US activists promote anti-birth control app in Nigeria’s ‘most vulnerable’ areas

The Femm app has received Catholic church backing but experts say its unreliable as birth control and does not help the vulnerable US campaigners who oppose the birth control pill have promoted a menstruation tracking app in the most vulnerable communities in rural Nigeria with the backing of the Catholic church, the Guardian has learned. Prominent anti-abortion campaigners in New York developed and funded the emm app, which collects intimate information about womens sex lives and sows doubt about hormonal birth control methods. The app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times globally, according to its developers, and appears to be the first ideologically aligned fertility tracking app. But leaders of the organization are also promoting the app and teaching …

Trump administration to continue deporting Venezuelans despite crisis

US as yet unwilling to grant temporary protected status but senators accuse Trump of having it both ways over Maduro The Trump administration has said it is not yet willing to grant temporary protected status to Venezuelans, meaning it will continue to deport people back to a country it says is being destroyed by a tyrant. The news comes amid a humanitarian crisis that could forcibly displace as many as killing thousands of its own citizens. In a Venezuela is now the leading country of origin for asylum336 Venezuelan citizens. At the same time the government is saying it needs to monitor the situation more, administration officials are calling the government of Maduro a thugocracy, and decrying the humanitarian situation …

Which is the world’s most vertical city?

You might think of Hong Kong, given its famous skyscraper skyline, but by different measures of verticality other cities come out on top Looking out from sky100, Hong Kongs highest observation deck on the 100th floor of the citys tallest building, the 494-metre-high International Commerce Centre, you get a 360-degree view of one of the worlds most famous skylines an urban jungle framed by mountains and the gleaming Victoria harbour, with endless clusters of high-rise buildings packed so closely together they resemble a game of Tetris. Its little wonder a city of such visible density has more skyscrapers than anywhere else in the world. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), Hong Kong has 355 buildings …

Dutch council forces playground to close over noise complaints

More than 4,000 sign petition to overturn decision, which aimed to appease neighbours A national debate has been sparked in the Netherlands after a council ordered a primary school playground to be shut for being too noisy. Questions have been raised in the Dutch parliament and a campaign has been launched to save the playground in the wake of the decision by Nijmegen council. Residents in apartments near De Buut primary school had complained that its pupils regularly exceeded a 70-decibel limit, which applies across the country for residential areas and is enforced by local councils. Official readings reached 88 decibels. The schools director, Janneke Colsen, said the school had been told to close the playground by the end of …

Trump fact check: is the Chinese economy really ‘going down the tubes’?

The president reckons Beijing will jump at a trade deal because the countrys grow is slowing. Martin Farrer takes a closer look Donald Trump has claimed ahead of his crunch meeting with Xi Jinping that Chinas economy is going down the tubes and that Beijing is desperate to do a trade deal to avert a bigger slowdown. So is there any truth to the US presidents claims? 1. Its true that China is slowing a bit, but not much China has seen more than 30 years of spectacular growth. The countrys share of global manufacturing was close to zero in 1990 but today accounts for a quarter of the worlds factory output. The transformation has dragged hundreds of millions out …

Biden stumbles over abortion rights while Warren receives cheers

In a first-of-its-kind forum, the former vice-president claimed a 100% voting record before his mic suddenly cut out In the first presidential forum on reproductive rights in recent memory, former vice-president Joe Biden told an audience of mostly female Planned Parenthood supporters he had a 100% voting record on reproductive rights. In fact, gone back and forth on support for abortion access. In this election cycle, reproductive rights has emerged as a top issue as Republican statehouses across the US have attacked abortion rights. Biden told his audience in Columbia he would codify the right to an abortion, granted in Roe v Wade, into law as defined by Casey a stance more conservative than those of many other Democratic candidates …

Theyre gentrifying it: big money muscles in on the cannabis market

At the Cannabis Europa conference this week, business interests will be well represented to the dismay of veteran campaigners Later this week at Londons Southbank Centre, hundreds of people mainly men, mainly suited will gather in a lecture hall and in conference rooms to debate the medicinal merits of cannabis, with other events in the following days focusing on recreational weed. Missing from the gathering will be many of those who smoke the drug, take it as an oil for their ailments or have felt the force of the law over cannabis prohibition. Widening access to medical cannabis for patients, and how to go about it, will be central to the discussion at Cannabis Europa, the conference at the heart …

Canadian minister dismisses suggestion to block Huawei CFOs extradition

Chrystia Freeland said move would set a dangerous precedent while Meng Wanzhou will challenge extradition request Canadas foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has dismissed a suggestion that Ottawa block the extradition of a top executive from Chinas Huawei to the US, saying it would set a dangerous precedent. Huaweis chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, Sangrily demanded Canada release Meng and detained two Canadians on spying charges. It has also blocked imports of Canadian canola seed and the prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has said he fears further retaliation. The Globe and Mail newspaper on Thursday said former Canadian prime minister Jean Chrtien had floated the idea of the government Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : …

All I have done, no credit! Enraged Trump defends US-Mexico migrant deal

President tweets ire at New York Times and opponents as agreement to avoid tariffs comes under scrutiny The Trump administration was forced to defend its immigration agreement with Mexico on Sunday, bringing the highest number of monthly apprehensions made by US authorities in the past 13 years. In the deal announced with in the joint declaration during secretive negotiations over the past six months. On Sunday, the president fired off a series of enraged tweets as he headed for a second day of golf at his course in Sterling, Virginia. Lamenting what he called another false report in the Failing New York Times, he wrote: If President Obama made the deals that I have made, both at the Border and …

Canadian volunteers scour river for missing Indigenous women

Drag the Red searches for human remains in the Red River as a report recently concluded Indigenous women face a genocide As a government inquiry compiled its landmark race-based genocide and laid out more than 200 policy recommendations for future action. But Smith and her team have no plans to end their work: tragedy continues to befall Indigenous families across the country. More than 130 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been killed serial killer Robert Pickton in 1996. We have this attention now with the national inquiry, but how long is that going to last for? she asked. At the end of the day women are still going to go missing and are being murdered. Smiths work …

US won’t ‘tiptoe’ around Chinese behaviour in Asia, says US defence chief

Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan warns stability in the region is under threat, including the South China Sea The United States will no longer tiptoe around Chinese behaviour in Asia, with stability in the region at threat on issues ranging from the South China Sea to Taiwan, acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan has said. Shanahan did not directly name China when making accusations of actors destabilising the region, but went on to say on Saturday that the United States would not ignore Chinese behaviour, the latest acerbic exchange between the worlds two biggest economies. He added he was keen to foster a military relationship with Beijing. Perhaps the greatest long-term threat to the vital interests of states across …

All we know is MONEY!: US cities struggle to fight hackers

Baltimore this month joined Atlanta, San Diego and Newark in the list of US cities hit by ransomware attacks as the cyber intrusions are expected to continue We wont talk more, all we know is MONEY! Hurry up! This was the ransom hackers crippled government computers with a virus, taking the systems hostage. The ongoing cyber-attack has water bills and other services. The horrors of hobbled cities and municipalities across the globe in recent years. The crisis in Baltimore, where officials have refused to pay the $76,000 bitcoin ransom, follows similar Atlanta, San Diego and report suggesting the cybercriminals used a malware component that originated with the National Security Agency (NSA). The NSA allegedly lost control of the tool, called …

Global markets rocked as US-China trade and tech rift deepens

Shares fall sharply in Asia, Europe and North America in intensifying war of words The deepening trade and technology war between the US and China has sent global stock markets sharply lower and prompted a warning from the IMF of the increasing risks to the global economy. Shares fell sharply in Europe and North America on Thursday as investors took fright at the the intensifying war of words between Washington and Beijing, poor news on the American economy, and political chaos in Britain. Selling continued in Asia Pacific on Friday with the MSCIs broadest index of shares outside Japan down 0.2% to a fresh four-month low. It was on track for a third straight weekly loss. The Nikkei was off …

Goodbye to Gomorrah: the end of Italy’s most notorious housing estate

Famous as the setting for the hit Italian film and TV series Gomorrah, the towers of Le Vele became synonymous with poverty and organised crime until residents took charge When I think of my life in Le Vele, my skin crawls with rage, says Omero Benfenati. He looks out from a dark, narrow passageway framed by suspended steel stairways that block the natural light and lead up to abandoned apartments. Most of the windows are bricked up, and liquid leaks from split pipes on to the sewage and refuse-strewn asphalt several storeys below. We used to play down there, says Benfenati, now a housing activist. The uncollected rubbish bags make ideal goalposts for five-a-side football. Just a few years ago, …

Prague TV tower under fire as dark reminder of citys antisemitic past

Memorial should be built at site of tourist attraction erected over Jewish cemetery, say campaigners It has been called one of the worlds ugliest structures, pointing above Prague like a jabbing metallic finger while offering visitors panoramic views of the Czech capitals more aesthetically pleasing sites. Now the citys looming Prague Jewish community, which says it is a brooding reminder of the antisemitism of the regime that ruled the former Czechoslovakia for more than 40 years and whose dark history needs to be officially recognised. Part of our community is still present under the ground here and people should know about it, said Pavel Vesely, a history and tourism coordinator with Czech artist, David ern, copies of which were refitted …

Iran nuclear deal: what has Tehran said and what happens next?

Hassan Rouhanis move to alter commitments amid crippling US sanctions outlined What has Iran announced? Iran has suspended commitments it made under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on the country in exchange for limits on Tehrans nuclear programme. The deal was reached after years of negotiations. Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran, said Tehran would hang on to its stocks of excess enriched uranium and heavy water instead of exporting them. He threatened to resume enriching uranium above a limit set out in the deal unless there was progress on sanctions relief. What did the deal say about these commitments? The removed waivers on nuclear co-operation with Iran, including the shipment abroad of excess supplies, perversely …