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US pauses aid to Sudan, threatens military coup leaders with ‘all measures’ if government not restored - rt

US pauses aid to Sudan, threatens military coup leaders with ‘all measures’ if government not restored

The US State Department has frozen $700 million in aid to Sudan, after the country’s military staged a coup and arrested the civilian government. A spokesman said the US is willing to use “all measures” to resolve the crisis.
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Erdogan backtracks on threats to expel US envoy and 9 other ambassadors, after they pledge to not interfere in Turkey’s affairs - rt

Erdogan backtracks on threats to expel US envoy and 9 other ambassadors, after they pledge to not interfere in Turkey’s affairs

Ankara has backtracked on its threats to declare 10 envoys “personae non gratae” after they called for the release of an opposition figure even though their embassies had officially vowed not to interfere in the country’s affairs.
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Met Police to apologise to mother of murdered sisters - channel 4

Met Police to apologise to mother of murdered sisters

Channel 4 News understands that the Independent Office for Police Conduct has found no evidence of discrimination into the missing persons inquiry for the two murdered sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman.
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Antarctica marine biologist: ‘It’s not the earth that needs saving, it’s us as humans’ - channel 4

Antarctica marine biologist: ‘It’s not the earth that needs saving, it’s us as humans’

Sixty percent of the world's freshwater is held in Antarctica in an ice sheet that stretches across almost the entire continent. 
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The team racing to save the Great Barrier Reef with coral IVF - channel 4

The team racing to save the Great Barrier Reef with coral IVF

Australia is the custodian of one nature’s most precious and sensitive habitats: the Great Barrier Reef. But recurring bleaching as sea temperatures climb higher means this ecosystem risks being lost forever. Some have questioned Australia’s commitment to climate targets, but the country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison is now attending the Glasgow summit with a plan…
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Maldives suffering impact of climate change ‘now’, former president says - channel 4

Maldives suffering impact of climate change ‘now’, former president says

For the low-lying islands of the world this crisis is truly existential, literally lapping at their feet. 
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Coastal erosion in Nigeria leaves communities fearing their homes will disappear - channel 4

Coastal erosion in Nigeria leaves communities fearing their homes will disappear

The continent of Africa is on the frontline of the climate emergency, but all too often it has the quietest voice at the table when pressing for global changes. 
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Kerala floods: Clear up continues after flash floods and landslides in southern India - channel 4

Kerala floods: Clear up continues after flash floods and landslides in southern India

In the southern India state of Kerala, a clear up is underway after flash floods and landslides led to the deaths of more than 20 people and devastated homes and farming land. 
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President Bolsonaro and his supporters defy concerns over deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon - channel 4

President Bolsonaro and his supporters defy concerns over deforestation of Brazil’s Amazon

Pulling in greenhouse gases from the atmosphere will be crucial in the fight against climate change.
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COP26: Proposed Cumbria coal mine would have ‘negligible impact’, says climate change minister - channel 4

COP26: Proposed Cumbria coal mine would have ‘negligible impact’, says climate change minister

As hosts of COP, the UK's role is to lead by example. 
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COP26: Will China and the US put aside rivalries to tackle climate change? - channel 4

COP26: Will China and the US put aside rivalries to tackle climate change?

The COP summit is the world's best and, many say, last chance to get runaway climate change under control. 
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The race to phase out Europe’s biggest coal-fired power plant - channel 4

The race to phase out Europe’s biggest coal-fired power plant

As we approach COP26, the news gets bleaker; greenhouse gas emissions hit a record high last year according to a UN report.
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House plunged into darkness after neighbour builds eight-foot fence - metro

House plunged into darkness after neighbour builds eight-foot fence

The darkness is disturbing the family's little boy with autism and depressing his mum, who has seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
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Brit ‘kidnapped’ in Italy is accused by his alleged captors of staging it - metro

Brit ‘kidnapped’ in Italy is accused by his alleged captors of staging it

The ex-private schoolboy was found starved and chained to a radiator after he phoned his distant dad saying he needed £6,000.
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‘Return to dialogue’: Intl community demands release of Sudan’s PM detained during military coup in wake of internal unrest - rt

‘Return to dialogue’: Intl community demands release of Sudan’s PM detained during military coup in wake of internal unrest

International parties have voiced their concern and condemnation after the Sudanese military staged a coup, arresting the prime minister as well as other senior civilian leaders and dissolving the government.
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US warns Iran Nuclear Deal talks are in

US warns Iran Nuclear Deal talks are in 'critical phase' but claims window for diplomacy 'is never going to be closed'

The US Special Representative for Iran, Robert Malley, has shared America's "growing concern" about Iran's alleged nuclear advancement, as he declared that talks over reviving the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal are in a critical phase.
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A Pair of Jan. 6 Planners Just Rolled on Their Congressional Accomplices - vice

A Pair of Jan. 6 Planners Just Rolled on Their Congressional Accomplices

Two organizers of the pro-Trump rallies that turned violent told Rolling Stone that Arizona GOP Rep. Paul Gosar floated a “blanket pardon.”
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‘Unite the Right’ Organizers Are Facing a Court Case That Could Bankrupt Them - vice

‘Unite the Right’ Organizers Are Facing a Court Case That Could Bankrupt Them

Richard Spencer and the 'Crying Nazi' are among the defendants in court this week in a federal lawsuit that hopes to financially devastate several white supremacist movements.
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Moderna says its Covid vaccine is ‘well tolerated’ in 6- to 11-year-olds after fears of heart inflammation in young adults - rt

Moderna says its Covid vaccine is ‘well tolerated’ in 6- to 11-year-olds after fears of heart inflammation in young adults

Moderna Inc has claimed that its mRNA Covid vaccine is “well tolerated” in children between the ages of six to 11, and announced that the firm plans to submit the data from its study to regulatory bodies worldwide shortly.
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McDonald’s Employees Will Strike Over Sexual Harassment - vice

McDonald’s Employees Will Strike Over Sexual Harassment

The fast food chain's employees will strike in cities like Chicago, Houston, and Miami to spotlight accusations of sexual harassment and assault.
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Starmer defends Labour rule changes amid party divisions

Starmer defends Labour rule changes amid party divisions

channel 4 - 3 weeks ago

Sir Keir told Channel 4 News he made it absolutely clear during his campaign to become Labour leader that the party needed to change after it was put to him that many members, who supported his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn, feel duped. 

The changes voted through at Labour conference in Brighton this week mean a future leader of the party will have to first gain support from 20% of MPs, up from 10%, to get on the party-wide ballot. 

The new rules also make it harder for local constituency parties to deselect sitting MPs, while the rule allowing registered supporters, who pay a one-off fee to vote in leadership elections, is scrapped.  

Sir Keir Starmer (KS): It was a tough decision to change those rules. Lots of people were saying to me here, I can see the case for change, but wouldn’t it be better to delay? I took the view that if there’s a difficult, tough decision to take, then strong leadership requires you to take that decision and to do it now. And we’ve done it.

Gary Gibbon (GG): Could you see the case for change when you were running for the leadership, because you didn’t tell anyone you were going to do this?

KS: I told everybody in the leadership campaign. I ended every rally, every hustings, with the same message. I said, you’ve heard from me, you’ve heard from the other candidates about the wonderful things that we’re going to do. But if we don’t win an election, none of this is going to come to pass.

GG: About 50% of your vote probably came from people who voted for Jeremy Corbyn in the past. You were wooing them and you weren’t telling them you were going to do things like this. And they feel duped.

KS: I made it absolutely clear that we needed to change the party to win a general election.

GG: I’ve been going back through your leadership speeches. I can’t find a speech where you told anyone you were going to do the sort of thing that you just did now. What do you say to those people in there who feel hurt? They supported you, they might be heckling you tomorrow, who feel hurt, they feel that you pulled the wool over their eyes.

KS: I put my proposals to party conference on Sunday, and party conference passed them. Some people don’t like that. That’s what happens when you change. I didn’t change those rules on my own on Sunday. I asked the party to follow me in these proposals and my party and our movement followed me on those proposal. So the position we’ve got to now is not my personal position imposed on the party. The party took a decision on Sunday that it would close the door on anti-Semitism and change and face the future.

GG: The reason I’m asking this is because you make the accusation that Boris Johnson isn’t trustworthy and there are people now in your own party who are saying the same about you. So in the interests of openness, can you say that the reason you’ve changed the rules for the leadership election is to make absolutely sure the door is closed to the possibility of another leader like Jeremy Corbyn turning up? That’s why you’ve done it, isn’t it?

KS: My central aim has been the same throughout these changes, which is to allow our party to face the country. We were spending months and months and months of MPs, in the year we were going to have a general election, spending more time talking to their members because they were scared about getting deselected. We cannot allow that to happen again. I won’t let it happen again. And now I’ve got the changes that allow us to face the country and be in a position to put forward a programme as an alternative government.

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