags: Americas, US, World news, US news, Mexico City, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Jorge Rodriguez, Alex Saab


Gordon Brown urges emergency Covid vaccine airlift to Africa

Former UK prime minister says operation could be under way within days if world leaders signed offCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 100,000 lives can be saved in Africa by undertaking the emergency airlift of 240m unused vaccines in the next fortnight, Gordon Brown has urged.The former prime minister called on a group of rich nations to back “the biggest peacetime public policy decision” by supporting an October airlift that would see unused vaccines handed to...
Tags: Health, UK, Africa, G20, World news, World Health Organization, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, Coronavirus


Argentinian judge indicts Franco-era Spanish minister on homicide charges

Rodolfo Martín Villa, interior minister between 1976 and 1979, ‘played a key role in the repressive structures of the dictatorship’An Argentinian judge investigating cases that happened during the Franco dictatorship in Spain has indicted a former Spanish minister on four counts of homicide.Judge Maria Servini de Cuba, sitting in Buenos Aires, issued the ruling against Rodolfo Martín Villa, 87, interior minister between 1976 and 1979. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Spain, World news, Franco, Francisco Franco, Cuba, Buenos Aires, Maria Servini, Rodolfo Martín Villa


Argentine judge indicts Franco-era Spanish minister on homicide charges

Rodolfo Martín Villa, interior minister between 1976 and 1979, ‘played a key role in the repressive structures of the dictatorship’An Argentine judge investigating cases that happened during the Franco dictatorship in Spain has indicted a former Spanish minister on four counts of homicide.Judge Maria Servini de Cuba, sitting in Buenos Aires, issued the ruling against Rodolfo Martín Villa, 87, interior minister between 1976 and 1979. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Spain, World news, Franco, Francisco Franco, Cuba, Buenos Aires, Maria Servini, Rodolfo Martín Villa


‘Explosion of ideas’: how Māori concepts are being incorporated into New Zealand law

Inclusion of Māori legal customs could profoundly alter the way law is applied in areas as diverse as defamation and trust law When English settlers first arrived in New Zealand, they brought with them pests, diseases and England’s common law. Indigenous Māori already had legal customs in the form of tikanga, a set of rules and principles which governed daily life. But the settlers dismissed Māori as “savages” and tikanga as primitive. As their power grew, so did the common law’s. Eventually, th...
Tags: England, Law, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Maori


Figures of Babylon: oldest drawing of a ghost found in British Museum vault

A 3,500-year-old image tablet of a ‘miserable male ghost’ gives up its secretIts outlines are faint, only discernible at an angle, but the world’s oldest drawing of a ghost has been discovered in the darkened vaults of the British Museum.A lonely bearded spirit being led into the afterlife and eternal bliss by a lover has been identified on an ancient Babylonian clay tablet created about 3,500 years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, UK News, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Archaeology, British Museum


A herd of ‘cocaine hippos’ from Pablo Escobar’s private zoo are being sterilized

The 80-strong bloat, originally part of the Colombian drug lord’s estate, present an environmental concern as an invasive speciesA group of rampant hippopotamuses, introduced by the late Colombia drug lord Pablo Escobar to his private zoo, are being sterilized by the country’s wildlife services, after mounting concern that the 80-strong herd presented a potential environmental disaster as an invasive species.The so-called “cocaine hippos”, whose number has more than doubled since 2012, were ste...
Tags: Animals, Environment, Americas, World news, Colombia, Pablo Escobar