Today’s other headlines | 27th May 2016

Australia references stripped from UN climate change report after government intervention.

All mentions of Australia were removed from an UNESCO report on climate change after the Australian government expressed concerns about the impact on tourism. Guardian Australia revealed that the report had a key chapter on the Great Barrier Reef. The Australian Environmental Deparment objected,  and any references to Australia were stripped after  the executive gained access to the draft. 

South Korea fires warning shots after North Korea crosses maritime border

At 7:30 am local time, South Korea’s navy force fired warning shots after a North Korean patrol boat and a fishing boat crossed the disputed sea border of the western side of the peninsula. 

60.000 Chinese workers replaced by robots at iPhone manufacturer, Foxconn

Foxconn, a major manufacturer of devices for Apple and Samsung has reportedly replaced human labour with robots in one of its factories in China. This change affects 60.000 Chinese workers that have seen their job taken over by machines. In a statement to the BBC, Foxconn said that they wanted to apply robotic engineering to replace repetitive tasks. 

The world’s saddest elephant dies in her cage  at Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo

After more than 60 years living in a tiny concrete cage at Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo, Hanako died in loneliness. The enclosure, that had no grass nor trees, was the place where the elephant had been living during decades, without any contact with other animals of her own species. Her last chance to be released in a Sanctuary came last year when a visitor wrote a powerful online post against the zoo, pointing out the hard conditions the animal had to live in. However, despite international outrage, the park refused the petition to free Hanako. 

Checking your work email during the weekend is now ilegal in France

Weekend work emails have been declared ilegal in France. The new French labour reform amendment has codified in law the right to disconnect. This new bill aims at reducing the negative impacs of being over connected. 

The heatwave that is melting India

A 51ºC heatwave is setting off new records in India where the concrete is melting beneath pedestrians. This extremely hot weather has been very hard on farmers particularly, and the effects have worsened poverty and prompted suicided across the region.  


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