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North Korea ready to open direct talks with US, says Russia's Sergei Lavrov

North Korea ready to open direct talks with US, says Russia's Sergei Lavrov

Pyongyang ‘wants above all to talk to the US about guarantees for its security’Lavrov says he informed Rex Tillerson in Vienna on ThursdayNorth Korea is open to direct talks with the US over their
Why are ferocious wildfires plaguing southern California?

Why are ferocious wildfires plaguing southern California?

A combination of short and longer-term events have conspired to spark a ring of fires that have dotted the Los Angeles areaThe exhausted firefighters battling fires that have menaced Los Angeles
Australian ambassador to France proposes after marriage equality passes

Australian ambassador to France proposes after marriage equality passes

Brendan Berne posts video showing his apparently unexpected proposal to his partner Thomas Marti in Paris after the marriage equality legislation passedAustralia’s ambassador to France wasted little
Manus Island: 60 refugees to be moved to Port Moresby for US interviews

Manus Island: 60 refugees to be moved to Port Moresby for US interviews

Group of men will be screened for resettlement in the US under swap deal, while on Manus the new accommodation facilities still lack basic servicesAbout 60 refugees held by Australia on Manus Island
Rural police forces consider giving guns to regular officers

Rural police forces consider giving guns to regular officers

Three forces believe that the large areas they cover mean current system of elite firearms officers would be too slow in responding to serious gun crimeThree police forces are considering plans to
Theresa May poised for early morning dash to Brussels over Brexit

Theresa May poised for early morning dash to Brussels over Brexit

Work continuing through the night on a post-Brexit border deal that would satisfy the DUP and the Irish governmentTheresa May is ready make an early morning dash to Brussels as British negotiators
Morning mail: protests against Trump's Jerusalem move turn violent

Morning mail: protests against Trump's Jerusalem move turn violent

Friday: Palestinian protesters confront Israeli forces in the occupied territories. Plus: concern over Chinese institute’s role in NSW education Good morning, this is Mike Ticher, standing in for
Firefighters free YouTube prankster who cemented head into microwave

Firefighters free YouTube prankster who cemented head into microwave

It took five ‘seriously unimpressed’ officers an hour to release 22-year-old who ‘could quite easily have suffocated’Five firefighters spent an hour working to release a YouTube prankster who had
Watch live: the Guardian makes sense of 2017

Watch live: the Guardian makes sense of 2017

From white nationalism to sexual harassment, the Guardian’s writers and editors take stock of a head-spinning year at the Greene Space at WNYC Continue reading...
'Decades of chaos': Arab leaders condemn US decision on Jerusalem

'Decades of chaos': Arab leaders condemn US decision on Jerusalem

Donald Trump’s unilateral move to back Israel’s claim to holy city has reunited competing factions across the Middle East to a common causeThe Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as
Confucius Institute in NSW education department 'unacceptable' – analyst

Confucius Institute in NSW education department 'unacceptable' – analyst

Ross Babbage calls for review of Chinese government-affiliated entity embedded in state government departmentA former senior intelligence analyst for the Australian government is calling for an urgent
Despair and defiance as Donald Trump declares Jerusalem Israel’s capital | Letters

Despair and defiance as Donald Trump declares Jerusalem Israel’s capital | Letters

Readers reflect on Donald Trump’s decision to relocate the US embassyDonald Trump has shown in his short time as president that he will take any opportunity to go against what his predecessors have
Ministers are reading too much into this test | Letters

Ministers are reading too much into this test | Letters

Government claims for the shift to phonics in the teaching of English are challenged by Stephen Krashen and Dr Jonathan SolityEngland’s nine- and 10-year-olds showed a modest improvement on the 2016
Oxford student appeals against suspended sentence for stabbing boyfriend

Oxford student appeals against suspended sentence for stabbing boyfriend

Lavinia Woodward’s case was controversial after trial judge said ‘able young lady’ should not be jailedA University of Oxford student who avoided prison after stabbing her boyfriend has appealed
'All women deserve to be heard': Al Franken resigns from Senate – video

'All women deserve to be heard': Al Franken resigns from Senate – video

The Minnesota Democrat Al Franken has announced his resignation in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations. In a speech on the Senate floor, he said some of the allegations against him were 'simply
Former officer Michael Slager sentenced to 20 years for murder of Walter Scott

Former officer Michael Slager sentenced to 20 years for murder of Walter Scott

Sentence on ex-South Carolina officer unusually severe for police shootingSlager shot black motorist in back five times in 2015 after traffic stopA white former South Carolina police officer was
Former USA Gymnastics doctor given 60 years in prison for child abuse images

Former USA Gymnastics doctor given 60 years in prison for child abuse images

Dr Larry Nassar sentenced to 60 years for child abuse imagery crimes Nassar, 54, has also separately pleaded guilty to molesting gymnastsAn elite Michigan sports doctor who possessed images of child
Boris Johnson to push for release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on Iran visit

Boris Johnson to push for release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on Iran visit

Exclusive: Foreign secretary to make visit in bid to win release of jailed dual national and to put UK-Iranian relations on new footingBoris Johnson will travel to Tehran this weekend in an effort to
Disability sector risks losing volunteers over NDIS uncertainty, groups warn

Disability sector risks losing volunteers over NDIS uncertainty, groups warn

Interchange Incorporated says essential volunteers may leave under the impression that the national disability insurance scheme will replace themVolunteering groups are warning the disability sector
Argentina judge calls for arrest of ex-president Cristina Fernández for treason

Argentina judge calls for arrest of ex-president Cristina Fernández for treason

Fernández has immunity as a sitting senator but several top aides arrested amid allegations she covered up Iranian role in a 1994 bomb attack on a Jewish centerA judge in Argentina has accused the