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Trump ally Graham: president 'thinking long and hard about Syria'

Trump ally Graham: president 'thinking long and hard about Syria'

Senator had said withdrawal was ‘the way toward second 9/11’Former Afghanistan commander calls Trump ‘immoral’A close ally of Donald Trump said on Sunday the president was “thinking long and hard”
DRC election: opposition cries foul over long queues at polling stations

DRC election: opposition cries foul over long queues at polling stations

Election passes off mostly peacefully, but many Congolese still queuing at poll-closing timeOpposition leaders in the Democratic Republic of Congo have accused electoral authorities of deliberately
The eagle has landed: Clark the Cotton Bowl mascot descends on fans

The eagle has landed: Clark the Cotton Bowl mascot descends on fans

Bird fails to complete mission before big college football gameAT&T Stadium roof was closed with 90,000 fans presentA bald eagle that flew during the national anthem before Saturday’s college
Compassionate words for people seeking refuge in Britain | Letters

Compassionate words for people seeking refuge in Britain | Letters

Ruth Windle says Sajid Javid should consider the inflammatory nature of his language, Thomas Hodgson calls for better communication with French authorities, Liz Byrne lends perspective and Lucy
Knight of shame: honour for John Redwood takes the biscuit | Letters

Knight of shame: honour for John Redwood takes the biscuit | Letters

Les Bright thought the barrel had been scraped by David Cameron until now, while Keith Flett says the only thing of note John Redwood has done is fail to sing the words of the Welsh national
Kim Jong-un vows to meet South Korea’s leader frequently in 2019

Kim Jong-un vows to meet South Korea’s leader frequently in 2019

North Korean leader’s end-of-year letter to Seoul says he wants to discuss the peninsula’s denuclearisationNorth Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has vowed in a rare letter to meet the South’s president,
UK and France to step up patrols as boat with 12 Iranians lands in Kent

UK and France to step up patrols as boat with 12 Iranians lands in Kent

Labour accuses government of whipping up migration issue ahead of Brexit voteThe home secretary, Sajid Javid, and his French counterpart have pledged to step up joint efforts to tackle cross-Channel
'Nothing works': floods and broken voting machines mar Congolese elections – video

'Nothing works': floods and broken voting machines mar Congolese elections – video

Problems in the run-up to the Congolese presidential elections have included torrential rain, broken voting machines, missing voter lists and complaints of harassment. Authorities cancelled the vote
Northern admits it will not begin retiring Pacer trains this year

Northern admits it will not begin retiring Pacer trains this year

Operator still aims to phase out the much-derided ‘buses on rails’ by the end of 2019The rail operator Northern has admitted it has not yet begun retiring its much-derided Pacer trains – or “buses on
Trump refuses to budge on border wall demand as shutdown continues

Trump refuses to budge on border wall demand as shutdown continues

Trump tweet blaming Democrats stokes controversyOpinion: It’s important to remember: this isn’t normalWith time dwindling before a new Congress is sworn in, Donald Trump refused to budge in his demand
UK migrant ‘crisis’ bears no comparison to EU's 2015 influx

UK migrant ‘crisis’ bears no comparison to EU's 2015 influx

About 220 people have tried to cross Channel in two months, compared with 10,000 arrivals in Greece in a single dayThe recent rise in the number of people attempting to cross the Channel to England
Beer-brewing Trappist monks put faith in plants to reduce water waste

Beer-brewing Trappist monks put faith in plants to reduce water waste

Monastery producing 10m litres a year invents plant-based recycling systemKoningshoeven abbey is one of only 12 places in the world to brew Trappist beer, and its products have won over drinkers
'It was terror': Palestinians decry rise in attacks by Israeli settlers

'It was terror': Palestinians decry rise in attacks by Israeli settlers

Palestinian casualties and damage to property, often following violence against Israelis, is up by 175% since 2016, UN data showsThe identities of the Israeli settlers who frequently throw stones at
German police seize 850kg of fireworks from Hamburg home

German police seize 850kg of fireworks from Hamburg home

Officers alerted by suspicious neighbour found apartment, cellar and two vans packedGerman police have confiscated 850kg of fireworks and firecrackers from a man in Hamburg before new year
French Resistance hero who saved hundreds of Jewish children dies aged 108

French Resistance hero who saved hundreds of Jewish children dies aged 108

Georges Loinger escaped from German camp and spent rest of the war helping children cross Swiss borderA French Resistance hero who used his ingenuity and athleticism to save the lives of hundreds of
UK needs to get its act together before Brexit vote, Juncker says

UK needs to get its act together before Brexit vote, Juncker says

It is not up to EU to resolve problems before MPs vote on May’s deal, London toldJean-Claude Juncker has told the UK to “get its act together” in the run-up to the delayed House of Commons vote on
Vladimir Putin sends new year greetings to Donald Trump

Vladimir Putin sends new year greetings to Donald Trump

Russian president tells US leader he is open to dialogue and pledges more aid to Syrian governmentVladimir Putin has told Donald Trump in a new year letter that Moscow is ready for dialogue on a
A new start: Esi Edugyan on meeting her grandmother on her only trip to Ghana

A new start: Esi Edugyan on meeting her grandmother on her only trip to Ghana

The Canadian author visited her parents’ homeland thinking she would find her home. She left feeling less Ghanaian than everI was 27 years old when I took my first and only trip to Ghana. My
Colombia says it has uncovered plot to assassinate PM Iván Duque

Colombia says it has uncovered plot to assassinate PM Iván Duque

Minister says security services believe Venezuelans were linked to plot to kill conservative leaderColombian authorities are investigating an alleged plot involving Venezuelans to assassinate the
Romania to take over EU presidency amid fears for rule of law

Romania to take over EU presidency amid fears for rule of law

Bucharest accused of seeking to reverse democratic reforms as it takes charge of rotating presidencyRomania’s government has been accused of seeking to turn the clock back on years of democratic