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Latest World news news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice
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    The Trump name is being scrubbed off skylines from New York to Toronto to Rio as the brand backfires

    It takes all of 30 seconds for the doorman at Trump Place to kick me out of the building. “Ma’am, you need to leave,” he says, when I tell him I am a journalist. Then he practically shoves me out the marble lobby, back through the revolving doors .

    Tensions are high at Trump Place, 200 Riverside Boulevard. The luxury condominium complex on New York’s Upper West Side is currently embroiled in an increasingly contentious legal battle with the Trump family. Like many of the towers bearing the Trump brand, 200 Riverside Boulevard isn’t actually owned by the Trumps; it simply licenses the name, which is plastered on the building in big brass letters. And now many residents don’t want it any more.

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    Hundreds queued for today’s release – with the €180 shoes doubling as €700+ transport tickets, it wasn’t just the usual sneakerheads

    Outside Overkill, a hip shoe store in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, breakfast is being served: Mettbrötchen, minced raw pork on a bread roll. “This isn’t a hipster breakfast,” explains Julian Kalitta of Overkill. “It is typical old-school Berlin – something you can imagine one of the city’s tram drivers eating before work.”

    It’s a fitting treat for the hundreds of people who have camped out in the snow, some since Saturday, waiting for the limited release of 500 pairs of the new EQT Support 93/Berlin shoe – an unlikely collaboration between Adidas and BVG, the city’s transport company.

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    When Ella and her cousin reached a refugee camp in Sudan, it seemed to herald safety. Instead, it was the start of an all too familiar ordeal


    It was right at the moment Ella thought she was safe that she was kidnapped.

    The 17-year-old had just entered eastern Sudan’s Wad Sherife refugee camp with her teenage cousin. The girls had been walking for days, in a desperate bid to escape compulsory, indefinite military service in their birth country Eritrea, which begins as soon as school ends.

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    US senators voted to move forward on legislation that would reopen the federal government until 8 February, ending a three-day standoff between Democrats and President Donald Trump's Republicans over immigration and border security. Funding legislation cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate and was expected to pass a full Senate vote promptly, allowing the government to reopen. The shutdown, which began on the first anniversary of Trump's inauguration, threatened to undercut the president's self-crafted image as a dealmaker who would repair the broken culture in Washington

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    John Kelly and Stephen Miller were responsible for walking Trump back from a deal on Friday, renewing concerns about White House proxy power

    Pundits have labeled them the “hardass”, the “racist nativist” and the “crazy uncle in the attic”.

    Related: Government shutdown: Democrats back bill to end deadlock

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    One year after Donald Trump reinstated a ban on US aid funding for overseas organisations that provide abortion services, opposition is mounting. Rallying under the banner She Decides, women around the world have united to bridge the funding gap created by the US president’s expanded version of the ‘global gag rule’, which has already forced the closure of hundreds of clinics that provided life-saving family planning services

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    Kenyan government to take over cash transfer scheme, as development secretary praises nation for ‘taking responsibility’

    British funding of a 10-year-old aid package to drought-hit communities in Kenya is to end in 2024 as part of a new economic partnership with the country, the international development secretary has told the Guardian.

    The £143m programme, which has helped 600,000 vulnerable people in emergencies via direct cash transfers – a system criticised by some Conservatives as the equivalent of exporting the dole – is the first UK aid project of its kind that will be wholly taken over by a government in Africa.

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    The American vice-president, Mike Pence, said in a speech to the Israeli parliament that the US embassy in Israel would move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019. Pence's speech was briefly disrupted by Israeli Arab parliament members who held up protest signs in Arabic and English, reading 'Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine' before being ejected by ushers. Pence responded by saying with a smile: 'It is deeply humbling for me to stand before this vibrant democracy.'

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    With the highest house prices in the world, and most of its land unbuildable, the city has found a new way to expand – by moving facilities into caves in the mountains

    There is a particular bridge in Hong Kong that offers spectacular views: the mouth of a river on one side, and near-identical rows of white apartment blocks and mountains on the other.

    No matter where you look, though, you can’t escape the stench of sewage. It wafts up from the treatment plant at Sha Tin, originally built on the city’s fringe but now very much part of Hong Kong, as relentless development has pushed the city outward.

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    Rampant development has emphasised a widening social gap in Mashhad, the starting point of last year’s anti-government protests

    The wave of anti-government protests in Iran at the end of December began in one of the country’s conservative strongholds: its second city, Mashhad. Site of the huge Imam Reza shrine that draws more than 20 million Shia pilgrims a year, the city’s population has ballooned to around 3 million in recent years. After a proposed modernisation of the area around the shrine complex by architect Dariush Borbor was abandoned following the Islamic revolution, rampant development in the last two decades may have helped aggravate social forces hitting the streets today.

    It’s been rumoured that hardline rivals to Iran’s reformist president Hassan Rouhani orchestrated the street protests from their nationalist-religious base of Mashhad. Azar Tashakor, a 50-year-old urban sociologist whose father made pilgrimages to the city and who later studied there, thinks this underestimates a widening social gap.

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    A Japanese ski resort has been struck by an avalanche after a nearby volcano erupted. One person has died and at least 12 others have been injured. Footage shows skiers trapped by the avalanche. As well as the snow, volcanic rocks fell from Mount Kusatsu-Shirane, in central Japan. Around 100 people had to evacuate the area 

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    Residents of the Alaskan island Kodiak were urged to move away from coastal areas after a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck early on Tuesday. Initially, the United States Geological Survey said the earthquake was a magnitude 8.2, prompting a tsunami warning.  The remainder of the US west coast is still under watch. Residents scrambled to safety, some seeking refuge in schools that were transformed into shelters. Officials cancelled the warning after a few tense hours.

    Earthquake hits Gulf of Alaska, prompting tsunami warnings

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    Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Australian actor Cate Blanchett called for renewed compassion for the 65 million people who have been displaced worldwide, including 22 million refugees. She condemned the way refugees are treated, and accused politicians of pandering to populist voices. Blanchett is a UNHCR goodwill ambassador and has visited refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon

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    Russia bears the ultimate responsibility for suspected chemical weapons attacks committed by the Syrian regime, the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has said. Tillerson’s comments came a day after reports of a fresh chemical weapons attack in the rebel enclave of East Ghouta, which injured more than 20 people, most of them children. Speaking at a conference in Paris on Tuesday aimed at stepping up international pressure on perpetrators of chemical weapons attacks, Tillerson condemned Russia for 'shielding' its Syrian ally against punishment for its actions

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    The Philippines' most active volcano has started spewing fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes as 56,000 villagers flee to evacuation centres. Lava fountains gushed 700 metres (2,300ft) above Mount Mayon's crater and ash plumes rose up to 3km (1.9 miles), according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

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    Lack of transparency over looser rules of engagement is hallmark of administration, writes Julian Borger

    The escalating air war in Somalia is part of a global pattern of an ever broader and unfettered use of air power that has it roots in the Obama administration but which has been spurred on and expanded under Donald Trump.

    In the first year of his presidency, Trump has gone out of his way to claim credit for the defeats inflicted on Islamic State, attributing it to his loosening of constraints on his generals.

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    The west cannot afford to lose Ankara’s role as a countervailing force to a Russian-imposed peace

    The US, Britain and France have all strongly criticised the Turkish invasion of northern Syria, but the three countries have so far been unwilling to instruct their Nato partner to pull back.

    The low-key stance urging Turkey to minimise casualties probably means Ankara can press ahead with its attempts to drive the Syrian Kurds out of Afrin province in north-west Syria.

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    Both parties claim to have emerged from negotiations with the upper hand, but did they? Here’s how leaders on either side fared

    A three-day shutdown of the federal government came to an end on Monday, as lawmakers in Washington reached a compromise that funded the government through 8 February and reauthorized a popular children’s health insurance program.

    Related: Senate passes short-term funding bill to end government shutdown

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    Study says country’s severe food shortages are ignored by global media, with emergencies in Eritrea and Burundi similarly overlooked

    The deepening humanitarian emergency in North Korea is the least reported in the world, according to a study that measures media coverage of crises across the globe.

    While insults traded between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un dominated headlines, North Korea’s severe food shortages, estimated to have left two in five of its population undernourished, received little attention from the world’s news outlets, the report said.

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    Report finds trafficking persists on Thai fishing boats, as campaigners challenge supermarkets to guarantee products are free of rights abuses

    Thailand’s billion-dollar seafood export industry remains infested with human rights abuses despite government pledges to stamp out slavery in its fishing industry, according to research by Human Rights Watch.

    Four years after damning revelations of chattel slavery aboard Thai fishing boats linked to seafood exported and sold by major retailers around the world, a report says that rights violations in one of Thailand’s major export industries continue unabated, including forced labour and widespread human trafficking.

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    State government launches legal bid to halt industrial action after less than 6% of workers vote to call it off

    Sydney train workers have voted to go ahead with a 24-hour strike on Monday.

    In a decision likely to cause havoc for Sydney’s transport network, less than 6% of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union’s 6000 members in New South Wales voted in favour of calling off the action.

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    Health officials plan to vaccinate millions as cases of yellow fever rise during the Southern Hemisphere rainy season

    São Paulo closed its zoo and botanical gardens Tuesday as a yellow fever outbreak that has led to 70 deaths is picking up steam.

    The big Inhotim art park, which attracts visitors from all over the world, also announced that all visitors would have to show proof of vaccination to be allowed in. The park said the measure was preventative and no case of yellow fever had been found there.

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    Trump is first US president in decades not to hold showy ceremony during his first year in office

    Donald Trump will invite the French president, Emmanuel Macron, on the first state visit of the Trump administration, the White House confirmed Tuesday.

    Trump is the first US president in decades to wrap up his opening year without offering a counterpart the honor of a state visit, a diplomatic tool used to impress and showcase ties between allies.

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    Residents will have to queue at standpipes for daily rations unless they drastically reduce consumption

    As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents have been warned that they face losing piped water to their homes on 12 April – nine days earlier than predicted.

    If drastic consumption reductions are not achieved by “Day Zero”, people will have to queue at 200 standpipes for daily rations of 25 litres (6.6 US gallons), residents were told on Tuesday.

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    Strikes near As Shafah come as the US urged Turkey to focus on fighting Isis and show restraint in its campaign against Kurdish forces

    The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State has said it has killed nearly 150 militants in strikesin the Syrian middle Euphrates valley.

    The strikes on Saturday come as the US urged Turkey to show restraint in its campaign against Kurdish forces in northern Syria and to focus on fighting Isis. On Tuesday, Turkey claimed to have killed 260 Kurdish and Isis fighters in a four-day offensive the north of the country.

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    Government tells 200 companies they have four years to stop sourcing gas from Groningen field after increasingly significant earthquakes

    Two hundred of the Netherlands’ biggest companies have been told by their government to stop sourcing fuel from a major Dutch gas field within four years following a series of increasingly significant earthquakes.

    Extraction from the Groningen field, one of Europe’s richest sources of gas, is operated in a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil, but has been capped in recent years by ministers due to seismic activity in the area.

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    Equalities chair says act needs ‘real teeth’ after allegations about men-only event

    The chair of the parliamentary committee on women and equalities, Maria Miller MP, has suggested strengthening the Equalities Act, after details emerged of a men-only charity dinner – attended by senior figures from business and politics – at which hired “hostesses” were allegedly groped, sexually harassed and propositioned by guests.

    Senior female politicians lined up to condemn “stomach-churning” behaviour by attendees of the Presidents Club charity dinner, held at London’s exclusive Dorchester hotel and hosted by comedian David Walliams.

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    The only thing pundits can agree on is the ruling Democratic party seems headed for a humiliating defeat

    Ask anyone in Italy about who might be sitting at the head of government in Palazzo Chigi following national elections on 4 March and the answer is a collective shrug of the shoulder.

    Silvio Berlusconi, the former prime minister and master of reinvention, has portrayed the centre-right coalition he leads as a safe pair of hands against the insurgency of the populist Five Star Movement, which has the overwhelming support of young voters but a dismal track record in municipal governments.

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    Canada coaxed back after lobbying by Japan and Australia, while door left open for Washington

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which had been on life support since Donald Trump’s withdrawal of the US a year ago, has finally been resuscitated.

    The 11 remaining countries are expected to sign an amended agreement on 8 March in Chile, Australia’s trade minister, Steve Ciobo, has confirmed.

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    Lawsuit joins more than 60 others filed across the US against makers of prescription painkillers for ‘peddling dangerous drugs’

    New York City on Tuesday sued the makers of prescription painkillers such as OxyContin, Percocet and fentanyl that have played a central role in the opioid crisis killing tens of thousands across the nation.

    Related: 'I don’t know how they live with themselves' – artist Nan Goldin​ takes on the billionaire family behind OxyContin

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    Mike Pompeo hints that the ability to fire multiple ICBMs at continental US would be Trump’s threshold for military action

    The CIA director, Mike Pompeo, has said that the Trump administration is intent on preventing North Korea from being able to fire multiple nuclear missiles at the United States, apparently sketching out a new red line for the regime in Pyongyang.

    Speaking in Washington, Pompeo explained for the first time what the administration meant when it warns that it would not allow the regime of Kim Jong-un to threaten the US with a nuclear weapon.

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    The Colombian singer, who switched residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, allegedly failed to pay income taxes in Spain

    Judicial authorities in Spain say Shakira is under investigation for possible tax evasion during the three years before she officially moved to Barcelona.

    The Colombian singer switched residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, where she lives with her partner, Barça soccer player Gerard Piqué, and the couple’s two sons.

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    Pope 61ci Model L bike will be auctioned in Las Vegas and could fetch about £100,000

    A motorcycle once owned by the Great Escape star Steve McQueen is to go on sale in Las Vegas where it is expected to sell for about £100,000.

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    • Constituent assembly calls for election in first four months of 2018
    • Ruling Socialists seek to exploit opposition disarray

    Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has said that he is ready to seek another term in office after the pro-government constituent assembly declared that new presidential elections must be held by 30 April.

    Analysts described Tuesday’s announcement as an attempt by the ruling socialist party to exploit opposition disarray – and cement control before the country’s economic crisis becomes even more acute.

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    Sweden’s foreign minister says her country takes “a very serious view” of Gui’s detention as he travelled to Beijing for a medical examination

    Sweden has called on China to immediately free missing bookseller Gui Minhai who was seized by Chinese agents on Saturday as he travelled to Beijing with two European diplomats.

    In a statement, Sweden’s foreign minister, Margot Wallström, said: “We expect the immediate release of our fellow citizen, and that he be given the opportunity to meet Swedish diplomatic and medical staff.”

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    • Conservatives to join Sebastian Piñera, who campaigned as centrist
    • New interior minister was vocal supporter of Pinochet’s dictatorship

    Chile’s president-elect, the billionaire businessman Sebastian Piñera, has unveiled a new hardline cabinet, including prominent conservative figures and some politicians once closely aligned with the Pinochet dictatorship.

    The new interior minister, Andrés Chadwick, was a vocal supporter of Augusto Pinochet during his 1973-1990 regime, which named him president of the Catholic University Students Federation.

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    Lawmakers in the two parties are no closer to resolving the issues that triggered the shutdown, such as budget and immigration

    Three days after debate over federal spending and immigration policy shut down the federal government, key battles between Democrats and Republicans remained unresolved on Tuesday.

    Related: Key players in the US government shutdown: who came out on top?

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    Exoplanets orbiting Trappist-1 have thrilled astronomers since their discovery last year thanks to their Earth-like potential to harbor water

    Scientists have identified two planets circling round a dim dwarf star as especially likely candidates to have habitable conditions, with probable water and a source of heat, attributes thought necessary for life beyond Earth.

    Since their discovery last year, the seven planets and their star, called Trappist-1, have thrilled astronomers hunting for a world resembling Earth. Never before had scientists found so many Earth-sized planets around a single star, or in a zone where the extreme temperatures of space would not obliterate the chances of life.

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    Canadian prime minister says employing more women is the smart thing to do

    Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has challenged leaders of the world’s biggest corporations to hire more women and to tackle sexual harassment as he warned that a business-as-usual approach to tackling inequality would lead to failure for everyone.

    In a keynote speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Trudeau said hiring, promoting and retaining more women was the key to narrowing the “staggering” gap between rich and poor.

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    The multi award-winning writer of The Left Hand of Darkness and A Wizard of Earthsea has died at her home in Portland, Oregon

    Ursula K Le Guin, the award-winning fantasy and science fiction author, has died at the age of 88.

    Le Guin’s books have sold millions worldwide and won her a number of prestigious accolades, including Hugo and Nebula awards for her 1969 novel The Left Hand of Darkness.

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    Appleby client FBME is banned from US financial system

    The firm at the heart of the Paradise Papers leak provided offshore services to a bank accused of facilitating terrorist financing, transnational organised crime and the Syrian government’s chemical weapons programme.

    Appleby represented the Cayman Islands holding company of FBME Bank for at least a year after the US Treasury published an extraordinary roster of allegations against the bank, and acted as its agent for more than a decade beforehand.

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    US secretary of state says Russia ‘shielding’ Syrian ally, amid reports of fresh gas attack

    Russia bears the ultimate responsibility for suspected chemical weapons attacks committed by the Syrian regime, the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has said.

    Tillerson’s comments came a day after reports of a fresh chemical weapons attack in the rebel enclave of East Ghouta, which injured more than 20 people, most of them children.

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