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In policy shift, Trump says U.S. recognizes Israel sovereignty of Golan Heights

By MATTHEW LEE and DEB RIECHMANN JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump said Thursday that it’s time for the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, an announcement that signals a shift in U.S. policy and comes ahead of the Israeli prime minister’s planned visit next week to the White House. The administration has been considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. Last week, in its annual human rights r...
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Trump breaks with US policy to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory – latest news

Israel captured Golan Heights in 1967 after six-day warBridget McCain condemns Trump, 72, for being a ‘child’Sign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 8.18pm GMT Former President Barack Obama will meet with freshman House Democrats next week.Politico reports that Obama will appear at a reception hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday night for the over sixty newly elected House Democrats. 8.10pm GMT Former FBI director James Comey about what he would like to see in the Mu...
Tags: Health, Obama, Congress, Politico, Israel, US, Barack Obama, World news, US news, Syria, Fbi, United States, US politics, House, Abortion, Nancy Pelosi


Wisconsin judge blocks Republican bid to weaken governor and erode voting rights

Democrats condemned laws passed during lame-duck session after Republicans lost governorship as illegal power-grab A Wisconsin judge has temporarily blocked Republican laws that curtailed the powers of a newly elected Democratic governor and rolled back voting rights across the state. Related: John McCain's daughter issues rare public statement condemning Trump Continue reading...
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German journalist who was held captive and gave birth in Syria speaks of her ordeal

Janina Findeisen, who went to Syria when seven months pregnant, was released with her son in September 2016A German woman who was abducted in Syria and held captive for nearly a year has revealed how her kidnappers were prepared to “cut off my head in front of a live camera”, but ended up pampering her with chocolate, toys and luxury nappies after she gave birth to a baby boy while in captivity.The journalist Janina Findeisen, who was released with her child in September 2016, has spoken for the...
Tags: Media, Germany, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Journalist safety, Janina Findeisen


Woman, 75, arrested after boy stabbed to death in Switzerland

Seven-year-old attacked in street while walking home from school in Basel, police sayPolice in Switzerland have arrested a 75-year-old woman on suspicion of killing a seven-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed on his way home from school.The child was attacked while walking alone in the north-western city of Basel at about 12.30pm local time (1130 GMT), police said. Continue reading...
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Trump: time for US to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights – live

Israel captured Golan Heights in 1967 after six-day warBridget McCain condemns Trump, 72, for being a ‘child’Sign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 6.11pm GMT South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the latest Democratic presidential hopeful to go on a hiring spree.The 2020 Democratic candidate has nearly twenty jobs available on his website in five states for aspiring operatives. 5.59pm GMT In a sign that he may be leaning towards a presidential bid, Maryland Governo...
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'We don't have anything': the fight for survival after Cyclone Idai

In cities and villages across Mozambique the huge need for aid and assistance is not being met by a chaotic rescue effortCyclone Idai brings devastation to Mozambique – visual guideThe main road connecting the cyclone-devastated Mozambican city of Beira to neighbouring Zimbabwe comes to an abrupt end. A section almost 100 metres wide is almost entirely underwater, an angry muddy gash where the tarmac was ripped away by the floods and raging currents.A week after the onset of Cyclone Idai, as the...
Tags: Africa, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Global development, Zimbabwe, Flooding, Mozambique, Beira, Cyclone Idai


'Mindblowing' haul of fossils over 500m years old unearthed in China

Thousands of fossils date back to huge burst in diversity of life on Earth known as Cambrian explosionA “mindblowing” haul of fossils that captures the riot of evolution that kickstarted the diversity of life on Earth more than half a billion years ago has been discovered by researchers in China.Paleontologists found thousands of fossils in rocks on the bank of the Danshui river in Hubei province in southern China, where primitive forms of jellyfish, sponges, algae, anemones, worms and arthropod...
Tags: Science, Education, Biology, China, Research, World news, Earth, Asia Pacific, Higher Education, Evolution, Fossils, Hubei Province, Danshui


Cyclone Idai brings devastation to Mozambique – visual guide

Rescuers race to reach tens of thousands of people trapped by vast areas of flooding Idai first hit Mozambique on 4 March as a tropical depression with torrential rain that also affected southern Malawi. It then changed course, moving back over the sea where the storm strengthened to a cyclone with the equivalent force of a category 3 hurricane. Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Idai, Cyclone Idai


Doomed Boeing planes lacked two optional safety features – report

Neither 737 Max aircraft in Indonesia and Ethiopia crashes had sensors sold for extra costBoeing reportedly sold the 737 Max planes that crashed in Indonesia and Ethiopia without two safety features that the US aircraft manufacturer offers airlines for an additional cost.It is still not clear what caused Lion Air flight 610 and Ethiopian Airlines flight 302 to crash, but investigators have said flight data shows clear similarities between the two incidents. Continue reading...
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UK will change tack on UN motions criticising Israel, says Jeremy Hunt

Policy will be to vote against claims of rights abuses by Israel brought under special protocolThe UK will oppose motions criticising rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza that are brought to the UN’s human rights council under a special procedure dedicated to Israel’s behaviour in the occupied territories, Jeremy Hunt has said.The move is likely to delight the Trump administration, which quit the human rights council in June last year, citing its approach to Israel. It also appears aimed at c...
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Trump says US will recognize Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights

Israel captured Golan Heights from Syria after war in 1967Netanyahu responds on Twitter: ‘Thank you President Trump!’Follow today’s US politics newsDonald Trump has announced that the US will recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, captured from Syria in 1967, in a dramatic move likely to bolster Benjamin Netanyahu’s hopes to win re-election, but which will also provoke international opposition.Previous US administrations have treated Golan Heights as occupied Syrian territory, in...
Tags: Israel, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, UN Security Council, Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump, Golan Heights, newsDonald Trump


Mississippi to sign anti-abortion law that could prompt Roe v Wade challenge – live

Restrictive bill will ban abortions after six-week markBridget McCain condemns Trump for being a ‘child’Sign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 5.11pm GMT Congressional investigators are raising concerns after the revelation that Jared Kushner used both personal email and WhatsApp to conduct government business.Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lovell confirmed to Elijah Cummings, the current chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee and Trey Gowdy, Cummings’s predecessor, that...
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Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords unprotected

Company admits to mistake and says it has no evidence of abuse – but the risk was hugeFacebook mistakenly stored “hundreds of millions” of passwords in plaintext, unprotected by any encryption, the company has admitted.The mistake, which led to user passwords being kept in Facebook’s internal servers in an insecure way, affects “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users”, according to the social networking site...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, World news, Encryption, Hacking, Data and computer security, Internet Safety, Information commissioner, Facebook Lite


Iraq ferry sinking: at least 70 people drown in Mosul

Victims were mostly women and children celebrating Kurdish new year, say officialsAt least 71 people have drowned after a ferry sank in the Tigris river near Mosul in Iraq.Col Hussam Khalil, head of the Civil Defence Corps in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh, said the incident occurred on Thursday while scores of people – mostly women and children – were celebrating Nowruz, which marks the Kurdish new year and the arrival of spring. Continue reading...
Tags: Iraq, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Mosul, Nineveh, Tigris, Civil Defence Corps, Iraq Col Hussam Khalil


Canada: 'Much more to be told' on Trudeau scandal, says minister who quit

Jane Philpott, who resigned in protest earlier this month, hints at more pain for embattled PM and says Canadians deserve the truth‘He’s not a bad person, but …’ Trudeau turns voters offA Canadian cabinet minister who had quit in protest over the government’s handling of a corruption scandal said she and others had more to say about the matter, indicating more pain to come for the embattled prime minister, Justin Trudeau.Trudeau has been on the defensive since February over allegations top offic...
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Arrest Warrant Issued For Ex-Brazilian President On Corruption Charges

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A judge in Rio de Janeiro has issued an arrest warrant for ex-President Michel Temer, who is being investigated in several corruption cases. A spokeswoman for the Prosecutors Office in Rio de Janeiro told The Associated Press Thursday that Judge Marcelo Breitas had issued the order. Per agency protocol, the spokeswoman asked her name not be used. Breitas is a Rio judge overseeing part of a sprawling corruption probe involving kickbacks to politicians and public officials....
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John McCain's daughter issues rare public statement condemning Trump

Bridget McCain responds to Trump’s remarks about her father: ‘You are a child in the most important role the world knows’Follow the latest US politics updates liveJohn McCain’s daughter Bridget hit back Thursday against Donald Trump’s repeated attacks on her father by calling the president “a child”.McCain, the late Arizona senator’s youngest daughter, who rarely speaks publicly, pleaded with Trump for decency after he went after John McCain during an appearance in Ohio. Continue reading...
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The Crossing review – Bai Xue's slowburn gem delivers the goods

This feature debut about a schoolgirl coerced into small-time smuggling is all the more powerful for shunning high drama With this elegantly elliptical arthouse movie, Bai Xue announces herself as a cool, confident observer of a new generation of Chinese youth. There are echoes of Sofia Coppola in Bai’s directing debut, a coming-of-age story inspired by real-life criminal gangs in Hong Kong who recruit schoolkids to smuggle mobile phones into mainland China. It’s a wisp of film that never quite ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Japan, Film, China, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, World cinema, Shenzhen, BAI, Sofia Coppola, Drama films, Bai Xue, Huang Yao, Peipei, Jo Carmen Soup Peipei


Brazil’s former president Michel Temer arrested in corruption investigation

Temer arrested as part of Operation Car Wash, which led to the convictions of numerous members of Brazil’s political eliteBrazil’s former president Michel Temer – who played a key role in the 2016 impeachment of his rival Dilma Rousseff – has been arrested by federal police, according to local media.The G1 news portal reported that Temer was arrested in São Paulo on Thursday morning as part of Operation Car Wash, the country’s largest ever corruption investigation, which led to the convictions o...
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Kachin women from Myanmar 'raped until they get pregnant' in China

Women from Kachin minority are allowed to go home only if they leave baby behind, says HRW report Burmese and Chinese authorities are turning a blind eye to a growing trade in women from Myanmar’s Kachin minority, who are taken across the border, sold as wives to Chinese men and raped until they become pregnant, a report claims.Some of the women are allowed to return home after they have given birth, but are forced to leave their children, according to an investigation by Human Rights Watch, tit...
Tags: Human Rights, China, Women, World news, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Myanmar, Sex trade, Human Rights Watch, Kachin


Dutch Suspect In Deadly Tram Shooting To Face Terrorism Charge

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The main suspect in a deadly tram shooting in the Dutch city of Utrecht will be charged with offenses including multiple murder or manslaughter with a terrorist intent, prosecutors said Thursday. Investigations so far into Monday’s shooting that left three dead and three seriously injured indicate that the shooter acted alone, prosecutors said in a written statement. The main suspect, identified by police as Gokmen Tanis, a 37-year-old man of Turkish descent, also f...
Tags: News, World news, Netherlands, Extremism, Utrecht, The Hague Netherlands, Tanis, Cristina Cabrera, AP story, Gokmen Tanis, Utrecht Authorities, Tram Shooting


Cyclone Idai witness describes seeing hundreds of bodies by roadside

Stranded motorist tells of encountering scenes of ‘total devastation and death’A man who walked through an area of Mozambique’s flood-hit countryside in the wake of Cyclone Idai has said he saw hundreds of bodies by the side of the road, describing scenes of “devastation and destruction”.Graham Taylor was trying to drive home from the ravaged port city of Beira eastward to Chimoio on Saturday, two days after the cyclone made landfall. Stranded in the floods, he abandoned his car and walked more ...
Tags: Africa, World news, Mozambique, Beira, Lamego, Graham Taylor, Chimoio, Cyclone Idai, Nhamatanda


UN to explore wave of deaths linked to food aid porridge in Uganda

World Food Programme halts distribution of fortified cereal as four people die and hundreds suffer suspected food poisoningThe World Food Programme and Ugandan government have launched an investigation into deaths linked with the distribution of fortified porridge to refugees and people suffering from malnourishment.The health ministry was alerted to reports of possible food poisoning among people who had consumed Super Cereal, a blended food designed to prevent malnutrition, in the north-east r...
Tags: Africa, World news, Uganda, Hunger, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Un, North East, Karamoja, World Food Programme, Global Health


500 years in 59 seconds: the race to be the world's largest city

Fascinating interactive graphic shows changes in the globe’s 10 most populous cities from 1500 to 2018This compelling interactive “bar chart race” shows the top 10 most populous cities in the world from 1500 to 2018.“In the early 1500s most people lived in the east, either the east of Europe and north Africa or the east of the world itself in India and China,” says John Burn-Murdoch, who created the interactive for the Financial Times. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Technology, China, India, Africa, World news, Cities, Data visualisations, Financial Times Continue, John Burn Murdoch


Climate change could make insurance too expensive for most people – report

Munich Re, world’s largest reinsurance firm, warns premium rises could become social issueInsurers have warned that climate change could make cover for ordinary people unaffordable after the world’s largest reinsurance firm blamed global warming for $24bn (£18bn) of losses in the Californian wildfires.Ernst Rauch, Munich Re’s chief climatologist, told the Guardian that the costs could soon be widely felt, with premium rises already under discussion with clients holding asset concentrations in vu...
Tags: Business, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Wildfires, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Insurance industry, Guardian, Extreme Weather, Munich Re, Ernst Rauch Munich Re


Witness describes flood-hit Mozambique: 'We just saw total devastation' – audio

In the wake of Cyclone Idai, Zimbabwean Graham Taylor has described the ‘total devastation, carnage and deaths’. Taylor is travelling through the flood-hit countryside of Mozambique. ‘As far as I could look and walk I came across two, three, four hundred bodies floating and on the side of the road,’ he said Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Flooding, Mozambique, Taylor, Graham Taylor, Cyclone Idai


The Journey review – supreme acting elevates a humane hostage drama

Zahraa Ghandour is mesmerising as a would-be suicide bomber in Mohamed Al-Daradji’s smart, sympathetic ensemble pieceIt’s the first night of Eid, in 2006, and a young woman named Sara (Zahraa Ghandour) steps into the newly reopened Baghdad Central Station, with explosives strapped to her body and an detonator switch in her shaking hand. Time seems to stand still, fade to white, loop backwards and start over.Sara enters the station again, and perhaps what we’re seeing now is her in a part of the ...
Tags: Film, Iraq, Time, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, World cinema, Sara, Salam, Mohamed Al Daradji, Zahraa Ghandour, Sara Zahraa Ghandour, Baghdad Central Station, Salam Ameer Ali Jabarah


Anti-immigration populists surge in fragmented Dutch elections

FvD party on course to win 12 seats in provincial elections for upper house of parliamentAn anti-immigration populist party has won the most votes in elections for the upper house of parliament in the Netherlands, days after a shooting in Utrecht, robbing the governing coalition of its majority and forcing it to seek new alliances on the left.In a further fragmentation of Dutch politics, the Forum for Democracy (FvD) party of Thierry Baudet, a flamboyant former academic and columnist, is on cour...
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Thousands attend vigil in Dunedin for victims of Christchurch attack

Mixed emotions in city where gunman who killed 50 lived for two yearsMore than 18,000 people have attended a candlelit vigil for victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack in the New Zealand city of Dunedin, where the gunman lived for two years.Many of those in attendance at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, which is usually used for games of rugby and rock concerts, were students, who have been a constant presence outside the city’s sole mosque since last Friday, laying flowers and leaving notes of c...
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