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Emmanuel Macron hosts Xi Jinping in attempt to strengthen EU-China relationship

Emmanuel Macron hosts Xi Jinping in attempt to strengthen EU-China relationship

French president invited Angela Merkel to talks with Chinese leader in ParisEmmanuel Macron has launched a charm offensive towards his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, talking of multilateralism and
Trump expands global gag rule that blocks US aid for abortion groups

Trump expands global gag rule that blocks US aid for abortion groups

Policy bans aid going to foreign groups that support abortion rights as secretary of state Pompeo says: ‘This is decent and right’The Trump administration has expanded its ban on funding for groups
Widespread losses of pollinating insects revealed across Britain

Widespread losses of pollinating insects revealed across Britain

Wild bees and hoverflies lost from a quarter of the places they were found in 1980, study showsA widespread loss of pollinating insects in recent decades has been revealed by the first national survey
How Michael Avenatti went from liberal hero to alleged extortionist

How Michael Avenatti went from liberal hero to alleged extortionist

The celebrity attorney made his intent to take down Trump public, but his quick rise became a rapid fallWhen celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti stepped into a Manhattan federal courtroom about 6pm on
Opera singer asked to change pro-EU dress for London concert

Opera singer asked to change pro-EU dress for London concert

Anna Patalong, performing at Royal Albert Hall, says free movement ‘essential’ for musiciansAn opera singer who was asked to change her EU-themed dress for a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, in
Jussie Smollett: Chicago mayor attacks 'whitewash of justice' as charges dropped

Jussie Smollett: Chicago mayor attacks 'whitewash of justice' as charges dropped

Decision to suddenly drop 16 charges questionedSmollett: ‘I have been truthful and consistent on every level’Prosecutors have agreed to drop criminal charges against the Empire actor Jussie Smollett
Ex-football coach Bob Higgins was 'predatory paedophile', court told

Ex-football coach Bob Higgins was 'predatory paedophile', court told

Suspect accused of using ‘kingmaker’ status to abuse boys over 25-year periodA former Southampton FC youth football coach was a “predatory paedophile” who used his power as one of the sport’s
Calls grow in Algeria for Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be declared unfit to lead

Calls grow in Algeria for Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be declared unfit to lead

Triggering of constitutional process could lead to ousting of the ailing presidentThe coalition ally of Algeria’s ruling party has called for the country’s ailing president to resign, piling pressure
Six teenagers arrested over attack on Islamic centre in Newcastle

Six teenagers arrested over attack on Islamic centre in Newcastle

Copies of Qur’an ripped up and windows smashed during Monday night’s incidentPolice have arrested six teenagers after an Islamic centre was ransacked in an attack in which copies of the Qur’an were
European parliament votes to scrap daylight saving time from 2021

European parliament votes to scrap daylight saving time from 2021

Directive would apply to UK if it stayed in EU, and also during Brexit transition periodThe European parliament has voted to scrap the twice-a-year custom of changing the clocks by an hour in spring
Spanish court: FBI was offered stolen data by North Korean embassy intruder

Spanish court: FBI was offered stolen data by North Korean embassy intruder

One of 10 people who entered consulate by force in February contacted FBI, high court saysThe details of how mysterious intruders raided North Korea’s embassy in Madrid last month, tricked the Spanish
Pentagon reallocates $1bn to help fund Trump's border wall

Pentagon reallocates $1bn to help fund Trump's border wall

Money to be used for 57 miles of 18ft-high fencing, CNN reportsDemocrats say transfer of funds is ‘theft’ from armed forcesThe Department of Defense has redirected $1bn in funding to allow
Tory rebels asked by No 10 if they would back Brexit deal if May quit

Tory rebels asked by No 10 if they would back Brexit deal if May quit

Downing Street aides put question to hard Brexiters at Chequers summit last weekendFollow the day’s political developments - live updatesDowning Street aides directly asked hard-Brexit Conservatives
US efforts to rebuild Afghanistan beset by 'theft and abuse from security forces'

US efforts to rebuild Afghanistan beset by 'theft and abuse from security forces'

Government watchdog reveals contract workers subjected to assault and unlawful detention, with property confiscatedA report into US efforts to rebuild Afghanistan’s war-damaged infrastructure has
MEPs pass 'watershed' resolution calling for action against racism

MEPs pass 'watershed' resolution calling for action against racism

Text calls on member states to tackle discrimination against people of African descentThe European parliament has called for action to tackle the “structural racism” facing millions of Europeans of
Manneken Pis no longer peeing water down the drain

Manneken Pis no longer peeing water down the drain

Famed Belgian statue wasted 1,000 to 2,500 litres of fresh clean drinking water each dayFor four centuries the celebrated Manneken Pis – the “peeing boy” in the local Dutch dialect – has embodied the
Senate defeats Green New Deal as Democrats unite in protest – live

Senate defeats Green New Deal as Democrats unite in protest – live

Procedural vote on the resolution was largely seen as an effort to divide the Democratic caucusSign up for the US briefing to get a fresh perspective 12.14am GMT Have a good night, everyone. 12.13am
MEPs approve sweeping changes to copyright law

MEPs approve sweeping changes to copyright law

European copyright directive passed despite campaigning led by Google and internet freedom activistsA controversial directive introducing sweeping changes to copyright enforcement across Europe has
'Fawning' Modi biopic breaks Indian election laws, says opposition

'Fawning' Modi biopic breaks Indian election laws, says opposition

Commission intervenes before release of film about PM, days before start of electionsIndian opposition parties are attempting to delay the release of what is widely seen as a fawning biopic about
Venezuela: call for calm amid blackouts and anti-Maduro protests

Venezuela: call for calm amid blackouts and anti-Maduro protests

Vice-president blames ‘fascist right’ and its ‘imperial masters’ in Washington for power cutsNicolás Maduro’s embattled administration has called for calm after millions of Venezuelans were again