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Palestinian factions including Hamas agree to form future unity government

Diplomatic coup for China as Beijing declaration sets out deal to unite across territories and prepare for elections Leaders from Hamas, Fatah and other Palestinian factions have agreed, after three days of talks in Beijing, to form a national unity government at an unspecified point in the future, in a move that has bolstered China’s status as a global mediator, particularly in the Middle East. …

‘Island of peace’ Israeli-Palestinian restaurant in Berlin vandalised

The owners of Kanaan have said that wine glasses were smashed and the space was defiled by ‘disgusting acts’ in the attack Vandals ransacked an Israeli-Palestinian restaurant in Berlin, smashing wine glasses and defiling the space with “disgusting acts” a week after it hosted a queer Jewish-Muslim brunch, its owners have said. Kanaan, a casual eatery in the Prenzlauer Berg district of the city, h…

Ireland’s datacentres overtake electricity use of all homes combined, figures show

Statistics raise concerns that rise in demand for data processing driven by AI could derail climate targets Ireland’s energy-hungry datacentres consumed more electricity last year than all of its urban homes combined, according to official figures. The country’s growing fleet of datacentres used 21% of its electricity, an increase of a fifth on 2022, according to the Central Statistics Office. Co…

Bibby Stockholm barge to close as asylum accommodation, says Home Office

Vessel moored in Dorset, which is home to 400 people, to be shut down in January when contract ends The Bibby Stockholm , the controversial barge which has been used to accommodate asylum seekers, is to be shut down, the government has said. Use of the vessel, which is housing 400 people and is moored at Portland, Dorset, will stop when the current contract ends in January 2025. Continue reading.…

UK government faces claim over alleged failure to protect people in climate crisis

High court hears case brought by claimants who say rights have been breached as result of adaptation plan In December, council officials ordered Kevin Jordan to leave his home, warning him it was at risk of falling into the sea at any moment. On Tuesday, he had his day in court, accusing the government of failing to do enough to adapt to the changes the UK is facing as a result of climate breakdown. Continue reading...

Former IOPC head Michael Lockwood cleared of raping two girls in 1980s

Lockwood resigned as director of watchdog in 2022 after being accused of assaulting 14-year-olds A former chief of the England and Wales police watchdog has been cleared of raping and molesting two 14-year-old girls 40 years ago. Michael Lockwood, 65, resigned from his job as director general of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) in December 2022 after allegations first emerged. Con…

Cattle trapped in truck after vehicle smashes into Melbourne rail bridge

At least one was set loose into the streets after the incident in South Yarra which caused major traffic and train disruption Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast A truck carrying cattle has crashed into a bridge in Melbourne, trapping many of the animals but also freeing at least one of them to escape into the streets. The accident occurred on Tuesday night …

Beau Lamarre-Condon charged with more offences over Sydney double murder

The former police officer now faces two charges of domestic-violence related murder over the death of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast NSW homicide detectives have charged former police officer Beau Lamarre-Condon with more offences in relation to an alleged double murder. Police confirmed late on Tuesday that Lamarre-Condon wa…

Two die and 13 injured in walkway collapse at Naples ‘Gomorrah’ housing complex

Remaining 800 residents evacuated from last block still standing at Le Vele di Scampia, setting for hit TV series Two people have died and 13 were injured after the partial collapse of a raised passageway on a building in a dilapidated housing estate on the outskirts of Naples, southern Italy. The incident in Scampia occurred late on Monday night on a third-floor walkway at Vela Celeste, the last…

Suppliers to top essential oil brand left unpaid and afraid after abuse inquiry

Women who sorted frankincense told to change their story ‘or face consequences’ in doTERRA’s investigation An investigation into the abuse of women working to supply frankincense to a leading US essential oils brand built on ethical sourcing has left workers unpaid and frightened, with some saying they were told to change their stories “or face the consequences”. Last year doTERRA, which sells es…

British defence chief vows to triple fighting power but shies away from conscription

Adm Sir Tony Radakin says British army could justify extra investment if its effectiveness improves Britain’s most senior military officer has promised the army will double its lethality in three years, but backed away from the idea of endorsing conscription in his first speech following the general election. Adm Sir Tony Radakin, the chief of defence staff, said that the British army could justi…

Murder accused man told police Elizabeth Struhs ‘still hasn’t risen’ despite his prayers, trial hears

Alleged leader of religious sect said he had been praying beside the eight-year-old and thought she was no longer breathing, a judge heard Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast The alleged leader of a Queensland religious group accused of murdering the daughter of two of his followers told police the girl …

Sydney man charged after allegedly trafficking child from Indonesia for sex work

Australian federal police say Arncliffe man is accused of facilitating travel of a 17-year-old as part of an alleged trafficking ring Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast A Sydney man has been charged with trafficking a child from Indonesia to allegedly engage in sex work, the Australian federal police sa…

Olympic officials briefed after Australian woman allegedly raped by five men in Paris

Australian chef de mission Anna Meares says athletes have been advised to take care outside Olympic village after reports of assault Olympic team officials have been briefed on the alleged sexual assault of an Australian woman in Paris. French police are investigating the allegation that the tourist was sexually assaulted by five men, according to local media. Continue reading...

Australia not ruling out sanctions against Israeli settlers as concerns grow over ‘troubling’ behaviour

Exclusive : Senior Australian government source says ICJ ruling the continued Israeli occupation of territory seized in 1967 was illegal ‘can’t be ignored’ Follow our Australia news live blog for latest updates Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast The Australian government is increasingly alarmed at Israel’s “troubling pattern” of behaviour and has not ruled …
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