India floods: Thousands evacuated in Assam as river banks burst

More than a million people across the state affected, as floodwater inundates villages and a rhino reserve killing 33. The Brahmaputra River, one of the world’s largest rivers that flows from Tibet into India, burst its banks in the northeastern state of Assam over the weekend, flooding more than 2,000 villages. More than a million people have been affected across the […]

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UK will ditch travel quarantine for 75 countries, Daily Telegraph says

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government will effectively ditch its air bridge plans and simply end the coronavirus quarantine rules for those arriving from 75 countries so that people can go on holiday, The Daily Telegraph reported. The newspaper said the UK would shortly lift a ban on non-essential travel to nearly all EU destinations, the British territories including Bermuda […]

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Rush retains Australia’s largest defamation payout

An Australian newspaper has lost its appeal against a record defamation payout awarded to actor Geoffrey Rush. Mr Rush was awarded A$2.9m (£1.57m; US$1.99m) last April after winning his case against Nationwide News, a publisher owned by Rupert Murdoch. Its newspaper, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph, had run stories accusing Mr Rush of behaving inappropriately towards a former theatre co-star. The publisher […]

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Brazil deliverymen for Uber, other apps protest amid pandemic

The workers complain that their pay has gone down while having to work under more precarious conditions. More than a thousand food deliverymen on motorcycles gathered in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday to protest against working conditions set by Uber and other apps, with their services in high demand due to coronavirus lockdowns. The drivers sought better pay and improved […]

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Denver hit with another federal lawsuit over police handling of George Floyd protests – The Denver Post

Denver was hit with another federal lawsuit Wednesday over its aggressive police response to the George Floyd protests last month. The class-action lawsuit, which seeks damages for those arrested for curfew violations or who were injured during the demonstrations, alleges that police used “constitutionally unlawful crowd control tactics, including kettling (also known as containment or corralling), indiscriminate and unwarned launching […]

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At least 52 killed in Ethiopia protests over singer's death

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – At least 50 people were killed in Ethiopia’s Oromiya region in protests following the fatal shooting of a popular singer, a regional spokesman said on Wednesday, laying bare splits in the prime minister’s political heartland ahead of next year’s polls. Musician Haacaaluu Hundeessaa was shot dead on Monday night in what police said was a targeted […]

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‘Anti-protest’ law kicks in as HK marks handover

Hong Kong is marking 23 years since British rule ended as a new “anti-protest” law, imposed by Beijing, comes into effect. The national security law targets secession, subversion and terrorism with punishments up to life in prison. Hong Kong was handed back to China from Britain in 1997, under an agreement supposed to protect certain freedoms for at least 50 […]

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Macron says new tactics 'shifted the dynamic' in Sahel fight

Leaders from G5 Sahel bloc of nations and French president meet in Nouakchott to discuss campaign against armed groups. Leaders from five Sahelian countries and French President Emmanuel Macron have met in Mauritania’s capital, Nouakchott, to discuss how to reduce attacks in a region plagued by escalating violence and a worsening humanitarian situation. Macron said on Tuesday troops from his […]

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U.N. rights chief says 'as many as 10,000' flee Myanmar army operations

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations human rights chief said on Tuesday that up to 10,000 people had fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after what she described as heavy fighting in the past week between government troops and ethnic insurgents. The U.N. Refugee Agency (UNCHR) and the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) later said […]

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