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15 May

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. 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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World News

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Breaking News: Al-Sadr supporters storm Baghdad Green zone & More

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South Dakota lethal injection chamber

The lethal injection chamber of the South Dakota State Penitentiary. Photograph: Amber Hunt/AP

“You got your justice right here,” the convicted child-killer Pablo Vasquez said as the lethal injection took effect. He grew dizzy, snorted, dropped his head to the pillow on the gurney and took his last breaths.

When he died on 6 April at the state penitentiary near Houston, Vasquez became the sixth person executed by Texas this year. Eight more judicial killings are scheduled in 2016 in the nation’s most prolific death penalty state, but how much longer this brand of justice will continue to be enacted in Texas and elsewhere in the US is an open question.

Growing opposition to capital punishment and the increasing logistical problems states face in carrying it out were underlined when it emerged on Friday that Pfizer, the largest pharmaceutical company on the planet, is imposing firmer controls to stop its products from being used in executions……………..

Illinois’ budget standoff has put programs for more than 17,000 students in jeopardy with city on track for most violent year in more than a decade

Chicago

The potential cuts raise questions about whether having academically struggling students outside this summer might put them at greater risk of violence. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

The Chicago public school system may dramatically cut back summer school programs for their most vulnerable students this year, despite a surge in shootings that has put the city on track for its most violent year in more than a decade.

A school system spokeswoman said Illinois’ budget standoff had put summer school programs for more than 17,000 students in jeopardy. The programs largely serve students who are struggling to graduate or move on to the next grade, and they include students from the third grade through high school.

Since the beginning of the year, both murders and shooting incidents have spiked in Chicago. There have been more than 1,000 shooting incidents so far this year, a 67% increase compared with last year, and roughly twice as many shooting incidents in the two years before that. Murders are up 56% compared with the same time period last year……………

Protesters demonstrated outside Topshop in Oxford Circus as part of a campaign for a real living wage for cleaners at the fashion retailer

Protesters in street

Teresa Grey, of the United Voices of the World trade union, said the group took to the streets to ‘make their voices heard’. Photograph: Joe Nerssessian/PA

Protesters in central London have blocked traffic in a demonstration against Topshop and Sir Philip Green, the chairman of the Arcadia group that owns the store. After congregating outside the company’s flagship store in Oxford Circus, between 150 and 200 protesters from a number of organisations stood in the road stopping buses and cars and chanting, “Topshop, shame on you”.

The demonstration was organised as part of a campaign for a real living wage for cleaners at the fashion retailer. Teresa Grey, of the United Voices of the World trade union, said the group took to the streets to “make their voices heard”. She said: “Two Topshop cleaners joined our union. For that, one was sacked, the other suspended.” Asked where they were marching to, she said: “No idea. We’re just marching.”

After police moved the group out of Oxford Circus, they marched down Oxford Street, and a small number attempted to enter the John Lewis department store. Scuffles between police and protesters broke out as officers stood in front of the store entrance. Masked members of Class War lit red smoke bombs as bemused shoppers watched on.

The group then stopped outside the Marble Arch branch of Topshop, where they chanted and banged drums, forcing the store to close its shutters. Shoppers were locked inside for around 15 minutes……………..

  • Ruling marks defeat for Joe Arpaio who disobeyed a federal judge’s orders
  • Longtime Arizona sheriff known for tough crackdown on immigration
Joe Arpaio, a month away from turning 84, is running for re-election for the job he has held since 1993.

Joe Arpaio, a month away from turning 84, is running for re-election for the job he has held since 1993. Photograph: Ross D Franklin/AP

Joe Arpaio, the six-term sheriff of metropolitan Phoenix, has been found in contempt of court for disobeying a federal judge’s orders in a racial profiling case.

Arpaio, who calls himself “America’s toughest sheriff” and has been a prominent backer of the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, is thus a step closer to a possible criminal contempt case that could expose him to fines and even jail.

Friday’s ruling marked one of the biggest legal defeats in Arpaio’s long career, in which he has become known for his tough stance on immigration. The ruling was expected to lead to greater court oversight of his office.

US district judge Murray Snow set a 31 May hearing for attorneys to discuss penalties. Shortly thereafter, Snow said, he will issue an order on remedies and whether he will refer the case for criminal contempt.

Arpaio, a month away from turning 84, is running for re-election for the job he has held since 1993. Dan Saban, a former police chief in suburban Buckeye who ran unsuccessfully against Arpaio in 2004 and 2008 and is in the race again, said on Friday that it was time for the sheriff to resign…………….

US politics

Election 2016

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