Mali junta says working to meet regional bloc’s demands

Mali’s junta says it’s working to respond quickly to renewed demands made by West African leaders By BABA AHMED Associated Press September 16, 2020, 7:54 PM • 3 min read BAMAKO, Mali — Mali’s junta said Wednesday it was working to respond to the renewed demands made by West Africa’s regional bloc that the country’s military leaders announce a new civilian transitional government within a week’s time. Questions remained, though, about whether the junta would still try to include military …

Barbados seeks to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state

Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press September 16, 2020, 7:53 PM • 3 min read SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Queen Elizabeth II has eight realms in the Caribbean, but Barbados no longer wants to be part of that kingdom. The former British colony once known as “Little England” announced it plans to replace the monarch with its own head of …

Coronavirus live news: record one-day rise in global infections, says WHO

    The British government’s plan to push people back into the office risks a return to “white middle-aged males” making important decisions in the office, while women and people from ethnic minorities are excluded at home, according to one of the UK’s most senior business leaders. In an interview with the Guardian, Ann Francke, the Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), warned that without careful oversight “blended working” could result in a two-tier system where women without …

Frances McDormand Anchors Nomadland, a Quietly Powerful Vision of What America Ought to Be

The phrase “homeless person” is used so often, and so carelessly, that it’s almost as familiar as bland descriptors like “brown hair” or “blue eyes.” An individual who, for whatever reason, ceases to live in a house or an apartment somehow becomes transformed into an unidentifiable Other, a person for whom we have no convenient compartment. “Who was she before she was homeless?” we might ask ourselves when we see someone living on the street. The not-so-subtle subtext is that …

Thousands sleep in open after Greek refugee camp burns down

MYTILENE, Greece — Authorities on Friday sought to shelter thousands of refugees and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos after fires destroyed the squalid and overcrowded Moria camp that for years symbolized Europe’s biggest migration policy failings. Soldiers set up new tents on a site near Moria’s blackened remnants. The structures were flown in by military helicopters to forestall protests by Lesbos’ permanent residents angry at their island’s protracted use as a holding center for thousands arriving from nearby …

Libya’s eastern parliament meets after rare protests erupt

Libya’s east-based parliament has convened an emergency meeting to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east By ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press September 11, 2020, 7:51 PM • 4 min read DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Libya’s east-based parliament convened an emergency meeting Friday to address the eruption of rare protests over dire living conditions across the country’s east, rallies that mirror similar recent protests in the west of the divided nation. Hundreds of …

The Trump Administration Is Considering Excluding Some Immigrant Children From A Controversial Pandemic Border Policy

The Trump administration is considering changing a pandemic-related border policy to no longer quickly return unaccompanied immigrant children to four countries that require them to test negative for the coronavirus before entering, according to a draft of the order obtained by BuzzFeed News. The draft would amend an unprecedented order issued by the CDC earlier this year that allows border officials to expel immigrants at the southern border instead of housing them at facilities in the US for immigration proceedings. …

Why Major Companies Are Paying Employees To Skip Work On Election Day

Voting is a right, a privilege and a duty. It is also a pain — a time-consuming chore that often requires great patience and unpredictably long waits in line. And for some Americans, those logistical challenges make it nearly impossible. The U.S. is one of the few democracies in the world where Election Day is not on a weekend or recognized as a federal holiday. Instead, Americans are required to vote on the first Tuesday in November, which forces many to …

Assange’s legal fight to avoid U.S. espionage trial resumes in London

A protester wears a mask of Julian Assange’s face outside Belmarsh prison prior to the extradition hearing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, on February 24, 2020 in London, England.   Julian Assange resumes his battle in a London court on Monday to avoid extradition to the United States to face criminal charges over the activities of his WikiLeaks website, after months of delay due to the coronavirus lockdown. The U.S. authorities accuse Australian-born Assange, 49, of conspiring to hack government computers and violating an espionage …

Coronavirus live news: India cases pass 4m; anti-lockdown protesters arrested in Victoria

5.17am EDT 05:17 Sarah Marsh Hello all. I am a news reporter based in London and will be updating the live feed today (morning here), bringing you the latest updates on coronavirus from around the world. Please do get share any news tips and comments with me. You can get in touch via any of the channels below. Thanks in advance. Twitter: @sloumarshInstagram: sarah_marsh_journalistEmail: sarah.marsh@theguardian.com 4.58am EDT 04:58 Doctors in state-run hospitals in Nigeria will go on strike next week …

Top Cop Ousted After Pursuing Felony Charges Against Civil Rights Leaders

The city manager of Portsmouth, Virginia, ousted the city’s police chief on Friday, weeks after the chief announced highly unusual felony charges against a sitting state senator, local civil rights leaders and city public defenders in connection with the destruction of a Confederate monument. Portsmouth Police Chief Angela Greene allowed Sergeant Kevin McGee to bring the felony charges against Virginia Sen. Louise Lucas (D), NAACP officials, and others under a 70-year-old state law that allows for felony charges involving “injury to” …

Big Tech finds a way to pass on the cost of digital taxes in Europe

External View of the Apple store on Fifth Avenue on August 19, 2020 in New York City. VIEW press | Corbis News | Getty Images Apple has announced that it will increase its charges for app developers, as it becomes the latest tech giant to pass on some of the costs of new digital taxes to smaller businesses. The move, announced Tuesday, comes after countries including the U.K., France, Italy and Turkey implemented digital services levies, which force tech giants to pay more taxes. However, Apple …

Calls for apology grow over Joy Reid’s ‘Islamophobic’ remarks

Civil organisations in the United States are calling on MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid to apologise for comments they claim are “Islamophobic”. In a segment on the Tuesday airing of her primetime show the ReidOut, Reid discussed US President Donald Trump’s unwillingness to reprimand Kyle Rittenhouse, who authorities claim murdered three people with an assault rifle during Black Lives Matter protests. Reid began her controversial comments: “When leaders, let’s say in the Muslim world, talk a lot of violent talk and …

‘Carelessness’ blamed for Turkey’s second coronavirus peak: Live

India reported 78,357 new coronavirus cases in the past one day, taking its total to more than 3.7 million infections as the government eases pandemic restrictions nationwide. The United States is turning its back on the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access Facility (COVAX), a global effort to develop and distribute a coronavirus vaccine that is being led by the World Health Organization (WHO). The pandemic has pushed Australia into a recession for the first time since 1991 after the country reported a second-quarter …

States With The Best And Worst Pandemic Safety Nets

The coronavirus pandemic has revealed how vulnerable American workers are like few crises before. Millions of workers around the country have lost their jobs in the ensuing recession. Others have faced life-threatening hazards as “essential” personnel, or had to give up their livelihoods due to a lack of available child care. The help available to workers as they navigate these challenges varies greatly from one community to the next. A new report from Oxfam America, a nonprofit focused on poverty in …

UK coronavirus live: Johnson says Britain prepared for more ‘wretched Covid’ as some pupils return to school

  Hancock claims England’s test and trace system ‘in the top tranche’ internationally Here is the full quote from Matt Hancock in the Commons earlier when he claimed that England’s test and trace system was now “in the top tranche” internationally. Hancock was responding to a question from the Conservative MP Jack Lopresti, who wanted to know how the country was doing by international standards. Hancock replied:   Well, of course, we learn the lessons and I talk to my …

Councils in north-west England ask for Covid lockdown to remain as cases rise

Plans to lift coronavirus restrictions for more than half a million people in Greater Manchester have been thrown into “chaos and confusion” as local leaders urged the government to change course after a sharp rise in infections. Less than 24 hours before restrictions on social visits were due to be lifted on Wednesday, two local authorities covering more than 520,000 people warned the government it was too early to ease the measures. Council leaders in Bolton and Trafford wrote to …

A Takeout Order At KFC At 1:30 A.M. Raised Suspicions. It Led To A $26,000 Coronavirus Fine.

BuzzFeed News has reporters around the world bringing you trustworthy stories about the impact of the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member. Two paramedics stopped for a meal at an Australian KFC restaurant in the suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, early Friday morning when they noticed something suspicious. A pair of customers had ordered roughly 20 takeout meals at 1:30 a.m. The substantial order raised eyebrows because large parts of Victoria are currently back in lockdown following …

Poland marks 40 years since key pro-democracy agreement

Poland is celebrating 40 years since it took a crucial step toward democracy with the creation of the Soviet bloc’s first free trade union, Solidarity, which changed the course of the nation’s history By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA Associated Press August 31, 2020, 12:57 PM • 3 min read WARSAW, Poland — Poland on Monday celebrated 40 years since it took a crucial step toward democracy with the creation of the Soviet bloc’s first free trade union, Solidarity, which changed the course …

Australia coronavirus live update: Victoria records 73 new cases and 41 deaths as NSW records 10 new cases

I did a spot check on a bus I was next to and everybody had a mask except one person. If I was catching a bus or a train today I would 100% be wearing a mask. You shouldn’t be catching a bus or train and not wear a mask. It is not more simple than that. We have to put our response of the pandemic into good comparison to what we’re experiencing in the community. If you look at …