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  • GOP governors rebuke party members’ ‘outrageous rhetoric’ over Trump search
    by Oliver Laughland on August 14, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Larry Hogan describes comparisons of the FBI to Nazi Germany’s secret police, made by Florida senator Rick Scott, as dangerousA handful of Republican governors have criticized the “outrageous rhetoric” of their party colleagues in the US Congress, who have accused federal law enforcement officers of a politicized attack on former president Donald Trump after executing a court-approved search warrant on his Florida home this week.Maryland governor Larry Hogan, a Republican moderate, described attacks by party members as both “absurd” and “dangerous”, after a week in which certain Republicans have compared the FBI to the Gestapo and fundraised off the slogan: “Defund the FBI”. Continue reading...

  • Man fatally shoots himself after driving car into barricade near US Capitol
    by Maya Yang on August 14, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    Police did not determine motive for the man’s actions, but no indication he was targeting Congress members, who are in recessA man drove into a barricade near the US Capitol in Washington DC on early Sunday morning, fired several shots into the air after his vehicle ignited, and then shot himself to death, according to police.Officials were quick to note they had not determined a motive for the man’s actions, though they did say there was no indication he was targeting any Congress members, who were in recess at the time. Continue reading...

  • Greens propose shutting down all Victorian coal-fired power plants by 2030
    by Benita Kolovos on August 14, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Exclusive: New bill also increases the state’s legislated renewable energy target to 100% by decade’s endGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastVictoria’s three remaining coal-fired power plants would be progressively shut down over the next eight years, under a Greens bill to be introduced to parliament this week.The Energy Legislation Amendment (Transition from Coal) Bill 2022, is the Greens final piece of legislation to be debated before the state goes to the polls in November, and is set to form a central pillar of the party’s climate policy.Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...

  • Cooking oil price surges hurt Australian takeaway outlets including fish and chips
    by Fleur Connick on August 14, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Covid-induced inflation, drought in Canada and global instability are putting the squeeze on key ingredients of a national staple• Get our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastTakeaway businesses are feeling the pinch as prices surge for cooking oil and potatoes – two key ingredients of an Australian staple: fish and chips.Justin Quinton, the owner of Saltmine Fish and Chips in the New South Wales Hunter region, told Guardian Australia his Salamander Bay eatery previously used a blend of cottonseed, canola and sunflower oil. Continue reading...

  • Australia’s indefinite detention of people with mental impairment breaches human rights, advocates say
    by Christopher Knaus and Nino Bucci on August 14, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Experts argue system lacks proper monitoring and effectively ‘disappears’ people, sometimes for decades​​Get our free news app, morning email briefing and daily news podcastAustralia’s use of indefinite detention for people with cognitive impairments is a breach of human rights and the “outrageous” failure to implement a proper monitoring regime is rendering people with a disability invisible from public view, experts say.More than 1,200 people with a mental impairment are being indefinitely detained in Australia despite not having been convicted of a criminal offence. Each state and territory uses a variety of orders to enforce indefinite detention, including in prisons and hospitals.Sign up to receive an email with the top stories from Guardian Australia every morning Continue reading...

  • At least 41 people killed in Egypt church fire, say officials
    by Bethan McKernan on August 14, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Security sources say majority of dead are children after blaze breaks out at Coptic Abu Sifin church in GizaA fire sparked by an electrical fault at a packed church in a working-class district of Greater Cairo has killed at least 41 people and injured another 45, Egyptian officials have said.About 5,000 people had gathered at the Coptic Abu Sifin church in Imbaba, Giza, for Sunday morning services, when a fire broke out just before 9am local time (7am BST). Continue reading...

  • How damaging has Tory leadership contest been to the party?
    by Andrew Sparrow Political correspondent on August 14, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Analysis: slurs traded between Truss and Sunak camps look hard to live down, though voters may have bigger worriesIt is not unusual for elections to be described as “the dirtiest ever”, but the current Conservative leadership contest has been so fractious that for once the description may be true.On Sunday, when the Conservative MP Greg Hands claimed in a Times Radio interview that “a lot of restraint” had been shown by the two campaigns, the presenter, the former Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson, could not conceal her disbelief. It was more “blood and thunder and eye-gouging”, she responded. Continue reading...

  • US congressional delegation visits Taiwan on heels of Pelosi trip
    by Agencies on August 14, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Five-member group including a senator will meet president and attend banquet hosted by foreign ministerA US congressional delegation has arrived in Taiwan, days after China held military drills around the island in retaliation for the House speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit.The five-member delegation, led by Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts, will meet President Tsai Ing-wen and attend a banquet hosted by the foreign minister, Joseph Wu, during the visit, according to Taiwan’s foreign ministry. Continue reading...

  • Jerry Sadowitz show cancelled over ‘extreme racism, homophobia and misogyny’
    by Mark Brown on August 14, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Some comedians at Edinburgh fringe express concern after promoter pulls Sadowitz’s second performanceJerry Sadowitz had his show cancelled at the Edinburgh fringe because its content was “extreme in its racism, sexism, homophobia and misogyny,” promoters have said.The comedian, whose material has for decades been provocatively and unashamedly offensive, had what was meant to be the second of two shows pulled because of an unprecedented number of complaints, the Pleasance theatre in Edinburgh said. Continue reading...

  • Revealed: Indonesian workers on UK farm ‘at risk of debt bondage’
    by Emily Dugan on August 14, 2022 at 4:00 pm

    As farms look further afield for labour, investigation finds Kent pickers saying they struggle to pay fees charged by unlicensed brokersIndonesian labourers picking berries on a farm that supplies Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Tesco say they have been saddled with debts of up to £5,000 by unlicensed foreign brokers to work in Britain for a single season.Pickers at the farm in Kent were initially given zero-hours contracts, and at least one was paid less than £300 a week after the cost of using a caravan was deducted, according to payslips and other documents seen as part of a Guardian investigation. Continue reading...