UN experts ‘caved in’ to Russia on North Korea sanctions report – US | World news

The United States has accused Russia of pressuring an independent panel of UN experts to alter a report that implied “Russian actors” were involved in breaking sanctions against North Korea. Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, expressed disappointment in the panel monitoring sanctions against North Korea “for caving to Russian pressure and making changes …

Typhoon Mangkhut: millions in path of storm and monsoon rains | World news

The Philippines is bracing for Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful storm this year, with millions living in its path and fears its rains could combine with monsoonal storms that could spark landslides and flash flooding. Philippines officials have ordered evacuations and closed schools and offices as Typhoon Mangkhut neared, carrying sustained winds of more than …

Twitter permanently bans conspiracy theorist Alex Jones | Technology

Twitter announced on Thursday afternoon that it is permanently banning the rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars show because of abusive behavior on the platform. A day after Twitter’s chief executive, Jack Dorsey, testified on Capitol Hill, with Jones taking a front-row seat in the public section and haranguing a reporter in congressional …

Brexit: Mervyn King blasts ‘incompetence’ of preparations | Politics

The former Bank of England governor Mervyn King has blasted the government over Brexit, saying it has been left without a credible bargaining position. In damning comments to the BBC, Lord King said it “beggars belief” that Britain, one of the world’s leading economies, had found itself in a situation where the country was being …

Leader of militant Haqqani network in Afghanistan has died, say Taliban | World news

The Taliban have announced the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the leader of Afghanistan’s Haqqani militant group – one of the most powerful and feared affiliates of the insurgency. The Taliban said he died after “a long struggle with a disease”, according to the monitoring group Site. According to the statement, Haqqani has been buried in …

Myanmar’s military must be prosecuted for Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’, UN told | World news

The UN secretary general has called for those behind the Rohingya crisis to be held accountable, urging the security council to act on what has become “one of the world’s worst humanitarian and human rights crises”. António Guterres was speaking “with a heavy heart” one day after the release of a report by UN investigators …

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un expected to land in Singapore for summit | World news

Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un were expected to land in Singapore on Sunday in advance of a historic summit over the reclusive country’s arsenal of nuclear weapons. The US delegation, en route from the G7 meeting in Canada, will arrive on Sunday evening ahead of the much-anticipated meeting on Tuesday. The …

‘Sonic attack’ fears as more US diplomats fall ill in China | World news

The US has pulled more staff out of China after they showed mysterious symptoms similar to those first reported by diplomatic staff in Cuba, which gave rise to reports of “sonic attacks”. The US state department said several government employees working in Guangzhou had been sent back to the US to be evaluated. Department spokeswoman …

Fashion designer Kate Spade found dead in New York | US news

The handbag and fashion designer Kate Spade has been found dead in New York in an apparent suicide at her home, according to law enforcement officials. Officials say the body of the 55-year-old businesswoman was found by housekeeping staff inside her Park Avenue apartment at about 10.20am on Tuesday. They say she left a note …

‘Riot of processes’: dunes of frozen methane detected on Pluto’s surface | Science

Scientists have detected a large field of dunes on the surface of the distant, frigid dwarf planet Pluto apparently composed of windswept, sand-sized grains of frozen methane. The dunes, spotted on images taken by Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft during its 2015 flyby, sit at the boundary between a heart-shaped nitrogen glacier about the size of …