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24 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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Charles Koch suggests GOP mega-donor brothers might support Clinton – live

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Charles Koch: not sold on Trump and Cruz.

Charles Koch: not sold on Trump and Cruz. Photograph: Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty Images

Eight ‘execution-style’ murders leave Piketon searching for answers as police try to find out who targeted the seven adults and teenage boy and why

Authorities said the exact timing of Friday’s shooting remains unclear. They received the first 911 call shortly before 8am, and another several hours later.

Authorities said the exact timing of Friday’s shooting remains unclear. They received the first 911 call shortly before 8am, and another several hours later. Photograph: John Minchillo/AP

Residents of the rural southern Ohio community of Piketon are rattled by a rare major crime that took the lives of eight members of a tight-knit family known in the area as hard workers.

Authorities were still trying Sunday to find out who targeted the seven adults and teenage boy and why. Their bodies were found Friday at four different homes near Piketon, about 60 miles south of Columbus.

Kayla Hay said she got to know one of the victims, 37-year-old Dana Rhoden, when they both worked as nurse’s aides at a nursing home. Hay said she was shocked and saddened when she heard Rhoden was among those killed.

“I’ve never heard her say anything about being frightened or concerned about anything bad happening,” said Hay, who described Rhoden as outgoing and friendly.

“She was always in a good mood and was very bright, both in her personality and her intelligence,” Hay said…………..

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With cascading crises – where one event triggers another – set to rise, international disaster risk reduction efforts are woefully underfunded

 Pakistanis cross a flooded street following heavy rain on the outskirts of Peshawar on 4 April 2016.

Pakistanis cross a flooded street following heavy rain on the outskirts of Peshawar on 4 April 2016. Photograph: A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s failure to prepare for natural disasters will have “inconceivably bad” consequences as climate change fuels a huge increase in catastrophic droughts and floods and the humanitarian crises that follow, the UN’s head of disaster planning has warned.

Last year, earthquakes, floods, heatwaves and landslides left 22,773 people dead, affected 98.6 million others and caused $66.5bn (£47bn) of economic damage (pdf). Yet the international community spends less than half of one per cent of the global aid budget on mitigating the risks posed by such hazards.

Robert Glasser, the special representative of the secretary general for disaster risk reduction, said that with the world already “falling short” in its response to humanitarian emergencies, things would only get worse as climate change adds to the pressure.

He said: “If you see that we’re already spending huge amounts of money and are unable to meet the humanitarian need – and then you overlay that with not just population growth … [but] you put climate change on top of that, where we’re seeing an increase in the frequency and severity of natural disasters, and the knock-on effects with respect to food security and conflict and new viruses like the Zika virus or whatever – you realise that the only way we’re going to be able to deal with these trends is by getting out ahead of them and focusing on reducing disaster risk.”……….

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A £72m prestige cultural project is caught in the crossfire between ‘xenophobic’ politicians and historians

Past to the future: An impression of how the £72m museum in Gda?sk will look.

Past to the future: An impression of how the £72m museum in Gda?sk will look. Photograph: Publicity Image

A spectacular new museum of the second world war is at the centre of an extraordinary row between international academics and Poland’s political leadership, amid claims that the country’s ruling Law and Justice party is putting history at the service of politics.

Due to open in December in the northern city of Gda?sk, the museum is billed as one of Europe’s prestige cultural projects for 2016. It comprises 13 storeys – six of them underground – and has been built at a cost of £72m. Dozens of countries across Europe and beyond have donated artefacts, including a Sherman tank and a Soviet T34 tank.

The British historian Norman Davies, who is revered in Poland for his many books about the country, has been closely associated with the project for eight years and heads its high-ranking international advisory board. He told the Observer that attempts by the Law and Justice government to hijack the museum are “Bolshevik’’ in style and “paranoid’’. He said: “The Law and Justice government does not want a bunch of foreign historians to decide what goes on in ‘their’ museum.’’ The Oxford-based academic said one of the driving forces behind government hostility towards the project in its present form was Law and Justice strongman Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski, “who runs everything like a personal politburo.’’

There is also increasing evidence that a new “politics of memory” policy is being used to settle scores with political rivals, such as the former Solidarity leader Lech Wa??sa and the European council president Donald Tusk, prime minister of Poland at the time of the Smolensk air disaster that killed Lech Kaczy?ski, Jaros?aw’s twin brother. Both men are particularly associated with the city of Gda?sk…..

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US president to meet Merkel, Hollande, Renzi and Cameron over EU naval patrols in Libyan waters to stem flow of migrants

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to the way the German chancellor Angela Merkel had managed the refugee crisis in Europe.

US president Barack Obama paid tribute to the way the German chancellor Angela Merkel had managed the refugee crisis in Europe. Photograph: Pool/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama said Angela Merkel was on the right side of history with her management of the refugee crisis and praised the German chancellor as a steady and trustworthy ally with a really good sense of humour, as he embarked on the final phase of the last official European tour of his presidency.

But beneath the smiles and mutual compliments, lurked a range of pressing global issues that the two leaders will try and address at a G5 meeting with British prime minister, David Cameron, French president, François Hollande, and the Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, in Hanover on Monday afternoon.

Both Merkel and Obama expressed grave concerns about the collapse of the Syrian ceasefire during a joint press conference in Hanover on Sunday.

Syrian opposition forces left the third round of peace talks in Geneva on Friday following reports of escalating regime attacks. On Saturday, Syrian warplanes bombed the rebel-held town of Douma near Damascus and parts of Aleppo in the north, killing 23 people, according to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Merkel said that a visit to a refugee camp near the Turkish-Syrian border on Saturday had shown her at first hand the devastating effects a surge in attacks could have…………..

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Jeannetta Maclin, 23, of St Louis, was at work trying to make ends meet when her children played with a lighter. When her neighbors learned the details of her case, they called for lenience from the court: ‘The system failed this mom’

Jeannetta Maclin, center, with, from left to right: Yvette Goods, Pam Ross, Stephanie Lummus and Marcia Cline.

Jeannetta Maclin, center, with, from left to right: Yvette Goods, Pam Ross, Stephanie Lummus and Marcia Cline. Photograph: Stephanie Lummus

The scene that confronted firefighters was harrowing. Two young boys who had been left home alone and found a lighter to play with had accidentally set the apartment on fire and now were unconscious due to smoke inhalation.

They managed to revive the children, and their mother was soon in jail, her police mugshot doing the rounds on local media in St Louis, Missouri, where the near-tragedy occurred in February.

But then something unusual happened.

When people in the city heard the young woman was a single mother, with no criminal record, who had left her sons at home in desperation so she could go to her low-paid job and make rent before the landlord evicted them, they took action.

Thomas Payton, an emergency medical technician who was on duty at the hospital when the boys were brought in, was just one of a number of concerned citizens who went to court on her behalf and begged for leniency for the mother, Jeannetta Maclin, 23.

“I told the judge I thought the system had failed this mom and I had come to plead for her, that she and her kids deserved a chance and this bad decision she had made should not be the one that defines the rest of her life,” Payton said…….

US politics

Election 2016

Bernie Sanders: ‘we are the future of the Democratic party’ – video

Bernie Sanders tells CBS’s Face the Nation on Sunday that he has no intentions to drop out of the race for the White House, and he plans to continue to outline the differences in views between himself and rival Hillary Clinton. Sanders will face voters in five states next Tuesday when Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island go to the polls

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The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including Coachella and rebuilding after the Nepal quake

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