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Trump in Twitter spat with woman who accused him of sexual harassment 20 Feb 11:24pm Trump in Twitter spat with woman who accused him of sexual harassment
Rachel Crooks has urged US president to release security footage of an encounter she says they had in Trump Tower in 2006 The US president has engaged in a Twitter fight with a woman who has accused him of forcibly kissing her when she worked at Trump Tower in 2006.
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Appeeling? Japanese farmers invent edible banana skin 20 Feb 10:18pm Appeeling? Japanese farmers invent edible banana skin
If you don’t like bananas then read no more – if you do then today is a day of joy First there were avocados
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Australians unswayed by royal engagement as support for monarchy hits record low 20 Feb 10:14pm Australians unswayed by royal engagement as support for monarchy hits record low
Survey finds 52% of Australians want a republic and only 22% prefer the monarchy, with appetite lowest among the young The
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Australians unswayed by royal nuptials as support for monarchy hits record low 20 Feb 9:39pm Australians unswayed by royal nuptials as support for monarchy hits record low
Survey finds 52% of Australians want a republic and only 22% prefer the monarchy, with appetite lowest among the young The
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Welfare services were notified about NT toddler who was allegedly raped 20 Feb 9:24pm Welfare services were notified about NT toddler who was allegedly raped
Family members say Territory Families never acted upon information provided about the two-year-old girl Family members of a two-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by an adult man have said Northern Territory welfare services were repeatedly notified of concerns about her safety and that of her younger brother.
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North Korea cancelled Mike Pence meeting last minute, White House says 20 Feb 9:13pm North Korea cancelled Mike Pence meeting last minute, White House says
Officials ‘dangled’ face-to-face talks at Winter Olympics, which collapsed after vice-president condemned human rights record North Korean officials “dangled” a historic meeting with the US vice-president Mike Pence during the Winter Olympics but pulled out at the last minute, the White House claimed on Tuesday. The face-to-face encounter in South Korea would have been the first between senior officials from the Donald Trump administration and Pyongyang, which are in a standoff over Kim Jong-un’s pursuit of nuclear missiles
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Aide to Florida lawmaker fired after suggesting shooting survivors are actors 20 Feb 8:25pm Aide to Florida lawmaker fired after suggesting shooting survivors are actors
Benjamin Kelly, an aide to state representative Shawn Harrison, repeated a conspiracy theory often used after mass shootings An aide to a Florida lawmaker was fired after falsely suggesting that student survivors of the
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All in on renewable energy: Jay Weatherill to ramp up SA target to 75% 20 Feb 7:52pm All in on renewable energy: Jay Weatherill to ramp up SA target to 75%
South Australian premier also promises country’s first renewable energy storage target in a ‘rejection of the federal government’s approach’ The South Australian premier,
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FactCheck: are 5,000 jobs at risk if pokies are banned in Tasmania? 20 Feb 7:24pm FactCheck: are 5,000 jobs at risk if pokies are banned in Tasmania?
In a policy document for the upcoming election, the Liberals cite ‘gaming industry’ job-loss estimates. How correct are they? The gaming industry estimates that around 5,000 jobs are at risk if electronic gaming machines are removed from pubs and clubs.
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Factional infighting erupts in NSW Greens over Lee Rhiannon claims 20 Feb 4:18pm Factional infighting erupts in NSW Greens over Lee Rhiannon claims
Jeremy Buckingham, a state Greens MP, faces disciplinary complaint over criticism of Rhiannon on ABC Four Corners The New South Wales Greens are in the grip of factional infighting as senator Lee Rhiannon backs a complaint designed to oust state upper house member Jeremy Buckingham from the party over criticism of her on the ABC’s Four Corners. Buckingham has emailed all federal Greens parliamentarians labelling the move a “factional attack to try to usurp a grassroots preselection”. His fate will be decided by a complaints committee of four randomly selected Greens office-holders.
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Utøya July 22 review - recreation of Norway mass killing is a gut-wrenching ordeal 20 Feb 4:18pm Utøya July 22 review - recreation of Norway mass killing is a gut-wrenching ordeal
The horrific events that saw 69 teenagers die at the hands of a rightwing terrorist has been turned into a brutal single-take drama from the victims’ perspective Erik Poppe’s Utøya July 22 is a visceral, brutal, yet heartfelt and earnest movie, which imbibes the innocent bewilderment and horror of its young characters. On one unbroken camera take, it seeks to recreate the
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How rightwing media is already attacking Florida teens speaking out 20 Feb 3:58pm How rightwing media is already attacking Florida teens speaking out
As students rise up to demand gun control the right aims to take them down, along with anyone who offers them support After Parkland’s mass shooting, the wind seems to have changed. Students are speaking out, demanding that politicians act. And they’re getting some traction. Many
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Oxfam sexual abuse scandal is built on the aid industry’s white saviour mentality | Afua Hirsch 20 Feb 2:09pm Oxfam sexual abuse scandal is built on the aid industry’s white saviour mentality | Afua Hirsch
I’ve seen for myself how agencies operate, and the toxic and exploitative relationships that can so easily developA century ago doctors began to take notice of a disturbing condition affecting white men in “the tropics”. These men, hard at work with empire-building and civilising natives, were suffering from a kind of nervous breakdown: a mysterious condition that was so widespread it accounted for as many medical discharges as better known illnesses, such as malaria. Symptoms included incompetence, melancholia, paranoia, nervousness, alcoholism and sexual deviance. In 1905 Charles Woodruff, an American army doctor in the Philippines, decided that these men were suffering from “tropical neurasthenia”. As a diagnosis, it placed the blame squarely on the
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No evidence Corbyn was spy for Czechoslovakia, say intelligence experts 20 Feb 2:09pm No evidence Corbyn was spy for Czechoslovakia, say intelligence experts
Researchers say archives show Labour leader was not a ‘witting collaborator’ Communist-era files from the intelligence agency of Czechoslovakia provide no evidence that Jeremy Corbyn was ever a spy or agent of influence, experts and academic researchers who have reviewed the papers said on Tuesday. Radek Schovánek, an analyst with the defence ministry of the Czech Republic – which emerged, along with Slovakia, from the peaceful breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1993 – has spent 25 years researching documents filed by the now-defunct spy service. He told the Guardian the suspicions against Corbyn were unfounded, and the claims of Ján Sarkocy, a former intelligence officer expelled from Britain in 1989, to have signed the Labour leader up were false.
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FBI arrests Briton over disappearance of wife from yacht 20 Feb 1:45pm FBI arrests Briton over disappearance of wife from yacht
Lewis Bennett, 41, arrested on suspicion of murder as he waited to be sentenced for smuggling A British man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife, who he reported missing as they sailed off the coast of Cuba last year, the FBI has announced. Lewis Bennett, 41, of Poole, Dorset, was arrested while he was waiting to be sentenced at a court in Miami for smuggling stolen coins during the voyage in May from which he was rescued alone.
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Trump-Russia inquiry: lawyer who worked with Manafort charged with lying to FBI 20 Feb 1:40pm Updated Trump-Russia inquiry: lawyer who worked with Manafort charged with lying to FBI
Alex van der Zwaan charged with making false statements to special counsel investigating Trump campaign and its ties to Russia Prosecutors investigating possible collusion between the Trump election campaign and the Kremlin scored another victory on Tuesday after a lawyer who previously worked with Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, was charged with lying to the FBI.
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Oxfam loses 7,000 donors since sexual exploitation scandal 20 Feb 1:40pm Oxfam loses 7,000 donors since sexual exploitation scandal
MPs tell boss Mark Goldring that charity treated vulnerable women in Haiti ‘like trinkets’ Oxfam has lost 7,000 regular donors since it was revealed that staff sexually exploited victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010, its chief executive has told a committee of MPs, which accused the charity of treating vulnerable women “like trinkets”. During questioning by the international development committee, Mark Goldring apologised to MPs for the actions of staff who were dismissed for their use of sex workers in Haiti, and acknowledged that the charity’s actions had damaged the whole aid community, as well as the people of Haiti.
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Jeremy Corbyn spy tales revive reds under the bed paranoia | Letters 20 Feb 1:31pm Jeremy Corbyn spy tales revive reds under the bed paranoia | Letters
Former Chatham House deputy director
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British runner could lose toes after running in Yukon Arctic race 20 Feb 1:24pm British runner could lose toes after running in Yukon Arctic race
Nick Griffiths of Bolton suffers frostbite in -40C temperatures during world’s coldest marathon Two athletes, including a British runner from Lancashire, are facing the prospect of amputation after bitterly cold temperatures in northern Canada marred the world’s coldest ultra-marathon.
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Parents lose legal fight to keep Liverpool toddler on life support 20 Feb 12:10pm Updated Parents lose legal fight to keep Liverpool toddler on life support
High court rules in favour of doctors who said continuing to treat Alfie Evans was ‘inhumane’ The parents of a seriously ill 20-month-old boy have lost a legal fight to keep their son alive after a judge ruled that further treatment would harm his “future dignity”. The father of Alfie Evans broke down in court as the judge ruled in favour of hospital specialists who said it was “inhumane” to keep him on life support.
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Police admit officer’s role in mass release of mink by protesters 20 Feb 12:03pm Police admit officer’s role in mass release of mink by protesters
Animal rights group infiltrated by undercover officer who took part in 1998 raid on New Forest farm Police have apologised after admitting that one of their undercover officers helped to release thousands of mink into the countryside, wreaking havoc in the New Forest. The undercover officer, Christine Green, was pretending to be an animal rights activist when she took part in a raid in Hampshire to release up to 6,000 mink from a farm in 1998.
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Russia admits ‘several dozen’ of its citizens killed in Syria fighting 20 Feb 11:02am Russia admits ‘several dozen’ of its citizens killed in Syria fighting
Foreign ministry says fighters were not Russian servicemen and had travelled to Syria ‘of their own accord’ The Russian foreign ministry has admitted that “several dozen” citizens of Russia and other former Soviet states were killed or wounded during a recent battle in Syria. The announcement came shortly after reports that Russian mercenaries fighting alongside pro-Syrian regime forces were killed by a US-led coalition airstrike in Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria, on 7 February. Moscow dismissed those reports last week as “classic disinformation”.
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Norse code: what’s the secret of the Norwegians’ Winter Olympics success? 20 Feb 10:09am Norse code: what’s the secret of the Norwegians’ Winter Olympics success?
Hailing from a nation of only 5.2 million people, Norway’s squad is outperforming teams from much bigger countries – and, no, it’s not just because they have so much snow What’s the equation for Norwegian Winter Olympic success? Eleven days into the competition, Norway sit top of the
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Bristol FGM trial hears girl, 6, may have been burned with knitting needle 20 Feb 9:23am Bristol FGM trial hears girl, 6, may have been burned with knitting needle
Consultant examined child after her father allegedly admitted she had undergone ‘small’ procedure
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Woman who left abusive note on ambulance admits public order offence 20 Feb 8:38am Woman who left abusive note on ambulance admits public order offence
Kirsty Sharman told emergency crew in Stoke to ‘move your f***ing van’ from outside house A woman has pleaded guilty to a public order offence after she verbally abused paramedics and left a foul-mouthed note on their ambulance in Stoke-on-Trent.
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Study reveals North Korean cyber-espionage has reached new heights 20 Feb 7:31am Study reveals North Korean cyber-espionage has reached new heights
Spying unit is widening its operations into aerospace and defence industries, according to US security firm An increasingly sophisticated North Korean cyber-espionage unit is using its skills to widen spying operations to aerospace and defence industries, a new study has revealed. FireEye, a US private security company that tracks cyber-attackers around the world, has identified a North Korean group, which it names APT37 (Reaper), and which it says is using malware to infiltrate computer networks.
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Oxfam boss apologises to MPs over abuse of Haiti quake victims 20 Feb 7:20am Oxfam boss apologises to MPs over abuse of Haiti quake victims
Mark Goldring admits 7,000 people have cancelled donations to the charity since scandal broke Mark Goldring, the head of Oxfam, has apologised to MPs for the actions of staff who sexually exploited female victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. He acknowledged that the charity’s actions had damaged the whole aid community, as well as the people of Haiti. Goldring told the Commons international development committee that 7,000 people had cancelled their donations since the scandal broke.
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Bodycam footage shows children being rescued from rubble in eastern Ghouta, Syria – video 20 Feb 7:17am Bodycam footage shows children being rescued from rubble in eastern Ghouta, Syria – video
Footage from the White Helmets, a volunteer rescue group, shows children being saved from a house purportedly hit by a Syrian regime airstrike in rebel-held eastern Ghouta. The video, filmed in the town of Hamouriya, is said to be from 19 February and has been verified by the Reuters news agency
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Eastern Ghouta is another Srebrenica, we are looking away again | Simon Tisdall 20 Feb 7:06am Eastern Ghouta is another Srebrenica, we are looking away again | Simon Tisdall
The horror of the Bosnian Muslim massacre of 1995 is being repeated today in Syria With every child who dies, with every act of brutality that goes unpunished, eastern Ghouta more closely resembles what Kofi Annan once called the worst crime committed on European soil since 1945. Eastern Ghouta is turning into Syria’s
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Japanese man given sole custody of 13 surrogate children by Thai court 20 Feb 7:04am Updated Japanese man given sole custody of 13 surrogate children by Thai court
Children were taken into state care in 2014 but will now move to Japan with father A wealthy Japanese man at the centre of a “baby factory” scandal in Thailand has won sole parental rights to 13 children he fathered through Thai surrogate mothers.
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Gun owner destroys weapon after Florida shooting: ‘Now there’s one less’ – video 20 Feb 6:48am Gun owner destroys weapon after Florida shooting: ‘Now there’s one less’ – video
Gun owner Scott Pappalardo destroyed his AR-15 gun on Saturday in response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting on 14 February. Pappalardo posted a video of himself explaining his decision before sawing the weapon in half. He asks: ‘Is the right to own this weapon more important than someone’s life? […] I don’t think so’
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Netherlands becoming a narco-state, warn Dutch police 20 Feb 6:32am Netherlands becoming a narco-state, warn Dutch police
Officers say many victims do not report incidents and organised gangs have a free rein The Netherlands is starting to resemble a narco-state with the police unable to combat the emergence of a parallel criminal economy, a report from the Dutch police association has warned. Official figures suggest crime is on a downward trend but officers say many victims have stopped reporting incidents while organised crime syndicates have been given a free rein.
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Number of sexual abuse victims in Rotherham rises to 1,510 20 Feb 6:20am Number of sexual abuse victims in Rotherham rises to 1,510
Operation Stovewood briefing reveals first official increase since scandal broke in 2014 The number of children believed to have been sexually exploited in Rotherham has been raised to 1,510, in the first official increase in the figure since the scandal erupted four years ago. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said its analysis suggested the number of victims was higher than the figure of 1,400 identified by Professor Alexis Jay’s report in 2014.
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UK revives aid scheme halted over alleged payments to Syrian jihadists 20 Feb 5:47am UK revives aid scheme halted over alleged payments to Syrian jihadists
Shadow development secretary Kate Osamor questions depth of Foreign Office inquiry as project funding Free Syrian Police is reinstated The government has resurrected a controversial multimillion-pound aid scheme to train a civilian police force that was alleged to have given cash to extremists in Syria, the Guardian can reveal. The UK-backed project was
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Marion Maréchal Le Pen to share stage with US conservatives 20 Feb 5:04am Marion Maréchal Le Pen to share stage with US conservatives
Former Front National rising star to address conference after vice-president Mike Pence
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Addis Ababa massacre – in pictures 20 Feb 4:00am Addis Ababa massacre – in pictures
The Addis Ababa massacre or Graziani massacre, in which 20,000 to 30,000 Ethiopians were killed by Italian occupying forces on 19 February 1937, is commemorated at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the Ethiopian capital
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Israeli police name Netanyahu associates in corruption inquiry 20 Feb 3:59am Israeli police name Netanyahu associates in corruption inquiry
Pair suspected of helping telecoms company in return for favourable coverage of PM Israeli police have named the two close associates of Benjamin Netanyahu who have been arrested for their suspected role in a wide-ranging corruption probe that has added to the suspicions around the long-time Israeli leader, already accused of bribery in two separate cases. With an initial gag order lifted, police identified the pair as Nir Hefetz, a former Netanyahu spokesman, and Shlomo Filber, the former director of the communications ministry under Netanyahu.
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Brexit weekly briefing: May seeks new security treaty 20 Feb 2:32am Brexit weekly briefing: May seeks new security treaty
Munich speech emphasised continued cooperation but was vague over how the UK would respect ECJ’s role Welcome to the Guardian’s weekly
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WA Nationals say Barnaby Joyce should not stay federal leader 20 Feb 1:05am WA Nationals say Barnaby Joyce should not stay federal leader
Mia Davies says Joyce has become ‘a distraction at both federal and state level’ The Western Australian arm of the National party has announced it no longer has confidence in Barnaby Joyce, claiming he has become “a distraction at both federal and state level”. The largely symbolic gesture has been brushed off by Joyce, who responded to the
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Newborn survival rates in US only slightly better than in Sri Lanka 20 Feb 1:00am Newborn survival rates in US only slightly better than in Sri Lanka
Unicef report says five newborn babies die every minute across the world, an ‘alarmingly high’ figure as 80% of these are preventable The risk of dying as a newborn in the US is only slightly lower than the risk for babies in Sri Lanka and Ukraine, according to Unicef. A report by the UN children’s agency found that five newborn babies die around the world every minute, or about 2.6 million every year. The figure is described as “alarmingly high”, particularly as 80% of these deaths are from preventable causes.
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MP accuses British overseas territories of undermining US North Korea sanctions 20 Feb 1:00am MP accuses British overseas territories of undermining US North Korea sanctions
US justice department alleges that companies based in British Virgin Islands and Anguilla are linked to a North Korean bank
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North Korea could co-host 2021 Asian Games with South, official says 20 Feb 12:49am North Korea could co-host 2021 Asian Games with South, official says
Offer comes amid rapid easing of tensions that has accompanied Winter Olympics in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang
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Bernardi says Barnaby Joyce not only minister having sex with staff 20 Feb 12:29am Bernardi says Barnaby Joyce not only minister having sex with staff
Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi suggests others are in breach of PM’s code of conduct but doesn’t name them Cory Bernardi has claimed that Turnbull government ministers other than Barnaby Joyce are having a sexual relationship with a person on their staff after the
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The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music 20 Feb 12:00am The conductor smashing Iranian taboos over women, and music
Nezhat Amiri’s recent high-profile performance caps a 38-year fight for recognition In her 38-year career, which is as long as the history of the Islamic republic, Iran’s first and only female conductor had led as many public performances as the number of fingers that hold her baton. Last month, however, Nezhat Amiri conducted a 71-member orchestra performing at Tehran’s most prestigious concert hall – a remarkable milestone in a country where it is considered taboo for state TV to show musical instruments, women are not allowed to sing solo and female musicians have been prevented from going on stage in provincial cities.
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