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Andrzej Krauze on Brexit – cartoon

The ongoing Brexit negotiations are likened to the 1818 painting The Raft of the Medusa, by French Romanticist Théodore Géricault Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Politics, European Union, Conservatives, UK News, World news, Theresa May, Foreign Policy, Article 50, Brexit, Andrzej Krauze


Tired of dark fields and jeering men: the bride who led a 'toilet revolution' | Amrit Dhillon

Komal Hadala’s hellish treks to relieve herself inspired a campaign that left her Indian village flushed with successThe day after her wedding, Komal Hadala was shaken awake at 4am by her mother-in-law. They joined a group of women who were waiting outside the house, in Nithora village, Uttar Pradesh.“It was the time when they went outdoors to relieve themselves in the fields before men started appearing. I couldn’t believe it. It was total darkness outside. And it had been raining,” says Hadala...
Tags: India, World news, South and Central Asia, Global development, Sanitation, Access to water, Uttar Pradesh, Amrit Dhillon, Komal Hadala, Nithora, Hadala


Brazil's government reveals plans to privatize key shipping route

Jair Bolsonaro plans to overhaul country’s transportation infrastructure despite concerns of increased deforestation on the Trans-Amazonian highwayBrazil’s new government has unveiled plans to privatize the Trans-Amazonian Highway, in a fresh attempt to complete – and fully pave – the dictatorship-era road which has already been blamed for extensive deforestation.The government also plans to sell to investors a concession to run BR-163, a key northern route for shipping Brazilian grains, adding ...
Tags: Americas, World news, Infrastructure, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Brazil, Reuters, Jair Bolsonaro, Trans Amazonian Highway, Trans Amazonian, Tarcisio Freitas


Friends fear Australian writer Yang Hengjun has been detained in China

The novelist, blogger and former Chinese diplomat did not complete the second leg of his travel plans from Guangzhou to ShanghaiThe Australian government is investigating the fate of a citizen who is reportedly being detained in China.Yang Hengjun is a former Chinese diplomat, a novelist and blogger who obtained a PhD at the University of Technology Sydney and later became an Australian citizen. Continue reading...
Tags: China, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Sydney, Guangzhou, University of Technology, Yang Hengjun, China Yang Hengjun


'I'm being watched': Anne-Marie Brady, the China critic living in fear of Beijing

New Zealand academic says Chinese intimidation tactics she has studied are now being used against herIt’s just gone midday at Canterbury University and Professor Anne-Marie Brady is rock-hopping across a crystal clear stream.The life-long academic takes an overgrown bush track to reach the Okeover community gardens, her eyes scanning the sky for native birds.. It’s the height of summer in Christchurch and the garden is filled with rhubarb plants, clumps of chewy spinach and spring onions whose t...
Tags: China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Freedom Of Speech, Christchurch, Canterbury University, Anne Marie Brady


'When to Ambae?' volcano-hit islanders long for home – in pictures

The violent Manaro Voui volcano forced the people of Vanuatu’s Ambae island to flee their home numerous times over the last year. After living in makeshift camps on surrounding islands, the displaced residents are now anxious to return to their ash-covered homes, even if the danger has not yet passed Continue reading...
Tags: Climate Change, Environment, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Volcanoes, Vanuatu, Ambae


Spanish ‘wolf pack’ face new charge of sex crime

Four men accused of sexual abuse two months before Pamplona attack for which they were cleared of rapeSpanish prosecutors have brought another sex crime charge against four men calling themselves “the wolf pack” who assaulted a young woman at the Pamplona bull-running festival in 2016.In a controversial ruling last year, a Spanish court gave nine-year prison sentences to the men for sexually abusing the 18-year-old in a doorway, but cleared them of rape because of a lack of physical violence. Co...
Tags: Europe, Spain, World news, Pamplona


Bolsonaro's Davos debut overshadowed by growing scandal around son

Flávio Bolsonaro denies Brazilian newspaper claims he once employed the mother and wife of an alleged death squad leaderBrazil’s far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has used his international debut to sound the death knell for South America’s “Bolivarian” left and proclaim a new, conservative era of clean governance and godliness in the region.But his terse and widely-panned appearance at the World Economic Forum on Tuesday was overshadowed by a snowballing scandal back home involving one of hi...
Tags: Americas, World news, Davos, Brazil, South America, World Economic Forum, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Flavio Bolsonaro


US state department's top diplomat for European affairs resigns

Wess Mitchell’s resignation adds to the exodus of senior officials who have championed the Nato alliance in the face of Trump’s reported desire to withdraw The state department’s top diplomat dealing with Europe, and an outspoken supporter of Nato, has announced his resignation.Wess Mitchell said he was leaving from personal reasons, after just 16 months in the job as assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, adding that he was “fully supportive” of secretary of state, Mike...
Tags: Europe, US, World news, US news, US politics, Nato, Trump, Mike Pompeo, Trump Administration, Wess Mitchell


Venezuela street clashes and military unrest pile pressure on Maduro

Opposition plans nationwide demonstrations on WednesdayProtests rock once-loyal working-class neighbourhoodsA foiled military uprising, violent protests across the capital, and planned nationwide marches led by an emboldened opposition; Venezuela’s embattled president Nicolás Maduro has survived threats to his power before, but this week is could be the most difficult yet.Maduro, who last August survived an audacious drone assassination attempt, presides over a crippling economic and social cris...
Tags: Americas, World news, Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, Maduro


'At last, I can sleep': brothers kidnapped by Isis reunited with mother in Syria

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters lends private jet to get abandoned boys out of Syria after the Guardian revealed their plightThe children of an Islamic State fighter who were abandoned in Syria have been reunited with their mother, a month after the Guardian tracked down their family in Trinidad.Mahmud and Ayyub Ferreira, now aged 11 and seven, were abducted by their father and taken to Syria in 2014, where they spent several years living in the so-called caliphate before ending up in the hands of Kur...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, World news, Syria, Pink Floyd, Middle East and North Africa, Trinidad And Tobago, Ayyub Ferreira, Trinidad Mahmud, Democratic Forces Continue


The Guardian view on Israel’s democracy: killing with impunity, lying without consequence? | Editorial

The late Amos Oz was right to say ‘even unavoidable occupation is a corrupting occupation’. Israeli voters should heed his wordsIn the last nine months of 2018, according to the United Nations, Palestinians – many of them children – were killed at the rate of around one a day while taking part in protests along Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza about their right to return to ancestral homes. They included medics and journalists. Most of the dead were unarmed and posed no danger to anyone, with ...
Tags: Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, United Nations, Hamas, Benjamin Netanyahu, Gazan, Amos Oz


Tourist numbers to the UK down while global figures continue to rise

A decrease in visitors coming to Britain and a fall in spending are in stark contrast to a worldwide increase in international arrivals, according to UN dataThe number of people visiting the UK on holiday fell in 2018. This was contrary to predictions and bucked the global travel trend, which saw worldwide international arrivals increase 6% year on year. The figure for worldwide arrivals has reached 1.4 bn, two years earlier than expected, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organizati...
Tags: Travel, UK, UK News, World news, Britain, Un, Visitbritain, United Kingdom Holidays, United Nations World Tourism Organization UNWTO


Like Brexit and Iraq, Suez divided Britain bitterly | Letter

John Coad recalls the divisions in parliament and among the public in 1956Simon Jenkins says “Parliament and public opinion backed him [Anthony Eden] all the way” in relation to the 1956 Suez debacle (May can learn to compromise with a political tip from 1846, 18 January). But opinion in parliament and among the public was bitterly divided. I well remember Hugh Gaitskell’s impassioned speeches condemning the illegality of the operation and Nye Bevan addressing a huge crowd in Trafalgar Square. I...
Tags: Israel, World news, Britain, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Foreign Policy, Parliament, Trafalgar Square, Brexit, Jenkins, Midlothian, Nye Bevan, Anthony Eden, Hugh Gaitskell, Iraq Suez, John Coad


Jair Bolsonaro alarms climate activists with pro-business speech

New Brazilian president highlights need to grow economy in Davos appearanceBrazil’s new rightwing president Jair Bolsonaro has prompted fresh alarm among environmentalists after stressing that protecting his country’s unique ecosystem has to be consistent with growing the economy.In remarks that did little to assuage fears of the risks that a go-for-growth strategy would pose to the Amazon region, Bolsonaro used his first overseas trip since taking control at the start of the year to outline a s...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Environment, Americas, World news, Davos, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Jair Bolsonaro, Bolsonaro, Davos 2019


Mexico's murder rate broke new record in 2018 as drug war drags on

Figures show 28,816 homicides, a 15% increase over the previous year, attributed to drug war and other illegal marketsMexico’s murder rate broke a new record in 2018 as the country’s drug war dragged on and criminal groups fought for control of an increasingly diversified range of illegal activities. Related: Mexico maelstrom: how the drug violence got so bad Continue reading...
Tags: Drugs, Mexico, Americas, World news


Davos 2019: Jacinda Ardern calls for environmental 'guardianship', as Bolsonaro alarms activists - live

Rolling coverage of the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, including appearances from Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, Mike Pompeo, Sir David Attenborough and New Zealand PM Jacinda ArdernArden: World leaders must get on the right side of history on climate changeGreen activists says Bolsonaro threatens Amazon rainforestPompeo on ‘winds of change’ such as BrexitCiti CEO says Brexit will go down to the wirePrince William interviews Attenborough (rather gently) 5.22pm GMT More news from D...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Economics, UK News, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Davos, New Zealand, Brazil, David Attenborough, Pacific, Brexit, Attenborough, Wef, World Economic Forum


Macron and Merkel are trying to safeguard Europe, not dominate it | Simon Tisdall

For all its undoubted flaws, a new friendship treaty sees a bigger picture that is lost on Britain’s small-minded leadersIt is tempting to indulge in some typical British lip-curling over the grand-sounding Treaty of Franco-German Cooperation and Integration signed on Tuesday by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron in Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle in French), capital of Charlemagne’s lost but not forgotten ninth-century European empire.The pact, reaffirming the 1963 Élysée treaty that set the two countri...
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, European Union, UK News, World news, Britain, Foreign Policy, Merkel, Brexit, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Simon Tisdall, Charlemagne


Davos 2019: Pompeo says Brexit shows 'new winds are blowing'; Bolsonaro spooks green activists - live!

Rolling coverage of the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, including appearances from Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, Mike Pompeo, Sir David Attenborough and New Zealand PM Jacinda ArdernLatest: Pompeo on ‘winds of change’ such as BrexitCiti CEO says Brexit will go down to the wireBrazil’s president outlines economic plansPrince William interviews Attenborough (rather gently)1,500 private jets expected 4.21pm GMT Down the corridor from the Davos congress hall, the head of the World Ban...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Economics, UK News, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Davos, New Zealand, Brazil, World Bank, William, David Attenborough, Brexit, Attenborough, World Economic Forum


A day with the men about to make it across the US border – at any cost

Central American migrants escaping poverty and violence in their hometowns find crossing legally is a slow and difficult processAt the age of 14, Jonathan Levit was given an order by the infamously brutal Mara Salvatrucha gang in the northern Honduran city of Tela: to kill a friend he had known throughout childhood – “like a brother, all my life”.Jonathan had, like almost every child in Tela’s terrifying barrio of Colonia 15 de Septiembre, grown up in the gang’s shadow; there was no avoiding it,...
Tags: Mexico, Americas, US, World news, US news, US immigration, Honduras, Guatemala, Jonathan, Tela, Colonia, Mara Salvatrucha, Us-mexico Border, Jonathan Levit


Oscar nominations 2019: Roma and The Favourite deserve acclaim, but no female directors is woeful

The Academy consensus has produced two blue-chip frontrunners, but passed over some exceptional films directed by women in the process•Roma and The Favourite vie for glory•Full list of nominations •Guardian film Black Sheep nominatedOnce again, the mysterious consensus-accretion of awards season has done its work and the Oscar nomination list has a big showing for Alfonso Cuarón’s magnificent Roma, with 10 nominations — and, notably, just as big a score for critics’ darling and perennial talking...
Tags: Business, Music, Film, Mahershala Ali, Women, Marvel, Life and style, World news, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Nicole Kidman, Television & radio, Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón


Dyson to move company HQ to Singapore

CEO says far east relocation is more about ‘future-proofing’ business than anything to do with BrexitSir James Dyson, the British billionaire inventor and outspoken Brexiter, is moving the headquarters of his vacuum cleaner and hair dryer technology company to Singapore.The company’s chief executive, Jim Rowan, said the move from Wiltshire to Singapore had “nothing to do with Brexit” but was about “future-proofing” the business. The move of Dyson’s legal entity from the UK to Singapore “will hap...
Tags: UK, Technology, Singapore, World news, Asia Pacific, James Dyson, Dyson Ltd, Dyson, Wiltshire, Brexit, HQ, Brexiter, Jim Rowan, BrexitSir James Dyson


Davos 2019: Brazil's president Jair Bolsonaro and US's Mike Pompeo speak - live!

Rolling coverage of the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, including appearances from Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, Prince William, Sir David Attenborough and New Zealand PM Jacinda ArdernLatest: Brazil’s president speaksPrince William interviews AttenboroughSir David: Humans must act before whole communities are exterminatedCiti boss hopes for reason to prevail on Brexit1,500 private jets expected 3.24pm GMT On geopolitics, Pompeo says “We face many new threats, some not so new”.He ...
Tags: Business, Isis, Iraq, US, Economics, UK News, World news, US news, Syria, Stock Markets, Davos, New Zealand, Brazil, William, David Attenborough, World Economic Forum


Drunk man tried to hijack Moscow-bound jet, say Russian police

Passenger arrested after he forced pilots to divert plane, sparking terror alertA drunk passenger who attempted to hijack a Moscow-bound plane has been arrested, Russian officials have said. The Aeroflot flight from the Siberian city of Surgut suddenly made a 180-degree turn after take-off on Tuesday, sparking concerns of possible terrorism. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Russia, World news, Moscow, Aeroflot


Drunk Siberian man hijacks Moscow-bound plane, say Russian police

Man allegedly told crew he was armed and demanded diversion shortly after takeoffRussian police detained a drunken man whom they say threatened the crew of an passenger plane flying from a Siberian city to Moscow, forcing it to land shortly after takeoff.The Russian Investigative Committee said that the man told the Aeroflot crew that he was armed and demanded the diversion of the plane after it had taken off from the Siberian city of Surgut on Tuesday. The plane landed in the city of Khanty-Man...
Tags: Europe, Russia, World news, Moscow, Russian Investigative Committee, Surgut, Aeroflot, Khanty Mansiysk


France and Germany provoke populist anger over 'friendship pact'

Macron and Merkel sign update to 1963 Élysée treaty to restate commitment to EUFrance and Germany have renewed their vows of postwar friendship, aiming to show that the traditional engine powering the EU project is still strong, but drawing strong criticism from nationalist and populist parties advancing across the continent.The French president, Emmanuel Macron, and German chancellor, Angela Merkel, signed the 16-page update to the 1963 Elysée treaty on Tuesday in the German border city of Aach...
Tags: Europe, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, European Union, World news, Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Aachen, Macron, Charlemagne


France and Germany provoke populist anger with 'friendship pact' renewal

Macron and Merkel sign update to 1963 Élysée treaty to restate commitment to the European UnionFrance and Germany have renewed their vows of postwar friendship, aiming to show that the traditional engine powering the EU project is still strong but drawing fierce criticism from the nationalist and populist parties advancing across the continent.President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel signed the 16-page update to the 1963 Elysée treaty on Tuesday in the German border city of Aachen,...
Tags: Europe, France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Eu, World news, Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Aachen, Macron, UnionFrance


Davos 2019: Sir David Attenborough warns of exterminating whole ecosystems - live!

Rolling coverage of the first day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, including appearances from Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, Prince William, Sir David Attenborough and New Zealand PM Jacinda ArdernLatest: Citi boss talks BrexitIntroduction: Day One of DavosLast night, Attenborough warns the Garden Of Eden is no moreUnion chief: We need wealth transfer1,500 private jets expected 1.56pm GMT That’s the end of the ‘conversation’ (disappointing, as I was hoping for more parenting insights from the...
Tags: Business, Economics, UK News, World news, US news, Stock Markets, Davos, New Zealand, Brazil, William, David Attenborough, Attenborough, World Economic Forum, Garden of Eden, Jair Bolsonaro, Davos 2019


DNA study debunks Rudolf Hess imposter theory

Comparison of samples from inmate Spandau #7 and Hess relative finds a match A longstanding conspiracy theory that the Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess was replaced by a doppelganger in prison has been debunked.For years, there were rumours that the prisoner known as Spandau #7 at the Berlin jail was an imposter substituted in to take the place of the deputy Führer of the Third Reich. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, Berlin, World news, Second world war, Nazism, Hess, Spandau, Rudolf Hess


DNA study debunks Rudolf Hess impostor theory

Comparison of samples from inmate Spandau #7 and Hess relative finds a match A longstanding conspiracy theory that the Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess was replaced by a doppelganger in prison has been debunked.For years, there were rumours that the prisoner known as Spandau #7 at the Berlin jail was an imposter substituted in to take the place of the deputy Führer of the Third Reich. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, Berlin, World news, Second world war, Nazism, Hess, Spandau, Rudolf Hess