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Protests flare in Papua as students demand independence referendum

Unrest has flared in the restive Indonesian region of Papua with police firing shots during a protest by hundreds of university students in the provincial capital, Jayapura. The group was demonstrating against plans to extend a special autonomy law that protestors say has not done enough to help people in one of the country’s poorest […]

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Syrian rebel fighters prepare to deploy to Azerbaijan in sign of Turkey’s ambition

Syrian rebel fighters have signed up to work for a private Turkish security company as border guards in Azerbaijan, several volunteers in Syria’s last rebel stronghold have said, at a time when the long-running conflict between Baku and neighbouring Armenia is showing dangerous signs of escalation. The potential deployment is a sign of Turkey’s growing […]

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Breonna Taylor: Kentucky attorney general agrees to release grand jury recordings

Kentucky’s attorney general has said he will release a recording of the grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case, after a judge ordered they be filed in court by noon on Wednesday. It follows an anonymous juror suing for them to be made public. Attorney general, Daniel Cameron, said in a statement: “The Grand […]

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Bruce Nauman: ‘Jasper Johns poured me a few bourbons – and my legs gave way’

Bruce Nauman is telling me a story from his childhood. “I had a friend in high school who was a little bit of a loner,” says the artist, speaking by phone from New York. “If someone hit him with a snowball when we were walking to school, he wouldn’t just throw a snowball back, he’d […]

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Why it matters when Black Lives Matter clothing is banned

Formula One has banned drivers from wearing clothing bearing messages while performing official duties. The decision came after Lewis Hamilton wore a top at the Tuscan Grand Prix on 13 September that said “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor”. Since March, celebrities have not shied away from wearing clothing in support of Black Lives […]

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Pizza delivery man, 89, gets $12,000 tip – what’s wrong with this story?

When an 89-year-old pizza delivery man was tipped $12,000 by a stranger on TikTok, it was framed as a heartwarming story. Derlin Newey had taken up a 30-hour week working as a pizza delivery man in Utah, and gained some loyal customers – and one family happened to have a pretty big TikTok following. The […]

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How we made: Cool Runnings, the comedy classic about the Jamaica bobsled team

Jon Turteltaub, directorI was at film school prepping my final project when I saw the Jamaican bobsled team competing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. I remember thinking: “These athletes don’t seem to think they’re as funny as everyone else does.” That’s what stuck in my head: how often do any of us step […]