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  • Russia-Ukraine war live: world ‘dangerously close to a nuclear accident’ amid Zaporizhzhia attacks
    by Yohannes Lowe on April 16, 2024 at 8:04 am

    Head of IAEA issues warning as Ukraine and Russia trade accusations over Europe’s biggest nuclear plant

    As we reported in our opening summary, Ukraine’s UN ambassador, Sergiy Kyslytsya, has accused Russia of a “a well-planned false-flag operation” endangering the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP).

    The power plant reportedly suffered at least three direct strikes on 7 April and another drone attack at the plant’s nearby training centre on 9 April, prompting the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to warn of a “major escalation” in nuclear danger.

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  • Europe live: fire breaks out at Copenhagen’s old stock exchange
    by Lili Bayer on April 16, 2024 at 8:00 am

    Dramatic images capture blaze at historic bourse

    400 years of Danish cultural heritage in flames, wrote the country’s culture minister, Jakob Engel-Schmidt, adding that it is touching to see employees, emergency services, and passers-by working together to save art treasures and iconic images form the burning building.

    Berlingske has published footage of the fire

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  • Trump’s historic criminal trial enters second day as jury selection continues
    by Victoria Bekiempis in New York on April 16, 2024 at 8:00 am

    Trump charged with 34 felony counts over alleged payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal

    Donald Trump’s Manhattan hush-money trial enters its second day on Tuesday morning with continued jury selection. The commencement of Trump’s trial on Monday marked a momentous day in US history: when jury selection began, he became the first current or former American president to face a criminal trial.

    The Manhattan district attorney, Alvin Bragg, brought the case against Trump, which involves purported payments aimed at keeping secret his alleged affairs with the adult film star Stormy Daniels and the Playboy model Karen McDougal. Prosecutors said Trump schemed to keep these alleged liaisons under wraps, so he would not suffer in the 2016 presidential election.

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  • ‘We do not call ourselves Tutsi or Hutu’: the new Rwandans, three decades after the genocide – in pictures
    by Guardian Staff on April 16, 2024 at 8:00 am

    Between 800,000 and 1 million Rwandans were​ massacred in 100 days between April and​ June 1994.​ The ethnic genocide by Hutu militias ended with the seizure of power by the​ Tutsi troops of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, led by Paul Kagame, who has now been president for 24 years.

    In Kigali last year, French photographer Julien Daniel collected testimonies of some of the city’s young people born since the genocide and who have grown up knowing only one leader

    • Photographs by Julien Daniel/MYOP

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  • Too often, women are denied justice for sexual assault. The Lehrmann judgment marks progress | Jennifer Robinson
    by Jennifer Robinson on April 16, 2024 at 7:58 am

    Defamation is often used to silence women and the media speaking out on gender-based violence. Hopefully this decision deters such cases

    In the much-anticipated cause celebre defamation case, Justice Michael Lee found that Bruce Lehrmann did rape Brittany Higgins. Finally, vindication for Higgins – and for Lisa Wilkinson and Ten, as they won the Lehrmann case on the defence of truth.

    “The federal court has found that I published a true story about a rape at a federal minister’s office at Parliament House in March 2019. I sincerely hope that this judgment gives strength to women around the country,” Wilkinson said on the steps of the court.

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  • UK unemployment rate jumps to 4.2% as labour market cools; China’s growth beats forecasts – business live
    by Graeme Wearden on April 16, 2024 at 7:54 am

    Rolling coverage of the latest economic and financial news, including the latest Chinese GDP report and UK unemployment data

    The Resolution Foundation have dug into today’s UK jobs data, and found that economic inactivity has risen to its highest level since 2015 among working age people.

    Resolution explain:

    This rise is broad based – the inactivity rate is up (and the employment rate down) for all age groups except those aged 35-49, and in all English regions outside London and the South East.

    The number of people inactive because of ill health has hit a new record high of 2.8 million, while there has been a worrying increase in the number of people who don’t want a job – the number of inactive who want a job is at its lowest since Mar-May 2022.

    “NHS waiting lists are near record levels. But instead of taking responsibility, the Tories are attacking people who are too sick to work. The nasty party is back!

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  • Middle East crisis live: Senior figures in Iran warn of stronger response if Israel retaliates
    by Martin Belam on April 16, 2024 at 7:53 am

    Iran’s military spokesperson tells western allies to stop supporting Israel and warns of response to any further aggression

    A senior spokesperson for Iran’s military has warned the US, UK, France and Germany to stop supporting Israel, and said that there will be an even stronger response from Iran if Israel retaliates to the strikes at the weekend.

    The official state news agency IRNA reports that Brig Gen Abolfazl Shekarchi said:

    We remind the heads of state of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany to stop supporting the declining child-killing terrorist regime of Israel. The Islamic Republic of Iran has proven that it is not a warmonger and does not seek to spread the war. The response will be stronger if the regime carries out more severe aggressive act.

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  • ‘It feels like the end’: Kelly Slater bows out after missing World Surf Tour cut
    by Mike Hytner on April 16, 2024 at 7:38 am

    • US surfer defeated by Griffin Colapinto at Margaret River Pro
    • Slater indicates he may apply for one-off wildcard for Fiji event

    Kelly Slater’s long and decorated career appears to finally be over after the 52-year-old – widely acknowledged as the greatest professional surfer of all time – missed the World Surf League’s mid-season cut at Margaret River.

    Defeat to fellow American Griffin Colapinto in the round of 32 in Western Australia could prove to be Slater’s final act on the tour, bringing to an end a career spanning more than three decades at the very top.

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