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Flags, passion and anger: reporting from a divided Spain

Flags, passion and anger: reporting from a divided Spain

In a little more than a year as Madrid correspondent I have reported on terrorism and Brexit: but nothing has shaken Spain like the upheaval in CataloniaAt 7.50am on 1 October, a car tore down a
Howard Jacobson: ‘In pre-weather-app times, “later” was a terrifying concept’

Howard Jacobson: ‘In pre-weather-app times, “later” was a terrifying concept’

Our mothers prepared us for later by making sure we didn’t leave the house without a pullover, scarf and pac-a-macI am standing in a hail storm reading a weather app that says the day will stay clear
'I like the rain': the only Syrian family in a Welsh village

'I like the rain': the only Syrian family in a Welsh village

Four months after arriving in the UK under a community sponsorship scheme, one family is settling in and going native Nestling in the green hills of Pembrokeshire, the small market town of Narberth
Weinstein inquiry: police departments likely to join forces, experts say

Weinstein inquiry: police departments likely to join forces, experts say

Authorities in New York, London and Los Angeles are pursuing criminal cases against film producer facing a flood of sexual misconduct accusationsDetectives in several cities investigating Harvey
Hindu activists threaten to torch UK cinemas in Bollywood film row

Hindu activists threaten to torch UK cinemas in Bollywood film row

Indian release of Padmavati, about 14th-century queen, postponed after protests and death threats against cast and directorBritish film distributors are reconsidering the release of a Bollywood
Queensland election 2017: Annastacia Palaszczuk says Labor will win majority – politics live

Queensland election 2017: Annastacia Palaszczuk says Labor will win majority – politics live

Premier reiterates pledge not to do a deal with One Nation and says Labor will get enough seats to form government once counting is finalised 1.18pm GMT For the second election in a row, Queensland
Tracking Trump: turkey pardons and teeing off with Tiger Woods

Tracking Trump: turkey pardons and teeing off with Tiger Woods

In another busy week, the president feuds with LaVar Ball, defends Roy Moore, and faces ominous news in the Russia inquiry – but finds time for golfEach week, Trump seems to make more news than most
Country diary: return of the parish lengthsman

Country diary: return of the parish lengthsman

Colton parish, Lake District A job that goes back to medieval times is being restored – and never is it more needed than during leaf-fall“The Rusland valley has been so flooded this November,” says
Twelve dead in Georgia hotel fire, say officials

Twelve dead in Georgia hotel fire, say officials

At least 12 people died and a dozen were injured as a fire ripped through an upmarket hotel in Batumi, GeorgiaAt least 12 people died and a dozen were injured on Friday as a fire ripped through an
Italian women's footballers aim for where men failed – a place in the World Cup

Italian women's footballers aim for where men failed – a place in the World Cup

After years of being ignored in Italy, the national women’s team face the prospect of a place in the 2019 World Cup – while the men sit at homeThere are two hard truths in Italian football; first,
Sinai attack needs to be a turning point in Egypt's war on terror

Sinai attack needs to be a turning point in Egypt's war on terror

Isis insurgents in Egypt have established a potent capability despite the continual efforts of the authorities to destroy themEgypt’s restive northern Sinai province, where at least 235 people were
Bangladesh PM claims 'forced disappearances take place in UK and US'

Bangladesh PM claims 'forced disappearances take place in UK and US'

Sheikh Hasina appears to conflate media reports on missing persons data with forced disappearancesBangladesh’s prime minister has claimed that forced disappearances allegedly perpetrated by security
EU anti-propaganda unit gets €1m a year to counter Russian fake news

EU anti-propaganda unit gets €1m a year to counter Russian fake news

East Stratcom taskforce will be funded from EU budget for first time after summit highlights threat from ‘cyber-attacks and fake news’The EU is stepping up its campaign to counter disinformation and
'Real jeopardy': independent panel lays into Murray-Darling basin management

'Real jeopardy': independent panel lays into Murray-Darling basin management

The leadership has not taken a strong enough role in ensuring compliance, the report saysAn independent panel has delivered a scathing assessment of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s leadership in
France: Macron nods to the left with cabinet mini-shuffle

France: Macron nods to the left with cabinet mini-shuffle

Socialist appointed to budget post after grumblings that president was favouring the richPresident Emmanuel Macron has named a Socialist lawmaker to a top budget post as part of a cabinet shuffle
Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry's 'arrogance'

Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry's 'arrogance'

Future of dockless bicycles under a cloud amid concerns there are too many bikes and not enough demandAt first glance the photos vaguely resemble a painting. On closer inspection it might be a giant
New centre at Manus still a construction site, says Tim Costello

New centre at Manus still a construction site, says Tim Costello

Group of 40 Rhodes scholars sends letter to Turnbull, expressing ‘disapproval, horror and shame’ at treatment to detaineesFifty-seven men formerly detained on Manus Island have spent the night on
Lee Rhiannon loses Greens' top NSW Senate spot to Mehreen Faruqi

Lee Rhiannon loses Greens' top NSW Senate spot to Mehreen Faruqi

Senior party figures express hope the ballot result will bring to an end the infightingSenator Lee Rhiannon has failed to win preselection as the Greens’ lead candidate for New South Wales at the next
Ministry of Defence braced for 'brutal' cuts in security review

Ministry of Defence braced for 'brutal' cuts in security review

MoD has compiled list of options, including marines and amphibious vessels but Trident replacement seen as untouchableThe Ministry of Defence is bracing for what one Whitehall official has described
Oxford Street panic began with fight at tube station, suggest police

Oxford Street panic began with fight at tube station, suggest police

Visitors to London West End ran and hid, two tube stations were closed and armed police raced to scene after incident An altercation between two men appears to have triggered the outbreak of mass