Prosecutors say MP faces three counts of the charge involving two women
The Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke has been charged with three counts of sexual assault relating to two women, prosecutors have said.
The MP for Dover and Deal is alleged to have committed the first offence in 2007 against one complainant and two further offences against a second complaint in 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
Alan Duncan has resigned as a Foreign Office minister ahead of the expected arrival of Boris Johnson at Downing Street, the latest in a string of ministers to pre-emptively quit their jobs in protest at his likely direction as prime minister.
The departure of Duncan followed the announcements on Sunday by Philip Hammond, the chancellor, and David Gauke, the justice secretary, that they will quit on Wednesday, just before Johnson formally becomes prime minister.
India’s mission to the moon has blasted into space one week after a technical glitch forced scientists to abruptly halt its scheduled launch. Thousands gathered to watch Chandrayaan-2 take off on Monday from Satish Dhawan space centre in Sriharikota, north of Chennai. It will travel to the little-explored south pole of the moon
Liberal MPs Dean Smith and Russell Broadbent are calling for the unemployment payment to be lifted
Liberal MPs have joined a group of Nationals calling for a lift to the Newstart payment, with one suggesting funds be diverted from the multibillion-dollar Jobactive system.
The Victorian MP Russell Broadbent, who represents the regional seat of Monash, said he was concerned the current Newstart rate could be entrenching disadvantage by stopping people entering the workforce.
Plaque marking Okjökull, the first glacier lost to climate crisis, to be unveiled in August
The first of Iceland’s 400 glaciers to be lost to the climate crisis will be remembered with a memorial plaque – and a sombre warning for the future – to be unveiled by scientists and local people next month.
The former Okjökull glacier, which a century ago covered 15 sq km (5.8 sq miles) of mountainside in western Iceland and measured 50 metres thick, has shrunk to barely 1 sq km of ice less than 15 metres deep and lost its status as a glacier.
Fresh protests to mark half a year after he declared himself interim leader, but Nicolás Maduro remains in power
Sol Castro Sánchez was a picture of elation as she took to the streets of Caracas in the days after Juan Guaidó launched his dramatic bid to topple Nicolás Maduro on 23 January.
“I guess this is what people in Germany felt in 1989 when the wall came down,” the retired professor enthused as she marched through Venezuela’s capital with tens of thousands of jubilant protesters and a homemade placard that read: “Enough is enough! We want them out!”