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Extinction Rebellion launches legal action over London protest ban

Extinction Rebellion activists are launching legal action against the police over a London-wide ban on their protests. The move comes amid growing criticism of the ban, made under public order legislation already used to restrict the action to Trafalgar Square. Activists continued protests in the capital in defiance of the police order, targeting the Department for Transport and locking themselves to a caravan on Millbank. Human rights lawyer Tobias Garnett, working for Extinction Rebellion, said the group would be filing a High Court claim challenging the ban on the grounds it is “disproportionate and unlawful”. Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook outside the…

Uber driver sexually assaulted female passenger as she was being sick

An Uber driver sexually assaulted a female passenger while she was being sick out of the door of his minicab. Temur Shah, 45, collected the 27-year-old woman in the West End of London in the early hours of the morning and insisted she sat in the front seat. When she told him she was going to be sick, he stopped the car and groped her while leaning over her to open the passenger door. He then continued to sexually assault her as she leaned out to vomit. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now The victim told Shah not to touch her again but stayed in the minicab for the rest of the journey…

Lebanese government under fire over uncontrollable forest blaze

Lebanon has called for international help as it struggles to contain forest fires that have spread across the country since Monday. The death of a volunteer who was assisting firefighters has raised questions about the state’s lack of preparedness despite annual fires at this time of year. High winds and a spike in temperatures have exacerbated forest fires that were particularly devastating in the Chouf region, a mountains area south-east of Beirut famous for its cedars and forest reserves. Dramatic videos shared on Tuesday on social media under the hashtag #Lebanonisburning in Arabic showed high flames threatening villages under an orange sky and the charred remains of pine forests….

Woman poured fuel on sleeping boyfriend then ignored his screams as he burned to death

Gina Virgilio will spend 60 years in jail for killing her boyfriend Michael Gonzalez. (Picture: KTUU/Facebook) A woman who poured gasoline on her sleeping boyfriend then lit him on fire will spend 60 years in jail for murder. Gina Virgilio, 32, buried her face into her hands as Anchorage Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton announced her sentence on Monday for the death of Michael…

Elizabeth Warren Leads Joe Biden by Double Digits in Latest 2020 Poll

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has increased her lead over former Vice President Joe Biden to double digits, according to the latest George Washington University poll. Warren has pushed ahead of both Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the newest poll released just ahead of Tuesday evening’s CNN/The New York Times 2020 Democratic debate. Warren tops the Democratic candidate field with 28 percent of the vote while Sanders comes in second with 21 percent. Biden, who has maintained his status as Democratic front-runner…

More Victims, More Damage Found in Japan Typhoon Aftermath

The toll of death and destruction from a typhoon that tore through central and northern Japan climbed Tuesday, as the government said it was considering approving a special budget for the disaster response and eventual reconstruction. � Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a parliamentary session that the number of deaths tied to Typhoon Hagibis had climbed to 53 and was expected to rise, as at least another nine people are presumed dead. Kyodo News agency, citing its own tally, put the death toll at 69. �Abe pledged to do the utmost for the safety and rescue of those missing or those who had to evacuate. � �”We put the people’s lives first,” he said….

More than 60 men and boys freed from ‘inhumane’ Islamic school, police say

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Police in Nigeria have rescued 67 men and boys who were subjected to “inhumane and degrading treatments” at an Islamic school in the northern state of Katsina, a police spokesman said Tuesday. The religious school, which also served as a rehabilitation center, was run by a 78-year-old Muslim cleric in Daura, the birthplace of Nigeria’s President…

The power of incumbency: Four two-term presidents in a row?

(CNN)Earlier this year, President Trump quipped (I’d like to believe not seriously) that he’d probably remain in office for 10 to 14 years. On another occasion, Trump spoke highly of China’s President Xi being president for life and joked to great applause that maybe “we’ll give that a shot someday.” Aaron David Miller Though he once claimed he’d done more in his first two years in office than any other President in US history (George Washington and Franklin Roosevelt, among others, might have something to say about that), Trump is certainly no great student of the presidency. As such, he is likely unaware of an intriguing trend among his three predecessors that may carry consequences for…

Syria war: UK suspends arms sales to Turkey amid international outcry over offensive against Kurds

The UK government will suspend arms sales to Turkey amid an international outcry over its offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria. A spokesman for prime minister Boris Johnson said there would be “no further arms export licenses to Turkey for items which could be used for military operations in Syria” while a review of existing licenses took place. The UK now joins Italy, France, Germany and a number of other countries in halting weapons exports to Ankara in response to a widely criticised offensive that has killed dozens of civilians and displaced more than 250,000 people. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view. From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more…

Palace: Duterte will enforce law vs Albayalde ‘if there is evidence of wrongdoing’

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will enforce the country’s laws on resigned Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayade “if there is evidence against any wrongdoing,” Malacañang assured the public on Tuesday. Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo made the assurance after Sen. Richard Gordon said it would be a “national disappointment” if the Duterte administration would choose not to file administrative and criminal charges against Albayalde and other erring police officers over the alleged drug recycling…