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Hungary MPs thrown out of TV office over 'slave...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 1:06 pm

Several Hungarian lawmakers camped out at the state TV headquarters, protesting against new labour laws. […]

Facebook temporarily bans Israeli PM's son over...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Yair Netanyahu blames the "thought police" after posts against Palestinians and Muslims are removed. […]

Sajjan Kumar: Milestone conviction over 1984 Sikh...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm

The conviction of former Congress party MP Sajjan Kumar is the most significant over the 1984 Indian riots. […]

1MDB: Malaysia charges Goldman Sachs and two...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 11:32 am

The bank and former employees are charged following an investigation of Malaysian state fund 1MDB. […]

Vatican displays huge sand nativity scene
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 11:15 am

Images of a nativity scene made of sand on display at the Vatican. […]

Saudi Arabia condemns US Senate 'interference'
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 10:38 am

It comes after strong US resolutions on the war in Yemen and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. […]

YouTuber seeks privacy after fan visits home
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 10:28 am

YouTube star James Charles asks fans for privacy after a fan shows up at his house in LA. […]

Geoffrey Rush denies misconduct allegations by...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 9:15 am

Australian actress Yael Stone says Rush behaved inappropriately during a Sydney theatre production. […]

Andrew Broad: Australian minister quits amid...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 8:09 am

Andrew Broad quits the government's frontbench after a woman made allegations to a magazine. […]

Gay Singaporean man wins landmark appeal to adopt...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 5:56 am

The landmark ruling clears the way for the man to become the legal parent of his biological child. […]

Pageant-mad Philippines celebrates Miss Universe...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 5:39 am

The contest is hugely popular in the Philippines though critics say such pageants objectify women. […]

Three-year-old assaulted on Delhi bus rape...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 3:47 am

The incident occurred on the sixth anniversary of the gang rape of a student on a bus in India. […]

Mexico launches $7.4bn Tren Maya railway project
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 2:22 am

The ambitious project will link Mayan archaeological sites to cities and beach resorts. […]

'My sleepless nights over Sandra Bullock's...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:20 am

The actress insisted on doing treacherous scenes wearing a blindfold for thriller Bird Box. […]

Climate change: The massive CO2 emitter you may...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:16 am

Cement is the source of about 8% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. How can this be changed? […]

Meet Nepal's daredevil honey hunters
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:04 am

When bees nest on a cliff face hundreds of metres above the ground, there's only one way to gather their sweet produce. […]

Letter from Africa: How Nigeria's elite avoid...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:02 am

Journalist Sola Odunfa reflects on a controversial proposal to ban young Nigerians from completing their education abroad. […]

HQ Trivia and Vine co-founder Colin Kroll dead at...
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 10:18 pm

New York police officers went to Colin Kroll's Manhattan flat after a request to check on him. […]

Narendra Modi: Is hardline Hindu politics failing...
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 9:45 pm

Critics say the recent pursuit of a hardline Hindutva agenda by India's ruling party has backfired. […]

Clashes in Brussels over UN migration pact
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 8:02 pm

Thousands of demonstrators in Brussels march against a UN migration pact, signed in Marrakech last week. […]

Bomb kills 8 in Syrian town held by...
Posted by Associated Press on December 16, 2018 at 6:45 pm

A bomb blast in a northwestern Syrian town held by Turkish-backed opposition forces killed at least eight people and wounded two dozen Sunday, activists and local security said, the latest in a series of attacks along the border where Turkey has troops. The spike in attacks follows Turkish threats... […]

Japan explosion: Fire and collapsed buildings...
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 5:25 pm

A restaurant in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo is hit by a huge explosion. […]

Sri Lanka's president reinstates prime minister...
Posted by Shashank Bengali, Munza Mushtaq on December 16, 2018 at 4:15 pm

Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister was reinstated Sunday, ending a seven-week constitutional crisis that had raised fears that the island nation was drifting back toward political instability. Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in by the man who had fired him, President Maithripala Sirisena, according... […]

For Syrians in a former rebel bastion,...
Posted by Nabih Bulos on December 16, 2018 at 4:00 pm

It was September 2011 when Bassam Dufdaa, the preacher in the Syrian town of Kafr Batna, threw his support behind the uprisings raging throughout the country. From his pulpit in the town mosque, and in a video uploaded to YouTube, he called on people to fight back against the army and join the... […]

Baby trafficking: 'They stole my son from me'
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 12:21 am

In Spain, hundreds of mothers are looking for a son or a daughter. They believe their child was stolen at birth and then given away or sold. […]

Ukraine Orthodox leaders approve break with...
Posted by Sabra Ayres, Mansur Mirovalev on December 16, 2018 at 12:15 am

Ukrainian Orthodox church leaders approved the creation of a unified church independent of Moscow on Saturday and elected a new leader to oversee the self-governing church, a move supporters say will push Kiev further away from Russia’s influence in the region. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko,... […]

Chi Modu has photographed hip hop's biggest...
Posted on December 16, 2018 at 12:14 am

Nigerian-born Chi Modu on why documenting black musicians is so important. […]

Nations at U.N. climate talks back universal...
Posted by Associated Press on December 15, 2018 at 10:20 pm

After two weeks of bruising negotiations, officials from almost 200 countries agreed Saturday on universal, transparent rules that will govern efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming. Fierce disagreements on two other climate issues were kicked down the road for a year to... […]

The film 'Roma' stirs audience in director's...
Posted by Patrick J. McDonnell and Cecilia Sanchez on December 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm

They lined up for hours in the woody grounds of the former presidential compound to see a movie — not just any film — but “Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical reverie, named after the shabby-chic Mexico City neighborhood where the director was reared. With some breathless reviewers already... […]

Egypt: 'One of a kind' tomb found in Saqqara
Posted on December 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm

The tomb, filled with hieroglyphs and statues, has been untouched for 4,440 years. […]

Britain does not need a second referendum – it...
Posted by David Van Reybrouck on December 17, 2018 at 1:59 pm

Offering a list of 30 proposals, rather than another yes/no vote, would grant citizens a more meaningful say on BrexitOf course, there is much to be said for a second referendum. It is now clear that Britain’s most colossal decision in a century was taken after a campaign marred by lies, personal ambition and possible Russian manipulation. Meanwhile, new facts have emerged about the cost and consequences of leaving. If the facts have changed, minds may have too, right?Yet there are very good reasons not to go down this route, too. There is probably no better way to anger people than by suggesting that their first vote was OK, but not quite good enough. A referendum that welcomes any […]

Why did a little Guatemalan girl die after...
Posted by David Taylor in New York on December 17, 2018 at 1:42 pm

The circumstances of Jakelin Caal Maquin’s sorrowful death are being seized upon as evidence both for and against the Trump administration’s hardline approach to immigrationAfter a final stretch on foot along a dirt road through high desert, a father and his young daughter crossed into the United States at the end of a 2,000-mile journey through Mexico.It was after dark and they were part of a group of 163 people, apparently including dozens of unaccompanied children, who had made it to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, considered the most remote spot along America’s entire southern border. Continue reading... […]

Theresa May pushes forward £2bn no-deal Brexit...
Posted by Dan Sabbagh on December 17, 2018 at 1:34 pm

PM wants cabinet to focus on contingency plan as ministers explore alternatives to her dealPlanning for a no-deal Brexit is expected to be ramped up this week with up to £2bn to be allocated to government departments after the cabinet signs off on the contingency plans at its weekly meeting on Tuesday.Theresa May wants the increasingly serious no-deal preparations to dominate the Brexit discussion at cabinet, even though ministers worried about the stalled negotiations with Brussels are openly canvassing alternatives. Continue reading... […]

'This cuts across society': how singeli music...
Posted by Kate Hutchinson in Uganda on December 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm

With up to 300 beats per minute, singeli could be the world’s most frenetic music. In Dar es Salaam, its creators explain how it helps to create a better lifeOn a neon-lit jetty overlooking the River Nile, a young Tanzanian DJ called Sisso is playing a bracing barrage of blips, bells and breakneck beats that could blast apart a heart-rate monitor. We are at Nyege Nyege, a pan-African festival in Uganda that curates contemporary club music from across the continent, and it’s the first time so many musicians from Tanzania have made it here. Sisso and his peers have taken a 30-hour bus journey and crossed two borders in order to play at the event. Their sets are being streamed live […]

Small assault-style rifle firms thriving under...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 1:27 pm

A decade ago, Kentucky's Anderson Manufacturing was a small machine shop that didn't make firearms. […]

Meghan Markle's father asks Queen Elizabeth to...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 1:26 pm

Meghan Markle's father appealed to Britain's Queen Elizabeth on Monday to intercede to end his estrangement from his daughter, the wife of Prince Harry. […]

Lockerbie marks 30 years since deadly attack
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 1:24 pm

Memorial services in the Scottish town of Lockerbie will this week mark the 30th anniversary of the bombing of a Pan Am jumbo jet that killed 270 people. […]

Croatia violating EU law by sending asylum...
Posted by Lorenzo Tondo on December 17, 2018 at 1:22 pm

Hidden cameras capture apparent expulsions by Croatian border police in forestCroatian police are returning groups of asylum seekers across the EU’s external border with Bosnia, a video obtained by the Guardian suggests, in an apparent breach of EU law.Footage shared by the watchdog organisation Border Violence Monitoring (BVM) shows a number of alleged collective expulsions or “pushbacks” of migrants in a forest near Lohovo, in Bosnian territory. Continue reading... […]

Hidden cameras film Croatian police carrying out...
Posted by on December 17, 2018 at 1:22 pm

Watchdog organisation Border Violence Monitoring has published videos of Croatian police conducting apparent 'pushback' operations against asylum seekers in woods on the border with Bosnia Continue reading... […]

Serial rabbit-killer terrorises picturesque...
Posted by Kim Willsher in Paris on December 17, 2018 at 1:08 pm

Massacre of seven pets in Minihy-Tréguier is latest incident in series of killingsA serial rabbit-killer who has been spreading terror around a picturesque village in Brittany has struck again.Police were called after the bodies of seven rabbits were discovered slaughtered and dumped on the ground at a home in the village of Minihy-Tréguier on the Côtes-d’Armor coast on Saturday morning. Continue reading... […]

Student loan shake-up puts £12bn hole in public...
Posted by Richard Partington and Sally Weale on December 17, 2018 at 12:53 pm

National deficit increases after ONS says student loans count as government spendingPhilip Hammond is facing a £12bn hole in the public finances this year after changes to the way student loans are treated on the government’s books, reflecting that many will never be repaid.In a stroke of the pen from the Office for National Statistics, student loans will now be treated as part financial asset in the national accounts, because some will be repaid, while part will be classified as government expenditure, as some loans will never be paid back in full. Continue reading... […]

Wider Image: As smoke clears, capturing the...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:47 pm

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often framed in black and white, an outlook captured by this image of Palestinian youths shrouded by clouds of smoke that block out everything except an isolated moment of protest and defiance. […]

'I beg them to let me go': Sierra Leone's sex...
Posted by Hannah Summers on December 17, 2018 at 12:41 pm

Film explores how women on the streets of Freetown suffer extortion, exploitation and imprisonment because of archaic lawsMariatu was 15 years old when her widowed mother died and she ended up sleeping rough on the streets of Freetown where she fell into commercial sex work.Not long after, she was arrested for “loitering” and, unable to pay a police bribe, spent six months in an adult jail. Continue reading... […]

Rejecting other Brexit options, Britain's May...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:35 pm

British Prime Minister Theresa May is pressing on with her deal to leave the European Union, her spokesman said on Monday, rejecting calls for a second referendum or to test support for different Brexit options in parliament. […]

Turkey revives ghosts of Gezi protests as...
Posted on December 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm

Three years after she was acquitted over her role in Turkey's Gezi Park protests, Mucella Yapici was called in last month by police to face more questions about the unrest that had posed a direct challenge to the authority of President Tayyip Erdogan. […]