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Venezuelan forces 'killed hundreds' - UN
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm

The United Nations says it seems the rule of law is "virtually absent" in the crisis-wracked country. […]

EU tariffs on US goods come into force
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 2:49 pm

The European Union has gone ahead with retaliatory duties against $2.8bn worth of US-made products. […]

World Cup 2018: Football star's 'long hair' too...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Ex-Barcelona star Carles Puyol was due to be a World Cup pundit in Iran but was barred from the studio. […]

Migrant families separation poster girl 'not...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 1:42 pm

The two-year-old and her mother were kept together in a Texas border town, says the father. […]

Chinese park grants free entry to heavier women
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 12:01 pm

A Chinese park offered free entry to women who were as heavy as a Tang Dynasty concubine. […]

Migrant children: Mum and seven-year-old reunited
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 11:59 am

Beata Mejia Mejia says she is suing the US government after she and her son, 7, were separated for weeks. […]

Why does India's air look different from space?
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 11:51 am

Europe's Sentinel-5P satellite tracks formaldehyde emissions in the air over the Indian sub-continent. […]

North and South Korea agree to resume rare family...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 11:49 am

A few of the thousands of families split by the Korean war will have another chance to see loved ones. […]

Activists raped after performing street play
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 11:47 am

Five women were performing a street play about human trafficking in India when gunmen seized them. […]

What does it take to relocate a 195kg tiger in...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 11:39 am

Numerous forest officers, wildlife veterinarians - and at least five elephants. […]

Tanzania MP sues over his banned rap
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 11:32 am

Tanzanian banned the rap song by MP Joseph Mbilinyi, also known as MC Sugu, for being "violent". […]

Melania Trump jacket: Five things 'I don't care'...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 11:17 am

People are trying trying to decode the First Lady's message with her unusual anorak. […]

Japan: Cannabis plants found growing near MPs'...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 10:46 am

The country has a no tolerance policy on drugs - it's not clear how the plants got there. […]

YouTube fans to fund favourite film-makers
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 9:54 am

The site will let video-makers charge fans a monthly fee for exclusive content. […]

Kate Spade's father dies night before designer's...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 8:41 am

Kate Spade's father, "heartbroken" over her death, dies a day before the designer is laid to rest. […]

Greece hails 'historic' debt relief deal
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 7:55 am

The eurozone agrees a long-awaited deal, which pushes back the repayment schedule for Greece's debt. […]

India police 'sorry' for lynching photo
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 6:34 am

Police apologise for a picture of a lynched man being dragged by a mob with three officers present. […]

Quiz: What record has The Greatest Showman broken?
Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:34 pm

It's the weekly news quiz - have you been paying attention to what's been going on in the world over the past seven days? […]

Windrush generation: Three stories
Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:31 pm

Three people tell their stories about coming to the UK on the Windrush. […]

Africa's week in pictures: 15-21 June 2018
Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:20 pm

A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week. […]

The Indian women lighting the way for change
Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:17 pm

In India's desert state of Rajasthan, rural women are training as solar entrepreneurs, to bring power to those living off grid. […]

Reality Check: Could Turkey's next president be...
Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:09 pm

A new system of government was approved in a controversial referendum last year. […]

‘How a bus saved my life’: Life as a widow in...
Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:09 pm

Asia, a widow in Pakistan, broke gender stereotypes by becoming female bus driver. […]

What are tariffs and how do they affect us?
Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:09 pm

As a trade war becomes an increasing risk, how do governments use tariffs in international commerce? […]

Chess player quits Iran competition over...
Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:09 pm

An Indian chess champion has pulled out of a tournament in Iran over the country's compulsory headscarf rule. […]

Sheriff gets into grizzly situation with bear
Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:08 pm

Instead of arresting a carjacker, officers in California were forced to let this suspect bear go. […]

Viewpoint: Why the Kashmir government fall is a...
Posted on June 21, 2018 at 11:04 pm

The coalition government's roadmap was the only feasible path to a better future, writes Sumantra Bose. […]

Akon wants to build 'real-life Wakanda' using a...
Posted on June 21, 2018 at 1:02 pm

The multi-platinum selling artist announces his own cryptocurrency and city - both named after himself. […]

Japanese firm makes suits for blue collar workers
Posted on June 19, 2018 at 11:23 am

A Tokyo firm has created a line of business attire that's best suited for the nation's blue-collar workers. […]

Finland's capital gives away its old trams
Posted on June 18, 2018 at 10:50 am

The city wants rid of its antiquated trams, but getting hold of one comes with strings attached. […]

Billy Elliot musical axes dates in Hungary amid...
Posted by Daniel Nolan in Budapest on June 22, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Ticket sales fall after media outlets close to PM say show promotes ‘deviant way of life’The Hungarian State Opera House has cancelled 15 performances of the musical Billy Elliot after ticket sales were hit by a media campaign in outlets close to Viktor Orbán’s “illiberal” government that called the show a propaganda tool for homosexuality.“As you know, the negative campaign in recent weeks against the Billy Elliot production led to a big drop in ticket sales, and for this reason we are cancelling 15 performances in line with the decision of our management,” the director-general of the opera house, Szilveszter Ókovács, told the […]

Trump attacks 'phony stories of sadness and...
Posted by Amanda Holpuch in New York on June 22, 2018 at 3:35 pm

Guardian correspondents follow all the developments on both sides of the border as president points finger at DemocratsGoing through hell: parents tell of anguish at the borderTexas border denounces ‘shameful’ camp for migrant children 4.35pm BSTIf the Trump administration thought public condemnation of family separation would end when it announced on Wednesday that it would stop the practice, they were wrong. Protestors this morning gathered outside the home of homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who oversaw the implementation of family separation. She also defended the practice on Monday in a heated White House press briefing. Protestors are outside of DHS Secretary […]

Rule of law 'virtually absent' in Venezuela, UN...
Posted by Reuters in Geneva on June 22, 2018 at 3:13 pm

Government forces carry out killings with impunity‘Credible, shocking’ reports of unlawful killings of young men Government security forces in Venezuela carry out unjustified killings without any apparent consequences, as the rule of law is “virtually absent” in the country, according to a new report by the United Nations. The UN human rights office called on the government to bring perpetrators to justice and said it was sending its report to the international criminal court (ICC), whose prosecutor opened a preliminary investigation in February. Continue reading... […]

Newcastle's Great Exhibition aims to create buzz...
Posted by Helen Pidd North of England editor on June 22, 2018 at 3:03 pm

Critics say £5m for ‘northern powerhouse’ event compares unfavourably with council cutsA mural featuring a Greggs steak bake and the UK’s largest water sculpture are among the attractions of the Great Exhibition of the North, a summer-long festival which aims to repeat the success of the Victorians’ world fairs – on a tiny fraction of the budget.The exhibition, which opened on Friday with a blast of confetti on Newcastle’s Quayside, aims to shine a light on the north of England’s cultural and industrial past and present. It was the brainchild of George Osborne, who championed the idea of a “northern powerhouse” before being sacked […]

Africa is finally uniting: now we need good...
Posted by Paul Kagame on June 22, 2018 at 2:57 pm

With a free trade agreement signed, a new era of prosperity beckons for the African continentIn Africa, our biggest threats are also opportunities. By 2035, 450 million Africans will have joined the working age population, more than the rest of the world combined in that time. They will power our economies forward, as long as there are jobs they have the knowledge to perform.But our schools and universities have not kept pace with technology. Over half of all jobseekers have few or no skills, while 41% have qualifications but no skills for the jobs available. The gap is wider still in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Continue reading... […]

U.S. top court rules warrants required for...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 2:44 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday imposed limits on the ability of police to obtain cellphone data pinpointing the past location of criminal suspects in a victory for digital privacy advocates and a setback for law enforcement authorities. […]

Why China has banned videos of people whispering
Posted by Amelia Abraham on June 22, 2018 at 2:42 pm

State censors ban ‘vulgar’ videos that trigger ASMR, a phenomenon that millions of people worldwide experienceIt might not seem immediately obvious why someone would want to watch a video of young women eating ice cubes. But once you hear the sound of the crunching fissure in your headphones, whether it makes you wince or tingle, the sensory effect is undeniable. In China, ice-eating videos have become something of a phenomenon, their stars racking up thousands of views. Along with whispering, tapping, the gentle scratching of a microphone, the unique sound of hair being brushed or skin being stroked – the sound of ice cubes crunching against teeth is a common trigger for […]

Trump: Republicans should 'stop wasting their...
Posted by Lauren Gambino in Washington and Martin Pengelly in New York on June 22, 2018 at 2:32 pm

President: Democrats telling ‘phony stories of sadness and grief’Texas town denounces ‘twisted and shameful’ childrens’ campA Republican effort to reform the US immigration system was once again on the brink of failure on Friday, as the Trump administration faced extraordinary backlash for its crackdown on migrants at the southern border that resulted in more than 2,300 children being separated from their parents. Related: Why Trump's immigration crackdown won't stem flow of Central Americans Continue reading... […]

Trump urges Republican lawmakers to drop...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 2:12 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump urged Republican lawmakers on Friday to drop their efforts to pass comprehensive immigration legislation until after the November elections, which he hopes will boost the party's majority in Congress. […]

Pope to make Vatican changes in push for reform,...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 1:44 pm

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis will be making several significant changes in the Vatican in the next few weeks and months to bring in fresh faces with new ideas and promote others as part of his push for reform. […]

Greece 'turning a page' as eurozone agrees deal...
Posted by Jon Henley, Daniel Boffey in Brussels, and Helena Smith in Athens on June 22, 2018 at 1:41 pm

Athens hails agreement to give country access to markets in August after final bailoutGreece’s government has said the country is “turning a page” after eurozone member states reached an agreement on the final elements of a plan to make its massive debt pile more manageable, ending an eight-year bailout programme.“I have to say the Greek government is happy with this deal,” the finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, said on Friday. “But at the same time, this government will not forget what the Greek people went through in the past eight years.” Continue reading... […]

Marine Le Pen's niece opens finishing school for...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 1:39 pm

LYON, France (Reuters) - The niece of far-right leader Marine Le Pen launched a political academy on Friday that she hopes will serve as a "finishing school" for would-be luminaries on France's right wing, but denied she was plotting a political comeback. […]

Palestinians and Israelis remember life under...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 1:32 pm

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prince William's tour of Israel and the Palestinian Territories is the first official visit by a member of the royal family, but the Holy Land is familiar ground to the British state. […]

Syria's Assad defies U.S., presses southwest...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 1:13 pm

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war monitor and rebel officials said, in defiance of U.S. demands that President Bashar al-Assad halt the assault. […]

Turkey's master campaigner, Erdogan faces biggest...
Posted on June 22, 2018 at 1:12 pm

ANKARA (Reuters) - After dominating Turkish politics for a decade and a half, President Tayyip Erdogan now faces his biggest electoral challenge, from a combative former teacher who has revitalised a dispirited opposition in less than two months. […]