Month: <span>May 2021</span>

‘No food and no fuel’: Colombia torn by protests and violent crackdown
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‘No food and no fuel’: Colombia torn by protests and violent crackdown

Mass protests were held across Colombia on Wednesday after a night of unrest in the capital city, as street violence continued after more than a week of angry anti-government demonstrations. Twenty-three protesters and one police officer have been killed in the unrest that began with with a general strike over an unpopular tax reform but has grown...

Boohoo profits soar as Covid turns customer focus to loungewear
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Boohoo profits soar as Covid turns customer focus to loungewear

Sales and profits soared at the online fashion retailer Boohoo during the coronavirus pandemic as it benefited from the boom in online shopping and being able to trade throughout successive lockdowns, unlike its high street rivals. Demand from younger consumers for its inexpensive activewear, loungewear and tops while working from home helped Boohoo’s sales climb by 41%...

ICC sentences Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army leader to 25 years
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ICC sentences Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army leader to 25 years

The international criminal court has sentenced a former militia leader and child soldier from Uganda to 25 years in prison after he was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity in a landmark judgment. The presiding judge, Bertram Schmitt, said the panel of judges had considered sentencing Dominic Ongwen to life imprisonment, the court’s harshest...

Amsterdam plans out-of-town ‘erotic centre’ as part of cleanup bid
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Amsterdam plans out-of-town ‘erotic centre’ as part of cleanup bid

Amsterdam is preparing to build an out-of-town five-storey “erotic centre” with two bars, 100 small rooms and an “erotic entertainment” venue such as a strip club as it downsizes its red-light district. The plan for the 5,000-sq-metre building has been detailed in a document submitted to the council by mayor Femke Halsema as the city...

Aston Martin halves losses in first quarter as its SUV sales soar
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Aston Martin halves losses in first quarter as its SUV sales soar

Aston Martin Lagonda’s losses more than halved in the first quarter as sales of its first-ever sports utility vehicle (SUV) accelerated, especially in markets such as China. The luxury carmaker – which will get a significant marketing boost later this year as James Bond’s car of choice when the next film in the spy franchise hits...