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Data shows drug slowing Alzheimer’s but doubts over effect remain

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  • Experts have welcomed full data showing an experimental drug can slow cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients, but warned improvements were comparatively small and said it remained unclear how much difference it might make in people’s lives.
  • Japanese drugmaker Eisai and its United States partner Biogen had announced in September that preliminary data from a trial of lecanemab found it slowed cognitive decline by 27 percent across an 18-month period.
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How Israel Became the Global Center For Alternative Meat Tech

World – TIME By Aryn Baker / Tel Aviv, Israel
  • According to the Good Food Institute (GFI), an international advocacy and research institution that promotes alternative protein technologies, cultivated meat—grown from stem cells in a bioreactor—reduces water use by up to 78% and cuts land requirements by up to 95%, compared to conventional beef farming.
  • The kebabs, burgers, and pulled beef were plant based ; the chicken and steak, served offsite by SuperMeat and Aleph Farms respectively, were cultivated from biopsied stem cells in bioreactors.
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Jiang Zemin: a look back at the former Chinese president’s rule – video obituary

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The former Chinese president Jiang Zemin, who led his country out of isolation after the crushing of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, has died aged 96. Jiang died from leukaemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai at 12.13pm local time, the official Xinhua news agency saidFormer Chinese president Jiang Zemin dies at 96 Continue reading… […]Read more >Similar articles >
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From blank paper to alpacas: how protesters in China are voicing their anger – video

Guardian Weekly | The Guardian By Helen Davidson, Bertin Huynh, Scarlet Pestell and Nikhita Chulani
The largest protests in a generation erupted in cities across China over the weekend against the government’s zero-Covid policy.The most widely used symbol in the demonstrations has been a blank sheet of paper. It symbolises censorship, and may also, some Twitter users pointed out, be read as a reference to the deaths last week of10 people in a building fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, which was blamed on lockdown restrictions that protesters believe prevented the residents from escaping in time. In China, white is a colour used at funerals. But protesters have found other creative ways to express their anger, asHelen Sullivanexplains Continue […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How North Korea is trying to keep citizens from defecting

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  • North Korea has dramatically increased security on its northern border with China, constructing new fences, walls and guard towers under the pretext of stopping anyone with the coronavirus from entering the country.
  • Published on November 19 by New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW), the report makes use of extensive satellite photography of around 300 kilometers (186.4 miles) of the border with China.
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Living positively with HIV in Cameroon

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  • Like the thousands of other young people living with HIV, Tubuoh and Yerimah are also worried about passing on the virus to their children when they decide to start their families.
  • Fabiola Yerimah said she had no clue that her 2-year-old cousin was HIV positive.
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US south on alert for more severe weather as tornadoes rip through region

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  • The “threat for supercells capable of all severe hazards continues”, forecasters said, after tornadoes damaged homes, destroyed a fire station, trapped people in a grocery store and ripped the roof off an apartment complex in Mississippi and Alabama overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.
  • Meteorologists said the threat of dangerous storms remained on Wednesday near the Gulf coast in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
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French baguette added to UNESCO heritage list

Toronto Sun
  • UNESCO experts gathering in Morocco this week decided that the simple French flute — made only of flour, water, salt, and yeast — deserved UN recognition, after France’s culture ministry warned of a “continuous decline” in the number of traditional bakeries, with some 400 closing every year over the past half-century.
  • PARIS — The humble baguette — the crunchy ambassador for French baking around the world — is being added to the UN’s list of intangible cultural heritage as a cherished tradition to be preserved by humanity.
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Spain insists no deaths on its soil during Melilla tragedy

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  • Spain’s interior minister on Wednesday flatly rejected new media allegations of possible deaths on Spanish soil during a June storming by migrants of the border fence separating its north African enclave of Melilla from Morocco when at least 23 people died.
  • The tragic events occurred outside our country,” minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska told Spain ’s Parliament in Madrid.
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Germany seeks to boost immigration of skilled workers

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BERLIN — The German government said Wednesday that it plans to ease entry rules for immigrants from outside the European Union to help meet Germany’s demand for skilled workers.Experts say Europe’s biggest economy needs about 400,000 skilled immigrants each year as the country’s ageing workforce shrinks, particularly to fill vacancies in the health care, IT and construction sectors.Lack of workers endangers Germany’s ambitious plans to boost the roll-out of renewable energy, Economy Minister Robert Habeck said.“We’ve known for years that we’re going to have a demographic problem but nothing […]Read more >Similar articles >
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US joins protests over arrest of Cambodian labor leader

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  • The United States has joined local human rights groups in Cambodia in calling for the release of a labor union leader who was involved in a year-long protest at a casino and arrested last week upon her return from a trip abroad.
  • Chhim Sithar, a union leader at the NagaWorld casino in the capital Phnom Penh, was first arrested in January after leading a demonstration of nearly 400 other dismissed employees who were demanding to be rehired.
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German police raid, question online hate speech suspects

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BERLIN — German police searched homes and questioned suspects as part of an annual nationwide crackdown against online hate speech, authorities said Wednesday.Police carried out 91 operations in 14 German states.In the central state of Hesse, officers investigated three women and six men, ages 17 to 72, prosecutors said. The allegations against them include incitement to hatred, defamation and libel.Germany has staged annual police raids against online hate speech since 2016. The country’s top security official, Nancy Faeser, said in a statement that crimes committed on social media, messaging apps and Internet forums provide […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Belgium starts trial over 2016 suicide bombings

Europe | The Guardian By Agence France-Presse in Brussels
  • Salah, who is French, was convicted in a separate trial in France for his role in attacks in Paris in 2015 that killed 130 people.
  • Belgium has launched its biggest criminal trial with the prosecution of alleged jihadists accused of directing or aiding suicide bombings on the Brussels metro and airport that killed 32 people in 2016.
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Dutch court shoots down plan using paintball guns on wolves

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  • A Dutch court on Wednesday rejected a plan to control the country’s growing wolf population by shooting at the animals with paintball guns to scare them away from people.
  • Two centuries after wolves were hunted to extinction in the Netherlands, the animals officially returned to the country in 2019 when a pair of wolves who crossed the border from Germany gave birth to three cubs on Dutch soil.
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Taiwan manufacturing stays sluggish in Oct. amid global uncertainties

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  • Consequently, changes to the business climate in China will serve as one of the primary indicators in monitoring the performance of the Taiwanese manufacturing sector, according to TIER.
  • With 30 percent of local hi-tech exports destined for China, it is difficult to gauge how Washington's constraints will affect Taiwan's manufacturing sector going forward, TIER said.
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Shoushan Zoo in Kaohsiung to reopen with new features next month

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Taipei, Nov. 30 (CNA) Shoushan Zoo in southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung will reopen on Dec. 16 after the completion of a one-year reconstruction project, featuring greater accessibility for visitors and family-friendly facilities, the city government’s tourism bureau said Wednesday.The zoo, which broke ground on its NT$550 million (US$17.8million) reconstruction project in August 2021, will feature a 440-meter-long elevated walkway that connects several animal enclosures, the bureau said in a statement.The skywalk is built in conjunction with four observation corridors from where visitors can view animals up close without disturbing […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Russia says it will focus on building nuclear arms infrastructure in 2023

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MOSCOW – Russia will pay special attention to building infrastructure for its nuclear forces in 2023, Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Wednesday. Mr Shoigu said in televised comments that the Russia would also work to improve the combat capabilities of its missile forces and that facilities were being built to accommodate new missile systems. Russia has the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the world, with close to 6,000 warheads. President Vladimir Putin has placed territory seized by Russia in Ukraine under Moscow’s nuclear umbrella, warning that he is ready to defend Russia’s “territorial […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Thai temple left without any monks after they all fail drug tests

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A Thai temple has been left without any monks after they all failed drug tests and were expelled.Four monks including the abbot were forced to leave the monkhood after urine tests showed evidence of illegal drugs, the Bangkok Post reported. The small religious site in Phetchabun province was raided by police and health officials on Monday.The departure of the monks has caused consternation in the local community, which relies on them for religious functions.There has also been concern about what will happen to several dogs and cats that also live in the temple.District officials have reached out to the monastic chief of Bung Sam Phan […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Foxconn asks workers for referrals to replenish China plant’s staff

The Straits Times Asia News
  • Apple supplier Foxconn on Wednesday offered a 1,000 yuan ($193) award to staff who successfully recommend people to work at its plant in China’s Zhengzhou city, as it tries to replenish depleted staff numbers there after recent unrest.
  • The crisis could cut production for November at the factory which employed over 200,000 people before the unrest, by at least 30 per cent, a Foxconn source told Reuters on Thursday.
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At least 10 students killed in school bombing in northern Afghanistan

World By Pamela Constable
The extremist Sunni Muslim group has most often targeted sites in Shiite Muslim communities, in a long-standing campaign against a sect it views as heretical. Since the Sunni Taliban movement returned to power in August 2021, the Islamic State has stepped up and widened its attacks in an effort to undermine pledges by the new de facto government to keep all Afghan citizens secure. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Rapper faces death penalty for ‘corruption on earth’ charge over Iran protests

World By Victoria Bisset
But a senior member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps said this week that more than 300 people have been killed or “martyred” in the two months since the protests began. Addressing students at a university in Tehran, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh said young Iranians have not experienced war or revolution and are therefore unable to recognize their own “enemies,” implying that they are victims of a foreign conspiracy. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Voices: I didn’t realise the dangers of being ‘very online’ – until now

The Independent Voices By Harriet Williamson
  • I’ve previously written about feeling pressure to provide free content, to rack up likes and retweets, to perform for a social media site that gave back more hate and vitriol than meaningful discussion or a sense of connection.
  • There’s also the way the brain provides us with a dopamine hit when we receive positive responses on social media – when we are followed and liked and retweeted and shared.
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Fiala: Deciding to help Ukraine was easy

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The Czech prime minister, Petr Fiala, says it was easy to decide to help Ukraine when it was invaded by Russia. Speaking on Wednesday, he said that a time of multiple crises social reconciliation and helping the needy were more important than the rapid reduction of the state debt.He said Czech society had been divided for a long time and that the public sphere was breaking up into various social bubbles, which impacts politics and public sentiment. This was seen during the Covid crisis, he said.Mr. Fiala made the comments at a conference in Prague entitled Quo vadis, Czechia/Europe 2022. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Voices: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s archaic views make him a threat to women

The Independent Voices By Katie Edwards
  • Rees-Mogg doesn’t mind making a mint “in a very roundabout way” from abortion pills in Indonesia, and he’s apparently not too fussed about an unnecessary death or two (or a hundred thousand) through draconian policies that effectively punish people for being poor.
  • “If you think we don’t need to codify in law that women have a human right to choose to have an abortion, Rees-Mogg just argued against women who are victims of rape or incest having a right to have one.
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Memes, nostalgia as Chinese on social media mourn Jiang Zemin

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  • Irreverent memes, tributes to the late “toad king” and nostalgia for a time seen as more liberal – Chinese took to social media on Wednesday to mourn the death of former leader Jiang Zemin.
  • Over half a million commenters flooded a post by state broadcaster CCTV announcing the death on the Twitter-like platform Weibo within an hour, with many referring to the late leader as “Grandpa Jiang”.
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The three key areas England need to fix for World Cup knockouts

www.telegraph.co.uk for the latest news from the UK and around the world. By Daniel Zeqiri
  • After the USA game, Southgate said he was delighted with Stones and Maguire's play with the ball, analysis which bemused many observers who felt they were too safe and lateral.
  • Opponents will also set up to prevent passes being played into central midfield, with USA and Wales both pressing in a 4-4-2 shape out of possession.
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Ukraine welcomes arms offers, no word on Patriot missiles

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  • BUCHAREST -- Ukraine’s foreign minister said Wednesday that NATO diplomats have given him a “number of new commitments” on arming his nation, but declined to say whether that included promises of badly wanted Patriot missile batteries.
  • Ukraine’s foreign minister says top NATO diplomats have given him a “number of new commitments” on arming his nation, but has declined to say whether that includes promises of badly wanted Patriot missile batteries
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First Thing: Oath Keepers founder guilty of seditious conspiracy

World news | The Guardian By Mattha Busby
  • The Senate has passed the Respect for Marriage Act, legislation to protect same-sex unions that Democrats are hurrying to get to Joe Biden to be signed into law before Republicans take over the House next year.
  • Authorities have abruptly lifted Covid restrictions in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, where protesters scuffled with police on Tuesday night, as police searched for demonstrators in other cities and the country’s top security body called for a crackdown on “hostile forces” .
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China’s BYD to launch electric vehicles in Mexico next year – Al Jazeera English

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  • Next year, BYD will begin selling fully electric versions of its Tang sport utility vehicle (SUV) alongside its Han sedan through eight dealers across Mexico, the company’s country head Zhou Zou told Reuters ahead of the announcement.
  • The world’s largest EV maker by sales hopes to sell 10,000 vehicles in Mexico in 2023 and between 20,000 and 30,000 in 2024, Zou said, adding that the firm’s long-term goal is to reach approximately 10 percent of total market share.
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Three killed as suicide bomb blast hits Pakistan police vehicle – Al Jazeera English

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  • Quetta Police’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ghulam Azfar Mahesar told reporters the vehicle that was targeted was carrying security personnel deployed to protect polio vaccination campaign workers in the capital of Pakistan’s Balochistan province.
  • Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claims responsibility for attack that targeted officers deployed to protect polio vaccination campaign workers.
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Ukraine seeks more NATO aid amid ‘difficult’ front-line situation – Al Jazeera English

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  • President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says Ukrainian forces are facing a “difficult” situation as they defend against attempted Russian advances in several regions, while NATO members promised more weapons to the war-hit country and equipment to help restore electricity infrastructure damaged by Russian attacks.
  • Ukraine’s General Staff said on Wednesday its forces had repelled six Russian attacks in the past 24 hours in the eastern Donbas region, while Russian artillery had relentlessly shelled the right bank of the Dnieper River and Kherson city further south.
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Can Kenya emerge as a role model on refugees? – Al Jazeera English

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  • However, as Kenya welcomes large numbers of new Somali refugees fleeing instability and the effects of a changing climate, as well as an ongoing influx of South Sudanese refugees, it needs support from donors and the international community to respond to these challenges.
  • Until recently, Kenya – like a majority of the world’s refugee-hosting states – limited refugees’ freedom of movement and their right to work.
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For Canadian universities, the Palestinian is the ‘toxic other’ – Al Jazeera English

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  • Despite the efforts of a group of committed scholars, university presidents from the above-named universities, as par for the course, are simply ignoring these questions, just as they have ignored and continue to ignore the experiences of anti-Palestinian racism that many faculty, students, and staff are facing on their campuses.
  • The 100-page report has been authored by Sheryl Nestel and Rowan Gaudet, who collected approximately 80 testimonies from Palestinian, Jewish, and other racialised academics and students describing the experiences of repression, silencing, harassment, intimidation, and marginalisation that they face on Canadian campuses.
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Egyptians want the Rosetta Stone back – Al Jazeera English

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  • ‘’The British Museum’s holding of the stone is a symbol of Western cultural violence against Egypt,” said Monica Hanna, dean of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport, and organiser of one of two petitions calling for the stone’s return .
  • And thousands of Egyptians are once again demanding the repatriation of the Rosetta Stone, one of the most important pieces in the British Museum.
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About half of Japanese and Chinese foresee Taiwan conflict, survey shows

National – The Japan Times By Beijing
  • About half of Japanese and Chinese respondents said they believe a military conflict could occur in the Taiwan Strait in the future, an annual survey showed Wednesday, amid increased cross-strait tensions following a high-profile U.S. visit to the island in August.
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Best of cartoons, December 1, 2022

Sydney Morning Herald - Politics / Federal
Best of cartoons, December 1, 2022We’re sorry, this feature is currently unavailable. We’re working to restore it. Please try again later.Best of cartoons, December 1, 20229 ImagesThe news of the day as interpreted by our talented artists, illustrators and cartoonists.November 30, 2022 — 9.39pm1/9Andrew Dyson2/9Matt Golding3/9Matt Golding4/9Matt Golding5/9Matt Golding6/9Dionne Gain 7/9John Shakespeare8/9John Shakespeare9/9Cathy Wilcox […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Rejected would-be candidates for president taking legal action

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One of people whose applications to stand for president was rejected has taken a complaint to the Supreme Administrative Court. Businessman Karel Diviš says that the Ministry of the Interior failed to count the number of signatures he submitted correctly and wrongly rejected others. Mr. Diviš was 116 names short of reaching the required 50,000 signatures.Another would-be candidate, entrepreneur Karel Janeček, is going to file a complaint on similar grounds.Nine people met the criteria to run for head of state, with seven basing their applications on the support of legislators. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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U.N. treaty must tackle production of problematic plastics, Japan says

National – The Japan Times By John Geddie
  • A proposed United Nations plastic waste treaty must consider putting restrictions on the most problematic plastics, Japan’s lead negotiator told Reuters, marking the first time the country has suggested it would support curbs on plastic production.
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Christmas lights in Germany have become controversial during energy crisis

Deutsche Welle
  • Some cities have chosen to shorten the opening hours of Christmas markets to save energy, or as in the German town of Fulda, close them one day a week.
  • The Christmas season is underway in Germany: The first snowflakes have already fallen from the sky, Christmas markets have opened, and twinkling Christmas lights hang in city centers, adding to Germany's renowned Christmas spirit.
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Chinese, Russian planes enter South Korean air defense zone

Deutsche Welle
  • "Our military deployed air force fighter jets even before Chinese and Russian aircraft entered the [air defense zone] to take tactical measures in case of contingency," South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
  • In turn, Russia said its own aircraft and Chinese warplanes "carried out air patrols over the waters of the Japanese and East China Seas." Moscow insisted the planes "acted strictly in accordance with the provisions of international law" without violating foreign airspace.
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Train strikes: December and January dates, and the train companies affected

www.telegraph.co.uk for the latest news from the UK and around the world. By Oliver Gill
  • But hopes of a truce were dashed when the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) announced its 40,000 members will walk out over eight days – the biggest strikes to date in the dispute – effectively crippling the rail network for the best part of a week before Christmas and another week in the New Year.
  • Taking into account scheduled engineering works and further regional strike action between Christmas and New Year, some lines will be largely out of service for the best part of a month from the middle of December.
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Saudi Arabia World Cup 2022 squad list, fixtures and latest odds

www.telegraph.co.uk for the latest news from the UK and around the world. By Ewan Somerville
Saudi Arabia kicked off their World Cup campaign with one of the greatest upsets in the competition’s history.  The Green Falcons came back from 1-0 down to shock Lionel Messi’s Argentina with goals from Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari in their opening game from Group C.  Saudi Arabia were beaten by Poland in the second group game though, when a missed penalty and glaring defensive error cost them dear.  They take on Mexico in their final group game, and will still have a chance to reach the knockout stages. Saudi Arabia World Cup 2022 squad Goalkeepers: Mohamed Al-Owais (Al-Hilal), Nawaf Al-Aqidi (Al-Nassr), […]Read more >Similar articles >
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South Korea World Cup 2022 results, squad list, fixtures and latest odds

www.telegraph.co.uk for the latest news from the UK and around the world. By Ewan Somerville
South Korea World Cup 2022 squad Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-Gyu, Jo Hyeon-Woo, Song Bum-Keun Defenders: Kim Min-Jae, Kim Young-Gwon, Kwon Kyung-Won, Cho Yu-Min, Kim Moon-Hwan, Yoon Jong-Gyu, Kim Tae-Hwan, Kim Jin-Su, Hong Chul Midfielders: Jung Woo-Young, Son Jun-Ho, Paik Seung-Ho, Hwang In-Beom, Lee Jae-Sung, Kwon Chang-Hoon, Jeong Woo-Yeong, Lee Kang-In, Son Heung-Min, Hwang Hee-Chan, Na Sang-Ho, Song Min-Kyu. Forwards: Hwang Ui-Jo, Cho Gue-Sung What are South Korea’s results and fixtures? […]Read more >Similar articles >
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UK plans to relax ringfencing rules on banks to spark Brexit ‘big bang’

World news | The Guardian By Joanna Partridge
  • Ministers are considering relaxing rules brought in to stabilise the banking system after the credit crunch, as part of government plans to deregulate the City of London and spark a second big bang for financial services after Brexit.
  • The ringfencing regulations, introduced in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis, require lenders to separate their high street operations from other activities such as investment banking or international operations.
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BBC’s new Trawlermen series fails to address sustainability, says coalition

World news | The Guardian By Karen McVeigh
  • However, the new series, Trawlermen: Hunting the Catch, launched in October, fails to mention “even briefly” the environmental and climate crisis challenges or problems with bycatch faced by the fishing industry, according to the Our Seas coalition of 350 conservation and fishing organisations.
  • Our Seas has written to the BBC’s director general, Tim Davie, to express concern that the series “misses the opportunity to explore urgent sustainability issues” in the fishing industry.
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Germany set to ban deportations to Iran

Deutsche Welle
  • Some of Germany's 16 states have already decided to halt deportations due to the current situation in Iran — Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania — and the Interior Minister has called for the rest of the states to follow their example.
  • The Minister of Social Affairs, Youth, Family, Seniors, and Equality for the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, Aminata Toure, recently told the state parliament in Kiel: "The people from Iran, who are living here, are desperate." She called for their "legal challenges with regards to residency status" to be "reassessed." For the Green Party politician, this can only mean a blanket ban on deportations.
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China: Protests escalate as authorities warn of ‘crackdown’

Deutsche Welle
  • Riot police and protesters clashed anew in southern Chinese city Guangzhou, online videos showed on Wednesday, as rallies against strict lockdown regulations continue in China.
  • Reinhard Bütikofer, lawmaker for the German Greens and chairman of the European Parliament's delegation for relations with China, told DW that ongoing protests are different than anything seen in the past few decades.
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Chechen Leader Says Pope ‘Fell Victim to Propaganda’

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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov on Wednesday said Pope Francis “fell victim to propaganda” after the pontiff singled out the alleged role of Russian ethnic minorities in the Ukraine offensive. Kadyrov, who rules the Muslim-majority Chechnya in Russia with widespread violation of human rights, has been one of Moscow’s most vocal supporters in the campaign. “The Pope called the Chechens and Buryats the cruelest in the Russian army,” Kadyrov wrote on social media, “he just fell victim to propaganda.” Chechen units — including Kadyrov’s own militia with a sinister reputation, the […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Jailed Belarus Opposition Leader Kolesnikova Hospitalized in Intensive Care, Allies Say

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  • Jailed Belarusian opposition activist Maria Kolesnikova, who helped lead historic pro-democracy protests in her country in 2020, is in intensive care in the hospital, her allies said Tuesday.
  • Kolesnikova, 40, “is in the ICU of the Gomel Clinical Hospital,” tweeted the press service of fellow jailed opposition figure Viktor Babaryko.
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South Korea scrambles jets after Chinese, Russian warplanes approach

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  • South Korea’s military said it scrambled fighter jets on Wednesday as six Russian and two Chinese warplanes entered its air defence zone without notice.
  • The Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly entered and exited the Korea Air Defence Identification Zone (KADIZ) near South Korea’s southern and northeast coasts early on Wednesday, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said.
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Tokyo court: Lack of law for same-sex union unconstitutional

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  • Japan's lack of law to protect the rights of same-sex couples to marry and become families violates the constitution, the Tokyo District Court ruled Wednesday in a closely watched case in a country still largely bound by traditional gender roles and family values.
  • There is no rationality to justify the absence of legal protection for same-sex couples and “it is in a state of violation" of the Article 24 of the Japan ese Constitution, the court said.
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Argentina World Cup 2022 squad list, fixtures and latest odds

www.telegraph.co.uk for the latest news from the UK and around the world. By Telegraph Sport
Lionel Messi thumped in a 64th minute goal and Enzo Fernandez added another late in the game to give Argentina a 2-0 victory over battling Mexico in their World Cup Group C match on Saturday and reignite their tournament hopes. Messi, who equalled Diego Maradona’s Argentina record of 21 matches and eight goals at the World Cup, was nowhere to be seen for more than an hour before picking up an Angel Di Maria pass, finding just enough space and rifling in from 20 metres. Substitute Fernandez made sure of the three points when he curled a superb shot into the top corner in the 87th minute. The result restored order for the Argentines in […]Read more >Similar articles >
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NBA: Luka Doncic leads Dallas Mavericks to win over Golden State Warriors

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Luka Doncic now has 51 career triple-doublesLuka Doncic delivered his fifth triple-double of the season to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 116-113 win over NBA champions the Golden State Warriors.In a rematch of last season’s Western Conference finals, he top-scored with 41 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.It is the Slovenian’s 51st career triple-double.”It’s getting boring,” joked Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd. “I mean, let’s see something different. Maybe do it with his left hand.”Stephen Curry led the Warriors with 32 points but team-mate Klay Thompson missed a three-pointer that would […]Read more >Similar articles >
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South Korea scrambles fighter jets after Chinese and Russian warplanes enter air defence zone

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South Korea said it has scrambled fighter jets after detecting two Chinese and six Russian warplanes in its air defence zone.The two Chinese H-6 bombers repeatedly entered and left the Korea Air Defence Identification Zone (KADIZ) off the southern and northeast coast at around 5:50am local time, the military said. They returned hours later from the Sea of Japan with the Russian warplanes – including TU-95 bombers and SU-35 fighter jets – and left after 18 minutes in the zone.”Our military dispatched air force fighter jets ahead of the Chinese and Russian aircraft’s entry of the KADIZ to implement tactical measures in […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Power bill debts soar as states brawl over coal, gas price caps

Sydney Morning Herald - Politics / Federal By Nick Toscano and Mike Foley
  • The manufacturing industry, which depends on gas for energy and as a raw material, has been advocating for the government to set a $10-a-gigajoule cap on wholesale gas prices, presently trading at more than $20 in Australia’s south-east.
  • Still, the gas industry is pushing back against the government’s proposal for price regulations, warning caps will deter investment needed to develop new projects that will be increasingly needed to increase local energy supplies and put downward pressure on prices in the longer run.
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As World Cup proceeds, Taiwan’s players, coaches hoping for better at home

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  • Baseball and basketball both have professional leagues, and you can see they are more popular and have bigger crowds at the games," said Wu Chun-ching (吳俊青), the captain of Taiwan's national men's soccer team.
  • With the World Cup in progress, CNA talked to members of Taiwan's own national soccer teams for their insight on ways they think the country's domestic soccer environment can be improved to help the sport grow at home, even with the many inherent barriers that exist.
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Kanye West to pay Kim Kardashian $200,000 monthly in child support in divorce settlement

www.telegraph.co.uk for the latest news from the UK and around the world. By Our Foreign Staff
  • The former couple and their lawyers filed documents asking for a judge's approval of terms they had agreed on, including $200,000 per month child support payments from Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, to Kardashian .
  • The judge declared the two legally single at Kardashian's request in March, ending their eight-year marriage, but issues of property and custody remained that were to be worked out in a trial starting Dec 14.
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Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin dies at 96

Al Jazeera – Breaking News, World News and Video from Al Jazeera
BREAKING, Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin dies at 96State media says Jiang died from leukemia and multiple organ failure in the city of Shanghai.Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin has died at the age of 96, Chinese state media reported. Jiang died from leukemia and multiple organ failure in the city of Shanghai, the official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday. More to follow… […]Read more >Similar articles >
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China’s former president Jiang Zemin dies aged 96

www.telegraph.co.uk for the latest news from the UK and around the world. By Our Foreign Staff
Jiang Zemin, China’s former president, died on Wednesday at the age of 96, Chinese state media reported. Jiang died from leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai, the official Xinhua news agency said. This is a breaking news story. More to follow.  […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Former Chinese president dies aged 96

World News - Breaking international news and headlines | Sky News
The former Chinese president Jiang Zemin has died aged 96, state media has said.Mr Jiang, who was president from 1989 to 2003, died from leukaemia and multiple organ failure on Wednesday afternoon in Shanghai.He came to power after the Tiananmen Square protests.Mr Jiang stepped down as party chief in 2002, but remained head of the military for another year. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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World Cup 2022: Germany opponents Costa Rica not to be taken lightly

Deutsche Welle
  • For them, it's likely to be their final World Cup, but the squad is also evened out by younger players, many of whom play their club football at home in Costa Rica for teams such as Herediano and Alajuelense.
  • Just a few months ago on June 14, Costa Rica beat New Zealand 1-0 in an intercontinental playoff at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, the Qatari municipality which surrounds Doha, to qualify for the World Cup for the third time in a row, and their sixth overall.
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Russian Oil Tanks Ignite Near Belarusian, Ukrainian Borders

The Moscow Times - Independent News From Russia
  • The oil tank fires come a day after Russian regions bordering Ukraine reported one of the widest spates of shelling attacks on their territory since the start of Moscow's invasion of its western neighbor.
  • Oil tanks near Russia's border with Belarus and Ukraine caught fire early Wednesday, local authorities said Wednesday.
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No mother should have to choose between her baby starving or being infected with HIV | Olena Stryzhak

Europe | The Guardian By Olena Stryzhak
  • Access to healthcare workers with sufficient experience handling cases of HIV-infected mothers and preventing mother-to-child transmission – without stigma and discrimination – is lacking, especially in western parts of Ukraine, where there are numerous internally displaced people.
  • Women desperately need help from governments and the humanitarian community to combat HIV being contracted by the next generation of babies in Ukraine.
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Hong Kong official warns lockdown protests hurt security

ABC News: International
  • Hong Kong's security minister on Wednesday warned that the city's protests against China's anti-virus restrictions were a “rudiment of another color revolution” and urged residents not to participate in activities that might hurt national security.
  • Chris Tang said some events on university campuses and the city's streets had attempted to incite others to target China's central government in the name of commemorating a deadly fire in the country's far west last week.
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Inside the operation to construct the Martin Place Christmas tree

Sydney Morning Herald - National / Nsw By Megan Gorrey
  • “It might sound a bit strange, but there is quite a precise method the decorators use to make sure that all the baubles follow the same sort of patterns across the tree,” Stevens said.
  • Once the flowers and some baubles are attached to the branches at the warehouse, the workers place the decorated tree limbs back into their boxes before packing them onto trucks.
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Australia steps up calls for US to drop WikiLeaks charges

ABC News: International
  • Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he recently told U.S. President Joe Biden ’s administration to bring WikiLeaks founder and Australia n citizen Julian Assange’s prosecution to a close.
  • When the British government approved Assange’s extradition in June, Albanese resisted calls that he publicly demand the United States drop the prosecution.
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Nato to reassure Russia’s neighbours fearful of instability

The Straits Times World News
  • Nato foreign ministers will on Wednesday seek to reassure fragile countries in Russia’s neighbourhood that they fear could be destabilised by Russia as the conflict in Ukraine drags on, squeezing energy supplies and pushing up prices.
  • “The reason we are having this gathering is a signal from us on how important it is to create stability not just for Nato countries but beyond,” Netherlands foreign minister Wopke Hoekstra said on arrival for a second day of talks in Bucharest.
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Chinese milestone sets stage for new space race with U.S.

Asia Pacific – The Japan Times By Gabriel Dominguez
  • China has successfully sent a new team of astronauts to its Tiangong space station, a significant achievement that not only marks the country’s first in-orbit crew handover but possibly also the beginning of continuous occupancy at the station.
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Former commando Heston Russell wrongly linked to ‘shocking’ allegation of murder, court told

Sydney Morning Herald - National / Nsw By Georgina Mitchell
  • He argues he was defamed by the publications, which reported on claims by a United States marine that the marine had been on a mission in Afghanistan in 2012 where Australian commandos killed a hog-tied prisoner because there wasn’t room for him on a helicopter.
  • Former special forces soldier Heston Russell was wrongly portrayed as the person responsible for the “shocking and callous” execution of an Afghan prisoner because there wasn’t room for him on a helicopter, a court has been told.
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World Cup 2022, day 11: The schedule, what’s at stake for teams – Al Jazeera English

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  • Socceroos hero Duke is only the eighth Australian player to have scored a goal at the World Cup. The Australian striker, who plays his club football in Japan’s second division, dedicated his goal against Tunisia to his young son who was watching from the stands.
  • Lewandowski uncharacteristically missed a penalty in Poland’s opening draw with Mexico before scoring his first-ever World Cup goal in their 2-0 win over Saudi Arabia.
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Tokyo court rules ban on same-sex marriage not unconstitutional

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  • A Japanese court on Wednesday ruled that Japan’s ban on same-sex marriage was not unconstitutional, dismissing damages sought by same-sex couples who claimed law provisions violate the freedom of marriage guaranteed in the Constitution.
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Japan eyes buying up to 500 Tomahawk missiles from U.S., report says

National – The Japan Times By Jesse Johnson
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  • Prompted by rising concerns over nuclear-armed North Korea’s missile advancements and the breakneck speed of China’s military modernization, Japan is looking to prepare for a dramatic shift in its security strategy by revising a number of key defense documents and acquiring new means of counterattack such as the Tomahawk.
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Live: Ukraine urges NATO to speed up support as more aid promised

France 24 - International breaking news, top stories and headlines By FRANCE 24
Ukraine urged NATO members Tuesday to speed up weapons deliveries and help restore its shattered power grid, as Western allies vowed to bolster support to aid Kyiv through winter in the face of Russia’s attacks. Follow our blog to see how the day’s events unfolded. All times are Paris time (GMT+1). […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Lachlan Murdoch alleges Crikey hired marketing firm to turn legal threat into subscription drive

World news | The Guardian By Amanda Meade
  • One of the matters heard by justice Michael Wigney in a brief hearing was an allegation by the Murdoch team that a marketing campaign, run by brand strategists Populares, undermines the public interest defence on which Crikey publisher Private Media was relying.
  • Sue Chrysanthou SC, for Murdoch, said she intends to show that republication of the article was not for public interest reasons but for a marketing campaign.
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Floods and storms costs insurers $12 billion

Sydney Morning Herald - National / Nsw By Catherine Naylor
  • State member for Lismore Janelle Saffin said assessors had struggled with the workload after the flood and more insurance workers, including hydrologists, were needed to clear remaining claims.
  • According to the insurance council, insurers have received more than 780,000 claims for damage from significant or catastrophic floods or storms since January 2020.
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NSW too slow to own up to its bungled COVID fines

Sydney Morning Herald - National / Nsw By The Herald's View
  • Where the NSW government deserves the most criticism is for taking so long to admit that the fines were invalid.
  • The tickets cancelled by Revenue NSW referred vaguely to “failure to comply with noticed direction in relation section 7/8/9 – COVID-19”, an apparent reference to a section of the Public Health Act that details the minister’s powers to issue public health orders.
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It isn’t Enough that Oath Keepers were Convicted of Seditious Conspiracy: Trump must be, Too

Informed Comment By Juan Cole
  • Ryan Lucas and Carrie Johnson at NPR report that on Tuesday, a jury convicted five leaders of the fascist Oath Keepers militia of “obstructing an official proceeding” by being involved in the invasion of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an attempt to keep Congress from certifying the election of Joe Biden as president.
  • In addition, two of the leaders, Elmer “Stewart” Rhodes and Kelly Megs, were convicted of seditious conspiracy.
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YouTubers or press? The Tamsa creates debate on ambiguity of citizen journalism

The Korea Herald By Park Jun-hee
  • With a recent tit-for-tat between Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon and Citizen Press The Tamsa TV inviting a discussion on the ambiguity of citizen journalists, local scholars on Wednesday identified them as a new form of media but said risks remain as they don't comply with rules and ethics followed by traditional journalism.
  • “The Tamsa TV could be classified as citizen journalism, as it doesn’t gather news materials by complying with the rules and ethics (of media), so it could also be perceived as media that’s immature,” said Yoo Seung-chul, an associate professor of media convergence at Ewha Womans University.
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Macron’s US visit could be a show of European unity

Deutsche Welle
  • French President Emmanuel Macron's trip to Washington this week may not just be a show of Franco-American unity, said an Elysee spokesman in a pre-trip briefing with reporters.
  • "Macron's trip will close the unpleasant chapter of the so-called AUKUS deal — even though that doesn't mean the episode will be completely forgotten," Yves Boyer, a specialist in trans-Atlantic relations and professor emeritus at Paris-based Ecole Polytechnique, told DW.
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Russia-Ukraine war live: fresh missile strikes on Zaporizhzhia region; Zelenskiy says Russians ‘planning something in the south’

Guardian Weekly | The Guardian By Helen Sullivan
  • Oleksandr Starukh, the Head of Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, said on Telegram a short while ago that Russian strikes overnight hit a gas distribution point, causing a fire that has since been extinguished.
  • Oleksandr Starukh, the Head of Zaporizhzhia Regional Military Administration, said on Telegram early on Wednesday morning that Russian strikes in the region overnight hit a gas distribution point, causing a fire that has since been extinguished.
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Japan court rules same-sex marriage ban constitutional, but holds out hope

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TOKYO – A court said on Wednesday that Japan’s ban on same-sex marriage was constitutional, delivering a blow to LGBTQ rights with the second such ruling in the only G-7 nation where same-sex marriage is not permitted. But in what plaintiffs took as a sign of hope, the Tokyo district court ruling also said the absence of any legal system for same-sex couples to have families was an infringement of their human rights. Japan’s constitution defines marriage as based on “the mutual consent of both sexes,” and the ruling party of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has disclosed no plans yet to review the matter or propose […]Read more >Similar articles >
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How did the West forget about the Holodomor?

Deutsche Welle
  • "Gareth Jones was the only Western journalist who had travelled to the areas of Ukraine affected by the Holodomor," explains Andre Erlen, a member of the theatre ensemble "Futur 3."
  • Gareth Jones, a British journalist, travelled to the Soviet Union and the affected regions of Ukraine in the 1930s.
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World Cup 2022: France vs Tunisia match preview

Al Jazeera – Breaking News, World News and Video from Al Jazeera
  • But if Australia draw their match with Denmark, then a Tunisian win would be enough for them to qualify.
  • To make it out of the group stage for the first time in their World Cup history, Tunisia must defeat a France team that has already secured qualification to the round of 16 – and then pray for luck to go their way.
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Indonesia puts 100-island archipelago up for auction, sparking environmental concerns

Guardian Weekly | The Guardian By Lorcan Lovett
  • The development rights to an entire Indonesian archipelago with more than 100 tropical islands is set to be auctioned next week, sparking concerns for the environmental impact on what Sotheby’s described as “one of the most intact coral atoll ecosystems left on Earth”.
  • He said that although the development has planned for environmental protection, private ownership of the islands would “impact the local community socially and economically”.
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Individual cigarettes could carry ‘smoking kills’ warnings: health minister

Sydney Morning Herald - Politics / Federal By Natassia Chrysanthos
  • The raft of new tobacco control measures that the government will start working through next year will also update the graphic health warnings on all tobacco products - including on individual cigarette sticks - and require health promotion inserts in each pack or pouch.
  • Health Minister Mark Butler has promised to “reignite the fight” against nicotine and tobacco as part of his public health agenda, unveiling several new measures to dissuade smokers as well as the start of a crackdown on vaping, following concerns that the practice is rampant among school-aged children.
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Two Indonesian soldiers get seven months’ jail for gay sex

The Straits Times Asia News
  • “This has been the increasing pattern among the Indonesian armed forces and police in recent years, where members were being fired or taken into court just for who they are, who they love, who they like,” Amnesty International Indonesia director Usman Hamid told AFP.
  • In 2020, Amnesty International said at least 15 members of Indonesia’s military or police have been sacked for having same-sex relations in recent years.
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[Herald Interview] Cal State University San Bernardino aims to promote exchanges with S. Korean colleges

The Korea Herald By Lee Jung-youn
  • With the COVID-19 reaching an endemic stage, the time is ripe for education institutions between South Korea and the US to reconnect in terms of student exchanges, Tomas Morales, the President of California State University, San Bernardino, said during his visit to Seoul on Saturday.
  • “The exchange programs between CSUSB and Korean Universities are rooted in the relationship between the United States and Korea,” said Morales.
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[Hwang’s China and the World] Europe’s security dilemma: Can it pave its own 3rd path?

The Korea Herald By Hwang Jae-ho
  • Christiansen: The war obviously creates huge challenges for Europe, as it does for the wider world: rising living costs, increases in military spending, the energy crisis, a looming economic recession, another refugee and humanitarian crisis and new divisions in domestic politics.
  • Hwang: What political, economic, and security impact is the Russian-Ukraine war bringing on Europe?
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Cataract correction, spine surgery, hemorrhoidectomy are most common operations in Korea

The Korea Herald By Lee Jung-youn
  • The surgery that Koreans received the most last year was for the correction of cataracts, followed by spinal surgery and hemorrhoidectomy, according to data from the National Health Insurance Service on Wednesday.
  • Hemorrhoid surgery was most common for patients in their 40s, and many cataracts surgeries were performed for patients in their 50s and older.
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Indigenous groups welcome Northern Territory raising criminal age but say 12 still too young

World news | The Guardian By Sarah Collard
  • Aboriginal groups have given conditional support to the Northern Territory government’s decision to increase the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 years old, but argue children are often still too young to be in detention.
  • “Now that this has been achieved, APO NT commits to working with the government to eventually raise age of criminal responsibility to 14 years of age,” said Dr John Paterson, a spokesperson with the group.
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‘A form of self-destruction’: Japan weighs up plan to expand nuclear power

Guardian Weekly | The Guardian By Justin McCurry in Onagawa
  • “The evacuation plans won’t work … they are a threat to the safety of local people,” says Masami Hino, one of 17 residents living within 30km of the plant who last year launched a legal action to block the restart, now scheduled for early 2024.
  • If Kishida gets his way though, seven additional reactors will be restarted after next summer, including the No. 2 unit at Onagawa, which sustained structural damage from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami but escaped a catastrophic meltdown despite being the closest atomic plant to the quake’s epicentre .
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World Cup 2022: England ‘step up’ in Wales win and show frightening depth of Gareth Southgate’s squad

BBC News - Home
  • Some half-time tweaks - Southgate had the pair switch wings for the second half, Rashford going down the right instead with Foden on the left - provided England with the spark they needed, and two goals in 98 seconds shortly after the break was their reward.
  • For Rashford, it has been a stunning return to the international scene after he had not played for England between the final of Euro 2020 and the opening game of this World Cup.
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Storms cause major tornadoes, flooding around Louisiana, Mississippi

Toronto Sun
  • — Residents in several towns across Louisiana and Mississippi took cover as tornado sirens blared late Tuesday, and forecasters warned of the threat of strong twisters capable of tracking long distances on the ground as a severe weather outbreak erupted in the Deep South.
  • The National Weather Service confirmed that tornados hit the ground in Mississippi on Tuesday evening and Alabama was in the forecast path of the storms during the overnight hours.
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Tokyo Olympics shortlisted event firms before bids, with IOC aware of criteria

National – The Japan Times By No Author
  • The prosecutors and Japan’s fair trade watchdog suspect that Dentsu and other companies under investigation colluded with the now-defunct Tokyo Organising Committee in winning 26 open bids held between May and August of 2018 for the rights to design 56 test events.
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Senators ask Governor General to strip Don Meredith of ‘Honourable’ title

Toronto Sun By Canadian Press
  • The upper chamber has approved a motion asking Simon to “take the necessary steps to revoke the honorific style and the title of ‘Honourable”‘ from Meredith.
  • Just before the motion was passed, senators broadened it, calling for Meredith as well as any former senator convicted of a criminal offence by way of indictment to be stripped of their “Honourable” titles.
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World Cup recap, Day 10: US defeats Iran, England wallop Wales

Al Jazeera – Breaking News, World News and Video from Al Jazeera
  • Dutch star player Cody Gakpo scored this third goal at the World Cup 2022 as the Netherlands qualified for the last 16 as Group A winners with a 2-0 win over eliminated hosts Qatar on Tuesday.
  • And it was Senegal who also booked a place in the Round of 16 with a thrilling 2-1 win over Ecuador, which saw the African team finish second in Group A with six points from their three matches and the South American side, with four points, exiting the tournament.
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Buddhist Temple Left Without Monks After They All Test Positive for Meth

VICE US By Gavin Butler
  • It’s not clear why police targeted this particular temple, nor these particular monks, to test for drug use—but the action comes amid a broader national campaign to tackle the trafficking of illicit substances.
  • The monks were subsequently sent to a health clinic to undergo drug rehabilitation, local official Boonlert Thintapthai told AFP, leaving the temple without holy men and raising concerns among local worshippers that they wouldn’t be able to conduct “merit-making”—that is, donating food to monks as a good deed.
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Brexit Britain trapped in the middle as US and EU go to war on trade

POLITICO By Graham Lanktree
  • U.K. Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch has for months been privately urging top U.S. officials to soften the impact of the electric vehicle subsidies on Britain by carving out exemptions, U.K. officials said.
  • Protectionism that impacts like-minded allies “isn’t the answer to the geopolitical challenges we face,” the British trade department official warned, adding “there is a serious risk” the law disrupts “vital” global supply chains of batteries and electric vehicles.
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Financial watchdog Austrac alleges Star casino breaking anti-money laundering laws

World news | The Guardian
  • The Queensland government has also issued the company with a show-cause notice as to why it should continue to hold a casino licence in that state after its own inquiry, also last month.
  • Star Entertainment faces more civil penalties for allegedly allowing customers to move cash through risky back channels and continuing business with “higher-risk customers” in breach of federal anti-money laundering laws.
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Australian Parliament censures former prime minister

ABC News: International
  • The censure motion said that by failing to inform his Cabinet, the Parliament and the Australian people of his additional ministerial powers, Morrison had undermined responsible government and eroded public trust in Australia’s democracy.
  • Australia’s former Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday listed his achievements in government including standing up to a “bullying“ China as he unsuccessfully argued against being censured by the Parliament for secretly amassing multiple ministerial powers.
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Education ministry eases guidance on coronavirus measures for school lunches

National – The Japan Times By No Author
  • The education ministry on Tuesday updated its issued guidance to boards of education across the country, saying students can have conversations during school lunch if appropriate coronavirus measures are taken.
  • The term mokushoku, introduced following the spread of the novel coronavirus, has not been used in the ministry’s hygiene management manual for schools.
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Crown prince Akishino stresses need for accurate updates on imperial family

National – The Japan Times By No Author
  • Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, stressed on the occasion of his 57th birthday Wednesday the need for the imperial family to provide “accurate information in a timely manner,” and the importance of making trustworthy sources better known to the public.
  • Although the crown prince had touched on the need to establish criteria to refute fake news at a similar news conference held before his birthday last year, he acknowledged that after examining such news himself it “would require a great deal of effort” and may not be feasible.
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Scott Morrison did it his way

Sydney Morning Herald - Politics / Federal By Matthew Knott
  • While swearing himself into treasury and home affairs went too far, Morrison stood by his decision to secretly assume authority for the health, finance and resources portfolios.
  • “My government stood up and faced the abyss of uncertainty that our country looked into and the coercion of a regional bully and saw Australia through the storm,” Morrison declared, pointing to his record on the COVID-19 pandemic and attempted intimidation by China.
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Hackers cripple prestigious Indian hospital’s Internet systems

The Straits Times Asia News
  • India’s premier state-run teaching hospital has advised various departments to store data individually until systems can be restored, people familiar with the matter said, asking to remain anonymous disclosing sensitive information.
  • The All India Institute of Medical Sciences – a hospital that’s traditionally treated the country’s top politicians – has succumbed to a ransomware attack that’s shut down centralised records since Nov 23, the institution said in a statement.
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Biden administration to co-host second democracy summit next year – Al Jazeera English

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  • The United States will co-host a second “Summit for Democracy” next year, the White House has announced, with the goal of strengthening democratic institutions and fighting corruption around the world.
  • The Biden administration has rejected the criticism, and on Tuesday, the White House said the upcoming summit would give world leaders a chance to lay out the progress their countries have made on last year’s commitments, as well as set out new goals and initiatives.
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Pakistan FM travels to Kabul, meets Taliban amid border tensions – Al Jazeera English

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  • Tuesday’s visit comes a day after Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) armed group ended a months-long ceasefire with Islamabad raising security concerns about Afghanistan-Pakistan border areas.
  • A statement from Afghanistan’s foreign ministry said Muttaqi had also brought up accelerating trade and transit and facilities for travellers between the two countries as well as the release of Afghan prisoners in Pakistan.
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Imprisoned Belarus activist taken to hospital emergency unit – Al Jazeera English

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  • A prominent member of the Belarusian opposition serving an 11-year prison sentence for helping organise anti-government protests has been taken to a hospital emergency department and underwent surgery, her father has said.
  • The 40-year-old has been in custody since her arrest in September 2020, when she tore up her passport at the border to prevent her forced expulsion from Belarus amid huge protests challenging the re-election of the country’s authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko.
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US mass shooting survivor files $50m lawsuit against Walmart – Al Jazeera English

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  • Donya Prioleau, who filed the $50m lawsuit on Tuesday in a Virginia state court, said she worked as an overnight stocker with Andre Bing, the man accused of killing six co-workers on November 22 after opening fire in a Walmart breakroom in Chesapeake before killing himself.
  • A survivor of the deadly mass shooting at a Walmart store in the US state of Virginia last week has sued the company, alleging that she and other employees warned Walmart management about the attacker but that nothing was done.
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Photos: Pulisic’s daring header gives US 1-0 victory over Iran – Al Jazeera English

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With a daring header, Christian Pulisic drove the ball into the net and his body into the Iranian goalkeeper, giving the US their game-winning goal and taking himself out of the rest of the match in the process. The US defeated Iran 1-0 on Tuesday evening at Doha’s Al Thumama stadium, advancing their side to the Group of 16 phase. An injured Pulisic was helped off the pitch after his 38th-minute goal and replaced after the half by Brendan Aaronson. Iran finished third in the group with three points and failed to advance to the next phase of the tournament, a feat Iran has never managed in any of the six World Cups they have competed […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Canadiens suffer power outage in 4-0 loss to the Sharks

Montreal Gazette By Pat Hickey, Montreal Gazette
  • The Canadiens went 0-for-6 on the power play and failed to get a shot on goal during a 5-on-3 advantage for 55 seconds to start the third period.
  • San Jose mustered 24 shots on goal, but three of their first 15 efforts found their way behind Jake Allen, who returned to the net after Sam Montembeault posted back-to-back road wins in Columbus and Chicago.
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Dip in Australia’s inflation rate in October raises hopes price rises may have peaked

World news | The Guardian By Peter Hannam Economics correspondent
  • Australia’s inflation rate eased in October, helped by smaller increases for food, adding to expectations that the rate of price rises may be nearing their peak.
  • The RBA, which will release its monthly interest rate decision next Tuesday, tends to watch the underlying inflation figures more closely, particularly the trimmed mean gauge that strips out the larger price fluctuations.
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Voices: I worked at Twitter for seven years – this is what I want you to know

The Independent Voices By Marc Burrows
  • The predictions of impending doom intensified earlier in November when reports started to appear suggesting the number of employees taking an offer to leave the company with severance rather than agree to a new “hardcore” working culture numbered in the hundreds – joining more than 3,000 of their colleagues fired by Musk in the preceding weeks.
  • I’d compare the latter to the Weasley twins in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, unleashing anarchy before fleeing their school, except that I’m a tragically invested, left-leaning and painfully woke Twitter user, and we try not to reference JK Rowling’s books anymore.
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Scott Morrison defends secret ministries and accuses Labor of ‘politics of retribution’ in censure debate

World news | The Guardian By Paul Karp
  • Morrison told the lower house it was “false” to equate his decision to administer colleagues’ departments with appointments as minister, and claimed if he had been asked he “would have responded truthfully about the arrangements”.
  • The leader of the house, Tony Burke, moved shortly after 9am on Wednesday to censure Morrison for failing to disclose the five appointments “to the House of Representatives, the Australian people and the cabinet, which undermined responsible government and eroded public trust in Australia’s democracy”.
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Missing woman’s SUV found empty in Abbotsford after rollover crash

Vancouver Sun By Joseph Ruttle
  • The badly damaged SUV of a missing woman has been found on an Abbotsford highway, and police are hoping witnesses have video footage around the time of the crash to help them solve the mystery of where she is.
  • Coquitlam RCMP say Jodine Millar’s brown 2011 Hyundai Tucson, with Manitoba licence FXU 195, was involved in a single-vehicle crash along Highway 1 at No. 3 Road in Abbotsford shortly before 9 p.m. on Monday.
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US Senate votes to protect same-sex marriage

Deutsche Welle
  • Same-sex marriage and interracial marriages are already legal in the US thanks to Supreme Court rulings from 2015 and 1967, respectively.
  • In a statement on Tuesday, President Joe Biden said, "With today's bipartisan Senate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act, the United States is on the brink of reaffirming a fundamental truth: love is love, and Americans should have the right to marry the person they love."
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Suitcase murder suspect extradited from South Korea appears in New Zealand court

The Straits Times Asia News
  • A 42-year-old mother extradited from South Korea appeared before a New Zealand court for the first time on Wednesday, facing murder charges after the remains of her two children were found in suitcases in Auckland.
  • Wearing a beige jacket and black T-shirt, the woman appeared briefly at the Manukau District Court, south Auckland, a day after landing in New Zealand.
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US approves $1.37b sale of counter-drone systems to Qatar

The Straits Times World News
WASHINGTON – The US government on Tuesday announced the approval of a US$1 billion (S$1.37 billion) sale of FS-LIDS counter-drone systems and other equipment to Qatar. “The proposed sale will improve Qatar’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing electronic and kinetic defeat capabilities against Unmanned Aircraft Systems,” the US Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement. “The total estimated program cost is US$1 billion. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a […]Read more >Similar articles >
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U.S. victory over Iran in Qatar closes the loop on 1998 defeat

World By Ishaan Tharoor
Milad Seyedi and a group of his relatives journeyed to the game from Toronto. The Iranian team was “the people of Iran’s team,” not the regime’s squad. “They are under all sorts of pressures. Their families are under pressure,” Seyedi added. “We are not against them.” The jerseys that Seyedi and his siblings all wore were replica versions worn by the 1998 team. “That was a joyous time for us,” he said. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Vancouver condo seeks court order to fix strata plan that gives amenity space to Concord CEO

Vancouver Sun By Joanne Lee-Young
  • The strata at The Erickson building on northern False Creek’s seawall is asking the court to order the registrar of land titles in B.C. to fix “an error” in its filed strata plans that designates an area on the second floor for the sole use of the building’s penthouse owner, who is Concord’s CEO, Terry Hui.
  • When the strata plan was later filed with the land title office after the building was completed in 2010, the second floor space was marked for the exclusive use of the penthouse owner, who has always been Hui.
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EVs become more noticeable on Metro Vancouver commuter routes

Vancouver Sun By Derrick Penner
  • Hedekar and his wife Jacqueline Nichols, an electrical engineer, put about 360 km a week on their IONIQ 5 on average, a bit intermittently, but are joining a noticeably increasing number of EV owners using their cars to make longer commutes, according to figures from ICBC.
  • Federal and provincial government rebates that add up to $8,000 for moderate-income buyers and the increasing availability of fast-charging stations have helped demand along, but for Hedekar and Nichols, the operating costs and convenience really pencilled out in January with the purchase of their now beloved IONIQ 5.
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