Daily Archive: January 8, 2018

Jan
08

Asia powers demand for thermal coal

Price of fossil fuel used for electricity reaches highest level since late 2016

Jan
08

Romania inflation fears prompt rate rise as growth hits record

Central bank lifts rate to 2% as strong recovery sparks concerns about overheating

Jan
08

Jared Kushner’s company under renewed scrutiny over Chinese and Israeli deals

Family’s real estate company received a subpoena from the SEC, and separately questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel

Jared Kushner’s business dealings are under renewed scrutiny amid reports that the US’s top financial watchdog is looking into an investment-for-visa program run by the Kushner family’s real estate company and questions have been raised about his business dealings in Israel.

Related: Steve Bannon: Donald Trump Jr was not ‘treasonous’ – I meant Paul Manafort

Related: Fire and Fury released early in defiance of attempt to ban tell-all Trump book

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Jan
08

Returnees increase flow of whisky to China

Imports near level seen before corruption clampdown as drinkers return from overseas 

Jan
08

Did you hear the story about the 10 obese hedgehogs? It’s a prickly subject | Jules Howard

With stats showing that many dogs and cats are overweight, news of these porky hedgehogs shows how sadly humans are killing with kindness

Reader, I have just returned from a voyage down an alt-right rabbit hole. Battered, bloodied and bruised, I resurface with news of obese hedgehogs. Ten of them. From Israel. These are hedgehogs so morbidly obese that they can no longer roll into a ball. They have now been picked up by a wildlife hospital and put on a strict diet before, hopefully, they can be rereleased.

Why the alt-right rabbit hole? Because that’s where the message boards are at their most sinister and hilarious. Over at Breibart, commenters are discussing whether and to what degree these hedgehogs got fat off US government handouts. “It’s nice Israel has the money for this, compliments of American tax money!” says a typical poster, identified only as “Jim”.

Our willingness to feed wild and domestic animals into obesity is a demonstration of a short-mindedness we could do more to avoid

Related: The week in wildlife – in pictures

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