08 Oct

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Ebola in Europe is unavoidable, says WHO as Spain rushes to contain case

WHO’s European director says continent remains at low risk and one of the best prepared places to respond to the infection


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Battle between Isis and Syrian Kurds for Kobani sparks unrest in Turkey

President Erdo?an says ground operation necessary to defeat militants as thousands protest over government’s inaction


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Cattle veterinarian Gary Thrasher stands beside part of the rudimentary border barrier in southern Arizona. Photograph: Paul Lewis/The Guardian

Arizona’s high desert: where border politics become a harsh, almost sinister experience

Finds of migrant corpses on border land make security a hot issue but elsewhere lack of immigration reform fuels frustration, reports Paul Lewis



Turkey 44min ago

US increasingly frustrated by Turkey’s inaction against Islamic State

Unnamed US official says there is ‘growing angst about Turkey dragging its feet to act to prevent a massacre’ in Kobani

Kashmir 1hr ago

India and Pakistan exchange fire in Kashmir border clashes

Four civilians killed and thousands flee their homes as tensions spill over into violence in divided Himalayan region

Turkey 1hr 5min ago

Kurds clash with police in Turkey as protesters demand tougher action against Isis – video

Kurdish protesters clash with riot police in Turkey over perceived inaction by the government to combat Islamic State (Isis) militants

Canada 3hr 30min ago

Canada’s parliament votes to join anti-Isis air strikes in Iraq

Vote passed by 157 to 134, making country among dozens to have joined the US-led bombing campaign against the militants

Wildfires 3hr 42min ago

Plane fighting California wildfires crashes in Yosemite

Pilot killed in crash near Dog Rock fire, with California wildfire season on track to be most destructive on record

Coastlines 6hr 31min ago

US east coast cities face frequent flooding due to climate change

8 Oct 2014: From Miami to Washington DC, towns and cities on America’s east coast could see triple the number of tidal floods by 2030 as sea levels rise, say researchers

Atlanta 7hr 51min ago

Police sued for using stun gun on man after smashing car window

   Video is basis of complaint that officers in Hammond, Indiana, attacked passenger Jamal Jones without justification

What’s next for the Hong Kong protesters?

   Will the unprecedented demonstrations embolden protesters to fight for their beliefs or convince them that resistance is futile?

Spanish Ebola nurse reported symptoms many times before being quarantined

8 Oct 2014: Teresa Romero Ramos says when she first told health authorities of her symptoms she was given only paracetamol



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Why did the US help the Kurds in Iraq but leave Isis to massacre them in Syria?

Cale Salih: The fall of Kobani is a microcosm for a policy that is doomed to fail. It was an avoidable tragedy

Observing fighters for the Islamic State (Isis) march closer and closer toward the key Syrian town of Kobani over the past week has felt like watching a bitterly suspenseful action movie unfold. Unlike other central Syrian towns that have been pounded to the ground mostly out of sight, Kobani’s looming collapse sits in full view of anyone paying attention – journalists, refugees and Turkish military tanks planted over the border, just a couple of miles away. That very border, carelessly drawn a century ago, now determines life or death for the thousands of people on either side. Every day, Isis marches closer to the heart of Kobani, and every day, Kurds across the region grow more exasperated that everyone seems to know what scene comes next – “a terrible slaughter”, with “5,000 dead within 24 or 36 hours”.

With Kobani in hand, Isis will control a strategic stretch of territory linking its self-proclaimed capital in Raqqa to its positions in Aleppo along the border with Turkey, a Nato country. And yet no one seems to be lifting a finger to stop it…………………

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North Korea makes first public acknowledgment of labor camps

North Korea makes first public acknowledgment of labor camps

At the UN, an official said ‘reform through labor detention camps’ exist but he denied the country operated prison camps


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Sweden rebuffs the US on Palestine

Sweden rebuffs the US on Palestine

Stockholm returns to its progressive foreign policy roots

Only hours after taking office on Oct. 3, new Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven made his first major foreign policy announcement, and it could hardly have been more spectacular. In his inaugural speech to the Swedish parliament, the Social Democrat said that, “the conflict between Israel and Palestine can only be solved with a two-state solution,” and that, “a two-state solution requires mutual recognition and a will to peaceful co-existence. Sweden will therefore recognize the state of Palestine.” Should Löfven’s declaration — which requires only a decision by his minority government and does not need to go to a parliamentary vote — become reality,  Sweden would become the first country to recognize Palestine while a member of the European Union.

Responses from Israel and the United States were both swift and predictable. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Sweden’s “unilateral” decision would actually harm the peace process, while the former Israeli ambassador to Sweden, Zvi Mazel, claimed that the social democrats were “anti-Israel” and that the influx of Muslim immigrants to Sweden in recent years had influenced the new administration’s position on Palestine. U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki claimed that while the U.S. supported Palestinian statehood, “We believe international recognition of a Palestinian state is premature.”

When told of the U.S. response, Löfven stated that recognition of Palestine was an important component for driving discussions forward and that Sweden’s new position should hardly have come as a surprise. The new Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, on the other hand, dismissed any suggestion of an anti-Israel sentiment in Sweden and was pointed in her response to the U.S. critique: “The USA doesn’t decide our policy.”…………………





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