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Rail plan puts North and South Korea on track for closer ties

Rail plan puts North and South Korea on track for closer ties

Border ceremony could lead to the reopening of road and train links between the two countries, officials hope North and South Korea have held a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony they hope will lead to
More than 50 Australian plant species face extinction within decade

More than 50 Australian plant species face extinction within decade

Study finds just 12 of the most imperilled species are listed under national environment laws as critically endangered More than 50 Australian plant species are under threat of extinction within the
Japan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling

Japan confirms it will quit IWC to resume commercial whaling

Japan will resume hunting in its waters in July but will end controversial expeditions to the Southern oceanJapan is facing international condemnation after confirming it will resuming commercial
‘Destruction gets more likes’: Indonesia’s tsunami selfie-seekers

‘Destruction gets more likes’: Indonesia’s tsunami selfie-seekers

A field overlooking the Sunda Strait full of tsunami debris has become an unlikely spot for tourist photosSolihat and her three friends had everything sorted for their perfect selfie, ready to be
Sydney Opal Tower cracks: developer defends 'high-quality' building at Olympic Park

Sydney Opal Tower cracks: developer defends 'high-quality' building at Olympic Park

Ecove director puts responsibility on builder and media, saying project is ‘well above industry standard’ even as 51 units remain unsafe to enterThe developer of the Sydney high-rise that developed a
British woman flees Yemen 32 years after abduction as a child

British woman flees Yemen 32 years after abduction as a child

Safiah Saleh, who was abducted by her father, arrives in Egypt after her mother raised £7,000A British national who was abducted by her father 32 years ago and taken to war-torn Yemen has fled to
Second Guatemalan child dies after being detained by US border agents

Second Guatemalan child dies after being detained by US border agents

Boy, eight, died on Christmas Eve in hospital in New MexicoDeath follows that of Jakelin Caal in custody this monthAn eight-year-old Guatemalan boy died in US government custody late on Christmas Eve,
No room at the inn: migrants' makeshift Christmas celebrations in Tijuana – in pictures

No room at the inn: migrants' makeshift Christmas celebrations in Tijuana – in pictures

Thousands of migrants, many of whom arrived from Central America as part of ‘caravans’ headed for the US in recent months, find themselves in limbo in the Mexican border city as organizations and
Hundreds of sexual harassment claims against male police officers

Hundreds of sexual harassment claims against male police officers

Guardian investigation shows fraction of complaints over past six years led to dismissalHundreds of people have claimed they were sexually harassed by male police officers in the past six years,
The Kurds and Trump’s Syria withdrawal | Letters

The Kurds and Trump’s Syria withdrawal | Letters

Readers respond to the US president’s decision to bring the troops homeIn criticising Trump’s abrupt withdrawal from Syria, Janine di Giovanni won’t admit that what passed for American policy – and by
Children among dozens of migrants rescued crossing Channel

Children among dozens of migrants rescued crossing Channel

A group of about 40 migrants were picked up by the authorities in five separate incidents on Christmas DayTwo children were among dozens of people rescued trying to cross the Channel in the early
'Special relationship': how a century of US presidential visits tells the temperature

'Special relationship': how a century of US presidential visits tells the temperature

What warmth of British welcomes, from masses feting Wilson on the Mall to seething protests for Trump, indicatesTens of thousands crammed central London’s streets. The roar of cheers was as deafening
Donald Trump insists shutdown will not end unless Congress funds border wall

Donald Trump insists shutdown will not end unless Congress funds border wall

‘I can’t tell you when the government is going to reopen’Funding for quarter of federal programs expired on FridayDonald Trump has marked Christmas Day by insisting the partial shutdown of the federal
Bacon-cancer link: head of UN agency at heart of furore defends its work

Bacon-cancer link: head of UN agency at heart of furore defends its work

IARC’s outgoing director attacks vested interests of critics but admits it could have communicated betterThe head of the UN agency that provoked a massive outcry and some ridicule when it declared
Queen jokes she has been 'well occupied' as a grandmother in Christmas message

Queen jokes she has been 'well occupied' as a grandmother in Christmas message

Monarch emphasises importance of goodwill as her husband and daughter-in-law miss Sandringham serviceThough they can delight and provide moments of joy and pride, it is fair to say most grandchildren
'I tried to run but the waves swallowed me': three days on from the Indonesia tsunami

'I tried to run but the waves swallowed me': three days on from the Indonesia tsunami

As the army searches for survivors and the death toll rises, locals try to come to terms with the devastation and prepare for rebuildingAll 106 of the bodies had been cleared, but signs of Saturday’s
Migrants stuck in Tijuana dream of US as they celebrate uncertain Christmas

Migrants stuck in Tijuana dream of US as they celebrate uncertain Christmas

Volunteers try to bring some cheer to Central Americans with traditional food and gifts but fear and anxiety haunt the holiday“For us Christmas means tamales,” said Orbelina Orellana, mixing a
Turkish forces will cross into Kurdish-held Syria – foreign minister

Turkish forces will cross into Kurdish-held Syria – foreign minister

Despite suggestions of a delay in military campaign, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu insists soldiers will enterTurkey’s foreign minister has reiterated that Turkish forces are determined to cross the Euphrates
Genetic study of eating disorders could pave way for new treatment

Genetic study of eating disorders could pave way for new treatment

Researchers explore whether genes and early eating habits may trigger disordered eatingResearchers are trying to identify the role genetics and early eating habits play in conditions such as bulimia
Couple released without charge over Gatwick drone 'could win substantial payout'

Couple released without charge over Gatwick drone 'could win substantial payout'

Libel lawyer says Paul Gait and Elaine Kirk could win £75,000 from newspapers who identified themThe couple arrested and released without charge in relation to the Gatwick drone incident could win at