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In all the drama of the Brexit negotiations, I fear for the next generation. We can’t take vital cultural connections for granted
The catastrophic economic consequences of a hard Brexit for the UK and damage to the rest of the EU understandably dominate the headlines. It must be a concern for everyone, regardless of how they voted in the referendum, that after a two-year wait for a government plan the main customs proposals have already been ruled out and warnings are growing about a damaging no-deal Brexit.
If successful, India would be fourth country to conduct manned space mission
India will send an astronaut into space by 2022, the country’s prime minister has claimed during an annual independence day speech.
Narendra Modi announced the target from the ramparts of the 370-year-old Red Fort in Delhi on Wednesday morning.
Lifeguards warn parents to put phones away after more than 300 people drowned in Germany this year alone
German lifeguards have issued a warning that a growing number of child drownings this summer are linked to their parents’ obsession with mobile phones.
More than 300 people have drowned in Germany this year, with hardly a day passing during the current heatwave when a swimmer has not died.
New Home Office rules cover informants under 16 used by the police and other public authorities
Children being used as informants must have an appropriate adult present in meetings with the authorities, revised official guidance says.
A revised code of practice for use of covert human intelligence sources (CHIS), published on Wednesday by the Home Office, states that a parent, guardian, personal contact or professional such as a social worker should be present at meetings between sources aged under 16 and the police, intelligences services or other public authorities.
Controversies such as the wreath row will keep happening unless the Labour leader defends himself candidly and in full
Jeremy Corbyn did an event in Stoke last night, and a reporter interviewed some of the 400 or so supporters who had turned out to hear him. Among other things, Lewis Goodall of Sky News sought their views on “wreathgate”, the ongoing row about the ceremony Corbyn attended in Tunis in 2014. “Everyone we spoke to agreed,” Goodall wrote afterwards. “Corbyn is being smeared, Labour does not have a problem with antisemitism and that the whole thing is largely concocted by the media and Tories.”
One of the more useful phrases of our time is “tribal epistemology,” the notion that what people know is increasingly linked to the group they identify with. The wreath row has been a case in point. There is no single, agreed set of facts on which the various sides hold different opinions. Instead, among those most heatedly involved, the facts or evidence people see and don’t see depend on their tribal or factional affiliation.
A young Italian boy and his parents have been named as three of the 37 victims of the Morandi Bridge collapse
A family of three were among the 37 people confirmed to have died after a motorway bridge collapsed in the northern Italian city of Genoa on Tuesday.
They were named in the Italian press as Roberto Robbiano, 44, Ersilia Piccinino, 41, and their eight-year-old son, Samuele. They came from Campomorone, a town in Genoa province.
Controversy around Buddhist abbot Shi Xuecheng seen as sign of #MeToo’s rise in China
One of China’s most high-profile Buddhist monks has resigned from a national post after reports of sexual misconduct, a religious association has said.
The Buddhist Association of China said on Wednesday its president, Shi Xuecheng, had passed his duties to a deputy.
Trail commissions are banned for new accounts, but Productivity Commission believes 636,000 super members are still subject to them
Colonial First State has admitted the entire reason some of its super funds generate vastly different returns for members has to do with the fees it charges.
The banking royal commission heard on Wednesday that executives from Colonial and Commonwealth Bank were “unhappy” earlier this year when the Australian published an article explaining why the returns of retail super funds linked to the big four banks were so low, compared to the returns of not-for-profit and union-linked industry funds.
An American and a Danish company dominate the global sperm market – and both claim their supply is biggest
Ella Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a hysterectomy. After several years, the nudges took hold. Because she wasn’t a good candidate to freeze only her eggs, she was advised to undergo IVF and freeze fertilized embryos.
Push comes as Tony Abbott continues to agitate publicly against the national energy guarantee
Senior Turnbull government figures are trying to peel back the number of government MPs crossing the floor on the national energy guarantee, attempting to minimise any blow up that could imperil the prime minister’s leadership.
Talks are underway in an effort to see whether any assurances can be given to some of the dissenters on policy measures additional to the Neg that would reduce electricity prices. But the government is on thin ice with any undertakings, with the Labor states yet to give their backing to the policy.