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Chaotic start to Brett Kavanaugh supreme court hearing as protests break out - video

The Senate confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's US Supreme Court pick, opened in chaos, as several protesters disrupted the opening of the hearing, with several women
Alexander Shihwarg obituary

Alexander Shihwarg obituary

iMy friend Alexander Shihwarg, who has died aged 95, invested in, and helped to create, restaurants in London such as the Golden Duck, Nikita’s and the Ebury Wine Bar.Shura, as he was widely known,
Brazil National Museum: as much as 90% of collection destroyed in fire

Brazil National Museum: as much as 90% of collection destroyed in fire

Building was not insured, the museum’s deputy director said, but some pieces survived including the Bendegó meteoriteAs much as 90% of the collection at Brazil’s National Museum was destroyed in a
Brett Kavanaugh: protests disrupt Senate supreme court hearing

Brett Kavanaugh: protests disrupt Senate supreme court hearing

Dozens of protesters were arrested as Senate Democrats sought to delay a confirmation hearing for Trump’s supreme court nomineeDemocrats and activists staged a dramatic act of defiance against a
Bob Woodward's book details Trump's chaotic and dysfunctional White House

Bob Woodward's book details Trump's chaotic and dysfunctional White House

Fear is based on hundreds of hours of conversations with key players, according to the author, who uncovered the Watergate scandalThe White House chief of staff, John Kelly, was so incensed by the
Rescue workers search through rubble in Kolkata after bridge collapses – video

Rescue workers search through rubble in Kolkata after bridge collapses – video

A bridge has collapsed in Kolkata, India, killing one person who sustained head injuries. At least 24 people were injured and more feared trapped in the wreckage. Majerhat bridge gave way suddenly at
France to impose daily cap of 214 climbers on Mont Blanc

France to impose daily cap of 214 climbers on Mont Blanc

Rockfall a growing risk as high temperatures thaw ground at higher altitudesFrance will impose a daily cap of 214 climbers on Mont Blanc next year, one of several measures taken to limit overcrowding
Amazon becomes world's second company to be valued at $1tn

Amazon becomes world's second company to be valued at $1tn

Online retail giant follows Apple as it passes milestoneJeff Bezos-founded firm had revenues of $178bn last yearIn depth: the age of AmazonAmazon has become the second company to be valued by Wall
Brett Kavanaugh: protesters disrupt supreme court nominee's Senate hearing – live

Brett Kavanaugh: protesters disrupt supreme court nominee's Senate hearing – live

Donald Trump’s pick, who could shift the top decisively to the right, begins his confirmation hearing before the Senate judiciary committee 3.16pm BST Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley says
'Scallop wars': UK offers olive branch as French navy threatens to act

'Scallop wars': UK offers olive branch as French navy threatens to act

No 10 hopes for ‘amicable outcome’ to dispute between UK and French fishing boatsDowning Street has attempted to defuse tensions between British and French fishing industry workers harvesting scallops
French skinheads go on trial over 2013 death of anti-fascist activist

French skinheads go on trial over 2013 death of anti-fascist activist

Fatal beating of Clément Méric, 18, led to protests against far-right resurgence in FranceThree French former skinheads are going on trial in connection with the death of a young anti-fascist
UN special envoy on Syria warns against bombing rebel enclave

UN special envoy on Syria warns against bombing rebel enclave

Staffan de Mistura echoes Trump warning against bombing Idlib, the last major rebel enclaveThe UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, has said panic is spreading among the 3 million citizens
PC 'gave Bristol man no warning before stun gun shooting'

PC 'gave Bristol man no warning before stun gun shooting'

Claire Boddie allegedly opened fire on Judah Adunbi as she mistook him for a wanted man, hearing toldA police officer shot a race relations adviser in the face with a stun gun after mistaking him for
Airport security trays carry more viruses than toilet surfaces, scientists find

Airport security trays carry more viruses than toilet surfaces, scientists find

Passport-checking counters and children’s play areas also had traces of virusesPlastic security trays harbour the highest levels of viruses at airports, a study has found. Pandemic experts found
Eight bird species are first confirmed avian extinctions this decade

Eight bird species are first confirmed avian extinctions this decade

Most of the extinctions were caused by deforestation in South America, a new study of endangered birds showsSpix’s macaw, a brilliant blue species of Brazilian parrot that starred in the children’s
@sweden signs off after seven years as Twitter voice of nation

@sweden signs off after seven years as Twitter voice of nation

Curators of Sweden project will fall silent at end of month after 200,000 tweets by 365 citizensThe first curator was nicknamed “the masturbating Swede” after he detailed his preferred leisure
Angela Merkel admits collapse of Brexit talks cannot be ruled out

Angela Merkel admits collapse of Brexit talks cannot be ruled out

Chancellor’s comments made to German finance chiefs as UK-EU negotiations face deadlock Angela Merkel has warned her country’s business leaders that the Brexit negotiations are in danger of
Chemnitz riots spark calls for AfD to be put under surveillance

Chemnitz riots spark calls for AfD to be put under surveillance

Poll shows most Germans favour action against far-right party over neo-Nazi linksThe Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party is facing growing calls to be put under state surveillance over mounting
EU watchdog finds Juncker broke rules to promote political ally

EU watchdog finds Juncker broke rules to promote political ally

European commission criticised over appointment of Martin Selmayr to top job The European commission has been criticised for allowing its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, to break the rules in
'Everybody fits in': inside the Canadian cities where minorities are the majority

'Everybody fits in': inside the Canadian cities where minorities are the majority

In ‘majority-minority’ cities such as Markham and Brampton, diversity isn’t aspirational; it’s a fact. But how does integration work?The Foody Mart in Markham, a sprawling city near Toronto, is found