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Five dead following shootout in Mexico City’s ‘mariachi’ plaza

Gunmen dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire in the tourist spot, say witnesses A shootout at a Mexico City plaza famed for its live music bars left three men and two women dead, officials said on Saturday, a day after gunmen said by witnesses to be dressed as mariachi musicians opened fire with rifles and pistols. Eight others, including one foreigner, were injured in the incident at the Plaza Garibaldi in the capitals historic downtown, the city prosecutors office said in a statement, without disclosing identities of any of the…

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Saudi-led forces renew push to take key Yemen port from Houthi rebels

Dozens of fighters believed killed in clashes in Hodeidah after breakdown of UN-led peace talks Saudi Arabia has responded to the entry point for 80% of the aid into the country. Aid agencies said local UN staff were reporting that the bombardment is the worst, by far, of any since the [Red Sea] campaign started in early June, and involves not only airstrikes and shelling but also bombardment from naval ships. Humanitarian staff on the ground reported an almost continuous presence of Saudi/UAE coalition aircraft over Hodeidah since Friday night.…

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The former Colombian rebels weaving a route into civilian life

Former Farc guerrillas unused to a life beyond war have turned to the sewing machines that once tailored their battle fatigues to earn a living Edison Sanchez smooths out a piece of fabric and begins work on a clattery electric sewing machine. Just two years ago, this same piece of equipment was used to make fighters fatigues deep in the guerilla camps of the Colombian mountains. A member of the Farc, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, since he was 15, Sanchez, now 33, has been learning how to sew…

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Millions of us are trapped in Idlib, facing death. The world must save us | Anonymous

While we bleed, world leaders respond with meek platitudes, says a worker with Islamic Relief in Idlib Civilians like me fresh reports that an attack on the region surrounding Idlib city by government forces is imminent. Just a few weeks ago, a woman I knew was killed along with her husband and five children in an airstrike. More than 116 other people also died that weekend and 70 others were injured in what was the worst period of bombing and shelling we have seen for some time. It left the…

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Dublin’s homelessness crisis jars with narrative of Irish economic boom

Ireland is the EUs star performer, but almost 700 families have become homeless in the capital this year Jobs are bountiful, luring back emigrants and drawing newcomers. Property prices are soaring. Chic restaurants are fully booked weeks in advance. RT television is showcasing the top new entries to People in emergency accommodation in Ireland Its virtually an emergency situation, said Tommy Gordon, who manages Wicklow Homeless Five Loaves, a drop-in centre south of Dublin. Were supplying tents and sleeping bags to the homeless and food to those in financial difficulty.…

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Space station air leak: someone drilled the hole, say Russians

Several attempts at drilling were made by a wavering hand either on Earth or in orbit, in what could be accident or sabotage An air leak on the International Space Station might have been sabotage, according to the head of Russias Roscosmos space agency, and an investigation is under way. Dmitry Rogozin said the caused from outside by a tiny meteorite, but later admitted that had been ruled out. Chris B – NSF (@NASASpaceflight) ISS Leak summary: First thought was MMOD strike. Then NASA released pics. Lots of people: “Hmmm,…

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‘Its not if, its when’: the deadly pig disease spreading around the world

Swine fever has made its way into China, home to half the worlds pigs. Farmers in Estonia are already counting the cost Ott Saarevli, the owner of a pig farm in Lne county in Estonia, is starting all over again. In September last year, government vets diagnosed an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in a section of the farm where pregnant sows are held ahead of farrowing. It made no difference that the outbreak had been limited to one area all seven thousand of his pigs would have to…

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Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in December after reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims Two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims have been found guilty of breaching the countrys Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, are being held in prison in Yangon after being arrested in December, in a landmark case that has prompted international outrage and been seen as a test of progress towards democracy in the…

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Anti-migrant feeling fuels Swedish far right as election looms

Popular concern looks likely to propel Sweden Democrats to a possible 20% of the vote Last month, yards from the Social Democrats booth in Rinkeby town square, where Kersten Aggefors is handing out leaflets for the party that has finished first in every Swedish election since 1917, masked young people set five cars ablaze. A few days earlier, eight unidentified men had attacked the towns half-built new police station, crashing through the gate and hurling rocks and firecrackers at security guards, apparently in retaliation for a drug bust. In January,…

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Arms industry spends millions to promote brands in schools

Defence groups sponsor lessons that promote building and sale of military hardware Arms manufacturers are spending millions of pounds a year promoting their brands in Britains schools, the Observer has learned. The companies, which between them have sold tens of billions of pounds of weapons to overseas governments, including those with poor human rights records, sponsor a series of school events at which their brands are prominently on display. In addition, they issue teaching materials for use in classrooms that promote the defence sector, sponsor competitions and award prizes. One…

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‘It saved our business’: Italy’s farmers turn low into high with cannabis

Hemp cultivation for non-pharmaceutical could help revert desiccation of farm land Italian farmers are in crisis as low prices of wheat, desiccated land and big companies importing grain take their toll. But some have found a solution: growing cannabis. Hemp cultivation has been legal in Italy since 2016, and over the last few years the amount of land dedicated to the plant has increased from 400 hectares (1,000 acres) in 2013 to 4,000 hectares today. The law which allows cultivation for non-pharmaceutical use of plants with up to 0.2% of…

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Protesters damage ‘sexist’ open-air urinals in Paris

Uritrottoirs seen as discriminatory in city that still frowns on public breastfeeding Feminist protesters have begun vandalising the new urinals in Paris, labelling them sexist and discriminatory. Several of the eco-friendly urinals have been placed in public spots in recent months as an experiment to counter Pariss problem of urine-soaked pavements. But protesters in recent days targeted two on the le Saint-Louis and near Gare de Lyon station plastering them with stained sanitary towels and tampons, then blocking them with concrete. Notes left behind attacked Paris authorities for encouraging men…

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German police in row over far right after officer blocked TV crew at Pegida rally

Off-duty police employee tried to stop groups demonstration in Dresden being filmed Police and politicians in the east German state of Saxony have been accused of ignoring or underplaying the rising influence of the far right, after an incident involving an off-duty police officer who tried to stop a TV crew filming a rally by the Pegida group in Dresden. Video footage that has gone viral showed a man later identified as an off-duty police employee shouting at crew members from state broadcaster ZDF. The man, dressed in a sun…

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Alleged massacre of Amazon tribespeople: what really happened? | Dom Phillips

A paddle and bad recording of a bar-room conversation were all investigators had to go on when claims surfaced of killings deep in Brazils Javari Valley last year When not selling breakfasts in this sleepy town on the western reaches of the Amazon, Algenor Costa fishes and hunts along the Jandiatuba River, as he has done for decades. Heading days upriver, he has often headed into the Javari Valley, a vast indigenous reserve where such activities are forbidden. Thats the town larder, he says. Everybody enters there to fish and…

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