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Environment reporters facing harassment and murder, study finds

Tally of deaths makes it one of most dangerous fields for journalists after war reporting Jagendra Singh: the Indian journalist burned to death Thirteen journalists who were investigating damage to the environment have been killed in recent years and many more are suffering violence, harassment, intimidation and lawsuits, according to a study. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which p...

Mohamed Morsi, ousted president of Egypt, dies in court

Former leader serving prison sentence had appeared in court session before collapsing Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi has collapsed during a court session and died, according to state television. The state broadcaster said on Monday that Morsi, 67, was attending a session in his trial on espionage charges when he blacked out and then died. His body was taken to a hospital, it said. Continue reading...

Trump’s attack on Sadiq Khan is inappropriate and unfair | Letters

London’s mayor is addressing the causes of knife crime with progressive policies, while the US president is creating division, says Dr Jeremy Oliver Donald Trump’s attack on Sadiq Khan for not preventing recent knife deaths in London ( Trump hits out at Khan again over stabbings in London , 17 June) was neither appropriate nor fair. As a clinical psychologist working with young people in Tower Hamlets, east London, I see so much of their hope, potential and optimism extinguished by the grindi...

Quebec law banning hijab at work creates ‘politics of fear', say critics

Civil liberties groups vow to challenge new law that bans public employees from wearing religious symbols Civil liberties and Muslim groups have vowed to challenge a new law in the Canadian province of Quebec that bans some public sector employees from wearing religious symbols during work hours, arguing it triggered the “politics of fear”. Critics said the long-expected Bill 21 that was passed by the predominately French-speaking province’s legislature on Sunday mainly targeted Muslim women ...

Language wars: the 19 greatest linguistic spats of all time

Words are ever evolving – but not without controversy. From creative applications of an apostrophe to the overuse of literally, what makes you rage? What is it about language that gets people so hot under the collar? That drives them to spend hours arguing with strangers on the internet, to go around correcting misspelt signs in the dead of night, or even to threaten acts of violence? The langu...

Supreme court rules against GOP in Virginia gerrymandering case – live

Ten presidential hopefuls to square off while speculation surrounds Sarah Sanders’ replacement as White House press secretary Sign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 4.46pm BST Meanwhile in Orlando, Florida, supporters of President Trump have started lining up in hopes of getting into a rally announcing his re-election bid Tuesday at 8pm in the Amway Center. People are already lin...

Gloria Vanderbilt, New York artist, model, heiress and socialite, dies at 95

Son Anderson Cooper announces death on CNN Vanderbilt worked well into old age and married four times The heiress, socialite, model, designer, artist, actor and writer Gloria Vanderbilt has died at 95, her son Anderson Cooper announced on CNN on Monday. Related: Great dynasties of the world: The Vanderbilts Continue reading...

Accidental cat filter appears on Pakistan official's briefing

‘Human error’ blamed for live-streamed briefing in which officials appeared as cats It was a mistake that had some people in Pakistan scratching their whiskers. A regional minister was giving a briefing that was live-streamed on social media last week when viewers noticed officials appeared as cats. Someone had left a cat filter on. Continue reading...

Guatemala election: former first lady Sandra Torres heads for runoff

Centre-left candidate falls far short of outright majority Torres to face rightwing candidate in August second round Guatemala’s presidential election was headed for a runoff as results on Monday gave the center-left candidate Sandra Torres a clear lead but far short of the outright majority needed to avoid a second round against a conservative rival. With votes tallied from 94% of polling stations, preliminary results from Sunday’s election gave former first lady Torres 25.27% of the vote, f...

Ireland to unveil bold plan to tackle climate emergency

Action to curb greenhouse gases and move towards net zero carbon emissions by 2050 Ireland is preparing to unveil an ambitious plan to tackle the climate emergency by weaning the state, businesses, farms and households off fossil fuels. The government is due to publish a long-awaited report on Monday afternoon outlining almost 200 measures to curb the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and set a path for net zero carbon emissions by 2050. Continue reading...

Roman Catholic church could allow married men to become priests

Vatican summit to discuss proposal to address clergy shortage in remote Amazon areas A Vatican document has called on the Roman Catholic church to consider allowing older married men to become priests in remote areas of the Amazon as a way to overcome the shortage of clergy in the region. The recommendation will be discussed at a synod of bishops from the Amazon taking place at the Vatican in October. Continue reading...

Hunt defends Trump quoting Katie Hopkins in attack on Sadiq Khan

Foreign secretary says he agrees 150% with sentiment of tweet which quoted Katie Hopkins Today’s political developments - live updates Jeremy Hunt has vigorously defended Donald Trump for quoting the far-right commentator Katie Hopkins in an attack on the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, as Downing Street declined to condemn the US president’s words. The foreign secretary said that while he would not have used the same words as Trump he would “150% agree” with the overall sentiment. Continue reading...

Matteo Salvini seeks closer Washington ties as EU tensions rise

Politician aims to establish Italy as America’s ‘most important’ European partner Matteo Salvini is striving for Italy to become “the main partner” of the US as he meets officials from Donald Trump’s government in Washington DC on Monday. The Italian deputy prime minister, who began nurturing relations with Trump during his presidential election campaign, said that while other countries have “chosen different paths”, Italy wanted to return to being the “most important partner in continental E...

China is harvesting organs from detainees, UK tribunal concludes

Victims include imprisoned followers of Falun Gong movement, China Tribunal says An independent tribunal sitting in London has concluded that the killing of detainees in China for organ transplants is continuing, and victims include imprisoned followers of the Falun Gong movement. The China Tribunal , chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who was a prosecutor at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, said in a unanimous determination at the end of its hearings it was “certa...

Iran to break uranium stockpile limit set by nuclear deal

Atomic agency chief says limit will be breached in 10 days and enrichment could be up to 20% Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by the nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country’s atomic agency has said, warning that Tehran could enrich uranium up to 20%, just a step away from weapons-grade levels. The announcement by Behrouz Kamalvandi, timed...
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