Exclusive: 200 families are to be urgently moved out of blocks on Broadwater Farm estate after post-Grenfell safety checks
More than 200 homes on the Broadwater Farm estate in north London are at risk of catastrophic collapse and all the families are to be urgently moved out following tests carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.
Two residential blocks, which were completed in the early 1970s are among 11 buildings on the Tottenham estate that failed structural tests, are the most seriously affected and are likely to be demolished.
Trump’s announcement that he would end family separation follows a parade of statements by his adminstration claiming that it was outside their power to do such a thing.
On June 15, Trump told reporters: “I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law.”
Did she misspeak the entire time? Was she unaware that the president had the power to end his administration's policy (something that doesn't actually require an executive order)? Or was she misrepresenting the policy and knowingly making false claims about how it could end?
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class-action lawsuit in March against the family separation practice, expanding an individual lawsuit filed on behalf of a Congolese woman who hadn’t seen her seven-year-old daughter for four months. They have since been reunited.
The ACLU’s executive director, Anthony Romero, said in a statement Thursday:
More than 2,000 doctors have petitioned for an Afghan refugee on Nauru to be transferred to Australia
A dying Afghan refugee currently held in offshore processing on Nauru must be brought to Australia for palliative care, doctors groups have told the government.
The Australian Medical Association and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians have both told the government 63-year-old Ali*, who has lung cancer, should be moved to Australia to “be allowed dignity and respect at the end of his life”.
The plan will go through parliament on Thursday as the ACTU says corporate handouts will not deliver promised benefits
The Turnbull government will on Thursday steer its $143bn income tax package through the parliament after days of brinkmanship around the economic policy debate that will form the centrepiece of the next election.
The package will go to the House early after the Senate successfully amended the package on Wednesday to strip out stage three of the plan – the tax cuts for high income earners. Then it will return to the Senate and be passed in its original form, with only cursory debate, because the Centre Alliance bloc will not insist on the amendments it supported during the first run of Senate debate.
Far-right interior minister says if EU fails to act Italy is ready to ‘renegotiate’ its financial commitments to the bloc
Italy’s far-right interior minister, Matteo Salvini, is calling on the European Union to “defend its border” against migrants arriving from Africa, and suggested that Italy was ready to “renegotiate” its financial commitments to the bloc if more was not done to help Italy handle the migrant crisis.
The bombastic former radio host, who has emerged as Italy’s de facto prime minister since the arrival of the new populist government, also pointed a finger of blame at “human traffickers and do-gooders” who he said were responsible for deaths on the Mediterranean.
I survived the infamous Villa Grimaldi concentration camp and torture centre in Santiago, Chile, as a baby (Nazis separated me from my parents as a child. The trauma lasts a lifetime, 18 June). My father was also detained there. He describes my captivity as the one thing that broke him down even though he suffered all types of depraved torture at the hands of Pinochet’s bloody regime. I was reunited with my mother in Sweden, where we lived in a refugee camp, and then we came to England when I was four. We moved to the US when I was nine years old.
I have not slept much lately as more immigrant children are ripped from their parents at the US border (Trump hit with criticism from all quarters over child separations, 20 June). Particularly painful are the images of the little ones left alone and crying, and the haunting looks of their shackled parents. This particularly cruel and inhuman tactic of separating children from their parents has been used from dictatorships to slavery. A sick justification was given by the US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, invoking God to uphold an inhumane “zero-tolerance” law.
My brother-in-law, David Davis, who has died aged 70, was a quiet revolutionary. In the early 1970s, working in the state prosecutor’s office in Durban, South Africa, he began to moonlight as a lawyer for the then banned ANC (African National Congress) in support of the drive to establish black trade unions in coal mines. His daytime job meant he had access to government files, which he shared with the ANC at great personal risk.
He was fired when his covert work brought him to the attention of the authorities, and placed under surveillance. His parents’ house was ransacked and he was frequently taken in for questioning. He would never talk about it, but I do not believe these were polite question and answer sessions.
As the government ploughs on with its controversial road expansion scheme, commuting in Nepal’s capital can take up to four hours – while many joke that the dust mask has become part of the national dress
Donald Trump has told Republicans he is “1,000%” behind their immigration reform effort, but did not offer a clear path forward as his administration faced bipartisan condemnation over separating children and their parents at the border.
New prime minister alleges his former protege is ‘totally responsible’ for the embezzlement of billions of dollars of government money
Malaysia’s new prime minister has claimed that investigators have an “almost perfect case” against former leader Najib Razak, who will face charges of bribery, theft of government funds and embezzlement for his role in the 1MDB scandal.
Mahathir Mohamad described on Wednesday how Najib’s signature was on all the 1MDB transaction documents. In an interview with Reuters, Mahathir said Najib was “totally responsible for 1MDB. Nothing can be done without his signature, and we have his signature on all the deals entered into by 1MDB. Therefore, he is responsible.”
Annual index on transparency of major international donors rates Whitehall department as ‘poor’, though DfID scores highly
The British Foreign Office has been ranked one of the world’s worst major aid donors on transparency, according to a new study.
The Whitehall department was described as “poor” and “well below average” on transparency of aid spend, ranking 40th among 45 major donors by the Aid Transparency Index, launched by the global campaign Publish What You Fund.
Bloc hikes funds for Africa by 20% but reports highlight rights breaches and lack of accountability
The European Union is to increase its spending in Africa by more than 20% over the next seven years to a minimum of €36bn (£31bn) in an attempt to reduce the number of migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean.
But a succession of reports funded by the EU or written by leading MEPs say European efforts to stem the flow is characterised by misdirected finances, lack of accountability and repeated breaches of basic human rights, including an inability to undermine the business model of human trafficking, an industry worth as much as £35bn a year.
Cannabis Act passes, with the legislation expected to take effect in a few months
Canada is to become the second country in the world to fully legalise marijuana, after the senate approved legislation paving the way for recreational cannabis to be legally bought and sold within the next two or three months.
“We’ve just witnessed a very historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition,” senator Tony Dean told reporters on Tuesday after the vote to pass the Cannabis Act.
US military in South Korea expect to receive remains of unknown number of missing US or allied service members
US forces in South Korea are preparing for the North Koreans to turn over the remains of an unknown number of US or allied service members who have been missing since the Korean war, US officials have said.
Jeremy Fleming’s comments can be seen as riposte to EU threats to end UK access to security databases
Britain supplied key information to help break up terrorist operations in four European countries in the last year, one of its intelligence chiefs revealed on Tuesday, as the UK upped the ante in the growing row over post-Brexit security.
The director of the surveillance agency GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming, speaking on a visit to Nato headquarters, also stressed other European countries had benefited from classified intelligence shared by the UK on cyber-threats.
Matteo Salvini shrugs off critics who say policy reminiscent of fascist past
Matteo Salvini vowed to turn “words into action” in his drive to root out and expel thousands of nomadic Roma from Italy as he shrugged off critics who said the far-right interior minister was adopting illegal policies reminiscent of the country’s fascist past.
Salvini, who has seen a jump in his approval ratings in the little under three weeks he has been in office, has called for a new census of Roma and for all non-Italian Roma to be expelled from the country.
Government also resubmits bill to criminalise those deemed to be helping illegal immigration
The Hungarian government has stepped up its anti-immigration measures with plans to introduce a 25% tax on aid groups it says support migration.
Viktor Orbán’s administration has been among the most hostile to immigration in Europe. His Fidesz party was re-elected in a landslide victory in April, promising to crack down on non-governmental organisations it says support migrants.
Report warns that swift progress in our ability to manufacture viruses is making us vulnerable to biological attacks
The rapid rise of synthetic biology, a futuristic field of science that seeks to master the machinery of life, has raised the risk of a new generation of bioweapons, according a major US report into the state of the art.
Advances in the area mean that scientists now have the capability to recreate dangerous viruses from scratch; make harmful bacteria more deadly; and modify common microbes so that they churn out lethal toxins once they enter the body.
Country says tennis star, who faces bankruptcy proceedings, is not one of its diplomats
The Central African Republic has denied that Boris Becker is one of its official diplomats and said a passport the former tennis star claimed should give him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in the UK is invalid.
“The diplomatic passport that he has is a fake,” the foreign ministry’s chief of staff, Cherubin Moroubama, told Agence-France Presse. He said the document’s serial number corresponded to one of a batch of passports stolen in 2014.
Military advance comes after UN envoy fails to broker ceasefire with Houthi rebels
Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces have captured the airport at Hodeidah and have started preparations for the more complex task of capturing the city and its port nine miles (15km) to the north. The port is critical to the supply of aid to the rest of the famine-struck country.
Confirmation that the airport on the southern outskirts of the city had been seized after three days of fighting came from both TV pictures and eyewitness accounts. At least 40 Houthi fighters who had held the airport were killed, but most retreated into the city, preparing to fight a potentially intense street-by-street campaign that could endanger tens of thousands of civilians.
The head of Nato has warned that the deep divisions between the US under Donald Trump and its European allies are not going away and there is no certainty that the transatlantic relationship and its military alliance will survive.
Argentina’s president once talked of forcing slums out of the city – now he wants to deliver residents the deeds to their land. But will it help?
“It was really bad in there – I mean, it’s literally a ruin,” says Romina Vargas of Argentina’s most famous abandoned building, where she once lived. “There was lots of contaminated water on the lower floors, there were no sewers, and kids would come and take drugs inside. It’s good that it’s coming down.”
Built in the 1930s and later championed by president Juan Domingo Perón, the 14-storey building in south-west Buenos Aires was intended to be the largest hospital in Latin America; a cornerstone of Perón’s grand populist vision for Argentina. But construction stopped abruptly in 1955 with a military coup. The abandoned colossus at the edge of the capital became known as the White Elephant.
As immigration advocates struggle to help more than 1,600 children taken from their parents, Trump refuses to back down
One month before Donald Trump’s administration enacted a policy that allowed the government to take thousands of migrant children from their parents, the president twice told crowds at his rallies that immigrant gang members were not people.
Joel Cánovas uses Instagram to document his passion for rescuing discarded tiles as part of his one-man mission to salvage a century of Catalan heritage
Joel Cánovas was sipping a beer on a patio in Barcelona when a piece of rubbish caught his eye. A section of hydraulic cement tile – the once-ubiquitous flooring material used in homes around the city for a century or so from the mid-1800s – had been discarded during a home renovation.
Cánovas picked up the tile, and a passion was born. Spotting tiles in dumpsters throughout Barcelona, Cánovas soon began to document his discoveries on Instagram as The Tile Hunter (@i_rescue_tiles).
Judges say ruling party is tightening its grip through threats and hate campaigns
Three high-profile Polish judges have complained of a “state-led campaign of intimidation and harassment” against them, as Poland’s ruling party tightens its grip on the judiciary.
Since taking power in 2015 the Law and Justice party (PiS) has assumed direct oversight of state prosecutors and the judicial body that appoints, promotes and disciplines judges, as well as the power to dismiss and appoint court presidents, who wield considerable power and influence in the Polish justice system.
The booming market for products for ‘urban skin’ reflects anxieties about the health impacts of living in cities – but is it all just a marketing gimmick?
Fiona Westerhout talks about her skin as though she is giving directions in a familiar neighbourhood: oily around the T-zone, dry cheeks, sensitive with the occasional breakout.
Westerhout, 29, had just started blogging about skincare when she and her partner moved from Perth in Western Australia to Shanghai in May 2016. There she found a new cause for skincare concern: pollution.