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    The run-up to Ireland’s abortion vote has revealed a divide already at the fore in the US, Italy and Poland – where urban policy-makers are standing up against state conservatism

    A lone woman scales a brick building, turning to look at a number 8 chained to her ankle, hampering her progress. The animation appeared this month, projected on to Dublin’s Treasury building, and images quickly spread on social media under the hashtag #TheWeightOfTheEighth. It was a striking symbol of a debate that has engulfed Ireland in recent months, playing out on the walls and streets of its cities.

    On 25 May, Ireland will vote on whether to repeal the eighth amendment to its constitution – a clause that protects the right to life of the unborn – and clear a path to legalising abortion in the country. The question challenges the Irish state’s conservative, patriarchal foundations, from which many people in Ireland – its urban dwellers in particular – feel increasingly disconnected.

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    When Kylie van Dam went in search of a cycle-friendly city she found the almost car-free suburb of Houten. It’s a model more cities could copy, she writes

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    Attempts to put out a huge blaze in Htein Bin rubbish dump have left experts asking why basic safeguards and control measures were not employed

    A pale haze still lingers over Yangon’s Hlaingthaya Township, where the sprawling Htein Bin landfill burned for 14 days. For many residents of the township – one of Myanmar’s poorest and most populous – life continues as usual: mothers feed their babies in small huts on the fringes of the dump; packs of dogs roam the plastic wasteland, searching for something edible among the soft-drink bottles.

    Hlaingthaya residents say the dump catches fire most years, but the blazes have never been this big or lasted so long. More than two dozen people were hospitalised for smoke inhalation and injuries linked to the fire between 20 April, when it broke out, and 3 May, when authorities finally declared the situation under control.

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    Organisation co-founded by murdered activist sues Dutch bank over support for Agua Zarca dam on Gualcarque river

    The organisation co-founded by the murdered environmental activist Berta Cáceres is taking legal action against a Dutch bank over its involvement in the construction of a controversial dam project in Honduras.

    The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (Copinh), along with the Cáceres family, announced the suit against the Dutch development bank FMO, one of the backers of the Agua Zarca dam on the Gualcarque river, in the Netherlands on Thursday.

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    Congo has nipped Ebola in the bud before, but an experimental vaccine and testing conditions now promise a different challenge

    More than 4,000 doses of an experimental vaccine against Ebola have arrived in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in a bid to check the spread of an outbreak that is alarming experts after it travelled from a remote rural area into a million-strong city.

    DRC has successfully contained and ended two outbreaks in recent years, but this one looks different. Last year and in 2014, in contrast to the huge epidemic in west Africa, Ebola was swiftly extinguished by the Congolese who have experience of dealing with the disease.

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    White House officials and staffers, from press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to the president's daughter Ivanka, have given their take on the internet's most divisive issue since the gold/blue dress controversy. In the video, shot at the White House, Trump has the final word.

    White House accused of killing off Laurel/Yanny debate

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    Drone footage of a militant ambush in Niger that killed four US and five Nigerien service personnel shows the soldiers desperately trying to escape. Later they are seen being fired upon by friendly forces who mistook them for the enemy.

    It shows how the fleeing troops set up a quick defensive location on the edge of a swamp and, thinking they were about to die, wrote messages home to their loved ones

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    Ten people were killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a Texas high school. The incident – the 16th school shooting in the US this year –  took place at Santa Fe high school on Friday morning before 8am local time. The suspected shooter was in custody.  

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    More than 100 people were killed when a Boeing 737 plane crashed in Cuba. The incident happened shortly after takeoff as the plane plunged into a field near Havana's main airport. 

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    Attack on a Texas high school is the 16th shooting to have resulted in death or injury during the first five months of the year

    Five months into 2018, there have been 16 shootings at US schools that have resulted in injury or death, based on data from campaign group Everytown for Gun Safety.

    The shooting in Texas on Friday, where, by mid-morning, the death toll was given by a local sheriff as between eight and 10, now stands as the 16th school shooting of the year, according to the campaign group Everytown for Gun Safety.

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    More than 200 young people from across the world headed for Moscow in advance of the World Cup to play football and speak out on street children’s rights

    For three boys in the Kenyan team, taking part in the Street Child World Cup in Moscow has meant swapping their prison shirts for football kit. The teenagers were released from a juvenile detention centre to play in the tournament and will serve out the short time left on their sentences back in Mombasa. Their crime: being on the streets.

    “I had to fight really hard to get permission to bring them, but I wanted to give them a really positive experience,” says the team’s manager, Frederick Achola, from the Glad’s House organisation.

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    Fountain which squirts when toilet is flushed made in protest against use of non-local artists for Leeuwarden project

    When the Dutch city of Leeuwarden commissioned 11 fountains by modern artists to celebrate being made European capital of culture 2018, it probably didn’t expect such stiff opposition.

    Internationally renowned sculptors – including the British artists Cornelia Parker and Lucy Orta– each designed a fountain for one of 11 cities in the province of Friesland. For the city of Workum, Parker took her inspiration from a pair of lions on a 17th-century coat of arms, designing two huge replicas, with water spouting from their claws.

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    Prosecutors confirm child found dead after police opened fire on van carrying refugees was killed by a gunshot wound

    The authorities in Belgium have admitted that a two-year-old girl who died after police opened fire on a van carrying migrants near Mons on Thursday was shot in the face.

    Prosecutors had initially denied the account given to the Guardian by relatives of the girl, called Mawda, suggesting instead that she had been taken ill or died as a result of erratic driving.

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    Parents across the US can’t send their children to learn math and reading without worrying that they’ll never hug them again

    The Week in Patriarchy is a weekly roundup of what’s happening in the world of feminism and sexism. If you’re not already receiving it by email, make sure to subscribe.

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    But after 10 die in second mass-casualty school shooting of 2018, experts say tragedies not necessarily becoming more common

    On Friday, 10 people were killed in a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Just two days earlier, a former student opened fire at a high school in Dixon, Illinois. The officer who quickly stopped the shooter was hailed as a hero.

    Related: How many school shootings have there been in 2018 so far?

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    The unusual bond between a scandal-ridden president and the white Christian voters will be tested in the midterms

    Donald Trump was the first president to be twice divorced, to openly brag about his sexual conquests and to face serious allegations of sexual misconduct less than a month before election day. He also won thanks in large part to the support of white evangelical Christians.

    Related: Pastors at embassy opening highlight evangelicals' deal with The Donald

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    South Sudan’s civil war has driven a quarter of a million people into a Ugandan camp the size of a city – here are some of their stories

    ‘Where is the money?” Salva Kiir, the president of South Sudan, asks his deputy, Riek Machar.

    “I bought guns,” Machar says.

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    The Kilauea volcano in Hawaii continues to produce lava and there is concern more homes may burn and more evacuations may be ordered. By Saturday morning, two of 22 fissures had merged, creating a wide flow advancing at rates of up to 300 yards per hour

    Kilauea volcano lava may burn more homes as flows grow more vigorous

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    A virtual Jacinda Ardern opens the Techweek animation conference as a holographic display, a move she said ‘seems appropriate’. New Zealand’s prime minister said this year’s theme was ‘innovation that’s good for the world’, which she said sat well with her, citing the country’s nuclear-free policy and action on climate change.

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    At 5.28am on Monday, the Queqiao relay satellite was launched from Sichuan province, according to Chinese state media. With Queqiao in place, China will be able to send a lunar probe to the side of the moon that never faces the Earth. No space programme has ever reached that part of the lunar surface because of communications difficulties. In a few days Queqiao – which means ‘Magpie Bridge’ – will enter the moon’s orbit, about 455,000km (282,000 miles) from Earth.

    China aims to land on dark side of moon via launch of ‘Magpie Bridge’ satellite

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    After a failed peace pact raised the spectre of gang violence, music and dance have thrown the youth of Colombia’s Chocó region a lifeline

    A rat skitters through the prison cell where Harold Cuesta sits handcuffed, beads of sweat dripping down his brow. He says his imprisonment means the delicate peace pact that his gang and others negotiated with the mayor of Quibdó is now dead.

    Since April, Cuesta, a key figure in the peace talks, has languished in the deprived Colombian city’s overpopulated Anayancy prison, alongside a dozen other ex-gang leaders. Cuesta’s list of convictions over the years is exhaustive, a catalogue of time in and out of prison for offences including extortion and, this time around, the alleged murder of his former lawyer.

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    On the other side, a group of the Coalition women walked in around the same time as the prime minister

    Labor’s Mark Butler (well, his staff) have dug up some of the comments Malcolm Turnbull, Scott Morrison and Mathias Cormann made when following through with the Abbott-government asset recycling infrastructure fund. From Butler’s statement:

    The Turnbull government has reached new levels of hypocrisy in their desire to use Liddell as a distraction from their inability to tackle energy policy.

    More on the $444m grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in estimates this afternoon. Officials have told a hearing that the foundation wasn’t approached about whether it was interested in partnering with the government until early April.

    And the government’s announcement just before the federal budget was only an “intention” to supply the grant; there had not yet been an agreement between the foundation and the department.

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    The city with the world’s tiniest and costliest living spaces may soon convert drainpipes into homes. The aim is to get young people on the property ladder – but how small is too small?

    “Both indoors and out, life in Hong Kong can feel pretty suffocating at times,” says 39-year-old finance worker Wai Li, who rents a 200 sq ft (19 sq m) “nano flat” by herself in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan neighbourhood. Li’s living area is little more than the size of two standard Hong Kong parking spaces.

    “I’ve just learnt to work around the lack of space by keeping things tidy and only holding on to the stuff I really need. My bed is the largest piece of furniture here and so that’s where I tend to hang out. There isn’t room for much else.”

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    Salena Zito and Brad Todd pull punches on race but show just how the ‘blue wall’ collapsed and how hard it will be to rebuild

    Between November 2007 and late 2016, white Americans lost more than 700,000 jobs. Seemingly oblivious to that reality, on the manicured lawns of Martha’s Vineyard, Silicon Valley and Beverly Hills Hillary Clinton repeatedly shared that a chunk of Donald Trump’s base was irredeemably deplorable. Only when Clinton was busted for repeating that same line at a Wall Street fundraiser did she bother to feign remorse.

    The powder that exploded on election day 2016 was all around. But it took Donald Trump to light the match, and few were prepared for the ensuing conflagration. The industrial midwest, the Democrats’ famed blue wall, collapsed. A segment of the electorate that had cast its lot with Barack Obama, together with others who had never before voted, propelled Trump to the White House.

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    Behind the seemingly intractable Palestinian conflict lie deeper questions about what Israel wants to be: an ‘open’ globalised democracy or a ‘closed’ Jewish state

    Perhaps the hardest thing for people not living in Israel to grasp is that for most Israelis, talk about how to deal with the question of Palestine is just foreground. In the background is a contest over what kind of state Israel must be. It is not just thinking about war, with Iranian proxies, say, which makes the situation demoralising. Thinking about peace is also demoralising, though in a different way. For Israel would not come out of a sustained war the same country it was when it went in, but nobody expects it to come out of a peace process the same country, either.

    What leaks into nearly every conversation these days is uncertainty about Israel’s future boundaries. I don’t just mean geographic boundaries. I mean legal, institutional and cultural limits. Most people in the country will insist that Israel is and must remain Jewish and democratic. Almost nobody can tell you what this means.

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    Collapse is mirrored by tumble in direct foreign investment into Britain of 90%

    Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has sparked a dramatic fall in the number of French, Dutch and Belgian businesses registering in the UK, in a further illustration of Brexit’s impact on the UK economy.

    Figures from Companies House show that French companies registered 48% fewer businesses in the UK in 2016-17 than the previous financial year while companies in Belgium registered 38% fewer. Companies in the Netherlands, which is probably the worst affected by Brexit of Britain’s trading partners, registered 52% fewer companies last year than in 2015-16.

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    Commuters across south east England face altered or reduced services as part of a timetable changes

    If altered timetables or transport disruption has affected you this morning, we’d like to hear from you. Share your stories via our encrypted form in the link below and we’ll feature some of your responses as part of our coverage.

    You can also share your stories, photos and videos with the Guardian via WhatsApp by adding the contact +44(0)7867825056 or by emailing me on nicola.slawson@theguardian.com.

    Related: Have you been affected by Thameslink timetable changes?

    Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus, the passenger watchdog,told the Guardian that the situation on Monday was “not carnage, but not brilliant”.

    Speaking at St Pancras station, he said the number of new services meant that trains were still coming in frequently and on time, although obviously a number had been cancelled.

    Let’s hope these teething problems disappear. It’s essentially a timetable revolution. For most passengers it means more seats. It’s all happening for the right reasons, – in the middle of London it’s now like you’ve got an extra Tube service in running now with such frequent trains.

    When you overlay on that the fact the Network Rail and train companies have had trouble with their timetables anyway, you’re going to get blips. But passengers rely on the timetable as published and they have a right to, so are very frustrated.

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    Move comes after company was accused of bias when two black men were arrested for sitting without ordering anything

    Starbucks has told its employees to allow all guests to use store facilities, including restrooms, regardless of their spending.

    Related: Black men arrested in Starbucks settle for $1 each and $200,000 program for young people

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    • Scientists can’t say if lava flows will keep advancing or stop
    • Man hit by lava spatter suffered ‘serious’ leg injury on Saturday

    A volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island that is oozing and spewing lava and exploding with ash and gas has become more hazardous in recent days, with rivers of molten rock flowing into the ocean and flying lava causing the first major injury.

    Related: Hawaii's evacuees on why they live under a volcano: it's affordable

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    Campaign aims to prevent spread of disease into other parts of DRC and neighbouring countries

    Health authorities and NGOs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine on Monday in Mbandaka, the north-western city of 1.2 million people where the deadly disease was detected last week.

    The campaign aims to “ringfence” the outbreak. The risk of Ebola spreading within DRC is very high and the disease could move into nine neighbouring countries, the World Health Organization has said.

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    Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero accused of betraying principles over €600,000 purchase

    The leader of Spain’s anti-austerity Podemos party and its parliamentary spokeswoman are submitting themselves to a confidence vote in the hope of putting an end to criticism of their decision to buy a €600,000 (£525,000) house in the mountains outside Madrid.

    Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero, who are expecting twins, have been accused of betraying the party’s principles and joining the petty bourgeoisie by purchasing the property.

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    Tonga spokesman says comments by assistant finance minister border on racism and that his country is not the ‘wild west’

    A New Zealand MP has said the country’s Pacific neighbours are to blame for New Zealand’s worsening drug problems, blaming “failed states” in the region for failing to stop drug smugglers.

    Shane Jones, the assistant finance minister, has earned a reputation in his six months in government for his blunt and often controversial rhetoric.

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    • Surviving cyclist in satisfactory condition, hospital says
    • Official says bikers tried to scare mountain lion and hit it

    A mountain biker who was killed by a cougar near Seattle and his friend who escaped after the animal attacked him did everything right, authorities have said.

    The two men were riding on a trail in the Cascade Mountain foothills on Saturday when the mountain lion began following them. Authorities said they did everything state guidelines advise: getting off their bikes, making noise and trying to scare the animal away. One even smacked it with his bike, after it charged.

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    Russian billionaire’s visa ran out weeks ago and it is unclear whether he will get a new one

    Roman Abramovich’s UK visa has expired and British authorities have not yet issued him with a new one, according to Russian media reports and people who know the businessman.

    The Russian oligarch and owner of Chelsea football club, who is the 13th richest person in Britain with a net worth of £9.3bn, according to the Sunday Times, held an entrepreneurial visa to the UK that expired several weeks ago. He has filed for a new visa, but has not yet been granted one, and it is not clear if or when he will be.

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    Steven Mnuchin, US Treasury secretary, says negotiations over tariffs with China have borne fruit

    America has pulled back from launching a trade war with China that could have destabilised the global economy, by agreeing to put proposed tariffs on Chinese imports “on hold”.

    The Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said on Sunday that negotiations with Chinese officials have borne fruit, meaning Washington and Beijing can step back from imposing punishing tariffs on each other’s exports.

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    Girl’s arrival on Fernando de Noronha on Saturday came as a surprise to everyone – including the parents

    A remote Brazilian island has welcomed its first baby in 12 years after a local woman broke the rule against giving birth there.

    The baby girl born on the Atlantic outpost of Fernando de Noronha on Saturday came as a surprise to everyone – including the parents.

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    Donald Trump attacked the New York Times on Sunday, after the newspaper said his oldest son and other aides met in August 2016 with a representative of two Gulf states offering to help the Trump campaign.

    Related: Facing Trump, a historian appeals to America's soul: 'I think we'll survive'

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    Relay station will eventually let teams on the ground talk to a lunar probe that China plans to launch this year in world-first mission

    China is one step closer to being the first country to land on the dark side of the moon.

    At 5.28am on Monday, the Queqiao relay satellite was launched from Sichuan province, according to Chinese state media. With Queqiao in place, China will be able to send a lunar probe to the side of the moon that never faces the Earth. No space program has ever reached that part of the lunar surface because of communications difficulties.

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    ‘Anchor’ camps will undermine country’s reputation for being welcoming, say critics

    Mass holding centres that Germany’s interior ministry wants to roll out across the country will stoke social tension between locals and migrants and undermine the welcoming image the country has gained in the eyes of the world, aid organisations have said.

    So-called anchor centres – an acronym for arrival, decision, return – are designed to speed up deportations of unsuccessful asylum seekers, by containing large groups of people and the authorities who rule on their claims inside the same holding facility.

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    Commission is hypnotised by ‘sharing economy’ and not seeing its downside, says researcher

    The explosive rise of short-stay Airbnb holiday rentals may be shutting locals out of housing and changing neighbourhoods across Europe, but cities’ efforts to halt it are being stymied by EU policies to promote the “sharing economy”, campaigners say.

    “It’s pretty clear,” said Kenneth Haar, author of UnfairBnB, a study published this month by the Brussels-based campaign group Corporate Europe Observatory. “Airbnb is under a lot of pressure locally across Europe, and they’re trying to use the top-down power of the EU institutions to fight back.”

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    Main rivals both declare poll, which was boycotted by the opposition, illegitimate due to alleged widespread irregularities

    Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro has shrugged off international condemnation and allegations of vote buying and electoral fraud to claim a second six-year term at the helm of his crisis-stricken nation.

    Addressing crowds of supporters outside the presidential palace in Caracas on Sunday night, Maduro hailed the “impeccable electoral process” that had returned him to power with 67.7% of the vote.

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