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German govt agrees on €54bn climate package

German govt agrees on €54bn climate package

Following weeks of wrangling and all-night negotiations, Germany’s coalition government has agreed on a climate package costing more than €54bn ($59bn), Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said yesterday.

Teenaged activist hopes climate strikes will be ‘social tipping point’

Teenaged activist hopes climate strikes will be ‘social tipping point’

Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg has said that she hopes the massive worldwide climate strikes yesterday would mark a turning point in persuading leaders to take decisive action on global warming.

Trudeau pledges ban on military-style assault rifles

Trudeau pledges ban on military-style assault rifles

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, embroiled in a “blackface” picture scandal, pledged yesterday to ban military-style assault rifles in the country’s most ethnically-diverse city in a bid to get his campaign back on issue.

Pakistanis join global march for action on climate

Pakistanis join global march for action on climate

A citizen-led initiative of a climate march, organised by Climate Action Now, was held yesterday across Pakistan, marking climate strikes in other countries to help stop global warming.

Pro-China groups to tear  down pro-democracy graffiti in Hong Kong

Pro-China groups to tear down pro-democracy graffiti in Hong Kong

A pro-Beijing lawmaker has called for a Clean Hong Kong Day today, urging supporters to pull down “Lennon Walls” of anti-government graffiti across the Chinese-ruled city, a possible flashpoint in more than three months of unrest.

Trump touts ‘unbreakable’ bond at Aussie PM’s visit

Trump touts ‘unbreakable’ bond at Aussie PM’s visit

President Donald Trump treated Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison to a lavish White House visit yesterday celebrating their countries’ “unbreakable bond.

Young climate strikers storm into Thai environment ministry

Young climate strikers storm into Thai environment ministry

More than 200 young people in Thailand stormed into the environment ministry and dropped to the ground feigning death as they demanded government action on climate change along with thousands of strikers around the world.

Volunteers on frontline of Indonesia’s forest blazes

Volunteers on frontline of Indonesia’s forest blazes

From soon after sunrise, a group of volunteers gathers every day on Indonesia’s portion of Borneo island to throw themselves into the desperate fight against the worst forest fires in years.

Uber awaits decision on vital London licence

Uber awaits decision on vital London licence

Uber is still waiting to see whether its licence in London, which expires on Wednesday, will be renewed as the regulator, which previously stripped the taxi app of its right to operate in the city, remains tight-lipped about the decision.

Govt claims ‘momentum’ in Brexit talks despite EU doubts

Govt claims ‘momentum’ in Brexit talks despite EU doubts

Brexit talks are progressing with “momentum”, the minister in charge of negotiating the divorce said yesterday after meeting his EU counterpart, despite warnings from Europe that a deal is still some way off.

Ex-minister accused of rape remanded to judicial custody

Ex-minister accused of rape remanded to judicial custody

Former Union minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Chinmayanand was yesterday arrested from his Mumuksha Ashram in Shahjahanpur by the special investigating team (SIT) probing rape charges against him.

Duterte orders shunning of grants from backers of UN drug war probe

Duterte orders shunning of grants from backers of UN drug war probe

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has instructed all departments and state-run firms to halt negotiations and agreements on grants and loans from countries that have backed a UN investigation into his bloody war on drugs.

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