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Sri Lanka's PM resigns in effort to ease constitutional crisis

Sri Lanka's PM resigns in effort to ease constitutional crisis

Appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa has been source of longstanding political impasseSri Lanka’s prime minister has resigned, saying he wanted to end a long political crisis over his appointment and
Public transit system in Washington DC struggles with privatization

Public transit system in Washington DC struggles with privatization

Union employees are fighting the effort in favor of better benefits and working conditions, as well as keeping public costs downKewanna Battle Mason has worked for the privately operated bus service,
Ukrainian priests rile Moscow with moves to set up independent Orthodox Church

Ukrainian priests rile Moscow with moves to set up independent Orthodox Church

Kiev hopes historic ‘unification’ synod in Kiev will be a further step out of Russia’s orbitUkrainian priests will hold a historic synod on Saturdayto work toward founding an independent church, in
Tram derailment injures dozens in Lisbon - video

Tram derailment injures dozens in Lisbon - video

Twenty-eight passengers and pedestrians have been injured after a tram derailed and flipped over in the Portuguese capital. Officials say the tram went off the rails on a bend at the bottom of a steep
Newcastle man charged with planning act of terrorism

Newcastle man charged with planning act of terrorism

Man, 33, to appear in court after being arrested in Arthur’s Hill area earlier this week A Newcastle man is to appear in court in London charged with a terrorism offence.The 33-year-old, from the
As Mueller's inquiry deepens, is the net closing in on Trump?

As Mueller's inquiry deepens, is the net closing in on Trump?

Experts say testimony from Michael Cohen to prosecutors has the ‘potential to be devastating’ for the embattled presidentAfter a week that could tally as one of the most turbulent of his presidency,
Dozens injured in Lisbon tram crash

Dozens injured in Lisbon tram crash

Tram derails and flips over trapping passengers inside and wounding pedestriansTwenty-eight people have been injured after a tram derailed and flipped over in Lisbon.Officials say the tram went off
Hayley Atwell: ‘I won't give my body dysmorphia a voice’

Hayley Atwell: ‘I won't give my body dysmorphia a voice’

The actor on crying on stage, good legal advice and suffering from FomoBorn in London, Hayley Atwell, 36, went to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and, within months of graduating, was cast in
My year of reading African women, by Gary Younge

My year of reading African women, by Gary Younge

Shamed by a gap in his reading, the Guardian writer vowed to read only fiction by African women in 2018. After 19 novels spanning Nigeria to Ethiopia, he shares what he learnedAt last year’s Guardian
It's the year that celebrities were held to account. But what happens next? | Hadley Freeman

It's the year that celebrities were held to account. But what happens next? | Hadley Freeman

From Kevin Hart to Lena Dunham to Christmas songs, sometimes it’s a good idea to look critically at the past. But you can’t just ban everythingIf 2016 was the year of the celebrity death, and 2017 the
Speak to Guardian and Observer journalists staffing our charity telethon lines

Speak to Guardian and Observer journalists staffing our charity telethon lines

Marina Hyde, Gary Younge, Katharine Viner and Owen Jones will be among those waiting for your callsNesrine Malik: You can help people regain their dignity Katharine Viner: Help stop injustices like
Legal plastic content in animal feed could harm human health, experts warn

Legal plastic content in animal feed could harm human health, experts warn

Small bits of plastic packaging from waste food make their way into animal feed as part of the UK’s permitted recycling processPlastic traces in animal feed could pose a risk to human health and
India: eleven die after eating 'toxic' rice at temple

India: eleven die after eating 'toxic' rice at temple

Officials believe a foul-smelling tomato rice and flavoured water offered at Hindu temple in Karnataka was contaminatedEleven people have died after eating rice that had likely been contaminated with
Beloved Freddie Frinton skit to air on UK TV for first time

Beloved Freddie Frinton skit to air on UK TV for first time

Dinner for One sketch was instant hit when it aired in 1972 and has achieved cult statusIt is the most repeated, and possibly the most beloved, British comedy sketch in history, and yet most Britons
Is Emma Coronel the devoted wife of El Chapo, or is she being used as a prop?

Is Emma Coronel the devoted wife of El Chapo, or is she being used as a prop?

Some think El Chapo’s team is using Coronel, and her popular Instagram account and media appearances, as a distraction There she is in the cafeteria at New York’s eastern district courthouse, when
Mike Pompeo says China should free two Canadians held after Huawei executive's arrest

Mike Pompeo says China should free two Canadians held after Huawei executive's arrest

US intervention comes as Canadian officials granted access in China to Michael Kovrig and Michael SpavorThe US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has said China should free two Canadian citizens who
US federal judge rules Obama healthcare law unconstitutional

US federal judge rules Obama healthcare law unconstitutional

Trump welcomes decision in which judge agreed with 20 states challenging the law, on the eve of the 2019 sign-up deadlineA US federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that the Affordable Care Act,
UN urged to seek Australia-based Hakeem al-Araibi's freedom from Thai jail

UN urged to seek Australia-based Hakeem al-Araibi's freedom from Thai jail

Rights groups say refugee footballer’s extradition to Bahrain would constitute an ‘unlawful refoulement’Supporters of the Australia-based refugee Hakeem al-Araibi have petitioned the United Nations to
Mick Mulvaney named as acting White House chief of staff

Mick Mulvaney named as acting White House chief of staff

Mulvaney to succeed John Kelly as Trump’s third chief of staffTrump says budget director has ‘done an outstanding job’Donald Trump has named his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, as acting chief of
Tropical Cyclone Owen weakens after crossing Queensland coast

Tropical Cyclone Owen weakens after crossing Queensland coast

Continued risk of flash-flooding and damaging winds after storm downgraded to category 2 system Tropical Cyclone Owen has weakened but will bring the risk of flash-flooding to the Queensland coast