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Police fire teargas as gilets jaunes protests return to Paris

Clashes come on 45th day of strike with 59 arrests and claims police beat protester

French police fired teargas under a rain of projectiles, used stun grenades and arrested dozens of people on Saturday as thousands of “yellow vest” anti-government protesters returned to the streets of Paris.

Demonstrators shouted slogans denouncing the police, the president, Emmanuel Macron, and his pension reforms that have triggered the longest French transport strike in decades.

Related: Macron wants not just reform but to change the way France thinks | John Lichfield

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National Archives sorry for blurring anti-Trump signs in Women's March photo

  • Archives admits it altered image that contained critical signs
  • Washington institution: ‘We made a mistake’

The US National Archives apologized on Saturday after it emerged that a photo of the Women’s March included in signage for an exhibition on women’s suffrage had been altered to blur anti-Trump signs.

Related: Alan Dershowitz: Trump impeachment acquittal would make me unhappy

Related: Trump’s is the third impeachment in US history and no case has been stronger | Jonathan Freedland

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Kashmir human rights film divides UK’s Indian and Pakistani communities

Ahvin Kumar, director of No Fathers in Kashmir, says it shows the plight of families and people in Britain must not ignore their suffering

A controversial film highlighting “disappearances” in Kashmir that premieres in Britain this week has led to fears of heightened tension between the country’s Indian and Pakistani communities.

No Fathers in Kashmir tells the story of a British-Kashmiri teenage girl who travels to the Indian Himalayan state to search for her father, only to discover that he “disappeared” and was then killed after being taken away by Indian soldiers for interrogation.

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'Hong Kong is at a crossroads': inside prison with the student who took on Beijing

Political activist Joshua Wong was 20 when he was sentenced in 2017 to six months for his role in Hong Kong’s pro-democracy ‘umbrella movement’

The last words I said before I was taken away from the courtroom were: “Hong Kong people, carry on!” That sums up how I feel about our political struggle. Since Occupy Central – and the umbrella movement that succeeded it – ended without achieving its stated goal, Hong Kong has entered one of its most challenging chapters. Protesters coming out of a failed movement are overcome with disillusionment and powerlessness.

Related: Joshua Wong, the student who risked the wrath of Beijing: ‘It’s about turning the impossible into the possible’

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Don’t let prejudice against older people contaminate the climate movement | Anne Karpf

Activists’ sweeping generalisations about older generations reinforce unfair stereotypes

Last week Greta Thunberg and 20 other young climate activists demanded that world leaders gathering at Davos at the end of the month abandon fossil fuels. While no thinking human being could disagree with them, I find myself increasingly worried about the unthinking ageism that has crept into this movement.

Related: Greta Thunberg: At Davos we will tell world leaders to abandon the fossil fuel economy

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Greenpeace included with neo-Nazis on UK counter-terror list

Exclusive: Extinction Rebellion and Peta also named in anti-extremism briefing alongside Combat 18 and National Action

A counter-terrorism police document distributed to medical staff and teachers as part of anti-extremism briefings included Greenpeace, Peta and other non-violent groups as well as neo-Nazis, the Guardian has learned.

The guide, produced by Counter Terrorism Policing, is used across England as part of training for Prevent, the anti-radicalisation scheme designed to catch those at risk of committing terrorist violence.

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NSW Greens MP David Shoebridge pleads not guilty over Kirribilli protest charges

Shoebridge entered a plea of not guilty to a charge of disobeying a police direction to move on, saying police action was ‘overreach’

New South Wales Greens MP David Shoebridge has pleaded not guilty to disobeying a police direction at a climate protest outside Scott Morrison’s prime ministerial residence.

Shoebridge was one of 10 people arrested for disobeying a police direction to move on outside the Kirribilli residence on 19 December.

Related: I'm the 13-year-old police threatened to arrest at the Kirribilli House protest. This is why I did it | Isolde (Izzy) Raj-Seppings

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Non-violent protesters are not terrorists and it’s time the police accepted that | Kevin Blowe

The labelling of the likes of Extinction Rebellion as ‘extremists’ must stop, as must the state surveillance that goes with it

Priti Patel probably thought she was helping when she tried to defend counter-terrorism police from the condemnation that followed last week’s story in the Guardian revealing the inclusion of Extinction Rebellion (XR) in a guide on supposed “extreme or violent ideologies”.

The document has apparently now been withdrawn. Nevertheless, the home secretary’s insistence that the police always make decisions based on the “risk to the public, security risks, security threats” does inevitably lead to an obvious, unanswered question. If she is right, how exactly did Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE), which wrote and published the guide, manage to make what even it admits was a significant “error of judgment”?

Related: The police response to Extinction Rebellion was sadly not an aberration | Simon Childs

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Bristol residents hold vigil in protest at plans to chop down trees

St Paul’s locals and activists call on city council to prevent maple trees being destroyed

Residents and green activists are maintaining a 24-hour vigil in an attempt to protect a line of Norway maple trees in Bristol after developers began chopping them down.

People in the St Paul’s area of the city woke early on New Year’s Eve to the sound of workers with chainsaws starting to fell the trees as part of a new housing development.

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US citizen dies in Egypt prison following hunger strike

Mustafa Kassem, an Egyptian-born man from New York, died after six-year battle against what he said was wrongful imprisonment

Egypt said on Tuesday it would investigate the death in custody of a US citizen who went on a hunger strike as part of a six-year battle against what he insisted was wrongful imprisonment.

Related: The Guardian view on Egypt: Sisi isn’t everyone’s favourite dictator | Editorial

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The Guardian view on policing protest: not a job for counter-terrorism | Editorial

Bracketing Extinction Rebellion with neo-Nazis is grotesque. A review of Prevent must now take place

Surprise will have been many people’s understandable reaction to learning that Extinction Rebellion, the environmentalist network, was listed by British counter-terrorism police alongside violent neo-Nazi and Islamist groups in a guide to “extremist ideologies”. The document, issued to schools, included instructions to look out for those who use “strong or emotive terms” when discussing climate change or pollution. Since 2015, teachers have been under a statutory duty to refer students suspected of extremist sympathies to the anti-terror Prevent programme, with education now the main source of referrals (in 2017-18 these included 2009 children under 15).

A suggestion that participation “in planned school walkouts” could be grounds for suspicion is particularly egregious, given that the school strike movement’s stated aim is for governments to act on climate scientists’ warnings. But what is particularly dispiriting about this ill-judged document is that the bracketing of green groups with terrorists is far from a one-off. Instead, and as numerous activists spied on by police in the past know (including an unknown number of women tricked into sexual relationships by officers), the treatment of environmentalists as dangerous subversives is consistent with longstanding attitudes to green issues at the highest levels of the British state.

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Anti-government demonstrations erupt in Iran over downed plane – video report

Iran is facing an escalating crisis as its leadership struggles to contain public anger over the military's shooting down of a commercial airliner with 176 people onboard. Footage on social media shows several people apparently wounded, including a woman lying on a blood-soaked pavement near Azadi Square in Tehran during anti-government protests on Sunday

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Revealed: US listed climate activist group as ‘extremists’ alongside mass killers

DHS listed activists engaged in non-violent civil disobedience targeting oil industry alongside white supremacists in documents

A group of US environmental activists engaged in non-violent civil disobedience targeting the oil industry have been listed in internal Department of Homeland Security documents as “extremists” and some of its members listed alongside white nationalists and mass killers, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal.

The group have been dubbed the Valve Turners, after closing the valves on pipelines in four states carrying crude oil from Canada’s tar sands on 11 October, 2016, which accounted for about 15% of US daily consumption. It was described as the largest coordinated action of its kind and for a few hours the oil stopped flowing.

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Iran crash protests: authorities struggle to contain anger over downed jet – live

Follow the latest updates as Canada’s PM promises to ‘pursue justice and accountability’ for the plane crash dead

9.42am GMT

Iranian authorities appear to have fired live ammunition to disperse protesters in Tehran, wounding several people, according to witness accounts provided to the Guardian and footage circulating on social media.

Our international correspondent Michael Safi has reported that security forces initially fired teargas to disperse the crowds and then started firing bullets. “It was a very bad situation,” the woman, who asked not to be identified, said in a message provided to Iranian activist Masih Alinejad.

Related: Witnesses say Iranian police fired live rounds to disperse protesters

9.12am GMT

France and Russia have a shared desire to safeguard Iran’s nuclear deal, French President Emmanuel Macron has said. According to Reuters, Macron said in a statement he had a phone call on Sunday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said he remained committed to the deal.

Leaders of Britain, France and Germany on Sunday called on Iran to return to full compliance with a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and refrain from further violence.

9.04am GMT

The crashing of the Ukrainian Airlines jet outside Tehran has drawn inevitable comparisons with MH17, brought down over the east of Ukraine by a Russian missile five years ago. The Guardian’s central and eastern Europe correspondent Shaun Walker reports on how – yet again – Ukraine has been dragged into a conflict not of its own making.

“Ukraine seems to have a dark cloud over it,” said Alina Polyakova of the Brookings Institution. “It’s fighting a war against Russia, and has become part of the political war in the US. This tragedy again puts Ukraine in the middle of conflicts that have nothing to do with it.”

While the plane’s shooting down had a terrible cost in human life, Ukraine’s unwanted starring role in the US impeachment disaster has come with costs to military aid, political alliances and reputation.

Related: Ukraine struggles with tragedy, global conflicts – and its reputation

8.38am GMT

You can read our latest story on the events in Iran from Guardian international correspondent, Michael Safi, here.

Related: Iran: protests and teargas as public anger grows over aircraft downing

The resurgent anti-government protests threaten to tip Iran’s regime into crisis just as it was riding a wave of nationalist sentiment after the killing of top general Qassem Suleimani by a US drone strike on 3 January.

Iran’s response – a carefully calibrated but heavily publicised ballistic missile attack on US forces in Iraq last Wednesday – was supposed to bring catharsis and demonstrate the regime’s power.

8.27am GMT

The governments of France, Germany and the UK – the “E3” – issued a statement yesterday saying that they were still committed to the Iran nuclear deal, despite the collapse in Iran/US relations. They said:

Today, our message is clear: we remain committed to the JCPoA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] and to preserving it; we urge Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the agreement and return to full compliance; we call on Iran to refrain from further violent action or proliferation; and we remain ready to engage with Iran on this agenda in order to preserve the stability of the region.

National Security Adviser suggested today that sanctions & protests have Iran “choked off”, will force them to negotiate. Actually, I couldn’t care less if they negotiate. Will be totally up to them but, no nuclear weapons and “don’t kill your protesters.”

8.12am GMT

Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the protests in Iran and the fallout from the downing of a passenger jet outside Tehran last week.

Authorities in Iran are struggling to contain public anger after they admitted on Saturday that the country’s military was responsible for shooting down a commercial airliner with 176 people onboard. Police used teargas to break up a second day of protests in Tehran on Sunday, with demonstrations spreading to other cities.

Thanks for the many goodwill messages. Can confirm I wasn’t taking part in any demonstrations! Went to an event advertised as a vigil for victims of #PS752 tragedy. Normal to want to pay respects- some of victims were British. I left after 5 mins, when some started chanting.

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Iranian police fired live rounds to disperse protesters, say witnesses

Several people wounded during demonstrations in Tehran over plane deaths

Iranian authorities appear to have fired live ammunition to disperse protesters in Tehran, wounding several people, according to witness accounts provided to the Guardian and footage circulating on social media.

Hundreds of protesters on Sunday defied a heavy security presence in the Iranian capital to hold vigils and demonstrations throughout the day and march in the evening on Azadi Square in the centre of the city.

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Priti Patel defends inclusion of Extinction Rebellion on terror list

Home secretary accepts XR is not terror group but says assessment has to be based on ‘security risks, security threats’

The home secretary, Priti Patel, has defended anti-terror police for putting the Extinction Rebellion environmental protest group on a list of extremist ideologies, saying it was important to look at “a range of security risks”.

While accepting that XR was not a terrorist organisation, Patel told LBC radio that such assessment had to be “based in terms of risk to the public, security risks, security threats”.

Related: Extinction Rebellion guidance raises fresh concerns over Prevent

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Universities divesting from fossil fuels have made history, but the fight isn't over | Zamzam Ibrahim

Today student campaigners are celebrating the 77th university to divest, but we won’t stop fighting for climate justice

Today the student movement made history by announcing that more than half of UK universities have committed to divest from fossil fuel companies. Since 2012, students have campaigned to marginalise companies like Shell and BP which profit from climate breakdown.

The campaign, supported by the National Union of Students,People & Planet and Students Organising for Sustainability UK, has shown the power of students taking collective action. The University of Glasgow was the first UK university to divest in October 2014, and was soon followed by major divestments after sustained campaigns at institutions including Warwick, Sheffield, King’s College London, Edinburgh and Durham. The 50% mark was reached when the University of York became the 77th UK university to divest.

Related: Revise, reuse, recycle: how to be a sustainable student

Related: 'The youth generation is united': the uni students striking for the climate

Zamzam Ibrahim is the president of the National Union of Students

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Adani coalmine: Siemens CEO has ‘empathy’ for environment but refuses to quit contract

Joe Kaeser says he must balance stakeholder interests as climate change activists protest company’s decision

Global engineering company Siemens will not pull out of a contract at the new Adani coalmine in Australia, rejecting calls from climate campaigners including Greta Thunberg.

President and CEO of Siemens, Joe Kaeser, announced Monday that after reviewing the rail signalling contract the company had “a legally binding and enforceable fiduciary responsibility.”

Related: Global engineering firm GHD concludes work on Adani's Carmichael coal project

Just finished our extraordinary Managing Board Meeting. We evaluated all options and concluded: We need to fulfil our contractual obligations. Also, we will establish an effective Sustainability Board to better manage environmental care in the future.

It seems that @SiemensDE have the power to stop, delay or at least interrupt the building of the huge Adani coal mine in Australia. On Monday they will announce their decision. Please help pushing them to make the only right decision. #StopAdani

Related: Government to commit $50m for wildlife affected by bushfires as green groups call for action

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Drag queen storytime at Brisbane library disrupted by rightwing student group

Protesters from University of Queensland Liberal National Cub – disendorsed by the LNP – yell at performers, leaving children in tears

A rightwing University of Queensland student group has been caught on film attacking a drag queen storytelling event at a Brisbane library.

In videos posted online on Sunday, the small group of students can be heard yelling “Drag queens are not for kids” at the event at the Brisbane Square library on Sunday morning. The event was organised with Rainbow Families Queensland and was hosted by two drag performers, Queeny and Diamond.

This morning a good friend of mine took her daughter along to a children’s story telling event in Brisbane by two gorgeous Drag Queens, when a screaming group calling themselves the UQ young Libs stormed the event in a public library, causing chaos and distress to children and everybody there. I am heartbroken & furious. Our world - and especially Australia - is in need of love & healing, now more than ever. What they did today was add to the bigotry, division and trauma young children are left to face in today’s society. Bless the two Queens who were there to bring joy to children and their families. What you share with our community is invaluable ** you can show your support to the queens who hold drag story time, by heading to @johnevalk @ @dgoodrim_ pages, and sending lots of love. And thank you to my friend who shared this footage so that we could get the word out. —————————————————————————— @uqunion & @uniofqld please look into this #Repost A huge ****you to the group of screaming UQ Young Libs who stormed a children's storytelling event hosted by two drag queens. You know what's not for kids? Deliberately distressing and terrifying children and their carers. Do you know what's not good for kids? Watching librarians sobbing and people screaming for security. You ****ing **holes turned a beautiful moment into something ugly. Do you know these people? Tag 'em.

Related: ABS said census questions on gender and sexual orientation risked public backlash

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Extinction Rebellion guidance raises fresh concerns over Prevent

Latest controversy comes at a problematic time for UK anti-radicalisation scheme

The now recalled guidance issued by counter-terror police that placed Extinction Rebellion alongside the likes of jihadists and neo-Nazis emerged at a problematic time for the government’s flagship anti-radicalisation programme, Prevent.

The voluntary initiative is supposed to be under independent review after years of concerns about its impact on certain communities and on freedom of expression.

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