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Campaigners call for transport overhaul to tackle pollution

Campaigners call for transport overhaul to tackle pollution

Measures to cut emissions could include free bus travel, says Friends of the EarthCampaigners have called for free bus travel and the reopening of hundreds of miles of railway lines to end reliance on
Crazy 'cat men': how New York's feline frenzy made headlines decades ago

Crazy 'cat men': how New York's feline frenzy made headlines decades ago

Peggy Gavan’s book sheds light on the lives of workers in storied institutions in the 1800s and 1900s – and their bonds with catsNew York was no place for a stray cat in the late 1800s and early
Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the 'pencil towers' of New York's super-rich

Super-tall, super-skinny, super-expensive: the 'pencil towers' of New York's super-rich

An extreme concentration of wealth in a city where even the air is for sale has produced a new breed of needle-like tower. By Oliver WainwrightIt is rare in the history of architecture for a new type
State of the Union: Trump to call for unity as he tries to reboot presidency

State of the Union: Trump to call for unity as he tries to reboot presidency

Trump will tout economic strength and border security as he faces an audience with an unprecedented number of women and high degree of skepticismDonald Trump will attempt to reboot his presidency on
Recognising Juan Guaidó risks a bloody civil war in Venezuela | Temir Porras Ponceleon

Recognising Juan Guaidó risks a bloody civil war in Venezuela | Temir Porras Ponceleon

Maduro’s rule has created a crisis but he still has millions of supporters. The country needs democratic dialogue, not sanctions • Temir Porras Ponceleon is a former chief of staff to Nicolás
Fantasies of Dunkirk spirit couldn’t survive a no-deal Brexit | Polly Toynbee

Fantasies of Dunkirk spirit couldn’t survive a no-deal Brexit | Polly Toynbee

Nostalgia for British ‘pluck’ leads some to positively relish crashing out of the EU. The reality would be a rude awakeningThere’s a frisson of excitement in the air among Brexiters. The coming crisis
15 Thai election candidates change their names to those of former PMs

15 Thai election candidates change their names to those of former PMs

Unusual strategy sees 10 men adopting the name Thaksin, and five women Yingluck in a bid to be memorable to votersMore than a dozen candidates in the forthcoming Thai elections have changed their
Paris fire: woman arrested after 10 die in apartment building

Paris fire: woman arrested after 10 die in apartment building

Heroism of firefighters hailed as suspect is detained outside building in city’s 16th district Police have arrested a woman on suspicion of starting a fire that swept through an eight-storey apartment
Japan's deputy PM blames women for nation's falling population

Japan's deputy PM blames women for nation's falling population

Anger after Taro Aso appears to say women not giving birth are the ‘problem’ Japan’s gaffe-prone deputy prime minister, Taro Aso, has been forced to retract remarks that appeared to blame women who do
Trump inaugural committee ordered to give documents to prosecutors

Trump inaugural committee ordered to give documents to prosecutors

Inquiry headed by Manhattan US attorney’s office adds to legal threats swirling around presidencyAs Robert Mueller’s investigation continues, federal prosecutors in New York have separately ordered
Not easy being green: Scott Morrison inspires army fatigue with choice of camouflage

Not easy being green: Scott Morrison inspires army fatigue with choice of camouflage

The prime minister’s latest fashion faux pas and embrace of military hardware inspired derision on social mediaNot since the infamous, expert doctoring of his ratty K-Swiss trainers have Scott
David Bernhardt: Trump selects former oil lobbyist to oversee interior department

David Bernhardt: Trump selects former oil lobbyist to oversee interior department

The deputy secretary has been running the department since Ryan Zinke stepped down at the end of the yearDavid Bernhardt, a former oil and gas and water lobbyist, will be nominated to run the interior
Mystery mud on new volcanic island baffles Nasa scientists

Mystery mud on new volcanic island baffles Nasa scientists

Island sprang up near Tonga three years ago, giving researchers a glimpse of how flora and fauna colonise itNasa scientists have landed for the first time on one of the world’s newest islands, and
Flood waters inundate Townsville homes as army called in – in pictures

Flood waters inundate Townsville homes as army called in – in pictures

Hundreds of residents in Townsville have been evacuated and two men are missing as the area is hit with a year’s worth of rainfall in nine days • Townsville flooding: two missing as questions mount
Townsville flooding: PM offers disaster assistance but won't discuss climate change – live

Townsville flooding: PM offers disaster assistance but won't discuss climate change – live

Scott Morrison says he is focused on people, not politics as Queensland flood crisis enters 11th day. Follow all the developments 3.50am GMT Sad news. Local media are reporting the bodies of two men
Polar express: magnetic north pole moving 'pretty fast' towards Russia

Polar express: magnetic north pole moving 'pretty fast' towards Russia

Updates on its location – essential for everything from consumer electronics to runway names – are coming thick and fastEarth’s north magnetic pole has been drifting so fast in recent decades that
Morrison writes to Thai PM after 'disturbed' to see Hakeem al-Araibi in shackles

Morrison writes to Thai PM after 'disturbed' to see Hakeem al-Araibi in shackles

Australian PM contacts Thai counterpart a second time over ‘upsetting’ images of refugee footballer arriving at courtThe Australian government has renewed demands for the release of Hakeem al-Araibi
Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop to become Netflix TV show

Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop to become Netflix TV show

Actor expected to co-host new documentary series featuring doctors, researchers and alternative health practitionersIf eating according to the colours of the rainbow and steaming your vagina is just
We should have got on with banking royal commission earlier, Turnbull says

We should have got on with banking royal commission earlier, Turnbull says

As former PM admits he regrets delay, bank bosses promise change Malcolm Turnbull has said he regrets his delay in calling the banking royal commission, admitting he now believes “we should have got
May to promise Brexit deal that Northern Ireland can support

May to promise Brexit deal that Northern Ireland can support

Prime minister’s speech in Belfast to underscore pledge to avoid hard borderTheresa May will attempt to reassure businesses and Northern Irish politicians by insisting during a visit to Belfast that