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As climate talks belch hot air, activists are putting their lives on the line 21.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Artificial, self-important UN summits could not be further from the frontline of protest, where environmentalists are being killed at an alarming rate How is it that in a year stuffed with conferences on environment and human development, from climate talks in Paris and on new development goals in New York , those actually trying to save the environment are at best dismissed as enemies of progress, and at worst are being killed at an increasing rate and with almost complete impunity? There is a recognisable theatrical form at UN summits where environmental agreements get negotiated and signed. It starts with general anticipation, the unreasonable expectations and triumph of hope over experience. There are the well-meaning but often leaden stunts by campaign groups in conference halls. Rumours flow for days like tides about good and bad deals being cut. Then, insomniac civil servants wage self-important all-night battles like mythic warriors transplanted to the set of The Office, over the wording of ...
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Pakistan's Hafeez cleared to bowl by ICC 21.4.2015 New Kerala: World News
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US official drums up support for Kosovo to deal with organ-harvesting, war crimes claims 21.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
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If Europe listens to Tony Abbott, the future for refugees will be cruel | Richard Ackland 21.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Australia’s brutal ‘solution’ to refugees coming by boat is justified in the name of preventing drownings at sea. Europe should not follow us down that path Katie Hopkins’ call for gunships to send refugee “cockroaches” back to their own country, and Ukip’s ploughing of the anti-immigration furrow are entirely predictable appeals to the chip-butty and pint version of Little England. What is most cringeworthy is that the Australian “solution” to boat arrivals is now regarded as best practice for the export ...
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Shinzo Abe may not repeat previous apologies for Japan's wartime atrocities 21.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

PM hints that there is no need to reiterate apology for country’s war crimes and aggression although he says he ‘upholds basic thinking’ behind it

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West Ham face compensation risk over state aid for Olympic Stadium refit 21.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
• ‘Prior approval’ for deal was not sought from European Commission
• Club could be liable for ‘millions’ if EC ruled state aid rules broken

Fresh questions have been raised over whether West Ham’s deal to move into the Olympic Stadium contravenes European state aid laws, potentially leaving the club liable for millions in compensation.

London Assembly members, European state aid experts and lawyers have questioned why the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and the London Legacy Development Corporation did not obtain “prior approval” from the European Commission before signing the deal with West Ham.

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The West Snubs Russia over V-E Day 21.4.2015 ConsortiumNews.com
The West Snubs Russia over V-E Day
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No frisson in talks over fission 21.4.2015 Hindu: Lead
The 2015 Review of the Non Proliferation Treaty is a process expected to be stormy and contentious due to a new set of geopolitical drivers. Yet again, it could leave the dream of nuclear disarmament unattained and the purpose of preventing proliferation defeated
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WorldViews: The Arctic is Russia’s Mecca, says top Moscow official 20.4.2015 Washington Post: World
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has sparked a diplomatic incident with Norway after a trip to the Arctic that saw him land on Norwegian territory. Norway summoned the Russian ambassador in Oslo after Rogozin posted pictures on social media of his visit, which included a stop in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago, en route to a Russian facility near the North Pole.Read full article ...
Migrant crisis: good samaritans set sail in daring Mediterranean rescue mission 20.4.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Philanthropists and activists launch private initiatives to distribute water, food and rafts to those in peril

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Room for Debate: Presidents Acting Unilaterally 20.4.2015 NY Times: Editorials
Have presidents relied too much on international executive agreements, avoiding the Senate’s authority to advise and consent on ...
Is Indigenous constitutional recognition salvageable? We have to hope so | Kirstie Parker 20.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Two years ago, 90% of Indigenous National Congress members supported recognition. The ruckus over Noel Pearson’s proposals shows where the debate has ended up Anyone plugged into conventional or social media over the past week could be forgiven for thinking Australia is on the cusp of settling the matter of appropriately recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the nation’s constitution. In fact, we’re still a long way from that destination – but it’s not unhelpful to check whether we’re on track in this critical chapter in Australian race ...
"We are keen on expanding our strategic partnership with India" 19.4.2015 Hindu: Opinion
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was in Chennai to inaugurate a new Australian consulate in the city on April 15, 2015. She spoke to The Hindu’s Srinivasan Ramani ...
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In the face of Islamic State’s atrocities, global inaction is not an option | Philippe Sands 19.4.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
The ICC may have no jurisdiction in Iraq and Syria, but a failure to investigate would be tantamount to admitting that the Nuremberg principles have reached their practical limit Eight mass graves reportedly found in the Iraqi city of Tikrit earlier this month are believed to hold some of the bodies of 1,700 Shia military cadets who were rounded up by Islamic State in June 2014 and paraded through the streets, before disappearing. These graves, and surely others in and around the city, will be subjected to a grim, intimate process followed too often around the world, a fruit of ethnic and religious strife. As in Rwanda and various parts of former Yugoslavia with now familiar names – such as Srebrenica and Vukovar – the sites will be mapped and documented; bodies will be identified, photographed, removed and then minutely analysed by forensic anthropologists for identity and trauma; full excavation of the site will follow, with identification and accounting for the moment of mass death. What happens ...
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Peer furious at UK ‘dithering’ over treaty to protect cultural heritage 19.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Lord Renfrew says artefacts in Iraq endangered by war would be protected under the Hague convention One of Britain’s foremost archaeologists has voiced his fury over the government’s apparent refusal to ratify an international treaty to protect cultural property. Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, a Conservative peer and Cambridge academic, said the world had watched in horror as Isis militants destroyed ancient artefacts in Iraq. Yet, he said, Britain “dithered” rather than join other countries in ratifying the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict , which was adopted at The Hague in 1954. He told the Observer: “It seems outrageous that Britain doesn’t adhere to the convention, which makes it illegal to do those things in ...
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Israel, Palestinians agree on tax revenue transfer after spat over utility debts deduction 18.4.2015 Star Tribune: World
Thirty years on, scientist who discovered ozone layer hole warns: ‘it will still take years to heal’ 18.4.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
The lessons of a landmark moment in climate research have not been learned

It is popularly viewed as one of the greatest environmental success stories of modern times. Exactly 30 years ago, UK scientists announced they had discovered a hole in the ozone layer in the atmosphere above Antarctica.

The hole threatened to spread, allowing increased levels of cancer-causing radiation from the sun to reach the ground. Within a few years of the discovery it was agreed to set up the Montreal Protocol, which banned the manmade chemicals responsible for depleting ozone in the upper atmosphere.

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WorldViews: Top Yemen scholars in the West condemn Saudi Arabia’s war 18.4.2015 Washington Post: World
A group of 18 Yemen scholars and experts based in the United States and Britain published an open letter decrying the near month-long Saudi bombing campaign in the country. The letter, whose signatories include academics at Harvard, Oxford and Columbia universities, argued the Saudi-led war "is illegal under international law" and urged American and British officials to push for a U.N. Security Council resolution "demanding an immediate, unconditional ceasefire."Read full article ...
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Spate of deadly xenophobic violence in South Africa draws UN concern 18.4.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Fond du Lac Band won't net or spear Lake Vermilion 18.4.2015 Star Tribune: Local
Plans change for northern Minnesota tribe
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