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Published: Sat, 27 May 2017 15:56:47 GMT2017-05-27T15:56:47Z

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Donald Trump will make 'final decision' on Paris climate deal next week

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:12:29 GMT2017-05-27T13:12:29Z

  • President resists pressure from other G7 countries to support treaty
  • Merkel says discussions on climate deal ‘difficult and unsatisfactory’

Donald Trump has resisted pressure from Europe, Canada and Japan to declare his support for the UN’s landmark climate change treaty signed in Paris in 2015, marking a defiant end to his first international trip as US president.

The deadlock at the end of the G7 summit in Italy left other world leaders frustrated. The German chancellor Angela Merkel said the discussions “had been very difficult and not to say very unsatisfactory.”

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British Airways cancels all flights from Gatwick and Heathrow due to IT failure

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:46:56 GMT2017-05-27T15:46:56Z

Hundreds of flights at the two airports have been affected, with more around the world suffering major delays

British Airways has cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday due to a major IT failure that is causing very severe disruption to its global operations.

The airline said that its terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick had become “extremely congested” due to the computer problems. It decided to cancel all flights from both airports before 6pm UK time on Saturday. “Please do not come to the airports,” BA said.

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Rodrigo Duterte jokes to soldiers that they can rape women with impunity

Sat, 27 May 2017 05:55:54 GMT2017-05-27T05:55:54Z

‘If you had raped three, I will admit it, that’s on me’ Philippines president tells soldiers on Mindanao island where he has imposed martial law

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for it.

Duterte is notorious for comments often deemed offensive and made the remark as a joke, reiterating that only he would be liable for any backlash over military rule on southern Mindanao island. He has, however, said he would not tolerate abuses.

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Egypt launches raids in Libya after attack on Coptic Christians kills 26

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:48:35 GMT2017-05-26T22:48:35Z

Children among dead and at least 22 wounded in gun attack on convoy headed to monastery in Minya province

Egypt has carried out airstrikes in Libya after at least 26 people, including children, were killed and 25 wounded in a gun attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo, the latest in a series of terrorist incidents targeting the religious minority.

Local media reported witnesses saying that between eight and 10 gunmen, dressed in military uniform, carried out the attack. Egypt’s interior ministry said the attackers, travelling in four-wheel-drives, “fired indiscriminately” at a car, bus and a truck in the al-Idwah district outside Minya, about 135 miles (220km) south of Cairo.

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The public flogging of two gay men and what it says about Indonesia's future

Fri, 26 May 2017 22:22:46 GMT2017-05-26T22:22:46Z

Islamism is rising across Indonesia, where a toxic mix of religion and political opportunism has been percolating for some time

It was the young who came first to Indonesia’s public caning of gay men. They arrived on motorbikes and on foot, from nearby boarding houses and two universities, some skipping class and the others using up their holidays. An announcement was made barring children under 18, but some stayed anyway, reluctant to break up a family outing.

By 10am on Tuesday, a 1,000-strong crowd had congealed at the Syuhada mosque plaza in Banda Aceh. As someone sang a stirring Qur’anic hymn to inaugurate the ceremony, a verse about how God created man and woman in couples, young men were perched in the trees, on trucks, and all the balconies across the street. Girls huddled between jasmine bushes.

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Mass Palestinian hunger strike in Israeli jails ends after visitation deal

Sat, 27 May 2017 10:52:18 GMT2017-05-27T10:52:18Z

Prisoners led by Marwan Barghouti halt protest as Israel announces it will allow a second family visit each month

A mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has been called to an end after 41 days as Israel offered a compromise deal to meet some of the strikers’ demands.

The deal – on the eve of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting – means approximately 800 prisoners, led by the prominent Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti, will give up their protest in exchange for improved visitation rights.

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Jared Kushner discussed creating secret communications channel with Moscow – reports

Sat, 27 May 2017 07:38:47 GMT2017-05-27T07:38:47Z

Russia’s ambassador told his superiors that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield White House transition team discussions from monitoring, sources said

Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington allegedly discussed setting up a secret communications channel to cloak contacts between Moscow and Donald Trump’s White House transition team, it was reported on Friday.

Ambassador Sergei Kislyak told his superiors in Moscow that he and Kushner discussed ways to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from monitoring, the Washington Post said, citing US officials briefed on intelligence reports.

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Former Greek PM Lucas Papademos wounded in letter bomb blast

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:13:54 GMT2017-05-26T10:13:54Z

Suspicions fall on homegrown guerrilla group after attack on ex-prime minister as he was being driven home in Athens

Greek security officials are scrutinising courier and postal services after a letter bomb attack on Thursday that left former prime minister Lucas Papademos in hospital.

Papademos, who underwent surgery after sustaining injuries to his leg, stomach and chest, opened the envelope as he was being driven home in Athens. Two Bank of Greece employees were also wounded.

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China arrests Taiwanese activist 'for subverting state power'

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:27:19 GMT2017-05-27T04:27:19Z

Li Ming-che, a 42-year-old NGO worker known for supporting human rights, went missing in mysterious circumstances in China on 19 March

A Taiwan rights activist who was secretly detained in China in March has been officially arrested on suspicion of subversion, charges Taiwan said were vague and unconvincing.

The case has strained already poor relations between China and Taiwan, which have cooled since Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, because she refuses to concede that the self-ruled island is part of China.

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US admits Mosul airstrikes killed over 100 civilians during battle with Isis

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:40:17 GMT2017-05-25T17:40:17Z

The Pentagon says airstrikes it carried out on a house were the deadliest in Iraq since 2003, and the final death toll could be as high as 141 people

The Pentagon has admitted that airstrikes it carried out on a house in western Mosul killed at least 105 civilians in one of the deadliest attacks anywhere in Iraq since the 2003 invasion to oust Saddam Hussein.

Related: Mosul's children were shouting beneath the rubble. Nobody came

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Once-in-a-generation hopes of Cyprus reunification appear to be dashed

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:00:17 GMT2017-05-27T04:00:17Z

UN-appointed mediator terminates negotiations, citing lack of common ground, but organisation insists ‘talks have not collapsed’

The best hope yet of reuniting war-partitioned Cyprus has been dashed after reconciliation attempts were brought to an abrupt halt following two years of intense negotiations.

The optimism engendered by talks seen as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to unite the Mediterranean island ended when the United Nations special envoy, Espen Barth Eide, announced that he was terminating negotiation efforts.

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Russia investigates 'gay purge' in Chechnya

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:01 GMT2017-05-26T04:00:01Z

Putin officials pursue claims of homosexual men jailed and tortured in republic ruled by Kremlin-backed Ramzan Kadyrov

Russian officials are actively investigating claims of a purge of gay men in Chechnya, a process that could lead to a showdown between Moscow and the local Kremlin-backed strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov.

Dozens of men in the southern republic are reported to have been held in extrajudicial detention and tortured as part of a campaign against gay males in Chechnya that began several months ago. Many have fled and are in hiding in other regions of Russia or have gone abroad.

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Trump hails 'great win in Montana' for candidate who body-slammed Guardian reporter

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:36:20 GMT2017-05-26T05:36:20Z

Greg Gianforte has won a special election for Montana’s sole seat in the House of Representatives, just one day after he was charged with misdemeanor assault for “body-slamming” a Guardian reporter.

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Philippines steps up bid to drive Isis-linked group from Marawi

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:45:01 GMT2017-05-25T17:45:01Z

Helicopters and special forces used against Maute fighters, who have held the city on Mindanao island for two days

The Philippines military has mobilised attack helicopters and special forces to drive Islamic State-linked rebels out of a besieged southern city. Six soldiers have so far been killed in street combat amid the heavy resistance that has followed.

Related: At least 21 killed as Isis-linked militants rampage through Philippines city

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Baby dies after being found in car in hot Irish weather

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:00:51 GMT2017-05-25T21:00:51Z

Medics unable to revive seven-month-old girl who was discovered in unresponsive state in early afternoon

Irish police have launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to a seven-month-old baby girl dying of heatstroke after being locked for hours in a car in County Tipperary on the hottest day of the year so far in Ireland.

The Garda Síochána found the child in “unresponsive state” following a 999 call. The car was parked in the village of Dundrum in Tipperary on Thursday. She was airlifted via helicopter from a sports field to University Hospital Limerick in south-west Ireland, but was pronounced dead later on Thursday afternoon.

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Brazil police accused of shooting at anti-government protesters

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:11:35 GMT2017-05-25T17:11:35Z

Officials investigate after media images appear to show officers firing weapons at demonstration calling for resignation of president Michel Temer

Brazilian authorities are investigating reports that police officers opened fire with live ammunition during clashes with protesters demanding the resignation of the president, Michel Temer, over corruption allegations.

Troops were deployed in the country’s capital late on Wednesday following a day of protests in which fires broke out in two ministries and several were evacuated. Protesters also set fires in the streets and vandalized government buildings.

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Hamas kills three men in execution partially streamed on Facebook

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:30:03 GMT2017-05-25T17:30:03Z

Three men executed by hanging and firing squad were convicted of involvement in killing senior military figure Mazen Faqha

Hamas has killed three men in Gaza accused of assassinating one of its senior members, in executions that appear to have been partially streamed live on Facebook.

The broadcast on the page of Gaza Now, a local news outlet, raises further questions over Facebook’s ability to moderate violent content at a time when its moderation procedures are under scrutiny following leaks of files on how the company deals with controversial and offensive material.

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Republican candidate charged with assault after 'body-slamming' Guardian reporter

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:07:27 GMT2017-05-25T05:07:27Z

Audio of Greg Gianforte attacking Ben Jacobs corroborated by Fox News journalists in the room, who described candidate ‘slamming him to the ground’

The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat has been charged with misdemeanor assault after he is alleged to have slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting: “Get the hell out of here.”

Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire endorsed by Donald Trump, about the Republican healthcare plan when the candidate allegedly “body-slammed” the reporter.

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Obama tells adoring crowd in Berlin: ‘We can’t hide behind a wall’

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:07:16 GMT2017-05-25T10:07:16Z

Former US president gets hero’s welcome as he reunites with Angela Merkel and urges crowd to ‘fight those who divide us’

Barack Obama received a hero’s welcome when he reunited with Angela Merkel for the first time since leaving office, calling on the audience to engage in democracy and telling the tens of thousands in Berlin: “We can’t hide behind a wall.”

Speaking in front of the Brandenburg Gate, which was once cut off by the Berlin Wall, the former US president was greeted with cries of “Barack, Barack” as he urged the 70,000-strong crowd to “push back against those trends that would violate human rights or suppress democracy or restrict individual freedoms” and to “fight against those who divide us”.

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Montenegro finds itself at heart of tensions with Russia as it joins Nato

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:19 GMT2017-05-25T05:00:19Z

Alliance that bombed country only 18 years ago welcomes it as 29th member in move that has left its citizens divided

The Democratic Front, an alliance of parties opposed to Montenegro’s membership of Nato, flies a giant Russian flag from the top balcony of its red-and-white headquarters in Podgorica.

It’s a striking choice given that two of the party’s leaders have been stripped of parliamentary immunity and charged with attempting to overthrow the government in an allegedly Russian-backed plot. But it also shows the deep divisions that continue as the Balkan country of 600,000 is welcomed as the alliance’s 29th member and attends its first summit on Thursday.

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Oil price slides as Opec production cuts fail to impress markets

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:45:46 GMT2017-05-25T17:45:46Z

Experts hail importance of agreement between major oil producers to extend existing production curbs for nine months

The world’s major oil producers have voted to continue their production cuts into 2018 in an attempt to prop up the oil price.

Under the deal reached by Opec and 11 non-members, including Russia, output cuts of 1.8m barrels a day will be extended for a further nine months.

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Schapelle Corby to return to Australia 13 years after Bali drugs conviction

Sat, 27 May 2017 13:19:10 GMT2017-05-27T13:19:10Z

Intense media interest surrounds Corby, who has consistently maintained she was unwitting victim of botched conspiracy

Schapelle Corby is set to arrive back in Australia for the first time in 13 years, after being allowed to leave her Bali home amid intense media scrutiny and a heavy police escort.

Corby left her villa in Kuta on Saturday evening and visited her parole office, where she signed her final paperwork and was in Denpasar airport preparing to fly to Brisbane. She is set to arrive in Australia early on Sunday morning.

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, national security adviser to President Carter, dies at 89

Sat, 27 May 2017 12:50:27 GMT2017-05-27T12:50:27Z

Obama praises Polish-born expert who worked for Kennedy and Johnson before achieving success in middle east and China policy in White House role

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who helped topple economic barriers between the Soviet Union, China and the west as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, died on Friday. He was 89.

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Canada's 'us and them cities': data shows most homes are too small – or too big

Sat, 27 May 2017 10:30:25 GMT2017-05-27T10:30:25Z

A new report explores the dichotomy between the millions of empty bedrooms across the country and the many families struggling to live in cramped spaces

In their bid to temper Canada’s overheated housing markets – some of which rank among the world’s least affordable – authorities in the country have slapped taxes on some foreign buyers and taken aim at vacant homes.

Now one group of analysts is recasting the crisis in a new light; exploring the dichotomy between the millions of empty bedrooms across the country and the many families struggling to live in cramped accommodation.

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'End spatial apartheid': why housing activists are occupying Cape Town

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:15:21 GMT2017-05-25T06:15:21Z

Desperate for affordable housing, residents of South Africa’s second city have taken over a nurses’ home and a hospital – and drawn attention to how the country’s troubled history makes gentrification even more damaging

Glitzy shopping arcades. Fine alfresco dining. A world class aquarium. A recently opened five-star hotel in a grain silo converted by Thomas Heatherwick’s studio, offering guests views of the harbour and Table Mountain through bulging “pillowed glass windows”. Those in the penthouse suite have paid the equivalent of up to £8,000 a night for the experience, dependent on the season.

This is Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. One of South Africa’s most visited attractions, more than 24 million people flock to the centrally located harbour every year. But tourists needn’t wander far to be met with a grittier scene. Behind Somerset hospital – a historic public facility in neighbouring Green point which dates back to 1862 – large painted banners emblazoned “Reclaim the City” call for an end of segregation.

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Disarmed and dangerous: can former Farc guerrillas adjust to civilian life?

Wed, 24 May 2017 07:49:41 GMT2017-05-24T07:49:41Z

After last year’s landmark peace deal with the Colombian government, thousands of demobilised Farc guerrillas are set to descend on Cali. But with drug gangs offering high salaries, is this already violent city on the brink of chaos?

Rubiel Idarraga expects an ambush. To avoid it, he rarely travels at night, varies his route to work, and often checks in with his neighbours to make sure nobody is watching his house. As a construction worker in Cali, Colombia, his fear might seem unfounded – except that he says people have already tried to murder him for his past crimes.

Idarraga is one of around 1,400 former Farc guerrillas who left it behind for a civilian existence in Cali. After the landmark peace accord between the government and the Farc in 2016, he is set to be joined by potentially thousands more, who have disarmed and are waiting in temporary camps.

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Too fast, too soon: how China's growth led to the Tianjin disaster

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:15:45 GMT2017-05-23T06:15:45Z

The 2015 warehouse explosion in Tianjin was one of the worst manmade disasters in Chinese history – and exposed the darker side of rapid urbanisation

It was almost midnight on a summer Wednesday in 2015 when Hu Xiumin was jolted awake by a loud noise. Her apartment building in the affluent Harbour City development was shaking violently. She ran from the bedroom to find her husband standing in the study, looking out of the window.

From here they could see out over the port of Tianjin; one of the warehouses was on fire. They backed away from the window just moments before the warehouse exploded in one of the worst manmade disasters in China’s history.

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Taormina in the spotlight: Sicily's noble but risky plan to host Trump and the G7

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:30:16 GMT2017-05-22T06:30:16Z

Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and other G7 leaders meet in Taormina this week. How is the already tourist-choked town preparing – and can it cope?

Tucked away on a natural terrace between rocks and water in Sicily’s east coast, the historic town of Taormina is gaining international prestige as it prepares for an upcoming global event.

The small coastal town, which sits on a hill 206 metres above sea level overlooking Mount Etna, has always attracted visitors. It was once described by Ernest Hemingway as being so pretty “it hurts to look” at it. Celebrities such as Ava Gardner and celebrated writers like DH Lawrence were drawn to Taormina and its ancient ruins – the theatre overlooking the sea dates back to the third century BC. Now, it’s such a mass-market tourist destination that the town has almost lost its original charm.

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A garden bridge that works: how Seoul succeeded where London failed

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:21:20 GMT2017-05-19T22:21:20Z

Seoul’s ambitious Skygarden revives a disused elevated 1970s highway with 24,000 plants – and is open to all, 24 hours a day

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The ambitious mayor of a big city backs a project to put a garden on a bridge. A celebrated designer is appointed and seductive images released. It gets compared to the High Line in New York – that urban phenomenon envied as much by rival cities as the Eiffel Tower once was. It provokes controversy.

This much the Skygarden in Seoul has in common with the Garden Bridge in London, but then their stories diverge. Where the London version has foundered, the Korean one will be opened this Saturday by mayor Park Won-soon, a former activist who built his career on opposing both corruption and the conservative establishment, and supporting human rights.

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Anti-smog bikes: could pedal power clean China's polluted air?

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:37:03 GMT2017-05-19T09:37:03Z

The bikes designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde would suck in polluted air, using positive ionisation to purify it, before releasing it back into the atmosphere

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has announced the next phase of his Smog Free Project: a bike that sucks in polluted air and releases purified air in a cloud around the cyclist.

According to Roosegaarde, whose design firm Studio Roosegaarde has offices in both Rotterdam and Beijing, the idea for his Smog Free Project came just over three years ago, as he gazed out of his Beijing apartment’s window. On a Saturday, the city skyline is visible; on weekdays, it’s shrouded in smog.

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Mexico's avocado army: how one city stood up to the drug cartels

Thu, 18 May 2017 06:30:18 GMT2017-05-18T06:30:18Z

When Mexican drug cartels threatened the country’s $1.5bn avocado export industry with extortion and murder, farmers in Tancítaro decided to fight back

Javier is finally starting to feel safe. A gruff 46-year-old avocado grower with a laugh like an idling Harley-Davidson, Javier still remembers the gruesome reports of cartel gunmen kidnapping and killing a neighbour’s daughter, torching a local avocado packaging facility and murdering a pregnant schoolteacher. But the memories are starting to fade.

Tancítaro, the world capital of avocado production, has finally achieved a semblance of stability. It has been over two years since the last pitched battles between vigilante fighters and cartel gunmen on the outskirts. Families whose orchards were seized by cartel gunmen are now running their farms again. “The government doesn’t rule here. But it’s under control. You can relax,” he says.

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America's geography of wealth: the shrinking urban middle class visualised

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:52:27 GMT2017-05-17T10:52:27Z

The economic fates of diverse cities such as San Francisco, New York and Detroit would seem to be vastly different – but they share a common thread

Over the last half-century, the story of America’s cities is a tale of booms and busts. New York and tech hubs like San Francisco – once cities in financial distress – have transformed into economic powerhouses. At the other extreme, one-time prosperous manufacturing cities like Detroit now find themselves in economic turmoil.

Viewed in isolation, the economic fates of these cities would seem to bear little resemblance to each other. However, they all share a common thread: since 1970 these cities, like nearly every other major American city, have experienced a “hollowing out” of the middle class.

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Amsterdam mayor opens brothel run by prostitutes: 'It's a whole new model'

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:30:07 GMT2017-05-16T06:30:07Z

The so-called ‘municipal brothel’ opening today isn’t quite that – but rather a city council initiative to enable prostitutes to run their own brothel in a bid to improve work conditions

In a bid to improve working conditions in the city’s sex industry, a brothel run by prostitutes themselves will be opened today by the mayor of Amsterdam.

An initiative of the city council, the new brothel occupies 14 “windows” across four buildings on the so-called Wallen, Amsterdam’s red light district. About 40 sex workers will be able to operate out of the premises, which are being run by a foundation called My Red Light, in which prostitutes take an active part.

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Qingdao in the spotlight: Hollywood descends on China's east coast city

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:20:24 GMT2017-05-15T11:20:24Z

The coastal home of Tsingtao beer is building the world’s largest movie production facility, with the latest Pacific Rim film blockbuster now wrapping up shooting. Is one of China’s most liveable cities about to become less so?

There’s a little piece of Qingdao in most Chinese restaurants around the world. Under the romanised name of Tsingtao, those emerald bottles are usually the native beer option on the menu – a legacy of the brief German occupation of this coastal city lying halfway between Shanghai and Beijing. Now home to around 9 million people, making it 20th on China’s jostling roster of urban centres, its quirky architecture and relative lack of crowding supposedly make it one of the country’s most “liveable” cities.

Make no mistake, though, Qingdao is growing. It’s one of the biggest ports in China, and is one of the top 10 busiest in the world. Now the focus is on the construction of the Qingdao Movie Metropolis in Huangdao district: a massive film-production facility and theme park that is hoped will make the city, in the words of the giant hànzi on the overlooking hill, “Movie Metropolis of the East”.

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Stop running from the truth: Justin Trudeau is playing us with his PR stunts

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00:09 GMT2017-05-26T10:00:09Z

Canadian and global media fawn over what appear to be candid images of the prime minister, a social media savant one journalist described as ‘the political equivalent of a YouTube puppy video’

He’s tackled quantum physics, photobombed a beach wedding, posed shirtless for selfies with a family hiking in the woods and, most recently, jogged past a group of Canadian teenagers heading to prom.

And each time, Justin Trudeau’s actions have earned lavish attention from media outlets in Canada and around the world.

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Manchester attack: UK threat level reduced from critical to severe – as it happened

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:13:27 GMT2017-05-27T15:13:27Z

Threat level is reduced but Operation Temperer, which allows military to be deployed to key sites, will continue until end of bank holiday weekend

Here is a video of Met assistant commissioner Mark Rowley’s statement, in which he vowed that there would be more arrests in the investigation into the Manchester bombing. As well as his police role, Rowley is the anti-terrorism policy lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

The high pace and rapid progress of this investigation is continuing. There were three more arrests overnight. We now have 11 men in custody. There are 17 searches either concluded or continuing on various addresses, largely in the north-west of the country.

We are getting a greater understanding of the preparation of the bomb. There is still much more to do. There will be more arrests. There will be more searches but the greater clarity and progress has led JTAC, the independent body which assesses threat, to the judgment that an attack is no longer imminent.

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How Libyan reality could pave way for more extremism | Jason Burke

Sat, 27 May 2017 05:00:19 GMT2017-05-27T05:00:19Z

Economic and political chaos left in wake of Gaddafi’s fall provide ideal opportunity for militant groups to gain traction

The visit of Peter Millett, the British ambassador to Tripoli, was eventful. From early Friday morning, parts of the capital had echoed to exchanges of gunfire between two of the armed factions fighting for control of the city. At around 10am, Millett took to Twitter to report hearing “explosions and artillery fire”.

The ambassador’s inadvertent venture into frontline reporting underlined the gulf between today’s reality and the hopes for Libya in 2011 when Colonel Muammar Gaddafi – who had ruled since 1969 – was ousted by rebels with the support of Nato airpower.

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British Airways travel chaos after major IT failure – video report

Sat, 27 May 2017 15:00:45 GMT2017-05-27T15:00:45Z

A major IT outage has caused severe disruption to British Airways flights from UK airports on Saturday. Flights were cancelled or delayed, and some travellers missed flights due to not being able to check in online. The cause of the issue remains unclear

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'I'm not a criminal': press freedom stands trial in Timor-Leste

Fri, 26 May 2017 23:40:50 GMT2017-05-26T23:40:50Z

Journalist Raimundos Oki calls it an honest mistake, the PM says it was defamation, and a young democracy is tested

“If the court wants to send me to jail, I won’t be happy but I have to be brave. I will accept the final decision. I’m ready to be in prison if the court maybe wants to put me in the prison.”

Raimundos Oki, a 32-year-old journalist, is standing in the small offices of the Timor Post, in Timor-Leste’s capital Dili, exasperated with his government.

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Trump set to clash with other G7 leaders over refugees, trade and climate

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:43:53 GMT2017-05-26T19:43:53Z

Disagreements with US are so fundamental that Sicily summit might not be able to issue communique

Divisions between Donald Trump and other members of the G7 at the summit in Sicily have become so broad and deep that they may be forced to issue a brief leaders’ statement rather than a full communique, dashing Italian hopes of engineering a big step forward on migration and famine.

With the US president apparently reluctant to compromise with European leaders over climate change, trade and migration, the European council president, Donald Tusk, was forced to admit on Friday that this would be the most challenging G7 summit in years and there was a risk of events spiralling out of control.

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It was quite a week for toxic masculinity | Jessica Valenti

Fri, 26 May 2017 18:53:52 GMT2017-05-26T18:53:52Z

When this is all over, gender studies professors are going to have a hell of time teaching students about this moment in history

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If there was ever a week to remind you how much toxic masculinity underpins the Republican party – this was it. Trump pushed Montenegro’s prime minister (complete with self-satisfied smirk) and Montana’s newest congressional representative won his seat despite having assaulted a Guardian reporter – a move Rush Limbaugh lauded as “manly”.

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Lady Justice statue in Bangladesh is removed after Islamist objections

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:28:45 GMT2017-05-26T14:28:45Z

Hardline groups said sculpture of woman holding sword and scales outside supreme court was example of idol worship

A statue of Lady Justice has been removed from the supreme court building in the Bangladeshi capital after objections from Islamist groups.

The sculpture, by the local artist Mrinal Haque, was installed in front of the court in December, and depicts a woman in a sari clutching a sword and scales, similar to the traditional depiction of the Greek goddess Themis.

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Novel-writing officer accused of damaging Spanish police's reputation

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:21:53 GMT2017-05-26T14:21:53Z

Esteban Navarro, who wrote novel about corruption set in his own station, said to be under investigation over social media use

A Spanish police officer who has written 10 thrillers is being investigated over allegations that he is damaging the force’s reputation and using his day job to promote his books.

Esteban Navarro, an officer in Huesca in the north-eastern region of Aragón, recently published a novel about a gang of corrupt police officers set in his own station.

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The gender wars of household chores: a feminist comic

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:11 GMT2017-05-26T12:00:11Z

The French comic artist Emma illustrates the concept of the ‘mental load’. When a man expects his partner to ask him to do things, he is viewing her as the manager of their household chores

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'They kill defenceless people': thousands flee Philippine city of Marawi

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:03:07 GMT2017-05-26T11:03:07Z

Three-day battle between army and Isis-linked Maute insurgents for city on island of Mindanao has left at least 46 dead

The CCTV monitor was showing a live feed of gunmen in the hospital lobby. From the safety of another floor, Jan Yamit, a 23-year-old health worker, watched in horror as the militants shot a police officer and then a security guard before storming into the building.

Related: The Philippines in flames: citizens flee as Isis flag flies over Marawi – in pictures

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EU's Donald Tusk says Trump agrees Brexit is 'an incident not a trend'

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:40:55 GMT2017-05-26T10:40:55Z

European council leader says he was surprised by US president’s comments on Brexit at G7 meeting

The president of the European council, Donald Tusk, has claimed he convinced Donald Trump that Brexit is an “incident not a trend” and that the EU27 is more united than ever.

Speaking at a press conference at the G7 meeting in Sicily, Tusk said he was buoyed by a positive conversation with Trump, who has previously suggested other EU countries might follow Britain’s lead.

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Mexico opposition targets governor's race that would 'prove president's failure'

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:30:09 GMT2017-05-26T10:30:09Z

Morena party leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador campaigns in Mexico state in hopes of historic victory that could seal Enrique Peña Nieto’s fate

The crowd cheers as a mariachi band belts out a song dedicated to Andrés Manuel López Obrador, leader of Mexico’s National Regeneration party (Morena), while he poses for selfies with jostling supporters in front of the stage.

The gathering feels more like a party – complete with cake, flowers and the faint smell of alcohol and marijuana – rather than a midsize political rally on the home turf of President Enrique Peña Nieto and one of the most powerful factions of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

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French presidential election May 2017 – full second round results and analysis

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:40:41 GMT2017-05-26T08:40:41Z

Voters in France chose Emmanuel Macron to be their next president. Find out where his vote was strongest, and which regions favoured his opponent, the Front National’s Marine Le Pen

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Hungary's prime minister welcomes US 'anti-LGBT hate group'

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00:05 GMT2017-05-26T07:00:05Z

Viktor Orban calls on Hungarians to have more children at summit for World Congress of Families, dubbed hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center

Hungary’s rightwing government has opened a potential new front in its war of words with Brussels by hosting a lavish international gathering for an American Christian organisation that has been accused of being anti-LGBT hate group with links to the Kremlin.

The 11th World Congress of Families (WCF) summit meeting kicked off in Budapest on Thursday with a typically pugnacious speech by Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, who accused the European Union of being dominated by a “relativising liberal ideology that’s an insult to families”.

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Friday briefing: Manchester – fresh arrest as terror spotlight falls on tech firms

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:05:11 GMT2017-05-26T05:05:11Z

PM says extremism on internet must be shut down … ‘body slammed’ Guardian reporter tells his story … and, Jupiter’s psychedelic storms

Good morning, it’s Warren Murray with the news you need to read this morning.

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Amy Johnson, the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia – archive, 1930

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:00:01 GMT2017-05-26T04:00:01Z

26 May 1930: The 11,000-mile trip from Croydon to Darwin was completed in 19 days

Miss Amy Johnson, who left Timor at dawn on Saturday on the last hazardous oversea hop of 500 miles to Port Darwin, Northern Australia, reached her goal after over eight hours flying.

She thus completed her flight of 9,500 miles from Croydon in a Gipsy Moth ‘plane in 19½ days. She is the first woman to make the flight, and though she failed, owing to difficulties in the latter half of the adventure, to beat Mr, Hinkler’s achievement of 18 days, her time from Croydon to India set up a new record.

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Donald Trump says most Nato members not paying their 'fair share' – video

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:35:42 GMT2017-05-26T01:35:42Z

The US president says 23 of the 28 member nations ‘are still not paying what they should be paying’ to ensure their defence. Speaking at a Nato conference in Brussels, Donald Trump says: ‘This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States, and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years.’

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Trump rebukes Nato leaders for not paying defence bills

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:35:47 GMT2017-05-25T16:35:47Z

President castigates 23 of 28 Nato members for failing to spend enough on defence, placing an unfair burden on US taxpayers

Donald Trump has taken the unprecedented step of lecturing world leaders on their chronic failure to pay for their own defence as they gathered in front of him for the unveiling of memorials to Nato’s role in keeping the peace around the world.

The US president broke with diplomatic norms to use his speech at a Nato meeting in Brussels to directly castigate 23 of the 28 members for failing to spend enough on defence, leaving the “taxpayers of the United States” to pick up the tab.

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Vietnamese man kills fellow wedding guest in karaoke dispute

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:43:17 GMT2017-05-25T15:43:17Z

Nguyen Ngoc Diep, 44, allegedly went on stabbing spree at wedding party in southern Vietnam after another guest mocked his karaoke performance

A man at a wedding in southern Vietnam murdered a fellow guest and seriously injured another after he was booed off stage during a karaoke performance, state-run media reported.

Nguyen Ngoc Diep, 44, went on a stabbing spree at the wedding party after another guest mocked his singing and stole the microphone, sparking an argument between the two men, according to VNExpress news portal on Thursday.

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Man who started fire in plane toilet has sentence more than doubled

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:59:16 GMT2017-05-25T11:59:16Z

Court of appeal rules John Cox’s original sentence was unduly lenient after he began blaze in bin on flight carrying 200 people

A man who started a fire in the toilet of a plane carrying more than 200 people has had his prison sentence more than doubled at the court of appeal.

The Monarch Airbus was 10,700 metres (33,000ft) in the air and 100 miles (160km) from the Egyptian coast when the captain was told the crew were having difficulty extinguishing the blaze in a waste paper bin.

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Girls challenge the stigma surrounding periods in Nepal – video

Sat, 27 May 2017 08:00:22 GMT2017-05-27T08:00:22Z

Last year, girls in Nepal who had restrictions imposed on them during their period shared their stories. To mark menstrual hygiene day on Sunday, WaterAid went back to Sindhuli district in south-east Nepal to find out how their lives have changed over the past 12 months

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'Will I ever get justice?': Nepal accused of failing trafficking survivors

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:19:48 GMT2017-05-26T14:19:48Z

Rights groups claim no one has received compensation since law entitling survivors of human trafficking was introduced a decade ago

Rights groups in Nepal say they do not know of a single survivor of human trafficking who has received compensation under a law introduced a decade ago.

An act that came into force in 2007 guarantees compensation for trafficking victims (pdf), but only after the perpetrator has been convicted, a caveat that has left survivors facing years of traumatic court proceedings and threats from their traffickers.

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The Philippines in flames: citizens flee as Isis flag flies over Marawi – in pictures

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:01:57 GMT2017-05-26T13:01:57Z

The Philippine government has declared an Islamic State ‘invasion’ after an Isis flag was hoisted over the southern city of Marawi. The army, which is embroiled in a deadly battle with Muslim extremists, claims foreign fighters are among rebels who have held the city since Tuesday, when troops raided the hideout of a notorious militant leader. With the city overtaken by violence that has claimed the lives of at least 46 people and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on the island of Mindanao, citizens are fleeing en masse

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'Why is she here?': the Nigerian herder’s daughter who became UN deputy chief

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:04 GMT2017-05-26T06:00:04Z

Mother of six Amina Mohammed rose from a humble upbringing in the Lake Chad region to become a government minister and the UN’s second in command

In a Twitter aside during his election campaign, Donald Trump dismissed the UN as “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time”. For Amina Mohammed, the organisation’s new deputy secretary general, it is anything but.

Attempting to meet some of the world’s most intractable crises and developmental challenges head on is what drives the focused Mohammed, for whom battling against the odds has been a lifelong theme.

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Barack Obama on food and climate change: ‘We can still act and it won’t be too late’

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:03 GMT2017-05-26T05:00:03Z

The former president addresses the greatest challenges facing the world, and what we can do about them

During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority, because I believe that, for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century more dramatically perhaps than the others. No nation, whether it’s large or small, rich or poor, will be immune from the impacts of climate change. We are already experiencing it in America, where some cities are seeing floods on sunny days, where wildfire seasons are longer and more dangerous, where in our arctic state, Alaska, we’re seeing rapidly eroding shorelines, and glaciers receding at a pace unseen in modern times.

Over my eight years in office, we dramatically increased our generation of clean energy, we acted to curtail our use of dirty energy, and we invested in energy efficiency across the board. At the 2015 climate change summit in Paris, we helped lead the world to the first significant global agreement for a low-carbon future.

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'Every year, I give birth': why war is driving a contraception crisis in Sudan | Skye Wheeler

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:58:20 GMT2017-05-25T12:58:20Z

An aid ban is exposing women to risky births and their children to disease in Sudan’s Nuba mountains, where a million people are sheltering from conflict

Under a huge baobab tree in Sudan’s Nuba mountains, I met Sebila, a 27-year-old mother of three. In March last year, her village had been attacked by Sudanese ground troops and bombed by government war planes. The assault forced Sebila and many other villagers to flee deeper into rebel-held territory.

She was just back in the village for the day with her children, two toddlers in tow and carrying a baby, to dig up sorghum she had buried. Sebila said food here is scarcer than it has been for years, because of poor rains and conflict fighting. “It’s exhausting, trying to feed them all [my family],” Sebila said of her children.

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Indian netball star claims husband divorced her for giving birth to a girl

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:00:21 GMT2017-05-25T06:00:21Z

Once treated like a hero, Shumayala Javed says she gave up her netball career to marry – only for her husband to shun her when she had a girl

It looked like the happiest day of her life. Women were dressed in the finest needlework, speakers blared out love songs and the food was piled high. Nobody could say the bride’s parents hadn’t looked after their guests.

But to Shumayala Javed, the celebrations felt bittersweet. Her marriage meant the end of her netball career. She was a national champion.

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Scientists race against time as Yemen's deadly cholera outbreak spirals

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:10:09 GMT2017-05-24T13:10:09Z

Health system in Yemen at breaking point as sharp spike in reported cases prompts urgent work to identify suspected new cholera strain

As Yemen’s cholera outbreak gathers pace, an investigation is under way to determine whether a new and more deadly strain of the disease is responsible for a second wave of cases that hit the country last month.

With more than 2,000 suspected cases reported daily, medical supplies are running low and in some hospitals beds are shared by up to six children. Scientists are urgently trying to identify the suspected new strain at specialist laboratories in France.

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Somaliland's hunger crisis: ‘The world doesn't respond until children are dying'

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:57:12 GMT2017-05-24T11:57:12Z

Failure to recognise Somaliland’s independence means aid that could save lives of people hit by drought and cholera is too slow to arrive, says foreign minister

Somaliland’s foreign minister has said that the international community’s refusal to recognise the republic 26 years after it declared independence means aid is taking far longer to reach people on the brink of famine.

Though Somaliland, on the Gulf of Aden, has 4.4 million inhabitants and its own currency, army and parliament, in the eyes of the world it is part of war-torn Somalia. More than 1.5 million people have been affected by the drought afflicting the state, and most of its livestock has been wiped out. In recent days, the drought has been compounded by an outbreak of cholera in the east.

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World is plundering Africa's wealth of 'billions of dollars a year'

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:00:29 GMT2017-05-24T06:00:29Z

Research by campaigners claims aid and loans to the continent are outweighed by financial flows to tax havens and costs of climate change mitigation

More wealth leaves Africa every year than enters it – by more than $40bn (£31bn) – according to research that challenges “misleading” perceptions of foreign aid.

Analysis by a coalition of UK and African equality and development campaigners including Global Justice Now, published on Wednesday, claims the rest of the world is profiting more than most African citizens from the continent’s wealth.

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Montana assault breeds 'frightening' talk of violence against journalists

Sat, 27 May 2017 10:00:25 GMT2017-05-27T10:00:25Z

In the wake of a Guardian reporter being body-slammed by Greg Gianforte, some people have been emboldened to condone the attack – as emails show

The Guardian has received a steady stream of correspondence from across the US in the wake of this week’s news of a Guardian reporter being body-slammed by Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate who then went on to win the state’s only House seat.

Some of the emails expressed horror and shame over the assault on Ben Jacobs in which he was thrown to the ground and punched. But the digital mailbag to our opinion section also contained comments of a very different nature.

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Greg Gianforte's victory in Montana hands Republican party a fresh liability

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:57:25 GMT2017-05-26T04:57:25Z

The election of a man who has just been charged with assaulting a journalist will create a fresh headache on Capitol Hill for Speaker Paul Ryan

Donald Trump will doubtless be gratified that Greg Gianforte won the special election in Montana. Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, might secretly have been hoping that he lost.

Related: Greg Gianforte wins Montana race for Congress after 'body-slamming' reporter

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For once, Trump stays silent about Nato unity – and US allies are disappointed

Thu, 25 May 2017 21:25:52 GMT2017-05-25T21:25:52Z

Trump’s speech was scolding and ignorant, avoiding a US pledge to commit to collective security, adding force to rumors Russia has influenced him

Donald Trump’s failure to make an explicit commitment to Nato’s article 5, the mutual defence obligation at the heart of the alliance, has prolonged the uncertainty among US allies about Washington’s intentions.

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Trump at G7: president's last world tour stop brings uncertainty and risk

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:18:30 GMT2017-05-25T17:18:30Z

Trump’s colleagues are likely to want to change his instincts on climate change and refugees, among other issues, but few can predict how he might react

For a president who prizes personal chemistry, a day and a half cloistered with the leaders of the six major capitalist economies in the medieval Sicilian coastal town of Taormina might seem attractive – even if it marks a come-down from Mar-a-Lago.

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Air rage: why does flying make us so angry? Science says it's about class

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:00:26 GMT2017-05-25T10:00:26Z

Rise in acts of plane-related violence shed light on something bigger: modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible

Outclassed: the secret life of inequality is our new column about class. Read the first one here

A doctor is forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight, losing two teeth and gaining a concussion as he’s pulled down the aisle. A whole family with young children is dragged off by Delta. A near-riot breaks out at the Fort Lauderdale airport. Air rage may be to the 21st century what hysteria was to the 19th: a window into the sickness of our society.

Modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible: it can be seen in everything from how the rich can pay to cut security lines to the way everyone else has to wait while those who have “earned status” board first. And then, of course, there’s the long walk through the cushy first-class cabin to a claustrophobic middle seat at the back of “torture class”.

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China's feeling Moody about credit downgrade - but caution is justified | Larry Elliott

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:21:54 GMT2017-05-25T06:21:54Z

Beijing dismissed Moody’s assessment of its economy but after failing to foresee the 2008 crash, the agency now has a point

It is almost three decades since Beijing was last downgraded by the rating agency Moody’s, and during that period China has been transformed. Since 1989, the year of the Tiananmen square massacre, rapid growth has seen huge progress in the fight against poverty. Compounded growth rates of close to – and in some years higher than – 10% have made China the world’s second biggest economy after the US. At the current rate of progress, it will soon be number one. Few envisaged this when Deng Xiaoping began his reform programme in the late 1970s.

All of which might perhaps explain Beijing’s rather tetchy response to downgrade. China is not accustomed to having its economic strategy questioned, as the response from the finance ministry made abundantly clear. The tone was dismissive. Moody’s were over-playing the risks and under-playing the country’s reform efforts. Put simply, the rating agency didn’t know what it was talking about.

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Nato members anxiously hope Trump's visit will bring renewed commitment

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:13:09 GMT2017-05-24T17:13:09Z

During a visit to Nato headquarters in Brussels, the US president is expected to formally declare his support – but conflicting administration signals raise concern

Nervous European Nato members are hoping Donald Trump will finally end months of equivocation and policy incoherence by formally renewing America’s commitment to the alliance when he visits its headquarters in Brussels.

The mini-summit on Thursday will be a chance for world leaders to convey their personal condolences to Theresa May over the Manchester bombing – but also to restate Nato’s relevance to the fight against terrorism.

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Trump debuts in Europe as Obama returns to stir nostalgia for the old days

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:03:50 GMT2017-05-24T16:03:50Z

Coinciding visits, although unintentional, serve to highlight Europe’s radically different view of the incumbent president and his ‘painfully missed’ predecessor

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Donald Trump makes his European debut as US president this week just as his predecessor, Barack Obama, returns to the continent for his first visit since relinquishing the White House in January.

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Clinton compares Trump to Nixon in graduation speech – video

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:49:01 GMT2017-05-26T19:49:01Z

Hillary Clinton made a fiery commencement speech at her alma mater on Friday, hinting at the possibility of a Donald Trump impeachment and comparing him to Richard Nixon. She made the speech nearly 50 years after graduating from Wellesley College in 1969 and six months after losing the 2016 presidential election, saying of the aftermath: ‘I won’t lie, chardonnay helped a little’

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Rex Tillerson: US takes 'full responsibility' for Manchester leaks – video

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:46:17 GMT2017-05-26T15:46:17Z

The US secretary of state says the Trump administration takes full responsibility for intelligence leaks of the police investigation into the Manchester bombing. Tillerson, who met the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, in London on Friday, reiterated America’s ‘special relationship’ with Britain

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Gianforte apologizes for 'body-slamming' Guardian reporter - video

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:13:00 GMT2017-05-26T12:13:00Z

Republican Greg Gianforte apologizes for ‘body-slamming’ the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before winning Montana’s sole seat in the House of Representatives. Speaking to a cheering crowd, Gianforte says he took an action he can’t take back and apologizes to Jacobs

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Guardian reporter shares account of body-slam by candidate – video

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:10:34 GMT2017-05-25T23:10:34Z

Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs gives his account of his alleged assault by the Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat, Greg Gianforte. Jacobs says he was ‘body-slammed’ to the ground and was told to ‘get the hell out of here’ after questioning the candidate about the Republican healthcare plan. Gianforte has since been charged with misdemeanor assault

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Paul Ryan: Montana congressional candidate 'should apologize' – video

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:34:00 GMT2017-05-25T19:34:00Z

The US speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, says the Republican candidate in Montana’s special House election, Greg Gianforte, should apologize after being charged with assaulting a Guardian reporter

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Macron and Trump's two tense handshake battles – video

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:03:55 GMT2017-05-25T17:03:55Z

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron meet for the first time in Brussels on Thursday, shaking hands awkwardly for the cameras. Later in the day at the new Nato headquarters, they shake hands again, a bit more vigorously this time

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Barack Obama: We can’t hide behind a wall – video

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:18:56 GMT2017-05-25T12:18:56Z

Former US president says world leaders must help developing or conflict-ridden countries because it is not possible to hide from global responsibilities. Obama was speaking at a Protestant conference in Berlin as Germany marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

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