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    • Man arrested at Sydney airport over baby formula crime syndicate allegations
      by Australian Associated Press on January 21, 2019 at 6:09 am

      Syndicate allegedly handled $1 million of stolen goods in the past year and may have run empire over a number of yearsPolice in New South Wales allege a Sydney family ran an expansive crime empire that stole and illegally exported thousands of tins of baby formula to China.Police on Monday said they had arrested six people, including four from the same family, over the alleged coordinated theft of more than 4,000 tins of baby formula, manuka honey and other goods. Continue reading... […]

    • Philippines: Muslims vote in referendum on new autonomous region
      by Agencies on January 21, 2019 at 6:02 am

      Vote seeks to solve half a century of unrest and counter a new wave of extremist Islamic State-linked groups Muslims in the southern Philippines are voting in a referendum on a new autonomous region that seeks to end nearly half a century of unrest, in what their leaders are touting as the best alternative to a new wave of Islamic State group-inspired militants.The vote caps a tumultuous peace effort by the government in Manila and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the main rebel group, to seal a deal that was signed in 2014 but languished in the Philippine congress until it was finally approved last year. Continue reading... […]

    • Where are George Clooney and co now that Sudan needs them? | Nesrine Malik
      by Nesrine Malik on January 21, 2019 at 6:00 am

      The people are rising up. But the western celebrities and the human rights industry that fought for this are absentIn 2017, a US law firm signed a contract with the Sudanese government, to assist in efforts to lift the economic sanctions that had been suffocating the country since 1997. Within weeks, George Clooney and John Prendergast, veteran activists for human rights in Sudan, wrote a letter in Time magazine, objecting to this. They asked rhetorically, did the law firm’s senior ranks, filled with ex-senators and congressmen, not know that president Omar al-Bashir’s regime had committed mass atrocities? That it was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Darfur? That it persecuted Christians? “The question of their firm working in the service of such a brutal and vile regime can only be answered by the simplest of terms,” they concluded. “Probably, they just don’t know.”The sanctions were lifted, but it made little difference. The world had forgotten Sudan and was in no rush to be reminded. All that was associated with the country, ticked off neatly in the Clooney/Prendergast letter, was unsavoury. So allow me to remind you. For the past four weeks, Sudan has been seized by a popular uprising on the part of a people that has been suffering under a brutal dictatorship for 30 years, and from the effects of the global human rights machine that cut them off from the world for 20. Continue reading... […]

    • The 'exhausting' work of factcheckers who track Trump's barrage of lies
      by Adam Gabbatt in New York on January 21, 2019 at 6:00 am

      Since taking office, Trump has made 7,645 ‘false or misleading claims’. In the month of October he said 1,200 things that were false or misleading, according to Fact Checker databaseDonald Trump’s tumultuous presidency has presented problems for journalists the world over. But spare a thought for the people whose job it is to keep track of his lies: the Trump factcheckers.Since taking office, the president has lied about everything from immigration figures to the number of burgers he served to the Clemson football team at the White House last week. Continue reading... […]

    • For lorries queuing at congested Calais, no-deal Brexit looms large
      by Lisa O'Carroll Brexit correspondent on January 21, 2019 at 6:00 am

      In the first of a short series, Lisa O’Carroll joins a British driver to navigate the ‘frictionless trade’ of the French portSimon Wilkinson, a British lorry driver, is surveying about 1,000 lorries amassing at the “queue for the queue” about half a mile from a French port. “This is frictionless trade on a Thursday afternoon in Calais,” he said.Wilkinson runs a small haulage company in Kent that specialises in transporting frozen food. Like all hauliers, he is looking ahead to the possibility of a no-deal Brexit – and the customs and animal checks that could come with it – with some trepidation. “This is what it is like before you throw the spanner in the works,” he pointed out. Continue reading... […]

    • Kentucky teenager denies mocking Native American veteran
      by Associated Press on January 21, 2019 at 5:49 am

      Student Nick Sandmann says video of him next to Nathan Phillips has been misrepresented, leading to ‘outright lies’ A high school student seen with classmates appearing to confront a Native American veteran has issued a statement saying that video footage of the incident gave the false impression that the teens were instigators in the confrontation.Nick Sandmann, a student from the private, all-male Covington Catholic High School in northern Kentucky, was seen in the video standing face to face with the Indian activist, Nathan Phillips, staring at him with a smile, while Phillips sang and played a drum. Continue reading... […]

    • Lunar eclipse 2019: super blood wolf moon – in pictures
      on January 21, 2019 at 5:35 am

      The rare celestial event was visible across the northern hemisphereSuper blood wolf moon: lunar eclipse stargazers battle cold and clouds Continue reading... […]

    • EU support for Libya contributes to 'extreme abuse' of refugees, says study
      by Peter Beaumont on January 21, 2019 at 5:30 am

      Human Rights Watch accuses EU institutions of sustaining network of ‘inhuman and degrading’ migrant detention centresThe EU’s support for Libya’s anti-migrant policies is contributing to a cycle of “extreme abuse”, including arbitrary detention, torture, sexual violence, extortion and forced labour.According to a report by Human Rights Watch, who interviewed 66 migrants and asylum seekers in Libya last year, EU institutions and member states are continuing to sustain a network of detention centres characterised by “inhuman and degrading” conditions where the risk of abuse is rife. Continue reading... […]

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