Qatar apologizes, investigates forced airport examinations

Qatar apologized Wednesday after authorities forcibly examined female passengers from a Qatar Airways flight to Australia to try to identify who might have given birth to a newborn baby found abandoned at the airport earlier this month. Under pressure after Australia condemned the searches, Qatar’s government said it had begun an investigation into the treatment…Continue Reading

Pompeo brings anti-China roadshow to Indian Ocean islands

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump administration’s anti-China campaign to Indian Ocean islands considered particularly at risk for what American officials allege is Chinese exploitation. Pompeo is visiting Sri Lanka and the Maldives to press the two countries to be on guard against potential predatory lending and investment by China.…Continue Reading

US accuses Syria of delaying constitution ahead of election

The United States and several Western allies on Tuesday accused the Syrian government of deliberately delaying the drafting of a new constitution to waste time until presidential elections in 2021, and avoid U.N.-supervised voting as called for by the U.N. Security Council.U.S. deputy ambassador Richard Mills urged the Security Council to “do everything in its…Continue Reading

Manchester Arena attack: Security guard did not approach suicide bomber out of fear of being branded racist, inquiry hears

A security guard had a “bad feeling” as he eyeballed Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi but did not approach him for fear of being branded a racist, a public inquiry has heard. Kyle Lawler said he was stood 10 or 15ft away from Abedi, who had been reported to security by a member of…Continue Reading

Amy Coney Barrett: Senate confirms Trump Supreme Court pick eight days before 2020 election

In a late-night vote on Monday, the Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as the newest associate justice on the US Supreme Court, sealing a 6-3 conservative majority on the panel that has become more and more instrumental in steering the course of US domestic policy in recent decades.Ms Barrett, 48, who has served on the…Continue Reading

England’s natural assets are in serious decline, warns expert committee

EnvironmentNatureThe government has been criticised for ‘limited progress and some worrying declines’ when it comes to protecting the environment, writes Tom BatchelorBut a nation of self-declared nature-lovers has allowed its natural assets to fall into serious decline, an expert panel has warned.A report by the Natural Capital Committee, established to advise the government on how…Continue Reading

Patients discharged from hospitals without Covid test results

Almost half of hospital patients have been discharged without receiving the results of their coronavirus test – including some patients who were sent to care homes, new research has revealed.Independent national patient body Healthwatch England said it had learned many patients were discharged from hospitals between March and August this year without proper assessments with…Continue Reading

Climate crisis: Extinction Rebellion blockades gates at Ineos refinery after government data shows firm is major source of pollutants

Extinction Rebellion activists have blockaded the gates of Ineos’s Grangemouth oil refinery, after government data revealed the company was Scotland’s biggest climate polluter.Demonstrators working in groups of six have used two boats to block roads in an effort to prevent access to the plant.The protesters have locked themselves together and they have parked a boat…Continue Reading