Category: News

Outspoken Chinese Professor Is Said to Be Released From Detention

An outspoken Chinese law professor who has denounced the Communist Party’s harsh policies under Xi Jinping was released from detention on Sunday, a week after the police took him away, two people familiar with the professor said. The professor, Xu Zhangrun of Tsinghua University in Beijing, has been one of the few Chinese academics willing […]

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Cases of child malnutrition double in last six months

Almost 2,500 children have been admitted to hospital with malnutrition in the first six months of the year – double the number over the same period last year – prompting fresh concern that families are struggling to afford to feed themselves and that the pandemic has intensified the problem. Freedom of information responses from almost […]

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EU leaders are split over coronavirus recovery

Lockdown has proved challenging for most workplaces, and the European Council is no different. All-night sessions, corridor huddles and fine dining in the glass Europa building in Brussels have been replaced with hours staring at a gallery of fellow heads of state reading out prepared lines in front of a backdrop of EU and national […]

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Egalitarians be warned: wealth begets wealth | Torsten Bell

Wealth matters in 21st-century Britain, in part because there’s lots of it around. British household wealth was three times GDP in the 1970s. It’s seven times today. Falling interest rates are the main cause, pushing up prices of existing assets. Resolution Foundation research shows the result is bigger pounds and pence gaps between the richest […]

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Madeleine McCann: Portuguese police search wells – report

Portuguese authorities have searched wells as part of their investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann, according to reports. The Mirror reported that police and divers in the Algarve region examined three disused wells in Vila do Bispo for eight hours on Thursday. The area is about 16km (10 miles) from the Praia da Luz […]

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Refreshing summery red wines | David Williams

Terrazze della Luna Teroldego Rotaliano, Trentino, Italy 2018 (from £7.49, allaboutwine.co.uk; kwoff.co.uk; greatgrog.co.uk) During the summer – or any time I’m in the mood for fresher reds that I can chill down a bit – I tend to go for my favourite wines of this genre: Beaujolais and the crunchy cabernet francs of the Loire. […]

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Too Much and Never Enough review: Mary Trump thumps Donald

Mary Trump’s tell-all will not make her uncle’s re-election bid any easier. The president’s late-night walk of shame is already a classic campaign moment. His niece’s allegation that he paid someone else to take his college entrance exams resonates as true, because of his reported disdain for reading and capacity to inadvertently invent new words […]

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A high street bistro that really delivers…

A Saturday night and my phone pings. It’s an email from a well-known courier company. Earlier that day they’d confirmed that my delivery from a high-street restaurant chain would arrive the next day. Now they were telling me it was cancelled: “Contact the sender directly for more information.” At 9.30pm on a Saturday night? Gosh, […]

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The Observer view on post-Brexit UK-China relations

Anger and alarm about China is mounting rapidly in government circles and especially among Tory rightwingers, anxious about national security, unfair trade practices and Hong Kong. It’s certainly true that the increasingly aggressive behaviour of President Xi Jinping’s authoritarian regime is deeply worrying. It’s a pity that the Tory grandees who are making the most […]

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Our schools won’t be easy to mend | Letters

Peter Hyman’s prescription for the future of schooling after the pandemic has much to commend it (“Our schools system is broken. Let’s grab this opportunity to remake it”, Comment). Returning to normal – the crude labelling of schools by Ofsted and, as Hyman wrote, “high-stakes exams, the crowding out of creativity” – would be wrong. […]

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Ubisoft sexual harassment probe claims three more executives

The second most powerful executive at French gaming company Ubisoft is among more senior staff to have left the firm as it pursues an internal investigation into sexual harassment allegations. Last month the company, one of the world’s largest video game publishers with a portfolio including Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry, launched a probe after […]

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States Across U.S Continue to Break Coronavirus Records

As caseloads, death tolls and hospitalizations continue to rise across the country, President Trump wore a mask in public for the first time. Dr. Ebony Hilton, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Virginia and Co-founder and Medical Director of Goodstock Consulting joins MSNBC’s Joshua Johnson to discuss the latest.July […]

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Former Russia special counsel Robert Mueller defends Roger Stone prosecution in wake of Trump commutation

Former Russia special counsel Robert Mueller pushed back against President Donald Trump on Saturday, defending the prosecution of Roger Stone and the larger investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election, saying that the flamboyant political operative was “prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes.” “He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so,” Mueller […]

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Former Russia special counsel Robert Mueller defends Roger Stone prosecution in wake of Trump commutation

Former Russia special counsel Robert Mueller pushed back against President Donald Trump on Saturday, defending the prosecution of Roger Stone and the larger investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election, saying that the flamboyant political operative was “prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes.” “He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so,” Mueller […]

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Terry Gray, Ex-U.S.A. Gymnastics Coach, Faces Charges of Lewdness With a Minor

A former coach for U.S.A. Gymnastics was arrested in Las Vegas on Friday and faces more than a dozen counts of lewdness with a minor, the authorities said. The former coach, Terry Gray, 52, was a gymnastics coach in Las Vegas from 2009 to 2015 and was suspended last year from coaching by U.S.A. Gymnastics, […]

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