Australia set its hottest day on record on Tuesday as a deadly heatwave continues to grip the country, fuelling fires and prompting widespread health warnings. The average maximum temperature across the country on Tuesday was 40.9C (105.62F) – tipping it past the record set in January 2013. The small town of Oodnadatta is forecast to peak at 47C (116.6F) on Wednesday, making it one of the hottest places on Earth.
Donald Trump is set to become the third US president in history to be impeached later by the House of Representatives. Democratic lawmakers are expected to approve two impeachment charges against the Republican president on Wednesday. Mr Trump is scheduled to face a trial in the Senate next month, but that chamber is controlled by members of his party and it is unlikely to vote that he should be removed from office.
A Japanese woman whose rape accusations against a prominent TV journalist turned her into a symbol of the country’s fledgling #MeToo movement has been awarded 3.3m yen [$30,000] in damages. Shiori Ito went public in 2017 with allegations that Noriyuki Yamaguchi, a former Washington bureau chief for the TBS network with close ties to the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, had raped her two years earlier.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot maker PSA have reached a binding agreement over their roughly $50 billion merger that will reshape the global car industry. France’s PSA and Italian-American Fiat Chrysler (FCA), which are yet to decide on a name for their new company, will now start work on delivering their pledge to cut costs by 3.7 billion euros ($4.1 billion) a year without closing factories.
A global shipping industry organization is proposing a research and development program to help cut carbon dioxide emissions, funded by about $5 billion from shipping companies over a decade. Environmental activists say that while shipping contributes only about 2% of global greenhouse gases, the industry’s efforts are essential to combating climate change. The strategy envisions cutting total annual emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 compared with 2008.