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  • US 'won't hesitate' to impose sanctions if North Korea fuel embargo breached

    Apparent warning to Russia comes days after US ambassador to UN accused Moscow of supplying oil The US State Department says Washington would not wait to impose sanctions on any shippers helping to get fuel to North Korea, in an apparent warning to Russia days after the US ambassador to the United Nations accused Moscow of cheating on the measures. North Korea continues to employ tactics to evade UN sanctions, Heather Nauert, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement, adding that UN...

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  • Trump officials move to restrict immigrants who use public benefits

    Proposals mean permanent residence applicants could be judged a burden for receiving legal benefits like food aid The Trump administration on Saturday said it would propose making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to qualify for permanent US residency if they have received public benefits such as food aid, public housing or Medicaid. The proposed regulation from the Department of Homeland Security would instruct immigration officers to consider whether a person has received...

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  • Pompeo suggests Rosenstein in danger after report he discussed taping Trump

    Deputy attorney general ‘ought to find something else to do’, secretary of state and key Trump ally hints to Fox News Sunday The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has hinted that Rod Rosenstein could be in jeopardy, after reports on Friday said the deputy attorney general discussed wearing a wire to record conversations with Donald Trump and the possibility of invoking the 25th amendment to remove the president. Related: Rod Rosenstein disputes report he discussed removing Trump under 25th...

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  • Tom Watson tells Corbyn: ‘We must back members on new Brexit vote’

    Labour party deputy speaks out as poll shows 86% of members want second referendum Labour must be ready to throw its full support behind another referendum on Brexit, its deputy leader Tom Watson says today, as a new poll shows 86% of party members want the British people to be given a final say on the UK’s future relationship with Europe. In an interview with the Observer, Watson says that with the likelihood of a general election growing after Theresa May’s humiliation at the EU summit in...

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  • Africa all-nighter: DJ to play Toto song on repeat in Bristol for charity

    Michael Savage will spin 1982 hit on vinyl to raise money in fundraiser for Temwa The song Africa by Toto will be played on repeat all night at an event in Bristol to raise money for a charity that works to reduce poverty in remote communities in Malawi. The DJ Michael Savage will play the track on vinyl for five hours continuously at the Exchange in Bristol on 30 November, with people variously being sponsored to attend the event in its entirety – and not to go at all. Continue reading...

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  • The Chequers deal runs out of puff – cartoon

    How Salzburg dealt Theresa May a crippling blow Continue reading...

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  • Transatlantic rower in homemade boat rescued off Cornish coast

    Duncan Hutchison, who set off from New York in May, was raising money for WaterAid A rower has been rescued off the coast of Land’s End after attempting a solo trip across the Atlantic in a homemade boat. Duncan Hutchison set off from New York in May on his 3,500-mile journey to Lochinver, north-west Scotland. He was carrying out the journey in a 23ft wooden rowing boat and has raised more than £18,000 for the charity WaterAid. Continue reading...

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  • Not my brother's keeper: six siblings speak out against Republican candidate

    Arizona Republican Paul Gosar faces attack ad featuring his siblings who back his opponent in November midterms Political attack ads can be vicious – but the jabs don’t normally come from the candidate’s own family. That, though, is what has happened to the Arizona Republican Paul Gosar. And then some. Six of Gosar’s nine siblings are helping his Democratic opponent by starring in a series of campaign messages. Continue reading...

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  • Vatican signs historic deal with China – but critics denounce sellout

    Agreement with Beijing on nominating bishops is step in Pope Francis’s bid to repair diplomatic relations The Vatican and China said yesterday they had signed a historic agreement on the appointment of Roman Catholic bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that for decades fuelled tensions between the Holy See and Beijing and thwarted efforts toward diplomatic relations. The provisional agreement, which was signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides, was described by the Vatican...

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  • The displaced indigenous communities of Colombia

    Cocaine trafficking and the battle to control land in the country’s Valle del Cauca department are forcing indigenous and Afro-Colombian people to flee their homes. Continue reading...

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  • Rotterdam prepared for worst when Britain crashes out of EU

    In Rotterdam, everyone assumes the UK will leave the single market and customs union. We went to see how it plans to cope with the upheaval Europe’s largest port, Rotterdam, is counting down to Brexit. “In about 200 days’ time, if nothing else happens… we will need to supervise all the goods coming in and out of the UK market,” says Roel van ’t Veld, Brexit coordinator at the Dutch customs authority. Hard Brexit or soft? Chequers dead or alive? Does “max-fac” make any sense? The feverish debate...

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  • Survivor criticises Paul Greengrass film on Anders Breivik massacre

    Victim’s sister speaks out over acclaimed movie 22 July Survivors of the atrocity on the Norwegian island of Utøya in July 2011 will never need reminding of the shootings that killed 69 young people. The detail of their frightening ordeal will stay sharp and stark. But for Lara Rashid, a survivor who lost her elder sister, Bano, that summer’s day, the arrival of two major films telling the actions of the killer, Anders Behring Breivik, is a difficult test. Continue reading...

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  • Devin Nunes in row over picture with man making 'racist' hand signal

    Democrat says picture shows far-right support for RepublicanMan identified as Proud Boys member dismisses controversyProminent Trump ally Devin Nunes has been criticized by his Democratic rival in the midterm elections, after a photograph on social media showed the Republican congressman next to a supporter making a hand gesture that some consider racist. Related: US Coast Guard worker taken off Florence duty over TV 'white power' hand signal Continue reading...

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  • Afghan roadside bomb kills several children in Faryab province

    At least eight children killed and six more wounded in blast in Shirin Tagab district, Afghan official says At least eight children have been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in northern Faryab province, an Afghan official has said. Karim Yuresh, spokesman for the provincial police chief, said six other children were wounded in the blast that took place late Friday afternoon in Shirin Tagab district. Continue reading...

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  • Protesters out in force to oppose Brett Kavanaugh nomination

    Republican Senate swing voters targeted; GOP go careful on the Affordable Care Act; and a new statue of Alice Dunnigan Protesters were out in full force opposing Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the supreme court, with dozens arrested on Thursday as they targeted the offices of Republican senators viewed as swing votes on his confirmation. Continue reading...

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  • Cue fireworks as ‘lord of misrule’ Donald Trump chairs UN security council

    The US president will lead a crucial assembly in New York, raising fears of global backlash over Iran In medieval English folklore, the lord of misrule was an anarchic, half-crazed clown who presided over an annual Feast of Fools. This week the UN security council, that most august and sober of international bodies, looks set to revive the tradition with its own riotous diplomatic banquet. In the chair and wielding the gavel for the first time: none other than Donald Trump, 45th US president,...

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  • Tanzania ferry disaster: divers pull survivor from capsized ship

    Engineer found near engine of upturned vessel, which sank on Lake Victoria A survivor has been rescued by divers from the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ferry two days after it capsized on Lake Victoria, killing at least 166 people. An engineer was found near the engine of the upturned vessel, Mwanza regional commissioner John Mongella said. The Tanzanian Broadcasting Corporation reported he had shut himself into the engine room. His condition was not immediately clear.Navy divers resumed the...

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  • Italy releases Tunisian fishermen held on suspicion of smuggling migrants

    Supporters say the six have rescued hundreds of people from the sea in recent years Judges in Palermo have ordered the immediate release of six Tunisian fishermen who were arrested by the Italian police on suspicion of enabling the smuggling of migrants. The men were captured at sea early in September after their trawler released a small vessel it had been towing with 14 migrants onboard, 24 miles (37km) from the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa. Continue reading...

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  • Is Matera’s crumbling beauty ready for its year in Europe’s cultural sun?

    Roads and venues remain unbuilt as the southern Italian city struggles to be the 2019 capital of culture When the southern Italian city of Matera found out it had been selected as the 2019 European capital of culture, its ancient streets echoed with cheers. Thousands gathered in October 2014 to watch the announcement live from Brussels in a central piazza. “It reminded me of the day when Napoli announced it had acquired Diego Maradona,” said Daniele Kihlgren, an Italian-Swedish businessman who...

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  • Beto O’Rourke v Ted Cruz: debate heats up in Texas Senate race

    Turning the Lone Star state blue is a Democratic dream. And so, on Friday night in Dallas, the Republican came out fighting It underlines America’s strange and turbulent political moment that the highest-profile and most intriguing battle in November’s midterm elections is in one of the most predictably Republican states. Related: The midterms start here: early voting begins, plus mafia whispers Continue reading...

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  • Vatican and China sign agreement on bishop appointments

    The historic accord was announced during Pope Francis’s visit to Lithuania The Vatican and China have signed a historic provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops. The agreement was signed in Beijing and announced while Pope Francis was visiting Lithuania at the start of a four-day trip to the Baltic countries. Continue reading...

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  • Rihanna appointed ambassador for her native Barbados

    The singer will promote investment, tourism and education in the country Rihanna has been given an ambassadorial role in her native Barbados. The singer and entrepreneur will promote education, tourism and investment in her home country. Continue reading...

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  • Which nation is 'most generous' to refugees? Certainly not the US

    Many countries that don’t have the luxury of rigorous admissions processes give refuge to vastly greater numbers of people When secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced a few days ago that the Trump administration had set a ceiling of 30,000 refugees who could be resettled in the United States in the next year beginning 1 October, he ritually added: “We are and continue to be the most generous nation in the world.” Not quite. Our neighbor to the north, Canada, has a population slightly more than...

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  • 'Don't mistake British politeness for weakness', Jeremy Hunt tells EU

    The foreign secretary said EU leaders should not ‘insult the British people on social media’ Jeremy Hunt has told leaders of the European Union to not “mistake British politeness for weakness” following the tense Salzburg summit that threatens to sink Theresa May’s Chequers proposal. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the foreign secretary followed May’s combative address on Friday with some sharp rhetoric of his own. He said: “What Theresa May is saying is: don’t mistake British...

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