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Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits expand beyond usual format

Barack and Michelle Obama's official portraits expand beyond usual format

The pictures, painted by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, are vivid depictions by African American artists and will hang at the SmithsonianBarack Obama tried to negotiate less grey hair, he recalled,
Jacob Zuma defies order from South Africa's ANC to resign

Jacob Zuma defies order from South Africa's ANC to resign

President given 48-hour ultimatum by ruling party to stand down or face being stripped of his office Jacob Zuma has defied an ultimatum from South Africa’s ruling party to resign within 48 hours,
North good, south bad? Time to shed the Korea stereotypes | Min Jin Lee

North good, south bad? Time to shed the Korea stereotypes | Min Jin Lee

South Koreans like to sing, dance and have fun. And North Koreans should not be defined by one manWith the Winter Olympics in full swing, the big story is the Koreans, in particular the presence in
Marmite maker Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google

Marmite maker Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google

One of world’s biggest advertisers says it will avoid platforms that ‘create division’Unilever has threatened to withdraw its advertising from online platforms such as Facebook and Google if they fail
SPD set for new leader as main German parties look to promote youth

SPD set for new leader as main German parties look to promote youth

Andrea Nahles, 47, expected to lead centre-left party in coalition with Angela Merkel’s CDUGermany’s two largest parties are trying to improve the survival chances of the country’s next government by
#MeToo strikes aid sector as sexual exploitation allegations proliferate

#MeToo strikes aid sector as sexual exploitation allegations proliferate

In the wake of the Oxfam scandal, the Guardian interviewed aid workers who all said that sexual exploitation is rife in the sectorSenior figures in the humanitarian world have described the
Coalition told 'sandwich and milkshake' tax cut won't fix cost of living

Coalition told 'sandwich and milkshake' tax cut won't fix cost of living

Australian Council of Social Service calls for increase in income support and investment in social housing before budgetA “sandwich and milkshake” income tax cut is not the right way to address
Israel and Iran consider next move after Syrian clash crosses red line

Israel and Iran consider next move after Syrian clash crosses red line

Neither wants a fully fledged war despite the language, but further confrontations are expectedArch-enemies Iran and Israel crossed a line this weekend that both have been warning about for years: a
Trump's focus on MS-13 risks bolstering gang's fearsome image, study says

Trump's focus on MS-13 risks bolstering gang's fearsome image, study says

The president has made the gang a focus of immigration reform, and new research shows this may hand the group political capitalThe Trump administration’s decision to place the MS-13 street gang at the
Suspected mastermind on trial for France's 'heist of the century'

Suspected mastermind on trial for France's 'heist of the century'

Jacques Cassandri in court more than 40 years after raid on Société Générale bank in NiceThe suspected mastermind of France’s “heist of the century” has gone on trial more than 40 years after robbers
Egypt bans SNL Arabia over 'sexual phrases and insinuations'

Egypt bans SNL Arabia over 'sexual phrases and insinuations'

Latest season of satirical show with same format as US Saturday Night Live had just endedEgypt has banned broadcasts of a homegrown version of the US satirical television show Saturday Night Live for
Meet North Korea's Winter Olympics cheerleading squad – video

Meet North Korea's Winter Olympics cheerleading squad – video

North Korea's cheerleaders are making waves at the Winter Olympics. The group caught the world's attention during their energetic performance at the joint Korea women's ice hockey match against
The good news is … people like to read good news | Mark Rice-Oxley

The good news is … people like to read good news | Mark Rice-Oxley

People are tired of bad news, but report on something going right and they tend to take noticeA strange thing happens when you write about something going right. People take notice. They read to the
Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all the answers?

Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all the answers?

In the first of our new series, The Upside, we look at how the country went from famine to topping nearly every global social rankingFinland’s 10 great innovationsWestern Europe’s last naturally
Gene Sharp obituary

Gene Sharp obituary

Political scientist and author who was the leading theorist of non-violent protest and resistanceGene Sharp, who has died aged 90, carved out a unique role as a theorist of non-violent resistance. In
Theresa May arrives in Belfast for Stormont assembly talks

Theresa May arrives in Belfast for Stormont assembly talks

British PM and Irish taoiseach to spend several hours in discussions with main parties in effort to restore power-sharingTheresa May has arrived in Belfast to co-host talks with her Irish counterpart
Pakistan gang accused of tapping unwitting girl's spinal fluid

Pakistan gang accused of tapping unwitting girl's spinal fluid

Police say victim’s father tricked into believing gang were officials carrying out medical studyPolice in Pakistan have arrested four suspected members of a gang accused of tapping a 17-year-old
Foreign aid 'less effective than expected' at curbing migration, study says

Foreign aid 'less effective than expected' at curbing migration, study says

Research casts doubt on received wisdom that support for low-income countries stops people leaving to seek a better life Europe’s policy of using overseas aid to persuade people to stay in their own
Johnny Hallyday's children to contest will leaving them nothing

Johnny Hallyday's children to contest will leaving them nothing

Will left everything to French rocker’s fourth wife and excluded his first two childrenTwo children of the French rock star Johnny Hallyday are to contest his will after he left everything to his
London City airport cancels all flights after WWII bomb found

London City airport cancels all flights after WWII bomb found

Discovery of 500kg second world war device forces all-day closure as properties are evacuatedAll flights in and out of London City airport have been cancelled after the discovery of an unexploded