The last straw: European parliament votes to ban single-use plastics

Vote by MEPs paves way for law to come into force by 2021 across EU The European parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. The vote by MEPs paves the way for a ban…

Gambian ex-president ‘stole almost $1bn before fleeing country’

Yahya Jammeh accused of orchestrating huge theft of government funds Yahya Jammeh, the former president of the Gambia, orchestrated the theft of almost $1bn (£760m) from his country before his flight into exile two years ago, investigative reporters have alleged. The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) said it had reviewed thousands of leaked…

Israeli soldiers kill teenage Palestinian medic near Bethlehem

Volunteer medic Sajid Muzher had on reflective vest when he was shot, colleague says Israeli soldiers shot dead a teenage Palestinian medic in the occupied West Bank, his colleagues and the Palestinian health ministry have said. Sajid Muzher, 17, was killed at the Dheisheh refugee camp next to Bethlehem, the ministry said in a statement….

The French must drink less wine, say health officials

Health agency advises no more than two glasses a day to cut down alcohol-related disease risk “Quoi, just two glasses?” asked the headline on the English page of the rolling news station France 24. It was the incredulous reaction to a campaign launched this week by French health officials seeking to persuade the public to…

Cull invasive mammals to save island species, experts urge

Move ‘would save 10% of all endangered birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles’ Nearly 10% of the world’s bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile species currently on the brink of extinction could be saved by killing invasive mammals such as cats and rats on 169 islands, according to a new study. Islands comprise just 5.3% of the…

Rescued migrants hijack merchant ship off Libya

The 108 people picked up by Elhiblu 1 reportedly hijacked it when they learned they were being returned to Libya A merchant ship has been hijacked by refugees and migrants that it had rescued off the coast of Libya, and is now heading towards Malta, the Italian deputy prime minister and Maltese authorities have said….

Theresa May to resign before next phase of Brexit

Prime minister says she will not stand in way of desire for new approach, in bid to get Tories behind deal Follow the latest political developments – live Theresa May has promised Tory MPs she will step down as prime minister within the next few months in a bid to get Eurosceptics to back her…

Modi’s space weapon announcement struggles for lift-off

India’s PM criticised for making televised address about missile test during election campaign India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has announced the successful test of the country’s first space weapon, an anti-satellite missile, in a surprise televised address in the middle of the election campaign. The dramatic nature of the announcement – during a caretaker period…

Facebook to ban white nationalism and separatism content

Company previously allowed such material even though it has long banned white supremacists Facebook will ban content that supports white nationalism and white separatism from its platforms. Searches for certain keywords will direct users to an organization that helps people leave racist hate groups. Facebook had previously faced criticism for only barring content that endorsed…

French ex-spy suspected of Congo-Brazzaville plot shot dead in Alps

Daniel Forestier had been investigated over alleged plot to assassinate opposition figure The body of a former French intelligence agent linked to an assassination plot has been found riddled with bullets in a layby in the Alps. Daniel Forestier was discovered in a pool of blood in a parking area off a little-used road in…

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