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Man dies after suspected whale collision capsizes boat in Sydney

NSW water police respond after reports of the incident off Cape Banks at La Perouse Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast One man has died and another is in a stable condition in hospital after a boat capsized after it was reportedly struck by a whale in Sydney. NSW water police responded to reports that two people were in the water off Cape Banks at La Perous…

White House warns of ‘unprecedented’ Serbian troop buildup on Kosovo border

US calls for immediate withdrawal of forces as British troops sent to reinforce Nato peacekeeping force The White House has said there is an “unprecedented” buildup of Serbian troops and armour along the Kosovo border and called on Belgrade to withdraw them immediately. The Nato peacekeeping force in Kosovo, Kfor, has been reinforced with British troops and the Biden administration said it was co…

Sandwich price shocks but meal deal costs rise less than average food inflation

Pret a Manger’s ‘posh’ cheese and pickle sandwich grabbed headlines for its £7.15 price tag, but it’s not all gloom It’s not often that a cheese and pickle sandwich turns heads, but this week Pret a Manger’s “posh” version grabbed headlines after a tweet decrying its £7.15 price tag went viral. Although that included VAT for eating in, the social media post shone a spotlight on the rising cost of…

Sunak ‘backs drivers’ with curbs on 20mph limits and bus lanes

Low-traffic neighbourhoods and fines also face clampdown under plans condemned by active travel groups Rishi Sunak has pledged to end “anti-car measures” as he set out a series of ideas to prioritise the needs of drivers at the likely expense of other road users such as bus passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. Outlining what he called a “long-term plan to back drivers”, the prime minister unveil…

Teenage victim of fatal Wirral bus crash named as Jessica Baker

Schoolgirl and driver died after vehicle overturned on M53 A 15-year-old schoolgirl and a bus driver have died after a motorway crash in Cheshire left several other children in hospital. On Friday night the girl was named as Jessica Baker by Merseyside police. Earlier they said a total of 58 people were involved in the incident including the two fatalities. Continue reading...

Sycamore Gap: man, 60, arrested in connection with felled tree

News follows earlier arrest of boy, 16 A man in his 60s has been arrested by officers investigating the felling of the world-famous Sycamore Gap tree in Northumberland, police have said. The tree, next to Hadrian’s Wall, was cut down overnight between Wednesday and Thursday in what detectives have called a “deliberate act of vandalism”. Continue reading...

Scrapping winter fuel payments a ‘death sentence’ for pensioners, Sunak told

Campaigner warns against cutting back allowance amid reports PM considering making it means tested Rishi Sunak has been told it would be a “death sentence” for some elderly people if winter fuel payments for pensioners were scrapped, after reports that he was looking at means testing the allowance. The prime minister was said to be considering cutting back on the allowances of £250 to £600 each w…

Twin suicide attacks underline the depth of Pakistan’s crisis

Escalating violence comes at a time when the economy is in tatters and the caretaker government powerless The scenes of horror pictured on Friday have become all too familiar in Pakistan. This time it was a twin attack . A procession to mark the birthday of the prophet Muhammad and a police station, both targeted by suicide bombers, killing almost 60 people and injuring hundreds more. No one has …

CND co-founder Pat Arrowsmith dies aged 93

Peace campaigner served 11 prison sentences over activism against nuclear disarmament and conflict Pat Arrowsmith – the activist and co-founder of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) – has died at the age of 93. She was born to a middle-class family in Leamington Spa on 2 March 1930 and went on to study at Cheltenham Ladies College and the University of Cambridge. Her work as a peace campa…

France faces court action over widespread use of racial profiling

Rights groups hope to bring end to discrimination they say has gone unaddressed by successive governments France must end the widespread racial profiling of people of black and north African heritage who are routinely stopped by police and asked to show their identity papers with no explanation, a lawyer for rights groups has argued at a historic court hearing in Paris. In the first class action …

UK outspends rest of Europe on housing asylum seekers by at least 40% a person

Exclusive: Report by aid campaign One finds costs now take up nearly a third of the official aid budget The UK is spending 40% a person more than any other European country on housing asylum seekers with the costs taking up nearly a third of the official aid budget, which forced a 16.4% cut in the amount of aid spent overseas in 2022. The findings come in a report by One, the aid campaign, which …

Unseasonable heat to hit south-east Australia over grand final weekend

Experts warn of increased risk for vulnerable Australians and say sports codes will need to put heat policies into effect earlier in the season Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast South-east Australia is set to swelter this weekend, with temperatures forecast to reach highs of 29C in Melbourne and 36C in Sydney. The unusual heat is likely to impact both the …

Head of Australia’s competition watchdog calls for new mandate to police airline industry

Exclusive: Gina Cass-Gottlieb says ACCC needs greater powers to help new entrants compete with Qantas and Virgin Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast The head of the competition watchdog has called for a fresh mandate from the Albanese government to monitor the airline industry and help new entrants compete with established players Qantas and Virgin . The cha…

Alberto Núñez Feijóo fails to win Spanish MPs’ backing to become PM

Feijóo’s defeat had been expected and gives acting PM Pedro Sánchez chance to try to form government Spain’s acting prime minister, the socialist leader Pedro Sánchez, has a fresh, if fraught, shot at returning to power after his conservative rival Alberto Núñez Feijóo failed in his attempt to take office in an ill-tempered investiture debate that followed July’s inconclusive general election . A…

Spanish parliament prepares to vote on conservative party leader’s bid to become prime minister – Europe live

Alberto Núñez Feijóo, leader of the People’s party, received the most votes in July’s election but failed to get enough support to form a government If, as expected, Alberto Núñez Feijóo ’s bid fails today, the socialist leader and Spain’s acting prime minister, Pedro Sánchez , will then seek the king’s permission to attempt to form a government. It will not be an easy task – not least in the cou…
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