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13 Jan 6:41pm Updated Cesare Battisti arrest highlights rightwing alliance of Italy and Brazil
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Matteo Salvini celebrates likely extradition of leftwing militant by Jair Bolsonaro Cesare Battisti, a former leftwing guerrilla fighter wanted by the Italian authorities over four murders in the late 1970s, has been arrested in Bolivia and has been extradited to Italy. The prime minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, said a government aircraft was on its way to bring Battisti, 63, back to Rome and Brazilian officials later confirmed his extradition. Conte praised the Bolivian and Brazilian authorities for the overnight capture of Battisti, who has been on the run for almost four decades, in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, and said he would begin his life sentences as soon as he lands on Italian soil.
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13 Jan 6:09pm Gdańsk mayor stabbed on stage during charity event in Poland
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Paweł Adamowicz in serious condition after thousands of people witness apparent assassination attempt The mayor of the northern Polish city of Gdańsk, Paweł Adamowicz, was stabbed on Sunday evening in an apparent assassination attempt in front of thousands of people during a charity concert.
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13 Jan 3:55pm Gdańsk mayor stabbed on stage during charity event in Poland
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Paweł Adamowicz in serious condition after being attacked with ‘sharp tool’ on Sunday night The mayor of a city in Poland was in a very serious condition after he was stabbed while on stage during the finale of a large charity event, Poland’s interior minister said. Gdańsk mayor Paweł Adamowicz was attacked with a sharp tool during the fundraising event on Sunday night organised by the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity.
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13 Jan 3:26pm DNA discoverer James Watson loses honors over views on race
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New York laboratory cuts ties with 90-year-old scientist who helped discover DNA, revoking all titles and honors A New York laboratory has cut ties with
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13 Jan 2:00pm Fraudulent reporters harm us all. Vigilance is essential | Paul Chadwick
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When a journalist’s deceptions are revealed, public trust in media is eroded – but we can still work to stop sham reportingThe name Claas Relotius recently joined those of Janet Cooke and Jayson Blair in the list of reporters whose deceptions massively harmed esteemed publications, and journalism more generally. Similarities in the cases offer lessons. Last December the prestigious German magazine Der Spiegel revealed the extent of the fraud of Relotius, one of its star writers. Disclosures continue, but it is already clear that large parts of his award-winning reporting were simply made up.
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13 Jan 1:49pm Yellow vests: protesters fight for ideological ownership
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In France and Britain, gilets jaunes have mutated into symbols of anger against anything from austerity to Islam What is not in dispute is who came first. On the French side of the channel lie the original
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13 Jan 1:41pm Two men die while walking in Mourne Mountains
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Victims fell in separate incidents within an hour of each other in Northern Ireland Two men have died in separate falls in the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. The fatal incidents occurred within an hour of each other on Sunday afternoon.
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13 Jan 1:00pm Manslaughter trial of Hillsborough police chief begins
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David Duckenfield, who was in charge of safety at the match, is accused of gross negligence Almost 30 years after 96 people were killed at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground, the police officer who was in command of the match, David Duckenfield, will on Monday stand trial on a criminal charge of gross negligence manslaughter. Duckenfield was newly promoted by South Yorkshire police to the rank of chief superintendent when he took charge of safety at the semi-final, which was played on 15 April 1989. He is charged with failing in his duty to take reasonable care for the safety of spectators at the Leppings Lane and north stand areas of Hillsborough designated for Liverpool supporters, to protect them from overcrowding and crushing.
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13 Jan 12:19pm Venezuela’s opposition leader briefly detained after challenging Maduro
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Juan Guaidó was seized after he declared himself ready to assume the presidency in a bold challenge to its leader Nicolás Maduro Venezuelan secret police seized and then swiftly released a prominent opposition leader, less than 48 hours after he declared himself ready to assume the presidency of his crisis-stricken country in a bold challenge to its leader Nicolás Maduro. Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old head of Venezuela’s opposition-run parliament, was reportedly taken by agents from the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) on Sunday morning as he travelled north out of the capital, Caracas.
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13 Jan 12:17pm African nations call for recount in DRC election
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SADC also urges government of national unity to ease crisis after poll result contested A powerful regional body of African states has called for a recount in the contested presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The unexpected move underlines growing worries that instead of marking a turning point for the troubled country, the
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13 Jan 11:33am EU preparing to delay Brexit until at least July
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Brussels expecting UK request to extend 29 March deadline, with May’s deal on brink The EU is preparing to delay Brexit until at least July after concluding that Theresa May is doomed to fail in getting her deal through parliament. The country’s 29 March deadline for exiting the EU is now regarded by Brussels as highly unlikely to be met given the domestic opposition facing the prime minister and it is expecting a request from London to
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13 Jan 10:10am AfD party votes to campaign for German exit from EU
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Far-right nationalists decide for first time to seek ‘Dexit’ if bloc does not meet demands The German far-right party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) has voted to campaign for the country’s exit from the European Union if its demand for reforms within the bloc are not met. The decision on Sunday marks the first time any party has called for “Dexit” – a German departure from the EU in the mould of Brexit.
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13 Jan 9:20am Sturgeon refers herself to ethics body over actions in Salmond case
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Move follows admission first minister was briefed by Salmond on harassment inquiry Nicola Sturgeon has referred herself to an independent ministerial ethics body after bowing to intense pressure to allow an investigation into her actions in the Alex Salmond sexual harassment case. The first minister’s move follows her admission that she held a secret meeting with Salmond at her home, in the presence of her government-employed chief of staff and one of Salmond’s advisers, where he briefed her on a Scottish government inquiry into sexual harassment allegations against him.
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13 Jan 8:16am Houthis threaten more drone strikes after Yemen airbase attack
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Spokesman says rebels are stockpiling drones as fears for prospects of peace grow Houthi rebels in Yemen have threatened to launch more drone attacks after a deadly strike last week on a Yemeni government military parade killed seven people, stoking tension between the warring parties and threatening UN efforts to broker peace. Houthi spokesman Yahya Sarea said Thursday’s drone strike on a military base in Lahaj province, which killed several people, was a “legitimate operation against aggression”. He said the movement was building a stockpile of locally manufactured drones.
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13 Jan 7:07am Death toll in Paris bakery explosion rises to four
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A body was found in the rubble left by the powerful blast, which injured dozens more Rescue workers have found a body under the rubble of a bakery in Paris that was destroyed
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13 Jan 6:42am Three German skiers dead in Austrian avalanche
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Fourth person missing as heavy snow increases danger and cuts off roads in Austria Three German skiers were found dead overnight and a fourth is missing after they were swept away in an avalanche near the Austrian ski resort of Lech am Arlberg, police said on Sunday. The group of four had been using touring skis, which enable skiers to climb as well as ski down slopes and explore off-piste, police in the western province of Vorarlberg said.
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13 Jan 6:08am Greek defence minister quits over Macedonia name deal
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Exit of Panos Kammenos, who called the accord a sellout, imperils coalition government
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13 Jan 4:00am UK manufacturers can afford to wait on an EU deal, but not to crash out
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Theresa May says any delay to article 50 will force companies out of Britain. But the alternative – a bad Brexit – is worseOne of Downing Street’s many arguments in favour of
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13 Jan 4:00am Supercoppa controversy rages over Saudi Arabia’s treatment of women
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Protests over the decision to hold the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah have grown since murder of Jamal Khashoggi in OctoberWhen, early last June, the Italian football league agreed a €20m deal to play three of the next five Italian super cups in Saudi Arabia, it provoked very little controversy. This is, after all, a trophy that has frequently been decided on foreign soil, sometimes in quite unlikely locations. In 2002, the year that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi bought 6.4m shares in Juventus, the Supercoppa brought the Turin side to play Parma in Tripoli. Since then the match has been hosted once by the United States, twice by Qatar and four times by China. Wednesday’s game between Milan and Juve in Jeddah will be the sixth time in 10 years that the Supercoppa has been decided outside Europe.
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13 Jan 3:00am Leonardo was a man of the Renaissance, not narrow nationhood | Tristram Hunt
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The row over Italy’s paintings is a disturbing example of politicians trying to harness art to nationalism He drew portraits for Italian dukes, sketched for the papacy and died at the court of a French king. If there is any artist who defies nationhood it is surely Leonardo da Vinci. Yet last week, Leonardo’s cosmopolitan legacy was caught up in an extraordinary intergovernmental spat when
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13 Jan 3:00am In China, they’re closing churches, jailing pastors – and even rewriting scripture
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China’s Communist party is intensifying religious persecution as Christianity’s popularity grows. A new state translation of the Bible will establish a ‘correct understanding’ of the text In late October, the pastor of one of China’s best-known underground churches asked this of his congregation: had they successfully spread the gospel throughout their city? “If tomorrow morning the Early Rain Covenant Church suddenly disappeared from the city of Chengdu, if each of us vanished into thin air, would this city be any different? Would anyone miss us?” said Wang Yi, leaning over his pulpit and pausing to let the question weigh on his audience. “I don’t know.” Almost three months later, Wang’s hypothetical scenario is being put to the test. The church in south-west China has been shuttered and Wang and his wife, Jiang Rong, remain in detention after
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13 Jan 3:00am The Great Boston Molasses Flood: why the strange disaster matters today
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An obscure accident led to the first class action lawsuit against a major company, paving the way for modern regulation For bystanders, the first clue something was wrong was a sound different from the usual thrum of the overhead train. The Boston Evening Transcript later described it as “a deep rumble.”
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13 Jan 2:59am Why Africa’s ageing leaders are keeping a close watch on DRC power struggle
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The long-awaited and controversial election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo could set the tone for the rest of the continent, with fears that democracy may be the loserAfter a tumultous week, the streets of the cities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo are likely to be quiet on Sundayas congregations file into churches to hear priests and preachers call for the Lord’s blessing on a troubled land. Few doubt that the DRC is at a critical moment. The long-delayed elections that were finally held on 30 December could still be a turning point, leading the resource-rich nation to a better future. Or they could send the vast central African country, which has not known a peaceful transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960, back into anarchy.
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13 Jan 2:00am Brexit brings surprise boost for Bulgarian resorts
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Fearing the prospect of a plunging pound, travellers are turning to an unlikely destination to make their money go furtherAs the wrangling over how Britain should leave the EU reaches fever pitch, one country is already experiencing a Brexit dividend: Bulgaria. Resorts in the south-eastern European country have seen a surge in bookings from British holidaymakers as families seek out alternative summer destinations.
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13 Jan 1:09am Australia heatwave: temperatures to soar in every state and territory
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Much of Australia will bake this week with meteorologists forecasting the hot conditions will last for days in some parts Every state and territory will bake through a heatwave on Monday with meteorologists saying soaring temperatures will last for days in some parts. The Bureau of Meteorology said hot days were expected in January but multiple days in a row of temperatures above 40C were unusual.
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13 Jan 1:01am Taking back control? Brexit seems to offer exactly the opposite
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Parliament is trapped in gridlock and as deeply divided as the country over Brexit, while on the streets and in the House the rancour is getting ever louder Towards the end of the Channel 4 drama
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13 Jan 12:59am Angst, grief, pain: Europe in turmoil as extremists form new alliances | Simon Tisdall
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A real menace looms as we fret about Brexit and Germany and France sign symbolic accordsIt could simply be a coincidence. Or perhaps the decision to exhibit Edvard
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12 Jan 11:07pm China mine accident: 21 dead after roof collapse
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The cause of the accident in the country’s northern Shaanxi province is being investigated Twenty-one people have been killed after a roof collapsed at a coalmine in northern China. A total of 87 people were working underground in the mine in Shaanxi province at the time of the accident on Saturday afternoon, the official news agency Xinhua reported.
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12 Jan 10:23pm China mine accident: 19 dead and two trapped after roof collapse
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The cause of the accident in the country’s northern Shaanxi province is being investigated Nineteen people have been killed and two remained trapped underground after a roof collapsed at a coalmine in northern China. A total of 87 people were working underground in the mine in Shaanxi province at the time of the accident on Saturday afternoon, the official news agency Xinhua reported, citing local authorities.
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12 Jan 8:31pm Scott Morrison to force councils to hold citizenship ceremonies on Australia Day
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Local councils will be forced to hold a citizenship ceremony on 26 January and institute a dress code that bans thongs and board shorts The Morrison government
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