From France to Italy, Hungary to Sweden, voting intentions track the far-right’s rise in Europe

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A little over a year since leader of Fratelli d’Italia Georgia Meloni rose to power in Italy, the latest data spells out a clear message: she is not the only ultraright politician surfing on voters’ anxieties. In fact, we may be entering a new cycle of far-right extremism across the continent, with heavy stakes for… Continue reading From France to Italy, Hungary to Sweden, voting intentions track the far-right’s rise in Europe

Fires used as weapon in Sudan conflict destroyed more towns in west than ever in April

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Fires being used as a weapon in Sudan destroyed more villages and towns in the country’s west in April than in any other month since the conflict began more than a year ago, an analysis by a U.K.-based rights group said Monday. Sudan Witness, an open-source project run by the nonprofit Center for Information Resilience,… Continue reading Fires used as weapon in Sudan conflict destroyed more towns in west than ever in April

Potemkin Towns: Cornwall’s hidden housing crisis

The ongoing struggle for housing affordability threatens to hollow out local communities, restricting Cornwall’s accessibility to only those who can afford it Every year, as the countdown to summer intensifies, Cornwall basks in the limelight, its charm captivating the imagination of holidaymakers. In 2022, it ranked in the top ten most searched for holiday destinations… Continue reading Potemkin Towns: Cornwall’s hidden housing crisis

What is it about Gaza? Wars are raging around the world, so why are young people so passionate about this one?

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University campuses around the world have become the site of tiny tent cities in recent weeks, with student activists protesting the ongoing conflict in Gaza. Though the protests on Australian campuses have been largely peaceful, tensions are starting to rise. There have been allegations of hate speech and clashes between student groups in recent days.… Continue reading What is it about Gaza? Wars are raging around the world, so why are young people so passionate about this one?

Portugal to turn ‘thousands’ of public buildings into housing

The Portuguese government said Friday it would turn public buildings into housing and help young home-buyers in a bid to ease a housing crisis that has hit major cities. Housing Minister Miguel Pinto Luz said “thousands” of public buildings could be turned into apartments and homes under the plan of the centre-right government. Prime Minister… Continue reading Portugal to turn ‘thousands’ of public buildings into housing

Lions in South Africa are being poisoned for their body parts

There are only around 22,000 lions left in Africa, compared to about 100,000 in 1965. Kruger National Park has some of the best access to wild animals in all of Africa and is possibly the most famous game reserve in the continent. South African National Parks – Sanparks – has acknowledged that poachers have poisoned… Continue reading Lions in South Africa are being poisoned for their body parts

G7 nations commit to phasing out coal by 2035 but leave room to extend that deadline

Energy and environment ministers of the Group of Seven leading industrialised nations have committed to phase out coal power by 2035 Energy and environment ministers of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations committed Tuesday to phase out coal power by 2035, marking the first time the G7 has explicitly referenced a phase-out, but left flexibility… Continue reading G7 nations commit to phasing out coal by 2035 but leave room to extend that deadline

Dozens in Italy give a fascist salute on the anniversary of Mussolini’s execution

Dozens of people in northern Italy have raised their arms in the fascist salute to honor Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on the 79th anniversary of his execution Dozens of people raised their arms in the fascist salute and shouted a fascist chant during ceremonies Sunday to honour Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on the 79th anniversary… Continue reading Dozens in Italy give a fascist salute on the anniversary of Mussolini’s execution

US to reclassify cannabis as low-risk drug

US President Joe Biden’s administration is set to reclassify marijuana as a less dangerous drug, an official said Tuesday — a historic shift that would bring federal policy more in line with public opinion. The US attorney general sent a proposal to the White House on Tuesday to “reclassify marijuana,” Justice Department spokesperson Xochitl Hinojosa… Continue reading US to reclassify cannabis as low-risk drug

How sign language is adapting to climate change

It used to be that when deaf people wished to discuss ‘carbon footprint’ or ‘greenhouse gases,’ there was a necessity to spell out long complicated scientific terms, one letter at a time. Now, however, they are some of the 200 scientific terms related to the environment, granted new official signs in British Sign Language (BSL).… Continue reading How sign language is adapting to climate change