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9 Jan 4:39pm China’s ambassador accuses Canada of ‘white supremacy’ in Huawei CFO arrest
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Ambassador Lu Shaye wrote in an op-ed for an Ottawa-based paper that western countries are employing a ‘double standard’ China’s ambassador to Canada has accused the country of “white supremacy” in calling for the release of two Canadians detained in China last month. The arrests were in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a top Chinese tech executive in Canada.
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9 Jan 4:30pm Weatherwatch: how mountain winds bring warm winter weather
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A prolonged Föhn effect can result in abnormally high temperatures The Föhn effect is characterised by dry and warm winds on the downwind side of high ground. The main warming mechanism originates from the fact that the cooling rate of moisture-laden air as it is forced to ascend over a mountain is lower than the warming rate of drier air as it descends the downslope side. Once the moisture is condensed out of the air into clouds over the mountain itself, it warms up descending the lee side – often becoming notably higher than its original temperature. Another factor involved in the air warming is that descending air tends to be mostly clear of clouds, allowing the sun to warm the surface and the air that travels over it.
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9 Jan 4:13pm Riot police deployed in DRC ahead of presidential election results
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Security forces at election commission’s offices amid fears of violence over claims of vote-rigging Riot police have been deployed to protect election officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as it braced for the announcement of the results of the presidential vote held 11 days ago. Security forces took up positions outside the offices of the DRC’s election commission and elsewhere in the capital Kinshasa, amid fears that violence would mar the first electoral transfer of power in 59 years of independence.
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9 Jan 4:09pm Spanish far-right party to back rightwing coalition in Andalucía
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Vox supports regional government after dropping demands including expulsion of migrants The far-right Spanish political party Vox has agreed to support a new, rightwing Andalucían regional government after dropping its demands for the expulsion of 52,000 “illegal immigrants” and the repeal of laws on domestic violence and gender equality. Vox,
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9 Jan 2:05pm Iran confirms it has detained US navy veteran Michael White
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Detention adds pressure to the rising tension between Iran and the US as Trump pursues a maximalist campaign against Tehran
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9 Jan 12:30pm Matteo Salvini says Italy and Poland could build new Europe
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Italy’s interior minister strives to forge far-right alliances before European elections in May Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has said that Italy and Poland could trigger a “European spring” that could break the dominant “Germany-France axis” as he strives to forge far-right alliances before the European parliamentary elections in May. Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the far-right League, travelled to Poland on Wednesday for strategy meetings with members of the ruling Law and Justice party. The two parties share similar anti-immigration, anti-Muslim and Eurosceptic views.
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9 Jan 11:27am What the chauffeur saw: what is it really like driving the rich and famous?
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From princesses on shopping sprees to celebrities having sex in the back of the car, the men and women at the wheel have seen it all. And, just occasionally, the secrets spill out … In the early hours of one morning, nearly a decade ago, chauffeur Jayne Amelia Larson found herself trying to extricate the son of one of the wealthiest men in Los Angeles from the back of her car. The then-chauffeur had been driving the twentysomething party boy up and down Santa Monica Boulevard in her Lincoln Town car as he tried to procure a “transvestite prostitute” for his girlfriend who, he said, “wanted to convert a gay guy”. After several hours, he threw up on the back seat and fell into a drunken slumber, then woke up and tried to urinate in the car. “He’d been in rehab again and again,” says Larson, recalling the incident that took place just weeks into her new career. “Another driver I later met had been his family’s driver, and said the kid repeatedly did stuff in the car you would not believe, like he went to the bathroom there because he was just so wasted. And I don’t mean in a clean way; I mean in an awful way.”
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9 Jan 9:33am Theresa May suffers Commons defeat over Brexit plan B
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PM will have to table alternative to her deal within three days of losing vote
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8 Jan 10:22pm Updated Trump claims crisis at the border in Oval Office speech – live updates
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Democrats decry president’s campaign of ‘misinformation and even malice’
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8 Jan 8:18pm Journalist Pelin Ünker sentenced to jail in Turkey over Paradise Papers investigation
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Journalist was found guilty of ‘defamation and insult’ for writing about companies owned by former PM A Turkish journalist has been sentenced to more than a year in jail for her work on the
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8 Jan 7:40pm Markets buoyed as US-China trade talks extended amid signs of progress
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Donald Trump tweeted that the talks in Beijing had been ‘going very well’ as they were extended for a third, unscheduled day The United States and China will
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8 Jan 7:31pm Scott Morrison shoe Photoshop fail gives Australian prime minister two left feet
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Australian PM admits his department doctored a family portrait (badly) to scrub out his old trainers It was supposed to be the perfect political portrait – the smiling family man prime minister with his beaming wife and kids. But the image on Scott Morrison’s website had a simple but rather obvious flaw – the leader of Australia had two left feet and a pair of Photoshopped shoes.
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