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Published: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:02:00 GMT2017-07-27T15:02:00Z

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Israel U-turns on al-Aqsa mosque security after Palestinian protests

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:26:38 GMT2017-07-27T09:26:38Z

Palestinians celebrate climbdown as Israeli PM is denounced by rightwingers over handling of crisis

Israel has yielded to days of growing Palestinian street protests by removing all additional security measures around the compound housing al-Aqsa mosque, following the removal of metal detectors earlier this week.

The reversal marks a victory for a campaign of civil disobedience that saw Palestinians refuse en masse to enter the compound, one of the city’s most revered sites, choosing to pray instead in the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City.

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Fires in southern France under control, say emergency workers

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:47:25 GMT2017-07-27T08:47:25Z

‘We are winning the fight,’ says emergency chief, but firefighters say new fires could start in hot, windy conditions

Huge fires that forced mass evacuations of areas of southern France have been brought largely under control, firefighters have said, although they warned new blazes were still starting.

In the village of Bormes-les-Mimosas, located near beaches popular with tourists on the Cote d’Azur, “the fire is not completely under control but we are winning the fight”, said Lt Col Michael Bernier, the civil security officer leading the emergency effort there.

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Kashmir militant leader announced as head of new al-Qaida-linked cell

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:35:19 GMT2017-07-27T09:35:19Z

Exclusive: Appointment of Zakir Musa represents deepest inroad al-Qaida has made in disputed region

An al-Qaida-affiliated propaganda channel has announced one of Kashmir’s most popular militant leaders as the head of a newly created cell in the disputed Himalayan territory.

The appointment of Zakir Musa as head of the new group represents the first time militants linked to al-Qaida have operated openly in Kashmir, site of a decades-long separatist insurgency and the only Muslim-majority region under Indian control.

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White House defends Trump – using letter from nine-year-old boy

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 22:13:32 GMT2017-07-26T22:13:32Z

A missive from young Dylan was just one of Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ PR stunts at the first televised press briefing following a ban on cameras

The White House has turned to fan mail from a nine-year-old boy to defend the presidency of Donald Trump.

Doubtless aware that her first briefing since new communications director Anthony Scaramucci announced the end of ban on TV cameras would receive a bump in the ratings, the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, spent five minutes or so finding innovative ways to praise Trump to a captive audience.

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Norway considers bid for 2022 Tour de France grand départ

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:35:14 GMT2017-07-27T09:35:14Z

State oil firm Statoil reportedly offering to cover costs of bringing start of French bike race to Stavanger

Norway could stage the Tour de France’s grand départ in 2022, which would make it the first Nordic nation to host the launch of the cycling race.

Following the success of recent starts outside France, of which there have been an increasing number, Stavanger in the south-west of Norway is being lined up as a possible host for the event in five years’ time.

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'Criminal mastermind' of $4bn bitcoin laundering scheme arrested

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:10:17 GMT2017-07-27T09:10:17Z

Russian operator of long-standing bitcoin exchange BTC-e indicted for laundering money including high-profile hack of funds from Mt Gox exchange

The Russian “internationally sought ‘mastermind’ of a crime organisation” accused of laundering more than $4bn in bitcoin, including funds obtained from the hack of failed bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, has been arrested in Greece.

A US jury indicted Alexander Vinnik on Wednesday after his arrest in a small beachside village in northern Greece on Tuesday, following an investigation led by the US justice department along with several other federal agencies and task forces.

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20 members of Pakistan village council accused of ordering rape of girl

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:11:38 GMT2017-07-27T08:11:38Z

Jirga members arrested for allegedly telling man who said his 13-year-old sister was raped to rape sister of accused

Pakistani police have arrested 20 members of a village council for allegedly ordering the rape of a teenager as punishment for a rape committed by her brother.

The incident occurred earlier this month in the neighbourhood of Raja Ram in Muzaffarabad, a suburb of the central city of Multan.

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Study finds 'systemic' abuse in New Zealand care homes

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:23:52 GMT2017-07-27T08:23:52Z

Children with learning difficulties were subjected to beatings, sexual assaults and periods of isolation, report states

An investigation has detailed “horrific and systemic” historical abuse of people with learning disabilities in state care facilities in New Zealand.

Between 1950 and the 1980s, 100,000 New Zealand children and vulnerable adults were taken into state care, and earlier reports have revealed the abuse of more than 1,000 children in state care homes, and of mental health patients in psychiatric facilities.

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Ohio state fair ride malfunctions, killing one and injuring seven

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:44:21 GMT2017-07-27T07:44:21Z

Spinning ride called the Fire Ball appears to hit object, throwing riders into the air on first day of state fair

At least one person has died and seven others have been injured after an amusement park ride malfunctioned on the opening day of the Ohio state fair.

Five of the injured were in a critical condition and the other two were in a stable condition at hospitals in the area, Columbus fire battalion chief Steve Martin said. The man who was killed was one of several who were thrown when the ride – called the Fire Ball – malfunctioned, Martin said.

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Poland hits back at EU 'blackmail' over judicial reforms

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:58:21 GMT2017-07-26T13:58:21Z

EU says it will move to block Poland’s voting rights if it goes ahead with plans to let government fire supreme court judges

Poland’s ruling conservatives have hit back at EU threats to halt the country’s voting rights in the bloc if it pushes through controversial judicial reforms, saying they amount to “blackmail”.

The EU warned on Wednesday that it would immediately move to deploy its most serious sanction if Poland’s far-rightwing government gave itself the power to fire its supreme court judges.

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Stem cell brain implants could 'slow ageing and extend life', study shows

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:00:26 GMT2017-07-26T17:00:26Z

Researchers hope to launch human trials as breakthrough shows hypothalamus controls ageing, with treated mice remaining fitter and living 10-15% longer

Scientists have slowed down the ageing process by implanting stem cells into the brains of animals, raising hopes for new strategies to combat age-related diseases and extend the human lifespan.

Implants of stem cells that make fresh neurons in the brain were found to put the brakes on ageing in older mice, keeping them more physically and mentally fit for months, and extending their lives by 10-15% compared to untreated animals.

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Facebook posts $3.89bn quarterly profit, up 71% from last year

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 23:45:51 GMT2017-07-26T23:45:51Z

Shares hit record high after figure is much higher than expected, with total revenue climbing 44.8% thanks to increased mobile video ad sales

Facebook has delivered a much higher-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by a sharp increase in sales of mobile video ads, sending its shares to an all-time high.

Total revenue rose 44.8% to $9.32bn from the same period in 2016, of which Facebook posted a profit of $3.89bn – up a whopping 71% from the year before.

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Kremlin says new sanctions are sad news for US-Russia relations

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:22:14 GMT2017-07-26T14:22:14Z

EU also criticises the sanctions, with Jean-Claude Juncker warning EU will hit back if its economic interests are damaged

Proposed new US sanctions against Russia are an extremely unfriendly act and sad news for Russia-US relations, the Kremlin has said.

France, Germany and the EU also criticised the sanctions amid concerns that the measures could affect European businesses. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European commission, warned the EU would hit back “within a matter of days” if the sanctions damaged European economic interests.

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Venezuela crisis: US imposes fresh sanctions in effort to stop rewrite of constitution

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 17:43:42 GMT2017-07-26T17:43:42Z

  • Sanctions unveiled for alleged human rights abuses and corruption
  • Opposition activists launch 48-hour strike before Sunday’s controversial vote

The United States has imposed new sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials, turning up the heat on the beleaguered government of Nicolás Maduro as opposition activists launched a 48-hour strike in protest against an upcoming vote they say will mark the end of democracy.

Related: Venezuela to vote amid crisis: all you need to know

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EU states told to get serious on funding anti-migration efforts

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:57:45 GMT2017-07-26T12:57:45Z

Brussels commissioner criticises ‘measly’ support for African projects but hails progress on relocating asylum seekers

Brussels has accused EU member states of offering a “measly” level of funding for efforts in north Africa to halt the migration crisis.

The European commissioner for migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said the €200m produced so far was too little. “The member states need to get serious on this,” he said.

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Mariano Rajoy becomes first serving Spanish PM to testify in criminal case

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:25:58 GMT2017-07-26T12:25:58Z

Giving evidence in fraud and bribery case, Rajoy denies any knowledge of illegal funding racket within ruling People’s party

Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, became the first serving Spanish premier to testify in a criminal case on Wednesday when he emphatically denied any knowledge of an illegal funding racket within the ruling People’s party.

Rajoy, the PP’s vice secretary general between 1990 and 2003, had been called to give evidence in the Gürtel case, in which 37 business and political figures were accused of involvement in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme.

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Climate change threatens ‘Himalayan Viagra’ fungus, and a way of life

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:01:05 GMT2017-07-26T11:01:05Z

Valuable fungus, prized as a reputed aphrodisiac, is disappearing due to warming temperatures, reports Climate Home

A Himalayan fungus used in Chinese medicine, which underpins the livelihoods of communities of harvesters in Nepal, is under the threat due to climate change.

Harvesting the Cordyceps sinensis fungus, called ‘yarsha gumba’ in Nepal, provides a livelihood for Himalayan dwellers. The fungus fetches up to Rs 2,800,000 (£20,000) per kg in raw form. During the peak season of yarsha collection, locals drop everything to pursue fungus hunting, including their usual profession. Even schools remain closed during yarsha collecting seasons.

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Mark Philippoussis's father arrested over allegations of child sexual abuse

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:44:25 GMT2017-07-26T14:44:25Z

  • Coach Nikolaos Philippoussis alleged to have abused students in his care
  • Police say no other children believed to be involved in case

A San Diego County sheriff’s official says the father of former Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis has been arrested on suspicion of molesting two children, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

The newspaper says Nikolaos Philippoussis, 68, a tennis coach, was taken into custody at his home on Tuesday. The Union-Tribune reports that officials said only that the alleged victims were under the age of 14 and were students of Philippoussis.

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EU court upholds Hamas terror listing

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:05:34 GMT2017-07-26T09:05:34Z

European court of justice backs original decision to put Palestinian Islamist movement on terrorism blacklist

The European Union’s top court has ruled that the Palestinian Islamist movement, Hamas, should remain on the EU terrorism blacklist.

The EU originally listed the organisation as a terror group in 2001 in a move that froze its assets within the member states.

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Aberdeen to be worst hit by Brexit but all British cities will suffer – report

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:58:25 GMT2017-07-27T14:58:25Z

Analysis from the Centre for Cities thinktank finds urban areas are likely be hit hardest by the increased trade barriers under both hard and soft Brexits

New research examining for the first time the potential impact of Brexit on cities and towns has found Aberdeen could be the hardest hit by higher trade costs with the European Union, though no British city will escape its effects.

The analysis by the Centre for Cities thinktank predicted that in the decade following the implementation of new trade agreements with the EU, every local authority area would be negatively affected.

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Boris Johnson thanks Julie Bishop for compression tights gift – video

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:37:27 GMT2017-07-27T14:37:27Z

UK foreign secretary thanks the Australian foreign minister for giving him some compression tights for his running. Bishop is a keen runner and Johnson points out that the tights are Hugh Jackman’s preferred brand

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Pound hits 10-month high against dollar after Fed caution – as it happened

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:16:13 GMT2017-07-27T14:16:13Z

Dollar slides after US Federal Reserve adopts more cautious tone on inflation outlook

With this, we are closing the blog for today. Good-bye and thank you for all your great comments. We’ll be back tomorrow.

Wall Street has got off to flying start: US stocks have risen to fresh record highs boosted by a flurry of strong company results.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose nearly 70 points, or 0.4%, to 21778.96 while the S&P 500 advanced nearly 4 points, or 0.15%, to 2481.73. and the Nasdaq climbed 33 points, or 0.5%, to 6455.67.

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¡Madre mía! Spanish ambassador cooks 'British' tortilla on TV

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:48:48 GMT2017-07-27T13:48:48Z

Simon Manley commits ‘atrocity’ of adding chorizo to Spain’s national dish, to chagrin of El Comidista host, Mikel Iturriaga

With Boris Johnson busy comparing traditional Māori greetings to Glaswegian pub fights and Liam Fox venturing into the chlorinated henhouse, the task of restoring the reputation of Britain’s diplomacy and cuisine fell to the UK’s ambassador to Madrid.

Simon Manley hit on a novel solution: why not build bridges by meddling with that most sacred of Spanish dishes, the tortilla de patatas (Spanish omelette), on Spanish TV?

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‘We’re better than this’: reaction to Trump’s transgender military ban – video

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:24:52 GMT2017-07-27T13:24:52Z

People in the United States have been reacting to Donald Trump’s decision to ban transgender individuals from serving in the country’s military. Protests were held in cities including New York and San Francisco on Wednesday and transgender veterans have condemned the move as a step backwards for equality

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Satellite Eye on Earth: June 2017 – in pictures

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:18:46 GMT2017-07-27T13:18:46Z

Patagonia’s icefields, Australia’s changing tides, and volcanic activity in Alaska are among the images captured by Nasa and the ESA this month

Alaska’s remote Bogoslof Island volcano erupted in a series of explosions starting in December 2016, triggering the highest aviation alert as it shot ash plumes at least 35,000ft into the atmosphere. By monitoring the volcano via satellite and seismologic data, scientists can provide a warning of when further eruptions could pose a risk to aircraft. This image shows just a small puff of smoke rising from the volcano, while a sediment plume drifts towards the top left of the image, turning the Bering Sea a bright blue-green.

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Bullet-hole decor: the Brooklyn bar on the frontline of the gentrification wars

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:53:54 GMT2017-07-26T09:53:54Z

A venue advertising its ‘bullet-ridden’ wall has caused outrage in Crown Heights, with residents accusing the owner of insensitive stereotyping

Despite rapid gentrification, the realities of routine gang violence and its cost remain vivid in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn, New York.

So it was perhaps unwise for Becca Brennan, a 31-year-old former corporate tax attorney from Toronto, to use the totems of thug life to promote Summerhill, her new “boozy sandwich shop” in a traditionally Jewish and West Indian neighbourhood.

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Dunkirk in the spotlight: could the film help bail out the city?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:54:04 GMT2017-07-24T10:54:04Z

Christopher Nolan’s epic Dunkirk is a golden opportunity for this French port city to branch out from the heavy industry that has dominated it for a century

Not many small cities get a Hollywood blockbuster named after them, but then not many small cities are caught up in events as momentous as what unfolded on the French coast between 26 May and 4 June 1940. The 75th anniversary of the evacuation, Operation Dynamo, passed two years ago; Christopher Nolan’s epic is sure to bring further attention for this port city of 90,000 that almost spills over the Belgian border. It’s another opportunity to branch out from the heavy industry that has dominated since the late 19th-century and to deepen its tourist credentials.

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Paris plunge: daily queues after city opens cleaned-up canal to swimmers

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 07:15:32 GMT2017-07-22T07:15:32Z

Free swimming at La Villette is first step in Paris’s efforts to reopen some of its murky waterways to casual bathers, and the Seine could be next

Standing in his swimming trunks, Gilles looked up at the modern grey apartment buildings and trees that lined the Paris canal. He took a deep breath, then dived into the dark mass of water that had been officially banned to swimmers for decades.

“Bliss,” he said after doing 500m of front crawl, occasionally brushing past bits of green algae in the new temporary swimming zone at La Villette canal basin, where Parisians can take their first legal dip in a city waterway for a century.

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Boston to fight Islamophobia with viral 'how to' transport cartoon

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:00:10 GMT2017-07-21T11:00:10Z

The work of a French illustrator on Tumblr has been picked up by US cities to encourage travellers to intervene in abuse

A viral online illustrated guide on how to respond to Islamophobic harassment has been adopted by US cities in a bid to make commuters more confident to intervene if they witness abuse.

Marie-Shirine Yener’s step-by-step guide first appeared on Tumblr in September, in response to what she described as “wave of Islamophobic hatred” in France. In it, the Paris-based illustrator, who goes by the alias Maeril, suggested supporting the victim by engaging them in conversation.

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Island v megacity: the Cairo islanders fighting violent state evictions

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:10 GMT2017-07-21T06:00:10Z

Warraq has become a battleground as Egyptian authorities demolish houses in what locals fear will be a glossy transformation of their island

Heba Nagaa Otmorsi was at work when a relative called to say her house had been demolished. That day she had boarded a ferry from Cairo’s Warraq Island to the mainland, unaware her home was under threat.

Most families had been asleep when government forces arrived early in the morning in armoured cars. “It was our neighbours who rescued the children,” says Otmorsi. “The government said [residents] had Molotov [cocktails] and weapons. They arrested anyone who confronted them.”

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Mondialists, unite! The forgotten story of a global pacifist movement

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:15:13 GMT2017-07-20T06:15:13Z

In postwar France, two men had a bold, even utopian idea: a peace-loving network of ‘world cities’. Is it time to give mondialism another chance?

In 1948, a dashing American actor and wartime hero surrendered his passport at the US embassy in Paris. He would go on to live the rest of his 92 years without any ID besides a passport he had printed himself, declaring him to be a “citizen of the world”. It had no other function than a symbolic one. Unsurprisingly, he was often arrested at borders.

His name was Garry Davis, a former Broadway actor and dancer, turned bomber pilot, turned pacifist. The depredations of two world wars – one that he witnessed close up – had convinced Davis that nation states were obsolete at best, and dangerous at worst. Only a global citizenship, he believed, could save people from their nationalist impulses.

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Lacking Seoul? Why South Korea's thriving capital is having an identity crisis

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:15:12 GMT2017-07-18T06:15:12Z

From the confusing new slogan I.Seoul.U to the viral sensation of Gangnam Style – an inside joke about the city’s success that was lost on most foreign viewers – Seoul is a city struggling to define its brand. But why?

In November 2015, a much-publicised process of crowdsourcing ideas and putting them to a vote culminated in the city of Seoul unveiling its current English-language slogan: “I.Seoul.U.” It met with more ridicule from the local English-speaking community than most of the South Korean capital’s international PR moves (including, but hardly limited to, photoshopped versions for the long-suffering village of Fucking, Austria).

“The arrogance, the vitriol and the self-appointed expertise evident in this explosion of online bile is extraordinary,” wrote Korea Times columnist Andrew Salmon as he surveyed the announcement’s aftermath. He argued that “the obvious, natural focus for Seoul tourism promotion is China and Japan”, and thatthe stark simplicity of I.Seoul.U may well speak to tourists hailing from these high-potential target markets [who have], on the whole, a poor command of English”.

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Ferris Bueller's daily grind: how poverty in Chicago went suburban

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:16:46 GMT2017-07-14T11:16:46Z

On the surface, Lake County, Illinois – the setting for John Hughes’ 1980s films of affluent suburban angst – is all detached houses, swimming pools and malls. Hidden from view, though, is the growing need

Lake County, Illinois – one of the wealthiest counties in the United States – conforms to many popular conceptions of the American suburban ideal. Set beside Lake Michigan north of the city of Chicago, Lake County abounds with large single-family homes built mostly since 1970. Parks, swimming pools and recreational spaces dot the landscape. Commuter trains and toll roads ferry workers into Chicago, and back again.

Residents are highly reliant on cars for local trips to work, school or child care stops, and to strip malls containing familiar chain stores and restaurants. Officeplexes, megachurches and well-equipped modern school buildings can be found across the county. In more exclusive residential areas, one can glimpse mansions inhabited at various points in time by iconic Chicago figures, such as Michael Jordan. The county even served as a backdrop for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and film-maker John Hughes’s other movies about affluent suburban youth angst in the 1980s.

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Inside China's 'big data valley': the rapid hi-tech transformation of Guiyang

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:15:00 GMT2017-07-13T06:15:00Z

As capital of a poor western province, Guiyang’s sudden development into China’s ‘Big Data Valley’ has brought astonishing change, with Foxconn and Tencent already drawn to the city. Could the city one day rival Shanghai?

“The difference between the Guizhou of today and when I was young is huge,” declares 56-year-old Li Maoqin, a resident in the south-western province’s capital Guiyang. “It’s like the difference between the earth and the sky.”

Guiyang, nestled among luscious green mountain peaks, has typically been known more for poverty than innovation. As a child, Li was so poor she went with her grandmother from village to village, begging for food. But this rapidly developing city has a plan to reinvent itself as a technology hub, attracting thousands of tech-savvy entrepreneurs to a week-long Expo, drawing big names to open data centres and embracing the self-proclaimed nickname “China’s Big Data Valley”.

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The cinematic love letter to Cairo that none of its residents will see

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:03:58 GMT2017-07-12T11:03:58Z

Tamer El Said’s In the Last Days of the City documents life in the Egyptian capital over 10 years, but authorities have refused him a permit to show it

Ask a Cairo resident to describe the most frustrating thing about living in the Egyptian capital, and they will likely tell you about the noise, the chaotic streets and the proselytising taxi drivers.

However for director Tamer El Said, it is precisely these everyday gripes that form a central part of his new film In The Last Days of the City – a proud requiem to the bustling metropolis that also reflects on how the 2011 revolution has changed Cairo’s urban fabric.

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Children of Isis fighters face threat of Mosul revenge attacks

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:30:37 GMT2017-07-26T09:30:37Z

Many who lost their parents in the battle for the Iraqi city have been traumatised by war, but are now targets for recrimination

For the past seven months, Abu Hassan, an army medic, has treated the damaged and desperate people of the Iraqi city of Mosul as they arrived from the cauldron of war.

Soldiers, women and children often trembled in fear in front of him, hours after escaping the bloody clashes, as Iraqi forces battled to wrest control of the city from Islamic State fighters. But not nine-year-old Mohammed.

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Should all police officers be armed? Share your experiences

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:56:38 GMT2017-07-27T14:56:38Z

We want to hear what you think about the National Police Chiefs’ Council paper considering the possibility of all frontline officers being given guns

In the wake of recent terror attacks in the UK, the Police Federation will ask officers whether they want to routinely carry a gun in the first national survey of its kind in more than ten years.

Last month the Guardian revealed that police chiefs discussed the possibility of arming all frontline officers to counter the threat of terrorism. Unlike their counterparts in Northern Ireland, most police in Great Britain are traditionally unarmed as routine arming is controversial and many do not support it. However, some police sources say the longstanding principle is under pressure after four terrorist attacks in three months.

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'Opportunities missed' to stop radicalisation of brothers from Brighton

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:27:26 GMT2017-07-27T10:27:26Z

News that Abdullah Deghayes, 18, and brother Jaffar, 17, had travelled to Syria came as shock to professionals, report finds

Professionals missed opportunities to prevent two teenage British Muslims from being radicalised before they were killed after travelling to fight in Syria, a serious case review has found.

There was “no recognition” that Abdullah Deghayes, 18, his 17-year-old brother Jaffar and their three siblings were becoming vulnerable to radicalisation in Brighton. There was also little understanding of the part religion played in the lives of Abdullah and Jaffar, who were believed to have been with the al-Qaida-affiliated al-Nusra Front when they died, the review added.

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'Women will die': Trump leaves Ugandan women in jeopardy

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:00:41 GMT2017-07-27T06:00:41Z

Doctors warn that lives will be lost if cuts to US funding for family planning, cancer screening and antenatal services go ahead

Hundreds of thousands of women in Uganda face losing vital reproductive healthcare and advice under Donald Trump’s looming crackdown on international family planning.

The services of Uganda’s largest providers of family planning, cancer screening and antenatal care are under threat after the US president reintroduced the Mexico City policy, otherwise known as the “global gag rule”, in his first week in office.

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Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski: the GOP Senate duo keeping Trump in check

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:00:00 GMT2017-07-27T11:00:00Z

They are two of only five female Republican senators – but Collins and Murkowski have shown their strength time and again in the healthcare debate

In a historic first, the vice-president, Mike Pence, was called to the Senate floor. His job was to cast a tie-breaker vote, after two Republicans split with their party on an issue of critical importance to Donald Trump personally and to his agenda.

The rogue senators were Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and the issue was the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. With Pence’s help, DeVos was confirmed. But it would not be long before a revolt by Collins and Murkowski would once again require Pence’s intervention.

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Nidia Góngora: the Afro-Colombian singer confronting macho music culture

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:00:02 GMT2017-07-27T12:00:02Z

She grew up singing the traditional music of Pacific coast goldpanners, where women reign supreme – and is finding new fans with her collaboration with British producer Quantic

As many as 20 million people in developing nations make a living hunting for gold. Small-scale and independent of big corporations, artisanal mining is a world in which men, women and children pan for the precious flakes, predominantly using hand tools. On the Pacific coast of Colombia, home to most of its 5 million Afro-Colombians, the rhythmic swishing of river water in the wide wooden batea, or gold pan, has for generations been the soundtrack to their working lives.

Rooted in a physical relationship with earth, sun, river, rain and ocean, this metronomic panning of liquid and sediment is at the heart of a potent musical culture. Its songs are driven by percussion and the hypnotic melodies of the marimba, its moods and messages a heady brew of indigenous Amerindian beliefs, African mysticism and the exigencies of the Catholic church. And while men keep the drums thumping, in Afro-Colombian music it is strong women who run things; above all creating the soaring harmonies that give it its magical quality. And the strongest woman of them all is Nidia Góngora.

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Britain's new aircraft carriers to test Beijing in South China Sea

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:47:58 GMT2017-07-27T12:47:58Z

UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson commits ‘colossal’ carriers to embarking on freedom of navigation exercises in pointed remarks

Boris Johnson has committed the UK’s two brand new aircraft carriers to freedom of navigation exercises in the fiercely contested waters of the South China Sea.

In a pointed declaration aimed squarely at China, whose island-building and militarisation in the sea has unnerved western powers, the British foreign secretary said that when the ships came into service they would be sent to the Asia-Pacific region as one of their first assignments.

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One Nation's Malcolm Roberts 'choosing to believe he was never British'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:04:15 GMT2017-07-27T09:04:15Z

Spokesman says there is no incongruity with senator’s claims to have never held British citizenship and to have renounced it on 6 June 2016

One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts was “choosing to believe he was never British” according to reports after a tweet has surfaced contradicting one of his previous claims.

The case of the senator’s citizenship is getting curiouser and curiouser in a week in which dual citizenship claimed its third victim in the federal parliament – the resources minister Matt Canavan.

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First Nations leader urges Canada to prosecute 'out of hand' hate speech

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:00:46 GMT2017-07-27T10:00:46Z

As indigenous peoples face vicious online attacks, including threats to their lives, Chief Bobby Cameron says those ‘spurring death online deserve to go to jail’

Amid growing online attacks on Canada’s indigenous peoples – laced with vitriol, stereotypes and even death threats – a prominent First Nations leader is urging the government to crack down on hate speech.

“It’s getting out of hand,” said Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in the province of Saskatchewan. “Our people deserve to feel accepted. They shouldn’t feel that their lives are in danger.”

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Crew of anti-migrant boat held in Cyprus over 'people-smuggling'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:47:31 GMT2017-07-27T09:47:31Z

Nine people from C-star, a ship hired by far-right group Generation Identity, arrested in Famagusta with 21 south Asians onboard

The crew of a ship hired by a European far-right movement aiming to disrupt migrant rescues in the Mediterranean has been arrested in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus for alleged people-smuggling after 21 south Asians were found onboard.

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US anti-abortion group quietly fights bid to end El Salvador's draconian ban

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:30:46 GMT2017-07-27T09:30:46Z

  • Human Life International has been directing funds to El Salvador since 2000
  • Thousands of women have been denied abortions even in cases of rape

El Salvador’s absolute ban on abortion – long considered one of the world’s most ruthless – is facing its greatest challenge in years. Buoyed by shifting public attitudes, reproductive rights activists are making headway on a bill to loosen the law for victims of rape and human trafficking, women carrying nonviable pregnancies, and women who risk death or illness.

But support for keeping the ban is formidable – and may have an outside source of help: a US-based anti-abortion group that has quietly funneled funds to El Salvador’s main advocates for the ban.

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Theresa May: Tories have been wrong on gay rights in the past

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:22:14 GMT2017-07-27T09:22:14Z

Prime minister says she is proud of party’s role on gay rights in recent years but understands it may face ‘scepticism’

Theresa May has said the Conservative party has been “wrong” on gay rights in the past, although she said she was proud of the role it had played in recent years.

The prime minister made the statement in an article for the website PinkNews to mark 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales.

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'True equality took longer': gay people on the Sexual Offences Act

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:18:50 GMT2017-07-27T06:18:50Z

We asked readers to share their memories of the passing of the act in 1967, and what impact it had on their lives and LGBT rights

“I don’t remember being overwhelmed with a feeling of liberation in 67, just that I felt at last a little justice had been done. In some respects at least, I was no longer regarded as a criminal.”

Colin Livett’s memory of 27 July 1967 – when the Sexual Offences Act 1967 received royal assent, 50 years ago this week – is indicative of the many responses we received from gay people who lived through the moment often described as the “legalisation of homosexuality” in the UK.

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Queer politics has been a force for change – celebrate how far we've come | Jeanette Winterson

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:00:42 GMT2017-07-27T06:00:42Z

The 1967 legalisation of male gay sex was an act of pity, not equality, and the fight is far from over – but we can be proud of our achievements

When Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was televised on BBC2 in 1990, it was the second episode that caused trouble, because two girls, certainly under 18, were kissing each other and about to have sex.

Sex between women has never been illegal in the UK. When Henry VIII’s Buggery Act – they called a spade a shovel back then – was replaced by the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, sex between women was ignored.

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Thursday briefing: House of cards – Britain's broken property market

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:29:36 GMT2017-07-27T05:29:36Z

Real estate still reeling from 2007 crisis … clean air plan blasted as inadequate … and why finishing your antibiotics may not be for the best

Hello – it’s Warren Murray with the news first thing in the morning.

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Gay relationships are still criminalised in 72 countries, report finds

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:41 GMT2017-07-27T05:00:41Z

50 years after Britain’s partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, in eight countries it can still result in death penalty

Fifty years after homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales, 72 other countries and territories worldwide continue to criminalise same-sex relationships, including 45 in which sexual relationships between women are outlawed.

There are eight countries in which homosexuality can result in a death penalty, and dozens more in which homosexual acts can result in a prison sentence, according to an annual report by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

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'Back home we can’t kiss': the gay badminton star forced to flee Uganda

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:40 GMT2017-07-27T05:00:40Z

Megan Nankabirwa and her partner, Lydia Nabukenya, had to leave their country for the UK after being chased by an angry mob

A few days after Megan Nankabirwa returned from competing in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, she was dining with the president of Uganda. A week later, she was being chased by a mob through the streets, fleeing for her life.

The 30-year-old badminton champion was a star in her own country. Then, when they found out she was gay, she became persona non grata. Her visa for the UK was still valid, so she boarded a flight to Heathrow.

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Al-Shabaab militants ban starving Somalis from accessing aid

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:40 GMT2017-07-27T05:00:40Z

Fears of widespread famine as people in extremist-controlled areas are threatened with death if they contact aid agencies

Islamist militants in Somalia have imposed a ban on humanitarian assistance in areas they control, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to choose between death from starvation and disease or brutal punishment.

In some towns, hungry and weak people have been ordered by extremist leaders to remain where they are to act as human shields against US airstrikes.

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British visitors return from Spain with civil war stories – archive, 27 July 1936

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:00:39 GMT2017-07-27T04:00:39Z

27 July 1936: The travellers were warned not to leave the hotel, and the manager was considered very brave because in between the firing he went out to buy food

FLEET STREET, SUNDAY.
British visitors who have returned from San Sebastian and Barcelona, who arrived in London to-day, told a Manchester Guardian representative of some of their adventures during the early days of the civil war. Men and women who had gone to San Sebastian with parties of the Workers Travel Association talked about the lovely town as they came up by the train from Newhaven, delighted to be back in England, but not sorry, it seemed, that they had been in Spain during historic events.

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Benjamin Netanyahu threatens to expel al-Jazeera from Israel

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 01:38:29 GMT2017-07-27T01:38:29Z

Prime minister accuses Qatar-based network of ‘stirring violence’ in coverage of protests around holy site in Jerusalem

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he would work to close the Jerusalem offices of al-Jazeera, accusing the Qatar-based television news network of inciting recent violence in the city.

Jerusalem is experiencing one of its most tense periods in years as Palestinians protest against heightened Israeli security measures near the Temple Mount-Noble Sanctuary compound, one of the city’s holiest sites. The events have been widely reported, including by al-Jazeera.

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Cassie Sainsbury: Colombian judge defers decision on plea bargain

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:09:42 GMT2017-07-27T00:09:42Z

Judge says he needs more time to consider legality of Adelaide woman’s deal to serve just six years instead of at least 20 over cocaine smuggling charges

Adelaide woman Cassie Sainsbury’s plea bargain with her prosecutors has been suspended by a Colombian judge and the hearing set for another date.

Sainsbury had told the Colombian court she feared her family would be killed if she refused to smuggle cocaine for a drug ring.

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Canada tweets support for transgender troops after Trump announcement

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 21:51:38 GMT2017-07-26T21:51:38Z

Military Twitter account features band members with rainbow flags above message: ‘We welcome Canadians of all gender identities’

Canada’s military has welcomed recruits of all gender identities, hours after Donald Trump said he would ban transgender people from the US military.

A tweet from the Canadian armed forces’ official Twitter account included a photo of military band members marching in a parade with rainbow flags fluttering from their instruments.

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'Come out! Come out! Come out!': 50 years of gay liberation – video

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:49:37 GMT2017-07-26T18:49:37Z

On the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, Owen Jones speaks to a man imprisoned for his sexuality and the activists and campaigners who have fought for LGBTQ rights and equality. From the Sexual Offences Act 1967, to section 28 and the Aids epidemic in the 1980s, to the equal marriage rights obtained in 2013, he discovers how much progress LGBT communities have made – and how far there is still to travel

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Face veils and respect for British culture | Letters

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:36:17 GMT2017-07-26T18:36:17Z

We all need to respect the culture in which we live, says Fatima Mirza, while Jenny Bushell argues that the face veil is a 12th-century custom that discriminates against women

As a Muslim woman, the case of Rachida Serroukh (Mother sues daughter’s school over face veil ban, 21 July) fills me with dismay. It has been widely documented that there is no religious obligation, in the Qur’an, for a woman to wear a face veil, burqa or niqab, but simply to dress modestly.

I wonder if she thought the staff at the school (or the children) would look at her suggestively. I very much doubt they would. The face veil can be intimidating and frightening for children. Ironically, the countries that encourage women to wear a burqa or niqab are those where women’s education is thought to be unnecessary and dangerous.

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Bisexual people should count for more in the LGBT team | Letters

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:30:34 GMT2017-07-26T18:30:34Z

Edward Lord and Ria Hopkinson regret Philip Hensher’s lack of solidarity with bisexual people in Britain

Philip Hensher’s article about LGBT Pride (How the straight majority still silences gay people, 22 July) could have been a thoughtful discourse on how queer voices are so often unheard because of the dominance of heteronormativity.

Instead, he attacked not just straight people but others whose experience of gender and sexuality is different from the cultural ideal.

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A better test of fitting in to Swiss society | Letter

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:28:47 GMT2017-07-26T18:28:47Z

The mayor of the Swiss town of Crans-près-Céligny, Robert Middleton, explains how his canton conducts its citizenship tests

Your article (Sports, shopping and how to be Swiss, 19 July) reported on calls to change citizenship tests in Switzerland after Funda Yilmaz, a lifelong resident of the country, was rejected by the municipality of Buchs. I would not like your readers to think that the events described are typical of the whole of Switzerland.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses criticised over handling of child abuse case

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:38:16 GMT2017-07-26T16:38:16Z

UK Charity Commission says victims in Manchester New Moston congregation were ‘badly let down’ by trustees

A Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Manchester has been criticised by the Charity Commission over its handling of allegations of child sex abuse by a senior member.

Victims of a convicted paedophile, Jonathan Rose, were forced to confront him face to face and answer questions about their abuse, including from him, at a three-hour meeting, the charity watchdog found. One alleged victim was criticised in correspondence as a troublemaker who was “economical with the truth”.

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Erdoğan: Israel is harming Jerusalem’s Islamic character

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:03:23 GMT2017-07-26T16:03:23Z

Israeli officials brand Turkish president’s comments ‘absurd’ as unrest continues at Jerusalem’s holy sites

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has intervened in the continuing crisis surrounding the Jerusalem holy sites by accusing Israel of undermining the city’s “Islamic character”, in comments likely to further inflame regional tensions.

The comments by Erdoğan, which came as Muslim leaders called on Palestinians to continue prayers and protests in the city, triggered an immediate tit-for-tat with Israeli officials, who said the accusation was “absurd” and pointed to Turkey’s own human rights record.

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Thousands evacuated after wildfire on France's Mediterranean coast

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:59:15 GMT2017-07-26T15:59:15Z

Wildfires also devouring swaths of forests in Corsica, Portugal, Italy and Albania

Summer wildfires are once again blazing across southern Europe, forcing the evacuation of 12,000 people on France’s Mediterranean cost and devouring swaths of forests as far afield as Corsica, Portugal, Italy and Albania.

Authorities in the Côte d’Azur region decided to move people out of tents, campsites and holiday homes around the hilltop town of Bormes-les-Mimosas after a fire broke out in the surrounding forests on Tuesday.

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Foreign Office eases Tunisia travel advice for British tourists

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 15:30:28 GMT2017-07-26T15:30:28Z

Tour companies can send holidaymakers to north African country, government guidance says, with a warning to be vigilant

The Foreign Office has changed its Tunisia travel advice for British tourists, meaning tour companies can start sending holidaymakers to the north African country again.

Tourists were warned in 2015 not to travel to Tunisia after 38 people, including 30 Britons, were killed by a gunman at Sousse, and tour companies and cruise operators suspended visits for more than two years.

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Gay rights opponent picked as ambassador to Netherlands by Trump

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:42:54 GMT2017-07-26T14:42:54Z

Nomination of Pete Hoekstra, one of Tea Party’s founders, raises eyebrows in first country to legalise gay marriage

A gay rights opponent who once appeared in a campaign advert that was accused of being racist and who has claimed that refugees pose a threat to Europe has been named as Donald Trump’s choice for US ambassador to the Netherlands.

The nomination of Pete Hoekstra, a former congressman and one of the founders of the conservative Tea Party movement, has raised eyebrows in the Netherlands, a bastion of liberal values and the first country in the world to legalise gay marriage.

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Wildfires in France – in pictures

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:44:03 GMT2017-07-26T11:44:03Z

About 12,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire in southern France. The fire has consumed large areas of forest along the Mediterranean coast, in the mountainous interior and on the island of Corsica

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Families, fertility and feminism: landmarks in women's rights

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:00:42 GMT2017-07-27T06:00:42Z

Women have fought long and hard to secure access to family planning and abortion, and reduce maternal mortality. A modern timeline of that struggle tells a story full of highs and lows

Women have been joining forces to agitate for their right to a better life for centuries, but some of the most significant changes have occurred over the past four decades.

It has been a journey of big leaps, small steps and setbacks. Four international women’s conferences, a bunch of UN resolutions and two sets of global goals have all played their part.

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Fishing communities in Asia seek net gains after Bali summit – in pictures

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:17:10 GMT2017-07-26T13:17:10Z

Experts recently gathered in Bali to develop regulations that will help small-scale fishing operations and their sustainable methods thrive in our overfished seas. In this series of images, photojournalist Paul Hilton visits fishing communities in Asia where locals work in harmony with their environment

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South Sudan: 'When we came home for lunch our parents had been killed'

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:00:33 GMT2017-07-26T06:00:33Z

One hundred children a day are now crossing the border into Uganda from the war, without their parents – creating a ‘children’s emergency’

Nadal and his four siblings went to school as normal on a bright day in late summer. They returned to carnage.

“When we came back home for lunch, we found it had been bombed and our parents killed. They threw a bomb into the house that killed my father and mother,” says Nadal, 16.

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‘I can pedal faster than a man can run’ – how bikes are changing the dynamic on Africa's roads

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 08:00:00 GMT2017-07-25T08:00:00Z

Campaigns to get people cycling are focusing on girls and women, making it easier for them to get to school, helping with business and reducing sex attacks

A teenage girl cycles down a dusty road in rural Ghana, a younger sibling balanced precariously on the back of her saddle. A dozen other cyclists are pedalling up and down the road, all men. As in many parts of the country, it is unusual to see a woman riding a bike. Yet it is women who stand to gain the most from cycling.

Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and South Africa are among several African countries targeted by campaigns to get people cycling. Such schemes generally involve shipments of donated bicycles from the west: Village Bicycle Project delivers 10,000 bicycles a year to Sierra Leone and Ghana, while World Bicycle Relief and Ghana Bamboo Bikes manufacture two-wheelers specifically for African markets.

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Foreign governments must 'pressure South Sudan to end epidemic of rape'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:01:37 GMT2017-07-24T23:01:37Z

NGO urges donor countries to speak out about sexual violence in South Sudan, following Amnesty report detailing scale of atrocities

Donor countries should be pressuring the government of South Sudan to end the sexual violence being carried out on a mass scale and with impunity in the country, say campaigners

Karen Naimer, a director at advocacy group Physicians for Human Rights, said countries that give aid must hold the recipient government’s “feet to the fire”by speaking publicly about atrocities and insisting they do the same.

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‘If you are old enough to carry a gun, you are old enough to be a soldier’

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:16:47 GMT2017-07-24T08:16:47Z

South Sudan has the largest number of child soldiers in Africa. Most are still fighting, but efforts are being made to disarm and reintegrate them into society

David Zelu, not yet 16 years old, looks up, smiles, and stretches his arms to the sky where the sun is finally breaking through the clouds. The rain that has hammered on the wooden roof of the small hut he shares with four other teenagers has passed. Crows wheel overhead, and small thin children jump in puddles.

David is one of seven “bodyguards” of a senior officer of a rebel militia in the east of South Sudan, and so a “child soldier”, like thousands of others in his country, and tens of thousands more across Africa.

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Cocktail of drugs could prevent 10,000 HIV deaths a year, claim scientists

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:28 GMT2017-07-24T06:00:28Z

As experts converge on Paris for major summit on HIV science, study highlights potential benefits of deploying low-cost drug combination in sub-Saharan Africa

A package of low-cost drugs designed to prevent deadly infections among people who are starting HIV treatment late could save 10,000 lives a year across sub-Saharan Africa, scientists believe.

About one in five people who start HIV treatment in poorer countries are doing so later than advisable, which means they have a low number of CD4 cells, a key component of the immune system. This leaves them far more vulnerable to developing serious illnesses. Roughly one in 10 such people die within the first few weeks of treatment because their immune systems cannot recover fast enough.

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Can Ellen Johnson Sirleaf save Liberia?

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:00Z

Africa’s first elected female president has made giant steps in ridding her country of warlords, rape and child soldiers, but much remains to be done

It’s not every day a president invites you into their bedroom. But then Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, is not your typical president. A woman for one thing, the first ever elected to lead an African nation, she’s also had several previous lives: freedom fighter, banker, UN bureaucrat, rebel, farmer, grandmother-in-chief. Would I like to go inside her room? Hell, yes!

We went to school in the city, and spent the vacations here in my father’s village. We crossed two different worlds

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Hanoi is choking on the fumes of 5m motorbikes, but can ban break its habit?

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:00 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:00Z

The roads of Vietnam’s capital have been taken over by the two-wheeled horde, but bringing in a ban by 2030 will be a tough ask

It is easy to spot a foreigner in Hanoi. Cowering at intersections, staring in awe as the traffic hurtles past, tourists wait for a break in the flow of motorcycles, bicycles, carts, cars and buses – or for a kind driver to stop and bestow them the right of way – so that they may finally cross the road.

That break never comes, of course, which is why the Vietnamese capital’s chaotic congestion is a phenomenon that hotel concierges often address with first-time visitors. The New York Times even published a how-to guide for tourists on safely crossing the road. With 5m motorbikes on the city’s streets – many of them carrying entire families, or stacked up with boxes, window frames or flowers – Hanoi has long been either a thrilling, or terrifying, experience for the uninitiated.

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Is Breitbart about to turn on Donald Trump? | Jason Wilson

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:53:14 GMT2017-07-26T20:53:14Z

The ‘alt-right’ website is not happy with the president’s recent attacks on Jeff Sessions – perhaps a sign that it senses a betrayal of its nationalist agenda

If anything has been predictable in the chaos of the early Trump presidency, it’s the unstinting support he has received from Breitbart News.

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Trans healthcare costs are actually a tiny proportion of the US military budget

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:14:39 GMT2017-07-26T20:14:39Z

Trump has argued the Pentagon cannot be ‘burdened’ with the ‘tremendous medical costs’ of covering trans military members – but a closer look at the numbers reveals a different reality

On Wednesday, when Donald Trump tweeted that the US armed forces would not “allow or accept” transgender people into military service, he argued the Pentagon “cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs” of covering transgender-related healthcare.

That’s been a common refrain for Republicans who oppose open service by transgender members of the military. In June, the congresswoman Vicki Hartzler of Missouri said that the cost of covering service members’ transition care was “over a billion dollars”.

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Greece's €3bn bond sale doesn't mean its debt crisis is at an end | Nils Pratley

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:00:43 GMT2017-07-25T19:00:43Z

The omens are better, with the IMF calling for debt write-offs – but the chances are Greece will require another bailout

Compare and contrast. As Greece raised money in the bond markets for the first time in three years on Tuesday, prime minister Alexis Tsipras declared that the fundraising was “the most significant step to finish this unpleasant adventure”, meaning the country’s bailout.

Back in April 2014, when Greece was returning after a four-year absence, the country’s finance minister drew a similar moral. The return to international borrowing markets was “a catalytic undertaking,” he said. The crisis soon returned. The next bailout followed after a referendum on the terms of austerity.

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Why did Donald Trump turn on attorney general Jeff Sessions?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:12:01 GMT2017-07-25T18:12:01Z

Analysis: The president’s public anger at one of his early supporters is rooted in Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation – to Trump, a personal betrayal

Donald Trump’s rage toward his attorney general has been simmering since the evening four months ago when Jeff Sessions left the president not just politically exposed but – to Trump, just as bad – also looking foolish and powerless.

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Trump's Russia problem: who's in the deepest?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:00:03 GMT2017-07-25T07:00:03Z

Who from the Trump campaign is allegedly connected to Russia – and how are they trying to refute the allegations?

Five key figures from the Donald Trump campaign are facing new complications in their efforts to rebut allegations of inappropriate contacts with Russian operatives during and after the presidential race. Here’s a look at the latest.

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Why suspicion remains over Polish president's veto of contentious laws

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:00:02 GMT2017-07-25T06:00:02Z

Fears Duda is not defending of rule of law but coordinating response with ruling party to eventually put judiciary under its control

The Polish president Andrzej Duda’s decision to yield to street protests and veto two of three bills that threatened to give the ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) control of the country’s judicial system was as surprising as it was dramatic.

A former PiS MEP and relative unknown before his election to the presidency in 2015, Duda, as the country’s head of state, is nominally above party politics. In practice, however, he has played an instrumental role in his former party’s hostile takeover of public media outlets and the country’s highest constitutional court. Critics have accused him of violating his oath to uphold the Polish constitution on innumerable occasions.

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Trump's speech to Boy Scouts: fake news, crowd size and New York's hottest people

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 04:54:39 GMT2017-07-25T04:54:39Z

The US president addressed the Boy Scouts at their jamboree, but amid the scripted praise of scouting values, there were some familiar ad libs

On Monday evening, Donald Trump gave a speech to the 19th National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. Although he came armed with a prepared speech about the merits of scouting – each US president serves as the group’s honorary president – and declared at the start that he would not talk about politics, Trump went predictably off-script to talk about some favourite topics. And politics.

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Jared Kushner's explanations on Russia reveal a man wholly unsuited to his job

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:07:32 GMT2017-07-24T17:07:32Z

Kushner’s statement raises new questions about how Donald Trump could have entrusted someone with so little foreign policy experience with such a powerful international portfolio

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, who has been drawn into the billowing inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, told congressional investigators on Monday that he hoped his appearance before them would clear his name and “put these matters to rest”.

Related: Jared Kushner confirms Russia meetings but insists: 'I did not collude'

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Europe seeks a long-term answer to a refugee crisis that needs a solution now | Simon Tisdall

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:05:01 GMT2017-07-22T23:05:01Z

With thousands of people marooned in Greece, Serbia and Italy, Europe is split down the middle about how to deal with the influx of migrants

British holidaymakers heading for Italy’s beaches and other popular Mediterranean destinations this weekend, as the summer school break begins, may get more than they bargained for.

Europe’s sun-kissed southern shores are more sought-after than ever. But many of this year’s visitors belong to new waves of refugees fleeing persecution and poverty in Africa, south Asia and the Middle East.

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Scaramucci likens Trump's healthcare fight to Lincoln's slavery battle – video

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:52:12 GMT2017-07-27T10:52:12Z

Donald Trump’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, speaks to BBC Newsnight about the administration’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, drawing parallels with Abraham Lincoln’s fight to abolish slavery. Scaramucci also points out that it took Barack Obama 22 months to pass his healthcare legislation

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‘You’re my favorite president’: Nine-year-old's fanmail comes to Trump's rescue – video

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 02:13:27 GMT2017-07-27T02:13:27Z

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reads to the media a piece of fanmail written by a nine-year-old boy to defend the presidency of Donald Trump. ‘My name is Dylan … but everybody calls me Pickle,’ reads Huckabee Sanders from the letter, written on lined notebook paper and dated 1 June. ‘I’m nine years old and you are my favorite president. I like you so much I had a birthday about you. My cake was the shape of your hat.’ The boy also writes: ‘I don’t know why people don’t like you.’ Huckabee Sanders replies: ‘Me neither, Dylan.’

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Transgender veteran fears witch-hunt following Trump ban – video

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:25:45 GMT2017-07-26T20:25:45Z

Vanessa Sheridan, a transgender air force veteran – who is now director of transgender relations and community engagement at the Center on Halsted in Chicago – says she is disappointed with Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people in the US military. Sheridan said she was concerned that the move would lead to the persecution of transgender people in the US military

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White House defends transgender military ban – video

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 20:25:06 GMT2017-07-26T20:25:06Z

The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, defended Donald Trump’s decision, announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning, to ban transgender people from serving in the US military. “This was a decision based on what was best for the military and military cohesion and on the counsel of his national security team,” Sanders told reporters in her first briefing as press secretary

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Horses and rabbits make lucky escapes from New Zealand floods – video report

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:50:00 GMT2017-07-26T09:50:00Z

Horses caught in a flooded river make a run for it after heavy rains in New Zealand’s South Island over the weekend. Three wild rabbits also managed to escape the waters by hopping on to the backs of sheep. Videos courtesy of fergs3374 and Kyla Jasperse

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Trump: 'I'm very disappointed with the attorney general' – video

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:04:25 GMT2017-07-26T01:04:25Z

President Donald Trump continued his attacks on US attorney general Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, saying he wants the attorney general to be ‘much tougher on the leaks from intelligence agencies, which are leaking like rarely have they ever leaked before’. On Sessions’ future in the administration, Trump said: ‘Time will tell.’

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Trump lauds healthcare bill's progress in Senate – video

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:32:08 GMT2017-07-25T20:32:08Z

Donald Trump gives a press conference with the Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, at the White House on Tuesday, saying he is very happy with the healthcare vote in the Senate and calling it a ‘big step’. Trump also thanks John McCain, who returned to Washington despite his brain cancer diagnosis to cast a vote

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McCain calls for cooperation over healthcare: ‘We’re getting nothing done’ – video

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:29:57 GMT2017-07-25T20:29:57Z

Senator John McCain speaks in the Senate on Tuesday following his return to vote on the healthcare bill. McCain, recently diagnosed with cancer, told both parties that cooperation would be necessary in the future. He also said he would not support the healthcare bill in its current form

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