As voters turn to the right, the Greens are hoping to profit from the woes of a discredited Labour party
At the “election market” in Gouda, behind the town’s gable-fronted cheese museum, the Netherlands’ kaleidoscope of parties are making a last push to catch floating voters. Passers-by are spoiled for choice: nine groups are represented, all with seats in parliament, from the governing Liberal and Labour parties to the Animal Rights party, complete with panda-print scarves and a man strumming campaign songs on a guitar.
Notably, the three leading contenders – prime minister Mark Rutte’s VVD, the Christian Democrats (CDA), and Geert Wilders’s Freedom party (PVV) – are all on the right, suggesting that the Dutch are turning away from their tradition of liberal, progressive politics. The Labour party (PvdA) has paid a heavy price for going into coalition with the right-wing Liberals four years ago and pushing through an austerity programme that hit its traditional voter base. Continue reading...
Colin Barnett’s self-delusion a warning for Malcolm Turnbull as Nationals run their own race
Colin Barnett says he’s no longer the Western Australian premier because of an overwhelming “It’s time” factor.
With due respect to Barnett, this is a story you invent to console yourself when you’ve presided over a top-to-tail disaster. Continue reading...
Emergency departments are failing to conduct comprehensive mental health assessments, researchers say
One in 15 newly-released prisoners attend hospital for self-harm but emergency departments are failing in their obligations to conduct comprehensive mental health assessments, new research shows.
A groundbreaking study of former inmates, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry this month, has revealed high rates of self-harm following release from prison. Continue reading...
Pentagon says Russia has intervened to support opponents of the western-backed government
A fierce battle for control of Libya’s oil ports is raging this weekend as worried American officials claim that Russia is trying to “do a Syria” in the country, supporting the eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar in an attempt to control its main source of wealth.
The fighting between Haftar’s forces and militias from western Libya is focused on Sidra, Libya’s biggest oil port, and nearby Ras Lanuf, its key refinery. Together they form the gateway to the vast Oil Crescent, a series of oilfields stretching hundreds of miles through the Sahara containing Africa’s largest reserves. Haftar’s forces have launched airstrikes against militias around the oil ports themselves, with social media showing pictures of corpses and burning vehicles. No casualty figures have yet been released. Continue reading...
PM to take ‘no jab, no play’ policy that would also ban unvaccinated children from preschools to Coag meeting
Unvaccinated children would be banned from childcare centres and preschools across the country under a push by the federal government.
The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has written to state and territory leaders in a move towards introducing nationally consistent laws to protect children across Australia. He says he will take the policy to the next Council of Australian Governments (Coag) meeting. Continue reading...
The chief executive of Tact Care, the UK’s largest fostering charity, said the Home Office repeatedly declined his offers to help
The Home Office turned down repeated offers from fostering agencies that would have allowed up to 100 child refugees a week to be given sanctuary in Britain, according to the chief executive of the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity. Continue reading...
ALP on track to double its representatives in state parliament as swings of up to 20% recorded in outer-suburban Perth seats
Mark McGowan has declared victory in Western Australia as record-breaking swings put the Labor party on track to double its representatives in state parliament.
Swings of up to 20% were recorded in outer-suburban seats in Perth, while swings of more than 11% were recorded in 14 previously Liberal-held seats – securing a Labor 34 seats in the 59-seat parliament. Continue reading...
One Nation leader blames former WA premier for result, saying he should have quit or been removed before election
Pauline Hanson has likened Colin Barnett to spoiled milk that should have been thrown out after One Nation fared worse in the Western Australian election than she expected, blaming the result on the party’s preference deal with the Liberals.
Early results indicate the party failed to secure a lower-house seat despite intense campaigning. But it did secure at least one upper house seat, which was the objective of the preference deal, with state leader Colin Tincknell claiming the South West. Continue reading...
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's centre left Social Democrats (SPD) were up 1 percentage point at 33 percent, level with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives who were unchanged, an Emnid poll showed, just over six months before the federal election.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of New York is not resigning from his post despite being asked to do so by the Justice Department, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Saturday, potentially setting up a showdown between President Donald Trump and one of the country's top federal prosecutors.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Sensing his party's drive for votes in India's most politically prized state had stalled, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared his schedule and thrust himself into the heart of the battle.
The 19-year-old Nobel prize winner did not reveal which institution had offered her a conditional place during a Birmingham talk
Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai has told an education conference that she has received an offer to study at a UK university.
The 19-year-old student, who is currently preparing for her A-Levels, told the auditorium that she had received an offer, conditional of achieving three As, to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). Continue reading...
BISSAU (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched in the capital of Guinea Bissau on Saturday to demand the departure of President Jose Mario Vaz, the latest sign of growing anti-government sentiment following an 18-month-long political crisis.
Preet Bharara made announcement after attorney general Jeff Sessions told US attorneys, nearly all appointed by Obama, they should resign from their posts
Preet Bharara, the powerful Manhattan prosecutor who was among 46 US attorneys asked to step down late Friday, has refused to tender his resignation, according to reports citing unnamed associates of the attorney.
On Friday afternoon, attorney general Jeff Sessions told the prosecutors, nearly all appointed by Barack Obama, that they should resign from their posts. The overhaul of US attorneys is standard practice for a new administration, though some presidents do so in phases. Bharara, 48, met with Trump late last year, however, and told reporters afterward that he had “agreed to stay on”. Continue reading...
Fans said the singer ‘seemed really tearful’ after paramedics took the 47-year-old fan to the hospital
Adele was forced to temporarily halt a concert in Sydney after a fan suffered a cardiac arrest.
Footage of Friday night’s concert at the ANZ Stadium filmed by fans attending the Australian leg of her tour shows the singer becoming concerned when medics arrived to attend to a woman in the audience. Continue reading...
MILAN (Reuters) - Police clashed with rioters in Naples on Saturday during protests against the visit of Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, whose party has been known for its anti-southern rhetoric.
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland will start obstructing European Union business and "play a rough game" in Brussels after the bloc angered Warsaw by reappointing Donald Tusk as head of the European Council, the foreign minister said.
A person with a backpack climbed the fence and got onto the south grounds while Donald Trump was at the White House late Friday night
The US secret service says a person is under arrest after climbing a fence and getting onto the south grounds of the White House.
The secret service did not immediately return calls or emails requesting further detail. Continue reading...
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - After two and a half years under Islamic State control, all that is left in Mosul's museum are the traces of looting and destruction.
A man carrying a backpack has been arrested after breaching security at the White House, US media is reporting.
Feminist punk collective mocked the Russian president in Revolution and delved into the dangers of propaganda, oppression and censorship
Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina has a message for Donald Trump: “The United States started from refugees.”
The Russian activist was standing on a busy San Francisco street corner late Friday night, taking a drag of her cigarette and chatting with adoring fans who wanted to take selfies, offer her weed and talk political resistance. Continue reading...
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An intruder carrying a backpack entered the White House grounds and was arrested by U.S. Secret Service agents at an entrance near the president's residence, CNN reported on Saturday morning, citing an unnamed source.
It is hard to sell fruit into the EU, but when Britain leaves it could become a big market for Israeli agriculture and for its burgeoning cyber-industries
From a hilltop in Masa’ada on the Israeli side of the Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Faried al-Said Ahmed surveys his cherry and apple trees 80 feet below. Barbed wire surrounds the steep hillside, preventing people entering a minefield planted when the Six-Day War ended 50 years ago.
Currently, the trees are bare. Cherry-picking season is May and June, while 45,000 tons of apples will leave this co-operative farm after they ripen in September and October. Continue reading...
Map found to be gerrymandered to weaken growing voting power of minorities, giving Democrats hope of new maps that could turn over more seats in Congress
Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities.
The ruling late Friday by a three-judge panel in San Antonio gave Democrats hope of new, more favorably drawn maps that could turn over more seats in Congress in 2018. But the judges in their 2-1 decision didn’t propose an immediate fix, and Texas could appeal to the US supreme court. Continue reading...
Labor’s Mark McGowan makes his celebration speech to a jubilant crowd in Rockingham on Saturday after winning a stunning victory in the Western Australia election. Labor has picked up at least 14 new seats in the lower house, securing a win which McGowan says marks the victory of “hope and opportunity over desperation and division” Continue reading...
PARIS (Reuters) - France's far-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon said on Saturday he had secured the 500 endorsements from elected officials needed in order to run in the election.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebel groups called for the postponement of Russian-backed peace talks in Kazakhstan this month and said further meetings would depend on whether the government and its allies adhered to a newly declared March 7-20 ceasefire.
Turkey's president has called Dutch officials "fascists" and "Nazi remnants" after they stopped his foreign minister from flying to Rotterdam.
Lawmakers call for probe over DoJ handling of the inquiry into alleged money laundering at president’s biggest creditor
Senior Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling for a congressional investigation into the justice department’s handling of an ongoing probe into Deutsche Bank, saying that Donald Trump had “conflicts of interest” with the German bank, his biggest creditor.
Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House financial services committee, urged her Republican colleagues to launch their own investigation into the nature of Deutsche Bank’s money-laundering scheme, who participated in the arrangement, and whether it involved any other violations of US law beyond the failure to maintain anti-money laundering controls. Continue reading...
The Russian ambassador to the UN who collapsed in his office in New York last month reportedly died from a heart attack.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan brands the Netherlands “Nazi remnants” and “fascists” after the Dutch government withdrew permission for Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to land there for a planned visit. At a rally in Istanbul on Saturday Erdoğan says the Dutch don’t know anything about international diplomacy, while Cavusoglu appears on Turkish television to promise “heavy consequences” for the decision Continue reading...
Police in Italy are hunting a man who threw flammable liquid over a homeless man as he slept and then set him alight.
Robert E Kelly discovers the perils of working from home when children gatecrash broadcast interview with BBC
Working from home when children are at large can be perilous – that vital call interrupted by a screaming baby, a toddler scattering crucial documents, the teenager pumping up the volume as a deadline looms.
But such challenges are small fry compared with what Robert E Kelly, an academic based at a South Korean university, had to endure as he tried to broadcast to the world on matters of global importance. Continue reading...
KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a military air base in the eastern Afghan province of Khost, officials said on Saturday.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - More than 100 people gathered in Singapore's Speakers' Corner on Saturday for a rare protest against a government plan to hike water prices that has stirred discontent over sluggish economic growth and rising unemployment in the city-state.
Roadside device and suicide bomber target Bab al-Saghir neighbourhood of Syrian capital, home to several Shia mausoleums
Two explosions killed at least 28 people in the old city of Damascus on Saturday, a monitoring group said, in one of the bloodiest attacks yet seen in the heart of the Syrian capital.
A roadside bomb detonated as a bus passed by and a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Bab al-Saghir area, which houses several Shia mausoleums that draw pilgrims from around the world, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Continue reading...
Bashar al Assad says his forces are "very close" to Islamic State's self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa - and that taking it back is the Syrian military's priority.
Rotterdam officials withdraw permission for foreign minister to land in city amid row over cancelled rally
The Turkish president has branded the Netherlands “Nazi remnants” and “fascists” after one of his ministers was barred from entering the country in an escalating row over a cancelled rally in Rotterdam.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made the comments on Saturday after the Dutch government withdrew permission for his foreign minister to land there for a planned visit. Continue reading...
Stephen O’Brien, the UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, speaks to the UN security council in New York on Friday, and urges member states to make urgent funding available to avert famine in four countries. Calling the situations in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria “the largest humanitarian crisis” since the creation of the UN in 1945, O’Brien says immediate action needs to be taken to tackle the “looming human catastrophes” Continue reading...
BEIRUT (Reuters) - At least 30 people were killed by two bombs in the Syrian capital Damascus on Saturday targeting Shi'ite pilgrims, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.