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US army's Bowe Bergdahl spared prison time for desertion

US army's Bowe Bergdahl spared prison time for desertion

Bergdahl was captured and held by Taliban until Obama’s prisoner swapTrump calls military judge’s decision ‘a complete and total disgrace’Bowe Bergdahl, the US army sergeant who walked off his post in
Bowe Bergdahl attorney: Trump created 'lynch mob atmosphere' – video

Bowe Bergdahl attorney: Trump created 'lynch mob atmosphere' – video

Bowe Bergdahl’s attorney, Eugene Fidell, criticised Donald Trump on Friday for creating a hostile atmosphere during his election campaign. Bergdahl was on trial for abandoning his post in 2009 in
Police officer says he thought Met armourer wanted to be shot dead

Police officer says he thought Met armourer wanted to be shot dead

Officers at inquest describe armed standoff with Tony Hanley, a civilian police employee, before he fatally shot himselfA police officer who was in an armed standoff with one of his force’s civilian
Scottish independence convention to host grassroots Catalonia leader

Scottish independence convention to host grassroots Catalonia leader

Anna Arqué to deliver keynote address highlighting commonality between Scottish and Catalan independence activistsA grassroots leader from Catalonia will deliver the keynote address at a gathering of
Maltese journalist's funeral held after politicians told to stay away

Maltese journalist's funeral held after politicians told to stay away

Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family objects to presence of government and opposition leaders as day of mourning declaredThe funeral of an investigative journalist killed in a car bomb near her home in
Trump's claim US hitting Isis 'much harder' after NY attack not supported by data

Trump's claim US hitting Isis 'much harder' after NY attack not supported by data

US military data fails to show increase in bombings or other attacksSuspect’s sister appeals to Trump to ensure he gets a fair trialDonald Trump’s claim that the US has been attacking Isis “10 times
Bonfire night: chilly and damp weather looms over festivities

Bonfire night: chilly and damp weather looms over festivities

Heavy rain forecast for most of Britain on Saturday, but expected to clear by mid-afternoon as temperatures start to plungeBritons face a wet bonfire night this weekend, with heavy rain forecast for
Female members of Congress describe sexual harassment by male lawmakers

Female members of Congress describe sexual harassment by male lawmakers

Four current and former lawmakers recall incidents ranging from repeated unwanted come-ons, to lewd remarks and even groping on the House floorFor years, Republican representative Mary Bono endured
Marrow escape: report of wartime bomb in Germany leads to courgette discovery

Marrow escape: report of wartime bomb in Germany leads to courgette discovery

Officers near Karlsruhe said 16in zucchini ‘really did look very like a bomb’Unexploded wartime bombs often found in construction work in GermanyA worried resident in Germany alerted police to what he
A glossary of sexual harassment cliches – what does 'good-natured groping' really mean?

A glossary of sexual harassment cliches – what does 'good-natured groping' really mean?

The way we talk about these allegations frequently obscures the reality. Rather than gaslighting victims by making them feel they’re overreacting, let’s call rape and misconduct by their proper
Leadership poll: elite consultancy McKinsey elects a new chief

Leadership poll: elite consultancy McKinsey elects a new chief

Management consultancy, currently embroiled in the South Africa scandal, is voting for a new boss to rub shoulders with the global leadersBehind the closed doors of five-star hotels and
US woman charged over tweet allegedly insulting Robert Mugabe

US woman charged over tweet allegedly insulting Robert Mugabe

Lawyer for Martha O’Donovan, detained in Zimbabwe, says client is accused of posting ‘we are being led by selfish and sick man’Zimbabwean police have charged an American citizen with a new offence of
Are the Amish right about new technology? | Oliver Burkeman

Are the Amish right about new technology? | Oliver Burkeman

The Amish stance toward any invention isn’t that they reject it outright. It’s that they start by assuming they don’t need it, then adopt it only if it’s in line with their valuesThe basic stereotype
Syrian film-maker accused of faking his own attempted murder

Syrian film-maker accused of faking his own attempted murder

Video footage appears to show Muhammad Bayazid discussing ‘assassination’ plan to help generate publicity for anti-Assad film Doubts have emerged about the story of a Syrian filmmaker who claimed to
Jewish group calls on Harriet Harman to apologise for repeating Holocaust joke

Jewish group calls on Harriet Harman to apologise for repeating Holocaust joke

Labour MP told joke on BBC One’s This Week as example of humour she found offensive, but Jewish leader calls it an ‘error of judgement’A Jewish organisation has demanded an apology from Labour MP
Rotten apples and the Zombie Walk - Friday's best photos

Rotten apples and the Zombie Walk - Friday's best photos

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world including long table banquets in China, indigenous protests in Colombia and Battersea Power Station’s
Sheffield tree protester given suspended jail sentence

Sheffield tree protester given suspended jail sentence

Sentencing of Calvin Payne is latest in dispute over plans to fell 5,500 mature trees in city as part of £2.2bn PFI dealA protester has been given a suspended jail sentence for breaching an order
The week in wildlife – in pictures

The week in wildlife – in pictures

Millions of fruit bats, migrating cranes and a new species of orangutan are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world Continue reading...
French language watchdogs say 'non' to gender-neutral style

French language watchdogs say 'non' to gender-neutral style

The Académie Française, France’s ultimate authority on the language, sparks national row after describing inclusive writing as an ‘aberration’The Académie Française, France’s ultimate authority on the
When the sheep turn black, war's toxic legacy can no longer be ignored | Erik Solheim

When the sheep turn black, war's toxic legacy can no longer be ignored | Erik Solheim

The battle for Mosul has left the city caked in soot and shrouded in smog. When will the world realise that the environment is not merely a silent victim of war?The smoke that billowed from the