As Education Authority workers join council staff across Northern Ireland in industrial action on Tuesday, the union Unite has criticised claims by local authorities that their “hands are tied” when it comes to increasing employee pay.
Russia has pounded eastern Ukraine as the US defence secretary promised to “keep moving heaven and earth” to get Kyiv the weapons it needs to repel the new offensive even as Moscow warned such support risked widening the war.
A musical tribute led by Ed Sheeran, puppet corgis causing chaos along The Mall and a giant 3D wire bust of the Queen are to feature in the “People’s Pageant” – the carnival finale of the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The DUP’s Paul Givan is confident that some of his party’s officers, who have resigned from their posts in South Down but are Lagan Valley constituents, will still be giving the DUP their vote in his constituency despite stating their support for TUV candidate Harold McKee over Diane Forsythe.
Belfast Giants winger JJ Piccinich admits that pride nearly cost the team in their Play-Off quarter-final against the Coventry Blaze, but has vowed they won’t make the same mistake in this weekend’s semi-final.
Ulster have not ruled skipper Iain Henderson out of taking some part in Saturday’s crunch United Rugby Championship trip to Edinburgh but will only find out later in the week if their Irish international lock will be fit to lead the side in the Scottish capital.
Israel’s parliament has barred a longtime critic of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett from running for re-election with any political faction, giving the premier a small political victory as he seeks to stabilise the country’s fragile governing coalition.
A Brazilian federal court has upheld the suspension of an environmental license for what would be the largest open-pit gold mine in the nation’s Amazon rainforest, dealing a blow to the Canada-based company behind the project.
Beijing will conduct mass testing of most of its 21 million people, authorities have announced as a new Covid outbreak sparked stockpiling of food by residents worried about the possibility of a Shanghai-style lockdown.
Russia’s top diplomat has warned Ukraine against provoking a third world war and said the threat of a nuclear conflict “should not be underestimated” as his country unleashed attacks against rail and fuel installations far from the front lines of Moscow’s new eastern offensive.