Other top stories include eight arrests over Maltese journalist's death, Ed Sheeran charity videos branded 'poverty porn', and Billy Bush hits back at Trump
04 Diciembre 2017 11:39
No hard border -The British government appears to have bowed to the Republic of Ireland’s demand that Northern Ireland will stay aligned with key EU laws and regulations after Brexit so as to ensure that a hard border does not return to the island. Meanwhile, there are increasing indications that an agreement on the first phase of Brexit talks is about to be struck.
Equal love - An Australian MP has proposed to his partner during a parliamentary debate on legalising same-sex marriage. Tim Wilson's proposal to Ryan Bolger, who was sitting in the public gallery, was met with a loud ‘yes’ - reaffirming a commitment they made nine years ago. Watch the moment below:
Maltese corruption and murder - Police in Malta have arrested eight Maltese nationals in connection with the car bomb murder of blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told reporters that police operations were under way in the town of Marsa, and the Bugibba and Zebbug areas. Caruana Galizia was killed close to her home on 16 October in an attack which shocked the country. The 53-year-old was known for her blog accusing top politicians of corruption.
North Korean dangers - Crew on board a Cathay Pacific plane flying over Japan reported a suspected sighting of last week's North Korean missile test, the airline said. The company confirmed to the BBC that crew witnessed "what is suspected to be the re-entry" of the missile into the earth's atmosphere.
Jihadist funding - The government has suspended a foreign aid project after a BBC Panorama investigation found taxpayers' cash was being diverted to extremists in Syria. Officers from a UK-backed police force in Syria have also been working with courts carrying out brutal sentences. A UK government spokesman said it takes allegations of co-operation with terrorist groups ‘extremely seriously’. Adam Smith International, the British company running the project, said it strongly denies the allegations.
White saviour narrative - ‘Poverty porn’ appeals fronted by celebrities Ed Sheeran, Tom Hardy and Eddie Redmayne are simply reinforcing white saviour stereotypes, according to an aid watchdog. The three films, made for Comic Relief and the Disasters Emergencies Committee (DEC), which raises cash for 13 major UK aid groups including Save the Children, Oxfam and ActionAid in emergencies, were nominated for “most offensive” campaigns of 2017 by the Radi-Aid awards.
Alternative facts debunked - Billy Bush, the former Today show who found himself at the center of one the 2016 campaign's biggest controversies, publicly rebuked President Donald Trump over reports that he has questioned the authenticity of the infamous Access Hollywood tape. In a New York Times op-ed Sunday, Bush said he was alarmed by reports that the president has told allies that it might not be him on the 2005 tape, and accused Trump of ‘indulging in some revisionist history.’ In the audio, Trump can be heard in a conversation with Bush, bragging about groping women ‘by the pussy’ and stating that ‘when you're a star, they let you do it.’