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Maria Butina: ties emerge between NRA, alleged spy and Russian billionaire

Maria Butina: ties emerge between NRA, alleged spy and Russian billionaire

Senior NRA figures met with the wife of Konstantin Nikolaev, who allegedly gave financial support to ButinaSenior members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) met the wife of the Russian
Study finds Americans more likely to see opioid crisis nationally than locally

Study finds Americans more likely to see opioid crisis nationally than locally

In areas hard-hit by the opioid epidemic, few Americans surveyed felt drugs ‘posed a crisis in their own communities’Most Americans are blind to the opioid epidemic in their own backyards, a study
Small bomb detonated outside US embassy in Beijing

Small bomb detonated outside US embassy in Beijing

Officials say suspect was only person injured in blast from ‘firecracker-like explosive’A man has detonated a small, low-grade bomb outside the US embassy in Beijing, according to US and Chinese
Sudanese journalist could face death sentence for crimes against state

Sudanese journalist could face death sentence for crimes against state

Wini Omer backed by activists as she says mounting list of charges against her amounts to a state attempt to stifle dissentA Sudanese journalist and outspoken campaigner for women’s rights could face
Pregnant woman in Viagra-type drug trial recalls 'whirlwind' rush to sign up

Pregnant woman in Viagra-type drug trial recalls 'whirlwind' rush to sign up

Mother of healthy two-year-old unsure whether she was told of risks in sildenafil trialA woman who took part in a Dutch drug trial in which 11 babies died has spoken of going through a “whirlwind” of
Cover-up: Jakarta hides foul river with giant net before Asian Games

Cover-up: Jakarta hides foul river with giant net before Asian Games

Authorities install mesh net to hide sight and smell of Sentiong River from athletesThe Jakarta city government has come under fire for buying a giant nylon net to cover up a polluted and
CNN reporter banned: Fox joins outcry after exclusion from White House event

CNN reporter banned: Fox joins outcry after exclusion from White House event

Fox News stands ‘in strong solidarity’ after Kaitlan Collins excluded from meeting of Donald Trump and Jean-Claude JunckerA CNN reporter has been excluded by the White House from a press event after
'Democracy has died': Cambodia's exiled politicians call for election boycott

'Democracy has died': Cambodia's exiled politicians call for election boycott

Scared and on the run, members of the opposition mount campaign against legitimacy of strongman leader Hun Sen Over the past ten months, Ky Wandara’s life has, by his own account, been hell. As the
North Korea still producing fissile material despite pledge, Pompeo says

North Korea still producing fissile material despite pledge, Pompeo says

Secretary of state declined to respond when asked if North Korea was still pursuing submarine-launched missiles at Senate hearingNorth Korea is still producing fissile material for nuclear bombs in
Donald Trump postpones summit with Vladimir Putin until new year

Donald Trump postpones summit with Vladimir Putin until new year

John Bolton cites election meddling investigation for delayMike Pompeo says US will never recognize annexation of CrimeaDonald Trump’s proposed Washington meeting with the Russian president, Vladimir
'God doesn’t give us the words': Greece wildfire survivors share tales of terror

'God doesn’t give us the words': Greece wildfire survivors share tales of terror

Rescue crews comb seaside towns including Mati, where families have been left devastated by the human cost of disaster As the death toll from Greece’s worst forest fires continued to climb, survivors
Colombia ex-president alleges MI6 plot as death squad investigation closes in

Colombia ex-president alleges MI6 plot as death squad investigation closes in

Conservative hardliner Álvaro Uribe has stepped down as a senator as he faces charges of bribing and intimidating witnessesColombia’s powerful former president Álvaro Uribe has announced that he will
Irishman on honeymoon killed in Greek wildfires

Irishman on honeymoon killed in Greek wildfires

Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp died as he and his wife attempted to escape fires in coastal town of MatiAn Irishman has died on his honeymoon after being caught up in the wildfires that have swept across
Trump's 'pay with cash' offer on Cohen tape could spell fresh peril for president

Trump's 'pay with cash' offer on Cohen tape could spell fresh peril for president

Longtime fixer is thought to have uniquely sensitive information – and has produced a stark change in the president’s strategyThe broadcast on US television on Tuesday night of an audio recording in
3D-printed guns: activists urge government to block blueprints

3D-printed guns: activists urge government to block blueprints

Trump administration settlement allows for digital blueprints for 3D-printed handgun to be freely downloaded as of 1 AugustThe nation’s three largest gun control advocacy groups are asking a Texas
Michael Boye-Anawomah obituary

Michael Boye-Anawomah obituary

My friend Michael Boye-Anawomah was a Ghanaian civil servant who, after fleeing his country to live in London, became a passionate community activist – and the first black African councillor in
Made in China: Trump re-election flags may get burned by his tariffs

Made in China: Trump re-election flags may get burned by his tariffs

‘Sales have been great’ since factory began making Trump banners in 2015, highlighting a paradox in US-China relationsThe red, white and blue banners for Donald Trump’s second-term campaign are ready
Scotland's Brexit bill is 'perfectly practical', supreme court told

Scotland's Brexit bill is 'perfectly practical', supreme court told

Judges are being asked to rule on political standoff between Holyrood and WestminsterThe Scottish parliament’s Brexit bill is “perfectly practical” and in keeping with EU principles of legal certainty
Trump cuts cause 250 job losses at UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Trump cuts cause 250 job losses at UN agency for Palestinian refugees

‘Existential threat’ created by withdrawal of $300m in US funding triggers job losses in West Bank and Gaza StripThe UN agency for Palestinian refugees is cutting hundreds of jobs in the Gaza Strip
French prisoner who escaped in helicopter spotted near Paris

French prisoner who escaped in helicopter spotted near Paris

France’s most wanted man Rédouine Faïd recognised by police in Piscop but got awayFrance’s most wanted man, who has been on the run since his dramatic escape from prison by helicopter three weeks ago,