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Sunak refuses to accept tax burden will definitely rise during next parliament – general election TV Q&A live
Prime minister and Labour leader take part in second big TV event of campaign, with questions from Beth Rigby and live audience
Kuwait building fire kills at least 49 Indian workers
More than 50 people also injured in fire, which broke out in a six-storey building housing foreign workersAt least 49 people, all Indian nationals, have been killed in a fire which swept through a building housing foreign workers in Kuwait.More than 50 others were injured in the blaze, which broke out in the six-storey building south of Kuwait City at dawn on Monday. Continue reading...
Reports of sexual assault in NSW up 42% in five years, new data reveals
Increase could be due to major law reform, such as new affirmative sexual consent laws, expert says
Hunter Biden conviction could boost father against Trump, experts suggest
Analysts say guilty verdict undermines Trump's claim that a weaponised justice department is unfairly pursuing himHunter Biden's conviction on gun-ownership charges may have handed his father, Joe, a boost in the forthcoming presidential election, analysts say, because it undermines the image of a president weaponising the US justice system to pursue Donald Trump.Trump, the former president and presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has pushed that line relentlessly to explain his conviction last month on charges related to the concealment of hush-money payments to a porn star to help him win the 2016 election. Continue reading...
New ‘targeted’ search in Samantha Murphy investigation – as it happened
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Tories fighting to prevent Labour winning ‘supermajority’, says Shapps
Defence secretary says even bigger win than 1997 landslide would be very bad news' for country
Panda diplomacy: Chinese premier Li Qiang could announce two new rare bears for Australia during state visit
Wang Wang and Fu Ni have not conceived during more than a decade at Adelaide Zoo, sparking speculation they may be replaced
DFS furniture chain blames Red Sea crisis for profit warning
Attacks on shipping leading to delays to deliveries and higher shipping costs, says retailer
Potential VP pick says he was vetted on questions that would disqualify Trump
JD Vance reveals he was asked whether he had committed a crime or had lied, prompting amusement on social mediaJD Vance, a rightwing senator vying to be Donald Trump's running mate, has inadvertently revealed that as part of his vetting for the role, he was asked questions that might disqualify Trump himself.Talking to Fox & Friends, the Republican senator for Ohio told co-host Steve Doocy that his team had been asked for a number of things" as part of a traditional background check for the vice-president role, adding that a number of people have been asked to submit this and that". Continue reading...
Labour candidate in Liverpool criticises Starmer for advert on Sun homepage
Kim Johnson said city, much of which still boycotts paper over false Hillsborough reporting, would be disappointed in Labour
Jury told to disregard Lucy Letby’s convictions during trial for attempted murder
Ex-nurse to go on trial after Manchester crown court unable to reach verdict last year on attempted murder of babyA jury has been told to disregard Lucy Letby's convictions for murdering babies when they decide whether she is guilty of trying to kill another infant.Letby, 34, is due to go on trial on Wednesday accused of attempting to murder the child, known as Baby K, in February 2016. Continue reading...
Man arrested after objects thrown at Nigel Farage in Barnsley
Reform UK leader on top deck of party battlebus when objects reportedly thrown from nearby construction site
Beefeater owner threatened with legal action over plan for 1,500 job cuts
Union claims Whitbread, which also owns Premier Inn, has not consulted properly with restaurant staffHundreds of workers from restaurants including Brewers Fayre, Table Table and Beefeater outlets are threatening their parent company Whitbread with legal action over alleged poor consultation on 1,500 planned job cuts and closures.The Unite union has written to Whitbread, which also owns Premier Inn hotels, saying it is considering launching employment tribunal claims for unfair dismissal. It says some of the 3,000 workers potentially affected by the company's moves to exit more than 200 restaurants have yet to be told which sites will close despite evidence that plans have been in place since December last year. Continue reading...
What constituency am I in? New boundary map for UK general election – and how changes may affect you
Boundary changes mean the 2024 British general election will be fought in altered seats. Enter your postcode to see a map of your constituency and how these seats would have voted in 2019
UK general election opinion polls tracker: Labour significantly ahead of Tories as campaign continues
Find out who's up and who's down in the latest polls - and how many seats each party is likely to win in the 2024 general election
Disappointment for Sinn Féin as Irish local elections bolster coalition
Fine Gael and Fianna Fail each win 23% of first preference vote, with Sinn Fein on just 12% after expected landslideVoters in Ireland have bolstered the centrist government, chastened Sinn Fein and elected a handful of far-right candidates in local elections.The ruling coalition hoped also to perform well in the European elections, with preliminary results on Monday suggesting Ireland had, like other European countries, shored up pro-EU mainstream parties. Continue reading...
Fears for Green Deal as number of MEPs from climate-denying parties set to rise
Far-right gains unlikely to unravel deal but may dampen support for bringing EU in line with 1.5C, say analysts
Labour election victory would be ‘net positive’ for markets, says JP Morgan
Win would benefit banks, builders and supermarkets, say analysts, showing appeal of centrist platform' for City
BP staff risk sack if they fail to disclose intimate relationships with colleagues
New policy follows sacking of ex-CEO Bernard Looney with top managers given three months to report all relationships in past three yearsBP employees will have to disclose intimate relationships with colleagues or risk losing their jobs, according to a new policy brought out after the dismissal of former boss Bernard Looney for failing to tell the board.Employees must disclose familial and intimate relationships at work" without exception, the FTSE 100 oil company said on Monday. That is a tougher stance than before, when they only had to disclose relationships if they thought there was a a conflict of interest risk. Continue reading...
Sunak will ‘absolutely’ remain Tory leader despite D-day blunder, ally says
Cabinet minister Mel Stride says PM deeply regrets' early exit from 80th-anniversary commemoration in Normandy
Woman has life-threatening injuries after funfair ride failure in London
Man in his 40s also being treated for potentially life-changing injuries after incident at Lambeth country showA woman in her 40s is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a funfair ride malfunctioned at a country show in south London, the Metropolitan police said. A man in his 40s is also receiving treatment for potentially life-changing injuries.Lambeth country show in Brockwell Park reopened on Sunday, but the rides remained cordoned off. Continue reading...
European elections – as it happened: Italy joins vote with Meloni poised as EU powerbroker
Most of the European Union's 27 member countries, including powerhouses France and Germany, go to the polls on Sunday, the final dayRobert Fico, Slovakia's prime minister who was shot and seriously injured in May, cast his vote at a hospital in Bratislava.Fico, a populist politician who is closely allied with Hungary's Viktor Orban and has promoted a foreign policy more friendly toward Russia, wrote on social media:I voted in the hospital because these elections are also important. It is necessary to vote for MEPs who will support peace initiatives and not the continuation of war.Consent of western countries given to Ukraine to use western weapons to attack targets on Russian territory is just a proof that big western democracies do not want peace, but an escalation of tensions with the Russian Federation, which will surely happen. Continue reading...
Israel-Gaza war: four hostages from Nova music festival rescued in central Gaza – as it happened
This live blog is now closed, you can read more on this story hereHere are some images of the hostages and their family and friends embracing after their release:Noa Argamani Continue reading...
Sharks attack three swimmers off two Florida beaches
Woman, 45, sustained significant trauma' and had part of arm amputated after one attack, and two teens were injured in anotherTwo separate shark attacks at Florida beaches wounded three swimmers, including two teenagers, prompting some popular vacation spots to temporarily close, according to authorities.A shark bit a 45-year-old woman at about 1.20pm on Friday while she swam at Watersound beach, along the coast of Walton county, Florida, in the eastern part of the state. Continue reading...
Howard University revokes Sean Combs’ honorary degree and scholarship he funded
Move comes after video released showing hip-hop mogul attacking singer Cassie Ventura in 2016Howard University on Friday announced that it has revoked the honorary degree it gave to Sean Diddy" Combs in 2014, discontinued a scholarship program named after the rap mogul and returned a $1m donation from him, citing the video which showed him violently attacking singer Cassie Ventura in the hallway of a Los Angeles hotel.Mr Combs' behavior ... is so fundamentally incompatible with Howard University's core values and beliefs that he is deemed no longer worthy to hold the institution's highest honor," the Washington DC school said in a statement. The university is unwavering in its opposition to all acts of interpersonal violence." Continue reading...
Provincial Spanish town challenges cities by showing 120 Renaissance works
Major art exhibition in Alba de Tormes aims to break cultural stranglehold of Madrid and BarcelonaIn an elegant but unfinished basilica 100 miles from Madrid as the crow - or in this case the stork - flies, some of the hidden and long-dispersed religious treasures of the Spanish Renaissance have been gathered together for an unlikely and potentially pioneering exhibition.Although Alba de Tormes has a rich and turbulent history - it is home to both the illustrious House of Alba and the majority of the remains of St Teresa of Avila - the small and picturesque town in Castilla y Leon is not a habitual venue for the kind of art show more commonly staged in Madrid or Barcelona. Continue reading...
Princess of Wales sends apology to Irish guards for missing parade
Catherine says she hopes to represent you all once again very soon' as colonel of the regimentThe Princess of Wales has written to the Irish guards to apologise for being unable to take the salute and wish them luck for a trooping the colour event.The colonel's review parade rehearsal for trooping the colour was taking place in central London on Saturday. Continue reading...
‘Bigoted woman’ and fridge-hiding: a history of election gaffes after Sunak’s D-day disaster
Prime minister is not first party leader to make bad decisions during heat of a general election campaign
Fans call foul over England’s Euro 2024 sticker album debacle
A row between rivals Panini and Topps has meant collectors cannot fill an album with players in their kits from all 24 nations in this year's tournamentAdding stickers of your favourite players into an album is arguably one of the few innocent pleasures that remain for football fans. But children and seasoned collectors have discovered that even this gentle pastime has been affected by modern football's passion for money.The Panini sticker album has been a staple of international tournaments since the 1970s. But after Uefa sold the rights for stickers for Euro 2024 to its American rival Topps, Panini launched an alternative England 2024" album, using rights held by England, Italy, Germany and France that were not part of Uefa's deal. Continue reading...
Tory candidate Ashley Fox accused of lying to MPs to secure job
Fox had said he had no political ambitions when being vetted as chair of Independent Monitoring Authority
US citizens face charges ‘punishable by death’ in alleged coup attempt in Congo
Three US nationals on trial in Democratic Republic of Congo over events in May described as an attempted coupMore than 50 people, including three US citizens and a Belgian, have gone on trial in the Democratic Republic of Congo over what the army has described as an attempted coup.The actions of the three Americans were punishable by death", Judge Freddy Ehume told the military court in the DRC capital, Kinshasa. Continue reading...
‘I could have run faster’: Cathy Freeman expresses regret over gold medal race at Sydney Olympics
Olympian says women's 400 metres would have reached a whole new level if her main rival Marie-Jose Perec had competed in the final
Andrew Giles issues new rules for visa cancellations that make community safety ‘highest priority’
Immigration minister announces direction 110 after previous rules used to overturn visa cancellations for non-citizens who committed serious offences
D-day 80th anniversary comes at time of conflict and growing carelessness
As grim memory of world war fades, many people are anxious amid rise of nationalist, country-first rhetoricTwenty-two British D-day veterans, the youngest nearly 100, crossed the Channel on Tuesday to mark this week's 80th anniversary of the landings in Normandy, representing a thinning thread to the heroics of two or three generations ago when about 150,000 allied soldiers began a seaborne invasion of western Europe that helped end the second world war.Ron Hayward, a tank trooper who lost his legs fighting in France three weeks after D-day, told crowds assembled in Portsmouth on Wednesday why he and other soldiers were there: I represent the men and women who put their lives on hold to go and fight for democracy and this country. I am here to honour their memory and their legacy, and to ensure that their story is never forgotten." Continue reading...
NSW government was warned of flaws in home safety scheme that left Molly Ticehurst with ‘false hope’
State government failed to take action' on issues with Staying Home Leaving Violence program, Greens say
Airport CCTV footage could show what happened between Peter Costello and News Corp journalist
Federal minister Jason Clare and opposition leader Peter Dutton say additional camera angles may shed light on incident at Canberra airport
‘We will not go away’: Israeli demolitions leave Bedouins homeless
Bedouins erect tents only for Israeli forces to return and dismantle them in Negev village earmarked for clearanceUnder the unrelenting heat of the Negev desert, for the fifth time in the last two weeks, Tayaeer Abu Asda has set up an improvised tent, which will serve as a temporary home for his wife and five children for at least the next three days. Abu Asda, 38, a Palestinian Bedouin and truck driver, is one of a group of Bedouins now numbering 500 who have been living for decades in Wadi al-Khalil, a village east of Be'er Sheva, about 12 miles (20km) from Gaza.In early May, Israeli authorities demolished 350 structures in the community, 47 of them homes, leaving hundreds of children homeless. In the shadow of the conflict in Gaza, the government described this action as an important move of sovereignty and governance". Continue reading...
Narendra Modi faces first coalition test as allied parties demand cabinet seats
Smaller allies emerge as powerful kingmakers in effort to form government before swearing in of PMNarendra Modi is facing the first test of coalition politics after losing his outright majority in the Indian election, with smaller coalition allies emerging as powerful kingmakers in the formation of the government.Modi's Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) won the most seats in the election results declared on Tuesday, but not enough to pass the 272 parliamentary majority mark, forcing it to rely on coalition partners to return to power. Continue reading...
British paratroopers dropping in French field for D-day event asked for passports
French officials insist on checking paperwork of 400 troops landing in Normandy for 80th anniversary commemorationEyebrows were raised at the Ministry of Defence when French immigration and customs insisted on checking the paperwork of 400 British paratroopers immediately after they dropped into fields near Saneville, Normandy on Wednesday.Some felt the French were trying to make a point in response to the UK's decision to leave the EU and, while immigration checks for British troops on exercise abroad are routine, doing so at a public commemoration is deemed exceptional. Continue reading...
Three more babies die after developing whooping cough, says UKHSA
Total of eight infants have died from the disease this year, as experts urge pregnant women to get vaccinatedThree more babies have died from whooping cough this year as cases continue to rise across the country, according to the UK Health Security Agency.Since January, there have been 4,793 confirmed cases of whooping cough, with 181 babies under the age of three months diagnosed with the illness. A total of eight babies have now died from whooping cough this year. Continue reading...
Australia hit by ‘big wave’ of Covid at same time as increase in flu
Experts say both are at critical point' of escalation and that people should ensure they are up to date with vaccinations
‘Ineffective’ NSW child protection system failing tens of thousands of children, auditor general finds
Scathing report finds Department of Communities and Justice not providing the care needed to protect children's safety and welfareNew South Wales is failing tens of thousands of vulnerable children due to an ineffective" and unsustainable" child protection system, a damning audit has found.The state's auditor general, Bola Oyetunji, released the scathing report on the child protection system on Thursday, finding that the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) was not meeting its legislative requirements to provide the care needed to protect children's safety and welfare, nor providing the appropriate assistance for parents. Continue reading...
Tories to pledge homicide law overhaul with US-style classifications
Rishi Sunak will reportedly introduce tiered system and longer sentences under new proposalRishi Sunak will reportedly pledge an overhaul of homicide laws, introducing US-style classifications for murder and increasing sentences, as part of the Conservative manifesto.The proposals would include a tiered system of first- and second-degree murder, as well as increasing the minimum sentence for murders that take place in the home from 15 to 25 years. Continue reading...
Starmer says Sunak broke ministerial code with £2,000 Labour tax claim
Labour leader accuses PM of resorting to lies' in TV debate as election campaign turns bitter and personalRishi Sunak lied to the country and broke the ministerial code when he claimed Labour's spending plans would increase taxes by 2,000, Keir Starmer has said, as his party attempts to regain control of the election narrative.Both Starmer and the shadow chancellor, Rachel Reeves, rounded on Sunak in an increasingly bitter and personal war of words, saying the prime minister's tactics during Tuesday night's TV debate showed he was dishonest under pressure. Continue reading...
Taylor Swift, Pink and Australian Grand Prix boosted national economic activity in March quarter
ABS says spending for the period would have been lower for clothing, merchandise and dining if not for Eras tour
Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s John Blackman dies age 76
The radio and voiceover veteran was diagnosed with aggressive skin cancer in 2019
Pressure grows on Benjamin Netanyahu to back Gaza ceasefire plan
Biden-backed proposal is causing rifts in unstable coalition led by Israeli PM that could lead to his government falling apartIsrael's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is facing growing pressure both at home and internationally to support a new ceasefire plan for Gaza, a move he is resisting over fears it will collapse his government.Far-right members of the prime minister's coalition have threatened to quit the coalition if Israel surrenders" before total victory" over Hamas, while his leading rival, the centrist Benny Gantz, has said he will resign from the emergency unity government if Netanyahu does not commit to a deal and day after" plan for Gaza by 8 June. Continue reading...
Dangerously hot conditions expected as heatwave strikes south-west US
Area from south-east California to central Arizona see will extreme heat, with temperatures topping out at 113F in PhoenixParts of California, Nevada and Arizona are expected to bake this week as the first heatwave of the season arrives with triple-digit temperatures forecast for areas including Phoenix, which last summer saw a record 31 straight days of at least 110F (43.3C).By Wednesday, most of an area stretching from south-east California to central Arizona will see easily their hottest" weather since last September, and record daily highs could be seen from Las Vegas to Phoenix, the National Weather Service said late on Monday. Continue reading...
Reality check: the Reform UK party’s claims on the climate crisis examined
Richard Tice made some eye-opening statements on the climate, and the manifesto is packed with even more falsehoodsDespite 40C record heat in 2022 and the wettest 18 months on record this winter, this general election seems set to test the UK's political consensus on climate change like never before.Reform UK, the rightwing party that describes itself as offering commonsense" policies on immigration and energy, has eschewed the consensus in favour of outright climate scepticism. So what exactly does the party have to say about global heating and the UK's net zero target? Continue reading...
BDS founder hails campus protests for taking Israeli divestment mainstream
Omar Barghouti, who attended Columbia University in 80s, says student solidarity with Palestine has educated the worldThe student-led protests demanding universities cut financial and academic ties to Israel have led to unprecedented support for the Palestinian liberation struggle, and have propelled the divestment debate into the mainstream, according to the co-founder of the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions (BDS) movement.Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian human rights defender who helped launch the BDS movement almost 20 years ago, said the students' solidarity had helped educate the world about the Israeli occupation and apartheid" while exposing the hypocrisy - and repressive tendencies - of some of the world's most prestigious universities with investments in corporations which put profit before people and the planet". Continue reading...