Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories.
UN chief praises youth ‘leadership’ over climate emergency
As delegates from across the globe descend on Madrid for the start of the two-week COP25 climate summit, the UN secretary general, António Guterres, has contrasted the inaction of the world’s governments with the “leadership” shown by young people on climate. The annual summit is smaller than expected, after plans to hold the event in Santiago were scrapped amid Chile’s political unrest. The Alliance of Small Island States, whose members face inundation by rising sea levels, issued a plea ahead of the summit, urging developed countries to take their plight seriously.
Liam Payne was once known as the most vanilla member of the world’s biggest boyband. But behind the scenes, he says, “I was slowly losing the plot.” Elle Hunt hears about his battles with alcohol and the pressures of young fatherhood.
China has just introduced a rule requiring all mobile phone users to submit to a facial recognition scan. But that sort of privacy invasion is nothing new to residents of Chongqing, the world’s most heavily surveilled city, which has one CCTV camera for every six of its residents. Matthew Keegan reports.
On the presidential campaign trail, Joe Biden has repeatedly promised to fix the student loan crisis, which has saddled 45 million Americans with crippling debt that now totals a staggering $1.5tn. What Biden doesn’t mention, writes Ed Pilkington, is his own role in creating that crisis.
In the early years of his leadership, Kim Jong-Un dressed as if in homage to his popular grandfather and North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung. But in recent months he appears to have expanded his wardrobe and embraced a more ecletic personal style, says Justin McCurry.
Donald Trump’s presidency coincides with a growing public distrust in the commercially driven media. But with the facts under siege, says Robert Reich, now is the time to invest in journalism that exists solely to serve the public.
Trump’s lies and ongoing attacks on his critics in the media score points with his base but at the expense of a weakened democracy. If a large enough portion of the public comes to trust Trump’s own words more than the media’s, Trump can get away with saying – and doing – whatever he wants. When that happens, democracy ends.
The US skier Mikaela Shiffrin has moved up to second place on the all-time list of women’s world cup winners, after her fourth straight slalom victory gave her the 62nd world cup win of her career, leaving her trailing just Lindsey Vonn on 82.
The Texans outplayed the Patriots, the Ravens toppled fellow titans the 49ers, the Bengals narrowly avoided a winless season, and the Steelers expanded their beef with the Browns to their wardrobes in an eventful NFL weekend.
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