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Lula says Putin would not be arrested at Brazil G20 meeting

(Al Jazeera Media Network) Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said that Russian leader Vladimir Putin will not be arrested in Brazil if he attends the Group of 20 meeting in Rio de Janeiro next year. Lula, speaking to the Firstpost news show at the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Delhi on Saturday, said Putin would be invited to next year’s event. He added that he himself planned to attend a BRICS bloc...

France to ban wearing abaya dress in schools, says education minister

(Al Jazeera Media Network) France will ban children from wearing the abaya – the loose-fitting, full-length robe worn by some Muslim women – in state-run schools, the country’s education minister has said ahead of the back-to-school season. France, which has enforced a strict ban on religious signs in state schools since 19th-century laws removed any traditional Catholic influence from public education, has struggled to update guidelines to deal with a growing Muslim minority. French public schools...

Niger puts military on ‘maximum alert’ over ECOWAS attack fears

(Al Jazeera Media Network) The new military rulers in Niger ordered the armed forces to go on maximum alert citing an increased threat of attack. The main West African bloc ECOWAS has been trying to negotiate with the leaders of the July 26 coup, but has said it is ready to deploy troops to restore constitutional order if diplomatic efforts fail. An internal document issued by its defence chief, which was shared widely online on Saturday,...

Disastrous Online News Act could be a boon to your brain

It seems that a lot of people are worried that Canada's Online News Act (Bill C-18), which went into effect in June, will make it more difficult for Canadians to find out what is going on in the world. But the truth is, if Meta, Google, and other big players prevent you from reading content produced by Canadian news agencies, in almost all cases the tech firms will be doing you a huge favour. In recent years,...

Super typhoon Noru pummels Philippines

Thousands of people have been evacuated and government offices have been closed as a super typhoon bashes the eastern islands of the Philippines. Typhoon Noru has caused gusts of up to 240 km/h on the main island Luzon, where more than half of the country's 110 million population lives. Forecasters say the storm experienced an "explosive intensification" as it made landfall west of Luzon. The storm could cause landslides, flash flooding, and dangerous storm surges. More than 8,400...

Responsibility, jurisprudence, and the magic mushroom decision – Part 1

On May 13, the Supreme Court of Canada acquitted Matthew Winston Brown of aggravated assault on professor Janet Hamnett while reportedly intoxicated with hallucinogen “magic mushrooms” and alcohol, striking Section 33.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada, which prevents self-induced intoxication from being used as a defence in assault cases.This section of the Criminal Code was created with the purpose of protecting individuals – particularly women and children – from violent crimes at the hands of intoxicated individuals, and...

Iran vows revenge for assassination of Revolutionary Guard colonel

Iran's president has promised to take revenge after a colonel in the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) was shot dead in Tehran on Sunday, the BBC reports. Two gunmen on a motorbike opened fire at Sayad Khodai as he sat in a car outside his home, state media reported. Col Khodai was a member of the elite Quds Force, the IRGC's shadowy overseas operations arm, they said. President Ebrahim Raisi blamed "the hands of global arrogance" –...

Macron targets Le Pen as France run-off campaign commences

France President Emmanuel Macron is firing up his campaign for re-election, directly taking on far-right rival Marine Le Pen in France's presidential run-off. He made his first trip to a Le Pen stronghold at Denain, one of France's poorest towns in the industrial north. Macron won the first round of the election, but opinion polls suggest the second round will be a close race on April 24. "Make no mistake: nothing is decided," he told supporters after the...

Magic mushroom compound found to increase brain connectivity in people with depression

Psilocybin, the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, helps to "open up" depressed people's brains, even after use, enabling brain regions to talk more freely to one another. These are the findings of a new analysis of brain scans from close to 60 people receiving treatment for depression, led by Imperial College London's Centre for Psychedelic Research. The team behind the study believes it may have untangled how psilocybin exerts its therapeutic effects on the brain. Psilocybin is one of a number...

Telegram criticized for lack of action on sharing of unauthorized intimate images

A BBC investigation has found that women's intimate pictures are being shared to harass, shame, and blackmail them on a massive scale, on the social media app Telegram, the BBC reports. In the split second Sara found out a nude photo of her had been leaked and shared on Telegram, her life changed. Her Instagram and Facebook profiles had been added, and her phone number included. Suddenly she was being contacted by unknown men asking...