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Africa Centre summer festival review – street party gets its groove back

Africa Centre summer festival review – street party gets its groove back

Great Suffolk Street, London British and African artists trade sounds between opposing stages in a cross-generational celebration that fizzes with energy London’s Africa Centre recently relocated to
Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

Arctic’s strongest sea ice breaks up for first time on record

Usually frozen waters open up twice this year in phenomenon scientists described as scaryThe oldest and thickest sea ice in the Arctic has started to break up, opening waters north of Greenland that
Where are the brown people? Crazy Rich Asians draws tepid response in Singapore

Where are the brown people? Crazy Rich Asians draws tepid response in Singapore

Critics in city where hit film is set complain that it leaves out minorities and is ‘simplistic’It has been heralded as a milestone for representation of Asian people on screen, the first Hollywood
Russian hackers targeting conservative US thinktanks, Microsoft says

Russian hackers targeting conservative US thinktanks, Microsoft says

Firm claims Kremlin-linked group created fake websites for Senate and thinktanks The Russian group linked to the hacking of Hillary Clinton’s presidential election campaign has been launching fresh
Rockets fired at Afghan presidential palace during Eid speech

Rockets fired at Afghan presidential palace during Eid speech

Police blame Taliban for Kabul attack heard in live broadcast of Ashraf Ghani’s address The Taliban have fired a pair of rockets towards the presidential palace in Kabul during a live broadcast by
Kerala: more than 1m people flee to relief camps to escape floods

Kerala: more than 1m people flee to relief camps to escape floods

Receding waters reveal scale of devastation as monsoon floods leave more than 410 deadMore than one million people have fled to relief camps in the Indian state of Kerala to escape devastating monsoon
Tight visa controls encourage illegal immigration, say researchers

Tight visa controls encourage illegal immigration, say researchers

Study finds restrictions on migration can push people towards unauthorised channels The use of visa restrictions to control global migration is “counterproductive and ineffective”, pushing people who
Investors betting against Tesla made $1.09bn since Elon Musk's tweet

Investors betting against Tesla made $1.09bn since Elon Musk's tweet

Musk tweeted on 7 August that he had ‘secured’ funding to take the company private, but so far no offer has been madeInvestors betting on a fall in Tesla’s share price have made $1.09bn since 7
Carl Sargeant's widow: 'I thought we would be treated with respect'

Carl Sargeant's widow: 'I thought we would be treated with respect'

Wife speaks publicly for first time about legal fight to get answers on politician’s suicideThe widow of the late Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant has described her agony at still not
Chechnya attacks carried out by children as young as 11, say officials

Chechnya attacks carried out by children as young as 11, say officials

Islamic State blamed for targeting children with online recruiting campaigns A series of coordinated attacks in Chechnya this week were carried out by teenagers and children as young as 11, local
'It's their last resort': Delhi high court decriminalises begging

'It's their last resort': Delhi high court decriminalises begging

Criminalising begging violates the rights of vulnerable people, the court ruled. Campaigners hope the rest of India will follow suitPeople beg on the streets of India’s capital out of need, not
Met police sets 2019 date for hearings into death of Sean Rigg in 2008

Met police sets 2019 date for hearings into death of Sean Rigg in 2008

Five officers charged with gross misconduct after musician died in police custody 10 years agoThe family of a man who died in police custody a decade ago will have to wait until at least 2019 to see
No other European country tests children at 16: let’s scrap pointless GCSEs | Sandra Leaton Gray

No other European country tests children at 16: let’s scrap pointless GCSEs | Sandra Leaton Gray

It is bizarre to examine children when they still have two more years at schoolWe all could and should be having a relaxed summer but instead, 16-year-olds are grimly anticipating their GCSE results
Everything Trump Touches Dies review: a poison dart in the neck of the Republican monster

Everything Trump Touches Dies review: a poison dart in the neck of the Republican monster

Political consultant Rick Wilson is horrified by what his party has done – and his book is much more than a brutally enjoyable roasting of those responsibleThe Republican political consultant Rick
Australian PM clings on after hardliner's leadership challenge

Australian PM clings on after hardliner's leadership challenge

Malcolm Turnbull sees off attempted coup by his home affairs minister but could face another vote on his premiership in daysAustralia’s embattled prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has survived a
Asia Argento: police investigate sexual assault claim against actor

Asia Argento: police investigate sexual assault claim against actor

Authorities will speak to Jimmy Bennett after learning no police report was filed at time of alleged 2013 assault Police are looking into sexual assault allegations by a young actor against Italian
Critically ill refugee child flown from Nauru to Australia with family

Critically ill refugee child flown from Nauru to Australia with family

Exclusive: Experts denounce Australian Border Force’s ‘inhumane and unnecessary’ delays in transfer of 12-year-old boy, who has refused food for more than 20 daysA 12-year-old refugee on Nauru who has
The inescapable weight of my $100,000 student debt

The inescapable weight of my $100,000 student debt

MH Miller left university with a journal full of musings on Virginia Woolf and a vast financial burden. He is one of 44 million US graduates struggling to repay a total of $1.4tn. Were they right to
Taiwan vows to stand up to China after El Salvador cuts ties

Taiwan vows to stand up to China after El Salvador cuts ties

Just 17 countries recognise Taiwan after El Salvador switches allegiance to BeijingThe president of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, has vowed to fight against Chinese pressure after the island lost the
Use of 'killer robots' in wars would breach law, say campaigners

Use of 'killer robots' in wars would breach law, say campaigners

Calls grow for ban on fully autonomous weapons, following NGO coalition report The use of fully autonomous weapons in a theatre of war would breach international law, campaigners and experts say, as