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North Korea: Trump keeps options open against 'smart cookie' Kim Jong-Un

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:45:11 GMT
  • Nuclear tensions rise as McMaster reassures South over defence costs
  • President to CBS after missile test: ?€?Eventually, he?€?ll have good missiles?€?

As tensions between the US and North Korea continued on Sunday, Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was ?€?a pretty smart cookie?€? for managing to hold on to power after taking over at a young age.

Related: Pope urges North Korea-US mediation as Trump hedges on military action

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 North Korea: Trump keeps options open against 'smart cookie' Kim Jong-Un


Renowned climber Ueli Steck dies near Mount Everest

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:23:14 GMT

Mountaineer known as ?€?Swiss Machine?€? had been planning to ascend Everest and nearby Mount Lhotse next month

The renowned mountaineer Ueli Steck, known for his rapid ascents of the Alps which earned him the nickname the ?€?Swiss Machine?€?, has died in an accident in Nepal near Mount Everest.

Steck, who was 40 and one of the most celebrated climbers of his generation, was killed on Sunday after falling to the foot of Mount Nuptse, a smaller peak in the area, according to Mingma Sherpa of the Seven Summit Treks company that had organised the expedition.

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 Renowned climber Ueli Steck dies near Mount Everest


France on extra high alert for May Day as protesters march against Le Pen

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 12:55:28 GMT

Protesters to use 1 May marches to oppose far-right presidential candidate as Front National holds annual gathering

France will be on extra high alert on Monday as workers and protesters use the traditional 1 May marches to stage a show of force against the far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.

Up to 250 events have been planned across France on a day of symbolic importance in the Front National calendar when it holds its annual gathering to honour the party?€?s heroine, Joan of Arc.

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 France on extra high alert for May Day as protesters march against Le Pen


Irish reunification referendum would be dangerous, says Bertie Ahern

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:12:55 GMT

Ex-taoiseach, a key player in Good Friday agreement, says a border poll could lead to trouble in Northern Ireland

Former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern has said a referendum on Irish reunification would be dangerous and could lead to fresh trouble in Northern Ireland. The ex-taoiseach, a key partner for the British government during the Good Friday negotiations, was reacting to the EU?€?s decision in Brussels on Saturday to allow for a united Ireland that absorbed the north to join the EU if the province voted to leave the UK.

On a possible border poll - a key Sinn Féin demand - within Northern Ireland, Ahern said: ?€?If you want trouble again in the north play that game. It?€?s a dangerous game.?€?

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 Irish reunification referendum would be dangerous, says Bertie Ahern


Iranian TV executive shot dead in Istanbul, Turkish media report

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:36:53 GMT

Saeed Karimian, founder of Farsi-language network GEM TV, reportedly shot dead along with his Kuwaiti business partner

The Iranian founder of a popular Farsi-language satellite television network has been shot dead in Istanbul alongside a Kuwaiti business partner, according to Turkish media, months after reportedly being convicted of spreading ?€?propaganda?€? against the Islamic Republic.

GEM TV founder Saeed Karimian was travelling through Istanbul?€?s Maslak neighbourhood after 8pm (1700 GMT) on Saturday when the car was blocked by a Jeep and shots were fired, Turkey?€?s Do?an news agency said on Sunday.

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 Iranian TV executive shot dead in Istanbul, Turkish media report


Trump's 100-day rally: president launches attack on 'failing' media

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 01:07:48 GMT

The speech in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania returns to familiar campaign themes and includes a dig at the ?€?very boring?€? White House correspondents?€? dinner

Donald Trump returned to familiar territory on Saturday in a bullish campaign-style speech in Pennsylvania to mark his 100 days in office.

In a performance that suggested the US president was still in election mode, he repeated his scathing attacks on the media and his well-worn pledges to build a wall, destroy Islamic State, drain the swamp and revive the military.

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 Trump's 100-day rally: president launches attack on 'failing' media


‘See what he did to me. This isn’t love’ - the acid attacks shaming Italy

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:05:12 GMT
Gessica Notaro has become the face of a campaign to end violence against women

On the sixth anniversary of her brother?€?s suicide, Gessica Notaro, a dolphin trainer and former Miss Italy finalist, thought that she would die too.

As she returned home from dinner with friends on 10 January, the 28-year-old had acid thrown in her face, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend Jorge Edson Tavares, 29.

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 â€˜See what he did to me. This isn’t love’ - the acid attacks shaming Italy


Pentagon says 352 civilians killed in strikes on Isis in Iraq and Syria

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:09:03 GMT
  • US total since 2014 much lower than estimates by outside groups
  • Airwars puts total killed by coalition strikes at 3,164

At least 352 civilians have been killed in US-led strikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, the US military said on Sunday.

Related: US-led coalition must do more to avoid civilian deaths in Mosul, says UN

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 Pentagon says 352 civilians killed in strikes on Isis in Iraq and Syria


German finance minister hails progress in Greek economic reforms

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:21:39 GMT

Wolfgang Schäuble says eurozone could conclude review into reform demands in May and release next tranche of bailout funds

Greece has received some rare praise for its reform push from Germany?€?s finance minister, who has raised hopes that the debt-stricken country will get more bailout funds soon.

Wolfgang Schäuble, who recently said Greece must implement unpopular economic reforms or leave the eurozone, appeared to soften his tone in an interview published over the weekend. He implied that a review into Greece?€?s compliance with reform demands was progressing and could pave the way for the release of more bailout funds that are badly needed to help Athens meet debt repayments due in July.

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 German finance minister hails progress in Greek economic reforms


'It feels like Groundhog Day': US Marines return to Helmand province

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:57:30 GMT

With the Taliban resurgent and the security situation deteriorating, elite US forces have been redeployed in southern Afghanistan

When thousands of US Marines flooded into Helmand eight years ago, they demonstrated Barack Obama?€?s resolve to quash the Taliban once and for all and leave a peaceful province for Afghans to take over.

Two years after the US flag was lowered, however, the Marines are back, in a sign that things turned out rather differently.

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 'It feels like Groundhog Day': US Marines return to Helmand province


Chinese economy cools as key sectors continue to slow

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:42:19 GMT

Manufacturing and services fall as Beijing tries to rein in property and credit boom

China?€?s economy has shown more signs of cooling with key barometers from its manufacturing and services sectors dipping in April. The latest data comes as Beijing attempts to rein in a booming property market and rapid credit growth.

Two surveys on Sunday suggested activity in the world?€?s second largest economy eased back in April. Manufacturing slowed more than expected as demand was hit by government moves to curb risks associated with a run of high borrowing in China.

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 Chinese economy cools as key sectors continue to slow


Turkey blocks Wikipedia under law designed to protect national security

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 02:46:06 GMT

Users trying to access online encyclopaedia via Turkish internet providers receive ?€?connection timed out?€? error message

Turkey has blocked Wikipedia, the country?€?s telecommunications watchdog has said, citing a law that allows it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.

Later on Saturday, Turkish authorities said they had sacked more than 3,900 civil servants, and military and police personnel as the purge of alleged anti-government officials continued, and also banned TV dating shows.

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White House Correspondents' Dinner: 'We are not the enemy,' say press corps

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:13:43 GMT

In the absence of star guest Donald Trump, the usually celebrity-filled soiree took a more serious turn to focus on defence of journalistic freedom

The White House press corps has gathered for its annual black-tie dinner, a toned-down affair this year after Donald Trump snubbed the event, becoming the first incumbent US president to bow out in 36 years.

Without Trump, who scheduled a rally instead to mark his 100th day in office, the usually celebrity-filled soiree took a more sober turn, even as it pulled in top journalists and Washington insiders.

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 White House Correspondents' Dinner: 'We are not the enemy,' say press corps


Teenager dropped by football club loses post-traumatic stress claim

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 02:35:43 GMT

Seán Cooke?€?s father says his son?€?s dream of playing in the UK was harmed when he was denied the opportunity to play in front of talent scouts

An Irish teenager has lost a case taken against his former football club, where he claimed he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after he was dropped from the team as a 13-year-old.

Seán Cooke, 18, sued Carrigaline United over alleged ill treatment by coaches at the club. Cooke told Judge Seán O?€?Donnabhain at Cork circuit court that he was a good player who hoped to play professionally in Britain, but was not given the chance to play in front of talent scouts after he was allegedly dropped.

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 Teenager dropped by football club loses post-traumatic stress claim


Donald Trump invites Rodrigo Duterte to Washington

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:27:09 GMT

US president ?€?enjoyed?€? phone call with Philippines president, who is accused of overseeing the deaths of 7,000 people as part of his war on drugs

US president Donald Trump has invited Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House during a phone call that also addressed concerns over North Korea, the White House said in a statement.

The White House gave no details of when the leaders would meet in Washington to discuss their alliance, but said Trump looked forward to visiting the Philippines in November as part of two summits with other Asian nations.

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Pope urges North Korea-US mediation as Trump hedges on military action

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 22:05:41 GMT

Pope Francis says widespread war would destroy ?€?a good part of humanity?€? while president, asked about likelihood of military action, says: ?€?We?€?ll see?€?

Pope Francis has said a third country should mediate the dispute between North Korea and the US, which he said had become ?€?too hot?€?, risking a war in which ?€?a good part of humanity?€? would be destroyed.

Related: North Korea nuclear threat: should California start panicking?

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Fear of neofascism keeps Emmanuel Macron ahead of Marine Le Pen

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:37:23 GMT
With a week until the final poll, French voters face a choice between the unpalatable and the unacceptable

At the university of Paris Nanterre, on the outskirts of the French capital, Antoine Guerreiro of the union of communist students was handing out leaflets urging students to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the final round of the presidential election next Sunday.

Or, to be strictly accurate, to vote against the Front National?€?s Marine Le Pen. Guerreiro can find very little - if anything - to support in Macron?€?s programme, but needs must. The alternative is worse.

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 Fear of neofascism keeps Emmanuel Macron ahead of Marine Le Pen


EPA wipes its climate change site as protesters march in Washington

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:27:09 GMT

Website ?€?undergoing changes?€? to reflect agency?€?s ?€?new direction?€?, as tens of thousands protest inaction on climate in cities across the US

The US Environmental Protection Agency?€?s main climate change website is ?€?undergoing changes?€? to better reflect ?€?the agency?€?s new direction?€? under Donald Trump.

Related: The American people - not Big Oil - must decide our climate future | Senator Bernie Sanders and Mark Jacobson

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 EPA wipes its climate change site as protesters march in Washington


Armed neo-Nazis prepare for potential clash in small Kentucky town

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:14:35 GMT

Hate groups have come to tiny Pikeville in a bid for support, but locals fear a violent standoff between the neo-Nazis and anti-fascist protesters

In a tent deep in the woods of rural Kentucky, an old neo-Nazi spoke bitterly of how he feels ?€?betrayed?€? by Donald Trump.

?€?I?€?m sorry I voted for the son of a bitch, I really am,?€? said Art Jones, who the Anti-Defamation League identifies as a Holocaust denier who has been dressing in Nazi garb and celebrating Hitler since the 1970s.

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Cuban military plane crash kills eight troops, ministry says

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:17:47 GMT

Soviet-made plane crashed into hillside on Saturday morning in the western province of Artemisa, government says

A Cuban military plane crashed into a hillside on Saturday morning in the western province of Artemisa, killing eight troops on board, the government said.

In a written statement, the ministry of the revolutionary armed forces said the Soviet-made, twin-engined turboprop Antonov AN-26 took off from the Playa Baracoa airport outside Havana at 6.38am and crashed into a hillside outside the town of Candelaria about 40 miles away.

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 Cuban military plane crash kills eight troops, ministry says


MS-13 terrifies Long Island’s Latinos - and prompts a political backlash from Trump

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:04:12 GMT
The town of Central Islip is confronting both the brutal Salvadorean street gang and the fear of sweeping community deportations after a crackdown

The first victims were high school friends Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 16 - killed as they were out on an evening walk last September. A week later, the bodies of Oscar Acosta and Miguel Garcia-Moran, both 19 and missing since the start of the year, were found near an abandoned hospital. Then, this month, four teenage boys were killed close by in a park in Central Islip, a predominantly Latino town on New York?€?s Long Island, 40 miles east of Manhattan.

In that incident, the killers used machetes or other sharp instruments, their grotesque handiwork betraying the cruelty and ritualism of MS-13, or the Mara Salvatrucha, a neighbourhood street gang with its roots in El Salvador?€?s civil war of the 80s and 90s.

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 MS-13 terrifies Long Island’s Latinos - and prompts a political backlash from Trump


Le Pen, Putin, Trump: a disturbing axis, or just a mutual admiration society?

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:00:25 GMT

The French presidential hopeful has made no secret of her admiration for Russia?€?s strongman leader, but her relationship with Trump is less clearcut

The week after Donald Trump won the US presidential election last November, Marine Le Pen was inaugurating the headquarters of her own election campaign in Paris, less than a mile from the Elysée Palace she hopes to move into soon.

The far-right, anti-immigration Front National leader had been the only French political leader to back Trump in his bid for the White House. She has also made no secret of her admiration for Russia?€?s president, Vladimir Putin.

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Donald Trump blames constitution for chaos of his first 100 days

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:44:37 GMT

The president is learning the limits of power

On his 100th day in office on Saturday, facing historically low popularity ratings, a succession of intractable foreign crises and multiple investigations of his links with Moscow, Donald Trump reminded the nation that 1 May was Loyalty Day.

The day is a US tradition dating back to the cold war, when it was a bolster to stop May Day becoming a rallying point for socialists and unionised workers, but for an embattled president learning politics on the job it has an added resonance.

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 Donald Trump blames constitution for chaos of his first 100 days


Wife of jailed Fatah leader tells of her fears for hunger strikers

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:05:12 GMT
Her husband is the convicted killer some call the Palestinian Mandela

Not long before Marwan Barghouti, the imprisoned leader of Fatah, called the largest hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in recent years, his wife, Fadwa, and daughter Ruba visited him in Hadarim prison, Israel.

?€?The last time I went to visit him with my daughter was two to three months ago,?€? recalled Fadwa last week on the 11th day of the strike. ?€?My daughter said to him, ?€?I wish you wouldn?€?t do this. We don?€?t see you very often. My brothers don?€?t see you. We will worry about you and not be able to visit.?€? He replied: ?€?I know it?€?s going to be painful for the family?€?.?€?

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Alexei Navalny on Putin's Russia: 'All autocratic regimes come to an end'

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:30:23 GMT

Vladimir Putin is riding high, expecting a fourth term as president and allegedly influencing elections from the US to France - but Alexei Navalny is determined to stop him

Alexei Navalny is in good spirits for a man who can hardly step outside without being insulted, assaulted or arrested. Earlier this month he was released from a 15-day stint in a Russian jail. And on Thursday, in Moscow, unknown assailants threw green dye in his face, the second such attack in recent months. But his habitual half-smirk never seems to waver.

Perhaps it is because, as Vladimir Putin prepares to stand for yet another presidential term in elections next March, Navalny is threatening to bring some life to the arid landscape that is Russian politics. Navalny was imprisoned because of a protest he called for on 26 March. It surprised everyone with its size. In Moscow alone, police detained more than 1,000 people, and jailed dozens. Although the numbers were small in absolute terms, people protested in dozens of towns across Russia, marking a worrying new development for the Kremlin.

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 Alexei Navalny on Putin's Russia: 'All autocratic regimes come to an end'


Nespresso bid to recycle coffee pods

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:05:12 GMT
Nestlé bows to environmental backlash over popular home brewing system

Coffee company Nespresso - part of Swiss multinational Nestlé - is to trial a scheme for consumers to recycle their used aluminium capsules for the first time in the UK, in the face of a growing environmental backlash against increasingly popular single-serve pods, many of which end up in landfill.

A six-month pilot, starting this week in the London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will allow Nespresso Club members to recycle their used capsules through their council household recycling service, using special purple bags provided by the company. The borough?€?s 190,000 residents will only be able to put out capsules made by Nespresso.

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Mark Zuckerberg's surprise visit to Ohio family boosts rumor of political run

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 19:59:00 GMT

Moore family of Newton Falls, Democrats who voted for Trump, hosted the Facebook CEO who is visiting all 50 states amid speculation of a run for office

An Ohio family said they learned just 20 minutes before dinner on Friday evening that a planned mystery guest would be the Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.

Related: Mark Zuckerberg pens major Facebook manifesto on how to burst the bubble

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Rare victory for persecuted journalist highlights Mexico's press freedom crisis

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 10:00:27 GMT

Pedro Canché has finally won an apology for being jailed after he criticized a state governor. But, he asked, what about the 104 journalists killed since 2006?

Pedro Canché, an indigenous journalist and activist in the southern Mexico state of Quintana Roo, had a hunch the local authorities were closing in on him for his coverage of angry protests over rising water rates in local Mayan communities.

So he filmed a video criticizing the intensely image-conscious state governor, Roberto Borge, and uploaded it to YouTube in August 2014. Just a few days later, police pulled Canché from his car and threw him in prison on charges that he had sabotaged a local waterworks.

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Catholic bishops urged to review celibacy rules amid shortage of priests

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:00:25 GMT

Call for commission to reconsider celibacy as condition of priesthood as number of priests in England and Wales plummets

Catholic bishops in England and Wales are facing a fresh call for a national commission on the ordination of married men amid mounting concern that the church?€?s celibacy requirement is contributing to a shortage of priests.

The call for a review of celibacy as a condition of priesthood comes after Pope Francis signalled last month he was open to the possibility of ordaining married men under specific conditions. The issue is expected to raised at a synod next year on vocation.

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Shark attack injures woman at popular southern California beach

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:27:05 GMT

Witness says ?€?all of the back of her leg was kind of missing?€? after attack that experts say likely involved a great white or seven-gill shark

A shark attacked a woman wading in the ocean with friends, tearing away part of her upper thigh in the ocean off a popular southern California beach, authorities and witnesses said on Sunday.

The attack occurred on Saturday near San Onofre State Beach in northern San Diego County.

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Trump: Kim Jong-un is a ‘pretty smart cookie’ - video

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:48:57 GMT

US president Donald Trump calls North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ?€?a pretty smart cookie?€? for being able to hold on to power after taking over the reclusive Asian nation at a young age. Speaking to CBS?€?s Face the Nation on Sunday, Trump addressed tensions with North Korea. Asked about the chance of a US strike on North Korea, Trump said he didn?€?t want people to know his thinking as ?€?it is a chess game?€?

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Four dead and dozens injured in Texas tornadoes as storms hit south

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:20:26 GMT

Area about 50 miles east of Dallas hit hard by storms, sending 56 people to hospital, while floods in Arkansas and Missouri claim two lives

Severe storms including tornadoes swept through several small towns in east Texas, killing at least four people, injuring dozens more and leaving a trail of overturned vehicles, mangled trees and damaged homes, authorities said on Sunday.

The storms in Texas were among several in parts of the south and midwest that brought strong winds, thunderstorms and torrential rain, killing a total of at least six people in three states.

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Slavery’s echoes in Bristol and beyond | Letters

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:10:34 GMT
A distant relative of Edward Colston responds to the debate over whether his ancestor should any longer be commemorated in Bristol, where he made his fortune out of slavery

As a distant descendant of Edward Colston I have followed with interest the debate (Report, 26 April) about how or whether he should be commemorated. Slavery was an abomination and a stain on many nations?€? histories. In Britain?€?s case the profits from slavery created a commercial and financial system that supported the start of the industrial revolution - from which all of us have benefited, not just the citizens of Bristol.

To use Hugh Muir?€?s phrase, from an article in G2 in 2014, if we are to make peace with the past then we should recognise the fact that the sins of the past helped forge the present.

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Mugwumps: a wizard way to beat the Tories | Brief letters

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:01:30 GMT
Venezuela?€?s regime | Osprey cam | Mugwumps v Tories | Tees Valley mayor | Grandparental names

The brief letter on Venezuela from John Pilger et al (Letters, 29 April) refers to widespread fear in the region about a highly improbable US intervention. That is nonsense. If anything related to Venezuela is widespread in Latin America it is concern about how the country is going to rid itself of a dictatorial and corrupt regime that is inflicting great damage and suffering on its people.
Malcolm Deas
St Antony?€?s College, Oxford

- The 128 hours of deer migration being screened on Norwegian TV sounds wonderful (Report, 27 April), but my own personal slow-footage fix is closer to home: the osprey nest on the Dyfi estuary will, all being well, be providing live 24-hour entertainment between now and late August.
Margaret Farnworth
Liverpool

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The party city grows up: how Berlin's clubbers built their own urban village

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 11:00:26 GMT

What if a city allowed a huge regeneration project to be led, not by the wealthiest property developer, but by the club owners who put on the best parties in town? With the opening of Holzmarkt, Berlin is about to find out

For the first decade of the 21st century, the industrial wasteland between Berlin?€?s Ostbahnhof station and the river Spree was earmarked for a huge urban regeneration project - one that would show that the German capital could keep up with London and New York. Where flowing water had once marked the divide between communist and capitalist spheres of influence were to be a phalanx of high-rise blocks made of shiny glass, some of them 80 metres tall, containing luxury apartments, hotels and offices.

But tomorrow, that same 12,000m2 patch of land will open with an altogether different look: an urban village made of recycled windows, secondhand bricks and scrap wood, containing among other things a studio for circus acrobats, a children?€?s theatre, a cake shop and a nursery where parents can drop off their children while they go clubbing next door. There?€?s even a landing stage for beavers.

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Trash talk: how beautiful, progressive Lviv became overrun with rubbish

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:06:38 GMT

The Ukrainian city of Lviv - long noted for its Habsburg-era buildings and vibrant cafes - is in the throes of a trash crisis. Who is really to blame?

An enchanting city in western Ukraine, Lviv has gained a pleasant reputation for its rugged, Habsburg-era beauty and vibrant cafe scene. More recently, however, it has become known for something entirely different: heaping piles of trash.

For months, Lviv has struggled to properly dispose of the several hundred tonnes of waste it produces each day. Municipal officials say local trash collectors face restricted access to nearby landfills, leaving them few other places to turn with the city?€?s rubbish.

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Decline of the diner: New York's last retro eateries - in pictures

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:05:19 GMT

Home to iconic movie scenes and late-night cheap feasts, New York?€?s diners have been dramatically declining as a result of rising rents. Photographer Riley Arthur set out to document those remaining

New York-based freelance photographer Riley Arthur has an obsession with diners in the Big Apple. In fact, she has photographed more than 135 of them in all five boroughs (@dinersofnyc). ?€?I see it as both a living archive as well as a historic one,?€? she says. ?€?I?€?m rushing to document as many as possible.?€?

New York City was once home to thousands of diner establishments; now roughly 215 are left, according to the city?€?s public records. Even in the 18 months since Arthur began her project, eight diners she had photographed have closed. Some of these - Hector?€?s, Pearl Diner, Square Diner - count among the five last standalone diners in the city.

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Silent Siófok: Hungary's 'summer capital' without the crowds - in pictures

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 11:11:30 GMT

Famous for its beaches and nightlife, Hungary?€?s favourite holiday destination empties out in the colder months, leaving it a bleak ghost town. Former resident Marietta Varga captures a surreal urban landscape devoid of people

Born in 1992, Marietta Varga (@mattivarga) grew up in the Hungarian city of Siófok by the beaches of Lake Balaton. After a decade living abroad, she recently returned to capture a nostalgic portrait of her hometown.

?€?Siófok is often called Hungary?€?s summer capital as so many people flock there in the warm months,?€? she says, ?€?so for most people the city is only known as their holiday destination. But those who grow up here can see the town in an entirely different way.?€?

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Where is the world's most sprawling city?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 06:15:13 GMT

Driving to work, driving to dinner, driving to meet friends ?€? this quintessentially American invention requires a limitless supply of land and resources. Los Angeles is infamously sprawling but is it the worst offender?

As a young child in Glasgow I was desperate to visit the United States, to see its incredible landscapes and its legendary urbanism: the Grand Canyon, the Manhattan skyline. But it wasn?€?t until visiting much later that I experienced what is truly the iconic American landscape: the strip, that stretch of multi-lane road leading off into the distance, surrounded on either side by fast-food restaurants, islands of retail lost in seas of asphalt.

Strip development, and its cousin the shopping mall, are symbols of America?€?s gift to urbanism: sprawl. Los Angeles may be the world?€?s most famously sprawling city but is it the worst culprit? What about Montreal, or Brisbane, both low density cities in countries with no shortage of space and a strong love of the car?

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Rauma in the spotlight: city celebrates 575 years as Finland turns 100

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:15:21 GMT

As Rauma reaches its 575th year, residents of this surprisingly cosmopolitan city will celebrate its the beauty of its Unesco-listed old town, and its history as an important medieval port

The city of a smidgen under 40,000 people on Finland?€?s west coast, clustered around an immaculate Unesco-garlanded wooden old town, celebrates its 575th anniversary this week. Depending on how you classify these things, that makes Rauma either the country?€?s third, fourth or fifth oldest chartered town. Anyway, it?€?s old ?€? with enough of a concentration of culture to make Unesco look twice: the bronze age cairns at nearby Sammallahdenmäki also made it on to the World Heritage list.

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Did Seattle's mandatory helmet law kill off its bike-share scheme?

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:00:21 GMT

Seattle has become the first major US city to shut a public bike share scheme. Was it the helmet law ?€? or the lack of cycle lanes and the notorious hills and rain?

A small group of supporters, journalists and a city councilman gathered at the end of last month to take Seattle?€?s cycle share bikes out for one last spin. Mayor Ed Murray had pulled the plug on the Pronto system after two-and-a-half years of low ridership, financial troubles and waning political support.

Sitting tall on the clunky, lime green bikes, our group of 10 pedalled through downtown?€?s heavy evening rush hour traffic, picking up a few more mourners on Pronto bikes en route.

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How the Dodger baseball stadium shaped LA - and revealed its divisions

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 06:30:28 GMT

When the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles 60 years ago, the construction of their stadium was meant to forge the city?€?s rise to modernity. Instead it provoked a racially charged battle of eviction and protest that shaped LA for decades to come

On 10 April 1962, amid ceremony and celebration, Dodger Stadium, major league baseball?€?s modern showpiece, opened in Los Angeles. It was a day of pride and accomplishment for Walter O?€?Malley, the 58-year-old owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had moved his team from New York in 1957 in order to build the ballpark of his dreams, one with every possible amenity and convenience. Now here it stood in the former Chavez Ravine neighbourhood, a beautiful setting overlooking downtown Los Angeles to the south and the San Gabriel Mountains to the north.

The city of Los Angeles also had reason to be proud. It had attracted the Brooklyn Dodgers, a storied and successful baseball franchise, with the promise of the finest stadium in America. Here it was, adorned in vibrant earth-to-sky colours, with unobstructed field views and the biggest and most technologically advanced scoreboard in the game. It was already being called the wonder of the baseball world, a grand civic monument befitting a world-class city. O?€?Malley, the Dodgers and Los Angeles had done it.

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Antigua in the spotlight: hundreds of thousands descend for Semana Santa

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:23:40 GMT

This small city in Guatemala hosts one of the world?€?s most famous Holy Week parades - but the influx of visitors brings new challenges to its ancient streets

In much of the Catholic world, especially Spanish-speaking countries, huge religious parades - procesiónes - are staged to mark the days leading up to Easter. Religious collectives, often grouped around brotherhoods or guilds, parade shrines of Christ or the Virgin Mary through the streets, often with burning incense, spine-chilling chants and a little light flagellation.

The city of Antigua, in southern Guatemala, is no exception - in fact, it leads the pack, with spectacular procesiones that are among the world?€?s most iconic. Antigua?€?s parades are a voluptuous, baroque, often dramatic affair - and not a brief one. ?€?A parade can easily come out at 3pm and finish at 2am,?€? says Mary Bolaños, a local photographer. She says the marches are an experience ?€?one should live at least once?€?.

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'Don't worry, I won't kill you': the strange boom in homeless tourism

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 09:02:14 GMT

From Prague to Los Angeles, tours led by homeless guides are showing visitors the dark heart of familiar cities - but does it help, or is it just poverty porn?

It is a Friday afternoon in late winter and I am standing outside Prague?€?s central train station, near a bronze statue of Woodrow Wilson, stripping to my long underwear. A few minutes earlier I?€?d met Klára, from the tourism group Pragulic, who hauled carrier bags filled with the clothes I would wear over the next 24 hours as a homeless person.

Along with my new outfit, she gave me two things: a late-model Nokia programmed with contacts for the police, fire department, Pragulic?€?s staff and my guide, Robert, and an envelope containing my budget - 20 koruna (60p). ?€?You can use it to change in the bathrooms in the station,?€? she says, ?€?or you can save it and change out here.?€?

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Westminster terrorism suspect claimed he was approached by MI5

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:09:10 GMT

Sources in British Muslim community say Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali had talked of ?€?harassment?€? by security services in 2016

The man who was arrested in Westminster and found to be carrying knives has said that he was approached by MI5 as recently as last year, the Guardian has learned.

Sources in the British Muslim community said Khalid Mohamed Omar Ali, 27, described the security services attempting to contact him in 2016 following meetings with religious groups. The suspect, who grew up in north London, is also understood to have travelled internationally for the two years before that and to have been seeking employment so that he could move out of his family home last Christmas.

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‘Jihadists were going to burn it all’: the amazing story of Timbuktu’s book smugglers

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:00:02 GMT
In 2012, ?€?tens of ?€?thousands of ?€?artefacts from the golden age of Timbuktu were at risk in Mali?€?s civil war. This exclusive extract describes the race to save them?€? from the flames - and how lethal attacks could still threaten the town?€?s treasures

One hazy morning in 2012 in Bamako, the capital of the west African state of Mali, an ageing Toyota Land Cruiser picked its way to the end of a concrete driveway and pulled out into the busy morning traffic. In its front passenger seat sat a large man in billowing robes and a pillbox prayer cap. He was 47 years old, stood over 6ft tall, and weighed around 14st, and, although a small, French-style moustache balanced jauntily on his upper lip, there was something commanding about his appearance. In his brown eyes lurked a sharp, almost impish intelligence. He was Abdel Kader Haidara, librarian of Timbuktu, and his name would soon become famous around the world.

Haidara was not an indecisive man, but that morning, as his driver piloted the heavy vehicle through the clouds of buzzing Chinese-made motorbikes and beat-up green minibuses that plied the city?€?s streets, he was caught in an agony of indecision. The car stereo, tuned to Radio France Internationale, spewed alarming updates on the situation in the north, while the cheap mobile phones that were never far from his grasp jangled continually with reports from his contacts in Timbuktu, 600 miles away. The rebels were advancing across the desert, driving government troops and refugees before them. Haidara had known when he left his apartment that driving into this chaos would be dangerous, but now it was beginning to look like a suicide mission.

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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, first Cuban American in Congress, to retire

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:37:31 GMT

Long-time Republican representative?€?s unexpected retirement will give Democrats chance to pick up Florida seat in 2018 midterm elections

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican representative from Florida who was the first Cuban American elected to Congress, will retire.

Ros-Lehtinen, 64, has been in office for 38 years. She told the Miami Herald: ?€?It?€?s been such a delight and a high honor to serve our community for so many years and help constituents every day of the week. We just said, ?€?It?€?s time to take a new step.?€??€?

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Government's budget deficit for 2016-17 likely to be $38.3bn, report says

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:01:01 GMT

Deloitte Access Economics report shows stagnant wages and lacklustre jobs growth will leave budget $1.7bn worse off than projected five months ago

The Turnbull government?€?s budget deficit for the 2016-17 financial year is likely to be $38.3bn, nearly $2bn worse than projected five months ago, according to Deloitte Access Economics.

Deloitte?€?s twice-yearly Budget Monitor, released on Monday, shows stagnant wages and lacklustre jobs growth have weighed so heavily on personal income tax collections in Australia that they will trim $1.7bn from official revenue forecasts in 2016-17 and a further $600m in 2017-18.

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Gay vicar quits and attacks ‘institutional homophobia’

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:04:05 GMT

Andrew Foreshew-Cain, the first C of E vicar in a same-sex marriage, leaves his London parish and says he is blacklisted

The first Church of England vicar in a same-sex marriage is leaving his parish and claims ?€?institutional homophobia?€? in the church means he is blacklisted from getting another job.

Andrew Foreshew-Cain, 53, a member of the General Synod, resigned from his London parish on Sunday, telling parishioners it was a ?€?relief?€? because his ministry, and that of other gay and lesbian clergy, was ?€?barely tolerated rather than fully accepted and celebrated?€?.

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How to become a ‘hedgehog hero’ | Letters

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:02:42 GMT
Fay Vass of the Hedgehog Preservation Society on protecting the animals

It?€?s Hedgehog Awareness Week. This year efforts are focused on our ?€?Hedgehog Heroes?€? campaign. We are asking councils, tool-hire companies etc to place waterproof stickers on to their cutting machines that remind the operators to check for hedgehogs before starting work. Stickers are free of charge to such groups, and we will add those sending photographs of the stickers ?€?in action?€? to the Hedgehog Heroes Roll of Honour (that can be viewed on the website). With hedgehog numbers in decline, getting involved is more important now than ever.
Fay Vass
Chief executive, British Hedgehog Preservation Society

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The female husbands: boyband of girls win hearts in China

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:10:37 GMT

Their country?€?s gender conservatism has not stopped Acrush acquiring 750,000 followers before even releasing a single

China?€?s latest boyband have all the usual trappings: five attractive singers, upbeat music and a loyal fanbase of young women. But in one crucial detail they are different. This boyband is made up entirely of girls.

Acrush have yet to release their first single, but their fan page has already attracted more than 750,000 followers after a series of live performances. Their admirers already call the women ?€?husbands?€?, a term usually used by female Chinese fans to refer to male pop stars.

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'Hundreds of us will die in Raqqa’: the women fighting Isis

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:30:22 GMT

Kimberley Taylor from Blackburn is part of the all-female Kurdish force battling to rout Islamic State. Driving them on is the chance to free women enslaved by the extremists: ?€?It starts with fighting Daesh, then the mentality of the male?€?

She had heard the stories about how Islamic State fighters could glide like ghosts into Kurdish militia bases during the dead of night, but nothing prepared her for the bedlam when it happened. It was 3.40am on 12 February when Isis attackers scrambled over the perimeter defences of the base north of Raqqa. Kimberley Taylor was convinced it would be overrun. Grabbing her Kalashnikov, she began firing at the shapes. Beyond the corner of the nearest building cowered an enemy fighter. Suddenly he rushed towards her. As their eyes met, he yanked the cord on his suicide belt.

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Michael Ignatieff fights his toughest battle over academic freedom

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:06:12 GMT
The Canadian thinker is determined to defend his university against interference by the Hungarian state

Michael Ignatieff is living life in reverse. Most people opt for their most demanding roles early on, then a quieter life. But after a career in philosophy, novel-writing and journalism, Ignatieff chose politics in his native Canada, followed at the age of 69 by his most difficult role to date: rector of the Central European University in Budapest. It is a task that has led him into battle to defend academic freedom against the onslaught of the Hungarian government, as its populist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, strives to bring the CEU to heel through a new education law.

Under recent Hungarian legislation aimed at overseas-registered universities, staff will have to acquire work permits, which the CEU says will restrict its ability to hire staff. The government is also demanding that the university open a wing in America and that it no longer teach US-accredited courses.

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US woman convicted of spying in China returns home

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:18:33 GMT

Deportation of Phan ?€?Sandy?€? Phan-Gillis, who was arrested on a business trip and accused of espionage, comes at a time of warming China-US relations

An American woman who was arrested on a business trip in China and later convicted of spying has been deported to the US.

Jeff Gillis said his wife, Phan ?€?Sandy?€? Phan-Gillis, got on a flight to Los Angeles from the southern city of Guangzhou on Friday evening. The couple planned to stay in LA a few days to visit relatives before returning to their Houston home, he said.

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Ja Rule 'heartbroken' after Fyre Festival descends into disaster

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 16:51:51 GMT

Rapper says event, which has been likened to Lord of the Flies, was ?€?not a scam?€? as co-organiser admits he was ?€?a little naive?€?

The organisers of a luxury music festival in the Bahamas have apologised after the event descended into chaos, drawing comparisons to The Hunger Games and The Lord of The Flies.

Fyre Festival, on the private Great Exumas island, had been billed as a ?€?cultural moment?€? for monied millennials, with tickets costing up to $12,780 for a four-person package. It was heavily promoted on Instagram as an opportunity to mingle with models and ?€?influencers?€?, including Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski.

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North Korea missile test: regime has 'disrespected China', says Donald Trump

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:44:36 GMT

Donald Trump has condemned North Korea for ?€?disrespecting the wishes of China?€? after Pyongyang test-fired a ballistic missile despite rising tensions in the region.

The unsuccessful test comes as the United States pushed for tougher sanctions to curb the country?€?s nuclear threat. Writing on Twitter, the US president said Pyongyang had defied Chinese president Xi Jinping by going ahead with the launch.

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Fyre Festival advert promises a ‘transformative experience’ - video

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:04:26 GMT

The original advertisement for the beleaguered Fyre Festival in the Bahamas promises a ?€?transformative?€? experience on a ?€?remote and private island ... once owned by Pablo Escobar?€?. The festival had to be abandoned after ticket-holders arrived to find the site unfinished

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First openly gay United Methodist bishop stays, subject to church review

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:51:27 GMT
  • Karen Oliveto elected in 2016 to lead Denver-area church region
  • Top church court says consecration in violation of Methodist law

The first openly lesbian bishop in the United Methodist Church can stay on the job but is subject to a disciplinary review that could lead to her removal, the church?€?s top court ruled on Friday.

Related: United Methodist church elects first openly gay bishop despite marriage ban

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Renamed and shamed: taking on Britain's slave-trade past, from Colston Hall to Penny Lane

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:00:23 GMT

Buildings, streets and statues across Britain commemorate men who may have been philanthropists, but also owned and traded slaves. Now a number of cities are starting to face up to their histories

Edward Colston is, says Katie Finnegan-Clarke, ?€?almost like a cult figure?€? in Bristol. There is a Colston Street, and Colston Tower is on Colston Avenue. There is even a Colston bun, which you might eat on Colston?€?s Day. Finnegan-Clarke, one of the activists in the Countering Colston campaign, went to Colston?€?s Girls?€? school, where ?€?there are statues everywhere, and we had three ceremonies every year to celebrate his life.?€? Colston was a 17th-century philanthropist who gave great sums of money to the city - money he had made from slavery. This week it was announced that there would be one less Bristol institution bearing his name. The concert venue Colston Hall - which has been a target for activists for decades - will reopen in 2020, after its refurbishment, with a new name.

?€?We knew it was the right thing for the organisation,?€? says Louise Mitchell, the chief executive of the trust that runs the venue. ?€?It?€?s very important to us as a progressive forward-looking arts organisation that we include everybody, and people felt uncomfortable entering the building because of the perception that it had in some way profited from the slave trade.?€?

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Chinese media warns of 'tax war' after Trump pledge to slash rates

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:23:48 GMT

People?€?s Daily says US president could ?€?endanger the global economy?€? and damage ?€?export-oriented countries?€?

Chinese leaders are worried about Donald Trump engaging in a ?€?tax war?€? with Beijing, potentially fuelling tensions between the two countries already strained by problems such as North Korea, trade and the South China Sea.

A commentary in the People?€?s Daily, the official mouthpiece of the Communist party, attacked Trump?€?s plan to reduce taxes on companies and simplify swaths of US tax code, highlighting Beijing?€?s fears the move could harm businesses back home.

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Brazilians sick of corrupt politicians hit the streets to protest austerity measures

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:33:54 GMT

Police clash with striking union workers in streets of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo as protesters in 26 states demonstrate against Michel Temer?€?s proposed reforms

Brazilian unions have ratcheted up the pressure on president Michel Temer with a nationwide general strike that closed schools, disrupted transport networks and led to clashes with public security in several cities.

Demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo blocked key roads with barricades of burning tires on. Riot police used teargas and percussion grenades to try to disperse the crowds and open the routes.

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Australia wants to avoid a Korean conflict at all costs - and with good reason | Antoun Issa

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:17:56 GMT

A conflict could involve North?€?s neighbours - South Korea, China and Japan - which along with the US are Australia?€?s top four trade partners

Australia may indeed be ?€?blindly and zealously toeing the US line?€? with regards to North Korea - at least openly - but in truth, Canberra wants to avoid conflict with Pyongyang. There is much at stake for Australia should war resume on the Korean peninsula, after more than 63 years of tense calm. While Julie Bishop stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Mike Pence for the cameras, there is no doubt that, privately, Australian diplomats are offering their US counterparts advice geared towards resolving the North Korea dilemma peacefully.

There is good reason to believe that the current rise in tensions is not simply the latest political ploy by Pyongyang, and that the Trump administration is indeed prioritising the situation. The US president, Donald Trump, reportedly told UN security council diplomats on Monday to ?€?solve the problem?€? of North Korea?€?s nuclear weapons, while the entire US Senate was warned during an unusual briefing by the White House on Wednesday that Pyongyang posed ?€?an urgent national security threat?€?.

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Emmanuel Macron: I'll renegotiate Le Touquet border treaty

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:50:08 GMT

Presidential hopeful?€?s comments on French TV raise the possibility of migrant camp springing up to the UK

Emmanuel Macron, the favourite in the race to become the next French president, has suggested that he would want to renegotiate an agreement that allows British border police to operate in Calais.

The centrist politician, who will go head to head against Marine Le Pen in the final round of the election on 7 May, said: ?€?I want to put the Le Touquet border deal back on the table. It must be renegotiated, especially the parts that deal with the fate of isolated child migrants.?€?

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Tories’ ‘imperial vision’ for post-Brexit trade branded disruptive and deluded

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 13:35:15 GMT

Top official slams Whitehall notion of colonial-style trade deals and says devising pact between UK and African, Caribbean and Pacific states would take six years

The head of the African, Caribbean and Pacific group of nations has ruled out a free trade deal with the UK until at least six years after Brexit and taken a sideswipe at the idea of a new British trade empire.

The ACP chief, Dr Patrick Gomes, condemned ?€?reactionary?€? Whitehall talk of a second era of British colonialism - dubbed ?€?Empire 2.0?€? - and poured scorn on the government?€?s trade strategy.

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Cruelty or keeping it in the family? What I learned from India's slaveowners | Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:00:03 GMT

To eradicate slavery we need to understand what drives slaveholders, says American sociologist and academic - and it?€?s not always just about money

It took hours to arrange my first conversation with Paratapa. He agreed to an interview for my research on contemporary slaveholders, but he wasn?€?t free until late evening. When he finally greeted me on his sprawling estate, I learned why. He balances the demands of his large farm in India with the presidency of a local agricultural bank that makes loans to farmers like him.

I met Paratapa while travelling across India to interview men whose businesses rely on bonded labour, a form of modern-day slavery. During our conversation, it became clear that where I saw human rights and labour violations, he saw something else. He explained that, in his father?€?s and grandfather?€?s time, his family ?€?used to keep bonded labourers, and they used to stay here, even their children and their wives?€?.

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How do you solve half a century of bloodshed in Colombia? - podcast

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:38:33 GMT

After the civil war that claimed 250,000 lives ended with last year?€?s accord, Lucy Lamble investigates how Colombia?€?s communities plan to build lasting peace

Subscribe and review: iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Audioboom & Acast and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter

Caught in a complex war driven by inequality, narco trafficking and territorial control, most Colombians have never experienced peacetime. A conflict that spanned half a century, and was played out between paramilitaries, the government and Farc rebels, caused a huge death toll and displaced close to 7 million people.

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MPs call on Priti Patel to increase UK aid spending on 'global learning crisis'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 08:46:19 GMT

Parliamentary committee takes aim at ?€?shameful neglect?€? of schoolchildren in poor countries as development secretary is urged to devote more funding

MPs have urged Priti Patel to spend more of the overseas aid budget on education, in order to tackle a ?€?global learning crisis?€?.

There has been a ?€?clear decline?€? in foreign aid spending on education since 2011, lagging behind the outlay on health disaster, government and civil society, the international development committee said. At the culmination of a nine-month inquiry, the committee called on the UK to raise the amount of foreign aid spent on education by 2%.

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'I am a criminal. What is my crime?': the human toll of abortion in Afghanistan

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:52:58 GMT

When Maryam had an abortion, her husband beat and humiliated her. Her story is not unusual in Afghanistan, yet illegal, unsafe terminations are on the rise

As a newlywed, Maryam?€?s husband promised to let her finish her university degree. Then she got pregnant, and everything changed.

?€?For a week, I was in shock. If my husband?€?s family knew I was pregnant, they would never let me finish university,?€? Maryam said.

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Yemen aid not reaching intended recipients, say activists on ground

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 08:46:22 GMT

UN secretary general António Guterres tells humanitarian donors conference war-torn country is facing ?€?a tragedy of immense proportions?€?

The UN has been promised half the amount requested for its humanitarian appeal for Yemen, secretary general António Guterres has said, as activists on the ground said relief was being prevented from reaching its recipients.

Donors at a fundraising conference in Geneva pledged sums to take the total promised to $1.1bn (£860m), in a $2.1bn appeal that was only 15% funded previously.

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Anti-terrorism laws have ‘chilling effect’ on vital aid deliveries to Somalia

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:00:29 GMT

Fear of prosecution under UK and US counter-terror laws hinders those trying to provide humanitarian assistance in areas held by Islamic militants

Strict British and US counter-terrorism laws are discouraging humanitarian organisations from delivering vital emergency assistance to millions of people facing starvation and fatal diseases in drought-hit Somalia.

Senior humanitarian officials say the laws, which target any individual or organisation found to have materially assisted a terrorist group, exert a ?€?chilling effect?€? on vital assistance in areas of Somalia controlled by Islamic militants from al-Shabaab, an al-Qaida affiliate.

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A government of death is plundering our ancient Munduruku lands. Help us stop it

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:05:19 GMT

As the UN forum on indigenous issues meets in New York, we, the Munduruku people of Brazil, demand an end to the destruction of our territory

We, the Munduruku people, send our thoughts and words to you who live far away. We echo the cry for help from our mother, the forest, and from all the indigenous peoples in Brazil.

Our home of Mundurukânia and all 13,000 of our people are threatened by the Brazilian government?€?s plans to build more than 40 hydroelectric dams in the Tapajós basin, as well as an industrial waterway and other major projects.

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UK overseas aid budget fraud levels do not seem credible, watchdog says

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:41:58 GMT

Commons committee questions official figures for how much the Department for International Development has lost

The government?€?s claims of low levels of fraud in Britain?€?s overseas aid budget do not seem credible given mounting evidence of missing money, the House of Commons financial watchdog has said.

The public accounts committee questioned official findings on how much the Department for International Development (DfID) has lost to overseas corruption after its budget increased by more than a quarter to nearly £10bn since 2011.

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Satellite images trigger payouts for Kenyan farmers in grip of drought

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:00:40 GMT

Innovative insurance scheme gives a lifeline to vulnerable pastoralists, as three years of poor rains kill thousands of livestock across northern Kenya

The Kenyan government is scaling up an innovative livestock insurance programme that uses satellite imagery of drought-hit areas to offer a safety net to vulnerable farmers. The Kenya Livestock Insurance Programme (Klip) monitors forage conditions throughout the two annual rainy seasons, triggering payouts to pastoralists when vegetation dies back to critical levels.

The payments are designed to enable families that depend on livestock to purchase animal feed to keep their herd alive.

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100 daze of Trump: euphoria and nausea on the White House rollercoaster

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:00:22 GMT

The president is a carnival barker, his press secretary a perpetual high-wire act, the White House briefing room a home of truth seen through funhouse mirrors. This, as George W Bush now famously said, is some weird shit

Sean Spicer was angry. ?€?This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration - period,?€? he almost shouted. Media attempts to ?€?lessen the enthusiasm?€? for the inauguration were ?€?shameful and wrong?€?. And today Donald Trump had been at the CIA where he was greeted by a ?€?raucous?€? crowd ?€?ecstatic?€? at his election. He delivered a ?€?powerful?€? message and was given ?€?a five-minute standing ovation?€?.

Related: One nation, two Trumps: America as divided as ever after first 100 days

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A call to action: how you can help solve America’s homelessness crisis

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 11:00:38 GMT

All of us have read an inspiring or heart-wrenching article and thought, What can I do to help? With Outside in America, we are pioneering a solution

Two months ago the Guardian launched Outside in America, a groundbreaking reporting project on the country?€?s homelessness crisis. Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and led by a full-time homelessness editor, the Guardian?€?s writers, photographers and film-makers have been reporting deeply on an urgent and underreported topic - but with an extra and innovative dimension.

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How Macron calmed Whirlpool workers whipped up by Le Pen

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:31:48 GMT

The favourite for the French presidency braved a picket line to explain the flaws in his rival?€?s promises to furious factory employees

In an era when politicians?€? interactions with the public are stage-managed to the last image-obsessed detail, when meaningless slogans are all they are allowed to utter and when no candidate is allowed near any situation that might misfire, it was a rare moment.

Related: Marine Le Pen springs surprise visit on Macron during picket line campaign trip

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​Trump tax plan could save him millions under guise of helping small businesses

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:33:58 GMT

The structure of the Trump Organization makes it a prime potential beneficiary - one estimate says the tax plan will save Donald Trump $65m a year in taxes

A tax plan released by the White House on Wednesday could deliver many millions of dollars annually in tax savings to Donald Trump personally under the guise of helping small businesses, multiple tax experts have told the Guardian.

Related: Trump under fire over 'huge tax cut for the rich'

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Trump's tax plan wins the news cycle - but will he lose the messaging war?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:34:50 GMT

Headlines of ?€?biggest tax cut ever?€? obfuscate a plan light on specifics on how to pay for it and that, like healthcare reform before it, is already meeting stiff opposition in Congress

?€?Somebody put out the concept of a hundred-day plan,?€? Donald Trump said last week. That somebody was Donald Trump, who set out a ?€?contract with the American voter?€? for his first 100 days in office during a speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, last October.

Despite playing it down, the president is now in a headlong rush to rack up achievements before Saturday?€?s milestone. The frenzy continued on Wednesday with what the White House described as the most significant tax reform since Ronald Reagan in 1986 and one of the biggest tax cuts in history for both individuals and corporations.

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Voodoo Reaganomics won't save Trump on the Hill | Larry Elliot

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:33:00 GMT

President?€?s plan to slash corporation tax may have short-term benefits but Congress will want to know how he intends to make up lost revenue

Donald Trump?€?s corporation tax cut is straight out of the Ronald Reagan playbook. According to the current occupant of the White House, the reduction from 35% to 15% will pay for itself because US companies will invest more.

The argument is that higher levels of investment will raise the growth rate and, in turn, raise corporate profits. Consequently, the tax take will be no different at 15% than it was at 35%.

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 Voodoo Reaganomics won't save Trump on the Hill | Larry Elliot


Russian and western dispute over Syria chemical attack further muddies truth

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:00:41 GMT

Russian officials accuse Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons of siding with the west after rejecting plan to reinvestigate evidence of sarin gas

An increasingly bitter dispute between Russia and the west over an inquiry into the recent chemical weapons attack that killed about 80 people in Syria has revealed the extent to which the two sides are unable to agree on basic facts - or even agree a process to ascertain the truth.

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Frontrunner Macron can take nothing for granted in French election runoff | Angelique Chrisafis

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:09:53 GMT

Well ahead in the polls, centrist candidate must come out of his comfort zone to show he understands France?€?s divisions

The independent centrist Emmanuel Macron, who is now favourite to win the French presidential election against the far-right Front National?€?s Marine Le Pen, spent much of his first day of the final-round campaign behind closed doors, fine-tuning strategy. His triumphant victory speech after topping the first-round vote had given way to discussion across France of the difficult challenge he now faces.

The election map of France was a reality check. Far from an outright victory for Macron?€?s moderate centrist brand of business-friendly, internationally minded, socially liberal values, it showed a country more fractured than ever. The Front National cemented its place on the French political scene, winning swaths of the deindustrialised north and east, as well as the south, while Macron took the west. He was strong in cosmopolitan cities, while she was strong in small towns and rural areas that felt abandoned.

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 Frontrunner Macron can take nothing for granted in French election runoff | Angelique Chrisafis


100 days of Trump Resistance: the wins so far and battles to come

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:30:16 GMT

As President Trump approaches 100 days in office, Adam Gabbatt surveys the resistance movement?€?s biggest moments so far, key groups, and challenges ahead

It?€?s not just by chance that Donald Trump?€?s first 100 days have been so underwhelming. The president?€?s failure to pass healthcare reform, to ban people from entering the country, and arguably to achieve anything of note (beyond his supreme court justice) is down, in no small part, to the efforts of hundreds of thousands of people across the country.

Activists have pressured their representatives, held mass demonstrations and scrambled to protect those at risk in a rollercoaster few months. Trump has until January 2021 to turn things around, but there seems little sign of the resistance fading away.

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 100 days of Trump Resistance: the wins so far and battles to come


‘We are not fake news': absent Trump target of White House Correspondents' Dinner - video

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 08:21:17 GMT

?€?We are not the enemy of the American people,?€? said the president of the White House Correspondents?€? Association, Jeff Mason, at the event on Saturday. Host Hasan Minhaj?€?s main target was Donald Trump?€?s absence from the event

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 â€˜We are not fake news': absent Trump target of White House Correspondents' Dinner - video


Protesters wave Russian flags at Trump rally - video

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:33:03 GMT

Protesters held up Russian flags as president Trump addressed a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on his 100th day in office. Two men carried the flags, which bore the name Trump. The protest came as the president criticised the media

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 Protesters wave Russian flags at Trump rally - video


Thousands march across US to demand action on climate change - video

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:57:55 GMT

Mass protests in Washington, San Francisco, Denver and Seattle coincide with Donald Trump?€?s 100th day in office and take aim at his rolling back of environmental protections. Organisers said about 300 sister marches were being held around the country, including in Seattle, Boston and San Francisco. In Chicago, marchers headed from the city?€?s federal plaza to Trump Tower. In Denver, marchers were met with a dose of spring snow

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 Thousands march across US to demand action on climate change - video


Neo-Nazi leader: ‘Trump is controlled by the Jewish lobby’ - video

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 17:02:17 GMT

Art Jones, a prominent neo-Nazi who has been identified by the Anti-Defamation League as a Holocaust denier, speaks at a National Socialist Movement rally in eastern Kentucky on Friday night and accuses Donald Trump of having ?€?betrayed?€? him. Jones specifically points to Trump?€?s failure to secure funding for a border wall and implement a ban on Muslims, saying he regrets voting for him in the presidential election

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 Neo-Nazi leader: ‘Trump is controlled by the Jewish lobby’ - video


Trump hails ‘most successful first 100 days in history’ - video

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:52:53 GMT

The US president gives his weekly address as he reaches 100 days in office, which he says have been the most successful in history. He refers to job creation in the automotive industry, the Dakota pipeline and the appointment of Neil Gorsuch as a supreme court judge as some of his most important achievements

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 Trump hails ‘most successful first 100 days in history’ - video


Fifteen standout moments from Trump's first 100 days - in pictures

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 13:00:01 GMT

Whether ordering airstrikes, signing executive orders or getting excited in a big truck, the focus of Donald Trump?€?s first 100 days in office has been himself. The Guardian selects some of the president?€?s highlights

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 Fifteen standout moments from Trump's first 100 days - in pictures


Trump to NRA: You have a ‘true friend in the White House’ - video

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:44:00 GMT

Donald Trump tells the National Rifle Association?€?s annual meeting that the organisation has a ?€?true friend and champion?€? in the White House. Trump emphasised his support by telling the crowd ?€?the eight-year assault on your second amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end?€?

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 Trump to NRA: You have a ‘true friend in the White House’ - video


Trump: US could have 'major, major conflict' with North Korea - video

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:44:28 GMT

US president?€?s remarks are followed by a statement by his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, to the UN security council in which he said the US would take military action if necessary to rein in Pyongyang?€?s nuclear ambitions

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 Trump: US could have 'major, major conflict' with North Korea - video






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A tool for them long posts ..
18.11 - 2007

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I wrote this tool some months ago while developing on the xPresso publishing system (NO), and has done some rewriting this week to implement further functionality.

The Codificator now provides:
- automatic code wrapping in DC board format
- conversion of regular HTML-formatted text to DC board formatted text
- link extraction from HTML to DC board format
- auto fetch of webpages, with on-select conversion of content to DC board format.

It won't boil your coffee or knit you a warm sweater for the winter, but it may help you to be more efficient when you're online discussing politics.
Codificator downloads
Codificator full version4835
Codificator postform4711
AnoBBS - free BBS software
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AnoBBS downloads
anobbs_release_1.0.0.zip3474
anobbs_1.0.1.zip6078
**** Bug fix, new release ****
Bug in bbsFunctions.php, xAuth.php and some language fixed.
For fix of existing installation, download the package, then extract progs/bbsFunctions.php and progs/xAuth.php to replace your current versions.
**** Bug fix, new release ****

AnoBBS is a opensource 3DES-encrypted Bulletin Board where users encrypt their messages before submit with a common known phrase, using javascript. The server does not know the key, so this is end-to-end encryption where the key is never submitted. The technology used is Ajax and PHP, the forum files are stored as XML.
Below is a list of the basic functionality:
- user authentication
- topic list and topic view
- three userlevels; admin, moderator and user
- post threads
- post and edit replies
- print or save threads
- edit, delete and lock threads (mod)
- edit forumdata and users (admin)
- save BBS (admin)
- delete BBS (admin)

The BBS is very simple to install and even simpler to use. It requires only a standard php distro on the server and a javascript enable browser to function.

Download | About AnoBBS v. 1.0

AnoChat - free chat software
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AnoChat downloads
anochat_1.1.1.zip5286
anochat_release_1.1.0.zip6214
anochat_v_1.0.zip5131
anochat_v_08.zip900
**** Bug fix, new release ****
Bug in cFunctions.php fixed.
For fix of existing installation, download the package, then extract progs/cFunctions.php to replace your current versions.
**** Bug fix, new release ****

AnoChat is an opensource 3DES-encrypted chat where users encrypt their messages before submit with a common known phrase, using javascript. The server does not know the key, so this is end-to-end encryption where the key is never submitted. The technology used is JX, similar to Ajax.
The chat is very simple to install and even simpler to use. It requires only a standard php distro on the server and a javascript enabled browser to function.

Download | About AnoChat v. 1.1



Peace demonstrations in the US October 26-28 2007
29.10 - 2007

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Large number of US citizens demonstrated against the war in Iraq (and the possible war in Iran) during this October weekend. Massive turnout in Boston and San Fransisco, and also in Chicago, LA and DC people took to the streets.
The message was: NO more war in Iraq! NO to a war with Iran!