Britain’s immigration detention: how many people are locked up?

The Guardian looks at the figures behind who is detained and how much it costs

Immigrants can be detained at any time. The Home Office casts its net widely: anyone deemed not to have the right to reside in the UK can be detained and deported. Those who do not have legal representation, who do not speak English and who are newly arrived in the UK are least able to challenge a Home Office decision to detain them.

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Private health insurance changes ‘will lead to premium hikes’

Grattan Institute warns that prices could rise for policies that fall into ‘silver’ category

New rules designed to simplify private health insurance will leave thousands of consumers facing significant premium increases, the Grattan Institute has warned.

From April many of the 70,000 existing private health insurance policies will fall into a gold, silver, bronze and basic classification system, which will also feature “plus” versions of those categories. Thousands of “junk” policies will be scrapped.

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‘It was terrifying’: residents describe Hurricane Michael – video

Those who stayed to sit out Hurricane Michael have described their experiences living through the category 4 storm. One Panama City resident said the noise of the tree cracking was terrifying: ‘This was my first year living in Florida’ she said, ‘and trust me when I tell you it's my last.' Another resident described the intense pressure he felt in his ears while the hurricane battered his house.  Hurricane Michael was the strongest storm to strike the US since Hurricane Andrew ravaged southern Florida in 1992. Its 155mph (250km/h) winds at landfall were only 5mph short of category 5 status

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Médecins Sans Frontières calls for immediate evacuation of all refugees on Nauru

NGO says there is ‘nothing humanitarian about saving people from sea only to leave them in an open-air prison’

Médecins Sans Frontières has called for the immediate evacuation of all asylum seekers and refugees from Nauru and the end of Australia’s offshore detention policy for good.

In a rare and forceful statement, the international non-governmental organisation said there was “nothing humanitarian about saving people from sea only to leave them in an open-air prison.”

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Amazon v the high street – how Doncaster is fighting back

The old pit town lost 5% of its high-street shops last year – but both the council and creative locals are trying to think again

Most towns and cities have the strange, uncertain spaces some people call “edgelands”, but Doncaster’s seem to go on for ever. Thanks to the Yorkshire town’s proximity to four motorways, the expanses around it are full of retail parks and distribution centres, those leviathans that sit at the heart of 21st-century consumerism.

Three of them belong to Amazon. The two nearest the town centre are comparatively modest, set in a business park that also includes a Morrison’s supermarket and a Holiday Inn Express. But the newest is a breathtakingly vast black-and-silver box covering 1.1m sq ft (102,200 sq metres). On a day when bright sunlight seems to make it glow, driving around its seemingly endless walls proves to be a mesmerising experience, only spoiled by the unshakeable feeling that my little hire car and I are being watched.

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Republican attacks take aim at non-white congressional candidates

Expert says Donald Trump’s effective reliance on personal attacks have caused ‘racist and bigoted’ ads to become more prevalent

Negative campaign advertisements are as familiar in US elections as door-knocking and yard signs. But as the 2018 midterm election campaign pulls into its homestretch, Republican attacks in two congressional races happening 3,000 miles apart have triggered alarm bells for targeting non-white candidates in an apparent effort to highlight their “otherness”.

The first comes from California’s 50th district, where Ammar Campa-Najjar is running as a Democrat for a seat currently occupied by the Republican Duncan Hunter. NBC’s Chuck Todd, a veteran political reporter and commentator called the spot “maybe the most shocking and outrageous political ad I’ve ever seen”, in a Meet The Press Daily segment.

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Anthony Scaramucci praises Trump and trashes Bannon – again – in new book

The ex-White House communications director, who served for just 10 days, says his former boss understands ‘the common man’

In a new book, short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci escalates multiple long-running battles with erstwhile Washington colleagues while chiseling a heroic likeness of Donald Trump with inside tales of the president’s secret wisdom and wit.

A copy of the book, Trump, the Blue-Collar President, to be published on 23 October, was obtained by the Guardian.

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Egypt security forces ‘disappeared’ and tortured US man, rights group says

Khaled Hassan, a 41-year-old limo driver from New York with joint US and Egyptian citizenship, was held for four months

A limousine driver from New York was forcibly disappeared for four months, tortured and sexually assaulted by Egyptian security forces, according to Human Rights Watch.

Khaled Hassan, 41, who holds joint US and Egyptian citizenship, was arrested and held incommunicado for months by Egyptian security forces after traveling to the port city of Alexandria in January to visit his wife and children.

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‘It’s for my daughter’s memory’: the Indian village where every girl’s life is celebrated

Grief-stricken after his daughter’s death, the chief of Piplantri village declared that every newborn girl would have a tree planted in her honour. In the process, he sowed the seeds of cultural, environmental and political revolution

Shyam Sunder Paliwal knows his way through the trees. Pushing through low branches, he reaches a shady copse where a profusion of different varieties grow. Every evening, he comes here on his motorbike to see one tree in particular, a burflower – kadam in Hindi – that symbolises sublime love. In the silence of the copse, he wraps both arms tightly around the slender trunk and rests his head against it, eyes closed. “This is my daughter’s,” he says.

Kiran, Paliwal’s 16-year-old daughter, died in 2006 – a tragedy he marked by planting the burflower tree. He went on to channel his grief into a mission. “She meant so much to me. How could parents kill a baby girl in the womb?”

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Trump campaign claims WikiLeaks not liable for releasing hacked emails

  • Campaign defends site in legal filing marking departure from US policy
  • Emails’ publication is central to Robert Mueller’s Russia inquiry

The Trump campaign argued in a legal filing that Wikileaks could not be held liable for publishing emails that were stolen by Russian hackers ahead of the 2016 US election because the website was simply serving as a passive publishing platform on behalf of a third party, in the same way as Google or Facebook.

Questions about Wikileaks’ publication of thousands of hacked emails, which it allegedly obtained following a plot by Russian military intelligence to steal the emails from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic party, are at the heart of Robert Mueller’s criminal investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.

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Morrison eyes law to protect religion as Greens call for exemption rollback

PM backs new law proposed by Ruddock review allowing religion to be protected in same way as gender and race

Scott Morrison has called for religion to be protected in the same way as gender and race, signalling Coalition government support for a new religious discrimination law proposed by the Ruddock review.

While the review’s primary recommendation – to entrench the power of religious schools to discriminate on the basis of sexuality – appears dead on arrival due to Senate opposition, LGBTI advocates agree in theory that discrimination on the basis of religion should be outlawed. They have warned the law must be a “shield not a sword” against LGBTI people.

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Trump angry after South Korea signals it may ease North Korea sanctions

President says Seoul will ‘do nothing without our approval’ after foreign minister says sanctions review under way

South Korea has considered lifting economic sanctions designed to force North Korea to relinquish its nuclear weapons, drawing a swift rebuke from Donald Trump and exposing a rift in Seoul’s alliance with Washington.

On Thursday the South Korean foreign minister, Kang Kyung-wha, suggested Seoul was increasingly willing to lift sanctions imposed in 2010 after the sinking of a navy corvette that killed 46 sailors. The move would be mostly symbolic since South Korea would still be required to follow United Nations sanctions, which cover much of the same areas.

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Australia’s executive pay backlash hits Telstra and Transurban

Telco and toll-road firm face shareholder pushback over bonuses and ‘oversized’ pay

Some of Australia’s largest companies are facing a concerted pushback from shareholders concerned about executive pay.

Amid ongoing concern about stagnant wage growth, the beginning of AGM season and fresh executive pay disclosures have already prompted a renewed focus on what the top end of town is earning, with focus on Telstra and Transurban.

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‘It’s just slavery’: Eritrean conscripts wait in vain for freedom

With their hopes dashed that peace with Ethiopia would bring an end to national service, young Eritreans must either accept a life of forced labour or flee

Dawit was tiring, but he could not stop. An Eritrean schoolteacher on the run, he was crossing the border to Ethiopia alone at night, with only a stick to protect himself against the hyenas and the military squads who pick up runaways.

He was risking his life to get out so that he could take up a scholarship in the US. In Eritrea, one of the most isolated and repressive countries in the world, young people have no future. Their choice is to undertake compulsory national service, or try to flee.

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Salvadoran priest Oscar Romero to be declared saint by Pope Francis

The canonisation of the assassinated archbishop will take place on Sunday in Rome

Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran priest who championed social justice for the poor and dispossessed, will be proclaimed a saint by Pope Francis in a canonisation ceremony in Rome on Sunday, almost four decades after he was assassinated by a rightwing death squad.

The former archbishop of San Salvador, who was closely associated with the Latin American liberation theology movement of the 1960s and 70s, will be canonised along with six others at the ceremony in St Peter’s Square. They include Pope Paul VI, who oversaw the sweeping Vatican II reforms of the Catholic church in the 1960s.

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The right to expel gay children from school isn’t about freedom; it’s about cruelty | David Marr

Why do religious leaders insist on this ugly law, when so many of their schools want nothing to do with it?

Let’s face it: throwing kids out of school for being gay is disgusting. Not for a long, long time has such an idea been respectable in this country. But in 2018 Philip Ruddock’s religious freedom review has kept it on the table.

This isn’t about freedom. It’s cruelty.

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Asian countries dominate World Bank’s new index of investment in ‘human capital’

Index seeks to name and shame countries failing to invest in health and education to create productive children

Asian countries have topped a new World Bank measure called the “human capital index” – a measure of youth mortality, schooling and health. The institution said increasing health and education investment could lead to more than half the children born this year doubling their lifetime earnings.

The human capital index is an attempt to shame countries into boosting efforts “to ensure a healthy, educated and resilient population ready for the workplace of the future”, the bank said.

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AFP raids home affairs department over Peter Dutton au pair visa leaks

Dramatic move follows a series of revelations concerning the granting of visas to au pairs by the minister

The Australian federal police are conducting a search at the Department of Home Affairs headquarters in Canberra over leaks concerning Peter Dutton’s ministerial intervention in the case of two foreign au pairs.

Guardian Australia understands officers are searching personal devices and a workspace in relation to possible leaks.

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Anita Hill: Kavanaugh confirmation hearing ‘disservice to the American public’

Professor said Senate committee response to Christine Blasey Ford mirrored her experience testifying against Clarence Thomas

Anita Hill said Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing was a “disservice to the American public”, in her first public remarks since he was confirmed to the supreme court on Monday after one of the most narrowly won confirmation proceedings in history.

Hill said the Senate judiciary committee’s response to Dr Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation of sexual assault against Kavanaugh mirrored her own experience testifying against the then supreme court nominee Clarence Thomas in 1991.

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World stock markets dive as Trump attacks ‘crazy’ US rate hikes

President adds to borrowing costs concern as China tension fuels febrile market mood

Shares in the Asia-Pacific region dropped sharply on Thursday following a big sell-off on Wall Street overnight as Donald Trump condemned “crazy” US interest rate hikes.

The Nikkei index in Tokyo fell more than 3% at the opening of trade, while in Sydney the benchmark S&P/ASX200 index was down almost 2%, slipping below the 6,000-point mark for the first time since early June.

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