Six In The Morning Friday 8 December 2023


Palestinians detained by Israel in Gaza blindfolded, stripped to underwear

Hamas slams treatment of about 100 detainees as act of revenge and crime against defenceless civilians.

At least 100 Palestinian men detained by Israeli forces have been stripped to their underwear, blindfolded and made to kneel on a street in northern Gaza, according to images and videos widely circulated on social media and confirmed by the Israeli army.

The men were shown with their heads bowed as they were guarded by Israeli troops in the undated video that first surfaced on Thursday, which has drawn condemnation.

Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher, reporting from occupied East Jerusalem, said on Friday that the images echoed the history of the region, where stripped men are taken to unknown locations.

Bodies also piling up in morgues across continent as countries accused of failing to meet human rights obligations

Refugees and migrants are being buried in unmarked graves across the European Union at a scale that is unprecedented outside of war.

The Guardian can reveal that at least 1,015 men, women and children who died at the borders of Europe in the past decade were buried before they were identified.

They lie in stark, often blank graves along the borders – rough white stones overgrown with weeds in Sidiro cemetery in Greece; crude wooden crosses on Lampedusa in Italy; in northern France faceless slabs marked simply “Monsieur X”; in Poland and Croatia plaques reading “NN” for name unknown.

On the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, one grave states: “Migrant boat number 4. 25/09/2022.”

IOC allows Russian athletes to take part in 2024 Olympics

Olympic officials approved Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete neutrally in the Paris Olympics.

Russian and Belarusian athletes who qualify will be able to participate in the 2024 Olympics in Paris, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.

The athletes will only be allowed to participate in the event as neutrals. They cannot display any flags, emblems or anthems during their participation.

“The Executive Board (EB) of the IOC has decided that Individual Neutral Athletes (AINs) who have qualified through the existing qualification systems of the International Federations (IFs) on the field of play will be declared eligible to compete at the Olympic Games Paris 2024,” the Olympic body said in a statement.

UN slams COP28 ‘posturing’ as negotiators spar over ending fossil fuels

Countries at the COP28 climate talks need to stop posturing, aim high and agree on a way to end the “fossil fuel era as we know it”, UN climate chief Simon Stiell said on Wednesday, as tension over the future of coal, oil and gas came to the fore.

The UN climate chief was speaking as the two-week conference approaches its midpoint when attention turns to behind-the-scenes negotiations, following the opening flurry of announcements.

“All governments must give their negotiators clear marching orders. We need highest ambition, not point-scoring or lowest common denominator politics,” Stiell told a news conference.

COP28’s host country, the United Arab Emirates, said more than $83 billion had been mobilised during the first five days of the event.

US climate envoy John Kerry said it had been “a pretty damn good week” so far, but that the pace of emissions cutting had to be accelerated.

Top gov’t spokesman allegedly received ¥10 mil in kickbacks: source


Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno, Japan’s top government spokesman, is accused of failing to report more than 10 million yen in income raised through events hosted by his party faction, a source close to the matter said Friday.

Matsuno belongs to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s largest faction, formerly headed by slain Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which has been suspected to have pooled funds amounting to over 100 million yen without reporting the revenue in political funding statements.

After the allegations emerged, Matsuno, one of the most influential ministers within Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Cabinet, said he has no intention to resign when speaking at a regular Friday press conference.


MLK house: Bystanders prevent attempt to burn down Dr King’s birth home

By Sam CabralBBC News

Alert bystanders stopped a woman as she attempted to set fire to the birth home of Martin Luther King Jr in Atlanta, Georgia, police say.

Officials said the prompt action “saved an important part of American history”.

The accused is in custody and faces charges of arson for allegedly pouring petrol onto the property.

The two-storey house where Dr King spent the first 12 years of his life is a federal landmark.

Its interior was acquired by the National Park Service in 2018 and has been closed to the public since last month for repairs and renovations.

Officers responded to the vandalism in progress in the city’s Auburn Avenue Historic District about 17:45 local time (22:45 GMT) on Thursday, Atlanta police said in a news release.