Prague TV tower under fire as dark reminder of citys antisemitic past

Memorial should be built at site of tourist attraction erected over Jewish cemetery, say campaigners It has been called one of the worlds ugliest structures, pointing above Prague like a jabbing metallic finger while offering visitors panoramic views of the Czech capitals more aesthetically pleasing sites. Now the citys looming Prague Jewish community, which says it is a brooding reminder of the antisemitism of the regime that ruled the former Czechoslovakia for more than 40 years and whose dark history needs to be officially recognised. Part of our community is still present under the ground here and people should know about it, said Pavel Vesely, a history and tourism coordinator with Czech artist, David ern, copies of which were refitted …

Iran nuclear deal: what has Tehran said and what happens next?

Hassan Rouhanis move to alter commitments amid crippling US sanctions outlined What has Iran announced? Iran has suspended commitments it made under the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on the country in exchange for limits on Tehrans nuclear programme. The deal was reached after years of negotiations. Hassan Rouhani, president of Iran, said Tehran would hang on to its stocks of excess enriched uranium and heavy water instead of exporting them. He threatened to resume enriching uranium above a limit set out in the deal unless there was progress on sanctions relief. What did the deal say about these commitments? The removed waivers on nuclear co-operation with Iran, including the shipment abroad of excess supplies, perversely …

Human society under urgent threat from loss of Earth’s natural life

Scientists reveal one million species at risk of extinction in damning UN report Human society is in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the Earths natural life-support systems, the worlds leading scientists have warned, as they announced the results of the most thorough planetary health check ever undertaken. From coral reefs rainforests desiccating into savannahs, nature is being destroyed at a rate tens to hundreds of times higher than the average over the past 10m years, according to the UN global assessment report. The biomass of wild mammals has fallen by 82%, natural ecosystems have lost about half their area and a million species are at risk of extinction all largely as a result of human actions, said the study, …

1MDB: Fugees rapper and Malaysian businessman indicted over Obama donations

US prosecutors say Jho Low, 37, transferred $21.6m to rapper Prakazrel Pras Michel for 2012 re-election bid A founding member of the hip-hop group the Fugees and a Malaysian businessman have been indicted for making illegal contributions to former US president Barack Obamas 2012 reelection campaign. Haitian-American rapper Prakazrel Pras Michel, 46, and Jho Low, 37, were accused of conspiracy and other charges in the four-count indictment unsealed on Friday. Low is a key figure in what is known as the 1MDB scandal, which has rocked Malaysian political and financial circles. The presidential candidate receiving the contributions was not identified in the indictment and was referred to only as Candidate A. But it has been widely reported and it was …

The 2020 US elections will again expose the barriers facing female politicians | Martina Fitzgerald

No one knocks men when they declare their ambition, says political journalist Martina Fitzgerald A recent issue of Vanity Fair featured a cover photo of research from the Harvard Kennedy School suggests. More frustratingly, female voters are as likely to hold these negative views. Male politicians escape this ambition backlash. Over the next 18 months these attitudes will be visible for all to see. The current race for the US presidency has a One in four of the worlds parliamentarians are women. The numbers are even lower for decision-making positions. Only 50% female parliaments. True, a handful of prominent countries have women in top roles (Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Jacinda Ardern who recently became only the second female PM …

Marker Wadden, the manmade Dutch archipelago where wild birds reign supreme

A silted-up lake has been transformed into the latest addition to the map of the Netherlands and an eco-haven teeming with wildlife It takes about an hour on the ferry, across often choppy waters, to reach the newest bit of the Europe muddied by swirling silt. Visitors on the main island. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images Over the decades, the population of freshwater mussels vital for filtering the silt collapsed, along with the numbers of smelt fish, a favourite of local birdlife, including the common tern. It was a worrying sign of things to come. In 2011 Posthoorn, from the Natuurmonumenten, an NGO whose role combines that of the National Trust and the RSPB, tried to find a way through the political …