China’s young climate heroes fight apathy and the party line

Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are trying to convince Beijing to take radical carbon-cutting action One is a student engineer who became obsessed after watching an incendiary film about air pollution. The other is a 16-year-old who went on Chinas first climate strike. Zhao Jiaxin and Howey Ou are part of a small but growing minority of young Chinese determined to press their country towards more radical carbon-cutting action. The pair are also Chinas sole winners of carbon neutral green …

Five things we learned from David Cameron’s memoir

Extracts from former PMs book reveal thoughts on Johnson, Gove and referendum regret Extracts from the former prime minister David Camerons memoir For the Record have been published in the Times and Sunday Times. Here are five things we learned from Original Article : HERE ;

Using power builds power: meet the woman tipped to lead the labor movement

Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants, has struck a chord with activists calling for her to run for labors top job: president of the AFL-CIO Sara Nelson, the president of the small band of laundresses in Atlanta, all black women, many of them former slaves, who formed the Washing Society. In 1881, the women organized a strike for higher wages $1 for every dozen pounds of laundry and greater autonomy over their industry. Most would have …

Hong Kong authorities deny protester death claims after police raid

Officials say there were no casualties during violent police clearance of subway station The Hong Kong government has denied persistent rumours that anti-government protesters may have died during a violent police clearance of a subway station last weekend. In the clarification made in a rare joint conference between three Hong Kong emergency services departments and the citys subway operator officials repeated for the sixth time in little over a week that no casualties occurred on 31 August at Prince Edward …

Brave new world: the search for peace after the second world war

The United Nations was created out of the horrors of the second world war, writes the Observers chief political commentator At the end of the second world war there was no guarantee that it would not be followed swiftly by a third. Six years of the most intensely murderous and geographically spread conflict in the history of the human species had left unprecedented devastation. From Normandy to Ukraine, vast areas of Europe had been pulverised by aerial bombing and ravaged …

Salvini urges far-right supporters to march on Rome after bid to force election backfires

Interior minister calls for day of mobilisation in protest at moves to sideline League Matteo Salvini has called on his supporters to descend on Rome as Italy moves towards ousting his far-right League from power after his attempt to collapse the Italian government and force snap elections. Salvini earmarked 19 October for a peaceful day of Italian pride against a potential government made up of his former ally, the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), and the centre-left Democratic party (PD). …

DJ Arafat fans who forced open coffin and took photos held by police

Fans of Ivorian singer who died in motorbike crash clashed with police after funeral Ivorian police have detained 12 people as part of an investigation into the desecration of DJ Arafats tomb after fans opened the musicians coffin to take pictures of him shortly after his burial, according to officials. The incident took place on Saturday following an overnight funeral concert at Abidjans main stadium, where tens of thousands paid tribute to the singer who died aged 33 in a …

Italian president gives Conte mandate to form new government

PM to lead coalition of ruling Five Star Movement and opposition Democratic party The Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, has said now is the time to resigned last week, ending a turbulent alliance between M5S and the League. Conte, a law professor, has a few days to ensure M5S and the PD set aside their myriad differences to create a strong and lasting government. The two parties still need to draft a programme and pick a cabinet. One of the …

Washington’s great mystery: Trumps affinity for Putin and populists baffles experts

Presidents approach to foreign policy, from defending his Russian counterpart to supporting Bolsonaro after he rejected aid, has experts sounding alarms Days after Donald Trump returned from another contentious encounter with his Seorita a summer ballad performed by the US pop stars Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. I love it when you call me Seorita, I wish I could pretend I didnt need ya, Trump appeared to say. Ooh, I should be running, ooh, you keep me coming for ya. …

Salvini sidelined as M5S and Democrats agree Italy coalition

Parties to try to form government in move that would avert snap elections Italys anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic party (PD) have agreed to try to form a new government in a move that could avert snap elections and push the far-right League into opposition. Italy plunged into chaos this month after Mattarella said last week that unless the parties could come up with a convincing pact, he would call snap elections. An embittered Salvini made …