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Ethiopia’s Tigray conflict: Concerns grow over ‘extreme brutality’ as report states war crimes may have been committed

A much-anticipated assessment of human rights violations and atrocities committed in the war in northern Ethiopia is likely to intensify concerns now centring on an increasingly intractable conflict. The UN human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, used the phrase “extreme brutality” to describe horrifying incidents during the year-long war in the region of Tigray. A joint […]

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Armed man shot by police in Colorado Springs dies at a local hospital

An armed man who was shot by police in Colorado Springs died Sunday in a local hospital. Ahmad Akeem Abdul Muhammad, 30, was shot on Thursday after officers responded to a report of a man firing a handgun into an occupied vehicle in the 1600 block of South Nevada Avenue, according to the El Paso […]

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DeSantis sues Biden to stop COVID-19 vaccine mandate for federal contract workers – The Denver Post

TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday the state has sued the federal government over a mandate that federal contractors require their employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “They’re transforming normal contracting into basically public health policy,” DeSantis said at an event in Lakeland, Fla. President Joe Biden’s actions were based on federal law, the […]

Business

Factbox-China Evergrande's upcoming bond coupon payments

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China Evergrande Group on Friday confounded market expectations that it would formally default this weekend, supplying funds to pay interest on a U.S. dollar bond before the expiration of a 30-day grace period on Oct. 23.A man walks past a No Entry traffic sign near the headquarters of China Evergrande Group in […]

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Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress

By MARY CLARE JALONICK WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Thursday to hold Steve Bannon, a longtime ally and aide to former President Donald Trump, in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the committee investigating the violent Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. In a rare show of bipartisanship on the House floor, the committee’s […]

Politics

Voters think Keir Starmer’s conference speech was better than Boris Johnson’s – exclusive poll

Voters think Sir Keir Starmer came across more competent, in touch and agreeable in his conference speech than Boris Johnson managed today, an exclusive poll for Sky News reveals.  The pollster Opinium showed 1,305 voters key sections of today’s speech by the prime minister. It found more voters agreed with Mr Johnson than disagreed and […]

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Rebuffed by Bolsonaro, Brazil medical institute to sell Covid-19 vaccines abroad

BRASILIA (REUTERS) – Brazil’s Butantan biomedical institute is in talks to sell a locally manufactured Covid-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac to other countries in South America and Africa, as the federal government has not ordered more of the shots. Butantan Director Dimas Covas said on Wednesday (Sept 29) that the institute also has contracts […]

Politics

Covid 19 Delta outbreak: Judith Collins filmed without mask at Queenstown business

National leader Judith Collins has admitted she made a mistake after she was caught on video over the weekend ordering icecream at the counter of a Queenstown café without wearing a mask. The National leader, who has been quick to point out when others have run afoul of Covid-19 regulations, was joined by deputy leader […]

Analysis & Comment

Opinion | What Failure? For Some, the War in Afghanistan Was a Big Success

The war in Afghanistan wasn’t a failure. It was a massive success — for those who made a fortune off it. Consider the case of Hikmatullah Shadman, who was just a teenager when American Special Forces rolled into Kandahar on the heels of Sept. 11. They hired him as an interpreter, paying him up to […]

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Simon Wilson: Time to eliminate company car parks

OPINION: Some people need a car park at work. This column is not about them. But most people who have a company car park don’t need one. Eliminating those car parks in the central city is possibly the single biggest thing we could do in isthmus Auckland to reduce carbon emissions. It would also hasten […]