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Arc de Triomphe lights up for new year in Paris – video

Arc de Triomphe lights up for new year in Paris – video

The French capital welcomed 2019 with a laser show and fireworks watched by thousands of people on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Continue reading...
Hello 2019 – what are you likely to bring?

Hello 2019 – what are you likely to bring?

Politics, science, technology, TV, books … here’s what to expect in the year aheadA year is much more than just 365 days, or one orbit of the Earth around the sun. One year produces so many events and
Response to Westminster bullying report a disgrace, says ex-minister

Response to Westminster bullying report a disgrace, says ex-minister

Maria Miller says key issues of Cox report on harassment being ‘swept under the carpet’The House of Commons could be brought into disrepute over the “disgraceful” way a damning report into bullying
Archbishop of Canterbury urges openness in new year message

Archbishop of Canterbury urges openness in new year message

Justin Welby says country should try to overcome recent struggles and divisions The archbishop of Canterbury has urged the country to start 2019 in a “new spirit of openness towards each other” in an
Trump invites lawmakers to border security briefing amid shutdown

Trump invites lawmakers to border security briefing amid shutdown

Top two leaders from both parties of each chamber have been invited to meeting after president said he is ‘ready’ to negotiate Donald Trump has invited congressional leaders to a White House briefing
Manchester police scour Victoria station after triple stabbing

Manchester police scour Victoria station after triple stabbing

Counter-terror police involved in investigation of New Year’s Eve attack on three people Police forensic officers are scouring Manchester’s Victoria station after a man stabbed three people, including
Queensland fought to stop Daintree’s world heritage listing, cabinet papers reveal

Queensland fought to stop Daintree’s world heritage listing, cabinet papers reveal

In 1988, Mike Ahern’s government was also trying to distance itself from corruption under Joh Bjelke-Petersen and establish a greenhouse gas policy to combat climate changeIn 1988 while most
Theresa May urges MPs to back Brexit deal in new year message

Theresa May urges MPs to back Brexit deal in new year message

Prime minister says Britain can put divisions aside and turn a corner in 2019 Theresa May has urged the Commons to allow the UK to “turn a corner” by voting for her Brexit deal, using her new year’s
Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip hearing in sexual assault case

Judge denies Kevin Spacey's request to skip hearing in sexual assault case

The 59-year-old actor is accused of groping a young man at a Massachusetts bar in 2016Kevin Spacey must turn up at a forthcoming court hearing in Massachusetts, a judge ruled on Monday, after the
Two Border Force cutters redeployed to English Channel, says Sajid Javid

Two Border Force cutters redeployed to English Channel, says Sajid Javid

Home secretary says move is to secure borders and prevent deaths of those crossingThe UK is to deploy two extra Border Force ships to the English Channel to try to disrupt a recent increase in people
'We are all migrants': Dover divided by wave of boat arrivals

'We are all migrants': Dover divided by wave of boat arrivals

An increase in migrants crossing the Channel by boat has created tension in the area, locals sayUK and France to step up patrols as boat with 12 Iranians lands in KentOn Dover’s Marine Parade an empty
FTSE 100 tumbles by 12.5% in 2018 – its biggest fall in a decade

FTSE 100 tumbles by 12.5% in 2018 – its biggest fall in a decade

World’s markets falter as Brexit uncertainty and the US-China trade war spook investorsBritain’s leading stock market index has suffered its worst year in a decade as economic worries, Brexit
Afghanistan FA president denies allegations of sexual and physical abuse

Afghanistan FA president denies allegations of sexual and physical abuse

• Keramuudin Karim says allegations are ‘a conspiracy’ • Three female national team players have alleged abuseThe Afghanistan Football Federation president, Keramuudin Karim, has denied allegations he
Democrats unveil bill to end shutdown – without money for Trump's wall

Democrats unveil bill to end shutdown – without money for Trump's wall

Sources say House to vote on package on ThursdayMonday represents 10th day of government shutdownDemocrats on Monday unveiled legislation designed to re-open the federal government, without providing
Asia and Australia usher in new year with huge firework displays – video

Asia and Australia usher in new year with huge firework displays – video

Hong Kong welcomed the new year with a pyrotechnics show over Victoria Harbour, while Taiwan's capital held a firework display around the Taipei 101 skyscraper. In South Korea, a traditional
Louis CK mocks Parkland survivors in audio of standup routine

Louis CK mocks Parkland survivors in audio of standup routine

Comedian said of teen activists: ‘You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot’ at 16 December setLouis CK faces new controversy over a standup routine in which he
The Foreign Office did not have a hand in my release from Iran | Letter

The Foreign Office did not have a hand in my release from Iran | Letter

Prof Abbas Edalat points out that neither he nor his family sought or received consular support from the UK governmentWith respect to my return from Iran to the UK (British-Iranian academic detained
Tower block collapse in Russia leaves four dead and dozens trapped – video

Tower block collapse in Russia leaves four dead and dozens trapped – video

Up to 40 people are unaccounted for after a gas explosion tore through a residential building in the industrial city of Magnitogorsk on New Year's Eve. A large section of the Soviet-era tower block
Venice to charge day-trippers up to €10 to enter city

Venice to charge day-trippers up to €10 to enter city

Mayor says tax will improve monitoring of tourist arrivals and help fund clean-up of litterDay-trippers to Venice will be charged up to €10 (£9) to enter the famous lagoon city as authorities continue
The Guardian view on US-China antagonism | Editorial

The Guardian view on US-China antagonism | Editorial

The world in 2019: The vexed politics of our times has obscured the view ahead. Over the holidays we are examining some big issues on the horizon. Today we look at tensions between the leading global