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SNP urges Labour to stop dodging responsibilities and join calls for urgent Brexit U-turn | UK | News

Boris Johnson has vowed the Brexit transition period with the EU will end as planned on December 31 despite the COVID-19 outbreak. However Nicola Sturgeon’s SNP party has continually called for an extension over fears a trade deal will not be agreed in time, forcing a no deal Brexit. And now they have criticised Labour […]

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Merthyr Tydfil father calls for Childers hostel killer to stay in prison

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFruit picker Robert Long was jailed for life but is now eligible for parole The father of a Welsh backpacker who died in an Australian hostel fire 20 years ago wants the man responsible to remain in prison. Friends Natalie Morris, 28, from Merthyr Tydfil, and Sarah […]

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Calls For Reform Put Minneapolis Police Union Leader In Hot Seat : NPR

Protesters in Minneapolis called for the removal of police union leader Bob Kroll on Friday. David Schaper/NPR hide caption toggle caption David Schaper/NPR Protesters in Minneapolis called for the removal of police union leader Bob Kroll on Friday. David Schaper/NPR City councils and state legislatures around the country are considering dramatic changes to policing, but […]

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Thousands mourn George Floyd amid calls for reforms: Live updates | George Floyd protests News

Bail has been set at $1.25m for the former Minneapolis police officer who pinned George Floyd to the ground with his knee for nearly nine minutes as the unarmed Black man pleaded for air. United States congressional Democrats unveiled a sweeping package of legislation to combat police violence and racial injustice after two weeks […]

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Pope calls for global solidarity over coronavirus in streamed service from empty St Peter’s Basilica

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby urged crematoriums and local authorities not to treat coronavirus victims ‘like cattle’ and give them a dignified burial. Mr Welby – who normally presides over a congregation of 1,500 people at Canterbury Cathedral on Easter morning – delivered his Easter service on his iPad at his London flat after the […]

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Michel EU Council President calls for second online summit on COVID-19

Charles Michel, EU Council President has called for another EU summit on Coronavirus response, to be held on Tuesday, March 17, through videoconference. “Containing the spread of the virus, providing sufficient medical equipment, boosting research and limiting the economic fallout is the key,” Michel tweeted. EU27 leaders held a virtual summit last week, during which, […]

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Sydney NYE fireworks to go ahead despite calls to spend money on fighting wildfires – Channel 4 News

Sydney’s firework celebrations on New Year’s Eve will go ahead, despite the wildfires currently ravaging the country. More than a quarter of a million people have signed an online petition demanding the event is cancelled and the money given instead to firefighters. But Prime Minister Scott Morrison says holding the event will show the world […]

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IG calls for ‘accountability’ over FBI failures in Russia probe

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded in his long-awaited report on the FBI’s Russia investigation that there was no evidence of political bias in the probe’s launch — but he made clear during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that this does not let anyone off the hook. To the contrary, Horowitz said during Wednesday’s hearing that while […]

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Big four auditors face investor calls for tougher climate scrutiny

European investors managing assets worth more than 1 trillion pounds ($1.28 trillion) are pressing top auditors to take urgent action on climate-related risks, warning that failure to do so could do more damage than the financial crisis, Trend reports citing Reuters. The case for tighter auditing has been bolstered by public statements from regulators and […]

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David Casa MEP calls for European Council intervention to defend #RuleOfLaw in #Malta

In a letter sent today (25 November), Casa stated: “Malta has been gripped by crisis from the moment the late Daphne Caruana Galizia reported on the Panama Papers. It was a scandal that exposed corporate structures reeking of money laundering and connected to secretive deals with Azerbaijan. Those involved were Prime Minister Muscat’s closest political allies. […]

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