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When it isn’t the settlers who try to directly disrupt Palestinians' olive picking, it’s the Israeli army that prevents it from taking place
Amira Hass

Mohammed al-Khatib from the village of Bil’in uses every opportunity he has to talk to soldiers, in Hebrew. Even after they beat him, laid him on the ground and detained him, even after one of the soldiers imperiously placed his foot on Mohammed’s back, which is what happened last Monday near the West Bank town of Salfit.

“I like talking to young soldiers, explaining the occupation to them,” he said. “‘What do you mean by occupation,’ they ask, ‘you Palestinians can do whatever you like.’ And I tell them: ‘Don’t you believe me that a Palestinian cannot build on his own land? Look it up on the internet. Don’t just listen to your officers.’” He was talking to Haaretz two days after being detained for a much shorter than is usual under the circumstances described below. more...

BBC

Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack at a church in Leigh-on-Sea. They said they recovered a knife and were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Sir David, 69, had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he was "a great man, a great friend, and a great MP, killed while fulfilling his democratic role". more...

By Rob Frehse, CNN

(CNN) The World Health Organization on Wednesday honored the late Henrietta Lacks, whose cells have been used for innovative scientific research for decades, with an award in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of medical science.

Lacks, a Black woman, was suffering from cervical cancer when she was being treated at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1951. A surgeon removed cells from her cervix without her consent during a procedure and that sample enabled a doctor at the hospital to create the first human cell line to reproduce outside the body.

The cell line, now known as HeLa cells, allowed scientists to experiment and create life-saving medicine including the polio vaccine, in-vitro fertilization and gene mapping as well as helped advance cancer and AIDS research. more...

The kids, 11 to 14, were groomed online after meeting recruiters from a crime gang on Free Fire.
Jeremy Kryt

Three boys who loved the faux violence of one of the internet’s most popular battle royale shooting games were lured away from their families by a criminal network promising them glory and riches if they traded the make-believe for Mexico’s real-life world of violence.

Last Saturday in the town of Oaxaca, in western Mexico, the boys ranging in age from 11 to 14 were rescued after being enticed by Whatsapp messages on a group chat associated with the game Free Fire. The kids were allegedly targeted as potential cartel members due to their apparent interest in weapons. more...

By Vasco Cotovio, James Frater and Lianne Kolirin, CNN

(CNN) Five people have been killed and at least two others injured during a sprawling attack in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg, according to local police. The suspected attacker used a bow and arrow, a spokesman for Norway's southeastern police district, which includes Kongsberg, told CNN on Wednesday. The suspect is under arrest and is believed to have acted alone. He has not yet been questioned, according to Øyvind Aas, police chief of the county seat Drammen. There is "no active search for more people," according to Aas. more...

"We will continue to bolster our national defence," President Tsai Ing-wen said.
By Yuliya Talmazan

Taiwan will not bow to pressure from Beijing and will keep bolstering its defences, its president said Sunday, a day after her Chinese counterpart vowed to realize a peaceful "reunification" with the democratic island.

Speaking at a rally to celebrate Taiwan's National Day, President Tsai Ing-wen said her government would not "act rashly,” but added that "there should be absolutely no illusions that the Taiwanese people will bow to pressure." She said she hoped for an easing of tensions across the Taiwan Strait. more...

The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Saturday ruled out cooperation with the United States to contain extremist groups in Afghanistan, staking out an uncompromising position on a key issue ahead of the first direct talks between the former foes since America withdrew from the country in August.

Senior Taliban officials and U.S. representatives are meeting this weekend in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Officials from both sides have said issues include reining in extremist groups and the evacuation of foreign citizens and Afghans from the country. The Taliban have signaled flexibility on evacuations. more...

Silvia Amaro

Poland’s highest court has ruled that some EU laws conflict with the country’s own constitution — a move that has raised concerns about Poland’s commitment to the Union. The European Commission, the executive arm of the EU, and the conservative government in Poland have clashed for several years over the rule of law. Brussels has accused Warsaw of undermining the independence of the judicial system and has so far held back on deciding whether to disburse post-pandemic recovery funds worth about 30 billion euros ($34 billion). more...

By Justin Klawans

The editor of China's national English-language newspaper suggested Thursday that the country should use airstrikes to kill American service members stationed in Taiwan. Hu Xijin, the editor-in-chief of the Global Times, tweeted that China should take action against American "invaders" in Taiwan after an exclusive report from the Wall Street Journal revealed that two dozen U.S. troops had been secretly stationed there helped training Taiwanese soldiers. more...

Three people tell how they were affected by the temporary loss of the site, and WhatsApp and Instagram. The global outage just adds to Facebook’s many recent woes
Clea Skopeliti and Rachel Obordo

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram experienced an outage that left users around the world unable to access the social media platforms for nearly six hours on Monday and Tuesday. The outage was one of the worst Facebook has experienced, with the company blaming faulty configuration changes on its routers for the extended disruption. Three people speak about how the outage affected them – with social media users describing it as both a positive and negative few hours. more...

By Saskya Vandoorne, Simon Bouvier and Sam Bradpiece, CNN

Paris (CNN) Members of the Catholic clergy in France sexually abused an estimated 216,000 minors over the past seven decades, according to a damning report published Tuesday that said the Church had prioritized the protection of the institution over victims who were urged to stay silent. The number of abused minors rises to an estimated 330,000 when including victims of people who were not clergy but had other links to the Church, such as Catholic schools and youth programs. Between 2,900 and 3,200 abusers were estimated to have worked in the French Catholic Church between 1950 and 2020, out of a total of 115,000 priests and other clerics, the report found. more...

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE, JONATHAN MATTISE | The Associated Press

Hundreds of world leaders, powerful politicians, billionaires, celebrities, religious leaders and drug dealers have been hiding their investments in mansions, exclusive beachfront property, yachts and other assets for the past quarter-century, according to a review of nearly 12 million files obtained from 14 firms located around the world.

The report released Sunday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists involved 600 journalists from 150 media outlets in 117 countries. It’s being dubbed the “Pandora Papers” because the findings shed light on the previously hidden dealings of the elite and the corrupt, and how they have used offshore accounts to shield assets collectively worth trillions of dollars. more...

By Clarissa Ward, Tim Lister and Ehsan Popalzai, CNN

(CNN) An explosion ripped through a crowd outside the entrance of a mosque in central Kabul on Sunday, leaving a number of people dead, a senior Taliban spokesman said. The blast targeted the gates of the Eidgah Mosque in the Afghan capital, where a funeral service was being held for the mother of Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Muhajid, who tweeted that the blast had claimed the lives of civilians. more...

BBC News

The US state department called the actions "destabilizing" and reiterated its "rock solid" commitment to Taiwan. Taiwan has reported at least five incursions since Friday. China sees democratic Taiwan as a breakaway province, but Taiwan sees itself as a sovereign state. It has been complaining for more than a year about repeated missions by China's air force near the island. more...

dw.com

Millions of leaked documents reveal the financial secrets of how world leaders, billionaires and celebrities use tax havens. Tony Blair, Ukraine's Zelenskyy and Shakira are among those named. The Pandora Papers investigation has revealed that 35 current and former world leaders — including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the king of Jordan and Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta — as well as powerful billionaires were affiliated with companies that use offshore tax havens.

Offshore accounts are often used to secretly manage and move large sums of money to hide a person's true wealth. The investigation, carried out by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and a team of 150 news outlets — including DW's Turkish service — also found that more than 330 high-level politicians and public officials worldwide have ties to offshore accounts. The millions of leaked documents examined by the biggest journalism partnership in history show the extent to which secretive offshore operations are entangled in global finance politics. more...

By Ben Blanchard

TAIPEI (Reuters) -Taiwan sharply criticised China on Saturday after Beijing marked the founding of the People's Republic of China with the largest ever incursion by the Chinese air force into the island's air defence zone.

Taiwan, a democratically governed island that is claimed by China, has complained for more than a year of repeated missions near it by China's air force, often in the southwestern part of its air defence zone close to the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands.

Taiwanese fighters scrambled against 38 Chinese aircraft in two waves on Friday, the Taiwan Defence Ministry said. It said Taiwan sent combat aircraft to warn away the Chinese aircraft, while missile systems were deployed to monitor them. more...

Houston Keene

President Biden’s proposals to North Korea have been ignored by dictator Kim Jong Un as his regime continues its barrage of missile tests, the White House revealed.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked for the administration's reaction to North Korea's second missile test in a week, as well as reports that the country is moving to reopen direct communication with South Korea during Friday’s daily news conference. more...

By Eliza Mackintosh and Sharon Braithwaite, CNN

London (CNN) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the police's failure to take violence against women and girls sufficiently seriously as "infuriating," in an interview with British newspaper The Times after the killing of Sarah Everard and more than 100 other women in Britain this year.

Everard, 33, was kidnapped, raped and murdered in March by Wayne Couzens, a British policeman who was sentenced to life in prison without parole this week.

Her killing sparked an outcry and national reckoning over an epidemic of violence against women and girls in the United Kingdom, but activists say little has changed in the six months since. In late September, the murder of another woman in London, 28-year-old Sabina Nessa, renewed the outcry. more...

Megan Specia

LONDON — Challenging officers by asking them “searching questions.” Flagging down a bus or running into a house. Asking for help from bystanders.

Faced with nationwide consternation over a police officer’s rape and murder of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive, the London police have offered several safety tips to women in the event they come face to face with an officer they consider a threat, or someone posing as one.

The tips — issued after Wayne Couzens, the officer who abducted and murdered Everard earlier this year, was sentenced Thursday to life imprisonment for her killing — have been met with outrage and derision in Britain. more...

By Radina Gigova, CNN

(CNN) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Saturday he would retire rather than run for vice president next year, in a surprise move that sparked speculation over his political future, according to the Philippines News Agency (PNA).

Duterte, 76, is barred by the Philippine Constitution from seeking a second term after his six years in office, but he said last month that he would campaign for vice president in the upcoming election in May.

His plan to pursue the largely ceremonial post was criticized by rivals and many Filipinos as an attempt to maintain his political power and avoid potential legal action at home or abroad. more...

Silvia Amaro

LONDON — China is increasingly aiming to infiltrate and coerce on the global stage with its operations becoming more like those associated with Russia, according to a recent report by a think tank linked to the French military.

The French Military School Strategic Research Institute, an independent unit of the country’s armed forces known as IRSEM, said it had noted a change in Beijing’s behavior. more...


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