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Human rights groups face global crackdown ‘not seen in a generation’

Laws affecting funding, requiring registration and prohibiting protest are among controls that are making it difficult for NGOs and other campaign groups

Human rights organisations and campaign groups are facing their biggest crackdown in a generation as a wave of countries pass restrictive laws and curtail activity. Almost half the world’s states have implemented controls that affect tens of thousands of organisations across the globe.

Over the past three years, more than 60 countries have passed or drafted laws that curtail the activity of non-governmental and civil society organisations. Ninety-six countries have taken steps to inhibit NGOs from operating at full capacity, in what the Carnegie Endowment calls a “viral-like spread of new laws” under which international aid groups and their local partners are vilified, harassed, closed down and sometimes expelled.

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Four Britons confirmed dead after plane crashes during Quebec sightseeing flight

Light aircraft came down in rural Canada resulting in the deaths of six people, including a French passenger and the pilotFour Britons were among six killed in a seaplane crash in a remote Canadian forest, the Foreign Office has confirmed.The five pass…
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Brazil protests: share your pictures and experiences

Are you taking to the streets in protest in Brazil? If so we’d like to hear from you

People in Brazil came out in protest against President Dilma Rousseff on Sunday, while pro-government demonstrators marched earlier in the week on Thursday. Did you take part in either of the events? Perhaps you were at a different one protesting with Comperj workers outside Petrobas HQ in Rio de Janeiro on Monday? Or are you planning a demonstration in the future? We’d like to see your photos, videos and hear your experiences.

Share your view of Brazil in photos, videos and words by clicking on the blue ‘Contribute’ button on this article. You can also use the GuardianWitness smartphone app or the new Guardian app – just search for ‘GuardianWitness assignments’. You can also email guardian.witness@theguardian.com

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Toronto police report two suicides associated with Ashley Madison hack

Local police in Canada say two suicides are being investigated together because of the leak of millions of customer profiles for extramarital dating service

Unconfirmed reports suggest that two people in Toronto have killed themselves over the Ashley Madison hack, local police said in a briefing providing details about the beginning of the leak.

“As of this morning, we have two unconfirmed reports of suicides that are associated because of the leak of Ashley Madison customers profiles,” Toronto police service staff superintendent Bryce Evans said at a press conference on Monday.

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Ashley Madison adultery website faces $578m class action over data breach

A Canadian widower who had his personal details leaked is bringing the case because he says he never cheated and did not meet any other site members

Two Canadian law firms have filed a $578m class-action lawsuit against the companies that run Ashley Madison after a hacker group’s data breach exposed some 39 million memberships in the adultery website earlier this week.

Charney Lawyers and Sutts, Strosberg, both of Ontario, said Friday that they filed the lawsuit on behalf of Canadians who subscribed to Ashley Madison and whose personal information was disclosed to the public. The website, with its slogan “Life is short. Have an affair,” is marketed to facilitate extramarital relationships.

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One murder every hour: how El Salvador became the homicide capital of the world

A 2012 truce between the government and gangs has fallen apart, and a police offensive is under way to combat a murder rate 90 times greater than the UK’s

On the deadliest day of the century in the world’s most homicidal country, a gang leader and convicted murderer sits quietly in a vegetable farm and ruing what he calls a disappearing opportunity for peace.

Marvin, is a senior figure in the Mara Salvatrucha, one of El Salvador’s two biggest gangs. They have been at war with each other for two decades and now find themselves under attack by the state amid a bloody escalation of violence.

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Mexican president cleared of wrongdoing in mansion purchase

Investigation concludes there was no conflict-of-interest behind Enrique Peña Nieto and his finance minister’s purchase of homes from public contractors

A government investigation has exonerated Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto and his finance minister Luis Videgaray of any wrongdoing regarding the purchase of mansions and holiday homes from public contractors.

The investigation concluded that there was no conflict-of-interest behind the president and Videgaray’s decisions to award contracts to companies that sold homes to them and the president’s wife.

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Brazil’s illegal loggers downscale to avoid satellite detection

Hard-to-detect small-scale clearance of Amazon rainforest makes up half of country’s deforestation rate, says study. RTCC reports

Brazil’s drive to nip illicit tree-felling in the bud has shifted the nature of the problem, according to researchers.

Small-scale illegal logging is – proportionally speaking – on the rise, says a report by the Climate Policy Initiative and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

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Brazil’s illegal loggers downscale to avoid satellite detection

Hard-to-detect small-scale clearance of Amazon rainforest makes up half of country’s deforestation rate, says study. RTCC reports

Brazil’s drive to nip illicit tree-felling in the bud has shifted the nature of the problem, according to researchers.

Small-scale illegal logging is – proportionally speaking – on the rise, says a report by the Climate Policy Initiative and the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

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Ariane 5 space rocket blasts off in French Guiana to deliver satellite payload – video

A European Arianespace rocket was successfully launched from a South American spaceport on Thursday on a mission to deliver two new communications satellites into orbit. The unmanned Ariane 5 rocket left Guiana space center with a payload that includes…
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