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.
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.
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.?€?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?€?.?€?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?€?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.?€?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 paradecan 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?€?.
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.?€?
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.
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.
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.?€??€?
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.
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?€?.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.?€?
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.
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.
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?€?.
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.?€?
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.
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?€?.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
Innovative insurance scheme gives a lifeline to vulnerable pastoralists, as three years of poor rains kill thousands of livestock across northern Kenya
The Kenyangovernment 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.
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?€?.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
?€?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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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!