Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:21:23 GMT2016-10-21T17:21:23ZCopyright: Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. 2016
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:32:06 GMT2016-10-21T06:32:06Z
Audience not amused at annual Alfred E Smith fundraiser in New York where presidential candidates usually trade lighthearted barbs, to the enjoyment of all
If Donald Trump’s campaign has been defined by going where no candidate has gone before, on Thursday he went even further: getting himself roundly booed at a Catholic charity dinner that is usually a moment of bipartisan good cheer in the presidential race.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:40:22 GMT2016-10-21T12:40:22Z
Witnesses report multiple explosions and fighting in Iraqi city as major offensive continues around Mosul
Islamic State militants have launched a commando raid on the Iraqi city of Kirkuk in an apparent attempt to distract Iraqi and Kurdish forces converging on the group’s stronghold of Mosul.
The attack was repelled by local security forces, who said six of the militants had been killed in the operation.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:08:38 GMT2016-10-21T09:08:38Z
Justice minister says court’s obligations are inconsistent with domestic laws giving sitting leaders diplomatic immunity
South Africa says it is pulling out of the international criminal court, making the country the second this week, after Burundi, to move to leave the tribunal that pursues the world’s worst atrocities.
The ICC’s obligations are inconsistent with domestic laws giving sitting leaders diplomatic immunity, the country’s justice minister, Michael Masutha, said.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:01:20 GMT2016-10-21T04:01:20Z
Figure of 220-450 annual deaths could be even higher, as killings by poachers or farmers often go undetected in the remote mountains of central Asia
Hundreds of snow leopards are being killed every year across the mountains of central Asia, threatening the already endangered big cat, according to a new report.
There are as few as 4,000 of the solitary and elusive cat remaining and numbers have fallen by a fifth in the last 16 years.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:08:54 GMT2016-10-21T02:08:54Z
Push by Britain, France and Germany to address Syrian bombing campaign lacks unanimous support of leaders at Brussels summit
The EU has pulled back from threatening Russia with immediate sanctions over the bombing of Aleppo as a UK-backed plan ran into opposition from Italy.
At a summit of EU leaders on Thursday, Britain, France and Germany made a last-ditch push to issue a sanctions warning to Russia if “current atrocities” in Aleppo continue.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:55:57 GMT2016-10-20T11:55:57Z
Indian ultranationalist groups have threatened to violently disrupt screenings of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, staring Fawad Khan
Mumbai police have set up a hotline and pledged extra security for any cinemas that choose to show an upcoming Bollywood blockbuster starring a Pakistani actor, as ultranationalist groups threaten to disrupt screenings with violence.
As the potential for renewed military conflict between India and Pakistan appears to ebb after a series of violent incidents last month, the battle has moved to the countries’ entertainment industries, with Pakistan announcing a total ban on Indian television or radio content on Thursday.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:32:02 GMT2016-10-20T23:32:02Z
State-run media says since declaring the six-month state of emergency, authorities have made vast numbers of arrests to quell protests
Ethiopian authorities have arrested more than 1,500 people since declaring a state of emergency less than two weeks ago, according to a statement published by state-controlled news agency Fana.
The command post, a body set up by authorities to oversee the state of emergency, said 1,120 people had been arrested in the towns of Shashemene and West Arsi – south of the capital, Addis Ababa – for “violence and property damage”.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:19:16 GMT2016-10-20T16:19:16Z
Three-pronged attack brings troops to within six miles of Iraq’s second city as Isis fighters appear to be retreating
Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi special forces have advanced to within about six miles of the city of Mosul, after launching a three-pronged attack early on Thursday against dug-in Islamic State militants.
Hundreds of armoured vehicles, including tanks and Humvees, began a large-scale offensive at about 6am local time, the Kurdish peshmerga general command said in a statement. Their target was a sprawling series of villages to the north and north-east of Mosul held by Isis fighters.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:02:03 GMT2016-10-21T00:02:03Z
Judge says offending against nine students at RG Dance studio was ‘predatory and persistent’ as she sentences him to at least 18 years’ jail
Australian dance teacher Grant Davies has been sentenced to at least 18 years’ jail in a Sydney court over his abuse of students for more than a decade.
Davies, who was a director of inner-west dance RG Dance studio, last year pleaded guilty to 28 charges relating to child sex offences over 13 years.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:29 GMT2016-10-20T06:00:29Z
Annual human and economic cost of tainted air runs to 712,000 lost lives and £364bn, finds Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
Africa’s air pollution is causing more premature deaths than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition, and could develop into a health and climate crisis reminiscent of those seen in China and India, a study by a global policy forum has found.
The first major attempt to calculate both the human and financial cost of the continent’s pollution suggests dirty air could be killing 712,000 people a year prematurely, compared with approximately 542,000 from unsafe water, 275,000 from malnutrition and 391,000 from unsafe sanitation.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:56:58 GMT2016-10-20T08:56:58Z
Child prodigy who danced with legends including Rudolf Nureyev regarded as one of France’s greatest ever classical dancers
Yvette Chauviré, a grande dame of French ballet, has died at the age of 99 at her home in Paris.
A child prodigy who became one of the 20th century’s most dazzling prima ballerinas, Chauviré was acclaimed as the quintessence of classical French dance from the 1940s to 1960s.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:36:29 GMT2016-10-20T03:36:29Z
Ni Una Menos demonstrations spurred by rape and killing of 16-year-old Lucía Pérez as thousands of protesters call for action on crimes against women
The crowd of women packed into the historic square of Plaza de Mayo in downtown Buenos Aires under the freezing rain was so vast that some had to close their umbrellas to all fit together. “Machismo Kills,” read the hand-painted sign held aloft by one young woman.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:00:11 GMT2016-10-20T21:00:11Z
French presidential frontrunner says France should not be managing migrants on UK’s behalf and urges overhaul of Le Touquet agreement
France must push back its border with Britain from Calais to the Kent coast and stop managing refugees and migrants for the UK, Alain Juppé has told the Guardian.
Juppé, 71, the current favourite to become the next French president, said he wants a complete renegotiation of the Le Touquet accord, the deal between France and Britain that keeps border checks, and thousands of refugees and migrants, on the French side of the Channel.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 07:46:35 GMT2016-10-20T07:46:35Z
Philippines president talks of resolving South China Sea dispute through dialogue in new ‘springtime’ in relations with China
The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, has announced his “separation” from the United States, saying it has “lost” and he has realigned with China as the two agreed to resolve their South China Sea dispute through talks.
Duterte made his comments in China, where he is visiting with at least 200 business people to pave the way for what he calls a new commercial alliance as relations with the US, a longstanding ally, deteriorate.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:21:36 GMT2016-10-20T18:21:36Z
Stolen head of stone statue outside an Ontario Catholic church was replaced with orange clay one, prompting disappointment and comparisons to Maggie Simpson
A handmade terracotta sculpture of baby Jesus’s head that was added to a broken statue outside a Catholic church in Canada has prompted amusement and disappointment, with some likening it to the now infamous attempt by a Spanish woman to restore a crumbling fresco of Jesus.
For nearly a decade, a white stone statue of Mary and baby Jesus has stood outside Ste Anne des Pins Catholic church in downtown Sudbury. At times vandals had targeted the statue, leaving the head of baby Jesus rolling on the ground nearby.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:08:28 GMT2016-10-20T04:08:28Z
Nvidia Titan processor, eight cameras and faster radar to be switched on once software catches up, allowing a trip across US ‘without touching the wheel’
All new Tesla models are being built with hardware to enable them to be fully self-driving, Elon Musk has announced.
The company has said its Model S and Model X electric cars are already being produced with the new system, which includes eight cameras, 12 updated sensors and radar with faster processing.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:24:57 GMT2016-10-20T16:24:57Z
Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms says officials raided its Cairo base, raising fears of revived crackdown
Egyptian state officials have raided the offices of the Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms in a renewed crackdown on the human rights group, according to the head of ECRF’s board of trustees, Ahmad Abdullah.
Lawyers connected to ECRF are acting as the legal counsel for the family of murdered Italian student Giulio Regeni, whose body was found bearing signs of brutal torture on a desert road outside Cairo earlier this year. Regeni’s family are still fighting to find out who killed the 28-year-old doctoral student. The Egyptian authorities deny any role in his death.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:50:30 GMT2016-10-20T06:50:30Z
UN welcomes move to allow medical evacuations, but says it is not enough to bring about wider ceasefire deal
Russia has told the UN it will stop bombing eastern Aleppo for 11 hours a day over four days, but the proposal was described as insufficient to bring about a wider deal to make militants leave the besieged city.
As a unilateral ceasefire was declared by the Syrian military in Aleppo on Thursday, the UN Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, said he welcomed the daily pauses to allow medical evacuations.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:25:50 GMT2016-10-21T16:25:50Z
Chrystia Freeland announced ‘failure’ of Ceta as Wallonia blocks Belgium government from signing free trade deal
A landmark trade deal between the European Union and Canada is in meltdown, after Canada’s trade minister walked out of talks with a Belgian regional parliament that has been blocking the deal.
The Canadian trade minister, Chrystia Freeland, was on the verge of tears on Friday as she announced the “end and the failure” of talks with the Walloon government.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:04:07 GMT2016-10-21T16:04:07Z
The Venezuelan opposition’s campaign to oust President Nicolás Maduro has been thrown into disarray with elections officials’ decision to suspend a recall drive against the socialist leader a week before it was to start.
In a related move, a court appeared to issue a ruling on Friday blocking key opposition leaders from leaving the country.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:49:13 GMT2016-10-21T15:49:13Z
The Spanish video platform compiled YouTube videos featuring ‘monotony and repetition’, such as quantum physics lectures, to help people fall asleep
A Spanish video platform called Napflix, designed to put people to sleep with dull content, has been launched this week and its founders are on the lookout for more “monotony and repetition”.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:47:54 GMT2016-10-21T15:47:54Z
Rather to his surprise, the Conservative member for Monmouthshire has found himself in the mainstream. But while it was fun railing against Marmite, the reaction to his big idea on child refugees has left him resenting the spotlight
On Tuesday the Tory member for Monmouthshire looked at the Daily Mail’s coverage of child refugees arriving in Britain and tweeted: “These don’t look like ‘children’ to me. I hope British hospitality is not being abused.” Why not subject refugees who claim to be minors to dental examinations, he suggested, to establish their true age?Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:23:17 GMT2016-10-21T15:23:17Z
‘It’s not for the black person to be more open-minded. It’s for the white person to be less racist,’ says Booker winner in essay arguing it’s ‘time to stop talking’ about diversity in publishing
Marlon James, the author of the Booker-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings, has said that it’s “time to stop talking” about diversity, arguing that “it’s not for the black person to be more open-minded. It’s for the white person to be less racist.”
In an essay posted on the Literary Hub on Thursday, the Jamaican novelist suggests that “we too often mistake discussing diversity for doing anything constructive about it”, with the same points raised on panels about diversity year after year.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:22:56 GMT2016-10-21T15:22:56Z
Swedish researchers surprised to find daily soft drink habit also increased likelihood of less common autoimmune diabetes
Drinking more than two sugary or artificially sweetened soft drinks a day greatly increases the risk of diabetes, research has shown.
The Swedish study found that consuming more than two 200ml drinks more than doubled the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. A serious soft drink habit consisting of at least five drinks daily boosted the likelihood of having the disease more than 10 times.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:28:45 GMT2016-10-21T11:28:45Z
Government introduces waiting time after warning that high level of terminations of female foetuses was causing a demographic crisis
A new law designed to cut the high rate of sex-selective abortions in Armenia is inadequate, limiting women’s reproductive choices and putting lives at risk, according to women’s rights groups.
The ex-Soviet country, with a population of just under three million, has the third highest rate of abortion of female foetuses in the world, behind China and Azerbaijan.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:00:29 GMT2016-10-20T06:00:29Z
Authorities shutting down Dadaab are repatriating up to 400 people a day despite lack of shelter, clean water or schools
Authorities in Somalia have denounced the way refugees are being repatriated from neighbouring Kenya, after the Kenyan government announced it would close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, by the end of 2016.
Over the past five months, makeshift camps in Somalia’s southernmost border state have been swelling with families as thousands of refugees are repatriated as part of a UN scheme.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:00:00 GMT2016-10-19T06:00:00Z
Construction of controversial 4,800 sq metre complex has been marred by architectural, financial and political disputes
A vast Russian “spiritual and cultural centre” crowned by a golden-domed Orthodox cathedral – widely seen as a grand expression of Moscow’s quest to project an image of itself as a powerful, religious country – is set to open in Paris.
The 4,800 sq metre complex-features the newly-built Holy Trinity Cathedral capped with five gilded domes; a parish centre comprising an auditorium and foyer, offices and apartments; a French-Russian primary school for 150 pupils; and a cultural centre, including a bookshop, exhibition spaces and a coffee shop.Continue reading...
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 10:18:32 GMT2016-10-18T10:18:32Z
New book by journalist who spent years interviewing dozens of sources reveals a regime where disloyalty is the biggest crime
But Putin does not work alone. As with most world leaders, he has a network of powerful allies around him – allies who both support and deceive him, according to a new book by the Russian journalist and opposition activist Mikhail Zygar.Continue reading...
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:05:12 GMT2016-10-17T18:05:12Z
SPLA forces loyal to President Salva Kiir say attack by rebels aligned to Riek Machar near Malakal oilfields beaten back
At least 56 rebels and four government soldiers have been killed in heavy clashes in South Sudan, in a worrying new surge of violence.
A Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesman, Brig Gen Lul Ruai Koang, said that rebels aligned with the former vice-president, Riek Machar, attacked government troops near the country’s second-largest city of Malakal.Continue reading...
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 06:00:04 GMT2016-10-17T06:00:04Z
Photographer Thom Pierce has documented the herders and commuters who travel the paths winding through the mountain villages of Semonkong in southern Africa. The images are on show in Johannesburg this monthContinue reading...
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:58:45 GMT2016-10-14T13:58:45Z
White girls ‘promoting’ their humanitarian work wearing traditional dress is a saviour narrative that will no longer be tolerated
Dear Dancing Missionaries,
I hope you are OK with that description – it is, after all, how you described yourself on your Facebook page.Continue reading...
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:26:23 GMT2016-10-14T10:26:23Z
Photographer Elena Chernyshova spent a year documenting the people and landscape of Norilsk, which was built by prisoners during the Soviet eraContinue reading...
Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:10:05 GMT2016-10-14T09:10:05Z
Abou Bakar Sidibé – whose 18-month wait to get to Spain has been made into a film – recalls trauma, hardship and camaraderie
For one year and six months my home was Mount Gourougou in Morocco, a temporary settlement overlooking Melilla, a Spanish enclave and the gateway to Europe and a future I had always dreamed of.
I am from Mali, a country of many problems, but I now live in Bayern, a town in southern Germany. I have temporary asylum status, which I’m trying to make permanent.Continue reading...
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:17:48 GMT2016-10-12T11:17:48Z
Human rights report details abuse used to extract confessions in only European country to use death penalty
The last European country to retain capital punishment has resumed sentencing people to death since EU sanctions against its president were dropped this year, according to a landmark investigation.
In recent months Belarus has executed one person and condemned four more to death, with more cases pending in which capital punishment is likely, according to investigators with the Paris-based human rights organisation FIDH, and the Viasna human rights centre in Minsk.Continue reading...
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:01:55 GMT2016-10-18T17:01:55Z
Veera and Kumkum Bhagya, dubbed in Twi dialect, are some of the most-watch TV shows in Ghana, where the popularity of telenovelas dates back to the 90s
It’s afternoon at a hair salon in Osu – a busy commercial area in Accra – where a group of workers have been shuttling between customers since the morning.
As the day winds to end the stylists in the salon move with a little less urgency, stealing occasional glances at the television screen above one of the large mirrors. Veera, a popular Indian soap opera, is on, grabbing their attention with its dramatic segues, cliffhangers, tension-heightening sound accompaniments and swift closeups capturing the shocked, ecstatic and exaggerated expressions of the actors.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:06:28 GMT2016-10-21T16:06:28Z
Hundreds of passengers told to leave terminal as alert stops flights from taking off and landing
London City airport has been evacuated following a fire alert.
Hundreds of passengers were ordered to leave the terminal and no flights were able to depart or land.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:48:42 GMT2016-10-21T14:48:42Z
Meeting with Pakistani officials follows insurgent group’s contacts with both Afghan and US officials in recent months
Senior members of the Taliban’s political commission based in Qatar have travelled to Pakistan for discussions with security officials there about possible peace talks with the Afghan government.
The development follows the revelation this week that Taliban officials held two rounds of secret talks with Afghanistan’s spy chief and a senior US diplomat in the capital of the Gulf state, Doha, this month and last month – meetings Pakistan was excluded from despite its long association with the Islamist movement.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:10:18 GMT2016-10-21T14:10:18Z
Sea-Watch says at least four people died after crew of vessel with coastguard insignia attacked rubber boat carrying about 150 people off Libyan coast
The crew of a speedboat labelled “Libyan coastguard” attacked a migrant boat carrying about 150 people, beating them with sticks and causing many to fall into the water and at least four to drown, a humanitarian group has said.
The Germany-based Sea-Watch group, one of several non-governmental organisations operating vessels off the coast of Libya, said the speedboat swooped in just as the NGO’s personnel were about to go to the aid of the overcrowded rubber boat.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:08:10 GMT2016-10-21T16:08:10Z
The Clinton campaign has released a new ad featuring Khizr and Ghazala Khan, parents of slain Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in a suicide bombing attack in Iraq in 2004.
One of the sharpest moments of widespread bipartisan revulsion at Donald Trump in the campaign came when Trump criticized the Khans for their appearance at the Democratic national convention to tell their son’s story. Khizr Khan offered Trump his pocket constitution, wondering whether he’d ever read it. Trump discounted their story and questioned why Ghazala Khan did not address the convention.
As we wait for Donald Trump to pop up in North Carolina, Mike Pence, his running mate, is headed for New Hampshire, for rallies in Nashua and Exeter. Here’s a nice snap from his press secretary:Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:43:51 GMT2016-10-21T13:43:51Z
During the spring harvest season, a group of traditional Malaysian honey hunters travel to the rainforest near the Thai border to collect honeycombs from giant bees – and risk their lives climbing 200ft treesContinue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:02:37 GMT2016-10-21T08:02:37Z
Indigenous leader accuses both sides of vying for affections of swinging voters rather than pursuing social change
Noel Pearson has criticised successive federal governments for failing to implement meaningful welfare reform, and the left for “inculcating a sense of victimhood” in those dependent on welfare.
Delivering the Keith Murdoch Oration in Melbourne on Thursday, Pearson accused both sides of politics in Australia of “vying for the promiscuous affections of swinging voters” rather than pursuing social change.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:44:29 GMT2016-10-21T14:44:29Z
Labour MP Chris Bryant holds back tears as he urges the government to go further in pardoning gay men convicted of now-abolished sexual offences. Speaking in the Commons on Friday, he argues that the bill should remember a group of gay MPs from the 1930s: Ronald Cartland, Jack Macnamara, Anthony Muirhead, Robert Bernays and Victor CazaletContinue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:30:33 GMT2016-10-21T14:30:33Z
We broker deals for an obscene number of weapons, and we frequently run roughshod over the rights of indigenous people. And don’t even get us started on your favorite wonderboy Justin Trudeau
Quick – picture Canada.
What comes to mind? A progressive wonderland of polite manners and majestic moose? What America might be if it evolved a little? That place you’ll move to if Trump wins?Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:43:38 GMT2016-10-21T13:43:38Z
Gulwali Passarlay had to convince officials that he was still only a child when he arrived in the UK; now he sees children younger than he was facing the same treatment. He explains why it leaves him angry
I arrived in the UK when I was just 13 years old and was completely alone.
I spent a year travelling through 10 countries, was sent to jail, had my face burnt with chemicals and almost died in the Mediterranean.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:51:54 GMT2016-10-21T12:51:54Z
For the ‘Blue Helmet’ squad of police and art experts, recovering cultural heritage is part of rebuilding after August’s earthquake
The first mission of the new Italian “Blue Helmet” force dedicated to defending cultural heritage was supposed to be in Palmyra, the ancient Syrian city whose monuments were destroyed by Islamic State.
But when a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy in August, killing 298 people and devastating the town of Amatrice, the 60 modern-day “monuments men” headed to the rubble, in territory far more familiar than what they were trained for.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:24:36 GMT2016-10-21T12:24:36Z
First monument to ruler prompts debate that is as much about Russian politics today as it is setting historical record straight
Ivan the Terrible is regarded as one of the cruellest rulers in Russia’s long history: a bloodthirsty and paranoid tyrant who killed his own son. Even during tsarist times no monuments were built to him.
Now, however, the figure of the 16th-century tsar is having something of a renaissance, prompting a debate that is as much about contemporary Russian politics as it is setting the historical record straight.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:24:19 GMT2016-10-21T11:24:19Z
Robert Goodwill tells MPs 28-day age verification process may be used, but intrusive dental and x-ray checks ruled out
Assessments to determine the age of child refugees are being carried out where necessary, but the use of dental checks is not possible or right, the immigration minister has said.
Robert Goodwill clarified that dental checks and x-rays would not be used after Conservative MPs questioned the age of some child refugees pictured arriving in the UK from the camp at Calais.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:30:04 GMT2016-10-21T10:30:04Z
Alvy Carragher posts YouTube video that uses words of her abuser to highlight persistent trolling of female writers
An Irish poet has debuted a poem on YouTube that hits back at people who abused her online after she wrote about her experience of being raped.
Alvy Carragher, who represented Ireland at an international poetry event in New York this summer, said she was speaking out to highlight the continued trolling of female Irish writers.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:20:27 GMT2016-10-21T10:20:27Z
Agreement on issue of Vatican’s right to appoint bishops in China would be biggest diplomatic feat of Francis’s papacy
For more than 50 years the Vatican’s relationship with China has been intractable. But if Pope Francis has his way, a deal to bridge what many believe is an insurmountable divide between the Roman Catholic church and the communist Chinese government could be announced within the next 30 days.
According to one person who has closely followed developments, the pope would like to seal a deal before the conclusion on 20 November of the Holy Year of Mercy, which was called by the pontiff to celebrate acts of forgiveness.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:19:36 GMT2016-10-21T10:19:36Z
Philippines president cements ‘pivot to China’ on trip but his ministers deny a breakup with the US, leaving some to wonder if he can be trusted
The 71-year-old populist was set to return from his four-day state visit on Friday having secured a reported $13.5bn (£11bn) in deals and a lucrative new alliance with the Asian giant.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:05:03 GMT2016-10-21T10:05:03Z
Students accepted to universities in North America have missed their first semester because they have not received a visa despite months-long wait
More than 100 top Iranian students admitted to US and Canadian universities have missed their first semester and fear losing their hard-fought bursaries or funding because of visa difficulties.
Students from some of Iran’s most prestigious academic institutions told the Guardian that they could not continue their education this autumn because they had not received their visas yet despite waiting several months.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:47:04 GMT2016-10-21T09:47:04Z
Photographs from the Eyewitness seriesContinue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:42:03 GMT2016-10-21T09:42:03Z
In the second city Valparaíso, Jorge Sharp, a veteran of 2011 student protests, was chosen in a ‘citizen’s primary’ to take on the traditional parties for the mayor’s job
Chile’s second biggest city, Valparaíso, is best known for its neighbourhoods of brightly coloured houses clinging to steep hillsides above the Pacific. Its historic centre is the country’s only UN world heritage site, but recent decades have not treated the city well: wildfires have devastated entire neighbourhoods; the city’s streets are a wreck of potholes, garbage and the excrement of thousands of stray dogs.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:00:02 GMT2016-10-21T09:00:02Z
Thousands took to the streets in protest over violence against women. Readers from Argentina and Chile tell us why they took part
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:55:42 GMT2016-10-21T08:55:42Z
Champions crowned with three rounds of matches unplayed, and two teams relegated that might have stayed up
Thailand’s football season has ended early after the death of the king, handing a perhaps unsatisfactory title to the league leaders and leaving the league cup final to be decided by lottery.
Muangthong United were crowned Thai League champions, while two of the three clubs to be relegated might have stayed up had the remaining three rounds of matches been played.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:01:49 GMT2016-10-21T07:01:49Z
Electoral commission says it is reviewing donations and loans from retiring senator to his party
Bob Day has “forgiven” a $1.4m loan to Family First as part of the continuing fallout associated with the collapse of his building empire.
The Family First Senator confirmed this week he was quitting politics after his building company, Home Australia Pty Ltd, went into liquidation.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:38 GMT2016-10-21T06:00:38Z
New Zealand’s Weta Digital, based in a Wellington suburb, has become a go-to firm having broken the mould with films such as Lord of the Rings and Avatar
It is mid-morning and despite the spring sunshine the animator’s den is gloomy; the only sound whispered voices and the low hum of tapping keys.
A dozen of 100 animators hunch over large computers in partitioned warrens, their work-spaces shaded by large sun umbrellas opened above their desks.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:22 GMT2016-10-21T06:00:22Z
What will happen when Britain leaves the EU is the talk of the town in Ballyshannon and Blacklion, where memories of checkpoints linger
When it comes to selling fish, Claire O’Reilly really isn’t fussy about customers. They come from all over. There’s an international border just down the road from her shop in the Irish town of Ballyshannon, but no one pays it much notice these days.
“We have people coming in here from Belfast, Derry, Enniskillen, the six counties [Northern Ireland], you name it,” O’Reilly says. “We don’t think of the border since the peace process, we don’t see it.”Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 04:45:33 GMT2016-10-21T04:45:33Z
Deputy prime minister is advised not to meet founding chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic party and its former colonial chief secretary
New Zealand’s deputy prime minister, Bill English, cancelled a meeting with two senior Hong Kong democracy supporters this week on advice from his foreign affairs office, he said on Friday, underscoring a delicate relationship with China.
English said in a statement he cancelled the meeting with the founding chairman of Hong Kong’s Democratic party, Martin Lee, and the former colonial chief secretary Anson Chan on the eve of the appointment after he was advised it was “diplomatically sensitive”.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:06:47 GMT2016-10-21T02:06:47Z
Interior minister says pro-Moscow disinformation network has sprung up on Czech soil and ‘we want to get into every smartphone’ to defeat it
The Czech government has accused Russia of conducting a propaganda war on its soil and is setting up a unit to counter what it says are networks of pro-Moscow puppet groups.
“We want to get into every smartphone” to counter Russian disinformation, said Milan Chovanec, the Czech interior minister.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:47:54 GMT2016-10-21T00:47:54Z
Amid questions over successor to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, junta insists ‘constitution, royal laws and traditions’ are being properly observed
Thailand has said it will inform the world about the royal succession following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej after “false” foreign media coverage created misunderstanding and hurt the feelings of its people.
The death of the revered king on 13 October after seven decades on the throne plunged the country into mourning and heightened sensitivity about the monarchy.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:44:43 GMT2016-10-21T00:44:43Z
Drought in the south leaves households experiencing emergency levels of hunger, with nothing but wild fruits to eat
Nearly 850,000 people in drought-hit southern Madagascar are experiencing “alarming” levels of hunger, and more aid is needed to prevent a dire situation from becoming a “catastrophe”, UN agencies said on Thursday.
This is the latest warning by the agencies who have been scaling up their response to a crisis affecting more than half the population in the south of the island nation.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:00:09 GMT2016-10-20T19:00:09Z
Counter-terrorism expert says law could flout UN convention and argues refugee crisis being used to stoke public fears
UK immigration laws permitting refugees to be deported if they exhibit “extremist behaviour” may breach a United Nations convention, the organisation’s general assembly is to be told.
In a speech condemning states for exploiting security fears to frustrate their international legal obligation to provide safe havens, the UN official responsible for reporting on counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson QC, will criticise the UK’s record.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:36:46 GMT2016-10-20T18:36:46Z
Under a pall of black smoke from oil fires, peshmerga fighters return to reclaim land they controlled until two years ago
At the edge of the Nineveh plains, where hundreds of thousands of Iraqis from ethnic and religious minorities were forced to flee more than two years ago, the Kurdish peshmerga were massing. Ahead was an area they had long controlled – until they were forced out by Islamic State’s lightning assault in August 2014.
That rout marked the end of several millennia of coexistence in northern Iraq, and the ignominy has burned ever since. On Thursday, the peshmerga returned with a vengeance.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:11:57 GMT2016-10-21T14:11:57Z
Ciudades ágiles e innovadoras están mejor posicionadas que los gobiernos nacionales –rehenes de la inercia del siglo pasado- para enfrentarse a grandes retos globales, pero la lucha debe empezar ahora, afirma la primera mujer alcaldesa de Barcelona
Todos los grandes retos a escala global -el cambio climático, la economía, la desigualdad, el futuro mismo de la democracia- se resolverán en ciudades. Si los estados quieren tener éxito en sus políticas, las ciudades debemos ser tomadas en cuenta como actores serios en el escenario mundial.
Creo que los gobiernos nacionales son rehenes de la inercia del siglo pasado y ese ya no es el mundo actual. Vivimos en un mundo que funciona por redes, por contactos cada vez más ágiles y rápidos entre ciudades.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:30:23 GMT2016-10-21T06:30:23Z
As the fall of the Soviet empire nears its 25th anniversary, Owen Hatherley examines its diverse architecture from imposing Stalinist monsters to communal housing schemes designed to reform (or eliminate) family life
A couple of years after the October revolution of 1917, the painter and sculptor Vladimir Tatlin submitted a proposal for the headquarters of the Communist International, as part of a public sculpture competition. Placed on the banks of the Neva, its towering, tilting steel skeleton would have housed the Comintern in glass volumes whose rotation would symbolise revolution and the dialectic.
The most famous building in the 74-year history of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was never constructed; in fact, it’s unlikely it could ever have been constructed, though today’s technology makes it a lot more plausible than when it was first proposed in the 1910s. As metaphors go, it sums up Soviet state socialism rather neatly. What was actually constructed tells us a great deal as well: a state whose history is far from monolithic, lurching from openness to terror and back, its architecture from mass production to one-off spectacles, and from Russification to intense engagement with local tradition.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:37:28 GMT2016-10-20T13:37:28Z
The festival of light in Ecuador’s capital took place during the UN’s Habitat III conference this week, illuminating historic buildings in Quito’s centreContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:32:48 GMT2016-10-20T11:32:48Z
As a young man, Marcel Gautherot abandoned his architecture studies in Paris to travel the world as a photographer. He became best known for his documentation of the construction of Brazil’s new capital city, Brasília, which can be found in a collection of his work, The MonographContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:08:26 GMT2016-10-20T10:08:26Z
Innovative and agile cities are better placed to solve major global challenges than national governments – in thrall to the momentum of the last century – but the fight must start now, argues Barcelona’s first female mayor
All the major global challenges – climate change, the economy, inequality, the very future of democracy – will be solved in cities. If nations want to succeed with their policies, we must be counted as serious actors on the global stage.
I believe national governments are hostages to the momentum of the previous century – but that’s not the real world any more. We live in a world that functions by networking, by faster and more agile contact between cities.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:10:11 GMT2016-10-19T16:10:11Z
The UN’s New Urban Agenda calls on nations around the world to create safer, more inclusive and sustainable cities – but a group of countries including Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia successfully excluded LGBTQ rights
“There cannot be a democratic and inclusive city that does not consider LGBTQ groups as first-class citizens, with equal rights and freedoms. It’s an essential issue. It’s not important, it’s essential,” declares Barcelona mayor Ada Colau outside the Habitat III grounds in Quito.
Her statement is in response to the fact that the United Nation’s New Urban Agenda, a manifesto for better cities meant to influence global urban policy, and which is being agreed at the Habitat III conference in Quito this week, has not acknowledged LGBTQ rights. This is not an omission that has gone unnoticed.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:58:14 GMT2016-10-19T13:58:14Z
Alrededor de 45,000 personas se reúnen en la capital de Ecuador para la Conferencia de la ONU sobre el futuro de las ciudades. Dentro del recinto, los delegados apoyan una mayor inclusión para la mejora de las ciudades, pero en las calles de Quito, los ciudadanos se sienten excluidos
En un inusual parche de césped en medio de las vertiginosas pendientes de la quebrada del río Machángara, en Quito, Ricardo Buitrón describe los sueños que tiene para el futuro de las ciudades.
“Siempre hemos estado proponiendo nuevos modelos de ciudad – una ciudad para la gente; una ciudad cuyos residentes puedan tener su voz en cuanto a la planificación y organización”.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:11:28 GMT2016-10-19T12:11:28Z
Mientras un enorme proyecto vial se planea en la capital ecuatoriana, residentes de Bolaños enfrentan el desplazamiento del barrio que crearon y cuidaron en una escarpada ladera a 2,800 metros sobre el nivel del mar. ¿Los escuchará la ciudad?Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:40:11 GMT2016-10-19T11:40:11Z
Cities are like magnets. Without a better model for growth, people will still come – but they will live in awful conditions. This year’s Pritzker prize-winning architect presents his legal, financial and design roadmap to a new urban reality
This week in Quito as many as 45,000 people have gathered for Habitat III, the global UN summit which, every 20 years, resets the world’s urban agenda.
Why should we care? Well, to start with, in the next 20 years, we will witness more than two billion more people moving to cities. Depending on what we do to accommodate them, this could be good – or very bad – news.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 06:30:00 GMT2016-10-19T06:30:00Z
Twitter and Uber may be based in San Francisco, but Santiago’s ‘Chilecon Valley’ and the South Korean capital Seoul could both make claims
Before long, Santiago could be a city full of electric vehicles charged by “smart” power grids, many of them driving on highways equipped with traffic-reducing automated variable toll pricing. Perhaps a new arrival to the Chilean capital would go for the chance to found a technology company, incentivised by programmes like the state-backed, foreigner-friendly Start-Up Chile, in “Chilecon Valley”. And perhaps they’ll stay for the capital’s reputation boasting the most advanced public transit system in Latin America.
Or they might opt for Africa instead of South America, to take advantage of the assistance offered by organisations like SmartXchange in Durban. Not only does South Africa’s third largest city now have an increasingly tech-savvy middle class population, it has schools like the Durban University of Technology, whose Urban Futures Centre is even developing technological solutions to the common challenges of drug use, security and policing strategy. If these succeed, Durban, like Santiago, may count itself among the highest-tech cities sooner than the rest of the world could imagine.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:30:05 GMT2016-10-21T11:30:05Z
Globally, last year was the deadliest on record for environmental campaigners. States and investors must take steps to tackle this human rights crisis
As demand for food, fuel and commodities cranks up pressure on land, companies are all too often striking deals with state officials without the consent of the people who live on it. But the stakes are high for anyone who tries to resist this pressure. Last year was the deadliest on record in terms of defending land, forests and rivers against industries like mining, hydro-electricity, agribusiness and logging. According to Global Witness, more than three people were killed each week in 2015 by police, private security or hired assassins.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:02:54 GMT2016-10-21T10:02:54Z
Inaugural global youth development index identifies sub-Saharan region as worst in world for young people on health, education and employment
Kenya has made the greatest strides in improving the conditions of young people over the past five years, according to a new index of global youth development.
Together with four other sub-Saharan countries – South Africa, Niger, Togo and Malawi – Kenya made the largest gains globally across a range of criteria, from health to political participation. However, sub-Saharan Africa still trailed all other regions in the global youth development index, produced by the Commonwealth and covering 183 countries.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:03 GMT2016-10-21T10:00:03Z
Exclusive: Nine out of 10 migrants seen by psychologists showed anxiety or depression symptoms caused by rape, assault or kidnapping, MSF survey finds
Central American migrants are suffering from record levels of mental health problems, amid a rise in violent attacks after a US-sponsored immigration crackdown forced them to use more perilous routes through Mexico.
Two-thirds of migrants interviewed at shelters across the country reported suffering at least one violent attack – such as assault, rape or kidnapping – during their journey, according to a survey conducted by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and shared exclusively with the Guardian.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:00:22 GMT2016-10-21T06:00:22Z
A digital literacy programme is helping women and girls in Kenya to learn new skills and earn extra income, irrespective of age or education level
Under the scorching afternoon sun, at a village in a sugar-cane growing region of western Kenya, 60-year old Mary Namukholi carefully places bunches of green bananas beside an old bicycle outside her home.
After greeting five neighbours who have been awaiting her arrival for an hour, she enters her one-bedroom, iron-roofed house. She takes a laptop from a polythene bag, wipes it and connects it to a desktop printer.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:32:21 GMT2016-10-20T12:32:21Z
Daline, 10, from Yaoundé, loves learning. Safeguarding her development, and that of 65 million other girls of her age, could shape the world, claims a new study
Ten-year-old Daline enjoys reading, dancing and using her mother’s make up. And she loves school. Her favourite subject is chemistry.
“When I was at primary school, my favourite subject was history,” she says. “But now that I am at secondary school, my new favourite subject is chemistry because it is easy to understand, because chemicals are easy to make, and because I love science.”
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:30:33 GMT2016-10-20T09:30:33Z
Protests by the Oromo ethnic group have led to spiralling violence and a crackdown on dissent that risks long-term instability
Near a sacred volcanic lake for the Oromo people in the Ethiopian town of Bishoftu, a boisterous crowd seized an unusual opportunity to chant anti-government slogans during their annual Irreecha cultural celebration.
Disregarding the Oromo officials and traditional leaders at the 2 October ceremony, the youthful protesters crossed their arms in a symbol of defiance and edged forward towards police armed with batons. In a defining moment for the Oromo resistance, one man got on stage, grabbed the microphone and sent the thousands in the audience into fever pitch as he led a chant.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:00:33 GMT2016-10-20T09:00:33Z
Associated Press photographer Felipe Dana has captured the love of families for their babies born with microcephaly – one of the medical problems caused by the Zika virus – in Recife, Pernambuco state, in Brazil. He used instant film so they could immediately see the portraits and keep the printsContinue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:58:17 GMT2016-10-19T12:58:17Z
Legal ruling identifies risk of serious harm to returning Eritreans after MPs condemn ‘inexcusable’ delay in revising existing guidance
The Home Office will alter its much-criticised policy on Eritrean asylum seekers, after a legal ruling found that the majority of those fleeing the country risk persecution or serious harm on returning.
The ruling, which could affect thousands of Eritreans, one of the largest groups to seek asylum in Britain every year, contradicts the government’s existing country guidance, which deems it safe for migrants to return to Eritrea after leaving illegally.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:03:20 GMT2016-10-19T11:03:20Z
As Berbera port deal opens global trade gateway, Somaliland optimistic that freedom from EU policy will allow Britain to acknowledge self-declared state
Britain’s looming departure from the EU may be a fraught issue at home, yet in one corner of the Horn of Africa hopes are harboured of a very definite Brexit dividend.
The government of Somaliland believes the impending split marks a pivotal moment, one that will free the UK to grant the self-declared state the international recognition it has been seeking for more than 25 years.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:34:13 GMT2016-10-21T11:34:13Z
The vote of the electoral college is conclusive, legal experts say, and it’s irrelevant whether the loser concedes or not
Donald Trump’s refusal to say whether he would accept the outcome of next month’s US presidential election if he were to lose is unprecedented and chilling, legal experts have said.
But although the failure by a major party nominee to concede defeat on election night would throw American democracy into uncharted territory, from a legal standpoint, it would hardly make a difference, experts from across the political spectrum said.Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:04 GMT2016-10-21T11:00:04Z
Previous presidents have used a ‘blind trust’ to manage their assets while in office, but experts see numerous holes in this solution for the businessman
Donald Trump has boasted of being the law and order candidate, but legal scholars and ex-government ethics officials have warned against what they see as his cavalier attitude toward potential conflicts of interest and the rule of law, based on the Republican presidential nominee’s rhetoric and policy stances.
Specifically, ethics and legal scholars say that Trump’s notion of creating a supposed “blind trust” for his businesses, if he becomes president, that would let his children run the Trump Organization without an independent trustee is risible. Trump told Fox News last month: “I will sever my connections and I’ll have my children and my executives run the company, and I wouldn’t discuss it with them.”Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:00:03 GMT2016-10-21T10:00:03Z
The Republican presidential nominee used a Pew study and news reports to talk about how the election is ‘rigged’ against him, but he omitted a lot of context
“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD.” – 16 October, TwitterContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:15:05 GMT2016-10-20T17:15:05Z
The fleet led by the Admiral Kuznetsov on its way to Syria is not a strategic game-changer but could strengthen Russia’s hand
Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, is widely seen as being eager to establish some military facts on the ground before Barack Obama leaves the White House and is potentially replaced by the more hawkish Hillary Clinton.
In the case of the naval taskforce heading towards the eastern Mediterranean, that means establishing a presence in the water off Syria.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 13:07:59 GMT2016-10-20T13:07:59Z
Donald Trump has called on his supporters to monitor polling stations, raising concerns of voter intimidation, which international observers will watch for
For months, Donald Trump has repeatedly issued dark warnings of a “rigged” and “stolen” election. This week he went further, claiming that votes cast by undocumented immigrants led to Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 and that 1.8 million dead people would vote in this election for “somebody else”.Continue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 09:12:55 GMT2016-10-20T09:12:55Z
Alan Yuhas checks the statements made by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas
“We will have a second amendment that is a very small replica of what it is now” in a Clinton administrationContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 06:30:04 GMT2016-10-20T06:30:04Z
For the first time Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump focused on policy rather than personal attacks, but the Republican nominee still managed to shock
For at least an hour on Wednesday night, America peered through a portal into another world. In this alternate reality, a Democrat and Republican debated the once familiar dividing lines of US politics – guns, abortion, tax – in a shockingly conventional style.
Close your eyes, ignore Donald Trump’s cartoon grimaces, Hillary Clinton’s stunned expression, and it sounded at times almost like a normal election.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:57:48 GMT2016-10-19T12:57:48Z
Using medical information to try to pinpoint a young person’s age is folly, for both practical and ethical reasons
The use of dental x-rays to determine the age of child refugees has been repeatedly proposed by ministers and then dropped over the past 15 years.
Practical as well as ethical considerations show that the idea cannot work; children are not “date stamped”.Continue reading...
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:00:07 GMT2016-10-19T12:00:07Z
While we rake over Clinton’s emails and Trump’s late-night tweets, climate has been the elephant in the room, leaving scientists and campaigners asking why there hasn’t been a single direct question about the crisis
Climate change has been the elephant in the room during the past two US presidential debates. Ignoring this issue would be more understandable if this metaphorical pachyderm weren’t about to rampage through the lives of Americans, causing upheaval on a scale not seen since the start of human civilization.
“I’ve been shocked at the lack of questions on climate change. It really is fiddling while the world burns,” said Kerry Emanuel, a leading climate scientist. “This is the great issue of our time and we are skirting around it. I’m just baffled by it.”Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:45:18 GMT2016-10-21T11:45:18Z
A selection of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s quips and barbs at the Alfred E Smith dinner in New York on Thursday night. The annual fundraiser for deprived children traditionally allows presidential candidates to exchange verbal blows. Trump called Clinton corrupt, while she said he was controlled by Vladimir Putin
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:00:04 GMT2016-10-21T11:00:04Z
Alabama is the home of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, designed to fight voter suppression. But since 2014, Alabama citizens have been required to present a state-approved photo ID at the polls. The state acknowledges that up to 25,000 voters don’t have the required ID, often due to lack of accessibility. Alabama election officials insist that the law is intended to curb voter fraud. With only one known case of modern-day voter fraud in the state, Alabama citizens and politicians alike question the underlying motive of the lawContinue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:49:23 GMT2016-10-21T05:49:23Z
Donald Trump is booed after calling Hillary Clinton ‘corrupt’ and saying she is pretending not to hate Catholics at the annual Alfred E Smith Catholic fundraiser in New York. The presidential candidates traded thinly veiled criticisms at the charity event, with Clinton saying Trump regarded the Statue of Liberty as ‘a four, maybe a five if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair’Continue reading...
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 02:30:15 GMT2016-10-21T02:30:15Z
Michelle Obama says that Donald Trump is ‘threatening the very idea of America itself’ after declaring he may not accept the election results if he loses. ‘You do not keep American democracy in suspense,’ the first lady tells the crowd while campaigning for Hillary Clinton in PhoenixContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:07:53 GMT2016-10-20T22:07:53Z
At least 10 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct in a variety of incidents, including unwanted kissing and groping, that span more than three decades. Many of the women spoke out after audio was released on 7 October in which Trump bragged of kissing and touching women without consent. However, others had alleged misconduct long before the tapes. Trump has denied all claims, and in some cases publicly ridiculed the alleged victimsContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:17:25 GMT2016-10-20T18:17:25Z
Donald Trump underscores his refusal to commit to accepting the results of the presidential election at a rally in Delaware, Ohio, on Thursday. Trump’s refusal, which his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton called ‘horrifying’, was the standout remark of their third and final debate on WednesdayContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:41:55 GMT2016-10-20T17:41:55Z
An Isis vehicle laden with explosives is blown up by peshmerga forces near Mosul dam on Thursday. No casualties were reported. Kurdish peshmerga and Iraqi special forces have advanced to within about six miles of the city of Mosul, after launching a three-pronged attack early on Thursday against dug-in Islamic State militantsContinue reading...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:44:29 GMT2016-10-20T16:44:29Z
Karena Virginia accuses Donald Trump of grabbing her arm and touching her breast in 1998 when she was 27, while she was waiting for a car to pick her up after attending the US Open in Queens, New York. Virginia was speaking at a press conference in New York with lawyer Gloria AllredContinue reading...