UK halts sale of teargas to Hong Kong amid police brutality claims

Jeremy Hunt calls for investigation into violent scenes during protests The UK is suspending future sales of teargas and other crowd control equipment to Hong Kong until an independent investigation is held into allegations of protests earlier this month. The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who is on 12 June in detail. The evidence of the unlawful use of force by police against peaceful protesters on 12 June is irrefutable. In the footage Amnesty has verified, police officers appear out of control, placing peaceful protesters who posed no threat in danger of serious injury, said Man-kei Tam, the director of Amnesty International Hong Kong. On 15 June Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Blind student facing deportation says university reneged on support

Bamidele Chika Agbakuribe sold his home in Nigeria to pay fees to Dundee University Dundee University took tens of thousands of pounds from a blind Nigerian PhD student in return for what it promised him would be state of the art disabled facilities if he came to the UK with his young family to complete his studies. Instead, Bamidele Chika Agbakuribe, who is totally blind, claims the university gave him failing IT equipment and repeatedly obstructed his studies to the extent he was not able to complete his work. When he complained, they failed him and cancelled his student status, he says. The university then contacted the Home Office, which has said it will deport Agbakuribe and his family on …

The Guardian view on the first picture of a black hole: seeing is believing | Editorial

Editorial: Scientists have shown us one of the mysteries of the universe, and the extraordinary power of human cooperation If you work on something like theoretical physics, you feel like youre trapped inside a room, and outside people dont know, the physicist Carlo Rovelli said recently. While the stereotype of a space scientist is of a loner out of step with the humdrum of everyday life, Mr Rovelli is not alone in believing that his lifes work is not just to find things out, but to communicate. This weeks Hawaiian name: Powehi. We have known about black holes since Einstein, but it was not until the 1960s that they were given that name (borrowed from British colonial historys tale of …

Sure, he might say hes on the pill, but would you really trust him? | Barbara Ellen

Women are right to be sceptical theyre left holding the baby when things go wrong Once again, there are reports of the male contraceptive pill being tantalisingly imminent. And, once again, a mental image occurs of a man and woman looking at each other, arms folded, as if to say: Sorry, I dont trust you a bit. A drew attention to the appalling situation in Brunei, which is about to introduce sharia law, meaning, among other things, that gay people and adulterers could be whipped or stoned to death. Clooneys focus may draw derision from some quarters he called for a beards from the University of New England asks if theyve evolved as a result of being sexy a sign …

Christchurch attacks: the media’s rush to be first causes its own kind of harm

Facebooks AI may have failed the victims but humans didnt do much better Rookie journalists struggling with their copy are often told by news editors: Just tell the story. An esteemed colleague once told me his first editor told him to imagine shouting the intro to an aged relative moving away at speed on a bus. Boiling an event down to who, what, why, where and when is the basis of all news coverage for a reason it tells the story. But what happens when being fast and crafting a simple narrative becomes misleading or causes its own kind of harm? This question has become increasingly relevant over the past decade. The internet has brought incredible new ways of telling …

My father was killed on Bloody Sunday. Britain must confront its colonial legacy | Tony Doherty

The decision to only charge one soldier is astonishing. Little England must face up to the absolute horrors of its past, says author Tony Doherty The decision by the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland to astonished families as they gathered to hear the news. It has also drawn more poison from the military establishment, adding to its growing belief that its loyal foot-soldiers have in recent times become the scapegoats of colonial history. The facts around the Bloody Sunday deaths, and around stories affecting many hundreds of families who lost loved ones including my father who was killed that day due to the actions of state forces in the years following 1969, are that very few were actually investigated …

Nikolai Glushkov’s daughter appeals for witnesses a year after his murder

Exclusive: Natalia Glushkova tells of how her Russian dissident fathers murder was set up to look like suicide The daughter of the positive and incapable of harming himself. Glushkov was a prominent critic of the Kremlin and a close friend of the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky. A former executive in the Russian state airline Aeroflot, Glushkov was killed on 12 March last year at his home in New Malden. Police say he was strangled. Natalia Glushkova. Photograph: Supplied His murder happened a week after two Russian intelligence officers poisoned Glushkov in 2013 after meeting him in a Bristol hotel room. He survived. In August police Litvinenko, the Georgian billionaire $5bn (3.8bn) legal suit brought by Berezovsky against the oligarch Roman …