Hunt for Toronto serial killer hampered by police prejudice, report says

Report looks at how police investigated Bruce McArthur’s ‘reign of terror’ and relationship between officers and LGBTQ+ community

The hunt for a serial killer who preyed on gay men in Toronto was hampered by “serious flaws” in the police investigation – including the stereotyping of LGBTQ+ people by police officers and a lack of public trust – a new report has concluded.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 2:38pm
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Hundreds capture spectacular fireball pass uncomfortably close to Earth

More than 200 people submitted reports and videos of a fiery trail and apparent space-rock explosion

To the American Meteor Society it was simply Event 2281-2021, an unremarkable name for a spectacular fireball that made an uncomfortably close pass to Earth on Monday.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:28pm
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Burkina Faso ex-president Compaoré to face trial over Thomas Sankara murder

Exile is to be tried in absentia alongside 13 others for complicity in murder

The exiled former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, is to be tried in absentia in for the murder of Thomas Sankara, one of Africa’s most revered post-independence leaders who was killed in a 1987 coup.

Sankara, a Marxist, pan-African leader, was murdered after four years in power and succeeded by his former friend Compaoré, who has repeatedly denied involvement. Compaoré went on to become one of Africa’s longest serving leaders, governing Burkina Faso for 27 years.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:18pm
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Met officer faces dismissal after ‘clear case of racial profiling’

Charlie Harrison stopped Carl Abrahams ‘due to skin colour’ before attack in front of children, judge rules

A police officer jailed for picking on a black father because of his colour and attacking him in front of his children is facing dismissal.

A judge said PC Charlie Harrison, 39, targeted his victim – who was grieving for his dead partner – for a bogus stop because of his race, and then assaulted him.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:27pm
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Battle to be Merkel’s successor divides Germany’s CDU and CSU

Duel between Armin Laschet and Markus Söder threatens sister parties’ delicate symbiosis

A heated struggle is under way between two leading German politicians over who should stand as Angela Merkel’s successor as chancellor candidate in the next election, with the conservative alliance under pressure to choose between a consensual team player with a reputation for pliability or a charismatic political all-rounder in the populist mould.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:16pm
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Hank Azaria apologises ‘to every Indian person’ for voicing Apu in The Simpsons

Azaria, who is white, voiced the role of the Indian American shopkeeper from show’s inception in 1989 but stood down last year

The actor Hank Azaria has apologised “to every single Indian person” for his portrayal of Apu in The Simpsons.

Azaria, who is white, voiced the role of the Indian American shopkeeper from the show’s inception in 1989 but stood down last year amid criticism of racial stereotyping. He said he was willing to be held accountable for its “negative consequences”.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:29pm
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St Vincent water supply running low as volcano explosions continue

Heavy ash contaminates water supplies while volcanologists say activity could continue for weeks

Leaders of volcano-wracked St Vincent have warned that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies, amid estimates that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufrière.

Between 16,000 and 20,000 people have been evacuated from the island’s northern region, where the exploding volcano is located, with more than 3,000 of them staying at more than 80 government shelters.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 1:01pm
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Biden urges Russia to de-escalate Ukraine tensions in call with Putin

US president proposed a summit between the two leaders amid growing concern over Russian military buildup on Ukraine border

In a phone call with Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden has called on Russia to de-escalate tensions with Ukraine and proposed a summit between the two leaders amid growing concern over a Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s border.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 12:04pm
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