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Sir David Attenborough’s climate change warning from Poland

The naturalist Sir David Attenborough has said climate change is humanity’s greatest threat in thousands of years. The broadcaster said it could lead to the collapse of civilisations and the extinction of “much of the natural world”.

He was speaking at the opening ceremony of United Nations-sponsored climate talks in Katowice, Poland. The meeting is the most critical on climate change since the 2015 Paris agreement. Sir David said: “Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale. Our greatest threat in thousands of years. Climate change.

 

Casualty in Marseille following fuel protests

An 80-year-old woman has died last night after being hit by a tear gas canister at her window during Saturday’s fuel protests in the French city of Marseille. The woman, who lived in an apartment near to where the protests were taking place, was hit in the face while closing the shutters. Protests over fuel tax have grown into general anger at higher living costs. The woman was taken to hospital, but died during an operation after suffering shock, local media report. Three other people have been killed in the protests since demonstrations started more than two weeks ago, police said on Sunday.

 

900-year-old treasure discovered in Israel

A collection of gold coins believed to have been hidden 900 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists in the city of Caesarea in Israel. The rare cache was found in a bronze pot between stones in the side of a well. The hoard of 24 coins appears to have been hidden by someone who hoped to retrieve it, but never returned. Archaeologists say the owner may have died when the city’s inhabitants were massacred by a Crusader army in 1101. The discovery, which specialists have identified as belonging to the end of the 11th Century, was made during an excavation and conservation project at the Caesarea World Heritage site.

 

Houthi Rebel evacuation in bid to build trust

A plane carrying 50 wounded Houthi rebel fighters has left the Yemeni capital Sana’a in a critical confidence-building measure before peace talks can get under way in Stockholm. The evacuation on a UN-chartered plane to Muscat, Oman, represents an essential building block to the talks starting.  Previous talks planned for September in Geneva failed when the Houthi delegation did not leave Sana’a, arguing that the UN could not guarantee their safe return. They also accused the UN of failing to secure the evacuation of wounded rebels to Oman.

 

Trump praises former aide

Donald Trump has praised his former aide Roger Stone’s repeated pledge not to testify against the president.

Trump said on Twitter:

“This statement was recently made by Roger Stone, essentially stating that he will not be forced by a rogue and out of control prosecutor to make up lies and stories about ‘President Trump. Nice to know that some people still have ‘guts!’”

Trump went on to discredit Robert Mueller again, claiming the well-respected investigator “is a much different man than people think.”

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By Rory Hill

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