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Skripals poisoned by novichok dose of up to 100g, watchdog says

Skripals poisoned by novichok dose of up to 100g, watchdog says

Quantity of nerve agent dose thought to have been used suggests it was created as a weaponThe former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with a dose of liquid nerve agent
Brexit 'impossible challenge' for environment and trade departments

Brexit 'impossible challenge' for environment and trade departments

Preparations for EU exit curbed by ‘pervasive uncertainty’ warns parliament’s spending watchdogThe departments run by Michael Gove and Liam Fox are facing an “impossible challenge” as they prepare for
Child mortality rate 'one and a half times higher in England than in Sweden'

Child mortality rate 'one and a half times higher in England than in Sweden'

More than 6,000 fewer children would have died between 2003 and 2012 if England’s rate had been the same as Sweden’s, researchers saidDeaths in children under five occur one and half times more often
House chaplain nearly ousted by Paul Ryan rescinds resignation

House chaplain nearly ousted by Paul Ryan rescinds resignation

Paul Ryan responded by saying he accepted the decision by the Rev Patrick Conroy following an effort to oust him in AprilThe chaplain of the House of Representatives, the Rev Patrick Conroy, revoked
Obama martial law scare was stoked by Russian bots, say ex-director of CIA

Obama martial law scare was stoked by Russian bots, say ex-director of CIA

Right speculated that 2015 military exercise was attack on TexasMichael Hayden: success encouraged Moscow to target election Speculation about a US armed forces exercise that led some Texans to fear
Twitter urges all users to change their password after bug discovered

Twitter urges all users to change their password after bug discovered

Company says it has fixed the internal glitch and has seen ‘no indication of breach or misuse’ but recommends precautionary stepsTwitter has urged its 336 million users to change their passwords after
Morning mail: Queensland land-clearing laws go through

Morning mail: Queensland land-clearing laws go through

Friday: State parliament finally passes Labor’s promised laws to curb deforestation. Plus: Polanski and Cosby expelled from Academy• Sign up to receive the top stories from Guardian Australia every
Syria: The World’s War review: Lyse Doucet dissects a brutal and misunderstood conflict

Syria: The World’s War review: Lyse Doucet dissects a brutal and misunderstood conflict

The veteran BBC reporter has been on the ground in Syria since the early days of hope in the Arab spring. It’s her expert witness that brings so much weight to this two-parterThe worst humanitarian
MH370 search reveals clues to 19th century shipwreck mysteries

MH370 search reveals clues to 19th century shipwreck mysteries

Unprecedented search operation leads to discovery of two vessels that sank south-west of AustraliaA four-year search of the depths of the Indian Ocean has failed to locate Malaysia Airlines Flight
Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby expelled from the film Academy

Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby expelled from the film Academy

The governing board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to remove both disgraced stars Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby have been expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
Met dismisses police spy who tricked activist into sexual relationship

Met dismisses police spy who tricked activist into sexual relationship

Jim Boyling started intimate relationship in 1999 without telling woman his true identityAn undercover officer who had an unauthorised sexual relationship with an environmental campaigner has been
Rudy Giuliani: the five ages of Trump's loyal, long-serving friend

Rudy Giuliani: the five ages of Trump's loyal, long-serving friend

Giuliani’s loose lips on Fox News may have entangled Trump in a new scandal. Ed Pilkington reflects on a career of controversy“Rudy is great,” Donald Trump gushed last month when announcing the
Parkland victim's father to join weekend protest against NRA in Dallas

Parkland victim's father to join weekend protest against NRA in Dallas

Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin died in Florida attack, says presence at rally near convention can help push for stricter gun lawsA year ago, Manuel Oliver thought his family had achieved the
The Guardian view on the Galileo project: we must be partners not rivals | Editorial

The Guardian view on the Galileo project: we must be partners not rivals | Editorial

Britain has played a key role in the development of Europe’s satellite navigation system. Brexit should not be an excuse for ending this vital security cooperationThe European Union’s Galileo network
More than 1,000 economists warn Trump his trade views echo 1930s errors

More than 1,000 economists warn Trump his trade views echo 1930s errors

President’s ‘economic protectionism’ harkens back to errors that fueled Great Depression, say experts including 14 Nobel winnersOver a thousand economists have written to Donald Trump warning his
Tawel Fan scandal: inquiry rejects dementia abuse claims

Tawel Fan scandal: inquiry rejects dementia abuse claims

New investigation described as a whitewash after it fails to uncover institutional abuseAn inquiry into the care of dementia patients on a troubled mental health ward in north Wales has been described
'Freak' dust storms in northern India kill more than 100 people

'Freak' dust storms in northern India kill more than 100 people

Most of the deaths occurred as people slept in houses that collapsed overnightSevere dust storms across northern India have killed more than 100 people, destroyed homes and left hundreds without
Michael Barrett obituary

Michael Barrett obituary

My father, Michael Barrett, known as Jack, who has died aged 72 of cancer, was a passionate amateur actor and theatre director throughout a long career of teaching, advisory roles and consultancy.His
Farage's Belgium jibe met with World Cup warning for England

Farage's Belgium jibe met with World Cup warning for England

Former PM Guy Verhofstadt hits back after ex-Ukip leader says Belgium is not a nationPolitics and sport is rarely a comfortable mix. And that was the case for Nigel Farage after he belittled Belgium’s
Tesla shares fall more than 7% after company reports record loss

Tesla shares fall more than 7% after company reports record loss

Founder Elon Musk unsettles investors by palming off questions about the firm’s healthTesla shares have fallen more than 7% after the firm posted a record $710m loss and its founder, Elon Musk,