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Israel’s most prolific actor: 'The synagogue of the Zionists was the theatre'

Israel’s most prolific actor: 'The synagogue of the Zionists was the theatre'

Shlomo Bar-Shavit, whose life mirrors the history of Israeli theatre, has appeared in more than 260 productions, including as Nazi doctor Josef Mengele Just shy of 90 years old, Shlomo Bar-Shavit
'I was always a rebel who stood up for my rights': rise of a Tunisian activist – podcast

'I was always a rebel who stood up for my rights': rise of a Tunisian activist – podcast

When protests in Tunisia sparked revolution across the region and in the Middle East, Aya Chebbi found her political voiceGrowing up in a conservative family in Tunisia, Aya Chebbi was first noticed
Outcry as coffins crushed in Chinese 'zero-burial' campaign

Outcry as coffins crushed in Chinese 'zero-burial' campaign

Videos circulate showing villagers in Jiangxi province crying as coffins are removedOfficials in south-east China have been ordered to moderate their enforcement of a “zero-burial” policy after videos
Former warlord returns to DR Congo from prison to run for president

Former warlord returns to DR Congo from prison to run for president

Jean-Pierre Bemba arrives in capital to submit candidacy after a decade in prison in The HagueHuge crowds have lined the streets of the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to welcome home
Glasgow council warns of humanitarian crisis over refugee evictions

Glasgow council warns of humanitarian crisis over refugee evictions

Council leader and charities say Serco’s plans to evict asylum seekers could be illegalGlasgow city council is setting up a task force to deal with a potential humanitarian crisis should the private
Watchdog asks that Heinz be fined $10m for toddler snack health claims

Watchdog asks that Heinz be fined $10m for toddler snack health claims

Heinz argues $400,000 would be appropriate as that is the profit it made from the discontinued Shredz snacksThe consumer watchdog has called for food giant Heinz to be fined $10m after misleading
Protests in Denmark as 'burqa ban' comes into effect

Protests in Denmark as 'burqa ban' comes into effect

Hundreds protest in Copenhagen, saying law infringes women’s rights to dress as they chooseHundreds of Danes rallied in Copenhagen on Wednesday in protest at a new ban on the wearing of face veils in
Fire and water: July's global weather extremes – in pictures

Fire and water: July's global weather extremes – in pictures

Heatwaves are setting temperature records; Europe suffered its deadliest wildfire in more than a century; 90 large fires in the western US have destroyed homes and forced the evacuation of at least
'It'll never end': the São Paulo graffiti taggers killed for their art

'It'll never end': the São Paulo graffiti taggers killed for their art

Two pixadores were shot dead after a police confrontation while tagging a building. Four years later, their families and friends are still waiting for justiceIt was a mild July evening when the two
Zimbabwe election unrest turns deadly as army opens fire on protesters

Zimbabwe election unrest turns deadly as army opens fire on protesters

Three people killed after live ammunition, water cannon and teargas fired in capitalThree people have been killed in Harare as soldiers and police fought running battles with hundreds of protesters,
Cold war KGB spy cameras sold at auction - in pictures

Cold war KGB spy cameras sold at auction - in pictures

A fascinating collection of Russian spy cameras which were used clandestinely at the height of the cold war have sold for £78,000 at an auction in Dudley, West Midlands. The ingenious gadgets deployed
Peter Dutton again forced by court to transfer sick child from Nauru to Australia

Peter Dutton again forced by court to transfer sick child from Nauru to Australia

Case joins more than a dozen failed attempts by immigration minister to block transfer of a childThe federal court has again forced Peter Dutton to transfer a dangerously sick child from Nauru to

'Throw fatty out': Winston Peters insults member of NZ parliament – video

In one of his last moments as acting New Zealand prime minister, Winston Peters told parliament's Speaker to 'throw fatty out', during a disagreement with opposition MP Gerry Brownlee. Continue
Germany's 'China City': how Duisburg became Xi Jinping's gateway to Europe

Germany's 'China City': how Duisburg became Xi Jinping's gateway to Europe

The city is host to the world’s largest inland port, with 80% of trains from China now making it their first European stopFor much of the 20th century, the city of Duisburg in Germany’s industrial
The secret networks saving Lebanon's migrant maids from abuse | Richard Hall

The secret networks saving Lebanon's migrant maids from abuse | Richard Hall

The country’s domestic workers often endure beatings or sexual violence by their employers – which they cannot report for fear of deportation – but help is at hand When Angela ran away from her
'We had just taken off and the plane fell': all 103 passengers survive Mexico plane crash - video

'We had just taken off and the plane fell': all 103 passengers survive Mexico plane crash - video

Firefighters put out flames on the wreckage of an Aeromexico-operated passenger jet after it crashed following takeoff. Eight-five people were injured, some seriously, when the Embraer jet carrying
Emma Husar welcomes scrutiny of expenses as she defends taxpayer-funded trip

Emma Husar welcomes scrutiny of expenses as she defends taxpayer-funded trip

Labor MP confident no funds misspent after photos show her at concert while on work trip in BrisbaneEmma Husar has asked the independent parliamentary expenses authority to review her use of taxpayer
Islamic State attacks show group is intent on killing Afghan peace hopes

Islamic State attacks show group is intent on killing Afghan peace hopes

Islamic State’s lethal escalation coincides with renewed efforts to end 17-year Afghan warThe suicide bombing and hostage-taking at a government building in Jalalabad is the latest in a series of
Protests in Indonesia as girl raped by brother is jailed for abortion

Protests in Indonesia as girl raped by brother is jailed for abortion

Activists file a complaint against judges who sentenced a 15-year-old girl to six months’ jailIndonesian activists have filed an official complaint against three judges in Sumatra, who sentenced a
Mexico plane crash: 103 people onboard but all survived, say officials

Mexico plane crash: 103 people onboard but all survived, say officials

Aeromexico plane comes down in Durango after takeoff, injuring 85 people, two of whom are in a critical condition An Aeromexico airliner carrying 103 people from the Mexican city of Durango to the