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[l] at 5/23/17 9:59am

3.54pm BST

Relatives of a woman missing in the attack told South West News that victims were left with metal bolts embedded in their bodies.

Paul Dryhurst’s niece Kelly Brewster, 32, is feared to have been killed when she visited the Arena with her sister Claire Booth, and Claire’s daughter Hollie, 11.

Sheffield woman Kelly Brewster missing after Manchester attack: https://t.co/1oafCmwDjo pic.twitter.com/xAvR0wr8TC

3.40pm BST

Theresa May has arrived at Manchester children’s hospital to visit victims of the attack, my colleague Jamie Grierson reports.

The prime minister, Theresa May, arrives at Manchester children's hospital, where she is to visit victims of the arena bomb attack. pic.twitter.com/vYuVM6YMPx

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[Category: Manchester Arena attack, Manchester, UK news, Greater Manchester]

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[l] at 5/23/17 9:47am

Yang Shuping, a student from Yunnan province in China, uses her graduation address at the University of Maryland in the US to praise “the fresh air of free speech” that she has never experienced in her home country. The psychology and theatre graduate has faced abuse from nationalists in China

Chinese student abused for praising ‘fresh air of free speech’ in US

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[Category: China, Asia Pacific, World news, Freedom of speech, US news]

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[l] at 5/23/17 9:45am

Singer whose concert was bombed says she is ‘so so sorry’ as figures from music world voice their shock and sympathy
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Ariana Grande, whose concert at the Manchester Arena was targeted in an attack on Monday night, has joined other celebrities in expressing horror at the events.

The American pop star, who was not hurt in the blast, tweeted that she was “broken” by news of casualties.

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[Category: Manchester Arena attack, Ariana Grande, UK news, Taylor Swift, Narendra Modi, Bruno Mars, Music, Culture, World news]

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[l] at 5/23/17 9:23am

European society is changing and, with it, the nature of social work. Can new procedures be set up to meet the needs of refugees and displaced communities?

When an international team of academics wrote up their research to help shape reform of the child protection system in Switzerland in 2014, they said: “Child protection has become, arguably, the public issue of our time.” So much has changed in the subsequent three years that social workers today might seek to qualify that claim.

Delegates attending next week’s European conference of the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) in Reykjavík, Iceland, will debate child protection in the context of new challenges involving social and digital exclusion, and the movement of vast numbers of people to northern Europe in search of asylum, peace and a better life.

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[Category: Social Care Network, social care network: international social work hub, Children, Work practices, Social care, Society, Professional supplements, Migration, Europe]

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[l] at 5/23/17 9:11am

Polish government is accused of pushing Białowieża forest ecosystem to point of no return with state-sanctioned logging in Unesco world heritage site

Scientists and environmental campaigners have accused the Polish government of bringing the ecosystem of the Białowieża forest in north-eastern Poland to the “brink of collapse”, one year after a revised forest management plan permitted the trebling of state logging activity and removed a ban on logging in old growth areas.

Large parts of the forest, which spans Poland’s eastern border with Belarus and contains some of Europe’s last remaining primeval woodland, are subject to natural processes not disturbed by direct human intervention.

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[Category: Deforestation, Trees and forests, Logging and land-clearing, Poland, Conservation, Environment, Europe, World news, Unesco]

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[l] at 5/23/17 8:29am

The two have clashed on issues ranging from global warming to migration, but during a symbolic first meeting they’ll be on their best behavior

One man wakes up before dawn each day for hours of prayer and meditation, eschews television and vacations, and has decried the morally bankrupting temptations of wealth, vanity and pride.

The other begins each morning feasting on morning cable news shows, has played golf more than 21 times and visited his luxury Florida resort seven times since becoming the US president, and delights in publicly eviscerating his enemies.

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[Category: Donald Trump, Pope Francis, Vatican, Italy, US politics, Catholicism, Christianity, Europe, The papacy, Religion]

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[l] at 5/23/17 8:17am

US president says ‘wicked ideology must be obliterated’, as he delivers remarks alongside Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem

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The US president has condemned the “evil losers” behind Monday night’s attack on a pop concert in Manchester that claimed the lives of at least 22 people and injured scores more.

In remarks delivered alongside the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Donald Trump lambasted the “wicked ideology” behind the attack, going beyond what British police and politicians have thus far said in attributing responsibility for the bombing.

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[Category: Donald Trump, US news, World news, Manchester Arena attack, UK news, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian territories, Middle East and North Africa]

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[l] at 5/23/17 8:00am

Director known for Man Of Steel and 300 steps down to support his family, with Joss Whedon lined up to complete film

Director Zack Snyder has stepped down from working on Justice League to support his family following the suicide of his daughter.

Snyder, who has directed many film adaptations of comic books including 300, Watchmen, Man Of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, has spoken about his family tragedy for the first time.

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[Category: Zack Snyder, Justice League, Film, Culture, US news, World news]

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[l] at 5/23/17 7:35am

Rocky outcrop reported to have collapsed is covered in snow but intact, says chair of Nepal Mountaineering Association

Nepalese climbers have disputed reports that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, saying the so-called Hillary Step is covered in snow but intact.

The British mountaineer Tim Mosedale said at the weekend that the section of rock first traversed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in their successful ascent of Everest in 1953 had collapsed – probably due to a 2015 earthquake.

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[Category: Mount Everest, Nepal, Mountaineering, South and Central Asia, World news, Mountains, Environment]

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[l] at 5/23/17 6:11am

On 23rd May 1937, thousands of children were sent to the UK following the bombing of Guernica

Standing on the deck waving handkerchiefs and even sliced bread that they had pocketed at breakfast, thousands of half-starved children from northern Spain finally arrived in Southampton aboard the Habana, an old cruise liner that had gone to rescue them.

Their arrival was covered by a host of newspapers, including the Manchester Guardian.

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[Category: Spain, Francisco Franco, Refugees, Children, Southampton]

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[l] at 5/23/17 5:29am

Ke Jie, who once boasted he would never be beaten by a computer at the ancient Chinese game, said he had ‘horrible experience’

A Google algorithm has narrowly beaten the world’s best player in the ancient Chinese board game of Go, reaffirming the arrival of what its developers say is a groundbreaking new form of artificial intelligence.

Related: AlphaGo: beating humans is one thing but to really succeed AI must work with them

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[Category: Artificial intelligence (AI), Google, Board games, China, Alphabet, Computing, Consciousness, Life and style, Science, Technology, Asia Pacific, World news]

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[l] at 5/23/17 5:14am

Son símbolos de orgullo nacional, pero dado el aumento en las protestas y los costos medioambientales ahora se cuestiona el futuro de las mega represas

Durante abril de 2014, las lluvias fueron monumentales. Para principios de mayo, los operadores de la represa de 219 MW Cachoeira Caldeirão, que estaba construyéndose en el remoto estado de Amapá en Brasil, sabían que los niveles del río Araguari se encontraban peligrosamente altos. Si no se retiraba algo de agua de inmediato, la represa entera podría colapsarse. No habría ningún peligro para la población porque toda la escorrentía sería absorbida por otras dos represas río abajo, pensaba la compañía de energía hidráulica.

Las comunicaciones fallaron y nadie advirtió al pequeño pueblo de Ferreira Gomes, situado en las orillas del Araguari a casi 50km de distancia.

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[Category: Global development professionals network, Water, Access to water, Hydropower, Rivers, Conservation, Access to energy, Conservation and indigenous people, Sustainable development, Energy, Renewable energy, Brazil, Americas, Environment, World news, China, Chile]

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[l] at 5/23/17 4:51am

Park accused of putting pressure on firms including Samsung into paying millions in bribes in return for business favours

South Korea’s former president, Park Geun-hye, has denied corruption charges at the start of a criminal trial that could send the country’s first female leader to prison for life.

Prosecutors accuse Park of abusing her power and colluding with her longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, to pressure major South Korean companies such as Samsung into paying tens of millions of dollars in bribes in return for business favours.

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[Category: Park Geun-hye, South Korea, Asia Pacific, World news]

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[l] at 5/23/17 4:15am

Labor calls on Coalition to rule out raising levy to make up any shortfall after warning from Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley

The Coalition might have to increase its contentious bank levy to collect its revenue target of $6.2bn, say analysts warning of a multimillion-dollar shortfall on Tuesday.

Labor is calling on the Coalition to explain how large the revenue shortfall will be over four years, and to rule out raising the levy rate to make up the difference.

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[Category: Banking, Australia news, Australian politics, Coalition, Labor party, Australian economy, Business (Australia), Australian budget 2017, Banking]

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[l] at 5/23/17 3:30am

Government reforms do not reach children worst affected by conflict and poverty, says Unicef report, calling for an end to blocks on aid deliveries

As many as 150 children die every day in Myanmar before they reach their fifth birthday, the UN children’s agency said on Tuesday, in a report calling for the government to end blocks on humanitarian access to conflict areas.

Despite reform and reconciliation efforts undertaken by the one-year-old government headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, children affected by widespread fighting and poverty are not reaping the benefits, Unicef added.

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[Category: Global health, Global development, Malnutrition, Infant and child mortality, Humanitarian response, Myanmar, South and Central Asia, World news, Aung San Suu Kyi, Rohingya]

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[l] at 5/23/17 2:57am

Nationalists in China seize on remarks by Yang Shuping, accusing her of ‘demonising’ it in backlash fuelled by state-run media

A Chinese student has faced abuse from nationalists in China after she used her graduation address at a US university to celebrate “the fresh air of free speech”.

Yang Shuping, a psychology and theatre graduate from Yunnan province, came to study at the University of Maryland five years ago, as a dramatic clampdown on civil society and academia began back home under Xi Jinping.

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[Category: China, Asia Pacific, World news, Human rights, Law, US news]

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[l] at 5/23/17 1:28am

Hundreds packed mosque’s courtyard to witness the canings in Aceh, the only province in Indonesia to practise sharia law

Two Indonesian men were caned on Tuesday in front of a jeering crowd as a punishment for gay sex, in a first for the Muslim-majority country where there is mounting hostility towards the LGBT community.

The pair received 83 strokes of the cane each after being found guilty of breaking sharia rules in conservative Aceh province, the only part of Indonesia that implements Islamic law.

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[Category: Indonesia, LGBT rights, Asia Pacific]

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[l] at 5/23/17 1:26am

Blast at Ariana Grande concert kills at least 22 people … election campaign suspended in mark of respect … and more revelations from the Facebook files

Hello, it’s Warren Murray bringing you the Briefing on this very sombre morning.

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[l] at 5/23/17 1:15am

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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[Category: Cities, China, Asia Pacific, World news, Urbanisation, Environment]

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[l] at 5/23/17 12:25am

Complaints by third parties suggested Shannon Molloy’s involvement compromised NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby

News Corp journalist Shannon Molloy has resigned from the board of the New South Wales Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby amid reports of a targeted campaign by third parties against his involvement because of his employer.

Jill Stark, a former Age journalist who reports on LGBTI issues, said Molloy had been pressured to quit by people who complained that his employment by News Corp put him at odds with the organisation.

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[Category: LGBT rights, Australian media, New South Wales, News Corporation, Australia news, Safe Schools]

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[l] at 5/22/17 11:00pm

23 May 1902: The crowd yelled for darts provided with fire crackers to be stuck in the bull’s flanks, the crackers exploding in the animal’s flesh

The scene within the amphitheatre furnished a feast of colour and animation. The upper tier of boxes was hung with handsome tapestries embroidered with the arms of the Spanish grandees and with garlands of foliage and flowers. A carpet bearing the Royal arms drooped over the King’s box. The roof was decorated with pennants displaying the national colours, while in the arena itself sand of various colours was disposed so as to represent the arms of Spain, bordered with the inscriptions “Viva el Rey!” “Viva la Reina!”

The Royal party drove to the Plaza de Toros, accompanied by an escort of Horse Guards. On entering the Royal box, the King, who was in the uniform of an admiral, advanced to the front and bowed in response to the enthusiastic cheering of the spectators. His Majesty gave the signal with a handkerchief for the proceedings to begin. Trumpets blared, drums beat, and the gate of the arena was thrown open, and the performance commenced with the time-honoured procession around the arena of all the bull-fighters taking part in the function.

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[Category: Bullfighting, Spain, Animal welfare]

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[l] at 5/22/17 8:00pm

Rodrigo Duterte embarks on five-day visit as he seeks to loosen ties with Washington and strengthen bond with Russia

The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, is due to arrive in Moscow for a five-day trip in which he will meet his “favourite hero” Vladimir Putin and attempt to reorient his country’s geopolitical alliance further away from the US and towards Moscow.

Duterte has lambasted the US since he came to power last year, calling Barack Obama a “son of a bitch”, and has said Russia and China are the only two major world powers he trusts.

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[Category: Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines, Russia, Vladimir Putin, US news, World news, Asia Pacific, Europe]

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[l] at 5/22/17 7:33pm

Elijah Cummings of the House oversight committee claimed the former national security adviser appeared to lie to Obama-era investigators about his foreign ties

The former national security adviser Michael Flynn appears to have lied about his foreign ties to Barack Obama-era investigators who were weighing whether to renew his security clearances, according to a letter published by Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House oversight committee.

Related: Senate committee subpoenas Michael Flynn in Trump-Russia investigation

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[Category: Michael Flynn, Trump administration, US news, US politics, Russia, World news, US Congress]

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[l] at 5/22/17 6:42pm

States would have to destroy any nuclear weapons they have and would be forbidden from transferring them

A United Nations-backed panel has publicly released a draft treaty banning the possession and use of all nuclear weapons.

The draft treaty is the culmination of a sustained campaign, supported by more than 130 non-nuclear states frustrated with the sclerotic pace of disarmament, to prohibit nuclear weapons and persuade nuclear-armed states to disarm.

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[Category: Nuclear weapons, United Nations, Australia news, World news, US news, UK news, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel]

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[l] at 5/22/17 5:19pm

Member of North Korea sanctions committee, known as the 1718 committee, warns of ‘sustained cyber campaign’ after hackers breached expert’s computer

United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea have suffered a “sustained” cyber-attack by unknown hackers with “very detailed insight” into their work, according to an email warning seen by Reuters.

The hackers eventually breached the computer of one of the experts on 8 May, the chair of the panel of experts wrote in an email to UN officials and the UN security council’s North Korea sanctions committee, known as the 1718 committee.

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[Category: United Nations, North Korea, Cybercrime, World news, Technology, Internet, Asia Pacific]

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[l] at 5/22/17 4:36pm

Ankara asks US to ‘conduct a full investigation’ after Erdoğan’s bodyguards were shown beating demonstrators outside the Turkish embassy in Washington

Turkey has summoned the American ambassador to complain about the behaviour of US security personnel during a US visit by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that turned violent when Erdoğan’s diplomatic escort beat up protesters outside the Turkish diplomatic mission in Washington.

Related: 'I could have died': how Erdoğan's bodyguards turned protest into brawl

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[Category: Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, US news, Washington DC, John McCain, Syria, Islamic State, World news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 1:53pm
Daniel Vulliamy and Simon Martinez on their family links to the children who fled the Spanish civil war on the Habana and were evacuated to the UK

On this day 80 years ago, after German planes had bombed the north of Spain, particularly around Bilbao and Guernica, an old cruise liner, the Habana, docked at Southampton. On board were almost 4,000 refugee children from both sides of the conflict plus 230 teachers, helpers and Catholic priests. The children were accommodated for some weeks in tents, with latrines and kitchens rapidly built by local trade union branches and others, before being moved to houses all over the country, financed by churches, councils, trade unions, generous local benefactors and thousands of volunteers.

The British government was extremely reluctant to accept the refugees, preferring to adhere to a non-intervention agreement that the German and Italian fascists were clearly ignoring. The prime minister, Stanley Baldwin, thought the climate would not be to the liking of the children. The eventual agreement was that the children would only stay for a few months and that no public money could be used to support them; the tents provided by the army were actually rented to the organisers.

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[Category: Refugees, Spain, Francisco Franco, Europe, World news, UK news, Southampton, Trade unions, Politics]

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[l] at 5/22/17 1:18pm

US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross suggested no protesters was a sign of Saudi Arabia’s goodwill, but laws there strictly forbid any demonstrations

The US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross’s praise for the lack of protests during Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia has been criticized by civil rights activists who pointed out that protesting in Saudi Arabia is illegal.

Ross travelled with the US president to Saudi Arabia in the first stage of his first international tour since taking office. Speaking with CNBC on Monday morning, Ross said there was “no sign of” protesters and seemed to suggest this was a sign of the country’s goodwill towards the US.

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[Category: Saudi Arabia, Donald Trump, World news, Italy, Protest, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, US news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 12:16pm

Giuseppe Dainotti, 67, was shot in the head as he cycled along a street in Palermo, in what police say is a warning that Cosa Nostra is far from beaten

A mafia boss has been gunned down while riding his bicycle in Sicily, in what appeared to have been the sort of mob killing that has become rarer in recent years as dangerous figures have been locked up.

Giuseppe Dainotti, 67, was shot in the head as he cycled along a street in Palermo, almost 25 years to the day since anti-Mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone was killed in a bomb blast on a motorway on the Italian island.

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[Category: Italy, Mafia, World news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 11:40am

My friend Agnes Mumford, known as Nan, who has died aged 88, was a late entrant into the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), but epitomised in every area of her life the Quaker encouragement to “live adventurously”.

She was born in Taiwan to Agnes (nee Clewes) and Harold Mumford, who were both British-born medical missionaries. Nan came to Britain aged seven when her father found work as a doctor in the Pontefract area of West Yorkshire. She completed her education at Wakefield high school for girls and then trained as a nurse and midwife at St Mary’s hospital in London, working afterwards at Pontefract general infirmary.

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[Category: Religion, Nursing, Sierra Leone, Yorkshire]

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[l] at 5/22/17 11:35am

Bibiana Steinhaus’s appointment as a top-flight referee has been likened to Angela Merkel becoming chancellor in 2005

The appointment of a woman as a top-flight referee in Germany has been hailed as a breakthrough for equality domestically and a milestone for football.

Bibiana Steinhaus has become an overnight celebrity since the announcement by the German football federation’s referee commission that she will take charge of games in the Bundesliga next season. The same organisation banned women from playing football as recently as the 1950s.

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[Category: Germany, Football, Bundesliga, Europe, European club football, Sport, World news, Gender]

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[l] at 5/22/17 11:35am

Call comes as Libya Quartet meets in Brussels to discuss ways to prevent deadly Mediterranean crossings

The UN refugee agency has called on the Libyan government in Tripoli to close its refugee detention centres, describing conditions as inhumane and shocking.

The call comes as the Libya Quartet meets in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how to slow the flow of refugees across the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy.

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[Category: Libya, Italy, Refugees, Migration, United Nations, Africa, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, World news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 10:54am

Boris Boillon, a former adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy, faces tax fraud and forgery charges after being stopped with a bag stuffed with cash

A French diplomat and close adviser to the former president Nicolas Sarkozy has gone on trial after he was stopped trying to leave the country with a bag stuffed with banknotes.

Boris Boillon, who was known as “Sarko Boy”, appeared in a Paris court on Monday on charges of tax fraud and forgery following the discovery.

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[Category: France, Europe, World news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 9:06am

Trial consultant says prosecutors should be ‘worried about fans’ as lawyers pick jurors in Pittsburgh before trial next month in suburban Philadelphia

Thirteen years after a Temple University basketball team manager went to its alumnus Bill Cosby’s nearby home for career advice, her complaint that the TV star and comedian drugged and molested her that night will soon be a task for a Pennsylvania jury.

Lawyers this week hope to find a dozen jurors and six alternates willing to spend two weeks or more sequestered nearly 300 miles from home.

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[Category: Bill Cosby, Pennsylvania, World news, US news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 8:34am

Michel Barnier plays down suggestions talks with UK may collapse, as EU agrees position ahead of June negotiations

The European Union has agreed its Brexit negotiating stance, clearing the way for talks to begin with the British government in mid-June.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator, said he hoped to begin the first round of talks in the week of 19 June, while playing down suggestions negotiations could collapse.

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[Category: European Union, EU referendum and Brexit, Europe, Foreign policy, UK news, World news, Politics]

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[l] at 5/22/17 8:21am

Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça have been on strike after losing their jobs in purge that followed coup attempt

Two Turkish teachers who are on their 75th day of a hunger strike have been detained by police in Ankara.

Nuriye Gülmen, a professor of literature, and Semih Özakça, a primary school teacher, have been on strike for more than 10 weeks after losing their jobs following the failed coup against the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, last July.

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[Category: Turkey, World news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 6:07am

Hardliner’s win comes months after he resigned following a party revolt over his stance on parliamentary deadlock

Pedro Sánchez has regained the leadership of Spain’s bitterly divided Socialist party seven months after being ousted in a coup that laid bare the faultlines within the PSOE and left its status as the main opposition party in jeopardy.

On Sunday night, Sánchez took 50% of the vote, sailing past his main rival, Susana Díaz, the president of the PSOE stronghold of Andalucía, who took 40%. The former Basque president Patxi López finished third with 10%.

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[Category: Spain, World news, Europe, Podemos, Mariano Rajoy]

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[l] at 5/22/17 4:00am

California shoots down bill to strike language barring Communist party members from government jobs as Trump’s alleged Russia ties stoke cold war sentiments

It was a scene straight out of the 1950s, but the year was 2017. Travis Allen, a Republican from southern California, took to the floor of the state assembly on 8 May to denounce communism. “To allow subversives and avowed communists to now work for the state of California,” he railed, “is a direct insult to the people of California who pay for that government.”

Allen was speaking out against a move to remove language from the California code that that bars members of the Communist party from holding government jobs in the state.

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[Category: Communism, US politics, California, US news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 3:30am

The Gostiny Dvor shopping and exhibition centre hosts the 15th Viennese Ball charity event in Moscow, which is is reminiscent of a Tsarist era ballroom dancing that was absent from Russian life during the communist Soviet Union.

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[Category: Russia, Dance, Europe, Culture, Art and design]

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[l] at 5/22/17 2:22am

Capping a legacy that stretches back to 19th-century showman PT Barnum, the circus staged its final show in New York

The clowns, animal acts and acrobats of the storied Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus took their final bow on Sunday, with a space-themed balancing act kicking off the farewell performance of the “greatest show on Earth” after 146 years.

Capping a legacy that stretches back to the 19th-century showman PT Barnum, the circus bade adieu with a series of shows at the weekend at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

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[Category: Circus, Culture, New York, US news, Stage, World news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 2:08am

A young girl was dragged into the water by a sea lion at Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond, western Canada. The sea lion can be seen latching on to the girl’s dress with its teeth before forcefully pulling her into the water. The child was rescued by a bystander and, although visibly shaken, neither sustained injuries.

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[Category: Canada, Americas, Animals, World news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 1:55am

Zakir Musa, a highly influential commander, distances himself from 70-year-old separatist movement and aligns himself with ideals of al-Qaida

A serious rift has emerged within the decades-old insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir, with a top militant commander vowing to establish a Islamic system in the disputed Himalayan region and repudiating the goal of an independent nation.

Zakir Musa, the commander of Kashmir’s largest anti-India militia, has explicitly distanced himself from the 70-year-old independence movement in the valley as well as from elements who wish to merge with Pakistan, declaring his fight is “exclusively for Islam, so that Sharia [Islamic law] is established here”.

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[Category: India, Pakistan, Al-Qaida, South and Central Asia, World news, Kashmir]

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[l] at 5/22/17 1:30am

Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and other G7 leaders meet in Taormina this week. How will this already tourist-choked town – famous for its beauty and ancient ruins – 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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[Category: Cities, Sicily holidays, Italy, G7, World news, Europe, Italy holidays, Europe holidays, Travel]

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[l] at 5/22/17 1:18am

Global Times, controlled by the Communist Party, says reports of breaking of spy ring, if true, were a ‘victory for China’

An influential state-run newspaper has applauded China’s anti-espionage efforts after the New York Times said China had killed or imprisoned up to 20 CIA sources, hobbling US spying operations in a massive intelligence breach.

The Chinese killed at least a dozen people providing information to the US Central Intelligence Agency between 2010 and 2012, dismantling a network that was years in the making, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

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[Category: China, US news, Asia Pacific, World news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 12:28am

LGBT groups say the gay community in Jakarta has been subject to an unprecedented wave of discrimination and attacks

Indonesian police have arrested more than 100 men in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital Jakarta, a day before two men are to be publicly flogged for having same sex relations.

Authorities raided what they said was a sex party promoted as ‘The Wild One,’ held at a sauna and gym venue in Jakarta’s north on Sunday evening.

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[Category: Indonesia, LGBT rights, Asia Pacific, World news]

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[l] at 5/22/17 12:23am

Manuals on tackling terrorism, racism and abuse leaked … Trump fights extremism … ‘costume jewel’ could fetch £350,000

Good morning, Graham Russell here with the news to start the week.

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[l] at 5/21/17 9:23pm

Landmark court case this week is likely to determine the success or failure of draft laws currently before parliament

Chi Chia-wei will find out on Wednesday if his decades long fight to make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage has been a success.

Chi, 59, a pioneering Taiwanese gay rights activist, is the celebrated face behind one of the most controversial legal cases the island democracy has seen in recent years, where 14 judges must rule if the civil code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

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[Category: Taiwan, Gay marriage, Asia Pacific, World news, Life and style, Sexuality, Society, Marriage]

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[l] at 5/21/17 8:17pm

President Nicolás Maduro claims victim was a Chavista but witnesses say the man was attacked after being accused of being a thief

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has excoriated opposition protesters on Sunday for setting a man on fire during a demonstration, accusing them of targeting him for being pro-government.

“A person was set on fire, beaten up, stabbed ... They nearly lynched him, just because he shouted out that he was a ‘Chavista’,” Maduro said, referring to the ruling socialist movement set up by his predecessor Hugo Chavez.

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[Category: Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Americas, World news]

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[l] at 5/21/17 12:00pm

Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics

Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.

The Guardian has seen more than 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts that give unprecedented insight into the blueprints Facebook has used to moderate issues such as violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm.

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[Category: Facebook, Internet, Social media, Technology, Social networking, Digital media]

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[l] at 5/21/17 10:17am

Tim Mosedale says destruction of rocky outcrop, possibly in 2015 earthquake, may make climbing to summit more dangerous

A British mountaineer has confirmed that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the climb more dangerous.

The Hillary Step, named after Sir Edmund Hillary who, along with the sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first person to climb the mountain in 1953, may have been destroyed during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

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[Category: Mount Everest, Mountaineering, Mountains, Earthquakes, Environment, Natural disasters and extreme weather, World news, Nepal, South and Central Asia]

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[l] at 5/21/17 6:42am

Finnish woman is kidnapped after attackers storm guesthouse belonging to Swedish charity in Afghan capital

Unknown gunmen killed two people, a German woman and an Afghan guard, and abducted a Finnish woman in Kabul on Saturday evening, according to officials.

On Saturday evening, the attackers entered a compound housing employees working for Operation Mercy, a Swedish charity, in a residential area off Darulaman Road in western Kabul.

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[Category: Afghanistan, Germany, Finland, World news, South and Central Asia]

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[l] at 5/19/17 5:21pm

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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[Category: Cities, Green space, Garden cities, South Korea, World news, Asia Pacific, Gardens, Parks and green spaces, Architecture, Art and design, Travel, Life and style, Culture]

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[l] at 5/19/17 4:37am

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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[Category: Cities, City transport, Pollution, Environment, China, Asia Pacific, World news]

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[l] at 5/18/17 1:30am

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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[Category: Cities, Mexico, Avocados, Food & drink industry, Americas, Business, Life and style, World news, Drugs, Society, Drugs trade]

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[l] at 5/17/17 5:52am

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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[Category: Cities, US news, Economics, World news, Business, Inequality, Americas, Money]

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[l] at 5/16/17 1:30am

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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[Category: Cities, Prostitution, Sex trade, Society, Netherlands, Europe, World news]

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[l] at 5/15/17 6:20am

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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[Category: Cities, China, Asia Pacific, World news, Film, Culture]

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[l] at 5/15/17 1:30am

Somalia’s capital is buzzing: estate agents thrive and it recently hosted a TedX conference. But Mogadishu is facing a fresh challenge as drought forces half a million people to seek aid. Jason Burke visits a growing camp on the outskirts

Friday afternoon and the light is low across the waves breaking on the long shore. Behind the pocked and pitted seafront promenade, hundreds of children play football among their shattered homes. This, the ruins of the old port area of Somalia’s Mogadishu, is the war-torn city of the news stories, books and films.

Less than a 10 minute drive away down a newly rebuilt double highway, the scene is very different: hundreds of young men and women stroll along the narrow band of sand left by the high tide; they paddle, swim and drink coffee or soft drinks in cafes. An ancient stretch limousine, hired out for weddings, noses through the traffic. Rickshaw drivers shout for fares.

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[Category: Cities, Somalia, World news, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Al-Shabaab, Conflict and development, Famine, Drought, Environment, Humanitarian response]

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[l] at 5/12/17 1:15am

From London to Paris, New York to Helsinki, poverty tends to cluster in the east. One study suggests a surprising reason why

The question is so obvious that you could easily forget to ask it: why do cities so often have a poor east side? To be clear, the mystery is not why every city has its leafy and its grubby sections – it costs money to live in nice places and to avoid nasty ones, which tends to group people into them by wealth. The mystery is why the poor groups always end up in the east.

Of course, the true picture is never neat nor simple, but by common consent a British-biased list of cities with poor eastern districts would include: London, Paris, New York, Toronto, Bristol, Manchester, Brighton and Hove, Oxford, Glasgow, Helsinki and Casablanca. No doubt there are some cities where poverty clusters in the west, but they seem harder to find; perhaps Delhi and Sydney?

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[Category: Cities, Poverty, Society, Urbanisation, Communities, Social exclusion, Paris, London, World news, Gentrification]

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[l] at 5/9/17 3:00am

Amid economic chaos, food shortages and widespread protest, some believe the government has ‘hit rock-bottom’ – yet key figures remain loyal to the president

The demonstration began with a group of schoolboys, who gathered – still dressed in their school uniforms – in the palm-lined square outside the town hall of the prairie town of Villa del Rosario in western Venezuela.

Related: Hugo Chávez statue torn down as death toll rises in Venezuela protests

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[Category: Venezuela, Americas, World news, Hugo Chávez]

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[l] at 6/28/16 8:35pm

The Greens leader says his party’s platform will form the basis of any negotiations with major parties. Follow all the day’s developments live with Katharine Murphy

2.26am BST

Q: If Labor give up a lot in regards to refugees – would you be willing to negotiate on that point, offshore processing?

Richard Di Natale:

This is a hypothetical but we have said this will be the starting point of any negotiation. It is a negotiation. That is what a negotiation means. We will put forward these issues as part of our costed policy platform to the Labor party in the event of a close election result. Then we will take it from there.

2.25am BST

Richard Di Natale walks back the never ever of offshore processing a jot. It’s a negotiation.

Q: You won’t sign up with any other party unless offshore detention is scrapped?

We will put these positions forward as a starting point for any negotiation. They are our position – they are the starting point for any negotiation. It is a negotiation. To go into – as we did in 2010, we had a list of measures that we put forward to the then Labor party and we saw significant change. We didn’t get everything that we wanted when this came to those clean energy laws but we got a hell of a good climate package, something that the International Energy Agency described as model legislation.

What we are saying is these will be the starting point of any negotiation should there be a close election.

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[Category: Australian politics, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Australia news, Australian election 2016, Coalition, Marriage equality (Australia), Liberal party, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Welfare in Australia, Australian economy, Indigenous Australians, Superannuation]

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[l] at 6/28/16 8:29pm

Police opened fire on two suspects who then blew themselves up outside security checkpoint at international terminal, Turkish officials say

A series of deadly explosions tore through crowds at Istanbul’s Atatürk international airport on Tuesday evening, leaving at least 36 people dead and scores more injured in an attack officials blamed on the Islamic State terror group.

Shortly before the blasts, assailants armed with AK-47 rifles exchanged gunfire with security guards outside the airport’s international terminal, according to officials.

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[l] at 6/28/16 8:22pm

Series of deadly explosions tear through crowds at Atatürk international airport on Tuesday evening in attack officials blame on Islamic State

2.22am BST

2.12am BST

The triple suicide attack in Atatürk airport in Istanbul that killed dozens and wounded scores more may well become the deadliest bombing in Turkey this year – but it is certainly not the first.

Police sources quoted in Turkish media said that the attackers were likely affiliated with the Islamic State terror group. Turkish security forces have recently carried out numerous arrests and raids on the group in the country and at its borders, leading some analysts to speculate that Isis might carry out more retaliatory attacks.

Related: Suicide bombings at Turkey's Atatürk airport follow pattern of deadly violence

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[Category: Turkey, Islamic State, Middle East and North Africa, Syria, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 8:08pm

2.08am BST

Nebraska senator Ben Sasse has responded to Donald Trump’s comments characterizing the Trans-Pacific Partnership as “rape”:

Oh for heaven's sake...
1. That horrific word has a meaning--It isn't this.
2. Trade is, on net, good for Americans. https://t.co/RoqN31SkZj

2.05am BST

Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager won - and then lost - a $1.2 million book deal with megapublisher HarperCollins, according to a report from Politico, after months of negotiating a contract for a tell-all book about his stint as the head of the most surprising campaign in modern political history.

The book, tentatively titled “Let Trump Be Trump,” was chatted up with at least five publishers before HarperCollins made its sky-high offer. But, according to Politico, the deal fell apart after Lewandowski refused to share the non-disclosure agreement he signed for Trump with HarperCollins.

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[Category: US elections 2016, US politics, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, US news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 6:32pm

‘Do you regret doing this, prime minister?’ cried a voice from the depths of the media crowd. No answer was offered by David Cameron.

Fricassée de David Cameron was not on the menu – it was quail salad followed by poached veal and with a dessert of strawberries to round things off, since you ask – but if you were the prime minister it surely must have felt like it.

Imagine: you’re sat round a table with 27 other reasonably important people, all of whom think you have done something unbelievably stupid and are now determined that you follow through with something unbelievably enormous, very soon.

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[Category: EU referendum, David Cameron, UK news, Europe, European commission, Angela Merkel, François Hollande, Donald Tusk, European Union, Politics, Foreign policy]

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[l] at 6/28/16 6:30pm

Many ordinary Turks are increasingly worried and angry that the war at the border appears to be spreading within the country

The triple suicide attack in Atatürk airport in Istanbul that killed dozens and wounded scores more may well become the deadliest bombing in Turkey this year – but it is certainly not the first.

Police sources quoted in Turkish media said that the attackers were likely affiliated with the Islamic State terror group. Turkish security forces have recently carried out numerous arrests and raids on the group in the country and at its borders, leading some analysts to speculate that Isis might carry out more retaliatory attacks.

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[l] at 6/28/16 6:12pm

CBI urges government to act quickly to quell uncertainty as Siemens and Visa also warn about impact of EU vote on their UK operations

Vodafone, one of Britain’s biggest companies, has warned that it could relocate its head office outside the UK if the negotiations for a post-Brexit Britain do not give it freedom of movement across the EU for people, capital and goods.
The telecoms company, which employs nearly 110,000 people around the
world and some 13,000 in the UK, said it would take “whatever decisions are appropriate” once the outcome of the negotiations was known.
In a statement, the company pointed out that its European businesses produce 55% of the group’s annual profit, whereas the UK brings in just 11%. It said the UK’s membership of the EU had been an important factor in its growth and added: “Freedom of movement of people, capital and goods are integral to the operation of any pan-European business as are single legal frameworks spanning all member states.

“Access to the emerging European digital single market should represent a significant opportunity for the UK, one of the world’s leading digital economies.”

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[Category: Confederation of British Industry (CBI), EU referendum, Business, European Union, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Economic policy, News Corporation, Vodafone, Telecommunications industry]

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[l] at 6/28/16 6:01pm

Covert officers can have sex or take drugs with suspects only when ‘necessary and proportionate’ under new guidelines

Undercover police officers can never be authorised to start sexual relationships with those they are targeting under official guidelines published for the first time. The instructions, in an 80-page document, also state that taking drugs cannot be approved as a tactic for covert units.

National guidance on undercover policing, which is being made public by the College of Policing, states that it is “never acceptable” for an undercover operative to “form an intimate sexual relationship with those they are employed to infiltrate and target or may encounter during their deployment”, adding: “This conduct will never be authorised, nor must it ever be used as a tactic of a deployment.”

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[Category: Undercover police and policing, Police, UK news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 5:50pm

The natural store of helium found in the Rift valley in Tanzania contains an estimated 54bn cubic feet of the noble gas


The discovery of a vast reserve of helium in east Africa has allayed fears of a global shortage of the precious gas crucial for the running of brain scanners, major scientific facilities, and parties that require floating balloons and squeaky voices.

According to independent analysts, the natural store of helium found in the Rift valley in Tanzania contains an estimated 54bn cubic feet of the noble gas, enough to inflate a similar number of party balloons, or to fill 1,200,000 hospital MRI scanners, researchers said.

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[Category: Science, Gas, Health, Environment, Fossil fuels, Africa, Tanzania, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 5:46pm

11.46pm BST

David Cameron has warned Europe’s leaders that they will have to offer the UK more control over immigration at the end of a fractious day where politicians across Europe clashed over the meaning and consequences of last week’s Brexit vote.
The British prime minster used his last Brussels summit to tell Angela Merkel, François Hollande and other European heads of government that anxieties about unrestricted freedom of movement were at the heart of the decision by Britons to reject the EU.

Boris Johnson would not call a general election immediately if he won the Conservative party leadership election and took over as prime minister, it is understood.
Johnson is one of several Tories about to formally launch their bids to replace David Cameron as nominations open on Wednesday, with his main rivals set to include the home secretary, Theresa May, and a joint ticket of Stephen Crabb, the pensions secretary, backed by Sajid Javid, the business secretary.

11.36pm BST

A surge of interest from Britons eager to obtain Irish passports has been continuing on a day when the Irish government called for calm and said that the processing system was coming under strain.

Here’s what some people at the Irish passport office in South Kensington, London, told me earlier about why they were applying for passports with a harp on the front.

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[Category: EU referendum, European Union, Europe, Politics, UK news, World news, David Cameron, Labour, Jeremy Corbyn, George Osborne, Nigel Farage, Angela Merkel, Jean-Claude Juncker]

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[l] at 6/28/16 5:28pm

Irish citizenship now seen as more desirable in light of Brexit vote, leading to a surge in applications

The Irish government has urged Britons to take some time to think before applying for an Irish passport as it warned that a surge in applications threatened to place major pressure on the system for processing them.

A spike in interest in Irish passports has occurred in Northern Ireland, Britain and elsewhere in the past few days, according to Ireland’s foreign minister, Charlie Flanagan, who said there was no urgency for UK citizens to apply.

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[Category: Ireland, EU referendum, Europe, European Union, Foreign policy, UK news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 4:00pm

PM warned Brussels summit that free movement was at heart of Britain’s decision to reject European Union

David Cameron warned Europe’s leaders that they will have to offer the UK more control over immigration at the end of a fractious day where politicians across Europe clashed over the meaning and consequences of last week’s Brexit vote.

The British prime minster used his last Brussels summit to tell Angela Merkel, François Hollande and other European heads of government that anxieties about unrestricted freedom of movement were at the heart of the decision by Britons to reject the EU.

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[Category: European Union, EU referendum, David Cameron, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Jean-Claude Juncker, Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen, Angela Merkel, François Hollande, Matteo Renzi]

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[l] at 6/28/16 3:59pm

Four Mexican nationals, an Argentinian and a Costa Rican were deported ‘without any official explanation’, lawyer says

Nicaragua has expelled six foreign environmental activists after they were detained on allegations of handling explosive substances without authorization, a lawyer and the Mexican government said Tuesday.

Mónica López Baltodano, an environmental attorney who has been in contact with authorities since the activists were taken into custody, said four Mexican nationals were deported to Honduras on Monday night and an Argentinian and a Costa Rican were sent to Costa Rica.

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[Category: Nicaragua, Mexico, Americas, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 3:52pm

Rio de Janeiro has cut budgets across the board, delaying officers’ salaries, halting patrols and fueling worries about safety at the world’s premier sporting event

Just weeks ahead of the Olympic Games , police helicopters are grounded, patrol cars are parked and Rio de Janeiro’s security forces are so pressed for funds that some have to beg for donations of pens, cleaning supplies and even toilet paper, fueling worries about safety at the world’s premier sporting event.

Related: Rio de Janeiro governor declares state of financial emergency ahead of Olympics

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[Category: Olympic Games 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sport, Olympic Games, Americas, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 3:44pm

Turkish emergency services assist wounded people outside Istanbul’s Atatürk airport on Tuesday night after a bomb attack killed at least 36 people and injured a further 147. A Turkish official says two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the entry to the international terminal after an exchange of gunfire with police. Other travellers have been evacuated to safety and the airport is on lockdown

The video from Oguzcan Aksoy can be seen in full on Twitter
The video from yana_chizhanova can be seen in full on Instagram

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[Category: Turkey, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 3:34pm

The Australia Institute survey also found majority believe doctors working in offshore detention centres should be free to speak about conditions

Refugees who arrive in Australia by boat should be allowed to resettle in the country, a majority of Australians believe, new polling released just days before the election shows.

A poll of more than 1,400 people commissioned by The Australia Institute found 63% of respondents oppose the bipartisan policy that refugees who arrive in Australia by boat should never be allowed to settle in the country, instead saying those found to have a valid claim for protection should be brought to Australia.

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[Category: Australian immigration and asylum, Australia news, Manus Island, Nauru, Asia Pacific, Australian politics]

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[l] at 6/28/16 3:04pm

Presumptive Republican nominee promises retaliatory economic action against China and calls for withdrawal from free-trade deals in break with GOP orthodoxy

Donald Trump raged against globalization and free-trade agreements on Tuesday and urged the US “to declare economic independence again”.

At a scrap metal facility south of Pittsburgh, the presumptive Republican nominee veered yet again from conservative free-market orthodoxy as he called for the US to withdraw from free-trade deals, including Nafta, the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. Trump said of the US’s two neighbors: “They are so used to having their own way. Not with Trump they are not having their own way.”

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[Category: Donald Trump, US elections 2016, US politics, US foreign policy, International trade, US news, US economy]

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[l] at 6/28/16 1:46pm

MEPs boo Ukip leader in Brussels chamber after he accused them of never having done a ‘proper job’ in their lives

The European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, has clashed bitterly with Nigel Farage, pointedly asking the Ukip leader in front of the European parliament in Brussels: “Why are you still here?”

In extraordinary scenes, Juncker said on Tuesday that he respected British democracy and last Thursday’s seismic vote for the UK to leave the European Union. There was a smattering of applause in the chamber.

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[Category: European Union, Nigel Farage, EU referendum, Europe, Foreign policy, Politics, UK news, World news, Jean-Claude Juncker, UK Independence party (Ukip), Douglas Carswell, Marine Le Pen, Scotland]

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[l] at 6/28/16 1:43pm
  • Democrats shot down GOP funding plan they were locked out of drafting
  • Republicans: Democrats blocked it over lack of Planned Parenthood aid

US lawmakers deadlocked over funding to fight the Zika virus on Tuesday, as Senate Democrats blocked a Republican proposal they said fell short of the challenge posed by the mosquito-borne virus and hurt other health priorities.

Amid political recriminations by both parties, the Republican plan to provide $1.1bn in funding to combat Zika, which had already passed the House of Representatives, failed to get the 60 votes needed in the Senate to clear a procedural hurdle. The vote was 52 in favor and 48 against on a mostly party-line vote.

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[Category: Zika virus, US Senate, US politics, US news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 1:43pm

Several European countries cut off financial contributions to republic’s counter-narcotics campaign

Iran is under pressure to end its use of death penalty against drug traffickers after facing a serious shortfall in the international funding of the country’s counter-narcotics campaign.

An increasing number of European countries have decided to cut off contributions even though the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) last year approved a five-year country partnership programme for Iran that was aimed at providing about $20m (then £14.4m).

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[Category: Iran, Drugs, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Capital punishment, United Nations, Norway, Europe, Human rights]

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[l] at 6/28/16 1:42pm

With future of Nafta uncertain, Canada to scrap rules obliging Mexican visitors to obtain a visitor visa and Mexico will allow expanded imports of Canadian beef

Canada and Mexico have agreed to settle a pair of protracted bilateral disputes in the run-up to a US presidential election in November that could shake ties between the three North American nations.

Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that Canada would scrap rules obliging Mexican visitors to obtain visas, starting 1 December. The former Conservative government imposed the restrictions in 2009 to stop what it said were bogus asylum claims.

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[l] at 6/28/16 1:37pm

People in favour of the UK remaining the European Union, despite the recent referendum results that saw a narrow decision for the country to leave the organisation, gather at Trafalgar Square on Tuesday evening. Demonstrators express concerns over isolationist policies from the UK and state their identities as europeans

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[Category: European Union, London, Politics, EU referendum, Europe, Protest, UK news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:55pm

The capture brought an end to the saga of the missing ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ capybaras, who bolted after their first day in captivity at a small zoo in Toronto

Toronto’s second runaway-turned-folk-hero is back behind bars, after an action-packed five weeks on the run from a Toronto park, munching grass and lolling around in ponds.

The capybara’s brief taste of freedom came to an end on Tuesday, after the rodent – native to South America and resembling a large, tailless beaver with stumpy legs – was lured into a cage near a pond in the 400-acre park in the city.

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:48pm

Stay granted until arguments can be heard on two appeals arguing statute of limitations has run out and some accusations are based on hearsay

A judge in Mexico has granted a temporary stay of extradition for the Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán until arguments can be heard on two appeals filed by his lawyers.

Guzmán’s lawyer, José Refugio Rodriguez, said one of the appeals argued that the statute of limitations has run out on some crimes Guzmán is accused of in the United States. The defense also argues that some of the accusations against Guzman are based on hearsay, not direct evidence.

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[Category: Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, Mexico, US news, World news, Drugs trade, Americas]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:35pm
  • Two BNSF trains crashed in north-west Texas on Tuesday morning
  • Nearby residents evacuated to avoid possible grass fire caused by smoke

At least one person was injured when two freight trains collided head-on in a fiery crash near a small town in north-west Texas.

Boxcars erupted in flames and piled on top of each other as thick black smoke billowed high into the air.

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:34pm

A collision involving two freight trains in northeastern Texas on Tuesday caused several box cars to derail and burst into flames, leading to an evacuation of nearby residents, authorities said. Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Bryan Witt said the accident occurred near the town of Panhandle, about 25 miles northeast of Amarillo. The cause of the wreck and other details are still not known. There are no reported deaths so far

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:32pm

Turkey’s foreign policy softening – denied by Ankara – could yet see a rapprochement with US-backed regime in Egypt

Even tough guys have to say sorry sometimes, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is no exception. But the regrets expressed this week by Turkey’s famously stubborn president over last November’s shooting down of a Russian military plane have an ulterior purpose. Erdoğan boxed Turkey into a diplomatic corner in recent years. Now he’s on the ropes and he badly needs a wet towel and a breather.

Ahmet Davutoğlu, the prime minister sacked by Erdoğan in May, might be forgiven a wry smile. As chief adviser and foreign minister after 2002, when the ruling Justice and Development party first took power, Davutoğlu championed a policy of “zero problems with neighbours”.

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[Category: Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russia, Europe, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Syria, Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Morsi]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:26pm

Fitch ratings agency says Britain’s decision to leave the EU could lead to lower growth and higher unemployment in Ireland

Ireland is among the most vulnerable countries to a post-EU referendum shock, the credit ratings agency Fitch has warned.

It said Britain’s decision to leave the EU could lead to lower growth and higher unemployment in Ireland. It could also lead to trade barriers between the close neighbours, and weaken confidence in the Northern Ireland peace process.

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[Category: Ireland, Business, Europe, World news, UK news, EU referendum, European Union, Foreign policy, Politics, Economics, Fitch, Rating agencies, Financial sector]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:22pm

Insufficient evidence puppeteers had committed offence with show which referenced Eta, court says

Spain’s national court judge has shelved an investigation into two puppeteers for allegedly praising terrorism in a theatre show.

The court said on Tuesday there was insufficient evidence Raul Garcia and Alfonso Lazaro had committed an offence by using a sign during a performance in Madrid that said “long live Alka ETA”. The message was a play on words in reference to Spain’s armed Basque group, Eta, and al-Qaida.

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[Category: Spain, Eta, Europe, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:19pm

Aydin C is linked to the case of 15-year-old Amanda Todd, who took her life in October 2012 after being tormented by an anonymous cyberbully

An Amsterdam court has ruled in favour of extraditing a Dutchman to Canada where he is wanted on charges linked to the cyberbullying of a teenager who killed herself in 2012.

Identified only by his first name because of Dutch privacy rules, Aydin C, “who is linked to the suicide of 15-year-old Amanda Todd, may be extradited to Canada”, the court said in a statement.

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[Category: Netherlands, Canada, World news, Cyberbullying, Technology]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:19pm

Minden police praise 25-year-old man for reporting cash he found hidden in a self-assembly cupboard

Police in Minden, Germany, say a Syrian man who arrived last year as a refugee is their “hero of the day” after he found €150,000 (£124,000) and handed it to authorities.

The 25-year-old discovered the money in a cupboard he had been given by a charitable organisation.

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[Category: Germany, Europe, Refugees, Middle East and North Africa, Syria, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:10pm

After Monday’s victory, providers face the complex task of re-opening clinics, which may take years, and preparing for future battles with Texas legislature

Abortion providers and advocates gathered anxiously around a computer screen in Austin on Monday morning, waiting for news from the supreme court.

When the ruling came through and handed a major victory to abortion rights supporters battling the severe restrictions Texas imposed in a 2013 law, there was elation that soon became inflected with an awareness of the challenges that still lie ahead in order to undo the damage done by the overturned regulations and to prepare for future battles against a state legislature hell-bent on finding ways to limit abortions.

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[Category: Texas, Abortion, US supreme court, Planned Parenthood, US news, Law, Women]

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[l] at 6/28/16 11:56am

My father-in-law, Gus Heffernan, who has died aged 96, worked for nearly 40 years for the John Lewis Partnership at the Cole Brothers department store in Sheffield. He had previously endured a gruelling second world war – although the conflict did little to dislodge his gentleness, kindness and sense of humour.

He was born in County Tipperary, when Ireland was still part of the UK. His father, Michael, was a policeman in the Royal Irish Constabulary; by 1919, the IRA was in a bitter war of independence against the crown, and RIC officers were prime targets. The British government offered them asylum, and Michael resettled in Sheffield to work in the steel industry. In 1922 he was joined by his wife, Elizabeth (nee Duggan), and their five children, including three-year-old Gus. Another child, Michael, arrived after they had moved into their council house in Firth Park.

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[Category: Second world war, World news, Ireland, Europe, UK news, John Lewis, Retail industry, Business, Sheffield]

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[l] at 6/28/16 11:40am

President Mugabe’s chief rival discloses medical condition and says health of national leaders should not be subject of speculation

Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader and President Robert Mugabe’s chief rival for the past 17 years has announced he is undergoing treatment for colon cancer.

Related: Thousands march in Harare in rare mass protest against Robert Mugabe

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[Category: Morgan Tsvangirai, World news, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Africa]

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[l] at 6/28/16 11:34am

Domestic intelligence agency says far-right, far-left and Islamist radical groups gaining membership in country

Political extremism rose sharply in Germany last year – among far-right but also far-left and Islamist radical groups – the domestic intelligence agency has said.

“Extremist groups, whatever their orientation, are gaining ground in Germany,” said the interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, presenting the report into 2015. The security agency had “observed not just a rise in membership but also an increase in violence and brutality,” he said in a statement.

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[l] at 6/28/16 11:01am

Angela Merkel’s cabinet signs off on reforms to keep country’s foreign intelligence agency on tighter leash

Germany has approved new measures to rein in the activities of its foreign intelligence agency after a scandal over improper collusion with the US National Security Agency.

Two months after replacing the head of the BND service over the damning revelations, chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet signed off on the reforms to keep the country’s spies on a tighter leash.

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[Category: Germany, Angela Merkel, NSA, UK security and counter-terrorism, Europe, World news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 10:56am

‘We acknowledge that this is basically Trudeau fan fiction,’ says Chip Zdarsky, Canadian artist and writer of Marvel’s Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5

Sporting red boxing gloves and a sleeveless top emblazoned with a red maple leaf, a smiling Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, appears relaxed as gears up for his latest role: comic book hero.

Trudeau will appear on the variant cover of Marvel’s Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5, slated for release at the end of August. The cover is an alternative to the main cover in circulation.

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[Category: Justin Trudeau, Marvel, Canada, World news, Comics and graphic novels, Culture, Americas]

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[l] at 6/28/16 10:41am

Most of the 823 Gibraltarians who voted to leave the European Union have gone to ground. But not John Bromfield

John Bromfield is the rarest of birds. He is one of the 823 Gibraltarians who voted last week to leave the European Union, despite fears that it would harm trade and stoke Spanish demands for sovereignty over the Rock. Most of the 823 have gone to ground – being part of a 4% minority is potentially unpleasant – but Bromfield is not made that way. “People here are trying to find out via Facebook who the 823 are, and leave voters fear recriminations,” he says. “I thought about putting an advert in saying ‘I’m number one’.”

Bromfield is not amused by the discussions this week between Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo and Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon, both determined to find some way of staying in the EU. “The politicians are playing with the situation instead of getting on with running their countries,” he says. “They should be dealing with the current problems rather than trying to circumvent the result of the referendum.”

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[Category: Gibraltar, EU referendum, World news, UK news, Europe, European Union, Foreign policy, Politics, Spain]

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[l] at 6/28/16 10:38am

Science Museum counts human and medical cost of injuries sustained during conflicts past and present

Related: Somme trench recreated in Welsh castle to salute battle's centenary

Scraps of ribbons, figurines and toys, and religious medals are among a collection of charms carried by soldiers a century ago at the Battle of the Somme that will go on display in an exhibition at the Science Museum on Wednesday.

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[Category: First world war, World news, Science, Exhibitions, Museums, London, Art and design, Culture, UK news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 10:00am

Trial version in US giving successful immunisation to mice could help fight disease, but complications warned for those who have contracted dengue fever

An experimental vaccine that completely protects animals from the Zika virus has raised hopes for a jab that can bring the fast-spreading disease under control.

Trials in the US found that a single immunisation shot made from a purified and inactivated form of the Zika virus gave mice total protection against the illness that has swept through Brazil and other parts of South America.

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[Category: Zika virus, Science, US news, World news, Medical research, Biology, Global development]

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[l] at 6/28/16 9:55am

German chancellor rejects Boris Johnson’s proposal to give Britain access to single market with limited immigration

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has dismissed Boris Johnson’s proposal that Britain might enjoy access to the European single market and restrict immigration at the same time, telling German MPs the UK would enjoy no special favours.

In a speech to the Bundestag, Merkel said negotiations over Britain’s post-EU future would not be a “cherry-picking exercise”. To applause, she warned that the UK government should be under no illusions over the decisions that would be made.

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[Category: European Union, EU referendum, David Cameron, Angela Merkel, Boris Johnson, Jean-Claude Juncker, UK news, Germany, Europe, Politics, Foreign policy, World news, Nigel Farage, Poland, Norway, Matteo Renzi]

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[l] at 6/28/16 9:49am

Panel chair Trey Gowdy concludes $7m investigation with 800-page report that accuses US of being slow to respond after 2012 attack was already under way

House Republicans investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, have found no new evidence to conclude that Hillary Clinton, secretary of state at the time, was culpable in the deaths of four Americans, according to the committee’s final report released on Tuesday.

The 800-page document released by the Republicans on the House select committee on Benghazi brought to a close a fiercely partisan, two-year, $7m investigation that included interviews with more than 80 witnesses. The report reveals new details about the night of the attack and concludes that the Obama administration failed to recognize the possibility of it happening.

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[Category: Benghazi attack, House of Representatives, US Congress, Hillary Clinton, US news, US politics, World news, Libya]

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[l] at 6/28/16 9:18am

Providers across the country have heaved a sigh of relief following the supreme court’s decision, but hundreds of restrictions are insulated from its effects

Hours after a monumental supreme court ruling declared one of the US’s harshest abortion restrictions to be unconstitutional, abortion rights activists were already jubilant over the prospect that many more restrictions could be struck down in its wake.

“Without question, today’s ruling was a game changer,” said Nancy Northup, the president of the legal group the Center for Reproductive Rights, whose attorneys argued for the clinics before the court. “This decision will be critical in the many, many legal challenges taking place around the country.”

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[Category: Abortion, US supreme court, Texas, Law, World news, Health, Society, US news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 9:08am

Independent review is announced nine months after church compensated and apologised to bishop’s victim

The Church of England has launched an independent review into its processes regarding the settlement of a claim of sexual abuse by one of its leading figures of the 20th century, George Bell.

Church sources said the review was routine and it was not revisiting its decision to apologise and pay compensation to a woman who claimed she was abused as a small child by the bishop of Chichester in the 1940s and 50s.

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[Category: Anglicanism, Christianity, Religion, UK news, Child protection]

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[l] at 6/28/16 8:44am
Voice and conscience of mountaineering, as author and editor of books and magazines on the sport

In the early 1970s, an editor at the publisher Hart-Davis, MacGibbon phoned the climber and magazine editor Ken Wilson with a proposition. A rather dry German mountaineering book of selected climbs had been doing well. Would Wilson do something similar in Britain? His response was typical, both for its directness and its vision: “You won’t want to do the kind of book I would like.” But Wilson, who has died aged 75, got his way, and in 1974 published Hard Rock, among the most influential climbing books of the 20th century.

For what was essentially a collection of illustrated essays by different authors about the best rock climbs in Britain, Wilson – thanks to his boundless energy and already considerable reputation as a guiding force in the climbing world – was able to attract leading climbers such as Chris Bonington and Royal Robbins, as well as the best climbing writers, including Jim Perrin and Ed Drummond. He even got an essay from Al Alvarez. As Wilson had promised, the book made no concessions to the uninitiated. He knew his audience inside out, had an apparently limitless appetite for work and had no time for the kind of sensationalised froth many of his competitors traded in. Authenticity was key and his customers loved him for it. Ultimately, he helped shape the world he was describing.

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[Category: Mountaineering, World news, Sport, UK news, Books, Culture]

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[l] at 6/28/16 7:34am

Bucharest newspaper offers an opportunity to stay in the EU, escape the political fallout and get away from the miserable weather

If the Brexit fallout has left you reeling and combing your family tree for alternative passport options, it might be time to consider adoption by a Romanian family.

A daily newspaper in Bucharest has launched a “Romanians for Remanians” campaign, offering a new home to the 48% of Britons who voted to stay in the European Union.

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[Category: Romania, EU referendum, Europe, European Union, World news, UK news]

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[l] at 6/28/16 6:45am

Government warns of new wave of terrorist operations after Christian village of al-Qaa targeted in pre-dawn attacks

The Lebanese government has warned of a heightened terrorist threat after eight suicide bombers attacked a Christian village on the border with Syria, in the latest spillover of its conflict into Lebanon.

The village of al-Qaa was targeted on Monday in two waves of suicide attacks that killed five people. The first group of bombers attacked before dawn and the second later at night, two of them blowing themselves up near a church.

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[Category: Lebanon, Middle East and North Africa, World news, Syria, Islamic State]

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[l] at 6/28/16 12:30am

School leavers lured by sophisticated fraudsters into enrolling at phoney institutions, with some graduating years later to find qualifications worthless

China has named and shamed 30 “fake universities”, warning millions of students to steer clear of the bogus institutions as they prepare to enter higher education.

The fraudulent universities are spread across 12 Chinese provinces, including Beijing and Shanghai, the country’s official news agency, Xinhua, reported on Tuesday.

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[l] at 6/27/16 11:00pm

Government on course to biometrically register country’s 1.25 billion population as part of plan to modernise administration

The digital revolution arrives in remote Indian villages such as Akbarpur by communication methods old and new: a WhatsApp message buzzes through to the village chief; he notifies his fellows via megaphone.

The world’s biggest biometric ID programme is coming to town.

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[Category: India, South and Central Asia, World news, Technology, Biometrics, Global development]

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[l] at 6/27/16 7:01pm

UN children’s agency report highlights toll on youngsters by 2030 unless world leaders turn rhetoric into reality on fighting poverty

Less than a year after the world promised to leave no one behind by signing up to an ambitious 15-year blueprint to end inequality, the UN children’s agency says that 69 million children will die from mostly preventable causes by 2030, and 167 million will be living in extreme poverty, unless world leaders turn rhetoric into reality.

In its latest State of the World’s Children report, Unicef also says 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, the date by which the sustainable development goals to tackle poverty and secure the planet’s future are supposed to have been achieved.

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[Category: Global development, Sustainable development goals, United Nations, World news, Africa]

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[l] at 6/27/16 1:00am

In an attempt to keep news of troop deaths quiet, government arrests reporters circulating information online

On a cold January evening, journalist Yassin Juma was walking to his local pharmacy when he was stopped by four men from the Kenyan police.

They escorted him back to his house, where he found 14 people ransacking the place in front of his wife and children. “They were looking for electronics, for laptops,” Juma recalls.

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[Category: Kenya, Africa, World news, Somalia, Al-Shabaab, Middle East and North Africa, Censorship, Press freedom, Social media, Digital media, Media, Newspapers & magazines]

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[l] at 6/25/16 6:05pm
Carlos Antonio Lozada, supreme urban commander of Colombia’s Farc rebels, is poised to lead his organisation into politics. In this exclusive interview he speaks about war, making peace and meeting victims

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) stands apart from other Latin American leftwing guerrilla movements founded since the 1960s because it has outlived them all – well into the 21st century – and remains in control of vast tranches of territory. But it is also from a different mould: almost entirely rural – its leaders have not been intellectuals, such as Che Guevara, but peasants, fighting a peasant war in the countryside. The Farc’s violence has, however, had an impact on the cities, and during the 1990s Colombia even feared that the guerrillas were poised to take the capital, Bogotá.

Related: Colombia and Farc rebels sign historic ceasefire deal to end 50-year conflict

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[Category: Farc, Colombia, Americas, World news]

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[l] at 6/23/16 11:37am

Government hopes to be deemed compliant with international standards amid fears athletes will not be allowed to compete in Rio

Kenya has passed new anti-doping legislation in a bid to comply with international standards amid fears its athletes could be banned from participating in the Olympic games in Rio.

The amended bill was signed by president Uhuru Kenyatta just two days after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said competitors from Russia and Kenya would have to be screened individually if they wished to participate in the Games.

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[Category: Kenya, Athletics, Africa, Sport, World news]

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[l] at 6/23/16 9:12am

Beatings and arson attacks on social media users represents new frontier in intimidation campaign, say analysts. RFE/RL reports

When Aleksandr Markov heard the doorbell of his St Petersburg apartment earlier this year, he rushed to welcome his guest. But instead of the friend he had been expecting, Markov was surprised to see several strangers on his doorstep.

Then came the blow.

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[Category: Russia, Vladimir Putin, Europe, World news, Social media, Digital media, Media]

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[l] at 6/23/16 12:00am

In one of the last Jewish enclaves in the Arab world, families are leaving as tourism declines and security threats intensify

Cracked tombstones litter the cemetery behind Djerba’s Great Synagogue, but it was not vandals who broke them.

Hundreds of Jewish families have moved away from this Tunisian island community in the past five decades, digging up their relatives’ remains to take with them and leaving only the slabs of marble behind.

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[Category: Tunisia, Judaism, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Religion, World news]

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[l] at 6/21/16 3:33am

Breakaway region of Abkhazia wants to remain a ‘loyal ally’ to Moscow but keep control of its Black Sea real estate, RFE/RL reports

One evening in April, Almas Djapua parked his car by the Soviet-era port of Sukhumi and headed towards the palm-lined waterfront of the Black Sea. Moments later, the car exploded.

Related: Abkhazia, inside the rebel republic – in pictures

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[Category: Russia, Georgia, Europe, World news, Travel]

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[l] at 6/21/16 1:00am

Artist Tarek Dhibi believes spray can can help protect kids from extremist recruiters near the Algerian border

It’s lunchtime in the Tunisian city of Kasserine. From plastic chairs at a pavement cafe on the city’s main thoroughfare, a group of young men are watching the heavily-armed guards patrol the city’s best hotel.

Here in Kasserine, security is paramount. It’s only a few hours’ drive east from the Algerian border and the chaambi mountains, a known training ground for islamic extremists. It’s also one of the poorest cities in the country, where unemployment is rife, especially among young people, making many marginalised young men vulnerable to the lure of extremist recruiters.

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[Category: Tunisia, Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Islamic State, World news]

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[l] at 6/20/16 12:00am

Residents in Niger have rejected a recent report on youth clashes they say is reductive and portrays them as ‘animals’

For the past six years, the city of Zinder in Niger has been gripped by American-inspired gang violence, a phenomenon international researchers and local journalists have struggled to understand.

The street violence is popularly referred to as the Yan palais. In the local Hausa dialect, “palais” is a word for young people who mimic the clothes, drugs, music and sexualised culture of their western counterparts.

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[Category: Niger, Boko Haram, Africa, Nigeria, World news, Media]

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[l] at 6/17/16 7:15am

Pictures taken after she was shot dead by Oscar Pistorius have been released, but we gain nothing by looking at them

When Oscar Pistorius took off his prosthetic legs and walked across a Pretoria high courtroom on his stumps, the message was clear: Oscar the victim. Oscar in pain. Oscar humiliated. Oscar crushed.

On the third day of a hearing in which Judge Thokozile Masipa will eventually sentence the former athlete on the charge of murdering his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius’s defence team said they wanted to show the court that he was no longer a “strong, ambitious man winning gold medals”.

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[Category: Reeva Steenkamp shooting, Oscar Pistorius, South Africa, Africa, World news]

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[l] at 6/17/16 3:00am

From free samples of sweet drinks to Italian kitchen displays, brands in the DPRK are learning to compete with the state, writes Choson Exchange

How do you teach the craft of advertising in North Korea, a country which has for decades been indoctrinated against capitalism by the ruling Kim dynasty?

And how do you get people to connect with your products when most advertising space is monopolised by the state? If companies can’t get their wares into newspapers, or onto the sides of buildings or buses, how do people know they exist?

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[Category: North Korea, Asia Pacific, World news, Advertising, Media]

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