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'If I have to I will': Donald Trump on declaring a national emergency – video

'If I have to I will': Donald Trump on declaring a national emergency – video

The US president was speaking to reporters outside the White House when he was asked for his thoughts on calling a national emergency, to which he replied: I'll probably do it, almost definitely.'
Mexico investigates battle between drug gangs that left at least 20 dead

Mexico investigates battle between drug gangs that left at least 20 dead

The bodies, some burned, found in the northern border town of Tamaulipas that’s convulsed by fighting to control drug traffickingMexican authorities are investigating a battle between two suspected
Mother and two boys suffocate in Nepal's latest 'period hut' tragedy

Mother and two boys suffocate in Nepal's latest 'period hut' tragedy

Practice of banishing women to small outbuildings during periods claims further victims despite country declaring practice illegal A woman and her two sons have suffocated to death in a windowless
UK councils invest £566m in arms firms implicated in Saudi's Yemen campaign

UK councils invest £566m in arms firms implicated in Saudi's Yemen campaign

Exclusive: workers’ pensions invested in five firms linked to conflict which has killed thousands of civilians More than half a billion pounds of council workers’ pension money has been directly
'If there is a wall in front of you, go through it,' says Trump in 2004 speech – video

'If there is a wall in front of you, go through it,' says Trump in 2004 speech – video

An old video of Donald Trump has been unearthed in which he says 'If there is a concrete wall in front of you, go through it'. The clip, unearthed by the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, shows Trump
Angela Merkel on ‘victory tour’ visit to Athens

Angela Merkel on ‘victory tour’ visit to Athens

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras praises new ‘relationship of trust’ with German chancellorAngela Merkel arrived in Greece on Thursday for a two-day visit to the country that has posed some of the greatest
Michael Cohen: former Trump fixer to testify before Congress – live updates

Michael Cohen: former Trump fixer to testify before Congress – live updates

Cohen to go before House committee in early FebruaryTrump heads to border and threatens national emergencySign up to the Guardian’s new US morning briefing 9.23pm GMT Here is the full list of the
Ofo cycle hire firm pulls out of London

Ofo cycle hire firm pulls out of London

At its peak the Chinese bike-sharing startup had 6,000 bikes in several English cities The Chinese bike-sharing firm Ofo, known for its yellow bikes that users can leave in the street, is pulling out
Viktor Orbán calls for anti-migration politicians to take over EU

Viktor Orbán calls for anti-migration politicians to take over EU

Hungarian PM also hails new partnership forged with Poland by Italy’s Matteo Salvini Hungary’s far-right prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has called for “anti-migration politicians” to take over Europe’s
Kamala Harris invites speculation over 2020 White House bid

Kamala Harris invites speculation over 2020 White House bid

Democratic senator, 54, says she’ll make a decision soon and accuses Trump of throwing a tantrum to ‘create fear and division’When Kamala Harris was growing up in Oakland, California, her mother would
Wales v New Zealand: battle for title of world's steepest street – video

Wales v New Zealand: battle for title of world's steepest street – video

Residents of Harlech in north Wales believe their town is home to the world's steepest street, Ffordd Pen Llech, which has a claimed gradient of 36%. The current holder of the title is Baldwin Street
Samuel Beckett rejected as unsuitable for the Nobel prize in 1968

Samuel Beckett rejected as unsuitable for the Nobel prize in 1968

Newly released papers show the committee chairman’s doubts in 1968 whether a prize for the Irish author would be in the spirit of the awardSamuel Beckett won the Nobel prize for literature in 1969,
CPS to test three alleged harassment cases after Soubry abused outside parliament

CPS to test three alleged harassment cases after Soubry abused outside parliament

Police confirm more officers deployed at Westminster following demonstrationsThree cases of alleged harassment outside parliament have been referred to the Crown Prosecution Service after the MP Anna
Bristol grime artist, Solo 45, on trial for 22 rapes

Bristol grime artist, Solo 45, on trial for 22 rapes

Andy Anokye, 31, denies imprisoning and raping four women over two-year periodA grime artist imprisoned and repeatedly raped four women, a jury has been told.Andy Anokye, 31, who performs under the
Police in Spain break up tennis match-fixing ring 'involving 28 pros'

Police in Spain break up tennis match-fixing ring 'involving 28 pros'

Ring alleged to involve 28 professional players including one who played in last US OpenSpanish police have broken up a tennis match-fixing ring that is alleged to involve nearly 30 professional
Nicole Kidman’s top 10 films - ranked!

Nicole Kidman’s top 10 films - ranked!

Whether cast against type in Destroyer or displaying an almost spiritual mystery in The Others, Kidman has the power to mesmerise an audienceThis was the performance that earned Nicole Kidman her
'Bricks don't usually roll': the Welsh town vying for world's steepest street

'Bricks don't usually roll': the Welsh town vying for world's steepest street

Harlech residents are confident they can take record from Dunedin in New Zealand Residents of a Welsh coastal town are confident they can strip a city on the other side of the globe of the fiercely
Trump tours border after repeating threat to call national emergency

Trump tours border after repeating threat to call national emergency

President visits Texas on shutdown’s 20th day as rift with Democrats expandsDonald Trump has reiterated his threat to declare a national emergency if Congress does not meet his demand for billions of
Brexit plan B debate will last only 90 minutes, says No 10

Brexit plan B debate will last only 90 minutes, says No 10

Downing Street says one amendment would be allowed to motion after defeat of PM’s dealDowning Street has said that if Theresa May’s deal is voted down, any debate over a Brexit plan B would be 90
Pyramid stone row: Egypt asks Museum of Scotland for papers

Pyramid stone row: Egypt asks Museum of Scotland for papers

Row over plans by Edinburgh museum to display stone from Great Pyramid of Giza escalatesThe Egyptian government is calling for access to the certification documents for all Egyptian antiquities