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Trump picks ex-Delta exec to lead FAA amid questions over Boeing crash

President will nominate Stephen Dickson to head regulator facing concern over its approval of airliner involved in recent crashes President Donald Trump has tapped a former Delta Air Lines executive to lead the Federal Aviation Administration as the regulator deals with questions about its approval of a Boeing airliner involved in two deadly crashes within five months. The White House said Tuesday that Trump will nominate Stephen Dickson to head the FAA. The agency has been led by an acting a...

Morrison on the spot as Hanson claims MPs reject One Nation preference snub

One Nation leader accuses Coalition of falling into Labor’s ‘trap’ by isolating her party Pauline Hanson has hit back at Scott Morrison’s insistence the Coalition will not do a preference deal with One Nation, claiming Liberal and National MPs who fear they will lose their seat are “disgusted” by the comments and are seekingher party’s preferences. On Wednesday Morrison refused to firm up his commitment by agreeing to put One Nation last, instead noting preferences would be decided after nomi...

Hotel owner arrested after fatal crush at St Patrick's Day disco

Michael McElhatton one of two men detained on suspicion of manslaughter after three die Police in Northern Ireland have arrested two men in connection with the crush outside a St Patrick’s Day disco that killed three teenagers. Detectives detained the men, aged 40 and 52, on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of manslaughter and brought them to a police station in Dungannon, County Tyrone, for questioning. Continue reading...

Brazil: retired major charged over massacre during dictatorship

Sebastião Curio is accused of killings, torture and hiding bodies of dozens of leftist guerrillas in the Amazon region Brazilian prosecutors have charged a retired army major who allegedly led a massacre of dozens of leftist guerrillas during the country’s military dictatorship. Related: Bolsonaro's pledge to return Brazil to past alarms survivors of dictatorship Continue reading...

Facebook agrees to ban discriminatory ads in civil rights settlement

ACLU hails ‘sweeping changes’ after company criticized over ad targeting based on race, gender and age Facebook is taking steps to block discriminatory ads for housing, employment and credit by preventing advertisers from targeting users based on race, gender, age and zip code. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other rights groups, which sued Facebook for violating civil rights laws with its ad practices, announced the “historic settlement” on Tuesday, saying “sweeping changes” wo...

May asks EU for Brexit delay with cabinet in deadlock over 'crisis'

PM forced to seek extension of article 50 as No 10 admits it is too late to leave with a deal Theresa May will be forced to write to EU leaders on Wednesday and beg them to delay Brexit, with her cabinet deadlocked over the best way out of what Downing Street now concedes is a “crisis”. The government had maintained until the last possible moment that Brexit could go ahead as planned on 29 March or after a brief “technical extension”. Continue reading...

Donald Trump Jr and John Bolton berate UK leaders over Brexit

President’s son and US national security adviser in apparent coordinated intervention Donald Trump Jr and the US national security adviser, John Bolton, spoke out over Brexit on Tuesday in what appeared to be a coordinated intervention by the White House into British domestic politics. Both the US president’s son and Bolton attacked British political leadership after Theresa May said she would ask the EU for a delay to the UK’s exit from the European Union; in line with parliament’s wish. Con...

New Zealand shooting: Jacinda Ardern visits Christchurch to pay tribute to victims - live

The prime minister will attend an event at Cashmere high school, which lost two students and a former student in Friday’s massacre 8.38pm GMT Good morning and welcome to our continued coverage of the aftermath of the shootings in Christchurch in which at least 50 people were killed. After delivering a powerful commemorative address to parliament yesterday, Jacinda Ardern has returned to Christchurch today, where she will be attending events paying tributes to the victims and first responders....

Danish politician's baby 'not welcome' in parliament's chamber

Far-right speaker Pia Kjaersgaard tells Mette Abildgaard to remove her child A member of Denmark’s parliament has said she was ordered to remove her infant daughter from the chamber, causing surprise in a country often hailed as a pioneer in women’s rights. “You are not welcome with your baby in the parliament’s chamber,” the speaker, Pia Kjaersgaard, a former leader of the far-right Danish People’s Party, allegedly told Mette Abildgaard. Continue reading...

Self-interest must not guide UK aid | Letters

Britain’s aid budget must be about altruism, not narrow self-interest say the Rt Rev John Arnold and the Rt Rev Dr Christopher Cocksworth Your article ( Aid budget: Ex-minister joins calls for shake- up, 18 March) on the report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance offers an opportunity to reflect again on what we want and expect from our government. In the suffering of men, women and children caught up in conflict, dealing with the worst effects of climate change or leaving their homes in search of a s...

Eco-fascism is undergoing a revival in the fetid culture of the extreme right | Jason Wilson

Some see looming ecological collapse as an opportunity to re-order society along their preferred, frankly genocidal, lines In his shoddy manifesto, the accused shooter in Christchurch identified as an “eco-fascist”. Over the weekend Kellyanne Conway seized on the term – which is unfamiliar to many – to lump him in with so-called “eco-terrorists”, saying “He’s not a conservative. He’s not a Nazi.” No doubt she was banking on common understandings of contemporary environmentalism to draw a link...

Supreme court gives Trump victory on detaining immigrants with criminal convictions

Court rules 5-4 that authorities can detain immigrants awaiting deportation anytime after they have completed prison terms The US supreme court on Tuesday endorsed US government authority to detain immigrants awaiting deportation at any time – potentially even years – after they have completed prison terms for criminal convictions, handing Donald Trump a victory as he pursues hardline immigration policies. The court ruled 5-4, with its conservative justices in the majority and its liberal jus...

Kazakhstan president Nazarbayev steps down after 30 years in power

Nursultan Nazarbayev has led oil-rich country since fall of the Soviet Union Kazakhstan’s president has announced his retirement after nearly 30 years as leader of the central Asian nation. Nursultan Nazarbayev has led the oil-rich country since the fall of the Soviet Union, first as its Communist leader and then as president. He made the announcement in a surprise public address on national television on Tuesday evening. Continue reading...

Mueller accessed Cohen emails within weeks of taking over Russia inquiry

Mueller obtained search warrant to access emails in July 2017 Court documents released by federal judge in New York Michael Cohen documents released – live updates Robert Mueller gained access to the emails of Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s legal fixer, within weeks of being appointed to lead the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, it was disclosed on Tuesday. Related: Michael Cohen FBI raid documents released – live updates Continue reading...
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