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Crown Resorts agrees to $150m sale of CrownBet

Crown Resorts agrees to $150m sale of CrownBet

Entertainment group says it will offload its 62% stake in online betting site as part of a string of asset salesCrown Resorts has agreed to the $150m sale of its majority stake in the bookmaker
Britain braced for heavy snow after one of coldest nights of 2017

Britain braced for heavy snow after one of coldest nights of 2017

Forecasters warn of travel disruption and power outages as band of severe icy weather moves in from eastOne of the last nights of 2017 was also one of the coldest as temperatures reached as low as
From parasite architects to pseudo-public space: 2017's best Cities stories

From parasite architects to pseudo-public space: 2017's best Cities stories

The numbers are in for our 15 best-read stories of the year. Now’s the time to check if you missed any – and let us know what you want us to cover in 2018The 15 most popular Guardian Cities stories
'Violence has not left our homes': the fight goes on for female guerrillas in Timor Leste | Vincent Bevins

'Violence has not left our homes': the fight goes on for female guerrillas in Timor Leste | Vincent Bevins

Despite their bravery in the struggle against Indonesia for independence, Timorese women are still far from winning the battle for gender equalityMadalena Vidal Soares joined the armed resistance
Australian adventurer Andrew Lock returns to Arctic Circle – video

Australian adventurer Andrew Lock returns to Arctic Circle – video

As the rest of the country relaxes into that comfortable space between Christmas and the new year, Andrew Lock is returning to the Arctic Circle with his expedition partner, Neil Ward, in an attempt
Letter reveals John Major's nerves before Zimbabwe cricket match

Letter reveals John Major's nerves before Zimbabwe cricket match

PM persevered with plans for charity game despite adviser’s reservations and eventually felt it had been successfulBy the time he strode out to open the batting in a charity match in Robert Mugabe’s
Is this the future? Dutch plan vast windfarm island in North Sea

Is this the future? Dutch plan vast windfarm island in North Sea

Advanced plans by Dutch power grid aims to build power hub possibly at Dogger Bank whose scale would dwarf current offshore sites Britain’s homes could be lit and powered by windfarms surrounding an
'Who are they saying we should cut from?': critics round on Eric Abetz over welfare

'Who are they saying we should cut from?': critics round on Eric Abetz over welfare

The Liberal senator has been criticised by Labor and the Greens for demonising welfare recipientsCalls for spending cuts by the Liberal senator Eric Abetz based on spurious comparisons of the
Trump calls for some 'good old global warming' as US experiences bad weather

Trump calls for some 'good old global warming' as US experiences bad weather

US president again conflates weather with climate to pour scepticism on climate change and criticise the Paris agreementHe once dismissed it as a “hoax” created by the Chinese to destroy American

Bronx fire worst tragedy in 'quarter of a century' says New York mayor – video

At least 12 people, including an infant, have died in a blaze at a Bronx apartment building on a freezing night, New York mayor Bill de Blasio says. Four others are critically injured. Witness Rafael
The abortion activist touring Ireland to win over hearts and minds

The abortion activist touring Ireland to win over hearts and minds

Caoimhe Anglin hopes to persuade voters to support abolition of eighth amendment that grants a foetus Irish citizenshipA young computer engineer is embarking on a tour of Ireland in 2018 to convince

2017 and the curious demise of Europe's centre-left

Across Europe this year, traditional centre-left parties lost out to new forces, of the left, the right and sometimes the centre. What’s behind this historic shift, and is Britain’s really immune? Jon
Tibetan filmmaker welcomed in US after 'risky' escape from China

Tibetan filmmaker welcomed in US after 'risky' escape from China

Dhondup Wangchen, who had been convicted of subversion, has been reunited with wife and children and is ‘enjoying the feeling of safety and freedom’ A Tibetan activist and filmmaker has been granted
Mumbai fire: at least 15 dead after blaze breaks out in restaurant

Mumbai fire: at least 15 dead after blaze breaks out in restaurant

The fire quickly spread from the top floor of the four-storey building in India’s financial and entertainment capitalAt least 15 people have been killed and more than 50 injured in a fire that broke
Four children among 12 dead in New York apartment fire

Four children among 12 dead in New York apartment fire

Several more residents critically injured in Bronx disaster De Blasio calls ‘one of the worst losses of life to a fire in many, many years’Investigators in New York searched early on Friday for the
Huge New Year's Eve police operation planned for Sydney and Melbourne

Huge New Year's Eve police operation planned for Sydney and Melbourne

‘We will basically lock down the centre of the city,’ Victoria police chief says as NSW counterparts vow to protect revellersNew Year’s Eve in Australia’s two largest cities will be under the watchful
Chinese mall unveils #TrumpDog statue to celebrate year of the dog

Chinese mall unveils #TrumpDog statue to celebrate year of the dog

The canine statue sports a frown, an index finger pointing straight up and Trump’s signature hairstyle, rendered in goldAs China prepares to ring in the Lunar New Year, one shopping mall has declared
Israel drought: minister rallies thousands to pray for relief

Israel drought: minister rallies thousands to pray for relief

Uri Ariel works with rabbis to bring worshippers to Western Wall as country struggles with long-running water shortageWith technology coming up short, Israel’s agriculture minister sought an
All aboard the Love Train: young, single New Zealanders on a romantic quest

All aboard the Love Train: young, single New Zealanders on a romantic quest

Once every two years the rural town of Middlemarch holds a singles’ ball attracting hundreds of young people from across the country looking for love As the train chugs across the Taieri Plains,
Robert Mugabe's retirement package: 20 staff, private air travel and a fleet of cars

Robert Mugabe's retirement package: 20 staff, private air travel and a fleet of cars

Details of generous deal to cede power come after it was reported the former Zimbabwe president would receive a $10m ‘bonus’Zimbabwe’s ousted president Robert Mugabe will get a residence, a car fleet