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11 Jun 5:30pm Theresa May commits to net zero UK carbon emissions by 2050
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UK to put down legislation but Greenpeace warns of impact on developing nations Theresa May has sought to cement some legacy in the weeks before she steps down as prime minister by enshrining in law a commitment to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, making Britain the first major economy to do so. The commitment, to be made in an amendment to the Climate Change Act laid in parliament on Wednesday, would make the UK the first member of the G7 group of industrialised nations to legislate for net zero emissions, Downing Street said.
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11 Jun 1:49pm Boris Johnson allowed arms sales to Saudis after Yemen bombing
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Former foreign secretary accused of showing ‘total disregard’ for civilians Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson recommended that the UK allow Saudi Arabia to buy British bomb parts expected to be deployed in Yemen, days after an airstrike on a potato factory in the country had killed 14 people in 2016. Campaigners accused the then foreign secretary of showing a “total disregard” for Yemeni civilians by allowing the sales, revealed for the first time in emails disclosed via a freedom of information request.
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11 Jun 1:24pm Labour to launch bid to block new PM from forcing no-deal Brexit
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Opposition day debate picked for motion backed by SNP, Lib Dems, Greens and a Tory MP
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11 Jun 7:30am Leaked documents reveal Russian effort to exert influence in Africa
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Exclusive: Kremlin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin leading push to turn continent into strategic hub, documents show Russia is seeking to bolster its presence in at least 13 countries across Africa by building relations with existing rulers, striking military deals, and grooming a new generation of “leaders” and undercover “agents”, leaked documents reveal. The mission to increase Russian influence on the continent is being led by
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11 Jun 1:00am EU view of Tory leadership candidates deeply critical, say sources
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Boris Johnson viewed as Trump-like figure while Dominic Raab accused of ‘making things up’ The EU has been on a Brexit break since the UK secured a six-month delay to its departure. With Theresa May soon to leave 10 Downing Street, Brussels is tuning in to the Westminster drama of the Tory leadership race – with both amazement and exasperation. “People in Brussels are fed up that the political class in the UK has gone a little bit crazy,” Jean-Claude Piris, a former head of the European council’s legal service said. British politicians seemed to have gone “on holiday”, since gaining the extension, he added.
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11 Jun 12:06am Hong Kong businesses vow to strike as anger over extradition bill grows
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Protest groups to stage fresh rally and #612strike movement spreads before MPs scrutinise legislation on Wednesday Scores of Hong Kong businesses have vowed to shut down as anger builds over government plans to push through a law
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10 Jun 10:00pm Crippled by the state: the impact of austerity on disabled people – podcast
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Guardian columnist Frances Ryan, who is disabled, has written about inequality and disability rights for decades. She discusses the impact that austerity has had on those most in need. And: Helen Davidson on the Hong Kong protests In 1995, the Disability Discrimination Act was passed, making it unlawful to discriminate against disabled people in connection with employment. It was a landmark moment for disability rights, says the Guardian’s
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