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    Protests continue after senate approves laws seen as serious threat to democracy

    The EU is expected to give Poland’s rightwing government until September to reverse a controversial set of laws that give the country’s politicians control over its supreme court.

    Related: Poland's former president Lech Wałęsa joins protest against judicial overhaul

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    Ventimiglia is the new frontier of a humanitarian crisis

    On a hot afternoon in the northern Italian border town of Ventimiglia, a group of well-dressed French tourists is making its way towards air-conditioned buses that will take them back to their homes along the Côte d’Azur.

    They’re returning from a day of shopping at Ventimiglia’s lively Friday market, a mecca on the town’s seafront for visitors flocking across the frontier to rummage through an irresistibly cheap selection of clothes, food and trinkets.

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    With thousands of people marooned in Greece, Serbia and Italy, Europe is split down the middle about how to deal with the influx of migrants

    British holidaymakers heading for Italy’s beaches and other popular Mediterranean destinations this weekend, as the summer school break begins, may get more than they bargained for.

    Europe’s sun-kissed southern shores are more sought-after than ever. But many of this year’s visitors belong to new waves of refugees fleeing persecution and poverty in Africa, south Asia and the Middle East.

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    President Joko Widodo’s comments echo those of Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte, whose drug war has killed thousands

    Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, has told law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with what he called a “narcotics emergency” facing the country.

    “Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now,” Widodo said in a speech delivered at a political event late on Friday.

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    Robot spots suspected debris of melted fuel for first time since 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed the plant

    Images captured by an underwater robot on Saturday showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan’s destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant.

    The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 1m on the bottom inside a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of Fukushima’s Unit 3 reactor, said the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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    Wuilly Arteaga posts defiant video message from hospital bed as opposition announces fresh national strikes

    Venezuela’s opposition announced a two-day national strike against President Nicolas Maduro after a day of violent clashes in Caracas on Saturday where the injured included a violinist who has become the face of the protests.

    “Neither rubber bullets nor pellets will stop our fight for Venezuela’s independence,” said musician Wuilly Arteaga. The 23-year-old has become famous in Venezuela for playing the national anthem and other tunes on his violin in front of security lines as battles rage around him. “Tomorrow I will be back in the streets.”

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    Palestinian killed in unrest outside city as global concern mounts before UN security council meeting on Monday

    Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Saturday and its police broke up a crowd of Palestinians throwing stones in Jerusalem as international concern mounted over the deadliest outbreak of violence between the two sides for years.

    The Palestinian health ministry said one Palestinian was killed during a separate clash outside the city, taking the death toll from the past two days to seven. It did not provide details of how he died.

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    Africa’s first elected female president has made giant steps in ridding her country of warlords, rape and child soldiers, but much remains to be done

    It’s not every day a president invites you into their bedroom. But then Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, is not your typical president. A woman for one thing, the first ever elected to lead an African nation, she’s also had several previous lives: freedom fighter, banker, UN bureaucrat, rebel, farmer, grandmother-in-chief. Would I like to go inside her room? Hell, yes!

    We went to school in the city, and spent the vacations here in my father’s village. We crossed two different worlds

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    She has only been a senator since last January, but the presidential buzz is growing as the party debates the need for a radical edge

    Kamala Harris, California’s new senator, earlier this month made a visit to Chowchilla state prison, often described as the largest women’s prison in the world. Harris, only the second black woman to have been elected to the senate, toured the facility and sat down to talk with inmates. She later called them “extraordinary”, and praised their optimism about finding a new life after prison.

    But the moment she dwelled on most was a visit to the silk-screening room, where the women were manufacturing American flags.

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    The 39th annual Christopher Street Day parade sees thousands of people demonstrate for the rights of LGBT people with a parade of colourful floats and music

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    As residents leave and visitor numbers soar, the city’s quality of life is being eroded. This summer, irate locals have taken to the streets

    Emotions run high in Venice, the Italian island city that fascinates visitors even as it exasperates the dwindling band of local inhabitants.

    Venice is still known as La Serenissima, the most serene, and was once a place where the population rubbed gracefully along with visitors made up mostly of intellectuals, writers and artists. It is difficult now to imagine that happy coexistence, when you wander through the intricate maze of alleys and waterways and speak to local people. Depopulation and mass tourism have long been causes of local despair. But this summer it feels as if a tipping point may not be far away.

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    Award-winning film-maker Isabel Coixet has caused a storm in her native Catalonia by speaking out against latest referendum

    She is one of Spain’s leading film-makers, revered in her native Catalonia and admired globally for award-winning films such as My Life Without Me and The Secret Life of Words.

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    The roads of Vietnam’s capital have been taken over by the two-wheeled horde, but bringing in a ban by 2030 will be a tough ask

    It is easy to spot a foreigner in Hanoi. Cowering at intersections, staring in awe as the traffic hurtles past, tourists wait for a break in the flow of motorcycles, bicycles, carts, cars and buses – or for a kind driver to stop and bestow them the right of way – so that they may finally cross the road.

    That break never comes, of course, which is why the Vietnamese capital’s chaotic congestion is a phenomenon that hotel concierges often address with first-time visitors. The New York Times even published a how-to guide for tourists on safely crossing the road. With 5m motorbikes on the city’s streets – many of them carrying entire families, or stacked up with boxes, window frames or flowers – Hanoi has long been either a thrilling, or terrifying, experience for the uninitiated.

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    Eight people have been found dead inside a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked behind a Walmart in San Antonio, says police chief William McManus. San Antonio fire chief Charles Hood says 20 other people were found in the trailer who are in extremely critical or serious condition

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    White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci calls leaks coming from the White House ‘un-American’ and ‘an injustice to the institution of the American presidency’ and said those leakers will be fired. Scaramucci added that Donald Trump has ‘no reason to pardon anybody’ and ‘did nothing wrong’. He was referring to Trump’s tweet on Saturday saying he had ‘complete power to pardon’ amid ongoing investigations of possible ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia.

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  • 07/23/17--01:30: The art of making a jihadist
  • We know about jihadists’ dedication to violence, but that’s not the whole story, says expert Thomas Hegghammer. There’s a hidden culture of poetry, music and storytelling that sustains their ideology

    When Jihadi John, the Islamist terrorist who gloried in decapitating hostages, was exposed as Mohammed Emwazi, a spokesman from Cage recalled the west Londoner bringing “posh baklava” to the advocacy group’s offices. He described the knife-wielding murderer and gloating torturer as “a beautiful young man… extremely kind, gentle and soft-spoken, the most humble young person I knew”.

    One of the people who inspired Emwazi was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, renowned for leading the group that beheaded and tortured many western hostages in Iraq, including the British engineer Kenneth Bigley. Zarqawi was known as the Sheikh of the Slaughterers, but he was also referred to as He Who Weeps A Lot, for his habit of crying during prayer.

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    The passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 was pivotal, although its effects were mixed and slow to be noticed. Simon Callow, Maureen Duffy and others remember the times before, and after, homosexuality was decriminalised

    It’s 11.30pm on 14 June 1967. On BBC2, Late Night Line-Up is starting. A saxophone plays as the camera zooms in on a sober-looking panel of experts – a doctor, a social psychologist, a Conservative MP and a writer. They are there to discuss one of the burning issues of the day – homosexuality – and respond to a groundbreaking documentary shown earlier in the evening. That documentary, explains presenter Michael Dean, “made no judgments and passed no opinions. It let homosexuals speak for themselves about their common condition.”

    The only person on the panel with the “condition” is Maureen Duffy, whose novel about lesbian life, The Microcosm, had been published the previous year (she was one of the first women in British public life to be openly lesbian). Now 83, she remembers that night as an important moment for gay visibility, but acknowledges that she was in a position of relative privilege. “I was a self-employed writer. I could not lose my job, as some people did if they were discovered to be gay. I had nothing to hide and so it was easy for me to speak up.” And, as a woman, her private life wasn’t criminalised, because the law ignored lesbians. Male homosexuality was still illegal, with “buggery” technically punishable by imprisonment for life. With many men understandably scared to identify themselves, “Those women for whom it was possible did stand up to be counted, made the case that it was unfair and did what they could,” says Duffy.

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    Tarek Naggar from East Dunbartonshire reportedly on life support after shooting during robbery in Cebu City

    A British man in the Philippines has been shot two days before his wedding.

    Tarek Naggar, 44, was reported to be critically injured and in intensive care after being attacked during a robbery on the island of Cebu.

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    Same-sex marriages | Civil partnerships for heterosexuals | Dick Van Dyke’s cockney accent | Boots | Must-watch TV

    Perhaps Glasgow’s Episcopal cathedral of St Mary will become the new Gretna Green for English same-sex couples as yet unable to marry one another in Anglican churches south of the border (Glasgow to host first Anglican same-sex marriages in UK, 21 July)? A mock-up carpenter’s shop, as opposed to Gretna’s Old Mill Forge (currently offering an “exclusive use package” for a mere £3,795), could prove to be a nice little earner.
    Fr Alec Mitchell
    Manchester

    • Deborah Dickinson complains (Letters, 20 July) that there is still a legal difference between gay and heterosexual people in that heterosexual couples cannot enter into a civil partnership. Civil partnerships were a public endorsement of the view that gay couples’ relationships are inferior and would taint the institution of marriage. Mixed-sex couples seeking civil partnerships are like gentiles applying to wear a yellow star.
    Paul Brownsey
    Glasgow

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    Author Beverley Naidoo condemns the UK’s decision to deny an Iranian artist a visa to attend the Edinburgh festival

    The UK government’s denial of a visa to Ehsan Abdollahi (Iranian artist barred from Edinburgh festival after ‘Kafkaesque’ visa refusal, 21 July) suggests a game of snakes without ladders in a hall of mirrors. Being divorced, he was told that “no one is dependent on you” ie a bad mark for not having a pull factor to go back to Iran. Last year, however, the artist Marjan Vafaian was refused a visa despite her husband intending to stay in Tehran when she’d be travelling. Her bad mark was apparently for being too young. Making pots of money as an artist in the UK would be a pull factor to keep her here while, in Abdollahi’s case, his work as an illustrator and teacher in Tehran was insufficient explanation for the funds in his bank. 

    This is the third year that the brave little indie children’s book publisher Tiny Owl has had artists’ visas turned down. I have a personal interest as Marjan Vafaian is illustrating my text of Cinderella on the Nile and I have been hoping that we can do some events together after our book is published next year. Apartheid South Africa banned people and books in order to stop dialogue and communication of ideas. These visa denials ban UK audiences, particularly young people, from engaging with these Iranian artists. Why?
    Beverley Naidoo
    Bournemouth

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    Medical advances mean time limit will be reduced from 12 months under plans for NHS in England

    Blood donation restrictions for gay men and sex workers are to be relaxed in England and Scotland under a series of equalities reforms announced by the government. Gay men will be allowed to donate blood three months after sexual intercourse instead of a year. Sex workers, who were previously banned from donating, will be subject to the same three-month rule.

    Advances in testing for blood-borne viruses, including hepatitis B and C and HIV, prompted the advisory committee on the safety of blood, tissues and organs to recommend the reforms to the government, which ministers accepted.

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    Linda Wenzel, 16, who is being held in an Iraqi prison after joining the jihadist group, says she wants to get away from the war

    A German teenager who joined Islamic State is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported.

    Der Spiegel magazine reported that four German women who joined Isis in recent years, including a 16-year-old girl from the small town of Pulsnitz near Dresden, were being held in an Iraqi prison and receiving consular assistance.

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    Rainfalls 80% below normal have affected farming across the country and could result in the capital’s famous fountains being turned off

    Scarce rain and chronically leaky aqueducts have combined to put Romans at risk of drastic water rationing as soon as this week.

    Sky TG24 TV meteorologists noted on Sunday that Italy had experienced one of its driest springs in some 60 years and that some parts of the country had seen rainfall totals 80% below normal. Among the hardest-hit regions was Sardinia, which is seeking natural disaster status.

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    Earlier this month an estimated 2,000 Venetians marched against a tourism industry they argue has eroded their quality of life, that is damaging the environment and driving residents away. Venice’s population has fallen from about 175,000 in the post-second world war years to 55,000 today.

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    Charges include claims that Cumhuriyet journalists helped the separatist Kurdistan Workers party and Gülen movement

    The trial of 17 reporters and executives from Cumhuriyet, one of Turkey’s last standing opposition newspapers, is set to begin on Monday with rights activists decrying the continuing muzzling of free speech in one of the world’s largest jailers of journalists.

    The charges include accusations that the newspaper’s journalists aided the separatist Kurdistan Workers party (PKK) and the Fethullah Gülen movement, which is widely believed in Turkey to have orchestrated last year’s coup attempt, and complaints of irregularities in the elections of the organisation’s board of executives.

    Rights activists say the trial is an assault on freedom of expression and the accusations are absurd, because Cumhuriyet, the country’s newspaper of record that is committed to secularism, has long warned of the dangers of the Gülen movement, which itself has long been at odds with the PKK.

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    The longest-serving Greek prime minister since the economic crisis began says he is leading the country out of crisis

    Alexis Tsipras, the Greek prime minister, has promised to defy his critics by taking the country out of its longest-running crisis in modern times. “The worst is clearly behind us,” he told the Guardian in an exclusive interview.

    “We can now say with certainty that the economy is on the up … Slowly, slowly, what nobody believed could happen, will happen. We will extract the country from the crisis … and in the end that will be judged.”

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    Heavy drinking will kill nearly 63,000 people in next five years … football sexual abuse victims urged to come forward … goodbye, Snooty the manatee

    Good morning to you, Graham Russell here with the news to start your week.

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    Matt Canavan says he will use domestic gas security mechanism to assess whether there will be supply shortfall in 2018

    The gas industry has ramped up its attack on possible restrictions to natural gas exports, warning it could put $50bn in new investment at risk.

    The Turnbull government on Monday edged closer to implementing export restrictions on liquefied natural gas (LNG).

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    UK foreign secretary is visiting New Zealand for two days as Britain looks to strengthen its ties with its former colony in preparation for Brexit

    British foreign secretary Boris Johnson joked on his visit to New Zealand on Monday that a traditional Māori greeting could be misinterpreted as a head butt in other countries.

    Johnson is visiting the South Pacific nation for two days as Britain looks to strengthen its ties with its former colony amid a broader reshaping of Britain’s global relationships as it prepares to leave the European Union. Topics on the agenda include trade, foreign policy and international security.

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    Meeting in Tunis follows pressure from UN refugee agency, which says EU efforts to train Libyan coastguard are not enough

    European and African ministers are to meet in Tunis on Monday to discuss a plan to try to regularise the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe to about 20,000, coupled with a much tougher strategy to deport illegal migrants from Italy and break up smuggling rings.

    The plan to regularise the migrant flow is being pushed by the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, which warns that EU efforts to train the Libyan coastguard along with Italy’s intention to impose a new code of conduct on NGO rescue ships operating in the Mediterranean do not match the scale of the problem, or recognise the extent to which the flow of refugees and migrants is likely to become permanent.

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    Each month we look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has on growth, prosperity and trade in the UK

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    Nearly 20 years on from their mother’s death, William and Harry have spoken about their grief and childhood memories

    Dressed as policemen, with toy helmets and walkie-talkies, or onboard the royal yacht, Britannia, these photographs of Prince William and Prince Harry are from the personal album belonging to their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, published for the first time to mark a documentary on her life to be broadcast on Monday.

    The now Duke of Cambridge and Harry have opened up publicly to speak candidly about their grief, their loss, and coping without their mother, who died after a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997.

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    From California to London, the tech giants are employing top architects to build spectacular symbols of their immense global power. But they have their critics…

    We know by now that the internet is a giant playpen, a landscape of toys, distractions and instant gratification, of chirps and squeaks and bright, shiny things – plus, to be sure, ugly, horrid beasties lurking in all the softness – apparently without horizon. Graphics – rounded corners, lower case, Google’s primary colours, Twitter’s birdie, Facebook’s shades of blue – enhance the innocence and infantilism. It is a world, as Jonathan Franzen once said, “so responsive to our wishes as to be, effectively, a mere extension of the self”. Until we chance on the bars of the playpen and find that there are places we can’t go and that it is in the gift of the grown-ups on the other side to set or move the limits to our freedom.

    We’re talking here of virtual space. But those grown-ups, the tech giants, Apple, Facebook, Google and the rest, are also in the business of building physical billion-dollar enclaves for their thousands of employees. Here too they create calibrated lands of fun, wherein staff offer their lives, body and soul, day and night, in return for gyms, Olympic-sized swimming pools, climbing walls, basketball courts, running tracks and hiking trails, indoor football pitches, massage rooms and hanging gardens, performance venues, amiable art and lovable graphics. They have been doing this for a while – what is changing is the sheer scale and extravagance of these places.

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    ‘Tepid performance’ so far of UK economy and Trump’s failure to deliver tax cuts lead to downgrade to 1.7% and 2.1% respectively

    The International Monetary Fund has cut its growth forecast for the UK economy this year after a weak performance in the first three months of 2017.

    In its first downgrade for the UK since the EU referendum in June last year, the IMF said it expected the British economy to expand by 1.7% this year, 0.3 points lower than when it last made predictions in April.

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    The attack mainly killed employees of the Afghan ministry of mines and petroleum, according to Kabul police

    The Taliban have killed at least 24 people and wounded dozens more in a suicide bomb attack against a bus carrying government employees in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

    The attack happened in the western part of the city during rush hour, and mainly killed employees of the Afghan ministry of mines and petroleum, according to Kabul police.

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    Filippo Grandi says Australia causing physical and mental harm and should honour commitment to reunite families

    Australia’s bipartisan refusal to resettle any refugees held on Manus Island and Nauru continues to cause physical and psychological harm, and will deliberately and permanently split vulnerable families, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees has said.

    In a statement condemning the offshore processing regime, high commissioner Filippo Grandi said Australia had failed to honour a “clear understanding” that vulnerable refugees held offshore with family in Australia could be reunited with them.

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    As experts converge on Paris for major summit on HIV science, study highlights potential benefits of deploying low-cost drug combination in sub-Saharan Africa

    A package of low-cost drugs designed to prevent deadly infections among people who are starting HIV treatment late could save 10,000 lives a year across sub-Saharan Africa, scientists believe.

    About one in five people who start HIV treatment in poorer countries are doing so later than advisable, which means they have a low number of CD4 cells, a key component of the immune system. This leaves them far more vulnerable to developing serious illnesses. Roughly one in 10 such people die within the first few weeks of treatment because their immune systems cannot recover fast enough.

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    Donald Trump’s son-in-law bought part of old New York Times building from Soviet-born tycoon, Guardian investigation into Russian money in NYC property market finds

    Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, who acts as his senior White House adviser, secured a multimillion-dollar Manhattan real estate deal with a Soviet-born oligarch whose company was cited in a major New York money laundering case now being probed by members of Congress.

    Related: Trump not convinced Russian meddling took place, communications chief says

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    • Silkscreen from Death and Disaster series sat in storage among other artefacts
    • Rocker became friends with Warhol in New York in the 1960s

    The rock star Alice Cooper has found an Andy Warhol masterpiece that could be worth millions “rolled up in a tube” in a storage locker, where it lay forgotten for more than 40 years.

    Related: Andy Warhol’s Electric Chair, 1964: a dark mirror to pop art

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    Suit against Miami-Dade County claims Honduran-born Garland Creedle was illegally detained, as activists hope to restore Miami’s ‘sanctuary city’ status


    In itself, Garland Creedle’s short stay at Miami’s Turner Guilford Knight correctional centre ought to have been unremarkable. Arrested after an alleged domestic dispute at his family’s home one evening in March, the 18-year-old posted bond, and charges were never filed.

    The Honduran-born teenager, however, now finds himself at the centre of a legal fight that immigration activists hope could ultimately restore Miami’s status as a so-called sanctuary city – and end county mayor Carlos Gimenez’s controversial cooperation with Donald Trump’s aggressive anti-immigrant agenda.

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    Agriculture ministry says wine production from Bordeaux to Alsace has dropped dramatically

    Knocked off course by a cold spring snap, French wine production from Bordeaux to Alsace has dropped dramatically this year and could hit “a historic low”, according to the agriculture ministry.

    “At 37.6 million hectolitres the 2017 harvest is set to come in 17% lower than in 2016, and 16% below the average of the past five years,” the ministry’s statistics bureau Agreste said on Saturday.

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    French farmers hit out at reintroduction programme of brown bears in Pyrenees after incident on Spanish border

    More than 200 sheep have plunged to their deaths in the Pyrenees while apparently trying to escape a brown bear. The bears have been reintroduced to the mountain region over the past three decades after being wiped out by hunters.

    The sheep, which belonged to a farmer in Couflens, south-west France, are thought to have taken fright when the bear appeared in the area last Sunday.

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    Film banned from cinemas for its ‘contagious sex scenes’, makes its debut after lengthy battle with censors

    An award-winning Hindi film initially banned from cinemas for being too “lady-oriented” has made its debut across India in what its director hailed as a major victory for women.

    Lipstick Under My Burkha, which depicts the secret world, including the sex lives, of four small-town Indian women, was released at the weekend after months of wrangling with the country’s notoriously prudish censors.

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    • Scott Blumstein from New Jersey had sharpened skills online
    • Rookie beat 7,200 other competitors to first place in Las Vegas

    A New Jersey man with a degree in accounting is this year’s World Series of Poker champion.

    Scott Blumstein won the no-limit Texas Hold ‘em main event early on Sunday in Las Vegas surrounded a crowd that included relatives and college friends. He is now $8.1m richer after eliminating Pennsylvania’s Daniel Ott on the 246th hand of the final table, more than 60 hands with just the two of them with bricks of bills and a gold bracelet separating them.

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    • Kentucky senator says he will not vote for bill to proceed to debate this week
    • Rightwinger Paul wants clean repeal of Affordable Care Act

    Rand Paul, one of the conservative senators who has helped to hold up Republican healthcare reform, on Sunday derided the current Senate bill as a “monstrosity” and a “porkfest” and said he would not vote for it to proceed to debate this week.

    Related: Republicans face two unpalatable options on replacement healthcare bill

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    Wild elephants brought ashore after rescue involving navy divers, ropes and flotilla of boats to tow them

    Two young elephants washed out to sea have been saved from drowning by the Sri Lankan navy in the second such incident off the island in as many weeks.

    The navy said the pair of wild elephants were brought ashore on Sunday after a mammoth effort involving navy divers, ropes and a flotilla of boats to tow them back to shallow waters.

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    • Police ‘looking at a human trafficking crime’ after driver arrested
    • Walmart CCTV footage shows vehicles picking up people from trailer

    At least nine people died after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, authorities said on Sunday as they described an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.

    The driver was arrested and nearly 20 others rescued from the rig were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said.

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    Israeli man injured in Amman days after anti-Israeli protests in the Jordanian capital

    Two Jordanians were killed and an Israeli wounded in a shooting incident on Sunday in a building inside the Israeli embassy complex in Jordan’s capital Amman, police said.

    The two Jordanians, working for a furniture firm, had entered the embassy compound before the shooting, the police said, adding that the dead man was killed by a gunshot and the two wounded men had been rushed to hospital. Israel made no public comment.

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    Campaigners say Britain should have halted weapons exports after attack that caused international outrage

    The British government approved £283m of arms sales to Saudi Arabia in the six months after a Saudi airstrike on a funeral that killed scores of people and was criticised by the UN, figures reveal.

    The airstrike, on 8 October 2016, hit a funeral hall in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, killing 140 people and injuring hundreds more, in one of the bloodiest attacks in the two-year Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.

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    • Scaramucci: Trump’s view is ‘maybe they did it, maybe they didn’t do it’
    • White House sends mixed signals about new sanctions against Moscow

    Donald Trump remains unconvinced that Russia interfered in last year’s US election, his new communications chief said on Sunday, as the White House gave mixed signals about whether it would approve new sanctions against Moscow.

    Related: Pardon me? Legal experts doubt Trump could absolve himself in Russia inquiry

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