German federal prosecutors say they've charged a man from Kosovo man with supporting the Islamic State and helping spread propaganda for the extremist group
A human rights group says at least 11 people are dead following a fresh rebel attack in eastern Congo, after dozens were killed over the weekend in a series of assaults
When Raphael turned 15, he started digging tunnels at the cobalt mine where he worked – two years later he was dead
Bisette sits before me, her face drawn with woe. Even though this is my second research trip to the cobalt provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I am ill-prepared for the torment I will witness. We thank Bisette for her courage, for we know she is fearful that even a rumour that she is speaking to us could result in brutal reprisals against her and her family. She inhales sharply and recounts a tale of unimaginable grief.
Raphael was born to Bisette’s sister, but after both his parents died when he was a baby, Bisette raised Raphael as her own son. She says he was a bright and cheerful child. Raphael loved to learn but, when he was 12 years old, the family could no longer afford the $6 (£4) a month required to send him to school. Instead, Bisette says Raphael did what most children in his village had to do: he went to work as a surface digger at a nearby industrial cobalt mine near Kolwezi.Continue reading...
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Andy McDonald, the shadow transport secretary, has also given an interview to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire. In it, he partly toned down his criticism of the BBC. He said that he was not blaming it for Labour’s defeat. And he said that he treasured it. But he repeated his claim that some its coverage was slanted against Labour. He said:
I’m suggesting that we treasure our public service broadcaster, the BBC, and in my opinion they have trespassed with regularity during the course of this campaign into an area that they should not trespass into.
We’ve had endless examples from the political correspondents of the BBC that we find very difficult to accept.
Well, when your senior political correspondent opines about the postal ballots, and says that the postal ballots are not looking good for Labour – we don’t look at postal ballots – how on earth could that opinion be expressed? And why is an interpretation on what is blind at that time being interpreted as not looking good for Labour?
Why is it that stories sent from Tory HQ are received by the BBC and turned into a factual story when the reality is that the Labour political activist did not punch a political adviser to Matt Hancock? Yet that was put out on the airwaves.
In my view [the BBC has] been used and abused, and if we are not careful the rampant Tory party will dispense with the BBC, and sadly those who are currently in charge of it have nobody to blame for themselves.
But I treasure the BBC. It’s a bastion. And it’s really, really important that we hold our public service broadcaster close and make sure that it is not undermined. I’m afraid the way people have gone about their business during this election does not fill me with confidence.
The Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds has criticised his colleague Andy McDonald for part-blaming the BBC for their party’s defeat. (See 9.48am.)
The media can be frustrating, and some of the tabloids at times just embarrassing, but blaming them for last Thursday is an abdication of responsibility
There are definitely some journalists where you feel they have no interest in providing scrutiny or insight to the viewer, and just want a viral clip to boost their own profile. But the Tories face that too.
In some policy areas we actually got a pretty easy ride from the media https://t.co/fJuc8nUHXG
Children may not be stashing coins in piggy banks for much longer; with the move towards a cashless society, pocket money is moving digital.
Dell, Microsoft and Tesla also among tech firms named in case brought by families of children killed or injured while mining in DRC
A landmark legal case has been launched against the world’s largest tech companies by Congolese families who say their children were killed or maimed while mining for cobalt used to power smartphones, laptops and electric cars, the Guardian can reveal.
Apple, Google, Dell, Microsoft and Tesla have been named as defendants in a lawsuit filed in Washington DC by human rights firm International Rights Advocates on behalf of 14 parents and children from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The lawsuit accuses the companies of aiding and abetting in the death and serious injury of children who they claim were working in cobalt mines in their supply chain.Continue reading...
Trade tensions have eased and markets are steady, but politicians must make growth inclusive
This being December, my natural inclination is to review the past year’s economic and financial developments to help policymakers and investors anticipate what might be coming in 2020. This year is ending on a relatively positive note, especially when compared with the same time last year. There is hope of a global growth pickup, trade tensions have lessened and central banks have reaffirmed that that they will maintain ultra-low interest rates and continue to provide ample liquidity. Financial volatility is subdued, and there are reasonable expectations of solid investor returns across many asset classes.
As tempting as it is to dwell on current financial and macroeconomic conditions, doing so risks obfuscating a key element in the outlook for the future. There is a curious contrast between the relative clarity of expectations for the near term and the murkiness and uncertainty that comes when one extends the horizon further – say, to the next five years.Continue reading...
Sports Direct says it will be closing 'unprofitable' House of Fraser stores in the next 12 months.
The online retailer makes fast fashion for the Instagram elite. The way many of its garments are made is much less glamorous.
World stock markets rose on Monday, trading a notch below a record high hit last week on the back of a preliminary trade deal agreed between the United States and China.
Appliance maker Electrolux AB said on Sunday its North American business would take a higher than forecast $70 million earnings hit in the fourth quarter, partly due to extra costs related to its move into a new facility in South Carolina.
It sounds counterintuitive, but members of Generation Z will have to focus on human connections if they want to compete with robots for the jobs of the future.
Medics say budget cuts have pushed health system to brink of collapse and put lives at risk
More than 600 French hospital doctors have threatened to resign if the government does not increase health funding, as striking medics prepare to take to the streets this week across the country.
The doctors warn that budget cuts, bed closures and staff shortages are bringing France’s health system to the brink of collapse and putting patients’ lives at risk.Continue reading...
Former police officer Mario Sandoval suspected of role in more than 500 incidents of kidnappings, torture and murder
France will extradite Argentinian Mario Sandoval to Buenos Aires late on Sunday to face trial over the torture and disappearance of a student during the country’s “dirty war”, airport and legal sources said.
The 66-year-old former police officer was arrested on Wednesday at his home near Paris, after French authorities gave the final go-ahead for his extradition, ending an eight-year legal battle.Continue reading...
From her landmark early films with Jean-Luc Godard to later work such as The Nun, Karina’s beauty and charisma shone out
It was Anna Karina’s fate, or curse, to be perpetually described as an “icon” or a “muse”: a devastatingly beautiful figurehead and inspiration-figure to all those male directors doing the creating or critics doing the rhapsodising – one male director-cineaste in particular. She certainly was every bit as beautiful as everyone ceaselessly said, but it was her easy charm, intelligence and grace which made that beauty visible and made it exist. It was the kind of acting talent which made her whole style and address to the camera look easy, or not like acting: the kind of thing which bad or inexperienced actors – or very good male stars – foreground as an effortfully meaningful performance. And she had parallel careers as singer, producer, director and novelist.Continue reading...
Tax-loss harvesting is all about finding losers in your investment portfolio to offset winners so you pay less tax.
Terrence, who has spent the past 20 Christmases alone, was personally invited to the singer's concert.
He says he'll instead spend time with family, make new music and develop his "best show to date".
Johno Cornish took up painting with the unusual artistic tool after trying to take his own life.
(This Dec. 15 story corrects headline to give full name of new Jumanji movie)
The following contains spoilers about the "Watchmen" season finale, "See How They Fly."
Freddie Fox chose not to speak to the convicted criminal before playing him in White House Farm.
Guitarist John Frusciante is rejoining the Red Hot Chili Peppers, 10 years after he last left the band, bassist Flea said.
A decision by Hallmark Channel last week to pull advertisements featuring same-sex couples has prompted reactions from thousands of Twitter users as well as comedian Ellen DeGeneres, California Governor Gavin Newsom and streaming company Netflix.
Because when you’re planning a dinner party, you need to think about more than just the food.
The critic Dwight Garner recalls the scenes, observations and one-liners in books that stuck with him in 2019.
In “10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World,” a finalist for the Booker Prize by Elif Shafak, the narrator recalls her life in the minutes before she dies.
Neil Marshall’s comic-book reboot arrives on HBO. And Cher’s glamorous neo-burlesque club comes to Netflix.
The once-every-five-year survey of new art in the city is back.
After years of speculation, the series finally pulled back the curtain on its single biggest mystery.
Damon Lindelof’s provocative “remix” of the beloved comic finished the season with confidence, completeness and no shortage of stylistic bravado.
China has invited Mesut Ozil to visit Xinjiang to "distinguish right from wrong" after the Arsenal midfielder posted social media messages in support of the country's Muslim Uyghur minority.
Two months after Spain's biggest soccer match was postponed due to political unrest, Barcelona host Real Madrid on Wednesday in a La Liga fixture that could have a huge impact on the title race and will take place amid fresh protests.
Most people said it couldn't be done and the record books say it hasn't been, but for the thousands watching in Vienna and millions more online, Eliud Kipchoge unquestionably this year became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours.
Annet Negesa, Uganda’s 800-meter Olympic hopeful, says she was advised to undergo an irreversible surgery because of naturally elevated testosterone levels. Her career has never been the same.
The Malaysian Open will return to the Asian Tour next year following a four-year hiatus, officials said on Monday.
Landslide debris from the collapsed Anak Krakatau volcano is imaged on the seabed for the first time.
The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, said countries had “lost an important opportunity” at the meeting in Madrid.
World leaders meeting in Madrid remained at loggerheads on Saturday about whether they could commit, just on paper, to raise voluntary climate targets next year.
A financially troubled Seattle research institute cut back programs, leaving researchers to find new homes for work on infectious diseases like tuberculosis and leprosy.
Reusable duodenoscopes infected patients in a series of notorious outbreaks. Now there’s a disposable model to be used just once.
A Russian court has blocked access to English Premier League game broadcasts by Amazon's Twitch after Russia's Rambler media group said it would sue the video streaming service over pirate broadcasts, the TASS news agency reported.
Google has told its Turkish business partners it will not be able to work with them on new Android phones to be released in Turkey, after the Turkish competition board ruled that changes Google made to its contracts were not acceptable.
Few politicians have teams to spot false statements about them online, or to fight back before it spreads.
Trade union Verdi called for workers at a key Amazon logistics centre in Germany to go on strike over the crucial final shopping days before Christmas, demanding better pay and conditions for workers there.
Telenor will use equipment from Huawei in building Norway's 5G network, the telecoms operator said on Sunday, one of several companies to continue working with the Chinese company despite U.S. pressure.