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Extinction Rebellion activists glue themselves to London banks

Extinction Rebellion activists glue themselves to London banks

October 14, 2019

Several climate change activists have been arrested in London after they attempted to blockade the UK's financial district.

The rally by Extinction Rebellion saw some protesters glue themselves to the headquarters of the Bank of England.

Activists say the global banking sector is still investing in fossil fuel-based projects that are worsening climate change.

The group has vowed to cause maximum disruption as its campaign enters its second week.

More than a thousand people have been detained since the protests started last Monday.

Local police ’should not probe’ killing of Texas black woman

Local police ’should not probe’ killing of Texas black woman

October 14, 2019

The lawyer for the family of a black woman shot dead at her home by a white officer say the local police department should not be investigating.

Officers were responding to a report that the front door of Atatiana Jefferson's home in Fort Worth had been left open.

The 28-year-old was playing video games wih her young nephew when the officer fired his weapon through her bedroom window.

Jefferson's lawyer says an independent investigation should be underway into his client's death.

The shooting has prompted protests and demands from civil rights groups for better police accountability.

K-pop star Sulli found dead aged 25

K-pop star Sulli found dead aged 25

October 14, 2019

K-pop star Sulli has died aged 25. The singer was found dead at her home close to the South Korean capital, Seoul, in the early hours of Monday morning.

Police said security video footage from the property showed no signs of an intrusion. They said they were working on the assumption that she may have taken her own life.

Sulli, whose real name was Choi Jin-ri, was thrust into the limelight with the group f(x) in 2009, beocming one of Asia's most popular girl bands.

She left the group in 2015 and launched a career as a solo singer and actress.

According to police, she had recently been battling severe depression.

No Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin at Glastonbury

No Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin at Glastonbury

October 14, 2019

The organizer of the Britain's Glastonbury Festival has ruled out an appearance by Fleetwood Mac or Led Zeppelin at next year's 50th anniversary.

Emily Eavis told an audience at the Cheltenham Literature Festival that she'd been inundated with fans asking if the rumours were true. But she answered: “It's not going to happen.”

The 134,000 tickets for the five-day outdoor festival took just 34 minutes to sell out last week.

Original soul diva Diana Ross has been confirmed for next year's event, and Paul McCartney is also rumoured to be performing.

‘Copycat terrorist’ jailed for life by London court

‘Copycat terrorist’ jailed for life by London court

October 14, 2019

The man dubbed the copycat terrorist after he ploughed into pedestrians outside Britain's Houses of Parliament has been jailed for life.

Salih Khater struck a pedestrian and several cyclists on August 14 last year before careering and crashing into a security lane.

A court in London heard that the 30-year-old from Birmingham wanted to cause maximum carnage and that it was “miraculous” that no-one was killed.

London remains on high alert following three terrorist attacks over the past two years, including one on Westminster bridge, also close to the UK parliament.

Three ‘British’ orphans found in ISIS camp under siege from Turkey in Syria

Three ‘British’ orphans found in ISIS camp under siege from Turkey in Syria

October 14, 2019

 The war in Syria has been ignited on new fronts because of Turkey’s incursion into the North East of the country.

And in camps across the region there are thousands of terrified girls and boys whose parents supported the Islamic State group.

In one camp the BBC discovered three children believed to be from London – whose parents joined IS 5 years ago and were subsequently killed in the fighting.

The children are now stranded, in danger and they want to come home.

Jacqueline McKenzie is an immigration lawyer.

Among the orphans are three kids – 10 year old Amira, Hamza and Hiba – both about 8 years old.

Amira can barely remember her life in London.

She came to Syria when she was just 5. From London to Aleppo then Raqqua.

Her Kurdish Guardian says she’s British – but in the trauma of the last 5 years – she can’t remember much of her old life – except that she enjoyed going to the park, the funfair and visiting her Granny’s house.

Amira lost her mother, father, two sisters and an older brother in the onslaught.

She wants to go back to Britain – but that won’t be easy.

Jacqueline McKenzie is an immigration lawyer.

We have no idea what Amira has witnessed and what’s become normalised for her.

Charities say other nations including France and Australia have repatriated women and children from detention camps – so the UK should too.

Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Commons foreign affairs committee, said: “These children can’t be held guilty for the crimes of their parents … we must

bring them home.” Former international development secretary Andrew

Mitchell said: “On humanitarian and legal grounds Britain should facilitate

the return of these British children.”

For now they wait in the camp as Turkish army gets closer.

Robots can now inspect wind farms for damage

Robots can now inspect wind farms for damage

October 14, 2019

Fully-autonomous robots can now be used to inspect wind farms for damage.

British scientists say they have developed a device that could help reduce the danger and expense of using humans to carry out repairs.

At present, technicians often have to abseil down the turbines to inspect and conduct maintenance.

But the new drone technology does not require an operator and can even deliver some replacement parts to the site.

The inventors say the new device will cut the number of ships needed to travel to offshore wind farms, which they say will be an additional environmental benefit.

Queen’s Speech denounced as part of Johnson’s re-election bid

Queen’s Speech denounced as part of Johnson’s re-election bid

October 14, 2019

Britain's main opposition party has denounced the state opening of parliament by the Queen as a pre-election stunt for Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

In a speech, Queen Elizabeth set out her government's plans to introduce 26 new laws covering everything from crime and immigration to health and social care.

The plans will also see the minimum wage raised to £10.50, about $13.

The Labour Party's shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said the proposals were an "uncosted wish list" which the government would struggle to deliver.

Johnson's centre-right Conservatives currently have no parliamentary majority as as result of the Brexit political crisis.

But they are favourites to win a likely general election before the end of the year.

Catalonia politicians jailed by Spain for sedition

Catalonia politicians jailed by Spain for sedition

October 14, 2019

Spain’s Supreme Court has convicted 12 former Catalan politicians and activists for their roles in a secession bid in 2017.

The region's ex-vice president was jailed for 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds, while the parliament speaker was given 11-and-a-half years. Eight others also received lengthy prison terms.

Catalonia attempted to break away from Madrid's rule following an illegal independence referendum.

Ousted president Carles Puigdemont remains a fugitive after he fled the country in the midst of the political crisis.

Syrian army deploy near Turkish border amid alliance split

Syrian army deploy near Turkish border amid alliance split

October 14, 2019

The Syrian army has deployed near the Turkish border hours after Syrian Kurdish forces agreed to switch sides in the long-running conflict.

Syria's state news agency said the army had moved into the town of Tal Tamr to help fend off a Turkish invasion.

Syria's Kurds, who were aligned with Washington in the war against Bashar al-Assad, have shifted sides after US President Donald Trump ordered all American troops to withdraw from northern Syria.

The switch sets up a potential clash between Ankara and Damascus.

Turkey is pressing on with its offensive into northern Syria despite international criticism.