We need a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty – and we need it now | Andrew Simms and Peter Newell

Climate breakdown is an imminent threat to humanity. But an international treaty could avert calamity

How did government respond to the recent scientific conclusion that only “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” can deliver the globally agreed target for stopping climate breakdown? In the UK, fracking for fossil fuels was given the green light, plans were announced for a huge new road in the south-east, incentives for electric vehicles withered, the expansion of Heathrow airport is still going ahead and Gatwick airport is trying to expand too by bringing a back-up runway into use. It’s like seeing a sign that says “Danger: vertical cliff drop” and pulling on your best running shoes to take a flying leap.

Something isn’t working. The head of the oil company Shell responded to the new climate science warming by clarifying that “Shell’s core business is, and will be for the foreseeable future, very much in oil and gas.” BP announced new North Sea oil projects. Immediate choices are being made with blank disregard to avoiding climate breakdown.

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Pret allergy death: parents to meet Gove over food labelling

Family of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse will call for swift changes at meeting with environment secretary

The parents of a girl who died after eating a Pret a Manger sandwich are to meet the environment secretary, Michael Gove, to call for a change in the law to require all foods to be labelled clearly with any allergens.

Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, of Fulham, west London, collapsed on board a flight to Nice in 2016 after eating a sandwich she bought at Heathrow airport containing sesame seeds, to which she was allergic. She later died in hospital, aged 15.

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My constituents backed Brexit. But I didn’t enter politics to make them poorer | Phil Wilson

Now we know what leaving means, let’s do the right thing and have a second referendum

In normal times and in all good faith, politicians at a general election present a manifesto they believe will improve people’s lives. Politicians of a like mind will largely agree with that manifesto, believing it to be better than the alternative. In government, with all good intentions, the manifesto is implemented – maybe not in its entirety and with compromises being made. That is politics, in normal times.

But these are not normal times. Brexit is different. As an MP who campaigned for Remain during the EU referendum in June 2016, I do not believe I can, in all good faith and with all good intentions, tell my electorate that I have changed my mind. First, my constituents won’t believe me. And second, I did not enter politics to knowingly make my constituents poorer. This presents a moral dilemma for Remain-supporting MPs, especially those whose constituents voted to leave.

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‘Explosive device’ found in mailbox at George Soros home

Package containing what appeared to be explosive device found at New York state home of billionaire

A package containing what appeared to be an explosive device was found in a mailbox outside the New York state residence of billionaire financier George Soros on Monday, police have said.

Soros, one of the world’s biggest donors to liberal groups and causes, has become a hate figure for rightwing campaigners in the United States and eastern Europe, and the target of a hostile media campaign by the nationalist government in his native Hungary.

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Papua New Guinea court dismisses Manus Island detainees’ case on technicality

Supreme court ruled case should have been pursued in national court, as it was effectively a matter of compensation

Papua New Guinea’s supreme court has dismissed on a technicality a case brought by Manus Island detainees.

The refugees argued they had been subject to human rights breaches in being held unlawfully on the island, in breach of PNG’s constitution.

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Safer pesticides could contain march of armyworm in Africa

Study suggests biopesticides should be trialled to control plague of caterpillars that’s destroying crops across the continent

Experts have identified safer, effective pesticides they believe can control a plague of caterpillars that is devastating crops across Africa.

Many farmers are attempting to control armyworm – a pest that feasts on maize, rice and sugarcane – through the use of highly hazardous pesticides. But researchers warn such chemicals risk severe harm to health and to the environment, and that farmers should be offered sustainable alternatives.

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French ex-minister goes on trial for rape and sexual assault

Georges Tron is accused of attacking female staff at town hall where he is mayor

The former French minister Georges Tron is to go on trial accused of raping and sexually assaulting female staff at the town hall in Draveil, south of Paris, where he is mayor.

Two former town hall employees allege Tron made them submit to foot massages that turned into rape and sexual assault.

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Jamal Khashoggi death: Erdoğan to address Turkish parliament – live

Join us for rolling coverage as the Turkish president makes a statement on the death of the murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi

As we wait for Erdoğan to speak, AFP has some comments from Saudi Arabia:

The killing of a critic like Jamal Khashoggi is something that must “never happen again”, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Tuesday, as he pledged a full investigation into the journalist’s death.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Turkish president’s planned address to parliament on the events of 2 October, when the Saudi journalist Jamaal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, but never left.

(October 3, 2018) 

Related: Erdoğan to reveal 'naked truth' about Khashoggi's death

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Palestinian security forces routinely torture critics, rights group says

Palestinian Authority and Hamas target each other’s supporters, says Human Rights Watch

The Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank and its political rival Hamas in Gaza regularly detain and torture critics and dissenters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said in a report.

Both have carried out “scores of arbitrary arrests for peaceful criticism of the authorities, particularly on social media, among independent journalists, on university campuses, and at demonstrations,” the New York-based advocacy group said.

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Britain has created a crisis in childhood, says former children’s commissioner

Sir Al Aynsley-Green has written a hard-hitting book that he hopes will shame politicians and spark a national debate

Childhood is being ruined in the UK, and the education system under Theresa May’s government is largely to blame. That is the central message of a new book, The British Betrayal of Childhood, published this week by the former children’s commissioner for England, Sir Al Aynsley-Green.

“Is there a crisis in childhood in Britain? My answer is an unequivocal yes,” says Aynsley-Green. “Mrs May’s government is not doing enough for children, especially in education.”

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