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The Guardian
Thursday June 21, 2018 @ 05:28:50 AM mt

Killing dogs for meat ruled illegal by South Korean court




Landmark decision against dog farm could pave way for eating of canines to be outlawed

A South Korean court has ruled the killing of dogs for meat is illegal, in a landmark decision that animal rights activists have said could pave the way to outlawing the eating of canines.

The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine, with about 1 million dogs believed to be eaten annually, but consumption has declined with the practice now something of a taboo among younger generations amid increased pressure from activists.

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The Guardian
Thursday June 21, 2018 @ 05:28:48 AM mt

Carlos Snchez death threats spark investigation from Colombian police




Defender receives threats in reminder of Escobar murder
Colombian police assign cyber-crime team to investigate

Police in Colombia have launched an investigation into a series of online death threats made against midfielder Carlos Snchez who was sent off only three minutes into his countrys opening World Cup game.

In a chilling reminder of the murder of former Colombia defender Andrs Escobar who was gunned down just days after scoring an unfortunate own goal at the World Cup in 1994 years ago, several social media users have targeted the ex-Aston Villa player with vile messages threatening his life.

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The Guardian
Thursday June 21, 2018 @ 05:28:45 AM mt

Matteo Salvini threatens to remove Gomorrah author's police protection




Roberto Saviano has escort to protect him from mafia, but has criticised interior minister

Matteo Salvini, Italys far-right interior minister, has threatened to remove the police protection of one of the countrys most famous writers, Roberto Saviano, who has been under threat from organised crime since his breakthrough success about the mafia, Gomorrah, was published in 2006.

Saviano is one of Salvinis toughest critics and is a constant fixture on Italian media. He is one of hundreds of journalists and writers who are under constant guard in Italy, because of current or previous threats to their safety by the mafia.

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The Guardian
Thursday June 21, 2018 @ 05:28:44 AM mt

Greg Hands quits as minister to vote against Heathrow third runway




International trade minister resigns before plans to expand airport are put to Commons

The international trade minister Greg Hands has resigned in order to vote against Heathrow expansion when plans for a third runway are put to the Commons on Monday.

The MP for Chelsea and Fulham, a longstanding opponent of Heathrow expansion, wrote on Twitter: As the government will be whipping the vote on Monday, this means I am resigning from the government.

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The Guardian
Thursday June 21, 2018 @ 05:07:07 AM mt

How to survive gaslighting: when manipulation erases your reality




Ariel Leve offers strategies to stay resilient in the face of psychological abuse that distorts the truth much like whats coming from Trumps administration

Right now, many Americans listening to their president are experiencing what I experienced frequently a child. Nothing means anything, and reality is being canceled. There is confusion, there is chaos, everything is upside down and inside out. When facts and truth are being discredited, how is it possible to know what to believe, especially when it comes from someone we expect to embody both ethics and etiquette?

Related: Ariel Leve: 'I was the parent and my mother was the child'

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The Guardian
Thursday June 21, 2018 @ 04:54:49 AM mt

'Washing is a privilege': life on the frontline of India's water crisis




By 2030 the nation will have access to half the water it needs. The city of Shimla has already run out

Wash your clothes, or flush the toilet? Until last month, Ranjana Sharma had never considered the question. Then she arrived home one night to find her sister filling buckets.

The hot season has occasionally caused brief water shortages in Shimla, the former summer capital of the British Raj. But for an unprecedented 15 days in May and June, most taps in the Indian Himalayan town ran completely dry.

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The Guardian
Thursday June 21, 2018 @ 04:54:48 AM mt

Revealed: Canada uses massive US anti-terrorist database at borders




Documents released to the Guardian show Tuscan contains more than 680,000 names provided to every border guard
Database is effectively a second Canadian no-fly list, run by the US

Canadian border guards have been screening travellers using a huge, secretive US anti-terrorism database that is almost never referred to publicly, new documents reveal.

The database, called Tuscan, is provided to every Canadian border guard and immigration officer, and empowers them to detain, interrogate, arrest and deny entry to anyone found on it.

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The Guardian
Thursday June 21, 2018 @ 04:54:47 AM mt

Is it justifiable to harass those who enforce Trump's immigration policy




While some argue naming and shaming is an effective route to change, doxxing remains a highly dubious practise

Until a few months ago, Stephen Miller was just an anonymous bureaucrat in the Trump administration. However, thanks to his role as a key architect of the zero tolerance border policy, everyone now knows the political advisers name. Whats more, a lot of people have his personal phone number.

On Wednesday, Splinter, a news site owned by Univision, published Millers cell phone number stating: The Trump administrations policy of separating immigrant children from their families has been credited primarily to the strenuous efforts of White House adviser Stephen Miller. Perhaps you would like to call him about it.

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The Guardian
Thursday June 21, 2018 @ 03:45:24 AM mt

BattleTech review initially ponderous then glorious




PC; Harebrained Schemes/Paradox Interactive
Look past the dull presentation for a deeply satisfying war game

BattleTech, a turn-based game of sci-fi warfare in the vein of the deft alien-invasion drama XCOM, can leave a poor first impression on players not well-versed in the plastic robots and cardboard counters of the revered 80s tabletop game. Unfortunately, that impression can endure for hours, but if you can pierce its dour and unhelpful exterior, BattleTech becomes a smart and gripping realisation of what happens when 80-tonne titans clash.

In BattleTech, an enemy mech (a bipedal giant tank piloted by a human) is not merely a mass of health points to be whittled away by your squads abundance of missiles, lasers and shells. Instead, it is a walking, massively armoured puzzle. Concentrate fire on a leg to temporarily topple it, on an arm to destroy its most lethal weapon, or on its head to neutralise its driver.

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The Guardian
Thursday June 21, 2018 @ 03:45:23 AM mt

Little Vera review nudity and sex behind the iron curtain




Made in the final years of the Soviet Union, the sensational tale of a sexually voracious teenager was the key perestroika movie

I see a big beautiful Soviet feeling being born here This is what a teenage poet called Lenka gleefully announces when she realises that her friend Vera is in love. She is the little Vera of the title, which can ambiguously mean a little hope or little hope. The feeling thats being born isnt particularly big or or even very Soviet. But it might be beautiful.

The 1988 film Little Vera to be revived in London was a commercial hit, helped by its startling amount of nudity and sex. It was a triumph for its director Vasili Pichul and screenwriter Mariya Khmelik, who was Pichuls wife, quickly renowned as the key perestroika movie, whose openness to westernised thrills of sex and rocknroll (no drugs, though) made it a key text of the times.

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