The Daily Populous

Monday September 10th, 2018 evening edition

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The United States on Monday will adopt an aggressive posture against the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, threatening sanctions against its judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, is to make the announcement in a midday speech to the Federalist Society, a conservative group, in Washington.

It will be his first major address since joining the Trump White House.

"The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court," Bolton will say, according to a draft of his speech seen by Reuters.

Bolton will also say that the State Department will announce the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) office in Washington out of concern about Palestinian attempts to prompt an ICC investigation of Israel.

The PLO office in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel," says Bolton's draft text. »

Australia could be 100% renewable by 2030s, meet Paris targets by 2025

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“All the evidence points to Australia’s capacity to be a renewable energy superpower, with all the economic and environmental benefits that come with that.

“We need Australia’s governments to put in place the right plans for the renewable energy train to have a smooth ride,” he said.

“Our message is that the renewables train has developed great momentum, so policy makers need to get on board,” said Dr Stocks. »

OxyContin creator being sued for 'significant role in causing opioid epidemic'

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Following hundreds of lawsuits over the years against pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma, Colorado’s attorney general is suing the OxyContin creator for its “significant role in causing the opioid epidemic”.

However, some are expressing outrage that the Sacklers, who have in essence profited from opioid addictions, may soon be profiting from the antidote.

He said the Sackler family “shouldn’t be allowed to peddle any more synthetic opiates – and that includes opioid substitutes.”. »

Toddlers prefer winners - but avoid those who win by force

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Yet, these tiny toddlers already use cues of social status to decide which people they prefer or would rather avoid.

When two individuals block each other’s path, the infants will automatically assume that the largest person will defeat the smallest.

“Across all social animal species, those with a lower social status will yield to those above them in the hierarchy. »

Call for atheism to be included in religious education

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Religious education in schools needs a major overhaul to reflect an increasingly diverse world and should include the study of atheism, agnosticism and secularism, a two-year investigation has concluded.

The commission was established in 2016 to review the provision of religious education since its last overhaul 30 years ago.

Its report says the quality of religious education at present is variable, and a growing number of schools have stopped providing it. »