A letter to our newborn American daughter

A letter to our newborn American daughter

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Protesters cross the Brooklyn Bridge to protest against police brutality You were born on the third night of curfew and in the third month of the Covid lockdown, entering the world as around us an epic history swirled. When your mother went into labour, police helicopters circled above our…
Trump commutes ex-adviser Roger Stone’s sentence

Trump commutes ex-adviser Roger Stone’s sentence

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US President Donald Trump has commuted the prison sentence of his former adviser Roger Stone.The announcement came just after the Washington DC Court of Appeals denied Stone's request to delay the start date of his custodial term of 40 months.He was convicted of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.Stone was the sixth Trump aide…
Amazon fires at 13-year high in June

Amazon fires at 13-year high in June

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Fires raged across the Amazon in 2019 - as pictured - causing an outcry across the world Fires in Brazil's Amazon rainforest rose by almost 20% in June - a 13-year high for the month, according to government data.With such an increase at the start of the dry season, there…
Venice test brings up floodgates for first time

Venice test brings up floodgates for first time

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe testing of 78 mobile floodgates was hailed as a successFor the first time a system of 78 mobile floodgates has been tested in Venice, after years beset by delays and corruption.The 1.5km (one-mile) Mose system of yellow dams was a "powerful project that has taken years…
Outcry after Imran Khan calls Bin Laden a ‘martyr’

Outcry after Imran Khan calls Bin Laden a ‘martyr’

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Imran Khan referred to Bin Laden during a speech in the National Assembly on Thursday Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has come under fire from opposition MPs after telling parliament that the US "martyred" Osama Bin Laden.Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, was killed in 2011 when US…
Iran denies reports of fresh explosion

Iran denies reports of fresh explosion

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption File photo of a nuclear facility Natanz that was damaged in a fire in July Iranian officials have denied reports of an explosion west of the capital Tehran on Thursday, the latest in a series of mysterious blasts to hit the country in recent weeks.Social media users reported hearing explosions…
Half of Oklahoma ruled to be Native American land

Half of Oklahoma ruled to be Native American land

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Five Tribes of Oklahoma - Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole and Muscogee Nation - proudly uphold their traditions The US Supreme Court has ruled about half of Oklahoma belongs to Native Americans, in a landmark case that also quashed a child rape conviction.The justices decided 5-4 that an…
FBI ‘kidnapped’ Instagrammer from Dubai – lawyer

FBI ‘kidnapped’ Instagrammer from Dubai – lawyer

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Image copyright Hushpuppi/Instagram Image caption A lawyer for Hushpuppi (pictured) says the US had no authority to transport him from Dubai A Nigerian man accused of multimillion-dollar fraud and money laundering by the United States was kidnapped by the FBI from Dubai, his lawyer says. Ramon Olorunwa Abbas - known to his 2.5 million Instagram…
Malawi opposition leader wins historic poll rerun

Malawi opposition leader wins historic poll rerun

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Image copyright AFP Image caption Lazarus Chakwera's political fortunes were revived by a court ruling that annulled last year's flawed election Malawi's opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera has won the country's rerun presidential vote, officials say.He defeated incumbent Peter Mutharika with almost 59% of the vote in Tuesday's poll, the electoral commission announced late on Saturday.In…
‘Crystal clear’ drunk people will not keep distance

‘Crystal clear’ drunk people will not keep distance

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLarge crowds of people visited London's Soho district to celebrate pubs reopeningIt is "crystal clear" that drunk people are unable to socially distance, the chair of the Police Federation said as pubs reopened on Saturday.Ministers had urged caution ahead of hospitality venues reopening in England after three…