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Key Brexit department criticised for falling behind schedule

Key Brexit department criticised for falling behind schedule

Department for International Trade struggling to make deadlines and recruit staffA key Brexit department has been accused of falling behind on its tight schedule and risking the future of British
Girl, 17, subjected to pattern of hazing at Victorian country fire brigade, report reveals

Girl, 17, subjected to pattern of hazing at Victorian country fire brigade, report reveals

Country Fire Authority inquiry, launched after footage surfaced last year, finds original assault was not isolated but part of pattern of ‘poor behaviour’Firefighters duct-taped a 17-year-old girl to
Donald Trump: 'I'm looking forward' to speaking under oath to Russia inquiry

Donald Trump: 'I'm looking forward' to speaking under oath to Russia inquiry

President says he is willing to talk with Robert Mueller in investigation into Russian interference in 2016 election Donald Trump has said that he would be willing to speak to the special counsel
Chinese labs use mail to send opioid fentanyl into US, Senate report finds

Chinese labs use mail to send opioid fentanyl into US, Senate report finds

Year-long investigation logs 500 deals with $766m street valueUS Postal Service has failed to widely deploy electronic data systemIllegal shipments of the powerful and addictive opioid fentanyl are
Health fund premium rise of 3.95% lowest since 2001, Greg Hunt says

Health fund premium rise of 3.95% lowest since 2001, Greg Hunt says

Health minister credits prostheses pricing reforms for lower increase but savings predicted to be a one-offHealth fund premiums will get average weighted increases of 3.95% from April, the federal
Beppe Grillo steps aside from Italy’s Five Star Movement

Beppe Grillo steps aside from Italy’s Five Star Movement

Comedian founded anti-establishment party alongside Gianroberto Casaleggio in 2009Beppe Grillo, the bombastic comedian who co-founded Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement, has stepped aside
Australia needs more politicians, Australia Institute says

Australia needs more politicians, Australia Institute says

Thinktank says democracy would improve if representation kept up with population growthDo you think Australia needs more politicians, or fewer?The progressive thinktank the Australia Institute says,
Eight activists helping migrants cross brutal desert charged by US government

Eight activists helping migrants cross brutal desert charged by US government

Charges fuel fears of Trump crackdown after Arizona-based group accused border patrol agents of sabotaging water containersEight humanitarian volunteers who help migrants survive desert treks have
Invasion Day rally: where protests will be held across Australia

Invasion Day rally: where protests will be held across Australia

There are Invasion Day protests, rallies and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural events across AustraliaFriday marks the 80th anniversary of the day of mourning, an event that started a
Sydney train strike: minister makes last-ditch effort to block union action

Sydney train strike: minister makes last-ditch effort to block union action

The Fair Work Commission is expected to rule at 8am on the validity of a planned 24-hour strike on MondayThe New South Wales government is making a last-ditch effort to stop a 24-hour rail strike on
‘Larry Nassar, I hate you’: abuse victims in their own words – video

‘Larry Nassar, I hate you’: abuse victims in their own words – video

The former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar has been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually abusing girls in his care under the guise of medical treatment. Over the
Turkey to extend Syria campaign to Kurdish-controlled Manbij

Turkey to extend Syria campaign to Kurdish-controlled Manbij

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vows to ‘thwart’ Kurdish opposition in move that may force US reactionTurkey has said it will extend its incursion in Syria to the town of Manbij, taking its forces to the edge of
Khaled Ali withdraws from Egyptian presidential race

Khaled Ali withdraws from Egyptian presidential race

Lawyer ends challenge to Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, telling supporters ‘opportunity for hope has gone’The Egyptian presidential hopeful and rights lawyer Khaled Ali has quit the race, becoming the latest
Google CEO: we're happy to pay more tax

Google CEO: we're happy to pay more tax

Sundar Pichai tells Davos flawed tax system is to blame for EU countries missing out on revenueThe chief executive of Google has declared he is happy for his company to pay more tax, and called for
The Guardian view on Turkey and the Kurds: a new phase in Syrian strife | Editorial

The Guardian view on Turkey and the Kurds: a new phase in Syrian strife | Editorial

While multiple parties pursue their interests in Syria, civilians continue to pay the priceDead civilians and thousands fleeing the fighting – Turkey’s attack on the Kurdish enclave of Afrin is a new
Brazilian court upholds corruption conviction for ex-president Lula

Brazilian court upholds corruption conviction for ex-president Lula

The ruling, which comes after an appeal against a judge’s sentence in July, could mean he will be barred from running for a third termA Brazilian court has upheld the conviction of the former
David Meller, the Tory donor 'desperate to be part of establishment'

David Meller, the Tory donor 'desperate to be part of establishment'

Presidents Club groping scandal will deny wealthy Meller ‘his ultimate prize’ of a peerageUntil the Financial Times’s revelations the Presidents Club co-chair David Meller was moving along a familiar
Soldier who died at Deepcut was ‘shackled and humiliated’, inquest hears

Soldier who died at Deepcut was ‘shackled and humiliated’, inquest hears

Pte Sean Benton, 20, was found dead at barracks in 1995 with five bullet wounds to his chestAn inquest into the death of a young army recruit has heard that he complained of being placed in shackles
All the Presidents men: guest list for the all-male charity gala

All the Presidents men: guest list for the all-male charity gala

These men were allocated tables and seats at the event, though it is not confirmed they attendedThe guest list to this year’s Presidents Club dinner included the following names. The Guardian has not
Cameron caught on camera calling Brexit a 'mistake, not a disaster'

Cameron caught on camera calling Brexit a 'mistake, not a disaster'

Former prime minister says Brexit has ‘turned out less badly than we first thought’ David Cameron has called Brexit a “mistake, not a disaster” in unguarded comments caught on camera at the World