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Mongolia's child jockeys risk injury and death to race, but is it tradition or just child labour?

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The smell of wool grease and smouldering logs hangs in the air as seven-year-old Namuun carries a saddle — weighing as much as she does — to a line of horses tied to a post.

On the edge of the Gobi desert, traditional Mongolian tents, known as “ger”, mark the silent landscape. They provide shelter for entire families who eat, sleep and live in one small space together.

But you’re unlikely to find Namuun there — she prefers to spend her time on horseback.

Address of the bookmark: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-12/mongolia-child-jockeys-risk-injury-deaths-race-naadam-festiva…

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Turkey Syria offensive: US builds pressure to halt incursion against Kurds

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Pressure is building in the US to stop Turkey continuing its offensive against Kurdish-held areas in Syria.

Defence Secretary Mark Esper warned of “serious consequences” while Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held out the prospect of fresh sanctions.

President Donald Trump‘s decision to withdraw US troops effectively triggered the Turkish incursion.

He has said he would like the US to negotiate a truce between Nato ally Turkey and the Kurds.

Address of the bookmark: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-50025020

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Brexit is indebted to Boris Johnson and David Cameron former schools

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It’s been three years since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, and in the ensuing period, the debate about how exactly to leave has claimed a prime minister, several MPs and the parliamentary majority of the ruling Conservative Party.

Key points:

  • Leading Brexiteer figures were peers at Eton College, an elite school established in 1440
  • All post-war PMs who attended university did so at Oxford, except for Gordon Brown
  • Critics of some Brexiteers say their privilege distances them from seeing its impact

The Brexit decision, which some have billed as a populist revolt against an out-of-touch elite, is now in the hands of Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson — a man who campaigned for Brexit in the run-up to the 2016 referendum, and whose origins were steeped in the institutions of Britain’s elite.

Address of the bookmark: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-10/brexit-indebted-to-boris-johnson-david-camerons-schools/11560…