London Mayor Sadiq Khan, a supporter of the Remain campaign against Britain leaving the European Union clashed with his predecessor Boris Johnson in the final Brexit debate last night.
Britain goes to the polls on Thursday to decide whether to reverse its 1973 decision to become one with Europe, and the nation apparently is poised on a knife’s edge.
Tensions ran high as Leave and Remain campaigners engaged in almost two hours of heated discussion about immigration, sovereignty and the economy.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party leader Ruth Davidson stressed the gravity of the occasion, saying voters had to be “100 per cent sure” of their decision. There could be “no going back on Friday morning”, Ms Davidson said.
Mr Khan accused Mr Johnson of leveraging his anti-immigration views to orchestrate “project hate”, using people’s fear of migrants as a way to pull Britain away from the European Union.
The latest reports and voter surveys show the two sides to be almost neck and neck, with the Remain vote swinging slightly ahead as voters reacted to last week’s murder of Labor MP Jo Cox, a strong supporter of staying in Europe.
North Korean missile launches a hit and miss affair
North Korea fired two missiles on Wednesday morning from the city of Wonsan on the north coast, according to a spokesperson for the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff. The first missile launched at 5:58am local time but the South Korean military believes it failed. Two hours later, a second Musudan class missile was fired, and travelled about 400 kilometres – its best effort to date, according to intelligence sources.
When operational the intermediate-range missile would be able to reach South Korean cities or the US military base on Guam. The North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un has been fast-tracking the development of his country’s missile armoury, promoting 26 known missile launches since he came to power four years ago.
Christ’s tomb opened for crucial temple renovations
Workers have entered the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in the Old City of Jerusalem, to begin renovation on the Dome of the Rock. The renovations are necessary as the foundations of the churches above are collapsing under their weight. The site, sealed off 200 years ago, is believed by Christians to be the tomb in which Jesus was buried. The plan is to stabilise the chapel’s foundations with titanium bolts and inject mortar to reinforce the 12th-century Crusader masonry.
The conservationist team are not sure what they will discover when modern archeologists gain their first glimpse of the interior of the tomb. “We will see what we see,” said Antonia Moropoulou, a leader of the team from the National Technical University of Athens.
International Criminal Court jails former Congo vice-president for 18 years
Jean-Pierre Bemba, former deputy leader of Democratic Republic of Congo has been sentenced by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Central African Republic. “The chamber sentences Mr Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo to a total of 18 years of imprisonment,” Judge Sylvia Steiner said.
Bemba had commanded a private army of 1500 men during the Central African Republic’s civil war in October 2002. He held effective control over the forces which, the court was told, had carried out sadistic rapes, murders and pillaging of “particular cruelty”.
Coffins of jet crash victims to be reopened
Prosecutors in Poland will open the coffins of 96 people who died when a Polish government plane crashed in Smolensk, Russia in 2010. At the time, a crash inquiry blamed pilot error, but investigators have since decided the crash, in which Poland’s president Lech Kaczynski and his wife died, may have been caused by an explosion. Investigators need to examine the bodies, sealed in the coffins after recovery from the wreckage, to reconstruct the final moments aboard the jet and establish the direct cause of the crash.
Brazil army shoots jaguar mascot featured in Olympic torch relay
A jaguar used in the Olympic torch relay as a mascot has been shot and killed after escaping and attacking a soldier. The Brazilian army said the jaguar, named Juma, could not be controlled with tranquillisers so handlers were forced to use a gun. Brazil’s environmental protection agency, Ibama, expressed concern at the exploitation of the jaguar for the Olympic promotion, saying it had not authorised the animal’s use. “It is unfortunate and sad that these animals are being exposed to events like this,” Ibama said. — Compiled from web sources by Ariana Norton, Samantha Besgrove and Zabrina Potestas
Screengrab of Boris Johnson debating at Wembley from BBC news highlights package.