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‘Filthy, disgusting & selfish’: Australian leaders blast anti-lockdown protesters, unleash ‘strike force’ to track them down - rt

‘Filthy, disgusting & selfish’: Australian leaders blast anti-lockdown protesters, unleash ‘strike force’ to track them down

Australian police have already issued hundreds of fines in the wake of mass anti-lockdown rallies, and are looking for more info about the violators, as state leaders condemned the protesters for endangering other people’s lives.
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Sajid Javid under fire for suggesting people have ‘cowered’ from Covid - metro

Sajid Javid under fire for suggesting people have ‘cowered’ from Covid

Labour accused him of having managed to ‘denigrate’ people who followed the rules to protect others.
metro - 9 hours ago
Pay young people £250 to get vaccinated, Conservative peer urges government - channel 4

Pay young people £250 to get vaccinated, Conservative peer urges government

Former M&S chairman and Conservative peer Stuart Rose speaks to Channel 4 News
channel 4 - 10 hours ago
Twenty drown during UK heatwave – WHO calls for action - channel 4

Twenty drown during UK heatwave – WHO calls for action

Two teenage boys have died in separate incidents after getting into difficulty in water, as the death toll from drownings during the UK's heatwave reaches at least 20.
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More key workers able to replace isolation with daily tests as ‘pingdemic’ causes chaos - channel 4

More key workers able to replace isolation with daily tests as ‘pingdemic’ causes chaos

Empty shelves, cancelled trains, restaurants closing for days - councils and businesses have warned that the sheer numbers of people getting pinged could cause weeks of disruption.
channel 4 - 10 hours ago
Torrential rains in China lead to mass evacuations - channel 4

Torrential rains in China lead to mass evacuations

Rescuers in central China have been using bulldozers and dinghies to help evacuate people from areas submerged by floodwaters after days of torrential rain.
channel 4 - 11 hours ago
Team GB: Women’s football team through to knockouts - channel 4

Team GB: Women’s football team through to knockouts

The official first day of the Olympic Games brought mixed fortunes for Team GB.
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Covid cases fall for fourth day straight but expert warns of ‘false peaks’ - metro

Covid cases fall for fourth day straight but expert warns of ‘false peaks’

While it is a good sign, data over the next week or two showing the impact of the latest reopening will be crucial.
metro - 12 hours ago
German cops identify over 1,600 suspects in sting op on online chat groups where child porn & zoophilia materials were distributed - rt

German cops identify over 1,600 suspects in sting op on online chat groups where child porn & zoophilia materials were distributed

Police in Germany have identified more than 1,600 potential child sex-abuse suspects who participated in online chat groups on which child pornography and zoophilia material was shared. Many of the suspects are reportedly minors.
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Murder investigation launched after woman, 37, stabbed in south London - metro

Murder investigation launched after woman, 37, stabbed in south London

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a 36-year-old woman died.
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Flooding opens up sinkhole and leaves thousands without power or cold water - metro

Flooding opens up sinkhole and leaves thousands without power or cold water

'It was the most scary thing I’ve ever experienced,' an eyewitness said.
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China blacklists former US Commerce Secretary Ross & other officials in tit-for-tat reply to restrictions over Hong Kong - rt

China blacklists former US Commerce Secretary Ross & other officials in tit-for-tat reply to restrictions over Hong Kong

In a tit-for-tat measure, Beijing has sanctioned six US nationals and one entity, on a list that includes a former secretary of commerce, in response to recent restrictions placed on China over Hong Kong.
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‘Hurt dignity’: China complains after US broadcast of Olympics leaves Taiwan off Chinese map - rt

‘Hurt dignity’: China complains after US broadcast of Olympics leaves Taiwan off Chinese map

The Chinese consulate in New York has complained to NBC after the United States’ official broadcast of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics left Taiwan and the South China Sea off a map of China.
rt - 17 hours ago
Raids on Matt Hancock whistleblowers may have ‘chilling effect’ on press freedom - metro

Raids on Matt Hancock whistleblowers may have ‘chilling effect’ on press freedom

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has put politics aside and called out the heavy-handed tactics.
metro - 19 hours ago
Venezuela accuses US military aircraft of violating its airspace from Colombia, warns it might ‘respond forcefully’ - rt

Venezuela accuses US military aircraft of violating its airspace from Colombia, warns it might ‘respond forcefully’

Venezuela's defense ministry has accused Washington of “flagrant provocation” after a US military plane allegedly flew into its territory from Colombia. According to Caracas, the US violated its airspace over 20 times this year.
rt - 19 hours ago
Disgruntled Australians scuffle with police at banned ‘Freedom’ marches as Covid-19 lockdown extended in Sydney (PHOTOS, VIDEOS) - rt

Disgruntled Australians scuffle with police at banned ‘Freedom’ marches as Covid-19 lockdown extended in Sydney (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Thousands of anti-lockdown activists marched through major Australian cities on Saturday, following an extension of Covid-19 restrictions. Multiple people were arrested and dozens charged with offenses after brawls broke out.
rt - 20 hours ago
Police ‘increasingly concerned’ about girl, 12, missing for at least 36 hours - metro

Police ‘increasingly concerned’ about girl, 12, missing for at least 36 hours

Mannat Mann was last spotted in east London on Thursday afternoon.
metro - 20 hours ago
Daily Covid testing to help emergency and border staff skip self-isolation - metro

Daily Covid testing to help emergency and border staff skip self-isolation

The government has announced another scheme to try and ease the 'pingdemic'.
metro - 21 hours ago
Moment delivery driver takes pizza slice from box as customer claims no money for tip - metro

Moment delivery driver takes pizza slice from box as customer claims no money for tip

A note on the front door of the house read: 'No money for tip, please take slice of pizza.'
metro - 1 day ago
Massive column of smoke visible for MILES as huge fire rages through warehouse in northern France (VIDEOS) - rt

Massive column of smoke visible for MILES as huge fire rages through warehouse in northern France (VIDEOS)

Enormous plumes of black smoke have been billowing into the skies of northern France after a huge blaze broke out in a large warehouse in Bondues, not far from Lille.
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Airbnb Reportedly Paid a Rape Victim $7 Million for Silence on Settlement

Airbnb Reportedly Paid a Rape Victim $7 Million for Silence on Settlement

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Airbnb paid a woman $7 million after she was allegedly raped while she stayed at a New York property rented out through the massive platform in 2016, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. 

In exchange for the payout, the woman agreed to not discuss the settlement “or imply responsibility or liability” on the part of Airbnb or the host of the property where she stayed, according to Bloomberg.

“In sexual assault cases, in the settlements we’ve reached, survivors can speak freely about their experiences,” Ben Breit, a spokesperson for Airbnb, told VICE News in an email. “Our safety team worked hard to support the survivor following the horrific attack. We proactively reached out to NYPD after the attack to offer our assistance for their investigation, and we helped get her into a hotel. The priority for our company and our executives was supporting the survivor and doing right by someone who had endured trauma.”

The man who allegedly raped the Airbnb guest in 2016, Junior Lee, has been charged with predatory sexual assault. When the guest returned from going out, Lee was waiting in the bathroom of the Airbnb property, Bloomberg reported. He allegedly held her at knifepoint.

Police later found keys to the Airbnb in Lee’s possession, Bloomberg reported. The woman and her friends had not needed to show identification to pick up their own keys to the Airbnb, as is common on the platform.

After the alleged assault, Airbnb got the woman a hotel, flew her mother in from Australia, flew both of them home, and offered to cover health care and counseling. The settlement was reached two years later.

Lee has pleaded not guilty and deemed mentally unfit; he’s now in custody. His lawyer declined to comment on the case to Bloomberg.

News of the eye-popping settlement emerged as part of a Bloomberg investigation into Airbnb’s efforts to keep guests and hosts safe, which found that Airbnb spends an average of $50 million per year in payouts to hosts and guests. (Airbnb told the outlet that many of its payouts deal with property damage.) The company also employs a roughly 100-strong “safety team” of workers who handle safety-related complaints. This team has carte blanche to spend whatever they need to help victims, allowing the company to shoot “the money cannon” at problems, as one former employee told Bloomberg. (Airbnb declined to discuss the team’s budget with Bloomberg.)

In any case, working on the safety team sounds like a dismal job: They’ve had to hire cleaners to get blood out of carpets, deal with hosts who find dismembered bodies, and help assault victims as they hide or run, Bloomberg reported. Until 2017, the year that the #MeToo movement began, payout agreements included clauses that “barred the recipient from talking about what had happened, making further requests for money, or suing the company,” according to Bloomberg, which cited inside sources. Now, that clause only “says recipients can’t discuss the terms of their settlement or imply that it’s an admission of wrongdoing.”

“We go the extra mile to ensure anyone impacted on our platform is taken care of,” Tara Bunch, Airbnb’s head of global operations, told Bloomberg. “We don’t really worry about the brand and image component. That stuff will take care of itself as long as you do the right thing.”

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