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  • Arrest footage and teargas raise concerns about Victoria police’s use of force to quell protests
    by Josh Taylor on September 23, 2021 at 9:18 am

    Video of a man being thrown to the ground by an officer at Melbourne’s Flinders St Station sparks internal investigationThe use of weapons like teargas and stinger grenades and vision of a man being thrown to the ground by a Victorian police officer at Flinders Street Station has raised concerns about police’s use of force during the ongoing protests in Melbourne this week.On the fourth day of protests in the city, footage emerged online showing an officer approaching a man from behind and throwing him to the ground. The man appeared to be talking calmly to other officers at the time. Continue reading...

  • Covid live news: Delta ‘crippling’ Alaska’s health system; South Korea urges testing amid holiday surge fears
    by Miranda Bryant (now) and Helen Sullivan (earlier) on September 23, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Alaska imposes crisis care standards on all hospitals; South Korean authorities urge people returning from holiday week to get testedEngland’s Covid travel rules spark outrage around the worldFDA approves Pfizer booster shots for Americans ages 65 and olderNew Zealanders could get Covid jab with fast-food fixSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.05am BSTCovid deaths in Russia, where 820 people died from the virus in the last 24 hours (see 09:46), matched the all-time one-day high reached in August. Since the start of the pandemic, Russia has recorded 7,354,995 coronavirus cases, reports Reuters. 9.46am BSTRussia has recorded 21,438 new coronavirus cases and 820 Covid deaths in the last 24 hours, reports Reuters. Continue reading...

  • UK warns Hong Kong security law critics of extradition risk posed by China
    by Helen Davidson in Taipei on September 23, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Activist Bill Browder warns of global reach of controversial law after being contacted by Foreign OfficeBritain has warned some Hong Kong critics in the UK about travelling abroad, according to high-profile human rights advocate Bill Browder, highlighting concerns about the cross-border reach of the Chinese region’s national security law.Browder, a well-known lobbyist for the use of sanctions against foreign governments involved in human rights abuses, said he was contacted by the UK Foreign Office earlier this month after he was named in a Hong Kong court during a foreign collusion case. Continue reading...

  • Release the rainbow! Why red, blue, yellow, pink and orange are the new black
    by Jess Cartner-Morley on September 23, 2021 at 9:00 am

    What’s the hot new colour, according to London fashion week? Anything you want, so long as it’s bright and bold. And the more you mix things up, the betterAt first I thought London fashion week was going to be all about parma violet. “Did you know purple flowers attract the most bees?” Roland Mouret asked, as I stroked a low-backed silk blouse in pale, luminous lavender on a rail in his studio on the first day. Pantone had just announced Orchid Bloom as one of its key colours for 2022.Then I changed my mind, and became convinced that apple green had it in the bag. Alice Temperley’s collection sold me on a halter-neck gown and a wrap dress, both in the bold mid-green, halfway between lime and emerald, that Americans call Kelly green and that reminds me of biting into a crisp granny smith. That sharp, outdoorsy green has been on the ascent in fashion for a while, beloved by label of the moment Bottega Veneta. Continue reading...

  • Sabina Nessa thought to have been killed on way to meet friend, say police
    by Sarah Marsh on September 23, 2021 at 8:17 am

    Officers believe teacher, 28, was murdered walking through London park en route to pub last FridaySabina Nessa is thought to have been murdered as she walked through a park on her way to meet a friend at a pub, police have said.Officers investigating the 28-year-old teacher’s death said she left her home before walking through Cator Park in south-east London at about 8.30pm last Friday. She was heading towards the Depot bar in Pegler Square, Kidbrooke Village, when she was attacked. Continue reading...

  • James Bond was ‘basically’ a rapist in early films, says No Time to Die director
    by Catherine Shoard on September 23, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Cary Fukunaga cites scene from Thunderball that ‘wouldn’t fly today’ as new film aims to redress franchise’s gender politicsThe director of No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond film, has said that Sean Connery’s version of the character was “basically” a rapist.Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Cary Fukunaga appeared to refer to a scene in 1965’s Thunderball in which Connery’s Bond forcibly kisses a nurse (played by Molly Peters) who has spurned his advances. In a later scene, Bond suggests he will keep quiet about information that could cost her her job if she sleeps with him. “I suppose my silence could have a price,” he says. Continue reading...

  • UK plan to end Troubles prosecutions ‘could breach international law’
    by Rajeev Syal Home affairs editor on September 23, 2021 at 8:00 am

    European human rights commissioner warns Northern Ireland secretary that amnesty is ‘deeply problematic’Boris Johnson’s plan to impose a statute of limitations to end all prosecutions related to the Troubles before 1998 could be in breach of international law, a European human rights commissioner has told the government.Dunja Mijatović of the Council of Europe has written to the secretary of state for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, saying the UK’s proposals appear indistinguishable from an unconditional amnesty for those not yet convicted. Continue reading...

  • Small farmers have the answer to feeding the world. Why isn’t the UN listening? | Elizabeth Mpofu and Henk Hobbelink
    by Elizabeth Mpofu and Henk Hobbelink on September 23, 2021 at 6:01 am

    We’re among the thousands boycotting the UN food summit – it’s been hijacked by corporate interests while the voices of small-scale farmers go unheardThursday’s UN food summit proposes to help solve the world’s nutrition crisis, with 800 million people going hungry and 1.9 billion labelled obese, by better aligning food systems with development goals. But it won’t achieve any of this. The summit was hijacked early on by powerful corporate interests – but people are resisting.Hundreds of social movements and civil society groups across the world representing small-scale and subsistence food producers, consumers and environmentalists are protesting about the summit for being undemocratic, non-transparent and focused only on strengthening only one food system: that backed by the big corporations. Civil society bodies active at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), for instance, are running a massive grassroots boycott of the summit, and there is a website and several actions dedicated to it. Grain, a small nonprofit group campaigning for biodiversity-based food systems, shut down its website and social media in protest on Thursday and many other organisations are holding their own protests around the world. An online alternative forum in July, running in parallel with the pre-summit meeting in Rome, attracted about 9,000 participants. This week, even more are expected. Continue reading...

  • GOP plan to block House measure could trigger an unprecedented $28tn default
    by Hugo Lowell in Washington DC on September 23, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Opposition from Mitch McConnell means the spending package is dead and the US faces a shutdown and defaultTop Republicans in the Senate are poised to block a key spending package advanced by Democrats in a move that could precipitate the dual fiscal crises of a government shutdown and an unprecedented US default on its colossal debt obligations.The House has approved a combined stopgap funding measure that would keep the federal government open until early December and suspend the debt limit until after the 2022 midterm elections, sending the legislation to the Senate. Continue reading...

  • Forced from home: the humans and animals under threat – in pictures
    by Guardian Staff on September 23, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Nick Brandt visited five animal sanctuaries in Africa to portray the people displaced by droughts and the creatures whose very existence is under threat Continue reading...