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Lake Michigan like a 'boiling cauldron' as temperatures plummet in Chicago – video

Lake Michigan like a 'boiling cauldron' as temperatures plummet in Chicago – video

Wind chills fell as low as -47C in Chicago, with the temperature hitting -23C, as bitterly cold weather moved into Illinois, US. A local newscaster , as viewed from Chicago’s Edgewater neighbourhood,
Canada unveils plan to warn of potential election meddling

Canada unveils plan to warn of potential election meddling

Impartial group will monitor possible interference in October election and sound alarm if they feel vote could be compromisedCanada will set up a special panel to warn voters of any attempts by
Undiscovered Merlin tale fragments found in Bristol archives

Undiscovered Merlin tale fragments found in Bristol archives

Handwritten 13th-century parchment pieces spotted in unrelated work at libraryAn intriguing, previously unknown 13th-century version of a tale featuring Merlin and King Arthur has been discovered in
Brazil: permission for Lula to attend brother's funeral comes too late

Brazil: permission for Lula to attend brother's funeral comes too late

Ex-president given temporary leave to see body of brother at military base in Curitiba but Lula did not attend burialBrazil’s supreme court chief justice on Wednesday granted imprisoned former
Disadvantaged Australians twice as likely to die from diabetes

Disadvantaged Australians twice as likely to die from diabetes

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report shows a troubling health divide between rich and poor Australians living in disadvantaged parts of the country are twice as likely to die from
Boy, 7, and mother shot in bungled Salford gangland hit, court told

Boy, 7, and mother shot in bungled Salford gangland hit, court told

Christian Hickey Jr and Jayne Hickey shot by man intending to kill her husband, jury hearsA seven-year-old boy and his mother were shot on their doorstep in a bungled gangland hit during an “explosion
Deep freeze: polar vortex grips midwest and east US – in pictures

Deep freeze: polar vortex grips midwest and east US – in pictures

Officials say temperatures could reach as low as -40C as the polar vortex spreads across the midwest and the east. On Wednesday morning Chicago was significantly colder than Antarctica Continue
Matteo Salvini makes U-turn on prospect of facing kidnapping trial

Matteo Salvini makes U-turn on prospect of facing kidnapping trial

Far-right minister initially welcomed potential case but now says it should not happenMatteo Salvini, Italy’s far-right interior minister, has asked his government to deny prosecutors the right to try
Republicans and Democrats meet to avoid new government shutdown – as it happened

Republicans and Democrats meet to avoid new government shutdown – as it happened

Committee meets in Capitol after longest shutdown in history Sign up for the Guardian US morning briefing 1.05am GMT Thanks for sticking with us today. The East Coast team will have you bright and
Russian MP arrested on senate floor over double murder

Russian MP arrested on senate floor over double murder

Rauf Arashukov suspected of ordering at least two contract killingsA Russian politician has been arrested on the floor of parliament for his suspected role in ordering at least two contract
Rare Lucian Freud portrait of Guinness heir goes up for auction

Rare Lucian Freud portrait of Guinness heir goes up for auction

Artist’s 1956 painting hung in legendary house in Wicklow mountains for half a century A tender and rarely seen portrait of a boy by Lucian Freud that hung in a legendary Irish house tucked away in
Number of bus journeys in England falls by 85m in a year

Number of bus journeys in England falls by 85m in a year

Labour says official figures show devastating impact of Tory cuts on local services The number of bus passenger journeys in England slumped by 85m last year, according to figures that Labour said
Deloitte fined £400,000 over company linked to scandal-hit 1MDB

Deloitte fined £400,000 over company linked to scandal-hit 1MDB

Malaysian regulator says firm failed to report irregularities in Islamic bond programmeDeloitte has been fined 2.2m ringgitt (£415,000) by Malaysian regulators for failures in its audit of a firm
Climber rescued after breaking leg in avalanche on Mount Snowdon

Climber rescued after breaking leg in avalanche on Mount Snowdon

Man winched to safety by helicopter off one of UK’s highest mountainsA climber has been winched by helicopter off one of the UK’s highest mountains after sustaining a broken leg when he was caught in
Lars Mikkelsen: I found God after playing a boozy, lusty priest

Lars Mikkelsen: I found God after playing a boozy, lusty priest

The Danish actor reveals the major life-change triggered by his role in Ride Upon the Storm – and looks back at his days in House of Cards with Kevin SpaceyWith unforgettable turns – Troels Hartmann
Emiliano Sala: UK military to hunt for missing plane

Emiliano Sala: UK military to hunt for missing plane

Underwater search follows discovery of cushions thought to be from footballer’s aircraft British military investigators are to carry out an underwater search for the plane that vanished with the
Polar vortex 2019: eight dead as Arctic air spreads across midwest

Polar vortex 2019: eight dead as Arctic air spreads across midwest

Thousands of flights canceled, schools close, and post office halts deliveries as Chicago lows approach record What is the polar vortex?Frozen Arctic winds brought record-low temperatures across much
Croydon 'zombie knife' attacker jailed for three and a half years

Croydon 'zombie knife' attacker jailed for three and a half years

Court of appeal rules Joshua Gardner’s initial suspended sentence was ‘unduly lenient’A teenager who attacked a car with a “zombie knife” in broad daylight has been jailed for three and a half years
Theresa May: MPs' vote not enough to kill threat of no-deal Brexit

Theresa May: MPs' vote not enough to kill threat of no-deal Brexit

PM tells Commons it must also back a deal and accuses Corbyn of risking UK crashing outFollow all the latest Brexit news with our live blogTheresa May has told MPs that their vote against a no-deal
Yemen ceasefire looks dire but is holding, says UN envoy

Yemen ceasefire looks dire but is holding, says UN envoy

Martin Griffiths says Saudi Arabia remains intent on reaching deal to end civil warYemen’s fragile ceasefire is holding and Saudi Arabia remains intent on reaching a negotiated end to the