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Trump pushing Afghan president to close Taliban office in Qatar, sources say

Exclusive: Mission in Doha had been channel for dialogue for more than six years but Trump is said to be hostile to keeping it open

Donald Trump is pushing the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, to close a Taliban mission in Qatar, which has been a channel for dialogue for more than six years, according to several sources familiar with discussions between the two countries.

Related: Saudi Arabia suspends dialogue, saying Qatar 'distorting facts'

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09/26/2017 08:08 AM
Plane crash that killed UN boss 'may have been caused by aircraft attack'

Exclusive: US and UK intercepts could hold answer to 1961 accident in Africa that killed Dag Hammarskjöld and 15 others

A UN report into the death of its former secretary general Dag Hammarskjöld in a 1961 plane crash in central Africa has found that there is a “significant amount of evidence” that his flight was brought down by another aircraft.

The report, delivered to the current secretary general, António Guterres, last month, took into account previously undisclosed information provided by the US, UK, Belgian, Canadian and German governments.

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09/26/2017 09:41 AM
Three Israelis killed in gun attack by Palestinian assailant

Assailant shot dead after killing three and injuring another at settlement outside Jerusalem early on Tuesday morning

Three Israelis have been killed in a gun attack by a Palestinian assailant at a settlement outside Jerusalem.

Police said the attacker arrived at a rear entrance to the Har Adar settlement at about 7am as security guards were opening a gate to admit Palestinian labourers with permits.

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09/26/2017 07:05 AM
'Height of hypocrisy' - Clinton calls out Trump team over private email reports

Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law among six administration figures who reportedly used private email accounts for White House business

At least six senior Trump administration figures have used private email accounts for official White House business, according to various media reports.

Related: Republican plan to defeat Obamacare looks doomed as Susan Collins says no to bill

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09/26/2017 11:20 AM
‘Sugar daddy’ website targeting Belgian students faces legal fight

Ministers accuse Richmeetbeautiful of inciting debauchery and prostitution after posters appear near Brussels campuses

Belgian ministers have said they will take legal action in an attempt to force a website that links young women and rich men to remove huge adverts near the country’s universities.

Trucks bearing large posters promoting Richmeetbeautiful, which describes itself as a “sugar daddy and sugar baby dating site”, have appeared on the outskirts of campuses in Brussels in recent days. The promotional campaign suggests: “Improve your style of life. Get a sugar daddy”.

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09/26/2017 09:43 AM
Merkel faces tough coalition talks as nationalists enter German parliament

German chancellor’s centre-right alliance remains largest force in parliament, as far-right Alternative für Deutschland takes 13% of vote in Sunday’s election

Angela Merkel faces tough negotiations in coming weeks as she attempts to engineer a governing coalition that can withstand pressure from the far right, which has swept into the German parliament for the first time in over five decades.

The German chancellor’s centre-right Christian Democrat-led alliance took 33% of the vote in Sunday’s election – its worst result since 1949 but enough to remain the largest force in parliament.

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09/25/2017 08:47 AM
Trump finally responds to Puerto Rico crisis, saying island has 'massive debt'

President’s belated response to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in US territory seems to blame islanders for their own misfortune

It took Donald Trump five full days to respond to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on the lives of 3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico, and when he finally did so his comments on Twitter were so devoid of empathy it threatened to spark a new controversy.

Related: Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria – in pictures

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09/26/2017 04:15 AM
Archaeologists home in on Homeric clues as Turkey declares year of Troy

Work is accelerating at site on Hisarlık Hill, formerly a ‘ruin of a ruin’, and a museum will open next year

Rüstem Aslan, Troy’s chief archaeologist, grows more animated as he enters the fenced-off area just beyond the southern gate of the ancient city’s ruins. To him it offers tantalising clues that may add to the evidence that this was the scene of the war detailed in Homer’s epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey.

“Priam, Achilles, Hector: [whether] they lived and died here, we cannot prove that 100%,” said the affable Aslan, who started working at the site as a student in 1988. “But if you work inside for 30 years, night and day, winter or summer, surrounded by this landscape, you can feel it. You start to believe.”

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09/26/2017 05:00 AM
Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals

The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts.

“Huge proportions of the plant and animal species that form the foundation of our food supply are just as endangered [as wildlife] and are getting almost no attention,” said Ann Tutwiler, director general of Bioversity International, a research group that published a new report on Tuesday.

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09/26/2017 10:23 AM
North Korea's foreign minister: Trump has declared war on our country

Ri Yong-ho says in response to Donald Trump’s comments North Korea has ‘every right to make counter-measures’, including shooting down US bombers

North Korea has threatened to shoot down US bombers in international airspace, claiming that, with a weekend tweet, Donald Trump had declared war.

Related: Ri Yong-ho: the North Korean diplomat who could defuse the crisis

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09/26/2017 07:45 AM
Vietnam's harsh summer: state launches largest crackdown on dissidents in years

At least 11 activists have been arrested, charged or convicted over the past few months, while another was stripped of his citizenship and deported to France

Ho Thi Chau, 25, was left alone and blacklisted after her husband was returned to jail for “attempting to overthrow the [Vietnamese] government” last week.

An activist from the north central province of Nghe An, Nguyen Van Oai was arrested on 18 September on charges of violating the conditions of his 2015 release from prison.

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09/26/2017 03:35 AM
Chelsea Manning says she has been barred from entering Canada

Former US soldier and one of the most prominent whistleblowers of modern times posts letter to Twitter saying she is ‘not authorized to enter Canada’

Chelsea Manning, the former US soldier who served seven years in military prison after instigating one of the biggest breaches of classified data in US history, has said she has been barred from entering Canada.

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09/25/2017 08:00 PM
Many Puerto Ricans desperate to return home to island reeling from disaster

The island is largely without electricity and running water, but demand for plane tickets is high as Puerto Ricans attempt to return to their relatives and homes

As Puerto Rico came into view below, passengers on the JetBlue aid flight from New York fell silent as the scale of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria became apparent: the usually verdant mountains were brown and barren, and the bright blue water offshore was dotted with large aid ships.

Related: Jennifer Lopez donates $1m to Puerto Rico hurricane recovery effort

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09/25/2017 02:36 PM
Japan's PM Shinzō Abe calls snap election

Abe aims to take advantage of opposition disarray and says vote would be an appraisal of his handling of North Korea crisis

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzō Abe, has called a snap election to take advantage of opposition disarray and support for his hard line against North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes.

Related: We will sink Japan and turn US to 'ashes and darkness', says North Korea

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09/25/2017 12:42 PM
Trump travel ban extended to blocks on North Korea, Venezuela and Chad

President’s proclamation may throw major hurdle in front of ongoing court challenges to ban which blocked travel from six majority-Muslim countries

Donald Trump has announced new travel restrictions on visitors to the United States that will expand his controversial travel ban to eight countries.

The new proclamation, which will come into effect on 18 October, will continue to target travellers from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Iran, but also adds North Korea, Chad and Venezuela to the list of targeted countries. Sudan has been dropped from the administration’s list of nations and Iraqi citizens will be subjected to “additional scrutiny” but will not face any blanket bans.

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09/25/2017 06:09 AM
Marriage equality support rebounds and yes side leads in voting – Guardian Essential poll

Poll finds that, among those who have already voted, 72% voted yes compared with 26% who voted no

Support for marriage equality has rebounded and the yes side holds a decisive lead among Australians who have already voted in the postal survey, according to the Guardian Essential poll.

The poll found that 58% of Australians support a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to marry, up three points from 55% last week, compared with 33% who oppose it and 9% who are undecided.

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09/25/2017 06:01 PM
Spain’s attorney general refuses to rule out arrest of Catalan president

Carles Puigdemont could face action, says attorney general, as Catalonia prepares to defy Madrid by holding independence vote

Spain’s attorney general has refused to rule out the possibility of arresting the Catalan president, as the region’s pro-sovereignty government prepares to defy Madrid by holding an independence referendum on Sunday.

José Manuel Maza said that Carles Puigdemont could face action for disobedience, breaching public duties and misuse of public funds for proceeding with the poll after Spain’s constitutional court suspended the hastily passed legislation underpinning the vote.

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09/25/2017 04:42 PM
A giant swing and an imminent eruption: Tuesday's best photographs

A selection of the best photographs from around the world including a giant swing in Nepal and an imminent eruption in Bali

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09/26/2017 12:15 PM
Belfast workers 'holding their breath' for verdict in Bombardier trade dispute

Thousands of jobs in Northern Ireland at risk if US authorities side with rival plane maker Boeing over state subsidies

Unions said Bombardier’s workers in Belfast were “holding their breath” as they await the verdict of US authorities on a trade dispute between the Canadian firm and its rival plane maker Boeing, the repercussions of which could put at risk about 4,000 jobs in Northern Ireland.

The US Commerce Department is expected to announce its decision on Tuesday, after American firm Boeing alleged in April that Bombardier received unfair state subsidies from Canada and the UK, allowing it to sell its C-series passenger jets at below cost in the US.

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09/26/2017 11:19 AM
Enugu in the spotlight: 50 years on, the flame of Biafra still burns

The one-time, would-be capital of Biafra remains torn between its tragic bid for independence from Nigeria in 1967 and a series of very modern problems

When this coal mining outpost was given town status in 1917 – one of the few Nigerian cities founded in the colonial era – there was little reason to think history would come calling. Seven years after independence, however, in the summer of 1967, it did so in tumultuous style when Lt Col Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu declared Enugu the capital of the breakaway Republic of Biafra.

The move didn’t end well. The city was recaptured in the first week of October, and the civil war ended in mass starvation for the region’s Igbo people in January 1970. The internationally lamented tragedy was documented in the novel Half of a Yellow Sun, by the bestselling, Enugu-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. A half-century on, the city’s now roughly three-quarters of a million people are back in the Nigerian fold.

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09/26/2017 11:00 AM
What would an entirely flood-proof city look like?

The wetter the better. From sponge cities in China to ‘berms with benefits’ in New Jersey and floating container classrooms in the slums of Dhaka, we look at a range of projects that treat storm water as a resource rather than a hazard

They call it “pave, pipe, and pump”: the mentality that has dominated urban development for over a century.

Along with the explosion of the motorcar in the early 20th century came paved surfaces. Rainwater – instead of being sucked up by plants, evaporating, or filtering through the ground back to rivers and lakes – was suddenly forced to slide over pavements and roads into drains, pipes and sewers.

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09/25/2017 06:30 AM
Oberhausen in the spotlight: how the 'German Detroit' signals electoral shift

This once-thriving industrial powerhouse is undergoing a political and cultural transformation as the country prepares for federal elections on 24 September

Days away from Germany’s federal elections, one city in west Germany is undergoing something of a political transformation, threatening to shift allegiances in what is being seen as a key test of Angela Merkel’s popularity.

On the face of it, the city is an unlikely political weather-vane. Nicknamed “Germany’s Detroit”, Oberhausen in the Ruhr Valley is a place at the tail-end of decades of industrial decline. These days, it is better known for being the former home of Paul the psychic football-loving octopus (of 2010 World Cup fame), Europe’s largest shopping centre, and, rather incongruously, the world’s most prestigious avant garde short film festival.

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09/22/2017 06:30 AM
Accessing cities with a disability: what have your experiences been?

Inaccessible venues and public spaces are a daily occurrence for most disabled people, whether at home or on holiday. We want to hear from Guardian readers with a disability about your experiences of accessing cities, good or bad

Last year Chester was named the most accessible city in Europe, selected from 43 cities in 21 countries for its achievements in creating a disability-friendly environment across many different sectors.

Related: Roman holiday: how Chester became the most accessible city in Europe

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09/20/2017 09:38 AM
The bodega cats of Instagram: fur flies over automated food cabinet startup

Bodegas’ resident felines are symbolic of the relaxed environment that people appreciate about their local corner store. Could their bricks-and-mortar homes be put out of business by the latest tech startup? Won’t somebody think of the cats?

Two former Google employees’ proposal to replace corner shops with automated cabinets promoted an outpouring of scorn on social media last week, but in among the gags (“vending machines already exist”) and the slurs was a semi-serious concern: won’t somebody think of the cats?

Bodegas’ resident cats are symbolic of the personable, one-to-one service and relaxed environment that people appreciate about their local corner store – the kind of service and ambiance it’s hard to replicate in a pantry for non-perishables. The Bodega entrepreneurs’ choice of logo, a cat’s face, was perceived to be just as inappropriate as their chosen name.

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09/19/2017 01:28 PM
Want a more 'authentic' tourist experience? There's an app for that

For many people the best kind of holiday is one based on local knowledge, but how do you know where the locals go – especially when they may prefer not to tell you? By mining their publicly available Instagram data

No one wants to be a tourist – not even tourists. It has connotations of uncritical consumption, of high prices and low quality, of being mindlessly funnelled amid a mass of humanity towards the sorts of joints that real New Yorkers or Londoners or Parisians wouldn’t be caught dead in.

The success of any experience of an unfamiliar city is measured by how much it overlaps with a local’s, and that’s never been truer than now. As cheap flights flood Europe with visitors, measures against tourists’ obstructive, destructive impact have been taken in Venice, Barcelona, Rome and most recently Amsterdam.

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09/15/2017 06:30 AM
Connections, community and cute-ass cats: in praise of real-life bodegas

As the inventors of Bodega learned yesterday, real corner shops actually matter to cities in a way supermarket chains and automated cabinets never can

The Saturday before Christmas 1971, my grandparents worked like crazy making enough corned starch for hundreds of friends in East Oakland. Together they’d invented a secret cornmeal masa recipe to sell at their corner store, El Progreso, in order to make the tastiest tortillas and tamales in the region. Dozens lined up when the store opened, some coming from way out of town, and the whole weekend was a lively scene of people from the community buying, commiserating, gossiping, and laughing. My mother, Irma, remembers families even bringing them food.

By late evening on Sunday, she had to announce to friends still waiting that they were out of masa. Though sad she couldn’t give them what they were looking for, she and my grandmother Isabel were amazed at their good fortune, sweating from a full day of honest work as my grandfather Anastasio drank beer in the back room to celebrate with his bakers.

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09/14/2017 05:36 PM
Forget the Parthenon: how austerity is laying waste to Athens' modern heritage

A full 80% of 19th and early 20th-century buildings in the Greek capital have already been destroyed, and time is running out for what’s left

Not that long ago I received a questionnaire through my door. How had the 1930s Bauhaus building in which I live survived the rigours of time? Who had designed it? Who was its first owner? And, the form went on, what were my memories of it?

Circulated far and wide across Athens, the questionnaire and its findings are part of a vast inventory of 19th- and early 20th-century buildings that now stand at the heart of a burgeoning cultural heritage crisis in Greece. At least 10,600 buildings are on the database and it is growing by the day.

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09/12/2017 06:30 AM
Eat, pray, live: the Lagos megachurches building their very own cities

Redemption Camp has 5,000 houses, roads, rubbish collection, police, supermarkets, banks, a fun fair, a post office – even a 25 megawatt power plant. In Nigeria, the line between church and city is rapidly vanishing

“Ha-lleluuuu-jah,” booms the distinctive voice of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, also known as the general overseer.

The sound comes out through thousands of loudspeakers planted in every corner of Redemption Camp. Market shoppers pause their haggling, and worshippers – some of whom have been sleeping on mats in this giant auditorium for days – stop brushing their teeth to join in the reply.

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09/11/2017 06:30 AM
Patterns of Barcelona: photographer captures symmetry of city facades – in pictures

Instagrammer Roc Isern shows another side to Barcelona’s architecture by capturing the beautiful geometric shapes and patterns of the city’s buildings

Barcelona is known for its iconic landmarks, but Roc Isern turns his camera to buildings others may tend to look past.

Isern is a technical architect and photographer based in the Catalan capital. Since 2014, he has been capturing the facades of Barcelona’s buildings for tens of thousands of followers on Instagram at @barcelonafacades.

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09/07/2017 12:11 PM
'It brings a tear to my eye': the labours of love battling the vitriol of the marriage campaign

The postal vote campaign has often been ugly. But many yes voters are optimistically reaching out to the undecided

• Plus, send us your stories and pictures of positive moments that may have come out of the campaign

Chris Baguley feared that, come Friday, he would find himself in the midst of a sausage shortage.

The father of two sent 250 letters to people in his neighbourhood of Port Stephens in the Hunter region of New South Wales inviting them over for a barbecue to talk about same-sex marriage. He also offered to post their vote for them if they cannot make it to a mailbox.

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09/22/2017 10:00 PM
Man appears in court accused of stabbing surgeon outside mosque

Ian Anthony Rook charged over attack in Cheshire which left Nasser Kurdy with 3cm wound to the back of his neck

A man has appeared in court accused of stabbing a surgeon who treated victims of the Manchester Arena attack.

Nasser Kurdy, who operated on those injured in the bombing in May, was stabbed from behind with a knife as he walked into a mosque in Hale, Cheshire, just before 6pm on Sunday.

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09/26/2017 12:26 PM
Bali volcano eruption could be hours away after unprecedented seismic activity

Tens of thousands evacuated from area around Mount Agung as hundreds of volcanic earthquakes recorded in single day

Tell us if you’re affected by the evacuation

Mount Agung in Bali is experiencing unprecedented levels of seismic activity and could erupt in a “matter of hours” if tremors continue, Indonesia’s volcanology centre has said.

More than 75,000 people have been evacuated in the last few days as Agung, the highest point of the island, has experienced hundreds of internal volcanic earthquakes.

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09/26/2017 11:04 AM
Politicians unaware they held dual citizenship should keep jobs, says Brandis

Attorney general tells high court Barnaby Joyce and senators Nash, Canavan and Xenophon shouldn’t lose out for not knowing they held dual nationalities

The attorney general, George Brandis, has attempted to save the political careers of three government MPs by claiming they should not be punished for not knowing they held dual citizenship.

In his submissions to the high court, Brandis argues that the section 44 phrase “is a subject of a citizen … of a foreign power” should only be applied to someone who has “voluntarily obtained or retained” that citizenship.

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09/26/2017 07:43 AM
Jihadist who left Manchester to fight with Isis 'may still be alive'

Raymond Matimba reportedly joined group of British jihadists that included Mohammed Emwazi, the executioner also known as Jihadi John

A jihadist who fled Manchester for Syria has been identified as a key member of a clique of British fighters that include the notorious Islamic State extremist Mohammed Emwazi, it has been reported.

Raymond Matimba is believed to have left Britain in 2014 to link up with terrorists in the region. According to the Daily Telegraph, he went on to join a group of high-profile British jihadists that included Emwazi, the executioner also known as Jihadi John. The newspaper also reports that Matimba had links to the Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi.

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09/26/2017 09:41 AM
Are you affected by the Bali volcano evacuation?

Thousands have been evacuated from the area around Mount Agung as it is thought to be hours away from eruption. We want to hear from those affected

Mount Agung in Bali could erupt in a “matter of hours”, according to Indonesia’s volcanology centre. Almost 60,000 people have been evacuated from the area after the region experienced hundreds of volcanic earthquakes in one day.

The last time Mount Agung erupted was in 1963, when more than 1,000 people were killed. The event led to an increased frequency of earthquakes. Authorities have urged people to stay out the danger zone, a designated 9km-12km radius of the volcano.

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09/26/2017 09:15 AM
Antarctic sea ice levels hit record low, but experts are not sure why

Unpredictable nature of Antarctic sea ice levels the focus at conference of meteorology experts in Australia this week

Sea ice levels in Antarctica dropped to a record low this year, but experts say there is not a clear link to climate change.

More than 60 meteorologists and scientists from around the world are holding a week-long meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, to better understand sea ice changes on the frozen continent.

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09/26/2017 08:42 AM
Tuesday briefing: A world without coffee and chocolate

Many food crops at risk of extinction … man in ‘vegetative state’ partially awoken by electrical stimulation … and how renewables powered Britain’s summer

Good morning – it’s Warren Murray back on briefing duties today.

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09/26/2017 04:20 AM
First Manus Island-held refugees flown to US under resettlement deal

Group of 25 men who had been detained by Australia depart Port Moresby on Tuesday morning, with group from Nauru expected to follow

The first group of refugees to be resettled under the Australia-United States resettlement deal flew out of Port Moresby on Tuesday morning.

The group of 25 men from the Manus Island detention centre will be joined within days by a second group of refugees currently housed on Nauru.

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09/26/2017 03:18 AM
How banana skins turned on the lights in Lagos ... and then turned them off again

For a while it looked as if a plan to turn fruit waste into electricity might bring light for a giant Nigerian market – but then, like so many other power plans, nothing happened. When will renewables really come on line?

Two kids run across the road shouting, “Thief! Thief!” as a big rat races away into a nearby hole for refuge. It has rained and the drains are clogged with waste: the water pools on the road and fills the potholes along the thoroughfare leading to Lagos’s famous Ikosi fruit market.

One of the largest of its kind in the city, the market is a popular spot for trading vegetables and fruit like pineapples, bananas and plantains. But here, like most parts of Nigeria, there is rarely a steady power supply – according to the World Bank, 75 million people in a country of 186 million don’t have access to electricity.

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09/26/2017 10:00 AM
Queuing all day for a three-minute call: reuniting families torn apart by Boko Haram | Ruth Maclean

For Nigerians displaced from Lake Chad by the Islamist insurgents, a weekly conversation on a borrowed phone is the best chance of finding missing relatives

Hawa Adamu Bello yells excitedly into the basic mobile phone that has just been handed to her. She is through to her sister-in-law. The women haven’t seen each other since Boko Haram militants attacked their town on the Nigerian shores of Lake Chad more than two years ago.

Alhamdulillah. Alhamdulillah,” she says, giving the Muslim answer to all the questions about how she is, how things are, how her husband is, as quickly as possible, balancing the need for speed with the risk of being unforgivably rude.

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09/26/2017 06:00 AM
Hospitals in crisis in Uganda as Middle Eastern countries poach medical staff

Recruitment of almost 2,000 health workers to Libya has led to urgent calls for government to stop exodus amid dire staffing shortages

The failure to stop a brain drain of almost 2,000 of its best doctors and nurses is exacerbating Uganda’s healthcare crisis, reflecting a growing problem across east Africa, say healthcare workers.

At least 1,963 medics are being recruited to work at one hospital alone in Libya, as Middle Eastern countries turn to the region for highly qualified workers to fill their own vacancies, which have increased amid political instability and migration.

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09/25/2017 01:26 PM
Obama: 'The world has never been healthier, wealthier or less violent'

Former president urges optimism and focus on progress at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation conference, despite shadow cast by Trump’s UN speech

There’s never been a better time to be alive, the former US president Barack Obama told an audience of musicians, activists, comedians, innovators and royalty, gathered at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan on 20 September.

Despite the “extraordinary challenges” the world is facing – from growing economic inequality and climate change to mass migration and terrorism – “if you had to choose any moment in history in which to be born, you would choose right now. The world has never been healthier, or wealthier, or better educated or in many ways more tolerant or less violent,” he said in his speech, at an event for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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09/25/2017 12:21 PM
'Trump’s secret Yemen war': UK role in US counter-terrorism causes unease

As new figures point to doubling of covert US airstrikes in Yemen, MPs and human rights groups voice concerns over British involvement

Donald Trump has more than doubled the number of covert US airstrikes in Yemen compared with the final year of Barack Obama’s presidency, new estimates show.

The rise, combined with Trump’s rollback of Obama-era safeguards, has sparked renewed concern from MPs and human rights groups over the UK’s role in US counter-terrorism operations, in Yemen and other countries with which Britain is not at war.

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09/25/2017 06:00 AM
The world is moving on – with or without Trump’s crude bravado | Jeffrey Sachs

The renowned economist and UN sustainable development adviser says the time when the US was in charge is long gone and that the country has to change its mindset

President Trump’s remarks to the UN general assembly last week made me shudder. And I think I speak for a lot of people who were in the room that morning. I’ve never heard of a US president standing at the assembly’s podium saying “If you threaten us, we will totally destroy your nation” which is what Trump said about North Korea. It’s provocative, it’s ugly, it’s not how to find a way out of this crisis.

But the good news is that roughly two-thirds of Americans are not in Trump’s camp. And I think most Americans are shocked, like most of the world, by the crudeness, by the threats, by the tweets and by the substance of what he’s pushing domestically,such as his healthcare proposals which would have taken more than 20 million people off the healthcare rolls even when his own voters were saying “No we don’t want that”. The Republicans are going to try again next week.

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09/23/2017 11:05 PM
Trump misreads North Korea’s sacred dynasty at his peril | Michael Brabazon

In the escalating war of insults, Trump is a ‘gangster fond of playing with fire’, Kim Jong-un a ‘madman’ who will be tested as never before. Yet such rhetoric can only add to Kim’s heaven-sent conviction that he alone can save humanity

Before trying to cow North Korea with military intervention, we need to understand what motivates Kim Jong-un. Dangerously for the US and its Asian allies, there is something missing from the west’s analysis of the “rogue state” and its ruling dynasty.

Related: How Trump signed a global death warrant for women | Sarah Boseley

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09/23/2017 08:00 AM
Theresa May, anti-slavery crusader? Her craven quest for trade deals suggests not | Aidan McQuade

It is hard to see how the UK can take a lead on fighting slavery when Brexit has forced the prime minister to negotiate with economies driven by exploitation

Theresa May has used the 2017 UN general assembly to renew her campaign against slavery, and marked this with the publication of a call to action that has so far been endorsed by 37 nations.

While focusing principally on the criminal justice response, May’s plan to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking contains some important new departures for the UK government. It recognises the need for governments to act proactively, in partnership with business, to exclude slavery and forced labour from national economies and promote decent work. It acknowledges the importance of better protection for groups that suffer discrimination and migrants. And it underlines the value of proper engagement in the struggle by humanitarian and development workers.

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09/22/2017 12:04 PM
'We are not safe': aid workers fearful after Red Cross shooting in Afghanistan

Murder of Red Cross physiotherapist Lorena Enebral Perez by wheelchair-bound patient offers new focal point for concern among aid workers

On the morning of 11 September, Lorena Enebral Perez met with a 21-year-old polio patient at a clinic in northern Afghanistan with a simple, gracious task: to help the wheelchair-bound man to walk.

When she approached him, the patient pulled out a pistol and shot her in the chest.

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09/22/2017 06:00 AM
No laughing matter: Cameroon students face 10 years in jail for Boko Haram joke

Rights groups demand release of three students whose jovial text message exchange turned sour when teacher confiscated phone and contacted police

Human rights groups are calling for the immediate release of three students given 10-year jail sentences in Cameroon for sharing a joke via text about Boko Haram.

An appeal hearing was due to begin on Thursday in the capital, Yaoundé, but has been postponed until 19 October. The students were found guilty of “non-denunciation of terrorism acts” by a military court on 2 November last year.

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09/21/2017 03:28 PM
German elections left Merkel isolated, but it is too soon to write her off | Philip Oltermann

The CDU may have had its worst election result since 1949, but the chancellor has been here before and pulled through

Since Angela Merkel was first voted chancellor 12 years ago, political power in the hands of Germany’s first physicist-turned-politician has always looked more like a solid than a liquid.

“Power is the ability to shape things,” the chancellor said at the Christian Democrats’ headquarters on Monday afternoon, having just reminded assembled journalists that in spite of its worst election result since 1949, her party would still be the most powerful group in the next Bundestag. “And I like shaping things,” she added.

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09/25/2017 04:10 PM
German election has redefined narrative of European party politics

The AfD’s third-place finish shows that populism in Europe is here to stay – but it can be beaten

After the Brexit vote in Britain and Donald Trump’s rise to power in the US, pundits predicted that a wind of populist, anxious, resentful, anti-politics-as-usual change would sweep across Europe.

Like a series of dominoes, the governments of the Netherlands and France – and possibly, if rather more implausibly, even Germany – would fall to the Eurosceptic forces of Geert Wilders, Marine Le Pen and Frauke Petry.

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09/25/2017 01:47 PM
Merkel’s poll win unlikely to make much difference to Brexit, analysts say

Brexiters’ hopes that re-elected German chancellor would back favourable deal for UK at a cost to the single market may be misplaced

Germany’s federal elections, whatever coalition Angela Merkel forms after the victory of her CDU party, are unlikely to make much difference to Brexit – but may well make euro reform more difficult.

Analysts and commentators say Brexit campaigners’ hopes that with the vote behind her, Merkel – especially if, as seems likely, her government includes the pro-business Free Democratic party (FDP) – would back a favourable deal for the UK were always misplaced.

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09/25/2017 06:35 AM
Exit polls offer Merkel fewer coalition choices

Polling stations have closed across Germany in today’s Bundestag or federal parliament election. Usually reliable exit polls suggest that Angela Merkel will stay on as chancellor, but possibly in a new coalition.

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09/24/2017 04:13 PM
Ri Yong-ho: the North Korean diplomat who ridicules Donald Trump

Kim Jong-un’s mouthpiece has made headlines with his fiery rhetoric and flashes of humour in New York

Over the past few days, one man has emerged as the international face of the North Korean regime: Ri Yong-ho.

As the brickbats continued to fly between Washington and Pyongyang at the weekend, the North Korean foreign minister threatened to upstage his country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, with a mixture of trademark rhetoric and humour at the UN general assembly in New York.

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09/24/2017 01:02 PM
The week in patriarchy: Ivanka Trump continues to disappoint | Jessica Valenti

She won’t have to worry about her children being denied the healthcare because she is wealthy. What about the rest of us?

This week, Ivanka Trump came out about having postpartum depression after the births of each of her three children. Struggling with mental health challenges after childbirth is common, and terrible, and I feel awful for anyone who had to deal with it.

However, it’s a bit ironic that the same week Ivanka is talking about her experience, her father is pushing for a healthcare repeal bill that would gut pregnancy and mental health protections for Americans.

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09/23/2017 12:00 PM
Trump's debut at the UN: threats, taunts – and gasps of alarm from the diplomats

The general assembly has always had its theatrical elements, with the world’s blowhards playing to the gallery – but this time the jester has taken centre stage

The summit week of the UN general assembly was always bound to be fraught with risk for US prestige: it would involve Donald Trump interacting in a multilateral arena – and Trump famously does not play nicely with other leaders.

At the Nato summit in May he manhandled Duško Marković, the prime minister of Montenegro, to get to the centre of a group photograph, where he stood preening among his bemused peers.

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09/23/2017 08:00 AM
The 2017 New Zealand general election will always belong to Jacinda Ardern

Beyond the question of who forms the next government, New Zealanders will look back on this election campaign as a turning point

Six weeks ago, New Zealand’s election campaign was limping toward a foregone conclusion. The centre-right National party looked a shoo-in for a fourth term (matching the legendary 1960-72 administration of Keith Holyoake), and prime minister Bill English was on track to find redemption (he was party leader when National suffered its worst-ever election defeat in 2002).

Related: New Zealand election 2017: record early voting as Ardern and English fight for win – live

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09/22/2017 05:54 AM
Now rattled, is Madrid in danger of playing into separatist hands?

The Spanish state’s raids on Catalan government offices risk a loss of ground for Mariano Rajoy and may energise support for the secession vote

Until Wednesday, the Spanish government’s line on the looming independence vote in Catalonia had been calm, confident and succinct: “There will be no referendum on 1 October.” All too aware of the extreme volatility of the situation, it either sidestepped or shrugged off excitable questions about secession or the possibility of Madrid stepping in to take control of the rebellious regional government.

Related: Catalan president says Madrid is suspending region’s autonomy

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09/20/2017 03:38 PM
Fact check: Aung San Suu Kyi's speech on the Rohingya crisis

Address by de facto leader of Myanmar on forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of Muslims contained truths, half-truths and falsehoods

Following weeks of silence in the face of claims of ethnic cleansing against Myanmar’s Rohingya population, the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has delivered a controversial speech.

Related: Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar does not fear scrutiny over Rohingya crisis

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09/20/2017 07:39 AM
Steve Bannon: we came to praise and honour Trump – video

The former Trump strategist Steve Bannon paraphrases Mark Antony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar during a campaign appearance in Alabama on Monday in which he sought to praise Donald Trump. Bannon is supporting the former judge Roy Moore in Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary. Trump is supporting Moore’s opponent, Senator Luther Strange. The former Ukip leader Nigel Farage also spoke at the event, criticising career politicians

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09/26/2017 11:04 AM
'It's absurd': White House denies US declared war on North Korea – video

The White House rejects the assertion by North Korea’s foreign minister that the US president, Donald Trump, had declared war on North Korea. ‘We’ve not declared war on North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd,’ White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters. She added that the US was looking to pursue a peaceful solution in the region

North Korea’s foreign minister: Trump has declared war on our country

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09/26/2017 07:38 AM
North Korea accuses US of declaring war – video

Foreign minister Ri Yong-ho says the world should remember that the US 'first declared war on our country' as Pyongyang declares that all options are on the table in response. Ri referred specifically to a tweet from Donald Trump saying the North Korean leadership 'won't be around much longer'

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09/25/2017 05:56 PM
AfD co-leader quits after party's election breakthrough – video

The Alternative für Deutschland co-leader Frauke Petry announces her departure on Monday morning after telling a press conference she would not sit with the party in the Bundestag. Petry will serve her constituency in Saxony as an independent

AfD leader quits party hours after German election breakthrough

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09/25/2017 12:57 PM
Angela Merkel holds on to power in German election – video

The German chancellor won a fourth term in office but Europe's most powerful leader will have to govern with a far less stable coalition after her conservatives lost support to the far-right

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09/25/2017 01:50 AM
Jacinda Ardern remains positive of way forward after New Zealand election – video

Speaking outside her Auckland home on Sunday, Labour party leader Jacinda Ardern vows to fight on for change in New Zealand government despite falling short of unseating the ruling National party. With talks set to begin between the two major parties and kingmaker New Zealand First’s Winston Peters, Ardern says 'I think New Zealanders would expect that we would form a credible, stable government with the parties that they have voted into office' 

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09/24/2017 05:36 AM
Jacinda Ardern: ‘We gave it our all’ – video

Labour party leader says her party gave its all in the 2017 election campaign. Winston Peters will determine who ends up governing, with his New Zealand First party holding enough seats to form a coalition with either National or Labour

New Zealand gets hung parliament as Ardern falls short in election

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09/23/2017 02:16 PM
Trump: I’ll handle ‘little rocket man’ Kim Jong-un – video

Donald Trump lambasts Kim Jong-un at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, on Friday night, saying ‘we have no choice’ with North Korea. Trump called Kim 'little rocket man' and described him as a madman. The president also criticised NFL players who didn’t stand during the national anthem at games and denied any collusion with Russia 

• Kim Jong-un, the NFL and 'screaming at senators': Trump's Strange night in Alabama

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09/23/2017 10:01 AM
Puerto Rico: dam wall cracks on Lake Guajataca - video

Water pours through the municipalities of Isabela and Quebradillas after a dam on Lake Guajataca in Puerto Rico cracks on Friday. About 70,000 people have been evacuated after the dam sustained structural damage from Hurricane Maria. Nearly 40cm of rain fell in the area, significantly raising water levels on the 90-year-old dam

• Watch the full clip on Weather Nation’s social media

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09/23/2017 09:40 AM
Helicopter rescues family from capsized boat near Puerto Rico – video

A British Royal Navy helicopter hoists a woman and two children from a capsized vessel off Puerto Rico near the island of Vieques on Thursday as Hurricane Maria swept across the region. A distress call had been sent from the boat on Wednesday, stating it was disabled and adrift in seas

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09/22/2017 09:09 PM