Australian authorities are sounding the alarm about the health of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral. The government agency in charge of managing the reef has downgraded the long-term outlook for the reef’s ecosystem from “poor” in 2014 to “very poor” in 2019. A World Heritage-listed natural wonder, the reef contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs.
Hong Kong authorities on Friday charged pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong with organizing an illegal protest as they tighten a clampdown on unrest that has plunged the Asian financial hub into its biggest political crisis in more than two decades. Police arrested several other activists and blocked plans for a mass demonstration on Saturday, in a show of force a day before the fifth anniversary of China’s decision to rule out universal suffrage in the former British colony.
Hurricane Dorian hurtled toward the United States and was on track to become a major hurricane Friday before its expected landfall Monday into Tuesday along Florida’s east coast, forecasters say. The storm was slowly turning west on Friday as it makes it way back toward land and is expected to strengthen in the coming days. Dorian is then forecasted to slam the southeastern United States as a possible Category 4 storm.
An unprecedented iPhone hacking operation, which attacked “thousands of users a week” until it was disrupted in January, has been revealed by researchers at Google’s external security team. The operation, which lasted two and a half years, used a small collection of hacked websites to deliver malware on to the iPhones of visitors. Once hacked, the user’s deepest secrets were exposed to the attackers.
An attack on a bar in Mexico’s Gulf coast city of Coatzacoalcos killed 25 people and injured about a dozen, officials said Wednesday, and they said it was apparently overseen by a man who had been recently arrested but released. “The criminals went in, closed the doors, the emergency exits, and set fire to the place,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said at his daily morning news conference.
The Queen approved an order from the prime minister for parliament to be “prorogued” from the second week in September until 14 October – just 17 days before the scheduled date of Brexit on Halloween. Opponents of a no-deal Brexit have accused Boris Johnson of a “coup” against parliament, after it was announced that both the Commons and Lords will be suspended for more than a month in the run-up to the date of EU withdrawal.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand dropped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday afternoon, ending a campaign that failed to catch on despite the New York Democrat’s substantial campaign war chest and high profile position. Gillibrand’s decision to drop out comes as she was on the cusp of failing to qualify for the third Democratic primary debate as she was unable to meet the donor and polling thresholds outlined by the Democratic National Committee.
Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York City on Wednesday after traveling across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-emission yacht. She is attending several events in the city next month, including the U.N. General Assembly, U.N. Youth Summit on Climate and the Climate Action Summit. She stepped foot on land just after 4 p.m. and the 16-year-old then addressed reporters.
The eye of Dorian, a category one hurricane, has missed the main island of Puerto Rico. The US territory’s smaller islands, Vieques and Culetra, are being battered by heavy rain and high winds. Dorian is considerably less powerful than the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico two years ago. It is expected to gather strength in the coming days, and is on course to reach the US states of Florida or Georgia by the weekend.
A woman who accused the late financier Jeffrey Epstein of sex abuse and alleged she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew as a 17-year-old has urged the UK royal to “come clean”. Speaking after a hearing for alleged victims in the wake of Epstein’s death, Virginia Giuffre told reporters the prince “knows what he’s done”. The Duke of York denies the accusation.