While you were sleeping: Royals, Rolf and more

21:11, Jun 02 2014

What happened in the world while you were sleeping ...

The Rolf Harris sex assault trial continued in London, with Harris' daughter Bindi Nicholls taking the stand.

Nicholls told the court she was left in "utter shock" when her former best friend revealed she was having an affair with her famous father, The Daily Mail reported.

The alleged victim claims Harris first sexually assaulted her when she was 13, and on one occasion molested her while Bindi slept in the same room. Harris has admitted to the affair, but says it was consensual and only began when she was 18.

Nicholls defended her father, saying the allegations of molestation were "laughable and ridiculous".

There have been calls for a referendum on Spain's monarchy following the abdication of King Juan Carlos.

Thousands of Spaniards are expected to take to the streets to demand the referendum, bolstered by an online petition that received 70,000 signatures overnight, The Guardian reported.

The petition urged Spain's political parties to "take advantage of this historical opportunity to promote a public debate that will help regenerate democracy and determine the future of the monarchy".

King Juan Carlos said he would hand over the crown to his 46-year-old son, Felipe.

The Obama administration has released new standards targeting coal-burning power plants in a bid to halt global warming.

The Environmental Protection Agency's clean power plan aims to cut carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030, BBC News reported. President Barack Obama is hoping the rules will encourage polluting nations like China and India to follow suit.

The proposed standards have been described as the strongest action against global warming in United States history.

States must submit initial compliance plans by June 2016.

The British royal family is in hot water for breaking a celebrity boycott of hotels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, whose anti-gay laws in that country make it legal for homosexuals to be stoned.

Over the weekend the Duchess of Cambridge attended her cousin's wedding at one of the hotels in London, the Dorchester, while Prince William and Prince Harry played polo at another Sultan-owned venue, the Mail reported.

Critics fear the attendance will be seen as the royal family's endorsement of the regime.

Celebrities such as Anna Wintour, Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno and Stephen Fry have joined the boycott.