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UN environment chief criticised by UN over frequent flying

UN environment chief criticised by UN over frequent flying

Erik Solheim’s huge travel bill is a ‘reputation risk’ and he has ‘no regard’ for rules, says draft internal auditThe globe-trotting travels of the UN’s environment chief have been sharply criticised
Disaster declared after German army rocket test sparks wildfire

Disaster declared after German army rocket test sparks wildfire

About 1,000 people could be evacuated after blaze rages for two weeks near Dutch borderOfficials in north-west Germany have declared a disaster over a wildfire triggered two weeks ago by a rocket test
Italian right lines up pro-Russia journalist for top broadcast job

Italian right lines up pro-Russia journalist for top broadcast job

Marcello Foa nominated again for Rai president as Silvio Berlusconi lends supportThe board of the Italian state broadcaster, Rai, has for a second time nominated Marcello Foa, a Eurosceptic journalist
Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupts twice – video

Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupts twice – video

The volcano sends columns of ash and smoke nearly two miles into the air. The first and largest eruption took place on Wednesday evening followed by a night-time eruption three hours later. Continue
Revealed: Russia’s secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

Revealed: Russia’s secret plan to help Julian Assange escape from UK

Tentative plot to whisk fugitive from London embassy on Christmas Eve was considered too risky Russian diplomats held secret talks in London last year with people close to Julian Assange to assess
Picnics on the motorway: the first car-free Sundays – in pictures

Picnics on the motorway: the first car-free Sundays – in pictures

For three months from November 1973, the Dutch government banned cars on Sundays to curb oil consumption during the Opec energy crisis. City residents enjoyed picnics on empty motorways and got around
Woman can use donor sperm in IVF without estranged husband's consent, court rules

Woman can use donor sperm in IVF without estranged husband's consent, court rules

Federal court finds Victorian law discriminated against the woman on the basis of her marital statusA Victorian woman will not need her estranged husband’s permission to undergo IVF using donor sperm
Children as young as 10 denied UK citizenship for failing ‘good character’ test

Children as young as 10 denied UK citizenship for failing ‘good character’ test

As many as 400 vulnerable children refused under controversial Home Office rules Hundreds of vulnerable children as young as 10, who have spent most of their lives in the UK, are having their
Family albums reveal life, health and bloody end of the Romanovs

Family albums reveal life, health and bloody end of the Romanovs

Photographs of Tsar Nicholas II and family go on show at Science Museum in London A sleigh ride in the snow, a hunting trip, a family outing on the lake dressed in cool white outfits with wide-brimmed
Trump says Kavanaugh has an impeccable reputation – video

Trump says Kavanaugh has an impeccable reputation – video

The US president defends his supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh from an allegation of sexual assault dating from the 1980s by calling him 'one of the finest human beings you will ever have the
If ending Syria’s war means accepting Assad and Russia have won, so be it | Jonathan Steele

If ending Syria’s war means accepting Assad and Russia have won, so be it | Jonathan Steele

Western governments bear partial responsibility for prolonging this savage conflict. They must now push for peaceJust when it seems the Syrian war cannot get more complex, it does. In the skies above
'Stop this disaster': Brazilian women mobilise against 'misogynist' far-right Bolsonaro

'Stop this disaster': Brazilian women mobilise against 'misogynist' far-right Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro, who has called women idiots and issued taunts about rape, could be the next president. For the 2.5m women who joined a new Facebook group, something had to be doneHe has mocked women
Theresa May loyalists insist her Brexit plan still workable despite EU rejection

Theresa May loyalists insist her Brexit plan still workable despite EU rejection

Ministers circle in support of Chequers proposals after bruising Salzburg summitCabinet ministers and loyalists to Theresa May are seeking to defend her beleaguered Brexit strategy, insisting her
India and Pakistan meeting at UN to end three-year freeze

India and Pakistan meeting at UN to end three-year freeze

Foreign ministers to meet at sidelines of general assembly in sign of thaw in relationsThe foreign ministers of India and Pakistan are to meet on the sidelines of the UN general assembly next week in
Greens seek to disallow big chunk of extra funding to Catholic schools

Greens seek to disallow big chunk of extra funding to Catholic schools

Party hopes to have up to $4.4bn denied by Senate but Coalition says the $3.2bn component can’t be reversedThe Greens are threatening to have the changes to school funding disallowed in an attempt to
Philippines villages buried by landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut

Philippines villages buried by landslide after Typhoon Mangkhut

Homes crushed under earth and rubble after hillside collapses in Cebu provinceDozens of people have been buried alive and at least 22 have died after a landslide engulfed two villages in the
Storm Bronagh: more wind and heavy rain expected across UK

Storm Bronagh: more wind and heavy rain expected across UK

Warning of disruption during Friday morning rush hour from fallen trees and flooded roadsBlustery winds and heavy rain will continue to pose a risk of disruption into Friday after Storm Bronagh blew
'I follow a different person every day': using strangers to explore the city

'I follow a different person every day': using strangers to explore the city

The rules of the art of ‘following’ are simple: choose a stranger and secretly copy their route – you’ll see the city in a new lightTwo days after I arrive in Belgrade, I’m being shown the outskirts
Pair hurt after runaway driverless freight train derailed in Tasmania

Pair hurt after runaway driverless freight train derailed in Tasmania

TasRail freight train carrying cement was travelling 50km/h when it left tracksAuthorities purposely derailed a driverless runaway train as it neared the heart of Devonport, sending debris flying that
'Imagine in five years': how education became a casualty of Cameroon's war

'Imagine in five years': how education became a casualty of Cameroon's war

As schools close their doors amid the ongoing anglophone crisis, families in Cameroon are growing ever more anxious about what the future holds for their children If Simon had the chance to tell his