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Climate change: Airlines accused of 'putting profit before planet' Climate change: Airlines accused of 'putting profit before planet'
A British Airways whistleblower has revealed an industry-wide practice that deliberately adds weight to flights, increasing greenhouse gas emissions. "Fuel tankering" sees planes filled with extra fuel, usually to avoid paying higher prices for refuelling at their destination airports. It could mean extra annual emissions equivalent to that of a large town. BA said it was common to carry ...
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Brazil ex-President Lula walks free from jail Brazil ex-President Lula walks free from jail
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been freed after more than 18 months in prison. The left-wing former leader, known as Lula, was greeted with rapturous applause from crowds of supporters as he walked out of the jail on Friday. He was held in a prison in the city of Curitiba on corruption charges. A judge ordered his release after a Supreme Court ruling that defenda...
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Australia bushfires: Record number of emergencies in New South Wales Australia bushfires: Record number of emergencies in New South Wales
Australian authorities say an "unprecedented" number of emergency-level bushfires have threatened the state of New South Wales (NSW). More than 90 blazes were raging across the state on Friday. The fires - many in drought-affected areas - were being exacerbated by gusty winds and up to 35C heat. There are reports of people trapped in their homes in several places, with crew unable to reac...
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Iran's network of influence in Mid-East 'growing' Iran's network of influence in Mid-East 'growing'
Iran is winning the strategic struggle for influence in the Middle East against its rival, Saudi Arabia, according to a study by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Iran's regional rivals have spent billions of dollars on Western weaponry, much of it from the UK. Yet for a fraction of that cost, sanctions-bound Iran has been able to successfully embed itsel...
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Government and separatists agree deal to end infighting Government and separatists agree deal to end infighting
Yemen's government has signed a power-sharing deal with separatists in the south of the country that is intended to end months of infighting. The two are meant to be part of an alliance with a Saudi-led multinational coalition that has been battling the rebel Houthi movement since 2015. But in August, separatists supported by the UAE seized control the city of Aden from Saudi-backed governme...
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS leader's sister 'captured by Turkey' Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: IS leader's sister 'captured by Turkey'
The sister of former Islamic State group (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been captured in northern Syria, Turkish officials say. The 65-year-old, named as Rasmiya Awad, was detained in a raid on Monday near the town of Azaz, officials said. Turkish officials, cited by several media outlets, said the arrest could yield valuable intelligence about IS. Baghdadi killed himself during a r...
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Saudi Aramco IPO: World's most profitable company to go public Saudi Aramco IPO: World's most profitable company to go public
Saudi Aramco has confirmed it is planning to list on the Riyadh stock exchange, in what could be the world's biggest initial public offering (IPO). The state-owned oil giant will determine the IPO launch price after registering interest from investors. Business sources say the Saudis are expected to make shares available for 1% or 2% of the firm, and the offer will be for existing company sh...
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Islamic State group names its new leader as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi Islamic State group names its new leader as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi
The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) has for the first time confirmed the death of its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and named his successor. An IS outlet announced on the messaging service Telegram that Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurashi was the group's new leader and "caliph". US special forces tracked down Baghdadi in north-west Syria at the weekend and attacked his compound. The IS le...
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How protests pushed Hong Kong to the recession brink How protests pushed Hong Kong to the recession brink
Tourists are staying away and retailers are reeling after nearly five months of protests that have dealt a "devastating" blow to businesses in Hong Kong, and pushed the economy to the brink. Preliminary growth figures due out Thursday are expected to show Hong Kong has entered a technical recession, defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth. Ahead of the numbers, the city's lead...
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Southwest Airlines pilots ‘livestreamed plane toilet on hidden camera’ Southwest Airlines pilots ‘livestreamed plane toilet on hidden camera’
A Southwest Airlines flight attendant has filed a lawsuit accusing two pilots of livestreaming a plane's toilet on hidden camera. Renee Steinaker alleges she caught the pilots during a 2017 flight from Pittsburgh to Phoenix. Captain Terry Graham asked her to sit in the cockpit with co-pilot, Ryan Russell, while he used the toilet, the suit alleges. Ms Steinaker alleges she saw an iPad sho...
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