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'Asmara is a jewel': but can Eritrea's modernising capital retain its charm?

'Asmara is a jewel': but can Eritrea's modernising capital retain its charm?

It is unlike any other city in the developing world – brilliantly planned with hardly any slums. As the cold war with Ethiopia finally ends, Asmara can at last look to the futureNakfa House, a mammoth
Class acts from across the globe – in pictures

Class acts from across the globe – in pictures

As schools in the UK prepare for the start of another academic year, we celebrate the work of Unicef in providing the opportunity for children in some of the world’s poorest countries access to
Jamaican schoolgirl banned for her dreadlocks can go to class, court rules

Jamaican schoolgirl banned for her dreadlocks can go to class, court rules

School in Kingston required five-year-old to remove dreadlocks but mother said this was against the family’s beliefsA five-year-old girl banned from attending school in Jamaica unless she cut off her
John McCain's death roils rough-and-tumble Republican primary in Arizona

John McCain's death roils rough-and-tumble Republican primary in Arizona

A bitter battle for the GOP Senate nomination, overshadowed by Trump, shows party’s transformation in McCain’s home state The office of Joe Arpaio is decorated with framed photographs of the former
Tuesday briefing: 'Hello Enrique?' Trump dials Mexico and hangs up on Nafta

Tuesday briefing: 'Hello Enrique?' Trump dials Mexico and hangs up on Nafta

President puts Enrique Peña Nieto on speaker in media stunt … immigration rules swamp lawyers and judges … and loneliness of the ‘wolf child’ of SpainHello, it’s Warren Murray bringing you the news of
Nepal plane crash caused by 'emotionally disturbed' captain

Nepal plane crash caused by 'emotionally disturbed' captain

Abid Sultan was smoking, crying and talking continuously before crash that killed 51, leaked official report finds A plane crash at Nepal’s international airport that killed 51 people happened because
Peter Dutton intervened in au pair visa case for AFL boss Gillon McLachlan's relative

Peter Dutton intervened in au pair visa case for AFL boss Gillon McLachlan's relative

Exclusive: Home affairs minister issued visa after his department heard of concerns through AFL chief executiveThe home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, saved an au pair from deportation, intervening
Driverless taxi debuts in Tokyo in 'world first' trial ahead of Olympics

Driverless taxi debuts in Tokyo in 'world first' trial ahead of Olympics

Minivan equipped with sensors makes four round-trips a day on a busy stretch of road, picking up paying passengersA self-driving taxi has successfully taken paying passengers through the busy streets
London's new drinking fountains a splash hit

London's new drinking fountains a splash hit

The first four of London’s new water fountains have been used tens of thousands of times since they were installedLondon’s new wave of drinking fountains have proved popular, with figures suggesting
Theresa May says a no-deal Brexit 'wouldn't be the end of the world'

Theresa May says a no-deal Brexit 'wouldn't be the end of the world'

Prime minister attempts to distance herself from pessimistic Treasury forecasts that incensed the Tory right Theresa May claimed that a no-deal Brexit “wouldn’t be the end of the world” as she sought
Mike Pence: power, religion and America's 'shadow president'

Mike Pence: power, religion and America's 'shadow president'

One new book about the VP is a hagiography, one a hatchet job – neither appreciates what the rise of the former Indiana governor says about faith and the nationAmerica’s semi-civil civil war
Brexiteers have lost sight of the greatest free trade prize of all | Rafael Behr

Brexiteers have lost sight of the greatest free trade prize of all | Rafael Behr

The mantra of ‘WTO rules’ is a euphemism for failure to understand the true value of EU membershipOne dubious perk of a job writing about politics is free books that no one else would choose to read.
How to be human: the man who was raised by wolves

How to be human: the man who was raised by wolves

Abandoned as a child, Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja survived alone in the wild for 15 years. But living with people proved to be even more difficult. By Matthew BremnerThe first time Marcos Rodríguez
No turban, no sermon, just books for kids: meet Iran's travelling cleric

No turban, no sermon, just books for kids: meet Iran's travelling cleric

Book lover Esmail Azarinejad is a far cry from the Iranian theocrats who rail against America“It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy,” the Iranian cleric reads aloud. He has taken off his
Julie Bishop to remain an MP but keeps future options open

Julie Bishop to remain an MP but keeps future options open

Former foreign minister was first out of Liberal leadership contest, despite polls suggesting she was clear choice of votersJulie Bishop fronted reporters in Canberra on Tuesday, ostensibly to say
'Enrique? Hello?' Trump's awkward phone call with Mexican president - video

'Enrique? Hello?' Trump's awkward phone call with Mexican president - video

With typical showmanship, the US president invited reporters into the Oval Office, where he called President Enrique Peña Nieto on speakerphone to discuss the new trade deal. But aides had to offer
Toes of the tiger: animal injured by poacher to get 'world first' fake paw

Toes of the tiger: animal injured by poacher to get 'world first' fake paw

Sahebrao lost toes in a trap in India six years ago and has been in pain ever since An international team of surgeons have started measuring an Indian tiger for an artificial paw, thought to be the
Massive Melbourne suburban train loop pledged by Victorian government

Massive Melbourne suburban train loop pledged by Victorian government

Daniel Andrews announces plans for $50bn underground loop, saying it’s the biggest public transport project in Australian history The Victorian government has unveiled plans for a massive underground
China could scrap two-child policy, ending nearly 40 years of limits

China could scrap two-child policy, ending nearly 40 years of limits

Draft of civil code being discussed this week contains no references to ‘family planning’ China is mulling scrapping its controversial birth restrictions, reversing nearly four decades of family
Vatican erases pope's remarks about psychiatric help for gay children

Vatican erases pope's remarks about psychiatric help for gay children

The pope had said ‘there is a lot that can be done through psychiatry’ if parents think their child is homosexualThe Vatican has rolled back on a recommendation by Pope Francis that parents seek