Other top stories include wildfires in California, marriage equality passes in Australian parliament, and a 'supermassive' black hole discovered far, far away
07 Diciembre 2017 12:50
Anger erupts - US allies are among a growing number of countries condemning President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Saudi Arabia called it ‘unjustified and irresponsible’, while France and the UK said they did not support the decision. But Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu hailed it as ‘historic’ and said he was sure more countries would follow suit. Trump's move reversed decades of US policy on one of the most sensitive issues between Israel and Palestinians.
Fire-ravaged California - Residents of Los Angeles' wealthy Bel-Air neighbourhood have found their homes under threat after another wildfire erupted in California. The so-called Skirball Fire destroyed several homes in the exclusive area, quickly spreading over 150 acres. It is the latest eruption of wildfire in the state, which has already seen widespread destruction from a series of uncontrolled blazes.
A win for equality - Australia’s parliament has legislated for marriage equality, passing a bill almost unanimously to allow two people, regardless of sex, to marry. On Thursday the House of Representatives passed a cross-party bill after an unprecedented national postal survey gave unstoppable momentum to legislate the historic social reform.
Brexit deal speculation - The government says it is ‘optimistic’ for an Irish border agreement as pressure mounts to find a Brexit deal. Cabinet minister Chris Grayling said there would always be 'to-ing and fro-ing' when a deadline was approaching. Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party has so far refused to agree to proposals aimed at avoiding border checks after Brexit.
Matter-munching - Astronomers have discovered the most distant ‘supermassive’ black hole known to science. The sinkhole is a whopping 13 billion light-years away, so far that we see it as it was a mere 690 million years after the Big Bang. But at about 800 million times the mass of our Sun, it managed to grow to a surprisingly large size.
Art worth - A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to be the work of Leonardo da Vinci is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the museum has said, without specifying whether it had bought the painting at auction this month. Media reports say it was purchased by a Saudi prince. The work - known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World) - was sold in New York for a record $450m (£341m).