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TheGuardian.com, formerly known as Guardian.co.uk and Guardian Unlimited, is a British news and media website owned by the Guardian Media Group. It contains nearly all of the content of the newspapers The Guardian and The Observer, as well as a substantial body of web-only work produced by its own staff, including a rolling news service.Source
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Hungary orders LGBT publisher to print disclaimers on children's book

Hungary orders LGBT publisher to print disclaimers on children's book

Fairytale anthology Wonderland Is for Everyone must now carry warning that its stories contain ‘behaviour inconsistent with traditional gender roles’ and ReutersWed 20 Jan 2021 11.00 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 11.55 ESTHungary’s government, which has made hostility to LGBT people a central part of its rightwing agenda, on Tuesday ordered a publisher to print disclaimers identifying books containing “behaviour inconsistent with traditional gender roles”.The government said the action was needed to protect consumers, after Labrisz, an association for lesbian, bisexual and trans...

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Germany approves draft law to end mass culling of male chicks

Germany approves draft law to end mass culling of male chicks

Cabinet passes measure that is expected to outlaw practice from 2022Agence France-Presse in BerlinWed 20 Jan 2021 10.42 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 10.57 ESTGermany is expected to become the first country to ban mass culling of male chicks in the poultry industry, the government said after approving a draft law ending the controversial practice.The measure passed by the cabinet envisages a ban on mass chick killing from 2022 in “a significant step forward for animal welfare”, the agriculture minister, Julia Klöckner, said in a statement on Wednesday.In many poultry businesses, male...

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Theresa May accuses Boris Johnson of 'abandoning global leadership'

Theresa May accuses Boris Johnson of 'abandoning global leadership'

The former prime minister also criticised outgoing US president Donald Trump Tue 19 Jan 2021 19.32 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 04.21 ESTTheresa May has accused of abandoning Britain’s “position of global moral leadership”, in her most unrestrained attack on her successor yet.Writing in the Daily Mail ahead of , the former prime minister had stern words about both the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, and her successor.May said that, in her view, Johnson has failed to honour British values by threatening to break international law during Brexit trade negotiations and backing out...

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More than 30 countries condemn Australia at UN over high rates of child incarceration

More than 30 countries condemn Australia at UN over high rates of child incarceration

Human rights session calls on Canberra to raise age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 as China attacks Australia over ‘baseless charges’ Wed 20 Jan 2021 16.09 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 16.42 ESTAustralia has come under international pressure to reduce the number of children in detention, with more than 30 countries using a UN human rights session to call on authorities to raise the age of criminal responsibility.Amid ongoing tensions between and Australia, Beijing’s representative took the opportunity on Wednesday evening to demand that Canberra “stop using false...

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Limiting air pollution 'could prevent 50,000 deaths in Europe'

Limiting air pollution 'could prevent 50,000 deaths in Europe'

World Health Organization estimates air pollution kills more than 7 million people each yearAgence France-PresseWed 20 Jan 2021 04.32 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 09.43 ESTLimiting air pollution to levels recommended by the World Health Organization could prevent more than 50,000 deaths in annually, according to research.The WHO estimates air pollution kills more than 7 million people each year and is one of the leading causes of sickness and absence from work globally.Cities, with their crowded streets and high energy use, are hotspots for illness and disease linked to air...

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Chinese billionaire Jack Ma makes first public appearance in months

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma makes first public appearance in months

Alibaba co-founder, not seen since Beijing began crackdown on his firms, says he has been ‘studying and thinking’ Wealth correspondentWed 20 Jan 2021 08.45 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 09.23 ESTThe Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has made his first public appearance since Beijing .Ma, a celebrity businessman and one of the richest people in China, had not spoken publicly since regulators blocked the flotation of Ant Group, the financial payment company he controls. His absence had .On Wednesday, Ma, a former English teacher, participated in an online ceremony for 100 rural teachers and...

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'Absolute carnage': EU hauliers reject UK jobs over Brexit rules

'Absolute carnage': EU hauliers reject UK jobs over Brexit rules

Freight company director blames new requirement for EU transport firms to provide VAT and tariff guarantees Brexit correspondentWed 20 Jan 2021 08.45 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 10.03 ESTA British freight company director with more than over 20 years’ experience has told how EU hauliers and transport companies are turning their backs on UK business because they are being asked to provide tens of thousands of pounds in guarantees to cover VAT or potential tariffs on arrival in Britain.The financial guarantee requirement did not exist before and EU transport companies who previously...

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Here’s how to understand the politics of the US Capitol breach | Heinrich Geiselberger

Here’s how to understand the politics of the US Capitol breach | Heinrich Geiselberger

We witnessed what I call liquid authoritarianism: far-right politics for an age of instability and fluxWed 20 Jan 2021 10.00 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 10.26 ESTSome of these interpretations have been accused of trivialising the events. But the semantic helplessness in face of the Washington events suggests a wider uncertainty about the more general phenomenon. The confusion about the event mirrors confusion about the movement as a whole. Is contemporary “rightwing populism” best described as “authoritarianism” or even “fascism”? The answer depends on which level one focuses on:...

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Tokyo Olympic Games unlikely to go ahead, says London 2012's Sir Keith Mills

Tokyo Olympic Games unlikely to go ahead, says London 2012's Sir Keith Mills

PA MediaTue 19 Jan 2021 13.48 ESTLast modified on Tue 19 Jan 2021 17.40 ESTSir Keith Mills, the deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 , is unconvinced that the delayed Tokyo Olympics will take place.Tokyo organisers and the International Olympic Committee are adamant the Games will start in July despite a fresh wave of infections sweeping the globe.Mills told BBC Radio 5 live: “Looking at the pandemic around the world, in South America, in North America, in Africa and across Europe, it looks unlikely.“If I was sitting in the shoes of the organising committee in...

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Wisconsin woman set to celebrate 109th birthday after fighting off Covid-19

Wisconsin woman set to celebrate 109th birthday after fighting off Covid-19

Guardian staffMon 18 Jan 2021 11.00 ESTLast modified on Mon 18 Jan 2021 11.31 ESTA 108-year-old American woman has survived a battle with the coronavirus and is planning to celebrate her 109th birthday with family and friends.The pandemic has ravaged the US and but Ruth Stryzewski of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will not be among that number, despite the virus taking a disproportionate toll on the elderly.After fighting the virus in isolation for several weeks, Stryzewski has emerged with no ill effects and appears to be making a full recovery, local TV station ABC 13 .“Remarkably at this age, she...

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Why you shouldn’t work from bed (and a guide to doing it anyway)

Why you shouldn’t work from bed (and a guide to doing it anyway)

It may not be recommended, but, from necessity or choice, many of us find ourselves working from them. Here’s how to set up your perfect bed officeWed 20 Jan 2021 01.00 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 05.27 ESTDuring the first lockdown, , by Uswitch.com, found a quarter of home workers had worked from bed. Ten months into the on-off lockdown, more of us are doing it than ever. “We’ve found that up to 40% of people who have worked from home during lockdown have worked from their bed at some point,” says Catherine Quinn, president of the British Chiropractic Association.Samuel Johnson,...

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Donald Trump pardons Steve Bannon amid last acts of presidency | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Donald Trump pardons Steve Bannon amid last acts of presidency | Donald Trump | The Guardian

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Hospitals in Japan close to collapse as serious Covid cases soar

Hospitals in Japan close to collapse as serious Covid cases soar

Hospitals in Covid-hit regions of are on the brink of collapse, medical experts have warned, as the country battles a third wave of infections that has caused record numbers of people to fall seriously ill.Japan reported more than 4,900 infections on Monday, with serious cases rising to a record high of 973, local media reported.Although Japan has the huge caseloads and death tolls seen in some other countries, infections have doubled over the past six weeks to about 338,000, according to the public broadcaster , with 4,623 deaths.The increase, coupled with the discovery of the first...

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California households owe $1bn in water bills as affordability crisis worsens

California households owe $1bn in water bills as affordability crisis worsens

The magnitude of America’s water affordability crisis has been laid bare by shocking new data from where debt owed on water bills has hit $1bn and one in every eight households is currently in arrears.A survey by the state water board found at least 1.6m households are behind on water bill payments. The average debt is $500, but 155,000 or so households are in real trouble, owing more than $1,000 each and accounting for half the total debt.California is America’s most populous state and even before the pandemic, a third of residents, about 13 million people, lived in poverty.Water debt –...

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One dozen national guard troops pulled from inauguration duties after vetting

One dozen national guard troops pulled from inauguration duties after vetting

in New York and agencyTue 19 Jan 2021 16.07 ESTFirst published on Tue 19 Jan 2021 13.44 ESTOne dozen members of the US national guard have been removed from their duties helping to secure Joe Biden’s inauguration after vetting – which included screening for potential ties to rightwing extremism, Pentagon officials said on Tuesday.A Pentagon spokesman said the vetting went beyond ties to extremist groups. One guard member was removed from duty after troubling text messages and another had been reported to a tip line, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen Daniel Hokanson, told...

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Global sales of electric cars accelerate fast in 2020 despite pandemic

Global sales of electric cars accelerate fast in 2020 despite pandemic

Global sales of electric cars accelerated fast in 2020, rising by 43% to more than 3m, despite overall car sales slumping by a fifth during the coronavirus pandemic.Tesla was the brand selling the most electric cars, delivering almost 500,000, followed by Volkswagen. Sales of electric cars more than doubled in Europe, pushing the region past China as the world’s biggest market for them, according to data published on Tuesday by , a Sweden-based consultancy.Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) made up 4.2% of the global car market, up from...

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Amal Clooney decries 'legal charade' after journalist Maria Ressa charged again with libel

Amal Clooney decries 'legal charade' after journalist Maria Ressa charged again with libel

High-profile barrister says 10th arrest warrant for Duterte critic showed the Philippines was trying to silence Ressa South-east Asia correspondentTue 19 Jan 2021 02.07 ESTLast modified on Tue 19 Jan 2021 02.09 ESTHuman rights lawyer has accused the Philippine government of an “increasingly transparent campaign” to silence Maria Ressa after the journalist was charged with cyber libel for the third time.Ressa, one of the Philippines’ most prominent journalists, already faces a series of legal charges that could lead to about 100 years in prison.Last week, Ressa, the CEO of the news website...

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Biden plan to vaccinate 100m people in 100 days ‘absolutely doable’, Fauci says

Biden plan to vaccinate 100m people in 100 days ‘absolutely doable’, Fauci says

in New YorkSun 17 Jan 2021 12.18 ESTLast modified on Sun 17 Jan 2021 12.21 EST’s to carry out 100m coronavirus vaccinations in his first 100 days in power is “absolutely a doable thing”, Dr Anthony Fauci said on Sunday.The president-elect has announced ambitious to combat Covid-19 and its economic toll, seeking to overcome the struggles and failures of the Trump administration, which has presided over a slow start to the biggest vaccination drive in US history.The challenge is steep: Ron Klain, the incoming White House chief of staff, told CNN on Sunday, Biden’s team projected another...

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EU border force head faces calls to quit over allegations he 'misled' MEPs

EU border force head faces calls to quit over allegations he 'misled' MEPs

Frontex director Fabrice Leggeri accused over failure to appoint officers to protect people’s rights, with home affairs commissioner calling for ‘clarity’Global development is supported by in Brussels and Tue 19 Jan 2021 04.13 ESTLast modified on Tue 19 Jan 2021 06.01 ESTThe head of the EU’s border force is under growing pressure to stand down after being accused by the European commission of acting unlawfully and giving misleading evidence to MEPs.The allegations against Fabrice Leggeri, the executive director of Frontex, relate to the agency’s failure to recruit any of the 40 officers it...

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Tucker Carlson baselessly claims Democrats using troops as 'political weapon'

Tucker Carlson baselessly claims Democrats using troops as 'political weapon'

in New YorkTue 19 Jan 2021 11.09 ESTFirst published on Tue 19 Jan 2021 09.54 ESTThe 25,000-strong national guard contingent in Washington to secure Joe Biden’s inauguration after the Capitol attack is in fact “a political weapon”, the Fox News host Tucker Carlson baselessly , deployed by the Democratic party to tell the US: “We’re in charge now.”Carlson, a former CNN host, has become an increasingly vocal backer of extremist rightwing positions, including against immigration. His stances have triggered and widespread condemnation by civil liberties groups.His claim about the national guard...

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UK ministers gain power to allow lower-standard food imports

UK ministers gain power to allow lower-standard food imports

Trade bill vote rejects Lords amendment giving MPs greater scrutiny of trade deals Environment correspondentTue 19 Jan 2021 15.06 ESTLast modified on Tue 19 Jan 2021 15.33 ESTMinisters will be able to approve the import of animal and agricultural products of a than currently permitted in the UK, after attempts to amend the trade bill failed.The government has not to allow the import of chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef, but has refused to sign those pledges into law.The House of Lords to the trade bill that would have required future trade agreements to be scrutinised by...

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Biden administration 'to declassify report' into Khashoggi murder

Biden administration 'to declassify report' into Khashoggi murder

Decision would mean US could assign blame for death on to Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in WashingtonTue 19 Jan 2021 15.05 ESTLast modified on Tue 19 Jan 2021 15.17 ESTThe Biden administration will declassify an intelligence report into the murder by the Saudi government of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to Avril Haines, who .The decision means that the US is , Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist and US resident who wrote critical columns about the Saudi crown prince, was murdered by Saudi agents inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey in...

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Italy row over 'more jabs for rich areas' call – as it happened

Italy row over 'more jabs for rich areas' call – as it happened

(now); , , , and (earlier)ShowWe’ve launched a new blog at the link below – head there for the latest:Read moreA former army barracks in Kent, England being used to house asylum seekers has been locked down – preventing its 400 residents from leaving – after scores of people tested positive for coronavirus.The private contractors who manage the site at Napier barracks near Folkestone on behalf of the Home Office have advised its residents the entire camp has been placed into isolation, with police officers enforcing the move.Asylum seekers on the site said they had been keeping a tally of...

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Rapper Lil Wayne in line for last-day pardon from Donald Trump

Rapper Lil Wayne in line for last-day pardon from Donald Trump

But sources say neither Rudy Giuliani, Steve Bannon or president himself are on the listTue 19 Jan 2021 06.11 ESTLast modified on Tue 19 Jan 2021 09.07 ESTThe rapper Lil Wayne is among those reportedly expected to receive a pardon or clemency from on his last full day in office on Tuesday.However, sources familiar with the matter who spoke to Reuters have suggested that neither the president himself, nor Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, or former aide Steve Bannon will be on the list, which may number up to 100. Neither will members of Trump’s family get pre-emptive pardons, reports...

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Egyptian chef arrested after making cupcakes with penis decorations

Egyptian chef arrested after making cupcakes with penis decorations

Female pastry chef interrogated after supplying cakes to private birthday party at Cairo sports clubTue 19 Jan 2021 08.07 ESTLast modified on Tue 19 Jan 2021 10.19 ESTEgyptian security forces have arrested a pastry chef who supplied cupcakes with penis decorations for a private birthday party at a sporting club in a wealthy Cairo neighbourhood.In the latest example of the Egyptian state’s attempts to control public morality, which tend to target women, the female chef was arrested at her home after party attenders shared photos of the cupcakes with members of the Gezira club and on social...

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