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Bungling agents leave Putin exposed in the global spotlight

Bungling agents leave Putin exposed in the global spotlight

Botched missions in Salisbury and The Hague may prompt Russian leader to reassess his targeting of the westSpies do not always want to advertise their victories, preferring John Le Carré’s advice
Robin Hood of the Alps pays for costly mistake after banking on trust

Robin Hood of the Alps pays for costly mistake after banking on trust

Banker Gilberto Baschiera, who swiped €1m from rich savers to lend to needy, rues ‘shadow funding’ that left him homelessA modern-day Robin Hood has escaped prison in Italy after stealing €1m from the
The fantasy world of pre-wedding photos: inside China's billion-dollar industry

The fantasy world of pre-wedding photos: inside China's billion-dollar industry

The black-and-white wedding photos of couples married in China used to resemble ID cards. Now a much more elaborate tradition is emerging, writes Jenny Valentish The photographer and his crew sit
Why nothing will change after the banking royal commission – Australian politics live podcast

Why nothing will change after the banking royal commission – Australian politics live podcast

The preliminary report released by the banking royal commission found banks have been putting ‘the pursuit of short-term profit at the expense of basic standards of honesty’. But are we hearing the
Stuff that: Victoria looking to taxidermy in hope of cutting deer numbers

Stuff that: Victoria looking to taxidermy in hope of cutting deer numbers

Measures are being proposed to reduce feral populations and red tape affecting deer huntersVictoria is considering a novel way to control its increasing feral deer population – removing the need for a
Imaging tool unravels secrets of child's sock from ancient Egypt

Imaging tool unravels secrets of child's sock from ancient Egypt

Non-invasive technique devised by British Museum sheds light on dyeing and weaving processThe ancient Egyptians famously gave us paper and the pyramids, but were also early adopters of the stripy
The Guardian view on Brazil’s elections: democracy in danger | Editorial

The Guardian view on Brazil’s elections: democracy in danger | Editorial

The rightwing extremist Jair Bolsonaro is in the ascendant as Sunday’s poll approaches. He’s not Trump – he’s worseThe once unthinkable risk that the far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro could become
Former rap mogul 'Suge' Knight jailed for 28 years for killing man with car

Former rap mogul 'Suge' Knight jailed for 28 years for killing man with car

Knight ran over Cle ‘Bone’ Sloan outside Compton burger standDeath Row Records founder admits voluntary manslaughterFormer rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for
Windrush and other failures in British immigration policy | Letters

Windrush and other failures in British immigration policy | Letters

Chris Hughes on ‘good character’ tests, Tom Swallow and Norman Miller on the problems of keeping out ‘low-skilled’ workers, and Catherine Rose on generational injusticeSajid Javid must stop applying
Pakistani ice-cream seller unaware of £14m in his bank account

Pakistani ice-cream seller unaware of £14m in his bank account

‘Penniless billionaire’ Abdul Qadir’s identity believed to have been used by money launderersA Pakistani ice-cream salesman who lives in a slum is facing meltdown after he learned that for more than a
US announces indictment of seven Russia spies – video

US announces indictment of seven Russia spies – video

US assistant attorney general for the national security division, John Demers, announces criminal charges against seven Russian intelligence officers over alleged hacking. The officers were indicted
Drew Barrymore 'did not participate' in bizarre Egyptair interview, representatives claim

Drew Barrymore 'did not participate' in bizarre Egyptair interview, representatives claim

Standoff between actor and interviewer over veracity of quotes after much-ridiculed article published in inflight magazineRepresentatives of actor-director Drew Barrymore have claimed that she “did
Fat Bear Week: Alaska's brown bears face off in battle of the plumpest

Fat Bear Week: Alaska's brown bears face off in battle of the plumpest

It’s up to the public to crown the fattest bear before their hibernation – does that mean most rolls? Neck flab? You decide!Can a brown bear spend too much time munching on salmon?Not in the Alaskan
Fan Bingbing’s mysterious disappearance: what it means for China’s elite

Fan Bingbing’s mysterious disappearance: what it means for China’s elite

Three months ago, one of the country’s best known actors went missing. Now, seemingly chastened, she has reappeared with a bill for £112m in unpaid taxes and finesImagine if Jennifer Lawrence or
Italian-flagged migrant rescue boat defies anti immigration minister

Italian-flagged migrant rescue boat defies anti immigration minister

Vessel Mare Jonio sets out towards Libya despite Matteo Salvini clampdown on rescued migrants entering Italian portsThe first non-military, Italian-flagged, rescue boat to operate in the Mediterranean
MI5 provides immunity for agents' criminal acts, tribunal told

MI5 provides immunity for agents' criminal acts, tribunal told

Secret Service policy is so secret that judicial oversight was not initially acknowledgedMI5 grants its informants legal cover to participate in crimes that may extend to murder, torture and sexual
Indonesia quake: bodies sent straight to graves as Palu prioritises survivors

Indonesia quake: bodies sent straight to graves as Palu prioritises survivors

Authorities in city on island of Sulawesi will no longer attempt to identify bodies, as fears grow that death toll will rise significantly For days, Nano Wiratno had been seeking word of his older
China planted chips in Apple and Amazon servers, report claims

China planted chips in Apple and Amazon servers, report claims

Both firms deny report they found chips giving backdoor access to computers and dataA Chinese military unit has been inserting tiny microchips into computer servers used by companies including Apple
Narcotours: Netflix fans uncover the real life of Pablo Escobar - video

Narcotours: Netflix fans uncover the real life of Pablo Escobar - video

The Colombian city of Medellín has long been associated with drug lord Pablo Escobar, and with the popularity of Netflix's Narcos, a new influx of tourists are visiting the city to see where the
Russia accused of cyber-attack on chemical weapons watchdog

Russia accused of cyber-attack on chemical weapons watchdog

Netherlands expelled four GRU officers after alleged attacks on OPCW and UK Foreign OfficeHow Russian spies bungled cyber-attack on weapons watchdogA Russian cyber-attack on the headquarters of the