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    Back when he was still running Russia’s FSB, Nikolai Patrushev, a longtime Putin crony who now heads the Russian Security Council, famously referred to himself and his colleagues as representatives of the “new nobility.” Nepotism is now breeding a new generation of Russian “nobles,” who are poised to take over the Kremlin upon the retirement of their fathers. These princelings—some of whom already occupy exalted positions in the government and the corporate world—are accused of benefiting from their parents’ money, mostly stolen from the state, via off-shore accounts. They also travel abroad and educate their children in America and Europe, while paying homage to the Kremlin leadership, which portrays the West as an enemy. Anti-corruption campaigners claim that the children of the officials and oligarchs who enable Putin’s repressive kleptocracy are effectively being used to evade Western sanctions, and must be targeted themselves in order to deter the Kremlin from...
    UP to 250,000 visitors to Britain are overstaying their welcome every year, campaigners are claiming. They slip through the net because the Home Office fails to collect ample data on arrivals from 55 countries, says Migration Watch. 2Up to 250,000 visitors to Britain are overstaying their welcome every year, campaigners are claimingCredit: AFP or licensors The limited checks are on visitors from countries such as the US, Mexico and Brazil. They do not need a visa for a six-month stay. It’s thought 92,000 people overstayed between 2016 and 2020 up from 50,000. 2Migration Watch Chairman Alp Mehmet said: 'So much for taking back border control. It is about time the government told us how they are going to tackle it'Credit: Twitter Most read in PoliticsLive BlogPOLITICS LIVESocial distancing laws to be SCRAPPED & we must live with virus, Hancock saysWEMBERGLEE!Wembley to hold 90k fans at Euro final by using NHS...
    The boss of KPMG has resigned after telling his well-paid staff not to 'sit there and moan' about cuts to their bonuses during the pandemic. Bill Michael will leave the top City firm at the end of the month following the furore from 'woke' employees who complained and told him to 'check his privilege'. A recording of Monday's Zoom meeting exclusively revealed by MailOnline yesterday showed the UK chairman tell 1,500 consultants they are in 'a very lucky sector'.  He also dismissed the notion of unconscious bias as 'complete and utter c**p' and they should quit 'playing the role of victim'. Mr Michael had apologised and temporarily stepped down pending investigation - but this morning offered his resignation.  In a statement he said: 'I love the firm and I am truly sorry that my words have caused hurt amongst my colleagues and for the impact the events of this week...
    RIYADH - Saudi Arabia on Thursday provisionally released two Saudi Americans after nearly two years of detention, campaigners and sources close to their families said, as the kingdom's rights record comes under renewed U.S. scrutiny. Salah al-Haider, the son of a leading women's rights activist and Bader al-Ibrahim, a writer and doctor, were detained in April 2019 and charged with terrorism-related crimes. Their release was reported by campaign groups Prisoners of Conscience and the Washington-based Freedom Initiative as well as two sources close to both their families who requested anonymity. "This is welcomed progress, even though it is long overdue," Freedom Initiative's Bethany al-Haidari said in a statement. "Bader al-Ibrahim and Salah al-Haider should have never been jailed in the first place and their release should certainly not be on a 'temporary' basis," she said. They were released pending trial in the kingdom's Specialized Criminal Court (SCC) and their...
    Loading the player... A group of anti-Trump Republicans is going the extra mile to call out politicians who have supported Donald Trump. The recently formed Republican Accountability Project spent $1 million on billboards that encourage GOP lawmakers who supported former President Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud in the 2020 election to resign, per The Hill. Read More: Ted Cruz’s communication director resigns following Capitol riot “These representatives and senators helped incite the attack on the Capitol by spreading lies about the election,” said Executive Director of the Republican Accountability Project, Sarah Longwell. “They have proved that they are unfit to hold office. They should be nowhere near power.” The group plans to raise $50 million to help reelect GOP members who will vote to impeach Trump or hold him accountable for the January 6th U.S. Capitol riots. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Ted Cruz is among the...
    AN HS2 PROTESTER today urged supporters to "keep this growing" after spending six days in an underground tunnel network - despite fears the structure could collapse. Dr Larch Maxey, 48, is one of several eco-activists living below London's Euston Square after they were evicted from their protest camp above ground on Wednesday. 7Dr Larch Maxey this morning urged supporters to 'keep this growing' as he spoke from inside the tunnel networkCredit: Twitter 7The eco-warrior is one of many living below London's Euston Square Activists have said water is pouring into the tunnel, making it increasingly unstable - and believe they could be in danger as bailiffs try to turf them out. Officials at HS2 have also urged the campaigners to come out amid fears carbon dioxide could suffocate them. But Dr Maxey today urged supporters to "keep this building" as he thanked the “hundreds of people behind the scenes...
    THE teen daughter of a Scottish laird who is holed up in a "collapsing" tunnel in a bid to stop HS2 has warned bailiffs are "threatening our lives". Eco-warrior Blue Sandford, 18, is one of a group of protesters to have spent more than 100 hours underneath Euston Square after they were evicted from their camp on Wednesday. 8Eco-activists are living in tunnels beneath central London in a bid to stop the HS2 developmentCredit: PA:Press Association 8Bailiffs are working to evict the group of campaigners - which includes famous protester Swampy and the 18-year-old daughter of a Scots lairdCredit: PA:Press Association 8Blue Sandford has been living in the tunnels for more than 100 hoursCredit: Hyde News & Pictures Ltd The protesters -  including long-time campaigner Swampy - have warned they're reaching "tipping point" as water pours into the tunnel and bailiffs try to turf them out. Meanwhile, the tunnel has already...
    ECO-WARRIORS fighting HS2 have warned they've reached "tipping point" as their 100ft underground tunnel network begins to collapse. The protesters - including long-time campaigner Swampy - have been living beneath Euston Square, London for around 84 hours after they were evicted from their camp on Wednesday. 5Eco-activists are living in tunnels beneath central London in a bid to stop the HS2 developmentCredit: PA:Press Association 5Bailiffs are working to evict the group of campaigners - which includes famous protester SwampyCredit: AFP or licensors But they claim water is pouring into the tunnel, making it increasingly unstable - and believe they could be in danger as bailiffs try to turf them out. Officials at HS2 have also urged the campaigners to come out amid fears carbon dioxide could suffocate them. In a new video posted online, Swampy said measures taken by protesters to drain off rainwater have been removed, causing "liquified sand"...
    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge's decision on Monday not to extradite Julian Assange is a victory for the WikiLeaks founder but was not an endorsement of freedom of speech and leaves a shadow over investigative journalism, lawyers and campaigners said. Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that Assange, 49, should not be sent to the United States to face 18 charges including breaking an espionage law, on the grounds that his mental health issues meant he was at risk of suicide. But she rejected all his legal team's arguments that the case was politically motivated and concluded that his actions had gone beyond any protection offered to a free press. "We will never accept that journalism is a crime in this country or any other," Assange's partner Stella Moris said outside the court. His supporters said the ruling could pose serious problems for publishers dealing with leaked classified...
    The Network of Sikh Organisations (NSO) hailed the move by the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee to recommend against using the word ‘Asian’ when referring to the phenomenon of predominantly Pakistani Muslim grooming gangs in news reports. The NSO, a registered charity representing 130 gurdwaras (temples) and other Sikh organizations in the UK, hailed the revelation that the 2020 Editors’ Code of Practice review — which will come into effect on January 1st, 2021 — cautioned against using the blanket term when discussing child rape gangs. “We’ve long complained about the vague term ‘Asian’ to describe those convicted in sexual grooming gang cases,” the Network of Sikh Organisations wrote on social media. In its review, the Editors’ Code of Practice Committee remained bullish and insisted the blanket term was accurate, but nevertheless could give offence. They said: “Editors may be well advised to approach crimes committed by people identified as members of religious or racial communities...
    Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Joshua Wong and two other prominent activists pleaded guilty Monday morning to inciting and organizing “unauthorized assembly” at the height of last year’s demonstrations, a charge that could leave them facing up to five years in prison. Wong, alongside fellow campaigners Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam, confirmed their guilty plea Monday morning regarding the invasion of headquarters of the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPH) in June last year. The three men were then taken away before their sentencing early next month. Later on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian backed the prosecution against Wong, claiming it was part of the region’s efforts to safeguard its security. “This is not a diplomatic problem,” Zhao said. “We support relevant departments of HKSAR government to perform their functions in accordance with the law.” Wong’s prosecution comes several months after the imposition of China’s “national security law,” which represents the gravest...
    New jab's a shot in the arm IT IS great news that British boffins have now produced a Covid jab in record time. As we reveal today, Professor Andrew Pollard says the Oxford Vaccine Group’s brilliant team is on course to roll out its injections by the end of the year. 3The Oxford Vaccine Group’s brilliant team is on course to roll out its injections by the end of the yearCredit: University of Oxford / John Cairns It could even beat the American pharma giant Pfizer, depending on who gets the green light over safety first. But the Oxford and AstraZeneca jab is more than British scientific genius at its best. Because of Government investment it will be massively cheaper than its rival – costing around £2 an injection. And it can be kept in a normal fridge rather than at -71 degrees C, so it is much easier...
    FURIOUS mums and campaigners have blasted a "distasteful" film based on Roald Dahl's book The Witches for a "shocking" portrayal of disability. The movie, starring Anne Hathaway and directed by Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis, was released last month. 13India Sasha shared a video to TikTok explaining how The Witches would have a negative impact on childrenCredit: Instagram 13Alice Gair, whose son Reuben has a hand impairment, said she was 'deeply saddened' by itCredit: Reach 13Anne Hathaway is pictured in the filmCredit: PA:Press Association Mums and disability advocates have claimed it is offensive to those with under-developed limbs. Isobel, whose son has ectrodactyly - where digits are missing on people's hands or feet - said she was surprised the filmmakers didn't consider the impact the movie would have on those with disabilities. She said: "Luckily my son is currently a confident little boy and might not be affected too badly if we...
    Anne Hathaway in "The Witches." "The Witches" / Warner Bros Warner Bros. has apologized after equal rights campaigners slammed the studio's depiction of physical disabilities in "The Witches." In a statement given to Deadline, Warner Bros. said that it is "deeply saddened to learn that our depiction of the fictional characters in The Witches could upset people with disabilities" and that it "regretted any offense caused." In the film, Anne Hathaway plays the powerful Grand High Witch, and throughout she makes a series of dramatic and evil transformations where she is presented with long clawed hands that are missing fingers, which campaigners say mimics limb abnormality ectrodactyly or "split finger." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Warner Bros has apologized after equal rights campaigners slammed the studio's depiction of physical disabilities in its new reimagining of Roald Dahl's "The Witches." In a statement given to Deadline, Warner...
    BERLIN (AP) — Campaigners in Berlin are launching a drive to collect signatures for a vote on making the heart of the German capital largely car-free. Backers of the plan said Wednesday that banning most cars from the city center would improve quality of life, improve road safety and help Germany achieve its climate goals. The group, which isn’t affiliated with any political party, wants to collect 20,000 signatures next year to force regional lawmakers to debate the idea. If the Berlin state assembly doesn’t support the plan, campaigners say they will try to collect a further 170,000 signatures for a referendum, which could take place in 2023. Several other European cities, including Paris and London, have introduced restrictions on cars in recent years, either by taxing heavily polluting vehicles or declaring ‘car-free days.’ The Berlin plan would go further, banning all private vehicles except those used by disabled residents...
    Farmers in tractors protest over food and farming standards on the day the Agricultural Bill returns to the House of Commons – AFP/Tolga Akmen Carcinogens could be added to bread if United State’s food standards are accepted post-Brexit, say campaigners as they warn of risks beyond chlorinated chicken.   Activists from the Save British Farming Campaign fear the UK may have to accept lower food standards to secure a future US trade deal with cheaper imports undercutting domestic farmers.  Protesters, mounted on tractors, demonstrated yesterday outside the Houses of Parliament against the Government’s Agricultural Bill, arguing the legislation does not protect current food and animal welfare standards.   Campaigners from the Save British Farming drove through the centre of London in protest against the Agricultural Bill – Aaron Chown/PA A new report titled: US-UK trade deal: The hidden damage to public health has listed several known carcinogens used in bread manufacturing...
    By Zaw Naing Oo YANGON (Reuters) - As surging coronavirus infections make election canvassing difficult in Myanmar, humble trishaw drivers are becoming unlikely champions for a nationwide ballot just a few weeks away. Lockdowns have put the brakes on election activities, with parties focusing efforts on social media and trishaw drivers who spread the message on the street, festooning their bicycles and passenger seats with party flags, umbrellas and logos. "It's like we are doing an election campaign on their behalf," said by Zaw Min, a trishaw driver kitted out in the red attire of the incumbent National League for Democracy (NLD) party. "I hope our activity will be effective for the candidates." A handful of the three-wheeled passenger bikes popular in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon displayed the colours of opposition parties running against the NLD. Myanmar's COVID-19 infections have grown rapidly from a few hundred in mid-August to...
    BANGKOK – Thailand’s self-styled “Bad Student” campaigners demanded the resignation of Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan on Friday after touring some of Bangkok’s high schools in a brightly painted truck and calling for reforms. “Get out, get out, get out!” they chanted from the open-top truck after it parked in front of the steps of the Education Ministry. The group, part of a broader protest movement that has gained momentum in Thailand since July and is calling for greater democracy, also threw thousands of copies of a mock resignation letter from the minister into the air. “This is a man without any qualifications,” said Laponpat Wangpaisit, an activist from the group. The minister was not in Bangkok, but senior officials met the students. “We received the petition from the students and will investigate them,” Permanent Secretary of Education, Supatra Champathong, said. The resignation letter, with a space left for Nataphol...
    By Jiraporn Kuhakan and Chayut Setboonsarng BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's "Bad Student" campaigners toured Bangkok high schools in a truck on Friday in a protest cheered on by pupils to demand education reform and an end to the harassment of students and of school rules they say are outdated. The school demonstrations are part of an anti-government protest movement that has been growing since July and is also demanding greater democracy. Some campaigners seek reforms to the powerful monarchy too. "Stop the harassment of students, cancel outdated rules, and give us comprehensive education reform," said Laponpat Wangpaisit, an activist from the group that calls itself "Bad Student" outside one Bangkok school. From behind school gates, pupils cheered the protesters, sang songs mocking school rules and gave the three-finger salute of pro-democracy campaigners. At one school, pupils put a sign on the gate saying: "Teachers at this school harass students." The...
    A Singapore Airlines plane. photosounds/Shutterstock Singapore Airlines has scrapped its proposed "flights to nowhere." The airline had planned to launch three-hour scenic flights that would both take off from and land at Singapore's Changi Airport. "An idea for a one-off short tour flight, or a 'flight to nowhere,' was also initially considered but not pursued after the review," a statement sent to Insider reads.  The proposal was highly criticized by environmental campaigners. Instead, Singapore Airlines has launched a fleet of new experiences for the travel-hungry, including the chance to enjoy in-flight meals at home or on board a grounded jet turned into a restaurant. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.   Singapore Airlines (SIA) has made a U-turn on its proposed no-destination flights. In September, Business Insider's Evan Sully reported that the airline was planning to offer three-hour sightseeing trips that would both take off from and...
    YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar student representatives said on Tuesday that 14 students had been arrested and charged with offences carrying up to two years in jail after handing out pamphlets criticising the government and the military. Police said they did not have details of any arrests. A government spokesman was not immediately available to comment. The detentions and charges were reported by the All Burma Federation of Students Unions (ABFSU), which represents the interests of students across the country, as well as campaign group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) and New York-based Human Rights Watch. The ABFSU and HRW identified some of the students who had been arrested and Reuters saw four of those they named appear in court on Monday. The ABFSU was at the forefront of pro-democracy protests that paved the way for the first civilian government in half a century coming to power and the arrests...
    A police officer is seen during as looting and violence erupts on September 02, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shops in and around various parts of Johannesburg, were looted and set alight. Most of these establishments are owned by foreign nationals.Alon Skuy/Sowetan/Gallo Images via Getty Images A year and a half since the South African government adopted an action plan to combat xenophobia, African and Asian foreigners in the country are still suffering routine harassment and abuse, according to Human Rights Watch. In a 64-page report published earlier this month which contained video footage and witness testimony, the organization claimed that in the year since the implementation of the plan, the government has done "very little to ensure that attacks by members of the public, the police, and government officials are investigated and that those responsible are held accountable." HRW documented killings, serious injuries, barriers to justice and basic services,...
    By MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press LUETZERATH, Germany (AP) — Hundreds of anti-coal activists staged protesters in and around a mine in western Germany on Saturday, demonstrating against the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels in Europe's biggest economy. Environmental groups oppose the German government's decision to allow the mining and burning of coal in the country until 2038, a deadline the activists say is too late to effectively tackle climate change. Activists, dressed in colored overalls and braving wind and rain, were also protesting the planned destruction of several villages to make way for the expansion of the Garzweiler strip mine, west of Cologne. An Associated Press reporter witnessed some protesters break through police lines early Saturday before they were detained by officers. Utility company RWE said some protesters also entered coal storage facilities. Aachen police said they couldn't immediately provide a number for how many...
    LUETZERATH – Hundreds of anti-coal activists staged protesters in and around a mine in western Germany on Saturday, demonstrating against the continued extraction and use of fossil fuels in Europe's biggest economy. Environmental groups oppose the German government's decision to allow the mining and burning of coal in the country until 2038, a deadline the activists say is too late to effectively tackle climate change. Activists, dressed in colored overalls and braving wind and rain, were also protesting the planned destruction of several villages to make way for the expansion of the Garzweiler strip mine, west of Cologne. An Associated Press reporter witnessed some protesters break through police lines early Saturday before they were detained by officers. Utility company RWE said some protesters also entered coal storage facilities. Aachen police said they couldn't immediately provide a number for how many people attended the protests, which were staged at more...
    A 90-year-old woman was beaten and raped multiple times while waiting for her milkman in India. The vulnerable victim was lured away by a pervert on a bike who claimed her regular delivery was not coming. 2The elderly victim was attacked as she waited for her milkman Credit: Delhi Commission for Women The twisted fiend then took the gran to a nearby farm and repeatedly raped her, revealed Swati Maliwal, head of the Delhi Commission for Women. "He told her that her regular milk delivery man wasn't coming and offered to take her to the place where she could get milk," she told the BBC. The elderly victim begged her attacker to stop during her horrific ordeal saying she was old enough to be his grandmother but he carried on. Maliwal has now demanded the death penalty for the attacker, whom she described as "not human". "I'm writing to the...
    The iconic bearskin hats worn by the Queen's guards for more than 200 years are facing a threat from activists who want to ban fur sales.   Discussions have been held between animal welfare minister Zac Goldsmith and Humane Society International UK (HSI) as the Government aims to 'raise standards', two decades after fur farming was made illegal.  New plans could see the elimination of bearskins worn by the British Foot Guards - made with fur from the Canadian black bear - along with the House of Lords ermine, The Express reports.  Seven Army regiments, including the Coldstream Guards and Welsh Guards, are authorised to wear the 18-inch black headwear following the defeat of French Emperor Napoleon in 1815.   The British Army is believed to buy between 50 and 100 of the hats each year, costing roughly £650 each. At least 81 MPs and 750,000 Britons support a ban on the sale of...
    Campaigners have reported Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Sussex Royal charity for 'conflicts of interest, inappropriate use of funds and a lack of independence'. Anti-royal campaign group Republic flagged both Sussex Royal and The Royal Foundation - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's organisation - to the Charity Commission. The group alleges that funds have been transferred from one group to another and 'the only rationale for the decision was the personal relationship between two patrons, the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge'. They claim The Royal Foundation gave £145,000 as a grant to Sussex Royal and £144,901 to Travalyst - the Prince's eco-tourism scheme. Anti-royal campaign group Republic flagged both Sussex Royal, Harry and Meghan's venture, (together left) and The Royal Foundation - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's (right) organisation - to the Charity Commission  The Royal Foundation was formed in 2009 as a vessel for both Prince Harry...
    PARIS — A pair of sacred statues that a Nigerian museum commission and protesters claimed were looted during the country’s 1960s civil war fetched $239,000 at auction in Paris on Monday. The Igbo statues were sold by the Christie’s auction house, which defended the sale and said the artworks were legitimately acquired. A Princeton scholar, Chika Okeke-Agulu, alongside Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments, raised alarm earlier this month that the objects were looted during the Biafran war in the late 1960s. The war saw more than 1 million people die, many of starvation, trying to create a state for the Igbo people. The Igbo are one of Nigeria’s largest ethnic groups. Okeke-Agulu, who is Igbo, said the objects were taken through “an act of violence” and shouldn’t be sold. An online petition with the hashtags BlackArtsMatter and MyHeritageMatters collected more than 3,000 signatures demanding the auction be...
    CHINA today passed controversial new security laws for Hong Kong which campaigners say will turn the city into a "secret police state." The hardline legislation will spark the most radical changes to the former British colony since it was returned to China 23 years ago tomorrow. 10Police enter a shopping mall to disperse a peaceful rally in Hong Kong todayCredit: AFP or licensors 10China has today passed a sweeping national security legislation for the cityCredit: AFP or licensors The hardline laws - which reportedly could see dissidents jailed for life - were passed unanimously by the Chinese parliament. They follow increasing unrest on the island and the emergence of a blossoming pro-democracy movement. The UK, EU and UN have already said they fear the move will be used to stifle any public criticism of Beijing.  Though the exact wording of the law has been kept under wraps it is thought to...
    Campaigners mourned 'the end of Hong Kong as we know it' today after China passed a sweeping new national security law which critics say will smother the city's freedoms.  The legislation was unanimously approved by China's rubber-stamp parliament, little more than six weeks after it was first unveiled.   'It marks the end of Hong Kong that the world knew before,' said democracy campaigner Joshua Wong, adding that 'sweeping powers and ill-defined law' would make Hong Kong into a 'secret police state'.  China promised the city 50 years of freedoms when it was handed over from British rule in 1997, but the UK, US, European Union and UN have all voiced fears that the new law will be used to stifle criticism of Beijing.    Pro-Beijing supporters wave Chinese and Hong Kong flags and drink champagne today as they celebrate a controversial new security law  The law bypassed Hong Kong's fractious...
    Campaigners have accused Adidas of 'cropping out' a black model who appears in their latest body positivity campaign.  The 'original' image was shared after it appeared in an article about the new range. It was then compared with the photo on the Adidas website, which features four out of the five models pictured in the other shot.  Now critics have accused the company of 'colourism' for apparently removing the black model from shots on their site. One image on the website has four of the models together. Another image has five, including a black model who is not pictured here Another image has all five models together. The cropping of the model on the right has caused consternation on social media Among those to complain was lawyer and activist Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu. She retweeted a since deleted tweet making a comparison between the two images on Saturday [27 Jun]...
    By Rinat Harash NEAR JERICHO, West Bank (Reuters) - The Israeli government faces calls from campaigners to declare sovereignty over ancient Jewish ruins on land in the occupied West Bank that Israel does not plan to annex under U.S. President Donald Trump's peace blueprint. The annexation plan, which the government is due to start discussing as of Wednesday, envisages Israel annexing Jewish settlements and the Jordan Valley - some 30% of the West Bank. Under Trump's plan, a Palestinian state would be created in the rest of the West Bank, occupied by Israel since a 1967 war. An Israeli advocacy group called "Safeguarding Eternity" is worried about what will happen to Jewish archaeological sites on parts of the West Bank not included in Trump's annexation map. It wants Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to guarantee Israeli control over sites such as the remnants of hilltop Hasmonean and Herodian forts dating...
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