Macron puts the boot in after May’s Brexit breakfast blunder

The UK dropped a bombshell on the Irish issue, and France ripped up the summit plan The spin from Downing Street had been that Theresa Mays meeting with her Irish counterpart, Leo Varadkar, shortly after breakfast in the margins of an EU summit in Austria, had been relatively warm, albeit…

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Weak economic recovery was down to flawed policies, not secular stagnation | Joseph Stiglitz

Lesson to be learned from 2008 financial crisis is that the challenge was and is – political In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, some economists argued that the US, and perhaps the global economy, was suffering from secular stagnation an idea first conceived in the aftermath of the…

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Rise for Climate: thousands march across US to protest environment crisis

Protests spearheaded by march in San Francisco ahead of climate change summit in the city next week Tens of thousands of people took part in marches and other events across the US on Saturday, calling for a swift transition to renewable energy in order to stave off the various perils…

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Iran ambassador: Trump’s sanctions violate UN security council resolution

Gholamali Khoshroo argues in Guardian that by imposing sanctions the Trump administration is reneging on UNSC resolution 2231 The US is making history not just by violating a United Nations security council resolution it voted for three years ago, but also by penalising countries who stick to the same unanimous…

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Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuels

Bill passed by parliament means more than 300m shares in coal, oil, peat and gas will be sold as soon as practicable The Republic of Ireland will become the worlds first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in…

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How Russia won the World Cup

The long read: Princes, prime ministers and presidents were sent to boost bids from competing nations but Fifa was playing its own game. By Ken Bensinger On 8 June 2010, three days before the kickoff of the Fifa. Its territory stretched from Panama in the south to Canada in the north, and included…

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Trump administration’s opposition to breastfeeding resolution sparks outrage

US delegation to the World Health Assembly reportedly deployed threats to try to browbeat nations into backing off the resolution Advocates for improved nutrition for babies have expressed outrage over reports that the Trump administration bullied other governments in an attempt to prevent the passage of an international resolution promoting…

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Don’t believe the label ‘flushable’: disposable wipes clog sewers around the world

Grownups are now using the same wipes once reserved for babies, leading to millions of dollars of sewer problems. A New York City bill takes aim at the lack of transparency and mislabeling some say is to blame Disposable wipes essentially baby wipes designed for adults have become the scourge…

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