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Climate strikes spread worldwide as students call for action

Climate strikes spread worldwide as students call for action

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Thousands of school pupils worldwide have abandoned classrooms for a day of protest against climate change. India, South Korea, Australia and the US are among the countries where teenagers are already on strike.The day of action is expected to embrace about 100 countries. They are inspired by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, who protests weekly outside Sweden's parliament. Scientists say tougher measures are needed to cut global warming.The Paris climate agreement of 2017 committed nearly 200 countries to keeping global temperatures "well below" 2.0C (3.6F) above pre-industrial times and to striving for a maximum of 1.5C.The globally co-ordinated children's protests - promoted through posts on Twitt...
Climate change: Angela Merkel welcomes school strikes

Climate change: Angela Merkel welcomes school strikes

Science
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she supports school students' protests about climate change.It appears to contradict some education officials, who have criticised participants for skipping school and threatened them with exclusion.Mrs Merkel said students might be frustrated at the time taken to move away from coal-based energy but asked them to understand it was a challenge.Across the world, some students have been leaving school to demand action.On Friday thousands of high school students in the city of Hamburg marched against climate change, with Swedish activist Greta Thunberg - who started the series of school strikes - present.But the city's education official, Ties Rabe, wrote on Twitter: "No-one makes the world b...
Ryanair blames strikes for fall in half-year profits

Ryanair blames strikes for fall in half-year profits

Business
Ryanair has reported a 7% fall in profits for the first half of the year, blaming repeated staff strikes that pushed up the number of fight cancellations over the period. The budget airline said on Monday that it saw a spike in cancellations of its higher fare weekend flights in particular, over the six-month period.It said that average fares fell 3% due to excess capacity in Europe, adding that an earlier Easter in the first quarter also contributed to the profit shortfall.Profits dropped to €1.2bn (£1.06bn) for the six months to September 30 2018, compared with €1.29bn euro (£1.14bn) the previous year.The airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said that while ancillary revenues - such as luggage and seat reservation fees - were up 27%, they were...
Star Wars director strikes back at abuse of star

Star Wars director strikes back at abuse of star

Entertainment
Star Wars director Rian Johnson has hit back at the troll "manbabies" who have forced actress Kelly Marie Tran to quit Instagram after months of racist and sexist abuse over her role in The Last Jedi. The Vietnamese-American star - who became the first woman of colour to play a leading part in the iconic series - has deleted all of her posts on the photo-sharing social network.She has been targeted by what Johnson described as "unhealthy people" who took issue with her performance as Resistance fighter Rose Tico in the eighth instalment of the fantasy saga, which was released in December.Addressing the backlash on Twitter, Johnson said: "What we talk about when we talk about manbabies."He added: "On social media a few unhealthy people can cast a big shadow on the wall, but...
Israel Air Force strikes 15 Hamas targets in Gaza

Israel Air Force strikes 15 Hamas targets in Gaza

World
June 3 (UPI) -- Israel launched air raids over Palestinian positions in the Gaza strip early Sunday morning, the Israeli Defense Force said. Israel's Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted three rockets that crossed the border from Gaza before the Israeli Air Force retaliated by targeting 15 positions held by Palestinian group Hamas, Haaretz reported. "This was an additional IDF strike carried out last night targeting terror sites belonging to the Hamas terror organization," the IDF said. "This strike was conducted in response to the projectiles which were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel last night, in addition to the acts of terror approved and led by the Hamas terror organization throughout the weekend." The Israeli Air Force targeted areas including a rocket and weapon manufa...