India Supreme Court overrules High Court: rivers Yamuna, Ganga no longer living entities
On Friday, the supreme court of India overruled a High Court decision which identified rivers Ganga and Yamuna as living entities. The appeal, filed by the state government of Uttarakhand from which these two rivers originate, claimed the decision was "unsustainable in the law". (Read more)
Volvo announces all new car models electric or hybrid from 2019
On Wednesday, automobile company Volvo announced all of its cars to be released in 2019 onwards are to use some form of battery-powered engine, leaving conventional petrol-only vehicles altogether. The decision comes after Volvo announced in May their intent to cease production of diesel vehicles. (Read more)
Football's Rooney returns to Everton
Manchester United's top scorer Wayne Rooney signed a two-year contract with his boyhood club Everton, the Merseyside based football club announced today.
Rooney joined Everton when he was nine years old, and made his professional debut in 2002 when he was sixteen years old. He scored seventeen goals with Everton in 77 appearances before he moved to the Old Trafford in 2004. The record goal scorer with United and with the English football team netted 253 goals in 559 games in the United jersey. (Read more)
Beachside photos of New Jersey governor draw criticism, photo-mashups during state budget crisis
On Sunday, a long-distance snapshot of New Jersey governor and former Republican United States presidential candidate Chris Christie and his family on a beach outside the gubernatorial residence in Island Beach State Park went public, raising criticism of the governor, who had ordered Island Beach and the rest of New Jersey's state parks closed the previous Friday amid a budget dispute. The response included comments from fellow Republicans and tourists, a plane over Seaside Park, and a variety of memes showing the Governor's beach chair digitally added to other images. (Read more)
German Bundestag votes for same-sex marriage
On Friday, the Bundestag, the German parliament, voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage. The bill was passed on the last day before the parliament's summer break. (Read more)
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