March 30: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
2030 renewable energy targets
European Union negotiators have struck a political deal on a more ambitious target whereby the 27-country EU will get 42.5% of its energy from renewable sources like wind and solar by 2030. This is an important pillar of the bloc’s plans to fight climate change and end the use of Russian fossil fuels.
Housing Assistance Payment
According to the Simon Community, there is a record low number of properties available to rent for those accessing HAP. The March 2023 Locked Out of the Market report found no properties at the standard rate of HAP, and only 29 properties within discretionary HAP rates.
Man appeals conviction for murder of homeless man
A 22-year-old man jailed for life for the brutal murder of 23-year-old disabled homeless man named Adam ‘Floater’ Muldoon — who he stabbed 183 times in 208, is appealing his case, arguing that he should have been allowed to argue his responsibility for the killing was diminished due a “mental disorder” caused by chronic drug abuse. Dunbar was 17-years-old when he stabbed Mr Muldoon in an unprovoked attack with a fold-up knife.
Biden’s trip to Northern Ireland
Though there has been some speculation surrounding US President Joe Biden’s upcoming visit to Northern Ireland being hampered by MI5’s decision to raise the terror threat level there to “severe”, he has confirmed that they “can’t keep [him] out.” Mr Biden has said that he intends to visit both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland as part of the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
Ferry fire in Philippines
A ferry carrying about 250 passengers caught fire in southern Philippines, with up to 31 people being reported dead by the Coast Guard. Search and rescue efforts are continuing for at least seven missing passengers. The bodies of 18 individuals were discovered in a passenger cabin.