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Iran launches wave of arrests as regime bids to quell protests

Iran launches wave of arrests as regime bids to quell protests

Corbyn right to keep a ‘cautious’ silence while situation remains unclear, says Labour allyDozens of students have been detained by Iranian authorities who have arrested more than 1,000 people in
Iran is not near a precipice, but vast changes are afoot | Masoud Golsorkhi

Iran is not near a precipice, but vast changes are afoot | Masoud Golsorkhi

Street protests in Iran are about public anger with the economy but do not signal a downfall of the reformist governmentShortly after Christmas, conservative opponents of the reformist Iranian
Eleven Saudi princes detained after protesting about loss of perks

Eleven Saudi princes detained after protesting about loss of perks

Princes awaiting trial after objecting to decision to stop state payments for their utility bills in attempt to reduce deficitSaudi Arabian authorities have detained 11 princes after they gathered at
South Australian homes lost in bushfire as New South Wales on high alert

South Australian homes lost in bushfire as New South Wales on high alert

Sydney told to expect temperatures in 40s, while Melbourne firefighters welcome a cool change after damaging blaze A number of homes and other buildings have been lost in a dangerous bushfire that
Angela Merkel at bay as Social Democrats to set high coalition price

Angela Merkel at bay as Social Democrats to set high coalition price

German chancellor faces hard talks with centre-left on Sunday to secure fourth term, but rightwingers may cause troubleGermany’s beleaguered chancellor returned to the negotiating table on Sunday with
'Too much control': Pasi Sahlberg on what Finland can teach Australian schools

'Too much control': Pasi Sahlberg on what Finland can teach Australian schools

Finland has highly autonomous teachers, an emphasis on play and almost entirely rejects standardised testingWhen the Finnish education expert Pasi Sahlberg went on a speaking tour around Australia
John Worboys: fury over release prompts parole system overhaul

John Worboys: fury over release prompts parole system overhaul

Immediate review comes as more victims of ‘black-cab’ serial sex attacker tell of their shock and panic at decision to free himAn immediate review into how the parole board makes its decisions was
Firefighters tackle top-floor blaze at Bristol University

Firefighters tackle top-floor blaze at Bristol University

Seven fire engines sent to listed building undergoing £33m redevelopment, with no casualties yet reportedFirefighters have been tackling a large blaze at the University of Bristol. The fire started on
Trump claims Mexico will pay for wall – day after seeking $18bn from Congress

Trump claims Mexico will pay for wall – day after seeking $18bn from Congress

At news conference, president says ‘we all want Daca to happen’ but highlights need for security after administration requests border wall fundingDonald Trump insisted on Saturday that Mexico would
Trump takes credit for Olympics talks between North and South Korea

Trump takes credit for Olympics talks between North and South Korea

President open to talking with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un‘If I weren’t involved they wouldn’t be talking about Olympics right now’Donald Trump said on Saturday he was open to talking to Kim
Cars freeze in floodwaters in Revere, Massachusetts – video

Cars freeze in floodwaters in Revere, Massachusetts – video

Cars have been frozen in floodwaters in Revere, Massachusetts, after a storm and freezing temperatures hit the US east coast. Brutally cold conditions were expected to continue to envelop the US east
Behind the veil: Iranian women cast off their hijabs – in pictures

Behind the veil: Iranian women cast off their hijabs – in pictures

For her project My Stealthy Freedom, Amsterdam-based photographer Marinka Masséus travelled to Iran, where it is mandatory for women to wear the hijab. The series, in which women defiantly throw their
Dorset police launch appeal after woman and son go missing

Dorset police launch appeal after woman and son go missing

Officers appeal for information about Sheralee White and her three-year-old son, last seen in Bournemouth on 3 JanuaryDorset police have launched an appeal to find a woman who has gone missing with
Living with knife crime: 'Both my sons have been stabbed'

Living with knife crime: 'Both my sons have been stabbed'

Young people, their families, and those who work to help people caught up in knife crime share their experiences as part of the Guardian’s Beyond the Blade investigationFind out more about the Beyond
Airstrikes in Syrian rebel enclave kill at least 17 civilians, says monitor

Airstrikes in Syrian rebel enclave kill at least 17 civilians, says monitor

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says regime and Russian raids also injured 35 in eastern GhoutaSyrian regime and Russian airstrikes in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus have killed
The week in patriarchy: hoping for a better year – but not holding my breath

The week in patriarchy: hoping for a better year – but not holding my breath

The new year has already seen disturbing Trump tweets and backlash to #MeToo – proving we must keep up the fightGet this newsletter via email – sign upFor a brief moment on New Year’s Eve, as we left
Trump tweets: I am a 'very stable genius' – video

Trump tweets: I am a 'very stable genius' – video

As questions are raised about Donald Trump's mental health following the publication of Michael Wolff’s explosive book Fire and Fury, the US president tweets that two of his greatest assets are
Sinn Féin MP apologises for loaf tweet on Kingsmill massacre anniversary

Sinn Féin MP apologises for loaf tweet on Kingsmill massacre anniversary

Barry McElduff posted video in which he balanced Kingsmill loaf on his head, 42 years after 10 Protestants were shot dead in Co ArmaghA Sinn Féin MP has been forced to apologise after posting a video
Trump mounts extraordinary defence of his 'mental stability'

Trump mounts extraordinary defence of his 'mental stability'

President boasts of being ‘a very stable genius’ and calls Michael Wolff a ‘fraud’ but author says his explosive book will ‘finally end this presidency’Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
More than 90 Iranian university students 'detained' by regime

More than 90 Iranian university students 'detained' by regime

Reports of over 1,000 people being arrested by authorities comes as Emily Thornberry defends Jeremy Corbyn’s silence on issueNinety university students are among the more than 1,000 people arrested in