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Woman taken to hospital after being hit by police car in Surrey

Force says collision took place between police car responding to 999 call and pedestrian A woman in her 20s has been taken to hospital after being struck by a police car. Surrey police said a collision took place between a car on blue lights responding to a 999 call and the woman on the A23 in Earlswood at around 7pm on Friday. Continue reading...

The curse of tail-docking: the painful truth about Italy's pigs | Cecilia Ferrara and Catherine Nelson

In the country’s two main breeding regions, 98% of farmers rely on the banned, traumatic practice of routinely cutting pigs’ tails On a farm deep in Italy’s Lombardy region, scores of contented-looking pigs gambol, play and root about in spacious pens deep in straw. It looks more rural idyll than 1,000-strong breeding farm, but the pigs at this Fumagalli farm are in a lucky minority. Unlike man...

Women raped by Korean soldiers during Vietnam war still awaiting apology

Campaign group urges recognition for women affected by sexual violence of Korean troops and the children born as a result Tran Thi Ngai was 24 and alone at home in her village in Vietnam’s Phu Yen province when a South Korean soldier forced his way into the house and raped her. “He pulled me inside the room, closed the door and raped me repeatedly. He had a gun on his body and I was terrified,”...

Street art: the mosaic maker who turns potholes into pictures

Jim Bachor beautifies the world’s streets with colourful designs ranging from chickens to Aretha Franklin Jim Bachor makes street art – quite literally. For the last few years the 52-year-old has been making art out of the blight on our roads. Continue reading...

Labour would lose voters with 'stop Brexit' policy, poll suggests

Leaked Best for Britain survey shows almost a third would be less likely to back their party A leaked poll commissioned by the pro-EU Best for Britain campaign suggests that voters would be less likely to back Labour if the party was committed to stopping Brexit. According to the poll, passed to the Guardian, almost a third of respondents said they would be less likely to vote Labour, a similar number to those who said it would not make a difference. Twenty-five per cent said it would make th...

Myanmar army kills 13 in attack on Rakhine rebels

Rakhine state has seen new levels of violence in recent weeks between the Arakan Army and security forces Myanmar’s army says it killed 13 ethnic Rakhine fighters in counter attacks, after the well-armed group carried out deadly strikes on police posts earlier this month. Rakhine state has seen new levels of violence in recent weeks between the Arakan Army (AA) – insurgents fighting for greater autonomy for ethnic Rakhine Buddhists – and security forces. Continue reading...

Arizona: Four women convicted after leaving food and water in desert for migrants

Federal judge finds activists guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit to give aid to migrants A federal judge has found four women guilty of entering a national wildlife refuge without a permit as they sought to place food and water in the Arizona desert for migrants. US magistrate Judge Bernardo Velasco’s ruling on Friday marked the first conviction against humanitarian aid volunteers in a decade. Continue reading...

Could flexitarianism save the planet?

Scientists say a drastic cut in meat consumption is needed, but this requires political will It has been known for a while that the amount of animal products being eaten is bad for both the welfare of animals and the environment. People cannot consume 12.9bn eggs in the UK each year without breaking a few. But the extent of the damage, and the amount by which people need to cut back, is now bec...

Kelly O'Dwyer quits politics in shock resignation before election

Federal minister for women says she will not recontest her Melbourne electorate of Higgins Federal government minister Kelly O’Dwyer has announced she won’t recontest the next election, citing the “very personal reasons” of wanting to spend time with her young children. The resignation of one of the government’s most senior women is a serious blow to the Coalition, already expected to lose the federal election in May. Continue reading...

Women's March 2019: thousands to protest across US

Policy platform to be revealed at main event in Washington DC Movement has suffered infighting over antisemitism claims Thousands of protesters will take to the streets across the US on Saturday to resist Donald Trump and stand up for women’s rights at the third annual Women’s March. Though this year’s event has been marred by controversy, participants will seek to channel the spirit of the first massive march in 2017 that saw hundreds of thousands of protests take over the nation’s capital t...

North American glaciers melting much faster than 10 years ago – study

Satellite images show glaciers in US and Canada, excluding Alaska, are shrinking four times faster then in previous decade Glaciers in western North America, excluding Alaska, are melting four times faster than in the previous decade, with changes in the jet stream exacerbating the longer-term effects of climate change, according to a new study. The retreat hasn’t been equal in the US and Canada . The famous alpine ice masses in the Cascade Mountains in the north-west US have largely been spa...

Mexico explosion: at least 20 killed after burst pipeline ignites

Television footage showed the pipeline gushing fuel earlier in the day and people queuing with containers At least 20 people have been killed and more than 50 injured when a ruptured pipeline exploded in central Mexico as people were trying to fill up containers with fuel, the government of Hidalgo state said. Mexican television footage showed flames leaping into the night sky as the pipeline burned in the municipality of Tlahuelilpan near the Tula refinery to the north of Mexico City while p...

Thousands march beside coffin of murdered Gdansk mayor

Poles mourn the critic of the ruling party’s anti-immigration policies Pawel Adamowicz who was stabbed at a charity event Carrying flags and candles in cold streets, thousands of Poles walked beside the coffin of Gdansk’s former mayor Pawel Adamowicz, who was stabbed on stage at a charity event. The murder of a liberal critic of the ruling party’s anti-immigrant policies highlighted the charged atmosphere in parts of eastern Europe where populist leaders have fanned nationalist sentiment. Con...

Thousands of Nigerian refugees fleeing Boko Haram forced back by Cameroon

UN voices alarm and urges Cameroon to keep its doors open after it denies entry to thousands fleeing unrest The United Nations said on Friday it was “extremely alarmed” by the forced return by Cameroon of thousands of refugees to north-east Nigeria, where Boko Haram Islamists pose a continuing threat to civilians. “This action was totally unexpected and puts lives of thousands of refugees at risk,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, said in a statement. Continue re...

Mueller breaks silence to dispute parts of bombshell report on Michael Cohen

Special counsel says elements of BuzzFeed story, claiming Trump told his former lawyer to lie to Congress, are ‘not accurate’ In a rare public remark, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller disputed a bombshell report alleging that Donald Trump had directed his former attorney to lie to congress. BuzzFeed News reported Thursday evening that Trump had personally directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a real estate project in Moscow. The report cited two federal law enforcement s...
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