Published:  12:01 AM, 04 December 2019

Worldwide waffling

Worldwide waffling

Mark Carney has been appointed as UN special envoy for climate action and finance as he prepares to step down as governor of the Bank of England in January. Carney replaces billionaire Michael Bloomberg in the part time pro bono climate action role after the former New York mayor stepped down to focus on the US presidential race. The governor has been signed up to galvanize action among financial institutions ahead of the 26th round of global climate talks in November 2020.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden met Prime Minister Narendra Modi today as they began their five day India visit aimed at strengthening bilateral ties. The Swedish royal couple, who arrived here early this morning, were accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. "PM @narendramodi welcomed Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf & HM Queen Silvia of Sweden at Hyderabad House in New Delhi for the delegation level talks," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted along with pictures of the Swedish King and Queen with the prime minister. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also called on the King and Queen after their arrival and held discussions on ways to deepen bilateral ties.

The American author Naomi Wolf has accused Australia's embattled energy minister, Angus Taylor, of an "anti-Semitic dog whistle", and of falsely claiming they were at Oxford University together. In his maiden speech to parliament in 2013, Taylor told a story about "political correctness" and a dispute over a Christmas tree at Oxford in 1991, when he was a Rhodes scholar at the university, mentioning that Wolf lived on the same corridor. "I first encountered political correctness as a student at Oxford," Taylor said.

Nationals MP George Christensen is facing claims from a staff member of an adult entertainment bar in the Philippines that he was a regular at the venue. The bar manager of the night spot, which identifies itself as an "adult entertainment service", said Mr Christensen did not reveal he was a politician and alleged his "weakness" was women. Federal police looked into the Queensland MP's trips to south-east Asia during 2017 and 2018, finding no evidence of illegality but raising concern that he remained an ongoing risk of being compromised. Mr Christensen was dubbed the "Member for Manila" by colleagues after it emerged earlier this year he had taken at least 28 trips, spending almost 300 days in the Philippines between 2014 and 2018.

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