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Macron says Australian PM lied to him over subs spat



France’s President Emmanuel Macron gestures as he addresses media at a press conference in Rome on October 31, 2021, during the G20 Summit

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said Australia’s prime minister outright lied to him over a cancelled submarine deal, deepening an already fraught diplomatic crisis.

Morrison on Sunday defended his behaviour, refuting Macron’s view and denying that he lied to the French leader at a private meeting in June.

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Surfers or seals all the same prey to near-blind sharks



White, tiger and bull sharks are the usual suspects for the majority of attacks on humans

Sharks suffer such poor vision that they are unable to distinguish people surfing or swimming from animal prey like seals and walruses, according to a study published Wednesday. 

But a new study published by the Royal Society’s Interface review found that the sharks barely pick up colour and have a very poor ability to distinguish shapes.

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France footballer Hernandez avoids jail as Madrid court accepts appeal



Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez will not go to a Spanish jail for violating a restraining order in 2017 after a Madrid court on Wednesday accepted an appeal by the French player. 

The court said Wednesday it had accepted Hernandez’s appeal based on his current family situation and the low probability that he would commit a crime again.

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DNA confirms man is Sitting Bull’s great-grandson



Ernie LaPointe, pictured, believes that Sitting Bull’sones currently lie at a site in Mobridge, South Dakota, in a place that has no significant connection to Sitting Bull and the culture he represented

A man’s claim to be the great-grandson of Sitting Bull has been confirmed using DNA taken from the Native American leader’s scalp lock — billed as the first time genetic evidence has corroborated a family relationship between a historic figure and a living descendant.

The same methods can now be deployed for investigating other historical figures, from outlaw Jesse James to the Russian tsar’s family, if old DNA is available.

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Criminal charges against Alec Baldwin not ruled out: DA



US actor Alec Baldwin has said he is cooperating with police after he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins in an on-set tragedy

Criminal charges against actor Alec Baldwin, who shot dead a cinematographer and wounded the director on the set of his latest movie, have not been ruled out, the local district attorney said Wednesday.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot in the torso.

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Thailand prepares to welcome back tourists after devastating shutdown



Bangkok’s hotels, street food carts and tuk-tuks are preparing to welcome back tourists as Thailand gears up to re-open on November 1 to fully vaccinated visitors.

Hotels, street food carts and tuk-tuks are gearing up for the return of tourists to Bangkok as Thailand prepares to re-open on November 1 to fully vaccinated visitors after 18 months of Covid travel curbs.

From November 1, fully vaccinated visitors travelling from more than 40 “low-risk” countries will be allowed to enter with a negative Covid result, retesting again upon arrival.

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Israel gives final OK to 1,800 West Bank settler homes



Map of the West Bank locating Israeli settlements in which the Israeli government has announced the construction of new homes.

Israel on Wednesday advanced plans for building more than 3,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a move condemned by the Palestinians that came a day after the US forcefully criticised such construction.

While moving forward the plans for Israeli settler homes, the Civil Administration is also scheduled on Sunday to advance plans for the construction of 1,301 residences for Palestinians in Israeli-controlled parts of the West Bank.

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Cambridge college hands back looted African sculpture



The elaborately carved cockerel was taken from the kingdom of Benin — now part of Nigeria — in 1897

A Cambridge University college will hand over to Nigeria an African bronze looted over a century ago, in the first return of its kind by a British institution.

The elaborately carved cockerel, known as “Okukor”, was one of thousands of African artefacts taken from the continent during the colonial period. 

“We’re excited, very happy to see that this artefact, which has been away from Nigeria for decades, is in good shape,” said Abba Isa Tijani, the head of the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments.

The bronze was taken from the kingdom of Benin — now part of Nigeria — in 1897 when Britain had a foothold on the continent.

“It’s absolutely right. This belongs to the people of Nigeria,” she said. 

Several other Western institutions have said they too plan to hand looted African treasures back. 

Many are facing mounting pressure to give back colonial-era treasures, a movement given momentum in part thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Tijani was set to travel to Scotland to receive another Benin bronze from the University of Aberdeen.

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US says Assange will not face supermax jail in renewed extradition bid



Assange’s partner Stella Moris joined protesters demanding his immediate release from a high-security jail in London

The United States sought to assure a British court Wednesday that Julian Assange would not be held at a federal supermax prison, as it appealed a decision to block his extradition on the grounds he is a serious suicide threat. 

The WikiLeaks founder faces espionage charges and up to 175 years in jail if he is sent to the United States and convicted.  

The initial judgment was partly based on concerns Assange was likely to be held in isolation in the US’s only federal so-called supermax prison, the ADX Florence jail in Colorado. 

He also said Assange “will receive any such clinical and psychological treatment as is recommended” and that he will eventually be eligible to apply for a prisoner transfer to his native Australia.

However, Assange’s team responded in legal filings that the assurances did not rule out altogether the chance of him being detained at the facility, at a “comparable” federal prison or a state-level supermax jail.

– ‘End this nightmare’ –

“I’m very concerned for Julian’s health,” Moris told reporters, after visiting Assange in the prison on Saturday. 

One demonstrator dressed in black and a funereal veil held a banner reading “RIP British Justice”. Another, 20-year-old Ruby Allen, said Assange was an innocent defender of “press freedom”. 

– Wrangling ahead –

He has been indicted for violating the US espionage act and for hacking, based on the alleged aid he gave former military intelligence officer Chelsea Manning in obtaining the documents from secure computer systems.

The US government has said the judge who made the ruling in January, Vanessa Baraitser, “didn’t appreciate the weight” of expert evidence that said Assange was not at risk of suicide.

But the US government’s lawyers have argued Baraitser was “misled” in evidence from Assange’s psychiatric expert Michael Kopelman, who they claim concealed things such as that his client had fathered children with Moris while holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Whatever the High Court decides, further lengthy legal wrangling looms.

Whoever loses can also ask for permission for a further, final appeal to the UK’s Supreme Court.

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Beijing Games organisers say virus ‘biggest challenge’, 100 days from start



Protecting the Beijing Winter Olympics from the coronavirus is the “biggest challenge”, organisers said Wednesday, as millions of people in China were under stay-at-home orders to contain small outbreaks 100 days before the Games.

“The pandemic is the biggest challenge to the organisation of the Winter Olympics,” Zhang Jiandong, executive vice president of the Beijing Organising Committee, told a press conference.

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