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French protesters and police clash in marches against pension changes

Police use teargas and water cannon against hooded protesters on the margins in some cities Protesters and police clashed on the edges of street demonstrations in France on Tuesday as hundreds of thousands of people took part in marches against Emmanuel Macron’s use of constitutional executive powers to push through an unpopular rise in the pension age to 64. While demonstrations in Paris and Nan…

Michel Houellebecq sex film to be released despite attempt to stop it

Amsterdam court dismisses French author’s complaint against film that shows him having sex with young women A Dutch art collective can release an experimental erotic film showing the French novelist Michel Houellebecq having sex with young women in spite of the author’s attempt to stop its circulation, an Amsterdam court has ruled. Amsterdam’s district court on Tuesday afternoon dismissed a legal…

Amsterdam tells young British men who want a ‘messy’ weekend to stay away

In bid to reduce nuisance behaviour ads will be triggered if people search online for terms such as ‘stag party Amsterdam’ The city of Amsterdam is geo-targeting a campaign to tell young British men wanting a “messy” weekend to stay away. Research has suggested these Britons aged 18-35, and Dutch men of a similar age, tend to cause most nuisance in the red light district, with stag parties, pub c…

Starmer accused of ‘behaving like Putin’ as Corbyn blocked from standing for Labour

Leftwingers criticise leadership as ‘authoritarian’ and ‘divisive’ as Islington North constituency publicly rejects move Jeremy Corbyn has been formally blocked from standing as a Labour MP at the next election, prompting leftwingers to fiercely criticise Keir Starmer’s “authoritarian” and “divisive” move. Momentum founder Jon Lansman, who was once one of Corbyn’s closest allies, said Starmer is …

Boris Johnson jokes he was given Partygate fine for ‘eating lunch at his desk’

Former prime minister told audience in Lagos that his fine from police for breaking Covid laws was ‘bizarre’ Boris Johnson has made light of his police fine for the Partygate scandal during a speech in Nigeria, joking that he was criminalised for standing up and eating lunch at his desk for 20 minutes. The former prime minister dismissed his fine from police for breaking Covid laws as “bizarre” a…

What challenges await the new SNP leader and first minister of Scotland?

Humza Yousaf must reunite the party, fill its coffers and face opposition MPs who believe he is the SNP’s weak point Humza Yousaf’s confirmation as Scotland’s new first minister, the sixth since the devolved parliament was convened in 1999, may well be the easiest task he faces during his first week in charge. Putting the vexed decisions about his policy agenda and spending plans to one side, he …

Russian man detained after daughter’s anti-war drawings flees house arrest

Alexei Moskalyov convicted of discrediting armed forces on social media, after police investigated daughter’s drawings Russia-Ukraine war: latest updates A Russian man who was detained by police after his daughter drew anti-war pictures at school was sentenced on Tuesday to two years after being convicted of discrediting the armed force. But in a dramatic turn of events, a court spokesperson said…

Scientists gain insights into Old Master artists’ use of egg in oil paintings

Researchers find egg was used for modification and fine-tuning of paint properties It pays to go to work on an egg when painting with oils, researchers have found, as the addition of yolk can prevent wrinkling, yellowing and problems with humidity. The use of egg as a binding medium for pigments, a form of paint known as egg tempera, has a long history, turning up in works including the mural pai…

One million people are living below the poverty line in NSW, census data has revealed

Exclusive: The figure includes one in seven children, with western Sydney suffering the highest rates of child poverty Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast One million people – including one in seven children – are living below the poverty line in New South Wales, according to a new report highlighting the deepening inequality across Sydney. New research from…

Rise of ‘fuel-guzzling’ SUVs costing Australians $13bn extra at the pump per year, report finds

Exclusive: Thinktank says popularity of ‘big, dumb’ cars is turbocharging emissions and does not make sense in such an urbanised country Surging SUV ownership means Australians are needlessly spending an extra $13bn a year to fuel their cars, and the trend is sending transport emissions into overdrive at the same time similar nations are reducing them. Analysis from the Australia Institute has fo…

Albanese government faces decisions on coalmines that could add 16m tonnes of CO2 emissions annually

Australia Institute analysis tracks 28 proposed developments referred to Tanya Plibersek for approval Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast The Albanese government could have to make decisions on whether to approve up to 28 coalmine developments that would make it harder to meet targets set under its newly approved climate policy, according to a new analysis. …

After NSW election loss, Liberal party ponders a change of leader – and a possible change of direction

Three unconfirmed contenders have emerged for the leadership; the decision will hinge on factionalism and ideas of ‘toughness’ Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast Factional power, the competition for the ideological soul of the New South Wales Liberal party and pragmatic considerations about toughness are likely to be on display as the party considers who sh…

Environmental ‘tragedy’ as fires burn through one-fifth of Northern Territory national park

More than 100,000 hectares burned in MacDonnell Ranges area, which has been declared a federal priority for threatened species conservation Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast Large fires west of Alice Springs have burnt through 20% of the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell national park in what conservationists say is a nationally significant environmental “tragedy”.…

Plastics cause wide-ranging health issues from cancer to birth defects, landmark study finds

First analysis of plastics’ hazards over life cycle – from extraction to disposal – also shows ‘deep societal injustices’ of impact Get our morning and afternoon news emails , free app or daily news podcast Plastics are responsible for wide-ranging health impacts including cancers, lung disease and birth defects, according to the first analysis of the health hazards of plastics across their entir…

Netanyahu’s failure to grasp anger over Israel judicial overhaul exposes weaknesses

Israeli prime minister looks out of touch in his handling of response to the country’s latest political crisis The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, kept the country waiting all day, but in the end, when he finally announced a suspension to the government’s proposed judicial overhaul , it was a theatrical speech. The 73-year-old compared the unprecedented rift dividing Israel to the tal…
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