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'Bomb cyclone': schools close as snowstorms hit US east coast

'Bomb cyclone': schools close as snowstorms hit US east coast

Storm caused by rapid drop in pressure leads to states of emergency in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and VirginiaHeavy snow and high winds pounded the US east coast along a front stretching from
Colonialism can work – just look at Singapore | Jeevan Vasagar

Colonialism can work – just look at Singapore | Jeevan Vasagar

The country’s postcolonial rulers seized the advantages left them by the British empire and used them, for the most part, for the benefit of wider societyBombay is Mumbai, Léopoldville is Kinshasa,
Workers held captive in Indian mills supplying Hugo Boss

Workers held captive in Indian mills supplying Hugo Boss

Guardian inquiry into concerns raised by Hugo Boss reveals Tamil Nadu firm, which also supplies major UK brands, stops women leaving factoryLuxury fashion retailer Hugo Boss said it has found cases of
Chinese army puts on show of military might for Xi Jinping – video

Chinese army puts on show of military might for Xi Jinping – video

China’s president addresses 7,000 service personnel as the country starts a fresh round of training in Hebei province, just outside Beijing. Xi stressed the importance of real-combat training and
Facebook declines to say why it deletes certain political accounts, but not others

Facebook declines to say why it deletes certain political accounts, but not others

Civil liberties groups raise concerns company is ‘picking and choosing’ politicians to censor at US government request after Chechen leader’s accounts deleted Facebook is declining to say why it
Flood warnings across the UK as Storm Eleanor departs

Flood warnings across the UK as Storm Eleanor departs

Residents of large parts of England and Scotland and smaller areas of Wales told to take action to protect themselvesLarge parts of the UK are being warned to expect flooding as the country feels the
'It is a war': Brazil prison authorities warn of more violence after deadly riot

'It is a war': Brazil prison authorities warn of more violence after deadly riot

Threat of violence remains high following a New Year’s Day riot, in which nine were murdered, between rival drug gangs at the Colônia Agroindustrial prisonPrison authorities across Brazil should
Why the once-durable Merkel may not last much longer | Anne McElvoy

Why the once-durable Merkel may not last much longer | Anne McElvoy

The chancellor’s need to win back far-right voters is hard to square with her previous embrace of open bordersAngela Merkel’s New Year address on German television has acquired all the familiarity of
The ecological catastrophe that turned a vast Bolivian lake into a salt desert

The ecological catastrophe that turned a vast Bolivian lake into a salt desert

What was once the country’s second largest lake is now a salt flat and the vanishing waters are taking an indigenous community’s way of life with themThe remainder of an ancient sea at the heart of
'Anything to report?': Korean hotline reopens with little to say between foes

'Anything to report?': Korean hotline reopens with little to say between foes

First telephone contact since February 2016 had bumpy start when the South rang but no one in the North answeredAfter almost two years of stony silence, perhaps it was to be expected that the first
AMA calls for 'zero tolerance' for P-plate and L-plate drivers using electronic devices

AMA calls for 'zero tolerance' for P-plate and L-plate drivers using electronic devices

Australian Medical Association wants P-platers and L-platers caught using mobile phones to lose their licence for up to a yearThe president of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Michael Gannon,
Donald Trump issues legal threat to Steve Bannon after book revelations

Donald Trump issues legal threat to Steve Bannon after book revelations

Cease and desist letter comes after claim in new book by Michael Wolff that former chief strategist called Trump Jr’s meeting with Russians ‘treasonous’Donald Trump’s lawyers threatened legal action
Tribunal rules against total secrecy over UK drone strikes

Tribunal rules against total secrecy over UK drone strikes

Court imposes limits on ability of government to reject information requests on national security groundsThe government’s power to block requests for information on national security grounds has been
Fire and Fury: Key explosive quotes from the new Trump book - video

Fire and Fury: Key explosive quotes from the new Trump book - video

A new book claiming to be a fly-on-the-wall account of internecine warfare in the White House written by Michael Wolff is about to hit the shelves. The Guardian had access to an early copy of Fire and
Syrian groups urge UN boycott of Putin peace conference

Syrian groups urge UN boycott of Putin peace conference

Opponents of President Assad have already said they will not attend talks, fearing they will strengthen Syrian leader’s authorityDozens of Syria’s leading civil society groups have warned that a
Saudi Arabia and Iran's rivalry is key to the Middle East in 2018

Saudi Arabia and Iran's rivalry is key to the Middle East in 2018

Regional chaos is set to continue with no solution in sight to Yemen crisis and power struggle over shape of post-war SyriaAnother turbulent year in the Middle East has drawn to a close, but there
Xi Jinping tells army not to fear death in show of China's military might

Xi Jinping tells army not to fear death in show of China's military might

President tells armed forces to be ‘capable of combat and sure to win’ in move designed to bolster his political standing Xi Jinping has reaffirmed his status as China’s most dominant leader since
Backpackers in Perth overdosed on travel sickness drug they thought was cocaine

Backpackers in Perth overdosed on travel sickness drug they thought was cocaine

Two French people in critical condition and a German woman in an induced coma after snorting hyoscine The drug that caused a mass overdose among nine backpackers who were taken to hospital in Perth
Labor lambasts Dutton for 'playing to the crowd' over Melbourne crime comments

Labor lambasts Dutton for 'playing to the crowd' over Melbourne crime comments

Anthony Albanese pours scorn on Peter Dutton’s claim people are too scared of African gangs to go to restaurantsLabor frontbencher Anthony Albanese has fired back at Peter Dutton for “playing to the
More than half of Norway's new car sales now electric or hybrid, figures show

More than half of Norway's new car sales now electric or hybrid, figures show

Generous tax breaks and incentives like free city tolls and parking put country en route to meet electric-only vehicle market by 2025Electric or hybrid vehicles accounted for more than half of all new