"Serious failures" in the public health system led to the deaths of 19 people linked to outbreaks of listeria and streptococcus, a former health chief has claimed.
Friday: Guardian Australia’s landmark Deaths Inside project highlights government failures. Plus, Jofra Archer rips through Australia
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Incident was recounted in an email exchange between a prominent US literary agent and author Evgeny Morozov
Prince Andrew was seen inside the New York apartment of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein getting a foot massage from a young woman, according to an email exchange between a prominent US literary agent and author and writer Evgeny Morozov.
In the exchange, published in the New Republic magazine, agent John Brockman recommends to writer Morozov (who he represents as literary agent) that he meet with Epstein, calling him a “billionaire science philanthropist” who has “been extremely generous in funding projects of many of our friends and clients”. Continue reading...
(Reuters Health) - Nearly one third of migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. experience physical, psychological and/or sexual violence during their journey, a new study finds.
The prime minister has been criticised for putting his foot on a table in front of Emmanuel Macron.
Canadians have a message for politicians appearing on their front stoops ahead of Canada's upcoming national election in October: life is getting more expensive.
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that the fires raging in the Amazon rain forest are an international emergency and called for the situation to be discussed at the G7 summit.
President Donald Trump will highlight U.S. economic policies under his stewardship at meetings with other G7 leaders this weekend in France and encourage allies to follow the American model to stave off problems with the global economy, officials said.
Australia batsman David Warner described England fast bowler Jofra Archer as "world class" after he picked up his first five-wicket haul in test cricket to help dismiss the touring side for 179 in the third Ashes test on Thursday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted on Thursday of possible Israeli involvement in attacks against Iranian-linked targets in Iraq.
President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday gave Italy's bickering parties five days to clinch a deal to resolve a political crisis and avoid a snap election.
The U.S. offer to sell Raytheon Co's Patriot missile defence system to Turkey is "off the table," having expired following Ankara's decision to accept Russian S-400 defensive systems, a State Department official said on Thursday.
The U.S. government on Thursday called on Central American and Colombian authorities to help curb illegal immigration to the United States, widening the net of countries the Trump administration has sought to enlist to contain the phenomenon.
Woman arrested on suspicion of neglect after child receives trauma treatment but later dies
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of neglect after the death of a 10-year-old boy in the Acocks Green area of Birmingham.
Police and paramedics were called to an address in Blossomville Way early on Thursday, following reports of a child unconscious at the address. Reports said the boy had been found in a caravan. He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead at 8.20am. Continue reading...
Jennie Robinson is part of the Dr Michael Watt patient recall and fears she will not get answers.
Republican pressure on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to run for U.S. Senate next year to help keep the party's majority intact is coming up against President Donald Trump's hope of keeping one of his most trusted aides in his administration.
Five people, including two children, have been killed after lightning strikes in the Tatra mountains in Poland and neighbouring Slovakia.
Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Thursday she would go to Cuba next week to speak with her counterpart there, Bruno Rodriguez, about ending the political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and returning it to democracy.
Southern Yemeni separatists clashed with government forces in the southern oil-producing province of Shabwa on Thursday, local officials and residents said, in the latest violence between nominal allies that has strained an Arab military coalition.
The president of Jubbaland, a Somali region critical to East Africa's fight against the Islamist militants of al Shabaab, won a new term on Thursday, highlighting a growing rift between the federal government and its semi-autonomous states.
Wildfires raging in eastern Bolivia have burned more than 450,000 hectares (1.1 million acres), or roughly an area the size of the U.S. state of Delaware, officials in San Cruz province estimate.
Four people, two of them children, died and more than 100 were injured during a thunderstorm in Poland's Tatra mountains on Thursday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said.
Downing Street has hit back at a senior Channel 4 executive after she branded Prime Minister Boris Johnson a "known liar" and a "coward".
The property expert’s business woes follow successful careers on TV and in stage design
Kevin McCloud’s life began in a house his parents built and for the past 20 years he has brought millions of television viewers along on the trials and tribulations of home builders as they struggle to create their own dream place.
At Cambridge University he studied history of art and architecture, reportedly abandoning an earlier desire to train as an operatic baritone in Italy. After initially working in theatre design he opened a lighting design practice, which at one point employed 26 people and whose work can still be found in Harrods, Edinburgh Castle, and the Dorchester hotel. Continue reading...
Many feel they have been fobbed off by Grand Designs presenter’s promised returns
Small investors who sank millions of pounds into the TV property guru Kevin McCloud’s eco-friendly housing ventures have been told they could face losing up to 97% of their money.
For 20 years the star of Channel 4’s Grand Designs has lectured the nation about how to create their dream home – but his own property empire has turned into a nightmare. Between 2013 and 2017, McCloud wooed investors with a string of fundraising schemes that promised returns of up to 9% a year from his Happiness Architecture Beauty (HAB) homes businesses. Continue reading...
The Canadian government remains opposed to Russia rejoining the group of leading industrialized nations formerly known as the Group of Eight, a move U.S President Donald Trump has said should be considered, Canada's foreign minister said on Thursday.
Jofra Archer claimed a maiden Test five-for as a late flurry of wickets saw England bowl Australia out for 179 after an otherwise frustrating, rain-filled first day of the third Ashes Test at Headingley.
Tyler Ivanoff, an American schoolteacher, was gathering firewood with his children on a beach in western Alaska when he came across a champagne bottle with a letter inside.
The White House will not move forward with plans to cut billions of dollars in foreign aid, U.S. officials said on Thursday, after an outcry from Congress about what was seen as an attempt to sidestep lawmakers' authority over government spending.
Vincent Kompany’s role as Anderlecht player coach has been changed and he will no longer have a decision-making position on match day so he can concentrate on playing, the Belgian club said on Thursday.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday assured Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that American officials were working to free two Canadian men who have been held by China since late last year.
Jofra Archer's first five-wicket haul in test cricket put England in command on a weather-affected opening day of the third Ashes test at Headingley on Thursday as they bowled Australia out for 179.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday the recall of Edwards Lifesciences Corp's Sapien 3 Ultra delivery system was classified as the agency's severest, sending shares of the medical device maker down 3%.
Some 20 French mayors have banned glyphosate from their municipalities, defying the government, which is now taking legal action to impose national legislation which allows the controversial weedkiller's continued use for now.
The New York City Comptroller said on Thursday that the United States Tennis Association (USTA) had under-reported millions in gross revenue, days before the start of the U.S. Open, the organisation's marquee event and final Grand Slam of the year.
Federal prosecutors in Brazil said on Thursday they will investigate a spike in deforestation and wildfires raging in the Amazon state of Pará to determine whether there has been reduced monitoring and enforcement of environmental protections.
Northern Ireland police have accused the dissident republican group Continuity IRA of trying to lure officers to their deaths in a bomb attack this week.
A further 30 migrants, including ten children and a baby, are picked up in French waters.
After criticising Boris Johnson for failing to meet him, Richard Ratcliffe will meet Dominic Raab to discuss his wife’s case
The foreign secretary has agreed to meet the husband of a British-Iranian woman held in Tehran after it emerged that neither Dominic Raab nor the prime minister had done so since taking office, despite the latter claiming he would prioritise the issue on the campaign trail.
Richard Ratcliffe, whose wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was jailed for five years in Iran in 2016, criticised Boris Johnson on Monday, indicating that he believed the prime minister was not taking his wife’s case seriously. Continue reading...