Drugmaker Johnson & Johnson must pay $572m (£468m) for its part in fuelling Oklahoma’s opioid addiction crisis, a judge in the US state has ruled. The company said immediately after the judgment that it would appeal. The state’s lawyers had called Johnson & Johnson an opioid “kingpin” and argued that its marketing efforts created a public nuisance as doctors over-prescribed the drugs, leading to a surge in overdose deaths in Oklahoma.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Monday the idea of creating an international alliance to save the Amazon rainforest would be treating Brazil like “a colony or no man’s land,” calling it an attack on the country’s sovereignty. On Twitter, Bolsonaro questioned the intentions behind French President Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to garner support for an international action plan to help preserve the Amazon.
Yang Hengjun was not a spy for Australia, foreign minister Marise Payne has insisted, after the Australian writer was formally charged with espionage in Beijing, potentially facing the death penalty. His lawyer in Beijing, Shang Baojun, said he had not been given any detail of Yang’s alleged offence, and that it was unclear when he might be put on trial.
Indonesia’s president says the country’s capital will move from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta to a site in sparsely populated East Kalimantan province on Borneo island, known for rainforests and orangutans. President Joko Widodo said Monday intense studies over the past three years had resulted in the choice of the location on the eastern side of Borneo island. Currently, 54% of the country’s nearly 270 million people live on Java, the country’s most densely populated area.
An underwater volcano is the likely source of a pumice stone island, the size of Manhattan, which has formed in the Pacific. The huge mass of stone, near to Tonga, has been floating through the Pacific for the last two weeks, and follows reports of plumes of smoke from the direction of a named submarine volcano.