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How the world got hooked on palm oil

How the world got hooked on palm oil

It’s the miracle ingredient in everything from biscuits to shampoo. But our dependence on palm oil has devastating environmental consequences. Is it too late to break the habit? By Paul TullisOnce
Majority of  European firms have no CO2 reduction targets

Majority of European firms have no CO2 reduction targets

Only one in three firms have climate goals set to go beyond 2025, report findsMost European companies have no target for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions even though 80% see climate change as a
Podemos was the dazzling new force in Spanish politics. What went wrong? | Giles Tremlett

Podemos was the dazzling new force in Spanish politics. What went wrong? | Giles Tremlett

Internal strife and a narrowness of vision has halted the party’s rise – and left room for the far right to creep inIt was only five years ago that Spain’s break-out party Podemos became a dazzling
A public holiday and gold-plated gun: Saudi crown prince feted on Asia tour

A public holiday and gold-plated gun: Saudi crown prince feted on Asia tour

Mohammed bin Salman courted by Imran Khan in Pakistan as part of what analysts call a Gulf pivot towards Asia Mohammad bin Salman has been welcomed with a fighter jet escort, a gold-plated submachine
'A free pass for mobs to kill': India urged to stem cow vigilante violence

'A free pass for mobs to kill': India urged to stem cow vigilante violence

Human Rights Watch blames police inertia and government failures for lack of justice for those affectedHindu cow vigilante groups in India are escaping punishment for lynchings because of police
Syrian Kurdish leader: border force needed to protect us from Turkey

Syrian Kurdish leader: border force needed to protect us from Turkey

Ilham Ahmed says Kurds want allies from anti-Isis coalition on border to ensure Turkey does not attackThe leader of the Syrian Kurds has called for a small international observer force to be stationed
Bulk carrier leaking oil on Solomons Islands reef after running aground

Bulk carrier leaking oil on Solomons Islands reef after running aground

Cyclone delays cleanup after MV Solomon Trader ran aground in rough seas at Kangava Bay, near world heritage siteThe Solomon Islands prime minister has asked Australia for emergency help cleaning up
Rod Rosenstein, key figure behind Mueller inquiry, expected to step down in mid-March

Rod Rosenstein, key figure behind Mueller inquiry, expected to step down in mid-March

Justice department says deputy attorney general who brought in special counsel is likely to leave in mid-MarchRod Rosenstein, the US deputy attorney general who appointed a special counsel to
California leads 16-state lawsuit over Trump's emergency declaration

California leads 16-state lawsuit over Trump's emergency declaration

Coalition accuses president of ‘robbing taxpayer funds’ Legal challenge that could slow progress of border wall A coalition of 16 US states led by California has launched legal action against Donald
Police search for missing UK and French tourists at New South Wales beach

Police search for missing UK and French tourists at New South Wales beach

Items belonging to Hugo Palmer and Erwan Ferrieux found at Shelley beach near Port MacquarieA British tourist and a French tourist are missing at a beach on the New South Wales mid-north
Justin Trudeau's top adviser resigns as 'political meddling' scandal widens

Justin Trudeau's top adviser resigns as 'political meddling' scandal widens

Exit by Gerald Butts comes days after veterans affairs minister resigned from CabinetPrime Minister Justin Trudeau’s top adviser has resigned while denying allegations that he pressured Canada’s
Huawei founder: US cannot crush technology firm

Huawei founder: US cannot crush technology firm

Ren Zhengfei hits back at criminal indictments he calls politically motivated The US cannot crush Huawei, the company’s founder has insisted, as he hit back against criminal indictments levelled at
Gene therapy could treat rare brain disorder in unborn babies

Gene therapy could treat rare brain disorder in unborn babies

Doctors could use Crispr tool to inject benign virus into foetus’s brain to ‘switch on’ key genesScientists are developing a radical form of gene therapy that could cure a devastating medical disorder
Labor demands investigation into ministers Cash and Keenan over AFP raid on AWU – politics live

Labor demands investigation into ministers Cash and Keenan over AFP raid on AWU – politics live

Earlier Mathias Cormann admitted he books holidays by calling CEO of travel company, who is also Liberal party treasurer, directly. All the day’s events live 6.37am GMT Would it even be Australia if
George Mendonsa, The Kissing Sailor in famous photograph, dies at 95

George Mendonsa, The Kissing Sailor in famous photograph, dies at 95

Alfred Eisenstaedt photographed sailor kissing Greta Friedman in Times Square at the end of the second world warGeorge Mendonsa, the sailor who was captured in a famous photograph kissing a woman in
Paladin controversy prompts renewed scrutiny of $591m Nauru deal

Paladin controversy prompts renewed scrutiny of $591m Nauru deal

Brisbane firm Canstruct had limited experience running garrison and welfare services when it bid for Nauru contractControversy surrounding the awarding of a $423m Manus Island contract to the security
Eight-year-old drag racer Anita Board was going too fast before fatal crash, inquest told

Eight-year-old drag racer Anita Board was going too fast before fatal crash, inquest told

Crash at Perth Motorplex compounded by erroneously ‘doing what an adult told her to do’, court told An eight-year-old girl who died after crashing her drag racer in Perth was going too fast when an
Aurora man who makes crosses for shooting victims puts five in hometown

Aurora man who makes crosses for shooting victims puts five in hometown

Five people died and six were injured in Illinois shootingGreg Zanis has crossed America placing shooting memorialsA man who has delivered more than 26,000 white crosses to sites around the US,
China rejects Australian parliament cyber attack claims as 'baseless' and 'irresponsible'

China rejects Australian parliament cyber attack claims as 'baseless' and 'irresponsible'

Foreign ministry spokesman says speculation and sanctions will only ‘poison the atmosphere for cooperation’China has hit back at suggestions it was behind a sophisticated cyber attack on Australia’s
Cabinet ministers tell May: stop using no-deal threat to negotiate

Cabinet ministers tell May: stop using no-deal threat to negotiate

MPs tell PM to rule option out, as Brexit secretary and attorney general hold talks with EUFour cabinet ministers have demanded the prime minister stop using the threat of a no-deal Brexit as a