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Egypt's Sufis will stay indoors to mark birth of prophet Muhammad

Egypt's Sufis will stay indoors to mark birth of prophet Muhammad

Following Friday’s attack on a mosque in north Sinai, in which 305 were killed, annual parade is cancelled Egypt’s Sufi worshippers have said they will go ahead with celebrations to commemorate the
Controversial glyphosate weedkiller wins new five-year lease in Europe

Controversial glyphosate weedkiller wins new five-year lease in Europe

EU votes to reauthorise the pesticide, ending a bitterly fought battle that saw 1.3 million people sign a petition calling for a banGlyphosate, the key ingredient in the world’s bestselling
Christmas decorations at the White House – in pictures

Christmas decorations at the White House – in pictures

‘Time-honored traditions’ is the theme and first lady Melania Trump personally chose every detail of the decor, says the White House Continue reading...
The German left should demand a high price to prop up Merkel | Paul Mason

The German left should demand a high price to prop up Merkel | Paul Mason

The chancellor is endangered by the sudden rise of the far right – but the German electorate needs options beyond continuity or neofascismIf I was a cow being led to an abattoir and the boss offered
Greens to introduce bill to legislate paid family and domestic violence leave

Greens to introduce bill to legislate paid family and domestic violence leave

Party calls on Bill Shorten and Malcolm Turnbull to support bill that includes 10 days of leave, saying it will help save lives The Greens will introduce a bill to legislate for all employees to get
German grand coalition talks unlikely to begin until new year

German grand coalition talks unlikely to begin until new year

SPD leader Martin Schulz under pressure from members who worry that another deal with Angela Merkel could backfireTalks on forming another “grand coalition” government in Germany are unlikely to fully
From Rue Jo Cox to Place Victor Hugo via Gare Rosa Parks: how France honours the dead

From Rue Jo Cox to Place Victor Hugo via Gare Rosa Parks: how France honours the dead

France has a long history of naming roads or train stations after notable people – and not just its own. The Burgundy town of Avallon followed the tradition by naming a street after the Labour MPIn
Word of the year 2017: Dictionary.com says 'complicit' topped 'totality'

Word of the year 2017: Dictionary.com says 'complicit' topped 'totality'

While ‘intersex’, ‘horologist’ and ‘totality’ all saw spikes in searches this year, the dictionary website says searches for ‘complicit’ increased nearly 300%Russian election influence, the
German spy agency attacks Facebook and others for failing to tackle fake news

German spy agency attacks Facebook and others for failing to tackle fake news

Hans-Georg Maassen says firms ‘do not want to take social responsibility’Germany will fine tech giants if they fail to remove hateful postings promptlyThe head of Germany’s domestic intelligence
Russian man sent to penal colony for insulting officials online

Russian man sent to penal colony for insulting officials online

Vladimir Timoshenko given two-year sentence for using social media to call for uprising against ‘unpopular regime’ A court in St Petersburg has sentenced a man to two years in a penal colony for
Karen Pierce becomes first female UK ambassador to the UN

Karen Pierce becomes first female UK ambassador to the UN

Foreign office political director takes over as UK strives to prove Brexit will not diminish British influence on world stageKaren Pierce, the Foreign Office (FCO) political director, has been
Indian police use elephants to evict illegal settlers

Indian police use elephants to evict illegal settlers

Animals were used in protected forest area in Assam, where authorities want to demolish about 1,000 bamboo and tin hutsIndian police have taken the unusual step of using elephants in an attempt to
Bitcoin nears $10,000 mark as hedge funds plough in

Bitcoin nears $10,000 mark as hedge funds plough in

Cryptocurrency now worth seven times an ounce of gold, with market cap higher than IBM, McDonald’s or Disney – but analysts warn of ‘a huge bubble’Bitcoin mining consumes more electricity than
Hyderabad prepares for Ivanka Trump tour with rainbows and lookalikes

Hyderabad prepares for Ivanka Trump tour with rainbows and lookalikes

Donald Trump daughter’s arrival in south Indian city sparks loop of Ivanka clips on news and imitation mannequinsIf she happens to glance from the window of her motorcade as it courses through
How dangerous is Bali's Mount Agung and what action has been taken?

How dangerous is Bali's Mount Agung and what action has been taken?

Worst possible scenario involves pyroclastic flows – currents of hot gas and rock moving at 70 miles per hourMount Agung, a volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali, has been in a state of unrest for
Resistance! São Paulo's homeless seize the city

Resistance! São Paulo's homeless seize the city

Like New York in the 1980s and Berlin in the 90s, the occupation movement in São Paulo has exploded into one of the most dynamic forces in BrazilOn the wall of an abandoned and occupied hotel in
We pressed pause the day we had to leave Syria. The shock never goes away | Mouna Ghanem

We pressed pause the day we had to leave Syria. The shock never goes away | Mouna Ghanem

War has shattered our society and put our lives on hold. Now we women are demanding that our voices are heard in building peace in our damaged countryI am a medical doctor and a proud Syrian woman. I
Pakistani law minister quits after weeks of anti-blasphemy protests

Pakistani law minister quits after weeks of anti-blasphemy protests

Zahid Hamid resignation is latest in series of government concessions to Islamic extremistsPakistan’s law minister has resigned after weeks of big protests staged by a hardline cleric against a
Romanians protest against weakening of anti-corruption powers

Romanians protest against weakening of anti-corruption powers

Government’s opponents claim draft laws being considered would allow high-level corruption to go unpunishedRomania’s centre-left coalition government is bracing itself for rolling demonstrations by
Red carpets, refugee camps and royalty: the life of Meghan Markle

Red carpets, refugee camps and royalty: the life of Meghan Markle

Having grown up with people assuming her mother was the nanny, Prince Harry’s fiancee has gone on to develop a multi-faceted career Meghan Markle was born in Los Angeles in August 1981, six days after