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Morning mail: strip-search figures revealed, UN climate talks begin, Cradle Mountain magic

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Monday: Police have strip-searched almost 350 school-aged boys since 2016, new figures show. Plus, Tasmania’s wild and wondrous Overland TrackGood morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 9 December. Continue reading…



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Author : Helen Sullivan

Publish date : 2019-12-08 19:52:04

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The Guardian view on North Korea: a brewing nuclear crisis | Editorial

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Pyongyang’s truce with Washington could end with terrible results. To avoid that, international efforts – notably from the US – are neededNorth Korea often appears to have styled itself upon a James Bond adversary. We have seen the dramatic announcement of a deadline (New Year), followed by the arch threat that “it is up to the US what Christmas gift it will choose to get”. (Experts predict a missile test.) Its fondness for baroque menace is matched by its flair for provocation – Sunday saw the announcement of a “very important” test at its Sohae site, which the US said it had agreed to destroy. A flurry of pictures of Kim Jong-un mounted on a white horse, at the sacred site of Mount Paektu, surely herald, according to state media, “a great operation to strike the world with wonder again”. The theatricality is intentional: Pyongyang wants international attention. It should also be taken seriously. The North walked out of talks in October, frustrated that there is no sign of sanctions relaxation. The White House has reminded people that the US could use force and described Mr Kim as “Rocket Man” again – and warned he had “everything to lose”.It would be easy to mistake this for another instalment in a predictable series. But it is only half true to say that we have been here before. Donald Trump’s threats of “fire and fury” followed by a charm offensive (“we fell in love”) have not merely failed to resolve the underlying problem; they have made a bad situation worse. He claimed progress by pretending there was no difference between something Pyongyang would not object to (multilateral denuclearisation of the peninsula) and something it would never agree to (complete unilateral denuclearisation). This was not a solution; only an illusion of progress. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/08/the-guardian-view-on-north-korea-a-brewing-nuclear-crisis

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Publish date : 2019-12-08 18:29:29

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Football faces calls for action on racism in wake of Manchester derby

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Man reportedly named as Anthony Burke arrested over alleged racist abuse of Manchester United playerThe arrest of a man on Sunday in connection with alleged racist abuse directed towards Manchester United players in a televised derby has led to renewed soul searching about the extent of the problem in the game.In the immediate aftermath of the match at the Etihad, in which Manchester United beat rivals City 2-1, former player turned pundit Gary Neville blamed politicians including Boris Johnson for creating a climate where racism was more acceptable. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/dec/08/alleged-racist-abuse-manchester-united-city-fred-derby

Author : Amy Walker

Publish date : 2019-12-08 17:30:20

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US defense secretary orders security review at military bases after Pensacola shooting

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Mark Esper said he also instructed US armed forces to screen for foreign solders who come to the US for trainingThe defense secretary, Mark Esper, said he has instructed the US armed forces to review both security at military bases and screening for foreign soldiers who come to the US for training.On Friday, a Saudi air force lieutenant killed three people and wounded eight at a navy base in Pensacola, Florida. On Fox News Sunday, Esper said he had asked top defense officials to “make sure we’re taking all necessary precautions” to make sure military installations were secure. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/08/pensacola-shooting-mark-esper-military-bases-security-foreign-soldiers

Author : Guardian staff and agencies

Publish date : 2019-12-08 15:31:26

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France to press ahead with pensions reform despite protests

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Train and metro strikes enter fourth day as prime minister vows to implement changesThe French government said it would press ahead with its planned pension changes but said the proposed new system that has sparked nationwide strikes would be introduced gradually and public concerns would be addressed.Transport systems were paralysed for a fourth day on Sunday as unions at the state railway SNCF and Paris public transport system RATP extended their strike against the changes. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/08/france-to-press-ahead-with-pensions-reform-despite-protests

Author : Reuters in Paris

Publish date : 2019-12-08 13:56:43

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Joe Biden: prosecute companies that stop workers forming unions

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Sanders, Buttigieg, Booker, Klobuchar and Steyer also discussed the economy, wages and healthcare at a Teamsters forum in IowaKochland: how the Kochs bought America – and trashed itJoe Biden has proposed criminal prosecution of companies that deprive workers of their rights to organise unions as part of what he called the corporate war on labour. Related: After Kamala: activists fear Democratic primary whitewash Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/08/joe-biden-prosecute-companies-unions-teamsters-sanders-buttigieg-booker-klobuchar-steyer

Author : Chris McGreal in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Publish date : 2019-12-08 12:33:25

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Hong Kong: mammoth rally marks six months of pro-democracy protests

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Sea of protesters pour on to streets calling for elections and inquiry into police tacticsHundreds of thousands of demonstrators have once again poured on to the streets of Hong Kong, their chants echoing off high-rise buildings, in a mass show of support for a protest movement that shows no signs of flagging as it enters a seventh month.Chanting “Fight for freedom” and “Stand with Hong Kong”, a sea of protesters formed a mile-long human snake winding for blocks on Hong Kong Island, from the Causeway Bay shopping district to the Central business zone. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/08/hong-kong-democracy-protests-continue-into-seventh-month

Author : Associated Press in Hong Kong

Publish date : 2019-12-08 11:31:10

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General election: Johnson refuses to say if he’ll resign should Tories lose – live news

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Follow events on the last Sunday of the campaign as interviewees including PM take to the airwaves 10.14am GMT The SNP’s leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has said she is not asking Labour to support the idea of another independence referendum, but to “respect the principle”. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Sturgeon said: “My message (to the Labour Party) would be, listen carefully, I’ll never do anything that puts Boris Johnson into Downing Street, but Labour, in order to get a Queen’s Speech and a budget through, if they’re in a minority position, need the support of another party. “And if Scotland votes for the SNP in a hung Parliament giving Scotland enormous leverage, then I will exercise that firstly in line with Scotland’s interest. 10.12am GMT Q: Why have antisemites stayed in the Labour party?The Jewish Labour Movement report on the problem is well out of date, McDonnell says. The individuals named in the report have been kicked out, he says. New procedures are dealing with the problem. Asked about the 136 cases cited in the report, McDonnell says it is “well below that” now. I worry this has had its effect. We have done everything I think we can possible do. We have apologised to the Jewish community and I repeat that. We have always got to learn lesson. I want us to be a shining model. I apologise to the Jewish community for the suffering we have inflicted on them. I say to them ‘we are doing everything possible. We are going to learn more lessons and we want to be the shining example of antiracism that the Labour party should be’. Having gone through this horrible, horrible period, we come out of it now actually showing respect to the Jewish community and tackling this issue, and enabling the Labour party to tackle antisemitism in our wider society. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/dec/08/generalgeneral-election-boris-johnson-swinson-farage-corbyn-interview-live-news

Author : Matthew Weaver

Publish date : 2019-12-08 10:14:07

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No trains and no compromise as France faces a winter of discontent

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With hardline unions threatening indefinite strikes over pension reforms, there is apprehension at the political perils facing Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Macron will seek to placate angry strikers this week while honouring his election pledge to shake up France’s pension system in a delicate balancing act that will define his political future.Ministers are looking at possible concessions that could defuse the strikes and protests that have paralysed the country since last week. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/08/emmanuel-macron-pension-reforms-winter-of-discontent

Author : Kim Willsher

Publish date : 2019-12-08 08:42:34

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After Kamala: activists fear Democratic primary whitewash

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The California senator pulled out this week and the next debate stage looks set to be minority-free. Progressives see a problem When Democrats won a Senate seat in Alabama two years ago, their chairman declared that “black women are the backbone of the Democratic party, and we can’t take that for granted”. #ThankBlackWomen began trending and the “backbone” metaphor has been an applause line ever since.Yet when Democratic candidates for president debate in Los Angeles later this month, there will be no black women on stage following the sudden exit of Senator Kamala Harris of California. Unless something changes quickly, there will be no candidates of colour at all. Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/07/kamala-harris-democratic-primary-whitewash-2020-debates

Author : David Smith in Washington

Publish date : 2019-12-08 07:15:33

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