Category: <span>International</span>

Indian minister says beef ban law is needed ‘to protect cow vigilantes’
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Indian minister says beef ban law is needed ‘to protect cow vigilantes’

An Indian politician has provoked a backlash for suggesting that a law banning the slaughter of cattle was needed to shield vigilantes who violently attack others in the name of cow protection. The so-called “beef ban” was passed by the lower house of Karnataka’s state assembly on Wednesday, and includes a strict prohibition on the killing of...

Trump administration puts Brandon Bernard to death amid rushed series of executions
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Trump administration puts Brandon Bernard to death amid rushed series of executions

The Trump administration has executed Brandon Bernard, after the US supreme court denied a last-minute request to delay his killing. Bernard’s execution is one of five that the Trump administration is rushing through before Joe Biden takes office. The execution on Thursday night was the ninth federal execution since since July, when Donald Trump ended a 17-year hiatus in federal...

Research into Covid-19 dog detectors begins
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Research into Covid-19 dog detectors begins

Dogs could be used in the fight against Covid-19 – by being trained to sniff out infected people. Researchers in Australia have begun the training of 14 dogs in a feasibility study and the animals could become part of the screening process for incoming visitors if successful. Studies have previously shown dogs can detect particular odours – known as...

Clashes erupt in occupied West Bank as mourners gather for Palestinian child shot by Israeli forces
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Clashes erupt in occupied West Bank as mourners gather for Palestinian child shot by Israeli forces

Clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians erupted on Saturday, at the funeral of a 13-year-old who died after being killed by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank. Hundreds of mourners gathered and carried the teenager’s body wrapped in a Palestinian flag through the streets of Ramallah and the village of Almugayer, where the youth was struck on Friday. The...

West Papua independence leaders declare ‘government-in-waiting’
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West Papua independence leaders declare ‘government-in-waiting’

West Papuan leaders have declared a provisional “government-in-waiting” of the contested Indonesian province, as the United Nations said it was “disturbed by escalating violence” there, including the killing of a child allegedly by security forces. The province marks independence day on 1 December, the anniversary of West Papua’s declaration of independence from Dutch colonial rule...

Australian lamb industry hit as Qatar cancels subsidy on $300m-a-year trade
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Australian lamb industry hit as Qatar cancels subsidy on $300m-a-year trade

The Qatari government has moved to cancel a subsidy for the Australian lamb industry, even as Australia’s agriculture and meat sector continues to reel from Chinese import bans. Australia’s $300m-a-year lamb trade with Qatar has been underpinned by a subsidy program in place since 2015. It was due to finish in 2023, but the Qatari...