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Japanese politicians force colleague with baby to leave chamber
Yuka Ogata took seven-month-old son to work to highlight difficulties parents have amid acute shortage of childcare placesWeeks after Ivanka Trump lauded Japan’s progress on women’s participation in the workforce, a female politician was forced to leave the chamber after her colleagues objected to the presence of her seven-month-old child.Yuka Ogata had taken her son to a session of the Kumamoto municipal assembly on Wednesday to highlight the difficulties many Japanese parents – particularly women – face juggling their careers with raising children, amid an acute shortage of nursery places. Continue reading...
'On the brink of disaster': children starve in siege of Syria's former breadbasket
With a political breakthrough unlikely at upcoming talks, people in eastern Ghouta face shortages of food, fuel and medicineThe sight of a woman weeping as she drags her malnourished children into a clinic is not rare in eastern Ghouta, which is under siege by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad.But when one mother told Abdel Hamid, a doctor, that she had fed her four starving children newspaper cutouts softened with water to stop them from screaming into the night, even he was stunned. Continue reading...
'If the sex is bad, leave': South Korea wakes up to its sexual revolution
Deeply conservative society is opening up on sex, and women are challenging centuries of strict gender roles in relationshipsWhen Lin Yu-han has a successful date, she uses Twitter to talk about it. Other times she simply calls for her followers to shed South Korea’s conservative social mores and have a bit more fun.“Why do you need to be engaged or feel some deep responsibility to have sex?” she wrote. “If they’re hotties with bodies just hop on.” Continue reading...
How do we tackle climate change? – Common Ground podcast
In the final episode our participants come to agreements on climate change and renewable energy much faster than our politicians seem to be able to. However, what would they be willing to pay to see a transition to a much higher proportion of renewables used in Australia’s energy generation? Continue reading...
Julie Bishop dismisses Chinese criticism of Australia's foreign policy white paper
Minister says senior Chinese officials ‘respect the stand we have taken’ but Chinese foreign ministry spokesman criticises ‘irresponsible remarks’ in paperJulie Bishop has dismissed criticism from Beijing about Australia’s foreign policy white paper, saying Chinese ambassador, Cheng Jingye, is very positive about the relationship between the two countries.She said she met Cheng on Thursday evening, and senior Chinese government officials “respect the stand we have taken in the white paper”. Continue reading...
Manus Island police use long metal poles to beat refugees and asylum seekers
Video shows officers hitting refugees with metal poles as they drag men out of decommissioned campPapua New Guinean police have used batons to beat refugees and asylum seekers in the Manus Island detention centre, as they continue their operation to clear the decommissioned camp.Video shot within the centre on Friday morning showed officers from PNG’s mobile squad threatening and hitting refugees with long metal poles as they dragged men out of the centre. Continue reading...
First world war hero’s descendant pays £840,000 for medals
Buyer is offering decorations for museum display and sale proceeds will go to charity projects across the globeThe descendant of a war hero has bought his great-uncle’s Victoria Cross and other medals for £840,000, so they can be shared with the public.Lorne Thyssen-Bornemisza paid a world-record price for the collection at auction, 100 years after the VC was awarded to V-Adm Gordon Campbell. Continue reading...
'Explosion' detected near Argentinian sub's final signal – video report
An abnormal sound detected in the South Atlantic ocean hours after an Argentinian navy submarine sent its last signal last week was ‘consistent with an explosion’, a navy spokesman said on Thursday
Charges dropped over protest at Israeli military drones factory in UK
Company witnesses pull out of case involving five activists accused of blocking access to UAV Engines in StaffordshireCriminal charges have been dropped against a group of protesters over a demonstration that blocked access to a factory making engines for Israeli military drones after witnesses from the companies involved pulled out of the case.The five protesters were charged with “use [of] violence to compel activity or abstention from lawful activity” after blocking the entrances to a Staffordshire industrial estate which is the base for UAV Engines, a subsidiary of Israeli arms company Elbit, that makes the drones that fly over the Gaza Strip. Continue reading...
Budget decisions that are urgent matters of life and death | Letters
Professor Wendy Burn on fears that promises of spending on mental health services will be broken; Colin Dyer of WellChild on the failure to prioritise the wellbeing of the young; Rev Paul Nicolson on inadequate benefits, poverty and ill health; plus, letters on housing and economic growthThere is a real and imminent danger that the promises made to improve mental health services for the millions of people who need them are about to be betrayed. This is because the chancellor failed to give the NHS the money it needs to continue to deliver current levels of care (Extra cash ‘plugs some gaps but not all’, warns top doctor, 23 November). Before the budget, the head of NHS England, Simon Stevens, warned that a cash shortfall would make it “increasingly difficult” to deliver on the government’s promise to improve mental health services in the coming years.The chancellor’s failure to heed that warning means difficult choices will have to be made when NHS England’s leaders meet to consider the budget next week. We are seeking an urgent commitment from NHS England and the government that the promised improvements to mental health services will be honoured. As shown by the case of girl X, highlighted by Sir James Munby this summer (Bed found for suicidal girl after judge’s fury, 5 August), this is a matter of life and death for many of our most vulnerable citizens. Continue reading...
Publication of Northern Ireland party donors delayed until new year
Head of Electoral Commission says continued secrecy undermines trust and confidence in Northern Irish democracyThe publication of Northern Irish political donors’ identities has been postponed to the new year because of a delay by the government to put necessary legislation before parliament.The Electoral Commission had planned to publish information on donors who had given money to parties registered in Northern Ireland for the first time on Thursday, but was unable to after the government failed to put legislation before parliament in time.
A hug’s life: Pixar’s John Lasseter leads the way in Hollywood’s golden age of euphemism
‘Unwanted hugs’, ‘missteps’, ‘pursuing shared feelings’ and ‘uncomfortable situation’ – the entertainment world is offering a masterclass in rebranding sexual improprietyWhat a golden age of euphemism we are living through. Each night brings a snowfall of fresh allegations against powerful men; each morning a flurry of exquisitely sorrowful statements that can’t bring themselves to say precisely what they are sorry about.Is anyone collating all these in a really expensive coffee table book yet, perhaps to offset any downturn in studio profits incurred by having to axe people and projects now tainted by Unpleasantness? There should definitely be a special font for these quasi-apologies. Comic Sans Underwear. Comic Sans Career. Comic Sans a Clue How They Sound. Continue reading...
Brexiters, beware. Ireland won’t be tricked by your mendacity | Brigid Laffan
Dublin is on the stronger side in demanding a settlement of the border question before EU trade talks can beginIn the run-up to next month’s critical EU summit, when the 27 heads of government will decide whether to move to talks on the future relationship between the EU and Britain, Ireland has assumed centre stage. This should come as no surprise to anyone in the UK, as successive Irish governments have been telling them since David Cameron first mooted a Brexit referendum in 2013. Brexit threatens Ireland’s core geopolitical and geoeconomic interests.The taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, has in recent weeks become much more assertive in his insistence that the UK government addresses the border problem before trade talks can begin. This has earned him the ire of the British tabloid press and of the DUP leader, Arlene Foster, whose party holds the balance of power in Westminster but who warned Varadkar not to “play around with” Northern Ireland. The leak of an internal Irish government document in which the British approach to Brexit was described as “chaotic” won’t have reduced the tensions. Continue reading...
Bilbao on the prairie: why does tiny Saskatoon need an $85m art gallery?
Saskatoon’s awe-inspiring new Remai gallery has vast ambitions. But does the overspend and hype about indigenous art justify all the bluster?‘This isn’t just a gallery, it’s an act of making a city,” says Bruce Kuwabara, founding partner of KPMB Architects, at the opening of the Remai Modern, a vast glass-and-steel art museum in Saskatoon. The C$84.6m (£51m) project would be a major event for any city, let alone a small university town of 250,000 in the wheat-filled Canadian prairies.Saskatoon is on the cusp of something. It’s the third fastest growing city in Canada, has one of the country’s youngest demographics and its economy is growing (though not as fast as it was). The latter fact is thanks in great part to an oil and gas industry that, controversially, is charged some of the lowest tax rates in the world and has helped create more than 8,000 millionaires in the province of Saskatchewan. The Remai Modern – four horizontal cantilevered volumes in a raised position by the South Saskatchewan river – is also the recipient of one of the biggest philanthropic arts donations in Canadian history. Continue reading...
Scott Ryan on trust, partisanship and why he left Turnbull’s frontbench
The new Senate president says he wasn’t fleeing stress or disappointment – he just wanted the jobThe new Senate president, Scott Ryan, knows full well institutions in the modern era have fallen on hard times, with declining levels of public trust.But if politics is the art of compromise, of synthesis between competing ideas, trust is what the process requires. “I’ve always thought that trust was important to compromise,” Ryan says. Continue reading...
Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards call for ban on Franco foundation
Petition filed in parliament says foundations glorifying Hitler or Mussolini would be unthinkable in Germany or ItalyMore than 200,000 Spaniards have signed a petition filed in parliament on Thursday asking the government to ban the National Francisco Franco Foundation (FNFF), which glorifies Spain’s former dictator.“In Germany or in Italy, it would be unthinkable to have a Hitler foundation or a Mussolini foundation,” read the petition, filed by a group that included descendants of victims of the Franco regime, in power from 1939 to 1975. Continue reading...
Man accused of tampering with wife's parachute faces retrial
Jury that was warned over bullying is dismissed after failing to reach verdicts in trial of Emile Cilliers at court in WinchesterThe jury in the trial of an army sergeant accused of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts.Emile Cilliers will face a retrial after the jury was dismissed on Thursday, a day after the judge warned its members against bullying between them. Continue reading...
Buncrana inquest hears how vehicles had slipped off pier before
RNLI volunteer tells inquest into deaths of five family members in County Donegal how his efforts to reach submerged Audi were thwartedThe pier in County Donegal, Republic of Ireland, where five members of the same family drowned last year was the scene of at least three similar incidents in which vehicles lost control, an inquest has heard.Sean McGrotty; his sons Mark, 12, and Evan, eight; his mother-in-law Ruth Daniels, and her 14-year-old sister, Jodie-Lee, died in March 2016 after McGrotty’s Audi Q7 slid off Buncrana pier into Lough Swilly. Continue reading...
No hugs, no one to talk to: how Ugandan orphanages are harming a generation | Helen Nianias
A boom in the orphanage industry is fuelling concern that many institutions are run for economic benefit, with scant regulation, and are damaging childrenAt a Catholic orphanage for children aged seven and under near Kampala, a noisy tangle of children moves around the complex. It takes a moment to notice that the children aren’t actually speaking, or even attempting to form words.
Anyone for crickets? Finnish bakery sells bread made from insect
Fazer in Helsinki claims to be first store in world to offer insect bread, which contains about 70 crickets ground up into flourA Finnish bakery has launched what it claims to be the world’s first insect-based bread to be offered to consumers in stores.
Thanksgiving parade and Christmas castles: Thursday's best photographs
The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including Thanksgiving parade preparations, Windsor Castle at Christmas and Tokyo illuminations Continue reading...
Jury in Emile Cilliers case defends itself after judge's bullying direction
Jury in case of army sergeant accused of attempting to murder his wife say no bullying took place during deliberationsA jury has publicly defended itself by denying any bullying took place during its deliberations in the trial of an army sergeant accused of attempting to murder his wife by tampering with her parachute.The remaining seven women and three men of the jury in the case of Emile Cilliers produced a note to the judge at the start of Thursday’s proceedings at Winchester crown court raising concerns about his directions to them the previous day. Continue reading...
Retailers and small companies welcome business rates change
Switch from RPI to CPI in 2018 will save sector about £211m over two years, but some hoped chancellor would freeze ratesRetailers have welcomed a change in the way business rates are calculated, which will save them an estimated £210m over the next two years.After pressure from major high street names, the tax will switch from the retail price index (RPI) measure of inflation to the lower consumer price index (CPI) in 2018, two years earlier than expected. The Treasury said the change would save British companies £2.3bn over the next five years. Continue reading...
Mathias Cormann says tax cut for big business becoming more urgent
Finance minister counters speculation the prime minister floated personal tax cuts as a prelude to dumping company tax promise
Woolworths says $1 bet limits on poker machines won't help problem gamblers
Chairman knocks back calls for company, which is one of Australia’s largest poker machine operators, to follow Coles in introducing maximum betsThe Woolworths chairman Gordon Cairns doubts $1 bet limits on poker machines would help problem gamblers.The supermarket chain is one of Australia’s largest poker machine operators, through its ownership of more than 330 hotels. Continue reading...
Lebanese PM Saad Hariri’s suspended resignation is only cosmetic | Joumanah El Matrah
The Lebanese know they don’t have the military and political power to fight foreign influence. It is unlikely Hariri is a free man even after his returnThe Sursock Gallery in Beirut features a video installation by Syrian artist Hrair Sarkissian, in which he is seen destroying his childhood home in Damascus. Forced from home by war, this is a man who has lost everything. In a video set on infinite replay, Sarkissian is seen again and again striking his home. His is an act of utter futility, but as a survivor of war this is all that is left to him: to feign control and agency in a world where you have none.Related: Lebanese PM Saad Hariri suspends resignation Continue reading...
Sir Oswald Mosley holds court in London – archive, 23 November 1971
23 November 1971 Now living in Paris, the former far right leader says that he is still ready to place himself at the service of the British peopleI have been searching in vain for the mot juste to convey the opposite of “radical chic,” Tom Wolfe’s inspired phrase for describing Leonard Bernstein’s famous New York party for the Black Panthers. I need it to describe the exact nature of the occasion at which I recently met Sir Oswald Mosley, Tom to his friends.Sir Oswald, 75, is politically dead but well and living in Paris. He pays occasional visits to London. To meet him on this particular occasion were assembled in a Mayfair flat an exotic collection of millionaires and socialites, punters, and peers, the latter mostly of the Irish variety – and me. Mr Bernard Levin was also to have been present but was said to have been down with the flu. Get well soon Bernard. Continue reading...
Twelve former Australians of the Year condemn government and urge action on Manus
Open letter begs Australian government to restore essential services to detention centre and to let doctors treat men thereTwelve former Australians of the Year have condemned the actions of the Australian government on Manus Island, as Papua New Guinean police and immigration officers entered the detention centre on Thursday morning, demanding that detainees leave.The open letter, signed by Australians of the Year between 1983 and 2015, pleaded with the Australian government to restore essential services and allow doctors to treat the 380 men who remain inside the centre. Continue reading...
John Alexander's joke about rape 'utterly unacceptable' – Turnbull
PM says he agrees with decision of Liberals’ Bennelong candidate to unreservedly apologise for joke he made 20 years ago​Malcolm Turnbull has described a joke involving rape made by John Alexander as “utterly unacceptable” after the Liberals’ Bennelong candidate apologised on Thursday for comments made 20 years ago.In a video filmed in 1995 and posted to YouTube in 2011, Alexander tells a joke about “a black guy in Chicago” who had “witnessed a rape and he’s been called into the court”. Continue reading...
John Cantlie: plea for release of British Isis hostage five years after kidnap
Media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders says Cantlie is one of around 22 journalists and media workers still heldMedia rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders has called for renewed efforts to secure the release of British photojournalist John Cantlie held by the Islamic State group on the fifth anniversary of his kidnapping.Cantlie was taken near the Turkish border in northern Syria along with US journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by Isis in 2014. Continue reading...
Man arrested in Lancashire following counter-terrorism raid
Two properties in Nelson are being searched by police after 31-year-old was arrested under the Terrorism ActA man has been arrested under the Terrorism Act after police carried out warrants at two properties in Lancashire.Police said the 31-year-old man from Nelson was arrested at about 11.15am on Wednesday, on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. He is being held in custody and will be questioned by detectives. Continue reading...
Budget 2017: Hammond masks gloomy outlook with stamp duty cut
Chancellor calls it a ‘balanced’ budget and uses eye-catching offer to first-time buyers to counter Britain’s deteriorating economic prospectsPhilip Hammond placed a stamp duty cut for first-time buyers at the heart of his budget on Wednesday as he sought to mask Britain’s deteriorating economic prospects by pledging to “revive the homeowning dream”.Delivering what was widely regarded in Westminster as a make-or-break budget, the chancellor announced a modest increase in funding for the NHS, and announced £15bn of measures to tackle the housing crisis. Continue reading...
Our shameful policy of locking up young people | Letters
Frances Crook of the Howard League for Penal Reform says we should be closing down our youth prison system, not expanding it; David Scott says England and Wales stand virtually alone in the EU in the use of child life sentencesShauneen Lambe is right that our child prisons are a disgrace and that they are harming children (Youth prisons don’t deter criminals. They enable them, 21 November). The answer is to close them down, not to look to other countries that have similar failing institutions. She points to Diagrama, an organisation that runs child jails in Spain, and has been trying to enter the lucrative UK child incarceration market. I have visited some of its jails in Spain and saw Victorian education delivered in bleak and remote establishments. There was nothing we should copy.It was misjudged of the commissioner of the Metropolitan police to abuse an invitation to speak at a charity’s AGM and call for more children – in effect more black boys – to be incarcerated and for longer. We have gone down that path for two centuries and it has been a disaster. It was all the more bizarre as police forces round the country are successfully reducing child contact with the criminal justice system and there is a good-news story to tell. All experience and research shows that arrest, prosecution and incarceration of children leads to worse outcomes for the child, for victims and for the taxpayer.
Stormzy apologises for unearthed homophobic tweets
The grime star said his comments were ‘unacceptable and disgusting, full stop’, after report criticises numerous gay slurs in the pastGrime MC Stormzy has apologised for using homophobic language on Twitter, after the Pink News site uncovered tweets stretching across three years that used words including “faggot”.Amongst numerous other uses of the word, he called a gay character on EastEnders a “fucking fag”, asked a Twitter user who was discussing hair straighteners and curling tongs “are you a fag?”, and told his followers: “Put on bbc1 this little black boy is a fucking fag”. He also described various people and things as “proper gay”. Continue reading...
Brexit gets £3bn top-up but skulks in the background of Hammond's budget
Chancellor assures cabinet of resolve to feed more cash to EU exit when need arises, but ‘divorce bill’ remains unconfirmedThe impact of Brexit was everywhere to be seen in Wednesday’s budget, but nowhere to be found in most of the chancellor’s speech. Philip Hammond’s only direct reference to the most seismic economic event in Britain’s postwar history was to confirm he would have to put aside extra money to prepare government departments for the worst-case scenario of a “no deal” exit.Related: Autumn budget 2017: Hammond announces stamp duty changes and slower growth but Corbyn blasts empty promises - live Continue reading...
The real budget story is the sharp cut in growth forecasts | Larry Elliott
Philip Hammond could have responded to bad economic news with cuts – instead he has increased spending and borrowingForget the extra money for housing. Put to one side the package of support for the NHS. Ignore the willingness to throw money at sorting out universal credit. The real story from the budget was slower growth not just this year but every year up until 2022.This downgrade has been a long time in coming. Ever since it was founded the independent Office for Budget Responsibility has wrongly predicted a pick-up in productivity growth and is now heartily sick of ending up with egg on its face. Continue reading...
Alps bus driver died after crashing into rocks to save passengers, inquest hears
Maurice Wrightson from Northumberland had been descending narrow road from a French ski resort when the brakes failedA bus driver died in a “complete inferno” after driving directly into boulders on a narrow mountain road to try to save his passengers, an inquest has heard.Maurice Wrightson, 63, from Ashington in Northumberland, had been descending the precarious D211 road from the Alpe d’Huez ski resort in France with a coach full of British staff on 16 April 2013. Continue reading...
Bosnian Serb warlord Ratko Mladić disrupts genocide verdict hearing
Robert Mugabe’s departure ushers in a heady new era for Zimbabwe | Knox Chitiyo
Zimbabwe is experiencing an almost unprecedented convergence. Mnangagwa is set to be the new president – and millions will tune in to hear his first speechThe ecstatic scenes said it all – Zimbabweans around the world are celebrating the resignation of Robert Mugabe as president. In January 1980, hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans thronged Zimbabwe Grounds stadium in Highfields township, Harare, to welcome Mugabe back from exile. In March 1980, with reggae icon Bob Marley and Britain’s Prince Charles in attendance, thousands filled Rufaro Stadium to witness the handover from Rhodesia to the new nation of Zimbabwe. Thirty-seven years later, the largest crowds Harare has ever witnessed flooded the streets once again; not to welcome Mugabe in, but to see him out. One simple, taut phrase summed up the day’s events: “This is our second independence day.”How did it come to this? Continue reading...
Camelot mulls £10k-a-month-for life lottery prize to attract young
UK national lottery operator considers shift in focus to entice younger generation wanting to get on to housing ladderThe national lottery operator, Camelot, is considering introducing a prize of up to £10,000 a month for life in the hope of enticing a younger generation of players seeking financial security so they can afford to buy a home.As it revealed an overall drop in ticket sales, Camelot said it could shift its focus away from big jackpots towards an “annuity-style game”, in which the prize would continue to pay out until death. Continue reading...
China turns its back on Comrade Bob to embrace change in Zimbabwe
Resignation of Robert Mugabe greeted with relief in Beijing, which for years was autocratic leader’s most powerful allyConfirmation of Robert Mugabe’s ouster prompted revelry on the streets of Harare. “The Goblin has gone!” raved one.
Olivia Mead's $25m inheritance slashed after appeal from mining billionaire's estate
Michael Wright’s youngest daughter’s inheritance cut from $25m to $6.14m after court initially increased it eight-foldOlivia Mead, a millionaire heiress whose list of expenses included a $1.2m crystal-encrusted grand piano and $2,000 annual upkeep of her pet axolotl, has had her inheritance cut from $25m to $6.14m following an appeal from her deceased father’s estate.The 22-year-old is the youngest daughter of the Perth mining billionaire Michael Wright, whose father, Peter Wright, was a business associate of the late Lang Hancock. He was worth $2.7bn upon his death in 2012. Continue reading...
School covers up 'potentially suggestive' statue of saint and child
Blackfriars Priory school in Adelaide covers statue of St Martin de Porres that depicted saint handing a loaf of bread to a young boyA new statue at a Catholic school in Adelaide has been covered up and will be remodelled over issues with it being “potentially suggestive”.The statue of St Martin de Porres at Blackfriars Priory was unveiled recently and depicts the saint handing a loaf of bread to a young boy. Continue reading...
'Impossible' New Zealand maths exam even flummoxes teachers
Complaints being investigated after ‘geometric reasoning’ section of high school paper left brightest students despondent and in tearsA New Zealand maths exam for high school students has been criticised as “impossible” with even the brightest students left despondent and in tears at the difficulty of the questions.New Zealand year 11 students sat the maths exams on Monday and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority has since received a number of complaints regarding the unreasonable difficulty of the paper. Continue reading...
Chinese censor feted by Mark Zuckerberg is accused of corruption
Lu Wei, powerful and flamboyant former head of China’s Cyberspace Administration, is accused of ‘serious disciplinary violations’The former top official for internet censorship in China, who travelled to the heart of Silicon Valley to promote China’s vision for the web, is under investigation for corruption, the Communist party’s anti-corruption agency has said.
Saad Hariri returns to Lebanon after surprise resignation
Prime minister, who has renounced power, flies back into country on eve of its independence day after prolonged stay in Saudi ArabiaLebanon’s prime minister, Saad Hariri, returned to his home country late on Tuesday, on the eve of its independence day and after a nearly three-week absence dominated by his surprise resignation.
Germany’s crisis means uncertainty for Europe. But it won’t be fatal | Natalie Nougayrède
The continent has been rattled at a time when it has so many unresolved issues. Macron’s plans, however, will be key – and Merkel is not finished yetThe collapse of Germany’s coalition talks is the latest shock to hit Europe. No one saw it coming. Of course the blow is of a different nature from the banking crisis, the war in Ukraine, the refugee crisis, Brexit, Trump, Poland and Hungary’s democratic backsliding, or Catalan secessionism. Germany’s politics look upended but the fundamentals are still in place: the postwar democratic set-up is hardly under threat. Still, this is rattling stuff. Europe’s powerhouse is in unknown political territory at a time when so much remains unresolved across the continent. And Germany’s political uncertainty means yet more uncertainty for the EU. Yet doomsayers shouldn’t assume that this crisis has to be fatal.Nowhere outside Germany is the political breakdown being watched more closely than in France. Emmanuel Macron had set his sights on the German election as the starting point of his plan for a European “renaissance” alongside Merkel. On Monday, Macron did not hide his concern, saying it was not in France’s interest that “things become tense” in Germany. “We must move forward,” he added. But the worries go deeper than Germany’s internal problems. If Merkel was supposed to be the leader of the free world in the era of Trump and Brexit then what might the future look like without her? Far-right websites have been humming with glee at the news that Merkel has now run into deep difficulty. Continue reading...
UK confident that Irish border will not stop progress of Brexit talks
But view of many in EU27 is that Britain leaving single market and customs union makes hard border inevitable – which Ireland will not acceptDowning Street still believes the Irish border problem can be resolved by December, despite Dublin’s threat to veto Brexit trade talks over the issue regardless of Theresa May’s £40bn divorce offer.Ireland fired a warning shot on Tuesday by suggesting that May’s enhanced financial offer to the EU was not enough on its own to secure the trade talks sought by the UK without guarantees that Brexit will not lead to a hard border. Continue reading...
Zimbabwe celebrates as Mugabe resignation announced – in pictures
Robert Mugabe finally announced his retirement after days of political pressure and public demonstrations on the streets of Zimbabwe. Car horns blared and cheering crowds raced through the streets of the capital, Harare, as news spread that the president had resigned after his 37-year reign of autocratic control crumbled within days of a military takeover
Police face legal action over Luton airport terror detention
UK-based man, who is not religious and has denounced terrorism, was detained with son en route to holiday in Rome
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