The bonds of friendship between France and the UK, US and Australia have been "tarnished" by the AUKUS pact, and it is now "more difficult than before" for France to trust those countries, the president of the French National Assembly has told Sky News. Richard Ferrand is attending the G7 Speakers' Conference in Chorley, Lancashire, hosted by the Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
Gogglebox’s Paige Deville has revealed that she quit the show after falling out with her co-star mother Sally Hayward. The TV personality, 25, from Birmingham posted on social media that she will not be appearing in a new series after a family spat. Paige went on to tell BirminghamLive that when her mother said she was leaving Gogglebox she was invited to work with another family member.
Scientists investigate hundreds of guillemot deaths on UK coastlineSeabird carcasses discovered along Northumberland, North Yorkshire and Scottish shores, with many more found emaciated Guillemots on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth, Scotland. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian
Firefighters continued their efforts to contain the KNP Complex Fire burning in California’s Sequoia National Park, which officials said had grown to 11,365 acres by Saturday morning, September 18.More than 480 crew members were assigned to the fire, which was caused by lightning, the National Park Service said.This footage, taken Wednesday by Alekz Londos, shows a firefighting helicopter collecting water and dropping it over burning areas of forest.The park is home to thousands of giant sequoias, which can live for hundreds or thousands of years, surviving various fires and storms. However, experts say the trees are now at greater risk of death due to climate change and increases in the intensity of fires, NPR reported.On Thursday, the base of the largest known tree on earth, General Sherman, which is estimated to be more than 2,300 years old, was preventatively wrapped in fire-resistant aluminum foil. Credit: Alekz Londos via Storyful
Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia will agree to take steps to build secure semiconductor supply chains when they meet in Washington next week, the Nikkei business daily said on Saturday, citing a draft of the joint statement. U.S. President Joe Biden will host a first in-person summit of leaders of the "Quad" countries, which have sought to boost co-operation to push back against China's growing assertiveness. The draft says that in order to create robust supply chains, the four countries will ascertain their semiconductor supply capacities and identify vulnerability, the Nikkei said, without unveiling how it had obtained the document.