Ministers should resign for briefing out details of the budget in advance of the chancellor's address to MPs on Wednesday, the Speaker has suggested. Sir Lindsay Hoyle made his feelings known in the Commons after a weekend of announcements revealing the contents of Rishi Sunak's budget. "At one time, ministers did the right thing if they briefed before a budget - they walked," he said.
Lazarus Chakwera, the president of Malawi, who is also currently chair of the Southern African Development Community, gave an interview to FRANCE 24 from Dubai. He hailed Malawi and Zambia as "examples of what democracy is about". Chakwera insisted that overall, "democracy is getting consolidated" on the continent, in spite of "erratic events", referring to the recent coups in Mali, Guinea and now Sudan. He described such coups as being "not the African way".
Australia will aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but will not pass legislation about the goal. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government would instead rely on consumers and companies to push towards emission reductions. Australia had so far refused to join countries such as the UK and US in pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 ahead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow next week.
A six-year-old boy who was the sole survivor of a cable car crash in Italy must be returned to relatives there, an Israeli court has ruled. Eitan Biran's parents and younger sibling were among 14 killed when the cabin fell to the ground and tumbled down a slope near Lake Maggiore in May. Shmulik Peleg drove Eitan to Switzerland before flying to Israel with him.
A family from Queensland, Australia were pulling out of a parking lot when they spotted a mysterious exploding light in the sky. The footage has become a hit on social media, where people are divided about what the object might be. Some say it's clearly a meteor, while others remain unconvinced...
Despite continued uncertainty over the trajectory of the pandemic, half of people are apparently already planning foreign holidays next year. Just a day after a major relaxation in travel rules in England, designed to make overseas trips more affordable, survey results suggest plenty already have an eye on 2022. Domestically, the top UK destinations are Cornwall and Wales.