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Turkey fires thousands of state employees in anti-terrorism purge

Turkey fires thousands of state employees in anti-terrorism purge

Members of the police, military and teaching profession among 18,632 people dismissedTurkey has dismissed thousands of state employees under an emergency decree for alleged links to terrorism
Queensland LNP vows to fight 'retrograde' attempt to scrap Lord's prayer

Queensland LNP vows to fight 'retrograde' attempt to scrap Lord's prayer

Matt Canavan tells convention the party must oppose Greens’ push to abolish prayer from start of Senate sittingsQueensland Liberal National party senators have committed to leading the pushback
Brexit The Observer view on the Chequers agreement being a capitulation not a victory | Observer editorial

Brexit The Observer view on the Chequers agreement being a capitulation not a victory | Observer editorial

The prime minister has secured a scrappy trade-off in her party, but it won’t wash with the EUThe two-year anniversary of the vote to leave the European Union has come and gone. As the tick of the
Whose side is Trump’s America on? The answer is becoming more and more obvious

Whose side is Trump’s America on? The answer is becoming more and more obvious

As the US president arrives in Britain on a ‘working visit’, his contempt for European allies poses an increasing threatNato summits are generally unremarkable affairs, but this week’s two-day
Worried Nato partners wonder if Atlantic alliance can survive Trump

Worried Nato partners wonder if Atlantic alliance can survive Trump

Europeans hope the president who disparages allies and praises autocrats is an aberration but fear problems may run deeperThe words “WE ARE ALLIES” are emblazoned in two-foot yellow and white letters
Revealed: Arron Banks met Russian ambassador 11 times

Revealed: Arron Banks met Russian ambassador 11 times

The Leave.EU founder was offered lucrative deals in talks with the envoyBrexit’s biggest funder, Arron Banks, met the Russian ambassador at least 11 times in the run-up to the EU referendum and in the
The Observer view on why we shouldn’t waste a drop of water when it’s so vital and valuable | Observer editorial

The Observer view on why we shouldn’t waste a drop of water when it’s so vital and valuable | Observer editorial

Britain’s water politics are benign compared with much of the world. All the more reason to protect our supplyIt’s hot. Very hot. And as ever in the UK when the sun comes out for more than a few,
Japan: death toll from record rain increases as PM warns of 'race against time'

Japan: death toll from record rain increases as PM warns of 'race against time'

At least 76 people have reportedly been killed, with 92 missing and the number of fatalities expected to rise More than 70 people have died and dozens are missing as torrential rain hammered parts of
Thailand cave rescue: four boys taken to hospital; operation to resume later

Thailand cave rescue: four boys taken to hospital; operation to resume later

First boy emerged at 5:40pm local time, operation chief confirms, as up to 90 divers are involved in getting the children to safetyFull report: Four boys rescued from Thai caveIn pictures: First boys
Cecilia Haddad's ex-boyfriend arrested by police in Brazil

Cecilia Haddad's ex-boyfriend arrested by police in Brazil

Rio police have arrested Mario Marcelo Santoro over April death in SydneyBrazilian police have arrested Mario Marcelo Santoro over the death of his former girlfriend Cecilia Haddad, whose body was
Thousands evacuated due to fast-moving California wildfire

Thousands evacuated due to fast-moving California wildfire

The Holiday Fire is one of more than three dozen major blazes burning across the US westThousands were force to leave their homes in Santa Barbara County on Saturday as a fast-moving wildfire driven
US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

US service member killed in 'insider attack' in Afghanistan

Taliban says the shooting was carried out by a member of the Afghan security force who acted aloneThe US-led coalition headquarters in Kabul has confirmed that a US service member has been killed in
Novichok fear sends chill through Salisbury’s homeless

Novichok fear sends chill through Salisbury’s homeless

Outside the hostel where the latest victims of poisoning were well known, the tourist city reveals its darker sideA short walk from Salisbury’s medieval cathedral and narrow lanes of boutique shops, a
UN body condemns Australia for illegal detention of asylum seekers and refugees

UN body condemns Australia for illegal detention of asylum seekers and refugees

Those unlawfully held remain in indefinite detention, where they have been held for up to nine years without chargeA key United Nations body has condemned as arbitrary and illegal Australia’s
After May’s deal, many people will ask, does Brexit have any point?

After May’s deal, many people will ask, does Brexit have any point?

Three experts give their verdict on the compromise agreed by the prime minister and her cabinet Continue reading...
From drag artists to dreamers, meet UK’s coalition of anti-Trump protest

From drag artists to dreamers, meet UK’s coalition of anti-Trump protest

More than 50,000 are to march in London when the president visits Britain – and for many it will be their first demoWith less than a weekto go until Donald Trump arrives in the UK, preparations are
Trapped: how survivors deal with trauma of cave ordeals

Trapped: how survivors deal with trauma of cave ordeals

The Thai boys could soon be saved – but their problems will continue, as survivors of previous rescues explainRetired army major Jonathan Sims knows exactly how it feels to be trapped in a damp, dark
Thousands shut down Chicago highway with gun control march

Thousands shut down Chicago highway with gun control march

Demonstrators took over the Dan Ryan Expressway in protest against gun violence, which killed 600 people in the city last yearThousands of Chicago protesters shut down a major highway on Saturday to
At least nine killed in al-Shabaab car bomb attack in Somalia

At least nine killed in al-Shabaab car bomb attack in Somalia

Security forces kill all three attackers who hit interior ministry in MogadishuAt least nine people were killed in an attack on Somalia’s interior ministry, police have said.Security forces killed all
North Korea accuses US of 'gangster-like' behaviour after Pompeo talks

North Korea accuses US of 'gangster-like' behaviour after Pompeo talks

Pompeo responds that if US is a gangster, so is the whole world, as it also wants North Korea to dismantle nuclear weapons North Korea has said that high-level talks with a US delegation led by Mike