Sperm whale washed up in Sulawesi had flip-flops, bottles, bags and 115 drinking cups in its stomach
A dead whale that washed ashore in eastern Indonesia had a large lump of plastic waste in its stomach, including flip-flops and 115 drinking cups, a park official has said, causing concern among environmentalists and government officials in one of the world’s largest plastic polluting countries.Continue reading...
Saudi-led coalition launches airstrikes on Houthi rebels after recent lull in hostilities
Fighting between Saudi-led coalition forces and Houthi rebels in Yemen has flared up again around the Red Sea port of Hodeidah despite UN calls for a ceasefire, Yemeni officials and witnesses have said.
The escalation after a recent lull began late on Monday with coalition airstrikes against the Houthis in and around the city.Continue reading...
Brexiters launch pamphlet detailing ‘17 myths’ about leaving the customs union
Conservative Brexiters are attempting to reignite opposition to Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement by claiming it is based on “defeatist” fears and scare stories about leaving the customs union.Continue reading...
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A new survey has shown 60% of people in Scotland would vote to remain in the UK in a referendum, the Press Association reports. The Survation poll on behalf of a pro-union group asked a different question from that put to voters in the 2014 independence referendum. Instead of asking if the country should be independent, it asked whether they would like to remain as part of the UK. Results also show 28% of yes voters in 2014 would back remain, while 15% of former no voters would choose to leave.
Pamela Nash, chief executive of Scotland in Union, said:
This bombshell poll shows that a huge majority of Scots want to remain in the UK and are turned off by Nicola Sturgeon’s desperate attempts to use Brexit to break up Britain.
Voters know that we are better off as part of the UK and it makes sense to remain with our oldest friends, neighbours and allies - rather than divide us in the name of nationalism.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, is travelling to London this morning for a series of meeting at Westminster where she will attempt to act as deal-maker for a cross-party alternative plan to Theresa May’s Brexit.
Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland, the Scottish government’s Brexit secretary Michael Russell set out Sturgeon’s plans. He said:
What the first minister will do today is meet opposition leaders and Theresa May, and point out that there is a process to vote down this deal. She is not attempting to renegotiate May’s deal - that deal is dead - but this is a discussion about the alternatives.
This is a time for grown-up, responsible governance in the public interest – something which has been sadly lacking to date as the Tory party has continued to put its own interests ahead of the interests of jobs, communities and businesses.
It mustn’t be an option between frying pan or fire – but it is now incumbent on all of us who oppose that false choice to propose a workable alternative.Continue reading...
Car executive, who is also chairman of Nissan, arrested in Japan over alleged misconduct
France’s finance minister has declared Carlos Ghosn is no longer capable of leading Renault, after the executive, one of the leading figures in the global car industry, was arrested on Monday by Japanese prosecutors.
“Carlos Ghosn is no longer in a position where he is capable of leading Renault,” the finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, told France Info radio. “Renault has been weakened, which makes it all the more necessary to act quickly.”Continue reading...
Baby girl dies in Queensland Children’s hospital, as locals say they had contacted authorities about homeless family of first girl
A day after a baby girl was found dead on a Queensland beach, a four-month-old girl has died in suspicious circumstances.
Police said a woman, 35, and a man, 37, were assisting with inquiries into the death on Tuesday of a four-month-old infant from the Logan district.Continue reading...
The dramatic events of last week have significantly increased the possibility of a “people’s vote” on Brexit. The case for such a vote has become compelling because the parliamentary arithmetic points to gridlock on the agreement reached with the European commission.
Theresa May’s personal demeanour, and the efforts of extreme Brexiters to scapegoat her for the probable failure of their project, have undoubtedly aroused much sympathy for her among voters. Some of that sympathy is justified. Certainly, no other Conservative leader would have been better able to resolve the contradictions of Brexit. Despite holding positions of real government power, Brexit’s main leaders have been utterly unable to offer any realistic alternative approach.Continue reading...
Cryptocurrency’s value has slumped by more than a quarter in less than a week
The price of bitcoin continued to plunge on Tuesday as it fell another 7% to $4,387, taking its losses to almost 30% in the past week.
A 14% tumble in the price of the world’s biggest and best-known cryptocurrency on Monday had taken bitcoin below $5,000 for the first time in 13 months. It is now at its lowest level since October last year.Continue reading...
More than 350 people attend meeting organised by GetUp in Warringah, as a rival rightwing group announces its arrival
More than 350 people turned up to a GetUp information night in Tony Abbott’s Sydney seat of Warringah on Tuesday night – a sign that the former prime minister is facing a highly organised and well-supported campaign against his re-election from within his own community.
The crowd at Manly Senior Citizens club, who came to hear what they could do to unseat their MP, filled two rooms and then spilled outside.Continue reading...
All the day’s economic and financial news, including the latest on the Carlos Ghosn investigation and a Bank of England hearing at the UK parliament
- Latest: French government says Ghosn ‘not fit’ to lead Renault
- Nissan shares slide 5.5% in heavy trading
- Nissan: Ghosn committed serious financial misconduct
- Ghosn has run Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance for years
- Chairman alleged to have misreported his salary, misused funds
More developments: Mitsubishi will hold a board meeting next week to decide whether to dismiss Ghosn as chairman.
[reminder: Mitsubishi is partly owned by Nissan, making it the smallest member of Ghosn’s auto alliance].
Newsflash: Renault says it will hold a board meeting later today to discuss the situation.
Renault board to meet Tuesday to discuss Ghosn: company | via @AFPContinue reading...
Jack Dorsey accused of hate speech after posing with sign opposing country’s caste system
Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, has upset Hindu nationalists in India by posing for a picture with a placard reading: “Smash Brahminical patriarchy”.Continue reading...