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Latest World news news, comment and analysis from the Guardian, the world's leading liberal voice
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    Anti-racism protesters in Durham, North Carolina, used a rope to topple a century-old statue of a Confederate soldier outside local government offices on Monday evening. Seconds after it fell, the demonstrators – some white, some black – kicked the crumpled bronze monument as dozens cheered and chanted

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    Protesters chanting ‘lock him up’ and ‘not my president’ marched to Trump Tower in New York on Monday before the arrival of the US president’s motorcade on Fifth Avenue, Manhattan. Some people held up signs blaming Trump for the violence in Charlottesville, with some quoting civil rights activist Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday in a car attack.

    President’s first Trump Tower homecoming met with mass protest

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    Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, says she is going to make her daughter’s death stand for the values she fought for. Heyer was one of the hundreds of protesters who had gathered in Charlottesville to demonstrate against a gathering of white supremacists when she was fatally struck by a car which ploughed into the counter-protesters

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    We break down how the White House, Breitbart News, Steve Bannon and Trump’s cabinet are all connected to recent events in Charlottesville

    Activists say so. A group of civil rights and faith leaders called on Donald Trump to directly disavow the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville on Saturday and fire White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka and senior adviser Stephen Miller, whom they say “have stoked hate and division”.

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    Critics allege that it is not just caste discrimination leading many Dalits in Nepal to turn away from Hindu beliefs and become Christians

    Ram Maya Sunar had two miscarriages. Then she had a daughter, who died of pneumonia when she was one. “My second child died from tuberculosis at just six months. I’m still haunted by it,” Sunar says, sitting outside her concrete block hut in the village of Thakaldanda, in southern Nepal’s Makwanpur district.

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    Morgues overwhelmed after mud engulfs at least a hundred houses near the capital, Freetown, with 270 bodies recovered so far

    The hunt for survivors of a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital has continued, with 270 bodies recovered so far, according to the mayor of Freetown.

    A mass burial will be held later today to free up space in the city’s central morgue, which has been overwhelmed with bodies.

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    Extreme weather across southern Europe has spawned and fanned numerous wildfires, including at the beach resort of Kalamos near Athens and in central Portugal

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    Men given five to eight strokes of rattan cane and up to six and a half years in prison for ‘reprehensible’ attack at stag party

    Three British men have been sentenced to jail and caning for sexually assaulting a Malaysian woman during a stag party in Singapore.

    The defendants – Khong Tam Thanh, 22, Michael Le, 24, and Vu Thai Son, 24 – were originally accused of taking turns to rape the woman in a hotel room. The three pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated outrage of modesty.

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    Education was meant to be president Enrique Peña Nieto’s flagship policy. Yet salaries are still being paid to ‘ghost teachers’ who never enter a classroom, while children lack the tools – and even the food – they need to learn

    It’s almost four in the afternoon, and a quarter of the fifth-grade pupils at Ángel Albino Corzo primary school in Buena Vista haven’t eaten all day. The children are fidgety and distracted as their teacher explains decimals on the white board.

    They are counting down the minutes until break time, when they will be given a small portion of beans with tortillas – for some, the only meal they will eat today (Mexico’s schooling is split into two distinct shifts; these children study from 1.30-6pm).

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    Confederate statues are being removed in several US states this year, and more cities are planning to destroy their memorials following events in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the weekend

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    More than 2,000 people estimated to be homeless as mudslide near Freetown submerges houses and turns streets into churning rivers

    Hundreds of people have been killed in a mudslide near Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown.

    A hillside in Regent, a mountainous town 15 miles east of Freetown, collapsed in the early hours of Monday morning after heavy rains, leaving hundreds of people trapped. Morgues in the capital have been overwhelmed with bodies, while relatives have been left to dig through the mud in search of remains.

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    Hospital boss suspended as stories emerge of parents using hand pumps to try to save children, and others ejected from wards

    As oxygen supplies ran out at a hospital in northern India, desperate parents used manual pumps to force air into the lungs of their dying children. Others scoured the city for blood, syringes and other basic supplies that the facility lacked. They begged medical staff for help. Some said police hustled them from the wards after their children died.

    Indians have been reacting with horror as testimony emerges from inside the hospital in Gorakhpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh where at least 64 children, some newborns, are reported to have died over six-day period last week.

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    Swift pledges donations to organisations helping sexual assault victims after jury finds David Mueller grabbed her before a 2013 concert

    Taylor Swift has won vindication after a jury decided in a civil trial that a radio host groped her during a pre-concert photo op four years ago.

    After a week-long trial over dueling lawsuits, jurors determined Monday that fired Denver DJ David Mueller assaulted the pop star by grabbing her backside during a backstage meet-and-greet.

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    Zimbabwean first lady handed herself in to police over allegations that she attacked 20-year-old Gabriella Engels

    Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, is to appear in court in South Africa on Tuesday after handing herself in to police over allegations that she assaulted a woman in a Johannesburg hotel.

    Mugabe, 52, allegedly attacked Gabriella Engels, 20, with an extension cord, wounding her forehead and the back of her head.

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    Bosses from Intel, Merck and Under Armour distance themselves from administration after president’s reluctance to denounce white nationalists

    Three executives have quit Donald Trump’s business advisory panel, throwing it into chaos, in the wake of the president’s failure to immediately denounce white supremacists over a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one dead and several others injured.

    The CEOs of pharmaceutical giant Merck, sportswear retailer Under Armour and computer company Intel have all resigned from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council as pressure mounts for business leaders who aligned themselves with the president to abandon his administration.

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    Documentary broadcasting this week asserts three princes were victims of government scheme to kidnap defectors

    New details have emerged about the abductions of three dissident Saudi princes in what appears to be a systematic state-run Saudi government programme to kidnap defectors and dissidents.

    The three, all members of the Saudi regime before they became involved in peaceful political activities against the government in Riyadh, were kidnapped and taken against their will to Saudi Arabia between September 2015 and February 2016.

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    Sierra Leonean emergency services and aid agencies are working to find victims of the heavy mudslides and flooding which devastated areas around the country’s capital Freetown on Monday. Thousands of people are still missing

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    Indian Independence Day is celebrated each year on 15 August, and this year marks 70 years since British India was split into two nations – Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan – and millions of people were uprooted in one of the largest mass migrations in history

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    The US president denies his chief strategist is a racist before adding ‘we’ll see what happens’ after being asked if he had confidence in him. ‘He’s a good person and I think the press treats him frankly very unfairly’, Trump said at a news conference at Trump Tower in New York City.

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    In a heated exchange with journalists on Tuesday, Donald Trump defended far-right protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. He insisted that ‘not all of those people were neo-Nazis, not all of those people were white supremacists’, pointing the finger also at what he called ‘the alt-left’

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    Researchers are exploring how community, connection and trust could help protect society’s most vulnerable

    In 2016, Louise Vincent lost both her teenage daughter and her right leg. The leg had been injured in a car accident: after doctors failed to treat her pain effectively, she ultimately relapsed into opioid addiction and an infection festered.

    Her daughter, Selena – who, like her mother, had diagnoses of both addiction and bipolar disorder – died at 19 of an opioid overdose inside rehab. Her mother had sent her away to try to protect her. But the program turned out to be so negligent that it had no overdose protocol or antidote on hand.

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    Hundreds of people have been killed and millions displaced across the region as rescue missions set up shelters and strive to get food and water to victims

    Nearly 250 people have died in the last few days as a result of flooding and landslides that have devastated parts of northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

    Millions of people have been displaced across the region, and 245 people are recorded to have been killed by collapsed buildings or by drowning.

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    Attackers suspected of being linked to Boko Haram militants targeted a market and a refugee camp

    Three female suicide bombers have blown themselves up and killed 27 people in north-east Nigeria, according to local militia, in an attack bearing the hallmark of Boko Haram militants.

    One bomber detonated her device on Tuesday at a market in Mandarari 25km from the city of Maiduguri while two more attackers targeted the gates to a nearby refugee camp, the officials said.

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    Bodies of Andrew Fenwick and his son Jason discovered after youngest son found crying by a guard at housing complex

    An Australian man and his 10-year-old son have been electrocuted while trying to repair a pool pump at their home in Thailand.

    The bodies of Andrew Fenwick, 66, and his son Jason were found near the pump in the storage room of the family’s home in the Muang district of Rayong province southeast of Bangkok on Monday afternoon, local media reported.

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    ‘Alt-left’ also to blame for Charlottesville, says president … Daniel Craig back to play James Bond … and best jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe

    Hello – it’s Warren Murray with the news you need to start the day.

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    Tension has been high in mountain region of Ladakh and skirmishes come as both countries face off in other areas along Line of Actual Control

    Indian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said, exacerbating tensions during a months-long standoff between the two armies.

    Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the picturesque mountain region of Ladakh on Tuesday, an Indian defence official said.

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    Drift analysis of debris reveals new coordinates for potential impact location

    Australia has released satellite images it says show 12 “probably man-made” objects floating in the sea near the suspected crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    Taken two weeks after MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014, the photos were analysed by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB). Its researchers used drift modelling of the debris to suggest a new potential location for the crash site — a 5,000 sq km (1930 sq miles) area just north of the former search zone.

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    Federal government announces plans to make large companies report annually on measures they are taking to ensure their supply chains are free of exploitation

    Hungry, poor, exploited: alarm of Australia’s import of farm workers

    Large companies operating in Australia will be forced to publicly detail every year what they are doing to combat modern slavery, under a new proposal from the federal government.

    The justice minister, Michael Keenan, announced plans on Wednesday to impose a legal requirement for companies with a turnover larger than $100m to publicly file a modern slavery report every year.

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    Liu Yongbiao had talked of plans for book about killer author who evades capture but police say he is now a suspect in multiple decades-old murders

    In the introduction to his novel The Guilty Secret, Chinese writer Liu Yongbiao revealed he had already started work on a follow-up he hoped would prove a literary sensation: a suspense-filled, cold-case detective drama about a ravishing female author who evades capture despite committing a string of grisly murders.

    He would call it The Beautiful Writer who Killed.

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    Donald Trump reverted to blaming ‘both sides’ for violence at a far right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Having eventually denounced specific racist groups, the president used a press conference to once again spread blame for the weekend’s disorder to those he calls the ‘alt-left’. Violence and disorder between far-right and anti-fascist groups has been widespread across the US since his election as president

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    Confederate symbols have become a crucible of racial tension in the US. White nationalists claim they are important monuments – but are they just a way to rewrite an ugly history and revive the battles of the past?

    In St Paul’s memorial church in Charlottesville last Friday, just up the street from where white supremacists were gathering for a torchlight rally, Cornel West explained why African-Americans saw the removal of Confederate monuments as so important.

    On hearing that hundreds of white supremacists were gathered in a nearby park, the civil rights leader said, with a hint of weariness: “These are chickens coming home to roost. We should have eliminated these statues a long time ago.”

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    Malcolm Turnbull says council ‘out of step with Australian values’ after it votes to stop referring to 26 January as Australia Day

    Yarra city council in Melbourne has been stripped of the power to hold citizenship ceremonies by the federal government because it voted unanimously to stop referring to 26 January as Australia Day and to stop holding a citizenship ceremony on that day.

    #Yarra Council has tonight voted unanimously to change the way it marks January 26, from 2018 onwards: https://t.co/6Hw2nyE9U4

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    • Bullock’s oriole who ended up in Ottawa to fly home on Air Canada flight
    • Small orange-plumed female first spotted in capital in late 2015

    Nearly two years ago, she was spotted perched on an apple tree in Ontario – thousands of miles from her natural habitat – capturing the attention of birdwatchers across Canada.

    Now a Bullock’s oriole who ended up in the Ottawa area is set to finally fly home to western North America – in the passenger cabin of an Air Canada flight.

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    Reactions to president’s controversial press conference split party into those willing to condemn Trump by name and those who would not

    Senior Republicans have lambasted Donald Trump after he once again drew a moral equivalency between the far right and counter-demonstrators during the deadly violence in Charlottesville on Saturday.

    But some elected Republican officials responded to an extraordinary press conference in Trump Tower on Tuesday night by denouncing bigotry, in signs of a possible rift in the party.

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    Officials reportedly confirm Sharrouf and two sons were killed in a coalition air strike while driving near Raqqa on 11 August

    Islamic State terrorist Khaled Sharrouf and his two sons have been killed in Syria, media reports say.

    The ABC and the Australian reported government officials as confirming Sharrouf – who fled Australia in 2013 to join extremist forces – and his sons Abdullah and Zarqawi were killed in a coalition air strike while driving near Raqqa on 11 August.

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    Images of topless Vladimir Putin enjoying Siberian summer prompt imitations online – some more serious than others

    Thousands of Russians have paid homage to Vladimir Putin, some with tongue in cheek, after the Russian president was photographed topless enjoying the Siberian summer.

    Pavel Durov, the founder of the social networking sites VKontakte and Telegram, kicked off the #PutinShirtlessChallenge with a picture of himself. There were only two rules, said Durov: “No Photoshop, no pumping. Otherwise you are not an alpha.”

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    Six moped riders smash their way way through counter displays at Boodles Knightsbridge showroom

    A gang of moped riders have raided a luxury jeweller in west London in a smash and grab robbery, police said.

    Six men dressed in black and wielding hammers were caught on camera fleeing the Boodles store at the junction of Basil Street and Sloane Street in Chelsea on Wednesday by a witness who posted the footage on Twitter.

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    Hossein Amanat was forced to flee country after being put on a death list and says his children have never seen the monument

    In 1966, a 24-year-old architect who had just graduated from Tehran University hesitantly entered a competition to design a monument to mark the 2,500-year celebration of the founding of the Persian empire.

    In hindsight, it was a competition of a lifetime, organised by the shah of Iran, who envisioned that the monument would act as his memorial tower, or Shahyad.

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    Prime minister calls on nation to build future free of violence amid celebrations commemorating end of colonial rule

    India has marked the 70th anniversary of its independence with a military parade and a prime ministerial address from Narendra Modi on corruption, Kashmir and violence in the name of cows.

    Indians filled the streets around the Red Fort in old Delhi and monuments in the city’s newer imperial quarter as the nation of 1.3 billion celebrated the anniversary of the day in 1947 when India threw off British colonial rule and the union flag was lowered across the country.

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    Israel asks Swiss government to condemn Paradies hotel after notices on swimming pool and kitchen use are put on Facebook

    Israel has lodged official complaints after a hotel in Switzerland posted signs telling Jewish guests to shower before using the pool and restricted their access to a kitchen freezer.

    The Paradies apartment hotel in the Alpine village of Arosa, in eastern Switzerland, has been accused of antisemitism after a guest posted to Facebook a picture of a notice near the hotel pool.

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    Lufthansa in talks to take over most of competitor after investor Etihad pulls its financing

    EasyJet could spread its wings in Germany as it emerged as a potential buyer for parts of Air Berlin, which filed for administration on Tuesday.

    The German government has provided an emergency €150m (£137m) loan to Air Berlin to enable it to keep flying its schedules.

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    Fall of 200-year-old tree kills at least 12 and injures scores during Celebration of Our Lady of the Mount festival near Funchal

    At least 12 people have been killed after a 200-year-old oak tree fell into a crowd at a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

    A government official said 52 others were injured when the tree fell outside a church in the hills above the capital of Funchal on Tuesday.

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    Broadcaster condemns Tehran’s block on Iranian employees’ financial transactions after re-election of Hassan Rouhani

    The BBC has criticised Iran for imposing an asset freeze on staff at its London-based Persian-service, the latest crackdown against the corporation’s Iranian employees.

    Tehran’s judicial authorities have issued a court order listing more than 150 BBC Persian journalists and former contributors, preventing them from conducting financial transactions or selling properties in their homeland because of their affiliation with the British media organisation.

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    National park which is home to thousands of indigenous people loses protected status to allow for construction of 190-mile road

    Bolivia has given the go ahead to a controversial highway which would cut through an Amazon biodiversity hotspot almost the size of Jamaica and home to 14,000 mostly indigenous people.

    President Evo Morales enacted the new law opening the way for the 190-mile (300km) road through the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park, known as Tipnis, its Spanish acronym . The road will divide the park in two and strip it of the protections won in 2011 when a national march by thousands of protesters ended in clashes with the police and forced the government to change its position.

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    Investigating officer says warrants issued for four men and two boys after Eloise Dixon was shot twice near Angra dos Reis

    Brazilian police say they have identified those responsible for shooting Eloise Dixon, the British tourist who was wounded by two bullets when her family’s rented car entered a poor community west of Rio de Janiero and came under fire from members of a drug gang.

    “We already have the dynamic of what happened,” the investigating officer, Bruno Gilaberte, said on Tuesday. Arrest warrants have been issued for four men and two boys. One suspect is already in custody.

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    Analysts say the latest statement by Kim Jong-un, signally a pause on Guam strike, gives the US a brief window to end the tense standoff

    The latest statement by Kim Jong-un signalling a pause in Pyongyang’s war of words with Washington has given the US a window of a few days to negotiate a way of defusing a dangerous standoff, experts said on Tuesday.

    Many longstanding observers of the North Korean regime expressed concern that the US could misinterpret the message that it sent on Monday when Kim said he would “watch a little more” how the US acted in the region before deciding whether to go ahead with a plan to launch missiles over Japan aimed at the seas around the US territory of Guam.

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    Washington-based fund says pursuit of growth at any cost risks sharp slowdown or financial crisis

    China’s credit-fuelled economic strategy has been branded as dangerous by the International Monetary Fund in a strongly-worded statement warning that its approach risks financial turmoil.

    The IMF used its annual health check on the world’s second biggest economy to stress that faster expansion in 2017 was coming at the cost of a jump in private sector debt and an increasing use of complex financial instruments.

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    UN evaluates risk of further landslides or flooding amid ongoing search for 600 people who remain missing after fatal disaster that has so far claimed 400 lives

    A week of national mourning will be held in Sierra Leone as emergency workers struggle to recover hundreds of people who remain buried following a mudslide on Monday morning.

    Almost 400 bodies have been found so far, with a further 600 people still unaccounted for, according to the Red Cross.

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    Raids near Manila latest in campaign that has killed thousands and follow claim US has toned down criticism of rights abuses

    Police in the Philippines have killed more than 30 people in a series of raids near Manila, in the bloodiest night yet of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

    Supt Romeo Caramat said 67 police operations in various parts of Bulacan, a province north of the capital, had left 32 “drug personalities” dead and more than 100 others arrested.

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    US president defends far-right marchers and equates Confederate generals with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson

    Donald Trump has once again defended far-right protesters at the Charlottesville rally, saying they were not all neo-Nazis and white supremacists and laying the blame for the violence equally on what he called the “alt-left”.

    The remarks – made during a rowdy press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York – were Trump’s latest switch in stance since Saturday, when the civil rights activist Heather Heyer died after a white nationalist allegedly drove his car into a crowd in the Virginian city.

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