Major Australian banks hit by website outage

BBC News - World - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 08:09
Customers have been unable to access the websites or apps of major Australian banks amid an outage.
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Hong Kong democracy activists trying to ‘start over’ in the UK

Al Jazeera - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 08:06
Different people with different experiences, united in dedication to democratic freedom and fear of going back 'home'.
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Time to make energy poverty in Africa a thing of the past

Al Jazeera - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 08:00
Cheap renewables offer the key to universal electricity access in Africa.
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The Fight for Greenland: A new generation speaks

Al Jazeera - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 07:47
Four Greenlanders deeply disagree on the direction for their country’s future, but all fight for a better Greenland.
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Apple Daily: Hong Kong sends 500 officers in pro-democracy paper raid

BBC News - World - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 07:31
The editor-in-chief and four other executives of the Apple Daily newspaper were also arrested.
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‘I’m somewhere safe’: Journalists hiding from Myanmar’s military

Al Jazeera - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 06:52
More than 6,000 people have been detained since the coup, and journalists are one of many groups being targeted.
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The quarry threatening Turkey’s pristine ‘Paradise Valley’

Al Jazeera - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 06:39
Construction has angered villagers who allege it is illegal, and dangerous to their health and prosperity.
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A woman who pleaded guilty to involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection told a judge she watched the Holocaust film 'Schindler's List' to 'educate herself'

Businessinsider - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 06:08
Rioters supporting President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in Washington on January 6.
  • The attorney for a Capitol rioter said she watched "Schindler's List" to "educate herself" after January 6.
  • Anna Morgan Lloyd, 49, pleaded guilty to one charge of picketing in the Capitol.
  • Lloyd submitted a movie review to support her plea for a probationary sentence.
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A Capitol rioter who pleaded guilty to a charge related to the insurrection said she watched movies including "Schindler's List," a 1993 Spielberg film on the Holocaust, to "educate herself" after January 6.

According to a court filing, Anna Morgan Lloyd, 49, from Indiana, pleaded guilty to one count of parading, demonstrating, or picketing in the Capitol on January 6.

Lloyd was arrested on February 24 along with her friend, Dona Sue Bissey, 52. Bissey posted a photo of her and Lloyd on Facebook, with the location tag "Inside Capitol Building." In a court document seen by Insider, Bissey called their outing the "Best f---ing day ever," in a Facebook post, while Lloyd said in a Facebook comment that her day in the Capitol was the "most exciting day of (her) life."

Lloyd's lawyer Heather Shaner raised several points in her defense of Lloyd, arguing that she deserved to be given the "just and fair sentence" of probation, 40 hours of community service, and a $500 fine for her actions.

"She has read 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,' 'Just Mercy,' and 'Schindler's List' to educate herself about 'government policy' toward Native Americans, African Americans, and European Jews. We have discussed the books and also about the responsibility of an individual when confronting 'wrong,'" wrote Shaner in a court filing dated June 15.

According to Shaner, Lloyd also watched other programs to learn more about America's past. This included the program "Tulsa Burning," a documentary film on the Tulsa Massacre aired on the History Channel, and "Mudbound," a 2017 movie set in Jim Crow America. Lloyd also watched part of a series on the US Constitution produced by the James Madison Montpelier Foundation.

"She did this to educate herself and to learn the American history she was not taught in school," wrote Shaner in the court filing.

Lloyd submitted several documents she wrote to the court, including a movie review of "Schindler's List" and a book review on "Just Mercy." She also submitted an additional written statement to the judge, detailing what she learned about America from these movies and books.

"I've lived a sheltered life and truly haven't experienced life the way many have. I don't live a pampered life. My husband and I have worked hard for everything that we have. My lawyer has given me names of books and movies to help me see what life is like for others in our country," Lloyd wrote in a statement dated June 15.

"I've learned that even though we live in a wonderful country things still need to improve. People of all colors should feel as safe as I do to walk down the street," she added.

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Myanmar security forces blamed for burning down village in Magway

Al Jazeera - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 05:08
The blaze at Kin Ma, a village of about 800 people, left an estimated 200 homes reduced into piles of ash and bricks.
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Rights groups urge Canada to end ‘abusive’ immigration detention

Al Jazeera - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 05:04
Amnesty International and HRW say indefinite detention of immigrants in Canada causing widespread distress and trauma.
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Can the ransomware threat be stopped?

Al Jazeera - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 05:00
Ransomware hackers have become world's top cybersecurity threat.
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World Bank rejects El Salvador request for Bitcoin help

BBC News - World - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:43
This month the country announced plans to become the first nation to make the cryptocurrency legal tender.
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Boxer, attorney, and former reality TV star Joey Gilbert was at the Capitol on Jan 6. He's now campaigning to be governor of Nevada.

Businessinsider - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:13
Joey Gilbert was spotted outside the US Capital during the January 6 riots. He is now running for governor of Nevada.
  • Joey Gilbert was seen on video taking part in the January 6 riot outside the Capitol.
  • He announced his campaign to run for governor of Nevada, running on the promise of "election integrity."
  • Jason Riddle, who was charged in relation to the Capitol riots, is also running for office in New Hampshire.
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Nevada attorney and former boxing champion Joey Gilbert was among the sea of rioters scaling the steps of the Capitol on January 6. He is now running for governor of Nevada, campaigning on "election integrity."

Gilbert announced his intention to run for governor during a pro-Trump event on June 12 at the Ahern Hotel in Las Vegas. Taking to the stage, Gilbert raised a fist in the air and called out "lifelong politicians," promising to run his campaign based on "election integrity."

"The most important message I can leave today for all of you is that if you sat on your hands and you censored the truth, and you peddled the fear, you're out," Gilbert said during his speech to cheers from the crowd, calling out "RINOs" (an acronym for Republicans-in-name-only) and "lifelong politicians."

"If election integrity isn't the number one issue of these guys running, then they're either lost, confused, or too stupid to be running," Gilbert said.

He then went on to make the false claim that former President Donald Trump won Nevada by 44,000 votes.

"We need to get to the bottom of what happened in 2020, first and foremost. And we will be having an audit here," Gilbert added.

Just months ago, Gilbert was at a different kind of event. Per a Daily Beast report, Gilbert was spotted climbing the steps of the Capitol and yelling for known conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to join him there.

Gilbert is a former middleweight boxer and was once a national and regional boxing champ. In 2004, he starred in the boxing reality television competition show "The Contender."

He went on to pursue a career in law in Reno, fighting lockdown restrictions and church closures throughout the pandemic. Notably, he is currently working with the far-right conspiracy theorist group America's Frontline Doctors on an anti-vaccine lawsuit.

He is not the only person involved in the January 6 Capitol insurrection that has expressed interest in becoming a lawmaker.

Jason Riddle - who was arrested and charged in relation to the riots after bragging that he chugged wine inside the Capitol - said he was running for state representative in New Hampshire with the intention to unseat Democrat Ann Kuster. Riddle later realized during an on-air interview with NBC10 Boston that he had joined the wrong race because Kuster is a Congresswoman, not a state representative.

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Juneteenth: US to add federal holiday marking end of slavery

BBC News - World - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:12
Democrats said it would commemorate "America's original sin", but critics call it "identity politics".
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Why what's happening in Ethiopia matters for Africa

BBC News - World - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 04:05
Famine conditions and insecurity in Tigray as well as upcoming elections affect the future of Ethiopia.
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Kim Jong-un admits to 'tense' food situation in North Korea

BBC News - World - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 03:57
He told the ruling party that the coronavirus pandemic and a series of storms had led to bad harvests.
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Shenzhou-12: China launches first astronauts to new space station

Al Jazeera - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 03:00
In China's longest ever human spaceflight mission, crew to spend three months aboard Heavenly Harmony space station.
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Shenzhou-12: China launches first crew to new space station

BBC News - World - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 02:32
Three astronauts successfully take off for China's longest ever human spaceflight mission.
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Hong Kong police arrest Apple Daily editor, directors, raid HQ

Al Jazeera - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 02:12
Hundreds of officers search building after five arrested under security law, accused of 'collusion with foreign forces'.
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Here are the 14 House Republicans who voted against making Juneteenth a federal holiday

Businessinsider - Thu, 06/17/2021 - 01:58
Legal experts expect any Biden Supreme Court nominee would face GOP resistance.
  • The bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday received bipartisan support in both chambers.
  • In the House, all 14 votes in opposition came from GOP members.
  • Some said it co-opted the Fourth of July, and others thought another federal holiday would be too costly.
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The House of Representatives, on Wednesday, passed legislation enshrining June 19, known as Juneteenth, as a federal national holiday.

On Tuesday, the Senate passed the bill with unanimous support, and today, the bill passed in the House by a 415-14 vote. All votes in opposition came from House republicans.

The day celebrates the emancipation of people who were enslaved in the US - specifically the end of slavery in Texas. Roughly 3o months after the Emancipation Proclamation, which was delivered on September 22, 1862, on June 19, 1865, Major General Gordan Granger told slaves in Galveston, Texas, that they were free.

President Joe Biden is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming days.

Many of the Republicans who opposed the bill worried the holiday would co-opt Independence Day, and until Wednesday, Sen. Ron Johnson said he opposed the bill because of the cost of giving federal employees another day off.

"This bill and this day are about freedom," Texas Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who authored the bill, said on the floor today.

The 14 GOP members who voted against the bill's passage were:

  • Rep. Andrew Clyde
  • Rep. Ronny Jackson
  • Rep. Doug LaMalfa
  • Rep. Tom McClintock
  • Rep. Ralph Norman
  • Rep. Mike Rogers
  • Rep. Matt Rosendale
  • Rep. Andy Biggs
  • Rep. Mo Brooks
  • Rep. Scott DesJarlais
  • Rep. Tom Tiffany
  • Rep. Thomas Massie
  • Rep. Paul Gosar
  • Rep. Chip Roy
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