Colombia: Indigenous protesters topple conquistador’s statue

Related Topics George Floyd death image copyrightEPA image captionThe equestrian figure of the conquistador was beheaded by crowds Indigenous protesters in Colombia have toppled a statue of Spanish conquistador Sebastián de Belalcázar in the south-western city of Popayán. Police looked on as members of the Misak community used ropes to …

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Why forest fires in Siberia, Russia threaten us all

Wildfires in Siberia have been releasing record amounts of greenhouse gases, scientists say, contributing to global warming. The fires, fuelled by abnormally high temperatures, have been burning as far north as the Arctic Circle. BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg travelled to the remote Yakutia region, in northeastern Russia, to gauge …

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Heat ray ‘was sought’ against protest in Washington’s Lafayette Square

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Active Denial System (ADS) uses a microwave beam to make targets feel like their skin is burning Officers requested a “heat ray” weapon for possible use against protesters in a park next to the White House in June, a National Guard major has …

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Edward Colston statue: Cases sent to Crown Prosecution Service

image copyrightPA Media image captionThe statue of Edward Colston was pushed into the harbour after being toppled by protesters The cases of four people suspected of criminal damage over the toppling of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston have been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The CPS …

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Lord Keen: Scottish Tory leader says new advocate general will be found

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Lord Keen quit on Wednesday after five years as advocate general for Scotland The leader of the Scottish Conservatives has insisted that the UK government will be able to find a new senior law officer for Scotland. Lord Keen quit as advocate general on …

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EU reaction to Boris Johnson ‘good faith’ trade talks comments

The EU Commission has declined to comment directly on Boris Johnson’s claim Brussels was not acting in “good faith” in talks with the UK over a possible trade deal. But chief spokesman Eric Mamer said the commission had a “rather splendid track record” for carrying out “negotiations in good faith”. …

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John Lewis scraps bonus for first time since 1953

Image copyright Getty Images John Lewis has confirmed that staff will not receive a bonus for the first time since 1953 after it was hit by lockdown store closures. The retailer – which also owns Waitrose – posted a huge £635m pre-tax loss for the six months to 25 July …

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Coronavirus: Swansea’s Olchfa school sends home 455 pupils

Image caption Hundreds of pupils have been sent home from Olchfa Comprehensive School Hundreds of children at one of Wales’ biggest schools have been sent home to self-isolate after a pupil tested positive for coronavirus. Olchfa Comprehensive School has sent letters to parents of those affected advising them of what …

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Rail replacement services ‘humiliating’ disabled people

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Figures show there were more accessible buses used than coaches in rail replacement services Disabled rail passengers say they are left “humiliated” by inaccessible replacement bus and coach services. Providers have until the end of the year to put on vehicles which anyone can …

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Covid symptoms: Is it a cold, flu or coronavirus?

Image copyright Getty Images Colds, flu and Covid-19 are caused by different viruses, but can have similar symptoms. It can be hard to judge which one you may have. Most people who feel ill with coronavirus will have at least one of the key symptoms: a high temperature a new, …

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