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Coronavirus: flight evacuating Britons from stricken cruise ship leaves Japan 21 Feb 10:32pm Coronavirus: flight evacuating Britons from stricken cruise ship leaves Japan
Thirty-two British and European passengers from Diamond Princess on board plane due to land in England on Saturday, Foreign Office says The British government has begun repatriating its citizens trapped on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan for more than two weeks. “The evacuation flight from Japan has now departed with 32 British and European passengers on board, as well as British government and medical staff,” the Foreign Office said in a statement on Saturday.
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California grad students risk losing their jobs after months-long strike 21 Feb 10:23pm California grad students risk losing their jobs after months-long strike
Fellow students and faculty across state march in solidarity amid call for better pay as cost of living soars Across university campuses in California on Friday, students and faculty members marched, chanted and waved signs in support of the graduate students at the University of Santa Cruz who have been waging a months-long strike
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Bernie Sanders has invested big in Nevada. Will it pay off? 21 Feb 9:04pm Bernie Sanders has invested big in Nevada. Will it pay off?
Polling suggests frontrunner is well ahead of his rivals, with 25% support in a state where he campaigned hard Bernie Sanders closed a crucial week in the 2020 Democratic primary by making his case to west coast voters, hoping to solidify his lead in the race with a win in Saturday’s caucuses in Nevada. After
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Coronavirus outbreak: South Korea records another huge jump in cases 21 Feb 8:45pm Coronavirus outbreak: South Korea records another huge jump in cases
Central city of Daegu is at the epicentre of the infections, health officials say, as China’s Hubei province sees 109 more deaths South Korea has reported another huge jump in cases of coronavirus as the country fights to contain the spread of the deadly disease. The number of infections has increased by 142 to 346, officials said on Saturday, with most of the cases
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Sanders banks on support from Latinos and young people as Nevada vote looms 21 Feb 8:12pm Sanders banks on support from Latinos and young people as Nevada vote looms
Polling suggests frontrunner is well ahead of his rivals, with 25% support in a state where he campaigned hard Bernie Sanders closed a crucial week in the 2020 Democratic primary by making his case to west coast voters, hoping to solidify his lead in the race with a win in Saturday’s caucuses in Nevada. After
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Man charged over stabbing attack at London mosque 21 Feb 7:20pm Man charged over stabbing attack at London mosque
Daniel Horton, 29, charged with grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article A man has been charged over Thursday’s stabbing attack at London Central Mosque. Daniel Horton, 29, of no fixed address, was charged on Friday night with grievous bodily harm and possession of a bladed article, Scotland Yard said. He will appear at Westminster magistrates’ court on Saturday.
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Bernie Sanders denounces Russian efforts to aid his campaign – live 21 Feb 4:39pm Bernie Sanders denounces Russian efforts to aid his campaign – live
Frontrunner condemns interference and says: ‘Unlike Trump, I do not consider Vladimir Putin a good friend. He is an autocratic thug’
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Mike Bloomberg says he will release three women from NDAs 21 Feb 4:34pm Mike Bloomberg says he will release three women from NDAs
Candidate said his company identified three agreements ‘to address complaints about comments they said I had made’
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Bloomberg says he will release three women from NDAs used to silence them – live 21 Feb 4:30pm Updated Bloomberg says he will release three women from NDAs used to silence them – live
Contender responds to criticism of company’s handling of sexual harassment claims and says he has ‘done a lot of reflecting on this issue’
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Gloria Allred admits sending bus asking Prince Andrew to talk to FBI about Epstein – video 21 Feb 4:07pm Gloria Allred admits sending bus asking Prince Andrew to talk to FBI about Epstein – video
US lawyer Gloria Allred, who is representing several of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers has admitted arranging an American-style school bus to drive through different parts of London, including past Buckingham Palace, with a message on the side asking Prince Andrew to speak with the FBI. Andrew has so far failed to respond to FBI approaches in the ongoing investigation into Epstein and his abuse of underaged girls
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Harvey Weinstein trial: jury appears to reach partial verdict 21 Feb 3:40pm Updated Harvey Weinstein trial: jury appears to reach partial verdict
Jury indicated that in three counts they have reached their decision, and will now break and return to deliberations on the other two counts on Monday The jury at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial in New York appears to have reached a verdict on three of the five counts facing him, though they are deadlocked on the most serious charge – predatory sexual assault. Shortly after the lunch break on Friday, the five men and seven women of the jury were called back into court having indicated that in three counts they have reached their decision. These are: the count that alleges the fallen movie mogul forced oral sex on a then Project Runway production assistant, Miriam Haley, in 2006 and two counts of rape in 2013 of a woman who the Guardian is not naming as her intentions on identification are unclear.
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Hidden Away review - makes a rich, heavy meal of a biopic of feral Italian painter 21 Feb 3:30pm Hidden Away review - makes a rich, heavy meal of a biopic of feral Italian painter
This account of the tough, troubled life of naive artist Antonio Liguabue boasts a committed performance from actor Elio Germano Georgio Diritti has directed a lovely-looking and fervent film about the life of the
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Minamata review – Johnny Depp attempts redemption in heartfelt look at disaster that struck Japanese town 21 Feb 3:30pm Minamata review – Johnny Depp attempts redemption in heartfelt look at disaster that struck Japanese town
Depp plays real-life US photojournalist W Eugene Smith who travels to cover the story of mercury poisoning that caused horrendous disfigurements Minamata is not a masterpiece and there are one or two cliches here about western saviours and boozy, difficult, passionate journalists who occupy the perennial Venn diagram overlap between integrity and alcoholism. This movie’s producer-star Johnny Depp has form on this score, with his
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EU summit collapses as leaders struggle to fill €75bn Brexit hole 21 Feb 2:31pm EU summit collapses as leaders struggle to fill €75bn Brexit hole
States deeply divided over budget as big contributors reject plan for them to pay more A summit of EU leaders seeking to fill a €75bn hole in the bloc’s budget left by Brexit dramatically collapsed after Angela Merkel led major contributors in rejecting a proposal that would have left them paying billions more. The meeting in Brussels was brought to an abrupt end on Friday evening, with the leaders deeply divided, leaving the European council president, Charles Michel, to admit: “We need more time.”
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From batteries to shutters: Australian firms eye potential coronavirus shortages 21 Feb 2:00pm From batteries to shutters: Australian firms eye potential coronavirus shortages
Hospitality and travel have already been hard hit, while there are concerns of looming shortages of products such as iPhones and batteries With the coronavirus outbreak in China affecting the import and export trade, Australian retailers and suppliers are concerned that consumers will soon start experiencing shortages of products ranging from iPhones to batteries. There are widespread factory shutdowns in China as millions of people remain in lockdown and subject to strict travel restrictions and quarantine measures. While some retailers say it is too soon to see a noticeable impact on stock, with many shipyard and factory workers taking time off for lunar new year anyway, they are preparing for shortages in coming weeks.
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EU leaders express concern over filling €75bn Brexit shortfall – video 21 Feb 1:35pm EU leaders express concern over filling €75bn Brexit shortfall – video
Leaders of EU countries have expressed concerns the union's long-term budget talks may not conclude in an agreement as politicians' positions have been miles apart on how to fill the 
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Marni blends old and new fabrics looking for beauty in leftovers 21 Feb 1:29pm Marni blends old and new fabrics looking for beauty in leftovers
Milan fashion week seeks low-waste ways to combine fashion and sustainability That eccentricity has become a bankable commodity – even within the traditionally
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UK weather: weekend rain could cause further flooding 21 Feb 1:27pm Updated UK weather: weekend rain could cause further flooding
Environment Agency warns of heavy downpours in northern England and the Midlands Heavy rain over the weekend could bring further flooding in northern England and the Midlands, the Environment Agency has warned. England has so far received 141% of its average February rainfall with almost continuous wet weather in the past fortnight, the agency said as it warned the deluges were set to continue into next week.
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Go to Hell: town offers free weddings but anniversaries will be a problem 21 Feb 1:19pm Go to Hell: town offers free weddings but anniversaries will be a problem
Hell, Michigan is offering a limited-time marriage deal: 29 free weddings on leap day, 29 February, at 2.29pm I have heard it said that there is no point in going to Heaven, because all the cool people will be in Hell. I now know this is probably not true – because not everyone would fit: Hell is a tiny town with a population of only 70,000, in Michigan. It’s also a place where you can get married for free. Which sounds like a good deal: as
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German far-right party AfD accused of fuelling hate after Hanau attack 21 Feb 12:37pm German far-right party AfD accused of fuelling hate after Hanau attack
Leading politicians say Alternative für Deutschland should face surveillance Leading German politicians have called for the far-right party Alternative für Deutschland to be placed under surveillance, claiming it has helped fuel the extremist rhetoric behind the
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Why Elizabeth Warren won this week in US politics – and a Florida man lost 21 Feb 12:29pm Why Elizabeth Warren won this week in US politics – and a Florida man lost
Another Democratic debate shakes up the race ahead of Nevada’s caucuses while a Florida man figures out how to take ‘Trump’ with him to the doctor It’s been another wild week in American politics, with a Democratic debate shaking up the field again and Donald Trump tangling with the justice system in multiple dramatic ways. But who’s up and who’s down as Nevada gets ready to vote in the primary race on Saturday?
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NHS to test Londoners for coronavirus at home 21 Feb 11:49am NHS to test Londoners for coronavirus at home
Fresh approach to detecting Covid-19 aims to limit spread of infection across capital The NHS has started testing people for coronavirus in their own homes in London. The
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JP Morgan economists warn climate crisis is threat to human race 21 Feb 11:27am JP Morgan economists warn climate crisis is threat to human race
Leaked report for world’s major fossil fuel financier says Earth is on unsustainable trajectory The world’s largest financier of fossil fuels has advised clients that something will have to change at some point if the human race is to survive the climate crisis, according to a leaked document. The JP Morgan report on the economic risks of human-caused global heating said it was clear that the earth was on an unsustainable trajectory that risked catastrophic outcomes.
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Bloomberg campaign spends $460m in first quarter ahead of Super Tuesday 21 Feb 10:42am Bloomberg campaign spends $460m in first quarter ahead of Super Tuesday
Federal Election Commission filings released on Thursday show money is sourced from ex-mayor’s own pockets Billionaire presidential candidate
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School bus stunt urges Prince Andrew to talk to FBI about Jeffrey Epstein 21 Feb 9:57am School bus stunt urges Prince Andrew to talk to FBI about Jeffrey Epstein
US lawyer Gloria Allred arranged for bus to be driven past Buckingham Palace with message for prince An American-style school bus has driven past Buckingham Palace with a message on the side appealing for Prince Andrew to answer questions from the FBI about his links to the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The stunt was arranged by the US lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents some of Epstein’s victims.
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What is the Windrush review? 21 Feb 9:31am What is the Windrush review?
The review was set up to shed light on the events that led to the Windrush scandal The Windrush review was set up to provide an independent assessment of the events leading up to the Windrush scandal – particularly from 2008 to March 2018 – and to identify the key lessons for the Home Office going forward.
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US and Taliban to sign deal paving way for troop pullout and peace talks 21 Feb 9:11am US and Taliban to sign deal paving way for troop pullout and peace talks
A seven-day ‘reduction of violence’ deal will begin on Friday night, Mike Pompeo said, leading to signing of a peace agreement The US and Taliban are due to sign an agreement on 29 February that will lead to the withdrawal of thousands of US troops and the start of comprehensive peace talks between the Afghan government and the insurgents. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, announced that the agreement would be signed once there has been a week-long “nationwide reduction in violence”, to start at midnight on Friday, according to an understanding reached by US and Taliban negotiators meeting in Doha.
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Labour MPs warn government over Windrush review 21 Feb 8:53am Labour MPs warn government over Windrush review
Concern after report of phrase ‘institutionally racist’ being removed from draft report Politicians have warned the government not to water down a review into the Windrush scandal after claims that a section of a pending report that branded the Home Office “institutionally racist” was removed. The Times newspaper reported sources saying the phrase “institutionally racist” was included in an earlier draft of the Windrush review, led by Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams, but had subsequently been deleted.
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Who is most at risk of contracting coronavirus? 21 Feb 8:47am Who is most at risk of contracting coronavirus?
After the deaths of young health workers, do we have to rethink who is at risk of infection? There have been a number of deaths from the coronavirus among
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Lawyer representing Epstein victims targets Prince Andrew with school bus stunt 21 Feb 8:34am Lawyer representing Epstein victims targets Prince Andrew with school bus stunt
Yellow bus was driven past Buckingham Palace with message for prince to answer FBI’s questions Prince Andrew has been targeted by US lawyer Gloria Allred who represents some of the victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. An American school bus was driven past Buckingham Palace with a message on the side appealing for the prince to answer questions from the FBI over their Epstein investigation.
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Irish drug dealer loses £46m bitcoin codes he hid in fishing rod case 21 Feb 8:31am Irish drug dealer loses £46m bitcoin codes he hid in fishing rod case
Clifton Collins fears fishing gear was taken to dump by his landlord after he was jailed In early 2017 Clifton Collins, an Irish drug dealer, had a dilemma: where to hide the codes of his illicit €55m (£46m)
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Thai court dissolves opposition party Future Forward 21 Feb 8:21am Thai court dissolves opposition party Future Forward
Sixteen of its leaders banned for 10 years after it is ruled to have received illegal loan One of Thailand’s most popular opposition parties has been disbanded after it was found to have violated electoral rules by receiving an illegal loan, a decision analysts say is likely to heighten political tensions. The constitutional court dissolved Future Forward on Friday and banned 16 of its leaders from politics for 10 years.
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Environmental and animal rights activists being referred to Prevent programme 21 Feb 8:02am Environmental and animal rights activists being referred to Prevent programme
Types of ‘concerns’ identified include far-left and anti-Isis extremism, FoI request reveals Environmental and animal rights activists have been referred to the government’s controversial anti-radicalisation programme, the Home Office has admitted. Responding to a freedom of information request, the Home Office provided a breakdown of reasons behind referrals of individuals who received specialist support for “other types of radicalisation” via its Channel programme, an arm of Prevent.
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Music industry fears bands will be unable to tour UK without visas 21 Feb 7:11am Music industry fears bands will be unable to tour UK without visas
Professional body urges ministers to clarify proposed post-Brexit immigration rules The music industry has urged the government to clarify its proposed immigration rules amid fears that bands from the EU will not be able to tour the UK without written permission or a visa. They are the latest to warn of the economic risks posed by the new immigration rules which have already drawn criticism from the agriculture, hospitality and social care sectors.
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German far-right party accused of fuelling hate after Hanau attack 21 Feb 6:46am German far-right party accused of fuelling hate after Hanau attack
Leading politicians say Alternative für Deutschland should face surveillance Leading German politicians have called for the far-right party Alternative für Deutschland to be placed under surveillance, claiming it has helped to fuel the extremist rhetoric behind the
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As Nobel prize winners, we demand Justin Trudeau stop the Teck Frontier mine | Nobel prize winners 21 Feb 6:30am As Nobel prize winners, we demand Justin Trudeau stop the Teck Frontier mine | Nobel prize winners
All new projects that enable fossil fuel growth are an affront to our state of climate emergency. It is a disgrace Canada is considering them
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EU leaders at odds over filling €75bn Brexit shortfall 21 Feb 6:25am EU leaders at odds over filling €75bn Brexit shortfall
Agreement on a final budget deal at summit is unlikely, says Mette Frederiksen, Danish PM A summit to fix the EU’s long-term budget looked in danger of ending in failure after less than a day of talks, with leaders miles apart on on how to fill the
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Himalayan wolf lopes towards recognition as distinct species 21 Feb 6:24am Himalayan wolf lopes towards recognition as distinct species
Animal’s unique adaptation to low-oxygen life can be basis for protection, say researchers Wolves living in the Himalayas are to be recognised as a subspecies of the grey wolf, with researchers predicting that the animals will soon be declared a unique species. The wolves surviving at high altitudes in Nepal and on the Tibetan plateau possess a genetic adaptation to cope with the lack of oxygen which is not found in any other wolf, a study reports.
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$45m in 90 days: How Bloomberg bought your Facebook feed 21 Feb 6:00am $45m in 90 days: How Bloomberg bought your Facebook feed
Part one of a Guardian investigation reveals the strategy and strange decisions driving the campaign’s unprecedented ad blitz Mike Bloomberg’s unorthodox presidential campaign has many asking if a billionaire can
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Gett: Israeli taxi app sued for service used to avoid Arab drivers 21 Feb 5:55am Gett: Israeli taxi app sued for service used to avoid Arab drivers
Gett Jerusalem representative recorded allegedly saying option is for people who only want Jewish drivers Human-rights lawyers in Jerusalem have sued Gett, an Israeli taxi-hailing app, for providing a service they allege was designed to give customers the option to practically guarantee they would not get an Arab driver. A global firm that also works with black cabs in the UK, Gett offers users in the holy city the choice to request a taxi that is not driven on the Sabbath, the weekly Jewish day of rest, and some Jewish holidays.
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China car sales tumble by 92% as coronavirus takes toll on industry 21 Feb 5:21am China car sales tumble by 92% as coronavirus takes toll on industry
CPCA says ‘barely anybody’ has looked to make purchase in first half of February Car sales in China have collapsed by 92% as the coronavirus shutdown wreaks havoc on the automotive industry. The China Passenger Car Association said that “barely anybody” has looked to buy cars in the first half of February and most dealerships have remained closed as the coronavirus shutdown takes its toll on businesses across China.
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German court says Tesla can clear trees to build car factory 21 Feb 5:06am German court says Tesla can clear trees to build car factory
Environmental group had challenged original ruling that carmaker could fell pines A German court has ruled that clearing of trees from the site of Tesla’s first electric car factory in Europe can go ahead, days after it issued an injunction temporarily halting the preparatory work. The top administrative court in the Berlin-Brandenburg region ruled on Thursday that authorities had been within their rights to clear the way for work to start.
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Coronavirus: Diamond Princess repatriation flight to UK is delayed 21 Feb 4:53am Coronavirus: Diamond Princess repatriation flight to UK is delayed
More than 70 British nationals are now due to leave cruise ship in Japan on Friday night The repatriation flight due to bring home dozens of Britons who have been trapped on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan has been delayed. More than 70 British nationals who have been quarantined on board the Diamond Princess were due to fly home on Friday, but they will now leave the cruise ship on Friday night, and the flight will depart in the early hours of Saturday, local time.
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Gordon Brown: Scotland risks becoming one of west’s most divided countries 21 Feb 3:44am Gordon Brown: Scotland risks becoming one of west’s most divided countries
Former PM makes claim after YouGov poll suggested only 16% believe country is united Gordon Brown has claimed that Scotland is at risk of becoming “one of the west’s most divided countries”. The former prime minister made the claim after a YouGov poll of 2,500 Scots suggested that only 16% believe the country is united.
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Brits prepare to fly home from cruise ship hit by coronavirus 21 Feb 3:13am Brits prepare to fly home from cruise ship hit by coronavirus
UK government sends plane to repatriate quarantined citizens on Diamond Princess Dozens of Britons who have been trapped on a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan are set to fly home after the UK government sent a plane to repatriate them. About 70 people who have been held in quarantine on the Diamond Princess are due to land at Boscombe Down Ministry of Defence base near Salisbury, Wiltshire, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
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Going to east Asia? Your travel rights regarding coronavirus explained 21 Feb 3:00am Going to east Asia? Your travel rights regarding coronavirus explained
In what circumstances will airlines offer refunds and how should you plan ahead? As the coronavirus outbreak nears its third month and shows few signs of abating before the spring holiday season, insurers and airlines face a growing number of claims as passengers attempt to cancel. But in what circumstances will they pay up, or offer refunds?
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Indian civil servant moved 53 times for exposing corruption to be immortalised in book 21 Feb 2:05am Indian civil servant moved 53 times for exposing corruption to be immortalised in book
Ashok Khemka shot to fame in 2012 when he cancelled a land deal by son-in-law of Sonia Gandhi The ill-starred career of the Indian civil servant who has been transferred 53 times in 26 years is the subject of a new book written by two journalists to be published next month. Ashok Khemka, 54, has been shunted around because he kept exposing corruption by politicians.
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‘A step away from hell’: the young male refugees selling sex to survive 21 Feb 2:00am ‘A step away from hell’: the young male refugees selling sex to survive
Photographer Heba Khamis spent a year and a half documenting the lives of ‘black birds’: the male Afghan and Iranian sex workers in Berlin’s Tiergarten
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‘People are scared’: New York City’s Chinatown takes hit over coronavirus fears 21 Feb 2:00am ‘People are scared’: New York City’s Chinatown takes hit over coronavirus fears
Businesses in the usually busy neighborhood are cutting staff as sales drop even though the virus has not yet made it to New York City New York City’s Chinatown is typically a bustling hub for locals and tourists alike, an economic center fueled by hundreds of independent shops selling everything from cellphones to steaming plates of shu mai. But recently, the streets of Chinatown’s corner of downtown Manhattan have been quieter. Fewer tour groups are walking along the streets, fewer people are going to the neighborhood’s most famous restaurants. Even some locals seem hesitant to go out to their favorite spots.
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Stella Nyanzi marks release from jail in Uganda with Yoweri Museveni warning 21 Feb 2:00am Stella Nyanzi marks release from jail in Uganda with Yoweri Museveni warning
Writer and activist who was imprisoned for insulting Ugandan president calls on him to go as 18-month sentence is revoked The feminist academic and writer Stella Nyanzi has been released from prison after her 18-month sentence for insulting Uganda’s president was quashed. Nyanzi collapsed as she left court in Kampala on Thursday, and
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Coronavirus: China prisons report 500 cases, as virus spreads in South Korea – live updates 21 Feb 1:53am Updated Coronavirus: China prisons report 500 cases, as virus spreads in South Korea – live updates
Wuhan’s women’s prison director sacked as 230 inmates test positive for illness; South Korea adds 52 new cases. Follow latest news
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Hanau attack part of pattern of white supremacist violence flowing from US 21 Feb 1:51am Hanau attack part of pattern of white supremacist violence flowing from US
Experts in global extremism say gunman’s comments on his website paralleled several recent conspiracies popular with American far-right The mass shootings
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Coronavirus: China prison reports 200 cases, as virus spreads in South Korea – live updates 21 Feb 1:16am Updated Coronavirus: China prison reports 200 cases, as virus spreads in South Korea – live updates
Justice chief sacked in Shandong province with prison guard reported to be source of outbreak, as South Korea adds 52 new cases. Follow latest news
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Immigration rules post-Brexit could fuel modern slavery, say charities 21 Feb 1:00am Immigration rules post-Brexit could fuel modern slavery, say charities
Charities say ban on low-skilled workers could lead to boom in black market The proposed closure of UK borders to
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Arrest warrants issued for Australians in Syria, including women with children in al-Hawl camp 21 Feb 12:36am Arrest warrants issued for Australians in Syria, including women with children in al-Hawl camp
Arrest warrants for those accused of supporting Isis may pave way for repatriation of women and children Arrest warrants have been issued for Australians accused of fighting for or supporting Islamic State, including women held in Syria’s al-Hawl camp. As pressure builds on Australia to join other governments in repatriating women and children held in the massive, squalid camp, the Australian federal police have announced that they have obtained 42 arrest warrants for Australian men and women who have travelled to Syria “for alleged criminal offences against Australian law”.
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Tokyo Olympics: dance by Japan’s indigenous people dropped from opening ceremony 21 Feb 12:00am Tokyo Olympics: dance by Japan’s indigenous people dropped from opening ceremony
Move raises questions about status of Ainu ethnic minority, whose cultural identity Japan is legally obliged to protect Japan’s commitment to the rights of its indigenous people has been questioned after organisers of this summer’s
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