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Julie Bishop praises Julia Banks and says parties need 50% female representation

Julie Bishop praises Julia Banks and says parties need 50% female representation

Former foreign minister says Banks ‘would have thought long and hard about her decision’ to quit the LiberalsThe former foreign minister Julie Bishop has described Julia Banks as a “strong sensible
Tory MPs' shooting party criticised by animal rights activists

Tory MPs' shooting party criticised by animal rights activists

Four Conservative MPs under fire for attending £953 event paid for by shooting lobbyAnimal rights campaigners have criticised a decision by four Conservative MPs to take part in a pheasant and
Magnetic levitation: the return of transport's great 'what if?'

Magnetic levitation: the return of transport's great 'what if?'

34 years after the first commercial maglev line opened in Birmingham, the futuristic tech enjoys an Asia-driven rebirthAt first glance it looks like a regular train threading between tower blocks and
Matthew Hedges: pardoned academic returns to UK

Matthew Hedges: pardoned academic returns to UK

Durham University student lands at Heathrow a day after being freed from UAE jailThe British academic Matthew Hedges has returned to the UK after his release from a prison in the United Arab Emirates
Brexit weekly briefing: EU signs off on 'the only deal possible'

Brexit weekly briefing: EU signs off on 'the only deal possible'

Now even harder work begins for Theresa May as she battles MPs over the withdrawal agreementWelcome to your Guardian weekly Brexit briefing, more necessary than ever as it all starts hotting up … If
Paradise lost: the town incinerated by California's deadliest wildfire – video

Paradise lost: the town incinerated by California's deadliest wildfire – video

Paradise, California, was a slice of heaven for those who lived there – until they lost everything in California’s worst wildfire. The Camp fire wiped out the town, killed at least 85 people, and
UK pledges £35m to Afghanistan as food crisis worsens

UK pledges £35m to Afghanistan as food crisis worsens

Severe food insecurity is predicted to affect almost half of the country’s rural population by early next yearThe UK government has announced £35m of new funding to help the growing crisis in
Health effects of diesel 'cost European taxpayers billions'

Health effects of diesel 'cost European taxpayers billions'

Traffic emissions responsible for at least €70bn damage every year, report saysAir pollution from roads causes at least €70bn (£62bn) in health damage every year in the European Union, according to a
Startups defy gravity to explore space's commercial frontiers

Startups defy gravity to explore space's commercial frontiers

Small firms spot an opportunity in emerging industry of microgravity experimentationIn a cramped office hidden within the poorly lit corridors of a shopping mall in Israel, sits the equivalent of
How the murders of two elderly Jewish women shook France

How the murders of two elderly Jewish women shook France

Two killings in Paris, one year apart, have inflamed the bitter French debate over antisemitism, race and religion. By James McAuley The body landed in the courtyard, not far from the building’s bins.
Immigrants in Greece face winter crisis after public sector cuts

Immigrants in Greece face winter crisis after public sector cuts

UN envoy says EU policy during debt crisis had unintended consequences Greece’s asylum system is hamstrung by public sector cuts imposed during the country’s EU bailouts, a UN envoy has said, as
End of an era as Ireland closes its peat bogs 'to fight climate change'

End of an era as Ireland closes its peat bogs 'to fight climate change'

Shift to renewables is too late say campaigners as peatlands will still emit greenhouse gasesWhen the semi-state company that harvests Ireland’s peatlands recently announced the closure of 17 bogs,
Jimmy Barnes calls for children to be removed from Nauru: 'It's not the Australian way'

Jimmy Barnes calls for children to be removed from Nauru: 'It's not the Australian way'

Musician says he’s ‘ashamed’ the government is ‘holding people up as hostages to stop people smugglers’ and accused Peter Dutton of spreading lies and propagandaThe Australian rock musician Jimmy
Shit a brick: doctors swallow Lego to allay parents' fears

Shit a brick: doctors swallow Lego to allay parents' fears

Researchers from Australia and UK swallow Lego heads in the ‘noble tradition of self-experimentation’A team of doctors who swallowed Lego and timed how long it took to pass through their bowels say
Watchdog clears Ryan Zinke of wrongdoing in Utah monument inquiry

Watchdog clears Ryan Zinke of wrongdoing in Utah monument inquiry

A report says it found no evidence that the interior secretary redrew boundaries of the monument to benefit a state lawmakerAn internal watchdog has cleared Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of wrongdoing
Six people found dead in mass killing at Japan tourist hotspot

Six people found dead in mass killing at Japan tourist hotspot

Officials in Miyazaki prefecture urge people to be careful and keep close eye on children after gruesome discoveryResidents of a remote village in south-western Japan are coming to terms with a
French civil servant 'arrested on suspicion of spying for North Korea'

French civil servant 'arrested on suspicion of spying for North Korea'

Parliamentary worker is also president of the Franco-Korean friendship associationIntelligence agencies have arrested a senior French civil servant on suspicion of passing confidential information to
Argentina prosecutors considering charges against Mohammed bin Salman at G20

Argentina prosecutors considering charges against Mohammed bin Salman at G20

Writ presented by Human Rights Watch calls for prosecution over mass civilian casualties in Yemen and murder of Jamal KhashoggiArgentinian prosecutors are considering charging Saudi Arabia’s crown
Great Pacific garbage patch swimmer forced to stop after nearly 3,000km

Great Pacific garbage patch swimmer forced to stop after nearly 3,000km

Storm-damaged support ship means Ben Lecomte, 50, has to divert to Hawaii A French-American plastic pollution campaigner has given up his attempt to swim across the Pacific ocean after a storm broke
China orders inquiry into 'world's first gene-edited babies'

China orders inquiry into 'world's first gene-edited babies'

As experts cast doubt on supposed breakthrough, China’s National Health Commission orders an ‘immediate investigation’A Chinese scientist’s claim that he has created the world’s first genetically