At least 50 people dead and 1 million affected by floods in south Asia

Areas of India, Nepal and Bangladesh submerged by monsoon rain in recent days Dozens of people have died in Nepal and a million have been affected in north-east India following heavy rains that triggered landslides and flooding across parts of south Asia. More than 50 people have been confirmed dead and 30 more remain missing in Nepal, where rescue efforts have been hampered by continued bad weather, which has blocked key highways and destroyed phone lines. Heavy monsoon rains also caused devastation in north-east India. In Assam state, officials said at least 14 people were killed and more than a million people had been affected by rising flood waters. Hundreds of villages in Assam have been affected, with some low-lying …

Sudanese protesters demand justice following mass killings

Crowds gather in Khartoum and other cities after deaths of over 120 peaceful demonstrators Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of towns and cities across Sudan on Saturday calling for justice for pro-democracy protesters killed by security forces in weeks of unrest. Crowds filled major squares and thoroughfares waving the national flag, lighting candles and chanting: The mother of a martyr is my mother, the blood of a martyr is my blood. The political crisis in Sudan began last year and has lasted through the removal of the countrys long-term president in April, a brutal killing on 3 June by heavily armed paramilitary forces of at least 128 protesters who were staging a peaceful sit-in, as well …

Which is the most hayfever-prone city and is ‘botanical sexism’ to blame?

Allergy sufferers from Tokyo to London are struggling as pollen levels surge in cities, possibly due to a preference for male trees In 2016, Melbourne experienced a rare and extreme case of thunderstorm asthma that led to ten deaths and 8,500 people being abundant allergenic pollen. Some are dioecious plants, which have their own distinct sex, and some are monoecious plants (those with male and female flowers on the same plant) that have been cloned to be male. The last few times I was in London, for example, almost every single willow tree I saw was now a male clone; almost all of the bay trees being sold and planted were males; virtually all of the many species of poplar …

Trump in North Korea: history as farce first time round | Michael H Fuchs

The president stepped over the DMZ to meet his favourite dictator. He came back with a mere promise of new talks Donald Trump had to publicly thinks Kim is his friend and a great leader. He even claims he defending Kims human rights abuses. He even wished the American people would treat him more like the North Korean people are forced, at gunpoint, to treat Kim. Trump has given away US leverage for nothing. His rush into a first summit was ill advised but tested a theory of top-down engagement. A second summit squandered an opportunity because Trump again rushed in without having a deal squared away in advance. This third meeting has proven just how easily Kim can extract …

Don’t give up! How to stay healthy, happy and combative in impossible political times

Walk the dog, let go with a cry, head to the gym or have sex. Leading campaigners on how to look after yourself before heading back into the fray Every week it seems there is something new to protest about. If we are now in environmentalist and authorTry to spend a little time outdoors, whether it is in a city park or out in the woods or mountains. One of the things we are fighting for is a world where nature still has some place and so its good to get out and remind ourselves of that. I try to get outside every day, just for a few minutes. If I can just see the sky, thats good; sometimes I …

US must spend $4.5bn to prevent more child migrant deaths at border, warns CBP

CBPs acting commissioner blames rising number of deaths of child migrants in US detention on a lack of federal funding More children may die in the detention of the US government unless Congress passes a $4.6bn emergency fund for immigration services at the At least seven migrant children have died in US custody since late 2018, as a combination of policies spearheaded by Donald Trump as part of his much-vaunted Outcry erupted this week after a migrant teen was found to be nursing her premature baby in a Texas border patrol facility without proper neonatal care. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas criticized Trump for showing disregard for families with children, saying no human being should be held …

Climate crisis: aviation industry hears clamour for electric planes

Shift from fossil fuels top of agenda for Paris air show, industry having lagged behind other sectors Faced with growing calls for action on the climate crisis, aerospace companies gathering for the Paris air show next week are turning their thoughts to a future run on electricity rather than fossil fuels. The scale of the challenge is considerable. The target for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, recommended by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and emissions laggard compared with the car industry or power generation, but improvements in the German startup Lilium and US firm Bell Helicopter small hybrid-electric commuter aircraft to market in the early 2020s, and Aurora Flight Sciences, which is also targeting air taxis. Yet for …

This all-male council in Texas just voted to ban abortion

Council in Waskom, Texas, made up only of white men, votes to make town a sanctuary city for the unborn The entirely white male council of Waskom in Texas has voted to make the small town a sanctuary city for the unborn. The five men on the towns council voted this week to pass legislation known as an ordinance, which declared Roe v Wade, the landmark supreme court decision which legalized abortion, unconstitutional. The move, which is itself unconstitutional, comes after a raft of abortion bans have passed in states from Missouri to Ohio. Restrictions on abortion disproportionately affect poor women, who are more likely to seek abortions and less likely to have the resources to obtain one out-of-state. Despite …

‘Sacred day’: Chinese remember Tiananmen killings by fasting

Thirty years after crackdown, fasting is gaining traction to mark 4 June amid increasing censorship For the past 29 years, Chen Wei has marked the anniversary of the bloody 4 June Tiananmen Square crackdown by fasting for 24 hours, consuming only water and thinking of the students who perished. Chen, a former student organiser, started the tradition when she was in prison, soon after the protests ended, while serving 20 months in an 8 sq metre cell. It was a small, silent act of resistance. The guards did not pay attention to whether she ate or not. Chen is one of many former protesters and activists who will be fasting on Tuesday, the 30th anniversary of the censorship, more people …

Three Venezuelan families a photo essay

Silvana Trevale left Venezuela in 2011 but has returned to document the ever worsening crisis that has deeply affected families of every economic status Venezuela, a country that once hoped for wealth and a bright future with its oil reserves and natural resources, is falling to pieces. It faces a humanitarian crisis where families struggle daily to find food, medicine and clean water as they live with collapsing public services. Many attend the ongoing protests, which are frequently violently repressed. Though I left my home in 2011 I have returned to Litter is scattered around the street after bin bags were opened by residents in El Llanito, Caracas As a young Venezuelan woman, my focus was to the youth of …

Indias Muslims quiver in the new dawn of an emboldened Narendra Modi

The Hindu nationalist BJPs election victory will change the culture of the nation, the prime ministers critics fear Just after 1.30pm on Friday, the loudspeaker outside Sarai Alawardi mosque crackled to life, and more than a thousand foreheads were touched to the hessian mats that lined the ground. Towering over them were the skyscrapers of Gurgaon, a satellite town south of Delhi that houses technology companies, bowling alleys and other symbols of the new India. A day after the Hindu nationalist prime minister, Modis emphatic re-election has been an isolating experience. The countrys most acrimonious election campaign in recent history was studded with references to unauthorised migrants from Bangladesh as termites, the nomination to parliament of a Hindu accused of …

Facebook plans to launch ‘GlobalCoin’ cryptocurrency in 2020

Mark Zuckerberg met governor of Bank of England last month to discuss decision Facebook is planning to launch its own cryptocurrency in early 2020, allowing users to make digital payments in a dozen countries. The currency, dubbed GlobalCoin, would enable Facebooks 2.4 billion monthly users to change dollars and other international currencies into its digital coins. The coins could then be used to buy things on the internet and in shops and other outlets, or to transfer money without needing a bank account. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and chief executive of Facebook, last month met the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, to discuss the plans, let users transfer money using WhatsApp, its encrypted mobile-messaging app. Payments is …

Turkey insists on right to drill for energy reserves off Cyprus

Dispute likely to escalate after Nicosia said it would seek to arrest anyone caught drilling Tensions over energy resources in the eastern Mediterranean have risen sharply after Turkey said it would exercise its sovereign rights to drill off Cyprus in flagrant defiance of warnings from western allies. As the dispute over the race to tap underwater spoils is becoming ever more intense. Israel, Egypt and Lebanon, which have also discovered hydrocarbons off their coasts, have all signed delimitation agreements with Cyprus. In recent years, international oil companies, including ExxonMobil, Total and Eni, have acquired search rights in licensed blocks off the island. Three months ago the US energy company announced it had found one of the biggest deposits of natural …

Lunch lady fired for giving student free meal refuses offer to be rehired

Termination led to outpouring of support for New Hampshire cafeteria worker Bonnie Kimball, who told student tell mom you need money A school cafeteria worker in New Hampshire who was fired for giving a student lunch for nothing has rejected an offer to be rehired. Bonnie Kimball said she was fired on 28 March by Fresh Picks, a vendor that supplies food to the Mascoma Valley regional high school in Canaan, a day after she gave a student lunch even though he couldnt pay for it. Kimball said that when the students account showed no funds, she quietly told him Tell mom you need money, and provided a lunch. A manager asked what was on the boys plate, she said, …

Senior Tories press May to abandon Brexit deal talks with Labour

PMs Brexit adviser reportedly heads to Brussels to break deadlock as PM told to reject any Labour deal involving customs union Theresa May is under intense pressure to abandon cross-party Brexit talks, after a group of senior Conservative figures, including leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab, issued a strongly worded warning against any deal that involved a customs union. Mays cabinet, and Jeremy Corbyns shadow cabinet, are both due to take stock of the talks on Tuesday, with neither side optimistic about the prospects for an agreement that could secure a majority in parliament. Meanwhile, the prime ministers Brexit negotiator, Olly Robbins, was said to be travelling to Brussels for talks with EU officials on sacked earlier this month …