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The top US news stories of 2017: postcards from Trump's America

The top US news stories of 2017: postcards from Trump's America

Whether it was voters in the rust belt, the crackdown on immigration, neo-Nazis, the Las Vegas shooting or the Paradise Papers, the Trump effect was everywhereThe news cycle was running at such high
Words fail Trump but for supporters his message is loud and clear

Words fail Trump but for supporters his message is loud and clear

Language experts have pored over speeches that have translators tearing their hair out and some find his macho bluster surprisingly effectivePresidents are often remembered for their words as well as
Donald Trump's jobs promise just about holding up but trouble may lie ahead

Donald Trump's jobs promise just about holding up but trouble may lie ahead

Jobs lay at the heart of the president’s campaign but, while employment has continued its Obama-era upward trend, the figures mask lurking structural issuesJobs! Jobs! Jobs! That was Donald Trump’s
'Urk has a problem': Dutch fishing town caught up in cocaine-smuggling trial

'Urk has a problem': Dutch fishing town caught up in cocaine-smuggling trial

Five people, including three fishermen from Urk, are suspected of attempting to smuggle 261 kilos of cocaine in their boatIt may be the Netherlands’ most religiously devoted community, where
Rouhani acknowledges Iranian discontent as protests continue

Rouhani acknowledges Iranian discontent as protests continue

People take to the streets again despite heavy police presence and efforts to block social media appsIranian authorities have threatened a crackdown against protesters and scrambled to block social
Dozens dead in head-on collision between bus and lorry in Kenya

Dozens dead in head-on collision between bus and lorry in Kenya

Police say crash took place on notorious highway where more than 100 people have lost their lives in accidents in DecemberThirty-six people have been killed and 11 injured in a head-on collision
The most outrageous numbers of 2017

The most outrageous numbers of 2017

From longevity to bitcoin, plastic usage to refugees, the figures that dominate the news keep getting bigger and biggerNumber inflation was rampant in 2017, as the figures that dominated news stories
Ministers consider using volunteers to guard UK borders

Ministers consider using volunteers to guard UK borders

Home Office says it is discussing plan to bolster Border Force with scheme similar to police use of special constablesVolunteers could be deployed to help plug gaps in the UK’s Border Force, which has
How a violent land seizure story led to my ‘death’ in Brazil | George Monbiot

How a violent land seizure story led to my ‘death’ in Brazil | George Monbiot

It was 1989 and I was investigating a tip-off I had about villagers being forced out of their homes. It turned out that another story was developingAs soon as my conversation with Father Mick ended, I
Britons feared dead after seaplane crash near Sydney

Britons feared dead after seaplane crash near Sydney

Five passengers, including 11-year-old child, and pilot killed when tourist flight plunges into Hawkesbury riverFour Britons are feared dead after a tourist plane on a New Year’s Eve flight crashed
The real spirit of Hogmanay: first-footing, football and stovies on the island of Easdale

The real spirit of Hogmanay: first-footing, football and stovies on the island of Easdale

As their big city counterparts part with big cash to enjoy New Year events, the Argyll islanders enjoy a very special three-day celebration of communityIn Scotland this is where the real essence of
Alexander Downer: the gaffe-prone conservative and unlikely anti-Trump hero

Alexander Downer: the gaffe-prone conservative and unlikely anti-Trump hero

A photo of the former Australian MP wearing fishnet stockings already ensured political immortality He is the current champion of anti-Trump supporters and American liberals, but Alexander Downer’s
Eight big ideas for 2018 by Ed Miliband, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Jay Rayner, Sophie Walker and more

Eight big ideas for 2018 by Ed Miliband, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Jay Rayner, Sophie Walker and more

From politics to culture, space science to food, our experts assess the major developments that will mark the year ahead2018 is all about reclaiming reality, opposing governmental and corporate
Sydney Opera House theatre reopens with The Merry Widow – in pictures

Sydney Opera House theatre reopens with The Merry Widow – in pictures

The Sydney Opera House’s Joan Sutherland theatre reopens on Sunday with Opera Australia’s production of The Merry Widow, starring Australian-born soprano Danielle de Niese and directed and
Iranians take to the streets for a third day of protests – video

Iranians take to the streets for a third day of protests – video

Iranians have taken to the streets for a third day of anti-government protests in what appears to be the biggest domestic political challenge to Tehran’s leaders since the 2009 Green movement was
Not ready to retire: Police Scotland still using 28-year-old vehicle

Not ready to retire: Police Scotland still using 28-year-old vehicle

Liberal Democrats blame the SNP, while the police blame legacy forces preceding the 2013 creation of Police Scotland Police Scotland are still using a vehicle that is 28 years old, new data has
Australian navy ship seizes drugs worth $415m from smugglers on Arabian Sea

Australian navy ship seizes drugs worth $415m from smugglers on Arabian Sea

HMAS Warramunga found almost eight tonnes of hashish and 69kg of heroin during operations in Middle EastThe commander of an Australian navy ship that intercepted a massive illegal drug shipment says
Popular Indian parody site closes after death threats from Hindu nationalists

Popular Indian parody site closes after death threats from Hindu nationalists

Writer behind Facebook page Humans of Hindutva says ‘in the current volatile environment of India, people are not ready for jokes’Humans of Hindutva lasted eight months: from April, when an anonymous
Sydney welcomes 2018 with eight tonnes of fireworks

Sydney welcomes 2018 with eight tonnes of fireworks

Centrepiece of new year display was rainbow tribute to historic same-sex marriage vote and upcoming 40th anniversary of Mardi GrasThe clock has ticked over to 2018 and Sydney has done what it does
North Korea vows to press on with nuclear agenda as Russia denies trade violations

North Korea vows to press on with nuclear agenda as Russia denies trade violations

Pyongyang warns world leaders not to expect any change in policy, declaring itself a ‘responsible’ nuclear power Russia has denied claims that UN sanctions against North Korea have been breached by