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The Philippine police and military on Wednesday denied any links to Facebook accounts that were taken down by the social media giant after it said they had engaged in "coordinated inauthentic behaviour" interfering in Asian and American politics. Facebook said on Tuesday it had dismantled a network of fake accounts that originated from China and the Philippines, including some that posted content supportive of President Rodrigo Duterte and his daughter's "potential" presidential run in 2022. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) said in separate statements that their official Facebook pages remain active, and that they were committed to the "truth" and "cyber etiquette".
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France is rebuffing Britain’s offer of a hi-tech surveillance drone to help stop Channel migrants leaving its beaches despite the craft’s success in smashing a people smuggling gang. Dan O'Mahoney, the Home Office’s new migrants commander, met with French ambassador Catherine Colonna yesterday to urge her Government to step up its surveillance effort by using the UK’s Tekever AR5 drone which can stay in the air for 20 hours. The Home Office believes preventing the migrants leaving the coast is critical and follows British criticism of France’s refusal to turn back migrants at sea and instead shepherd them into British waters. Yesterday (Tues) saw at least 300 more migrants in 27 boats cross the Channel, the second biggest one-day total on record. The current record for small boat arrivals is 416, set on September 2. “We can see these boats coming across every day. Maybe they should get into a position of accepting extra help. Although they have not refused, they have still not accepted,” said a source. The Tekever AR5 fixed wing drone can cruise at 60 mph at heights of hundreds of metres with cameras and radar, and is understood to have played a key role in helping track and arrest a Channel migrant trafficking gang. It has been deployed by the coastguard alongside the Ministry of Defence’s Watchkeeper drone, which can reach 16,000 feet with a range of 100 miles and was used by the Army in Afghanistan. During yesterday’s meeting Mr O’Mahoney and Ms Colonna discussed French and UK co-operation including a further operational plan which is nearing agreement. Mr O’Mahoney reiterated the urgency to deploy new, sophisticated technology, surveillance and aerial support to stop the boats leaving French shores in the first place. Yesterday the Home Office deported six Channel migrants on a flight to Germany and six foreign offenders to Lithuania after two previous attempts to return failed Channel asylum seekers were thwarted by human rights lawyers. More than 6,400 people have crossed the Channel in this way in 2020, more than three times as many as last year.
Millions of motorists were today warned not to stop at petrol or motorway service stations unless “you really need to” amid rising levels of coronavirus.The Government this morning issued fresh travel guidance.
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Some 25,495 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 25,009 the day before.
Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay’s Chris Martin famously “consciously uncoupled” in a high profile 2014 divorce, but she’s since said in a new interview that her relationship with the singer is “better than our marriage was.”Paltrow and Martin co-parent their children Apple and Moses together and appear to have a solid friendship, with the pair seen last year going on a double date skiing holiday with their partners Brad Falchuk and Dakota Johnson. Paltrow also appears to be friends with Johnson.
Five years after Europe's migrant crisis, Brussels unveiled on Wednesday a plan for sharing the responsibility for asylum seekers among members under a "compulsory solidarity mechanism", in an effort to rally skeptical states such as Austria.The New Pact on Migration and Asylum proposes that EU member states who do not want to volunteer to house more migrants can instead take charge of sending those whose asylum requests are rejected back to their homelands. That in an effort to also reduce pressure on Italy and Greece, where most arrivals land.Johansson wants the 27 member states to commit to sharing the burden of handling asylum claims from migrants arriving on the bloc's shores. "It's obvious to everybody that ad hoc solidarity or voluntary solidarity is not enough. That has been proven for many years now," she said. "It has to be mandatory.""Europe has to move away from ad hoc solutions”, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. "We want to live up to our values. And at the same time face the challenges of a globalised world," she said, warning that old system "no longer works".The proposal disappointed migrants' rights activists and refugee agencies, who had hoped for compulsory quotas for refugee settlement and an end to a "Fortress Europe" ringed by squalid refugee camps. "It's a compromise between xenophobia and cowardice," tweeted François Gemenne, a professor of environmental geopolitics.Outcry expected But the plan is likely, nevertheless, to face a rough reception in national capitals, many of which are keen to see the EU take ownership of the problem, without wanting to take charge of large numbers of refugees on their own soil."It won't work like this," Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told AFP this week, rejecting the idea of mandatory quotas for refugees for all EU countries. "We find that the distribution in Europe (of asylum seekers) has failed and many states reject this. It won't work like this," the 34-year-old conservative leader said. Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia also oppose compulsory relocation, and torpedoed such plans after the 2015 migration crisis.But von der Leyen had promised another ambitious plan, with an accelerated process to remove migrants who are unlikely to obtain protection. Those coming from countries with a lower than 20 percent positive response rate to asylum applications, such as Tunisia or Morocco, will be processed at the border and within 12 weeks.And if a country is subject to migratory "pressure", and believes that it cannot take care of migrants, it can request the activation of a "compulsory solidarity mechanism" by the Commission.All states will then be called upon to contribute, according to their economic weight and population, but they will have the choice between receiving asylum seekers, "sponsoring" the return of a migrant who does not have the right to stay or helping to build reception centres.Dublin Regulation with a ‘window dressing’In the event of a crisis similar to that in 2015 – when more than a million refugees arrived, compared to only 140,000 per year now – the choice for a state is reduced to taking charge of the relocation of refugees or the return of rejected migrants. But if an EU country fails to return migrants to their country of origin within eight months, it must take them in – an idea that a European source admitted would be hard for smaller countries to accept.Von der Leyen said last week the proposal would replace the "Dublin Regulation" with "a new European migration governance system".The Dublin Regulation states that asylum claims must be processed by the migrant's country of arrival, a rule that has led to bitter squabbles between the southern coastal member states where seaborne migrants arrive, and wealthier northern countries where most prefer to head.In the Commission's proposal, the country responsible for the application could be the nation in which a migrant has a brother or sister or in which he or she has worked or studied. Any country that issued a visa to a migrant will have to take care of any asylum application.Otherwise, however, the country of arrival is still responsible.Observers said the plan as unveiled maintains more or less the same principle as Dublin, with some flexibility. "It all looks like window dressing, it's more or less Dublin is dead, long live Dublin," said migration researcher Yves Pascouau of the Jacques Delors Institute. Marissa Ryan of aid agency Oxfam said the plan "bowed to pressure from EU governments whose only objective is to decrease the number of people granted protection in Europe."Seeking alliancesKurz said he welcomed that the European Commission was addressing the topic of asylum and migration. "We can only solve this topic all together... Better protection of the (EU's) outer borders, a joined fight against smugglers, but also joined aid where it is needed (in countries where refugees come from), that is the path that is needed," he said.Kurz, pushing to make his mark in European politics, has also sought allies on other topics, such as when he worked with the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark – as the so-called "Frugal Four" – to oppose direct EU aid to coronavirus-hit countries as proposed by Germany and France."The European Union is more than just Germany and France... As a small or medium-sized state of course one has to always look for alliances, and in an EU with 27 member states one can only assert ideas if there are others that support them," he told AFP in an office in the chancellery.(FRANCE 24 with AFP)
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Boris Johnson’s controversial Brexit legislation enabling the UK to break international law has cleared a major Commons hurdle after MPs backed a Government compromise.Tory backbench pressure forced the Prime Minister to agree to amend the UK Internal Market Bill in order to give MPs a vote before the Government can use powers which would breach the Brexit divorce deal brokered with Brussels last year.
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Donald Trump mocked Joe Biden for wearing face masks and claimed the Democratic candidate has had plastic surgery, a week before their first US presidential debate."What the hell did he spend all that money on the plastic surgery if he’s going to cover it up?" the president told supporters at a campaign rally in Pittsburgh in the battleground state of Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
Facts and figures ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton looks to build on an impressive record in Sochi. In six races at the circuit it has been a clean sweep for Mercedes, with Hamilton winning four of them.