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Theresa May makes secret visit to Iraq

Theresa May makes secret visit to Iraq

Prime minister meets UK troops and Haider al-Abadi as government promises extra £10m to help fight Islamic State Theresa May has become the first British prime minister to visit Iraq since 2008,
White House library lowers the tones with its Christmas book tree

White House library lowers the tones with its Christmas book tree

Apart from the fact that the president will never read them, the only thing the books in this festive display have in common is that they’re coloured greenWhat do these books have in common? Esquire’s
Britain First: anti-Islam group that bills itself as a patriotic movement

Britain First: anti-Islam group that bills itself as a patriotic movement

Far-right party whose deputy leader was retweeted by Trump protests against mosques and is openly anti-immigrationBritain First is a minor political movement in the UK with an openly anti-Islam,
Theresa May travels to Saudi Arabia powerless to rein in impulsive ally | Patrick Wintour

Theresa May travels to Saudi Arabia powerless to rein in impulsive ally | Patrick Wintour

Pressure to end arms sales over Yemen conflict may have grown stronger, but British PM will have little sway in RiyadhTheresa May travels to Riyadh once again under intense pressure over the UK
Different dialects: tell us about the unusual American words you use

Different dialects: tell us about the unusual American words you use

Whether they were introduced to you by family or friends, we want to hear about the distinctive American words in your vocabularyIf you live or work in America, what do you call a fizzy drink you buy
Key dates before EU summit decides on Brexit progress

Key dates before EU summit decides on Brexit progress

Next two weeks leading up to the mid-December summit could be among the most critical of the whole Brexit processAfter six rounds of negotiations and an October summit at which the EU27 firmly
East Coast rail 'bailout' could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions

East Coast rail 'bailout' could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions

Unions and Labour criticise government as Virgin Trains East Coast’s contract is terminated three years earlyThe East Coast rail franchise will be terminated three years early, avoiding the
Labour demands vote for MPs on Brexit divorce bill

Labour demands vote for MPs on Brexit divorce bill

Amendment to EU withdrawal bill calls for independent scrutiny of settlement and for parliament to have final say Labour has tabled a new amendment to the EU withdrawal bill that would commit the
Congress may finally be tackling sexual misconduct but party loyalty still strong

Congress may finally be tackling sexual misconduct but party loyalty still strong

The country’s lawmakers have long dealt with harassment and discrimination claims in secret and at taxpayers’ expense – but moves are afoot to change thatFor decades Congress has quietly dealt with
Pope Francis disappoints Rohingya by failing to condemn persecution

Pope Francis disappoints Rohingya by failing to condemn persecution

The pope is nearing end of four-day visit to Myanmar in which he has not publicly spoken about plight of the RohingyaAs the crowds trickled out of the Yangon sports ground where Pope Francis delivered
Anger over treatment of alleged victim at Pamplona gang-rape trial

Anger over treatment of alleged victim at Pamplona gang-rape trial

Case against ‘la Manada’ has caused outrage as supporters of alleged victim say it appeared as if she was on trialA verdict is due in the trial of five men accused of gang-rape during the running of
Former El Salvador colonel extradited to Spain over 1989 murder of Jesuits

Former El Salvador colonel extradited to Spain over 1989 murder of Jesuits

Inocente Orlando Montano, 76, accused of planning killingsMontano to face court in Madrid on Thursday after arriving from USA former Salvadoran army colonel has been extradited to Spain to face
Counter-terror officials investigate alleged plot to attack UK

Counter-terror officials investigate alleged plot to attack UK

Two men held in London and Birmingham after joint operation by police and MI5 amid heightened fears of terrorist attackCounter-terrorism officials believe they have foiled another plot to attack the
São Paulo: imagem de injustiça

São Paulo: imagem de injustiça

Em 2004, o fotógrafo Tuca Vieira capturou a imagem da favela de Paraisópolis ao lado do vizinho rico, o Morumbi. A foto passou a simbolizar a desigualdade entre ricos e pobres de São Paulo. Veja aqui
Ireland is right not to trust the Brexiteers on the border. History shows why | Caoimhin De Barra

Ireland is right not to trust the Brexiteers on the border. History shows why | Caoimhin De Barra

The arbitrary line of partition Britain imposed on the Free State in 1920 helped to spark the Troubles, and is still a lingering grievanceThere has been outrage in certain quarters of the British
Netherlands coffee shop case highlights 'paradox' of cannabis laws

Netherlands coffee shop case highlights 'paradox' of cannabis laws

At its peak, 200kg of cannabis was regularly stored at the Checkpoint cafe, even though the law says licensed shops are only meant to keep 500g on siteWith 3,000 customers a day, a restaurant, ample
NBC fires Today show host Matt Lauer for inappropriate sexual behavior

NBC fires Today show host Matt Lauer for inappropriate sexual behavior

NBC News received detailed complaint from a colleagueNetwork has ‘reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident’NBC News has fired the Today show host Matt Lauer – one of the best-paid
Inequality ... in a photograph

Inequality ... in a photograph

In 2004, photographer Tuca Vieira captured the image of the Paraisópolis favela next to its wealthy neighbour, Morumbi, that came to symbolise the gap between São Paulo’s rich and poor. He gives us
A dog of war and same-sex shoes: Wednesday's top photos

A dog of war and same-sex shoes: Wednesday's top photos

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world Continue reading...
Brexit divorce bill: how much is it and what is it for?

Brexit divorce bill: how much is it and what is it for?

The UK has conceded to EU demands to honour its financial liabilities, but who decides what they are and when does the UK have to pay up?How much could Britain pay?Is it £44bn, £50bn or even £90bn?