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Latest World news news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice
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    Ten years since Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, Pristina struggles with corruption and pollution – but the youngest capital in Europe is full of fresh energy

    Pristina is a city of constant renewal. Not only is Kosovo’s main city the youngest capital in Europe – 42% of the population is under 24 years old – but it has been completely rebuilt twice since the second world war. The first rebuild was as part of an exhortation to build a modern, socialist city as part of Yugoslavia; the second after the 1998-99 conflict with Serbia.

    Although the war emptied the city of most of its ethnic Albanian inhabitants, the physical damage was confined to a few buildings. Following the war, most of the Serb residents left for nearby Gracanica or points further north, and the UN assumed control over government institutions. But crime and corruption reigned, including over the city’s urban landscape. In 2000, architect and urban planning chief Rexhep Luci, who was trying to impose law and order in a city where wealthy individuals were developing property illegally, was gunned down. His murder has still not been solved, and in 2014, when mayor Shpend Ahmeti assumed power vowing to take on powerful interests, there were some 40,000 illegally built constructions.

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    In 1991, when Moldova broke free of the Soviet Union, the pro-Russian region of Gagauzia wanted to remain. Twenty-seven years later, its tiny capital looks like a monument to a vanished Europe

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    From highways carved through thriving ‘ghettoes’ to walls segregating black and white areas, US city development has a long and divisive history

    It’s a little after 3pm in Detroit’s 8 Mile neighbourhood, and the cicadas are buzzing loudly in the trees. Children weave down the pavements on bicycles, while a pickup basketball game gets under way in a nearby park. The sky is a deep blue with only a hint of an approaching thunderstorm – in other words, a muggy, typical summer Sunday in Michigan’s largest city.

    “8 Mile”, as the locals call it, is far from the much-touted economic “renaissance” taking place in Detroit’s centre. Tax delinquency and debt are still major issues, as they are in most places in the city. Crime and blight exist side by side with carefully trimmed hedgerows and mowed lawns, a patchwork that changes from block to block. In many ways it resembles every other blighted neighbourhood in the city – but with one significant difference. Hidden behind the oak-lined streets is an insidious piece of history that most Detroiters, let alone Americans, don’t even know exists: a half mile-long, 5ft tall concrete barrier that locals simply call “the wall”.

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    Key quotes from the CNN town hall with Stoneman Douglas students, teachers, an NRA representative and lawmakers

    Survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school massacre in Parkland, Florida, and victim’s parents joined politicians, local sheriff Scott Israel, and Dana Loesch of the National Rifle Association in a town hall discussion hosted by CNN.

    Here’s what they had to say:

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    Sex selection may have been outlawed, but a shortage of women threatens the very survival of a country where boys are traditionally seen as an investment and girls as a loss

    Sometimes it seems there are so many ways to destroy women that the methods become invisible to us. There are some women you will never see because they will never be born.

    Amartya Sen talked of “missing women” in his famous 1990 essay because of technologies that enable prenatal sex selection.

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    Researchers warn of limited treatment options as mutated strain of typhoid is blamed for surge in cases

    A major outbreak of typhoid fever in Pakistan may have been caused by a highly drug-resistant superbug, scientists have warned.

    Research by the Wellcome Sanger Institute has shown that the typhoid strain behind the outbreak, which began in Hyderabad in November 2016 and has since spread, has acquired an extra piece of DNA that renders it resistant to multiple antibiotics.

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    An innovative exchange of sovereign debt for marine conservation, backed by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, could pave the way to saving large swaths of the world’s oceans

    The tropical island nation of Seychelles is to create two huge new marine parks in return for a large amount of its national debt being written off, in the first scheme of its kind in the world.

    The novel financial engineering, effectively swapping debt for dolphins and other marine life, aims to throw a lifeline to corals, tuna and turtles being caught in a storm of overfishing and climate change. If it works, it will also secure the economic future of the nation, which depends entirely on tourism and fishing. With other ocean states lining up to follow, the approach could transform large swaths of the planet’s troubled seas.

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    Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was among the 17 people killed by a gunman at a high school in Parkland, Florida, has spoken to MSNBC's Morning Joe about the grief he and his family have been going through since her death. 'She took a shot, through the back … done. Dead,' he tells the talkshow

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    The amount of the smog allowance should vary according to the city’s air quality – compensating workers and their families for living in a polluted environment while incentivising municipalities to clean up their acts

    We are all aware of the value of clean skies and the costs of pollution, so isn’t it time to put more economic pressure on governments and companies to clean up?

    I first considered the potential for a smog allowance while I lived in Beijing (my heavily polluted home from 2003-2012) and the idea only strengthened after I moved under the mostly blue heavens of Rio (2012-2017).

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    Manuela Carmena protests at removal of work calling jailed Catalans political prisoners

    The Spanish artist at the centre of a censorship row has attacked the lack of freedom of expression in the country, saying the current legal and political climate means “you have to choose your words very carefully or end up explaining yourself” in court.

    Santiago Sierra’s piece, Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain, consists of 24 pixellated photographs, including images of the deposed Catalan vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, and Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez, leading figures in two influential grassroots Catalan pro-independence groups.

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    MPs to look into accusations 10 senior officials accepted bribes from Swiss pharmaceutical firm

    The Greek parliament is to investigate ten of the country’s top politicians over accusations they accepted bribes from the Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis in return for patronage that resulted in huge losses for the nation.

    After a raucous 20-hour debate, MPs voted early on Thursday to form a parliamentary committee tasked solely with investigating two former prime ministers and eight other ministers in connection with the allegations.

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    At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland, the National Rifle Association's executive vice-president and CEO says 'evil walks among us'

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    Video from 2015 shows the extent of the mould that threatens the health of staff, refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru. The mould has been a persistent problem in tents and buildings inside Australia's regional processing centre on Nauru, despite expert reports warning it's a 'major health risk'

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    Far-right French politician Marion Maréchal-Le Pen addressed a conservative conference outside Washington DC as part of a growing effort on the right to link the rise of Donald Trump in the US with populist nationalism across Europe. LePen claimed French sovereignty was under siege, saying: ‘After 1,500 years of existence, we now must fight for our independence.’ Maréchal-Le Pen is the granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the far-right National Front.

    ‘France is no longer free’: Marine Le Pen's niece brings French far right to CPAC

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    An armed officer at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida failed to enter the building and confront the shooter who killed 17 people. Deputy Scott Peterson took up a position outside and remained there for about four minutes while the gunman was inside the school, said Scott Israel, the Broward County sheriff

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    The US president has called for 'highly adept' teachers to carry guns in response to the Florida school shooting, saying 'you won't have these shootings' if teaching staff are armed. Trump argues that teachers with concealed weapons will turn schools into 'hardened targets'

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    The US president indulges in some self-admiration at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Glimpsing himself on TV, he remarks: 'What a nice picture that is, look at that, I’d love to watch that guy speak.' He then says of his infamous hair: 'I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks, I work hard at it'

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    The largest teachers’ unions, security guards and military veterans opposed the president’s plan of arming teachers to keep schools safe

    In the past 24 hours, Donald Trump has thrice backed a plan to arm teachers in US schools despite the lack of evidence showing this would end school shootings.

    Facing opposition from the country’s largest teachers’ unions, school security guards and military veterans, the president continued to endorse the plan in White House meetings and on Twitter.

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    Wayne LaPierre followed the NRA’s customary post-mass shooting moves in his CPAC speech – and at times sounded like Trump’s twin

    The National Rifle Association (NRA) perfected Trumpism before Trump, attacking the mainstream media for lies and hypocrisy, bouncing from one culture war battle to another, using each new outrage to raise the bar for the next.

    Related: NRA head breaks silence to attack gun control advocates: 'They hate individual freedom'

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    Commission and parliament at odds as latter calls for candidates linked to election results

    It has been the talk of Brussels coffee bars for weeks, and now European leaders are gathering for a special summit to parse a troublesome question.

    No, it isn’t Brexit. It is the EU’s next jobs merry-go-round, starting with how to choose a successor to the European commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker.

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    Legislation may follow religious edict in failing to outlaw female genital mutilation in all its forms

    Somaliland is expected to pass a law banning female genital mutilation amid complaints from some activists that the move will not go far enough.

    Earlier this month Somaliland announced a new fatwa, or religious edict, banning two of the three types of female cutting. Now moves are afoot to support the decree with legislation likely to be approved by the self-declared republic’s government within weeks.

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    Most saw the village of Asalpha as a sea of grubby hovels. One woman saw a blank canvas – and made her vision a reality

    When Dedeepya Reddy travelled to work on the Mumbai metro, her spirits would sink at the sight of the slum of Asalpha. Perched on a hilltop, every bit of it was grey, grubby and depressing. Only the blue tarpaulin sheets used to protect the hovels from rain provided colour relief.

    “‘The metro and the road seemed so developed, and this slum looked so different,” says Reddy, 31, co-founder of a digital media agency. “It didn’t fit in. I thought of what could be done with minimum resources. Colours make me happy, so I thought, ‘Why not paint the homes to brighten them up?’”

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    Luiz Loures, UNAids deputy chief who was cleared of assaulting a colleague in a lift, will not seek to extend contract

    Luiz Loures, a UN assistant secretary general and the subject of a recent sexual assault allegation, is standing down from his position.

    UNAids said Loures would not seek renewal of his contract, which is due to expire at the end of March, adding that the decision had no connection to the allegations against him.

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    18-year-old to be deported, despite moving to Australia from New Zealand aged 10

    A teenager allegedly held in solitary confinement in a Western Australia detention centre is still in the unit more than 300 days later.

    His mother says he is seeking to transfer to the adult prison because “any place has to be better than here”.

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    • Chairman Wu Xiaohui prosecuted for economic crimes
    • Firm recently held talks with company controlled by Kushners

    The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group, one of the country’s most politically connected companies and a firm that recently held talks with a company owned by the family of Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

    Anbang had violated laws and regulations which “may seriously endanger the solvency of the company”, the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) said in a statement announcing the seizure, without giving details.

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    Ex-diplomatic official and police officer among those arrested after drugs found in luggage

    A former Russian diplomatic official and an Argentinian police officer are among those arrested in connection with a large cocaine seizure at the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires that prompted a year-long investigation into an international drug ring, officials have said.

    The Argentinian security minister, Patricia Bullrich, said the 389 kilos (860 pounds) of cocaine were hidden inside luggage seized in December 2016. The Russian-Argentines Alexander Chikalo, who is suspected of being in charge of the logistics, and Ivan Blizniouk, a police officer accused of providing contacts to jump through customs controls, were arrested on Wednesday.

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    • Best Western and Wyndham say they are no longer affiliated
    • Amazon urged to drop NRA video channel from streaming service

    US companies are distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association as the gun lobby comes under increasing pressure following the mass shooting in Florida last week.

    Related: Meet the British CEO of the firm behind the gun that brought tragedy to Florida

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    Interviews with hundreds of witnesses find ‘clear pattern of ethnic persecution’

    UN investigators say they have identified more than 40 South Sudanese military officers who may be responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

    Their findings are a sharp departure from previous UN reports that documented crimes but not perpetrators.

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    Islamist militants – with Turkish army support – are wreaking havoc with a pocket of peace and sanity in the Syrian war

    Three years ago the world watched a ragtag band of men and women fighters in the Syrian town of Kobane, most armed only with Kalashnikovs, hold off a vast army of Islamist militants with tanks, artillery and overwhelming logistical superiority. The defenders insisted they were acting in the name of revolutionary feminist democracy. The Islamist fighters vowed to exterminate them for that very reason. When Kobane’s defenders won, it was widely hailed as the closest one can come, in the contemporary world, to a clear confrontation of good against evil.

    Today, exactly same thing is happening again. Except this time, world powers are firmly on the side of the aggressors. In a bizarre twist, those aggressors seem to have convinced key world leaders and public opinion-makers that Kobane’s citizens are “terrorists” because they embrace a radical version of ecology, democracy and women’s rights.

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    A former adviser to Donald Trump plans to enter a deal as soon as Friday to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to multiple media reports.

    Related: Robert Mueller files 32 new fraud charges against ex-Trump aides

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    Elderly, ill and children most at risk from freezing temperatures due to sweep Britain

    Health officials have warned of the risks of exposure as temperatures plummet over the weekend and Britain faces the prospect of the coldest end to a winter in five years.

    Freezing air from Siberia is forecast to envelop the country next week, bringing significant and “disruptive” snowfall. The Arctic blast, nicknamed “the beast from the east”, will cause temperatures to drop below zero from Sunday night, with some areas experiencing lows of -8C (17.6F), and snow forecast to fall in London and the east of England.

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    Using the TESS satellite, now at the Kennedy Space Centre, the agency is to study 200,000 stars in a quest for habitable planets

    Nasa’s next planet hunting mission has arrived at the Kennedy Space Centre, in Florida, for final checks ahead of its April launch. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will spend at least two years studying more than 200,000 nearby stars and looking for planets. The mission is expected to discover thousands of previously unknown worlds by detecting the small drops in light which occur when each planet passes across the face of its parent star.

    This approach, known as the transit method, was employed to great effect by Kepler, a Nasa mission which has detected, so far, more than 2,500 confirmed planets around other stars.

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    • Spanish FA names officer who died in Bilbao
    • Five people arrested by Basque police

    The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has named the police officer who died ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League match between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow.

    Inocencio Arias García suffered a heart attack after a flare was thrown in his direction during clashes between rival fans at San Mames, the governing body revealed. A minute’s silence will be held before all matches in Spain this weekend in memory of García.

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    Couple still missing after being abducted but elite police unit casts doubt on terrorist link

    The Foreign Office (FCO) has warned of a threat of attacks by Islamist militants on foreigners in South Africa after two British nationals were kidnapped in a small town there, but police said they had no evidence terrorists were behind the incident.

    Africa’s most industrialised country has a large expatriate community and attracts many tourists but has seldom been associated with Islamist militancy. No attack followed a similar warning by Britain and the US in June 2016.

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    Lawyers for disgraced mogul used past comments in effort to dismiss class action

    Harvey Weinstein has apologised for using statements by Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence in an effort to dismiss a class action sexual misconduct lawsuit against him.

    Six women are suing Weinstein and what they call the “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise”, which they say includes his brother Bob and their co-founded studio The Weinstein Company, claiming they conspired to conceal Weinstein’s widespread alleged sexual harassment.

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    Marion Le Pen’s speech at the conference was well received but her attendance also brought controversy as many American conservatives expressed dismay

    Far right French politician Marion Maréchal-Le Pen addressed a leading conservative conference outside Washington DC on Thursday as part of growing effort by those on the right to link the rise of Donald Trump in the United States with populist nationalism across Europe.

    Maréchal-Le Pen is the granddaughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder of the far right National Front and the niece of the party’s current leader Marine Le Pen. She was elected to represent it in the French National Assembly in 2012 at the age of 22 but has since taken a step back from politics.

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    The move marks the latest step in ratcheting up pressure on former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates

    More than 30 new charges, involving millions of dollars of bank and tax fraud, were filed on Thursday against Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his business partner.

    The 32 new charges were filed by Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and a Russian intelligence operation to skew the 2016 presidential election.

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    Justin Forsyth resigns in wake of complaints dating from his time as boss of Save the Children

    Justin Forsyth has resigned as deputy executive director of Unicef following accusations of inappropriate behaviour toward female staff while chief executive of Save the Children.

    Forsyth said he was not resigning because of the mistakes he had made while at the charity, but because of attempts to damage aid organisations and the humanitarian sector.

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    • Zagitova, 15, outduels Evgenia Medvedeva to win gold medal
    • Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond takes bronze with season-best skate
    • No US woman finishes in the top six for first time at Olympics

    No figure skater dominated the past quadrennium like Evgenia Medvedeva, the raven-haired Russian who last year became the first woman in 16 years to win back-to-back world championships while elevating the sport to new technical heights with dumbfounding consistency.

    But none of it mattered on Friday afternoon as the 15-year-old prodigy Alina Zagitova capped her meteoric ascent with the Olympic title, beating out the countrywoman who inspired her to become a figure skater to win the first gold medal for the Olympic Athletes from Russia at these Pyeongchang Games. Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond took the bronze.

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    Deputy PM resigns as pressure over relationship with former staffer Vikki Campion is followed by separate allegation of sexual harassment

    • Timeline: how Joyce’s fate was sealed

    Barnaby Joyce has announced his resignation as Nationals leader and deputy prime minister of Australia after weeks of fallout over his affair with a former staffer and now partner, Vikki Campion, who is pregnant with his child.

    Joyce saw his support diminish after the revelation on Thursday night that a sexual harassment complaint had been made against him to the country-based National party, the junior partner in the ruling Liberal-National Coalition.

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    The White House indicated on Thursday that the federal government could come up with the money to fund as many as a million teachers being trained and armed with guns across America in a controversial attempt to keep schools safe from more mass shootings.

    This followed repeated assertions from Donald Trump during earlier meetings at the White House, as well as in presidential tweets, that his response to the school massacre in Florida last week is to arm teachers and sports coaches.

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    Incitement to racial hatred inquiry launched into abuse over selection for Orléans festival

    A French state prosecutor has opened an inquiry into incitement to racial hatred after the selection of a mixed-race teenager to play the folk heroine Joan of Arc in annual festivities in Orléans was met with racist abuse from far-right users of social media.

    Mathilde Edey Gamassou, 17, was chosen from 250 girls on Monday to play Joan in a spring festival marking the Catholic warrior saint’s breaking of the English siege of Orléans in 1429.

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    UN security council to vote on resolution to end bloodshed in rebel-held Syrian enclave

    Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel wrote to Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Friday urging him to back a UN security council resolution for a ceasefire in Syria to end one of the deadliest bombing campaigns of the war, France’s presidency said.

    The letter, sent while the French president and the German chancellor were at an EU summit in Brussels, asked Russia to support the draft resolution calling for a 30-day truce, mainly to allow aid to reach besieged eastern Ghouta and allow evacuations.

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