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115 Russian national guard soldiers sacked for refusing to fight in Ukraine

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More than 100 Russian national guardsmen have been fired for refusing to fight in Ukraine, court documents show, in what looks to be the clearest indication yet of dissent among some parts of security forces over Mosc...

National Farmers Union funding legal challenges to curbs on river pollution

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Environmental groups have criticised the National Farmers Union for helping hundreds of agricultural businesses to push back against measures designed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to prote...

UK universities union abandons national approach to marking dispute

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The long-running industrial dispute over pension cuts and working conditions at UK universities appears to be faltering, after union branches abandoned a national marking strike due to start this week that could delay...

Neo-Nazi group National Action’s founder faces jail after guilty verdict

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The founder of a violent neo-Nazi group created to inspire a race war in the UK is facing jail after being found guilty of continuing to be a member of the organisation after it was banned. Alex Davies, 27, who was de...

Lebanon votes in first national election since onset of economic crisis

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Voters in Lebanon have gone to the polls in the first national election since a disastrous economic collapse and an explosion that wrecked the Beirut waterfront in 2020, amid low expectations that the leaders they hol...

LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell refuses ‘national treasure’ jubilee offer

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Peter Tatchell has refused an invitation to be declared a “national treasure” at the Queen’s platinum jubilee because of the monarch’s “neglectful stance towards the LGBT+ community”. Tatchell, who has been campaignin...

Costa Rica declares national emergency amid ransomware attacks

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After a month of crippling ransomware attacks, Costa Rica has declared a state of emergency invoking a measure usually reserved to deal with natural disasters or the Covid-19 pandemic to allow the government to react ...

North Korea admits to Covid outbreak for first time and declares ‘severe national emergency’

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North Korea has declared a “severe national emergency” after confirming its first outbreak of Covid-19, prompting its leader, Kim Jong-un, to vow to quickly eliminate the virus. State media reported on Thursday that a...

Foreign agent scheme omitted from UK national security bill

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Plans to require lobbyists, PR firms and other professionals in the UK to register their work for Russia, China or any other foreign country have been unexpectedly left out of the national security bill published on W...

Hong Kong national security police arrest Cardinal Joseph Zen

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Hong Kong’s national security police have arrested 90-year-old Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of Asia’s most senior and outspoken Catholic clerics, along with three others who helped run a now-disbanded humanitarian charity...

I warned national guard of possible coup, Trump defense secretary says

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A week before election day 2020, the US secretary of defense was so worried that Donald Trump would seek to involve the military in the election in an attempt to hold on to power, he told the general commanding the US...

Wild fox infiltrates flamingos’ pen at Washington’s National zoo and kills 25

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A wild fox in Washington DC, has chewed through a fence at the National zoo and killed 25 flamingos in the worst animal attack there in two decades. On Tuesday, zoo officials announced that in addition to the 25 Ameri...

Why are American national parks filled with plastic?

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The writer Wallace Stegner once called the national parks “America’s best idea”, but the second half of that quote is more resonant today: “They reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” In these challenging time...

Dutch football pundit’s sexual abuse story on live TV sparks national outcry

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The Netherlands has been forced again to face questions about attitudes to sexual violence towards women after one of the country’s most famous football pundits appeared to admit live on air to assaulting an unconscio...

Kinder Scout 90 years on: UK’s national parks still largely white and middle class

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Ninety years ago, the Kinder Scout mass trespass took place, a protest on the highest point in the Peak District in which walkers mainly from Greater Manchester trespassed en masse calling for greater access to the mo...

Most UK national parks deliver ‘negligible benefits’ for wildlife

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The UK’s national parks should not be considered “protected areas” unless the way they look after wildlife radically improves, according to a new report. Internationally, the UK is leading calls to protect 30% of land...

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