António Guterrez, the United Nations secretary general, contrasted the “leadership” and “mobilisation” shown by the world’s youth on the climate emergency with the lack of action by governments

António Guterrez, the United Nations secretary general, contrasted the “leadership” and “mobilisation” shown by the world’s youth on the climate emergency with the lack of action by governments, which was failing to keep up with the urgency of the problem despite increasing signs that the climate was reaching breakdown.

Before the start of a critical conference on the climate crisis on Monday, he said the world had the technical and economic means to halt climate chaos, but what was missing was political will.

“There’s no question, having spoken to many of them privately, they’re absolutely disgusted and exhausted by the president’s behaviour,” Mr Dent said in an interview with CNN on Thursday. “They resent being put in this position all the time.”

While the vast majority of Republicans in office have continued to support the president in spite of the recent explosive public impeachment hearings against him, Mr Dent said GOP members have privately been “wrestling” with the issue of whether to continue backing him.

The river was shallow and was entirely frozen so the bus did not sink beneath the ice. “The bus was en route from Sretensk to Chita. It veered off the road and overturned some 60 km (37 miles) from Sretensk,” said an emergencies ministry spokesman.

Mr Abdul-Mahdi finally offered to resign on Friday, an offer accepted by parliament yesterday. Last week, the bloodshed had reached a peak in the city of Nasiriyah, a one-sided battle between stone-throwing young men and soldiers firing automatic weapons that killed up to 40 people.

Iran’s leadership and its allies in the militias had been cajoling the prime minister to stand firm but even they had to concede to Iraq’s most senior cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, who demanded the government reconsider. Mr Abdul-Mahdi, 78, had previously been a member of an Iranian-backed party and had ties to Tehran going back decades. When the protests began last month Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sent his chief international “fixer”, Major General Qassem Soleimani of the al-Quds force, to Baghdad to urge his former protégé to crack down rather than give in.

The female friend was claims she was warned: ‘Oksana should think hard about what she is doing. ‘She is not right to keep speaking to the media.’