Venice’s much-delayed flood defence system fully tested for first time | World news

Venice’s much-delayed flood defence system fully tested for first time | World news

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Italy has successfully conducted the first full test of Venice’s flood defence system, a much-delayed project designed in 1984 but still incomplete a decade after it was due to come into service. Amid much fanfare, the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, activated the 78 mobile barriers of the Mose dam on Friday. “We’re here for
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Genocide denial gains ground 25 years after Srebrenica massacre | World news

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At the genocide memorial centre outside Srebrenica, thousands of simple white gravestones stretch across the gently inclined hillside for as far as the eye can see. Nearby, over a number of days in July 1995, Bosnian Serb forces systematically murdered around 8,000 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men and boys. It was the worst crime of the
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Sex traffickers left thousands of women to starve during Italy lockdown | Global development

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Thousands of Nigerian women forced into prostitution were left to starve by sex traffickers during the Covid-19 pandemic in Italy, the Guardian can reveal. According to the UN’s International Office for Migration (IOM), more than 80% of the tens of thousands of Nigerian women who arrived in Italy from Libya in recent years were victims
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‘They scavenged scraps’: the Britons rounded up by the Nazis in occupied France | World news

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The soldiers and gendarmes came early – so early that some of the people they took were still wearing pyjamas. In the first days of July 1940, barely a week after the armistice, few had been expecting the first Nazi roundup of enemy aliens on French soil. Aided by lists dutifully drawn up by French
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UK has opted out of EU coronavirus vaccine programme, sources say | World news

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The UK government has rejected the chance to join the European Union’s coronavirus vaccine programme due to concerns over “costly delays”, according to sources. The EU is planning to spend around €2bn (£1.8bn) on the advance purchase of vaccines that are undergoing testing on behalf of the 27 member states. Negotiations with Brussels have been
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Suspected German police links to far right come under scrutiny | World news

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German police are facing growing accusations of links with the far right after a police computer was used to search for details of a leftwing MP who received death threats. Peter Beuth, the interior minister for the state of Hesse, announced on Thursday that he would appoint a special investigator to try to shed light
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Future of ‘Third Republic’ defines run-off vote in Poland | World news

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It was an event – or rather two events – that marked the symbolic nadir of 30 years of rancorous political division in Poland since the fall of communism in 1989. On Monday evening, Poland’s conservative president, Andrzej Duda, and his challenger in Sunday’s presidential election run-off, the liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski, each
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Russian provincial governor arrested over killings of business rivals | World news

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A provincial governor in Russia’s far east has been arrested on charges of involvement in multiple murders. Sergei Furgal, the governor of the Khabarovsk region on the border with China, was arrested in Khabarovsk and flown to Moscow. The Investigative Committee, the nation’s top criminal investigation agency, said Furgal was accused of involvement in the
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Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 50,000 more NHS nurses is in doubt | Society

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Boris Johnson’s pledge to recruit 50,000 more NHS nurses is in doubt after the number coming from the EU fell again and coronavirus prevented thousands of arrivals from the rest of the world. The prime minister made the promise a cornerstone of his general election campaign last year and has since reiterated many times his
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I prosecuted Srebrenica war criminals, but I know others are still walking free | Serge Brammertz | World news

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This Saturday, like every 11 July on the anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, the remains of newly identified victims will be buried alongside the thousands already interred at the cemetery and memorial site in the Bosnian town. The bodies of Almir Halilović, Sakib Kiverić, Emin Mustafić and Fuad Ðozić, who died in the 1995 slaughter,
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Melania Trump statue set on fire in Slovenia | US news

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A wooden sculpture of first lady Melania Trump near her home town of Sevnica, Slovenia, has been removed after being set on fire during the US independence day weekend, according to the artist who commissioned the sculpture. Brad Downey, a Berlin-based American artist, said he had the life-size sculpture – now blackened and disfigured –
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Europe reacts to US withdrawing from WHO, calls for reform instead

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Europe is lamenting the formal Trump administration notification of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization (WHO) while pledging to work to reform the United Nations health agency. German Health Minister Jens Spahn said the move by America, the WHO’s largest contributor, amid the coronavirus pandemic is a “setback for international cooperation.” Spahn said on Twitter that more
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Ja Ja Ding Dong! How schlager found its joyful place in the pop camp | Music

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At the beginning of the new Netflix movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, aspiring musicians Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit (Rachel McAdams) are workshopping material that will hopefully be good enough for Söngvakeppnin, the Icelandic talent show for a Eurovision place. But performing at a local bar, their attempts at presenting something
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Tati, much-loved French retailer, shuts up shop in Paris after 70 years | World news

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Tati, the much-loved cut-price clothing chain that has been a French retail institution for more than 70 years, is to close its original – and last – Paris store, after public transport strikes and the coronavirus crisis sent sales plunging by more than 60%. Founded by a Tunisian immigrant at the end of the second
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Seafood fraud: why your Mediterranean swordfish might actually be shark | Environment

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Franco Comes last caught sharks more than six months ago, while longline fishing for swordfish in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Monopoli, Italy. He hauled in an accidental handful of blue sharks. They were tiny. “They are fewer and fewer, and they are also becoming smaller,” Comes says. “Twenty years ago, there used
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Violence at Belgrade protest over renewed lockdown measures | World news

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Protesters and police clashed violently in Belgrade on Tuesday evening amid anger over the return of strict lockdown measures to tackle coronavirus. Earlier on Tuesday a weekend curfew was announced after a rise in Covid-19 cases in Serbia and across the western Balkans. A group of protesters stormed the parliament in Belgrade, and police responded
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Russian space official accused of passing state secrets to west | World news

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Russian security services have opened a treason case against a former journalist who recently began working as an adviser to the head of the country’s space agency. Ivan Safronov was arrested on Tuesday morning by agents from the FSB, the successor agency of the KGB. He could face up to 20 years in prison. “Safronov,
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Italy could ‘section’ people who refuse treatment for Covid-19 | World news

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Italy’s health minister has proposed “sectioning” people who refuse hospital treatment for Covid-19 and has suspended flights from Bangladesh as the southern European country grapples with several new coronavirus outbreaks. The potential move towards forced hospitalisations came after a cluster of infections arose in the northern Veneto region, triggered by a man who developed coronavirus
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BLM-inspired name change for Berlin metro station fails to end controversy | World news

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Authorities in Berlin are discovering how hard it can be to close one problematic chapter of the city’s tumultuous history without opening another. In the wake of a worldwide reckoning with the deep-seated legacies of historical racism, Berlin’s public transit authority BVG announced on Friday that it would rename the Mohrenstrasse (“Moor Street”) stop on
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Americans can’t travel to Europe because of Covid-19. I’m glad | Tamara Winter | Opinion

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Last week, the European Union released a highly anticipated list: countries whose Covid-19 levels are low enough for their travelers to enter Europe now that borders have reopened to non-essential travel. The US is not on it. Given the rising numbers of cases being reported around America, this is hardly surprising news. Still, it deals
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Armada docudrama shows dark history of Normal People’s Sligo | World news

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Streedagh beach was the setting for young love in the TV drama Normal People, but its latest screen depiction reveals a dark history of plunder and slaughter on the golden sand. Instead of romance among the dunes, viewers encounter drownings, stabbings and hangings on this bucolic stretch of Ireland’s Atlantic coast. And unlike the adaptation
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Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning Italian film composer, dies aged 91 | Music

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Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose symphonic scores backed everything from spaghetti westerns to romance, horror and sci-fi films, has died aged 91. Morricone had broken his femur days ago and died during the night in a clinic in Rome. His death was confirmed by his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma. In a statement, Assumma said that
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France’s new prime minister keeps key figures in reshuffled cabinet | World news

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France’s new prime minister, Jean Castex, has made few major changes to the cabinet after President Emmanuel Macron gambled on a reshuffle to reboot his presidency and tighten his grip on government before seeking re-election in 2022. The Élysée Palace had promised “new faces and talents”, but key ministers from the outgoing government stayed, including
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Why are Google and Apple dictating how European democracies fight coronavirus? | Ieva Ilves | Opinion

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The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a rush by governments, private companies and digital startups to harness and develop the latest technologies in the fight against the spread of the virus. To best meet public health needs, digital technology should be able to trace the spread of the virus, identify dangerous Covid-19 clusters and limit
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Extend US Facebook boycott to Europe, campaigners urge | Technology

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Campaigners are calling for an advertising boycott of Facebook in the US to be extended to Europe, after its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, dismissed the effects of the campaign in a meeting with staff. A growing number of companies have halted advertising on Facebook after criticism that the platform was not doing enough to counter
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Jean Castex replaces Édouard Philippe as French prime minister | World news

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Édouard Philippe has been replaced as prime minister after seeing France through the coronavirus crisis, as President Emmanuel Macron embarked on a high-stakes reshuffle to “set a new course” for the last two years of his mandate. Macron named Jean Castex, 55, a career civil servant from the centre-right of French politics who coordinated France’s
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