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Open Arms suggests Italy take rescue ship migrants to Spain (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
The commanders of a rescue ship with 98 migrants aboard declined to leave Italian waters on Monday, turning down an option to take them to Spain and suggesting that Italy's Coast Guard should take them there instead.
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Turkey says air strike hit Syria convoy, killed three (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
Turkey said a Syrian government air strike on a Turkish military convoy in northwest Syria killed three civilians and wounded 12 on Monday as Syrian troops advanced against rebels inside a key town.
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In retrial, El Salvador acquits woman accused of killing her stillborn child (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
A Salvadoran court on Monday acquitted a woman accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby in a case that drew international attention to the socially conservative nation's strict abortion ban.
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The Guardian

EU unconvinced by Johnson's fresh bid to remove Brexit backstop (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
PM says new commitments to stop hard Irish border should be considered by the bloc Boris Johnson has written to the EU suggesting the backstop could be replaced by some form of commitment to prevent a hard Irish border in his first major move to explain the UK government’s new position to Brussels. Ahead of talks with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, Johnson released a four-page letter setting out his position that the backstop is “anti-democratic and inconsistent with the sovereignty of the UK”, because it could keep the UK indefinitely in a customs union with no means of exit. Continue reading...
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Man, 20, charged with the murder of PC Andrew Harper (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
Jed Foster charged with murder and theft after death of police officer in Berkshire on Thursday A man has been charged with the murder of the newlywed police officer Andrew Harper, who was killed on Thursday night while investigating a burglary, the Crown Prosecution Service said. Jed Foster, 20, from Reading, is due to appear at Reading magistrates court on Tuesday. Continue reading...
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NUJ highlights growing number of far-right attacks on journalists (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
Union says police need to do more to counter ‘surge in violent extremism against journalists and media workers’ Jamie Grierson: has the far right become mainstream in the UK? Journalists and camera crews are coming under attack on “an increased basis” from far-right activists, and police need to take a strategic approach to dealing with the growing problem, according to the head of the National Union of Journalists. The union’s general secretary, Michelle Stanistreet, called on law enforcement agencies to do more to tackle what she described as a “coordinated surge in violent extremism against journalists and media workers” as British politics has become more polarised since the EU referendum. Continue reading...
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