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The Babchenko stunt may end up feeding the Kremlin spin machine | Shaun Walker

The Babchenko stunt may end up feeding the Kremlin spin machine | Shaun Walker

While Kiev may have prevented a killing, the next time a Kremlin critic is murdered the first question will be: are they really dead? As dramatic plot-twists go, it was top drawer: gasps all round at
World's longest flight to be launched by Singapore Airlines

World's longest flight to be launched by Singapore Airlines

New 9,500-mile direct route from New York to Singapore will last 18 hours, 45 minutes The world’s longest commercial flight will be launched in October, Singapore Airlines has announced.Passengers
Italian president gives populists more time to form government

Italian president gives populists more time to form government

Financial markets welcome reprieve by sending the euro back up after being battered by bitter row over the formation of new governmentThe Italian president, Sergio Mattarella, has granted Italy’s two
In pain and in limbo: the Nauru refugee denied an interview for US resettlement

In pain and in limbo: the Nauru refugee denied an interview for US resettlement

The only single woman denied an interview has a litany of health problems and alleges sexual harassment by officersEllie* is in limbo. One of just a few single female refugees on Nauru, she is the
Coalition accused of shelving plans for payday lending crackdown

Coalition accused of shelving plans for payday lending crackdown

Legislation has failed to materialise – and Labor says conservative backbenchers are to blame • Sign up to receive the top stories every morningThe federal government has been accused of indefinitely
A plea from Nauru: 'No one can understand the conditions here'  –  video

A plea from Nauru: 'No one can understand the conditions here' – video

A refugee held in offshore immigration detention speaks about her experiences on Christmas Island and Nauru that have left her 'helpless and broken'. She pleads with the Australian public for more
Arkady Babchenko reveals he faked his death to thwart Moscow plot

Arkady Babchenko reveals he faked his death to thwart Moscow plot

Russian journalist fools world’s media by staging his murder in elaborate scheme with Ukraine Arkady Babchenko, the Russian journalist whose murder was dramatically announced by Ukraine on Tuesday,
Wearing glasses may really mean you're smarter, major study finds

Wearing glasses may really mean you're smarter, major study finds

It’s not just a pop culture trope – a University of Edinburgh study has found intelligent people are 30% more likely to have genes related to poor eyesightIf you wear glasses I’ve got some good news:
Belgian gunman 'killed person day before deadly Liège attack'

Belgian gunman 'killed person day before deadly Liège attack'

Benjamin Herman allegedly bludgeoned man to death before killing three othersA prisoner on day release who shot dead two police officers and a bystander in Liège on Tuesday in a suspected terrorist
Mexico: wife of captured ex-governor living high life in London, rival alleges

Mexico: wife of captured ex-governor living high life in London, rival alleges

Karime Macías disappeared last year after her husband Javier Duarte was arrested amid claims he stole millions from publicKarime Macías’s husband was once one of Mexico’s most powerful men, but when
Saudi Arabia should be encouraged over small steps towards equality | Letters

Saudi Arabia should be encouraged over small steps towards equality | Letters

In my many years of fighting for gender equality I have never believed that criticising small steps forward persuaded the holders of power to do better, writes Margaret ProsserI am not about to become
World's oldest lizard fossil forces rethink of reptile family tree

World's oldest lizard fossil forces rethink of reptile family tree

Discovery pushes back the earliest known member of lizard and snake group by 75m years The fossilised remains of a small lizard discovered in rock from the Italian Alps has shaken up the evolutionary
Irish PM apologises to 126 people illegally adopted decades ago

Irish PM apologises to 126 people illegally adopted decades ago

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tells victims disclosures were part of Ireland’s ‘dark history’ The Irish prime minister has apologised in parliament to 126 people who were illegally adopted between 1946 and
Mimi Cherono Ng’ok’s best photograph: a new perspective on male bodies

Mimi Cherono Ng’ok’s best photograph: a new perspective on male bodies

‘The image captures our relationship – the affection, the intimacy, the vulnerability. But why do so many people ask if he’s my boyfriend?’The boy is a close friend, an artist I met in Ghana about a
Ambien maker responds to Roseanne Barr: 'Racism is not a known side effect'

Ambien maker responds to Roseanne Barr: 'Racism is not a known side effect'

After the comedian partly blamed her controversial tweets on taking the sedative, drug-maker Sanofi released a statementThe drug manufacturer Sanofi has clarified that one of its most popular
UK man who died at Turkish airport seemed ‘nervous’ before flight

UK man who died at Turkish airport seemed ‘nervous’ before flight

Fellow passenger at Dalaman hub describes scenes before Andrew Westlake’s deathA man who died at a Turkish airport after being escorted off a plane home was nervous before the flight but not
Ukraine reveals it staged 'murder' of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko

Ukraine reveals it staged 'murder' of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko

Officials say Babchenko faked his death as part of inquiry into threats against his lifeA Russian journalist who was reported to have been shot dead in Kiev has turned up alive at a news conference in
'Murdered' Russian journalist turns up alive at news conference – video

'Murdered' Russian journalist turns up alive at news conference – video

Arkady Babchenko, who was reported killed in Kiev, is alive and has appeared at a news conference in Ukraine. The country's security service told reporters they had faked Babchenko’s death to catch
Trump expresses regret over picking Sessions as attorney general

Trump expresses regret over picking Sessions as attorney general

The president tweeted support for Trey Gowdy, a key Republican, and his interpretation of Trump’s exasperation with Sessions Donald Trump expressed his regrets on Wednesday that he picked Jeff
'This country has no freedom!': how Thailand's punks are railing against the junta

'This country has no freedom!': how Thailand's punks are railing against the junta

Anger at repression is quelled under the military dictatorship – but the country’s punk scene is turning the protest volume back up again“It’s been four years, motherfucker!” – this is how a group of