Climate crisis more politically polarizing than abortion for US voters, study finds

Democrats ranked global heating as the third most important issue on their list, while Republican voters ranked it last in a Yale poll Surging concern among Americans about an overheating planet has done little to shift a political polarization that has now reached a stunning extreme: climate breakdown divides Democrats and Republicans even more than abortion does. Continue reading... ...

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Queen Victoria's risqué side revealed with nude-filled collection

Romantic gifts exchanged between Victoria and Prince Albert will be displayed at Isle of Wight’s Osborne HouseQueen Victoria is sometimes remembered as prudish, buttoned-up and disapproving, but a new display reveals a woman well in touch with the more sensuous side of her nature.Romantic and risqué gifts exchanged between Victoria and Prince Albert are to go on display at Osborne House, the couple’s grand seaside retreat on the Isle of Wight, which is stuffed with art and fabulous objects ...

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How Stockholm became the city of work-life balance | Richard Orange

With flexible hours the norm, and almost two years’ parental leave for every child, Sweden’s capital boasts a happy and efficient workforce. What can other cities learn?It is 3.30pm, and the first workers begin to trickle out of the curved glass headquarters of the Stockholm IT giant Ericsson.John Langared, a 30-year-old programmer, is hurrying to pick up his daughter from school. He has her at home every other week, so tends to alternate short hours one week with long hours the next. ...

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Federal election 2019: Chris Bowen reportedly pulling out of Labor leadership race – politics live

Anthony Albanese looks set to be elected unopposed, as Palaszczuk seeks Adani approval timeline by Friday. All the day’s events, live 5.46am BST Back in Queensland and the LNP looks like picking up a third Senate seat – meaning Gerard Rennick is a very good chance to join Paul Scarr and Susan McDonald in the Senate.That’s at the expense of Labor and Chris Ketter, who don’t look like they will have enough for two quotas at this stage. 5.35am BST Interesting report from Sam. I haven’t ...

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Last name first, first name last: Japan minister tells foreign media to get it right

Taro Kono – or is it Kono Taro? – says journalists should treat Japanese politicians the same as their Chinese or South Korean equivalentsJapan’s foreign minister will ask international media organisations to use the family name first when writing Japanese names – as is customary in the Japanese language – in an attempt to reverse a century of linguistic convention.Taro Kono – or perhaps that should be Kono Taro – said foreign media should follow the same practice they use when ...

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Boris Johnson woos centre-ground Tories in bid to widen appeal

Leadership contender seeks backing of Amber Rudd’s One Nation group Boris Johnson is launching a bid to court One Nation Conservative MPs in the group of centrist liberals run by Amber Rudd, as he tries to pitch himself as a candidate who can appeal beyond rightwing Brexit supporters.The former foreign secretary, who is favourite to be the next Conservative leader, is backed by Brexit hardliner Jacob Rees-Mogg but infuriated many Tory colleagues by backing Theresa May’s deal after months of ...

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Federal election 2019: Penny Wong and Kristina Keneally join Labor MPs backing Albanese for leadership – politics live

ALP searches for a new leader to replace Bill Shorten as Palaszczuk seeks Adani approval timeline by Friday. All the day’s events, live 4.55am BST Cabinet deliberations continue, with the reshuffled Morrison ministry to be announced soon-ish (within the next few days, is what I am hearing, but again, everything is in flux right now)Melissa Price most likely won’t remain as the environment minister, despite what Scott Morrison said through the campaign - he has the authority to make the ...

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Far-right Facebook groups 'spreading hate to millions in Europe'

Avaaz uncovers 500 accounts using fake news to spread white supremacy messageA web of far-right Facebook accounts spreading fake news and hate speech to millions of people across Europe has been uncovered by the campaign group Avaaz.Facebook, which is struggling to clean up the platform and salvage its reputation, has already taken down accounts with about 6 million followers before voting in the European elections begins on Thursday. It was still investigating hundreds of other accounts with ...

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New Zealand speaker claims suspected serial rapist working in parliament

Claim follows review into bullying and harassment that uncovered three allegations of serious sexual assaultThe deputy leader of New Zealand’s opposition party has called for an investigation after the parliament’s speaker suggested there was a rapist working at Parliament House.After the release of a review of bullying and harassment in parliament, speaker Trevor Mallard said there were three allegations of “serious sexual assault” that amounted to rape. Continue reading... ...

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Federal election 2019: Terri Butler and Penny Wong join Labor MPs backing Albanese for leadership – politics live

ALP searches for a new leader to replace Bill Shorten as Palaszczuk seeks Adani approval timeline by Friday. All the day’s events, live 4.20am BST And they roll on:I'll be supporting @AlboMP to lead @AustralianLabor. He is the person to bring our movement together, to articulate our enduring values as a compelling case for change, to stand up to Scott Morrison's regressive agenda and to secure the government that all Australians need. 4.01am BST So far, the public declarations of support are ...

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