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In Stockholm the descent into winter has already begun. Coats and sweaters are out and the summer, which Swedes take seriously because it is so short, is a distant memory.As usual, they marked the end of August with the country’s famous crayfish parties, at which heaps of crustaceans are washed down with vodka and drunken singing; then the 20 per cent of Swedes who own a summerhouse shut them up and start to prepare for the long and dark months ahead.
An Israeli court handed a Jewish settler three life sentences Monday for murdering a Palestinian toddler and his parents in a "hate crime" arson attack on their West Bank home.Amiram Ben-Uliel, 25, was sentenced by the court in the town of Lod following his conviction in May for the 2015 killings.He was also found guilty of two counts each of attempted murder and arson, along with conspiracy to commit a hate crime.Ben-Uliel threw a firebomb through a window of the Dawabsha family home while they slept in the village of Duma on the occupied West Bank.Ahmed Dawabsha, who was four at the time, was severely burned in the attack which killed his 18-month-old brother Ali, his mother Riham and father Saed.The murders shone a spotlight on Jewish extremism and sparked accusations that Israel had not done enough to prevent such violence.The court said the murders were "carefully planned and driven by an extremist ideology and racism".Ben-Uliel wanted to kill the family "solely because they were Arabs living in Duma, deciding that their death would avenge that of Malachi Rosenfeld", the court said in a statement.Rosenfeld was an Israeli shot dead a month earlier by a Palestinian near the West Bank settlement of Shilo.Ben-Uliel will spend a minimum of 15 years behind bars with the sentence backdated to his arrest in 2015.The court also ordered him to pay nearly one million shekels ($290,000) in compensation.Ben-Uliel refused to testify at his trial and his lawyer sought to disqualify the confession and other prosecution evidence which he said Shin Bet security service interrogators had extracted by force.His legal team and wife Oriane Ben-Uliel said they would appeal the court's decision."The judges were not looking for justice but wanted to convict my husband at any cost, despite the evidence of his innocence which we presented in court," she said in a statement.In May 2019, another Israeli accepted a plea bargain over his role in the attack, confessing to a racially motivated conspiracy to commit a crime and vandalism.The youth had admitted to staking out Duma ahead of the attack with Ben-Uliel, but was said not to have participated in it.He has not been named, as he was 17 at the time of the killings and tried as a minor. The young man is to be sentenced Wednesday.(AFP)
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday a bill that would break international law by breaching parts of the Brexit divorce deal was needed because the European Union had not taken a "revolver off the table" in trade talks. Johnson accuses the EU of threatening to use the withdrawal treaty agreed in January to put up trade barriers between mainland Britain and Northern Ireland, and even to impose a food blockade, the latest brinkmanship of a four-year saga since Britain voted narrowly to leave the bloc. The EU says Johnson's plan would wreck trade talks and propel the United Kingdom towards a messy Brexit.
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The Duchess of Cambridge has unveiled a community photographic project that captured life during the coronavirus lockdown.The Hold Still digital exhibition, launched in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery, showcases 100 images taken during the nationwide shutdown.More than 31,000 entries were received and curated by the duchess and a panel of judges.As the exhibition went live on Monday, the Queen said: “It was with great pleasure that I had the opportunity to look through a number of the portraits that made the final 100 images for the Hold Still photography project.“The Duchess of Cambridge and I were inspired to see how the photographs have captured the resilience of the British people at such a challenging time, whether that is through celebrating frontline workers, recognising community spirit or showing the efforts of individuals supporting those in need.“The Duchess of Cambridge and I send our best wishes and congratulations to all those who submitted a portrait to the project.”The exhibition focuses on three themes – helpers and heroes, your new normal and acts of kindness – with the final 100 tackling subjects including family life in lockdown, the work of healthcare staff and the Black Lives Matter movement.The Hold Still initiative aimed to capture and document “the spirit, the mood, the hopes, the fears and the feelings of the nation” as the UK dealt with the coronavirus outbreak.A selection of the photographs will be shown in towns and cities across the UK later in the year.Coronavirus: what happened todayClick here to sign up to the latest news and information with our daily Catch-up newsletter
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The European Union can resolve the Brexit row with Britain over the Withdrawal Agreement to prevent the ‘nightmare” of no deal, Ireland’s foreign minister said on Monday. Simon Coveney blamed “hawks in No 10” for convincing Boris Johnson to table the Internal Market Bill, which disapplies treaty provisions on export declarations for goods travelling from Britain to Northern Ireland and subsidy law if there is a no trade deal exit at the end of the year. The European Commission has warned it breaks international law and jeopardises the trade negotiations with Brussels. “I believe we can solve some of the problems that I understand are there,” Mr Coveney said. The EU and the UK needed to focus on how to surmount the issues without renegotiating the treaty, he said. “That’s where the focus needs to be now so we can concentrate on the bigger prize which is the basic trade deal that avoids the nightmare scenario for Britain and Ireland, and to a lesser extent the rest of the EU, where by January 1 there is no deal in place.” “I think the British Prime Minister does want a deal, but he has a strange way of going about it," he added. No deal would mean WTO terms, which “essentially means significant tariffs and potentially quotas”, Mr Coveney said. Leo Varadkar, the deputy prime minister of Ireland, said the negotiating tactic had “backfired”. “Countries all around the world, the United States and other countries, are wondering if this is the kind of place we can do any deal with or any treaty with,” he said. First Minister Arlene Foster accused the EU of treating Northern Ireland as a "bargaining chip" in trade talks between the bloc and the UK Government. She said striking a free trade agreement would solve the issues with the Northern Irish protocol which was agreed last year. Brussels warned farmers, businesses and animal welfare campaigners on Friday that it may be forced to ban all British exports of live animals and animal products to the EU and Northern Ireland. British cheese, eggs, pork, poultry and lamb would be made illegal in the EU, which would have “catastrophic implications”, the National Farmers Union said, as the RSPCA warned animals could suffer needlessly in long queues at borders. The EU ban on an animal products trade worth more than £3 billion in 2019 would also apply to Northern Ireland, which, under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, stays subject to EU animal health rules to prevent a hard Irish border after the Brexit transition period. It would also jeopardise British horse racing by making the travel of racehorses to and from Ireland and France too difficult and force pet owners to send a blood sample to an EU approved lab three months before taking their cat, dog or ferret to the bloc. On Sunday, David Frost, the UK’s chief negotiator accused the EU of threatening UK food exports to Northern Ireland during the ongoing trade talks, which Michel Barnier has denied. European Commission officials, including a member of Mr Barnier’s team, told a meeting of trade associations and other stakeholders in Brussels on Friday that the ban was inevitable from January 1 unless the UK gives details of its future animal health and food safety regime. Unless the UK provides “full clarity” on the future rules and in particular its rules for imports, one EU official told the Telegraph, it would be impossible to add British animals and products to EU Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) lists for non-EU countries. "Unless they hear something by the end of October, it seems no animals will be listed - including pets - to enter the 'EU SPS area' which is the EU and Northern Ireland,” a source at the meeting said.
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The editor of a respected science magazine has strongly condemned the president, as it emerged he had intentionally played down the threat posed by the coronavirus. As the number of infections in the US passed 6.5m and the number of fatalities approached 200,000, excepts of a new book by Bob Woodward revealed the president privately was aware of the seriousness posed by the virus and the pandemic it had triggered. “This is deadly stuff,” the president told Mr Woodward in February, one of 18 he had with the veteran reporter and exposer of the Watergate scandal, for his new book, Rage.
A duet of the 90’s hit What’s Going On? by 4 Non Blondes between Cash the husky and owner Megan Vaughan at their home in Lansing, Kansas, is a pet pitch perfect nostalgia classic.Vaughan said, “Cash loves to help me practice my vocals- or maybe he’s telling me to shut up?”Vaughan and Cash have a YouTube channel where more of their animal antics can be seen. Credit: Megan Vaughan via Storyful