US 'deeply disturbed' by reports of systematic rape in China's Xinjiang camps

State department says ‘atrocities’ against detained Uighur and Muslim women in region must be ‘met with serious consequences’

The United States is “deeply disturbed” by reports of systematic rape and sexual abuse against women in internment camps for ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region and there must be serious consequences for atrocities committed there, the US state department has said.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 7:27pm
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US supreme court sides with Germany in Nazi art dispute

Court ruled unanimously that Germany had sovereign immunity in US courts from claims over the Guelph collection

The US supreme court rejected a suit on Wednesday by the heirs of Nazi-era Jewish art dealers for compensation from Germany for a storied collection of medieval art treasures.

Related: Nazi art dispute goes to US supreme court in landmark case

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 3:05pm
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'A second chance': first successful face and double hand transplant completed

Joe DiMeo underwent a 23-hour surgery in August after suffering third-degree burns over 80% of his body in a 2018 car accident

Doctors at New York University’s Langone Health have completed the very first successful face and double hand transplant, a historic first.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 3:41pm
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Myanmar rings with pots and pans against military coup – video

Yangon’s streets were filled with the din of clashing metal as scores protested the military coup against the country’s elected government. The first public rejection of the coup went on for 10 minutes across the city in a massive show of solidarity. Health workers in 70 hospitals across Myanmar have pledged not to work under the military regime

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 1:16pm
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Nanaia Mahuta: New Zealand's Māori foreign minister is the perfect diplomat | Morgan Godfery

She is impossible to miss, understands both sides of the Māori debate and speaks up on foreign policy in a way that works well for Jacinda Ardern

In a room of dignitaries, New Zealand’s foreign minister Nanaia Mahuta is impossible to miss.

She is the first woman to sit in the country’s parliament wearing a moko kauae, an ancient Māori tattoo form. Koru patterns wrap around her chin, framing it in rich black inks, a visual statement that “I am Māori”.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 2:00pm
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Migration firm investigated over ads promising Vanuatu passports

Global-Migrate accused of promoting access to travel document without the government’s authority, although advertisements ‘not unlawful in themselves’

An international migration firm is being investigated for allegedly promoting access to the Vanuatu’s passports without the government’s authority, in the latest controversy to hit the county’s “citizenship-for-sale” program.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 2:00pm
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Lyndon Rowland obituary

My uncle, Lyndon Rowland, who has died aged 88, was a Korean war veteran and keen sportsman.

Lyn was born in Newport, Gwent, to Violet (nee Smith) and George Rowland. He was the youngest of 12 children, only seven of whom survived to adulthood, among them my father, Roy. They grew up above the family fish and chip shop on Corporation Road. Lyn’s duties included peeling potatoes before school each morning and collecting fresh fish from Newport railway station. He would cycle home with pallets of hake and plaice balanced on his handlebars.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:52pm
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