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They Fled the Nazis as Children. Now They Want Their Adopted Homeland to Welcome Other Refugees Too

In a courtyard in central London this Thursday, a class of excited schoolchildren were playing. Settling into a chair, the 86-year-old British lawmaker Alf Dubs gazes down from the balcony above.
He was younger than these children when, just before the outbreak of World War II, his mother put him on a train alone, traveling from Prague to London. Aged just 6, he knew nobody. Of the hundreds of other Jewish children on the train with him, more than half would never see their parents again. “I didn’t know how scary a situation I was escaping from,” he reflects, as joyful laughter echoes below.

Both Dubs and the children in the courtyard were there as guests of a major 80th anniversary commemoration of the “Kindertransport” — the train journeys that eventually saved the lives of some 10,000 Jewish children from Central Europe in 1938 and 1939. German for “children’s transport,” the trains followed a massive effort led by religious and humanitarian groups to lobby the British state to t..

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US Intel Says Saudi Prince Ordered Khashoggi Killing

U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi — a claim the Saudi government has denied.

That’s according to a U.S. official familiar with the conclusion, who spoke Friday only on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

The Trump administration this week sanctioned individuals for their alleged role in the killing, but the intelligence officials’ conclusion bolsters efforts in Congress for a harsher U.S. response.

The Washington Post columnist, who had been critical of the royal family, was killed last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish and Saudi authorities say he was killed by a team from the kingdom inside the consulate after he went there to get marriage documents.

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What to Know About Tanzania’s Anti-LGBT Crackdown

The World Bank withdrew a $300 million loan to Tanzania on Thursday, in response to a number of controversial laws passed by the national legislature in recent months. As well as clamping down on an existing ban preventing pregnant girls from attending school, Tanzania has made it illegal to question official statistics and cracked down on LGBT rights in a country where homosexuality is already illegal.

Since 2015, Tanzania has been led by President John Magufuli, who came to power promising to clean up corruption and boost the economy. Since then he has embarked on a so-called “morality crusade,” reinforcing discrimination against the LGBT community and women, in particular. Here’s what to know.

What exactly has Tanzania’s government been doing?
In late September, legislators passed amendments to the Statistics Acts that criminalizes the public dissemination of any statistical information contradicting official government figures. Anyone found doing so will face a fine of at least ..

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A Bus Accident in Zimbabwe Has Killed Dozens

(HARARE, Zimbabwe) — Fire swept through a passenger bus in Zimbabwe, and police said Friday that more than 40 people died and at least 20 were injured, some with severe burns.

Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said she did not have details about the cause of the accident on Thursday night.

A photograph posted on Twitter by the Zimbabwe Red Cross shows the remains of a bus that was completely incinerated. The Red Cross said its teams responded to a “horrific accident” involving a bus heading to neighboring South Africa at around midnight.

The accident happened in Gwanda district, about 550 kilometers (340 miles) south of Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital.

Last week, a collision between two buses in Zimbabwe killed 50 people and injured about 80.

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Cambodian Court Convicts Former Khmer Rouge Leaders of Genocide in Historic Ruling

Nearly 40 years after suffering the totalitarian nightmare of the Khmer Rouge, victims of Cambodia’s horrific history were granted a small measure of justice on Friday. An international criminal tribunal convicted two aging former Khmer Rouge leaders in a historic ruling that for the first time legally defines the regime’s crimes as genocide.

The defendants, Nuon Chea, 92, and Khieu Samphan, 87, are among the last surviving chieftains of the Khmer Rouge, a brutal regime that decimated Cambodia from 1975-1979 in an effort to recreate a utopian agrarian society. An estimated 1.7 million people—or more than 20% of the population—died. Many succumbed to starvation, while others were tortured to death in camps and killing fields across the small Southeast Asian country.

The U.N.-back court, informally known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, handed both Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan life in prison on Friday, terms which duplicate their 2014 convictions for the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh, Cam..

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Experts Fear a Tuberculosis Epidemic in North Korea Amid a Crucial Medication Shortage

(SEOUL) — The withdrawal of a major international aid organization threatens to leave tens of thousands of tuberculosis patients in North Korea without the medication they need and could spiral into a severe crisis if it is not addressed soon, according to health experts familiar with the situation in the North.

The dwindling stockpile of crucial medications follows the abrupt departure of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an international aid organization whose grants to North Korea supported the treatment of 120,000 TB patients last year. Its support officially ended in June despite an outcry among health officials in North Korea and in the international community that it could spark a major epidemic.

Neurosurgeon Kee Park, of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, said in an email to The Associated Press that the situation is extremely dire and likely to get dramatically worse in the years ahead if it is not properly dealt..

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This Anti-Brexit Protestor Has Spent 17 Months Outside Parliament Draped in an E.U. Flag

If you’ve seen a British politician interviewed outside the U.K. Parliament in the last two years, chances are you will have seen Stephen Bray in the background, waving two anti-Brexit placards above his head and urging the government, with the help of a loudspeaker, to reconsider Britain’s decision to leave the E.U.

Bray, a rare coin trader from Port Talbot in South Wales, spends his weekdays standing outside Parliament, imploring politicians to kindly “put Brexit in the bin.” On Wednesday, as Prime Minister Theresa May presented her ill-fated Brexit deal to her cabinet, he became a viral sensation for a video in which he cannily moved from camera to camera during a live interview.

“I’m here every day [Parliament] is sitting,” he tells TIME outside the Parliament buildings on Thursday, wearing an EU-themed top hat and draped in a flag that’s half union Jack, half flag of Europe. “I do Monday to Thursday, half ten till six.” A couple of hours earlier, he shouted through a loudspeake..

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Bangladesh Scraps Rohingya Repatriation Plan After No One Wants to Go Back to Myanmar

(COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh) — Bangladesh’s plans to begin repatriating Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar on Thursday were scrapped because officials were unable to find anyone who wanted to return to the country that has been accused of driving out hundreds of thousands in a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

The refugees “are not willing to go back now,” Refugee Commissioner Abul Kalam told The Associated Press. He said officials “can’t force them to go” but will continue to try to “motivate them so it happens.”

Some people on the government’s repatriation list disappeared into the sprawling refugee camps to avoid being sent home, while others joined a large demonstration against the plan.

More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh from western Myanmar’s Rakhine state since August 2017 to escape killings and destruction of their villages by the military and Buddhist vigilantes that have drawn widespread condemnation of Myanmar.

The United Nations, whose human rights officials had ur..

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North Korea Says It Has Tested a Newly Developed ‘Ultramodern Tactical Weapon’

(SEOUL) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un observed the successful test of “a newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon,” the nation’s state media reported Friday, though it didn’t describe what sort of weapon it was.

It didn’t appear to be a nuclear or missile-related test, a string of which last year had many fearing war before the North turned to engagement and diplomacy early this year. Still, any mention of weapons testing could influence the direction of currently stalled diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang that’s meant to rid the North of its nuclear weapons.

The North hasn’t publicly tested any weapons since November of last year, but in recent days Pyongyang reportedly expressed anger at South Korea’s resumption of small-scale military drills with the United States, and Friday’s announcement could be in response to those drills.

Even if the test was a message for Washington and Seoul, Friday’s report from the North was noticeably less belligerent than past announcem..

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U.K. Prime Minister Faces Possible No Confidence Vote After Presenting E.U. Brexit Deal

(Bloomberg) — Is Theresa May’s time finally up?

After months of veiled threats and dark warnings, the pro-Brexit army of hardliners have finally mobilized. Their informal leader — Jacob Rees-Mogg — has submitted his letter of no-confidence to Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee of rank-and-file Conservatives.

Where he goes, other “Brexiteers” will likely follow. Her Brexit blueprint — finally published — was unacceptable to them for making far too many concessions to the European Union.

Brady oversees the process and requires 48 letters to formally start the process that could end with May’s ousting. It was always clear they had numbers to mount a challenge — less clear if they had the numbers to get rid of her. The coming days could provide the answers as the Conservatives descend into open warfare.

The news broke as May was defending her plan to Parliament for more than three hours. They didn’t wait to hear her out before scurrying off to plot her downfall.


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The New John Lewis Christmas Commercial Is Here to Warm All of the Hearts

The Christmas season doesn’t really kick off in the U.K. until the annual John Lewis Christmas commercial is unveiled. Each year, the British department store puts out a heart-warming, tear-jerking ad that is so chock-full of the holiday spirit just one viewing would make the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes in one day. This year’s ad is no different as it tells the story of Sir Elton John‘s being given his very first piano, as a Christmas present, of course.

The story begins in present day with the Elton John we know and love performing on stage. It then works backwards chronologically, taking viewers on a trip to Christmas past ending at the moment where little Elton received a very special present—his grandmother’s piano. It was, of course, a gift that changed the entire course of his life. If that poignant moment wasn’t enough of a reminder of the potential power of a really good gift, the ad ends with the slogan “Some gifts are more than just a gift.”

While the ad is of course st..

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How Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year Sums Up the Cultural Moment

To paraphrase the words of the inimitable Britney Spears, a word like this should wear a warning.

It’s that time of year when dictionary editors around the world sift through the things English speakers have fixated on and settle on a string of letters to sum up the human experience in 2018. Oxford, which chose the hopeful youthquake in 2017, this year decided on the word toxic — as in poisonous, venomous, morally destructive and corrupting.

Oxford’s rubric for making its choice is that the word must sum up the ethos, mood or preoccupations of the preceding months. The word does not need to be newly invented but newly relevant. And toxic is a descriptor, explains Oxford editor Katherine Martin, that touches on “almost all the preoccupations we could think of that have characterized this year … literally and metaphorically.”

There is the ongoing reckoning with sexual harassment and patriarchy (toxic masculinity, toxic relationship). There are concerns about what human beings are doin..

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