PSA: Julian Assange’s cat appears to be safe

(CNN)Anyone who’s been worried about the status of Julian Assange’s cat can rest easy. “We can confirm that Assange’s cat is safe. Assange asked his lawyers to rescue him from embassy threats in mid-October. They will be reunited in freedom,” the WikiLeaks post reads. Assange got the cat in 2016 while he was holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy. The cat became an internet sensation, posing with Assange in photos on Twitter and Instagram under the handle @EmbassyCat. The Twitter account hasn’t been active since 2018, while the Instagram account hasn’t been active since 2017. In 2018, a judge told Assange he had to abide by new rules imposed by the embassy, which included paying for and taking care of …

Eurostar disrupted as flag-wearing protester spends night on London station roof

London (CNN)UK police arrested a man who spent the night on the roof of London’s St. Pancras station draped in the English flag, causing Eurostar and other train operators to suspend all services. What happens if there’s a no-deal Brexit A picture posted on social media showed a man wrapped in the St George’s cross — the national flag of England — on a roof of the station, with police vehicles nearby. Services were suspended early Saturday, said Eurostar in a tweet. The company recommended that passengers not travel and offered free exchanges or cancellations. Later in the morning services had resumed, but Eurostar warned of “further disruption.” Demonstrators blocked streets around the Houses of Parliament as lawmakers rejected Prime …

Dangers of FGM to be taught in UK schools

London (CNN)All secondary school children in England will be taught about the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM) by 2020, in a bid to eradicate the abusive practice in the UK. “We know that FGM can have a catastrophic effect on the lives of those affected, causing lifelong physical and psychological damage,” he added in a statement. “Our reforms to relationships and sex education will ensure young people are taught in an age-appropriate way about different forms of abuse and their rights under the law, to equip them with the knowledge they need to keep themselves and others safe.” The department’s further proposals include teaching pupils aged 11 and above about other forms of so-called honor-based violence, forced marriage, domestic …

Brexit anger and uncertainty can be explained through fish

London (CNN)Putt-putting out into the Portsmouth channel on England’s south coast, the small vessel is soon swallowed by the early morning fog. While it only accounts for 0.12% of the UK economy, fishing has been at the heart of the rhetoric around Brexit. Paraded by the pro-Brexit camp as an icon of EU regulation strangling a quintessentially British industry and way of life, fishing has had an outsized presence in Brexit-related headlines. But from seabed to table top, the wider economic “food chain” of British seafood — catching, trading and serving fish — highlights the Gordian Knot of issues that have bedeviled the UK’s efforts to divorce from the EU. The catch Varndell has worked at sea since he was …