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Top Democrats snub Trump meeting after president says 'I don't see a deal'

Top Democrats snub Trump meeting after president says 'I don't see a deal'

Pelosi and Schumer to deal directly with Republicans in bid to avert shutdownTrump suggests he’s unwilling to negotiate on healthcare and immigrationDemocrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer boycotted
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe assessed by doctors over fitness to stay in Iranian jail

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe assessed by doctors over fitness to stay in Iranian jail

Iranian health commissioner due to present judgment later this week regarding British mother, who has suffered depression, panic attacks and insomniaIn a potential breakthrough in the case of Nazanin
A goat for every martyr: the bitterly funny play about the surreal cost of Syria's civil war

A goat for every martyr: the bitterly funny play about the surreal cost of Syria's civil war

There are villages where the families of dead soldiers are given a goat as compensation. This struck Liwaa Yazji as the perfect starting point for a play – with live animals – about the horrors and
As Bitcoin surges in value, Elon Musk denies he's its mysterious inventor

As Bitcoin surges in value, Elon Musk denies he's its mysterious inventor

The Tesla boss responded to a ‘not true’ Medium post claiming he is the creator of the cryptocurrency who has never been conclusively identifiedElon Musk is a lot of things. Billionaire, space
Rohingya crisis: UN relief work in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh – in pictures

Rohingya crisis: UN relief work in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh – in pictures

Photographer Andy Hall has been documenting the work of the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, in the camps near the border with Myanmar. Weeks after the initial arrival of thousands of Rohingya fleeing
Half asylum claims 'non-straightforward' and as a result face long delays

Half asylum claims 'non-straightforward' and as a result face long delays

Report finds lengthening backlogs on claims and that a quarter of decision-making staff quit over six-month periodAlmost half the asylum cases dealt with by the Home Office are being classified as
Australian shareholders should be told climate risk to profits, says thinktank

Australian shareholders should be told climate risk to profits, says thinktank

Centre for Policy Development urges companies to adopt standardised analysis of climate’s impact on businessAustralian companies need to start developing sophisticated scenario-based analyses of
Australia still embraces multiculturalism but fracture lines are deepening | David Marr

Australia still embraces multiculturalism but fracture lines are deepening | David Marr

Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion Report finds ugly discrimination is on the rise, and we no longer listen to political leadersAustralia is a decent country where ugly discrimination is on
Is Prince Harry's engagement proof that a British accent still rules the dating world?

Is Prince Harry's engagement proof that a British accent still rules the dating world?

The sun may have set on the British empire, the pound has plummeted, our passport is no longer worth what it once was – but our accent is still a dating assetIt’s only been a little bit more than 24
France reinvigorates 'Auld Alliance' with new base in Scotland

France reinvigorates 'Auld Alliance' with new base in Scotland

Edinburgh consulate will house language school, space for orchestras and arts organisations, library and concert venueThe French government is to open a new cultural and diplomatic base in the heart
O efeito Amazônia: como o desmatamento está deixando São Paulo sem água

O efeito Amazônia: como o desmatamento está deixando São Paulo sem água

Há dois anos, uma seca desencadeou violência, saques e ‘estados de calamidade’ oficiais pela metrópole, com o Exército de prontidão para intervir. Agora, novos sinais sugerem que a história poderia se
Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May

Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in May

Palace aides predict a ‘happy church wedding’ at St George’s Chapel for prince, 33, and American TV star, 36Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to marry at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle next May
Kenyatta sworn in for second term as Kenya's president amid protests

Kenyatta sworn in for second term as Kenya's president amid protests

Three people reported killed as police break up opposition rally a few miles away from inauguration ceremony in NairobiUhuru Kenyatta has been sworn in for a second five-year term as president of
Berlin restaurant owner 'rigged card games using radioactive substance'

Berlin restaurant owner 'rigged card games using radioactive substance'

Woman aged 41 allegedly marked cards with iodine-125 so they could be identified by gambler with hidden detectorA German restaurant owner is in hot water for allegedly marking playing cards with a
US gun violence spawns a new epidemic: conspiracy theorists harassing victims

US gun violence spawns a new epidemic: conspiracy theorists harassing victims

After mass shootings, survivors and victims’ families face a second round of attacks online – and fighting back is ‘like trying to kill roaches with a fly swatter’Mike Cronk was sitting half-naked on
Syrian government to join UN peace talks in Geneva

Syrian government to join UN peace talks in Geneva

Russia brokers deal to keep future of Bashar al-Assad off initial agenda and postpones rival meeting in SochiA Syrian government delegation will arrive in Geneva on Wednesday for the first
Black Pete: extreme right appears to stoke Dutch divisions

Black Pete: extreme right appears to stoke Dutch divisions

Protestors against the ‘vestige of slavery’ featured in Christmas celebrations were blockaded on a motorway and an ‘action group’ invaded a schoolAn annual debate in the Netherlands about the
Lawmaker John Conyers faces new sexual harassment claim from ex-aide

Lawmaker John Conyers faces new sexual harassment claim from ex-aide

Ex-deputy chief of staff says lawmaker twice touched her inappropriatelyDeanna Maher says she did not leave job because ‘I needed to earn a living’A former deputy chief of staff said Congressman John
Rolls-Royce joins race to develop electric passenger jets

Rolls-Royce joins race to develop electric passenger jets

Collaboration with Airbus and Siemens on E-Fan X project could result in a partly UK-built hybrid electric plane flying by 2020A partly British-built hybrid electric plane could be flying by 2020 as
Battle between two directors likely to have one outcome: less protection for consumers

Battle between two directors likely to have one outcome: less protection for consumers

Trump’s pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau faces a rival incumbent but it only seems to be delaying a tidal shift at the banking agency The battle between two supposed directors of