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Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig detained in China

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig detained in China

Kovrig’s employer, the International Crisis Group, said it is concerned for his health and safety and is seeking his releaseA former Canadian diplomat has been detained in China, and his current
Macron studied Machiavelli. But did he learn the key lesson? | Hugo Drochon

Macron studied Machiavelli. But did he learn the key lesson? | Hugo Drochon

The writer counselled his Prince to avoid being hated but to embrace being fearedLast Wednesday, Emmanuel Macron announced that the planned rise in fuel tax due to come into effect in January had been
Christmas is time for families not homework, pleads Italian minister

Christmas is time for families not homework, pleads Italian minister

Marco Bussetti to tell teachers festive period is ‘time of rest for students and families’Italy’s education minister has urged schools not to overburden children with homework during the Christmas
'Window is narrowing': scientists urge action at UN climate talks

'Window is narrowing': scientists urge action at UN climate talks

Gilet jaunes protests cast shadow as concerns raised over backlash against rapid changeScientists have laid down the gauntlet for political leaders as the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland,
Armed police arrest man at Houses of Parliament

Armed police arrest man at Houses of Parliament

Police use stun gun on suspected trespasser inside Palace of WestminsterA man has been arrested by armed police near an entrance to the Houses of Parliament.The incident, during which officers used a
Iran sentences three human rights lawyers to prison, reports say

Iran sentences three human rights lawyers to prison, reports say

Trio face lengthy terms for opposing the ruling system amid accusations of ‘propaganda’Iran has sentenced two human rights lawyers to six years in prison and a third to 13 years, according to
Juncker on Brexit: 'Withdrawal agreement will not be reopened' – video

Juncker on Brexit: 'Withdrawal agreement will not be reopened' – video

Jean-Claude Juncker, the European commission president, says there is 'no room whatsoever' to renegotiate the Brexit deal. The message from Brussels to Theresa May comes as the prime minister returns
Time magazine names Jamal Khashoggi and persecuted journalists 'person of the year'

Time magazine names Jamal Khashoggi and persecuted journalists 'person of the year'

The accolade honours the Saudi journalist and others, including those from the Capital Gazette, killed or imprisoned in 2018Time magazine has collectively named Jamal Khashoggi and other killed and
Armed police detain man after incident at parliament – video

Armed police detain man after incident at parliament – video

A man has been arrested inside the grounds of the Houses of Parliament on suspicion of trespassing. The Metropolitan police said officers used a stun gun during the incidentYou can follow updates on
Putin's East German identity card found in Stasi archives – report

Putin's East German identity card found in Stasi archives – report

Russian president’s photo and card discovered among Soviet-era personnel files in DresdenVladimir Putin’s old East German secret police identification card has reportedly been discovered in the Stasi
Gilets jaunes protests continue despite Macron concessions

Gilets jaunes protests continue despite Macron concessions

French president’s address divides opinion in France as blockades and strikes go ahead as plannedProtests and road barricades at roundabouts and toll-booths across France have continued, as many
'Yemenis are left so poor they kill themselves before the hunger does'

'Yemenis are left so poor they kill themselves before the hunger does'

As peace talks to end war in Yemen continue, three local aid workers from the Norwegian Refugee Council describe its devastating impactMore than 10,000 people in Yemen have been killed and 3 million
Oscars consider having no host after Kevin Hart quits

Oscars consider having no host after Kevin Hart quits

Organisers are reportedly struggling to replace the comedian after his sudden decision not to present the 2019 Academy Awards ceremonyThe organisers of the Academy Awards are considering dispensing
The gilets jaunes have cowed Macron. But for them, that’s just the start | John Lichfield

The gilets jaunes have cowed Macron. But for them, that’s just the start | John Lichfield

Despite winning major concessions from the president, the French rebels now eye a bigger cause – to bring down the governmentThe French have a word for pressing on to the bitter end without
Italy: Five Star Movement MP quits party over disability stance

Italy: Five Star Movement MP quits party over disability stance

Matteo Dall’Osso, who has multiple sclerosis, joins rival Forza Italia in protest at ‘inaction’An Italian MP who has multiple sclerosis has said he resigned from the Five Star Movement (M5S ) –
Cornwall cliff collapse caught on camera – video

Cornwall cliff collapse caught on camera – video

A woman walking near the coast on Lynstone Road in Bude, Cornwall, on Monday captures the moment part of a cliff collapses on to the beach Continue reading...
Tuesday US briefing: desperate May struggles to save her Brexit deal

Tuesday US briefing: desperate May struggles to save her Brexit deal

GOP’s Wisconsin power grab could be struck down in courts ... Macron tries to placate protesters ... Maria Butina to plead guilty over efforts to influence NRAGood morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s
Cycles for cigarettes: city gives bikes to children if a relative quits

Cycles for cigarettes: city gives bikes to children if a relative quits

The bicycles are given to children in the Turkish border city of Kilis if they also maintain strong grades and promise to ride for an hour a dayStanding on the street in the centre of Kilis, a small
Courts likely to strike down Republican lame-duck power grabs, experts say

Courts likely to strike down Republican lame-duck power grabs, experts say

After Democrats won governor’s races in Wisconsin and Michigan, GOP-controlled legislatures have tried to limit executive powerFollow the latest US politics newsRepublicans in Wisconsin, Michigan and
How Republicans are turning US states into labs of anti-democracy

How Republicans are turning US states into labs of anti-democracy

The party’s brazen efforts to rewire state legislature poses a greater threat than Trump – and will be all the harder to tackle America’s federal system of government is, in theory, key to the