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1% of farms operate 70% of world’s farmland

One per cent of the world’s farms operate 70% of crop fields, ranches and orchards, according to a report that highlights the impact of land inequality on the climate and nature crises. Since the 1980s, researchers found control over the...

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Greater Manchester Will Be Under Tier 3 Lockdown

Greater Manchester will move to a “very high” CCP virus alert level from Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday. “Very high” is the highest level in England’s new three-tiered alert system. Pubs in Tier 3 areas have to close, and the mixing of households is banned. The decision to put Greater Manchester under Tier 3 lockdown was reached after a 10-day negotiation between the government and Greater Manchester leaders ended without an agreement earlier in the day. “Unfortunately, an agreement wasn’t reached. I do regret this. As I said last week, we would have a better chance of defeating the virus if we work together,” Johnson said at a press conference where he announced the decision. Greater Manchester will get an extra £22 million ($28.5 million) support. Johnson said the government had made a “generous and extensive offer” that is “proportionate” to the support offered to Merseyside and Lancashire, but the offer was turned down by Greater Manchester. Just be..

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Brazilian President Endorses Trump for Reelection

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday endorsed President Donald Trump for reelection, telling reporters after the signing of a U.S.-Brazil investment agreement that he hopes to attend Trump’s second inauguration, according to local reports. “I most certainly hope that, God willing, I will attend the inauguration of the president, who will soon be reelected in the United States,” Bolsonaro said, according to a staff translation of his statement from Portuguese, as cited by Diario de Pernambuco, a Brazilian news outlet. Bolsonaro added that he “doesn’t need to hide” his support for Trump, which he said came “from the heart.” The Brazilian president has often lauded Trump, calling him a political role model and drawing parallels between their conservative agendas. In July, Bolsonaro similarly said he hoped Trump wins his bid for reelection. His remarks came after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) President Kimbe..

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Russia, US Appear Closer on Deal to Extend Nuclear Pact

The last U.S.-Russia strategic nuclear arms control pact appeared on track to win a one-year extension, as Washington on Tuesday welcomed a proposal by Moscow for such an extension if both sides freeze all nuclear warhead deployments for that period and the agreement is verifiable. The apparent breakthrough, coming after months of difficult talks appeared to narrow the gap between the sides over the fate of the 2010 New START agreement, which is due to expire in February. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that Russia proposes to extend the New START treaty for one year and is ready together with the United States to make a commitment “to freeze the existing arsenals of nuclear warheads” held by both parties during this period. However the Russian proposal can only be implemented if the United States “will not advance any additional conditions with regard to freezing the arsenals,” the statement said. During the extension period both parties can “hold compr..

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Chinese-Aussies Support Tassie Senator’s Push to Separate CCP from Chinese People

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has found support amongst Australia’s Chinese community after he was criticised for asking three Chinese Australians to “unconditionally condemn” the totalitarian Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Abetz’s question was mischaracterised as a loyalty test in op-eds and commentary by the hearing witnesses—Osmond Chiu, Wesa Chau, and Yun Jiang—and this then became the focus of the media’s critical narrative. “At no point did I question the loyalty of anyone. I did not even mention the word ‘loyalty.’ Yet Mr Chiu’s twisted and distorted narrative is blatantly false. Unfortunately, some now have parroted this false narrative without checking the record,” Abetz wrote in a statement. The Hansard transcript confirms that Abetz’ did not ask for or question their loyalty. The Senate committee hearing on issues facing the Chinese diaspora heard from three distinct groups of people, Abetz told The Epoch Times. “One was too scared to give evidence publicly because of pote..

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Aussie Lawmakers ‘Attractive Targets’ for Foreign Spies, ASIO Boss Warns

The head of Australia’s domestic spy agency has warned a Senate estimates committee hearing that politicians at all levels of government were attractive targets for espionage and foreign interference. Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) Director-General Mike Burgess said every sector of Australian society was a potential target for foreign interference. “We see evidence of intelligence services deceptively cultivating politicians at all levels of government (to) advance the interests of the foreign government,” he told the hearing in Canberra on Oct. 20. “In the coming weeks, I will write to all Commonwealth parliamentarians to warn they are attractive targets for those trying to steal our secrets and manipulate our decision making,” he continued. Under questioning from independent Senator Rex Patrick, Burgess said the attempts to curry favour with politicians were coming from multiple countries. He said foreign intelligence services were adept at knowing at what s..

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‘I Nearly Quit Parliament’: NSW Deputy Premier Barilaro

John Barilaro couldn’t get out of bed when he hit rock bottom and nearly quit parliament, the NSW deputy premier said on his return from a four-week mental health break. The outspoken Nationals leader found himself in hot water in September when he threatened to blow up the coalition government if concessions weren’t made on its koala protection policy. Under pressure to quit and copping criticism from all sides, Barilaro realised he’d been running on empty for a while and announced he would take four weeks mental health leave. But the hits kept coming, with reports Barilaro would lose his licence over speeding fines keeping him in the news. Back from his break, Barilaro said taking time off was the right call. “It is never easy to admit that you have got a mental health issue and you are struggling and suffering,” he told reporters on Oct 21. “I remember being at home struggling to get out of bed.” But it wasn’t smooth sailing for the coalition in his absence, with Premier Glad..

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Pubs In Tier 2 Restricted Areas Sector’s Most Vulnerable Businesses: CAMRA

Pubs in England in tier 2 areas where people cannot socialise with anyone outside their household have “no support whatsoever,” making them among the sector’s most vulnerable, according to a real ale consumer organisation. Nik Antona, national chairman of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), told NTD, an affiliate of The Epoch Times, that unless pubs are forced to close due to being in a tier 3 area, they are currently left without government help, even though their business is impacted by reduced footfall. Jamie West, landlord of the Hare and Hounds and the Rose and Crown, both in St Albans, South East England, told NTD that many landlords feared their areas being placed into tier 2 of the government’s CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus restrictions, as this would mean “another significant drop-off in trade”. Antona said that even “wet-led” pubs in tier 3 that are not serving food, so have to close, are not adequately supported, because though they will be able to benefit from the l..

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