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How have you been affected by the icy cold weather in the UK?

How have you been affected by the icy cold weather in the UK?

Travel disruption due to blizzards and snow drifts is expected as Britain is hit by freezing Siberian air this week The Met Office has issued yellow and amber weather warnings for snow across the UK
Claims ship restoration was protecting threatened species an error, senators told

Claims ship restoration was protecting threatened species an error, senators told

Estimates committee hears ‘administrative errors’ meant wrong name was listed in documentFederal government claims that funding a series of heritage works – including conserving a historic cargo ship
Lathmar Holi festival: colour and beating with sticks – in pictures

Lathmar Holi festival: colour and beating with sticks – in pictures

Holi is the Hindu spring festival of colours. In Barsana and Nandagaon, people celebrate a variation called ‘Lathmar Holi’, which means ‘Holi in which people hit with sticks’. During the first day of
What's the latest in the Brexit talks?

What's the latest in the Brexit talks?

After the breakthrough at December’s summit, Brexit talks have a long way to go before the expected autumn deadline for the second phase of agreement. Britain is under pressure to formalise the
Merkel wins CDU party's backing for German coalition deal

Merkel wins CDU party's backing for German coalition deal

Delegates vote overwhelmingly for renewing alliance with SPDAngela Merkel has moved closer to a fourth term as German chancellor after her CDU party voted overwhelmingly in favour of renewing a
Absolute hell: the toxic outpost where Mumbai's poorest are 'sent to die'

Absolute hell: the toxic outpost where Mumbai's poorest are 'sent to die'

More than 30,000 slum residents have been forced to the ‘critically polluted’ area of Mahul as the city clears land around a water pipeline and plans a bike lane to stop residents moving backAway from
Nativity on a knife-edge: the struggle for survival in Somalia – in pictures

Nativity on a knife-edge: the struggle for survival in Somalia – in pictures

For newborns in Somalia, many of whom are delivered in dusty, makeshift shelters without the assistance of a midwife or doctor, the risk of infection is high. With drought and conflict driving many
Disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield aims to advance his agenda in Texas election

Disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield aims to advance his agenda in Texas election

Wakefield sees Houston primary as a new start after his anti-vaccine theories were debunked and medical license revokedAnti-vaccine campaigners have found a growing political voice for their debunked
'Dictator for life': Xi Jinping's power grab condemned as step towards tyranny

'Dictator for life': Xi Jinping's power grab condemned as step towards tyranny

Experts and activists react to ‘bombshell’ decision to scrap two-term limit that was designed to guard against Mao-style personality cult in ChinaThe news broke at three minutes to four on a chilly
'This country has been violated': Trump's wall ignites tensions in Arizona – video

'This country has been violated': Trump's wall ignites tensions in Arizona – video

As Donald Trump seeks congressional support for his border wall, the Guardian's Paul Lewis meets Joe Arpaio, the controversial Arizona sheriff recently pardoned by Trump, and other local Republicans
Arctic freeze: Britain set for blizzards and travel disruption

Arctic freeze: Britain set for blizzards and travel disruption

Icy blast prompts Met Office warnings for UK snow, with wind chill making it feel minus 15C in daytimeParts of the UK are set to feel colder than areas in the Arctic circle this week as freezing
Hungary: surprise defeat for Viktor Orbán in bellwether byelection

Hungary: surprise defeat for Viktor Orbán in bellwether byelection

With only weeks to go before a general election, the result in Hodmezovasarhely could spell trouble for the prime ministerHungary’s ruling party has suffered a shock defeat in a local byelection,
'Gory, botched': Alabama's aborted execution of inmate was bloody, says lawyer

'Gory, botched': Alabama's aborted execution of inmate was bloody, says lawyer

Officials attempted 12 times without success to insert needle in convicted murderer Doyle Hamm’s veins An execution in the US was aborted last week after the inmate was left with 10 puncture wounds

Jacinda Ardern's cringe-worthy 60 Minutes interview – video

An Australian 60 Minutes interview with New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has hit the headlines for its patronising and cringe-worthy tone. Veteran reporter Charles Wooley asks Ardern and
Jacinda Ardern's 'sexist, creepy' 60 Minutes interview angers New Zealand

Jacinda Ardern's 'sexist, creepy' 60 Minutes interview angers New Zealand

Australian journalist Charles Wooley criticised for calling PM ‘attractive’ and discussing the conception of her babyNew Zealanders have criticised an interview with their prime minister, Jacinda
Social media firms failing to protect young people, survey finds

Social media firms failing to protect young people, survey finds

Cyberbullying inquiry finds the mental health of young people is severely affected by online abuseSocial media companies such as Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter have been accused of failing to protect
Corbyn to put May on spot by embracing EU customs union

Corbyn to put May on spot by embracing EU customs union

Labour leader will pile pressure on PM before key vote, but avoid single market commitmentJeremy Corbyn will clarify his Brexit policy on Monday with a speech that increases the chances of Theresa May
Michael McCormack elected new leader of National party – politics live

Michael McCormack elected new leader of National party – politics live

New Nationals leader also becomes infrastructure and transport minister. Follow all the day’s events ... 5.25am GMT There has been a lot of talk today about passing the hat.Well, here are Steve
Dianne Feinstein loses party backing as progressive Democrats mount pressure

Dianne Feinstein loses party backing as progressive Democrats mount pressure

Senate veteran fails to win Democratic endorsement for first time, as challenger Kevin de León calls for more dynamic agendaDianne Feinstein has for the first time failed to win the endorsement of the
Storms leave five dead in Kentucky, Arkansas and Michigan

Storms leave five dead in Kentucky, Arkansas and Michigan

Severe thunderstorms in system stretching from Texas to Canada trigger flooding and at least one tornado At least five were confirmed to have died after severe thunderstorms swept through the central