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  • The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela review – one man’s otherworldly patience

    Nelson Mandela’s long, thoughtful letters, written during his 27 years in prison, display an unwavering certainty that change would prevail Nelson Mandela’s letters from prison seem to demand a spoiler alert. We know how this epic turns out – but the uncanny thing about reading this selection of close-written correspondence is the unavoidable sense that its author always knew the ending in advance, too. Mandela was born a century ago this week. The conviction that his story would make history,...

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  • Oil-rich Nigeria outstrips India as country with most people in poverty

    Nine out of 10 of the world’s poorest people will live in Africa within 12 years, say experts from Brookings Institution Nigeria, one of Africa’s two wealthiest economies, has overtaken India as home to the world’s greatest concentration of extreme poverty, amid warnings that the continent will host nine out of 10 of the world’s poorest people within 12 years. The claim comes as concerns mount that the growth in poverty – and in Africa in particular – is outpacing efforts to eradicate it. It...

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  • All you wanted to know about nuclear war but were too afraid to ask

    The use of a nuclear weapon is now more likely than any time since the cold war, but the probability of humanity being wiped out entirely has diminished There are nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. Five of these (the US, Russia, the UK, France and China) are members of the official owners club, who made their weapons early and had them legitimised in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signed in 1968, the key piece of international law governing nuclear weapons possession. ...

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  • At last, a law that could have stopped Blair and Bush invading Iraq

    The Hague’s new crime of aggression might give belligerent heads of states a reason to pause Tuesday is a red-letter day for international law: from then on, political and military leaders who order the invasion of foreign countries will be guilty of the crime of aggression, and may be punishable at the international criminal court in The Hague. Had this been an offence back in 2003, Tony Blair would have been bang to rights, together with senior numbers of his cabinet and some British military...

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  • Trump arrives in Helsinki for meeting with Putin – video

    Large rallies have taken place on the streets of the Finnish capital as US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive in Helsinki. Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks on Monday. Continue reading...

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  • Successful World Cup fails to halt slide in Vladimir Putin’s popularity

    An increase in the retirement age blamed for drop in approval ratings for Russian president As France clinched the World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday evening, the cameras panned to Vladimir Putin, looking delighted in the official box together with Fifa president Gianni Infantino. The Russian president has every reason to be happy: the general consensus is that Russia has hosted a successful World Cup and hundreds of thousands of foreigners are leaving with positive...

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  • Casino project will offer Japan's addicts a new way to lose

    Gambling experts are concerned about plans by major Las Vegas operators to set up in Osaka When she she looks back on her childhood, Noriko Tanaka isn’t surprised she grew up to be a problem gambler. Her grandfather spent every spare moment playing pachinko – a pinball-like game with payouts – while her father bet regularly on bicycle races. At home, they taught Tanaka how to stake money on card games before she had reached her teens. “It was that kind of household, although no one drank...

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  • Hong Kong's Snowden refugees, facing deportation, hope of new life in Canada

    The seven men and women who sheltered the whistleblower in 2013 are awaiting the result of their final appeal For the past few years, Supun Kellapatha and his wife Nadeeka Dilrukshi, Sri Lankan asylum seekers in Hong Kong, have tried to make themselves invisible. They go out as little as possible and hardly socialise. He sometimes takes their children, a two-year-old boy and six-year old girl, to the cinema but only when fewer people will see them. Continue reading...

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  • A day of glory: how the French press covered World Cup victory

    Ecstatic commentators reached for the superlatives after the 4-2 victory over Croatia Allez les bleus! After early hopefuls Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Spain bowed out earlier than expected in the tournament, there remained just one of the original favourites: La France. In Moscow on Sunday night’s final a combative Croatian side, blessed with eventual golden ball winner Luka Modric in midfield, were unable to continue their fairytale as two favourable refereeing decisions set France up for...

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  • Theresa May faces rebellion from Brexit hardliners in customs bill vote

    Hard Brexit supporters led by Jacob Rees-Mogg may trigger no-confidence vote in days Theresa May faces a concerted rebellion from the hard Brexit wing of the Conservative party on Monday, as MPs unhappy with her Chequers compromise prepare to mount a show of strength by voting for their amendments on the customs bill. The party’s European Research Group says it will reject any last attempts at compromise by Number 10 as they hope to force May to change course over Brexit or risk a no-confidence...

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  • France’s victory was a befitting end to a thrilling World Cup

    The team’s convincing win against Croatia was celebrated with dizzy delight in Moscow France’s captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris lifted the World Cup as cannons shot golden confetti high in the air and a wall of fans waving tricolour flags exploded with joy after a final befitting a thrilling tournament. The sky above Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium was dark grey with flashes of thunder as the French team, soaked in rain, sweat and euphoria, darted around the pitch in dizzy delight when the whistle...

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  • Philosophical fans celebrate Croatia's historic World Cup, despite final defeat

    The national team will return to a heroes’ welcome after their 4-2 loss to France • Paris celebrates World Cup win as one million fans fill Champs-Élysée In the end, the fairytale was not to be. As the clock ticked down to the end of the World Cup final, the disheartened voice of the commentator easily carried over the now silent crowd of tens of thousands who had gathered with so much hope in Ban Jelačić Square in Zagreb. As the final whistle blew, and it was confirmed that France had won 4-2,...

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  • Donald Trump’s visit and the rhetoric of destabilisation

    The idea is to confuse your opponents and force them onto the defensive, distracting the audience from the real issues at stake through personal attacks, wrongfooting and provocation Like many others I have been angered and distressed by Donald Trump’s visit to the UK, his attempted interference in our government and the predictable reactions of the pro-Brexit politicians and media. The wonderful protests against his visit cannot entirely compensate for the destabilising effect of his behaviour...

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  • The Guardian view on the Trump-Putin meeting: good for Vladimir, but not for the rest of us

    There is plenty that the two presidents should address. But they are unlikely to dwell on pressing issues, and there is concern about where they might reach agreement Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet one-to-one in Helsinki on Monday, accompanied only by their interpreters – we think; at a previous private discussion, only the Russian leader’s aide was present. The two presidents’ histories and personalities tell us that this meeting is likely to be bad for America, and worse for its allies....

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  • Pussy Riot claim responsibility for World Cup final pitch invasion

    Protest performance group say four members ran on to pitch in protest during second half The Russian protest performance group Pussy Riot have claimed responsibility for a pitch invasion early in the second half of the World Cup final. “Right now, there are four members of Pussy Riot on the pitch,” the group wrote on its Facebook page. Later a member of the band, Olga Kurachyova, told Reuters she was one of those who had run on to the pitch. She said she was being detained in a Moscow police...

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  • Trump heads to meet Putin, leaving the UK reeling in his wake

    President’s extraordinary visit marked by flouted protocol and enthusiastic protest Donald Trump headed to Finland on Sunday after a UK visit which saw him tramp mud through his red-carpet welcome and leave diplomatic protocol a little tattered in his wake. After teeing off in Scottish drizzle for a final round at his Turnberry golf course, the US president boarded Air Force One bound for Helsinki and a summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Continue reading...

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  • Donald Trump calls the EU a foe during interview in Scotland

    Speaking to CBS News at his Turnberry golf course, the US president said ‘I think the European Union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. Now, you wouldn’t think of the European Union, but they’re a foe.’ More of the Trump interview will air on Monday on CBS This Morning between 12pm and 2pm BST, and on CBS Evening News with Jeff Glor on Monday from 11.30pm until midnight Continue reading...

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  • 'Not welcome': Finnish protesters criticise Trump-Putin summit

    Helsinki ‘not neutral ground’ despite its history of hosting key cold war meetings The Finns are proud of hosting some of the cold war’s most historic summits. But many in the country will tell you: don’t call Helsinki “neutral ground”. Protesters came out on Sunday to attack both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin before the controversial summit between the two leaders in the Finnish capital. Continue reading...

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  • Teenager becomes third British person to die at Magaluf complex

    Thomas Channon, 18, fell to his death from balcony at Eden Roc apartment block A British teenager has become the third tourist within a year to die at the Eden Roc apartment complex in Magaluf, after a fall at the resort. Thomas Channon, 18, from Rhoose near Barry in Wales, fell 21 metres (70ft) at the party resort. Channon was visiting the Spanish island to celebrate the end of his A-levels. Continue reading...

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  • Trump will 'certainly' ask Putin about extraditing 12 indicted Russians

    Mueller investigation detailed attacks on Democratic bodiesTrump meets Putin in Helsinki on MondayDonald Trump will “certainly” ask Vladimir Putin about extraditing 12 Russians indicted over the theft of data from Democratic party bodies ahead of the 2016 election. The US president will meet his Russian counterpart in Helsinki on Monday. Related: Trump adviser Roger Stone 'probably' American cited in Russia indictments Continue reading...

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  • Police arrest 25 people in India after latest WhatsApp lynching

    Man killed by 2,000-strong mob over child-kidnapping rumours on messaging service Indian police have arrested 25 people after a man was killed by a mob in the country’s latest lynching over suspicion of child kidnapping sparked by rumours on WhatsApp. The men were arrested on Sunday over the murder of Mohammad Azam, 27, who was attacked along with two friends by a 2,000-strong mob in southern Karnataka state’s Bidar district late on Friday. Continue reading...

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  • Iowa awaits Democratic presidential hopefuls – but pickings are slim

    In most midterm years with an unpopular Republican in the White House, the cornfields sway with candidates. Not this year At the Iowa Democratic party’s Hall of Fame dinner, in June, Washington governor Jay Inslee told a room of activists nibbling crab rangoon and meatballs about his distant family connections to the state – and his newfound love for it too. Related: Midterms: Democratic women and Republican populists surge in primaries Continue reading...

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  • Civilian deaths in Afghanistan at record high, UN says

    Surge in Isis suicide attacks blamed for 1% rise to 1,692 fatalities in first half of year The number of civilians killed in Afghanistan reached a record in the first half of the year, despite last month’s ceasefire, with a surge in suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State, the United Nations has said. The UN report came as an apparent suicide attack close to a government ministry in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday killed at least seven people and wounded more than 15 as staff were leaving...

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  • Israel in turmoil over bill allowing Jews and Arabs to be segregated

    Law will ‘reveal ugly face of ultranationalist Israel in all its repugnance’, professor says Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the country’s ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state. For the past half-decade, politicians have been wrangling over the details of the bill that holds constitution-like status and that Benjamin Netanyahu wants passed this month. Continue reading...

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