‘This is where my everything is’: US citizen suddenly faces deportation

Apparent targeting of family whose relative was convicted of terror attack prompts accusations of collective punishment A New Yorker who gained US citizenship as a child is suddenly facing deportation, along with several green card-holding members of his family, after apparent targeting by the immigration status after another relative was arrested following a terrorist incident in the city. The governments actions have alarmed advocates and led to them accusing officials of meting out unfair collective punishment. Ahsan Ullah, 32, an electrician from Brooklyn, was placed in immigration detention in Kearny, New Jersey, on 22 October. He spent about four weeks separated from his American wife and three children before being released on bond last Tuesday pending the outcome of his …

Protesters burn down Iranian consulate in southern Iraq

Six demonstrators killed by security forces as violence grips the country Anti-government protesters have burned down the Iranian consulate in southern Iraq, while six protesters were killed by security forces who fired live rounds amid ongoing violence in the country. Protesters torched the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Najaf late on Wednesday. One protester was killed and at least 35 people were wounded when police fired live ammunition to prevent them from entering the building, a police official said. The demonstrators removed the Iranian flag from the building and replaced it with an Iraqi one. Iranian staff were not harmed and escaped the building from the back door and authorities imposed a curfew in Najaf. The incident marked …

Tom Cruise almost had arm broken over Diet Coke confusion in pub in 1991, Irish MP claims

Actor attacked with stick by local drinker while filming Far and Away in Co Kerry, politician tells TV show The actor Tom Cruise almost had his arm broken by an irate drinker in an Irish pub who accused him of trying to steal the barmans cigarettes, a Kerry politician has revealed. Michael Healy-Rae, an Irish independent politician who has been a Dil member for the Kerry constituency since 2016, spoke about the incident on The Pat Kenny Show on Tuesday. Healy-Raes family have Ron Howard drama Far and Away with his wife, Nicole Kidman. The pair entered the pub one afternoon, Healy-Rae reported, wearing jeans and sunglasses and going unrecognised. There was a man sitting down the end of the …

How an isolated group of Mormons got caught up in Mexico’s cartel wars

The deaths of nine women and children has thrust into focus a small religious community and their long history in a remote corner of northern Mexico Amid the scrubby foothills of Sonoras Sierra Madre mountains, they farmed pomegranates and pistachios, raised large families and preached a fundamentalist Mormon faith. For years, the small community of La Mora also maintained an uneasy peace with the mafia gangs who dominate this part of northern Mexico: identifying themselves at cartel checkpoints and avoiding the regions lonely dirt roads after dark. Map Weve all been stopped on the road cartel groups just wanting to know who we are, said Kenneth Miller Jr, a resident of the little town. Weve never had to worry about …

Donald Trump booed and greeted with ‘lock him up’ chants at World Series

The President was greeted with boos by the crowd at Nationals Park when he attended Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday night Game 5 of the World Series between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros at Nationals Park, a short journey from the White House. When Trump was shown on the video screens in the stadium he was loudly booed by fans. That, perhaps, was predictable: Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon and both Bushes were all booed while attending baseball games as President. What came shortly afterwards was a little more personal in a city that is heavily Democratic as cries of Lock him up! rang out, a reference to the chants about Hillary Clinton used at …

French government resists calls for school trip headscarf ban

Far-right politician sparks outrage by telling Muslim woman to remove hers on trip to parliament The French government has insisted it will not seek to ban Muslim women who wear headscarves from French secularism and whether politicians can decide how Muslim mothers should dress when volunteering to take part in school activities. There is no law banning mothers in headscarves from accompanying school trips; indeed, Frances state council ruled in 2013 that mothers were free to wear whatever they wanted on outings. However, there is growing pressure from the right in France for a ban on Julien Odoul from Marine Le Pens far-right National Rally party. A fierce row had broken out in the chamber when the regional parliament speaker, …

Hong Kong protesters defy ban on masks as they clash with police

Petrol bomb thrown at metro station and government offices vandalised as unrest continues Thousands of protesters are continuing to defy a ban on wearing masks in Hong Kong as clashes have again taken place between demonstrators and authorities. A petrol bomb was thrown at the gate of a metro station, and two government offices and a cafe were vandalised, although the mood on Saturday was less tense than at recent protests because police had not used teargas. Late on Saturday, however, the mood changed when police fired a shot outside the Mong Kok police station. The shot, possibly a rubber bullet or sponge round, was fired after a small group of protesters shouted obscenities and shone laser at police officers, …

Jair Bolsonaro pictured with second accused in Marielle Franco murder case

Photos of Brazils president with a suspect in the killing of a Rio councillor have emerged seven months after a similar incident Brazilian opposition figures and human rights observers are seething after a photo emerged of the countrys far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, grinning and giving the thumbs up alongside a man arrested in connection with the lsecond time the president has been photographed alongside a suspect in Brazils most high-profile political murder in a decade. In March, a photo of Bolsonaro with lcio Vieira de Queiroz, a former policeman accused of driving the car used in Francos killing, circulated on social media. Queirozs arrest appeared to support suspicion that Franco had been targeted by the s of Rio and are …

South Korea: woman reportedly kills herself after being secretly filmed by doctor

Family said she was suffering nightmares and trauma after the incident as nations spy cam epidemic continues A woman in South Korea has reportedly killed herself after discovering she had been secretly filmed in a hospital change room, amid growing public alarm at the voyeurism epidemic gripping the country. The woman, referred to in two men were arrested for secretly filming 1,600 people in 30 hotels across 10 cities in South Korea. The films were uploaded to a subscription website. Na-Young Lee, a professor of sociology at Chung-Ang University in Seoul, saidSouth Korean women were increasingly alarmed by the molka epidemic. There are cameras everywhere from toilets to motels, houses where you are living alone, to school, and these pictures …

French PM pledges security review after police HQ attack by staff member

Government accused of serious failings as it emerges assailant had links to radical Islam The French prime minister, douard Philippe, has promised a security review of staff working in counter-terrorism intelligence units after the state prosecutor said the police administrator who killed four people in an attack at a Paris headquarters adhered to a radical vision of Islam. Opposition politicians this weekend criticised the government for what they called serious failings, asking how a long-standing staff member working within a high-security police department was able to carry out exchanged more than 30 religious text messages with his wife before leaving work to buy the knives, displaying no nervousness. Politicians on the left and right warned of security failings inside the …

Change will come to China, but not through following western ways | Hans van de Ven

As it celebrates its first 70 years, the Peoples Republic might benefit from re-examining its past On Tuesday, 15,000 perfectly groomed military personnel, each between 5ft 9in and 6ft 1in tall, will march down Changan Avenue in Beijing. Some 170 aeroplanes and 580 ballistic missiles, drones, tanks, machine guns and other military kit will showcase the might of the Peoples Republic of China. The parade marks the 70th anniversary of the day that Mao Zedong announced the founding of the Peoples Republic from atop the Tiananmen Gate. It will inspire a sense of pride among Chinese citizens and worries among their neighbours, especially Taiwan. However, to measure the state of China now, it is worth bearing in mind another anniversary …

At least 20 killed and 70 injured in day of violence in West Papua

Deaths occurred in two separate incidents in the restive Indonesian province, with activists claiming police opened fire on students Graphic photos of the bloodied victims of what appear to be gunshot wounds have emerged amid ongoing unrest sparked by an incident in Surabaya when police and military-aligned militia allegedly taunted West Papuan students with racist slurs. The surge in anger over racism, which West Papuans say they have long endured, has culminated in renewed and widespread calls for independence from Indonesia. With AP.

Woman behind ‘French #MeToo’ found guilty of defaming media executive

Sandra Muller calls verdict in favour of Eric Brion backwards step and vows to appeal A woman who launched a French version of the #MeToo campaign to expose abusive male behaviour has been found guilty of defaming a media executive she accused of making lewd and sexist remarks. #balancetonporc (expose your pig), which called on French women to name and shame men in an echo of the #MeToo movement that began in response to allegations that toppled the film producer column in Le Monde in 2017, Brion admitted making inappropriate remarks to Muller at a cocktail party. He wrote: Effectively I did make misplaced comments to Sandra Muller during a drunken cocktail party very late one night, but only once. …

The myth of the free speech crisis

The long read: How overblown fears of censorship have normalised hate speech and silenced minorities When I started writing a column in the Guardian, I would engage with the commenters who made valid points and urge those whose response was getting lost in rage to re-read the piece and return. Comments were open for 72 hours. Coming up for air at the end of a thread felt like mooring a ship after a few days on choppy waters, like an achievement, something that I and the readers had gone through together. We had discussed sensitive, complicated ideas about politics, race, gender and sexuality and, at the end, via a rolling conversation, we had got somewhere. In the decade since, the …

Hong Kong: Revolution is war, and no war is without bloodshed

Anger is rising as the state crackdown intensifies, and protesters say they are prepared for confrontation and sacrifice Ryan Lee, a 27-year-old computer engineer, only started taking part in Hong Kongs demonstrations in June. Since then, it has been a steep learning curve. He has tackled a police officer to the ground to rescue another protester, tossed teargas canisters back at the police and covered the gas grenades with the metal dishes commonly used in Hong Kong for steaming fish. Within weeks, Lee has transformed into a militant fighter one of the black-clad protesters in full protective gear who have faced off week after week with police behind makeshift barricades. Saturday was no exception when police in riot gear stormed …

Germans kept up at night by noisy igelsex (thats hedgehog coupling)

Police called out to reports of nocturnal disturbances find hedgehogs having fun German emergency services called out to attend to nighttime disturbances are increasingly finding themselves confronted with copulating hedgehogs. People are calling 110 (the German equivalent of 999) to complain about noises they typically put down to neighbours having unacceptably loud sex or to injured animals crying out for help. The spread of the hashtag #igelsex (hedgehog sex) on social media reveals the disturbances sometimes have a less predictable source. Recently police in Augsburg were called to a primary school one night after suspicious noises were heard in the playground and a security light was activated. Only after the caretaker had been dragged out of bed and several police …