A grieving mother

A grieving mother whose son was murdered in the Christchurch mosque attack confronted the terrorist in court today and told him: ‘You killed your own humanity.’ Maysoon Salama told white supremacist gunman Brenton Tarrant: ‘I can’t forgive you… I don’t think the world will forgive you for your horrible crime.’ Ardern said the cluster would have been significantly bigger if level three restrictions had not been imposed so quickly, as people had become infected at churches, shopping centres and on public buses. “If it weren’t for level three, this cluster would be exponential, of that I have no doubt,” she … Continue reading A grieving mother

Donald Trump has been on the receiving end

Donald Trump has been on the receiving end of an extraordinary rebuke by a former president after Barack Obama denounced White House attempts to suppress postal voting in the upcoming election. Mr Obama, who has generally avoided attacking his successor directly, told a US politics podcast Mr Trump was attempting to “discourage people from voting” by opposing additional funds for the US Postal Service (USPS), which is expected to face a surge of postal votes this November due to coronavirus. The tragic case was one of the most shocking examples of domestic abuse in Australian history. Hannah suffered burns to … Continue reading Donald Trump has been on the receiving end

A Hong Kong media billionaire and pro-democracy activist

A Hong Kong media billionaire and pro-democracy activist who was arrested under the new national security law is a traitor who should receive an exemplary punishment to deter further unrest in the city, Beijing has said. Jimmy Lai, 71, who owns the Apple Daily newspaper, conspired with foreign agents and posed a danger to national security, according to the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, part of China’s state council, or cabinet. One scientist blasted Putin’s move as ‘unethical’ because an ‘improperly tested vaccine’ could have ‘disastrous’ effects on public health, while others warned that there is ‘no data’ to … Continue reading A Hong Kong media billionaire and pro-democracy activist

I spent my earliest years in Beirut

I spent my earliest years in Beirut before my family returned to the UK, and when I was at school here in the 1980s, the phrase “it’s like Beirut” was bandied around. The Lebanese capital, once called the Paris of the Middle East, became synonymous with a brutal civil war, the kidnapping of Terry Waite and bullet-scarred buildings. He is widely expected to announce the formal resignation of the cabinet but his confirmation became increasingly unnecessary as a string of ministers pre-empted him by saying they were quitting. During the course of the day, Ghazi Wazni, the finance minister, followed … Continue reading I spent my earliest years in Beirut

Serious clashes have broken out between police and protesters in Belarus

Serious clashes have broken out between police and protesters in Belarus following disputed exit polls that claimed to show an overwhelming 79.7 per cent victory for the country’s long-time leader Alexander Lukashenko in Sunday’s presidential elections. In Minsk, there were reports of barricades, water cannon, stun grenades and rounds of rubber bullets being used against protestors. In one instance, a police van drove into crowds. In other cities across the country, officers reportedly laid down arms and crossed to the side of protesters. An 86-year-old man and his wife, aged 85, also perished in the flooding in Evia, it was … Continue reading Serious clashes have broken out between police and protesters in Belarus

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, at the centre of an alleged $100-million corruption scandal, has reportedly fled to Portugal after a shock announcement that he was going into exile. The 82-year-old revealed on Monday that he had decided to leave Spain to help his son, the current King Felipe VI, ‘exercise his responsibilities’. “Photos and data on my phone prove this to be false,” he said. “And local CCTV, if it exists, would also prove that I’m telling the truth that I was in London on that day. I was not in Durham.” Cummings has not wavered from that line, … Continue reading Spain’s former king Juan Carlos

Rescuers continued a desperate hunt for survivors in ruined Beirut

Rescuers continued a desperate hunt for survivors in ruined Beirut on Tuesday as it emerged the Lebanese capital was hit by the equivalent of a nuclear blast. A state of emergency was in place as the death toll from Tuesday’s explosion hit 135 with more than 5,000 injured and 300,000 homeless. However, something is different about those arriving on Lampedusa. Rather than the queues of young males, as in 2011 during the Arab Spring, it is middle-class families with their children and pets packing into the vans. “I lost my job as a hairdresser. I have no money and came … Continue reading Rescuers continued a desperate hunt for survivors in ruined Beirut

Mexico has recorded more than 9,000 daily coronavirus cases

Mexico has recorded more than 9,000 daily coronavirus cases for the first time, as the country overtook the UK with the world’s third-highest number of deaths from the pandemic after the US and Brazil. The surging numbers were reported as the World Health Organization warned of “response fatigue” and a resurgence of cases in several countries that have lifted lockdowns. The arrival in the Gulf of Mexico – after having blazed through Earth’s atmosphere, and being carried safely down by parachutes – brought an end to a mission that is set to change space travel in the US. The mission … Continue reading Mexico has recorded more than 9,000 daily coronavirus cases

Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a blow this morning

Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a blow this morning as authorities postponed local elections for a year, capping a month of political disqualifications, arrests for social media posts and activists fleeing overseas. “Today I announce the most difficult decision in the last seven months . . . to postpone the Legislative Council election,” said Carrie Lam, the chief executive. She said a spike in coronavirus cases in the territory had forced the decision. One dog, who was recovering from a car accident, had a nail pushed into its eye during the night of torture. Italian-born Tiziana encouraged stray dogs … Continue reading Hong Kong’s democracy supporters were dealt a blow this morning

Mere days before a key federal programme

Mere days before a key federal programme for the millions of Americans rendered jobless by the coronavirus pandemic expires on Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have ratcheted up their combative rhetoric to full volume. The personal attacks were particularly brutal on Wednesday as the two leaders appeared as far apart as ever from a deal to stimulate the economy, buttress the health care system, and help get American children safely back to school this fall. The hideaway was said to be under a hut on the allotment being searched by police. Police today found the … Continue reading Mere days before a key federal programme