Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedy was the surprise victor while the final season of HBO’s fantasy drama picked up the most awards
It was a British invasion at the 71st Emmy awards, with Game of Thrones taking home the prize for best drama and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag sweeping most of the comedy awards in a night that saw numerous nods to stars from across the pond.
The biggest question heading into the night was whether Emmy voters would reward perennial juggernaut Game of Thrones for its divisive final season. The show was nominated for 32 awards – the most for any single season of television ever – and had already won 10 Creative Arts Emmys last week. Game of Thrones took home the night’s final prize for outstanding drama series and a best supporting actor nod for American star Peter Dinklage – bringing its total to 12 awards and breaking its own 2015 record for the most awards per series – but was otherwise shut out of the telecast.
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United in Science report ahead of UN summit says climate is changing faster than forecast, and current plans would lead to ‘catastrophic’ global temperature rise
An assessment backed by the world’s major climate science bodies has found commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions must be at least tripled and increased by up to fivefold if the world is to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
The report, launched as leaders gather at a UN climate action summit in New York on Monday, says current plans would lead to a rise in average global temperatures of between 2.9C and 3.4C by 2100, a shift likely to bring catastrophic change across the globe.
Carmakers fear disorderly exit would cripple the just-in-time supply chain, investment and lead to tariff barriers
The European car industry has warned of catastrophic effects of a no-deal Brexit, saying it would have a “seismic” impact on making cars in Europe.
In a rare joint statement, chiefs from 23 automotive business associations across Europe joined forces to caution against a brutal exit from the bloc by Britain, where auto giants BMW, Peugeot PSA and Japan’s Nissan have factories.
Leader in conference bid to stop party campaigning for remain at general election
Jeremy Corbyn has risked the wrath of Labour’s membership after he moved to stop the party campaigning to remain in the EU at a general election.
Before a crucial vote on Monday on whether it should explicitly back remain in any election, Labour’s autumn conference descended into factional rows with rebellious MPs privately threatening another leadership challenge.
Joint List alliance endorse ex-military chief although say they don’t support his policies
Israeli Arab political parties have broken with longstanding precedent and endorsed the ex-military chief Benny Gantz for prime minister, in a bid to prevent the incumbent, Benjamin Netanyahu, from forming the next government.
Hundreds protest over killing of Ágatha Félix, 8, shot in back by police bullet in favela
The photo shows a smiling eight-year-old girl dressed as Wonder Woman, beaming through gap teeth and crossing her small clenched fists into an X. Shocked Brazilians shared the image of Ágatha Félix online after she was shot in the back in a Rio de Janeiro favela on Friday night by what residents said was a bullet from a police officer’s rifle. She later died in hospital.
She was the fifth young child to be killed in Rio favelas this year. Favela activists, politicians, the public defenders’ office and the president of Rio’s bar association blamed the shoot-to-kill policy of the Rio governor, Wilson Witzel. “He is responsible for the murder,” tweeted Guilherme Boulos, a leftist politician.
UK check-in desks operating normally despite anxiety over risk of cancelled return flights
Thomas Cook customers at Gatwick and Manchester airports rushed to board their flights on Sunday amid growing anxiety ahead of crunch talks between the embattled tour operator and its creditors which could lead to bankruptcy.
On Saturday night, the travel firm had reassured customers that flights would continue to operate as normal and although people steadily checked in their bags at Thomas Cook desks, some uncertain holidaymakers said they had brought extra return flights home with another airline in case Thomas Cook went bust.
Younger generation takes to the streets in defiance of six-year ban on demonstrations
Hundreds of Egyptians have been swept up in a campaign of arrests targeting protesters, as demonstrations against president Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi’s rule continued.
The Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms (ECRF), a Cairo-based NGO, reported on Sunday that at least 220 people had been arrested since protests began on Friday night. The organisation said it had set up “an emergency room,” to deal with the arrest spike, anticipating that at least 100 more people would be detained at protests in Suez, Alexandria and Giza on Saturday night. On Sunday another NGO, the Egyptian Centre for Economic & Social Rights stated it had also recorded at least 274 arrests since demonstrations began.
Jeremy Corbyn has suggested a Labour Brexit deal could be preferable to remaining in the EU, putting himself on a collision course with activists and MPs pushing for the party to campaign for remain.
In an appearance on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show before a contentious debate on Brexit at the party’s conference in Brighton, Corbyn sought to play down Labour divisions after an aborted attempt to ditch Tom Watson’s job and the resignation of a key policy aide, Andrew Fisher.
PM allegedly gave money and access to trade missions to US entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri while mayor
Boris Johnson is under pressure to explain why he allegedly failed to declare an interest in the allocation of public money to a close friend while he was mayor of London.
The Sunday Times reported that a company run by Jennifer Arcuri, an American technology entrepreneur and friend of Johnson, was given tens of thousands of pounds in public funds and access to overseas trade missions led by Johnson during the prime minister’s time as mayor.
Takalua puts the resulting penalty through the middle of the posts. Tongan tails could be up here.
11 mins. A lot of textbook stuff from both teams in terms of kicking and recycling. They trade possession a couple of times before Zane Kapeli absolutely clatters Vunipola in midfield and then latches on to get the penalty.
That was an astonishing hit that rocked Vunipola back onto his posterior. It was also very much on the borderline of being illegal as he led with the shoulder a bit.
There have been attacks on a campaign rally and a candidate: voters say they are afraid for their lives
Afghanistan must choose a new president this week, but every election over the last decade has been riddled with fraud and marred by violence, and fears are growing that the poll on may be the worst yet.
It comes as the war is raging with unprecedented intensity. Last week alone, dozens were killed when the Taliban flattened a hospital in an attack in the south, and a US drone strike hit a group harvesting pine nuts in the east. And looming over the poll is the future of controversial US efforts to negotiate a troop withdrawal with the Taliban, suspended after a tweet by President Donald Trump but not entirely dead.
Teargas and live rounds fired at demonstrators in Suez after crowds call for the removal of president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Egyptian security forces have clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez in a second day of demonstrations against the Sisi regime, firing tear gas and live rounds.
A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Saturday, the epicentre of Egypt’s 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities on Friday called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Asked whether it was true that he had lobbied to have Houston attend the dinner and been knocked back by the White House, the Australian prime minister told travelling reporters: “I don’t comment on gossip. It’s all gossip.”
Iran’s foreign minister not confident war can be avoided, but promises any conflict will not be ‘limited’
Iran has threatened to pursue and destroy any aggressor, and says war may be unavoidable in the wake of drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oilfields and a US troop build-up in the Gulf.
A day after the head of Iran’s elite Republican Guards said on state TV that “limited aggression will not remain limited,” the Iranian foreign minister told American network CBS that he was not confident that war could be avoided, while again denying Iranian involvement in the attacks on Saudi Arabia.
PM says five-year commitment designed to make Australia ‘partner of choice’ to support expeditions to moon and Mars
Scott Morrison has used a visit to Nasa on Saturday local time to unveil a $150m investment in Australian businesses and new technology to support the American space agency launch expeditions to the moon and to Mars.
The Australian prime minister on his second day in the American capital visited Nasa, and also laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery. Morrison visited the graves of Australian military personnel and visit the tomb of The Unknown Soldier.
A watch and a shotgun were among the items connected to outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker
Several personal items related to 1930s Texas outlaw Clyde Barrow have sold at a Boston auction for nearly $186,000.
RR Auction officials say the Bulova watch that Barrow wore when he and Bonnie Parker were killed in 1934 sold on Saturday for $112,500. Parker and Barrow, who were immortalised in a 1967 film starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, were fatally shot by officers in Louisiana.
Senior shadow ministers publicly defy Jeremy Corbyn with calls for Labour to back remain
Jeremy Corbyn was struggling to contain an open revolt by some of his most senior shadow ministers, MPs and party activists on Saturday night as anger over his refusal to back a policy of remaining in the EU threatened to wreck the Labour conference.
Israel’s president to meet PM and opposition leader Benny Gantz in bid to resolve election stalemate
Israel’s president is set to begin two days of consultations with political parties after a deadlocked election last week plunged the country into uncertainty over who will lead the next government.
Near-final results from Tuesday’s poll showed the opposition chief, Benny Gantz, marginally ahead of the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with his Blue and White party taking 33 seats out of parliament’s 120. The ruling Likud party has 31.
Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family request meeting with Maltese PM over concerns about impartiality of panel
The family of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the anti-corruption journalist killed by a car bomb in Malta in October 2017, have raised concerns about the impartiality of individuals appointed to lead a public inquiry into her death.
The Maltese government announced a wide-ranging inquiry late on Friday, six days before the expiry of a three-month deadline set by the Council of Europe.
Gendarmerie deployed to contain anti-government protests on annual heritage weekend
Paris is under high security this weekend as anti-government protesters try to revive the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement against perceived economic injustice and the French president Emmanuel Macron’s government.
A few hundred anti-government protesters started marching through the Paris streets on Saturday morning.
Security forces fire tear gas on protesters in Cairo but many stayed on the streets
Hundreds of Egyptians have protested in central Cairo and several other cities against president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, responding to an online call for a demonstration against government corruption, witnesses said.
Protests have become very rare in Egypt following a broad crackdown on dissent under Sisi, who took power after the overthrow of the former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.
Action against symbol of democracy protests could lead to renewed trouble on city’s streets
Groups of pro-China supporters have pulled down “Lennon Walls” of anti-government protest messages in Hong Kong, raising the possibility of clashes with democracy supporters and another weekend of trouble.
By mid-morning on Saturday, dozens of demonstrators vowing support for Beijing had started to tear down the large mosaics of colourful posted notes calling for democracy and denouncing perceived Chinese meddling in the former British colony.
A bus carrying 30 tourists lost control about seven miles from Bryce Canyon National Park
At least four people have been killed and up to 15 others critically injured when a bus transporting Chinese-speaking tourists crashed near Bryce Canyon national park in the western US state of Utah, local authorities said.
The Utah highway patrol said the crash took place Friday morning about seven miles from the park entrance, forcing the road to be shut as ambulances and rescue vehicles rushed to the site.
Martin Shields and Nick Diable are accused of tax fraud in ‘cum-ex’ scandal that exposes City’s pursuit of profit
They have been called “the men who plundered Europe”: a group of cowboy traders, seasoned tax lawyers and mathematical whizz kids who are alleged to have conspired in the heart of the City of London to siphon at least €60bn in taxpayers’ money from the state coffers of several EU countries.
In Britain, the so-called “cum-ex” scandal, named after the complex derivatives juggling act employed, gained little attention amid the frenzied debate around the UK’s departure from the European Union when the fraud scheme was discovered in 2017.
Trump has for now decided not to authorize an immediate military strike on Iran in response to attack
The Pentagon says the US will deploy additional troops and military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to beef up security, as Donald Trump has at least for now decided against any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry.
Young and old alike took to the streets in an estimated 185 countries to demand action
Millions of people demonstrated across the world yesterday demanding urgent action to tackle global heating, as they united across timezones and cultures to take part in the biggest climate protest in history.
In an explosion of the youth movement started by the Swedish school striker Greta Thunberg just over 12 months ago, people protested from the Pacific islands, through Australia, across-south east Asia and Africa into Europe and onwards to the Americas.
Removals are part of inquiry into how developers use data, which the company started after the Cambridge Analytica scandal
Facebook has suspended tens of thousands of apps from the platform for privacy reasons, it announced in a blogpost on Friday.
The removals come as part of an ongoing investigation into how developers use data, which the company started after the Cambridge Analytica scandal in March 2018. The news also reveals that the platform is home to more problematic apps than previously thought.
Speculation Ukraine was asked for information to damage Biden
Trump ‘asked a foreign power to help him win an election. Again’
Donald Trump on Friday denied an accusation from his political rival Hillary Clinton that he sought help from a foreign government to help his bid for re-election – a potential replay of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
The White House was rocked this week by a whistleblower’s complaint that included a private conversation between the US president and a foreign leader. Some of the allegations appear to centre on Ukraine, according to reports in the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Virginia Giuffre claims prince was participant in disgraced financier’s exploitation of her
An accuser of Jeffrey Epstein has alleged Prince Andrew was “an abuser, a participant” in the disgraced US financier’s exploitation of her as a teenager, in her first television interview.
Virginia Giuffre, formerly Roberts, who was pictured with Prince Andrew in a now notorious photograph, spoke to the US network TV station NBC News about her involvement with Epstein, a convicted sex offender who killed himself in a New York jail in August while facing fresh child sex trafficking charges.
Canadian PM unveils pledge to restrict handguns on reelection campaign trail in Toronto
Justin Trudeau has tried to focus attention back on his reelection after a dramatic week in Canadian politics, in which the prime minister admitted to multiple images of him in brownface and not recalling how many times he had worn it.
The embattled Trudeau spent Friday walking the streets of east Toronto, posing for photos with residents and unveiling his party’s newest campaign pledge: a move to restrict handguns, ban assault-style rifles and begin buying back military-grade weapons that were legally purchased. He made the announcement near to the site of a gun rampage last year, when Faisal Hussain shot 15 people, killing two.
Exclusive: Senior UN official confirms White House booked a room so Trump can attend a gathering in same building as the summit
Donald Trump is set to attend the United Nations headquarters during Monday’s key summit on the climate crisis – but will be there to take part in a meeting on religious freedom instead.
A senior UN official confirmed to the Guardian that the White House has booked one of the large conference rooms in the New York headquarters on Monday so that the president can address a gathering on religious freedom.
Ustinov is accused of injuring a police officer when he was arrested at a protest
A Russian court has released an actor from jail after a public backlash led by Moscow’s theatre community turned his case into a cause celebre.
Pavel Ustinov, who was detained at last month’s anti-government protests, still faces three and a half years in prison for allegedly injuring a police officer during his arrest, but analysts expect a judge will suspend the sentence, effectively granting Ustinov parole.
The government and the aviation watchdog are drawing up plans for the biggest UK peacetime repatriation if Thomas Cook collapses, with 150,000 British customers currently on holidays overseas with the travel company.
Thomas Cook is holding last-minute talks to stave off a bankruptcy that could happen as soon as this weekend unless it secures £200m in extra funding.
Behind the killing of Willie McCoy lies a pattern of discrimination and brutality exhibited by police, allege residents suing the city
The Vallejo police department has been under intensifying scrutiny since the fatal shooting of Willie McCoy, the 20-year-old who had been sleeping in his car when police unleashed a barrage of 55 shots.
But behind the 6 March killing lies a pattern of racial discrimination and brutality routinely exhibited by police, allege a group of Vallejo residents who are suing the city. These incidents don’t make international headlines, but they amount to constitutional violations by the California city’s police force, say civil rights attorneys.
On-site, closed-book exam will test journalists on president’s thoughts on socialism
Chinese journalists will soon be required to pass a test grading their understanding of Xi Jinping Thought, the socialist teachings espoused by the country’s leader.
A notice from China’s media regulator has been sent to more than a dozen state-owned news organisations in Beijing over the last month. It instructs employees to prepare to take an exam on the “study Xi” propaganda app, launched earlier this year, in order to have their press credential renewed.
Palestinian PM says neither candidate has any agenda to end occupation
An inconclusive election in Israel, in which many feel the soul of the nation is at stake, has mesmerised the country with its almost-hourly twists and turns as politicians desperately jockey for power. Binge-watching the newsis no longer the preserve of obsessives.
But for Palestinians, the deadlocked vote and its seemingly-dramatic aftermath, where no party won a majority or has an obvious path to form governing coalition, is the equivalent of a bad show on television where you already know the ending.
‘Feminist emergency’ demonstrations follow series of high-profile rape cases
Protesters will take to the streets of more than 250 towns and cities across Spain on Friday to declare a “feminist emergency” after a series of high-profile rape cases and a summer in which 19 women were murdered by current or former partners.
Organisers are aiming to “turn the night purple” – the colour of the feminist movement – to raise the alarm and protest against apathy, indifference and a lack of attention from politicians and the media.
Hundreds of researchers will spend year on ship improving understanding of sea ice
Researchers from more than a dozen nations are preparing to launch the biggest and most complex expedition ever attempted in the central Arctic – a year-long journey through the ice they hope will improve the scientific models that underpin our understanding of climate change.
The €140m (£123m) Mosaic expedition will see 600 scientists from 19 countries including Germany, the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China work together in one of the most inhospitable regions of the planet.
More than one in four birds have been lost across diverse groups and habitats, in what researchers describe as a ‘wake-up call’
The US and Canada have lost more than one in four birds – a total of three billion – since 1970, culminating in what scientists who published a new study are calling a “widespread ecological crisis”.
Researchers observed a 29% decline in bird populations across diverse groups and habitats – from songbirds such as meadowlarks to long-distance migratory birds such as swallows and backyard birds like sparrows.
Peter Magombeyi, who was overseeing a doctors’ strike, turns up confused and in pain
A doctor and labour activist in Zimbabwe whose reported abduction led to widespread protests by medical staff has been found, disorientated and in pain but alive.
Peter Magombeyi, the acting president of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA), disappeared at about 10pm (2100 BST) local time on Saturday. The union leader sent a short message to colleagues saying he believed he was being kidnapped before all communications ceased.
Campaigns to expose personal details of those on both sides of protests skyrocket, with nearly 1,000 cases being investigated
Hong Kong has seen an unprecedented wave of doxxing – the malicious spread of private information online – since anti-government protests began in early June.
Social media forums such as LIHKG, a Reddit-like website, and encrypted apps such as Telegram have played a critical role in organising the leaderless protest movement but are now being used to share names, photos, phone numbers, ages and the occupation of individuals on both sides of the protest line.
Petition gathers more than 300,000 signatures in 24 hours after details of draft criminal code emerge
A proposed new criminal code that could see state critics and people who have extramarital sex imprisoned is causing uproar in Indonesia, with hundreds of thousands of people urging the president to intervene.
In the past 24 hours more than 300,000 people have signed a petition calling for the president, Joko Widodo, to step in and stop the draft penal code from being passed.
We have 3 demands: 1. No new coal, oil and gas projects, including the Adani mine. 2. 100% renewable energy generation, and exports by 2030 3. Fund a just transition and job creation for all fossil-fuel workers and communities#ClimateStrikepic.twitter.com/4DUCqbjudt
They’ve finally started marching in Melbourne. And here’s our video wrap of the hundreds and thousands on the streets today.
Civil Aviation Safety Authority says it will make its own call on the 737 Max, which was grounded after two crashes left 346 dead
Australia’s air safety regulator may refuse permission for Boeing 737 Max planes to fly even if its US counterpart revokes an order grounding the aircraft, which has crashed twice, leaving 346 people dead.
A Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman said that the decision of the US Federal Aviation Administration would be an important factor in deciding whether to allow the Max to fly, but Casa would also take into account other information before making its decision.
The Psylla frodobagginsi was identified by Francesco Martoni and Karen Armstrong, who examined the psyllid insects during research for Martoni’s PhD, with the New Zealand’s Bio-Protection Research Centre.
Trump administration had charged that cognitive ailments of Canadian and US diplomats were caused by use of a secret weapon
Fumigation against mosquitoes and not “sonic attacks” may have caused the mysterious illness which afflicted some 40 US and Canadian diplomats in Cuba, according to a new study commissioned by the Canadian government.
The incidents took place from late 2016 into 2018, causing the administration of Donald Trump to charge that diplomats had been attacked by some sort of secret weapon. Canada has refrained from such charges.
Mike Pompeo says goal is to ‘get back on the diplomatic path’ following Trump’s remarks that the US was ‘locked and loaded’
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has said Washington and its allies were seeking a “peaceful resolution” with Iran in the wake of the attack on Saudi oil facilities, making clear that Washington would limit its initial response to further sanctions.
Pompeo’s remarks, made on his return trip to Washington after visits to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, mark a significant cooling of rhetoric after Donald Trump had warned the US was “locked and loaded” and Pompeo had said the attack, which he blamed on Iran, was “an act of war”.
Final arguments of supreme court hearing raise questions as to who has power to summon parliament back
Parliament should be allowed to reassemble next week, the supreme court has been urged, as the legal battle over Boris Johnson’s five week suspension threatened to escalate into a constitutional crisis over who has authority to recall MPs and peers.
At the end of the third and final day of an emergency hearing over the lawfulness of the prime minister’s advice to the Queen to suspend debates, the 11 justices were asked to encourage the speakers of the Commons and Lords to reconvene the parliamentary session.
The eight-member jury had decided on 6 September to make the British-Pakistani author their latest winner, citing writing that “builds bridges between societies”. But when they learned of Shamsie’s support for the BDS movement, they announced that they would cancel their original vote and withdraw the award.
Amnesty International report cites beatings, arbitrary arrests and ‘thirst for retaliation’
Amnesty International has warned of an “alarming pattern” of violence used by Hong Kong police at anti-government demonstrations over the past three months, with officers reportedly beating protesters before and after arrest.
Based on interviews with 48 people, including lawyers and 21 arrested protesters, Amnesty International’s East Asia director, Nicholas Belequin, said the human rights group had shown that “time and time again, officers meted out violence prior to and during arrests, even when the individual had been arrested or detained”, contrary to international human rights law.
Forty were also injured in the Wednesday attack which struck farmers and labourers who just finished work, Afghan officials say
A US drone strike intended to hit an Islamic State hideout in Afghanistan has killed at least 30 civilians who were resting after harvesting pine nuts.
Forty people were also injured in the attack on Wednesday night which struck farmers and labourers who had just finished their day’s work at the mountainous Wazir Tangi in eastern Nangarhar province, three Afghan officials told Reuters.
Emily England Clyburn, the wife House majority Jim Clyburn, has died at the age of 80. They met after he was jailed in a civil rights protest and were married for nearly 60 years.
“Emily Clyburn was a champion of equality and opportunity who made a difference for countless young people in her beloved South Carolina,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. “As a librarian, she intimately understood the power of learning to transform lives, and dedicated decades to ensuring that every child, servicemember, veteran and worker could access a good education that would allow him or her to climb the ladders of opportunity in America. Her extraordinary leadership, together with Jim, to increase learning opportunities at their beloved alma mater South Carolina State will stand always as an enduring tribute to her beautiful life and legacy.”
Emily England Clyburn, known to most as Ms. Emily and a driving force behind some of her husband, @WhipClyburn's, biggest moments in his political and personal life, has died at the age of 80: https://t.co/tRQj48fwO1
.@WhipClyburn’s wife Dr. Emily England Clyburn passed away this morning. The couple, married for 58 years, met in jail after he was arrested in a civil-rights protest. The House won’t be in session on Monday so members can attend her funeral, per @heatherscope
As expected, the Trump administration said on Thursday that it would revoke California’s authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards and bar states from establishing their own regulations.
The decision is likely to set off a furious legal battle.
Our message to those who claim to support states' rights is: don't trample on ours. Doing so would be an attempt to undo the progress we've made over decades. cc @EPAAWheeler#CleanerCars
Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo among signatories of open letter to secretary general
A global campaign backed by 450 activist groups and celebrities, including actors Emma Thompson and Mark Ruffalo, is calling on the UN to endorse a global end to fracking before the industry torpedoes efforts to tackle the climate crisis.
The open letter to UN secretary general António Guterres includes signatures from individuals representing global environmental movements, universities and faith groups.
Women’s affairs officials meet in Nairobi to devise fresh strategy on ending inequality
Ministers from across the Commonwealth are meeting in Kenya this week to discuss ways to accelerate efforts to end gender inequality.
Gender and women’s affairs ministers from 53 states will explore the gains and the gaping holes in progress in several key areas, including women in leadership, ending violence and increasing access to family planning services.
Foreign minister’s comments further inflame tensions in Persian Gulf after oil attacks
Iran’s foreign minister has warned any attack on his country in response to its alleged role in a drone and missile strike on Saudi oil facilities would result in “all-out war”, further heightening tensions across the Persian Gulf.
Mohammad Javad Zarif’s comments are the starkest warning yet by Iran after a summer of oil tanker seizures and attacks following the collapse of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, over a year after Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the accord.
Seven of 22 major plots since March 2017 driven by extreme rightwing ideology
Police have said the fastest-growing threat of terrorist violence to the United Kingdom comes from the far right, with seven of the 22 plots to cause mass casualties since March 2017 being driven by extreme rightwing ideology.
They said referrals to anti-radicalisation programmes of those feared to be at risk of committing far right terrorist acts had doubled between 2016 and 2018, and were expected to rise further.
Lawyers in gangland cases given emergency protection after unprecedented killing
Lawyers and prosecutors in major gangland drugs cases in the Netherlands have been given emergency protection after the unprecedented murder of a top defence lawyer prompted police and the media to claim that government naivety was turning the country into a narco-state.
Derk Wiersum was gunned down in the street as he left his home in the Amsterdam suburb of Buitenveldert on Wednesday morning. Police are searching for a 16- to 20-year old man in a black hooded top who fled the scene on foot.
Concerns about threats to farming sector also featured in Austrian parliament debate
The future of the trade deal between the EU and South America’s Mercosur bloc has been further thrown into doubt as Austria is expected to veto the pact over concerns about Amazon fires and threats to the national farming sector.
Lawmakers on the Austrian parliament’s EU subcommittee on Wednesday almost unanimously voted to reject the draft for a free trade agreement, thus obliging their government to veto the pact at EU level, where all 28 member states and their parliaments must agree to trade deals.
Emergency workers reportedly extracting pilot from high-voltage line after Belgian jet crashed
French authorities say a Belgian F-16 fighter jet has crashed in western France and one of its pilots is caught on a high-voltage electricity line.
A spokesman for the regional prefecture, or administration, told the Associated Press that the plane crashed on Thursday in the town of Pluvigner in Brittany. He said one pilot was safely rescued and emergency workers were extracting the other pilot from the electricity line.
Film by Swedish activist and Guardian journalist George Monbiot says nature must be used to repair broken climate
The protection and restoration of living ecosystems such as forests, mangroves and seagrass meadows can repair the planet’s broken climate but are being overlooked, Greta Thunberg and George Monbiot have warned in a new short film.
Natural climate solutions could remove huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as plants grow. But these methods receive only 2% of the funding spent on cutting emissions, say the climate activists.
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the final day of the supreme court hearing to determine if Boris Johnson’s five-week suspension of parliament was lawful
Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, has said Brussels needs to show more flexibility in its approach to Brexit negotiations. Speaking to business leaders while on a visit to Spain, he said:
A rigid approach now at this point is no way to progress a deal and the responsibility sits with both sides to find a solution.
We are committed to carving out a landing zone and we stand ready to share relevant texts. But it must be in the spirit of negotiation with flexibility and with a negotiating partner that itself is willing to compromise.
As a Daily Telegraph columnist in the 1990s Boris Johnson was one of the many journalists on the Tory right who used to treat the then prime minister, John Major, with scorn. More than 20 years on Major finally has the chance to get his own back because we are going to witness the extraordinary spectacle of a former Conservative prime minister going to court to argue that the current Conservative prime minister has not been telling the truth. The word extraordinary is cropping up rather frequently in Brexit coverage at the moment, but it is very hard to think of a precedent for this.
Major will not actually be addressing the court himself. The supreme court is an appeal court, and it does not take evidence from witnesses. But Edward Garnier QC, now Lord Garnier, a former Tory solicitor general, will be making a submission on his behalf. It is not clear yet whether or not Major himself will be in court to listen to the proceedings.
The current factual picture, on the material which is available and with regard to the absence of evidence which ought to be available but has not been provided, is deeply concerning. The court is under no obligation to approach this case on the artificially naïve basis that the handful of disclosed documents, the contents of which nobody has been prepared to verify with a statement of truth, should nevertheless be assumed to be entirely accurate and complete when even members of the cabinet do not appear to believe them ... It would also be wrong to proceed on that basis, because it would mean that the real issue that has arisen on the facts would not be resolved.
A tweet bearing photo evidence of the predicament quickly went viral, inspiring many to suggest solutions
How many co-workers does it take to open a door? More than a handful, members of the shared office space WeWork found out this week.
Employees of an unnamed company renting space in a Washington DC WeWork building returned to work after the weekend to find they were unable to enter the office – an umbrella had fallen sideways, jamming the door.
Pictures and video of a huge snake-like object in the Yangtze river viewed tens of millions of times online
A mysterious long, black object that was captured on video in the Yangtze river, and ended up captivating China with theories of its own Loch Ness monster, has been revealed as 20 metre-long industrial airbag.
Grainy footage showing what appeared to be a long black sea creature slithering among the waves near the Three Gorges Dam in Hubei province circulated widely on Chinese social media. On Weibo, the video and a discussion thread about it has been viewed more than 32m times since it emerged on Friday. The video was covered by most major media, including the party paper Beijing Youth Daily and state broadcaster CCTV and China Daily.
Three executives at Tepco acquitted, marking the end of the only criminal action over the disaster
Three former executives at the company that runs the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been acquitted of failing to take action in anticipation of the March 2011 nuclear meltdown, in the only criminal action resulting from the disaster.
Tsunehisa Katsumata, a former chairman of Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco) and former vice presidents Sakae Muto and Ichiro Takekuro, had apologised for the triple meltdown at the plant, but said they could not have foreseen the disaster.