Month: December 2021


  • Virginia Confederate monuments likely headed to black history museum

    Virginia Confederate monuments likely headed to black history museum

    “There are countless social and justice challenges that face people of colour in this country, and nobody believes that by removing these symbols you’re really addressing the fundamentals of those,” he said, adding: “We don’t want to say that these monuments are worthless and without value in contributing to a better understanding of those challenges.”

  • Ghislaine Maxwell: How accusers’ testimony brought her down

    Ghislaine Maxwell: How accusers’ testimony brought her down

    Mr Alessi said Epstein or Maxwell would sometimes direct him to contact and pick up young women for massages. He recalled seeing two underage girls that appeared to be 14 or 15 years old, Jane and Virginia Roberts. House rules, including in a 59-page manual, Mr Alessi said, told staff to be deaf, dumb and […]

  • Ghislaine Maxwell jury told to meet every day because of Covid

    Ghislaine Maxwell jury told to meet every day because of Covid

    That calm is easily shattered when the prosecution, defence and the judge all file into the courtroom. It’s most often because the jury has sent a note. In that moment, an adrenaline-induced one, there’s the possibility that it will indicate they’ve reached a verdict.

  • Covid: France tightens restrictions amid Omicron surge

    Covid: France tightens restrictions amid Omicron surge

    From 3 January, the Greek government will require bars and restaurants to close by midnight and tables will be limited to six customers. Venues will not be allowed to cater for standing customers, and if they do not comply, music will be banned in those establishments, the Reuters news agency reported.

  • Desmond Tutu: South Africa mourns anti-apartheid hero

    Desmond Tutu: South Africa mourns anti-apartheid hero

    While other struggle leaders were killed, or forced into exile, or prison, the diminutive, defiant Anglican priest was there at every stage, exposing the hypocrisy of the apartheid state, comforting its victims, holding the liberation movement to account, and daring Western governments to do more to isolate a white-minority government that he compared, unequivocally, to […]

  • South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies at 90

    South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu dies at 90

    “A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the forces of apartheid, he was also tender and vulnerable in his compassion for those who had suffered oppression, injustice and violence under apartheid, and oppressed and downtrodden people around the world.”

  • Covid: US airlines scrap hundreds of flights amid Omicron surge

    Covid: US airlines scrap hundreds of flights amid Omicron surge

    “When we have millions and millions and millions of people, all sick, all together at one time, it doesn’t take a large percentage of those people to topple over the hospitals,” Dr Hallie Prescott, associate professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan, told the New York Times.

  • Rare pink handfish spotted in Australia for first time in decades

    Rare pink handfish spotted in Australia for first time in decades

    “This is an exciting discovery and offers hope for the ongoing survival of pink handfish, as clearly they have a wider habitat and distribution than previously thought,” said lead researcher and marine biologist Neville Barrett, an associate professor at the University of Tasmania.

  • Kentucky tornado: Two babies pulled alive from rubble

    Kentucky tornado: Two babies pulled alive from rubble

    Rescue footage has been released of two babies being pulled from the wreckage of a tornado last week in the US state of Kentucky. The infants had been tucked by their grandmother in a bath to protect them from the twister. The tub was ripped from the house by the storm and tossed into the […]

  • Charles Lieber: Harvard professor guilty of hiding ties to Chinese programme

    Charles Lieber: Harvard professor guilty of hiding ties to Chinese programme

    Lieber’s defence lawyer Marc Mukasey said prosecutors lacked proof of the charges, saying they were unable to prove that Lieber acted “knowingly, intentionally, or wilfully, or that he made any material false statement.” Lieber himself had pleaded not guilty.

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