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Space Force: Mike Pence launches plans for sixth military service

Space Force: Mike Pence launches plans for sixth military service

Vice-president announced plans to create force by 2020, but any proposal to create a new branch requires congressional actionMike Pence has announced plans for a new, separate US Space Force as a
The perfect storm: building a crypto-utopia in Puerto Rico – video

The perfect storm: building a crypto-utopia in Puerto Rico – video

In a time of vulnerability, crypto investors are moving to Puerto Rico, attracted by lucrative tax incentives. They plan to regenerate the island using blockchain technology. But not all of the locals
Jamil Dehlavi: 'In Pakistan, there is always something in the offing'

Jamil Dehlavi: 'In Pakistan, there is always something in the offing'

Over the decades, the film-maker has told transgressive tales of the country’s existential turmoil. Such commentary, however, has come at a price“My films aren’t really shown in Pakistan,” laughs the
Ricanstruction: how Puerto Rico's artists responded to the storm

Ricanstruction: how Puerto Rico's artists responded to the storm

Hurricane Maria and its aftermath inspired musicians, visual artists and comedians to produce work and help relief effortsHurricane Maria shattered normal life in Puerto Rico, but the island’s
Mauritanian presidential hopeful arrested amid fears of political foul play

Mauritanian presidential hopeful arrested amid fears of political foul play

Campaigners voice concern over imprisonment of anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid on eve of legislative electionsA prominent Mauritanian anti-slavery activist has been taken into custody before
Fury over asylum application by Rwandan who killed 10 Belgians

Fury over asylum application by Rwandan who killed 10 Belgians

Former Rwandan major found guilty of manslaughter in 2007 over killing of UN troopsA reported application for asylum by a former Rwandan major sentenced to 20 years in jail for his role in the deaths
Latin America's fight to legalise abortion: the key battlegrounds

Latin America's fight to legalise abortion: the key battlegrounds

After Argentina rejected a bill to allow abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, hopes of reform now rest elsewhereAn estimated 6.5 million abortions take place across Latin America each year.
Zimbabwe opposition figure charged after forced return

Zimbabwe opposition figure charged after forced return

UN accuses Zambia of violating international law after MDC’s Tendai Biti is denied asylum A senior Zimbabwean opposition politician who was refused asylum in neighbouring Zambia and forcibly returned
Beyoncé boulevard: Dutch street signs pay tribute to women

Beyoncé boulevard: Dutch street signs pay tribute to women

Activists took action after learning that 88% of roads in large cities honoured menStreets throughout the Netherlands are being unofficially renamed by activists in honour of venerated women after
Louisiana’s Democratic governor an ally at influential rightwing conference

Louisiana’s Democratic governor an ally at influential rightwing conference

Alec, the organization that links corporate lobbyists with state lawmakers to draft laws, holds its annual meeting in New OrleansLouisiana governor John Bel Edwards, the only Democratic governor in
Revealed: details of exclusive Russian deal offered to Arron Banks in Brexit run-up

Revealed: details of exclusive Russian deal offered to Arron Banks in Brexit run-up

Leaked document lays out for first time deal proposed to Leave.EU backer, sparking new questions over Moscow’s roleThe full details of Russia’s gold deal offer to Arron Banks ahead of the EU
Illinois: church leadership steps down after sexual harassment allegations

Illinois: church leadership steps down after sexual harassment allegations

Willow Creek church’s board also apologized to the women who accused founder Bill Hybels of harassment The leadership of a massive Chicago-area evangelical church is stepping down and has apologized
Wildfires rage in the Algarve – in pictures

Wildfires rage in the Algarve – in pictures

More than 1,000 firefighters are battling blazes for a seventh day in the popular tourist area in Portugal. Extremely high temperatures have been blamed for sparking the wildfires Continue reading...
Puke, pasties and poo: the secret, stinky world of cinema ushers

Puke, pasties and poo: the secret, stinky world of cinema ushers

They sign up for pick’n’mix and free films, but have to deal with rutting teenagers, rotting food and cups of excrement. Who knew the movies were so gross?Cinema’s real superheroes are not the
Ben Stokes tells jury he had at least nine drinks on night of brawl

Ben Stokes tells jury he had at least nine drinks on night of brawl

England cricketer says he only engaged in the fight to protect teammate and gay couple The England cricketer Ben Stokes has told a jury he had drunk at least seven vodka and mixer drinks and “two or
Whale sharks feeding in the western Indian Ocean - in pictures

Whale sharks feeding in the western Indian Ocean - in pictures

The world’s largest fish roams less than previously thought, new research has found. Using a ‘biological passport’, results show that whale sharks in the western Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf
Amateur footage appears to capture moment of Lombok earthquake – video

Amateur footage appears to capture moment of Lombok earthquake – video

Video taken by a local resident appears to capture the moment a magnitude 6.2 earthquake hit Indonesia’s Lombok island, less than a week after a 6.9-magnitude quake that is believed to have killed
Dozens dead in Yemen as bus carrying children hit by airstrike

Dozens dead in Yemen as bus carrying children hit by airstrike

Red Cross says strike hit bus at market in Dahyan, in rebel-held north of countrySaudi Arabia is facing an international outcry after at least 29 children were among dozens of civilians killed by a
Argentina abortion defeat shows enduring power of Catholic church

Argentina abortion defeat shows enduring power of Catholic church

Irish vote to legalise procedure was seen as blow to church’s authority, but its power has merely shifted southIf anyone needs evidence of the continuing power of the Catholic church, the vote in
Drink-drive casualties in UK at four-year high

Drink-drive casualties in UK at four-year high

Calls for cut in legal alcohol limit after more than 9,000 deaths or injuries in 2016The number of drink-drive casualties has reached a four-year high, figures show.An estimated 9,040 people were