Monday, February 6th, 2023

Church of England to consider greener alternatives to burial | Anglicanism

The Church of England is to consider backing more environmentally-friendly methods of disposing of dead bodies, including water cremation and human composting. An internal consultation will consider the theological, practical and pastoral issues around...

Russia assembles troops for possible offensive in Luhansk, Ukraine says | Ukraine

Russian forces are attempting to tie down Ukrainian forces with fighting in the eastern Donbas region as Moscow assembles additional troops there for an expected offensive in the coming weeks, perhaps targeting the Luhansk...

No 10 does not rule out ECHR exit if European court blocks asylum bill | Immigration and asylum

Downing Street has declined to rule out the UK withdrawing from the European convention on human rights if it was seen as needed to stop small boat crossings, despite serious misgivings among some Conservative...

Biden prepares for State of the Union amid China balloon squabble – US politics live | US politics

Good morning, US politics blog readers. Joe Biden is finalizing his state of the union address after a weekend spent working on the remarks at Camp David. It will be his first address to...

First Thing: 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey and Syria kills at least 1,500 | US news

Good morning. At least 1,500 people have been killed as they slept in Turkey and Syria after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit in the early hours of Monday – one of the most powerful quakes...

Ministers ‘punishing’ nurses in England, says union as NHS hit by biggest strike | NHS

A union leader has accused the government of choosing to “punish” nurses after a health minister insisted there would be no re-examination of NHS pay for this year, as the health service in England...

Bank of England could be forced to raise interest rates again, says policymaker | Interest rates

A senior Bank of England policymaker has warned the central bank could be forced to keep raising interest rates to prevent high levels of inflation from becoming entrenched in the economy. Catherine Mann, an...

Darko ‘Dougie’ Desic – fugitive turned Sydney identity – granted permanent visa | Australian immigration and asylum

Darko “Dougie” Desic – once fugitive turned handyman turned Sydney local identity – has been released from immigration detention and granted a permanent visa to live in Australia. And for the first time in...

Health minister hits back at claim government no longer talking to unions on pay – UK politics live | Politics

Key events Robert Buckland confirms row with Dominic Raab when both were in cabinet over British bill of rights Robert Buckland has confirmed that he and Dominic Raab had “a disagreement” when they were...