Christian Porter, Australia’s Attorney General, Denies Rape Claim

The attorney general offered his defense just two weeks after a separate case in which a government staff member said she was sexually assaulted in Parliament.

#metoo-movement, #attorneys-general, #australia, #higgins-brittany, #politics-and-government, #porter-christian-1970, #sex-crimes

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Germany Places Far-Right AfD Party Under Surveillance for Extremism

It is the first time in Germany’s postwar history that a party represented in the federal Parliament has elicited this level of scrutiny as a potential threat to democracy.

#alternative-for-germany, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #germany, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

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New York Mayoral Candidates Weigh How Hard to Hit Cuomo

The feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has hurt New York City, but Mr. Cuomo’s recent troubles may alter the dynamic for the next mayor.

#adams-eric-l, #cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #endorsements, #garcia-kathryn, #new-york-city, #politics-and-government, #primaries-and-caucuses, #stringer-scott-m

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Absolutists Are Taking Over the Anti-Abortion Movement

Taking their cue from Trump, they are going all out to overturn Roe v. Wade.

#abortion, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #law-and-legislation, #national-right-to-life-committee, #politics-and-government, #porter-janet-1962, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roberts-john-g-jr, #south-carolina, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

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Videos Show Extent of Myanmar Military’s Bloody Crackdown

A trove of visual evidence reveals how soldiers and the police used rifles and other lethal weapons against anti-coup protests across the country.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #yangon-myanmar, #your-feed-visual-investigations

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Cuomo Losing Power and Allies as Crisis Deepens

Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced more calls for his resignation, and a Republican congressman and Trump backer, Lee Zeldin, said he was exploring a challenge to him next year.

#bennett-charlotte-1995, #boylan-lindsey-1984, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment, #zeldin-lee-m

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U.S. Accuses Russian Intelligence of Poisoning Navalny

The Biden administration announced its first sanctions against the Russian government for the attack and the imprisonment of Aleksei A. Navalny.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #federal-security-service, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations

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Why Democrats Aren’t Asking Cuomo to Resign

The diminishing power of MeToo.

#metoo-movement, #bennett-charlotte-1995, #boylan-lindsey-1984, #cuomo-andrew-m, #franken-al, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment

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After El Salvador Election, Bukele Is on Verge of Near-Total Control

The party of President Nayib Bukele is set to take a sweeping majority in El Salvador’s Congress, giving the populist leader broad new powers.

#bukele-nayib, #el-salvador, #elections, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

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Cuomo Must Admit to His ‘Predatory Behavior,’ Accuser Says

“These are not the actions of someone who simply feels misunderstood; they are the actions of an individual who wields his power to avoid justice,” Charlotte Bennett said.

#metoo-movement, #abramowitz-elkan, #bennett-charlotte-1995, #boylan-lindsey-1984, #cuomo-andrew-m, #james-letitia, #katz-debra, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment

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Nigeria’s Boarding Schools Have Become a Hunting Ground for Kidnappers

Northern Nigeria’s kidnap-for-ransom industry is growing, and it’s not just the well-off who are at risk. The new targets are poor villagers and ordinary schoolchildren.

#adichie-chimamanda-ngozi, #boko-haram, #buhari-muhammadu, #corruption-institutional, #kankara-nigeria, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #nigeria, #politics-and-government, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #united-nations-childrens-fund

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Why Trump Holds a Grip on the G.O.P.

Republicans still embrace the power of the ex-president’s agenda to galvanize voters and drive turnout.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruz-ted, #desantis-ron, #haley-nikki-r, #immigration-and-emigration, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Nicolas Sarkozy, Ex-President of France, Found Guilty of Corruption

Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of trying to obtain confidential information from a judge by offering to help him land a job.

#azibert-gilbert, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #decisions-and-verdicts, #france, #herzog-thierry, #les-republicains-france, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #sarkozy-nicolas

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Hundreds in Rare Hong Kong Protest as Opposition Figures Are Charged

A Chinese official has called for severe punishment of opposition figures facing charges under a new national security law.

#communist-party-of-china, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #kowloon-hong-kong, #lai-jimmy, #politics-and-government, #wong-joshua-1996

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What We Know About Gov. Cuomo’s Sexual Harassment Claims

Two former state employees have accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of sexual harassment, prompting calls for an independent investigation.

#bennett-charlotte-1995, #boylan-lindsey-1984, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #james-letitia, #nursing-homes, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel

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China Charges Ahead With a National Digital Currency

The electronic Chinese yuan is now being tested in cities such as Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing. No other major power is as far along with a homegrown digital currency.

#alipay, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #bitcoin-currency, #computers-and-the-internet, #currency, #innovation, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #peoples-bank-of-china, #politics-and-government, #renminbi-currency, #virtual-currency, #wechat-mobile-app

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China Appears to Warn India: Push Too Hard and the Lights Could Go Out

As border skirmishing increased last year, malware began to flow into the Indian electric grid, a new study shows, and a blackout hit Mumbai. It now looks like a warning.

#china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #india, #industrial-espionage, #mumbai-india, #phishing-computer-fraud, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #territorial-disputes

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Michael Somare, Papua New Guinea’s ‘Father of the Nation,’ Dies at 84

Mr. Somare, who played a major role in leading the country to independence from Australia, was its longest-serving prime minister.

#australia, #deaths-obituaries, #papua-new-guinea, #politics-and-government, #secession-and-independence-movements, #somare-michael

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At Least 3 Killed as Myanmar Police Crack Down on Protests

The police opened fire on a crowd of hundreds in the southern city of Dawei, witnesses said.

#civilian-casualties, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-fatalities, #myanmar, #politics-and-government

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Second Former Aide Accuses Cuomo of Sexual Harassment

The woman, 25, said that when they were alone in his office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked if she “had ever been with an older man.”

#bennett-charlotte, #boylan-lindsey-1984, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment

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‘I Wake Up and Scream’: Secret Taliban Prisons Terrorize Thousands

A potential U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, coupled with a weak Afghan security force, mean the Taliban will likely continue to capture, condemn and torture thousands.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #human-rights-watch, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #torture

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Rapper’s Arrest Awakens Rage in Spanish Youth Chafing in Pandemic

Nearly two weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations have turned into a collective outcry from young adults who see bleak futures and precious time lost to lockdowns.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hasel-pablo-1988, #juan-carlos-i-king-of-spain, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rap-and-hip-hop, #youth

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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition

Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.

#aclu-of-massachusetts, #boston-mass, #clearview-ai-inc, #discrimination, #facial-recognition-software, #kade-crockford, #law-and-legislation, #massachusetts, #police, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #race-and-ethnicity, #racial-profiling, #search-and-seizure

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Bangladeshi Writer, Detained Over Social Media Posts, Dies in Jail

The death of Mushtaq Ahmed has renewed alarm about the country’s use of a draconian digital security law to crack down on dissent.

#ahmed-mushtaq-d-2021, #bangladesh, #censorship, #deaths-fatalities, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #wazed-hasina

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Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman, the Murderous Monarch

President Biden hasn’t pushed for real justice, but at least he’s not as obsequious as his predecessor.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #khashoggi-jamal, #kushner-jared, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Texans Demand Answers as They Grapple With Storm’s Lingering Wrath

After millions lost power during a winter storm, lawmakers have held marathon hearings, prosecutors have started criminal investigations and residents have asked for accountability.

#electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #public-utility-commission-of-texas, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #state-legislatures, #texas

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President Biden Lets a Saudi Murderer Walk

The crown prince killed my friend Jamal Khashoggi, and we do next to nothing.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

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Why President Biden Must Withdraw From Afghanistan

Breaking our agreement with the Taliban to pull out by May will endanger American troops and entrench them in an unwinnable war.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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Andrew Cuomo Is Under Fire. Can He Be Defeated?

The growing uncertainty over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political fortunes is a sharp turnaround from last year, when some supporters dreamed of a presidential bid. Potential challengers have noticed.

#biaggi-alessandra, #cuomo-andrew-m, #elections-governors, #james-letitia, #politics-and-government, #williams-jumaane-d

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A Spreadsheet of China’s Censorship Shows the Human Toll

An online spreadsheet with an anonymous minder tabulates Xi Jinping’s crackdown on speech.

#china, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion

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The Campaign to Cancel Wokeness

How the right is trying to censor critical race theory.

#censorship, #crenshaw-kimberle-williams, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity

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Companies Shouldn’t Require Employees to Get Vaccines

Let the government make the policy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corporations, #medicine-and-health, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-environment

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‘Victim Blaming’ and Sex Education in the Boys’ Club of Australian Politics

Scott Morrison’s words, critics said, revealed a disturbing sentiment.

#australia, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #womens-rights

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Germans Clamor for Covid Vaccines, but Shun AstraZeneca’s Offering

Hundreds of thousands of AstraZeneca doses are sitting unopened as many Germans reject the vaccine over fears it is “second-class” compared to the one developed by BioNTech and Pfizer.

#astrazeneca-plc, #biontech-se, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #germany, #koch-robert-institute, #medicine-and-health, #pfizer-inc, #politics-and-government, #steinmeier-frank-walter, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

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New York City’s Arts and Recreation Employment Down 66%, Report Says

The New York State comptroller’s office details the effects of the pandemic’s devastation and says a full recovery would be made only with government assistance.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #dancing, #dinapoli-thomas-p, #finances, #labor-and-jobs, #museums, #music, #new-york-city, #new-york-state, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional, #theater, #theaters-buildings, #wages-and-salaries

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How to Keep Extremists Out of Power

Every political reform proposal must be judged by its ability to fuel or weaken extremist candidates.

#alaska, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #politics-and-government, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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In China, an Electric Car Maker Loses Money but Thinks Big

Nio can tap an extensive supply chain that Beijing has built to achieve its dream of dominating the manufacture of electric cars.

#automobiles, #batteries, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hefei-china, #nio, #politics-and-government, #start-ups, #william-li

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Facebook Bans Myanmar Military Accounts in Aftermath of Coup

The move plunges the social network into the post-coup politics of the roiled nation, after years of criticism over how Myanmar’s military had used the site.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #myanmar, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #social-media

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Australia’s Social Media Law Won’t Save Journalism

Google and Facebook have objected to a law that will require them to pay media outlets for content. But the legislation won’t protect the businesses it aims to help.

#australia, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #politics-and-government, #social-media

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To Build Loyalty to China, Hong Kong Rewrites History

Through new lesson plans and expensive publishing projects, the government hopes to teach future generations a curated lesson about Hong Kong’s past.

#communist-party-of-china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #education-k-12, #history-academic-subject, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government

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Fading Sri Lankan Hopes for Justice Rest on U.N. Rights Council

The government, strongly tied to the military, is blocking inquiries into wartime atrocities, undermining efforts to learn the fates of thousands of missing people.

#bachelet-michelle, #discrimination, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #minorities, #missing-persons, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #rajapaksa-gotabaya, #rajapaksa-mahinda, #sri-lanka, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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Brittany Higgins Files Police Report on Parliament House Rape Claim

Brittany Higgins has filed a formal police report against a former government employee who she said raped her in Australia’s Parliament House in 2019, roiling the government.

#australia, #higgins-brittany, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #reynolds-linda-1965, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Man Shoved by Officers During Protest Sues Buffalo Police

Martin Gugino, then 75, was pushed to the ground by officers during a protest against police violence last year. A video of the episode, which left Mr. Gugino with a fractured skull, circulated widely online.

#buffalo-ny, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #gugino-martin-1944, #losi-john-buffalo-ny-police-officer, #mccabe-robert-buffalo-ny-police-officer, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-buffalo-ny, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #torgalski-aaron-buffalo-ny-police-officer

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Having Won Syria’s War, al-Assad Is Mired in Economic Woes

After a decade of war, the biggest threat now to President Bashar al-Assad is an economic crisis. But at a recent meeting, he had no concrete solutions to his country’s extreme distress.

#assad-bashar-al, #bread, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #damascus-syria, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #hair, #international-trade-and-world-market, #israel, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-food-program

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‘Patriots’ Only: Beijing Plans Overhaul of Hong Kong’s Elections

The central government is likely to bypass local officials, just as it did with last year’s national security law.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #elections, #hong-kong, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government

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When Covid Hit Nursing Homes, Part 1: ‘My Mother Died Alone’

In the first of two episodes on what went wrong in New York’s nursing homes, we look at the crisis through the eyes of a bereaved daughter.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #elder-care, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes, #politics-and-government, #united-states

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Facebook Strikes Deal to Restore News Sharing in Australia

The agreement means users and publishers in Australia can once again share links to news articles, after Facebook had blocked the practice last week.

#australia, #brown-campbell, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #frydenberg-josh, #law-and-legislation, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #social-media

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Myanmar Coup Protests Are Growing, Defying Threats and Snipers

A general strike on Monday made clear that the fatal shooting of two protesters over the weekend, and the fear of a further bloody crackdown, would not halt opposition to the return of military rule.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #politics-and-government, #strikes

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Can Andrew Cuomo’s ‘Bullying’ Style Still Work in Politics?

The scrutiny of Covid-19 deaths in New York nursing homes has also put the governor’s aggressive behavior in the spotlight.

#bullies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #deaths-fatalities, #kim-ron-t, #new-york-state, #nursing-homes, #politics-and-government, #state-legislatures

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Virus Variants Deliver Fresh Blow to Europe’s Open Borders

Countries are again rushing to limit travel. That’s become a standard measure in the face of Covid threats, raising questions about whether a pillar of European Union integration can survive.

#border-controls, #borders, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-union, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #schengen, #terrorism

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