Royals to forgo military gear at Philip’s funeral ‘to avoid embarrassing Harry’

Duke of Sussex faced being the only senior male royal not in uniform, despite serving in Afghanistan

Senior members of the royal family will not wear military uniform at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, in a break with tradition designed to avoid embarrassing Prince Harry, according to reports.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:14am
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The Mexican women who kicked out the cartels – video

Adelaida Sánchez is a member of the community police force in Cherán, a Purépecha indigenous town in Michoacán, Mexico, which declared itself autonomous in 2011. When the town was under siege from illegal logging, cartel criminals, and corrupt authorities and the men of the town stood by and did nothing, it was left to women to lead the fightback. On the tenth anniversary of the uprising, Adelaida patrols the town and its forests, providing an oasis amidst the murder, kidnap and extortion across the state

Photograph credit:  Andrea Murcia 

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:06am
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UN outlines plan to close camps housing 430,000 refugees in Kenya

Proposals follow Kenyan government’s ultimatum to UN refugee agency to close Dadaab and Kakuma camps

The UN refugee agency has given the Kenyan government “sustainable and rights-based” proposals for the closure of Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 3:00am
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Cancelling Tokyo Olympics ‘remains an option’ says top Japanese politician

Toshihiro Nikai’s comments are at odds with the united front presented by the Japanese government

A senior member of Japan’s ruling party has said that cancelling the Tokyo Olympics “remains an option” if the coronavirus pandemic continues to worsen.

“If it seems impossible to do it any more, then we have to stop, decisively,” Toshihiro Nikai, secretary general of the Liberal Democratic party, said in a TV interview that has yet to be aired.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 2:17am
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‘I blamed myself’: how stigma stops Arab women reporting online abuse

Women in the Middle East and north Africa say social codes leave them unable to talk about social media abuse as pandemic pushes sexual harassment off the streets

The first pornographic picture sent shivers of shock through Amal as she stared in horror at the phone screen. Until now, she had responded politely to the older man who had been messaging her on Facebook, hoping to deter his questions about her life with curt, one-word replies.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 2:15am
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Hong Kong children schooled in national security as city ‘celebrates’ new laws

Kindergartens given specially themed puzzles and others taught to ‘safeguard homeland’ on National Security Education day

Hong Kong school students as young as three have been given national-security themed puzzles as part of activities to mark the city’s “celebrations” of a new legal code widely condemned by the international community.

In a much expanded roster of events for the city’s National Security Education day, schools were given teaching material on how to “uphold national security, safeguard our homeland”.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:54am
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China aggression on agenda as Japanese PM heads to Washington

Yoshihide Suga will travel to meet Joe Biden amid growing international condemnation of Beijing’s human rights abuses

China is expected to dominate talks between Joe Biden and the Japanese prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, in Washington on Friday amid growing international condemnation of Beijing’s military exercises near Taiwan and human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:28am
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Dog-bite Britain: the problem with the pandemic puppy explosion

Over the past year, dog ownership has surged, and they have brought many of us untold joy. But the lack of proper training or socialisation has led to a growing danger of attacks

Annie Forman’s cockapoo was not a pandemic puppy, but she became one: a furry lifebuoy to cling to during the first lockdown. Forman, 28, a receptionist at a GP surgery in a small Devon town, had grown up with dogs. They had never let her down, which she couldn’t say for some of the humans in her life.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00am
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Danny Huston: ‘I went around the world with my father – making his drinks’

The actor grew up on film sets, rubbing shoulders with the biggest stars on earth. Now he’s stepping into his father John’s shoes again – to direct a film about grief, secrets and the Lockerbie bombing

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00am
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UK support for Mozambique gas plant fuelling conflict – Friends of the Earth

Environmental group warns UK’s £750m funding for fossil fuel project could worsen Isis-led insurgency

The UK government is facing fresh calls to abandon its £750m plan to support a gas export terminal in Mozambique over fears the fossil fuel project is stoking the insurgency in the north of the country, which has left thousands of people dead and displaced hundreds of thousands.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00am
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US lawmakers advance bill to create slavery reparations commission

House panel backs legislation to examine slavery and discrimination since 1619, and recommend education and remedies

A panel of US lawmakers has advanced a decades-long effort to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves by approving legislation that would create a commission to study the issue.

After an impassioned debate, the House judiciary committee voted by 25-17 to advance the bill late on Wednesday, marking the first time that it has acted on the legislation.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 12:52am
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ABC apologises for Australian navy ship twerking video after dancers allege ‘deceptive editing’

101 Doll Squadron dance group say they feel ‘threatened’ after footage they say was shot from a ‘creepy’ angle at HMAS Supply launch

The twerking dancing troupe who performed at the launch of the Australian navy’s newest ship have condemned the ABC claiming that the broadcaster’s video coverage of their performance contributed to the group feeling “threatened” and “exploited’ in the wake of intense media interest surrounding their performance.

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 12:49am
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