Exclusive: Ice cancels deportation flight to Africa after claims of brutality

  • Ice agents allegedly forced asylum seekers to agree to expulsion
  • Flight was due to leave from Louisiana at 3pm on Wednesday

US immigration and customs enforcement (Ice) canceled a deportation flight to west Africa because of allegations of brutality by Ice agents in the treatment of the deportees, the agency has said in a statement.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 4:06pm
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Whistleblower vice-chancellor deported after midnight raid by Fiji police

Presence of Pal Ahluwalia deemed ‘prejudicial to peace’: a report by the vice-chancellor alleged widespread financial mismanagement at University of the South Pacific

Fiji police have carried out a midnight raid at the home of the vice-chancellor of the prestigious University of the South Pacific and summarily deported him on orders of the prime minister, in a move described by students as a “coup” and likened by staff to “gestapo tactics”.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 2:00pm
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Northern Ireland police chief urges calm amid post-Brexit tensions

‘Febrile’ atmosphere in region after supplies of goods from Britain disrupted

Northern Ireland’s chief constable has urged people to step back from the brink of violence amid rising tensions over disruption to supplies of goods and food from Britain to the region since Brexit.

Simon Byrne warned of a “febrile” atmosphere after 26 graffiti incidents were detected across Northern Ireland, and EU and local officials were withdrawn from Brexit check duties at ports in Belfast and Larne following threats.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 2:24pm
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Belgian court sentences Iranian diplomat to 20 years over bomb plot

Assadollah Assadi supplied explosives for intended attack on Iranian opposition rally in France in 2018

An Iranian diplomat who masterminded a failed bomb attack at a rally outside Paris attended by five British MPs has been sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Belgian court for attempted murder and involvement in terrorism.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 11:31am
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Brazil mining giant agrees to pay $7bn for collapse that killed 272 people

Brumadinho disaster, on 25 January 2019, is considered one of worst environmental tragedies in Brazilian history

The Brazilian mining giant Vale has agreed to pay $7bn compensation for a deadly dam collapse that killed 272 people.

Related: Brazil dam collapse: bodies pulled from toxic mud as hope fades for survivors

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 12:28pm
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Cacophony of human noise is hurting marine life, scientists warn

Major assessment concludes that ocean soundscape is being drowned out by human activity

A natural ocean soundscape is fundamental to healthy marine life but is being drowned out by an increasingly loud cacophony of noise from human activities, according to the first comprehensive assessment of the issue.

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 2:00pm
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US to cut off support for Saudi-led operations in Yemen amid humanitarian crisis

National security adviser Jake Sullivan says US will also freeze arms sales to Saudi Arabia

The US has announced an end to its support for Saudi-led offensive operations in Yemen, citing the role the bombing campaign has had in creating the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The announcement was made by the national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, in a preview of a speech Joe Biden is due to deliver at the state department,

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 1:21pm
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Russia struggles to accommodate detained protesters – video report

Videos have leaked out from the holding centre for immigrants near Moscow which has been turned into a jail because of the need for somewhere to put more than 10,000 people arrested in the last two weeks since protests began against Vladimir Putin.

In a video posted on Tuesday, a young activist on a bus outside the Sakharovo centre said they had been held in the bus for nine hours. 'We don’t have water. We aren’t taken to the toilets,' he said

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Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 8:57am
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