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Separation at the border: children wait in cages at south Texas warehouse

Inside an old warehouse in south Texas, hundreds of children wait away from their parents in a series of cages created by metal fencing.

One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.

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06/17/2018 09:22 PM
Iván Duque wins election to become Colombia's president

Conservative opponent of Farc peace process wins long and divisive campaign

Colombia has chosen Iván Duque, a conservative neophyte, to be its next president after a long and divisive campaign that often centred on a controversial peace process with leftist rebels the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc).


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06/18/2018 10:20 AM
Trump lawyer shrugs off Roger Stone meeting with Russian over Clinton dirt

Rudy Giuliani ‘doubts’ president knew about 2016 meeting in which Russian demanded $2m for damaging information

Donald Trump’s lawyer said on Sunday he “doubted” the president knew about a newly reported May 2016 meeting between sometime adviser Roger Stone and a Russian offering damaging information about Hillary Clinton, then Trump’s rival for the White House.

Related: Pittsburgh cartoonist says he was fired after 25 years for making fun of Trump

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06/17/2018 07:03 PM
State of emergency declared in Papua New Guinea after riots

Prime minister Peter O’Neill declares nine-month state of emergency and suspends a provincial government after riots in Southern Highlands last week

Papua New Guinea has declared a state of emergency, suspended a provincial government and is sending armed forces to its rugged highlands to restore order after rioters went on a rampage of looting and burning, the government said.

Violence has often ravaged the remote interior of the resource-rich Pacific nation, where tribal and land disputes overlay regional politics.

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06/17/2018 11:21 PM
Eurydice Dixon: memorial to murdered comedian vandalised

Tributes and flowers laid at scene in Melbourne of 22-year-old’s death covered in white paint and offensive graffiti

A makeshift memorial of flowers and notes left in tribute to the Melbourne comedian Eurydice Dixon has been vandalised at the weekend with thick white paint.

Dixon was murdered on Wednesday in Princes Park, Carlton North, as she was walking home from a comedy show she had performed at in the city. People have been leaving tributes to the 22-year-old in the park since then, where thousands of people are preparing to attend a vigil on Monday night.

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06/18/2018 01:06 AM
Aquarius migrants arrive in Spain after rough week at sea

Red Cross stands ready as rescue ship docks in Valencia

The 630 migrants and refugees rescued off the coast of Libya and turned away from Italy and Malta have begun to arrive at the Spanish port of Valencia after seven days at sea.

An Italian coastguard vessel, Dattilo, the first of three ships transporting the group, pulled into Valencia harbour at 6.20am carrying 274 people.

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06/17/2018 09:27 AM
Next stop, Nina Simone … Paris metro ‘must honour its heroines’
A public vote to name two Paris stations has turned into a battle over a sexist rail map

To travel on the Paris métro is to take a journey through French – and world – history. Honoured with a station name are war heroes, statesmen, artists and writers including Charles de Gaulle, Markos Botsaris, Franklin D Roosevelt and Victor Hugo.

But notable by their absence are women. Only four of the 303 stops on 16 lines are named after female figures, French or otherwise.

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06/17/2018 05:00 AM
Colombia votes in election that could become fresh poll on Farc deal

Key decider in presidential runoff will be who can win votes that went to centrists defeated in first round

Colombia goes to the polls on Sunday to choose the country’s first president since a historic peace deal was signed with leftist Farc rebels.

From 8am, voters can choose between Iván Duque, a neophyte conservative who opposes the peace deal, and Bogotá’s former mayor Gustavo Petro, once a leftist rebel himself, who defends it.

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06/17/2018 05:00 AM
US woman fights off rabid bobcat, strangling it with bare hands

‘I thought, not today … there was no way I was going to die’ says Georgia grandmother who strangled animal to death

A 46-year-old grandmother strangled a rabid bobcat to death after the animal attacked her in her front yard in north-eastern Georgia.

The Athens-Banner Herald reported that DeDe Phillips of Hart county had gone outside on 7 June to take a picture when the bobcat lunged at her.

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06/17/2018 06:17 PM
Australian firms told to catch up on climate change risk checks

New report says Australian companies lag behind international organisations

Australian companies are not doing enough work to model the risks of climate change and how it will affect their profitability, a new report by a thinktank says.

Progressive thinktank the Centre for Policy Development says that while most companies have committed to considering what climate change and the Paris climate agreement means for their business strategy, too few have begun using scenario analysis techniques to model what its impacts could be and how to respond to it.

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06/17/2018 06:00 PM
Thai king signs royal family's $30bn fortune over to himself

King Maha Vajiralongkorn formally inherits assets including the Siam Commercial Bank after death of his father

The vast wealth of Thailand’s royal family has formally turned over its assets with more than $30bn to King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who assumed the throne after the death of his father in 2016.

An undated announcement seen Saturday on the website of the Crown Property Bureau, which controls the royal wealth, says that assets it has been administering will be put in the same category as the monarch’s personal assets and managed together at his discretion.

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06/17/2018 01:04 AM
Eight injured in Moscow after taxi mounts pavement

Security footage shows taxi striking pedestrians, including World Cup fans, in incident near Red Square

A man driving a taxi struck pedestrians on a crowded Moscow street on Saturday, injuring eight people including World Cup fans.

Graphic video captured by a security camera suggested that the incident, which took place less than a kilometre from the Kremlin, may have been intentional.

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06/16/2018 05:32 PM
Diversity fan zone blocked from opening in St Petersburg

‘Safe space’ to celebrate minorities in football shuttered in city known for hard line on LGBT activism

A “safe space” meant to celebrate diversity in football on the sidelines of the World Cup has been prevented from opening for several days, after what the organisers suspect is official pressure.

Diversity House in St Petersburg, organised by a group of NGOs, was meant to celebrate the achievements of minorities in football and was due to open on Thursday, prior to the opening game of the World Cup between Russia and Saudi Arabia.

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06/16/2018 05:54 PM
Greek PM survives no-confidence vote in parliament

The motion against Alexis Tsipras set the stage for the signing of a historic accord with neighbouring Macedonia

The prime minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday, setting the stage for the signing of a historic accord with neighbouring Macedonia to settle a long dispute over the latter’s name.

The motion brought by the opposition, the New Democracy party, was rejected by 153 MPs, with 127 in favour. Political opponents had accused Tsipras of making too many concessions over the deal, due to be signed on Sunday.

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06/16/2018 09:32 PM
Anti-pollution skincare: can a cream really help you 'face the city'?

The booming market for products for ‘urban skin’ reflects anxieties about the health impacts of living in cities – but is it all just a marketing gimmick?

Fiona Westerhout talks about her skin as though she is giving directions in a familiar neighbourhood: oily around the T-zone, dry cheeks, sensitive with the occasional breakout.

Westerhout, 29, had just started blogging about skincare when she and her partner moved from Perth in Western Australia to Shanghai in May 2016. There she found a new cause for skincare concern: pollution.

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06/15/2018 06:00 AM
Is Uganda's 'critical shortage' of architects costing lives?

There are just 178 registered architects in this rapidly urbanising country, where buildings frequently collapse. But more professionals may not be the solution

Sitting outside the office of her architecture firm in the industrial area of Kampala, Uganda, Doreen Adengo remembers the last major building collapse in the city.

A four-storey building opposite Makerere University collapsed in 2016, injuring dozens and killing four people.

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06/14/2018 06:15 AM
Football and fire-eating: in the stands with Luanda's most passionate fans – in pictures

On a visit to Angola, Guardian photographer Sean Smith captured images of devoted Kabuscorp fans during a derby against the capital’s other top club, Petro Atlético de Luanda

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06/12/2018 10:00 AM
Could Berlin's Tegel airport be reborn as a nightclub?

Tegel airport is being eyed up as a new venue – but plans are meeting with ambivalence as clubbers see their subculture becoming more mainstream

Berlin’s clubbing scene has long taken a creative approach to issues of space, setting events in former power stations, drained swimming pools and public toilets. Now its main airport is joining the list of alternative venues.

With Tegel airport set to close following the long-awaited opening of Berlin Brandenburg airport, currently scheduled for October 2020, plans are already being made for the next chapter in its history. Last month Berlin’s culture minister, Klaus Lederer, and Lutz Leichsenring of the Club Commission joined project planners for a tour of Tegel to imagine it reborn as a nightclub.

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06/12/2018 06:15 AM
Tourists and tech bring resilient Iceland back from the brink
When the country lets its banks go bust 10 years ago, there seemed to be no timetable for recovery. Things have changed

Ten years since the financial crisis in Iceland, the noise of the computer servers mining for bitcoin on a former Nato airbase is many decibels louder than the vast turbines spinning away in the hydroelectric power plant down the road.

Having come through the crisis a decade ago, Iceland is now enjoying an economic revival, with technology, renewable energy and tourism replacing the unsustainable boom in banking. Visitor numbers have quadrupled and output per head is among the strongest in Europe. The employment rate is the highest in the world.

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06/16/2018 02:59 PM
Takeaway shop owner in north-east England jailed for slavery offences

Harjit Bariana forced victims to work for free and encouraged their addiction to drugs and alcohol

The owner of fast food shops in the north-east has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years for modern slavery offences, after he was found to have forced vulnerable people to work for him in return for accommodation and food scraps.

Harjit Bariana, 46, housed people described as being “at a low ebb” in properties he owned in central Blyth, Northumberland. He forced them to work at his businesses in Blyth and Sunderland for free, often in poor conditions, and supplied them with alcohol and drugs.

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06/18/2018 12:58 PM
French air traffic control 'causes third of Europe's flight delays'

Senate report says strikes and outdated ATC equipment cost airlines €300m a year

French air traffic control causes one third of flight delays in Europe each year, at a cost of about €300m (£263m) to airlines, according to a French parliamentary report.

Strikes by controllers and outages caused by antiquated equipment have been blamed for the disruption to aviation, the senate’s finance committee said.

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06/18/2018 12:19 PM
Scientists scramble to stop bananas being killed off

British firm races to produce bananas resistant to fungus sweeping global plantations

A British company has joined the race to develop a banana variety resistant to diseases and climatic changes that threaten to disrupt the availability of the country’s favourite fruit – or even kill it off altogether.

The UK alone consumes more than 5bn bananas a year, while the fruit is a staple food in many poor countries and accounts for an export industry worth $13bn (£9.8bn) a year.

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06/18/2018 06:00 AM
Thousands of children are imprisoned across Africa. They need justice | Graça Machel

Young people are all but invisible in the justice system, facing ill treatment at the hands of those who should be protecting them

The legendary editor of the Guardian newspaper CP Scott famously declared in 1921 that “Comment is free, but facts are sacred”. Unfortunately, when it comes to hard evidence on how many children are locked up in prisons, detention centres, migrant and refugee camps, rehabilitation units or other institutions across the world, the facts are more scarce than sacred.

There is no single source of accurate data for these figures and estimates vary widely between 15,000 and 28,000 in Africa alone, but common sense dictates that the numbers are likely to be worse than even the highest approximations.

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06/18/2018 11:42 AM
'This is huge': black liberationist speaks out after her 40 years in prison

Exclusive: Debbie Sims Africa, the first freed member of a radical Philadelphia group many say were unjustly imprisoned, talks about reuniting with her son and defends the Move members still locked up: ‘We are peaceful people’

The first member of a group of black radicals known as the Move Nine who have been incarcerated, they insist unjustly, for almost 40 years for killing a Philadelphia police officer has been released from prison.

Debbie Sims Africa, 61, walked free from Cambridge Springs prison in Pennsylvania on Saturday, having been granted parole. She was 22 when with her co-defendants she was arrested and sentenced to 30 to 100 years for the shooting death of officer James Ramp during a police siege of the group’s communal home on 8 August 1978.

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06/18/2018 11:52 AM
Australian nun Sister Patricia Fox wins appeal to stay in Philippines

Department of Justice says authorities erred in cancelling missionary visa, but 71-year-old could still be deported over separate case

There were tears of relief and joy at Sister Patricia Fox’s modest home in Quezon City, the Philippines, after it was announced her appeal against the withdrawal of her missionary visa had been successful.

But the 71-year-old Australian nun remains under threat of deportation under a separate action that is still before the authorities and pending a decision.

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06/18/2018 10:35 AM
Eurydice Dixon vigil: silence and song as mourners come to remember and reclaim

Crowd of up to 10,000 attend candlelight vigil for comedian killed in Princes Park

It was so quiet. Thousands of people rugged up against the damp and the cold, standing on all sides of a circle of flowers. A lone figure would break from the crowd and place more flowers, then walk back to the group and another person would take their place.

Young women, old men, a pre-teenage girl with a single carnation. Public figures, too, like Premier Daniel Andrews and his wife, Catherine. There was barely a sound – just a rustle of a puffer jacket, a distant car engine, a baby crying. Behind them, the grey Melbourne sky faded to black.

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06/18/2018 11:25 AM
Japanese brewery gave donation to Myanmar army chief during Rohingya crisis

Japan urged to examine payment made by Kirin subsidiary at height of ethnic cleansing campaign in Rakhine state, which firm claims was for victims

The Japanese government has been urged to investigate “immoral” payments, made by a subsidiary of one of the country’s most popular breweries, that appear to have gone to Myanmar’s military.

Kirin Holdings Company has admitted its offshoot, Myanmar Brewery, made a payment late last year, during the height of the ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya population in Rakhine state.

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06/15/2018 11:14 AM
Pakistan's shame: the open secret of child sex abuse in the workplace | Kiran Nazish

Like millions of Pakistani children, Ahmed had to work to support his family. The sexual abuse he suffered is as commonplace as the government’s failure to act

Awad was 12 when his employer started sexually abusing him. He had a new job in a factory in Kasur and, he says, he knew such abuse was common.

It continued for more than a year. “He used to take my name, and say, ‘Awad you are my gift’ … He said that and kept hurting me.” In Awad’s mind, this was part of his job. “I could not refuse, because he paid me.” All Awad remembers from this time is feeling shame.

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06/15/2018 05:00 AM
Argentina congress takes historic step towards legalising abortion
  • Lower house votes 129-123 to allow abortion in first 14 weeks
  • If senate approves bill President Macri has said he will sign it

The lower house of Argentina’s congress has narrowly approved a bill that would legalise abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, in a historic victory for the country’s growing women’s movement.

Tens of thousands of women – many wearing the green headscarfs which have become a symbol of the movement – braved a freezing winter night to stand vigil outside the congress building in Buenos Aires during the marathon 20-hour debate.

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06/14/2018 04:25 PM
Turkey elections 2018: everything you need to know

Erdoğan is running for president, of course, but who else is in the running for control?

The country will hold presidential and parliamentary elections on 24 June. If no candidate wins an outright majority in the first round of the presidential elections, a second round will be held on 8 July between the top two candidates in the race.

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06/18/2018 04:00 AM
Midterms: Democratic women and Republican populists surge in primaries

Results indicate that in an electorate with increasingly few swing voters, motivating the base is what matters most

In the 2018 primaries, two clear trends have emerged.

Related: Republican primary election wins reflect a strong Trump effect

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06/17/2018 03:50 PM
Doubted at home, bypassed abroad: is Merkel’s reign nearing a frustrated end?
As the row in her coalition deepens over migration, a once dominant figure is starting to look forlorn

For nearly 14 years as Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel has defined and personified Europe’s middle ground: pragmatic, consensual, mercantilist, petit-bourgeois, above all stable. It is little wonder the leader of Mitteleuropa’s major economic power has dominated the political centre for so long.

But what if Merkel falls? Can the centre hold? These are increasingly urgent questions as the once unassailable “Mutti” struggles to hold together a fractious coalition. The immediate issue, which is likely to come to a head on Monday, is a furious row over EU immigration policy. But other problems are piling up, with unpredictable consequences for Europe’s future cohesion.

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06/17/2018 05:00 AM
How can America sleep at night when families are being torn apart?

The Trump administration is defending separating children and parents as biblical – but there is nothing godly about it

I’m having a hard time sleeping. Just last night I was up for three hours, awake in a panic about someone trying to take my daughter from me. The terror wasn’t real for me, of course. My seven-year-old – my child who doesn’t like it when I leave for overnight business trips – was asleep in her bedroom, doing just fine.

Over the course of six weeks, the US government took 2,000 children and separated them from their parents. Children who are confused, in a new country, and without their families. There is no greater shame in this country right now than what is being done to these children – some just infants literally torn from their mother’s breast.

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06/16/2018 11:00 AM
Kellyanne Conway: 'Nobody likes seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms' – video

Kellyanne Conway, a senior White House adviser, tells NBC's Meet the Press that 'nobody likes seeing babies ripped from their mothers' arms, from their mothers' wombs, frankly'. Her comments came amid criticism of the policy to separate children from their parents after crossing into the US from Mexico 

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06/18/2018 09:13 AM
Osaka hit by 6.1-magnitude earthquake during rush hour – video report

Japan's coastal city of Osaka has been hit by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake during Monday morning's rush hour, killing three people and injuring more than 200. Despite a relatively low magnitude, its shallow depth of 13km caused violent tremors. Officials warned of possible strong aftershocks

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06/18/2018 07:41 AM
US immigration protests as hundreds of children held in Texas facility – video

Protesters gather outside a detention facility in south Texas, where hundreds of children wait away from their parents in cages created by metal fencing. The US border patrol allowed reporters to briefly visit the site, where it holds families arrested at the southern US border. Melania Trump and Laura Bush have spoken out against the policy of separation and what they called heartbreaking scenes.

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06/18/2018 06:27 AM
Between war and peace: Ukrainian youth – in pictures

For more than three years, Ukraine has been plagued by a conflict between the eastern secessionist territories and the Kiev government. These images portray a generation caught between war and peace

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06/18/2018 06:00 AM
Peace has come to Colombia but poverty remains – in pictures

As Colombia votes in a presidential runoff election on Sunday Colombians daily struggles in the aftermath of 50 years of conflict are captured by the Danish photographer Mads Nissen, who has documented the civil war in Colombia since 2010, in his book We Are Indestructible. Featuring the government army, guerrilla rebels and paramilitary groups, Nissen’s work provides a portrait of a war-torn country navigating the complexities of newfound peace

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06/16/2018 07:00 AM
Rollercoaster dangles from tracks after Florida incident hospitalised six – video

A rollercoaster in Florida derailed causing two passengers to fall more than 30 feet to the ground. According to the Daytona Beach fire department, the two passengers who fell are in a serious condition with at least six people in total taken to hospital

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06/15/2018 07:40 PM
Russia inquiry: how Trump's inner circle could bring him down – video explainer

Donald Trump and his team have been under investigation for months by former FBI-head Robert Mueller. Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to help win the 2016 election and defeat Hillary Clinton. Mueller is also looking into whether the campaign and the president have sought to obstruct justice. Trump’s inner circle has been under increasing pressure from the investigation, but can it hold?

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06/15/2018 04:59 PM