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Tory rebels send stark warning to Boris Johnson over no-deal Brexit

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Emphatic majority in vote aiming to prevent suspension of parliament in October

MPs have given Boris Johnson a brutal preview of the scale of the challenge facing his premiership, as Conservative rebels voted to block any attempt to suspend parliament in order to force through a no-deal Brexit.

The new measure was passed by a hefty 41-vote majority, after a day of drama in Westminster which saw the resignation of one minister and abstentions from four rebellious cabinet ministers, who will soon be on the backbenches, as well as half a dozen others.

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July 18th 2019, 4:54 pm

Trump says US warship has destroyed Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

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Donald Trump has said that a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz, amid heightened tensions between the two countries.

Related: Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions

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July 18th 2019, 4:08 pm

Moroccan court orders death penalty for jihadists who beheaded tourists

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Three Isis supporters who killed two Scandinavian women given death sentence

Three men have been sentenced to death in Morocco for the Isis-inspired murder of two Scandinavian hikers in the Atlas mountains last December.

The two victims, Louisa Vesterager Jespersen, 24, from Denmark, and Maren Ueland, 28, from Norway, were beheaded by a group of men who wanted to impress Islamic State. The three men confessed to their murder at a court in Salé, near Rabat.

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July 18th 2019, 3:36 pm

Trump claims he 'does not agree' with racist chant inspired by his attacks – live

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Trump distances himself from crowd’s attack on Ilhan Omar, while senior Democrats say they’re concerned for her safety

At an event at the White House yesterday, Donald Trump was told by a Rohingya muslim refugee who had fled persecution in Myanmar to a regional refugee camp that his people were hoping to “go back home as quickly as possible”.

Rohingya man asks Trump whether there is a plan to help them.

Trump: “and where is that exactly?” pic.twitter.com/5TcEjob72J

Donald Trump a few moment ago attempted to disavow the racist chanting that broke out at his rally last night in North Carolina - despite the fact that the whole storm started from his racist tweets on Sunday.

Asked in the Oval Office just now by White House pool reporters why he did not stop the chants last night of “send her back” when he mentioned Ilhan Omar, he said: “I think I did - I started speaking very quickly.”He also added: “I was not happy with it - I disagree with it.”

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July 18th 2019, 1:53 pm

Iran makes 'substantial' nuclear offer in return for US lifting sanctions

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Iran has offered a deal with the US in which it would formally and permanently accept enhanced inspections of its nuclear programme, in return for the permanent lifting of US sanctions.

The offer was made by the Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on a visit to New York. But it is unlikely to be warmly received by the Trump administration, which is currently demanding Iran make a range of sweeping concessions, including cessation of uranium enrichment and support for proxies and allies in the region.

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July 18th 2019, 1:53 pm

Republicans mostly silent after Trump rally racist chants aimed at Ilhan Omar

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With few exceptions, elected Republican officials replied with silence, or feigned ignorance, after ‘send her back’ chants

“The president’s latest racist rant, offensive even in the context of his intentionally offensive tenure, has set a new low bar … I’m stunned and disappointed by the nonchalance of my Republican colleagues,” congressman Raúl M Grijalva wrote in the Guardian.

A year and a half ago.

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July 18th 2019, 12:53 pm

Trump directly involved in talks that led to Stormy Daniels payment, FBI says

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Court filing says Trump and Hope Hicks spoke to Cohen repeatedly as Daniels in 2016 threatened to go public about alleged affair

Donald Trump and his press secretary were directly involved in discussions that led to an illegal hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election campaign, according to the FBI.

Related: Senior Democrats voice fears over Ilhan Omar's safety – live

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July 18th 2019, 12:23 pm

Boris Johnson refuses to answer questions over party in Lebedev mansion

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Potential PM will not say whether he had police protection during weekend in Italy while foreign secretary

Boris Johnson is refusing to give details of a trip he made to Italy when he was foreign secretary for a weekend-long party held at a restored castle owned by the media billionaire and socialite Evgeny Lebedev.

The Guardian has learned that the likely next prime minister went to Palazzo Terranova in Perugia in April 2018 at the invitation of Lebedev, the owner of the London Evening Standard and the Independent who is renowned for hosting glamorous events for the world’s rich and famous.

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July 18th 2019, 12:23 pm

Jeffrey Epstein denied bail while awaiting sex trafficking trial

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Federal judge rules financier is a ‘danger to others’ while awaiting trial for the alleged sexual abuse of underage girls from 2002 to 2005

Jeffrey Epstein has been denied bail while awaiting a federal sex trafficking trial in New York.

“The government has established danger to others and to the community by clear and convincing evidence,” Manhattan federal court Judge Richard Berman said on Thursday. “I doubt that any bail package can overcome a danger to the community.”

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July 18th 2019, 12:23 pm

Ursula von der Leyen: hard Brexit would be massive blow for both sides

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Exclusive: newly elected EU chief suggests there could be emergency help for Ireland

The European commission’s new president has warned that a hard Brexit would have “massively negative consequences” for both Britain and the European Union, and added that the EU could provide emergency help for nations such as Ireland that bear the brunt of a no-deal outcome.

In her first interview since being narrowly approved by the European parliament on Tuesday, Ursula von der Leyen insisted that the withdrawal deal concluded by Theresa May and the commission’s Brexit negotiator Michael Barnier remained the basis of future talks.

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July 18th 2019, 12:23 pm

12 Israeli teenagers held in Cyprus over alleged rape of British woman

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Youths aged between 16 and 18 accused of raping 19-year-old tourist at hotel in Ayia Napa

A court in Cyprus has remanded 12 Israeli youths in custody on suspicion of an alleged rape of a 19-year-old British tourist at a holiday resort on the island.

The youths, aged between 16 and 18, are alleged to have raped the woman in a hotel room in Ayia Napa, a resort on the south-eastern coast.

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July 18th 2019, 10:48 am

Climate crisis: extremely hot days could double in US, study shows

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Amid widespread US heat wave, experts predict dangerous extremes in summer temperatures will only get worse

As the climate crisis progresses, the number of extremely hot days around the US could more than double, according to a peer-reviewed study and report from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

By mid-century, an average of 36 days a year could feel like 100F (37.7C) or hotter. Toward the end of the century, 54 days a year could feel that hot, researchers with the science advocacy group found.

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July 18th 2019, 10:48 am

'Despicable': Democrats condemn Trump over rally's Ilhan Omar chant

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Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren denounced the president after rally erupted into chants of ‘send her back’

Democrats rushed to condemn Donald Trump after his supporters erupted into chants of “send her back” at the mention of Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, one of the targets of the president’s recent racist tweets.

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders was one of the first to offer his support to Omar following the chants at the Trump rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night, accusing the president of “stoking the most despicable and disturbing currents in our society” and called him the “most dangerous president in the history of our country”.

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July 18th 2019, 10:48 am

MPs pass amendment seeking to thwart no-deal Brexit prorogation

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Amendment is passed by 41 votes in potentially crucial Commons decision

A backbench amendment intended to beef up attempts by MPs to stop a future government from proroguing parliament in order to ensure a no-deal Brexit has been passed by 41 votes in a potentially crucial decision by the Commons.

The amendment, tabled by a cross-party group of more than 20 MPs, led by Labour’s Hilary Benn and the Conservatives’ Alistair Burt, and passed by 315 to 274 sought to beef up earlier amendments made to an otherwise-technical Northern Ireland bill.

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July 18th 2019, 9:01 am

India’s ‘dosa king’ restauranteur dies one week into life term for murder

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P Rajagopal, founder of popular Saravana Bhavan restaurant chain, dies of cardiac failure

India’s “dosa king”, the founder of a global restaurant chain, has died days after losing a last-ditch attempt to avoid a life sentence for murder.

P Rajagopal, 71, who rose from humble beginnings to run one of the world’s largest chains of vegetarian restaurants, had been convicted of killing the husband of a woman he wanted to make his third wife.

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July 18th 2019, 8:17 am

British football fan detained in UAE lodges human rights complaint

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Ali Issa Ahmad brings case to UN alleging he was tortured after wearing Qatar T-shirt to match

A British football fan who says he was detained and tortured while on holiday in the United Arab Emirates because he wore a football T-shirt supporting Qatar, has lodged a landmark legal complaint with the UN about his treatment.

In the 27-page complaint Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, from Wolverhampton, documents his alleged torture at the hands of the UAE authorities in January and February of this year while he was visiting the country to watch Asian Cup matches.

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July 18th 2019, 7:17 am

Iran says it has seized foreign oil tanker in Gulf

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Report on state TV says ship was smuggling oil but does not say which country crew are from

Iranian state TV says Revolutionary Guards forces have seized a foreign tanker with 12 crew accused of smuggling oil.

Thursday’s report says the tanker was taking fuel from Iranian smugglers to foreign customers and was intercepted south of Iran’s Larak Island in the strait of Hormuz, a vital route for oil shipping.

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July 18th 2019, 7:17 am

Gordon Brown: 'Boris Johnson could be UK's last prime minister'

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Ex-Labour PM says Tory leader frontrunner’s anti-European Conservatism is anti-Scottish

Boris Johnson could be the UK’s last prime minister, Gordon Brown has warned, as the Conservative leadership frontrunner met Scottish MPs to reassure them of his desire to bolster the union.

Johnson held a meeting with 11 out of the 13 Scottish Conservatives at Westminster on Wednesday, which was described as “positive” and “businesslike”, and is understood to have covered when he should first visit Scotland if elected, how colleagues north of the border will feed into policy decisions and future structuring of government – Johnson has proposed a “union unit” within Downing Street.

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July 18th 2019, 7:02 am

IUCN red list reveals wildlife destruction from treetop to ocean floor

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Latest list shows extinction now threatens a third of all assessed species, from monkeys to rhino rays

From the tops of trees to the depths of the oceans, humanity’s destruction of wildlife is continuing to drive many species towards extinction, with the latest “red list” showing a third of all species assessed are threatened.

The razing of habitat and hunting for bushmeat has now driven seven primates into decline, while overfishing has pushed two families of extraordinary rays to the brink. Pollution, dams and over-abstraction of freshwater are responsible for serious declines in river wildlife from Mexico to Japan, while illegal logging is ravaging Madagascar’s rosewoods and disease is decimating the American elm.

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July 18th 2019, 6:47 am

'Stolen lands': dozens arrested as Hawaiians protest $1.4bn telescope

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Astronomers say site will offer unparalleled view into deep space, but many Native Hawaiians fear it will desecrate sacred mountain

Dozens of people have been arrested on Hawaii’s Big Island this week after hundreds of protesters stood, lay and even chained themselves to structures in an effort to stop the construction of a billion-dollar space observatory at the summit of Hawaii’s tallest mountain.

The protests are the culmination of longstanding controversy over the site of the proposed observatory atop Mauna Kea, the highest point in the Hawaiian Islands.

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July 18th 2019, 6:32 am

No-deal Brexit would plunge Britain into a recession, says OBR

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Office for Budget Responsibility believes economy would shrink by 2% by end of 2020

A no-deal Brexit would plunge Britain into a recession that would shrink the economy by 2% by the end of next year, according to the government’s independent forecasting body.

The Office for Budget Responsibility said increased uncertainty and falling confidence would deter investment and hit trade.

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July 18th 2019, 6:02 am

Florida city constantly plays Baby Shark to deter homeless from civic building

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Official praises ‘effective temporary measure’ using looped children’s song to drive away people from banqueting venue

City officials in West Palm Beach, Florida, are using extremely catchy children’s music to try and drive away homeless people from one of its civic buildings.

The city’s mayor, Keith James, confirmed to Fox News that the songs Baby Shark and Raining Tacos were being played at the patio of the Waterfront Lake Pavilion, where homeless people have been living.

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July 18th 2019, 5:02 am

Puerto Rico police clash with protesters against governor's homophobic texts

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Teargas and rubber bullets used to disperse huge demonstration following leak of Ricardo Rosselló sexist slurs

Thousands of protesters in Puerto Rico have clashed with riot police, as volleys of teargas and rubber bullets were used to disperse a mostly peaceful protest that descended into chaos just yards from the governor’s residence in San Juan.

The island’s capital has seen days of sustained protest following a leak of hundreds of pages of text messages, many including homophobic and misogynistic slurs, between the Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rosselló and 11 members of his inner circle. A number of people in Rosselló’s administration have resigned after the leak, but the governor has refused to tender his resignation despite continuing violence on the streets.

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July 18th 2019, 4:27 am

Boris Johnson's no-deal Brexit threat risks being ignored by the EU

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Michel Barnier says the UK will ‘have to face the consequences’ of crashing out

Boris Johnson’s suggestion he could use the threat of no deal to win an improved Brexit deal for the UK risks falling on deaf ears in Brussels, the EU’s top negotiator has suggested.

Michel Barnier suggested, in an interview carried out in May for the BBC Panorama programme, that Theresa May’s negotiating team never tried to use the spectre of a no-deal Brexit despite calls from Tory hardliners to do so.

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July 18th 2019, 3:14 am

'Abusive' woman billed for £85,000 after RAF scrambled to escort plane

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Chloe Haines, 25, allegedly tried to open aircraft doors on Jet2 flight from Stansted to Turkey

A passenger who allegedly caused two RAF jets to be scrambled to escort a plane back to Stansted airport has been sent a bill for £85,000 by the airline.

Chloe Haines has been accused by Jet2 of a “catalogue of aggressive, abusive and dangerous behaviour” on a flight bound for Dalaman in Turkey in June, including trying to open the aircraft doors during the flight.

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July 18th 2019, 12:55 am

Several dead after suspected arson attack on Kyoto Animation in Japan

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Dozens also injured after man spread flammable liquid and set fire to building of company famous for anime cartoons, police say

Several people have died and dozens injured in a fire after a suspected arson atack at an animation production company in western Japan.

Police in Kyoto siad the fire broke out on Thursday morning at a three-storey building belonging to Kyoto Animation after a man burst in and spread unidentified liquid that set off the blaze.

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July 18th 2019, 12:38 am

Indonesian airline bans in-flight photos after being mocked for handwritten menu

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Popular video blogger whose image of the menu went viral now faces police inquiry

Indonesia’s national airline has come under fire for banning the taking of in-flight photos and videos after a popular video blogger posted an image online showing a handwritten menu he was handed in business class.

The well-known travel v-logger Rius Vernandes was also reported to police after the post, which saw the airline Garuda Indonesia widely mocked online. The photo was uploaded with the caption: “The menu is still being printed sir.”

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July 18th 2019, 12:26 am

Instagram hides number of 'likes' from users in Australian trial

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Social media giant says the trial, which rolls out Thursday, will ‘reduce pressure’ on users of the platform

Instagram users in Australia will no longer be able to see how many likes a post has a received under trial changes to “remove pressure” on the digital platform’s users.

Instagram will on Thursday begin rolling out the trial update removing the total number of likes on photos and viewings of videos on user feeds and profiles, and permalink pages.

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July 17th 2019, 10:10 pm

Trump rally crowd chants 'send her back' after president attacks Ilhan Omar

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Chant follows Trump’s racist tweets targeting Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen of color

Goaded on by the president, a crowd at a Donald Trump rally on Wednesday night chanted “send her back! send her back!” in reference to Ilhan Omar, a US congresswoman who arrived almost 30 years ago as a child refugee in the United States.

Trump used the 2020 campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, to attack Omar and three other Democratic congresswomen – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayana Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan – calling them “hate-filled extremists”. The group, which calls itself “the Squad”, has been the focus of racist attacks by the president this week, kickstarted by tweets posted Sunday in which he said the lawmakers, all women of color, should “go back” to other countries.

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July 17th 2019, 9:54 pm

Indonesian women suffering 'epidemic' of domestic violence, activists warn

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Marital rape not being prosecuted enough, campaigners say, in a country where women face growing harassment

Activists have warned of an “epidemic” of sexual harassment and violence against women in Indonesia, in the wake of two recent cases of horrific domestic abuse.

In one incident, a man in Jakarta reportedly slashed his wife’s throat with a machete after she refused to have sex with him, an act witnessed by their two children, aged seven and 14.

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July 17th 2019, 9:54 pm

'Wizard' hacker charged after financial records of nearly every Bulgarian exposed

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Cyber attack compromised records on incomes, tax, health insurance and loans of millions of people

A 20-year-old cybersecurity worker has been arrested in Bulgaria and charged with hacking the personal and financial records of millions of taxpayers, as police continue to investigate the country’s biggest ever data breach.

Bulgaria’s NRA tax agency is facing a fine of up to €20m ($22.43m) over the hack, which was revealed this week and is thought to have compromised the records of nearly every working adult among the country’s population of 7 million.

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July 17th 2019, 9:40 pm

House kills attempt to impeach Trump for 'disgracing' presidency

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More than 100 Democrats join Republicans to table vote, following Nancy Pelosi’s lead

The House of Representatives killed an attempt to impeach Donald Trump on Wednesday, with 137 Democrats joining Republicans to table a vote on articles of impeachment brought by the congressman Al Green of Texas.

Ninety-five Democrats voted to advance the impeachment resolution, which blasted Trump for bringing “disgrace” on the presidency by issuing racist tweets last Sunday aimed at four congresswomen of color. “Tabling” the impeachment articles means they are in effect dead.

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July 17th 2019, 9:40 pm

Puerto Rico: new protests loom against governor's sexist and homophobic texts

World news | The Guardian

Puerto Rico is bracing for large demonstrations in the capital city of San Juan on Wednesday evening as the scandal engulfing the US territory’s local administration continues to deepen and the embattled governor, Ricardo Rosselló, vows to hold on to power despite waning support.

Tens of thousands are expected to take to the streets later today following protests earlier in the week that were dispersed with teargas and rubber bullets. In anticipation of potential unrest the cruise line company Royal Caribbean suspended a daily stop at the island “to ensure the safety and security of our guests and crew”.

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July 17th 2019, 8:49 pm

'Bill Clinton talks loudly, fails to act': envoys’ barbed missives to John Major

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Foreign leaders Boris Yeltsin and François Mitterrand also subjects of gossipy anecdotes, papers show

Confidential and sometimes unflattering appraisals of foreign leaders have been a staple of the diplomatic cable long before the leaking of the former US ambassador Kim Darroch’s emails.

Boris Yeltsin, Bill Clinton, François Mitterrand and the Saudi royal family were all subjects of candid pen portraits and gossipy anecdotes during John Major’s premiership.

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July 17th 2019, 8:37 pm

Young drivers may be banned from road at night under safety plan

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Scheme aims to reduce number of drivers involved in accidents during first years behind wheel

Young drivers could be banned from the road at night under plans to improve safety, the Department for Transport has announced. Figures show that a fifth are involved in an accident during their first year behind the wheel, and ministers are considering introducing a graduated licence system for novice drivers in England.

The scheme could feature a series of restrictions, such as a minimum learning period, not driving at night and not driving with passengers under a certain age. The DfT did not reveal how long the measures would remain in place once someone had passed their driving test.

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July 17th 2019, 8:37 pm

Found: British author of 50-year-old message in a bottle that washed up in Australia

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South Australian man and his son found the bottle, which was dropped from an ocean liner by 13-year-old Paul Gilmore in 1969

The British author of a message in a bottle that recently washed up on the South Australian coast after more than half a century has been found – and he is currently out to sea, his sister says.

South Australian man Paul Elliot and his son Jyah told ABC radio they found the bottle on the Eyre Peninsula’s west coast recently while fishing.

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July 17th 2019, 6:52 pm

'Not a dustbin': Cambodia to send plastic waste back to the US and Canada

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Country vows to return 1,600 tonnes of waste as south-east Asian countries revolt against an onslaught of rubbish shipments

Cambodia has announced it will send 1,600 tonnes of plastic waste found in shipping containers back to the US and Canada, as south-east Asian countries revolt against an onslaught of rubbish shipments.

China’s decision to ban foreign plastic waste imports last year threw global recycling into chaos, leaving developed nations struggling to find countries to send their trash.

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July 17th 2019, 5:52 pm

Kevin Spacey: prosecutors drop case accusing actor of groping teen

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The actor was accused of sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man at a Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016

Prosecutors have dropped a case accusing Kevin Spacey of groping an 18-year-old man at Massachusetts resort island bar in 2016.

The Cape and Islands district attorney said on Wednesday that they dropped the indecent assault and battery case brought against the actor last year.

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July 17th 2019, 5:22 pm

Manmade Antarctic snowstorm 'could save coastal cities from rising seas'

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Blowing trillions of tonnes of snow on to ice sheet could halt its collapse, researchers say

Spraying trillions of tons of snow over west Antarctica could halt the ice sheet’s collapse and save coastal cities across the world from sea level rise, according to a new study.

The colossal geoengineering project would need energy from at least 12,000 wind turbines to power giant seawater pumps and snow cannons, and would destroy a unique natural reserve. The scientists are not advocating for such a project, but said its apparent “absurdity” reflects the extraordinary scale of threat from rising sea level.

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July 17th 2019, 2:33 pm

DRC Ebola epidemic is international emergency, says WHO

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World Health Organization calls for more funds with 2,512 confirmed cases in Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a public health emergency of international concern, the World Health Organization has declared, calling for more funds and international support to close it down.

Related: Ebola virus reaches Congolese city of Goma

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July 17th 2019, 2:33 pm

House of Lords passes amendment to help prevent no-deal Brexit

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Bill could make it illegal for a Boris Johnson administration to prorogue parliament

A no-deal showdown is expected in the House of Commons on Thursday after peers passed stronger protections against the prospect of a Boris Johnson administration attempting to prorogue parliament to force an exit from the EU in October.

The House of Lords passed an amendment by a majority of 103 on Wednesday that would ensure parliament would sit in the weeks leading up to the 31 October deadline. Fears have been growing that Johnson could prorogue or dissolve parliament in order to allow the deadline to pass without MPs interfering.

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July 17th 2019, 2:03 pm

Rashida Tlaib calls Trump 'the biggest bully' she's ever dealt with – live

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Democratic congresswomen sat down for interview with Gayle King, where Ocasio-Cortez condemned Republicans for not standing up to Trump

Former Trump officials believe the president would like to strike a nuclear deal with Iran that “essentially mirrors” the one Barack Obama and John Kerry negotiated in 2015, according to a new report from Politico.

“Trump got rid of the Iran nuclear deal because it was Barack Obama’s agreement,” Jarrett Blanc, a former State Department official who helped oversee the 2015 deal’s implementation, told Politico. “If you were to present to Trump the same deal and call it Trump’s deal, he’d be thrilled.”

Over a round of golf this past weekend, Sen. Rand Paul asked President Donald Trump’s blessing for a sensitive diplomatic mission.

Paul proposed sitting down with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to extend a fresh olive branch on the president’s behalf, according to four U.S. officials. The aim: to reduce tensions between the two countries. Trump signed off on the idea.

Donald Trump’s approval rating with Republicans rose in a USA Today/Ipsos poll conducted entirely after his racist tweets on Sunday attacking four Democratic congresswomen of color.

Trump’s net approval with Republicans in the new poll rose 5 percentage points, to 72%, from a similar poll conducted last week.

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July 17th 2019, 1:03 pm

Theresa May hits out at populists in farewell speech

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Outgoing PM takes aim at absolutism and bemoans ‘descent into rancour and tribal bitterness’

Theresa May has criticised absolutism in politics in what appeared to be a coded swipe at populist politicians such as Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage and Donald Trump.

The prime minister gave a valedictory speech taking aim at those who refuse to compromise and promote absolutist ideology, including those on both sides of the Brexit debate.

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July 17th 2019, 1:03 pm

Footage of Trump and Epstein together at a party in 1992 emerges

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Video from the NBC archive shows Trump making friendly conversation with Epstein and pointing out women

Footage of a friendly exchange between Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein at a November 1992 party has surfaced after the president tried to distance himself from the wealthy financier who was arrested earlier this month for the alleged sex trafficking of minors.

Related: Jeffrey Epstein: how US media – with one star exception – whitewashed the story

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July 17th 2019, 11:59 am

El Chapo: Mexican drug lord sentenced to life in prison

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US district judge imposed life sentence plus 30 years at hearing in federal Brooklyn court

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, the Mexican drug lord found guilty of running a murderous criminal enterprise that smuggled tons of drugs into the United States, was sentenced by a US judge on Wednesday to spend the rest of his life in prison.

US District Judge Brian Cogan imposed the sentence of life plus 30 years, which was mandatory under the law, at a hearing in federal court in Brooklyn.

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July 17th 2019, 11:29 am

EU nations to be vetted on their adherence to the rule of law

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EC announces decision as incoming president looks to assuage critics over ties to governments in Poland and Hungary

EU nations are to be vetted annually on their adherence to the rule of law, in a renewed bid from Brussels to stop governments from firing independent judges and packing courts with pliable supporters.

In a new effort to stop democratic backsliding, all EU countries will be subject to annual monitoring on the rule of law, the European commission announced on Wednesday, one day after its incoming president, Ursula von der Leyen, sought to assuage critics of her appointment with a pledge to uphold democratic values.

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July 17th 2019, 11:29 am

Boris Johnson's support for EU revealed in Leon Brittan letter

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No 10 frontrunner wrote ‘pro-European letter’ to late Tory peer’s widow a year before campaigning for leave

Boris Johnson revealed his support for the European Union’s single market in “a pro-European” letter written the year before he decided to campaign for leave, it has emerged.

The likely prime minister’s pro-EU market sympathies were said to be revealed in a letter of condolence to the wife of the late Tory politician Sir Leon Brittan, who died in January 2015.

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July 17th 2019, 11:29 am

Russia denies visas to teachers at Anglo-American school

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Staff say decision is ‘blowback’ as a result of worsening relations with US

Russia has denied visas to teachers of the Anglo-American school in Moscow, in a move described by one teacher as “blowback” over worsening US-Russian relations.

The US ambassador, Jon Huntsman, called the decision to deny visas to 30 teachers at the Anglo-American school “unfortunate” and said it would “affect over 1,100 students and their families, who represent over 60 countries, including Russia”. The day school is popular among the children of western diplomats and businessmen.

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July 17th 2019, 11:29 am

FBI arrests 18 people in Sicily amid US-linked mafia investigation

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Nineteenth suspect also arrested in US, in investigation into the Inzerillo clan in Palermo and the allied New York-based Gambino family

Italian and US police have launched a coordinated crackdown on a Sicilian mafia family that was seeking to rebuild its power base after years of exile in the United States, Italian investigators said on Wednesday.

More than 200 police, including officers from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), arrested 18 people in Sicily as part of their investigation into the Inzerillo clan in the island’s capital Palermo and the allied New York-based Gambino family.

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July 17th 2019, 11:29 am

Drug makers flooded US with billions of opioid pills as epidemic surged, data shows

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Statistics are a blow to country’s biggest pharmaceuticals that paid millions of dollars in out of court settlements

Drug makers and distributors flooded the US with more than 75bn opioid pills in the crucial years when the country’s epidemic of painkiller addiction and deaths surged to record levels, according to previously secret data released by an American court.

The publication of the Drug Enforcement Administration statistics is a blow to some of the country’s biggest pharmaceutical firms that have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in out of court settlements in part to keep sealed evidence that they profiteered from escalating demand for opioids even as public health officials were declaring an epidemic.

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July 17th 2019, 9:59 am

Google suspends ticket website Viagogo from paid-for global search rankings

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Search engine’s decision follows pressure from campaign groups and MPs

Google has suspended the secondary ticketing company Viagogo from its paid-for global search rankings, with immediate effect, in what could prove a huge blow to the controversial website’s ability to do business.

The search engine giant’s surprise decision, in the face of pressure from campaign groups and MPs, comes with Viagogo also facing legal action from the Competition and Markets Authority.

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July 17th 2019, 9:11 am

Turkish diplomats shot dead in Iraqi city, officials say

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At least three killed in attack on restaurant in Iraqi Kurdish capital of Irbil, sources say

At least three Turkish diplomats have been killed in a shooting that took place in the Iraqi Kurdish capital of Irbil, two Kurdish security officials told Reuters.

Unknown gunmen opened fire at a restaurant where the diplomats were dinning, the sources said.

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July 17th 2019, 9:00 am

Hammond 'terrified' by Rees-Mogg claim of no-deal Brexit boost

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Chancellor rubbishes claim by Boris Johnson ally that no-deal exit could boost economy by £80bn

Philip Hammond, the chancellor, has said it is “terrifying” that one of Boris Johnson’s close allies, Jacob Rees-Mogg, believes a no-deal Brexit will boost the economy.

The chancellor, who is expected to exit the government next week, expressed his horror after Rees-Mogg used a Daily Telegraph opinion piece to dismiss the “pure silliness” of Treasury forecasts suggesting a £90bn hit to the economy.

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July 17th 2019, 8:11 am

Amazon faces EU inquiry over treatment of small retailers

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Investigation into possible anti-competitive behaviour is likely to spark US anger

The European Union has launched a formal investigation into Amazon, opening a new front against US tech giants.

Announcing the decision, the European commissioner for competition, Margrethe Vestager, said she wanted to take “a very close look” at whether Amazon’s business practices broke EU anti-trust rules.

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July 17th 2019, 8:11 am

Excavation of Waterloo field hospital unearths limbs and musket balls

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Waterloo Uncovered’s project shines fresh light on battle that led to Napoleon’s defeat

The first ever excavation of the main allied field hospital at the Battle of Waterloo has uncovered sawn-off limbs and musket balls fired during a previously unrecorded fight on the steps of the farm where the Duke of Wellington’s medics worked.

The surprise find by British and Dutch archeologists, digging alongside 25 military veterans, opens up a new understanding of how the Mont-St-Jean field hospital was engulfed by war on 18 June 1815.

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July 17th 2019, 8:11 am

Air France could face trial over 2009 crash of Rio-Paris flight

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Prosecutors say airline knew of problems with Airbus A330 plane that crashed, killing 228 people

French prosecutors have recommended that Air France face trial for manslaughter and negligence over the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris in which 228 people died.

They concluded that Air France was aware of technical problems with a key speed-measuring instrument on its Airbus A330 plane, but had failed to inform or train pilots in how to resolve the issue, according to an investigation document seen by Agence France-Presse.

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July 17th 2019, 8:11 am

Pakistan arrests alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks

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Arrest of Hafiz Saeed comes days before Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, visits Washington

Authorities in Pakistan have arrested Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of a four-day militant attack on the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008, on terror finance charges, a spokesman for the chief minister of Punjab province said.

The arrest came days before a visit to Washington by the country’s prime minister, Imran Khan, who has vowed to crack down on militant groups operating in Pakistan.

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July 17th 2019, 7:41 am

Merkel protege AKK given defence job seen as poisoned chalice

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer succeeds new EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen as German defence minister

Angela Merkel’s favoured successor as chancellor has been appointed Germany’s new defence minister in an unexpected and potentially risky move after Ursula von der Leyen’s confirmation as European commission president.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, widely known in Germany as AKK, formally took over the role during a ceremony on Wednesday, a day after MEPs narrowly backed Von der Leyen’s nomination, and will swear her oath of office in the Bundestag next week.

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July 17th 2019, 7:29 am

Plan to open gun megastore in Christchurch prompts concern

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Gun City, which sold weapons to man accused of mosque attack, plans new outlet

The New Zealand retailer Gun City, which sold weapons to the man accused of shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 51 people and injured dozens, has aroused concern with plans for a megastore in the South Island city, according to media reports.

Radio New Zealand said some residents living near the proposed site were upset at the prospect of the store, sprawling over 300 sq metres (3,229sq ft), opening in August.

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July 17th 2019, 6:39 am

Andrea Camilleri, beloved creator of Inspector Montalbano, dies aged 93

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One of Italy’s most popular authors, Camilleri wrote 23 novels starring his Sicilian detective, selling more than 30m copies around the world

One of Italy’s most popular authors and creator of the Inspector Montalbano series, Andrea Camilleri has died at the age of 93.

Camilleri, who was born in Sicily in 1925, was taken to hospital in Rome in June after going into cardiac arrest.

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July 17th 2019, 4:51 am

Sudan military and protesters sign power-sharing accord

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General hails signing as ‘historical moment in Sudan’ after weeks of stalled talks

Military rulers in Sudan have signed a deal with protesters to share power with civilian leaders until elections are held in around three years.

The agreement comes after lengthy and difficult negotiations between generals who seized power after the fall of Omar al Bashir in April and then leaders of the pro-democracy campaign whose demonstrations led to the veteran dictator’s fall. It offers a chance to end months of political crisis and repeated bouts of violent repression.

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July 17th 2019, 4:51 am

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband fears she will be forced to confess

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British-Iranian woman held by Revolutionary Guards in mental hospital in Tehran

The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman detained in Tehran, says he is becoming increasingly worried she is being pressured to sign a forced confession after she was moved to an isolated ward in a mental hospital.

Zaghari-Ratcliffe was moved to the mental ward of Iman Khomeini hospital on Monday – a move that the family initially welcomed after months of calling for her to get medical treatment.

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July 17th 2019, 3:52 am

Trump drilling leases could create more climate pollution than EU does in a year

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US has offered close to 378m acres of public lands and waters for oil and gas leasing since Trump took office through April 2019

Donald Trump’s leases of public lands and waters for oil and gas drilling could lead to the production of more climate-warming pollution than the entire European Union contributes in a year, according to a new report.

The Wilderness Society estimates heat-trapping emissions from extracting and burning those fossil fuels could range between 854m and 4.7bn metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, depending on how much development companies pursue.

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July 17th 2019, 1:48 am

Bianca Devins murder: Instagram under fire over shared images of dead teen's body

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Alleged killer Brandon Clark’s post with the caption ‘I’m sorry, Bianca’ shared and reposted hundreds of times

Social media companies have come under fire after images of a murdered teenage girl’s body were posted online and were widely shared on Instagram as well as other sites including Discord and 4chan.

Bianca Devins, a 17-year-old girl from Utica in New York, was brutally murdered on Sunday. Police allege she was killed by Brandon Clark, 21, after the pair, who met on Instagram, attended a concert together.

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July 17th 2019, 1:48 am

Babies in Nepal get quarter of calories from junk food, study finds

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Diets heavy on snack foods linked to undernutrition and stunting, say researchers

Children under the age of two in Nepal are getting a quarter of their calories from junk food, according to groundbreaking research that warns their diet is linked to stunting and undernutrition.

Biscuits, crisps, instant noodles and sugary drinks appear to be displacing foods with the vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients babies need to grow well, say the researchers. The work, published in the Journal of Nutrition, illustrates that the 21st-century junk food diet spreading around the globe is linked not just to obesity but also to poor growth in children.

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July 17th 2019, 1:05 am

Cucumber crisis after Tokyo hit by cloudiest spell since records began

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Unseasonable weather has blighted agriculture across Japan, as well as sales of summer clothes

Tokyo’s cloudiest few weeks in nearly 60 years has cast a shadow over the capital’s vegetable markets, forcing up the prices of some by 70%.

Japan has been hit by unseasonably cloudy weather and cool temperatures, Tokyo enjoying fewer than three hours of sunshine a day for 20 days through to Tuesday, the lowest recorded since Japan’s Meteorological Agency started collecting data in 1961.

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July 17th 2019, 1:05 am

'Truth hurts': China's envoys try out Trump-style Twitter diplomacy

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Beijing’s representatives abroad are harnessing social media to confront critics

Chinese envoys are experimenting with a new kind of Trump-style public diplomacy – Twitter spats.

Twitter is banned in China, but Chinese diplomats abroad, not traditionally known for being outspoken, have started to use the platform to confront Beijing’s critics more directly and aggressively.

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July 16th 2019, 11:34 pm

Dunedin rolls with it after losing world's steepest street title

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Mayor of New Zealand city says a tweak to signage might be all that’s needed, while some living on Baldwin Street are relieved

The New Zealand city of Dunedin has sought to look on the bright side after losing its claim to have the world’s steepest street to a town in Wales, with its mayor saying: “The street certainly hasn’t got any less steep as a result of the decision.”

This week, Guinness World Records officially stripped Dunedin’s Baldwin Street of the title and instead awarded it to Harlech in Wales. Its street, Ffordd Pen Llech, has a gradient of 37.45% at its steepest point – 2.5% steeper than Baldwin Street.

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July 16th 2019, 9:33 pm

US imposes sanctions on Myanmar's military leaders over Rohingya abuses

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Steps are the strongest the country has taken in response to massacres of minority Rohingya in 2017

Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has announced sanctions on the Myanmar military’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing and other military leaders over extrajudicial killings of Rohingya Muslims, barring them from entry to the United States.

The steps, which also covered Min Aung Hlaing’s deputy, Soe Win, and two other senior commanders and their families, are the strongest the United States has taken in response to massacres of minority Rohingya in Myanmar, also known as Burma.

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July 16th 2019, 9:16 pm

Lunar eclipse 2019: from Australia to the UK, stargazers enjoy bright side of the moon

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Photographers from Sydney to Brasilia capture July’s stunning partial lunar eclipse

Stargazers around the world have enjoyed a view of a global lunar eclipse, delighting people from Dehli to Dublin.

The partial eclipse was visible in nearly every part of the world except for North America and the polar climes of Greenland and northern Russia.

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July 16th 2019, 9:02 pm

'Racist tweets': House passes resolution condemning Trump's attack on congresswomen

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Nancy Pelosi’s sharp rebuke of the president’s remarks prompted a challenge from Republicans who claimed rule violations

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution condemning Donald Trump’s incendiary remarks telling four congresswomen of color to “go back” to where they “came from” as racist.

The measure, which formally rebuked the president’s comments, was approved on a mostly partisan-line vote of 240 to 187.

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July 16th 2019, 8:32 pm

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe moved to mental health ward in Iran

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Revolutionary Guards will not allow family to contact her, according to Richard Ratcliffe

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman detained in Tehran for more than three years, has been transferred to a mental health ward where Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have prevented relatives from contacting her, according to her husband.

Richard Ratcliffe said his wife was moved from Evin prison on Monday to the mental ward of Imam Khomeini hospital. Her father tried to visit her there but was repeatedly denied access by the guards, who also prevented him from calling his daughter, Ratcliffe said.

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July 16th 2019, 8:16 pm

Trump administration to continue deporting Venezuelans despite crisis

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The Trump administration has said it is not yet willing to grant temporary protected status to Venezuelans, meaning it will continue to deport people back to a country it says is being destroyed by a tyrant.

The news comes amid a humanitarian crisis that could forcibly displace as many as 8.2 million people by the end of 2020, and the same month that the United Nations accused the Venezuelan government of killing thousands of its own citizens.

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July 16th 2019, 8:16 pm

Three formally charged in Malta for murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia

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Trial over anti-corruption journalist’s killing may not take place for years, say experts

Three men have been formally charged over the 2017 murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese anti-corruption journalist and blogger who was killed by a car bomb in November 2017.

Brothers Alfred and George Degiorgio, and Vincent Muscat, all in their fifties, were arrested in December of that year.

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July 16th 2019, 7:16 pm

House plans to vote on condemning Trump's racist tweets – live

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The Associated Press reports that the Nuclear Regulatory Agency is looking to decrease inspections at nuclear power plants.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country’s nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety.

The recommendations, made public Tuesday, include reducing the time and scope of annual inspections at the nation’s 90-plus nuclear power plants. Some other inspections would be cut from every two years to every three years...

Two lawsuits challenging Trump’s new asylum restrictions have been filed today. The latest was filed in DC federal court, by two immigration advocacy groups. The first, from earlier today, was filed by the ACLU.

Just in: Another lawsuit has been filed challenging the Trump admin's new restrictions on asylum, this time in DC federal court by two immigrant advocacy groups https://t.co/ICDtLTJDR4 pic.twitter.com/rwnPkHNhIh

According to the new rules, any asylum seekers who pass through another country before arriving at the southern border – including children traveling on their own – will not be eligible for asylum if they failed to apply first in their country of transit. They would only be eligible for US asylum if their application was turned down elsewhere.

The change would affect the vast majority of migrants arriving through Mexico. Most of those currently come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, but an increasing number are from Haiti, Cuba and countries further afield in Africa and Asia.

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July 16th 2019, 7:02 pm

House orders Pentagon to review if it exposed Americans to weaponised ticks

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A New Jersey lawmaker suggests the government turned insects into bioweapons to spread disease and possibly released them

The US House of Representatives has called for an investigation into whether the spread of Lyme disease had its roots in a Pentagon experiment in weaponising ticks.

The House approved an amendment proposed by a Republican congressman from New Jersey, Chris Smith, instructing the defence department’s inspector general to conduct a review of whether the US “experimented with ticks and other insects regarding use as a biological weapon between the years of 1950 and 1975”.

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July 16th 2019, 7:02 pm

Police in Brazil shut down factory making fake Ferraris and Lamborghinis

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Father and son accused of offering the cars on social media for $45,000 to $60,000 – a fraction of the price of the real thing

Police in Brazil say they’ve shut down a clandestine factory that was producing fake Ferraris and sham Lamborghinis.

A father and son who owned the workshop in the southern state of Santa Catarina have been arrested on industrial property charges.

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July 16th 2019, 7:02 pm

Johnny Clegg, South African singer and activist, dies aged 66

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Grammy-nominated singer one of few white artists to openly confront apartheid regime

The South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, has died aged 66, his agent has said.

He had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.

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July 16th 2019, 5:59 pm

Alejandro Toledo: Peru ex-president faces corruption charges after US arrest

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Toledo is a fugitive from Peru for allegedly receiving $20m from a Brazilian construction company

Peru’s former president Alejandro Toledo has been arrested in the United States following an extradition from his home country where he faces corruption charges.

Toledo, who governed from 2001 to 2006, was arrested in northern California on Tuesday and ordered held in custody pending a hearing on Friday, according to the US Justice Department.

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July 16th 2019, 5:28 pm

Brazilian mining company to pay out £86m for disaster that killed almost 300 people

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Vale also agreed to pay £150,000 to close relatives of those killed when a dam collapsed at its iron ore mine in Brumadinho

The Brazilian mining giant Vale has agreed to pay out £86m [$107m] in collective moral damages and £150,000 [$186,000] to each of the close relatives of nearly 300 people killed when a tailings dam collapsed in January at its iron ore mine in Brumadinho.

But while some relatives expressed relief, others said the money would not compensate the loss of loved ones and expressed hope that ongoing criminal investigations would lead to prosecutions.

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July 16th 2019, 4:45 pm

France will not back down on digital tax despite US legal threats

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Finance minister hopes to agree global action on tech giants at G7 meeting this week

France will not back down in the face of US threats of legal action over its plans for a digital tax on tech giants, the French finance minister has said.

“We will never give up,” Bruno Le Maire told the Guardian in an interview. “We are implementing a digital tax on digital giants because we think it is a fair and efficient way of taxing them.”

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July 16th 2019, 3:28 pm

Puerto Rico: protesters urge governor to quit after leak of homophobic messages

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Thousands march against Ricardo Rosselló after chats revealed sexist language and anti-gay remarks about singer Ricky Martin

Thousands of protesters have marched in Puerto Rico’s capital city for a third day to call for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló after sexist private chat messages were leaked.

The leak of at least 889 pages of the private chats has sunk Rosselló into the deepest crisis of his career, nearly two years after Hurricane María exposed Puerto Rico’s collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Rosselló’s watch. Last week, two of his top former officials were arrested by the FBI on corruption charges.

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July 16th 2019, 2:29 pm

Ursula von der Leyen elected first female European commission president

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Former German defence minister wins narrow backing of MEPs to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker in the EU’s top job

Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the European commission’s first female president and the first German in the top EU job for over 50 years.

In a secret ballot, MEPs voted narrowly to support her as a replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker when he steps down on 31 October.

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July 16th 2019, 2:29 pm

July on course to be hottest month ever, say climate scientists

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Record global temperatures this month set to beat previous record set in 2017

Record temperatures across much of the world over the past two weeks could make July the hottest month ever measured on Earth, according to climate scientists.

The past fortnight has seen freak heat in the Canadian Arctic, crippling droughts in Chennai and Harare and forest fires that forced thousands of holidaymakers to abandon campsites in southern France and prompted the air force in Indonesia to fly cloud-busting missions in the hope of inducing rain.

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July 16th 2019, 12:12 pm

Eric Garner: no charges against white police officer over chokehold death

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Federal prosecutors will not charge the New York police officer implicated in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, the African American man killed almost five years ago, authorities announced on Tuesday.

Related: Pressure mounts on top Republicans to condemn Trump's racist attack – live

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July 16th 2019, 11:42 am

Trump fires again at congresswomen, accusing them of ‘spewing vile things’

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President also accused Democrats of giving them a ‘free pass’ as House will vote tonight to condemn Trump’s initial remarks

Donald Trump fired another volley in what has become an all-out rhetorical war between the president and four progressive Democratic congresswomen Tuesday morning, accusing them of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate”.

He also accused the Democratic leadership of giving them a “free pass”.

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July 16th 2019, 11:25 am

Italian forest rangers on the hunt of 'escape genius' bear

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Animal climbed over three electric fences and four-metre high barrier to escape

Italian forest rangers are on the hunt for a bear who has been described as an “escape genius” after managing to climb over three electric fences and a four-metre high barrier at a wildlife enclosure in the northern province of Trentino before disappearing into the woods.

Code-named M49, the 149 kg (23.45 st) brown bear fled the Casteller centre within hours of being captured with a tube trap overnight on Sunday in Val Rendena.

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July 16th 2019, 10:41 am

Trump administration to start banning abortion referrals at taxpayer-funded clinics

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Department of Health to force end to abortion referrals, a rule widely seen as a blow against Planned Parenthood

Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration has announced, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women’s rights groups.

The head of a national umbrella group representing the clinics said the Republican administration is following “an ideological agenda” that could disrupt basic health care for many low-income women.

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July 16th 2019, 10:41 am

French environment minister quits over reports of lavish dinners

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François de Rugy says he wants to defend himself against claims he hosted elaborate dinners at taxpayers’ expense

The French environment minister has resigned over reports that he hosted lavish social dinners of lobster and fine wines paid for by the taxpayer when he was parliament speaker.

François de Rugy, number two in the French government, said on Tuesday via his Facebook page that he had submitted his resignation to the prime minister, Édouard Philippe, “to defend myself”.

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July 16th 2019, 9:53 am

Concern grows over UAE-based oil tanker off Iran

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Vessel stopped transmitting its location on Saturday, when it was pointing toward Iran

Tracking data showing an oil tanker that was heading towards Iranian waters and stopped transmitting its location on Saturday night has raised concerns about the status of the vessel amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US.

The UAE-based and Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Riah typically made trips from Dubai and Sharjah on the UAE’s west coast before going through the strait of Hormuz and heading to Fujairah on the UAE’s east coast. However, something happened to the vessel after 11pm on Saturday, according to tracking data, when its last position showed it pointing towards Iran.

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July 16th 2019, 8:39 am

Dutch police are being infiltrated by criminal gangs, report says

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Dozens of officers suspended or sacked recently for corruption may be ‘tip of iceberg’

Dutch police unions have called for extra training in resisting approaches from criminal gangs after a report concluded that the recent firing of dozens of officers for corruption and security breaches could prove “the tip of the iceberg”.

The Algemeen Dagblad (AD) newspaper said the confidential police report confirmed suspicions that forces around the country were being infiltrated by organised crime, with 19 officers from the mid-Netherlands force alone found to have underworld connections.

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July 16th 2019, 7:53 am

Half of commissioners should be women, says Ursula von der Leyen

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German politician asks MEPs to back her as first female European commission president

Ursula von der Leyen has championed gender equality in her appeal to MEPs to back her as the first female president of the European commission, telling the European parliament: “We represent half of our population. We want our fair share.”

In a 30-minute speech in Strasbourg before a vote on Tuesday evening to confirm her position, the outgoing German defence minister said her nomination by the heads of state and government had been built on decades of progress.

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July 16th 2019, 7:53 am

Berlin buys 670 flats on Karl-Marx-Allee from private owner

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Move to renationalise buildings follows protests over rising property prices in the city

The state of Berlin has bought back 670 apartments on the historic Karl-Marx-Allee from a private owner after decades of property privatisation in the German capital.

A 1950s prestige project for socialist East Germany, the grand boulevard that stretches from the city centre to Friedrichshain in the east has been the frontline of a months-long fight over gentrification and rising property prices.

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July 16th 2019, 7:39 am

Man held in Spain over attempt to smuggle cocaine under his wig

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When suspect removed wig officers found 503g of cocaine glued to his head

Police at Barcelona airport have arrested a Colombian man suspected of trying to smuggle half a kilo of cocaine into Spain concealed under his wig.

Officers noted that the passenger, who had arrived on a flight from Bogotá, seemed extremely nervous. However, what most attracted their attention was the size, and in particular, the height of his wig.

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July 16th 2019, 7:39 am

EU expected to reject outright Johnson and Hunt's backstop plan

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Next PM will be told in ‘no uncertain terms’ that axing backstop amounts to no deal

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt’s Brexit plan to axe the Irish border backstop from the withdrawal agreement will be rejected outright by the European Union, EU sources have said.

Informed sources say that it is doomed to failure and if the next prime minister goes to Brussels with such a plan, he will be told in “no uncertain terms” that it amounts to a declaration of no deal.

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July 16th 2019, 6:06 am

Grieve: senior Tories may have to vote down Johnson government

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Ex-attorney general says government will fall if it ‘persists in trying to carry out no-deal Brexit’

Former cabinet ministers could be among those who feel they have no choice but to vote down a Boris Johnson administration in order to prevent no deal, Dominic Grieve has said.

The former attorney general said it was significant that both Johnson and his rival, Jeremy Hunt, had rejected any prospect of compromise on the backstop at a Sun leadership hustings on Monday night.

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July 16th 2019, 5:06 am

El Salvador: woman whose baby died in toilet birth back in court

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Evelyn Beatriz Hernández was jailed for murder after she was ruled to have induced abortion

A 21-year-old woman who gave birth to a baby in a toilet in El Salvador has returned to court for a second trial for murder in a case that has drawn international attention because of the country’s highly restrictive abortion laws.

Evelyn Beatriz Hernández, who says she was raped and had no idea she was pregnant, had already served 33 months of her 30-year sentence when the supreme court overturned the ruling against her in February and ordered a fresh trial with a new judge.

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July 16th 2019, 4:06 am

Ryanair to cut services due to Boeing 737 Max crisis

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Budget airline says it plans to close some bases and will carry fewer passengers

Ryanair has warned that delays to deliveries of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft will hit passenger numbers next year and it plans to cut or close bases at some airports as a result.

Europe’s biggest budget carrier has ordered 135 of the 737 Max models, which remain remain grounded after two crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia killed a total of 346 people. Boeing has yet to convince regulators that software modifications are sufficient to ensure the plane’s safety.

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July 16th 2019, 3:19 am

$800,000 spent at jeweller in one day on Najib Razak's credit cards, court hears

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Platinum cards of former Malaysian prime minister used for spree at jeweller in Italy, say prosecutors

The credit cards of Najib Razak were used to buy more than $800,000 of goods at a jeweller in Italy in a single day, a court in Kuala Lumpur has heard during the corruption trial of the former Malaysian prime minister.

The spending spree took place at De Grisogono, a Swiss luxury jeweller, in Italy on 8 August 2014 where items worth 3.3m Malaysian Ringgit ($803,000) were purchased on Najib’s Visa and Mastercard platinum credit cards, the court was told.

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July 16th 2019, 1:46 am

Croatian police use violence to push back migrants, says president

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Human Rights Watch calls on Croatia to end illegal practice of forcing people back over Bosnian border

After months of official denials, Croatia’s president has admitted that the country’s police are involved in the violent pushbacks of migrants and asylum seekers apprehended inside the country.

The best chance for thousands of refugees stuck in Bosnia is to cross its border with Croatia to make it to the European Union. For the past year there has been repeated evidence of police using force against those who have made it across the border and then dumping them back in Bosnia.

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July 16th 2019, 1:03 am
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