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Your phone is tainted by misery of 35,000 children in Congo's mines | Siddharth Kara

Your phone is tainted by misery of 35,000 children in Congo's mines | Siddharth Kara

My field research shows that children as young as six are among those risking their lives amid toxic dust to mine cobalt for the world’s big electronics firms Until recently, I knew cobalt only as a
Storm Callum batters Britain with gale-force winds and heavy rain

Storm Callum batters Britain with gale-force winds and heavy rain

Bad weather causes travel chaos and leaves more than 1,000 homes without powerStorm Callum has battered parts of the UK with winds of up to 76mph and torrential rain, leaving more than 1,000 homes
EU makes direct appeal to Northern Irish firms on Brexit backstop

EU makes direct appeal to Northern Irish firms on Brexit backstop

Meeting with regional business leaders aims to drive wedge between DUP and Theresa MayThe EU has launched a direct sales pitch to Northern Ireland businesses in an attempt to drive a wedge between the
Indigenous ranger attacked and taken by crocodile in Northern Territory

Indigenous ranger attacked and taken by crocodile in Northern Territory

Woman attacked by a saltwater crocodile about 206km south west of Yirrkala on FridayA woman has been attacked and taken by a saltwater crocodile in remote Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.The
Brexit: May faces cabinet backlash over indefinite customs union

Brexit: May faces cabinet backlash over indefinite customs union

Some senior ministers oppose PM’s plan to keep Irish border open if there is no Brexit dealTheresa May has briefed senior ministers on the status of the Brexit negotiations as concerns grow in some
Mexico City's multicoloured markets from above – in pictures

Mexico City's multicoloured markets from above – in pictures

The city has more than 1,400 tianguis – open-air markets that operate on certain days of the week – and many have been around for centuries. Professor Joseph Heathcott uses satellite images to
'I was euphoric': Eritrea's joy becomes Ethiopia's burden amid huge exodus

'I was euphoric': Eritrea's joy becomes Ethiopia's burden amid huge exodus

Since peace dawned in July, Eritrean refugees have flooded into Ethiopia. But the weight of new arrivals has left the region struggling to cope, raising fears the border could close againAbraham and
'Flowering of hate': bitter election brings wave of political violence to Brazil

'Flowering of hate': bitter election brings wave of political violence to Brazil

Supporters of presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who is leading in polls, have attacked journalists and activistsThe two contenders in Brazil’s bitterly contested presidential race have urged calm
Labour figures unite in support of Italian MEP Cécile Kyenge

Labour figures unite in support of Italian MEP Cécile Kyenge

Minister faces trial for calling League party racist after she was compared to an orangutan Letter: we stand with Cecile Kashetu Kyenge Senior Labour politicians have spoken out in support of Cécile
We all know what is going on in Nauru, even if we pretend it isn't happening | First Dog on the Moon

We all know what is going on in Nauru, even if we pretend it isn't happening | First Dog on the Moon

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More than a million UK residents live in 'food deserts', says study

More than a million UK residents live in 'food deserts', says study

Experts say areas with limited access to cheap fresh food are fuelling health problems‘I don’t have my five-a-day’: Bristol residents face struggle to eat well More than a million people in the UK
'I don't have my five-a-day': Bristol residents reveal foods struggles

'I don't have my five-a-day': Bristol residents reveal foods struggles

For Hartcliffe and Withywood’s deprived residents, eating healthily is a challenge More than a million UK residents live in ‘food deserts’, says studyGemma Ware, a mother-of four from Hartcliffe in
Don't go to dangerous countries – unless the UK is deporting you

Don't go to dangerous countries – unless the UK is deporting you

Hundreds of people are being returned to places the Foreign Office advises against visiting Related: Home Office agrees to inquiry into immigrant abuse allegations The British government routinely
'We need some fire': climate change activists issue call to arms for voters

'We need some fire': climate change activists issue call to arms for voters

Campaigners say more than 15m people who care about the environment did not vote in the 2014 midterms – can they create a ‘green wave’ this November?Among the motivating issues for voters in US
Republican pair apparently pose as communists to make Democratic donation

Republican pair apparently pose as communists to make Democratic donation

Men visit office of Arizona’s Tom O’Halleran with jar of money in apparent effort to create link to far-leftTwo young Arizona Republicans tried to make a donation to a Democratic congressman as
Ross Garnaut says Australia's 'independent centre' is being 'drowned out' – video

Ross Garnaut says Australia's 'independent centre' is being 'drowned out' – video

A diminishing respect for knowledge, a highly partisan media and less emphasis on analysis are undermining Australia’s 'independent centre', Professor Ross Garnaut says. Speaking at the University of
Papua New Guinea imports 40 Maseratis to transport Apec delegates

Papua New Guinea imports 40 Maseratis to transport Apec delegates

Government says cars will be on-sold to ‘private sector’ but citizens react in angerPapua New Guineans have reacted with anger at its government importing a fleet of Maseratis to drive international
Supreme court throws out case of student who sued over failing his dog homework

Supreme court throws out case of student who sued over failing his dog homework

Aspiring journalist took Melbourne’s Monash University to court over video flunked for having ‘no narrative structure’A Melbourne student who sued his own university after he failed an assignment
Labor backs Morrison's plan to accelerate business tax cuts

Labor backs Morrison's plan to accelerate business tax cuts

Prime minister scores first policy win on 25% tax rate for firms with turnover between $10m and $50mLabor will support the government’s plan to accelerate tax cuts for small and medium businesses, in
Lindsey Buckingham sues former Fleetwood Mac bandmates for dropping him from tour

Lindsey Buckingham sues former Fleetwood Mac bandmates for dropping him from tour

Buckingham claims the 50-city tour, which began last week, would have earned him up to US$14 millionGuitarist Lindsey Buckingham is suing his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates, accusing them of breach of