Why France’s ‘yellow vest’ protesters are rioting in Paris and across the country

What are they protesting against? Macron’s government has imposed several climate change-related fuel taxes in recent months — including another slated to take effect in January. Macron says the taxes are meant to encourage drivers to exchange diesel-fuelled vehicles for more environmentally-friendly models, but many middle-class French citizens say the taxes are squeezing them to the […]

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Humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970

Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilisation. “We are sleepwalking towards the edge of a cliff” said Mike Barrett, executive director of science and conservation at WWF. “If there was a […]

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Jesus reference removed from New Zealand parliamentary prayer

Anger as Jesus reference removed from New Zealand parliamentary prayer Christians descend on Wellington to protest decision of Labour speaker Trevor Mallard to omit the name Since taking over the role in November last year, Labour’s Trevor Mallard has dropped any reference to Jesus in the prayer which opens the start of every session. Mallard […]

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Yemen on brink of ‘world’s worst famine in 100 years’

Yemen could be facing the worst famine in 100 years if airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition are not halted, the UN has warned. Sources say soaring food prices have overtaken projections from UN general assembly two weeks ago, with up to 14 million people now at risk The sheer magnitude of the famine facing Yemen was initially underestimated […]

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Storm Leslie: Portugal hit by hurricane-force winds

Hurricane-force winds have brought down hundreds of trees and left more than 15,000 homes without power in Portugal. The remnants of Hurricane Leslie swept into the centre and north of the country overnight on Saturday. There have been no reports of deaths or injuries, but officials have warned people not to venture outdoors, and a […]

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