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Horse racing suspended at Palermo racetrack over mafia links

Horse racing suspended at Palermo racetrack over mafia links

Police uncover evidence that Cosa Nostra bosses were rigging races at Ippodromo La Favorita in Sicilian cityHorse racing has been suspended at the Palermo racetrack after Italian police investigating
Refugees reunited: how Red Cross tries to bring families back together

Refugees reunited: how Red Cross tries to bring families back together

Without any idea where their relatives are or the ability to search for them, people around the world turn to international family tracing teams for helpSix months after he arrived in the UK, Hassan’s
Archbishop of Canterbury criticises 'populist' world leaders

Archbishop of Canterbury criticises 'populist' world leaders

Justin Welby joins Pope Francis in using traditional Christmas Day message to make oblique criticism of Donald Trump over Jerusalem decisionThe archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out against
Moscow bus swerves into underpass killing at least four people

Moscow bus swerves into underpass killing at least four people

Driver detained by police after losing control of vehicle on one of Russian capital’s busiest roadsA passenger bus has swerved off course and driven into a busy pedestrian underpass in Moscow, killing
Meghan Markle joins royal family for Christmas Day service

Meghan Markle joins royal family for Christmas Day service

Prince Harry and fiancee smiled and chatted as they walked alongside William and Kate at Queen’s Sandringham estateMeghan Markle joined the royal family for their traditional Christmas Day service at
Obama's post-presidential life: what does his second act have in store?

Obama's post-presidential life: what does his second act have in store?

‘There is nothing more pathetic in life than a former president,’ said John Quincy Adams – but a year on, what to make of our most newly minted ex?There’s the library. There’s the memoir. There might
Indians celebrate Christmas despite fears of anti-Christian backlash

Indians celebrate Christmas despite fears of anti-Christian backlash

Government asked states to increase security for Christmas celebrations after recent isolated attacks on ChristiansChristians and others in India celebrated Christmas despite fears of a backlash in
Family of UK diplomat murdered in Beirut launch charity fund

Family of UK diplomat murdered in Beirut launch charity fund

Foundation will continue Rebecca Dykes’s work supporting refugees, with focus on preventing violence against womenThe family of a British embassy worker murdered in Beirut have launched a charity
George Weah: ‘Arsène Wenger showed me love when racism was at its peak’

George Weah: ‘Arsène Wenger showed me love when racism was at its peak’

Former Monaco and Chelsea striker, in final vote to be Liberia’s president, looks back on the time when he was world footballer of the year – and Nelson Mandela gave him political adviceGeorge Weah
Consider all sides in the Catalonia dispute | Letters

Consider all sides in the Catalonia dispute | Letters

Nick Inman calls for a wider debate on Catalan independence and Nick Williams argues against separatismCan we all please stop referring to the two sides in the dispute over how Catalonia is governed.
Man dies after Christmas Day police chase in Liverpool

Man dies after Christmas Day police chase in Liverpool

Man in his 30s dies in hospital after car he was in crashed into a bus stop, with the driver of the vehicle detainedA man has died after the car he was travelling in crashed into a bus stop after a
Typhoon Tembin heads for Vietnam after battering Philippines

Typhoon Tembin heads for Vietnam after battering Philippines

Authorities prepare to move more than 1 million people, with 74,000 already relocated from vulnerable areasAuthorities in Vietnam have prepared to move a million people from low-lying areas along the
The year's top development stories: 2017 in review

The year's top development stories: 2017 in review

As Donald Trump cut funding for family planning and people from east Africa to Yemen went hungry, peace finally gained a foothold in ColombiaThe year began with the inauguration of Donald Trump and
How I became Christian again: my long journey to find faith once more

How I became Christian again: my long journey to find faith once more

After experiencing the horrors of war, Bryan Mealer lost his faith. Morning runs with a priest – and a visit to a more welcoming church – helped restore itA few mornings a week, I go running with a
Lorde cancels Israel concert after pro-Palestinian campaign

Lorde cancels Israel concert after pro-Palestinian campaign

New Zealand singer cites an ‘overwhelming number of messages and letters’ she received as having led to her decisionThe New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde has cancelled a planned concert in Israel
Christmas after a hurricane: 'We still must celebrate the holidays'

Christmas after a hurricane: 'We still must celebrate the holidays'

Residents in Puerto Rico, Houston and the Florida Keys talk about this year’s challenges – shelter, electricity and good cheer – to make the best of the holidaysFor seven weeks in autumn, images of
Actors and animals rehearse for Wintershall nativity play

Actors and animals rehearse for Wintershall nativity play

Every year, a large cast of actors and farmyard animals gather on the 400-hectare Wintershall estate in Guildford, Surrey, for the annual nativity play. Launched in 1990, the production begins with
Five comedians all mothers should watch

Five comedians all mothers should watch

When these women aren’t pumping breast milk or dropping their kids off at daycare, they’re turning their parenting travails into comedy Related: How new moms are supported – or not – in France v the
The world in 2017: how much do you know? – quiz

The world in 2017: how much do you know? – quiz

One state turned off the internet, another was accused of using starvation as a weapon of war, and beauty pageant contestants went rogue in the name of gender equality. What do you remember of the
Kabul suicide attack kills six near Afghan intelligence agency

Kabul suicide attack kills six near Afghan intelligence agency

Blast comes a week after Isis claimed responsibility for attack on National Directorate of Security training centre A suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near a compound belonging to the Afghan