14 Jul

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Boris Johnson a liar with his back against the wall, says French FM

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In Boris Johnson, Britain has appointed a liar with his back against the wall as its new foreign secretary at a time when somebody reliable is needed in the role, his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Thursday.

Johnson campaigned successfully for Britons to vote to leave the European Union last month. In France, a founding EU member, he is seen as a key player in the departure and in the setback to European integration it represents.

“I am not at all worried about Boris Johnson, but… during the campaign he lied a lot to the British people and now it is he who has his back against the wall,” said Ayrault on Europe 1 radio.

After the vote on June 23, Johnson turned his back on a chance to stand as prime minister in place of Conservative David Cameron, who stepped down having led the campaign to stay.

However, on Wednesday, Cameron’s successor, Theresa May, appointed the former mayor of London and one-time journalist as her foreign secretary.

Johnson will not be in charge of talks about how the divorce will be arranged. May named David Davis, a pro-Brexit former Conservative Party leader, to a special ministerial role for that purpose.



Médecins Sans Frontières says UN agencies failed to respond to warnings after Boko Haram devastated food production in Borno state

in Maiduguri

Northern Nigeria is just a step away from famine on a scale not seen for decades, according to the UN. Hundreds are already dying every day from hunger in a food crisis caused by seven years of brutal Boko Haram insurgency, and hundreds of thousands of lives now hang in the balance. Phoebe Greenwood reports from Maiduguri in Borno state and finds a humanitarian catastrophe that some in Nigeria don’t want the world to see

The UN has been accused of failing to act quickly enough to save hundreds of thousands of lives in northern Nigeria where a food crisis already killing hundreds of people a day is poised to become the most devastating in decades.

Nigerian authorities, who maintain tight control over humanitarian and media access to the region, have also been accused of deliberate negligence and attempting to conceal the scale of the crisis.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has categorised 4.4 million people in the Lake Chad region as “severely food insecure” – meaning they are in need of urgent food aid.

Toby Lanzer, UN assistant secretary general and OCHA’s regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel, said: “This is about as bad as it gets. There’s only one step worse and I’ve not come across that situation in 20 years of doing this work and that’s a famine.”

“We have to step in and quickly or we are going to have hundreds of thousands at risk of dying in the north-east of Nigeria.”…………..


  • Dylan Noble was killed after being pulled over at California gas station

  • Multiple shots were fired even as he was wounded and lying on his back

in San Francisco

The Fresno, California, police department released graphic body-camera footage of officers repeatedly shooting an unarmed teenager, including multiple shots that were fired as the adolescent was gravely wounded, lying on his back and barely moving. Dylan Noble, 19, was shot at a gas station last month

Police in California have released graphic body-camera footage of officers repeatedly shooting an unarmed teenager, including multiple shots that were fired as the adolescent was gravely wounded, lying on his back and barely moving.

The release on Wednesday of video of the killing of Dylan Noble, a 19-year-old shot at a gas station in Fresno on 25 June, occurred just hours after the police department told the Guardian it would not release the footage.

Officers privately showed the video to Noble’s family last Friday but had initially refused to release the video to the public until the investigation was complete.

“They just wanted to shoot him,” said Darren Noble, Dylan’s father, after watching the footage. “They’re just trigger-happy.”

After watching the footage, Noble’s family launched legal action against the city alleging that the shooting was “an inexcusable use of excessive force”.

According to the Fresno police department’s account of the shooting, officers pulled Noble over while investigating reports of a man carrying a rifle at around 3.20pm.

Police claim that the officers believed Noble had a gun, though they later learned he had no weapons on him or in his pickup truck…………….


From the death of teenager Trayvon Martin to this month’s killing of Philando Castile, cellphone, dashcam or CCTV footage has lifted the lid on police violence

in Maiduguri

This footage posted to Facebook Live on Wednesday night appears to show the moments after police shot a man dead during a traffic stop in Minnesota. A woman sits in a car with a man whose shirt is soaked in blood. She says the police officer in the footage has shot her boyfriend. Local reports have named the man as 32-year-old Philando Castile

Since the death of Eric Garner in New York almost two years ago, a series of disturbing videos documenting police violence have emerged around the United States. Some, as in the case of Garner, were filmed by witnesses on mobile phones, others were captured by police dashboard or body cameras, and some were recorded on CCTV. In many cases the footage has gone viral on social media, leading to protests, criminal charges, and increased scrutiny of the local police departments responsible. But on other occasions the videos have made little impact.

The death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, Staten Island, New York

Date of incident: 17 July 2014

Footage filmed by a bystander shows Eric Garner being wrestled to the ground in a chokehold by an NYPD officer before turning limp. The father, 43, can be heard gasping ‘I can’t breathe’. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Protests have erupted in New York after a grand jury failed to indict the officer responsible

Warning: contains upsetting images

Protests continue in cities across America after Garner decision

The cellphone video, filmed by eyewitness Ramsey Orta, captured both the buildup to Garner’s death, the altercation, in which the unarmed African American was placed in a banned chokehold and repeatedly told officers he could not breathe, and the aftermath, where minimal medical assistance was offered to Garner as he died.

The incident caused widespread protest, and condemnation from New York City’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, but officer Daniel Pantaleo was not indicted by a grand jury. A federal investigation is still ongoing. Garner’s family settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $5.9m……………

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