Law & Order

Murder of Brazil official marks new low in war on Amazon environmentalists

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Luiz Alberto Araújo, a local government official in Pará state, was gunned down in front of his family: ‘It sends a message that no one is untouchable’ Matt Sandy in Rio de Janeiro It was just after sunset in Altamira, a small town nestled on a curve of the Xingu river in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, when Luiz Alberto Araújo, the… Murder of Brazil… Read More »

Letter signed by gun control advocates calls for ‘unbiased’ review of laws

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Open letter to Australian justice minister Michael Keenan asks for opportunity to put forward their case in the same direct way as the firearms lobby • Michael Keenan criticised over ‘one-sided’ meetings with gun lobby Dear Minister Keenan, Australia’s gun control laws are the envy of the world. Since the landmark 1996 national firearms agreement (NFA) our state, territory and… Letter signed by… Read More »

Australia’s Shift Towards Totalitarianism

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A suite of harsh anti-protest laws were passed by the NSW parliament on March 17 this year. By Sydney Criminal Lawyers The legislation has increased police powers to prevent public protests and created a new offence of “aggravated unlawful entry on inclosed lands.” Among other things, the… Australia’s Shift Towards… Read More »

Inside America’s biggest prison strike: ‘The 13th amendment didn’t end slavery’

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Tens of thousands of prisoners across the country withheld their labor – for which they are paid as little as 17 cents an hour – in support of inmates’ rights Nicky Woolf Richard Castillo has not yet been convicted of the crime – evading police in a vehicle – of which he stands accused. But he has been… Inside America’s biggest… Read More »

Cash is for criminals: Why we should scrap big notes

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A massive stash of cash may sound like a good thing, but according to one US economist, the vast numbers of banknotes in circulation around the world are making us poorer and less safe. RN, By Nathan Coates for The Money Even as people in advanced economies are using less paper money, there is more hard currency in… Cash is for… Read More »

Whisky industry loses battle over minimum drink price

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Doctors yesterday hailed a court ruling in favour of minimum pricing for alcohol claiming Scotland’s health would dramatically improve as a result of the measure to reduce heavy drinking. The Court of Session backed the Scottish Government’s controversial plans to impose a minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol, taking a… Whisky industry loses… Read More »

South Africa to withdraw from war crimes court

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South Africa has formally begun the process of withdrawing from the International Criminal Court (ICC), notifying the UN of its decision. South Africa did not want to execute ICC arrest warrants which would lead to “regime change”, a minister said. Last year, a… South Africa to… Read More »

US and Ecuador deny conspiring to take Julian Assange offline

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US says claims John Kerry asked Ecuador to block internet access to prevent WikiLeaks impacting election are ‘simply untrue’ Esther Addley The governments of the US and Ecuador have denied that they conspired to silence Julian Assange, after the… US and Ecuador… Read More »

Jacqui Lambie demands pre-emptive pardons for Australians accused of war crimes

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Former soldier-turned-independent senator Jacqui Lambie is demanding a pre-emptive pardon for any defence personnel accused of war crimes against the Taliban or Islamic State. By Defence reporter Andrew Greene Her call comes a week after the ABC revealed a secretive Defence review of Australia’s special forces has begun hearing allegations of… Jacqui Lambie demands… Read More »

Assange interrogation postponed: Ecuador prosecutors

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The interrogation of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on a Swedish rape accusation has been postponed by a month at his request, Ecuadoran prosecutors said Oct. 12. QUITO – Agence France-Presse The questioning, initially scheduled for Oct. 17, will now take place on Nov. 14 at 10:00 a.m. at Ecuador’s embassy in London, where… Assange interrogation postponed… Read More »

EU ‘very concerned’ over Hungary newspaper suspension

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The EU said Oct. 10 it is “very concerned” after Hungary’s main opposition newspaper halted publication, sparking fears of a clampdown on press freedom by the right-wing government. BRUSSELS – Agence France-Presse Left-leaning Nepszabadsag newspaper is to be sold, its editor said on Oct. 9, and while the… EU ‘very concerned’ over… Read More »

Nigeria finally bans Shiite Muslims

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Almost a year after the killing of more than 380 Shiite Muslims in Zaria in Kaduna state, Nigeria, the government has declared the sect with at least 4 million followers unlawful. MOHAMMED MOMOH in Abuja The sect had a violent clash with the Nigerian Army in December 2015 leading to deaths, arrests and… Nigeria finally bans… Read More »

End child stonings, UN tells Saudi Arabia

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A UN watchdog wants Saudi Arabia to get rid of laws that allow children to be stoned, amputated, flogged and executed. Source: AAP A UN human rights watchdog has called on Saudi Arabia to end discrimination against girls and repeal laws that allow the End child stonings, UN… Read More »

Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected Peace Deal

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Three interlocking sets of negotiations can still end Colombia’s 52 years of civil war, even after a 2 October referendum voted down a 26 September peace deal. But success will need energetic new engagement by all sides – especially in the region. Reassembling Colombia’s Rejected… Read More »

Senator Nick Xenophon moves to bring down ‘dangerous’ drone rules recently introduced by CASA

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Independent senator Nick Xenophon has pledged to move an “urgent disallowance motion” to change new rules that allow people to fly light drones without a licence or training. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) recently changed rules governing the use of commercial drones. The new… Senator Nick Xenophon moves to… Read More »

Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted

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Federal Government departments — that are not currently permitted to access the metadata of Australians — have attempted to work around the restrictions established in last year’s Data Retention Bill by requesting the Australian Federal Police (AFP) do the searches for them. By the National Reporting Team’s Benjamin Sveen The departments include the… Data Retention Bill: Government departments ask AFP to access metadata after legislation enacted… Read More »