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New study suggests leprosy came from Europe

New study suggests leprosy came from Europe

Skeletal analysis shows the oldest strains of the disease came from Europe, the oldest from Greater Chesterford, Essex circa 500ADLeprosy may have originated in Europe rather than Asia, according to
Coalition's flat tax to benefit well-off city dwellers over regional Australians

Coalition's flat tax to benefit well-off city dwellers over regional Australians

Natsem modelling shows people in wealthiest suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne would be most advantaged by tax cut planThe Turnbull government’s plan to dramatically flatten Australia’s income tax scales
Canadian police investigate video of woman's racist rant in Alberta restaurant

Canadian police investigate video of woman's racist rant in Alberta restaurant

Monir Omerzai posted Facebook video of him and friends in Denny’s being racially abused and told to ‘go back to your fucking country’Police in Canada are investigating a video that shows a woman
Libyan rendition: how UK's role in kidnap of two families unravelled

Libyan rendition: how UK's role in kidnap of two families unravelled

In 2007, Jack Straw told MPs reports of the rendition of two Libyan families were ‘conspiracy theories’The fires of Libya’s revolution were still burning when, in September 2011, a handful of
Hundreds of UK firms face action over failure to report pay gap

Hundreds of UK firms face action over failure to report pay gap

Equality watchdog vows zero-tolerance approach as it investigates up to 500 businesses Hundreds of companies are being pursued by Britain’s equality watchdog after failing to file gender pay gap data
University of Bristol confirms sudden death of first-year student Ben Murray

University of Bristol confirms sudden death of first-year student Ben Murray

Ben Murray is third student to die at the university in three weeks and 10th since 2016The University of Bristol has confirmed the “sudden and unexpected” death of a first-year English student – the
Toronto van attack: suspect faces three additional counts of attempted murder

Toronto van attack: suspect faces three additional counts of attempted murder

Alek Minassian, accused of driving a van into pedestrians on 23 April, now faces 16 counts of attempted murder and 10 counts of murderProsecutors have filed three additional counts of attempted murder
Tories accused of 'subverting democracy' by not tabling Brexit debates

Tories accused of 'subverting democracy' by not tabling Brexit debates

Commons schedule has no timings for return of EU withdrawal bill or news of other key Brexit billsLabour has accused the government of “effectively subverting democracy” after an announcement of
New NRA president says gun control activists are 'civil terrorists'

New NRA president says gun control activists are 'civil terrorists'

As students and victims of shooting violence push for stronger laws, Oliver North compares NRA’s struggles to the civil rights movementActivists pushing for stronger gun laws are engaged in “civil
Georgina Chapman: Harvey Weinstein's ex-wife breaks her silence

Georgina Chapman: Harvey Weinstein's ex-wife breaks her silence

The Marchesa fashion designer has given her first interview to American Vogue Fashion designer Georgina Chapman has spoken publicly for the first time about the scandal surrounding her ex-husband
Dozens killed in Kenya after dam bursts – video report

Dozens killed in Kenya after dam bursts – video report

Water broke through the banks of the Patel dam in Solai, northern Kenya, on Wednesday night, killing at least 38 people and forcing hundreds from their homes. Up to 40 people were rescued from the mud
Isis: Trump says five 'most wanted' leaders captured

Isis: Trump says five 'most wanted' leaders captured

The Twitter post was an apparent reference to the capture of five commanders by IraqDonald Trump said on Thursday that five “most wanted” leaders of the Islamic State militant group had been captured,
World leaders in their 80s and 90s – from Akihito to Malaysia's new PM

World leaders in their 80s and 90s – from Akihito to Malaysia's new PM

Mahathir Mohamad has been re-elected at the age of 94. He is not the only nonagenarian in powerAt 92 years and 10 months old, Mahathir Mohamad has become the oldest serving world leader after being
Police investigate gold panning in Welsh river

Police investigate gold panning in Welsh river

Individuals thought to be finding flecks of gold at Afon Wen but police say there is no gold rushAn investigation has been launched into gold panning at a Welsh river and police have asked local
Magazine apologises to Monica Lewinsky for 'disinvitation' to event

Magazine apologises to Monica Lewinsky for 'disinvitation' to event

Lewinsky says she was disinvited because Bill Clinton was attendingTown & Country regrets ‘the way the situation was handled’A magazine has apologized to Monica Lewinsky after she said she was
The radical legacy of 1968 is under attack. We must defend it| David Edgar

The radical legacy of 1968 is under attack. We must defend it| David Edgar

Revisionists who link that heady time to the subsequent rise of neoliberalism forget the progress that has been madeFifty years ago today, the “night of the barricades” in Paris’s Left Bank saw riot
The million dollar cow: high-end farming in Brazil – photo essay

The million dollar cow: high-end farming in Brazil – photo essay

Photojournalist Carolina Arantes documented Brazil’s thriving cattle industry and witnessed how farmers work with genetics companies to improve the performance and profitability of their herdsJabriel
Britain apologises for 'appalling treatment' of Abdel Hakim Belhaj

Britain apologises for 'appalling treatment' of Abdel Hakim Belhaj

Theresa May apologises unreservedly for UK role in rendition of Libyan, who was jailed and tortured, and his wifeHow Britain’s role in kidnap of two families came to lightTheresa May has issued an
French family's last three bottles of 1774 wine up for auction

French family's last three bottles of 1774 wine up for auction

Other bottles of same wine – among the oldest in the world – previously fetched up to €57,000Bottles of wine believed to be among the oldest in the world are to go on sale at auction in France this
Palm oil is wiping out orangutans – despite multinationals’ promises | Chris Packham

Palm oil is wiping out orangutans – despite multinationals’ promises | Chris Packham

Some of the world’s biggest companies are failing in their pledge to stop deforestation by 2020. Don’t let them forget itFew who watch the documentary Red Ape: Saving the Orangutan tonight on BBC2