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  • Brexit: Theresa May's approval ratings with Tory members hit record low, survey suggests - live news
    by Andrew Sparrow on April 24, 2019 at 9:06 am

    Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including PMQs 10.06am BST Antoinette Sandbach, a Conservative pro-European and a member of the executive of the backbench 1922 Committee, was on Sky’s All Out Politics this morning. She refused to comment in detail on what happened at the executive’s meeting yesterday, where MPs discussed calls for the party’s rules to be changed to allow an early no confidence vote in Theresa May (under the current rules May is safe until December, 12 months after the last one), but she did suggest that advance briefing to the effect that the 1922 executive would definitely agree to change the rules was wrong. Instead members were “sent away to go away and think on things”, she said, effectively admitting that yesterday’s talks were inconclusive. There would be a further discussion when the executive met later today. “I’m sure that matters will become clearer later,” she said.I would say to colleagues that when the no confidence vote was triggered in December, you knew what the rules were, you chose to trigger the vote, and I think you have to live with the result. 9.55am BST Speaking on the Today programme this morning, the Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald condemned the New IRA, who have admitted responsibility for the killing of Lyra McKee, “unreservedly”. McDonald went on:The war in Ireland is over, the conflict is over, the IRA arms have been destroyed or put beyond use. We have a new democratic dispensation and it is so important we make that work, that institutions of government work ...[The New IRA] are a tiny, unrepresentative group that have no plan, that have no strategy. If their alibi [for the killing of journalist McKee] is they are seeking to advance the cause of republicanism, they are very far off the mark. Continue reading... […]

  • Campaigners fight to lift ban on morning-after pill in Honduras
    by Nina Lakhani on April 24, 2019 at 8:00 am

    Law against emergency contraception leaves desperate women, including rape victims, forced to buy medication on black marketA pioneering grassroots campaign to legalise emergency contraception is launched in Honduras this week amid ongoing false claims by church leaders, senior doctors and conservative politicians that the medication causes abortions, infertility and cancer.Honduras is the only country in Latin America where emergency contraception is banned, forcing desperate women, including rape victims, to buy expensive and unregulated contraband pills on the black market. Continue reading... […]

  • Kim Jong-un in Russia – in pictures
    on April 24, 2019 at 7:45 am

    The North Korean leader arrived in Russia by train on Wednesday, a day before his much-anticipated summit with President Vladimir Putin. He visited with diplomacy over his nuclear programme deadlocked. Kim is travelling to the Pacific port city of Vladivostok for a meeting with Putin on Thursday Continue reading... […]

  • Campaign catchup 2019: Morrison dodges questions on Palmer preferences
    by Sarah Martin on April 24, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Day 14: PM keen to talk about veterans ahead of Anzac Day, while Shorten wins a PR coup with Johnathan Thurston jogI’ll be honest: you didn’t miss much. Ahead of Thursday’s Anzac Day campaign truce, both leaders took a very low-key approach to campaigning on Wednesday, holding fire until after this week’s flurry of public holidays is over. Many Australians are still on holidays and are not yet plugged in to the election campaign. Continue reading... […]

  • 'The end of the story of my daughter, my wife': the victims of the Sri Lanka attacks
    by Patrick Greenfield and Emma Graham-Harrison on April 24, 2019 at 6:49 am

    Most who died were locals, but victims came from across the worldSri Lankan authorities have confirmed that 359 people were killed in a wave of suicide bombings on the island on Easter Sunday. Since then, the names and stories of those who died have begun to emerge. This list does not include all the victims, the vast majority of whom were Sri Lankans. Continue reading... […]

  • 'Umbrella nine' Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders sentenced to jail
    by Suzanne Sataline in Hong Kong on April 24, 2019 at 6:17 am

    Campaigners responsible for the largest civil disobedience in Hong Kong’s history face up to 16 months in prisonA group of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists have been sentenced to prison for their role in the Umbrella Movement protests, with two of its leaders jailed for 16 months.A district court judge jailed sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 60, law professor Benny Tai, 54, and Baptist minister the Rev Chu Yiu-ming, 75, to 16 months each for conspiracy to commit public nuisance. Chu’s sentence was suspended for two years. Continue reading... […]

  • Rumour and violence rife as Congo Ebola outbreak surges out of control
    by Esdras Tsongo in Butembo and Rebecca Ratcliffe on April 24, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Attacks on health centres are impeding efforts to contain an epidemic that has claimed nearly 900 lives in nine monthsArchippe Kamuha knows the signs of Ebola well: diarrhoea, bleeding, persistent fever. But if the 25-year-old developed such symptoms, she would not contact specialist health workers.“I know that if I go [to a treatment centre], I’ll die. All my friends who go there don’t come home, they die,” said Kamuha, whose home town, Butembo, in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, is at the centre of the country’s escalating Ebola outbreak. Continue reading... […]

  • Sri Lanka attacker studied in UK, says minister, amid warning more bombers on loose
    by Kate Lyons, and Michael Safi in Colombo on April 24, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Ruwan Wijewardene says bombings may have been funded and ideologically inspired by IsisOne of the Sri Lanka bombers studied in the UK and Australia before carrying out the bombings, which may have been funded and inspired by Isis, the defence minister has said.“We believe that one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and later did his postgraduate [studies] in Australia before coming back and settling in Sri Lanka,” said Ruwan Wijewardene, the state minister for defence, at a media briefing on Wednesday afternoon. Continue reading... […]

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