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China opens embassy in Nicaragua for first time since 1990 after Taiwan ties cut

 

Nicaragua trumpets ‘ideological affinity’ with Beijing and seizes Taipei’s former embassy and diplomatic offices

 

 

 

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South Korean crosses demilitarised zone in rare defection to North

 

The fate of the defector is unknown after they crossed the heavily fortified border between the two Koreas

 

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Hungary election: outsider from the right backed by left to beat Viktor Orbán

 

Six opposition parties have united behind Péter Márki-Zay for crucial spring vote

 

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels
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France removes EU flag from Arc de Triomphe after rightwing anger

 

Official in the French presidency says removal of flag was in line with planned schedule

 

Agence France-Presse in Paris
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We talk a lot about freedom – but not enough about whose freedom is at stake

 

We would understand more if the work of historian Tyler Stovall were better known

 

Sun 2 Jan 2022 07.30 GMT

Kenan Malik

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/02/race-class-freedom-liberty-and-work-of-historian-tyler-stovall

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Brazil president Jair Bolsonaro taken to hospital and may need surgery

 

Leader reported same symptoms as earlier admission following stabbing at 2018 campaign event

 

Reuters
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Rebuilding bridges: Former president’s mission to defeat Bolsonaro in Brazil

 

Twenty years after being elected, leftwinger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is gearing up for an electrifying bid to regain power

 

Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent
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Death toll of refugees attempting to reach Spain doubles in 2021

 

NGO report draws direct link between rise in fatalities and efforts to curb migration in Mediterranean

 

Ashifa Kassam in Madrid
Mon 3 Jan 2022 16.09 GMT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fury as EU moves ahead with plans to label gas and nuclear as ‘green’

 

Brussels faces backlash and charges of greenwashing after publishing draft proposals on New Year’s Eve

 

Jennifer Rankin in Brussels
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Haiti’s prime minister forced to flee city after shootout leaves one dead

 

Two also injured in gunfire that forced Ariel Henry and others to seek shelter as they walked out of a cathedral

 

Associated Press in Port-au-Prince
Mon 3 Jan 2022 16.34 GMT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Guardian view on Yemen: the forgotten war

 

Years of brutal conflict have brought misery to an already impoverished country. There is no end in sight

 

Thu 30 Dec 2021 18.25 GMT

Editorial

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/dec/30/the-guardian-view-on-yemen-the-forgotten-war

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Sudan’s prime minister resigns as pro-democracy protests violently repressed

 

Abdalla Hamdok quits on same day at least two protesters killed by security forces during unrest in Khartoum and other cities

 

Associated Press
Sun 2 Jan 2022 22.52 GMT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

‘They lost almost everything’: photographing the terror and joy of refugees in DRC

 

Alexis Huguet’s image of this twin girl, born as her mother fled into Congo, captures the fragility of life in the Central African Republic

 

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Double defector who returned to North Korea ‘struggled financially’ in South

 

Man’s decision raises questions about treatment of defectors in South Korea with many said to face discrimination

 

Justin McCurry in Tokyo and agencies
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A crisis of faith in South Africa: ‘People have given up on the state’

 

Struggling even before Covid, communities are taking it upon themselves to try to fill the gaps left by the government

 

Tue 4 Jan 2022 05.00 GMT

by Jason Burke in Thembokwezi, Graaff-Reinet in Franschhoek

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/04/a-crisis-of-faith-in-south-africa-people-have-given-up-on-the-state

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preaching truth to power: the São Paulo priest standing up to Bolsonaro

 

Júlio Lancellotti is an outspoken champion of homeless people – a cause that makes him unpopular with Brazil’s authorities

 

Beatriz Miranda in São Paulo
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Cuba’s vaccine success story sails past mark set by rich world’s Covid efforts

 

The island nation struggles to keep the lights on but has inoculated 90% of population with home-developed vaccines

 

 
Ed Augustin in Havana
Wed 5 Jan 2022 10.00 GMT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Kazakhstan protests: president threatens ruthless crackdown

 

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says in televised address ‘I plan to act as toughly as possible’

 

Shaun Walker and Naubet Bisenov in Aktobe province
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Suspect in killing of Haiti president arrested by US authorities

 

Mario Antonio Palacios had been detained in Panama en route to Colombia from Jamaica

 

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Brazil’s bars choose their customers for their politics as election nears

 

Unjabbed supporters of President Bolsonaro are banned from some pubs – but elsewhere fans can buy pizza named after him

 

Tom Phillips in Rio de Janeiro and Ouro Preto do Oeste
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Russian paratroopers arrive in Kazakhstan as unrest continues

 

Moscow-led ‘peacekeeping’ alliance enters country amid violent clashes between protesters, police and army

 
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Canada agrees C$40bn deal to reform child welfare for First Nations

 

Half of total to be offered in compensation to 200,000 individuals and families who suffered from discriminatory system

 

Tracey Lindeman in Gatineau
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Kazakhstan president vows to destroy ‘bandits and terrorists’ behind protests

 

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev tells security forces to ‘use lethal force without warning’

 

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Fossil fuel firms among biggest spenders on Google ads that look like search results

 

One in five ads served on search results for 78 climate-related terms placed by firms with interests in fossil fuels, research finds

 

Wed 5 Jan 2022 07.00 GMT
 
 
 
 
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I had death threats for my reporting. Many journalists in the Pacific face huge dangers

 

Freedom of the press might be included in some constitutions of Pacific countries, but it often only works in theory

 

Fri 7 Jan 2022 00.20 GMT

Joyce McClure

 

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2022/jan/07/i-had-death-threats-for-my-reporting-many-journalists-in-the-pacific-face-huge-dangers

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I’m a police officer, and I fear increased powers of stop and search will undermine public trust

 

The government must listen: community engagement is the only way to cut serious crime in the UK’s most deprived areas

 

Fri 7 Jan 2022 10.00 GMT

Andy George ( president of the National Black Police Association)

 

 

 

Vid

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/07/police-officer-stop-and-search-powers-public-trust

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‘They want to remove us and take the rock’, say Zimbabweans living near Chinese-owned mines

 

As companies extract wealth, villagers say they see little benefit and are instead exploited in quarries, live in homes damaged by blasts and are unable to farm polluted land

 

Nyasha Chingono in Mutoko
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Lack of English speakers embarrasses Czech coalition

 

The new government risks being isolated, particularly in the EU where English remains the working language, warn critics

 

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Inequality is driving protest against Kazakhstan’s authoritarian government

 

The illusion of a successful, free-market economy is shattered – and now Tokayev’s violent crackdown bodes ill for dissenters

 

Sat 8 Jan 2022 10.00 GMTLast modified on Sun 9 Jan 2

Peter Leonard

 

 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/08/inequality-protest-authoritarian-kazakh-government

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Outspoken Saudi princess released after nearly three years in jail

 

Human rights advocate Princess Basmah and her daughter were imprisoned without charge in 2019

 

Staff and agencies
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