French PM reveals details of 'fairer' pension reforms

Plan, unveiled despite mass strikes, includes standardised system and rewards for working longer

The French prime minister, Édouard Philippe, has defied striking workers by announcing plans for a long-anticipated overhaul of France’s pension system that he said would be fairer and encourage people to work longer.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:26am

Greta Thunberg named Time magazine's person of the year

Teen activist lauded by magazine for starting an environmental campaign which became a global movement

Greta Thunberg, the teen activist from Sweden who has urged immediate action to address a global climate crisis, was named Time magazine’s person of the year for 2019 on Wednesday. She is the youngest person to have ever received the accolade.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:20am

Murder accused tries to escape from Moscow court through ceiling

Leonid Greyser pulled back by bailiffs in viral video

A Russian man accused of murdering his sister tried to escape from a Moscow courtroom by crawling into the ceiling.

Video shows 18-year-old Leonid Greyser vaulting from a bulletproof enclosure into the panelled ceiling. Three bailiffs clamber after him.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:06am

Don't invest in Brazilian meat, warn deforestation campaigners

Open letter signed by Global Witness and Greenpeace Brasil cautions potential investors on risk of deforestation in supply chains of JBS and Marfrig

An international group of 30 non-profit groups published an open letter on Wednesday warning investors considering buying shares in two Brazilian meat giants of their exposure to deforestation.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 9:02am

Isle of Wight ferry captain acquitted over collision with yacht

Judge rules Ian Drummond kept proper lookout and was not to blame for 2018 incident

An Isle of Wight ferry captain has been acquitted of two maritime offences after his ship carrying 202 people was involved in a collision with a motor yacht.

CaptIan Drummond was accused of failing to keep a proper lookout before the accident involving the Red Funnel ferry as it headed to East Cowes on the island.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 8:53am

Pigeons wearing tiny cowboy hats spotted in Las Vegas

Charity concerned for welfare of birds, nicknamed Cluck Norris and Coo-lamity Jane

Two pigeons have been spotted in Las Vegas wearing tiny cowboy hats.

While many have been amused by the sight of the birds, with social media users excitedly reporting sightings since a video was first posted to Facebook in early December, there are concerns for the welfare of the animals. The birds have been seen between McCarran international airport and the University of Nevada.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 8:43am


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