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Latest World news news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice
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    Earthquakes don’t kill people (generally), collapsing buildings do – meaning it is cities where the most lives can be saved. Here are their smartest ideas so far

    Between 1994 and 2013, nearly half a million people around the world died due to earthquakes, with another 118.3 million affected. A further 250,000 deaths resulted from subsequent tsunamis – chiefly in 2004 in the Indian Ocean – and more than 700 from ash fall.

    Earthquakes affect every continent, though certain areas – the Pacific border of South America, the western coast of North America and Mexico, Alaska, south-eastern Europe, New Zealand and much of Asia – are especially prone. Though rarer than floods, they can cause devastating damage and large numbers of casualties very quickly. The Haitian earthquake in January 2010 killed an estimated 230,000 people, injured 300,000 and displaced 1.5 million from their homes. It also caused around $8bn of destruction, and its impacts are still being felt today.

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    Swelled by creative émigrés in the 20th century, the city known for its good life now has an ageing population – and a lack of homes for the young

    Dutch explorer Abel Tasman didn’t get a warm welcome in Golden Bay in December 1642 when, 375 years ago this week, he became the first European to make landfall in New Zealand. The craft he sent to shore to collect water was rammed by Maori waka, and four Dutchmen were killed. The islands remained unvisited by Europeans until Captain Cook’s expedition 130 years later; a half-century further on, the settlement of Nelson, 50km south of the bay, was up and running, becoming New Zealand’s second city after Christchurch by royal charter in 1858. Now a compact city of approximately 50,000 known for the good life (it has three neighbouring national parks), it’s also – as marked up on Botanical Hill– the country’s geographical dead centre.

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    Four-fifths of the UAE’s population are classed as ‘foreigners’ – people whose parents were born abroad. With permanent residency impossible, it’s a constant struggle to belong

    Abu Dhabi Indian School, founded in 1975, not long after the Trucial States became the United Arab Emirates, sits by Muroor Road. It was here that, in 1986, dressed in a short-sleeved white shirt, navy blue shorts and black-laced Batas, I started first grade.

    My classmates, like me, were the children of Indian parents. Raju Uncle, a Malayalee from Kerala, drove us to school in his taxi, a gold and white station wagon. When I was running late, another young passenger, Iqbal, would be sent to ring our doorbell.

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    Donald Trump’s $1.5tn tax overhaul received a blow after Alabama’s surprise Senate result but is now speeding towards a vote. Here’s what you need to know

    Donald Trump’s $1.5tn plan to overhaul the US tax system received another blow on Tuesday night when Democrat Doug Jones emerged as the winner in a closely fought race for a Senate seat in Alabama.

    Now Trump is set to make another pitch for the unpopular plans while Republicans rush to get their bill finalized before the New Year, when Jones goes to Washington. His vote could imperil the bill’s passage.

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    As Dreamers, we face constant uncertainty about our fate. But we also have faith in people of conscience to defeat the worst of what Trump has proposed

    I was born in Mexico City, but I have lived just a few miles north of the Mexican border in San Diego for nearly 20 years. But the area between the part of the city where I was raised and the country I was born in is nearly off-limits to my family and I because of our immigration status.

    Driving to the mall in San Ysidro (in the southernmost part of San Diego), or visiting the nearby city of Chula Vista for my mom’s job was always a risk because of border patrol presence.

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    The Indian city desperately needs its new metro, but Zoroastrian priests are warning of a ‘backlash from nature’ – and they’re not the only detractors

    In early October, a petition was sent to the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, about the latest phase of the Mumbai metro – a 33.5km stretch that is currently under construction.

    The petition claimed that the metro, if built, would “breach the magnetic circuits” of two Zoroastrian fire temples, thus “diminishing their spiritual powers” and unleashing “dark forces”. Signed by 11,000 people, the petition concluded that, the temples being “living, vibrant ... intermediaries between God and mankind” as they are, if these “holy fires are defiled, the backlash from nature will not spare those responsible”.

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    Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was convicted of the aggravated murder of a newborn baby in 2008, but she says it was a stillbirth

    An El Salvador court has rejected the appeal of a woman sentenced to 30 years in prison over what she says was a stillbirth.

    Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, 37, said she was working in 2007 when she began to experience intense pain, then bleeding. She called for help before fainting. As she came round, police officers surrounded her and accused her of murdering her baby by inducing an abortion of her nearly full-term baby.

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    Cold lava was seen forming around the crater of Mount Agung, Indonesia's tallest volcano, in drone footage taken by the country's Volcano and Disaster Mitigation Agency. Cold lava flows, known as lahar, were expected to increase after the country issued its highest-level warning over the volcano's activity. The 9,800ft (3,000 metre) volcano, which is capable of very violent eruptions, had shown a marked increase in activity in the last few weeks, stoking fears of a repeat eruption like the one in 1963 that killed more than 1,000 people

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    Shankar, 22, was hacked to death in Tamil Nadu by a gang of men including his wife’s father, because they did not approve of him marrying above his caste

    Six men have been sentenced to death in India for the “honour” killing of a Dalit man who had married a woman from a higher caste.

    Among those sentenced was the woman’s father. A seventh man was sentenced to life in prison and another man was given five years at the hearing in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday. The convictions were the toughest recorded for such a killing in the state.

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    US senator John Kennedy asked one of Trump's district court judge nominees, Matthew Petersen, a series of questions on basic law, and he was unable to answer them. Concerns have been raised over the suitability of the five nominees for the role, including Matthew Petersen. The American Bar Association declared one of the nominees 'unqualified'

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    The pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, were found dead in their Toronto mansion on Friday, and police say they are treating the deaths as suspicious. Sherman founded Apotex in 1974. He stepped down as chief executive in 2012 but remained as executive chairman. Forbes estimates his net worth at $3.2bn.

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    The week began with the president accusing CNN of ‘fake news’, and moved through a tweetstorm with Kirsten Gillibrand and a damaging defeat in Alabama

    Donald Trump lashed out at the press on Saturday after CNN had to correct a report about hacked material being emailed to his son. Pointing out that the network’s slogan was “THE MOST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS”, Trump suggested an alternative tagline: “THE LEAST TRUSTED NAME IN NEWS”.

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    A literary tour of Syria illuminates the dark side of religion and politics that lurks behind the current crisis, as well as the fearlessness of ordinary people

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    Women who claim they were sexually exploited by UN soldiers file lawsuit claiming paternity and maintenance payments

    The mothers of Haiti’s “peacekeeper babies” have filed the first legal action against both the UN and individual peacekeeping soldiers in paternity and child support claims.

    The lawsuit is the latest development in a protracted legal battle to make the soldiers contribute to the upkeep of children they allegedly fathered.

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    Guardian Australia’s features editor Lucy Clark sits down with Charlotte Wood to discuss the author’s essay on feminism, childhood and the possibility of becoming an “angry old woman”

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    Zimbabwe’s Anti-Poaching Success: In between nursing, women hold the front line.

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    As the outing of abusive men continues and the world sees the power of women behind this cultural moment, we have to continue the hard work

    This week a man attempted a terrorist attack in New York’s Port Authority subway station, but his bomb detonated early and the attacker was the only one seriously injured. Despite what Twitter would have you believe, New York – as it does – went on very much the same. People groused about subway delays and went on with their day. It was just one of many days that made me proud to be a native New Yorker. We could all take a lesson from that sort of resilience and attitude, to be honest: we won’t let terrible people make us feel terrible. We will live our lives, and refuse to be terrorized.

    On a happier note, though the outing of abusive men continues, the world is starting to recognize the power of women behind this incredible cultural moment: Merriam-Webster named “feminism” the word of 2017. Now we just have to continue to make it the movement of the year (and next year, and the next) until women can start to feel safe in their own country.

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    At least nine people were killed and many more injured when two suicide bombers targeted a Christian church in the Pakistani city of Quetta. The Baluchistan police chief, who oversees the province that includes Quetta, said one of the bombers had blown himself up when he was unable to get into the building, and the other had been shot by security services

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    Power has been restored at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport, after an outage on Sunday left tens of thousands of travellers stranded. More than 1,000 flights were grounded just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush.

    All outgoing flights were halted, and arriving planes were held at point of departure. The airport said a fire had caused “extensive damage” to the complex’s electrical systems. Repair crews from Georgia Power managed to restore power to all areas after about 11 hours but the incident is expected to wreak havoc on the holiday travel plans of thousands. 

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    When ruthless armed fighters descended on her district, Rosen Moseba lost everything. Now unable to support herself or her surviving children, she is among the countless victims of a crisis that may yet culminate in genocide

    Four days before Christmas, armed Seleka rebels went door to door in Rosen Moseba’s* neighbourhood. She gathered her three children and, together with her brother, they ran for their lives.

    It was 2013, and Central African Republic’s capital, Bangui, was in the grip of violent chaos. The Seleka, a coalition consisting predominantly of Muslim fighters, had overthrown the government in March that year, prompting Christian vigilante groups – the anti-balaka – to retaliate. Amid killing and looting, communities on both sides were terrorised.

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    Judge describes case of Tyrell Cobb’s death as only “the tip of an iceberg of child abuse” in Australia

    A Gold Coast mother has been jailed for nine years for fatally striking her four-year-old son Tyrell Cobb.

    Tyrell died on 24 May 2009 after two separate blows to his abdomen caused internal bleeding and the leaking of his stomach contents, leading to peritonitis.

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    Electoral observer OAS voices doubts about ‘low-quality’ election process that does little to clear up critics’ doubts

    The Organization of American States has called for fresh elections in Honduras, hours after President Juan Orlando Hernández was declared the winner.

    Luis Almagro – the secretary general of the OAS, a regional forum that sent an election observer mission to monitor the Honduran poll – said the process was plagued by irregularities, had “very low technical quality” and lacked integrity.

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    • Thousands stranded on Monday morning after fire in underground facility
    • More than 1,000 flights grounded just days before holiday travel rush

    Power has been restored to the world’s busiest airport – but the travel woes will linger for days.

    Thousands of people were stranded Monday morning at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airport, where more than 1,000 flights were grounded just days before the start of the Christmas travel rush.

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    Account of blogger and campaigner who has won awards for documenting human rights abuses shut down

    Twitter has faced criticism after the account of a prominent Egyptian journalist and campaigner was suspended.

    Wael Abbas wrote on Facebook that Twitter had sent “an email saying my account is suspended for an allotted time, which they did not specify, and for reasons they did not specify too”.

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    The Alex Salmond Show began airing last month on the RT channel, previously known as Russia Today

    The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom is investigating Alex Salmond’s new television programme on the Kremlin-backed RT network.

    The Alex Salmond Show, hosted by the former Scottish first minister, began airing last month on the RT channel, previously known as Russia Today. Ofcom has launched an investigation into whether the political show broke accuracy rules, and is also assessing a series of tweets which were presented as written by members of the audience but did not appear to have been posted on social media.

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    Firefighters still working to bring blaze under control at Cameron House, near Balloch

    Two people have died and three more are being treated in hospital after a fire took hold in a luxury hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond, Scotland.

    More than 200 guests were evacuated from the Cameron House hotel, near Balloch, and firefighters searched the building and tackled flames in its roof from an aerial unit.

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    Author James Bloodworth spent six months investigating our changing economy. In Ebbw Vale, he finds the human cost of the end of heavy industry and asks what the next upheaval will bring

    At the Ebbw Vale steelworks in the south Wales valleys, thousands of men once laboured to produce the steel that helped to drive Britain’s industrial revolution. The steelworks closed for good 15 years ago, and today a familiar fare decorates the town’s mournful high street: pound shops, arcades, bookies. On the brief walk from one end to the other, I count three pawnbrokers.

    “It ain’t worth looking for any work up here,” Rob Smyth, a youth worker tells me. “I tell you what – I’m glad I’m old because if I was young now I’d be struggling, you know? I know people who’ve got degrees and all the rest of it, and they can’t get work. You’ve got to settle somewhere else and make a life for yourself. There’s no life up here, no life at all. I only live here because it’s cheap, and it’s close to where I work.”

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    • White House says Trump ‘appreciated’ conversation with Russian president
    • Sunday phone call followed separate call about the economy on Thursday

    Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin spoke for the second time in four days on Sunday, the White House said, and agreed that a CIA tip which helped Russia prevent bombings in St Petersburg was “an example of the positive things that can occur when our countries work together”.

    Related: Trump not getting ready to fire Robert Mueller, president's allies insist

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    Donald Trump said on Sunday he was not planning to fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating alleged collusion between Trump aides and Russia during the 2016 election.

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    Protesters call for sanctions on Australia ‘until the people on Manus are free’ as blockade causes significant traffic delays

    Protesters have blockaded Melbourne’s container port in opposition to Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime.

    The port – Australia’s busiest – was blockaded at three entrances on Monday morning, with protesters blocking road entrances and unveiling a banner that read: “All refugees in detention are political prisoners.”

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    Turkish president announces intention days after leading calls for area to be recognised as capital of a Palestinian state

    Turkey intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise it as the capital of a Palestinian state.

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit was a response to the US president, Donald Trump’s decision earlier this month to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. His move broke with decades of US policy and international consensus that the city’s status must be left to Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

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    The international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, commits aid to help tackle ‘the world’s worst humanitarian crisis’

    Saudi Arabia has “no excuse” for blocking aid to Yemen, the international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, said as she warned that “using starvation as a weapon” was a breach of humanitarian law.

    The UK is set to provide an emergency £50m aid package to help feed millions of Yemeni people caught in what she called “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”.

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    Conservative former president takes 54.47% of the runoff vote to defeat centre-left opponent Alejandro Guillier, in a wider margin than expected

    Sebastián Piñera won Chile’s presidency on Sunday, with his centre-left opponent Alejandro Guillier conceding the election as Chile followed other South American nations in a political turn to the right.

    With 98.44% of the ballots counted, the billionaire conservative, 68, had won 54.57% in the runoff vote, to 45.43% for senator Guillier, a wider than expected margin in a race that pollsters had predicted would be tight.

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    Jordi Ballart, who quit as mayor of Terrassa last month, says he was labelled a quisling and coward for not backing independence

    The former mayor of a Catalan city who was labelled a quisling for his stance on the independence referendum has said society is deeply divided as the region prepares for a second vote in three months.

    If the political and economic consequences of the Catalonia crisis are easy to quantify – a deposed regional government, a former president in self-imposed Belgian exile, a former vice-president in a prison cell, more than 2,500 companies moving their headquarters out of the region and tourism down nearly 5% – its social impact is harder to gauge.

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    Backbenchers who defeated government last week believe PM should reach out to Labour MPs and face down hard Brexiters

    Conservative backbench rebels who defeated the government last week are urging Theresa May to reach out to Labour MPs and form a cross-party alliance for a soft Brexit.

    As May’s Brexit team prepares to debate Britain’s future relationship with the EU on Monday before a full meeting of her divided cabinet on Tuesday, the dissident MPs believe last week’s vote should embolden her to face down hardline Brexiters.

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    Vast property west of Paris is a new-build that looks like a 17th century palace and boasts a cinema, deluxe swimming pool and glass-bottomed moat

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been revealed as the owner of a French chateau described as the world’s most expensive home.

    The purchase of the vast property west of Paris for $300m (€275m) would be the latest in a string of extravagant purchases by the powerful prince, who has been waging a sweeping anti-corruption campaign.

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    African National Congress begins voting between party’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkoszana Dlamini-Zuma

    The battle to lead South Africa’s ruling party remains on a knife edge as almost 5,000 delegates began voting in an election that is likely to determine the country’s next president and the trajectory of the “rainbow nation” for decades to come.

    On the third day of the African National Congress’s 54th elective conference, the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, appeared to holda slight advantage over his rival Nkoszana Dlamini-Zuma, a veteran minister and party stalwart.

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    News reports say Kim Jong-hyun, 27, was unconscious when taken to hospital and suggest cause of death was suicide

    Kim Jong-hyun, the lead singer of the hugely popular and influential South Korean boy band Shinee, has died at the age of 27.

    The star, better known as Jonghyun, was found unconscious at his home in Seoul on Monday evening in an an apparent suicide, South Korean media reported.

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    Lebanese driver named as Tariq H arrested on Monday after body of Rebecca Dykes was found by a motorway over weekend

    A Lebanese Uber driver has confessed to killing a British diplomat in Beirut, a judicial source has told the Guardian.

    The body of Rebecca Dykes was found on the side of a motorway in the early hours of Saturday morning. Local police suggested she had been strangled.

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    Relatives of those killed in truck attack on Christmas market have accused chancellor of failing to acknowledge their suffering

    Angela Merkel is to meet bereaved relatives and survivors of last year’s Berlin Christmas market attack for the first time, two weeks after they sent her an angry letter accusing her of political inaction and failing to acknowledge their suffering.

    The German chancellor will meet the group in her office in Berlin on Monday, a day before the anniversary of the attack.

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    Austria becomes only country in western Europe with far-right presence in government, as president swears in coalition led by 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz

    The far-right Freedom party is joining Austria’s government. How do you feel?

    Austria’s president has sworn in a new government amid protests against the far right’s prominent role in the cabinet.

    Related: The far-right Freedom party is joining Austria's government. How do you feel?

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