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Trump attacks Mattis and complains others 'take total advantage' of US

Trump attacks Mattis and complains others 'take total advantage' of US

Trump takes swipe after pushing defense secretary out earlyIn tweets, president also attacks US diplomat Brett McGurkNames under consideration to replace Jim Mattis as US defense secretary are “not
Would-be thief calls police from inside car he was trying to steal

Would-be thief calls police from inside car he was trying to steal

The 17-year old became trapped in the Volvo he had broken into in NorwayChristmas came early for police in Trondheim when a would-be car thief called the local station to confess he was locked inside
Carols at Tornillo: protesters sing for children held in Trump's tent city

Carols at Tornillo: protesters sing for children held in Trump's tent city

Beto O’Rourke showed up to boost locals and activists seeking to give migrants some festive season cheerSinging and chanting as loud as they could, a few hundred feet from where thousands of children
Suggestion that drone did not exist down to 'poor communications'

Suggestion that drone did not exist down to 'poor communications'

Police should not have said there ‘may not have been any genuine drone activity’, says government sourceSuggestions that there may never have been a drone at Gatwick Airport were down to “poor
Sadiq Khan calls for release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Sadiq Khan calls for release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

London mayor calls for Briton jailed in Iran to be freed before 40th birthday on Boxing DayThe mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has thrown his weight behind calls for a British woman jailed in Iran to be
UN special rapporteur demands inquiry into death of Guatemalan girl held in US

UN special rapporteur demands inquiry into death of Guatemalan girl held in US

Exclusive: UN monitor calls for independent investigation into fate of Jakelin Caal, seven-year-old who died after crossing borderThe United Nations monitor who acts as global watchdog on the
Fears of health crisis as Delhi suffers worst air pollution this year

Fears of health crisis as Delhi suffers worst air pollution this year

Authorities in Indian capital rate conditions as ‘severe to emergency’Pollution in Delhi has reached its worst level this year in the past two days, prompting authorities to rate conditions as “severe
Crouching Tiger star Chow Yun-fat to give away £570m fortune

Crouching Tiger star Chow Yun-fat to give away £570m fortune

Modest Hong Kong actor pledges to donate wealth to charity after he diesThe Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actor Chow Yun-fat has said he will donate his fortune to charity after he dies.Also known to
‘Meeting people beats prejudice’: lessons from a frozen conflict

‘Meeting people beats prejudice’: lessons from a frozen conflict

Twenty-five years ago, it was war. Now, young Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks are finding ways to talk to each other againWith its winding cobbled streets around a stout 13th-century hilltop fortress, the
Sydney Olympic Park: Opal Tower and surrounds evacuated after 'cracking' sounds

Sydney Olympic Park: Opal Tower and surrounds evacuated after 'cracking' sounds

Residents evacuated and trains stopped amid concerns for the structural integrity of Opal TowerEngineers and firefighters were preparing to enter a 36-storey high-rise Olympic Park building that was
Christmas travellers face fog, traffic jams and reduced rail services

Christmas travellers face fog, traffic jams and reduced rail services

Drivers warned to expect ‘significant delays’ while many train routes are closed or operating reduced servicesTravellers have been told to expect mist and fog as well as severe delays in some areas as
'We arrive sick and hungry': Venezuelans in Brazil – in pictures

'We arrive sick and hungry': Venezuelans in Brazil – in pictures

In Boa Vista city, camps offer shelter to people fleeing a country in crisis, helping them relocate and find jobs, in a bid to ease growing tensionsAll photographs: Phil Clarke Hill for the Guardian
Father Christmas’s winter wonderland homes are hotting up

Father Christmas’s winter wonderland homes are hotting up

Many towns claiming to be the birthplace of Santa Claus have seen unseasonal temperaturesAfter a year in which the climate has been far more naughty than nice, even Father Christmas – in his various
'The strain is too much': Venezuelan exodus has Brazil at breaking point | Jo Griffin

'The strain is too much': Venezuelan exodus has Brazil at breaking point | Jo Griffin

As Brazil threatens to quit the new UN migration pact, its border-town shelters are bursting at the seams, with hundreds more arriving each dayA short distance from the Venezuelan border, Venessa
The presidential library: 10 books Trump recommended this year

The presidential library: 10 books Trump recommended this year

The president has endorsed at least a dozen books this year – despite claiming he ‘doesn’t have the time’ to read – and they all have one thing in commonWhen it comes to reading books, Donald Trump
Earthrise: how the iconic image changed the world

Earthrise: how the iconic image changed the world

Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders talks about Nasa’s orbit 50 years ago when he photographed Earth as it had never been seen beforeNo one told them to look for the Earth. It was Christmas Eve 1968 and
The Sicilian banker who left the City to fight the mafia

The Sicilian banker who left the City to fight the mafia

Gaspare Giacalone left a six-figure salary to stand for mayor in his hometown. He has no regrets, despite the bulletsBefore the mafia shot up his office in a remote village on the western coast of
Spoken word poets and rappers inject new energy into an Irish tradition

Spoken word poets and rappers inject new energy into an Irish tradition

Young performers are electrifying audiences in Ireland and beyondThe seanchaithe were Ireland’s traditional storytellers, itinerant poets, entertainers and historians who travelled the island regaling
Christians and Jews pay for 'proxy prayers' in Jerusalem

Christians and Jews pay for 'proxy prayers' in Jerusalem

Priests and rabbis pray at holy sites for worshippers unable to make pilgrimage to ancient city A growing movement of organisations in Jerusalem are offering proxy prayer services to Christians and
Yuletide log-off: are people really taking a break from Twitter over Christmas?

Yuletide log-off: are people really taking a break from Twitter over Christmas?

Arguments around the family Christmas table may make up for the lack of social media bashing It’s the most wonderful time of the year to stop tweeting.People all around the world are coming together