After dissident vanishes in Canada, Saudi exiles fear they are now in jeopardy

Ahmed Abdullah al-Harbi resurfaced weeks later in Saudi Arabia after telling other activists he’d revealed their names to Saudi authorities….

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Pakistan experts: Religiosity fostering rise in militancy

Militant attacks are on the rise in Pakistan amid a growing religiosity that has brought greater intolerance, prompting one expert to voice concern the country could be overwhelmed by religious extremism…

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Gavin Williamson using ‘misleading’ research to justify campus free-speech law

Cardiff University calls on education secretary to correct the record over claim Germaine Greer was banned The education secretary is using “completely misleading” and “dubious” research to justify introducing new legislation on free speech in universities, according to the head of Cardiff University.Gavin Williamson sparked anger in universities when he unveiled plans on 16 February to counter what he called “unacceptable silencing and censoring” on campuses. He plans legislation to allow speakers who are “no-platformed” to sue universities for compensation if they feel their rights have been infringed. Continue reading… …

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Bumrah released from Indian Test squad due to personal reasons

Ahmedabad Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was on Saturday released from India’s squad for the fourth Test against England, beginning here on Thursday, due …

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Jewell Loyd Is in the Gym, Building Her Game and a Community

A trying year, on and off the court, helped Loyd finally embrace herself as an elite Black female athlete. …

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Inside Russia’s mass arrests: Claims of beatings, threats and ‘war’ against rights monitors

More than 11,000 people were arrested during protests for jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Their stories are starting to emerge….

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Experts notice pandemic’s mental health toll on German youth

Psychiatrists, psychologists and pediatricians in Germany have voiced growing alarm that school closings and social distancing are magnifying the fear, disruption and stress of the coronavirus pandemic for the country’s 13.7 million children and teenagers…

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Npower withdraws mobile app after hackers steal personal details

Company contacts affected gas and electricity customers, telling them to change passwordsNpower has permanently withdrawn its mobile app after hackers used it to access its customers’ personal details, including the sort codes and the last four digits of their bank accounts.The hack, which cybersecurity experts said left the firm’s customers “wide open to fraud”, is understood to have taken place around the start of February. Continue reading… …

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Tracing Team India’s ‘Axar’ factor

There’s a story narrated by Vijay Patel, who was Gujarat’s senior team coach for 14 years from 2004 to 2018, that shows why left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel may be difficult to drop even when Ravindra Jadeja returns to the fold. Axar was India’s hero in the third Test in Ahmedabad with incredible match figures of 11/70. Pant and Rahane have nicknamed Azar ‘Wasim Bhai’….

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Motera pitch bad advertisement for Test cricket: Dilip Vengsarkar

Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar has joined voices of those who have criticized the wicket for the third Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, terming it as “poor advertisement for Test cricket.” Thriving on left-arm spinner Axar Patel and experienced offie Ravichandran Ashwin’s skills, India thrashed England by ten wickets in less than two days….

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Covid job losses show structural racism of UK labour market, says TUC

Study reveals unemployment among BAME people is double the rate for white peopleCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has held up a “mirror to the structural racism” in the UK’s labour market, the TUC has said, as a study reveals that jobless rates among black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups are now double the rate for white people.There are 1.74 million people out of work across the UK, the highest level in five years, and business shutdowns are disproportionately affecting women and ethnic minorities. Continue reading… …

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More India is allowed to get away, more toothless ICC will look, says Vaughan

Vaughan called India’s win “a shallow victory” but admitted that the home team is much better equipped to deal with the conditions. …

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N.B.A. Investigating After Jeremy Lin Said He Was Called ‘Coronavirus’

Lin, who is Taiwanese-American, said on social media that he had been called “coronavirus” on the court. He has been playing in the N.B.A.’s developmental league. …

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Rangers’ Don Wakamatsu Sanitizes Stadium Using Drones

Don Wakamatsu’s day job is bench coach of the Rangers, but his background in farming led to an interesting solution for how to sanitize a stadium. …

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Cattle stranded on ship in Spain must be destroyed, say vets

Spanish officials recommend 864 cows that have been at sea for two months are no longer fit for transportMore than 850 cows that have spent months aboard a ship wandering across the Mediterranean are no longer fit for transport anymore and should be killed, according to a confidential report by Spanish government veterinarians.The cows have been kept in what an animal rights activist called “hellish” conditions on the Karim Allah, which docked in the south-eastern Spanish port of Cartagena on Thursday after struggling for two months to find a buyer for the cattle. Continue reading… …

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Geddert and Nassar Abused Gymnasts for Decades

Coach John Geddert drove young gymnasts to the point of injury, then sent them to Lawrence G. Nassar, the doctor who abused them sexually. Geddert killed himself on Thursday in the face of criminal charges. …

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Prison director and gang leader among 25 killed in Haitian jailbreak

Notorious gangster Arnel Joseph shot dead at police checkpoint after more than 400 inmates escape in country’s biggest breakout for 10 yearsMore than 400 inmates have escaped and 25 people have died in a prison breakout in Haiti, authorities say, making it the country’s largest and deadliest one in a decade. A prison director and a powerful gang leader were among those killed.The breakout at Croix-des-Bouquets prison on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince on Thursday was believed to be an attempt to free gang leader Arnel Joseph, who had been Haiti’s most wanted fugitive until his 2019 arrest on charges including rape, kidnapping and murder. Continue reading… …

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Haiti prison escape: Hundreds of inmates flee from Croix-des-Bouquets jail

The prison’s director is among 25 people killed in the mass escape near the capital, Port-au-Prince. …

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‘Guernica’ Tapestry Is Taken Back From U.N. by a Rockefeller

The replica of Picasso’s famed painting depicting the horrors of war had hung outside the Security Council chamber since 1985, on loan from the Rockefeller family. …

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The Dissident: Jamal Khashoggi documentary points finger at Saudi Arabia’s crown prince

The Dissident explores what happened to the Saudi journalist and who might have ordered his murder. …

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Mourning the sisters killed as they taught handicrafts

Ayesha and Irshad were breadwinners in a former Pakistani tribal area where militancy is rising again. …

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John Geddert Charges: What Is Human Trafficking?

Experts say the filing of human trafficking charges against John Geddert, who died on Thursday, could have major ramifications for future prosecutions of coaches in the high-pressure world of elite sports. …

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Mayday: How the White Helmets and James Le Mesurier got pulled into a deadly battle for truth

James Le Mesurier fell to his death in Istanbul in 2019 with a sense that Syrian and Russian disinformation had destroyed his reputation. …

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Monsters, mania and the unstoppable march of Pokémon

Several waves of Pokémania have swept the globe, keeping this lucrative franchise relevant for 25 years. …

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