Emphatic majority in vote aiming to prevent suspension of parliament in October
MPs have given Boris Johnson a brutal preview of the scale of the challenge facing his premiership, as Conservative rebels voted to block any attempt to suspend parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit.
The new measure was passed by a hefty 41-vote majority, after a day of drama in Westminster which saw the resignation of one minister and abstentions from four rebellious cabinet ministers, who will soon be on the backbenches, as well as half a dozen others.
Three Isis supporters who killed two Scandinavian women given death sentence
Three men have been sentenced to death in Morocco for the Isis-inspired murder of two Scandinavian hikers in the Atlas mountains last December.
The two victims, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were beheaded by a group of men who wanted to impress Islamic State. The three men confessed to their murder at a court in Salé, near Rabat.
At an event at the White House yesterday, Donald Trump was told by a Rohingya muslim refugee who had fled persecution in Myanmar to a regional refugee camp that his people were hoping to “go back home as quickly as possible”.
Rohingya man asks Trump whether there is a plan to help them.
Donald Trump a few moment ago attempted to disavow the racist chanting that broke out at his rally last night in North Carolina - despite the fact that the whole storm started from his racist tweets on Sunday.
Asked in the Oval Office just now by White House pool reporters why he did not stop the chants last night of “send her back” when he mentioned Ilhan Omar, he said: “I think I did - I started speaking very quickly.”He also added: “I was not happy with it - I disagree with it.”
Plan would allow enhanced, permanent nuclear inspections
Foreign minister: ‘It’s not about photo ops. We want substance’
Iran has offered a deal with the US in which it would formally and permanently accept enhanced inspections of its nuclear programme, in return for the permanent lifting of US sanctions.
The offer was made by the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on a visit to New York. But it is unlikely to be warmly received by the Trump administration, which is currently demanding Iran make a range of sweeping concessions, including cessation of uranium enrichment and support for proxies and allies in the region.
With few exceptions, elected Republican officials replied with silence, or feigned ignorance, after ‘send her back’ chants
“The president’s latest racist rant, offensive even in the context of his intentionally offensive tenure, has set a new low bar … I’m stunned and disappointed by the nonchalance of my Republican colleagues,” congressman Raúl M Grijalva wrote in the Guardian.
Potential PM will not say whether he had police protection during weekend in Italy while foreign secretary
Boris Johnson is refusing to give details of a trip he made to Italy when he was foreign secretary for a weekend-long party held at a restored castle owned by the media billionaire and socialite Evgeny Lebedev.
The Guardian has learned that the likely next prime minister went to Palazzo Terranova in Perugia in April 2018 at the invitation of Lebedev, the owner of the London Evening Standard and the Independent who is renowned for hosting glamorous events for the world’s rich and famous.
Federal judge rules financier is a ‘danger to others’ while awaiting trial for the alleged sexual abuse of underage girls from 2002 to 2005
Jeffrey Epsteinhas been denied bail while awaiting a federal sex trafficking trial in New York.
“The government has established danger to others and to the community by clear and convincing evidence,” Manhattan federal court Judge Richard Berman said on Thursday. “I doubt that any bail package can overcome a danger to the community.”
Exclusive: newly elected EU chief suggests there could be emergency help for Ireland
The European commission’s new president has warned that a hard Brexit would have “massively negative consequences” for both Britain and the European Union, and added that the EU could provide emergency help for nations such as Ireland that bear the brunt of a no-deal outcome.
In her first interview since being narrowly approved by the European parliament on Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen insisted that the withdrawal deal concluded by Theresa May and the commission’s Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier remained the basis of future talks.
Amid widespread US heat wave, experts predict dangerous extremes in summer temperatures will only get worse
As the climate crisis progresses, the number of extremely hot days around the US could more than double, according to a peer-reviewed study and report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.
By mid-century, an average of 36 days a year could feel like 100F (37.7C) or hotter. Toward the end of the century, 54 days a year could feel that hot, researchers with the science advocacy group found.
Democrats rushed to condemn Donald Trump after his supporters erupted into chants of “send her back” at the mention of Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of the targets of the president’s recent racist tweets.
Vermont senator Bernie Sanders was one of the first to offer his support to Omar following the chants at the Trump rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night, accusing the president of “stoking the most despicable and disturbing currents in our society” and called him the “most dangerous president in the history of our country”.
A backbench amendment intended to beef up attempts by MPs to stop a future government from proroguing parliament in order to ensure a no-deal Brexit has been passed by 41 votes in a potentially crucial decision by the Commons.
The amendment, tabled by a cross-party group of more than 20 MPs, led by Labour’s Hilary Benn and the Conservatives’ Alistair Burt, and passed by 315 to 274 sought to beef up earlier amendments made to an otherwise-technical Northern Ireland bill.
P Rajagopal, 71, who rose from humble beginnings to run one of the world’s largest chains of vegetarian restaurants, had been convicted of killing the husband of a woman he wanted to make his third wife.
Ali Issa Ahmad brings case to UN alleging he was tortured after wearing Qatar T-shirt to match
A British football fan who says he was detained and tortured while on holiday in the United Arab Emirates because he wore a football T-shirt supporting Qatar, has lodged a landmark legal complaint with the UN about his treatment.
In the 27-page complaint Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, from Wolverhampton, documents his alleged torture at the hands of the UAE authorities in January and February of this year while he was visiting the country to watch Asian Cup matches.
Boris Johnson could be the UK’s last prime minister, Gordon Brown has warned, as the Conservative leadership frontrunner met Scottish MPs to reassure them of his desire to bolster the union.
Johnson held a meeting with 11 out of the 13 Scottish Conservatives at Westminster on Wednesday, which was described as “positive” and “businesslike”, and is understood to have covered when he should first visit Scotland if elected, how colleagues north of the border will feed into policy decisions and future structuring of government – Johnson has proposed a “union unit” within Downing Street.
Latest list shows extinction now threatens a third of all assessed species, from monkeys to rhino rays
From the tops of trees to the depths of the oceans, humanity’s destruction of wildlife is continuing to drive many species towards extinction, with the latest “red list” showing a third of all species assessed are threatened.
The razing of habitat and hunting for bushmeat has now driven seven primates into decline, while overfishing has pushed two families of extraordinary rays to the brink. Pollution, dams and over-abstraction of freshwater are responsible for serious declines in river wildlife from Mexico to Japan, while illegal logging is ravaging Madagascar’s rosewoods and disease is decimating the American elm.
Astronomers say site will offer unparalleled view into deep space, but many Native Hawaiians fear it will desecrate sacred mountain
Dozens of people have been arrested on Hawaii’s Big Island this week after hundreds of protesters stood, lay and even chained themselves to structures in an effort to stop the construction of a billion-dollar space observatory at the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain.
The protests are the culmination of longstanding controversy over the site of the proposed observatory atop Mauna Kea, the highest point in the Hawaiian Islands.
Teargas and rubber bullets used to disperse huge demonstration following leak of Ricardo Rosselló sexist slurs
Thousands of protesters in Puerto Rico have clashed with riot police, as volleys of teargas and rubber bullets were used to disperse a mostly peaceful protest that descended into chaos just yards from the governor’s residence in San Juan.
The island’s capital has seen days of sustained protest following a leak of hundreds of pages of text messages, many including homophobic and misogynistic slurs, between the Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló and 11 members of his inner circle. A number of people in Rosselló’s administration have resigned after the leak, but the governor has refused to tender his resignation despite continuing violence on the streets.
Michel Barnier says the UK will ‘have to face the consequences’ of crashing out
Boris Johnson’s suggestion he could use the threat of no deal to win an improved Brexit deal for the UK risks falling on deaf ears in Brussels, the EU’s top negotiator has suggested.
Michel Barnier suggested, in an interview carried out in May for the BBC Panorama programme, that Theresa May’s negotiating team never tried to use the spectre of a no-deal Brexit despite calls from Tory hardliners to do so.
Chloe Haines, 25, allegedly tried to open aircraft doors on Jet2 flight from Stansted to Turkey
A passenger who allegedly caused two RAF jets to be scrambled to escort a plane back to Stansted airport has been sent a bill for £85,000 by the airline.
Chloe Haines has been accused by Jet2 of a “catalogue of aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour” on a flight bound for Dalaman in Turkey in June, including trying to open the aircraft doors during the flight.
Popular video blogger whose image of the menu went viral now faces police inquiry
Indonesia’s national airline has come under fire for banning the taking of in-flight photos and videos after a popular video blogger posted an image online showing a handwritten menu he was handed in business class.
The well-known travel v-logger Rius Vernandes was also reported to police after the post, which saw the airline Garuda Indonesia widely mocked online. The photo was uploaded with the caption: “The menu is still being printed sir.”
Chant follows Trump’s racist tweets targeting Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen of color
Goaded on by the president, a crowd at a Donald Trump rally on Wednesday night chanted “send her back! send her back!” in reference to Ilhan Omar, a US congresswoman who arrived almost 30 years ago as a child refugee in the United States.
Trump used the 2020 campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, to attack Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayana Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – calling them “hate-filled extremists”. The group, which calls itself “the Squad”, has been the focus of racist attacks by the president this week, kickstarted by tweets posted Sunday in which he said the lawmakers, all women of color, should “go back” to other countries.
Cyber attack compromised records on incomes, tax, health insurance and loans of millions of people
A 20-year-old cybersecurity worker has been arrested in Bulgaria and charged with hacking the personal and financial records of millions of taxpayers, as police continue to investigate the country’s biggest ever data breach.
Bulgaria’s NRA tax agency is facing a fine of up to €20m ($22.43m) over the hack, which was revealed this week and is thought to have compromised the records of nearly every working adult among the country’s population of 7 million.
More than 100 Democrats join Republicans to table vote, following Nancy Pelosi’s lead
The House of Representatives killed an attempt to impeach Donald Trump on Wednesday, with 137 Democrats joining Republicans to table a vote on articles of impeachment brought by the congressman Al Green of Texas.
Ninety-five Democrats voted to advance the impeachment resolution, which blasted Trump for bringing “disgrace” on the presidency by issuing racist tweets last Sunday aimed at four congresswomen of color. “Tabling” the impeachment articles means they are in effect dead.
Ricardo Rosselló resisting calls to resign over leaked messages
Tens of thousands to take to streets of San Juan
Puerto Rico is bracing for large demonstrations in the capital city of San Juan on Wednesday evening as the scandal engulfing the US territory’s local administration continues to deepen and the embattled governor, Ricardo Rosselló, vows to hold on to power despite waning support.
Tens of thousands are expected to take to the streets later today following protests earlier in the week that were dispersed with teargas and rubber bullets. In anticipation of potential unrest the cruise line company Royal Caribbean suspended a daily stop at the island “to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew”.
Scheme aims to reduce number of drivers involved in accidents during first years behind wheel
Young drivers could be banned from the road at night under plans to improve safety, the Department for Transport has announced. Figures show that a fifth are involved in an accident during their first year behind the wheel, and ministers are considering introducing a graduated licence system for novice drivers in England.
The scheme could feature a series of restrictions, such as a minimum learning period, not driving at night and not driving with passengers under a certain age. The DfT did not reveal how long the measures would remain in place once someone had passed their driving test.
Blowing trillions of tonnes of snow on to ice sheet could halt its collapse, researchers say
Spraying trillions of tons of snow over west Antarctica could halt the ice sheet’s collapse and save coastal cities across the world from sea level rise, according to a new study.
The colossal geoengineering project would need energy from at least 12,000 wind turbines to power giant seawater pumps and snow cannons, and would destroy a unique natural reserve. The scientists are not advocating for such a project, but said its apparent “absurdity” reflects the extraordinary scale of threat from rising sea level.
World Health Organization calls for more funds with 2,512 confirmed cases in Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization has declared, calling for more funds and international support to close it down.
Bill could make it illegal for a Boris Johnson administration to prorogue parliament
A no-deal showdown is expected in the House of Commons on Thursday after peers passed stronger protections against the prospect of a Boris Johnson administration attempting to prorogue parliament to force an exit from the EU in October.
The House of Lords passed an amendment by a majority of 103 on Wednesday that would ensure parliament would sit in the weeks leading up to the 31 October deadline. Fears have been growing that Johnson could prorogue or dissolve parliament in order to allow the deadline to pass without MPs interfering.
Former Trump officials believe the president would like to strike a nuclear deal with Iran that “essentially mirrors” the one Barack Obama and John Kerry negotiated in 2015, according to a new report from Politico.
“Trump got rid of the Iran nuclear deal because it was Barack Obama’s agreement,” Jarrett Blanc, a former State Department official who helped oversee the 2015 deal’s implementation, told Politico. “If you were to present to Trump the same deal and call it Trump’s deal, he’d be thrilled.”
Over a round of golf this past weekend, Sen. Rand Paul asked President Donald Trump’s blessing for a sensitive diplomatic mission.
Paul proposed sitting down with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to extend a fresh olive branch on the president’s behalf, according to four U.S. officials. The aim: to reduce tensions between the two countries. Trump signed off on the idea.
Donald Trump’s approval rating with Republicans rose in a USA Today/Ipsos poll conducted entirely after his racist tweets on Sunday attacking four Democratic congresswomen of color.
Trump’s net approval with Republicans in the new poll rose 5 percentage points, to 72%, from a similar poll conducted last week.
Video from the NBC archive shows Trump making friendly conversation with Epstein and pointing out women
Footage of a friendly exchange between Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein at a November 1992 party has surfaced after the president tried to distance himself from the wealthy financier who was arrested earlier this month for the alleged sex trafficking of minors.
US district judge imposed life sentence plus 30 years at hearing in federal Brooklyn court
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord found guilty of running a murderous criminal enterprise that smuggled tons of drugs into the United States, was sentenced by a US judge on Wednesday to spend the rest of his life in prison.
US District Judge Brian Cogan imposed the sentence of life plus 30 years, which was mandatory under the law, at a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn.
EC announces decision as incoming president looks to assuage critics over ties to governments in Poland and Hungary
EU nations are to be vetted annually on their adherence to the rule of law, in a renewed bid from Brussels to stop governments from firing independent judges and packing courts with pliable supporters.
Staff say decision is ‘blowback’ as a result of worsening relations with US
Russia has denied visas to teachers of the Anglo-American school in Moscow, in a move described by one teacher as “blowback” over worsening US-Russian relations.
The US ambassador, Jon Huntsman, called the decision to deny visas to 30 teachers at the Anglo-American school “unfortunate” and said it would “affect over 1,100 students and their families, who represent over 60 countries, including Russia”. The day school is popular among the children of western diplomats and businessmen.
Nineteenth suspect also arrested in US, in investigation into the Inzerillo clan in Palermo and the allied New York-based Gambino family
Italian and US police have launched a coordinated crackdown on a Sicilian mafia family that was seeking to rebuild its power base after years of exile in the United States, Italian investigators said on Wednesday.
More than 200 police, including officers from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), arrested 18 people in Sicily as part of their investigation into the Inzerillo clan in the island’s capital Palermo and the allied New York-based Gambino family.
Statistics are a blow to country’s biggest pharmaceuticals that paid millions of dollars in out of court settlements
Drug makers and distributors flooded the US with more than 75bn opioid pills in the crucial years when the country’s epidemic of painkiller addiction and deaths surged to record levels, according to previously secret data released by an American court.
The publication of the Drug Enforcement Administration statistics is a blow to some of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical firms that have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in out of court settlements in part to keep sealed evidence that they profiteered from escalating demand for opioids even as public health officials were declaring an epidemic.
Search engine’s decision follows pressure from campaign groups and MPs
Google has suspended the secondary ticketing company Viagogo from its paid-for global search rankings, with immediate effect, in what could prove a huge blow to the controversial website’s ability to do business.
Philip Hammond, the chancellor, has said it is “terrifying” that one of Boris Johnson’s close allies, Jacob Rees-Mogg, believes a no-deal Brexit will boost the economy.
The chancellor, who is expected to exit the government next week, expressed his horror after Rees-Mogg used a Daily Telegraph opinion piece to dismiss the “pure silliness” of Treasury forecasts suggesting a £90bn hit to the economy.
Waterloo Uncovered’s project shines fresh light on battle that led to Napoleon’s defeat
The first ever excavation of the main allied field hospital at the Battle of Waterloo has uncovered sawn-off limbs and musket balls fired during a previously unrecorded fight on the steps of the farm where the Duke of Wellington’s medics worked.
The surprise find by British and Dutch archeologists, digging alongside 25 military veterans, opens up a new understanding of how the Mont-St-Jeanfield hospital was engulfed by war on 18 June 1815.
Prosecutors say airline knew of problems with Airbus A330 plane that crashed, killing 228 people
French prosecutors have recommended that Air France face trial for manslaughter and negligence over the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in which 228 people died.
They concluded that Air France was aware of technical problems with a key speed-measuring instrument on its Airbus A330 plane, but had failed to inform or train pilots in how to resolve the issue, according to an investigation document seen by Agence France-Presse.
Arrest of Hafiz Saeed comes days before Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, visits Washington
Authorities in Pakistan have arrested Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of a four-day militant attack on the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008, on terror finance charges, a spokesman for the chief minister of Punjab province said.
The arrest came days before a visit to Washington by the country’s prime minister, Imran Khan, who has vowed to crack down on militant groups operating in Pakistan.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer succeeds new EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen as German defence minister
Angela Merkel’s favoured successor as chancellor has been appointed Germany’s new defence minister in an unexpected and potentially risky move after Ursula von der Leyen’s confirmation as European commission president.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, widely known in Germany as AKK, formally took over the role during a ceremony on Wednesday, a day after MEPs narrowly backed Von der Leyen’s nomination, and will swear her oath of office in the Bundestag next week.
Gun City, which sold weapons to man accused of mosque attack, plans new outlet
The New Zealand retailer Gun City, which sold weapons to the man accused of shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 51 people and injured dozens, has aroused concern with plans for a megastore in the South Island city, according to media reports.
Radio New Zealand said some residents living near the proposed site were upset at the prospect of the store, sprawling over 300 sq metres (3,229sq ft), opening in August.
General hails signing as ‘historical moment in Sudan’ after weeks of stalled talks
Military rulers in Sudan have signed a deal with protesters to share power with civilian leaders until elections are held in around three years.
The agreement comes after lengthy and difficult negotiations between generals who seized power after the fall of Omar al Bashir in April and then leaders of the pro-democracy campaign whose demonstrations led to the veteran dictator’s fall. It offers a chance to end months of political crisis and repeated bouts of violent repression.
British-Iranian woman held by Revolutionary Guards in mental hospital in Tehran
The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman detained in Tehran, says he is becoming increasingly worried she is being pressured to sign a forced confession after she was moved to an isolated ward in a mental hospital.
US has offered close to 378m acres of public lands and waters for oil and gas leasing since Trump took office through April 2019
Donald Trump’s leases of public lands and waters for oil and gas drilling could lead to the production of more climate-warming pollution than the entire European Union contributes in a year, according to a new report.
The Wilderness Society estimates heat-trapping emissions from extracting and burning those fossil fuels could range between 854m and 4.7bn metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, depending on how much development companies pursue.
Alleged killer Brandon Clark’s post with the caption ‘I’m sorry, Bianca’ shared and reposted hundreds of times
Social media companies have come under fire after images of a murdered teenage girl’s body were posted online and were widely shared on Instagram as well as other sites including Discord and 4chan.
Bianca Devins, a 17-year-old girl from Utica in New York, was brutally murdered on Sunday. Police allege she was killed by Brandon Clark, 21, after the pair, who met on Instagram, attended a concert together.
Diets heavy on snack foods linked to undernutrition and stunting, say researchers
Children under the age of two in Nepal are getting a quarter of their calories from junk food, according to groundbreaking research that warns their diet is linked to stunting and undernutrition.
Biscuits, crisps, instant noodles and sugary drinks appear to be displacing foods with the vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients babies need to grow well, say the researchers. The work, published in the Journal of Nutrition, illustrates that the 21st-century junk food diet spreading around the globe is linked not just to obesity but also to poor growth in children.
Unseasonable weather has blighted agriculture across Japan, as well as sales of summer clothes
Tokyo’s cloudiest few weeks in nearly 60 years has cast a shadow over the capital’s vegetable markets, forcing up the prices of some by 70%.
Japan has been hit by unseasonably cloudy weather and cool temperatures, Tokyo enjoying fewer than three hours of sunshine a day for 20 days through to Tuesday, the lowest recorded since Japan’s Meteorological Agency started collecting data in 1961.
The New Zealand city of Dunedin has sought to look on the bright side after losing its claim to have the world’s steepest street to a town in Wales, with its mayor saying: “The street certainly hasn’t got any less steep as a result of the decision.”
This week, Guinness World Records officially stripped Dunedin’s Baldwin Street of the title and instead awarded it to Harlech in Wales. Its street, Ffordd Pen Llech, has a gradient of 37.45% at its steepest point – 2.5% steeper than Baldwin Street.
Steps are the strongest the country has taken in response to massacres of minority Rohingya in 2017
Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has announced sanctions on the Myanmar military’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and other military leaders over extrajudicial killings of Rohingya Muslims, barring them from entry to the United States.
The steps, which also covered Min Aung Hlaing’s deputy, Soe Win, and two other senior commanders and their families, are the strongest the United States has taken in response to massacres of minority Rohingya in Myanmar, also known as Burma.
Revolutionary Guards will not allow family to contact her, according to Richard Ratcliffe
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman detained in Tehran for more than three years, has been transferred to a mental health ward where Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have prevented relatives from contacting her, according to her husband.
Richard Ratcliffe said his wife was moved from Evin prison on Monday to the mental ward of Imam Khomeini hospital. Her father tried to visit her there but was repeatedly denied access by the guards, who also prevented him from calling his daughter, Ratcliffe said.
US as yet unwilling to grant temporary protected status
Senators accuse Trump of ‘having it both ways’ over Maduro
The Trump administration has said it is not yet willing to grant temporary protected status to Venezuelans, meaning it will continue to deport people back to a country it says is being destroyed by a tyrant.
The news comes amid a humanitarian crisis that could forcibly displace as many as 8.2 million people by the end of 2020, and the same month that the United Nations accused the Venezuelan government of killing thousands of its own citizens.
The Associated Press reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Agency is looking to decrease inspections at nuclear power plants.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country’s nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety.
The recommendations, made public Tuesday, include reducing the time and scope of annual inspections at the nation’s 90-plus nuclear power plants. Some other inspections would be cut from every two years to every three years...
Two lawsuits challenging Trump’s new asylum restrictions have been filed today. The latest was filed in DC federal court, by two immigration advocacy groups. The first, from earlier today, was filed by the ACLU.
According to the new rules, any asylum seekers who pass through another country before arriving at the southern border – including children traveling on their own – will not be eligible for asylum if they failed to apply first in their country of transit. They would only be eligible for US asylum if their application was turned down elsewhere.
The change would affect the vast majority of migrants arriving through Mexico. Most of those currently come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, but an increasing number are from Haiti, Cuba and countries further afield in Africa and Asia.
A New Jersey lawmaker suggests the government turned insects into bioweapons to spread disease and possibly released them
The US House of Representatives has called for an investigation into whether the spread of Lyme disease had its roots in a Pentagon experiment in weaponising ticks.
The House approved an amendment proposed by a Republican congressman from New Jersey, Chris Smith, instructing the defence department’s inspector general to conduct a review of whether the US “experimented with ticks and other insects regarding use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975”.
Thousands march against Ricardo Rosselló after chats revealed sexist language and anti-gay remarks about singer Ricky Martin
Thousands of protesters have marched in Puerto Rico’s capital city for a third day to call for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló after sexist private chat messages were leaked.
The leak of at least 889 pages of the private chats has sunk Rosselló into the deepest crisis of his career, nearly two years after Hurricane María exposed Puerto Rico’s collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Rosselló’s watch. Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.
Record global temperatures this month set to beat previous record set in 2017
Record temperatures across much of the world over the past two weeks could make July the hottest month ever measured on Earth, according to climate scientists.
The past fortnight has seen freak heat in the Canadian Arctic, crippling droughts in Chennai and Harare and forest fires that forced thousands of holidaymakers to abandon campsites in southern France and prompted the air force in Indonesia to fly cloud-busting missions in the hope of inducing rain.
DoJ declines to bring charges against NYPD’s Daniel Pantaleo
Garner, 43, died after being put in a chokehold on Staten Island
Federal prosecutors will not charge the New York police officer implicated in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, the African American man killed almost five years ago, authorities announced on Tuesday.
President also accused Democrats of giving them a ‘free pass’ as House will vote tonight to condemn Trump’s initial remarks
Donald Trump fired another volley in what has become an all-out rhetorical war between the president and four progressive Democratic congresswomen Tuesday morning, accusing them of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate”.
He also accused the Democratic leadership of giving them a “free pass”.
Animal climbed over three electric fences and four-metre high barrier to escape
Italian forest rangers are on the hunt for a bear who has been described as an “escape genius” after managing to climb over three electric fences and a four-metre high barrier at a wildlife enclosure in the northern province of Trentino before disappearing into the woods.
Code-named M49, the 149 kg (23.45 st) brown bear fled the Casteller centre within hours of being captured with a tube trap overnight on Sunday in Val Rendena.
Department of Health to force end to abortion referrals, a rule widely seen as a blow against Planned Parenthood
Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration has announced, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women’s rights groups.
The head of a national umbrella group representing the clinics said the Republican administration is following “an ideological agenda” that could disrupt basic health care for many low-income women.
Vessel stopped transmitting its location on Saturday, when it was pointing toward Iran
Tracking data showing an oil tanker that was heading towards Iranian waters and stopped transmitting its location on Saturday night has raised concerns about the status of the vessel amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US.
The UAE-based and Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Riah typically made trips from Dubai and Sharjah on the UAE’s west coast before going through the strait of Hormuz and heading to Fujairah on the UAE’s east coast. However, something happened to the vessel after 11pm on Saturday, according to tracking data, when its last position showed it pointing towards Iran.
Dozens of officers suspended or sacked recently for corruption may be ‘tip of iceberg’
Dutch police unions have called for extra training in resisting approaches from criminal gangs after a report concluded that the recent firing of dozens of officers for corruption and security breaches could prove “the tip of the iceberg”.
The Algemeen Dagblad (AD) newspaper said the confidential police report confirmed suspicions that forces around the country were being infiltrated by organised crime, with 19 officers from the mid-Netherlands force alone found to have underworld connections.
German politician asks MEPs to back her as first female European commission president
Ursula von der Leyen has championed gender equality in her appeal to MEPs to back her as the first female president of the European commission, telling the European parliament: “We represent half of our population. We want our fair share.”
In a 30-minute speech in Strasbourg before a vote on Tuesday evening to confirm her position, the outgoing German defence minister said her nomination by the heads of state and government had been built on decades of progress.
Move to renationalise buildings follows protests over rising property prices in the city
The state of Berlin has bought back 670 apartments on the historic Karl-Marx-Allee from a private owner after decades of property privatisation in the German capital.
A 1950s prestige project for socialist East Germany, the grand boulevard that stretches from the city centre to Friedrichshain in the east has been the frontline of a months-long fight over gentrification and rising property prices.
When suspect removed wig officers found 503g of cocaine glued to his head
Police at Barcelona airport have arrested a Colombian man suspected of trying to smuggle half a kilo of cocaine into Spain concealed under his wig.
Officers noted that the passenger, who had arrived on a flight from Bogotá, seemed extremely nervous. However, what most attracted their attention was the size, and in particular, the height of his wig.
Evelyn Beatriz Hernández was jailed for murder after she was ruled to have induced abortion
A 21-year-old woman who gave birth to a baby in a toilet in El Salvador has returned to court for a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country’s highly restrictive abortion laws.
Evelyn Beatriz Hernández, who says she was raped and had no idea she was pregnant, had already served 33 months of her 30-year sentence when the supreme court overturned the ruling against her in February and ordered a fresh trial with a new judge.
Budget airline says it plans to close some bases and will carry fewer passengers
Ryanair has warned that delays to deliveries of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft will hit passenger numbers next year and it plans to cut or close bases at some airports as a result.
Europe’s biggest budget carrier has ordered 135 of the 737 Max models, which remain remain grounded after two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed a total of 346 people. Boeing has yet to convince regulators that software modifications are sufficient to ensure the plane’s safety.
Platinum cards of former Malaysian prime minister used for spree at jeweller in Italy, say prosecutors
The credit cards of Najib Razak were used to buy more than $800,000 of goods at a jeweller in Italy in a single day, a court in Kuala Lumpur has heard during the corruption trial of the former Malaysian prime minister.
The spending spree took place at De Grisogono, a Swiss luxury jeweller, in Italy on 8 August 2014 where items worth 3.3m Malaysian Ringgit ($803,000) were purchased on Najib’s Visa and Mastercard platinum credit cards, the court was told.
Human Rights Watch calls on Croatia to end illegal practice of forcing people back over Bosnian border
After months of official denials, Croatia’s president has admitted that the country’s police are involved in the violent pushbacks of migrants and asylum seekers apprehended inside the country.
The best chance for thousands of refugees stuck in Bosnia is to cross its border with Croatia to make it to the European Union. For the past year there has been repeated evidence of police using force against those who have made it across the border and then dumping them back in Bosnia.