Scientists in the US have estimated that a total of 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been produced over the course of history, and it's enough to cover a country the size of Argentina. It's also comparative to a ton of plastic for every person on the planet.
The leader of the largest opposition political party in Turkey sharply criticized Ankara’s foreign policy, especially regarding the Syrian conflict and the Qatari diplomatic crisis.
Countries the world over risk becoming redundant if they do not engage with developing markets generally, and China in particular. The country's multi-billion dollar "Belt and Road" initiative is opening up the globe, both emerging and developed – but some nations, including the UK, simply lack the requisite infrastructure to capitalize.
UK army personnel statistics show the number of fully trained soldiers has dropped below a previous "trained strength" target of 82,000 to 78,010 – a shortfall of 3,990 fully trained troops, and the lowest total since the 18th century – and critics say the country's military faces a "potentially very, very dangerous crisis" as a result.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in London is facing fresh investigations over the treatment of Rashan Jermaine Charles, also known as "Rashman," a young black man who died in custody.
In an interview with Sputnik, Miquel Puig, a managing director at the Consortium of University Services of Catalonia, remained downbeat about the holding of the October 1 referendum on Catalonia’s independence.
Nine people, including two children. have been found dead inside a truck in a parking lot in Texas and 28 others have been taken to hospital. The incident has echoes of an incident in Britain in 2000, when 58 Chinese immigrants died.
While the US leadership adopts a somewhat contradictory stance on the ongoing Qatari diplomatic crisis, it remains unclear whether it’s a calculated approach or merely the result of a lack of understanding of the situation in the Middle East.
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