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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
Guardian Cities: Live from São Paulo's occupations

Guardian Cities: Live from São Paulo's occupations

An unprecedent wave of illegal occupations of abandoned property has transformed Brazil’s megacity. Join us as we report from across São Paulo 8.33pm GMT It’s coming up to 6.30pm here in São Paulo,
US consumer agency's acting director sues Trump as CFPB dispute heats up

US consumer agency's acting director sues Trump as CFPB dispute heats up

Leandra English and Mick Mulvaney due to start work on the same dayEnglish files lawsuit and asks court to block appointment of CFPB chiefThe government official Donald Trump wants to pass over as
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry give first television interview – as it happened

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry give first television interview – as it happened

Follow all the reaction after Clarence House announced that the couple are to marry in spring 2018 Full report: Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle ‘Wave of abuse’: how the couple endured unwelcome
O futuro de São Paulo dorme sob um barraco de plástico preto

O futuro de São Paulo dorme sob um barraco de plástico preto

Desafiando a enorme desigualdade da cidade, ocupações de sem-teto e uma vibrante rede de ativismo a aproximam de uma prosperidade para todosThe future of São Paulo sleeps in an improvised shack Logo
Blow to tobacco control treaty as industry wins tax fight in south-east Asia

Blow to tobacco control treaty as industry wins tax fight in south-east Asia

Industry lobbying in south-east Asia – home to high concentrations of smokers – is thwarting global efforts to fight the health impact of tobacco, says watchdogA global treaty to fight the health
Chennai Six found  not guilty, say 'delighted' families

Chennai Six found not guilty, say 'delighted' families

Partner of one of former British soldiers Billy Irving says she is over the moon after Indian appeal court acquits 35 men Six former British soldiers jailed on weapons charges in India have been found
'A wave of abuse': how Harry and Meghan endured unwelcome media scrutiny

'A wave of abuse': how Harry and Meghan endured unwelcome media scrutiny

In revealing his relationship with the Canadian actor last year, Prince Harry highlighted his distaste for the media’s interest in his private life“Since he was young, Prince Harry has been very aware
More than 100 reindeer killed by freight trains in Norway 'bloodbath'

More than 100 reindeer killed by freight trains in Norway 'bloodbath'

Sixty-five animals died on railway track on Saturday while further 41 killed last week during winter migrationMore than 100 reindeer have been killed by freight trains in northern Norway in the past
Cold lava flow threatens residents around Indonesia's Mount Agung – video

Cold lava flow threatens residents around Indonesia's Mount Agung – video

Water and volcanic debris have been flowing down the slopes of Mount Agung after rain and two eruptions. Officials say a larger eruption could be imminent, and 40,000 people have been moved away from
Prince Harry 'thrilled' after announcing he is to marry Meghan Markle

Prince Harry 'thrilled' after announcing he is to marry Meghan Markle

Couple appear in public for first time since announcing their engagement, with Markle saying she is ‘so very happy’ Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to marry in the spring after announcing their