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There’s plenty of good news coming out of the Welsh valleys | Letters

There’s plenty of good news coming out of the Welsh valleys | Letters

Investment and a strong sense of community are helping Ebbw Vale thrive againIt is important that stark regional inequalities and the resulting impacts on people and communities that exist across our
Nearly 40 feared dead in Philippines shopping mall fire

Nearly 40 feared dead in Philippines shopping mall fire

Davao official says chances missing people survived are ‘zero’, after blaze trapped workers inside the four-storey building on Saturday Thirty-seven people were believed killed in a fire that engulfed
South Sudan's warring parties agree ceasefire in bid to end four-year war

South Sudan's warring parties agree ceasefire in bid to end four-year war

The deal, which begins on Sunday, was signed by government forces, and several armed opposition groups A ceasefire between South Sudan’s warring parties will begin at midnight on Sunday, in the latest
How Sea Shepherd lost battle against Japan’s whale hunters in Antarctic

How Sea Shepherd lost battle against Japan’s whale hunters in Antarctic

The Southern Ocean was a sanctuary – but now Japan’s boats have military hardware and conservationists can no longer track themA fleet of Japanese ships is currently hunting minke whales in the
Catalonia’s hopes for peace stall as further wave of arrests feared

Catalonia’s hopes for peace stall as further wave of arrests feared

Tensions continue to rise as Catalans elect 19 jailed, exiled or bailed politicians, and separatists claim the judiciary is acting on Madrid’s ordersThe dramatic election in Catalonia on Thursday was
Madrid and Barcelona need to talk. That’s not on the cards

Madrid and Barcelona need to talk. That’s not on the cards

Dialogue appears to be the only way forward for Catalonia, but neither the government nor nationalists seem prepared to compromiseWhen Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy decided to impose direct
Senseless plight of Syrian children with curable cancer | David Nott and Hamish de Bretton-Gordon

Senseless plight of Syrian children with curable cancer | David Nott and Hamish de Bretton-Gordon

Seven young lives will be lost in Ghouta unless Putin and Assad find the will to interveneAs the world is consumed by North Korea, tax issues and Brexit, seven children with curable cancer are dying
Charity launches Syria emergency appeal to save critically ill children

Charity launches Syria emergency appeal to save critically ill children

The appeal is trying to evacuate seven cancer sufferers, aged between eight and 12, from a beseiged Syrian townA charity and a leading British surgeon have made a desperate appeal for the evacuation
Thatcher aide dismisses blue passports as a ‘nostalgic’ Brexit stunt

Thatcher aide dismisses blue passports as a ‘nostalgic’ Brexit stunt

Theresa May’s victory over colour has no substance, according to former adviser Charles PowellMargaret Thatcher’s key foreign policy adviser has mocked commentators rejoicing over the decision to
US ambassador to Netherlands says sorry for 'fake news' interview debacle

US ambassador to Netherlands says sorry for 'fake news' interview debacle

Pete Hoekstra contradicted himself twice in a minute on Dutch TV, denying he had spoken of Muslim-only ‘no-go’ zones then denying the terms of his denial Related: US ambassador to Netherlands
Liberia's George Weah whips fans into a frenzy ahead of presidential runoff

Liberia's George Weah whips fans into a frenzy ahead of presidential runoff

Music played and vuvuzelas sounded as supporters of former footballer and presidential candidate attended Monrovia rallyThe former football star George Weah has waited 12 years to become president of
Afghan torture survivor gains 11th hour reprieve from deportation

Afghan torture survivor gains 11th hour reprieve from deportation

Lawyers for the man due to be sent home on Christmas Day say the original decision was ‘deeply disturbing’A 39-year-old Afghan survivor of torture has received an 11th hour reprieve from the Home
Murder statistics reveal 2017 to be the deadliest year in Mexico's history

Murder statistics reveal 2017 to be the deadliest year in Mexico's history

With 23,101 murder investigations opened in the year up to December, 2017 is the deadliest year since records began in 1997Mexico has registered a record number of murders in 2017, making it the
Steve Bannon savages 'Javanka', laying bare White House tensions

Steve Bannon savages 'Javanka', laying bare White House tensions

Donald Trump’s former chief strategist has called Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner ‘the railhead of all bad decisions’ in a Vanity Fair interviewDonald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her
Jeff Bergman reads excerpt from Hope in the Dark in Trump Tower lobby - video

Jeff Bergman reads excerpt from Hope in the Dark in Trump Tower lobby - video

Jeff Bergman, founder of , reads from literature, speeches and editorials he considers an apt counterpoint to the manifest shortcomings of a president notorious for his disdain for the written word.
The New York Times' handling of Glenn Thrush claims speaks volumes

The New York Times' handling of Glenn Thrush claims speaks volumes

For a global media leader like the Times to do this, it sends a clear message to women in journalism: one man’s career is more important than all women’sThis week the New York Times announced that it
Tropical storm Tembin leaves more than 100 dead and many displaced in the Philippines - video

Tropical storm Tembin leaves more than 100 dead and many displaced in the Philippines - video

Nearly 100 people have been killed and dozens are missing after Tropical storm Tembin hit the southern Philippines, triggering mudslides and flooding, police and disaster officials said. Sixty-four
The Resistance Now: Republicans to face 'retirement parties' over tax bill

The Resistance Now: Republicans to face 'retirement parties' over tax bill

Protesters could not stop the tax law but they could make GOP lawmakers pay a price, while Trump’s numbers plunge and Santa gets a same-sex makeover Related: The Resistance Now: organizers on the
The invisible wall: how Trump is slowing immigration without laying a brick

The invisible wall: how Trump is slowing immigration without laying a brick

While Trump’s ‘great, great wall’ has yet to materialize, his administration has quietly built a barrier of bans, roadblocks and bureaucratic burdens Donald Trump has failed to add another inch to the
US provision of weapons to Ukraine could fuel conflict, Russia says

US provision of weapons to Ukraine could fuel conflict, Russia says

Foreign minister Grigory Karasin says supply of ‘defensive’ aid could derail peace process in eastern Ukraine’s civil warRussian officials have said the US decision to supply weapons to Ukraine will