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Prince Harry quizzes Barack Obama in rapid-fire exchange – video

Prince Harry quizzes Barack Obama in rapid-fire exchange – video

Prince Harry questioned the former US president on life after leaving office and the impact of social media on society. The pair also had time for a speedy round of questions. Here’s an excerpt from
Dutch councils vie to produce cannabis in bid to cut out criminals

Dutch councils vie to produce cannabis in bid to cut out criminals

Netherlands trial is designed to stop gangs from supplying cannabis-selling coffee shopsAt least 30 companies want to get into the legal mass production of cannabis in the Netherlands, according to
The magnets and light beams that signal an end to blood tests for malaria | Kate Hodal

The magnets and light beams that signal an end to blood tests for malaria | Kate Hodal

After missing lectures due to malaria, a Ugandan engineer came up with a low-cost device to speed up diagnosis of one of sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest killers Malaria is the leading cause of death in
The top US culture stories of 2017: Get Out, rightwing comics and Christian rock

The top US culture stories of 2017: Get Out, rightwing comics and Christian rock

This year saw the downfall of many Hollywood heavyweights and confessions from many of its actors, and proof that diversity is both necessary and profitableThe influence of a president with a
Israeli minister plans to name Western Wall train station after Trump

Israeli minister plans to name Western Wall train station after Trump

Yisrael Katz wants to name stop on new rail line after US president for his ‘brave decision to recognise city as Israel’s capital’Israel’s transport minister is pushing ahead with a controversial plan
'Coral bleaching is getting worse ... but the biggest problem is pollution'

'Coral bleaching is getting worse ... but the biggest problem is pollution'

Conservationists are battling to save the 700-mile Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in the Caribbean suffering the effects of mass tourism and global warming ‘I have a lot of enemies’: the Honduran marine
‘Stretched’ police would use extra funds to tackle knife crime, says Met chief

‘Stretched’ police would use extra funds to tackle knife crime, says Met chief

Cressida Dick says police would plough any additional resources into combating violence on London’s streetsMore resources would be put into combating knife crime if extra funds were available, the
Obama tells Prince Harry: leaders must stop corroding civil discourse

Obama tells Prince Harry: leaders must stop corroding civil discourse

Former US president also talks about life after leaving office in rare interview conducted by prince for BBC Radio 4’s Today programmeBoxers or briefs? Prince Harry’s quickfire questions for
Rihanna calls for end to gun violence after cousin dies in shooting

Rihanna calls for end to gun violence after cousin dies in shooting

Singer posts picture of herself with man who is believed to have been killed in shooting in Barbados on Boxing DayRihanna has called for an end to gun violence after the death of a man she named as
Tributes paid to woman killed during police chase in Rishton

Tributes paid to woman killed during police chase in Rishton

Criminal investigation launched after Susan Shaw, 47, was hit by car being pursued by police in Lancashire townThe family of a woman who died after being hit by a car during a police pursuit have paid
Sacred, life-affirming and fast disappearing: waters of the Himalayas – in pictures

Sacred, life-affirming and fast disappearing: waters of the Himalayas – in pictures

Rapid urbanisation, dwindling groundwater reserves and changing rain patterns are driving a water crisis in the lower Himalayas of India and Nepal. Photojournalist Toby Smith took part in a research
Flight from LA to Tokyo turns around after four hours due to 'unauthorised person'

Flight from LA to Tokyo turns around after four hours due to 'unauthorised person'

It appears that a rogue passenger managed to proceed from check-in all the way to the final boarding pass check at LAX and board the wrong planeA Japanese airliner bound for Tokyo was forced to turn
'Honour' killings in Karachi shock Pakistan's largest city

'Honour' killings in Karachi shock Pakistan's largest city

Murders of teenagers show that poor communities in cities are becoming more entrenched in conservative valuesThe night Ghani Rehman was condemned to die, his father asked if they could share a last
Die Rekruten: the reality show on the frontline of the German army's battle for public support

Die Rekruten: the reality show on the frontline of the German army's battle for public support

A hit YouTube documentary may help to undo scepticism about the military as allies call for the country to play a bigger roleJulia weeps when ordered to remove her piercings, Jerome struggles with his
Chess champion to miss Saudi Arabia tournament over women's rights

Chess champion to miss Saudi Arabia tournament over women's rights

Anna Muzychuk won’t defend her titles because she doesn’t want to be treated like a ‘secondary creature’A two-time world chess champion has said she will not defend her titles at a tournament held in
The Russian Facebook scandal damages liberals as much as the right | Thomas Frank

The Russian Facebook scandal damages liberals as much as the right | Thomas Frank

The Republicans might have been tarnished by the St Petersburg troll factory, but Democratic fantasies about social media were rubbished in the processDecember is the month for retrospectives about
Flinders Street crash: Saeed Noori may be unfit for trial, lawyers say

Flinders Street crash: Saeed Noori may be unfit for trial, lawyers say

Former refugee with history of mental health problems appears in Melbourne court accused of driving into pedestrians Lawyers for a motorist accused of ploughing through pedestrians in the centre of
Australian woman escapes death sentence for drug trafficking in Malaysia

Australian woman escapes death sentence for drug trafficking in Malaysia

Judge accepts Maria Elvira Pinto Exposto had no knowledge of drugs in her bag in verdict on charge that carries a mandatory death sentenceAn Australian woman has been found not guilty of drug
Unions to fight casualisation of Australia's workforce

Unions to fight casualisation of Australia's workforce

ACTU boss calls for legislative changes to reverse trend, as push grows for casual workers to be able to convert to permanent employment after six months Unions have signalled they will campaign for
Race to evacuate sick from besieged eastern Ghouta region of Syria

Race to evacuate sick from besieged eastern Ghouta region of Syria

Almost 30 critical cases, including children with cancer, approved for help in area near Damascus where 400,000 people remain trappedCritically ill patients are being evacuated from the besieged