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GCHQ sought to 'better liaise' with watchdog, court document shows

GCHQ sought to 'better liaise' with watchdog, court document shows

Privacy campaigners say letter to commissioner reveals a ‘blatant attempt to bury embarrassing evidence’GCHQ tried to open up a privileged channel of communication with the oversight commissioner
Apple questioned by US Senate over practice of slowing down iPhones

Apple questioned by US Senate over practice of slowing down iPhones

Apple now under pressure from both sides of Atlantic over admission it slows phones with older batteries, after French government opened investigationApple is facing questions from the US Senate over
Moon Jae-in credits Donald Trump for inter-Korea talks

Moon Jae-in credits Donald Trump for inter-Korea talks

South Korean leader says US-led sanctions and pressure on North Korea helped bring about first meeting in more than two years South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, has credited Donald Trump for
UK aid firms may lose millions in EU funding if no Brexit deal agreed

UK aid firms may lose millions in EU funding if no Brexit deal agreed

Exclusive: leaked EU document warns UK companies and NGOs will have funding cut if no agreement reached by March 2019UK companies and NGOs working in development and aid are being formally instructed
Mudslides hit California after heavy rain – in pictures

Mudslides hit California after heavy rain – in pictures

Waist-deep mudflow in Montecito knocked houses from their foundations after heavy rain pounded southern California. The area had been left vulnerable after recent wildfires stripped hills of
Army accused of political correctness in recruitment campaign

Army accused of political correctness in recruitment campaign

Head of army defends £1.6m campaign to attract people of different sexualities, ethnicities and faiths The British army has been accused of bowing to political correctness after launching a campaign
Iran's easing of drug laws could halt execution of 5,000 prisoners

Iran's easing of drug laws could halt execution of 5,000 prisoners

Lifting of capital punishment for some drug-trafficking offences set to be applied retrospectively to convicts on death rowThe lives of more than 5,000 prisoners on death row in Iran could be spared
Japanese astronaut apologises for saying he had grown 9cm in space

Japanese astronaut apologises for saying he had grown 9cm in space

Norishige Kanai retracts claim as a mistake and says he had in fact grown 2cm since arriving at the International Space StationJapanese astronaut Norishige Kanai, on a mission to the International
‘Hunger is killing me’: starvation as a weapon of war in South Sudan | Sam Mednick

‘Hunger is killing me’: starvation as a weapon of war in South Sudan | Sam Mednick

Civil war has ravaged once-bountiful Equatoria, now a wasteland of looted shops and abandoned homes, with close to 400,000 people desperate for food “Food,” says John Lasona, “tortures my mind.”
Brighton commuters to face 18 days of closures for engineering work

Brighton commuters to face 18 days of closures for engineering work

Project beginning in October will provide a ‘once-in-a-generation’ upgrade, beleaguered passengers are told Beleaguered commuters from Brighton who have suffered years of delays on Southern and
Face facts. The west that won the cold war no longer exists | Rafael Behr

Face facts. The west that won the cold war no longer exists | Rafael Behr

Capitalism conquered the eastern bloc. That’s why liberal politics alone won’t defeat today’s populismFinnish TV and toilet paper did as much to undermine the USSR as the nuclear deterrent, an
Libya may not be ready for democracy, says military strongman

Libya may not be ready for democracy, says military strongman

Khalifa Haftar claims he has army of 75,000 men and could try to seize power if unhappy with outcome of UN-led electionThe Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar has warned that the country may not
Lost language: how Macau gambled away its past

Lost language: how Macau gambled away its past

The number of people who speak Patuá – a blend of Portuguese and Cantonese – is down to just 50 as the casino-dominated ‘Las Vegas of the east’ continues to expand. Can they keep their native tongue
George Pell's lawyers given ABC interviews in relation to child sexual abuse allegations

George Pell's lawyers given ABC interviews in relation to child sexual abuse allegations

Cardinal’s lawyers tell court hard drive containing footage and transcripts was handed over in response to subpoenaCardinal George Pell’s lawyers will examine interview footage from the ABC as
NSW transport minister apologises to Sydney train commuters for network 'mess' – video

NSW transport minister apologises to Sydney train commuters for network 'mess' – video

Andrew Constance apologises to passengers and admits the train network has been a 'mess' the past two days. Constance says he has asked transport officials to provide a report on the network chaos.
Chechnya under fire after human rights activist held for drugs possession

Chechnya under fire after human rights activist held for drugs possession

Police arrest Oyub Titiev, claiming marijuana was found in his car, but activists say he is victim of trumped-up chargesA 60-year-old human rights activist in Chechnya faces up to 10 years in prison
Building boom in China's tropics as Beijing's 'smog refugees' flee toxic air

Building boom in China's tropics as Beijing's 'smog refugees' flee toxic air

Jaded urbanites keen to outrun hustle and bustle of country’s big smoke put down roots near border with Myanmar and LaosIt was on 3 January last year, days after Beijing’s last major airpocalypse,
Bellringers up in arms about "canned" bell music – archive, 10 January 1938

Bellringers up in arms about "canned" bell music – archive, 10 January 1938

10 January 1938 Gramophones and amplifiers have been installed in the belfries of hard-up churchesA revolt among the bellringers of Dorset is threatened because it is proposed to install gramophones
Coalition accuses WA of having a 'whinge' over funding pledge for remote housing

Coalition accuses WA of having a 'whinge' over funding pledge for remote housing

WA housing minister says Turnbull government turning its back on Indigenous Australians as Scullion urges state to match $1bn NT investment Canberra has declared it will match a 10-year $1.1bn
Federal court blocks Trump plan to end Daca program for immigrants

Federal court blocks Trump plan to end Daca program for immigrants

US district judge William Alsup rules the Dreamers program must remain in place while litigation over Trump’s decision unfoldsA judge blocked Donald Trump late Tuesday from ending an Obama-era program