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Trump confirms attorney general and UN ambassador nominations - video

Trump confirms attorney general and UN ambassador nominations - video

Donald Trump confirmed he will nominate William Barr for attorney general and Heather Nauert as US ambassador to the UN. Barr has already served as attorney general during George WH Bush's
After years in jail without trial or hope, Syria’s hunger strikers fight for justice

After years in jail without trial or hope, Syria’s hunger strikers fight for justice

Political prisoners forgotten by the world protest on behalf of hundreds of thousands detained or ‘disappeared’In the shaky mobile phone video, around a dozen men with grim faces stand in silence,
Pressure grows on UN official accused of encouraging 'harassment and abuse'

Pressure grows on UN official accused of encouraging 'harassment and abuse'

Inquiry urges leadership change amid claims UNAids chief Michel Sidibé has presided over culture of favouritism and bullyingA culture of favouritism that tolerated harassment and bullying has been
US military: one of two crew recovered off Japan after mid-air collision is dead

US military: one of two crew recovered off Japan after mid-air collision is dead

Other recovered man in fair condition but five others missingFighter jet collided with refueling aircraftOne of two crew members recovered after two US warplanes collided and crashed off Japan’s coast
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected Merkel's successor as CDU leader

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected Merkel's successor as CDU leader

Winner of party vote tipped to become Germany’s next chancellor and Europe’s most powerful politicianAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a staunchly Catholic conservative career politician, has been elected
Revealed: the hidden global network behind Tommy Robinson

Revealed: the hidden global network behind Tommy Robinson

Guardian investigation shows how cash, legal support and millions of tweets underpin anti-Islam activist - but Facebook removes his ‘donate’ buttonThe British far-right activist Tommy Robinson is
No 10 hits back as pro-Brexit aides threaten to quit over backstop

No 10 hits back as pro-Brexit aides threaten to quit over backstop

Downing Street says rejecting May’s deal will drive UK into permanent customs union Brexiters who reject Theresa May’s deal will drive the UK towards a permanent customs union with the EU, Downing
Gilets jaunes: police use teargas to clear Paris protesters

Gilets jaunes: police use teargas to clear Paris protesters

Police make 400 ‘preventative arrests’ as streets cordoned off in anticipation of more violence • Paris on lockdown for gilet jaunes protests - live updatesFrench security forces sealed off areas of
Italian regulator fines Facebook £8.9m for misleading users

Italian regulator fines Facebook £8.9m for misleading users

Company criticised over data misuse and ordered to issue an apology on its website and appFacebook has been fined €10m (£8.9m) by Italian authorities for misleading users over its data practices.The
Pigging out: US college gets special vending machine selling bacon for $1

Pigging out: US college gets special vending machine selling bacon for $1

Machine installed at Ohio State University, sponsored by the Ohio Pork Council, offers cooked bacon strips and bacon bitsOhio State University students can fuel up on pork as they study for finals.A
Johannesburg: fire in township leaves thousands homeless

Johannesburg: fire in township leaves thousands homeless

Local charities call for donations after blaze wrecks 500 homes in AlexandraA fire has devastated one of the most crowded neighbourhoods of Johannesburg, destroying 500 homes and leaving thousands of
Bias in Britain: what can employers, the government and you do about it?

Bias in Britain: what can employers, the government and you do about it?

From changing hiring methods to requiring race pay gap reporting, more can be doneAll this week, the Guardian’s Bias in Britain series has reported on the effects of unconscious bias in many different
Bolsonaro abolishes human rights ministry in favour of family values

Bolsonaro abolishes human rights ministry in favour of family values

Rightwing president names evangelical pastor to head ministry lumping together women, family, rights and indigenous peopleBrazil’s far-right president-elect, Jair Bolsonaro, will abolish the country’s
Michael Cohen sought to 'criminally influence' US election, prosecutors say – live

Michael Cohen sought to 'criminally influence' US election, prosecutors say – live

Full story: prosecutors call for substantial prison timeGuidelines in memo call for a prison term between 46 and 63 monthsProtect independent, fact-based journalism with a year-end contribution and
Chief whip's desperate pleading breaks spell of dark arts | John Crace

Chief whip's desperate pleading breaks spell of dark arts | John Crace

Also this week: bad reviews for Geoffrey Cox’s syrupy baritone, and what to hope for in Richard Curtis’s Four Weddings and a Funeral updateMy item in last week’s diary about being mortified to be
Pete Shelley: the smart, sardonic punk bard of unrequited romance

Pete Shelley: the smart, sardonic punk bard of unrequited romance

Packed with hooks and waspishly funny lines, the Buzzcocks frontman effortlessly created singles which became part of the musical landscapeIf Peter McNeish had done nothing more than organise the Sex
'No world to leave our children’: progress on women's rights still lags, shows study

'No world to leave our children’: progress on women's rights still lags, shows study

Researchers find efforts to curb early marriage are failing while laws in many countries allow men to hold swayProgress on women’s rights has been far slower than expected across the world as a report
'Man is a king': controversial star Buju Banton comes home to Jamaica

'Man is a king': controversial star Buju Banton comes home to Jamaica

Having served seven years in a US prison on drugs charges, Banton is returning to a hero’s welcome – though to many he’s still notorious for a song inciting the murder of gay peopleThe most eagerly
To Hull and back: catching the Zeebrugge ferry in Brexit's shadow

To Hull and back: catching the Zeebrugge ferry in Brexit's shadow

Jon Henley speaks to customs officials, lorry drivers and tourists as he travels on the Pride of Bruges from Belgium to north-east EnglandOn a chain-link fence beside a wet and windswept road in
Brexit: Hancock confirms government could charter planes to fly medicines into UK in event of no deal – Politics live

Brexit: Hancock confirms government could charter planes to fly medicines into UK in event of no deal – Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 12.48pm GMT The disintegration of Ukip continues. Gerard Batten, its leader and an MEP, has now announced that he is leaving the