• China coronavirus: evacuation begins of US and Japanese citizens in Wuhan – live updates
    by Naaman Zhou on January 29, 2020 at 3:05 AM

    Hundreds of Japanese and Americans airlifted out of city at heart of outbreak in China, with Australia to follow suit. All the latest news, liveWhat is the coronavirus and how worried should we be about it?Coronavirus: how to protect yourself from infectionShare your stories 2.47am GMTIn Tokyo, passengers from the evacuation from Wuhan have spoken to media. Takeo Aoyama, who works for Nippon Steel Corp, and Takayuki Kato, who works for Intec, said they felt relieved but also exhausted, Associated Press reports. 2.32am GMTThe news that Christmas Island will be used to potentially quarantine Australians with the coronavirus has led to renewed calls for the government to release a family of Tamil asylum seekers from Biloela currently detained there. Priya and Nadesalingam, and their Australian-born children, Kopika and Tharunicaa had fled the Sri Lankan civil war, and lived in the Queensland town of Biloela since 2014. Continue reading...

  • The end of the affair: how Britain walked away from the EU - podcast
    by Presented by Anushka Asthana with John Palmer, Jennifer Rankin and Dan Sabbagh; produced by Hannah Moore, Courtney Yusuf, Gregory Robinson and Axel Kacoutié; executive producers Phil Maynard and Nicole Jackson on January 29, 2020 at 3:00 AM

    John Palmer was the Guardian’s correspondent in Brussels in 1973 when the UK entered the European Economic Community. Now, 46 years later, Jennifer Rankin is in Brussels for the Guardian as British MEPs are packing up and leaving. They tell Anushka Asthana how membership has changed Britain. Plus: Dan Sabbagh on Huawei’s role in British infrastructureFrom the moment Britain entered the European Economic Community in 1973, the question of how closely to align with other European countries has been a vexed one. Britain emphatically voted to remain in the club in a referendum in 1975 but throughout the 1980s the relationship began to fray. By the 2000s, Britain had opted to remain outside the single currency and support for the separatist UK Independence party was growing until David Cameron took the fateful decision to call a referendum on membership of what was then a 27-member European Union. John Palmer was the Guardian’s Brussels correspondent in 1973 as Britain entered the EEC. He tells Anushka Asthana that he remembers it as a time when Britain was investing in its European future and it was Labour and not the Conservatives that was most wary of what was then primarily a free-trade zone. Now, as Britain prepares to leave the EU on Friday, Brussels correspondent Jennifer Rankin describes how British MEPs are packing up and leaving town. Continue reading...

  • My cancer recovery was relatively smooth. Why do I feel in limbo? | Leading questions
    by Eleanor Gordon-Smith on January 29, 2020 at 2:31 AM

    There is no reliable ratio between events and how they affect us – all you can do is reflect on how they’ve changed youIn the past few months I have been diagnosed with, treated for and ultimately recovered from breast cancer. At all stages the kindness and professionalism of everyone I was in contact with was impeccable, my partner was emotionally and practically supportive at every step and my recovery has been smooth and relatively swift. However, I cannot help but feel I am now in a sort of limbo, having had a serious disease come and go but not having suffered enough for it to “count”. What can I do to accept and truly own what has happened to me without locking myself in a permanent loop of being a cancer victim as opposed to a cancer survivor?I once knew a reporter who’d filed from Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iraq and Beirut. He felt lucky, as far as things go in these places; nobody he knew died, he never saw an explosion. But long after he came home, he still startled easily, slept badly, felt unstuck from ordinary life. Still, he wouldn’t permit himself to use the label “traumatised”. He had a picture of what trauma looked like and it didn’t match what had happened to him. Continue reading...

  • France moves to ban mass live-shredding of male chicks
    by Agence France-Presse on January 29, 2020 at 2:22 AM

    Agriculture minister announces an end to cruel mass culling method, and castration of piglets without anaesthesiaFrance has said it will ban the controversial but widespread practices of live-shredding male chicks and castrating piglets without anaesthesia, in a move cautiously welcomed by animal welfare activists.Some 7bn male chicks, unwanted because they provide neither meat nor eggs, are culled around the world every year. Many are ground up alive, others are gassed, electrocuted, or asphyxiated in plastic bags. Continue reading...

  • Iran missile strike: 50 US troops now diagnosed with brain injuries
    by Reuters on January 29, 2020 at 1:37 AM

    Trump and other officials initially said 8 January attack on Iraq airbase had not killed or injured any US service membersThe Pentagon said on Tuesday 50 US service members were now diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month, 16 more than the military had previously announced.Donald Trump and other top officials initially said Iran’s 8 January attack had not killed or injured any US service members. Continue reading...

  • Washington Post says suspended reporter's Kobe Bryant tweet did not violate policy
    by Amanda Holpuch on January 29, 2020 at 12:44 AM

    Felicia Sonmez tweeted article on rape allegationPaper says it regrets speaking publicly about suspensionFollowing an internal revolt from hundreds of journalists, the Washington Post said on Tuesday afternoon that a reporter it suspended had not violated the company social media policy by tweeting an article about Kobe Bryant’s historical rape accusation hours after his death.The Washington Post’s managing editor, Tracy Grant, also said the newspaper regretted speaking publicly about suspending Felicia Sonmez, a national politics reporter, for the tweets, which Post management had initially said “undermined the work of her colleagues”. Continue reading...

  • Dylann Roof: white supremacist appeals death penalty on mental health grounds
    by Associated Press on January 29, 2020 at 12:32 AM

    Roof, who killed nine people at Emanuel AME church, argues he had schizophrenia when he represented himself at trialDylann Roof, a white supremacist responsible for the 2015 massacre of nine black church members in South Carolina, appealed his convictions and death sentence on Tuesday, arguing that he was suffering from schizophrenia and other psychological disorders when he represented himself at his capital trial.In a legal brief filed with the 4th US circuit court of appeals in Richmond, Roof’s lawyers said that when a judge allowed him to represent himself during the penalty phase of his federal trial, he was a 22-year-old ninth-grade dropout “who believed his sentence didn’t matter because white nationalists would free him from prison after an impending race war”. Continue reading...

  • Purdue is unnamed company in investigation of illegal kickbacks, insiders say
    by Reuters on January 29, 2020 at 12:21 AM

    Court documents say ‘Pharma Co X’ paid San Francisco health records firm to promote opioidsPurdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, is the unnamed company that surfaced in criminal charging documents filed this week in an investigation of illegal kickbacks from drugmakers, according to people familiar with the matter.Purdue, which faces US justice department inquiries and sprawling litigation over allegations it played a central role in the deadly US opioid crisis, faces new scrutiny in connection with a case Vermont federal prosecutors unveiled on Monday against a San Francisco electronic health records vendor. Continue reading...

  • Apple reports record profits amid concerns over economic impact of coronavirus
    by Julia Carrie Wong on January 28, 2020 at 11:39 PM

    China, an important market for Apple products and critical part of its supply chain, has been rocked by the outbreakSales of the iPhone 11 propelled Apple to all-time record revenues and profits for the final three months of 2019, a strong performance that comes amid concerns over the impact of the coronavirus on the Chinese economy.Apple’s $91.8bn in quarterly revenue topped analyst expectations thanks to $56bn in iPhone sales. The strong performance marks a rebound for the company, which suffered a rare setback in holiday sales one year ago. Continue reading...

  • US dropped record number of bombs on Afghanistan last year
    by Julian Borger in Washington on January 28, 2020 at 11:19 PM

    Warplanes dropped 7,423 bombs and other munitions, the most since Pentagon began keeping track in 2006The US dropped more bombs on Afghanistan in 2019 than any other year since the Pentagon began keeping a tally in 2006, reflecting an apparent effort to force concessions from the Taliban at the negotiating table.According to new figures released by US central command, US warplanes dropped 7,423 bombs and other munitions on Afghanistan, a nearly eightfold increase from 2015. Continue reading...

  • Tennessee lawmakers debate Confederate bust removal
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    Tennessee lawmakers appear divided over a proposal supporting the removal of a bust honoring a former Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader from the state's Capitol. If approved … Click to Continue »

  • The Latest: Chinese cases of new virus exceed SARS
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China: 7:45 p.m. China has reported more infections from a new virus than it had from an outbreak of SARS … Click to Continue »

  • Georgia’s Collins to challenge newly sworn-in GOP senator
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    U.S. Rep. Doug Collins announced Wednesday that he's running for a U.S. Senate seat held by a fellow Republican, setting up a battle that could divide the Georgia party this … Click to Continue »

  • Correction: Yemen story
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    In a story January 27, 2020, about a drastic escalation in fighting in Yemen, The Associated Press erroneously quoted Peter Salisbury, a Yemen expert at the International Crisis Group, as … Click to Continue »

  • Leader of Spain’s Catalonia to call early regional election
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    The regional president of Spain’s conflict-riven Catalonia says he will soon call an early election amid splits in his government's unity. President Quim Torra, who leads a pro-Catalan independence administration, … Click to Continue »

  • Virus cases in China top SARS as evacuations begin
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:26 PM

    Countries began evacuating their citizens Wednesday from the Chinese city hardest-hit by a new virus that has now infected more people in China than were sickened in the country by … Click to Continue »

  • Bank pulls donations to private school voucher program over anti-LGBTQ policies
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:26 PM

    Fifth Third Bank is ending its financial support of Florida’s private school voucher program because of reports of discrimination against LGBTQ students. The Ohio-based bank tweeted the news Tuesday evening, … Click to Continue »

  • Council OKs cutting low-level marijuana possession penalties
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    The Cleveland City Council approved legislation that would eliminate fines and jail time for low-level marijuana possession. The council voted 15-2 this week in favor of the legislation that would … Click to Continue »

  • The end is nigh: European Parliament to approve Brexit
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    The European Parliament on Wednesday is set to overwhelmingly approve the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union — the final major decision in the four-year Brexit saga. … Click to Continue »

  • Bangladesh to improve schools for Rohingya refugee children
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:13 PM

    Authorities in Bangladesh in partnership with the United Nations will expand educational programs for hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya children living in refugee camps who are currently receiving only … Click to Continue »

  • Report: Dems File for Judge to Lift Stay on Trump's Taxes
    on January 29, 2020 at 1:41 AM

    House Democrats' pursuit of President Donald Trump's tax returns resumed Tuesday, as they filed for a judge to lift a stay on their lawsuit to secure them, The Hill reported.

  • Report: 6th Migrant Death in US Custody Since Oct.
    on January 29, 2020 at 1:10 AM

    The death Monday of a Cuban man, 63, marks the sixth migrant detainee death in U.S. custody since October, BuzzFeed News reported.

  • Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: Witnesses Help Trump
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:39 AM

    The White House need not worry if Republicans are not able to muster enough votes to prevent witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, according to legal scholar Alan Dershowitz on Newsmax TV.

  • Virus Deaths Rise to 132 in China as Foreigners Leave
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:00 AM

    Countries on Wednesday began evacuating their citizens from the Chinese city hardest-hit by an outbreak of a new virus that has killed 132 people and infected more than 6,000 on the mainland and abroad. China's latest figures cover the previous 24 hours and add 26 to the...

  • Pentagon Now Says Iran Attack Injured 50 Troops
    on January 28, 2020 at 11:46 PM

    The Pentagon on Tuesday raised to 50 the number of U.S. service members who suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran's missile strike earlier this month on an Iraqi air base, the third time the number of injuries has been increased. The new casualty total belies President...

  • Report: Dems File for Judge to Lift Stay on Trump's Taxes
    on January 29, 2020 at 1:41 AM

    House Democrats' pursuit of President Donald Trump's tax returns resumed Tuesday, as they filed for a judge to lift a stay on their lawsuit to secure them, The Hill reported.

  • Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: Witnesses Help Trump
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:39 AM

    The White House need not worry if Republicans are not able to muster enough votes to prevent witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, according to legal scholar Alan Dershowitz on Newsmax TV.

  • At NJ Rally, Trump Swipes at Impeachment: Dems 'Trying to Steal an Election'
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:32 AM

    Touting that he has "achieved more than I promised," President Donald Trump told a raucous campaign rally Tuesday that what's "at stake in our present battle is the survival of our nation."

  • Parnas Blocked from Impeachment Hearing Wednesday
    on January 29, 2020 at 12:28 AM

    An associate of Rudy Giuliani who is awaiting trial on charges that he made illegal campaign contributions has a ticket to Wednesday's U.S. Senate impeachment trial, but he won't be going.Instead, Lev Parnas will go to Washington with his lawyers to show support for a fair...

  • Fred Fleitz to Newsmax TV: Can't Impeach Trump on a 'Thought Crime'
    on January 28, 2020 at 11:11 PM

    Even if President Donald Trump did tell his former national security adviser John Bolton that he wanted to withhold aid to Ukraine, it would have been a discussion with an adviser, not a policy decision, and it would not be an impeachable matter, Center for Security Policy . . .

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