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Venezuela blackout has killed 21 people, opposition leaders say

Venezuela blackout has killed 21 people, opposition leaders say

Six of the dead are babies and numbers will rise, opposition sayOpposition to hold emergency debate as power cut continuesAt least 21 people – six of them babies – have so far died as a result of
First coral reef in Italy discovered on Adriatic coast

First coral reef in Italy discovered on Adriatic coast

Mesophotic underwater ecosystem off Puglia could be tens of kilometres longThe first coral reef in Italy has been identified, according to researchers.The underwater ecosystem extends for at least two
Surge in prosecutions of British jihadists 'may never happen' – DPP

Surge in prosecutions of British jihadists 'may never happen' – DPP

Expectation that there could be hundreds of Syria returnees in court has not been realisedAn expected surge in the number of prosecutions of jihadist fighters returning home from Syria has failed to
Syria's neighbours press for help to return refugees

Syria's neighbours press for help to return refugees

Brussels conference will hear warnings about Syrian regime’s treatment of returneesTensions over the enforced return of refugees to Syria are set to surface at a conference this week as host countries
How I accepted I'm an introvert – and learned to refuse invitations without guilt

How I accepted I'm an introvert – and learned to refuse invitations without guilt

After years of drinking through social engagements to make them bearable, I finally acknowledged my fear of talking to strangers and made peace with itI was on holiday in Turkey, visiting a Roman
Suspected Isis recruit can return to Ireland, says Leo Varadkar

Suspected Isis recruit can return to Ireland, says Leo Varadkar

Irish PM says it is not right to remove citizenship from Lisa Smith, who has child aged twoAn Irish woman detained in Syria on suspicion of association with Islamic State can return to Ireland with
Italian woman to press charges after Salvini post prompts abuse

Italian woman to press charges after Salvini post prompts abuse

Deputy PM shared image of protester, leading to complaint to police against 300 peopleA woman who was ridiculed online by Italy’s far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is pressing charges
Venezuela: blackouts in Caracas – in pictures

Venezuela: blackouts in Caracas – in pictures

Venezuela has had to shut schools and suspend business activities during the worst blackouts in decades. The outages have compounded the country’s economic and political crisis, with the government
Shamima Begum's mother asks Home Office to show mercy

Shamima Begum's mother asks Home Office to show mercy

Mother urges department to reconsider decision to cancel teenager’s UK citizenshipThe mother of Shamima Begum has written to the Home Office to urge the department to reconsider its decision to strip
May secures ‘legally binding changes’ in Strasbourg to Brexit deal – Politics live

May secures ‘legally binding changes’ in Strasbourg to Brexit deal – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including the build-up to tomorrow’s key Brexit voteA guide to this week’s crucial votesBrexit talks ‘deadlocked’, says Downing
Ethiopia plane crash: what we know about the disaster so far – video

Ethiopia plane crash: what we know about the disaster so far – video

Investigations are under way after Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crashed shortly after taking off. The incident killed all 149 passengers and eight crew members onboard. The plane was on its way to
Israel president rejects Netanyahu comments about Arab citizens

Israel president rejects Netanyahu comments about Arab citizens

Reuven Rivlin speaks out after PM said Israel was ‘not a state for all its citizens’Israel’s president has hit back at Benjamin Netanyahu after the prime minister said in reference to the country’s
Nikolai Glushkov's daughter appeals for witnesses a year after his murder

Nikolai Glushkov's daughter appeals for witnesses a year after his murder

Exclusive: Natalia Glushkova tells of how her Russian dissident father’s murder was set up to look like suicide The daughter of the murdered Russian exile Nikolai Glushkov has appealed for new
UK weather: hail 'the size of mint imperials' hits the Peak District

UK weather: hail 'the size of mint imperials' hits the Peak District

The Snake Pass between Glossop and Sheffield closed for the fifth time this winter Snow and extreme hail “the size of mint imperials” closed roads across the Peak District and Pennines overnight, with
'Porn star presidency': Pence support for Trump questioned by Democrat

'Porn star presidency': Pence support for Trump questioned by Democrat

South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg appears in CNN town hall2020 presidential candidate questions Pence’s view of scriptureDemocratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said on Sunday night he and
Morocco drops case against Spanish activist who helped save lives at sea

Morocco drops case against Spanish activist who helped save lives at sea

Helena Maleno, who aided rescue of migrants, accused of colluding with traffickersA Moroccan court has abandoned proceedings against a Spanish human rights activist who had been investigated for
Ethiopia plane crash: search operation continues at crash site – video

Ethiopia plane crash: search operation continues at crash site – video

A search and rescue operation is in progress after the Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302 crashed, killing 149 passengers and eight crew members. The plane was on its way to Nairobi from Addis Ababa
The European Spring holds the answer to the fragmenting EU’s plight | Yanis Varoufakis

The European Spring holds the answer to the fragmenting EU’s plight | Yanis Varoufakis

Rather than trusting unaccountable bureaucrats, such as Macron suggests, our New Deal would empower citizensThe European Union is fragmenting at a time when Europeans need it the most. Emmanuel Macron
The white women who flipped: the price of changing your conservative views

The white women who flipped: the price of changing your conservative views

In Mississippi, being a conservative white woman is embraced and those who turn from those beliefs risk abuse, rejection or public humiliation“I love you,” Chera Sherman’s mother told her before
Democratic 2020 candidates roll up to support marijuana legalisation

Democratic 2020 candidates roll up to support marijuana legalisation

In a joint effort, Warren, Harris, Sanders and Gillibrand are co-sponsors of legislation authored by BookerThere was a time when it was taboo for presidential candidates to talk about marijuana. Bill