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The Observer view on the need for a crackdown on non-resident property owners | Observer editorial

The Observer view on the need for a crackdown on non-resident property owners | Observer editorial

New Zealand’s restrictions on ownership are worth considering here if the housing market is to be reformedLast week, New Zealand banned non-resident buyers from purchasing existing homes, to make
In the Cape Town enclave that survived apartheid, the new enemy is gentrification

In the Cape Town enclave that survived apartheid, the new enemy is gentrification

Picturesque Bo-Kaap was for decades the home of Muslim residents. Now, as some cash in on soaring house prices, others want to hold on to their historySunday morning in Cape Town. Two days of rain
'We proved them wrong': the women shaking up the Trump opposition

'We proved them wrong': the women shaking up the Trump opposition

A refugee, a Native American, a transgender woman – these primary winners are changing the face of the progressive left It has been a summer of political firsts in the US as a historically diverse
Why is Donald Trump attacking the US intelligence community?

Why is Donald Trump attacking the US intelligence community?

The president’s decision to revoke the former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance turned his feud with his intelligence agencies into an all-out war, uniting former officials against himFor
The day Aretha Franklin found her sound – and a bunch of men nearly killed it

The day Aretha Franklin found her sound – and a bunch of men nearly killed it

In Muscle Shoals in 1967, the Queen of Soul recorded her first hit – despite swirling clouds of drink, jealousy and masculine competitionIt was the tumultuous recording session in which Aretha
Bedbugs plague hits British cities

Bedbugs plague hits British cities

The parasites, picked up on planes, trains and in hotels, are spreading into homesThe UK is facing an exponential increase in bedbug infestation as a result of this summer’s hot weather, which is
Lombok: magnitude-6.3 earthquake rocks Indonesian island

Lombok: magnitude-6.3 earthquake rocks Indonesian island

Quake was also felt in neighbouring island of Bali and comes two weeks after earthquakes killed 460A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Lombok on Sunday, sending people fleeing
Melbourne police offer $500,000 reward to solve brutal sexual assault

Melbourne police offer $500,000 reward to solve brutal sexual assault

Man who bashed and assaulted new mother in a North Melbourne laneway in 2013 is still on the loose Chloe was just 22 and had a seven-week-old baby when she was stalked, dragged into a Melbourne
Britain flouting human rights over Grenfell-style cladding

Britain flouting human rights over Grenfell-style cladding

Watchdog says government failing in its duty to protect citizens’ livesThe government is breaching fundamental obligations to protect its citizens’ right to life by failing to address the systemic
Young people hear the call to rejuvenate ageing priesthood

Young people hear the call to rejuvenate ageing priesthood

Big rise in younger ordinands after fears that no one would replace the quarter of Anglican vicars who are near retirementThe number of young people applying to become Anglican priests has risen by
In China, Valentine’s Day is all about designer handbags, not true love | Lucy Siegle

In China, Valentine’s Day is all about designer handbags, not true love | Lucy Siegle

The Qixi festival stems from a simple romantic tale, but luxury brands have made it their ownNews from China: the western celebration of romantic union, Valentine’s Day, has been dumped. It’s not you,
The Observer view on politicians who refuse to accept blame | Observer editorial

The Observer view on politicians who refuse to accept blame | Observer editorial

Leadership has been sadly missing, from the Genoa bridge collapse and Turkey’s financial plight to Trump’s USA pledge by Rory Stewart, the prisons minister, to resign if his new plan to combat drugs
UK investigates fresh reports of looting of sunken navy ships

UK investigates fresh reports of looting of sunken navy ships

Gavin Williamson says he will work closely with Indonesia and Malaysia over claims Second World War ships have been plundered The government is investigating fresh reports that a number of British
Victorian Labor offers half-priced solar panels for homeowners in $1.24bn pledge

Victorian Labor offers half-priced solar panels for homeowners in $1.24bn pledge

Daniel Andrews says owner-occupiers will have access to more than $4,000 each to install panelsVictorian owner-occupiers will get half-priced solar panels for their homes with no upfront cost under a
Trump's 'good person' defence could affect jurors in Manafort trial

Trump's 'good person' defence could affect jurors in Manafort trial

Weighing in on active trial is highly unusual move for sitting president – one legal expert says: ‘He shouldn’t have done it’Donald Trump’s outbursts against the special counsel investigation into
In these dark times, embracing laughter is an ethical choice | Charlotte Wood

In these dark times, embracing laughter is an ethical choice | Charlotte Wood

Laughter has optimism embedded in it. It allows us to see that, while we are all human and we fail, we can change Because we live in such very dark times, I’ve been thinking about laughter and art.If
Idris Elba: ‘My ambition is boundless’

Idris Elba: ‘My ambition is boundless’

Idris Elba is powering through his midlife crisis – 007 rumours and all. He talks to Tim LewisIdris Elba is currently in the grip of a midlife crisis – “really and truly,” he insists – but it is also
Putin urges Europe to help rebuild Syria so refugees can return

Putin urges Europe to help rebuild Syria so refugees can return

Russian president makes call ahead of meeting with Angela Merkel Russian president Vladimir Putin has called on Europe to contribute to the reconstruction of Syria to allow millions of refugees to
Labor to support price caps on power bills as Coalition's Neg woes continue

Labor to support price caps on power bills as Coalition's Neg woes continue

Bill Shorten to accept ACCC recommendations as PM recalibrates energy deal in attempt to contain conservative-led revoltLabor will preempt part of the Turnbull government’s looming political fix on
Trump White House lawyer cooperates with Russia investigation – report

Trump White House lawyer cooperates with Russia investigation – report

New York Times details Donald McGahn’s contact with MuellerSource: counsel did not provide incriminating materialThe top White House lawyer has cooperated extensively with the special counsel