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UK falls to eighth place in Good Country Index, below Ireland

UK falls to eighth place in Good Country Index, below Ireland

Netherlands, Switzerland and Denmark top list of countries contributing most to good of humanity as a wholeFor the second year in a row, the UK has slipped in the ranks of the Good Country Index: it
New portrait painting of Prince Philip highlights links with Denmark

New portrait painting of Prince Philip highlights links with Denmark

Artist Ralph Heimans says he hopes his work, showing Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor, portrays his ‘unique character’Wearing a menacingly friendly smile and the blue sash of the order of the elephant,
Republican moderate Susan Collins undecided on final tax cut vote

Republican moderate Susan Collins undecided on final tax cut vote

Maine senator who helped sink healthcare repeal voted for Senate tax billInsists ‘4% cut in Medicare that could go into effect will not go into effect’The Republican Susan Collins, whose support was
David Davis clashes with Ireland over Brexit deal

David Davis clashes with Ireland over Brexit deal

Brexit secretary describes deal as a ‘statement of intent’, leading Irish government to insist it will hold UK to phase one agreementDavid Davis has clashed with the Irish government after claiming
Nuclear annihilation 'one tantrum away', Nobel peace prize winner warns

Nuclear annihilation 'one tantrum away', Nobel peace prize winner warns

Australian-founded International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons urges support for UN treaty banning themThe destruction of humankind is one “impulsive tantrum away”, the Australian-founded winner
Sam Dastyari told Tanya Plibersek not to meet an Hong Kong democracy activist – report

Sam Dastyari told Tanya Plibersek not to meet an Hong Kong democracy activist – report

Senator, who was in China at the time on a trip paid for by Huang Xiangmo, rejects allegation as ‘complete rubbish’ The Labor senator Sam Dastyari reportedly tried to persuade the party’s deputy
Families pay tribute to teenagers who died in Plymouth nightclub

Families pay tribute to teenagers who died in Plymouth nightclub

Aaron Reilly and Joshua Brock, both 19, collapsed after taking what they thought was MDMA at the Pryzm venueTributes have been paid to two teenagers who died “in a moment of madness” after taking
Morning mail: Australia's carbon emissions reach record levels

Morning mail: Australia's carbon emissions reach record levels

Monday: Use of diesel and aviation fuel helps push emissions, excluding land use, to new high. Plus: Netanyahu makes tense visit to EuropeGood morning, this is Mike Ticher, standing in for Eleanor
BAE Systems announces £5bn deal to supply Typhoon jets to Qatar

BAE Systems announces £5bn deal to supply Typhoon jets to Qatar

Deal will help secure thousands of jobs at Warton in Lancashire and includes support and training for Qatari air forceBAE Systems has announced a £5bn contract to supply Typhoon aircraft to the Qatari
US seeks to quell global outrage over Jerusalem: 'The sky hasn't fallen'

US seeks to quell global outrage over Jerusalem: 'The sky hasn't fallen'

Trump’s UN ambassador defends move, insisting it will advance peace talksExplainer: what does US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital mean?Opinion: Jared Kushner is wreaking havoc in the
London emergency services carry out training exercise at Israeli embassy

London emergency services carry out training exercise at Israeli embassy

Police, firefighters and paramedics rehearsed joint response to a simulated hazardous substance incident in the testA section of the Israeli embassy in London was cordoned off as emergency services
Boris Johnson fails to access inner layers of Iran's 'Russian doll' | Patrick Wintour

Boris Johnson fails to access inner layers of Iran's 'Russian doll' | Patrick Wintour

Foreign secretary did not get to speak to key decision-makers in Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe case: the revolutionary courtsNot long before travelling to Tehran for two days of talks, Boris Johnson
Recalling Coventry’s great cultural heyday | Letters

Recalling Coventry’s great cultural heyday | Letters

John Green remembers growing up in Coventry after the war when world-famous artists and architects flocked to the city. And Ian Joyce wonders why a replica of Frank Whittle’s first jet aircraft adorns
The high cost of wrecking the Soviet Union | Letters

The high cost of wrecking the Soviet Union | Letters

Will Goble compares the west’s approach to Germany after the second world war with its treatment of Russia after the collapse of communismNatalie Nougayrede is right that post-Soviet Russia should
Nikki Haley: women who accuse Trump of sexual misconduct 'should be heard'

Nikki Haley: women who accuse Trump of sexual misconduct 'should be heard'

UN ambassador says women have ‘every right to speak up’ Rebecca Solnit: Don’t let the alt-right hijack #MeToo for their agendaA senior member of the Trump administration said on Sunday that women who
California fires: blaze threatens Santa Barbara and prompts evacuation

California fires: blaze threatens Santa Barbara and prompts evacuation

Massive wildfire torches nearly 800 buildings and destroys 230,000 acres along coastline as firefighters battle the flames Crews battling a massive wind-driven Californian wildfire that has torched
Snow covers much of the UK – video

Snow covers much of the UK – video

People throw snowballs as motorists face delays as result of the wintry weatherMore snow to fall across UK with disruption to travel expected Continue reading...
'Alabama deserves better': Shelby breaks with Republicans to denounce Moore

'Alabama deserves better': Shelby breaks with Republicans to denounce Moore

Alabama’s senior senator refuses to fall in line with Trump and RNC and says ‘I couldn’t vote for Moore’, handing Democrat Doug Jones a new line of attackAlabama’s senior senator has rebuked Roy
Greens single out 13 companies that paid no tax yet donated to major parties

Greens single out 13 companies that paid no tax yet donated to major parties

Richard Di Natale says Australian democracy ‘broken’ and system being propped up by Labor and Liberal partiesThirteen companies that paid no tax in 2015-16 made $1.7m in political donations to the
Prince Charles accession 'could trigger debate on disestablishment'

Prince Charles accession 'could trigger debate on disestablishment'

National Secular Society report says coronation could throw up questions about relationship between Church of England and statePrince Charles’s accession to the throne could trigger a national debate