Campaigners travelled across London on a “battle bus” on Saturday in protest against the corrosive impact of private finance initiative (PFI) contracts on Britain’s public health service. They warn hospitals in London are crumbling under toxic PFI debts.
The European Union has given the green light to start importing 10 new types of genetically modified crops for the first time since 2013. Two types of flowers have also been cleared, amid heated debates over amendments to the EU approval process.
Poverty-stricken families who face the dilemma of whether to heat their homes or go hungry will be given free fuel vouchers under a new pilot scheme so they can afford to meet soaring energy bills in a climate of ongoing austerity.
Minnesota is the second state to declare an emergency due to a fast-spreading bird flu epidemic at poultry farms across the Midwest. The highly contagious H5N2 strain of avian influenza has led to the killing of more than 7.3 million birds in the US.
For the first time ever, Chinese scientists report having successfully edited human embryos’ genomes. The breakthrough has, however, also revived heated debate about the ethical feasibility of such experiments, which are feared to lead to eugenics.
Australia has again declared war on Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought global condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years.