Mark Butler: factions are destroying Labor's capacity to campaign

Shadow minister cites ‘backroom buffoonery’ and says ALP is no longer a mass membership party Factional deals to determine preselections are “backroom buffoonery” that is holding the Labor party back, outgoing party president Mark


Pakistani student kills school head in blasphemy law row

Boy had argued with college principal after missing classes to attend protestsA Pakistani student shot and killed his school principal in a dispute that stemmed from the student missing classes to attend rallies supporting strict blasphemy laws. Sareer Ah


Chelsea racism allegations: four more players to take legal action against club

• More former youth-team players claim they were racially abused• Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams deny the allegations against themAnother four former Chelsea academy players are set to take legal action against the club over racist abuse they al


Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne signs new five-year contract

• Midfielder now under contract at Manchester City until 2023• I’m really excited about what we can achieve in coming years’The Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has signed a new five-year deal, the Premier League leader


Peru passes law allowing roads through pristine Amazon rainforest

Pope warned on Friday of threat to Amazon and its peoplesNew roads in border areas could affect five indigenous reservesPeru has approved a law that would allow roads to be built in the most remote and pristine region of its Amazon rainforest, a haven for

United States

Pennsylvania supreme court rejects GOP-drawn congressional districts

Plaintiffs argued districts were unconstitutionally gerrymandered as critics said they looked like Disney charactersThe Pennsylvania supreme court on Monday struck down the boundaries of the state’s 18 congressional districts, granting a major vict


Health fears over boys as young as 13 using steroids for 'good looks'

Children’s commissioners call for schools to tackle views of body image distorted by social mediaThe children’s commissioners for England, Wales and Northern Ireland have expressed concern at the number of boys using anabolic steroids for co


ANC could ask Jacob Zuma to quit within fortnight

Supporters of new ANC leader want president sidelined so party can prepare for 2019 electionsJacob Zuma is likely to face a demand from South Africa’s ruling party to step down as the country’s president within two weeks, officials have said


Alexis Sánchez joins Manchester United as Henrikh Mkhitaryan seals Arsenal move

• Sánchez hits out at former Arsenal players after joining United• Mkhitaryan describes move to Arsenal as ‘a dream come true’Alexis Sánchez settled into his new surroundings at Manchester United and immediately took aim at


Business leaders push for new campaign to reverse Brexit

Senior figures in CBI urge lobby group to toughen its message amid concerns over exportsBusiness leaders are privately pushing for a new campaign to reverse Brexit as concerns mount about the viability of government plans to prevent a collapse in exports


Tesco to shed up to 1,700 jobs in new management shake-up

Supermarket to remove HR, compliance and customer service roles in cost-cutting bidTesco is stripping out a layer of management from its stores in a move that puts up to 1,700 jobs at risk, in the latest effort by the UK’s biggest supermarket chain

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