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Hunt and Fox's Japanese fumble is a sign of UK's weakness

Hunt and Fox's Japanese fumble is a sign of UK's weakness

Attempt to hustle Japan into a trade deal highlights the problems facing ‘global Britain’It takes a lot to anger the unfailingly polite, anglophile Japanese. But Liam Fox, the international trade
'Air Cocaine' drug-trafficking trial begins in France

'Air Cocaine' drug-trafficking trial begins in France

Two former military pilots, a customs officer and celebrity bodyguard among the accused Sitting on the asphalt at Punta Cana international airport in the Dominican Republic, the private plane was
Merkel successor cleans up as Putzfrau Gretel in carnival role

Merkel successor cleans up as Putzfrau Gretel in carnival role

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reprises role as cleaning lady during festivities in home state of SaarlandAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Germany’s Christian Democrat party, returned to her home
Reporter Jason Rezaian on 544 days in Iranian jail: ‘They never touched me – but I was tortured’

Reporter Jason Rezaian on 544 days in Iranian jail: ‘They never touched me – but I was tortured’

The Iranian-American Washington Post journalist reveals the psychological scars his 2014 imprisonment left him withThree years after being released from an Iranian prison, Jason Rezaian can still not
Chinese surveillance company tracking 2.5m Xinjiang residents

Chinese surveillance company tracking 2.5m Xinjiang residents

Internet expert exposes unsecured database believed to be targeting Muslim minoritiesA Chinese surveillance company has been tracking the movements of at least 2.5 million residents in a province
CPS mulls charges over burning effigy of Grenfell Tower

CPS mulls charges over burning effigy of Grenfell Tower

Police submit evidence over online video of cardboard model being burnedProsecutors are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a group of men who were filmed burning an effigy of
'So many lies': Trump attacks McCabe over explosive CBS interview

'So many lies': Trump attacks McCabe over explosive CBS interview

Ex-FBI deputy director discusses Comey firing and Russia linksThe Threat review: FBI memoir takes aim at ‘mob boss’ TrumpDonald Trump returned to the attack against Andrew McCabe on Monday, in
Swedish student fined for anti-deportation protest that went viral

Swedish student fined for anti-deportation protest that went viral

Elin Ersson received a £250 fine for refusing to take her seat on a plane in Sweden last yearA Swedish student who livestreamed her protest against the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker last year
EU parliament's centrist coalition set to lose majority, poll finds

EU parliament's centrist coalition set to lose majority, poll finds

European People’s party and Socialists & Democrats have run parliament for 40 yearsThe “grand coalition” of centre-right and centre-left that has run the European parliament for 40 years is set to
'I almost died': arms dealer whose poisoning may be linked to Skripals'

'I almost died': arms dealer whose poisoning may be linked to Skripals'

Russian agent allegedly in Bulgaria when Emilian Gebrev poisoned in 2015 and in UK when Skripals attackedThe first sign that something was wrong with Emilian Gebrev was an itchy, bloodshot eye after a
Final days of the 'Isis caliphate' – photo essay

Final days of the 'Isis caliphate' – photo essay

Photojournalist Achilleas Zavallis has been in Syria covering the collapse of Islamic State across the region and the resultant displacement of familiesFor the past week the Syrian Democratic Forces
Jussie Smollett: Chicago police still seeking follow-up interview

Jussie Smollett: Chicago police still seeking follow-up interview

Actor’s lawyers angrily reject reports he may have staged attackPolice spokesman says trajectory of investigation ‘shifted’Chicago police are still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett
City of stairs: the interconnecting walkways of Hong Kong

City of stairs: the interconnecting walkways of Hong Kong

Hans Leo Maes captures the bridges and stairways that link up the hilly, population-dense cityHong Kong is known for its flashing lights, neon signs and high-rise skylines. But the architect and
Daughter of Mao Zedong’s personal secretary boycotts funeral

Daughter of Mao Zedong’s personal secretary boycotts funeral

Nanyang Li says Communist party ceremony is taking place against wishes of her father Li RuiThe daughter of Mao Zedong’s personal secretary is boycotting her father’s funeral, which she says is taking
Massive deforestation by refugees in Uganda sparks clashes with local people

Massive deforestation by refugees in Uganda sparks clashes with local people

Communities clash over natural resources as arrivals from South Sudan and DRC plunder environment for fuel and constructionThe cutting down of millions of trees has sparked angry clashes in parts of
Salford dad targeted with racist graffiti 'overwhelmed' by support

Salford dad targeted with racist graffiti 'overwhelmed' by support

Jackson Yamba’s photo of the ‘no blacks’ slogan on his door was retweeted 12,000 timesThe father of a 10-year-old boy whose new home was spray-painted “no blacks” has said he is overwhelmed by the
Exclusive: US woman who ‘deeply regrets’ joining Isis wants to come home – audio

Exclusive: US woman who ‘deeply regrets’ joining Isis wants to come home – audio

Four years ago, 24-year-old Hoda Muthana left her family in the US to travel to Syria and join Islamic State. Now, after being captured by Kurdish forces, she is pleading to return home to Alabama *
Japan almost cancelled Brexit talks due to 'high-handed' letter – report

Japan almost cancelled Brexit talks due to 'high-handed' letter – report

Trade talks will go ahead despite reported dismay at language used by Liam Fox and Jeremy Hunt Japanese officials have reportedly accused Jeremy Hunt and Liam Fox of taking a “high-handed” approach
Labour split: seven MPs resign from the party – Politics live

Labour split: seven MPs resign from the party – Politics live

MPs will sit as independent group after resigning in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the party’s Brexit stance, and its handling of antisemitism 2.48pm GMT Here’s some non-Labour news from the
Facebook needs regulation to combat fake news, say MPs

Facebook needs regulation to combat fake news, say MPs

Damian Collins warns of ‘deepfake films’ showing doctored footage of politiciansOnline disinformation is only going to get more sophisticated, the chair of the committee investigating disinformation