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North Carolina: protesters pull down Confederate statue at university

North Carolina: protesters pull down Confederate statue at university

Controversial ‘Silent Sam’, criticized as symbol of racism, falls after hundreds gathered at UNC Chapel HillPolice are investigating after the controversial “Silent Sam” Confederate statue on the
Rohingya turn to blockchain to solve identity crisis

Rohingya turn to blockchain to solve identity crisis

The same technology that supports Bitcoin functions as a decentralised, transparent, and secure way to store vital personal informationRohingya refugees are turning to blockchain-type technology to
Laos dam collapse: work continues on huge projects despite promised halt

Laos dam collapse: work continues on huge projects despite promised halt

Consultation for the Pak Lay dam in Xayaburi province has begun, despite PM calling off all work after disasterWork on two of the biggest dams on the Mekong River in Laos is still going ahead, despite
Standoff in Italian port as Salvini refuses to let refugees disembark

Standoff in Italian port as Salvini refuses to let refugees disembark

Interior minister wants EU states to take 177 refugees and migrants from ship An Italian coastguard ship with 177 people on board remains docked in Catania, with Italy’s far-right interior minister,
Melania decries 'destructive' social media amid Trump Twitter attacks

Melania decries 'destructive' social media amid Trump Twitter attacks

US first lady speaks on pitfalls of social media, while her husband uses it to attack former CIA head John BrennanMelania Trump has issued a warning over the destructive power of social media on the
Jacinda Ardern freezes New Zealand MPs' pay to tackle rich-poor divide

Jacinda Ardern freezes New Zealand MPs' pay to tackle rich-poor divide

PM takes action against backdrop of some of the biggest strikes in a generation by public-sector workers Jacinda Ardern has frozen the salaries of New Zealand’s MPs, saying the pay rises were out of
More ministers offer to resign in wake of failed challenge to Turnbull – politics live

More ministers offer to resign in wake of failed challenge to Turnbull – politics live

Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, James McGrath and Michael Sukkar among exodus of frontbenchers. All the day’s events, live• Full report: Turnbull survives challenge from Dutton – for now 11.43am BST On
Jeremy Hunt calls for fresh EU sanctions against Russia

Jeremy Hunt calls for fresh EU sanctions against Russia

UK foreign secretary will urge US president to tighten rules on online election advertisingJeremy Hunt is to urge the EU to stand shoulder to shoulder with the US administration by imposing more
Liam Fox's target for post-Brexit exports is wishful thinking | Larry Elliott

Liam Fox's target for post-Brexit exports is wishful thinking | Larry Elliott

The UK increasing overseas sales to 35% of GDP is a nice idea but too few British firms are onsideThe timing of the government’s latest export drive is far from accidental. With Theresa May intent on
Toxic 'red tide' blamed for rise of manatee deaths in Florida

Toxic 'red tide' blamed for rise of manatee deaths in Florida

Experts blame a cold snap at the beginning of the year and algae bloom in the Gulf of Mexico for the fatalitiesManatees are dying in alarming numbers in Florida this year – the toll significantly
London tube station shooting leaves three injured, police say

London tube station shooting leaves three injured, police say

Shots outside Kingsbury station in north London follow earlier incident in Kilburn Three people have been injured after a gunman opened fire outside a north London tube station on Monday night, police
Novichok victim back in hospital with sight problems, says brother

Novichok victim back in hospital with sight problems, says brother

Charlie Rowley is in intensive care and can’t see, according to his brother MatthewThe novichok victim Charlie Rowley has been readmitted to hospital suffering with vision problems, his brother has
Kerala floods: Tales of humanity and hope from deadly monsoon in southern India – video

Kerala floods: Tales of humanity and hope from deadly monsoon in southern India – video

The southern Indian state of Kerala has endured its worst monsoon rain in a century, leaving more than 200 people dead in the past fortnight. Amidst the destruction and loss, small tales of hope and
Flash floods in Italian gorge leave at least 10 hikers dead

Flash floods in Italian gorge leave at least 10 hikers dead

Search for missing people continues after heavy rainfall causes flooding in deep mountain gorge in Pollino national park At least 10 people were killed in southern Italy on Monday when the level of a
Queensland in court fight with domestic violence victim whose details leaked by policeman

Queensland in court fight with domestic violence victim whose details leaked by policeman

Exclusive: Julie*, whose address was given to her violent former partner, in battle for compensation for having to relocate familyThe Queensland government is fighting a domestic violence victim in
Ice found on moon surface

Ice found on moon surface

Patches of frost around moon’s north and south poles could provide a source of water for humans, say astronomersAstronomers have found patches of frost scattered around the moon’s north and south
Kenya burial site shows community spirit of herders 5,000 years ago

Kenya burial site shows community spirit of herders 5,000 years ago

Large-scale cemetery in Africa points to shared workload without social hierarchyHerders in east Africa 5,000 years ago lived in peaceful communities that shunned social hierarchies, communicated
South Carolina woman killed in alligator attack while walking her dog

South Carolina woman killed in alligator attack while walking her dog

Witnesses said the woman was pulled under the water by an 8ft alligator but the dog did not appear to have been hurtA woman trying to protect her dog was killed by an alligator which pulled her into a
The Guardian view on Catholic sexual abuse: yet another fresh start | Editorial

The Guardian view on Catholic sexual abuse: yet another fresh start | Editorial

Pope Francis has demanded his church repent and change after the latest scandals. Will it? Can it?Pope Francis’s letter to his church on the scandals of sexual abuse is full of anger and remorse, but
Woman gives birth in coastguard helicopter over Cornwall

Woman gives birth in coastguard helicopter over Cornwall

Torran MacDonald was born 426 metres above Penzance on the Cornish coastA woman has thanked medical staff and aircrew who helped in the birth of her son, who was born inside a helicopter almost half a