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Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 05:19
James Marape, prime minister for less than a month, is among those found to have engaged in ‘improper conduct’. Papua New Guinea’s prime minister has announced a commission of inquiry into a scandalous $1.2bn loan borrowed by his predecessor’s government, after an ombudsman’s report made damning findings against nine individuals including himself. James Marape, prime minister for less than a month after political turmoil resulted in the resignation of Peter O’Neill , was among those investigated by the ombudsman and found to have engaged in "wrong and improper conduct". Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 04:30
Emotional support animals, or ESAs, have exploded across the US in recent years, with rising numbers of pet owners getting their animals certified online. Unlike in the UK, ESAs have legal status in the US on a tier below traditional service animals, but the backlash has begun - with critics complaining the system is being abused by regular pet owners who want to take their animals into unsuitable public spaces. The Guardian's Richard Sprenger - animal lover but pet sceptic - meets ESA owners and their animals across North America. Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 04:25
Australia agrees to transition to Papua New Guinea providers within ‘the quickest possible time’. Australia will retain the controversial company Paladin to run services on Manus Island but has agreed to work with Papua New Guinea towards handing over all contracts. The $423m Paladin contract – which currently works out at a cost of at least $1,600 per day for each refugee and asylum seeker, not including food or medical care – was due to expire next week, ending the third contract extension since Paladin was engaged in late 2017. Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 04:24
Ex-candidate says any motion against no-deal Brexit would have ‘zero legal effect’. Boris Johnson would be able to ignore parliament’s efforts to stop a no-deal Brexit and blame the EU if it refuses to give the UK a better deal, one of his supporters has said. Dominic Raab, who is backing the frontrunner after being knocked out of the leadership contest, said any motion from MPs against a no-deal Brexit would have "zero legal effect" and could be overridden. Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 03:18
Since March 2015, the photographer and author Joey Lawrence has had unprecedented access to Kurdish guerrilla organisations fighting Isis, embedding himself into the Iraq and Syrian civil war. His powerful portraits of the fighters give a different perspective to the conflict. We came from fire, and we will return to fire. The war against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has flooded our daily news with troubling statistics of massacres and mass migrations, yet there are faces and human stories at the heart of the conflict. Joey L wrote: “From Iraq, one crosses the Tigris River into war-torn Syria, and is catapulted into a worldview crafted by the guerrilla.”Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 02:47
Investigation widens to include Martin Sellner’s fiance Brittany Pettibone following her contact with Australian far right figure Blair Cottrell. Austrian identitarian leader, Martin Sellner, has been subjected to further searches by Austrian police in connection with the Christchurch shooter, according to Austrian media reports and videos on Sellner’s own YouTube channel. The investigation has also reportedly widened to include Sellner’s US-based fiance, Brittany Pettibone, and her own alleged connections with Australian far right figure, Blair Cottrell. Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 02:00
Global Commission on Drug Policy calls for a reclassification of drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis. Illegal drugs including cocaine, heroin and cannabis should be reclassified to reflect a scientific assessment of harm, according to a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy. The commission, which includes 14 former heads of states from countries such as Colombia, Mexico, Portugal and New Zealand, said the international classification system underpinning drug control is "biased and inconsistent". Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 02:00
Residents of Reserve, Louisiana, met with environmental groups and stakeholders in Denka in their campaign for clean air. Residents of Reserve, Louisiana, have travelled to Tokyo to confront the executives and shareholders of a Japanese company which runs a chemical plant they say is responsible for a spike in cancers and a litany of other diseases in their home town – the town at the highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxicity anywhere in the US, according to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Their trip involved a series of public and private meetings with environmental groups and stakeholders in the chemicals giant Denka, which operates the Pontchartrain Works facility in Reserve.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 01:49
Tory frontrunner tells interviewer he relaxes by making and painting model buses out of wooden wine boxes. The internet has been scratching its collective head after Boris Johnson’s bizarre comment in an interview that to relax he crafts and paints model buses, an answer one political scientist called "so bizarre that it’s mesmerising". Speaking on Talk Radio on Tuesday, the frontrunner to replace Theresa May was asked by the interviewer, Ross Kempsell, what he did to relax. Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 01:45
Government will offer standard interim plans for children who face long delays getting onto the scheme. Disability advocates say the Morrison government’s new plan to reduce lengthy delays in the national disability insurance scheme should only be a stopgap measure. In a bid to reduce waiting times to 50 days, the new NDIS minister, Stuart Robert, announced on Wednesday the government would offer interim plans for children aged six and under who were expected to face long delays to get onto the scheme. Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 01:33
Matt Lewis Whittaker hit Finnish nationals at speed of up to 70km/h and attacked one with a shovel. A truck driver who attacked two Finnish nationals as they hiked the popular Bibbulmun Track in Perth has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison. Matt Lewis Whittaker, 37, ran down Queralt Tobarra and Tuomas Tani, both 33, as they walked along the track at Paulls Valley on 28 July last year.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 01:30
Racial segregation meant cycling lost status in South Africa earlier and more intensely than in the rest of the western world. Cycling Cities: the Johannesburg Experience is published by the Foundation for the History of Technology. "The writer counted, in the space of only four minutes, 93 native cyclists riding past the Astra theatre," wrote a journalist for the Star newspaper in July 1940.
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 01:01
Study shows 20m jobs will be lost worldwide by 2030 with every robot costing 1.6 manufacturing jobs. British workers are being shut out of decisions over the rising use of robots in the UK economy, according to a report. According to the commission on workers and technology , run by the Fabian Society and the Community trade union, almost six in 10 employees across Britain in a poll said their employers did not give them a say on the use of new technologies. Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 01:00
Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia call for embargo suspension to allow sale of hugely valuable stockpiles. Southern African leaders have renewed calls for a lifting of the ban on the ivory trade as debate over the "unfair" embargo escalates. At a wildlife economic summit in Zimbabwe, leaders of the five countries that make up the Kavango-Zambezi conservation area – Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Angola and Namibia – raised the issue ahead of the August conference of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) in Geneva, Switzerland. Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 01:00
Online lunch clubs are the start of a remote care revolution to reduce the spiralling costs of caring for older people. It’s 11.30am on a midweek June morning in Helsinki, Finland. Duvi Leineberg, a remote care nurse, is doing the lunch rounds. But instead of jumping in a car and visiting each person one by one, she is sitting in an office looking at a large computer screen where she can see into seven people’s homes. Most are sitting at a table preparing to tuck into some food. Related:. Personal care should be free for over-65s, says thinktank. Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 01:00
Dominic Rushe has caught over 11,000 Pokémon, walked 1,841km in Poké-land, and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. A thunderstorm is rolling towards Chicago’s Grant Park. The thousands of people gathered for the city’s third annual Pok émon Go Fest , already sodden after a day of drizzle and rain, are now being told to evacuate for fear of lightning strikes. But I need to take a snapshot of a Gastly in the Spooky Woods if I’m going to complete this year’s festival challenge and uncover a rare new Pokémon. And I don’t have a Gastly. Risking death by lightning, I jog towards the Spooky Woods. Continue reading...
Guardian (United Kingdom) 06/26/2019 01:00
UK’s dirty air still ‘a public health emergency’ despite dramatic fall in death rates. Government action can cut air pollution, a long-term study has shown, with early deaths linked to dirty air in the UK falling by half between 1970 and 2010. But toxic air remains the number one environmental health hazard, with one in 20 deaths still attributable to small particle pollution alone.

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