World population in 2100 could be 2 billion below UN forecasts, study suggests

Lead author Christopher Murray at the University of Washington, said: “These forecasts suggest good news for the environment, with less stress on food production systems and lower carbon emissions, as well as significant economic opportunity for parts of sub-Saharan Africa.

Rugby World Cup: Matsushima treble fires Japan to win over Russia

“I think the game showed that the boys were nervous. As I said before the game, there was a lot of expectation on the guys. I thought we had prepared well for that but it’s not until you get out there that you realise how much pressure there is on the guys,” said Joseph.

Wednesday briefing: ‘Super-spreading event’ closed A&E ward

Coronavirus outbreaks are up to 20 times more likely in large care homes, according to a major study seen by the Guardian, prompting calls to divide them into “bubbles” before any second wave hits. And a new points-based checklist being made available from the British Medical Association website [PDF] could help keep healthcare workers safe […]

Revealed: Italy’s call for urgent help was ignored as coronavirus swept through Europe

“In the latest commission budget proposal the funding for health goes from €400m to €9bn,” he said. “The whole logic is give the commission the means to support member states more. Because when Italy asked for help, nobody could give help. We also couldn’t help Italy.” The commission wants to buy equipment for the stockpile […]

Race too close to call as North Macedonia holds first poll since name change

“In the eyes of the international community Zaev is the good guy,” said Branko Geroski, a political commentator in Skopje. “While no one is denying the country was isolated before Zaev came to power, on issues of the economy, justice, corruption and nepotism there is a local perception that he has not done as well.”

Israeli authors fight to stop eviction of Palestinian villagers from army zone

Meanwhile, hardline Israeli settler outposts on the edge of Firing Zone 918 are hooked up to water and power, served by paved roads and protected by the Israeli army. The Palestinian villagers and their livestock are subject to frequent intimidation and violent beatings by the radical settlers; tyres have been slashed. For several years, village […]

Israel admits holding second secret prisoner

Zygier, an Australian Jew from Melbourne, had moved to Israel to join the Mossad around 10 years before his death. He was secretly imprisoned by the Israeli authorities for a number of months before hanging himself in his cell in December 2010. The outcome of disciplinary proceedings against six prison guards and officers in relation […]

Israel targeted Russian-made missiles in Syria, US officials say

The officials say the attack on 5 July near Latakia targeted a type of Russian-made missile called the Yakhont that Russia had sold to the Syrian government, the paper’s website reported. Russia is a key political ally and arms supplier of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

EU guidelines on Israeli settlements send out powerful message

The EU’s “territorial applicability clause” spells out that there can be consequences for flouting UN resolutions and international legality. Not enormous ones, true, but they still include funding, co-operation, scholarships, research funds and prizes for institutions in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, whose population now number about 520,000 people. Ariel University, […]

Net migration from EU into UK at lowest level since 2003, ONS says

The difference between EU nationals arriving and leaving in the year ending June 2019 was 48,000, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show, the lowest level since 2003, when it was 15,000 and before the so-called EU8 countries joining the union: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.