High status of Northern Ireland human rights body 'being put at risk'

Equality Coalition makes formal complaint about make-up of ministerial appointments to NIHRC

A network of more than 90 NGOs and trade unions has complained that ministerial appointments to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) are undermining the public body.

The group raised particular concerns about the selection of candidates with a policing background at a time when the commission is required to advise on addressing the legacy of the Troubles.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 6:45am
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50 countries commit to protection of 30% of Earth's land and oceans

Coalition says promise is key to preventing mass extinctions and ensuring clean air and water

A coalition of 50 countries has committed to protect almost a third of the planet by 2030 to halt the destruction of the natural world and slow extinctions of wildlife.

The High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People, which includes the UK and countries from six continents, made the pledge to protect at least 30% of the planet’s land and oceans before the One Planet summit in Paris on Monday, hosted by the French president, Emmanuel Macron.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 8:28am
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Spanish police seize record haul of synthetic drugs

More than 800,000 ecstasy tablets among largest such confiscation in country’s history

Spanish police have seized 827,000 ecstasy tablets, 76kg of speed, 39.5kg of crystal meth and 217 litres of liquid amphetamine in the country’s largest confiscation of synthetic drugs.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 6:37am
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'We Don't Feel Forgotten At All': Alaska Fires Up COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

In Alaska, the coronavirus vaccine is heading to tiny villages on small planes and snow machines. The massive undertaking echoes previous efforts to get vaccines to remote corners of the state.

(Image credit: Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation)

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 5:00am
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For Health Care Workers, The Pandemic Is Fueling Renewed Interest In Unions

Many front-line health workers who have faced a perpetual lack of PPE and inconsistent safety measures believe the government and their employers have failed to protect them from COVID-19.

(Image credit: Hans Pennink)

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 5:01am
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Trump Regulator's Rule Would Force Banks To Lend To Gun-Makers And Oil Drillers

The Trump administration is trying to force banks to make loans to gun-makers and to finance payday lenders. Critics call the move bizarre. It's opposed by watchdog groups and banks.

(Image credit: AP)

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 5:07am
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Divers search for black boxes in debris of Sriwijaya Air crash – video

Footage released by the Indonesian navy showed divers searching for the black boxes of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182 among debris from the crashed aircraft.

Authorities pinpointed the area where the black boxes may be located after they lifted chunks of the Boeing 737-500 fuselage off the sea bed. Rescuers have also found human remains and personal effects

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 1:03am
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Victoria apologises for three-hour delay to border permit website

The new system requires returning travellers or visitors from anywhere outside of the state to apply for a permit or face a $5,000 fine

Returning residents and potential visitors to Victoria have criticised the government’s sudden announcement of mandatory entry permits, after the website to apply for the required documentation was still not working hours after the 6pm deadline.

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Monday, January 11, 2021 - 5:34am
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