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Russia softens up west for bloodbath it is planning in Syria’s Idlib province

Russia softens up west for bloodbath it is planning in Syria’s Idlib province

Disinformation is rife about US plots and rebels’ supposed use of chemical weapons as Putin prepares for final victoryRussia is going to extraordinary lengths to justify in advance the murderous
Cardiff man appears in court on terrorism and explosives charges

Cardiff man appears in court on terrorism and explosives charges

Explosive substances were found in the home of 27-year-old Edward John HarrisA man accused of making high explosives at his home in Cardiff has appeared in court, charged with terrorism and explosives
Irish activists pledge to protest against Donald Trump visit

Irish activists pledge to protest against Donald Trump visit

Politicians urge public to ‘send a clear signal to the American people’ during US president’s November tripPoliticians and activists in Ireland have pledged to protest against Donald Trump when he
10,000 years of cheers: why social drinking is an ancient ritual

10,000 years of cheers: why social drinking is an ancient ritual

Research usually focuses on health risks but evidence now suggests that alcohol had a crucial part to play in our evolutionArchaeologists made an intriguing discovery recently at the neolithic site of
Conservative party donor calls for second public vote on Brexit

Conservative party donor calls for second public vote on Brexit

Sir Simon Robertson, former Rolls-Royce chairman, speaks out as warnings mount of huge costs of no-deal withdrawalA Conservative party donor has called for a referendum to be held on the final Brexit
John McCain: bipartisan leaders gather to say farewell to senator

John McCain: bipartisan leaders gather to say farewell to senator

Politicians of all stripes gather at the National Cathedral in Washington DC – but not Donald Trump, who was barred by McCain from his funeral eventsThe death of John McCain, one of the most
Palestinian anger over US decision to end funding for UN agency

Palestinian anger over US decision to end funding for UN agency

Critics say move to end all funding for agency that assists millions of refugees could further destabilise Middle EastPalestinians have condemned the US decision to halt funding to a UN agency that
Canada’s ballet world rocked by abuse scandal spanning 30 years

Canada’s ballet world rocked by abuse scandal spanning 30 years

A Royal Winnipeg Ballet teacher is accused of pressuring teenager pupils into naked photoshootsFrom a small dance company on the prairies of Canada it grew into one of the country’s most prestigious
Man arrested over double stabbing in Coventry

Man arrested over double stabbing in Coventry

Two men in critical condition after being found in city centre with stab wounds in early hours of Saturday morningA man has been arrested in connection with a double stabbing in the early hours of
Progressives are making political gains – with one $27 donation at a time

Progressives are making political gains – with one $27 donation at a time

Andrew Gillum, who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, won Florida’s Democratic primary this week as Julia Salazar in Brooklyn challenges an incumbent for state senateThe Resistance Now is a weekly update
Louis CK's comeback shows nine months is long enough, apparently

Louis CK's comeback shows nine months is long enough, apparently

We should be asking ourselves how CK’s abuse of power robbed his victims of opportunities – and that he is not the victimThe Week in Patriarchy is a weekly roundup of what’s happening in the world of
Bishop apologises to Ariana Grande for conduct at Aretha Franklin's funeral

Bishop apologises to Ariana Grande for conduct at Aretha Franklin's funeral

Bishop Charles H Ellis III’s hug of the singer, and a joke about her name, was interpreted by some as crossing a lineAriana Grande has received an apology from the bishop who led Aretha Franklin’s
Sadiq Khan balloon takes flight in London

Sadiq Khan balloon takes flight in London

Inflatable makes debut in protest against crime and in response to ‘Baby Trump’A giant balloon depicting London mayor Sadiq Khan scowling in a bikini has taken flight over Parliament Square in
Russian airport worker dies and 18 injured after plane careers off runway

Russian airport worker dies and 18 injured after plane careers off runway

Passenger plane travelling from Moscow catches fire after attempted landing at SochiA supervisor at Sochi airport in Russia has died during an emergency response after a landing plane careered off the
Celebrity Big Brother: actor leaves house after claiming punch by Ryan Thomas

Celebrity Big Brother: actor leaves house after claiming punch by Ryan Thomas

Roxanne Pallett said Thomas ‘punched me like a boxer would punch a bag’The former soap actor Roxanne Pallett has become the second contestant to leave the Celebrity Big Brother house without being
Salisbury novichok emergency vehicles buried in landfill site

Salisbury novichok emergency vehicles buried in landfill site

Secure burials pose ‘absolutely no risk to the public’ according to DefraSome emergency service vehicles used in the response to novichok poisonings in Wiltshire have been buried in a landfill
Eight people injured after Germany oil refinery explosion

Eight people injured after Germany oil refinery explosion

Almost 2,000 people living close to Bayernoil refinery near Ingolstadt evacuated as firefighters tackle blazeEight people have been injured in a blaze at an oil refinery in Bavaria, and another 1,800
The daughter Steve Jobs denied: ‘Clearly I was not compelling enough for my father'

The daughter Steve Jobs denied: ‘Clearly I was not compelling enough for my father'

Lisa Brennan-Jobs talks about how she learned to love the co-founder of Apple, who claimed for years she wasn’t his child• ‘He called me Small Fry’: scroll down for an extract from Brennan-Jobs’s
Joe Arpaio, Arizona's maverick former sheriff, faces end of political road

Joe Arpaio, Arizona's maverick former sheriff, faces end of political road

The 86-year-old hardliner had much in common with Trump, who pardoned him, but trailed in third in the Senate primaryJoe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa county, liked to say he had never lost a
Meeting Jacinda Ardern: 'She makes the extraordinary seem ordinary'

Meeting Jacinda Ardern: 'She makes the extraordinary seem ordinary'

New Zealand reporter Eleanor Ainge Roy describes meeting her country’s prime minister, and why a leader’s pregnancy has had such a profound impactThe last time I interviewed Jacinda Ardern, she was in