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Jeffrey Epstein’s brother claims paedo was ‘murdered’ in jail & did not hang himself

PAEDOPHILE tycoon Jeffrey Epstein was “murdered” in jail and did not hang himself, his brother has claimed. On the eve of the first anniversary of his death, Mark Epstein, 66, said the official suicide ­ruling was a nonsense. It came as claims mounted that “powerful people” on whom Epstein had “blackmail videos” may be behind

Lebanese protesters occupy Foreign Ministry & other govt buildings in Beirut (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Lebanese protesters occupy Foreign Ministry & other govt buildings in Beirut (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Demonstrators who took to the streets of Beirut after the Lebanese capital was rocked by a massive blast earlier this week have stormed the Foreign Ministry and other government buildings, amid violen...

Mid-American Collegiate Athletic Conference Cancels Fall Football Season Over Coronavirus

It became the first league at college football's highest level to cancel its fall season

Venezuela: Former American soldiers jailed over failed coup

Luke Denman and Airan Berry were arrested in May while entering Venezuela by sea from Colombia.

From the wreck of the pandemic we can salvage and resurrect an inner life | Nyadol Nyuon

Covid gives us an opportunity to weigh up what truly belongs and what can be left back in the life before the plagueThis is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020In early March I flew to New Zealand through the busy Tullamarine airport. I returned to a country in lockdown. I had been to speak at the New Zealand festival of the arts held in Wellington. Life was normal. We moved freely: going out for drinks, eating at various restaurants, hugging friends and shaking hands. We even went to a club to dance. It was packed as sweaty, dancing bodies pump...

A city out of time: what do we dream of when we dream of Rome?

On a writing grant to the eternal city an Italian-born Australian encounters its two faces – the tourist’s fantasy and the residents’s realityMy desire to live in Rome germinated on a European holiday almost 20 years ago. I exited Trastevere train station, bleary eyed after the long-haul flight, and was instantly revived by the sight of women in tight skirts and stilettos zooming past on their Vespas. Men at the local bar made fun of my Italian pronunciation. Come si dice ‘tre’? they would tease each time I turned up to buy tram tickets or the paper. How do you say three? Tre, trre, trrrrrre,...

Australia’s sheep left without shearers as Covid halts travel from New Zealand

Nation is facing shortage of shearers for its 68 million sheep as hundreds are barred from taking their usual trip across the Tasman SeaIt’s a tradition that stretches back decades. Every year, hundreds of New Zealanders fly in to Australia for the spring shearing season – a huge mobilisation of workers essential to the success of the nation’s wool industry.In dusty sheds on outback farms they join up with local shearers and, between them, relieve five million sheep of their fleeces over eight weeks.

Anti-Kremlin rallies in Russia's far east continue for fifth week

Some 3,000 demonstrators protest in Khabarovsk city over the arrest of the region's governor.

Air India Express crash: Investigators find black box data

Friday’s flight was chartered by the Indian government to repatriate workers stranded by the pandemic for months.

Several killed in Czech apartment building fire, suspect arrested

At least 11 people, including three children, killed in fire in an apartment building in Bohumin city, officials say.

Lebanon PM Hassan Diab to call for early vote after port blast

Prime minister's comments come as anger swells over devastating explosion that wrecked much of Beirut and killed scores.

Juventus appoint Andrea Pirlo to replace Maurizio Sarri

Juventus hire Andrea Pirlo as manager to replace the sacked Maurizio Sarri only a week after appointing the former midfielder as Under-23 boss.

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Beirut explosions: Port hanger 'known to be dangerous' with fireworks stored alongside stockpile, workers confirm

It's a tragedy to throw the firefighters into the blaze there, to their deaths,' says port worker

Belarus: Lukashenko looks for sixth victory in tough contest

President Alexander Lukashenko has been accused of stealing previous elections.

Father, son charged in Ahmaud Arbery slaying seeking bond

The father and son jailed on murder charges in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery are asking a Georgia judge to grant them bond and to throw out two charges in their indictment.

Beirut explosion: Montreal group organizes clothing drive for disaster relief
Beirut explosion: Montreal group organizes clothing drive for disaster relief

The Lebanese Student Federation is collecting clothing items for victims of the blasts in Lebanon at Dorchester Square twice a day until Tuesday.

Italy approves outpatient use for abortion pill

Priest, a seminary rector, slain in El Salvador

Roman Catholic authorities say priest has been shot to death along a road in El Salvador and they called for an investigation of the slaying

French tourist chiefs on knife-edge as country may be next on UK quarantine list

The number of foreign visitors plummet due to surge in coronavirus cases since the end of lockdownCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageIn a normal August, the much-loved miniature tourist train in the French port city of Sète would be full of tourists from Britain and elsewhere, enjoying the ride.Optimistically, the manager, Romiy Priore, took steps to make his attraction safe for Covid times. “With the virus, we decided to order disposable earphones for the start of the season on 23 June – 100 of them,” he says, huddling behind a Perspex screen in a cool cabin on the qu...

Nasa to change 'harmful' and discriminatory planet and galaxy nicknames

Space agency says ‘certain cosmic nicknames are insensitive’ and vows to drop any reference to themNasa has signaled it is joining the social justice movement by changing the unofficial and potentially contentious names used by the scientific community for distant cosmic objects such as planets, galaxies and nebulae.In a statement last week, the space agency said that as the “community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful”.

Bikers descend on Sturgis rally with few signs of pandemic

The coronavirus may be changing the world, but there aren't many signs of the pandemic at the massive annual motorcycle rally being held this week at a small city along Interstate 90 in western South Dakota. The scene Saturday at the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was familiar to veterans of the event, with throngs of maskless bikers packing the streets. Motorcyclist Kevin Lunsmann, 63, rode more than 600 miles (965 kilometers) to the rally from Big Lake, Minnesota, with several friends.

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LGBT protesters decry rising homophobia, arrests in Poland

A large crowd of LGBT rights supporters gathered in Warsaw on Saturday to protest the arrest of a transgender activist who had carried out acts of civil disobedience against rising homophobia in Poland. Saturday's protest comes a day after LGBT rights supporters scuffled with police who arrested the activist, Malgorzata Szutowicz, known best as “Margot.” “The police were aggressively pushing the protesters out of the way, knocking people to the ground and holding them down with their boots,” the group said.

Spanish police hit the discos to enforce virus health rules

One Spanish town as turned to deploying special police units whose job it is to enforce health regulations meant to check a surge in the coronavirus

LGBT protesters decry rising homophobia, arrests in Poland

A large crowd of LGBT rights supporters has gathered in Warsaw to protest the arrest of a transgender activist who had carried out acts of civil disobedience against rising homophobia in Poland

Thousands throng central Jerusalem in anti-Netanyahu protest

Thousands throng central Jerusalem in anti-Netanyahu protest

Thousands of demonstrators have thronged the streets near the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a renewed show of strength as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader showed no signs of slowing

Navy Shipbuilder and Union Reach Tentative Agreement to End 6-Week Strike in Maine

The shipyard is a major employer in Maine with 6,800 workers

Trump 'antagonizes' one of his biggest donors in 'heated' call

Some Republicans reportedly fear the president may have put his re-election campaign funding in jeopardy after call with billionaire Sheldon Adelson

Why UK farmers are cashing in on the boom in rural staycations

Landowners turn to camping and cottage rentals to boost income after lockdown losses Jonathan Simper is busy preparing his family’s idyllic farm on the sandy shores of the River Deben in Suffolk for the influx of weekend campers.“We are in a beautiful place, down by the estuary,” he says. “We are fully booked this weekend.”

NASA drops "insensitive" nicknames for cosmic objects

The space agency will no longer use nicknames like "Eskimo Nebula" or "Siamese Twins Galaxy."

U.K. Military Asked to Help Stem Surge of Migrants Crossing the English Channel

Britain’s Conservative government has talked tough after dozens of crossings by migrants during recent weeks

Thousands throng central Jerusalem in anti-Netanyahu protest

Thousands of demonstrators have thronged the streets near the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a renewed show of strength as weeks of protests against the Israeli leader showed no signs of slowing

Thousands in Israel rally outside Netanyahu’s home over corruption allegations
Thousands in Israel rally outside Netanyahu’s home over corruption allegations

Thousands of Israelis rallied outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on Saturday as anger mounted over corruption allegations and his handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Satellite images show oil spill disaster unfolding in Mauritius

Desperate efforts are underway to contain an oil spill polluting the archipelago's iconic reefs and protected ecosystems.

CCTV captures moment Beirut explosion strikes hospital – video

Footage captured when the blast in the Lebanese capital's port hit the Lau Medical Center-Rizk hospital shows the shockwave shattering windows and ripping doors from their frames. More than 150 people in the city were killed, thousands were injured and hundreds of thousands of homes damaged or destroyedBeirut explosion: former port worker says fireworks stored in hangar'We're cursed': shock and despair in Beirut as explosion devastates city

Indian food delivery company Zomato offers 'period leave' to women

Employer aims to remove stigma in a nation where menstruation is still taboo to some Indian food delivery company Zomato has said it will give female employees up to 10 days of “period leave” a year, as part of an effort to combat what it said was stigma around the issue.Zomato is the most high-profile organisation to institute the policy in India, a country where menstruation is still taboo to some.

‘We need justice’: seething protesters descend on the streets of Beirut

Anger rises in the capital as crowd demands resignation of the Lebanese government following Tuesday’s explosionTens of thousands of demonstrators demanded the resignation of Lebanon’s embattled government yesterday, clashing with police and soldiers and railing at a political class they universally blamed for the catastrophic explosion that destroyed parts of Beirut last Tuesday.The rally in the capital’s Martyrs’ Square was preceded by the resignation of three MPs from the nearby Lebanese parliament. The seething crowd called for others to follow.

China bubonic plague outbreak sees SECOND victim die from horror bug that wiped out half of Europe in 14th century

A BUBONIC plague outbreak in China has claimed its second victim from the horror bug known as the ‘Black Death’. The victim who was from northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, died from multiple organ failure on Friday, the Bayannao’er city health commission said on its website. Another person from the same region died from the

Why some Tory MPs are very worried about the Withdrawal Agreement

He may have succeeded in ditching the Irish backstop and getting his Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament against all the odds. But as Boris Johnson prepares to redraw the Brexit battlelines with the EU as negotiations resume later this month, he once again faces the prospect of a backbench rebellion over the deal he struck with Brussels last October. Although senior Brexiteers endorsed the treaty when faced with a remainer rebellion that threatened to reverse the referendum result, there is mounting disquiet among leave MPs that the agreement still isn’t worth the paper it is written on. A...

Police: 10 killed in apartment fire in the Czech Republic

Police say at least 10 people have been killed in a fire in an apartment building in northeastern Czech Republic

Hillary Clinton says NYT writer had 'too much pot brownie' after forgetting her 2016 White House run

Either Tim Kaine and I had a very vivid shared hallucination four years ago or Maureen had too much pot brownie before writing her column again

Thousands rally against Putin for fifth Saturday in a row

Coronavirus: Masks made mandatory in parts of Paris as infections rise

People will be required to wear face masks outdoors in busy areas of the French capital from Monday.

Belarus: Opposition campaign manager 'detained' on eve of vote

A spokeswoman for the leading opposition candidate says her campaign manager has been arrested.

Lebanese PM calls for early parliamentary elections as protests rage following Beirut explosion
Lebanese PM calls for early parliamentary elections as protests rage following Beirut explosion

As protests gather steam in Beirut, Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has called for early elections, saying they are the only way out of the deep political crisis which has worsened following the e...

Paris mandates masks in busy outdoor areas as coronavirus cases rise
Paris mandates masks in busy outdoor areas as coronavirus cases rise

The order applies to people aged 11 and over, the Paris prefecture said in a statement, adding that indicators showed the virus had begun circulating more widely since mid-July.

Did Operation Eagle Claw alter the course of US history?

New film looks at aborted rescue mission during Iran hostage crisis.