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20 Apr

News and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

English Online International Newspapers

For a change from the same old news stories from the same old news networks, here are links to English-edition online newspapers from other parts of the world. Nearly all of these are English-edition daily newspapers, with an emphasis on the Middle East and Asia. These sites have interesting editorials and essays, and many have links to other good news sources. We try to limit this list to those sites which are regularly updated, reliable, with a high percentage of “up” time.

Some of the available newspapers:

Asia & CIS

www.newscentralasia.com/

China

english.peopledaily.com.cn/home.html

China & Hong Kong

www.scmp.com/news

France

www.france24.com/en/france/

Israel

www.haaretz.com/

Norway

www.newsinenglish.no/category/news/

Palestine

english.pnn.ps/

Russia

english.pravda.ru/

Ukraine

www.ukrainianjournal.com/

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france 24

The forgotten shipwrecked migrants of the Aegean Sea

The Aegean Sea, between Turkey and Greece, is a transit point for refugees fleeing the war in Syria or the Taliban in Afghanistan and trying to reach Europe. But their makeshift boats often sink. Off the Turkish coast, fishermen dread finding dead bodies in their nets… Rescuing shipwrecked migrants is now almost part of their daily routine. Our reporter has been to Dikili, a small Turkish fishing port just across the sea from the Greek island of Lesbos.

There was the heartbreaking photo of a dead child washed up on a beach. The photo of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan shocked the world. That was in early September 2015. His tiny body, lying on a beach in Turkey, became the symbol of the worst migration crisis since World War II.

But since then, the sinkings of migrant boats have not stopped. Hundreds of thousands of people have continued to try to reach Europe via the same dangerous path. And hundreds have lost their lives.

In northwestern Turkey, for the inhabitants of the small fishing village of Dikili in Izmir province, like for those of the chic resort of Cesme, daily life over the past year has been punctuated by these tragedies of which they are often helpless witnesses. Hearing their eyewitness accounts also means telling the stories of those who risked their lives for an uncertain future. Lives that ended on a makeshift boat, at the mercy of the waves…………

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American Lung Association’s ‘state of the air’ report finds 166 million Americans are living in unhealthy ozone or particle pollution with serious health risks

California air pollution

Six of the 10 worst US cities for short-term pollution are in California, which has been in the grip of an historic drought. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images

More than half of the US population lives amid potentially dangerous air pollution, with national efforts to improve air quality at risk of being reversed, a new report has warned.

A total of 166 million Americans live in areas that have unhealthy levels of of either ozone or particle pollution, according to the American Lung Association, raising their risk of lung cancer, asthma attacks, heart disease, reproductive problems and other ailments.

The association’s 17th annual “state of the air” report found that there has been a gradual improvement in air quality in recent years but warned progress has been too slow and could even be reversed by efforts in Congress to water down the Clean Air Act.

Climate change is also a looming air pollution challenge, with the report charting an increase in short-term spikes in particle pollution. Many of these day-long jumps in soot and smoke have come from a worsening wildfire situation across the US, especially in areas experiencing prolonged dry conditions.

Six of the 10 worst US cities for short-term pollution are in California, which has been in the grip of an historic drought. Bakersfield, California, was named the most polluted city for both short-term and year-round particle pollution, while Los Angeles-Long Beach was the worst for ozone pollution.

Small particles that escape from the burning of coal and from vehicle tail pipes can bury themselves deep in people’s lungs, causing various health problems. Ozone and other harmful gases can also be expelled from these sources, triggering asthma attacks and even premature death………………

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US attorney for Manhattan says Department of Justice has opened investigation related to revelations exposed in massive leak of documents

Police outside the Mossack-Fonseca offices in Panama City. The firm’s leaked Panama Papers revealed how the world’s wealthy and powerful used offshore companies to stash assets.

Police outside the Mossack-Fonseca offices in Panama City. The firm’s leaked Panama Papers revealed how the world’s wealthy and powerful used offshore companies to stash assets. Photograph: Carlos Jasso/Reuters

The US Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into the widespread international tax avoidance schemes exposed by the Panama Papers leak, published by the Guardian and other journalistic partners.

Preet Bharara, the US attorney for Manhattan, said he had “opened a criminal investigation regarding matters to which the Panama Papers are relevant”.

Bharara has written to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which coordinated the unprecedented leak of 11.5m files from offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca, to ask for further information to assist with his criminal investigation……………

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  • Up to four people could face felony or misdemeanor counts, report says
  • Charges follow governor’s pledge to drink Flint water
Maurice Rice organizes cases of water at the Joy Tabernacle church in January in Flint.

Maurice Rice organizes cases of water at the Joy Tabernacle church in January in Flint. Photograph: Conor Ralph/AP

Criminal charges are expected to be announced on Wednesday against a number of people linked to the city of Flint’s two-year water contamination crisis.

The expected charges stem from a criminal investigation launched in January by Michigan’s attorney general, Bill Schuette, who created a team of nine full-time investigators. Investigators have said the scope of potential criminal charges that may be considered include misconduct in office and involuntary manslaughter, and the inquiry continues.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many individuals would be charged, but as many as four people could face felony or misdemeanor counts, according to the Detroit Free Press, which cited three sources familiar with the investigation. A WXYZ-TV reporter also said, citing unnamed sources, that charges are forthcoming against three people.

A source confirmed to the Guardian that criminal charges were coming.

The city of Flint’s water supply was contaminated by lead in April 2014, after a state-appointed emergency manager switched its drinking water source to a local river……………..

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Up to 500 people may have drowned after overloaded boat sank in Mediterranean

An overcrowded boat in waters north of Libya last year.

An overcrowded boat in waters north of Libya last year. Photograph: MOD/REX Shutterstock

Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean last week, in what would be the deadliest migrant shipwreck in months.

A repurposed fishing boat overloaded by smugglers with p to 500 Africans hoping to reach Italy from eastern Libya may have sunk, survivors told the UN refugee agency.

A death toll of just half the size would bring the total number of mortalities in the Mediterranean in 2016 to over 1,000 – more than a quarter of last year’s record tally.

The disaster reportedly happened several miles out to sea, after the smugglers tried to transfer a group of migrants from a smaller to a larger boat, survivors said. The larger boat was already overburdened, and began to sink under the strain of extra passengers. “Due to the overcrowding, the large boat sank,” UNHCR said in a statement.

A Somali community leader in Egypt said that some of the dead appeared to have been part of Egypt’s Somali expatriate community. “Families in Egypt are weeping for their children who drowned in the sea,” he said. “I keep seeing pictures of the people who drowned on social media. Some of them were my students.”………….

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US politics

Election 2016

What we learned Clinton and Trump win in New York

As it happened Trump and Clinton win big

After New York Clinton and Trump wins in New York change little

Hillary Clinton wins decisive victory over Bernie Sanders

The minute Sanders voters feel burned in New York

Trump secures much-needed primary win

Trump’s jet Registration expired in January, report says

Donald Trump’s campaign faces unprecedented rift amid delegate panic

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