Ethiopia pardons abducted Briton on death row

Regime critic Andargachew Tsege was seized during stopover in Yemen in 2014

A Briton who has spent four years on death row in Ethiopia after being abducted at an airport in Yemen has been pardoned.

Andargachew Tsege, an opponent of the regime in Addis Ababa, first came to the UK in 1979. He holds British citizenship and was sentenced to death in his absence nine years ago. His family in London hope he will be able to return to them soon.

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Republican lawmaker compares NFL protests to 'players giving Nazi salutes'

A Republican congressman from New York on Saturday said NFL player protests over police brutality and racial injustice were “premised on lies”, and compared the action of kneeling during the playing of the national anthem to “players giving Nazi salutes” or “spewing racism”.

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I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players

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Has Britain’s attitude to sex and consent begun to change?

Last week Sweden passed a law making sex without mutual agreement rape. But in Britain, attempts to educate men about the issue have met resistance

How do you know if someone wants to have sex with you? It’s a question – about consent and what constitutes affirmative, enthusiastic, mutual desire – that has been under intense focus in recent months. On campuses and in workplaces, on nights out and in the press, the spectrum for debate is vast: serious sexual offences committed by Bill Cosby and alleged against Harvey Weinstein have been evaluated alongside the viral short story Cat Person and the sensational account of a date with comedian Aziz Ansari. After #MeToo, what does the critical mass on consent reveal?

In Sweden, marking a victory for women’s rights activists, parliament last week passed a bill, by 257 votes to 38, to recognise that sex without explicit mutual consent constitutes rape. The law, which goes into effect on 1 July, ensures that prosecutors will no longer need to prove that violence or threats were used by the accused in order to obtain a conviction, making it the 10th European country to amend its legislation in this way.

The way to get men to back off is to make them feel morally responsible for themselves

There is definitely a subset of men using their grasp of the subject in a slightly aggressive way

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The unsavoury alliance between oligarchs and London’s top lawyers | Nick Cohen

It’s a grubby business but these companies have no qualms about picking up the fat fees

If I were to describe secretive organisations that make millions from mafia states, you would imagine – what? Mercenaries? Conspiracies with Blofeld at their head? Nothing so thrilling, I’m afraid. Picture instead respectable lawyers of high status and higher income, whose love of money is now, in the words of the Commons foreign affairs committee, a matter of “national security”. Others should judge whether they were so “entwined in the corruption of the Kremlin and its supporters that they are no longer able to meet the standards expected of a UK regulated law firm”.

The lawyers who worried MPs worked at the “magic circle” London firm Linklaters, whose 40 highest-paid partners received £1.57m on average last year. Linklaters decided that the attempted murder of the Skripals, Russia’s shooting down of the MH17, its complicity in crimes against humanity in Syria, the annexation of Crimea, the invasion of Ukraine, support for the far right, the interference in democratic elections in the west and the suppression of democracy at home in no way obliged it to answer questions about its dealings with Moscow. It had nothing to say about its role in floating a Russian company last year.

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Short prison sentences do not work, says justice secretary

David Gauke says he wants prison population to come down, with alternatives to short spells in jail for least serious offenders

Short prison sentences of less than 12 months do not rehabilitate prisoners and should be a last resort, the justice secretary has said, adding that the UK is now holding too many people in jail.

Related: Prisoners could help fill post-Brexit workforce gap, says minister

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