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Further disruption on rail and bus services as transport strikes continue

Rail services will be much-reduced, and buses in west and south-west London and Surrey also affected Travellers are facing a further day of disruption on Saturday as thousands of transport workers go on strike in a long-running dispute over pay, jobs and conditions. Network Rail, several train companies, and bus services in London and parts of Surrey will be hit by industrial action by the Rail, …

Mexico’s ex-attorney general arrested over disappearance of 43 students in 2014

Jesús Murillo held on charges of forced disappearance, torture and obstruction of justice in notorious Guerrero case Mexico’s former attorney general has been arrested in relation to the disappearance of 43 students in 2014, the most prominent individual held so far in the notorious case that has haunted the country ever since. Jesús Murillo was arrested at his home in Mexico City home on Friday …

Calls for governor general to explain exclusion of Morrison ministries from official diary

Greens want to know if decision not to disclose extra ministerial powers was David Hurley’s or then prime minister’s Morrison’s ministries: Were they legal? What happens next? Get our free news app , morning email briefing or daily news podcast David Hurley’s diary makes no mention of handing extra ministerial powers to Scott Morrison, and the governor general has been called on to explain if thi…

Russia-Ukraine war latest: what we know on day 178 of the invasion

Putin agrees to allow inspectors at Zaporizhzhia nuclear station as UN chief urges Russia not to take it off grid amid fears over cooling system See all our Ukraine war coverage Vladimir Putin has agreed to inspectors visiting the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine. According to the office of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, the Russian leader had “reconsidered the demand” t…

Drought in Horn of Africa places 22m people at risk of starvation, says UN

Four years of failed rains in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia have left the region facing catastrophe this year The number of people at risk of starvation in the drought-ravaged Horn of Africa has increased to 22 million, the UN’s world food programme (WFP) says. Years of insufficient rainfall across Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia have caused the worst drought in 40 years and conditions akin to famine i…

Australia news live updates: fallout from Morrison ministries; vote in former NT chief minister’s seat

The Albanese government is awaiting legal advice from the solicitor general over former prime minister Scott Morrison’s power grab. Follow the day’s news Good morning The fallout from former prime minister Scott Morrison ’s decision to appoint himself to five additional ministerial portfolios continues. Malcolm Farr writes on our front page this morning that Morrison’s explanation for his actions…

Gove backs Sunak and says Truss is ‘taking holiday from reality’

Former cabinet minister says he does not expect to return to frontbench politics as he backs underdog in race to be PM Michael Gove has thrown his support behind Rishi Sunak in the Conservative leadership contest, warning that Liz Truss’s refusal to offer more support over rising energy bills and to just focus on tax cuts marked a “holiday from reality”. In a sometimes hard-hitting article in the…

Casualties reported as jihadist group seizes hotel in Somali capital

Al-Shabaab fighters are still inside building in Mogadishu after fierce firefight with security forces Al-Shabaab fighters have seized control of a hotel in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in a hail of gunfire and explosions, and several casualties have been reported. The assault on the Hayat Hotel triggered a fierce gunfight between security forces and gunmen from the jihadist group, who were sti…

Canada zoo finds escaped wolf pups in moment of joy tinged with tragedy

Four days after a ‘suspicious’ break-in, one pup is found safe and another appears to have been hit by a car Emotions are bittersweet at a Canadian zoo after a runaway wolf pup was safely located after four days on the loose, but another was found dead along a road. Conservation officers and zoo staff in Canada have spent the last four days searching for a runaway wolf after mysterious break-in f…

Demolition job: the Liberal party war surrounding NSW building commissioner’s exit

David Chandler’s job brought him into close proximity with developers. In NSW, that means politics is never far away either Get our free news app , morning email briefing or daily news podcast David Chandler, a tough-talking 40-year veteran of the New South Wales construction industry, had reached the end of his tether when he resigned abruptly as the state’s building commissioner in July. The ma…

Railing against rail loop put Matthew Guy back on track - but there’s a long way to go

With 14 weeks until the Victorian state election, the opposition has a mountain to climb in order to form government Get our free news app , morning email briefing or daily news podcast Victoria’s opposition leader, Matthew Guy, effectively fired the starter’s gun on the state election campaign this week when he announced the Coalition would shelve the Suburban Rail Loop – the largest infrastruct…

No puppy love: post-lockdown lifestyles and cost of living are driving Australians to surrender their pets

Animal shelters nearing capacity are encouraging people to adopt by slashing fees and hosting events to make room for other animals in need Get our free news app , morning email briefing or daily news podcast The end of Covid lockdowns and the spiralling cost of living have left animal shelters overflowing, with organisations now forced to host adoption drives and slash their fees in an effort to…

Advocates angered by news Queensland police boss declined request to appear at inquiry

Katarina Carroll declined invitation on same day police said they will ‘fully cooperate’ with domestic violence inquiry Get our free news app , morning email briefing or daily news podcast Advocates say it was “disingenuous” for Queensland police to claim the commissioner would “fully cooperate” with a domestic violence inquiry when she had declined an initial invitation to attend. The Queensland…

Government to take greater control of Liverpool city council

Intervention expanded to include financial decisions and governance after report calls for urgent reform The government’s intervention in the running of Liverpool city council is to be expanded to include governance and financial decision-making. It comes after the publication of another critical report into the local authority by four commissioners appointed last year to work with the council st…

Trudeau nominates Indigenous woman to Canada’s supreme court

Michelle O’Bonsawin’s appointment to the court would address longstanding criticism over lack of First Nations representation Justin Trudeau has nominated an Indigenous woman to Canada’s supreme court, in a landmark appointment after decades of criticism over a lack of Indigenous representation on the country’s highest court. The prime minister announced on Friday that Michelle O’Bonsawin had bee…
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