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Today, Aotearoa New Zealand stands with Behrouz Boochani as a counterpoint to the politics of hate | Golriz Ghahraman 14 Nov 2019, 10:48pm Today, Aotearoa New Zealand stands with Behrouz Boochani as a counterpoint to the politics of hate | Golriz Ghahraman
How poignant that Behrouz was freed from Australia’s grip and welcomed by Christchurch, a city that knows prejudice only too well Today our world is a little freer, a little fairer, and a little more hopeful. Today, one less innocent man is incarcerated in Australia’s detention camp on Manus Island, guilty only of seeking refuge from persecution. Behrouz Boochani was no ordinary detainee. The Iranian Kurdish journalist and author became the voice of Manus detainees, and with it the persistent conscience of us all as we learned of the atrocities committed by the Australian government on its remote Pacific island detention camps. How poignant that he was finally freed to visit Christchurch, a city that knows only too well the violence and suffering borne of prejudice. A city that wrapped its arms so warmly around its refugee community after a terror attack just seven months ago, to heal their wounds and stand for inclusion. Behrouz has said that Christchurch has
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NSW and Qld fires: more Queenslanders told to evacuate as the state faces days of hot, dry weather 14 Nov 2019, 9:20pm NSW and Qld fires: more Queenslanders told to evacuate as the state faces days of hot, dry weather
Fire danger rating in parts of New South Wales rises to severe as hot, dry, windy conditions end a brief reprieve of bushfire-hit areas of Australia More residents have been told to leave their homes as Queensland braces for another day of dangerous fire conditions. There are more than 60 blazes still burning across the state, with firefighters prepared for high temperatures and hot, dry westerly winds on Friday and into the weekend.
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BP worker fired over Downfall video appeals, saying Fair Work did not understand meme 14 Nov 2019, 9:07pm BP worker fired over Downfall video appeals, saying Fair Work did not understand meme
The sacked oil refinery worker’s lawyers claim the ruling upholding his dismissal ‘mischaracterised’ his parody meme and misunderstood ‘the broader genre of Downfall video’ A man who was
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Jeffrey Epstein: executors of estate propose fund to compensate accusers 14 Nov 2019, 8:48pm Jeffrey Epstein: executors of estate propose fund to compensate accusers
Epstein’s estate is facing multiple lawsuits from women who say he sexually abused them The executors of the estate of Jeffrey Epstein said on Thursday they had asked a judge to approve the creation of a proposed fund to compensate women the financier was accused of having sexually abused. The executors, Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn, said in a statement that the fund would create a “voluntary, confidential, non-adversarial alternative to litigation”.
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Man jailed for 11 years for killing Dutch cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer in Melbourne 14 Nov 2019, 8:14pm Man jailed for 11 years for killing Dutch cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer in Melbourne
Michael Panayides, who hit and killed Scheenhouwer while on his way to buy drugs, given 11-year sentence with minimum of eight-and-a-half years A speeding motorist who hit and killed Dutch cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer as he was on his way to buy drugs in Melbourne has been jailed for 11 years. Michael Panayides slammed into cyclist Gitta Scheenhouwer, 27, in Chapel Street , leaving her dead.
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Behrouz Boochani calls Christchurch welcome a ‘reminder of kindness’ 14 Nov 2019, 7:21pm Behrouz Boochani calls Christchurch welcome a ‘reminder of kindness’
Official reception highlights New Zealand’s differences with Australia over immigration The city of Christchurch has welcomed Behrouz Boochani with a civic reception and a traditional Māori
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‘This touched everyone’: Walmart store reopens months after mass shooting 14 Nov 2019, 7:19pm ‘This touched everyone’: Walmart store reopens months after mass shooting
The border city in eastern Texas continues to recover from the racially-driven attack that targeted Mexicans and killed 22 people Three months after one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history, the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, where
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Alabama woman who joined Isis is not US citizen, judge rules 14 Nov 2019, 6:54pm Alabama woman who joined Isis is not US citizen, judge rules
Hoda Muthana, 25, and son left in limbo in Syria after federal judge sided with Trump administration
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Trump asks supreme court to block release of his tax returns 14 Nov 2019, 6:04pm Trump asks supreme court to block release of his tax returns
Filing sets stage for showdown over documents Trump has refused to release, unlike every other modern president
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Italian police officers jailed for 12 years over 2009 custody death 14 Nov 2019, 5:50pm Italian police officers jailed for 12 years over 2009 custody death
Carabinieri Alessio di Bernardo and Raffaele d’Alessandro found guilty of involuntary manslaughter of Stefano Cucchi Two Italian police officers have been sentenced to 12 years in jail over the fatal beating of a 31-year-old man in custody in 2009, in a case that has gripped the country. Alessio di Bernardo and Raffaele d’Alessandro, members of the carabinieri, the Italian military police, were both found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Stefano Cucchi, who was arrested in a Rome park on 15 October 2009 after being found in possession of about 20g of hashish and three packets of cocaine.
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Nancy Pelosi accuses Trump of bribery after first public impeachment hearing – live 14 Nov 2019, 5:34pm Updated Nancy Pelosi accuses Trump of bribery after first public impeachment hearing – live
Speaker of the House speaks after public testimony and says: ‘I am saying what the president admitted to – it’s bribery’
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Complaints about aged care double in four years, prompting calls for more funding 14 Nov 2019, 4:52pm Complaints about aged care double in four years, prompting calls for more funding
Earle Haven nursing home report revealed concerns that complaints were funnelled back to provider rather than passed to regulator Complaints about aged care providers have doubled in the past four years, prompting calls from Labor for the government to urgently increase resources to manage the upsurge. The problem was highlighted in a r
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Watchdog condemns Trump officials who punished staffer over Iranian heritage 14 Nov 2019, 3:33pm Watchdog condemns Trump officials who punished staffer over Iranian heritage
Inspector general recommends disciplinary action for Brian Hook and others, in latest scandal to roil US state department The state department’s watchdog has recommended senior Trump officials, including the administration’s Iran envoy, be disciplined for discrimination against a career civil servant, in part because of her Iranian ethnicity and the fact that she had served under the Obama administration. The
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Man breaks world record in 85mph jet power suit – video 14 Nov 2019, 2:03pm Man breaks world record in 85mph jet power suit – video
British inventor Richard Browning has broken his own record for the fastest flight in a jet suit. The self-proclaimed ‘Jetman’ took off from Brighton beach, attempting to break his own previous record of 32mph, set in 2017. He reached 85mph, more than 50mph faster than his previous record. Browning said before the flight he was hoping to show how technology used in the suit had progressed since the previous record was set
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Second death in Hong Kong protests as Xi demands end to violence 14 Nov 2019, 1:57pm Second death in Hong Kong protests as Xi demands end to violence
Victim is thought to have been hit by brick during clash between protesters and pro-Beijing residents A second man has died during the protests in Hong Kong, hours after China’s president issued his most direct warning yet to the city, saying it needed to urgently “end violence and restore order”. A 70-year-old cleaner who is thought to have been hit by a brick during a clash between protesters and pro-Beijing residents
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War crimes court approves inquiry into violence against Rohingya 14 Nov 2019, 1:51pm War crimes court approves inquiry into violence against Rohingya
Myanmar is accused of mass persecution and ‘ongoing genocide’ of Muslim minority Judges at the international criminal court (ICC) have authorised a full-scale investigation into allegations of mass persecution and crimes against humanity that forced at least 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh. The ruling, which sets a significant precedent in expanding the jurisdiction of the war crimes court, is the second move against Myanmar this week at international tribunals in The Hague.
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From Olympia to Nazi Germany: ancient vase returned to Greece 14 Nov 2019, 1:32pm From Olympia to Nazi Germany: ancient vase returned to Greece
Vessel was awarded to first modern Olympic marathon winner before ending up in Göring’s collection The extraordinary story of an ancient wine cup that was awarded to the marathon winner of the first modern Olympics before being smuggled out of Greece by a notorious Nazi has been brought to light after its return to Athens. The 6th century BC pottery vessel was bestowed upon Spyros Louis, a water carrier, when he
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Briton arrested at Heathrow after Turkey said it deported Isis suspect 14 Nov 2019, 1:08pm Updated Briton arrested at Heathrow after Turkey said it deported Isis suspect
‘Syria-related’ arrest comes amid Turkish push to repatriate foreign Isis suspects held in Turkish jails Counter-terror police have arrested a British man at Heathrow airport after Turkey said it had deported an Islamic State suspect to the UK. The Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism command said a 26-year-old British man was arrested on arrival at Heathrow on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, adding that the unidentified suspect remained in police custody and the arrest was “Syria-related”.
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Santa Clarita: Students escorted out of Saugus high school after reports of active shooter – video 14 Nov 2019, 1:00pm Santa Clarita: Students escorted out of Saugus high school after reports of active shooter – video
At least three people were injured following a shooting at Saugus high school in Santa Clarita, California, on Thursday. Footage showed sheriff's deputies swarming the school and lines of students being escorted away by armed deputies. 
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Trump impeachment inquiry: parties divided as more hearings loom – live 14 Nov 2019, 12:59pm Updated Trump impeachment inquiry: parties divided as more hearings loom – live
Democrats say Bill Taylor and George Kent’s testimonies tied Trump to efforts to pressure Ukraine while Republicans say they proved nothing
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Same-sex marriage delays in Northern Ireland prompt legal action 14 Nov 2019, 12:48pm Same-sex marriage delays in Northern Ireland prompt legal action
Couples in civil partnerships unable to convert to marriage despite legalisation in October Campaigners for same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland are planning legal action over government delays in converting civil partnerships into marriages. With the first weddings expected around Valentine’s Day this coming February, more than 1,200 gay couples already in partnerships have discovered bureaucratic barriers to them tying the knot.
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Police foil plan to steal Rembrandt paintings from art gallery 14 Nov 2019, 12:47pm Police foil plan to steal Rembrandt paintings from art gallery
Officers located the paintings after intruders removed them from Dulwich art exhibition Police are investigating a foiled attempt to steal two Rembrandt paintings from England’s oldest public art gallery. One or more intruders broke in to
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Labour antisemitism row: public figures say they cannot vote for party under Corbyn 14 Nov 2019, 12:39pm Labour antisemitism row: public figures say they cannot vote for party under Corbyn
John Le Carré, Simon Callow and Tom Holland among signatories to letter condemning party’s stance
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Man arrested at Heathrow on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences 14 Nov 2019, 12:02pm Updated Man arrested at Heathrow on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences
Arrest comes after Turkey said it had deported a British Islamic State suspect A 26-year-old British man has been arrested on arrival at Heathrow airport on suspicion of terrorism offences after being deported from Turkey, police have said. The unidentified suspect arrived on Thursday afternoon and was immediately arrested on “suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts”, the Metropolitan police’s counter terrorism command said in a statement, adding that the man remains in police custody and the arrest was “Syria-related”.
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Desert ski slopes and outdoor aircon: can scorching Sharjah really go green? 14 Nov 2019, 11:47am Desert ski slopes and outdoor aircon: can scorching Sharjah really go green?
It is one of Earth’s biggest carbon emitters, a sun-baked place where SUVs roar from manmade islands to malls with ski slopes. What can Sharjah’s architecture triennial teach us about going green? A perfectly manicured lawn lines either side of the eight-lane highway leading into the Gulf city of Sharjah. Punctuated by rows of palm trees and pink-blossomed flowerbeds, it is a lush, implausible vision, sustained by a constant mist of sprinklers beneath the scorching sun. Beyond the green ribbon, expansive gated villas sprout from the sand, giving way to mirrored glass towers, leading to a reconstructed “old town”, where air conditioning is pumped into the alleys of an open-air souk. It’s not hard to see how the United Arab Emirates, of which Sharjah is the third largest city-state after Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is one of the highest
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General election 2019: Boris Johnson cancels Glastonbury event at short notice as protest gathers – live news 14 Nov 2019, 11:46am Updated General election 2019: Boris Johnson cancels Glastonbury event at short notice as protest gathers – live news
Prime minister changed visit after protesters gathered, plus all the latest from the election campaign today
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UK-educated Russians are upholding Putin’s regime, says dissident 14 Nov 2019, 11:29am UK-educated Russians are upholding Putin’s regime, says dissident
Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov gives stark assessment of leader’s dictatorial rule The children of Russian oligarchs learn about freedom in the UK only to return to Moscow to reinforce Vladimir Putin’s dictatorial rule, Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian dissident jailed for five years by Russia, has warned in a stark assessment of Putin’s stranglehold on power. Sentsov, Russia’s most famous political prisoner, was released with 35 other Ukrainians in a high-profile prisoner swap in September, in which an equal number of Russians were released.
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German parliament approves compulsory measles vaccinations 14 Nov 2019, 10:58am German parliament approves compulsory measles vaccinations
Bundestag backs law that will fine parents up to €2,500 if children are not inoculated Germany’s parliament has voted to make measles vaccinations compulsory for children, in response to a global rise in cases of the disease. Parents who refuse to get their children inoculated face fines of up to €2,500 (£2,140) and a likely ban from nursery or school.
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Man jailed for life for Isle of Wight chainsaw attack murder 14 Nov 2019, 10:54am Man jailed for life for Isle of Wight chainsaw attack murder
Communal garden trustee Jonathan Stasiuk killed fellow project worker Gerry White, 73 The trustee of a communal vegetable garden on the Isle of Wight has been jailed for at least 25 years after murdering a fellow project worker by attacking him with a chainsaw and strangling him. The relationship between Jonathan Stasiuk, 60, a chef, and his victim, Gerry White, 73, a publican, turned sour following seemingly trivial disagreements over money, the dumping of rubbish and a delivery of logs.
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Baudelaire’s unknown extra verse to erotic poem revealed 14 Nov 2019, 10:19am Baudelaire’s unknown extra verse to erotic poem revealed
New lines to The Jewels, inscribed in a copy of
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Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick enters 2020 race 14 Nov 2019, 10:09am Updated Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick enters 2020 race
Patrick, a close ally of Barack Obama, joins Democrats vying for the presidential nomination to take on Donald Trump The former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick has entered the race for the Democratic presidential nomination to take on Donald Trump next year. Patrick, who said in 2018 he would not run, had
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War crimes judges approve inquiry into violence against Rohingya 14 Nov 2019, 10:00am War crimes judges approve inquiry into violence against Rohingya
Myanmar is accused of widespread abuses against Muslim minority group The international criminal court has approved a request from prosecutors to investigate crimes against humanity against Myanmar’s Rohingya minority who were systematically driven across the border to Bangladesh. More than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims have
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Burberry and Cathay Pacific profits dented by Hong Kong protests 14 Nov 2019, 9:43am Burberry and Cathay Pacific profits dented by Hong Kong protests
Retailer and airline report disappointing figures as anti-government rallies take toll Two companies with substantial interests in Hong Kong have announced figures that underline the damage being inflicted on the economy by the continuing
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Police officers charged over Dalian Atkinson death are suspended 14 Nov 2019, 9:33am Police officers charged over Dalian Atkinson death are suspended
Two West Mercia officers had returned to limited duties after initially being suspended The two police officers facing criminal charges over the death of the former footballer Dalian Atkinson have been suspended from duty, the Guardian has learned. One officer, PC Benjamin Monk, faces a charge of murder, while another, PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith, is charged with assault.
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UK will not nominate EU commissioner before general election 14 Nov 2019, 8:57am UK will not nominate EU commissioner before general election
Commission needs officials of all 28 member states for it to be legally formed on 1 December
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Trump’s defender v his nemesis: the battle at the heart of impeachment hearings 14 Nov 2019, 8:44am Trump’s defender v his nemesis: the battle at the heart of impeachment hearings
Beyond the tussle between Democrat Adam Schiff and Republican Devin Nunes is the big question – will party interest reign supreme? The battle for American hearts and minds in the unfolding impeachment drama is, at its core, a battle between two very different Californian congressmen. In the red corner is Devin Nunes, a Republican former dairy farmer from the state’s agricultural Central Valley, who long ago threw his lot in with Fox News talking-point orthodoxy and has never hesitated to defend Donald Trump, no matter how much the rest of the political establishment – and the factual record – was arrayed against him.
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Venice: historic square deluged by floodwater – video 14 Nov 2019, 8:30am Venice: historic square deluged by floodwater – video
Footage shows Venice's main square, Piazza San Marco, under inches of floodwater as the city weathers its worst flood since the 1960s. Two people have died as waters reached up to 1.87 metres and caused millions of euros of damage
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US will not support abortion even in cases of rape, says senior official 14 Nov 2019, 8:18am US will not support abortion even in cases of rape, says senior official
Campaigners urge global action on reproductive rights as US comments embolden anti-choice groups at Nairobi summit The US would not support abortion when a woman or girl has been raped and family planning programmes should offer alternatives to terminations, a senior policy adviser has told a conference in Nairobi. In a
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Chinese government may have falsified organ donation numbers, study says 14 Nov 2019, 8:01am Chinese government may have falsified organ donation numbers, study says
Researchers raise new concerns about the use of executed prisoners and other forced donors for transplants The Chinese government may have been systematically falsifying its organ donation numbers, raising renewed concerns over the use of executed prisoners and other forced donors for transplants, a new academic paper says. In 2015, China publicly promised it would no longer source organs from executed prisoners, previously almost its sole source. But a study led by Australian National University PhD student Matthew Robertson, published in the BMC Medical Ethics journal on Friday, says Chinese-government supplied datasets on organ donations show “highly compelling evidence they are being falsified”.
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Seventeen arrested in London in human trafficking crackdown 14 Nov 2019, 7:52am Seventeen arrested in London in human trafficking crackdown
Operation worked in conjunction with Romanian police and rescued 29 women Seventeen people have been arrested in early morning raids as part of a joint operation by British and Romanian police targeting an international human trafficking gang. The raids in London also led to the rescue of 29 women, aged 20 to 40, who were believed to be victims of trafficking and have been taken to a place of safety, according to the Metropolitan police.
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Germany avoids recession with surprise return to growth – business live 14 Nov 2019, 7:38am Updated Germany avoids recession with surprise return to growth – business live
Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including German growth figures
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Suicide rates fall after gay marriage laws in Sweden and Denmark 14 Nov 2019, 6:43am Suicide rates fall after gay marriage laws in Sweden and Denmark
Rate among those in same-sex unions falls by 46%, but still ‘worryingly high’, say researchers Suicide rates among those in same-sex relationships have fallen significantly in both Denmark and Sweden since the legalisation of gay marriage, according to a new study, although whatever their marital status, homosexual people remain more likely to take their own life. The joint study by the Danish Research Institute for Suicide Prevention and researchers from Stockholm University compared suicide rates for people in same-sex and heterosexual relationships in the periods 1989-2002 and 2003-16.
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Three more arrests over Milton Keynes house party stabbings 14 Nov 2019, 6:04am Three more arrests over Milton Keynes house party stabbings
Boy, 15, and a man and woman held in connection with murder of two teenagers Three more people have been arrested in connection with the murders of two 17-year-old boys at a house party. Dom Ansah and Ben Gillham-Rice were fatally stabbed by masked attackers at the private party on the Emerson Valley estate in Milton Keynes on 19 October .
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US briefing: Impeachment testimony, Syrian oil and anti-vaxxer ads 14 Nov 2019, 5:50am US briefing: Impeachment testimony, Syrian oil and anti-vaxxer ads
Thursday’s top story: Key witness claims Trump cared more about investigating Biden than the fate of Ukraine. Plus, why the super-rich love South Dakota Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.
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‘Climate of fear’: Nigeria intensifies crackdown on journalists 14 Nov 2019, 5:47am ‘Climate of fear’: Nigeria intensifies crackdown on journalists
Activists warn muzzling of press under President Buhari could lead to return to dark days of military rule Fisayo Soyombo was eating an evening snack in Lagos in late October when a colleague called to warn him about a plan hatched by Nigerian government officials at a clandestine meeting to arrest him. Hours earlier, the second in
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Behrouz Boochani welcomed to freedom in New Zealand as he arrives at Auckland airport – video 14 Nov 2019, 5:41am Behrouz Boochani welcomed to freedom in New Zealand as he arrives at Auckland airport – video
After six years forcibly held by Australia’s offshore processing regime in Papua New Guinea, most of it incarcerated on Manus Island, the Kurdish Iranian journalist and refugee advocate Behrouz Boochani arrives in New Zealand. Boochani flew into Auckland via a convoluted route, with a one-month visa, and hopes to live in the US, which has accepted him for resettlement. ‘I think this is the first time that I feel happy that I survived,’ Boochani said. Asked how freedom felt, he said: ‘I think I should have a smoke first.’
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A long flight to freedom: how refugee Behrouz Boochani finally left his island jail behind 14 Nov 2019, 5:14am A long flight to freedom: how refugee Behrouz Boochani finally left his island jail behind
The Kurdish Iranian refugee, kept in a limbo on Manus Island by Australia’s hardline immigration regime, made a final 34-hour journey to liberty The flight to freedom is long. Behrouz Boochani’s journey for a new homeland began in 2013 with a harried departure from Iran and a harrowing voyage on a leaky boat to Christmas Island. It stalled for six long years in Australia’s byzantine and capricious offshore detention system.
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Mexico’s human rights chief draws fury for asking if journalists have been killed 14 Nov 2019, 5:00am Mexico’s human rights chief draws fury for asking if journalists have been killed
At least 11 media workers have been murdered in the country since president Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office Mexico’s new human rights commissioner has questioned if journalists are actually killed in the country, which has become a cemetery for reporters over the past two decades – and has not become any safer since the arrival of a left-wing government late last year. After being elected commissioner on Tuesday night, Rosario Piedra Ibarra blithely responded to reporters’ questions on the murder of reporters in the country
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Mercedes-Benz to axe more than 1,000 jobs in cost-cutting drive 14 Nov 2019, 4:31am Mercedes-Benz to axe more than 1,000 jobs in cost-cutting drive
Move blamed on heavy cost of investing in electric vehicles just as traditional car sales slow Mercedes-Benz plans to save €1.65bn (£1.4bn) by cutting more than 1,000 jobs in the latest sign German carmakers are struggling to make big investments in electric car technology. Carmakers around the world are spending billions on developing battery-powered electric vehicles but at the same time sales of internal combustion engines are slowing in the
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Behrouz Boochani, voice of Manus Island refugees, is free in New Zealand 14 Nov 2019, 3:59am Behrouz Boochani, voice of Manus Island refugees, is free in New Zealand
Kurdish Iranian refugee and journalist – a multiple award-winner for documenting life in Australia’s offshore detention system – has left Papua New Guinea
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General election 2019: pay gap promises from Labour and Lib Dems as Johnson faces floods anger – live news 14 Nov 2019, 3:58am General election 2019: pay gap promises from Labour and Lib Dems as Johnson faces floods anger – live news
Opposition parties are using Equal Pay Day to announce equalities packages, while Johnson tries to brush off hostile reaction from flood victims
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General election: pay gap promises from Labour and Lib Dems as Johnson navigates floods anger – live news 14 Nov 2019, 3:31am Updated General election: pay gap promises from Labour and Lib Dems as Johnson navigates floods anger – live news
Opposition parties are using Equal Pay Day to announce equalities packages, while Johnson tries to brush off hostile reaction from flood victims
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The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil review – pulpy thriller packs a punch 14 Nov 2019, 3:00am The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil review – pulpy thriller packs a punch
A maverick cop and underworld boss join forces to catch a killer in this gripping mix of carnage and car chases in Korea Although its final act shreds credulity, and it’s a bit wonky structurally, this pulpy crime thriller from Korea is still a real kick in the head. Like so many of the genre that hail from Seoul and its suburbs, this one punches well above its weight with an inventive reworking of well-worn plot tropes and slick production values. Supposedly, this was inspired by real events from a decade ago, but, while the 2005 setting is mentioned, it’s barely relevant. Writer-director Lee Won-Tae posits an unlikely alliance between rule-averse but goal-oriented cop Jung (Kim Mu-Yeol) and seasoned crime-world kingpin Jang (densely-made but light on his feet Ma Dong-Seok, from
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Coalition defies Senate order on scandal-ridden regional grants scheme 14 Nov 2019, 2:58am Coalition defies Senate order on scandal-ridden regional grants scheme
Senators’ request for documents follows auditor general’s report outlining serious shortcomings with $220m program The Coalition has defied a Senate order demanding it table documents to justify decisions made under the
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Lightning strikes likely to spark fires as thunderstorms forecast for tinder-dry Queensland 14 Nov 2019, 2:45am Lightning strikes likely to spark fires as thunderstorms forecast for tinder-dry Queensland
The normal cycle of bushfires and flooding rains has been upended leaving emergency services with little respite
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The teenager who ran from Africa and now hopes to run for Spain 14 Nov 2019, 2:30am The teenager who ran from Africa and now hopes to run for Spain
Athletics prospect Kone Yossodjo says he wants to show that migrants can add to society It took teenager Kone Yossodjo more than a year to run from poverty and despair in west Africa. He is still running these days, just a lot quicker. Despite never having competed in track events until he was 15, the 19-year-old Ivorian has been winning middle-distance races all over Spain. He competed in 11 races during 2018-19, winning five – and was crowned Andalusia’s 5,000m champion. Next year’s Tokyo Olympics will be too early for him, but Paris 2024 remains an aspiration.
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What happens to Afghanistan’s left-behind women as the Taliban rises? 14 Nov 2019, 2:00am What happens to Afghanistan’s left-behind women as the Taliban rises?
Separated from her family after an attempt to flee failed, Tahira is among a growing number of women left struggling and vulnerable in a country where lone mothers are harshly judged On a bitterly cold day, Tahira* sits in her rented room in Kabul. She has a husband and three young children, but the last time the family were all together was in 2018 – the day they tried to escape Afghanistan. Insecurity in their town in Maidan Wardak province led Tahira, 27, to try to flee to Turkey, via Iran, with her family. But when the time came, only her husband, son and seven-year-old daughter made it.
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What the coup against Evo Morales means to indigenous people like me | Nick Estes 14 Nov 2019, 2:00am What the coup against Evo Morales means to indigenous people like me | Nick Estes
The indigenous-socialist project accomplished what neoliberalism has repeatedly failed to do: redistribute wealth to society’s poorest sectors Evo Morales is more than Bolivia’s first indigenous president — he is our president, too. The rise of a humble Aymara coca farmer to the nation’s highest office in 2006 marked the arrival of indigenous people as vanguards of history. Within the social movements that brought him to power emerged indigenous visions of socialism and the values of Pachamama (the Andean Earth Mother). Evo represents five centuries of indigenous deprivation and struggle in the hemisphere. A coup against Evo, therefore, is a coup against indigenous people.
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Gaza attacks: tentative truce after Israel strike kills six Palestinian family members 14 Nov 2019, 1:44am Gaza attacks: tentative truce after Israel strike kills six Palestinian family members
Islamic Jihad says truce has begun as Israel says ‘quiet will be answered with quiet’, following two days of clashes The Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad said it was holding fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday after Israel agreed to an Egyptian-mediated truce, calming
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Asic snaps back at critics of responsible lending laws after Frydenberg comments 14 Nov 2019, 1:20am Asic snaps back at critics of responsible lending laws after Frydenberg comments
Corporate regulator says suggestions that rules curb flow of credit to small businesses is a ‘myth’ The corporate regulator has hit back at the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, over suggestions that responsible lending laws might make banks nervous to lend to small businesses, describing the idea that the rules crimped the flow of credit to the sector as a “myth”. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission commissioner, Sean Price, made the comments in a speech on Thursday to a conference of credit risk professionals on the Gold Coast.
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The ecstatic rise of rainbow hair: ‘I have one life. I’m going to live it colourfully!’ 14 Nov 2019, 1:00am The ecstatic rise of rainbow hair: ‘I have one life. I’m going to live it colourfully!’
In a world laid low by Brexit, you see them at school gates and in supermarket queues: ordinary women with wildly multicoloured hair. We ask five colour converts why they have taken the leap We are facing the prospect of a few gloomy grey months ahead, with a general election on the horizon, and no end to the Brexit impasse in sight. But one trend has emerged to brighten up these damp winter days. Not long ago you would see rainbow hair only on celebrities such as Katy Perry or Nicki Minaj, or people in the cosplay community. Not any more. What was once a wacky trend is now beloved of ordinary women. Look around your local coffee shop, or observe mothers on the school run, and you may see the rainbow hair trend for yourself. It’s certainly hard to miss.
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Trump proposed sending undocumented migrants to Guantánamo, anonymous book claims 14 Nov 2019, 1:00am Trump proposed sending undocumented migrants to Guantánamo, anonymous book claims
Plan to designate unlawful migrants as ‘enemy combatants’ provoked astonishment and mortification, says author of A Warning
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Stuart Robert grilled about whether Centrelink robodebts are illegal – politics live 14 Nov 2019, 12:32am Updated Stuart Robert grilled about whether Centrelink robodebts are illegal – politics live
Government services minister tries to avoid question at National Press Club, but urged to address the issue. All the day’s events, live
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Drag queen Pissi Myles slays at impeachment inquiry, causing congressional splash 14 Nov 2019, 12:08am Drag queen Pissi Myles slays at impeachment inquiry, causing congressional splash
Myles was feeling the fantasy in a scarlet dress, stilettos and a blonde coiffure: ‘I’ve been called Ruby Giuliani. It’s a little offensive’ Forget quid pro quo, when there’s a drag queen in town you’ll get quip pro quo. And there was no doubt in Washington on Wednesday – there was a drag queen in town.
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