From Alabama to Armagh, women are on the front line waging the ‘war on abortion’ | Catherine Bennett | Opinion

Intensifying campaigns to criminalise all abortion in the US have been summarised, accurately, as a war on women, one that calls on women to, as the presidential contender Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has put it, “fight like hell”. In terms of knowing the enemy, much of it, in the US, will certainly resemble the Alabama misogynists […]

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ExxonMobil evacuates foreign staff from Iraqi oilfield | Business

The US oil company ExxonMobil has reportedly evacuated all of its foreign staff from an oilfield west of Basra, in Iraq, and is flying them to Dubai. The move came after the US pulled non-emergency staff from its embassy in the capital, Baghdad, on Wednesday out of apparent concern over perceived threats from neighbouring Iran, […]

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Missouri lawmakers approve extreme eight-week abortion ban | US news

Missouri lawmakers on Friday approved legislation to ban abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy, becoming the latest state to put severe restrictions on the procedure. The legislation passed the Republican-led state house of representatives on Friday afternoon after being approved by the senate early on Thursday, and now heads to the desk of Missouri’s Republican […]

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Missouri House passes extreme eight-week abortion ban – live | US news

The anti-abortion lobby is ramping up its coordinated effort to challenge women’s access to abortion, and Missouri is the latest target,” said Michelle Kuppersmith, Director of Equity Forward. “If Missouri legislators want to pass laws that control what should be a private decision between a woman and her doctor, we demand transparency around the creation […]

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The greatest frown in town: Grumpy Cat – a life in pictures | Life and style

Grumpy cat – real name Tardar Sauce – has died aged seven. The feline appeared on everything from Good Morning America and the Friskies awards to American Idol and Cats the Musical Main image: Grumpy Cat debut in Cats on Broadway in 2016 Photograph: Monica Schipper/WireImage Fri 17 May 2019 16.24 BST Last modified on Fri […]

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How Australia ended up taking in Rwandans accused of killing tourists | Australia news

Just hours out from a federal election, the Australian government is facing questions over its decision to grant humanitarian visas to two Rwandan men accused of the brutal 1999 murder of tourists in Uganda. The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has said that the men were subject to – and cleared – security checks, and […]

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Boeing completes software update on 737 Max planes | Business

Boeing said on Thursday it had completed a software update for its 737 Max jets, which have been grounded worldwide since March after they were involved in two fatal crashes. The planemaker said it was in the process of submitting a plan on pilot training to the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and would work […]

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Conrad Black: Trump pardons ex-media mogul | Business

Donald Trump on Wednesday signed a full pardon for the former media mogul Conrad Black, who was convicted in 2007 of fraud and obstruction of justice and spent three and a half years in prison. Black, 74, a Canadian-born British citizen, once ran an international newspaper empire that included the Chicago Sun-Times, Britain’s Daily Telegraph […]

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Merkel: Europe must unite to stand up to China, Russia and US | World news

Europe must reposition itself to stand up to the challenges posed by its three big global rivals, China, Russia and the US, Angela Merkel has said before her final European election as German chancellor. Facing challenges that range from Russian interference in elections to China’s economic clout and the US’s monopoly over digital services, Europe […]

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Alabama passes nation’s strictest abortion ban – live updates | US news

It’s devastating news that Alabama has become the latest in a string of US states to enact a horrifying abortion ban. The roll-back on reproductive rights in the US is happening at a terrifyingly rapid rate. We should be outraged by this, but let’s also remember that in the UK we’re no better – women […]

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