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Trump shows he trusts an ex-KGB agent more than US intelligence

New line on Russia opens up an unprecedented chasm between London and Washington For those hoping the US president would refrain from making unwarranted concessions to Vladimir Putin, the omens were not good. Before his departure for Europe, Trump predicted the Putin conversation was likely to be easier than his discussions with his Nato allies exonerating Putin for much of his behaviour in the past decade. In so doing Trump went into the Helsinki conference chamber not quite naked, but at least pleading guilty on his countrys behalf. In the…

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Croatia’s real World Cup star? The president in the stands

Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovi saw all but one game at her own expense while sporting a national team shirt She wore the team shirt and cheered as Croatia faced France in a Golden Ball award winner, Luka Modri, as well as Ivan Perii and Mario Manduki. More than 80% of the stories were positive, Mediatoolkit said, for a woman who travelled to Russia at her own expense in economy class and often watched from the non-VIP stands missing only the semi-final against England because it clashed with the Nato summit. Boris Deulovi,…

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British cave diver considering legal action over Elon Musk’s ‘pedo’ attack

Vernon Unsworth astonished and very angry after Tesla owner makes baseless remark A British cave diver who was instrumental in the called him a pedo on Twitter. Vernon Unsworth told the Guardian on Monday he was astonished and very angry at the attack, for which Musk offered no evidence or basis. The billionaire initially doubled down on the comments made on social media, but has since deleted them. Unsworth told journalists at the cave site, where a clean-up operation is under way, that the remarks about him were an attack…

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Trump responds to Mueller indictments by blaming Obama

President preparing to meet Vladimir Putin in Helsinki after special counsels indictment of 12 Russian spies Donald Trump has commented for the first time on the tweeted: The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didnt they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election? According to widespread vice-president Joe Biden, chief of staff Denis McDonough and senior adviser watered down by Republican Senate…

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Four boys rescued from Thai cave

Rescue team confirms first boys from group of 12 trapped for two weeks have been freed Four boys from a group of 12 children who have been trapped inside a cave in northern Thailand for more than two weeks have been freed, authorities have confirmed. Today was the best situation in terms of kids health, water and our rescue readiness,Narongsak Osatanakorn, the head of the joint command centre coordinating the rescue, said at a press briefing on Sunday. Four have been [brought] out from the cave site, four have been…

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Madeleine Albright: The things that are happening are genuinely, seriously bad

Madeleine Albright decries the global rise of authoritarianism in her new book, Fascism: A Warning, and talks about Trump, Putin and the tragedy of Brexit Madeleine Albright has both made and lived a lot of history. When she talks about a resurgence of fascism, she says it as someone who was born into the age of dictators. She was a small girl when her family fled Czechoslovakia after the Nazis consumed the country in 1939. After 10 days in hiding, her parents escaped Prague for Britain and found refuge in…

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Donald Trump to almost entirely avoid London during UK visit

Meetings with Theresa May and the Queen to be held away from protests in capital Donald Trump will almost entirely avoid London during his four-day visit to the UK next week, Downing Street has said, unveiling an itinerary that is likely to prompt accusations he is trying to avoid planned protests against him. While the US president is conducting his meetings, the first lady, Melania Trump, will have an agenda of her own, in the company of her opposite number, Philip May. Trump, who is to meet Theresa May and…

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Former Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in jail

Corruption charges related to purchase of London flats, with verdict likely to affect election The former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption in a verdict likely to influence the general election the Panama Papers leak, published by the Guardian and others in 2016. The court also sentenced Sharifs daughter and presumed political heir, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, to seven years imprisonment, fined the family 10m and ordered the seizure of the Imran Khan, the former cricketer and leader of the main opposition…

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Shoah director Claude Lanzmann dies aged 92

Giant of French intellectual life known for his heavyweight journalism and series of documentaries about the Holocaust Claude Lanzmann, the French film-maker and journalist who was best known for the exhaustive Holocaust documentary Shoah, has died aged 92. Lanzmanns family He embarked on a passionate relationship with de Beauvoir, 18 years his senior, and they lived together from 1952 to 1959. In 1986, Lanzmann became chief editor of Les Temps Modernes on de Beauvoirs death and remained in the post for the rest of his life. As a journalist, Lanzmann…

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Ocasio-Cortez politics will not win in Midwest, says Duckworth

After stunning primary upset in New York, Illinois senator cautions party that democratic socialism will not work nationally As Democrats calibrate their political messaging in advance of the November midterm elections, Senator Tammy Duckworth cautioned her party not to become too starry-eyed about the success in New York of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won an upset primary victory this week. While Ocasio-Cortezs candidacy might have been a fit for New Yorks 14th congressional district, said Duckworth, the junior senator from Illinois, her brand of Democratic socialism would not work in the…

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Turkey election: triumphant Erdoan strikes combative tone in victory speech

Election authority confirms Erdoans victory with 97.7% of the vote counted, as opposition leaders vow to continue struggle Recep Tayyip Erdoan has addressed thousands of supporters in Ankara after being declared the victor in Turkeys presidential election, saying democracy was the winner and that Turkey was an example for the rest of the world. We have received the message that has been given to us in the ballot boxes, he said, speaking from the balcony of the AK partys headquarters in Ankara, to a large crowd of cheering and flag-waving…

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Too smart, too successful: Mongolias superwomen struggle to find husbands

Highly educated women far outnumber men in the capital making it difficult for them to find a partner At the UB comedy club at the back of a bar in central Ulaanbaatar, the audience is overwhelmingly female. Groups of smartly dressed women, just out of the office, sip from bottles of beer while watching a young Mongolian man on stage. Our women are beautiful, he says, nodding at a few men seated at the front. Theyre great to be friends with, but they are crazy. A few men chuckle but…

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Anti-Brexit protest: thousands march two years after referendum

Peoples Vote demonstration in London culminates with speeches in Parliament Square A roar of pro-European chants rose up above Pall Mall and across the royal parks as tens of thousands attended an anti-Brexit march marking the second anniversary of the EU referendum. Some marched on Saturday in the hope of stopping Brexit, some just wanted to alter the mood music to help change the direction of government travel, but young and old, Labour and Tory, they were all united in their pro-European passion. Police on foot, in riot vans in…

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Don’t believe the label ‘flushable’: disposable wipes clog sewers around the world

Grownups are now using the same wipes once reserved for babies, leading to millions of dollars of sewer problems. A New York City bill takes aim at the lack of transparency and mislabeling some say is to blame Disposable wipes essentially baby wipes designed for adults have become the scourge of residential and municipal sewer systems around the world. Nonwoven cloths have been getting stuck in pipes and sewer machinery, creating massive, expensive clogs in Washington DC, Toronto, London and lawsuits from cities and with the backing of Mayor Bill…

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Sanders uses Bible to defend Trump’s separation of children from families at border

Press secretary rejects criticism of Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13 to justify policy and says it is very biblical to enforce the law Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, invoked the Bible to defend the Trump administrations immigration policy of separating mothers from their children. She was speaking at Thursdays White House briefing, in response to a question about comments made by the attorney general Jeff Sessions, where he cited a passage in the Bible to justify the policy. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his…

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