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Widespread abuses since Myanmar coup greater amount to war crimes, says UN report | myanmar

Myanmar's military junta has committed widespread and systematic abuses against civilians that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to the first comprehensive report to be produced by the UN's human rights office since last year's coup.The UN rights office warns the military has shown “flagrant disregard for human life” and has deliberately targeted civilians since it seized power on 1 February 2021.The report details numerous atrocities by the military, including the bombardment of populated areas with airstrikes and heavy weapons, and a series of mass killings of civilians. It cites cases where civilians have been shot in the head, burned to death, arbitrarily arrested, tortured or used as human shields.“The appalling breadth and scale of violations of inte...
Why Drive My Car should win the best picture Oscar |  oscars 2022
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Why Drive My Car should win the best picture Oscar | oscars 2022

Two years ago, accepting the first best picture Oscar for a foreign-language film, for Parasite, Bong Joon-ho said: “Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films .” If Ryūsuke Hamaguchi's Drive My Car – definitely amazing – becomes the second foreign-language victor, that means Oscar voters will have vaulted multiple barriers: not just the film's own English subtitles, but the various Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Korean sign language ones its main character, widowed theater director Yûsuke, uses in his experimental multilingual stage productions.Through the course of this year's awards season, Drive My Car has had a gear arises out of the foreign-language category to enter the bigger conversation – despite a foreboding...
Lavrov y Zelenski hablan de avances en la negociación pero sin traducirse en hechos
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Lavrov y Zelenski hablan de avances en la negociación pero sin traducirse en hechos

ABC Actualizado:16/03/2022 10:42h Guardar Noticias relacionadasEl ministro de Exteriores de Rusia, Sergei Lavrov, ha destacado este miércoles que las conversaciones con Ucrania «no son fáciles», si bien ha expresado su esperanza de que pueda lograrse un acuerdo para poner fin a la guerra, desatada el 24 de febrero por la orden de invasión dada por el presidente ruso, Vladimir Putin.«Me centro en los informes que nos dan nuestros negociadores. Dicen que las negociaciones no son fáciles, por motivos obvios, pero hay alguna esperanza de lograr un compromiso», ha señalado el ministro en una entrevista concedida a la cadena de televisión rusa RBC TV.Así, ha argumentado que «algunos representantes de la delegación ucraniana han dado la misma estimación» y ha resaltado qu...
The PP demands to reduce ministries and lower taxes without waiting for the 29th
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The PP demands to reduce ministries and lower taxes without waiting for the 29th

The First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, intervenes, in the presence of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, at the Government control session held this Wednesday. / EFESánchez avoids confronting the PP on the eve of the negotiation of the national response plan to the consequences of the war and accuses Vox, on the other hand, of being aligned with Putin's interestsThe PP is meeting today with the Government to discuss the national plan to respond to the crisis caused by the war in Ukraine that the Executive wants to approve at the Council of Ministers on March 29. But the control session in Congress already showed, first thing in the morning, some discrepancies. The fundamental one: the popular ones maintain tha...
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Canada and US announce Arctic military exercises amid Russia tensions | Canada

Canada and the US have issued a rare public notice about planned military exercises in the Arctic amid growing concern over Russian aggression.The North American Aerospace Defense Command said on Tuesday that it would hold air defense exercises throughout the Canadian Arctic, adding that the drills were meant to test the ability to “respond to both aircraft and cruise missiles” threatening the continent.Operation Noble Defender has been a recurring event in recent years, but the drills have taken on new meaning in the weeks since Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine.Speaking at a defense conference before the operation, Canada's top soldier said that while the threat of a Russian incursion into Canada's Arctic was low at the moment, he would not rule it out in years to come. Gen Wayne E...
Legal eagles: how climate litigation is shaping ambitious cases for nature |  Law
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Legal eagles: how climate litigation is shaping ambitious cases for nature | Law

The Tagus estuary near Lisbon is Portugal's largest wetland, a vital habitat and stopover for tens of thousands of migratory birds, including flamingos, black-tailed godwits and glossy ibis. It has also been earmarked as the site of a new airport, leading the environmental law charity ClientEarth and a group of Portuguese NGOs to sue Portugal's government. When they get their day in court, they will argue that the authorities failed to properly consider how the project would affect an internationally protected nature reserve, and the knock-on effects on other countries visited by the birds.“If you destroy that site, you have an impact not only in Lisbon, but on all the sites up the flyway,” says Anna Heslop, head of wildlife and habitats at ClientEarth. “If the bird populations don't...
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The Voids by Ryan O’Connor review – Irn-Bru and benders | fiction

Tower blocks have formed the narrative spine of many a novel, most notably JG Ballard's High-Rise, in which the plush new building's many levels represent the subtle hierarchical differences in a largely middle-class society, which descends into chaos, then total collapse. The 20-storey high-rise in Glaswegian writer Ryan O'Connor's luminous debut is already condemned when we enter it, occupied only by junkies, a few marginal stragglers – “forgotten sentinels hovering behind clouds or sunlight reflecting off the glass, like ghost figures in double negatives” – and the novel's unnamed 30-year-old narrator.
The feat of the Ecuadorian deputy minister who traveled four borders to get 500 Latinos out of Ukraine
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The feat of the Ecuadorian deputy minister who traveled four borders to get 500 Latinos out of Ukraine

“We have already removed more than 500 Latinos from Ukraine. The latest reports spoke of 517 people. Some were in really critical situations. There were those who arrived with clear signs of hypothermia. Others who had not eaten for days because they did not live in large cities, but in villages far from everything, where help does not arrive. We've taken out octogenarians who could barely move. We have maintained close contact with all of them at all times. It has been hard, but most are now safe.” It is not usual to find politicians who, when problems come, get into the mud. In the case of louis...
Sánchez arremete contra el PP y Vox el día que el Gobierno inicia la ronda sobre Ucrania con los partidos
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Sánchez arremete contra el PP y Vox el día que el Gobierno inicia la ronda sobre Ucrania con los partidos

Mariano AlonsoSEGUIRMadrid Actualizado:16/03/2022 10:14h Guardar Noticias relacionadasEl presidente del Gobierno, Pedro Sánchez, se ha empleado a fondo contra la oposición en la sesión de control parlamentaria de este miércoles, el mismo día en que el Ejecutivo inicia su ronda de contactos con las distintas fuerzas políticas para lograr un gran acuerdo sobre las medidas para hacer frente a las consecuencias de la guerra de Ucrania. Pese a que sus tres vicepresidentas y el ministro de la Presidencia, Félix Bolaños, se reunirán este mismo miércoles con el Grupo Popular, Sánchez no ha dudado en arremeter contra la portavoz del primer partido de la oposición, Cuca Gamarra, quien le había vuelto a pedir, como ya hizo Alberto Núñez Feijóo...
Russia says it is close to a security deal with Ukraine
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Russia says it is close to a security deal with Ukraine

The posture of Ukraine and Russia regarding talks between both countries in the middle of the war seem more optimistic what days ago In fact, the Russian Foreign Minister Segei Lavrov has argued that "is near" to reach an agreement on the security guarantees and the ukrainian neutrality is seriously under discussion. For his part, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyhas pointed out that the positions in the negotiations with Russia for a Stop the fire are now more realisticbut that time is still needed for the decisions "to be in the interest of Ukraine". From Russia, Lavrov stressed this Wedne...