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Return of the cat man of Aleppo


Meet the cat man of Aleppo.
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The cat man of Aleppo, Mohammad Aljaleel, touched the hearts of millions when his sanctuary featured in a BBC video in 2016 (above). He had to leave the city when it fell to Syrian government forces, but he's now back - in an area nearby - and helping children as well as animals, reports Diana Darke.
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'We're the ones affected': teen climate activist on her viral clash with US senator

In a Guardian interview, Isha Clarke says she’s been inspired by student climate strikes in the UK and is planning one in the US

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Isha Clarke, 16, was one of several young activists seen in a viral clash with California Senator Dianne Feinstein.
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The Indian Ocean island has Africa’s highest rate of children’s malnutrition, increasing health risk from measles infection

At least 922 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

The number of deaths is based on official numbers, but these are likely to be very incomplete, as is the current total of infections, at 66,000, Dr Katrina Kretsinger of WHO’s expanded program on immunization told a news briefing.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause complications including blindness and brain swelling and increase susceptibility to other diseases.

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(CNN) The mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk, a well-known critic of his country's rightwing government, died on Monday, one day after he was stabbed by a man who rushed on stage during an open-air charity event.

Thousands of people witnessed Sunday's attack on Pawel Adamowicz, 53, who was rushed to hospital where he underwent a five-hour long operation before succumbing to his injuries. He was stabbed in the heart and stomach.
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By Alex Bollinger · Monday, December 10, 2018

Scientists are speaking out against a directive by the Trump administration that has shut down research into a cure for HIV.

A scientist who was supposed to supply mice that have been modified with human fetal tissue for an HIV study emailed researchers that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “has directed me to discontinue procuring fetal tissue.”

“This effectively stops all of our research to discover a cure for HIV,” he wrote.

A “pause” on research that uses aborted fetal tissue, something Christian conservatives strongly oppose, was announced by the Trump administration this past September. The move will affect numerous biomedical research programs.

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OtherOSLO (AFP) - Champions of the fight against sexual violence, Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad, a former captive of jihadists, will on Monday (Dec 10) receive the Nobel Peace Prize, which this year highlights rape as a weapon of war.

Murad, 25, and Mukwege, 63, will be jointly presented with the prize in Oslo, after they were announced as winners by the Norwegian Nobel Committee in October for "for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict".


Mukwege, called "Doctor Miracle" for his surgical skills, has spent 20 years treating the horrendous wounds and intense emotional trauma inflicted on women in DR Congo's war-torn east.

He has been scathing about the world's lacklustre response to sexual violence in conflict.

"We have been able to draw a red line against chemical weapons, biological weapons and nuclear arms," he told AFP in 2016.

"Today we must also draw a red line against rape as a weapon of war."


Fellow laureate Murad has become a tireless campaigner for the rights of Yazidis since surviving the horrors of captivity under the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria group, who stormed across swathes of Iraq and Syria targeting her Kurdish-speaking community.

Captured in 2014, she suffered forced marriage, beatings and gang-rape before she was able to escape.

The pair have dedicated their prize to the hundreds of thousands of women around the world who have endured sexual violence.


"Denis Mukwege is the helper who has devoted his life to defending these victims. Nadia Murad is the witness who tells of the abuses perpetrated against herself and others," said Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen, when the award was announced on Oct 5.

"Each of them in their own way has helped to give greater visibility to war-time sexual violence, so that the perpetrators can be held accountable for their actions." .


Quest for justice

The co-laureates have come to represent the struggle against a global scourge that goes well beyond any single conflict, as the #MeToo movement has shown.

Mukwege has treated tens of thousands of victims - women, children and even babies just a few months old - at Panzi hospital which he founded in 1999 in DR Congo's South Kivu.

Murad was among thousands of Yazidi women and girls who were abducted, raped and brutalised by extremists during their assault in 2014.

Older women and men faced summary execution during the ISIS assault, which the United Nations has described as a possible genocide. Her mother and six of her brothers were killed.

Murad is now UN ambassador for victims of human trafficking and is at the forefront of efforts to protect the Yazidi community - and find justice for the victims of the extremists, a mission she has embarked on with international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

In early December a UN team authorised to investigate the massacre of the Yazidi minority said it would finally start fieldwork next year.

More than 6,800 Yazidis were kidnapped, of whom 4,300 either escaped or were bought as slaves, while 2,500 remain missing, according to a recent report from the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).

"For me, justice doesn't mean killing all of the Daesh members who committed these crimes against us," Murad said in October in Washington, using an Arabic acronym for ISIS.

"Justice for me is taking Daesh members to a court of law and seeing them in court admitting to the crimes they committed against Yazidis and being punished for those crimes specifically."


Nobel scandal

The choice to highlight campaigns against sexual violence comes as a rape scandal has shredded the reputation of the Swedish Academy and led to the postponement of this year's Nobel Literature Prize.

A Stockholm court on Dec 3 found the 72-year-old husband of a Swedish Academy member guilty on appeal of two counts of rape, jailing him for two-and-a-half years.

The Nobel Peace Prize - a gold medal, diploma and nine million Swedish Krona (S$1.37 million) - will be officially presented in a ceremony in Oslo City Hall at 1200 GMT (8pm Singapore time) on Monday.

Other Nobel prizes are set to be handed out on the same day in Stockholm, except the literature prize, which is postponed until 2019.

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Other articles:

CNN (Opinion article) - Nobel Peace Prize winners prove survivor stories matter

South China Morning Post (if you want to know more about Dr. Denis Mukwege - but beware of some gruesome details about what happened to his patients!) - ‘Doctor Miracle’: Congolese surgeon Denis Mukwege awarded Nobel Peace Prize for lifelong crusade to heal victims of sexual atrocity

The Conversation - Sexual violence as a weapon of war: why the Nobel Prize for Peace matters

Georgia's Stacey Abrams Admits Defeat, Says Kemp Used 'Deliberate' Suppression To Win
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Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp greet each other before a debate last month in Atlanta.
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Ohio Republicans, empowered by the Kavanaugh Supreme Court, move aggressively toward forcing childbirth on women

While the name of Brett Kavanaugh has fallen out of the headline news cycle, the religious right has not forgotten that his recent addition to the Supreme Court now means they likely have five votes to overturn Roe v. Wade and allow states to ban abortion. While the endless churn of outrageous Trump stories occupies national headlines, anti-choice activists and politicians are swiftly moving to pass laws that they clearly hope will lead, perhaps within a year, to vacating the current legal protections for abortion rights.

In the stampede to ban abortion, Republican politicians don't always bother to keep up the pretense that their opposition to abortion is about "life." All to often, they let slip how much it's rooted in contempt for women having control over their own bodies and their own futures.

Last week, the Ohio state house passed a bill that would ban abortions at six weeks. That would effectively a ban on most abortions, since performing the procedure before a pregnancy shows up on an ultrasound, which happens at just about six weeks, is not medically recommended. During debate over the bill in the Ohio state house, Republican state Rep. Christina Hagan brought her infant twins onto the floor to shame women who aren't mothers about their alleged selfishness.

"Motherhood isn't easy but it's necessary," Hagan dramatically declared when arguing for her bill to make motherhood mandatory.

Perhaps we should be grateful to Hagan for using her floor time to unsubtly suggest that women who have abortions are lazy and selfish. There should be no doubt that this is the belief that motivates the anti-choice movement in general, but most abortion foes have become media savvy enough to realize that they get more sympathy if they ascribe views to a religious delusion that equates embryonic life to that of actual babies. So at least Hagan showed her true colors, revealing the resentment of childless women and desire to exert control over other people's lives that lies at the center of the anti-choice movement.

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‘A win’s a win’: Kentucky lawmaker wins statehouse seat by a single vote

Have you ever thought a single vote doesn’t really count?

Well, you’d be wrong — at least, if you voted in Kentucky.

More specifically, in Kentucky’s state House District 13, where Democratic candidate Jim Glenn beat the incumbent, Republican Rep. D.J. Johnson, by a very narrow margin: 6,319 people voted for Glenn, and 6,318 voters cast their ballots for Johnson.

To put it another way: “I won by one vote,” Glenn said in a phone interview Friday with The Washington Post. “But a win’s a win — whether it’s by one vote or 1,000.”
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Donald Trump knows the true meaning of sacrifice

“We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.”

—Canadian soldier John McCrae,
remembering the sacrifice of fellow
World War I troops.

“We’re getting drenched.”

—President Trump, noting his own
sacrifice during World War I centennial
observance Sunday.

On Veterans Day, Americans recall the sacrifices of those who served our country.

We think of the bayonet charge of Maine’s 20th Regiment on Little Round Top, the young men battling through rain and poison gas in the Argonne, the soldiers in the frozen Ardennes Forest in the Battle of the Bulge.

And we think of President Trump, battling rain for not one but two days in France this weekend.

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