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Europe feeling the heat from fires and drought

Europe feeling the heat from fires and drought

Weather experts warn of drought in Europe over its summer as firefighters tackled forest fires yesterday, and farmers fretted over wilting crops and a repeat of 2018’s arid conditions.

Macron offers tax cuts to quell ‘yellow vest’ unrest

Macron offers tax cuts to quell ‘yellow vest’ unrest

At the first major news conference of his presidency, Emmanuel Macron pledged to cut taxes but also said the French would have to work longer as he outlined his response to months of anti-government protests that have shaken his authority.

Ukraine MPs pass language law

Ukraine MPs pass language law

Ukraine’s parliament approved a law yesterday that grants special status to the Ukrainian language and makes it mandatory for public sector workers, a move Russia described as divisive and said discriminated against Russian-speakers.

Cyclone Kenneth batters Comoros

Cyclone Kenneth batters Comoros

Violent winds of up to 140kph lashed the East African island nation of Comoros overnight, killing three people, authorities said yesterday, as Cyclone Kenneth swept towards flood-battered Mozambique.

Mum of multiple quadruplets struggles to provide for 38 kids

Mum of multiple quadruplets struggles to provide for 38 kids

Mariam Nabatanzi gave birth to twins a year after she was married off at the age of 12. Five more sets of twins followed - and then four sets of triplets and five sets of quadruplets. Three years ago, however, the 39-year-old Ugandan was abandoned by her husband

Brazil’s indigenous tribes march for land rights

Brazil’s indigenous tribes march for land rights

Thousands of indigenous people decorated with traditional feathers and body paint converged on Brazil’s capital on Wednesday to defend hard-won land rights many fear could be eroded by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Prime minister holds mega roadshow in Varanasi

Prime minister holds mega roadshow in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi staged a show of strength in the city of Varanasi yesterday as the country’s 39-day staggered general election neared its mid-point. Varanasi was one of two seats that Modi fought and won at the last election in 2014.

Hunt prefers no-deal over no Brexit

Hunt prefers no-deal over no Brexit

Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt yesterday said he would opt to leave the European Union without a deal if he was faced with a choice between a no-deal Brexit or not leaving the bloc at all.

Climate protests disrupt London’s financial hub

Climate protests disrupt London’s financial hub

Environmentalists glued themselves to the London Stock Exchange entrance and staged impromptu concerts in the middle of traffic on the final day of a campaign that brought parts of the capital to a halt.

Philippines warns of diplomatic fallout with Canada over rubbish

Philippines warns of diplomatic fallout with Canada over rubbish

The Philippine government yesterday warned of a possible diplomatic fallout with Canada if its government fails to immediately act on returning rubbish shipped to the country five years ago.

Sri Lanka lowers attacks toll to 253 as some ‘double-counted’

Sri Lanka lowers attacks toll to 253 as some ‘double-counted’

Sri Lankan authorities yesterday revised the toll from Easter bombings down to 253, from the previous figure of 359, explaining that some of the badly mutilated bodies had been double-counted.

Gloves off as Biden eyes Trump knockout in 2020

Gloves off as Biden eyes Trump knockout in 2020

I don’t see Joe Biden as a threat.” It was with these words that Donald Trump earlier this month summarily dismissed the challenge posed by the former vice president, who yesterday announced his long-expected decision to run for the Democratic nomination in 2020.

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