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eBay to ban listings of Confederate flags, calling them a ‘symbol of divisiveness and racism’

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Online auction site eBay Inc said on Tuesday it will ban Confederate flags and related items containing the flag’s image from its website as it had become a “contemporary symbol of divisiveness and racism.”

The decision comes after Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Sears Holdings Corp said they would stop selling products bearing the Confederate flag on Monday, after a white gunman shot nine dead last week at a historically black South Carolina church.

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Johnna Hoff, spokeswoman for eBay said the company will take immediate action to block new listings and begin notifying sellers who have current listings of Confederate flags or related merchandise that may be impacted by the decision.

A search on eBay’s website on Tuesday found thousands of Confederate flags and merchandise including clothing and smartphone cases bearing the flag’s image on its marketplace.

The company said it already prohibits items related to Nazis and slavery under its protocol to remove offensive materials from its site, which carries around 800 million listings globally.

“The decision is consistent with our longstanding policy that prohibits items that promote hatred, violence or glorify racial intolerance,” said Hoff.

South Carolina lawmakers plan to introduce a resolution on Tuesday to begin a debate on removing the Confederate flag from the State House grounds following the killings of the churchgoers.

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Anger, relief but no joy as UN climate talks limp to an end

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A marathon UN summit wrapped up Sunday with little to show, squeezing hard-earned compromises from countries over a global warming battle plan that fell well short of what science says is needed to tackle the climate crisis.

The COP25 deal "expresses the urgent need" for new carbon cutting commitments to close the gap between current emissions and the Paris treaty goal of capping temperature at below two degrees, host country Spain said in a statement.

"Today the citizens of the world are asking for us to move ahead faster and better, in financing, adaptation, mitigation," Carolina Schmidt, Chilean environment minister and President of COP25, told the closing plenary.

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UK opposition chief Corbyn ‘sorry’ for election wipeout

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Britain's main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn apologised Sunday for waging a disastrous campaign that handed Prime Minister Boris Johnson a mandate to take the UK out of the EU next month.

But the veteran socialist defended his far-left platform and blamed the media for helping relegate his century-old party to its worst performance since before World War II.

"I will make no bones about it. The election result on Thursday was a body blow for everyone who so desperately needs real change in our country," Corbyn wrote in the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

"I wanted to unite the country that I love but I'm sorry that we came up short and I take my responsibility for it."

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The real outrage of the Afghanistan war papers that no one wants to talk about

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On Monday, December 9, The Washington Post released a confidential trove of 2,000 pages of government documents that revealed that senior U.S. officials repeatedly failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan. They document in detail a practice of lying, deception and whitewashing that covered up unmistakable evidence that the war had no grand plan, no end in sight and no consistent leadership.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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