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How Qatar is fixing migrant workers issues
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How Qatar is fixing migrant workers issues

When Qatar won the bid to host the World Cup in 2010, the triumphant Gulf State unveiled plans to host what it promised would be the most spectacular of all World Cup tournaments and launched an ambitious construction venture to build state-of-the-art stadiums, luxury hotels and a sparkling new metro. Yet, over the next decade,...

Ethiopia: Tigray rebels agree ‘cessation of hostilities’ after government truce
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Ethiopia: Tigray rebels agree ‘cessation of hostilities’ after government truce

Tigrayan rebels have agreed to a “cessation of hostilities”, marking a turning point in the nearly 17-month war in northern Ethiopia after the government’s announcement of an indefinite humanitarian truce a day earlier. The rebels said in a statement sent to AFP they were “committed to implementing a cessation of hostilities effective immediately” and urged Ethiopian authorities...

Joe Biden to address ‘stakes of this moment’ in Ukraine speech from Warsaw
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Joe Biden to address ‘stakes of this moment’ in Ukraine speech from Warsaw

Joe Biden is due to give a “significant speech” on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Saturday after arriving in Warsaw, where he will meet with the Polish president, Andrzej Duda. Biden and Duda are expected to discuss Warsaw’s wish for more US troops bolstering Nato’s eastern flank, as well as the idea of an international...

UK’s biggest housebuilders hand top bosses bumper bonuses
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UK’s biggest housebuilders hand top bosses bumper bonuses

Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey, Britain’s two biggest housebuilders, handed their chief executives bumper bonuses last year, when building bounced back amid a house price boom. Persimmon boss Dean Finch received a total pay and bonus package of £2.6m last year, the York-based builder’s annual report showed. That compared with £218,326 in 2020, although he only took over as...

Horror as woman is followed into home and raped by stranger in Croydon
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Horror as woman is followed into home and raped by stranger in Croydon

An investigation has been launched after a woman was followed into her home and raped by a stranger in south London. Police rushed to a residential address in Croydon at 9pm on December 3 after a woman in her 40s reported that she had been sexually assaulted. It is understood that the man had been walking along a street...

Priti Patel breached human rights with unlawful policy of seizing asylum seekers’ phones, court rules
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Priti Patel breached human rights with unlawful policy of seizing asylum seekers’ phones, court rules

The High Court has ruled against home secretary Priti Patel’s secret policy of confiscating asylum seekers’ mobile phones by declaring it unlawful. The Home Office has had a secret blanket policy of seizing phones belonging to asylum seekers who had arrived in the UK via clandestine routes, such as in small boats. The phones’ data was then...

EU mulls kicking Russia out of IMF
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EU mulls kicking Russia out of IMF

European Union officials are reportedly looking at how to curb Russia’s influence within the International Monetary Fund (IMF), even to the extent of exploring the possibility of kicking the country out of the global organisation entirely. The EU, seeking to up the economic pressure on Moscow following President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, is considering...

EU Council imposes additional sanctions on Belarus
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EU Council imposes additional sanctions on Belarus

The EU Council has imposed additional sanctions on Belarus because of the country’s involvement in the invasion of Ukraine. The Council cited the sanctions the EU imposed on Belarusian military personnel on 24 February in announcing its new measures targeting 22 high-ranking military officials. The listed officials had a role “in the decision making and...

Russian dissident Kasparov urges harsher strategy against Moscow
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Russian dissident Kasparov urges harsher strategy against Moscow

Russian human rights activist and former chess champion Garry Kasparov called on Thursday for world powers to adopt a harsher strategy against Russia’s President Vladimir Putin over his invasion of Ukraine. Kasparov urged the western countries to intensify their military and economic strategies against the Kremlin, calling on all countries to recall their ambassadors from Moscow, to...

Macron says Putin intent on seizing all of Ukraine
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Macron says Putin intent on seizing all of Ukraine

France’s President Emmanuel Macron’s phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin today has led him to conclude that “the worst is yet to come” for Ukraine. Reportedly, the Russian president was the one who initiated the call, using it to restate his determination to achieve “neutralisation and disarmament of Ukraine,” whether by diplomatic means...